Upcoming Prenatal Yoga Series

Please join us May 22nd – June 12th, Wednesday nights from 6:00 – 7:15 pm for a deeply nourishing prenatal series with Vichardeep Kaur.  She will draw on her years as a yoga teacher, specializing in prenatal care as well as her training as a doula, to support you through one of the most transformational journeys in your life as a woman.

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Pregistration for this series is necessary.  Please contact the studio at 613-451-2891 or email info@suryadaya.ca if you have any questions and to reserve your space.

 

Yoga for your neck and shoulders

Please join us Wednesday nights, April 10th and April 17th from 6 – 7:15pm. Amber will be offering our next mini-series focused on the area around our heart and our lungs.  She will be guiding you through postures and pranayama to stretch and soften the chest, shoulders and neck.

We often find our bodies holding onto unhealthy postural patterns, due to our high levels of stress and habits, especially when we spend so much of our time on computers, at desks or driving to and from work.  We ask so much of our bodies on a daily basis and often hold ourselves in very restricted and constricted patterns, but rarely give ourselves the focus and attention we need to reverse these patterns and return to a healthy, more functional state of being.

When our upper bodies are tight and tense, our lymphatic system suffers as a result of compression from the muscles and fascia. We can also end up with abnormal breathing patterns, pain and neurological dysfunction in the arms, hands, shoulders and neck.  When we look at our bodies anatomically, we also have pivotal mirror points – our hips often mirror our shoulders, our diaphragm and our jaw.  We aren’t distinctive parts,  this two-week series will focus on bringing our parts back together and releasing the areas that restrict us and hold us back.

This series will be a balance of getting to know the anatomy of our upper body and the relationship to our bodies as a whole, learning remedial exercises, hatha postures, and some longer holding restorative postures to release deep tension. Each class will be stand alone, but participating in both sessions is highly recommended.

As the spring approaches, we want to open around our heart centre to allow all the new energy and opportunities to flow in!  We hope to see you at one or both of these sessions.

 

This series is a shorter series of only 2 weeks.  You can use your regular class pass or drop in for either of the evenings.  The cost for a drop – in is $16 (HST inclusive)

Please contact the studio directly at 613-451-2891 or email info@suryadaya.ca, if you have any questions.  Sign up is not necessary, but please come early to settle into the space.

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Karma Yoga for Lilly

Karma yoga with Amber Young

Sunday, March 31st, 2:30 – 3:30pm

Almonte United Church 

 This special Karma class will be hosted by Amber Young, owner of Surya Daya yoga studio in Almonte. Amber will lead the class with some gentle light movement in Lilly’s honour and then join together for a meditation, followed by some nourishing relaxation. 

Note: In anticipation of a large group, the class will take place in the Social Hall at Almonte United Church. Kids welcome!

 Slow flow, yin & massage with Gillian White

Friday, April 26th, 7:30-8:45pm

Carleton Place Heritage Fitness, To the Mat yoga studio

 This slow-moving class will take place in a warm room at the brand new Heritage Fitness yoga studio. Come and unwind at the end of the week with a series of postures designed to help you release tension and relax. This class will include some gentle assists and massage. Space is limited – reserve your spot by calling 613-253-2112.

 

Both classes are by donation, and all money raised will go directly to Lilly and her family.  No donation is too small.  

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Karma class for a local family

Recently I was honoured and privileged to co-facilitate the fit club for girls for 9 – 12 year olds at Heritage Fitness in Carleton Place.  Every time a new session of this amazing program begins, I can’t help but feel emotional as I prepare for the weeks ahead – understanding what this program is truly all about.  It’s giving girls a safe space to share their ideas, talk about their problems, explore themselves through cooperative games, yoga, mindfulness techniques, creative expression, self-esteem activities and activities that challenge their bodies and their minds.  The foundation of this program is helping to support the understanding that these girls matter – everything about them matters.  As the weeks unfold, the bonds that are created are beautiful to watch and I’m always sad when we enter our last session of the 9 weeks.  This past program was especially sad, as a little girl shared with the group about another little girl in her class was going through a serious illness.  That little girl goes to school with my son.  Tears were shared in the sacred circle of these exceptional young women and we talked about that experience, as well as empathy.  We also shared a beautiful meditation, imagining that sweet little 10 year old healthy and happy and whole.  Please join us at Surya Daya, on Sunday March 31st, from 2:30 – 3:30 for our next karma class for this little girl and her family.  We will do some gentle light movement in Lilly’s honour and join together for that same meditation, followed with a nourishing relaxation.  The class will be by donation (suggested amount is $10) and 100% of proceeds will go to Lilly and her family to help support them through this time.  We hope you can join us.  It hurts my heart when  I learn  of the number of cases of childhood illness in our own little community.  This class will be child friendly.  Our Karma Yoga donation box will be out, on the shelf above the props, if you would like to contribute but are unable to attend the class, as we are accepting donations on the family’s behalf.

Yours in kindness, and with much love and gratitude

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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Meditation as Self Care – Loving your whole self

 Earlier this month Anna Karuna Egan led us through this workshop with her beautiful light, pure heart, and deep wisdom.  We are honoured she is coming back to offer a second sacred afternoon with us in March.  If you missed the opportunity, we hope you are able to join us at this next session.  Please give us a call to reserve your space, the last session filled quite quickly.Anna's workshop March 16th 2019

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 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