May Yoga Sessions

I’m excited to offer some exciting progressive Iyengar yoga courses in May plus a special Yoga Workshop on Sunday June 11th from 2:30-5:30pm at Yoga on 7th co-taught by myself and Siobhan Sloane-Seale. More info coming soon….thank you to Siobhan for joining me (and rooting my elbows) in this photo by Suzanne Rushton.

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I’ve got two weekly classes coming up this spring.

Join me for a 6-week progressive series on Sunday evenings from 5:45-7:15pm at Ocean and Crow yoga. From the Ground Up is a 6-week course designed to create a strong foundation for students new to yoga while offering opportunities for those with a regular practice to deepen their understanding of the poses and how they work best in our own bodies. May 14- June 25 (no class June 11th). 

Sign up by May 6th to save on late registration fees. 

Register here:  https://oceanandcrow.frontdeskhq.com/pack_products/396670

Week 1: Feet, Ankles, and Knees: Learn how correct actions and alignment in the lower part of the body can help improve balance, stability, and joint health.

Week 2: Legs and Hips: Discover how the standing poses can build energy, stamina, and confidence while better understanding how to open and strengthen the hips.

Week 3: Abdomen and Lower Back: Focus on strengthening the abdomen to keep your lower back healthy in yoga practice and in life.

Week 4: Upper Back and Shoulders: Experience how the use of the arms and legs can support the opening of the chest. Find strength and space in the shoulders to prepare the body for inversions.

Week 5: Reverse the flow: Learn safe inversion practices for your own level of experience. Through preparations and the use of props, students will learn how to build strong foundations and find optimal alignment in order to receive the many benefits of turning upside down.

Week 6: Restoration and breathing: The final week of this session will offer a chance to work with the subtle body through gentle postures and exploration of pranayama, the art and science of the breath.

I’ll also be teaching Tuesday night classes from 7:30-9pm at Yoga on 7thThis lovely studio is equipped with wonderful props to enhance the practice, such as the ropes wall featured below.

The new 6-sessions starts May 9th-June 13th and June 20-July 25th

6-week sessions cost $96, if you sign up for all 12 weeks the price is $180. Drop-ins $20       Cash, cheque or e-transfers accepted.

Contact me at meghangoodman@hotmail.com to register.

Signing up for a session, even when it’s only six weeks long, is a commitment. So for students who have never come to Yoga on 7th before there is a new offer of $50 for 5 classes in two weeks. In two weeks you’ll get a quick sense of the studio and its teachers, and you can check us out at a steep discount on yoga and Pilates classes.

Visit this link for more information: http://www.yogaon7th.com/new-students/

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Springtime Yoga and Aeriosa Dance Performance

Well, spring is almost here….and in the meantime, here are a few yoga classes to keep you feeling inspired and healthy. As someone who experiences seasonal allergies, I find yoga at this time of year particularly helpful.

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I’d also like to invite you to join me for a special noon hour performance at the The Dance Centre. I’ll be performing with Aeriosa Thursday March 30th at 12pm. More info and tickets here:

http://thedancecentre.ca/discover_dance_aeriosa2

Teaching Schedule:

Tuesday night classes from 7:30-9pm at Yoga on 7th  

March 21-April 25 (6-week session $96)                                                    [

Cash, cheque or e-transfers accepted.

Contact me at meghangoodman@hotmail.com to register.

2 classes per week at Ocean and Crow Yoga

To avoid late registration fees sign up before March 22nd.

A new benefit is that we are offering a Bonus Class, which is an extra class on us you can use for anything that allows drop ins on the schedule within eight weeks of your purchase. That means if you sign up today you can use it today! Use your Bonus Class to try out a different class than your usual, or if you have to miss one of your regular classes.
You can also use it to bring a friend to the studio, you just have to email julie@oceanandcrow.ca with your friend’s name and email address so she can set that up for you.
Each of my courses at Ocean and Crow has one spot available for financial assistance. Email julie@oceanandcrow.ca to apply.

 

 

FRIDAYS, 12:00-1:00pm Stretch and Strengthen: Noon Hour Iyengar Yoga

5 classes, March 31st-April 28th $85+tax

Late registration (after March 22nd 8th) $95+tax

SUNDAYS, 6:00-7:15pm Stretch and Strengthen: Iyengar Yoga

4 classes, April 2nd-April 30th (no class April 16th for Easter) $68+tax

Late registration (after March 22nd) $76+tax

Hope to see you on your mat soon.

 

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Thank you to Siobhan Sloane-Seale, Alisoun Payne and Aileen Warbrook for joining me in these photos from Yoga on 7th, taken by Suzanne Rushton.

 

Move, breathe and feel well…new yoga courses starting soon

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Come deepen your practice; move, breath and feel well. Ocean and Crow Yoga courses starting up soon. Register before midnight Feb 8th to get the early bird discount.

THURSDAYS (Feb 16th-March 23rd) 6 weeks

6:00-7:15pm Deep Breaths, Calm Mind: Restorative Iyengar Yoga with Meghan Goodman

FRIDAYS (Feb 17th-March 17) 5 weeks

12:00-1:00pm Stretch and Strengthen: Noon Hour Iyengar with Meghan Goodman

SUNDAYS (Feb 19th-March 26th) 6 weeks

6:00-7:15pm Stretch and Strengthen: Iyengar Yoga with Meghan Goodman

There are also still a few spots left in my Tuesday night class from 7:30-9pm at Yoga on 7th . 

January 31-March 7 (6-week session for $96)

Second set runs from March 21-April 25 (6-week session $96)                                                    [no class March 14]

Or sign up for both and save. $180 for 12-weeks. Cash, cheque or e-transfers accepted.

Contact me at meghangoodman@hotmail.com for more info.

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Thank you to Siobhan Sloane-Seale, Alisoun Payne and Aileen Warbrook for joining me in these photos from Yoga on 7th, taken by Suzanne Rushton.

Winter Yoga Sessions: Deep Breaths, Calm Mind

Come join me on Thursday December 22nd from 6-7:15pm to sample the new class I’ll be teaching at Ocean and Crow beginning January 5th. The class is called Deep Breaths, Calm Mind: Restorative Iyengar Yoga, and will combine gentle stretching, and breathing exercises that will leave you feeling mentally and physically refreshed.

 The class I’m offering on December 22nd is complimentary, but we do require you to register at least 24 hours in advance to save your spot.
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This is the link for the course on Thursday’s from 6-7:15pm, it runs from January 5-February 9:   https://oceanandcrow.frontdeskhq.com/pack_products/355275

I’ll be continuing to teach on Sunday’s at Ocean and Crow from 6-7:15pm, a more active Iyengar class called Stretch and Strengthen: Iyengar Yoga. January 8-February 12:  https://oceanandcrow.frontdeskhq.com/pack_products/355272

And I’m adding an active Stretch and Strength Iyengar noon hour class on Friday’s as well from January 6-February 10:  https://oceanandcrow.frontdeskhq.com/pack_products/355269

*there is one spot available for financial assistance in each of these classes.
Email julie@oceanandcrow.ca to apply.
 Discounts for early bird registration are available before the end of November, please message me for the code.

Tuesday night’s from 7:30-9pm at Yoga on 7th will also be continuing in the new year. I’m offering a free trial class on Tuesday January 10th from 7:30-9pm. Please email at meghangoodman@hotmail.com to reserve a spot.

Regular Tuesday night classes resume January 31-March 7 (6-week session for $96)

Second set runs from March 21-April 25 (6-week session $96)                                                    [no class March 14]

Or sign up for both and save. $180 for 12-weeks. Cash, cheque or e-transfers accepted.

I also recently wrote an article about home practice; finding the time, establishing a routine and making it a habit. Perhaps you will find inspiration over the holidays and between sessions to continue with your practice at home.

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Photos by Suzanne Rushton.

Fall Iyengar Yoga Classes

 

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I’m very excited to be teaching a new Iyengar yoga class this fall at the beautiful Yoga on 7th studio, Tuesday night’s from 7:30-9pm.

First set: Tuesday 7:30-9pm, September 20 to October 25,  6-week session, $96
Second set: Tuesday 7:30-9pm, November 1 to December 6, $96

$180 to sign up for both sessions (12 weeks)

Please message me at: meghangoodman@hotmail.com to register, and check out his link for more information. http://www.yogaon7th.com/meghan-goodman

I am also very happy to be continuing to teach at Ocean and Crow Yoga/Space with their new pre-registered course program.

There is a chance to check out a class for free on Sunday November 6th from 7:45-9pm. Sign up here at least 24 hours in advance: https://oceanandcrow.ca/node/1880

Regular classes run Thursday and Sunday night’s from 6:00-7:15pm

Iyengar Yoga to Improve Mobility, Stability, and Strength

Second session starts November 13th/17th

Early bird discounts available until November 6th. Classes are already starting to fill up, so register soon to reserve your spot.

Register for Thursday night’s here:
https://oceanandcrow.frontdeskhq.com/pack_products/330484

and Sunday night’s here: https://oceanandcrow.frontdeskhq.com/pack_products/330494

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Thank you to Siobhan Sloane-Seale, Alisoun Payne and Aileen Warbrook for joining me in these photos from Yoga on 7th, taken by Suzanne Rushton.

Dancing on the Edge Festival

Thank you to everyone who came out to see performances at this year’s festival. I had the great pleasure of performing at the Firehall Arts Centre as part of EDGE One in Here on the Ground, a collaboration between Body Narratives Collective and Sarah Chase

In the duet Here on the Ground, we discover the unusual friendship shared between Julia and Meghan through the lens of their aerial dancing exploits, new motherhood, family name confusion, Platypus mating rituals, and ultimately the love and loss inherent in family cycles.

Choreographer: Sarah Chase
Dancers: Julia Carr & Meghan Goodman

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Plank Magazine review By Lawrence Kelson reads:

“‘Here on the Ground’, choreographed by Sarah Chase and performed by Meghan Goodman and Julia Carr was a physical theatre piece about the unusual real life friendship of the two dancers. With simple stage props, recorded music, spoken word and simple but elegant movement built around an invented visual sign language this piece charmed and captivated from the start. Goodman and Carr’s warm, open, and likeable characters shone through with clarity and grace as their stories unfolded before us. It was a performance that encapsulated something very real, current, and fresh, and was delivered with incredible clarity. This was a hugely appealing dance piece that moved its audience with its relatable naturalness and simplicity.”

and the Georgia Straight review by Alexander Varty reads:

“Two out of three aren’t bad.

Actually, two out of three are superb, although the third is only intermittently interesting. We’ll take those odds.

 The 2016 edition of the annual Dancing on the Edge festival (which runs to July 16) got off to a wonderfully warm start withHere on the Ground, choreographed by Body Narratives Collective and Sarah Chase. It’s a quietly sophisticated meditation on time masquerading as a sweet look at the friendship shared by dancers Julia Carr and Meghan Goodman, the collective’s founders, and it works beautifully on both levels.

At its simplest, it’s about two women who have much in common despite their very different backgrounds. Carr, tall and blond and Nordic, is the daughter of a successful gastroenterologist. Goodman, short and dark and Jewish, has to cope with a father who, technically speaking, is a manager in the family business, but who, with his guitars and books and vinyl, is an unfulfilled artist and dreamer. But both dancers have recently given birth to sons, and both share an easy intimacy as well as the kind of sunny optimism that beams off the stage.

There’s a funny bit about platypuses and a dreamlike image of a river made from a single blue rope. There’s a lot of illuminating discussion of Goodman and Carr’s work with the Aeriosa aerial dance troupe, and a funny display of the suitcase-full of togs and gear each carries on their excursions with child. There’s not a lot of outwardly impressive dance in this text-driven work, but there are a lot of finely honed gestures taken from everyday movement and then delivered, perfectly, at hyperspeed. And there’s a single, heartbreaking moment in which Carr reveals that her dad will never meet her baby, because he died 11 years before his grandson was born.

Poignant and lovely, Here on the Ground held the audience’s attention for all of its 28 minutes.”

And joined Aeriosa again for the first time since my son was born in:

Pseudotsuga – Earth to Sky

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Aeriosa Dance Society | Julia Taffe

Aeriosa’s new site work is an interspecies collaboration between vertical dancers, musicians and a beautiful grove of tall trees in Stanley Park. No need to choose between art and nature on a lovely summer afternoon.

Choreographer: Julia Taffe
Live Music: Lan Tung & Jonathan Bernard

The Georgia Straight’s Janet Smith writes:

Aeriosa flies hypnotically high at Dancing on the Edge

“Tourists looked rightfully awed when they stumbled upon Aeriosa’s treetop performances in Stanley Park, part of the Dancing on the Edge festival this week.

It was one of those uniquely Vancouver experiences where nature, art, and world cultures meshed in surprising ways. Aerial dancers, suspended from the heights of a grove of old evergreens, moved like animated totem creatures to the mesmerizing sounds of Lan Tung’s erhu and fellow Orchid Ensemble Jonathan Bernard’s drums.

The show was called Pseudotsuga—Earth to Sky, named for a genus of conifers that includes B.C.’s Douglas firs. And there was a definite feeling of sacred rite to the piece—a communing with nature that found the eight dancers, in their harnesses, clinging sculpturally to the trunks amid the rustling branches. In the work—choreographed by Julia Taffe, who has moved from downtown concrete structures to more natural settings over recent year—the performers sometimes gripped the bark upside-down like tree frogs, hung off the trees at 90 degrees, and interwrapped  themselves between the trunks like snakes.

The best vantage point was lying on the needle-carpeted ground below them, staring skyward at the moving forms. The show carried on Dancing on the Edge’s long tradition of site-specific work, commendably engaging the public in the art form in new—and highly unexpected—ways. The sizable all-ages crowd seemed hypnotized by the slow and meditative creation.”

Body Narratives Performances 2016

 

Thank you to all who came out to support the premiere of Ties That Bind at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, April 20-23rd, 2016. Featuring new work by BNC (performed by Erin Lequereux, Jess Ames and Eowynn Penny-Huguet) and a brand new commission from choreographer Sarah Chase (performed by BNC Co-Directors Julia Carr and Meghan Goodman). A big thank you to the Shadbolt for the production residency and partnership that made this possible!

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dancers in rehearsal, left to right: Erin Lequereux, Jessica Ames and Eowynn Penny-Hugut

MascallDance Presents:
BLOOM – an hour of laughter, wine tasting and dance

MascallDance’s BLOOM is a provocative cinq-a-sept – a casual and playful, informal showing of dance wine and comedy. Three Tuesdays after work our 6 artists in residence will show 5-minute sketches of dance paired with a wine. Jennifer Griffin, our stand-up storyteller, interprets the dance for the audience. Join us at St Paul’s in the West End for an hour of laughter, wine tasting and dance.

Doors at 4:30pm | Show 5pm-6pm | Latecomers welcome
Tuesday February 16th
Tuesday February 23rd
Tuesday March 1st

$10 | Entrance and 6 wine pairings
Extra glasses of wine available at $5 a glass

1130 Jervis St, Vancouver, BC V6E 2C7

Choreography by:

Body Narratives Collective
Lily Cryan
Jennifer Mascall
Olivia Neill
Zahra Shahab
Claire Twiddy

The event: A sommelier selects a wine for each work based on adjectives each of the 6 choreographers uses to describe their dance. Spectators are invited to sip a soupcon of the wine while viewing a 5-minute excerpt of the dance. Then a kind but audacious stand-up comic tickles funny bones by interpreting the dance just viewed. The comic storyteller is able to wittily articulate what is crossing the audience’s mind and has the nerve to say it aloud. Interpretation is laid bare in a sensorial way.

The series: MascallDance’s creation and performance series BLOOM has been a feature of Vancouver’s West End since 1994. Emerging choreographers apply for BLOOM’s choreographic training, mentoring & editing by Artistic Director Jennifer Mascall, combined with use of the company’s beautiful west end studio. Over three studio performances, their work-in-progress is sampled by the public in an informal, cocktail hour atmosphere.