Sun, Air, Sand and Ocean: Upcoming Yoga Courses and Workshops

Greetings, I hope you’ve all enjoyed this lovely transition into fall. I was fortunate enough to have a quick visit to Tofino to dance in the trees on the edge of the Pacific Rim Nation Park Reserve at Long Beach this September with Aeriosa. What a joy to take in the beauty and fresh air of that stunning place.

I’ve also recently completed my Intermediate Junior 1 teaching certification in Iyengar Yoga. I wanted to say a big thank you to my family, peers, and teachers who supported me in this work. The process of going through an assessment like this called to my mind tapas. Tapas is the third of the niyamas (personal observances) from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.  It has been translated into English as heat, spiritual austerities, fiery discipline and internal fire.

BKS Iyengar wrote that, “A worthy aim makes life illumined, pure and divine. Without such an aim, action and prayer have no value. Life without tapas is like a heart without love.

My aim was simply to learn more, to develop in my own practice, and to be able to share this information through my teaching. I certainly feel that much was learned through this process and I look forward to continuing to sharing it with my students.
Please join me for the next set of classes this fall. I’ll be continuing to teach at Yoga on 7th and Ocean and Crow. I’ve added two special Sunday night workshops at Ocean and Crow November 5th and December 3rd. See below for details.

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Upcoming Iyengar Yoga Workshops at Ocean and Crow

Happy, Healthy Hips and Knees

Sunday, November 5th, 7:00-9:00pm

Join me for an informative 2 hour workshop in which we learn to both strengthen and open the hips. Through a series of standing poses we will warm up the hip muscles and learn to identify which ones assist us in balances and help us find stability in our pelvis. Next we will explore the seated work of both internal and external rotation. Learn how to find more ease in your hips without straining the knees or ankles, bringing circulation to this large group of muscles, and creating a positive response throughout the whole body. This workshop is appropriate for students of all levels, including those working with injuries and pregnant students who maintain a regular practice.

$40+tax before October 28th. Late registration (after October 28th) $45+tax

Register: https://oceanandcrow.ca/node/1998

Journey Inward: Gentle Yoga and Restorative Iyengar Techniques 

Sunday December 3 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 pm 

As we head towards the darkest part of the year, come spend a Sunday evening with Iyengar yoga instructor Meghan Goodman and unwind. Together we will practice gentle yoga postures, be guided through a series of pranayama breath exercises and then settle into deep relaxation. This workshop is a great way to nourish your nervous system and prepare for a restful night’s sleep. This workshop is appropriate for students of all levels, including those working with injuries and pregnant students who maintain a regular practice.

$35+tax before November 26th. Late registration (after November 26th) $40+tax

Register here: https://oceanandcrow.ca/node/1996

Aligning Body, Mind, and Breath: Iyengar Yoga

Friday Mornings, 10-11:30am, 6-week course at Ocean and Crow

Register here: https://oceanandcrow.pike13.com/pack_products/437885

Do you want to start your day off right? Join Meghan Goodman, certified Iyengar yoga instructor, for an alignment based practice that will help you feel more centered and energized for your day. The teaching will focus on building stable and healthy foundations. We will work on improving concentration and developing inner awareness so that the postures become a form of ‘meditation in action’, integrating the body, mind and breath. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and we will discover together how the use of yoga props can assist us to find our bodies optimal flow of energy, to offer support when needed, and to move deeper in the postures without creating stress or tension. The specific content of the course will be tailored for the students enrolled; ie. where they are at in their practice, and what their goals and yoga curiosities are.

November 17th-December 22nd.

$102+tax before October 28th.

Late registration (after October 28th) $114+tax
*Registration for the full class comes with one Bonus Class that may be used before the end of the session for any other class on the schedule that allows drop-ins or to bring a friend (space permitting; please enroll online before class).

*This class has one spot available for financial assistance. Email julie@oceanandcrow.ca to apply.

 

Classes at Yoga on 7th:

Tuesdays 7:30- 9pm

First set September 19 – October 24 ** No class** October 31st

Second set November 7 – December 12

6-week session $96,  $180 to sign up for both sessions (12 weeks), $20 Drop in.

 

Saturdays 10:15am- 11:45am

First set September 23 – November 4 **No Class September 30**

Second Set November 11-December 16 (5-weeks) **No Class November 25**

6-week session $96, 5-week session $80, Drop in $20.

Email meghangoodman@hotmail.com to register for classes at Yoga on 7th

(cash, cheque or e-transfer only accepted)

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Spring into Summer Yoga Workshop

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It’s time to shed the lethargy of a long rainy winter! Jumpstart your spring and get ready for summer. In this workshop Siobhan and Meghan will lead you through a sequence of poses to increase energy, reduce sluggishness, and strengthen your upper body and core. We will teach you how to access these poses safely while taking you deeper into your practice, giving students the opportunity to work on arm balances and inversions at their own pace. This workshop is open to all levels.

Sunday June 11 ~ 2:30-5:30pm
Yoga on 7th ~ 156 East 7th Ave
Early bird ~ $45 until June 4
Regular price ~ $50

Meghan and Siobhan are both yoga instructors and professional dance artists. Between them they have 35 years of yoga practice and 16 years of teaching experience. They completed their Iyengar yoga certification with well over 1300 hours of training each.
Space is limited, to secure your spot please pre-register.

To register email info@vancouver-iyengar-yoga.com

For more info please visit: vancouver-iyengar-yoga.com or meghangoodman.com

Photo credit: Suzanne Rushton. Thank you to Alisoun Payne for joining us in this photo.

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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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.

Ropes Workshop May 28th

Come join Iyengar Yoga instructor Siobhan Sloane-Seale and myself for an afternoon of Yoga in the Ropes

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This 2.5 hour workshop will teach you how to use the ropes and sling to strengthen and open your hips.  We will lay the foundation for inversions like supported Sirsasana (headstand) and supported Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand) so that each student will receive the benefits of these poses at their own level.  The ropes teach your body the correct physical actions and therefore help you achieve the most benefits from each pose. There will be time to ask questions during and after the workshop.

Date: Saturday, May 28

Time: 2-4:30pm

Location: Yoga on 7th (156 East 7th Ave – laneway entrance)

Cost: $45 (Please pay by cheque or e-transfer)

Meghan and Siobhan are both yoga instructors and professional dance artists. Between them they have 34 years of yoga practice and 15 years of teaching experience. They completed their Iyengar yoga certification with well over 1300 hours of training each.

Iyengar yoga has become the steady path to finding stability and space in the body, the antidote to a physically demanding and busy lifestyle, and a method for moving deeper in the practice with intelligence and care. This workshop will help you understand your yoga practice and deepen your body awareness.

To register please contact meghangoodman@hotmail.com.

Returning to Work

Greetings from the baby bubble.

It’s been a wonderful summer of getting to know our little Sage and spending time with friends and family.

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I’m excited to announce that I’m slowly returning to teaching, Sunday night’s starting mid-September, and Thursday night’s beginning in October at Ocean and Crow Yoga. Both classes are Slow Yoga from 6-7:15pm. Hope to see you there.

I’ll be offering 3 workshops in October for the public on movement and photography at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster with Body Narratives Collective. See our Outreach Workshop page for more info, call 604 527 4640 or click here to register http://anvilcentre.com/register/

Sage and I have also been back to the dance studio, co-directing research through Project CPR. Body Narratives Collective (Julia Carr and I) are working towards a production, April 20-23rd, 2016 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Here’s a little video David Cooper shot and put together for us capturing a few moments from our process. Thank you to all the dancers, Joel Destefano for his musical contributions, and Claire French for her mentorship.