Yoga

At Rasayana Studio we are pleased to offer a number of great yoga classes with skilled professionals who will cater to a variety of levels and styles. You can learn more about our practitioners and their classes below.

HATHA YOGA WITH PAM

Classes are mainly in the Hatha tradition, suitable for ALL LEVELS of yoga experience.  An exploration of breath and postures, we focus on elongation of the spine, and a settling into the breath.  We take time for you to explore your own body and ease your way gently and gradually into deep release.   Allow for self-discovery; move at your own pace; and find ease and joy in your practice.

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PAM WEIDENHAMMER

From a Hatha yoga background (with a smattering of different styles thrown in the mix), Pam guides you through an inquisitive self-inquiry with a more gentle approach, encouraging an attitude of curiosity and lightheartedness in your practice.   Learn to listen to your inner guidance to find the practice that best suits your current mind/body state and allow yourself to ‘JUST BE’.  Each day of yoga practice; each time you roll out your mat; each breath; brings about a new experience, a new opportunity for discovery, to learn about yourself, and to find love and acceptance within.  Pam believes we all have the innate ability for self-healing, so with an open mind, a tender heart, and the gift of patient perseverance, we can peel away the layers to uncover a sense of harmony and vibrant health within.

She has also studied Ayurveda (ancient Indian holistic healing system – known as the sister science to Yoga), is a certified Reflexologist and has studied Touch for Health.  Pam believes our learning path is life-long and forever providing us with opportunities to expand and grow.  She loves to walk in nature and finds tremendous joy and a deep connection to Mother Earth.

CLASSES WITH GAYLENE:

RESTORATIVE YOGA

Gentle class that uses fully supported Hatha yoga postures to improve well-being through the release of tension, gentle re-alignment and calming the mind. We use props to support the postures, while gently stretching and strengthening the body. Great for any and all ability levels.

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Gaylene Yoga Class and Instruction in Fort Langley

GAYLENE THOENY

E-500hr Registered Yoga Teacher RYT, RCYT, RPYT, LVCY, CCRT, BCRPA YL, Yoga TFL, PT

I am an E-500hr RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher), Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT), Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT), Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher (LVCY) & Certified Children’s Relaxation Teacher (CCRT). My first 200hr’s I trained through YogaFit Training Systems which is a fitness based yoga training system. My additional 300hr’s I trained through South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) which is traditional yoga training. This balance of fitness and traditional has created a unique style. I am also a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Leader and Yoga Leader through BCRPA which is a fitness governing body in British Columbia. I am registered with Yoga Alliance (YA) which is a Yoga Registering Body. I don’t own my own studio but work out of Community Halls, parks, my home as well as the Township of Langley’s Community Centers. I have been fortunate enough to do some very unique and exciting trainings over the years including Yoga for Fertility and Yoga for Round Bodies – I bring all this unique knowledge into my classes and my yoga teacher training.

Gaylene is the founder and lead Trainer for one of the very few 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher program that is based in the Fraser Valley. This program focuses on alignment, options and modifications with a focus that everyBODY can do yoga. A lot of the practical training is based at Rasayana Studio, with a few other locations in and around Langley.

To inquire contact Gaylene at groveyogaschool@gmail.com

GROVE YOGA SCHOOL

Grove Yoga School offers a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training (200hr RYT registered with Yoga Alliance) based out of Fort Langley and Rasayana Studio.

Our philosophy is that Yoga is for everyBODY. You don’t need to be super flexible, super fit, or be a particular body type to do Yoga. You just need to want to do it! We help you learn what works for you so that you can go into any Yoga class anywhere, feel comfortable, confident and successful.

We incorporate our Yoga philosophy into our training. You just need love, passion and dedication (on and off the mat). We don’t expect you to be able to do all the poses (asanas) in all their infinite variety. But, you will understand them and be able to aid your students in finding and adapting poses that fit their own journey into Yoga.

We offer a flexible training schedule that fits into your life. Want to do your Yoga Teacher Training while your kids are at school or your significant other is at work? We can accommodate that!

We include supervised practicum classes which allows you to graduate the program ready and confident to teach.

Past your completion of our 200hr RYT program we offer specialty workshops in Kids Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Seniors Yoga, Yoga for a Bigger Body and more.

See www.groveyogaschool.ca for more information.

To inquire contact Gaylene at groveyogaschool@gmail.com

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!

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JESS MACLEAN

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.

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HATHA FLOW

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.

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PATRICIA SCHMIDT

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.’

HALF & HALF – HATHA/RESTORATIVE WITH LONNIE

Begin with Hatha and transition to floor/restorative poses towards the end.  This is a nice mix of both physical and restorative poses. A perfect way to end your day. Suitable for all levels of yoga experience, beginners welcome.

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LONNIE DOELL

Lonnie’s love of yoga began many years ago when she took her first Hatha class. She loved how it made her feel physically but loved the mental benefits even more. It is a practice that uses both body and mind. The body performs the poses, but the mind challenges your abilities to refine and sustain them.

Early on in her yoga journey, Lonnie dreamed of becoming a yoga teacher as she wanted to share the benefits of yoga with others. This dream came true last fall when she began the 200-hour yoga teacher training program at Shibui Yoga in White Rock, completing this course in February 2017. She trained using the five principals of alignment to safely practice yoga, and also studied the meditative side of yoga by learning about the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and how to use them in both yoga practice and in everyday life.

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.

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Yoga Instruction in Fort Langley

SUSAN RIND

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.

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SYDNEE RUSSELL

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.

FLOW/VINYASA

This alignment based class will flow though postures while linking breath to movement.

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LISA THOMPSON

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.

DYNAMIC YOGA WITH KAREN

Suitable for students both new to yoga and with an established practice.
Dynamic Yoga classes include longer holds in our strength poses and flow based asanas/poses to bring heat and cardio to our practice.

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KAREN PLEDGER

As a yoga student since 1998, Karen has experienced the physical and mental benefits of her Hatha yoga practice. She is thrilled to share her passion for yoga with her students. Karen is a compassionate teacher dedicated to guiding her students through their practice in a meaningful way.

Yoga is about the journey. Through our yoga practice we can harmonize the body with the mind through our pranayama (breath), asana (poses), and stillness practice.

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.

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HAILEY HALVORSON

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.


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