A Comment from Lea C:

Thanks for the updates Monica! 
I really appreciate your timely updates and thoughtful newsletters. 
I've been doing a fair bit of Yoga at the studio lately
and I just have to say what a very talented roster of Instructors you have there.
- all fantastic!



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YIN YOGA & SOMATICS






























Hanna Somatics is an effective form of neuromuscular (mind-body training) movement re-education that goes directly to the root cause of most chronic muscular pain: the brain and the way in which it senses and organizes the muscles and movement.  
With Hanna Somatics, you are using the motor parts of the brain,
especially the motor-sensory cortex, to voluntarily contract a group of muscles,
and then slowly and with control,
voluntarily release out of contraction to rest and relaxation.
This technique is called pandiculation and though perhaps counter-intuitive (we tend to think that we need to stretch) often releases tight, contracted muscles in a very short period of time.

In recent times there has been a lot of research done on the fascial tissues of the body. 
 Fascia is a collagen-based body-wide web consisting of fibrous and elastic connective tissues embedded in a matrix. It is everywhere and has different names such as tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, aponeuroses, muscle septa, and more. Muscles are embedded in pockets in the fascia. Everything: muscle fibers, blood vessels, bones, nerves, organs, and more, is wrapped in some form of fascial tissue.

 Fascia plays several important roles in the functional organization of muscles and our body as a whole. Different fascial tissues emphasize different roles. Some are better at muscle force transmission, some are better at transmitting proprioceptive information (sensory information about gravity and where our limbs are in space), gut and organ fascial sensory receptors transmit interoceptive information informing us about our sense of self, and research now is also showing that fascia contains many nociceptive nerve endings (pain receptors; sympathetic innervation), and much much more.  

In Yin Yoga we target the fascial tissues throughout the body through longer held positions with the muscles relaxed. Fascia is very responsive to the state of the nervous system and to the breath so postures are held in a comfortable near end range position with breath flowing easily to stay as relaxed as possible. 
In Yin Yoga and Somatics we combine specific movements and pandiculations and periods of stillness with the intention of releasing tension and creating balance throughout the body.

DROP IN & join us on Saturday mornings @ 8:45 - 10am:
no experience necessary.




INTERESTED IN KNOWING MORE ABOUT THE FASCIA? Here is an excellent documentary 
'The Mysterious World under the Skin'


THANKSGIVING  LONG WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Saturday OCTOBER 6
  • 7:30 - 8:30am HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) with Amy
  • 8:45 - 10:00am YIN YOGA & SOMATICS with Monica
  • 10:15 - 11:15am ZUMBA with Sandra

Sunday OCTOBER 7
  • 9:00 - 10:30am HATHA YOGA all levels with Maree 
  • 11:0am- 12:15pm: 'Restore the Core' SOMATICS with Arlene

Monday OCTOBER 8

  • 9:00 - 10:15am Yoga PILATES FLOW with Cathy
  • 10:30 - 11:45am SOMATICS with Monica

* all afternoon & evening classes are cancelled for the holiday *
OUR CLASSES



 are open to everyone, regardless of their level of experience, 
as we are offering mindful practices which are meant to be experienced on a personal level, 
within a comfortable physical & mental state. 

This means that a first time beginner could enter a more advanced class,
 but would choose to not participate in anything that felt unsafe or stressful.
Everybody is encouraged to explore a comfortable range of motion and rest or sit quietly whenever necessary. Visualization is a very powerful tool for neuro-muscular education..

Foundation & all level Hatha Yoga, Somatics, Restorative and Yin classes are more gentle & suitable for all levels: including beginners, those who are working with injuries, getting back to physical exercise or wanting to move better, relax and unwind.

Flow, Core Yoga & HIIT classes tend to be more challenging.

Our classes are offered on a DROP IN basis:
no need to reserve a place or pre-register.
We have all equipment including mats, bolsters. blankets & props available to borrow:
free of charge.





OCTOBER SCHEDULE

MONDAY (holiday schedule on Oct 8)
  • 9:00 - 10:15am Yoga Pilates FLOW (Cathy Hanan)
  • 10:30am - 12:00 pm Somatic Evolution (Monica Crane)
  • 6:00 - 7:15pm Core FLOW (Kelly Urquhart)
  • 7:30 - 8:45pm Yin Yoga (Lynsay Pacey)

TUESDAY
  • 6:00 - 7:00am HIIT (high intensity interval training) with Amy
  • 9:00 - 10:30am Traditional Hatha Yoga all levels (Marie Allison)
  • 11:00 - 12:15pm Yoga for Better Bones & Balance (Marie Allison)
  • 4:00 - 5:00pm ZUMBA for BEGINNERS (Sandra Lamplugh)
  •  5:30 - 6:45pm Yoga FLOW (Michele Archibald)
  • 7:00 - 8:15pm Deep Healing Restorative Yoga (Linda Shore)

WEDNESDAY
  • 9:00 - 10:15am Yoga FLOW (Kelly Urquhart)
  • 10:30 - 12:00pm Somatic Evolution (Monica Crane)
  • 6:00 - 7:15pm Slow FLOW Yoga (Michele Archibald) 

THURSDAY 
  • 9:00 - 10:15am Yoga Pilates FLOW (Cathy Hanan)
  •  11:00 - 12:15pm 'Restore the Core' SOMATICS (Arlene Curry)
  • 5:30 - 6:30pm Yoga Pilates FLOW (Alexandra Pony)
  •  7:00 - 8:15pm YIN YOGA for Autumn (Maree Metcalf)

FRIDAY
  • 9:00 - 10:30am Hatha Yoga all levels (Janet Budden)
  • 11:00 - 12:15pm Applied Somatics (Kathryn Hodgson) 
  • 5:30 - 6:45pm Yoga FLOW (Michele Archibald)

SATURDAY
  •  7:30 - 8:30am HIIT: high intensity interval training (Amy Mitchell) 
  • 8:45 - 10:00am Somatics & Yin Yoga (Monica Crane) 
  • 10:15 - 11:15am ZUMBA all levels (Ximena Londono/Sandra Lamplugh) 

SUNDAY
  • 9:00 - 10:30am Hatha Yoga all levels (Janet Budden) 
  • 11:00 - 12:15pm 'Restore the Core' Somatics (Arlene Curry)