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.

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.

Spring Iyengar Yoga Classes and Urban Creative Retreat

Greetings and Happy Spring. A big thank you to all who came out for classes and filled up the workshops this winter.

I am excited to be offering a range of Iyengar yoga classes and a new urban creative retreat workshop this spring. Please contact me if you are interested in attending these or would like to book a private session. Feel free to pass along this info to any friends you think might be interested as well.

You can email me at: meghangoodman@hotmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

******Workshop Announcement*****

Awakening the Impulse

An Urban Creative Retreat

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As Spring emerges, come gather with others for An Urban Creative Retreat.

Allow the Seeds of Inspiration to be Unearthed.

Engage with others in various creative mediums, such as:

painting/drawing, collage, guided movement, meditation and discussion.

Through this creative process you can unblock channels and gain insights to take into your everyday life. No Art or Dance experience necessary.

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Co-facilitated by April Martin-Ko, a multi-disciplinary artist and holistic health practitioner, and Meghan Goodman, contemporary dance artist and Iyengar yoga instructor.

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When: Sunday April 19th
Time: 11:00am-4:00pm
(with a half hour break)

Where: Full Circle Studio (fullcirclestudio.com)
1183 Odlum @ William
Cost: $65 Regular
$55 Early Bird Rate until April 5th
$55 with a Friend
$50 for Students
To Register Email: aprilstendernest@gmail.com

*****Iyengar Yoga Classes*****

Monday evenings at Green Room Yoga:

7:30-9pm Iyengar Yoga
The current session runs from Monday March 2 – April 26, there are 5 weeks left in the current session, if you’d like to register for 5 classes the costs is $87.

At Green Room Yoga the small class size and progressive nature of a pre-registered class allows for a safe and supportive environment for deepening ones practice. This class in geared towards yoga students with some experience who would like to work on their strength, flexibility, inversions and alignment.This is a pre-register classes with some room for drop-ins, it is $14 to drop in your first time.

www.greenroomyoga.ca

2645 East Hastings Street

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Ocean and Crow Yoga/Space:

1707 Grant Street just off Commercial Drive

Thursday’s from 6-7:15pm: Slow Yoga

Sunday’s from 6-7:15pm: Slow Yoga

For a price list and full schedule see. oceanandcrow.ca

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Thursday morning’s at The Yoga Space:

Winter Session 2015: Monday January 19 – Sunday April 19 (13 weeks)

677 East 27th (in a new building on the north west corner of Fraser and 27th).

If you are curious to come try a class, the drop in price is $20.

8:30-10:00am  Iyengar Level 1

Suitable for those new to yoga, and/or new to Iyengar Yoga. Even practiced yogis will find a Level 1 class will help them discover fundamental principles that will refine and deepen their practice. The cost is $216 to pre-register for the 13 weeks of classes. The class size is small so you get lots of attention, plus this studio is well stocked with all of the props that make an Iyengar practice so unique, safe and rich in learning.

www.theyogaspace.ca

 

Winter courses and workshops 2015

Greetings from Vietnam, where my husband and I are celebrating our honeymoon with adventures on planes, trains, boats and buses as we traverse the country from North to South. Soon we are off to Cambodia and then Thailand, before we head back to Vancouver for the new year.

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I am excited to be offering a wide range of Iyengar yoga classes and workshops in the winter of 2015. Please contact me if you are interested in attending these or would like to book a private session. Feel free to pass along this info to any friends you think might be interested as well. You can email me at: meghangoodman@hotmail.com. Happy Holidays, looking forward to seeing you soon.

Monday evenings at Green Room Yoga:

7:30-9pm Iyengar Yoga
The new session runs from Monday January 5 – Sunday March 1 if you register by Sunday December 21st the cost is:
•$105 for 8 classes for 8 weeks. ($115 after this date)
•$170 for 16 classes in 8 weeks. ($185 after)
•$80 for 5 classes in 8 weeks. ($87 after)
•$215 for unlimited classes in 8 weeks, come to any class, at any time! ($245 after)
•Early AM yoga is $95 for 8 classes in 8 weeks, or $14 drop in.
All prices include GST.

At Green Room Yoga the small class size and progressive nature of a pre-registered class allows for a safe and supportive environment for deepening ones practice. This class in geared towards yoga students with some experience who would like to work on their strength, flexibility, inversions and alignment.This is a pre-register classes with some room for drop-ins, it is $14 to drop in your first time.

www.greenroomyoga.ca

2645 East Hastings Street

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Ocean and Crow Yoga/Space:

1707 Grant Street just off Commercial Drive

Thursday’s from 6-7:15pm: Slow Yoga

Sunday’s from 6-7:15pm: Slow Yoga

For a price list and full schedule see. oceanandcrow.ca

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Thursday morning’s at The Yoga Space:

TRY IYENGAR YOGA WEEK

For new and returning students all classes will be FREE from Monday, January 12 to Sunday, January 18

Winter Session 2015: Monday January 19 – Sunday April 19 (13 weeks)

677 East 27th (in a new building on the north west corner of Fraser and 27th).

8:30-10:00am  Iyengar Level 1

Suitable for those new to yoga, and/or new to Iyengar Yoga. Even practiced yogis will find a Level 1 class will help them discover fundamental principles that will refine and deepen their practice. The cost is $216 to pre-register for the 13 weeks of classes. The class size is small so you get lots of attention, plus this studio is well stocked with all of the props that make an Iyengar practice so unique, safe and rich in learning.

www.theyogaspace.ca

******Workshop Announcements******

From The Ground Up:

An Iyengar Yoga Progessive with Meghan Goodman (January)

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Looking to start up or refine your yoga practice in the new year? Join Iyengar Yoga teacher Meghan Goodman for a progressive series of classes on Sunday afternoons from January 11-February 1st. From the Ground Up is a month long course designed to create a strong foundation for beginner students 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.

Sundays, 2:00-4:00pm, January 11, 18, 25 and February 1, 2015.

$100+tax for all four sessions, or you may sign up for individual sessions at $30+tax/session if you contact Meghan directly. meghangoodman@hotmail.com

DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS JANUARY 4TH 2014

Week 1: Feet, Ankles, Knees, and Legs

Focus on the feet, ankles, knees and legs: Learn how correct actions and alignment in the standing poses can build energy, stamina, strength and confidence.

Week 2: Hips, Abdomen, and Lower Back

Focus on the hips, abdomen, and lower back: Learn how to safely open the hips and strengthen the abdomen, to keep your lower back healthy in practice and in life.

Week 3: Upper Back and Shoulders

Focus on the upper back and shoulders: Learn how to use the arms and legs to open your chest, and how to strengthen and open the shoulders to prepare the body for inversions.

Week 4: Inversions

Learn safe inversion practices for your own level of experience. Through preparations and the use of props, students will learn how to support their body and find optimal alignment in order to receive the many benefits turning upside down.

Registration is now open until January 4th at: https://oceanandcrow.ca/node/1332

An Introduction to Yoga in the Ropes

Join Iyengar Yoga instructors Siobhan Sloane-Seale & Meghan Goodman for an afternoon workshop on Saturday February 21st from 2-4:30pm at Yoga on 7th

(156 East 7th Ave – laneway entrance)

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This 2.5 hour workshop will teach you how to use the ropes and sling for basic poses such as chest opening, Urdhva Hastasana, standing poses, and also for more complex poses like inversions such as Adho Mukha Vrksasana (handstand preparation) and Sirsasana (headstand in the sling). 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.

Meghan and Siobhan are both yoga instructors and professional dance artists.  Between them they have 32 years of yoga practice and 12 years of teaching experience.  They completed their Iyengar yoga certification with well over 1300 hours of training each.

Cost: $40 (cash, email transfer, or cheque only)

You can mail cheques to:

Meghan Goodman

1853 East 6th Ave, Vancouver BC, V5N 1P4

Email transfer to: meghangoodman@hotmail.com