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- Session: Six week session starts Tuesday, March 4 at 8:15 pm
- Location: Garden of Breathin’ (inside Silver Sage Therapy Center), 391A Aberdeen Street SE, Medicine Hat, AB
- Investment: $75 for six weeks or $15 drop-in
- Commitment: E-mail email@example.com to pre-register
Type of Yoga
Yoga Moves for Dudes is a six week introduction to basic hatha yoga including sun salutations, standing poses, backward bending poses, forward bending poses, inversions, breathing exercises and meditation. The focus is on the fundamentals with time to work at an individual pace, try out different yoga moves, and ask questions. The goal of Yoga Moves for Dudes is to prepare you for daily home practice and/or join other yoga classes throughout the city.
Yoga is Awesome
The results of speak for themselves:
- Increased flexibility and body awareness
- Reduced risk of injury from sports
- Increased recovery time from injury
- Increased balance, focus, and concentration
- Enhanced ability to relax
- Reduced stress and disease
- Improved diet
The list goes on and on.
From 2003-2005, I taught English in Japan and studied yoga with Oliver “Stymie” Reinsch. When it was time to leave Japan I asked Stymie where I could learn more about yoga. He said, “India.” So I went.
I spent six months travelling and doing yoga. I did a teacher training course with Swami Brahmananda of Aranmula, Kerala. Swami’s motto? “This yoga is not about the bendings.” After two months of daily, intensive practice, Swami qualified me to teach basic hatha yoga.
I’ve been teaching off and on since 2006. Sometimes I take a workshop to deepen my practice, but mostly I do yoga at home, every single day. Four times a year I organize 108 Sun Salutes to help families affected by addiction and violence.
I’m doing 108 Sun Salutes #7 on March 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Garden of Breathin’ in Medicine Hat. Space is going to be tight so e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on coming. Price is pay what you can ($20 recommended) and I donate $5 of every $20 to the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society.
Thanks to all our sponsors. Valhalla Pure – 10% off yoga gear for the first 10 yogis! Vita Coco — free coconut water for everyone! Keylime Athletic Wear — free gift for the first 20 yogis!
Kristen Stuart is taking care of 108 Sun Salutes #3 in Canmore. Save the date March 22 at 1:00 pm at Elevation Place. E-mail email@example.com for details and to get involved.
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Interested in doing 108 Sun Salutes in your town? Visit 108sunsalutes.com or read the archives to learn more.
My wife and I travelled the world once. We started with two bags each. Heavy. But a funny thing happened along the way. The longer we travelled, the less we owned. About six months into our trip, we were down to one bag each.
We met an Australian art dealer who traveled so light. Toothbrush, toothpaste, a change of shorts and a t-shirt in one of the those drawstring backpack dealies. He’d been traveling around India for over a year.
Now that my wife and I are making babies we like to apply the lessons we learned on the road. More often than not we leave the stroller at home and wrap the baby or just carry her along. We try not to have too many toys (even though we know it’s impossible to have too many toys).
With kids in the house I’m learning to appreciate the space between the stuff. I get the whole minimalist thing but find the unrelenting tone off putting. I like the opposite approach. When I focus on the space, rather than the stuff, I find even more space.
I learned how to find space from doing yoga. My first down dog was a crunched up disaster. Heavy and stiff. After ten years of daily practice I know how to lengthen the spine and make space in the body so I can breath. Now my down dog feels strong and light.
Living light is hard work that’s worth the effort. It lets you move fast and strong through the world.