April New Moon Meditation

This New Moon in Aries is a breath of fresh air! The new moon with the alignment between the sun and moon allows for greater intuitive alignment, meaning mediation can be very powerful.

A Peek at the Aspects at Play

  • Aries is a fire symbol ruled by Mars – outgoing, active, stubborn & likes to pioneer but not always great at completion
  • This Aries New Moon falls into Pisces & Taurus – an interesting combo of intuition, emotion, grounded, interested in a life pleasing to the senses & stubborn
  • Uranus in this New Moon signifies an open-mind ready for change, slightly unconventional, but alignment and ease towards goals
  • Venus conjuncts Jupiter also representing easy flow towards goals and passion
  • Venus trine to Pluto is pure passion!
  • Jupiter’s sextile with Pluto indicates success with positive change
  • Mars’ sextile with Neptune alludes to sensitivity and purpose with passion
  • The Al Pherg star is fixed and determined
  • The Kurdah fixed star means authority and sense of reality
  • Mercury is also coming direct indicating forward progress and ease of communication

All in all this is a time of easy progress towards our goals, if we take time to listen to our body and intuition. There is a beautiful balance between intuition, compassion, passion, and ability to make things happen. As this is a time of passion, it’s wise to take time to slow down to meditate, rather than being headstrong. Nurture yourself to allow your passion to flourish! Engage your senses to appreciate and stay in the moment. Buy yourself flowers and enjoy your essential oils.

 

New Moon Meditation

Take a nice luxurious bath for yourself with epsom salts and essential oils. My choice this New Moon are for the upper intuitive and heart-centred chakras – rose & jasmine, to be balanced with earthy copaiba.

This is a gentle Third Eye and Heart Chakra tune to help you melt into your meditative state.

For our meditation, let’s take a moment to close our eyes and get grounded, inhaling to a full belly, allowing our rib cage and upper chest to expand. Exhaling allowing our chest then belly to relax. Continue with this breath, beginning to bring your awareness to your Root Chakra, feeling your connection with the Earth with your hips or feet on the Earth. If you like, imagining white light from your Root Chakra traveling down into the Earth. As you continue breathing, moving up the Sacral Chakra, seeing it glow with white light simultaneously with your Root. Continue with every chakra – Solar Plexus, Heart (front and back), Throat, Third Eye & Crown – until all are glowing a bright, warm, white light. Simply continuing with your steady easy breath as long as you like.

When you are finished with your meditation, note down any insights that came to you. Anything relating to your future goals? Anything you personally need to do for your wellbeing?

 

Full Moon Circle April 27th

Join Danna Calli, Psychic Medium & Monica Quieroz, Transpersonal Counsellor for a beautiful Friday evening of meditation, channelled messages and more! This Full Pink Moon will be in Scorpio and represents an intense time of intricate change. Please register as space is limited.

 

Meditation & Pranayama Series Begins April 30th

Join us for a series of mindfulness and breath-work techniques you can practice anywhere for greater peace & joy. This series is open to all levels.

April New Moon in Aries

Simple Calming Meditation You Can Practice Anywhere

 

Movement, or yoga, and meditation are simple and essential tools to keeping ourselves balanced and healthy. In addition, these practices can aid in self-healing. The sooner we learn these techniques, the easier it is to feel happy and calm, even in challenging moments. If you have children in your life, showing them some of these basic tools can make a world of difference. Children are naturally very open and receptive to meditation and breathwork. They intuitively know these tools work.

As adults, unfortunately many of us have learned to seek alternative ways to try to find peace and happiness, however they never work – alcohol, unhealthy use of prescription and other drug, excessive exercise, burying yourself in work, emotional eating, constantly needing to be stimulated by sound, sights (TV/ computers) or people. When we have grown up in a society where these other ‘coping mechanisms’ are common place and if we haven’t been taught meditation, it’s easy to gravitate to these…although we all know they don’t actually work. 

I was fortunate enough to learn meditation and breath-work as a child, I seemed to have had a lapse and turned to eating disorders and burying myself in work, school & volunteering during my teens and early twenties. I had completely forgotten about these tools my Mam had taught me as a child. It wasn’t until I broke my ankle running, that I realized what I had done and how I was isolating and hurting myself. It was shortly after this (it took time to slow down and realize I couldn’t keep doing everything) that meditation became a regular part of my life and some very interesting experiences guided me to search deeper. It’s for this reason, that sharing these tools with children, teens, and adults has become part of my life mission. And so, let’s explore some very accessible tools anyone can practice.

This Technique You Can Practice Anywhere

When you are learning, it’s easiest to find a quiet space you won’t be disturbed. Make this your safe, special space to unwind. All you need to do is this:

  • Close your eyes
  • Feel your feet or hips on the floor
  • Inhale allowing your stomach, then rib cage to expand
  • Exhale allowing your ribs, then stomach to relax
  • Continue with this easy, flowing breath, allowing it to lengthen as feels comfortable. It should not be forced.
  • Once this becomes simple, you can imagine breathing white light into your Crown Chakra (top of head) as you inhale. As you exhale allowing this white light to float down through your body, and into the Earth.

This breath is to help ground and calm.

Techniques for Children

You can practice the same breath above with children. Sometimes laying down is easier for little ones. If they are laying down, encourage them to feel every point of their body from their toes to their head melting towards the Earth. If they like, allow them to choose a calming colour to breath in. Perfect for a restful sleep.

Simple Daily Practice

The key to ensuring this simple technique works when you really need it, is practicing every day. Find a time of day where you won’t be disturbed. I like to practice meditation and pranayama every morning with my energy work, as it sets me up for the day. By practicing during calm times, you teach your body when you begin breathing to calm and release. Then during more challenging times it becomes very easy to get to this calm place, and should you need to, return to situations with an objective, clearer, calmer perspective.

Keep an eye on our blog – we’ll explore self-healing techniques and look at the science behind it!

If you are looking for a class to help you with this practice, I would recommend one of the following:

Beginners are more than welcome!

Love & light,

Katie

Full Blue Moon March 31st

Meditation is probably a good idea for this Blue Full Moon in Libra. It can be a challenging one, but as we all know, challenges provide opportunities for growth. If you are feeling a little off, know you are not alone, and there are some tips to help you stay balanced and grounded below.

Let’s look at some of the aspects at play:

  • Libra represents balance – a good reminder to take everything in stride
  • Mercury retrograde to many means chaos, but I feel like it’s an opportunity to examine our communication and ways of expression
  • Mercury is squaring Saturn and opposing to the moon, which can internally muddle things – so it’s very important to be clear with ourselves first
  • Mercury is also square to Mars, which can increase aggression and make us rash – again take time to nurture yourself first to stay balanced if you feel off kilter
  • Mars is conjunct to Saturn, another sign of aggression, and square to the Moon suggesting deep fears coming to the surface. Where are these fears rooted? Fears are future oriented therefore not real, so get to the heart of the matter and visualize yourself changing future outcomes for the positive
  • Saturn and the moon are square, which signifies being alone, loneliness and lack of connection. Again, take time to connect with yourself, so you can more deeply connect with others when you are ready
  • The stars Vindemiatrix and Porrima in Virgo (detail oriented and often emotionally closed-off) are related to fears of loss. Again, if this is a fear or yours, notice where it is rooted and release this

The Full Moon is all about opposition and seeing what is out of alignment in order to bring everything back into harmony. So yes, this is a rather intense Full Moon, but also offers great opportunity for growth. What all this says to me is, take time to go inwards. Make sure you slow down to connect to yourself before making any big moves or agreements – I would actually be inclined not to make any for the next week. If situations feel anything less than in total harmony, take time to be with yourself, reassess, and come back to the situation next week.

 

Full Moon Meditation & Ritual

Here’s a beautiful meditation and ritual to get grounded and heart-centered, offering a little peace and guidance during this…ahem…time of growth.

I always like to begin with a bath, epsom salts and pure essential oils. This month (and many days) I like to use Harmony for total balance. This blend contains rose, bergamot, chamomile, jasmine, rosewood, sage lavender, spruce, hyssop, geranium, angelica, frankincense, sandalwood, lavender and more. You can also use a pure rose oil for the heart chakra. I bring my crystals and my protection necklace of pearl & hematite in for a cleanse too. If you like you can listen to this Heart Chakra Meditation by a beautiful couple from WhiteRock, who offer incredible healing work. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK68Dxw57d4).

When you are ready to settle into your meditation after your bath, dab a drop or two of Northern Black Spruce (produced in BC on Young Living’s farm) or another oil you like for grounding, on your feet or in a diffuser. You are welcome to smudge if you like too. As my lovely friend Natalie Miles mentioned in one of her recent posts, it’s the energy you put into the clearing when you smudge that makes the difference. Connect to the energies or guides you feel most aligned with.

  • Begin by taking five deep inhales through your nose & exhaling through your mouth
  • Bring your awareness to your root chakra, visualizing roots or a golden cord reaching into the Earth, really feeling this connection as you breath
  • As you inhale, imagine breathing in pure white light, retaining your breath as you bring this light down to the root chakra, exhale to release
  • Continue with this breath as you work up through each chakra – your sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, pineal & crown
  • Continue breathing with this warm, cleansing white light, bringing it through your whole body, allowing it to radiate out around your body into your aura (the energetic body surround you)
  • You may sit here as long as you wish

When you are ready to come out of your meditation, note down in your journal any insights you had. This is a wonderful practice every time you meditate, especially if you are newer to this practice, as you will see your intuition develop. The insight you received is all you need to move forward. If it’s not clear now, it will be. Allow yourself to simply be, and know with the breath you can come back to this place of peace at any time.

 

Fullmoon Circle for April

Friday, April 27th from 7-830pm two lovely ladies and friends will be hosting a Full Moon Circle. Danna Calli is a Psychic Medium and Monica Quieroz is a transpersonal counsellor. We hope you can join us!

If you have any questions about meditation or essential oils, please email me! katie@yoganorthvancouver.com

 

10 Reasons to Practice Yoga & Meditation

Many think yoga is about touching your toes. It could be, but we believe it is much more! To us, yoga is about connecting to yourself, finding peace of mind, and learning tools to support greater alignment in your physical body, emotionally, and to your purpose. Why? To help you live a happy, healthy life.

Through yoga, movement, breath and meditation we connect to our physical and emotional bodies.

 

Here are 10 Reasons To Practice Yoga & Mediation:

  1. Yoga provides an avenue to build greater strength, core & muscle memory for better posture
  2. By strengthening the fine muscles we gain greater power for our large muscles & prevent injury!
  3. Endurance based strength building (Power/ Vinyasa yoga) encourages us to be conscious of our alignment
  4. Placing aligned pressure on our bones, helps build fresh cells & strengthen joints to prevent osteoporosis & alleviate pain from some types of arthritis
  5. Yoga is an effective way to re-hab the core (after birth), the lower back (a common concern I see) & more!
  6. By connecting to our breath (which we can do whenever, wherever), we let go of our mind and find peace
  7. Yin style helps release muscles and fascia, which store muscle memory, also providing emotional release
  8. Through breath and movement we find freedom within, allowing us to access mental clarity & objectivity
  9. Breath and movement also give us energy! I recommend taking a break every hour to move and breath
  10. Stronger intuition is also developed through meditation and breath, knowing how to connect to yourself

These are just a few of the reasons yoga and meditation are beneficial for anyone of any age or  circumstance, even if you experience chronic pain – if fact if you do, yoga and meditation often greatly help! 

 

My Favorite Types of Yoga

I used to be a hard core power style yogi, barely being able to stay in Savasna (resting at the end) – this was during a hard time when I was younger and I really should have been meditating but I became disconnected. As you grow on your yoga and meditation journey, and even each day, the style of yoga you seek will differ. For the past 10, these have become my favorite styles of yoga, as they help me feel most aligned and at peace:

Yin, as I mentioned encourages the release of muscle and fascia. By holding gentle poses on the mat and focusing on our breath, we allow for a physical and emotional release. Muscles store memory. Think about how your body natural defends itself if your were to fall or you sense a threat – muscles contract, often in bizarre ways of holding yourself, and the breath becomes short and shallow. We go into fight or flight. Life can be stressful with crazy pressures externally and those we create for ourselves, which means unfortunately most of us are in this state on a daily basis. Consuming stimulants also doesn’t help. Yin offers a chance to let this all go. By holding gentle stretch poses, we teach our bodies that we can relax and let go, which often also releases the memories in the muscle areas targeted of why they are cramped or storing tension. Truly a beautiful practice. This is very similar to the idea of Craniosacral Therapy – gentle, non-invasive touch allows us to feel safe, and our body knows exactly how to heal itself physically and emotionally! It’s really quite amazing.

Kundalini is a beautiful way to naturally learn to calm the body and mind, or conversely create an alert yet calm state for clearer, more intuitive thinking. Kundalini works with the breath (pranayam), mantra, movement, and the nervous system. If you are looking for a way to dig deeper into your meditation, Kundalini is a wonderful practice to help you access this sense of alignment and connection.

Vinyasa or Flow is all about moving with our breath, or rather letting our breath move us. Keeping a steady inhale and exhale flow, we learn to let our body be guided. By allowing ourselves to simply focus on the breath, we allow our minds to release, which encourages a meditative state and clearer minds. And it’s a great physical work-out!

Each of these forms of yoga encourage us to connect more deeply with our breath, to release our minds and allow us to become more aligned with our true purpose and nature – which in turn brings us greater peace and joy! As we continue to practice, being able to connect to our true selves becomes second nature. This means it’s easier for us to release stress (and learn to protect ourselves if we tend to take on that of others), and connect to ourselves more intuitively to make better decisions which will make us happier and healthier.

 

A Simple Meditation for Greater Peace

You can do this anywhere and only need 2 minutes. Close your eyes and begin to feel into your feet (if standing) or hips (if sitting). Begin a slow, long inhale for 4 seconds, retail for 4 seconds, exhale for 6 seconds, hold out for 2 seconds. Repeat for as long as you wish. We can get much deeper from here, but this is a wonderful, accessible practice.


If you have any questions about which style of yoga is best for you, please send me an email: katie@yoganorthvancouver.com

Click here to check out the adult classes we are offering, including our Intro Offer to try 3 classes for $20!

Spring Yoga + Meditation

Spring is about new beginnings, freshness, a gentle approach. For many it also seems to be about hayfever! So let’s work on some poses to ease breath and warm up the body.

 

Supporting an Easy Breath

Begin by laying down on your back, placing your hands on your stomach and feeling the breath move you. This may seem simple, but let the breath guide you, rather than you guide the breath. As you ease into the breath, bring the soles of your feet together and your arms above your head, creating a full butterfly – this helps open the chest. If you would like to place a bolster the length of your spine for further opening, you can. This is very helpful for those with asthma. Continue breathing for five to ten minutes.

If you have pure peppermint or eucalyptus oils, dab a bit on your chest & tap your thymus. With a drop in your hands, rub your palms together and inhale and exhale 5 times with your hands near your face. If you have questions about essential oils, you are welcome to email Katie. 

 

Warming up the Body

  • Reverse Prayer – Slowly coming to a seated pose, inhale sweeping your arms up and exhale taking hold of your elbows behind your back, or coming into reverse prayer – another wonderful pose to support full breath
  • Cat Cow – Coming to your hands and knees, inhale into cow and exhale rounding your spine into cat
  • Pigeon – Sweeping your right leg out behind you, bring your knee into your chest, and your calf onto the mat so it’s somewhat parallel to the top of your mat. Allow yourself to melt and hold. Come back to table and repeat on the other side.
  • Modified Sun Salutation – Find your down dog, holding and breathing engaging your shoulder blades for support. Slowly walk your feet to your hands to hang out in forward fold. Engaging your core, slowly inhale and wind up to standing, fingers reaching to the sky. Repeat a few times.

This is a wonderful way to start your day! Not sure how to do these poses? email Katie or check out our Instagram

 

More Yoga

For more yoga in a peaceful, welcoming space, see our Spring Series beginning the week of March 24th. Drop-In is also available.

  • Kundalini – Sundays 900-1030am
  • Yoga for Bikers – Mondays 630-745pm
  • Meditation + Pranayama – Mondays 800-830pm
  • Prenatal Yoga – Tuesdays 600-715pm
  • Pilates – Tuesdays 730-830pm
  • Bellydance – Thursdays 600-730pm
  • Yin for the Senses – Thursdays 800-900pm
  • Hatha – Fridays 1000-1100am
  • Alignment for all levels – Saturdays 1100-1200pm

 

Private and Kids Yoga are also available. Please email Katie@yoganorthvancouver.com.

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Spring Yoga

Spring Yoga

 

 

Love & light, 

Katie

New Moon Meditation for March 2018

New Moon Meditation

New Moon Meditation

Breathe in, hold, exhale…and repeat. Time to create a little bit of space for ourselves, to nurture and reflect in a soothing meditation. Pisces is the completion of the astrological cycle, a presence of balance and flow. Being a water sign, it’s highly intuitive and sensitive. This is a perfect time to reflect internally on your growth since March 2017.

The red square with Mars signifies competition and disturbance, however; it’s blue trine to Uranus presents balance – just a touch of fire to the normally passive Pisces. Chiron is the wounded healer. The green semi-sextile to Uranus symbolizes taking an objective perspective. Take the time to reflect on where you are at internally, not worrying about what is happening around you.

  • What have you learned?
  • What have you healed?
  • What have you created?

The Persian culture could not have timed New Years more perfectly with the celebration of Spring and growth. Here are some beautiful ways to celebrate the completion of a year, and welcome the new year:

  • Have a soothing bath with sea salts and grounding and uplifting essential oils, such as; sandalwood, lavender, cedarwood, black spruce, copaiba & frankincense
  • If you have stones you carry with you or need clearing, bring them into the bath
  • Relax to the tone of 741Hz to help clear your electro-magnetic field
  • Find your special space, clear with sage or palo santo, and melt into a supported fish to open your heart for pranayama (breathwork)

 

New Moon Meditation

Begin your meditation with with a deep inhale and exhale through the mouth. Repeat three to five more times. When you are ready, inhale to the count of six, hold for six, exhale for four, hold out for two, repeat for ten minutes minimum. Allow your mind to wander, coming back to the breath and back to your heart centre. Visualize your heart glowing as a bright white light, allowing this light to spread through your body and radiate out, bringing greater peace to your energetic body. As you slowly come to, reflect on the points above and where you wish to grow and go in this coming year.

Beginning Monday March 25th, we will be hosting Meditation + Pranayama from 800-830pm. This class is open to all levels to help deepen your practice for greater peace + joy.

 

Love and light,

Katie

March 1st Full Moon Meditation

 

This is a bit of an intense Full Blue Moon, so if you have been feeling slightly off or anxious…this may be amplifying underlying things to look at. A relaxing bath with epsom salts and oils is definitely in order. My essential oils of choice at this time: palo santo for energy clearing, and rose for heart soothing.

As with all Full Moons, we are working with polarities and strong ones this month, providing the need to find greater balance in our lives. Let’s look at the major aspects at play ;

  • Neptune can create confusion – take time to withdraw to understand your emotional reactions before you act or speak
  • Zosma star is linked to anxiety and depression – so if this is coming in strong for you, you are likely not alone
  • Saturn indicates strength & that we have the power to overcome our challenges at hand
  • Virgo is practical, and in conjunction with Saturn, we can move past that which is no longer needed in our lives

Virgo is also connected to digestion. As part of this time of release, try to bring into your life things that are simple and easy – this includes foods that are simple to digest, and surrounding yourself with energies that will enable greater flow. If you need to remove yourself from situations, you always have the power to and ability to do so with grace.

Full Moon Meditation

For this meditation, we will work with Nadi Shodana – balancing breath. First let’s move any excess or negative energy:

  • Bridge or Wheel pose to release stored energy in the heart
  • Lions breath (yes with your tongue out – no one’s watching)

If you have essential oils like rose or palo santo, apply these to your wrist and heart, and diffuse in your meditation space. If you burn sage or palo santo, this is recommended at this time too. If you would like music, try this 852Hz frequency for release: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vvpsIiUVKY&t=707s

Begin by closing your eyes and focusing on a steady inahle exhale, just feeling the breath move through your body. As you inhale brining white light into your body and down to your root chakra, grounding this energy. Continue with this breath, allowing the white light to shine out from within you, creating a protective layer around you – only positive energy can flow in, but any energies needed can escape.

When you are ready, we will begin Nadi Shodana:

  1. With your right hand, begin by covering your left nostril and inhale through the right.
  2. Cover your right nostril and exhale through the left, then inhale through the left.
  3. Again cover your left nostril, exhale through the right, then inhale through the right.
  4. Continue this pattern of breath for 5-10 minutes.

Return to a steady easy breath through both nostrils simultaneously. Notice how your breath has changed. Continue with this easy breath for another 10 minutes, bringing your awareness with white light into your Heart Chakra. If emotion needs to be released through tears, movement, art or your voice (screaming works wonders too – so long as those around you know what’s going on!)  – go for it! We keep so much buried inside, which continues to sit with us until it spontaneously releases – I prefer a semi-planned release for emotional control and health. When animals are under stress they shake it off and make noise – humans are really no different at our basic level – we also need to release the energy or it builds. 

If you would like to take out your journal – create a list of challenges, a list of all you are grateful for, and a list of how to overcome your challenges. It’s much easier than it can seem at times, and often writing it down can help clear concerns and bring greater clarity to situations. If there’s something you don’t need in your life anymore, you can let it go – you have grown past it. You have the strength to overcome, and there is nothing wrong with taking time to honour yourself and your wellbeing. If we take better care of ourselves, we can take better care of those around us. 

 

You are welcome to join us for Yin from 8-9pm on Thursday, March 1st. $10 first class! We incorporate meditation, gentle movement, somatic energy balancing techniques, essential oils with a focus on the Throat Chakra this week.

Spring Yoga + The Power of Essential Oils

Yoga and oils – what’s not to love about it! Katie has been incorporating the use of essential oils into her yoga and meditation classes for adults and children for many years now. Why? Essential oils are a wonderful way to help centre and ground, especially when meditating. It’s fun to explore different ways to get into our body, as we are so often out of touch with busy-ness. Essential oils can also be incredibly powerful tools to help alleviate pain, promote relaxation, and much more! My oils have become my medicine cabinet – peppermint for muscle tension or headaches, lavender and copaiba for relaxation … it goes on. Each essential oil holds it’s own frequency, as does everything that exists. This is an interesting discussion unto itself – you can read our blog on frequencies here.

 

These are some of my favorite oils and blends:

  • Lemon ~ it’s refreshing, can be used for cleaning & great for battling colds, or to add to recipes! I use lemon oil to clean our studio mats
  • Purification ~ this is another amazing one for cleaning… for your whole house! A blend of lemongrass, rosemary, melaleuca, myrtle & citronella
  • Respiratory Care ~ is a blend of spearmint, eucalyptus, spruce, peppermint, cypress, pine & lavender. This is an amazing blend for joint & muscle or headaches, clearing the sinuses, and promoting mental clarity
  • Ginger & Fennel ~ two of my favorites for acidic stomach and digestion… and they taste great!
  • Cedarwood & Northern Lights Black Spruce (from BC!) ~ are very grounding scents to use for meditation & massage
  • Lavender ~ one of my all time favorites for it’s soothing power. It also helps with muscle & joint relief and for rheumatoid arthritis!
  • Gentle Baby ~ this blend of oils increases a sense of calm for better sleep & keeps skin smooth and supple! Geranium, coriander, palmarosa, lavender, rose, ylang ylang, chamomile, lemon & jasmine
  • Lemongrass ~ this is a beautifully uplifting scent, and helps upset stomachs, headaches, joints & muscles
  • Elemi ~ is a wonderful oil for supple skin & to soothe muscles and joints
  • Myrtle & Frankincense ~ support supple skin, help with acne & are very grounding
  • Envision ~ a beautiful blend to inspire & get creative! Spruce, geranium, orange, lavender, sage & rose
  • Surrender ~ a perfect blend for letting go of the day & coming back to you! Lavender, Northern Black Spruce (from BC) & chamomile

 

Spring Series

We just opened up our studio Spring Series for registration, with classes beginning the end of March. If you register for more than one of our Spring Series, you will get your choice of a complimentary essential oil! Here’s what we have coming up:

Yoga for Bike & Ski ~ Monday 630-730pm

  • Prenatal Yoga ~ Tuesdays 600-715pm
  • Yoga Nidra ~ Tuesdays 730-830pm
  • Bellydance ~ Thursdays 600-730pm
  • Yin for the Senses ~ Thursdays 800-900pm
  • Hatha ~ Fridays 1000-1100am
  • Alignment Series (limited to 6, open to all levels) ~ Saturdays 1200-100pm
  • Pilates ~ Saturdays 130-230pm
  • Kundalini ~ Sundays 900-1030am

We also have a number of other series and events coming up, hosted by amazing practitioners! To check them out, please visit the Workshops page:

  • Method of Modern Movement & Jazz
  • Yoga for Grief
  • Shamanic Intro Series
  • And many events!

 

If you have any questions about classes or oils, please send me an email! If there are classes or events you would like to see, I would love to hear!

 

February New Moon Meditation & Mantra

Movement – anything active, including yoga, meditation & mantra help me stay balanced and grounded – this was definitely necessary during a bumpy past two weeks! Many of us may not even be aware, but as we become more attuned, we begin to see how synced up we are to the moon – our sleep, emotions, and other subtle patterns. I find it’s good to just be aware of this, to better help ourselves, others, and to allow for the most successful outcomes. If you struggle with sleep at certain times of the month or on a regular basis, you are not alone! I have had many friends and clients reach out to me with this concern. Aside from the 3 M’s I mentioned above – movement, mantra & meditation – we have two classes which may be of interest to you to help you get better sleeps:

During a Full Moon, the earth is between the sun and moon, which is what gives rise to the polarity aspects. The New Moon is a little more grounding and tends to be connected with aspects of creation.

Since the last Full Moon (January 31st), there has been a great deal of clearing and endings – it may have been emotional and tiring, yet we found a strength to continue to shine and step into our power. This New Moon in Aquarius embraces this time of renewal with ease, calm, and support. Aquarius represents humanity, communication, ideas and creation. What is it that you would like to bring more of into your life? For yourself? For your relationships?

 

I would recommend doing something active before settling into your meditation space – perhaps a walk in the forest, a little run, flow style yoga – anything where you move with conscious breath.

 

New Moon Meditation & Mantra:

For this meditation, I would like to focus on one of the most simple breaths – Ujjayi, also known as Ocean Breath. Simply inhaling and exhaling through your nose, allowing the breaths to flow into the next. Begin by bringing your awareness to your root chakra, grounding your energy – you can imagine a golden cord or your roots reaching into the Earth. Slowly, bring white light up through each chakra from the Earth. Allow each chakra to glow and grow, as they balance and clear.

Once you feel grounded and aligned with yourself, continue breathing steadily, and begin to consider 3 ‘I am’ statements of your best qualities or qualities you wish to embody more of. When you are ready, write down your 3 ‘I am’ statements, and place it somewhere you will see when you wake up and fall asleep. Repeat this mantra to yourself before every meditation, every morning – even if it’s just 5 minutes of breathing and feeling yourself embody these qualities, it will make a big difference to your day! Another wonderful benefit to doing this, your neural pathways will begin to connect this mantra to a state of calm, so when you are in challenging moments, you can easily return to your breath and repeat your mantra to bring you back to a grounded, calm state.

 

 

This Saturday, we will have a host of amazing healing practitioners at the studio from 4-6pm. Anyone is welcome to join for this by donation event ~ suggested donation of $20. You can register on our website, following this link.

 

Love & light,

Katie

Using Sign Language With Your Baby is EASY!

Signing Babies

Signing Babies

Lee Ann has been offering her well-loved Signing Babies Series at Studio 202 Community in North Vancouver for the past year. She helps parents better connect with their infants, and connection is what we’re all about!

 

Have you seen your baby smile with big open eyes when you sing to them or tickle their tummy? Or noticed they scrunch up their faces when they don’t like something? Your baby is already communicating with you! Using sign language taps into babies’ natural ability to use their bodies to express themselves well before they have the ability to speak.

Imagine one day you are whisked off and parachuted down into a foreign country you’ve never even heard of. You see some people near you, smiling, waving and calling to you, but you can’t understand a word they are saying. You feel confused and frustrated.

This may be exactly like what our babies feel like!

Then, imagine if those sweet, foreign people realized you couldn’t understand them and they began physically pointing out where you can find a taxi, your hotel, a bathroom, and some other key things for your stay? I’m guessing you would pay attention and follow their lead. And if they motioned their hands a certain way every time you passed by a BUS, you’d begin to understand that hand signal means BUS, even if you didn’t initially understand the words they were babbling.

Aha!

Developmentally, babies as young as two or three months can start remembering your daily routines and begin anticipating what happens next when you create consistent communication with them. Do you always have milk when you wake up, or get dressed right after a bath? Let’s talk about it!

But, keep in mind that the acquisition of verbal speech typically happens way after many other developmental milestones, such as rolling, sitting, and crawling, for most babies. Babies may not be able to speak the verbal languages they are learning at home with you until closer to their first birthday or so.

This is where sign language can help! By adding some signs into your daily conversations with your baby about what you are doing, you can create a strong connection between what you say and what you do. Babies learn by watching us, so it makes sense to always show babies what’s happening and always encourage as much communication as possible.

Plus, research shows that babies in a study who learned some sign language ended up with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and had higher IQ’s at the age of 8 years than a control group of babies who did not learn signs. That’s a bonus in my books, but the real benefits happen when your young baby has a better bond with you and doesn’t cry or fuss as much because you’ve created some successful communication together.

 

HOW TO START:

Choose a sign for something you do often, like MILK. To sign MILK, hold one hand in front of the body and close up your fingers into a fist and then open it up again. Repeat that opening and closing action several times as you say MILK.  Always say MILK out loud while you are signing it so your baby hears the word and sees it at the same time, and then make sure you have MILK right away so it all makes sense. Every time you have milk, show MILK. That sign will soon become connected visually to what happens next and your baby will begin to recognize it. Try to always do what you say; context is important, and it won’t make sense if you say & sign milk but then decide to go change a diaper first.

Have fun and go at your own pace. You can start out slow with one or two signs and repeat, repeat, repeat. A little every day will go a long way to lowering that natural frustration that can occur when we are not understanding each other.

If you’re interested in learning more signs to do with your baby, I like this beginner website: www.babysignlanguage.com

You can also visit www.signingbabies.ca and join a registered or drop-in class to play, sing and sign together in Vancouver. I’ll be offering more classes and workshops on baby sign language at Studio 202 throughout the New Year, so please join my e-newsletter list on the website to be the first to hear about new classes.

Lee Ann is a local Vancouver, B.C. mom who put her background as a preschool teacher, recreation centre class creator, and parent of two together with her personal love of sign language. After teaching her first child American Sign Language, she realized the incredible potential of being able to communicate easily with her young daughter before she could talk at all. A strong desire to share this tool with others saw the creation of Signing Babies, an easy-to-follow program involving beginner ASL signs while singing, rhyming, and playing together. She teaches baby sign language classes for families because she feels passionately about how well sign language works, and how much successful communication affects the happiness of both little ones and their caregivers. Please visit www.signingbabies.ca for more information about sign language and classes in your area.