Yoga & Meditation

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Yoga & Meditation 2020-10-13T21:24:46+00:00

Yoga Therapy

Heal your mind and body with a personalized yoga therapy session that is designed around your individual needs. Yoga therapy offers a holistic approach to healing by combining Ayurvedic principles with physical postures and mindfulness techniques. Its benefits are numerous—use it to alleviate stress, manage anxiety, encourage emotional insight, or restore physical strength. No prior experience is necessary and people of all skills and fitness levels are welcome. Whether you have mobility issues that prevent you from participating in conventional yoga activities or simply prefer private classes to group environments, an individualized session can start you on your healing journey.

During your yoga therapy session, Sarah will perform an Ayurvedic health assessment and work with you to co-create a plan that reflects your personal treatment goals. Your diet, lifestyle, and any physical and mental barriers are evaluated in a supportive, non-judgemental environment. Drawing from this evaluation, her formal medical background, and her comprehensive holistic training, Sarah will then customize a 75-minute session or series that meets your unique requirements.

Explore the Ayurvedic Connection

Ayurveda is an ancient healing practice that seeks to restore imbalances in the body by identifying their root causes and then working to correct them through natural means. It emphasizes a strong connection to nature and to preventing illness instead of merely treating it. Ayurveda proposes that we all hold these elements of nature within ourselves: water, air, fire, earth, and ether. Together, these elements form what Ayurvedic practitioners call doshas, or life forces. Each of the three doshas—Vata Dosha (air and ether), Kapha Dosha (earth and water), and Pitta Dosha (fire and water)—govern a different function in the body.

Your individual requirements for a balanced, healthy life depend on which of these energies has the strongest presence in your body. After determining which dosha is dominant, Sarah can help you to understand how to best achieve balance through dietary advice, yoga postures, guided meditation, breath work, and recommendations for change to your environment.

Support Your Mental Health

Despite living in an increasingly technologically connected world, many of us feel isolated or dissatisfied. The stresses of a culture that values busyness and materialism over quality time and nature can have very real effects on our physical and mental wellbeing. Prolonged stress wreaks havoc on our immune systems and can affect our sleep patterns, mood, and much more. Yoga therapy helps to strengthen the mind-body connection so that you can more effectively cope with everyday stressors.

Have you ever noticed how your breath quickens when you feel agitated or fearful? In the same way that our emotions affect our physical state, we can use our physical state to affect our emotions. Pranayama is the art of using specific breathing techniques to induce a desired emotional response. By practicing breath control along with guided meditations or simple visualization exercises, we can learn to develop healthy coping mechanisms for stressful or unpleasant situations.

Promote Physical Healing

Heal your body with yoga therapy that is designed with your abilities in mind. The practice of yoga asanas (physical postures) can benefit those whose mobility is reduced due to past injuries, physical disabilities, or neurological conditions. Yoga therapy helps to improve flexibility, circulation, muscle strength, and cardiovascular health. Through the use of blocks, bolsters, inversion belts, weights, and walls, Sarah can design a 90-minute session that will allow you to access the many benefits of yoga regardless of your skill level or physical limitations.

Sarah is particularly interested in the role the brain plays in our physical healing. By strengthening the mind-body connection, we are able to accelerate healing through the formation of new neural pathways. During your yoga therapy session, Sarah can give you tools that you need to help rewire your brain to benefit your body.

Consider the Evidence

The consequences of long-term stress on the body have been well documented in scientific studies. Chronic stress is linked to an increased risk for hypertension, heart attack, or stroke. It can affect sexual function and fertility, exacerbate respiratory illnesses, impair immune responses, increase inflammation, and aggravate gastrointestinal problems. The mental effects of prolonged stress include depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, impaired memory and cognitive function, and an increased risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia later in life.

Thankfully, many research-based studies suggest that yoga plays a promising role in counteracting the negative effects of stress and improving our overall mental and physical health. The American Psychological Association states that “relaxation techniques and other stress-relieving activities and therapies have been shown to effectively reduce muscle tension, decrease the incidence of certain stress-related disorders, and increase a sense of well-being.” Documented studies recommend regular yoga practice to reduce cortisol and adrenaline, stress hormones which adversely affect the body. Several analyses have determined that yoga helps the management of chronic pain and also positively affects mental conditions such as anxiety and depression. It also provides a wealth of physical benefits, such as reduced inflammation and improved cardiovascular health, and is credited with boosting energy levels, increasing tolerance to pain, and improving mood.

Private Yoga Therapy Session Booking
    • All sessions are 75 minutes in length
    • Sessions are ‘one-on-one’ and customized to fit personal needs
    • Includes an Ayurvedic assessment
    • $75 plus GST

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Community Yoga and Meditation

Community yoga and meditation sessions are aimed at strengthening bonds by celebrating community through shared activity. All classes are held in our unique outdoor Geodome. Adults of all abilities and genders are welcome; no prior experience necessary.

***Due to Covid-19, community sessions are not currently available. An updated schedule will be available in the spring of 2021.

Drop-in community yoga classes: $15 + gst

Drop-in meditation sessions $10 + gst

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