Meditation for Inspired Living

North Vancouver Yin YogaThis picture is from one of my favourite of our special classes – Journey for the Senses, with the beautiful holistic doula, Raman. In this particular class, we bring out all the tools for deep meditation and release; essential oils, touch, somatic healing through the crystal bowl and tuning forks, music, and most importantly movement & breath. They help us dive deeper into the process of surrendering for greater inspiration. They help us loose our mind – in the best possible way.

Meditation can be done at any point in the day, but I find in the morning it sets me up for a much smoother day. Little things don’t get to me. I feel more clear. It’s even more important to me than coffee…and many know how important coffee is to me! But the deeper I am going into more types of breath work (pranayam), the less I am needing caffeine…

Here’s a very powerful & simple breath you might want to try – Diamond Breath

Start by relaxing in a comfortable position with a tall straight spine (to allow better airflow). Using Ujjayi (ocean) breath – inhale through the nose for 4 seconds, retain for 4, exhale through the nose for 4, hold out for 4. If that’s too much, start with 3 counts. And continue this pattern as long as you like.

If you’ve never practiced Ujjayi, it sounds like an ocean and helps you to focus inward. Inahle down the back of your throat. As you exhale, push it out the same way (but keeping mouth closed).

Enjoy your day!

Benefits of Private Yoga Classes

Private yoga classes are a wonderful way to explore yoga and meditation.  Just as we all have different bodies, we have different needs and goals.

What works for one persons body (and may look amazing), likely won’t work for yours and may even be harmful. The shapes and lengths of our bones are different, and our flexibility changes from day to day. Small classes give the instructor more opportunity to provide greater support, but I know many of my clients have benefited from having at least one private session. Even I had to tweak much of my practice for my well-being, as I never had anyone show me correct poses when I started many many years ago. Little nuances can make a world of difference, to build greater strength or allow more flexibility in a safe manner.

My priorities when practicing (almost any sport & life!) are focusing on the core, alignment, and breath. If we aren’t breathing, chances are we aren’t doing much! Without proper alignment, be it in the body or our everyday actions, we aren’t going where we truly need to be. And lastly, the core brings us strength – it is part of our foundation that allows us to stretch, move, and grow!

For questions or to book privates, please email Katie@yoganorthvancouver.com.

Spring Break Kids Camps North Vancouver

Join us for our Spring Break Kids Camps! We will be offering two weeks of exploring the chakras through yoga, arts, meditation, music, dance, nature, and creating!

Introducing children to aspects of yoga can help in so many ways! Children learn how to focus, increase awareness, gain confidence, and calm and manage stressors…in addition to having fun!

Register now to get the early-bird rates and save up to $80!

We offer early drop-off and late-pick up too.

More Yoga & Dance for 2017!

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Crystal bowl magic!

Last year brought intense joy and challenges for many (a test to see how bright we can keep shining!), but I have no doubt that this will be a year of ease & joy if we allow that to flow to us. We have added several new classes, including; meditation, bellydance, power, and a kundalini – yin infusion to help balance our energy for our optimal health!
Meditation is an amazingly simple way to allow for greater awareness, clarity, peace, and joy in our lives. The breath, and tools such as the crystal bowl, help us to reach deeper states of meditation. Every Tuesday Katie will be guiding beginners through meditation, and later open the studio up for those who need a peaceful space to practice on their own. She will be there to answer questions and support you as needed. We hope everyone has a wonderful new year, and that we can help you achieve your wellness goals for 2017!