Online Yoga Classes May 11th – 16th

Sat Naam and Namaste

Just a reminder that all of our online classes now require preregistration.

Just click on the link below to see our schedule, choose the classes you’d like to join and our system will guide you through the registration process.  Please note you do need to register a minimum of 6 hours before the class start time.  All you need is your name and email.

We are now privately sending our login details to your inbox, after we receive your reservation.

To view our schedule click here

It is our goal to continue to offer our online classes in a way that is accessible for everyone.  We have different tiers for passes, including by donation to info@suryadaya.ca, or our new online pass rate.  If paying would be financially stressful for you at this time, then please just register and join us, no questions asked – we don’t  want money to be a deterrent from you being able to access our yoga support, especially right now when we need yoga more than ever.

If you have any questions, at all, we’re here.

We just want to be able to continue to support you through this time, and help to keep you inspired to show up for your practice  – for your own self care.

Take a little bit of time and write down 10 things you’re grateful for, remembering and acknowledging the things we are grateful for makes less room in our heads and our hearts for the things that bring us stress and worry.  Doing this exercise when you’re feeling overwhelmed, or first thing every  morning, disrupts the pattern of stress, enabling a healthier and more relaxed internal state.  Wouldn’t that be a welcome ripple into the rhythm of your day?

What am I grateful for in this moment?  

The miracle of life

Our ability to create

The sacredness and support of  community

The sun and the moon

The Spring flowers emerging from the earth

My 2 beautiful sons

Trees

Butterflies and how they teach us to honor the darkness – it’s when we grow

A full deep breath

Homemade soup on my stove

My warm cozy bed 

Holding hands when we most need to be held

Much love, Amber

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Day 30, Celebrating Your Commitment, Honoring Beautiful YOU!

Big beautiful blessings to YOU!  Welcome to day 30 of our 30 days of yoga support, such a celebration of your commitment to YOUR self care!!

What a journey this has been.  On April 1st, when I decided to commit to this project for our community, I didn’t realize the impact it would have on me (and my family).

For the past 30 days, this little window in my day has been a gift to come back to my own centre, supported by my family, holding space with compassion and kindness for myself and for each of you – each time you have opened the link to these daily writing reflections and practice videos you are supporting the collective of our global community, you are helping to hold one another up.

Yoga can serve as an anchor, especially during unstable and confusing times in our lives.  Our practice can serve us with guidance, refuge, and perspective in periods of uncertainty.

We are in this together, and I have faith we are going to emerge so much stronger and solid on the other side of this – please just keep leading with your heart.  Let yourself feel whatever is coming up for you, let it move through you, that’s important.

I sincerely hope you’re doing okay, on all levels.  The primary intention of this project was to help to offer support from my heart in the only way I know how with our present day circumstances – I hope it has given you that; physical, mental and soul support.

“Even the most exalted states and the most exceptional spiritual accomplishments are unimportant if we cannot be happy in the most basic and ordinary ways, if we cannot touch one another and the life we have been given with our hearts.”

Jack Kornfield

Now that we’re here, on day 30, I feel such deep gratitude to YOU for keeping me inspired to keep going.   These videos will stay up, so if you’d like to start back at day 1 that invitation is there.

Today we’ll be exploring a gentle and very accessible yoga and movement sequence for the whole body.  Our practice will be a little longer, sharing this time together.

To view the practice click here

If yoga has been a support for you during this time, I would love to hear from you.  If you would like to send me an email at info@suryadaya.ca outlining your experience through this challenge, or perhaps even a simple reflection on how yoga in general is helping you right now,  it would really mean a lot to me.  Please type Yoga Challenge into your subject line, and everyone that sends a reflection will be entered into a draw to win your choice of either a 5 class pass for when we are able to practice together again, or a personal one – on – one session with me (in person when we’re able or online).  A winner will be drawn on May 16th and will be notified by email.

I leave you now with the words of Arianna Huffington from her work on becoming fearless:

“When we know who we are, we can overcome our fears and insecurities.  We surpass our smaller selves who suffer the slings and arrows of our conditioned reality, and we move to the unconditional truth of our larger selves.  The answers to the questions of what to say, what to do, whom to let in, and whom to keep out become a clear and simple matter of listening to our hearts.  That inner voice helps us align with our purpose, because each of us has a purpose, even if we judge it to be insignificant.  

The voice is there, we just need to listen to it,

When we do, we live in fearlessness”

Thank you for showing up during this time and I hope you continue to while we find ourselves here, for yourself, please keep showing up.  Practice a little bit of time in stillness everyday – it’s when we make space to hear our hearts wisdom.

You are an amazing human, and I am honored to be connected to you.  I am grateful beyond words that your path and my path have traveled alongside one another.  May you keep approaching your practice with curiosity and an open heart, may you continue to listen to the wisdom of your body and your soul, and  may you know how very loved you are.

Till we meet again

With so much respect and gratitude, for the seeds you plant in your practice, nurturing yourself with kindness and compassion.  I see you shining so brightly

Much love,

Amber

 

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Day 22 Yoga Support with Amber

Welcome to day 22 of our 30 days of yoga support during this challenging time.

I am so grateful you are here.

Today we also honor Earth Day, a day to remember our place and our collective responsibilities to the earth.  I am hopeful you are able to take some time today to connect with nature, and reflect on why it’s important to care. How can you continue to do your part, and perhaps make some changes as we are continuously educated on how  our choices directly and indirectly effect the health of our planet.

We are being guided to deeply consider all of our actions right now.   This is our home, and what we do matters.

“When the animals come to us, Asking for help, 

Will we know what they are saying?

When the plants speak to us, In their delicate, beautiful language,

Will we be able to answer them? 

When the planet herself, Sings to us in our dreams,

Will we be able to wake ourselves, and act?”

– Poet Gary Lawless

When we explore the true roots of our yoga practices we can trace them back to the earth.  The asana’s (postures) and pranayama practices (breathwork) are inspired by the earth.  We can immerse ourselves in the experience of tree as we really connect with our own roots, with mountain as we feel ourselves solid and steady on the earth reaching up towards the sun.  We move through sun salutations honoring the life giving energy of the sun.  We honor the creatures that walk and fly, those we co-inhabit this planet with, the eagle and the cobra.

Allow your practice today to open a gateway to reconnecting with the earth and all the glorious creatures we share this home with.  Feel the pulse of the earth in the pulse and beat of your heart, the flow of breath in your lungs, continuously moving, like the water flowing by.  We learn so much from the wisdom of our natural environment.  The more we give ourselves time to reflect and connect, the more we’re able to truly understand why it’s important to care.

I’m attaching a few video’s for you today

To view today’s’ practice, day 22 click here

I’m attaching a special little gift from the earth here

To revisit our nature based practice exploring tree, on day 3 click here

Thank you for joining me today.

Deep breaths, we’re going to get through this and be stronger on the other side.

Be gentle with yourself, you’re pretty precious

Till tomorrow,

Love Amber

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Day 18 of Amber’s 30 days of yoga!

Welcome to day 18 of our 30 days of yoga!  I am so glad you’re here.

Little daily inspirations intended to help support you during this time of so many unknowns, and our need for social distancing.

Today we send our prayers and thoughts out to everyone at Country Haven, for those we’ve lost, for all the families affected, and for all the workers who show up everyday despite the present circumstances.  I know my heart is with each of you right now.

Taking time to connect with such immense gratitude for all of our front line workers, providing us with essential care and essential services during this time.

To view the practice click here

As we begin to invite movement into our bodies today, we’ll be exploring a forward fold posture, to help flush your abdominal organs and stretch and lengthen your spine.  This is a great posture to do every couple of hours – it helps to support the integrity of your nervous system, releasing restriction along the spine and creating space through the spinal canal.  Slowly moving into some movement to help release and open through your intercostals and your rib cage, allow a little more depth into your breath.

I encourage you to spend as much time as feels good for you exploring these movements and postures.  Perhaps sitting in silence for a while after our time together, simply noticing your breath, softening around your heart, inviting in compassion.  Reflect on where you are now, and where you see yourself as we move through this time.

“Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?

-Carolyn Myss

You are so very loved, and my heart is with you.

Till tomorrow

Big Cozy Hugs

Amber

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Day 8 Yoga Support with Amber

Yogic greetings to you from my heart to yours!

Day 8, we are entering week 2!  Finding peace and solace, and perhaps new layers of ourselves in the practices.

Today I will be guiding you through a beautiful sequence of movements honoring your past, your present and all that lays ahead.  Try to invite this sequence to be a dance between your breath and your body, a moving meditation to help sustain and support you right now.

It is also an amazing combination of movements to help get your energy moving and release tension through your whole body.

Try not to get to caught up in the details of the sequence, ideally you’re moving through the postures sequenced with the breath, to help balance your body and your mind but that is not necessary.  Your body wisdom may guide you to stay in any of the 4 postures for a little bit of time taking a few breaths before moving into the next phase of the sequence, listen to that wisdom and give yourself that time for self exploration.  Once you get the hang of it, close your eyes down and really explore each phase of the sequence.

To see the practice click here

Remember our yoga mats are a wonderful place for us to explore our bodies and understand how we need to be supported – physically and emotionally.  Allow it to be your own personal little laboratory.

The perfect posture is the posture where you truly meet yourself, where your breath easefully flows and creates space in your body, where you respectfully honor your own body wisdom.

My love is with you, if you need a check in I’m here.

Till tomorrow

Amber

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A Focus on Breast Health

I’m writing this article in an attempt to help empower women in their bodies and educate our community about respecting and helping to fully care for a woman’s whole body.  Statistics show that most women experience breast discomfort at some point in their lifetimes, and that the number of women that will report this pain to their primary care giver, or to anyone, is quite low…why?  Perhaps because breasts don’t receive the proper attention as an important consideration in a woman’s overall care that they require.  Breasts are often seen as a “taboo” topic, especially in our society where breasts are often sexualized rather than respected, which gives many women a decreased sense of confidence in voicing any concerns they may have about their breasts.   I want to very gently remind you that your breasts matter, that you matter; every inch of your body matters and is deserving of care and attention.

 Breasts are body tissues which are an incredibly important part of a woman’s anatomy.  They feed and nurture life for our infants, have an extensive role in our lymphatic system and individualize our beautiful feminine bodies.  When we look specifically at our breasts, they have a simple anatomical design and quite straightforward needs; however they are much too often neglected in the overall care of our bodies which can create pain, discomfort, lowered self-confidence and often fear.

Breasts don’t have muscles to facilitate movement; therefore they require aid to support ongoing circulation which helps to maintain tissue health and to prevent dis-ease and possible pain syndromes. Breasts are also susceptible to various changes including:

  • The menstrual cycle
  • The natural process of aging and associated changes
  • Menopause
  • Pregnancy (both during and after)
  • Breastfeeding
  • Dietary changes
  • Environmental stressors

These changes can often create discomfort through a woman’s entire lifespan.

Breasts can also undergo various surgeries, diagnostic procedures, trauma, as well as the diagnosis of both benign and malignant conditions.  We can’t ignore the fact that breast cancer is also becoming more and more common for women in our society.  It is vitally important for us to respect the needs of our breasts and to become more comfortable in caring for them and touching them in a healthy and therapeutic way. This can help women to recognize as well as to understand changes in their early stages.

What can you, as a women, do for yourself? It is important to take ownership of this very important part of you and to incorporate some daily self-care techniques into your regime, as well as gain education about:

  • Self-massage
  • Drainage techniques
  • Oils and creams to support your breast tissue
  • Contrast showers and dry brushing
  • Dietary support
  • Yoga and stretching specifically for your breasts.

Your breasts are a part of your body, a life nourishing part, that are as deserving of care as every other part of you; it’s never too early or too late to establish healthy breast practices.

Tomorrow morning (March 10th) I’ll be speaking at the Women’s Health and Wellness Conference in Perth creating a safe space for women to come together to talk about breast health, later in April, on the 13th, I’ll be facilitating an afternoon workshop at our studio focusing on breast health and the interconnections with your whole body wellness.   Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Written by Amber Young ( Registered Massage Therapist, Yoga instructor and Breast Health Educator)

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From Amber’s Mat

We want to thank all of you for your incredible gifts of donations, energy and time a few weeks back at our gentle yoga and gong relaxation class earlier this month.  We held a special karma class for Hub Hospice, an amazing local organization that helps to support individuals with life threatening illness’s and the preparation for their death to be supported in their homes.  Hub Hospice also provides support to the families and caregivers who assist in the care of their loved ones.  Every life should be lived with dignity until the very last breath.  So many of you came out to support this important cause and between community donations and our SEVA fund we raised $310 dollars for Hub Hospice.  We want to extend a huge thank you to all of you in our community.  The afternoon was especially powerful thanks to your openness.  The photo’s attached to this post are from a special meditation we did in honor of those we’ve lost.  These little hearts, combined with the hearts created at our Interval House fundraiser, will remain here wrapped in light and our prayers.    If you would like to find out more about Hub Hospice you can find them at http://www.hubhospice.com

This past weekend we welcomed Anna Karuna Egan back to our space for a profound afternoon engaged in the exploration of meditation as self care.  Anna also allowed us the opportunity to dive into Buddhist philosophy and lead us masterfully through some very beautiful practices.  It was a truly sacred afternoon with a focus on opening the heart and nourishing ourselves in the simple awareness of our breath and our bodies.  Anna reminded us of our impermanence in these beautiful human bodies, we are here for a brief time to experience the world in this form.  Allow yourself the invitation to embrace your experience in all of it’s layers.  Reach out to those who truly support you, breathe a little deeper, take time everyday for your practice – whatever practice resonates with your heart, explore and experience different ways of caring for yourself, and first and foremost be kind to yourself – it’s all a journey and an exploration – you deserve as much kindness and compassion as you so freely share with others.   If you missed Anna’s workshop, she is offering this powerful afternoon in our space again in March.  Contact the studio directly if you’d like to sign up for this second offering, space is limited and preregistration is necessary.  She will be joining us Saturday, March 16th, from 2 – 5 pm, and the cost for the workshop is $55 (HST inclusive).

Somebody asked me about my vision, why I get up in the morning and do the work I do.  My vision is a world where we’re kinder and gentler to ourselves and others, where things aren’t so  complicated between our species, and where people are more comfortable and at ease in their bodies and their minds.  If one person breathed a little deeper, found a moment of peace between their thoughts or moved with a little more comfort as a result of the work we do at the studio, then I know I have succeeded in this lifetime.

Yours in health and wellness, and my heart full of love

Amber