Playdates! for Parents and Tots

We are very excited to be opening the studio for Playdates on Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings! This is an opportunity for parents to bring their little ones to release some energy, get social, learn something new, and meet new parents + tots. We will have toys, books, and tea for everyone to share, and from time to time, mini-workshops with wellness practitioners sharing dance, yoga, and helpful tools for parents!

This was an essential aspect of the vision for the studio 15 years ago. Katie could see that it was a challenge for both parents to be working on the family structure and children’s emotional well-being. Most parents do an incredible job, but many are also choosing to have one parent at home, often opening their own small business. While running a small business isn’t the easiest thing in the world (!), it definitely provides incredible satisfaction (especially when you feel like you’re helping others) and to a degree, more flexibility. There are still more surprises to build on this vision! Being a community space, we are about connection and supporting each other in growth.

Oct 2nd, our first Playdate, we will have Dinah our Bellydance instructor joining us! This will be a fun session for little ones and parents – a chance to move, loosen up the back, and help mamas get some gentle core work in. For more information and to register for Playdates, please visit our main page and select one of the ‘More Details’ buttons. See you soon!

 

Help Relieve These Top 5 Baby Ailments with Reflexology

Reflexology is an ancient practice that was developed and used by many cultures across the globe including the Egyptians, Chinese and Vietnamese. It is a gentle, non-invasive technique of activating reflexes in the feet that affect the body’s organs, glands and parts to help to improve overall health, naturally. Modern reflexology is becoming increasingly popular as a holistic treatment for many issues and conditions.

When it comes to our children, we want the best for them and often go to great lengths to raise them in the safest and most natural way. I know I’ll buy my toddler the organic brand and skimp on my own or take hours researching the best product options because heaven forbid we make a “wrong decision” – #firstchildproblems  😉

What if I told you there was a natural & effective way to combat common baby ailments, right at home? Foot reflexology is a great technique to relieve common baby ailments, whether you use it alone or in conjunction with other traditional treatments.

Babies and children are especially receptive to the effects of reflexology since their feet are so “new” and the skin, ligaments, bones, nerves and arches have yet to develop fully. There are less physical and energetic blockages in the feet so activating the reflexes becomes easier and the effects can be faster and more specific.

In addition, infant & baby reflexology;
·         Is nurturing & helps enhance connection between caregiver and child
·         reduces stress
·         calms & soothes
·         activates the self healing mechanism
·         balances hormones leading to greater health of all the body systems
·         detoxifies the body
·         feels great and is fun for the caregiver
Reflexology is also safe, doesn’t have any unpleasant side effects and can be used as a preventative and maintenance tool – for example, combining it with your bath or bedtime routine!

If you’re a parent who would like to try using reflexology for your little one, I have developed a Baby & Me Reflexology Workshop where I show you how to activate the foot reflexes to bring about relief for 5 common baby ailments including Teething, Sinus & Congestion, Gas & Constipation (Digestive Upset), Sleep & Relaxation and Skin Conditions. Join us September 28th at Studio 202! To register, please visit: www.footgurureflexology.com


Moms have been super happy with the results, especially as they’ve seen a doubling or more in length of nap times after a session.

“I was very pleased with all the different techniques to use for various common baby ailments. My son is not a very good sleeper and much to my surprise after this workshop he surpassed his usual 45 min nap and slept for 2.5 hours!!! I also practiced the calming reflexology points before bedtime because he can get quite grumpy at the end of the day, and he was extremely calm afterwards. I highly recommend this workshop! Thank you so much Suzanne!”

~ Jessica, mom to 6 month old.


Practicing Yoga at Home with Your Children

Learning the principles of yoga, meditation (mindfulness), and pranayama (breath-work) is incredibly beneficial at any age, and even more impactful to learn as a child. Imagine if you had these tools as a child! Read on to explore a simple meditation you can practice at home with your children, or join us for classes in our cozy North Vancouver studio!

With the pressure of media, and to constantly do and achieve more, child-hood anxiety has dramatically increased. We are stimulated from the time we wake until sleep, not getting the rest outside of sleep to function properly. This results in nervous energy (and growing popularity of fidget toys), but what we really need is to be alright with taking a time-out to nourish ourselves…and as adults, we need to lead by example. What if we could teach children a way to minimize their anxiety before it becomes a challenge?

Simple yoga, meditation, and pranayama techniques help children (and adults) with the following:

  • Focus
  • Communicating dreams & needs, including healthy boundaries
  • Manage stressors in healthy ways, which promotes confidence
  • Strengthening the mind & body connection for better self-awareness
  • Increasing understanding & sensitivity to others
  • De-stress for healthy hormone balance

Here’s a simple meditation you can do at home with your family:

Begin by laying down or sitting with eyes gently closed. Place one hand on the chest and the other one on the stomach. Taking a deep inhale through the nose, and exhale through the mouth. Repeat ten times. Feel your rib cage and stomach expanding as you inhale, and shoulders relaxing as you exhale. When ready, begin breathing in and out through the nose, with nice long (2-4 second) breaths. Try lengthening the breath. If you like, as you inhale imagine drawing the breath through your crown chakra (top of your head) as a warm white light. Bring this light through your body and as you exhale let it be absorbed into the earth. Continue as long as you wish.

Yoga for children should be child-appropriate and fun. Yoga, meditation, and pranayama are powerful tools to help nurture our-selves, in order to be more effective, healthier, and happier for ourselves and our community. We have Karma Family Yoga every Saturday from 1230-110p – this is by-donation!

North Vancouver Yoga For Kids

How to Build Core Strength to Ease Back Pain

My clients pretty regularly tell me their back is all better, even though they’ve tried many avenues to heal it. I’m not really doing anything special, just giving them tools to help them help themselves … one of the greatest joys in life! ? Simple core and breath exercises help give athletes greater strength and endurance, and also make a huge difference for women, not to mention anyone with back pain! If you are looking for a class to really help you with this, I would recommend the following:
Tues Mindful Movement + Yoga or Intro Yoga or Yoga for Bikers + Athletes
Thurs Bellydance
Sat Ladies Vinyasa Flow

While we don’t work on the core in Yin, this class is also very beneficial for working with the breath and deep fascial (and muscle) release.

See you soon!

Cozy Up with Fall Yoga + Meditation

As much as I love summer, I do love the renewed feeling of fall, especially in our cozy studio! We have so many amazing instructors sharing their wellness talents for adults and kids at the studio this fall, including:

  • Kids Yoga to help children explore their strengths, communication, and dreams
  • Adult Yoga with guided meditation + pranayam (breath-work):
    • Yin – gentle poses to help you sooth your body and soul, working with breath
    • Kundalini – working with the nervous system and breath to energize or calm
    • Beginner Yoga – safely guiding you with a focus on alignment, breath, and core strength
    • Ladies Core Flow – for women looking to build core strength and sooth body + mind
    • Powerflow for Bikers – yin to enable you to continue doing what you love, while working with breath, upper body, and core strength
  • Bellydance – tone the full body while connecting to your feminine power
  • Chakra Balance + Awakening – learn about your chakras and how to better care for yourself
  • Meditation + Mindfulness courses – empower yourself with mindfulness
  • Baby Workshops: Signing Babies, Baby & Me Foot Reflexology, Pre-Natal + Birth Classes!

We look forward to meeting you! Use the code COMMUNITY to save 10% on select Studio 202 Adult + Kids class passes. Please email katie@yoganorthvancouver.com if you have any questions.