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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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

Kundalini Yoga for Digestion

Please join us Wednesday nights, March 20th – April 3rd,  from 6 – 7:15pm.   Simonne will be offering a spring mini series focused on digestion and yoga practices to help detoxify our bodies.

In our current culture we are bombarded with stress and over stimulation which has a profound effect on our digestive system, our mood and emotions, our energy levels and our organs of elimination.  We ask so much of our bodies and often don’t give ourselves enough time to nurture and revitalize our systems that help us to thrive.  In this three week series, we will use the practice of Kundalini yoga to strengthen and nurture our digestive system, an important component to our overall health and vitality.    We will learn how the digestive system works and  specific techniques and postures that can help keep it functioning at it’s very best.  The series is suitable for all levels of practice, from beginner to advanced.

Each class will be stand alone but participating in all 3 weeks is highly recommended.

 

 

Sign Up & Details

For our ongoing Wednesday night series classes, you can sign up for the full 3 weeks for $35 (includes HST), use your regular class pass, or drop in for any of the evenings ($16 drop in, HST inclusive).

Please contact the studio directly at 613-451-2891 or email info@suryadaya.ca if you have any questions, or if you’d like to sign up for the full series.

Mindfulness Class This Evening

Due to the weather conditions, and our priority being your safety, we have decided to cancel the Mindful Movement and Relaxation Class this evening.  If you have any questions or concerns please give us a call or send us a message.  Next weeks class will be extra special, with a little more time in our final resting posture.   Please take 15 or 20 minutes of your evening and dive into that beautiful experience of a simple deep breath.  Remember Mindfulness is a practice that needs revisiting.  Slowly we find we are more present and accepting  – it becomes a way of being in the world underneath all of the distractions.  For those of you who have been attending the sessions, practice your Check – In, explore the rhythm of your breath, physical sensations, take some time to mindfully scan through your whole body sending yourself some gratitude as you journey through.  I look forward to seeing you at next weeks session.  Yours in health and wellness, Amber

Hips And Low Back Yoga Series

Please join us Wednesday nights, February 6th – 27th,  from 6 – 7:15pm.   Ashley will be offering our next mini series focused on hip strength and mobility.

In our current culture we ask so much of our hips but rarely do we give them the focus and attention they deserve. In this series we’ll spend some time working with our hips to understand where they need to be strengthened and where we need more length. A balance of Hatha postures and longer Yin poses will leave you feeling strong and mobile. Each class will be stand alone but participating in all 4 is highly recommended.

Ashley Killeen

 

Sign Up & Details

For our ongoing Wednesday night series classes, you can sign up for the full 4 weeks for $45 (includes HST), use your regular class pass, or drop in for any of the evenings.

Please contact the studio directly at 613-451-2891 or email info@suryadaya.ca if you have any questions, or if you’d like to sign up for the full series.