READINESS YOGA WITH JESS
The focus of the practice is to connect to your body, to feel confident, to be ‘ready’ to face the challenges of life. An opportunity to find balance and strength both mentally and physically. Moving and experiencing forms through yoga to help improve sleep, sciatic and low back pain and build mental resilience.
If you’ve never tried yoga but have heard the hype and want to see what it’s all about; are an experienced practitioner and want to reconnect to the basics; or recovering from a work related injury, this class is for you. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Jess has been a practitioner of yoga since 1996 and completed her 200 hour Teacher training in April of 2017. As a police officer for the past 14 years and a mother of 4, Jess has discovered the physical and mental benefits of a regular yoga practice and is excited to share it with others. Using a Hatha based platform, she invites you to be guided through a practice of movement and breath that works for your body. Whether you are an athlete looking to stretch out, a first responder seeking some tactics to center and relax from the stresses of the work life balance, a long practicing yogi looking to reconnect with the basics, or brand new to yoga, there is a place for you in her class. Leaving judgment and expectation at the door to connect body and mind and practice skills that will let you build resiliency and balance both in and out of the studio. A breath of fresh air for men and women alike, with a special focus on providing a space for first responders to learn and practice.
SOOTHING RESTORATIVE MIND/BODY WITH PATRICIA
You can expect passive, fully supported poses with props; bolsters, pillows, blankets and more! Finding physical comfort while being fully guided in breath work and easy mindfulness practices. This will positively affect the body’s natural healing abilities by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for deeply relaxing. You may experience many physical benefits including: lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduced stress levels, headaches; stimulation of immune and endocrine system; improved digestion, fertility; reduction in muscle tension, insomnia, and generalized fatigue. Nourishing all the qualities that exist within you.
Join Patricia as she guides you in this class with a variety of standing, balancing and floor poses that will challenge your mind and body. We will warm the body and link the physical postures with conscious breathwork that will help you gain strength and flexibility. Suitable for all levels of experience.
Yoga has been a part of Patricia’s life for the past 10 years. Her practice has helped her grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. ‘Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully’.
With her extensive fitness background, Patricia always thought yoga would be easy. She came from the mindset of ‘no pain, no gain’. After her first yoga class she found it was NOT as easy as imagined, but the true surprise was the sense of peace and joy she found.
Her desire is to share yoga with others in a non-judgmental environment, to offer mindfulness to increase overall health and well-being in this rushed and chaotic world. To help inspire others and evolve in their yoga practice. To have her students step away from seeing yoga as another fitness class and start to recognize its benefits to enhance their everyday lives. Also to understand it’s okay to slow down and take time for themselves. Self-care is so important. She strongly believes the relationship you have with yourself is the most important one, as it is the foundation for all others in your life.
‘I have a passion for living well and living fully. I am a lifelong learner and becoming a yoga instructor has affirmed my love as a student. I learn every day from my students and my body.’
GENTLE HATHA YOGA WITH SUSAN RIND
Susan’s love for nature has inspired her to create theme based classes, the unity of the elements with yoga interaction. Every class is sequenced differently adapting with the seasons and the positive energies of the day, embracing the variety that comes with exploration and sense of adventure. Flowing sequences ensures students build understanding, confidence, and growth in their yoga practice.
The class encourages proper alignment of the body to bring balance, strength, and a positive, rewarding experience. Students will be challenged in a playful supportive way to reach beyond their perceived limitations. This gentle Hatha class is ideal for those completely new to the yoga mat, to those seasoned and everyone in between.
Susan is an Entrepreneur/Jewelry designer and has enjoyed her yoga practice for over 12 years now. She discovered her yoga path when she lost her Dad to cancer many years ago. The stress was so intense that she fell into a deep, silent depression. Doctors wanted to put her on anti-depressant pills, but Susan knew that there had to be a better way to heal. She was introduced to yoga. With focus and her commitment to herself to find peace, balance, harmony and love in her life, she began a dedicated yoga practice. Susan’s intention and vision was to one day share the healing experience through yoga and all it has to offer. So, at the age of 56, Susan took it upon herself to make her dream come true by enrolling in Yoga Teacher Training with Leanne Kitteridge at Shibui Yoga.
She believes that a Yoga practice should be awakening and calming. By helping others to move their bodies with greater ease and with proper alignment, they will experience a deeper connection to their self, inner wisdom, intuition and peace.
It is Susan’s desire to make yoga fun and accessible to all levels where we all can grow together.
SLOW HATHA WITH SYDNEE
As humans, we typically tend to take the path of least resistance. One example of how this manifests itself is through our posture – so often we hunch and curl and relax into our ligaments, rather than using our muscular strength to support ourselves, whether it’s standing or seated. In this hour long Hatha practice we will slow down our movements and focus on bringing our bodies into alignment. By doing this, it means that our muscles can perform with the most efficiency, so we can develop strength from the inside out to breathe deeply and move with ease and integrity. We will stretch what is tight, strengthen what is weak, and find balance in the body and the mind. This class is suitable for all levels, so long as you let go of expectations.
You may recognize Sydnee from our sister clinic, Fort Langley Massage Therapy. Sydnee has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2014, working largely with a population of people dealing with muscular pain that is a result of dysfunction in the body. Through her years as an RMT, Sydnee found that yoga was the perfect remedy for a lot of the issues she treated, and even issues she dealt with herself, such as back and neck pain, and headaches.
Sydnee has practiced yoga on and off since high school, knowing she would eventually want to teach and share this beloved practice to others. She deepened her practice in 2015, finding the benefits remarkable in returning balance to her body and mind after leaning over a massage table all day. Sydnee studied yoga with ProHealth Yoga Teacher Training, finishing her 200hr YTT in January 2018. Led by a Naturopathic Doctor and a Chiropractor, this program was specifically developed for health care professionals and focused largely on anatomy and alignment. It is Sydnee’s belief that when we bring our bodies into proper alignment we are then able to use and strengthen our muscles in the most efficient and beneficial way. Sydnee is all about slow, strong movements paired with breath. She loves teaching all levels, offering alternative movements for wherever your body is at. In her classes you will hear a lot of alignment cues, breath cues, and probably the occasional yoga joke. The best thing we can be in our practice is light hearted, non-judgmental and present.
HATHA – ALL LEVELS WITH LISA
This all levels, alignment based class will incorporate movement and breath while exploring shapes and being true to our own self and listening to our body.
This alignment based class will flow though postures while linking breath to movement.
Lisa has been a practitioner of yoga for many years and a fitness instructor since the late 1990’s. Because of her love of yoga, body and movement and her love of learning, Lisa completed her 200 hour teacher training at Shibui yoga in July 2015. She then went on to take further training in restorative and yin yoga. She completed her 500 hour teacher training again with Shibui Yoga in February 2018. Lisa loves to theme classes and teach classes with a peak pose but also loves to enjoy movement and life in general while having a little fun.
HATHA WITH HAILEY
Reduce stress, increase strength and well-being. This Hatha class includes asanas lead by our breath to aid in the mind-body connection. It is an uplifting practice for starting the day off right using meditation and breathwork. Poses will be held for several breaths, just the right amount of strength with just the right amount of relaxation. Modifications are available.
Hailey majored in dance at Langley Fine Arts School and has 10+ years of dance training in ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary and stage. In school & dance there was a lot of pressure for perfectionism – soon Hailey found her love of yoga which enabled non-judgment, more creativity and a stronger mind-body connection.
She is currently enrolled in school to become a nurse. Hailey loves spending time with her cat and her fluffy white pomsky dog, as well as the outdoors; near the ocean is best. Travelling near and far are in her vision for the future.