Yoga is not about self-improvement, it’s about self-acceptance. ~Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
When we practice yoga on a physical level we are moving our bodies in ways that stretch, strengthen and soften. We are able to experience where we are strong, where we would like to be stronger, more/less flexible, where we are injured and need more attention and so on. This is not a contest or a competition but us seeing the truth of our bodies. When we breathe we are also working with our body which is not disconnected from our minds and can feel the impact of focused breath to create energy and ease within our mind state. This physical level of getting knowledgeable about ourselves often starts to seep into our knowledge of reactions to certain poses, breathwork and we notice when we feel something – happiness, frustration, boredom and so on – and we can begin to become more aware of our reactions off of the mat and make decisions about whether to act … react … or not because our reactions aren’t helpful. When we become aware of ourselves then it’s interesting to notice how our connections to those around us may come into focus. One thing leads to another thing and yoga is like that!
One brave step onto our mat leads to the next brave step … anyone can practice yoga. My first yoga training was Bikram Yoga training, Bikram a controversial fellow at the least, but with wisdom, advised that “Anyone can practice yoga.” “If you can breathe you can practice yoga.” The first writing about yoga is believed to be the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Sutras are threads, so the sutras are threads that weave together ideas about the practice of yoga, they are general, succinct and much is left to interpret. The first sutra sets the stage. ‘Now, here is yoga.’ So yoga is not when you are thinner, have more energy, have more time, have lululemons, a better attitude, your life is more together, your hair is straighter, your teeth are whiter :) … it is now. And now. And now. Now, here is yoga. You are ready for yoga as you are.
Now, you are ready for yoga. Look at our schedule for January – we have pre-natal classes, kid’s yoga, teen’s yoga, active hot classes, slower moving classes, YogaBasics for beginners, Abundant Body sessions, meditation (yoga nidra sessions), karma drop-in classes for $5. Now, here is yoga. You are welcome at Kamloops Hot Yoga. All bodies are good bodies.
With love and all best wishes, now and into 2017
Prenatal Yoga with Vanessa Brown
One of my favourite quotes is from Barbara K. Rothman; “Birth isn’t just about making babies. Birth is about making mothers- strong competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and their inner strength." As a Holistic Doula Practitioner, I witness this amazing transformation first hand, and as a prenatal yoga teacher I strive to cultivate this in my class. Many people expect prenatal yoga to be a simplified, super gentle class, modified for pregnancy. I however believe that I offer far more than that in my teachings. My classes are hatha and kundalini influenced along with a blend of challenging and nurturing poses. I help you dig deep during more difficult poses to find inner strength and knowledge, as well as discover tools that can be used outside of class. (Ie. during the birthing time.) I also allow space for quiet reflection and relaxation, often ending class with a guided meditation. Blending my prenatal yoga training and my holistic doula training, I weave in bits of doula wisdom along with prenatal education to open the space for questions or sharing after class. I am often saying “Birth is not a written exam!” Don’t get me wrong. It is important to do research, read the books and watch the videos. If mothers don’t know their options then they don’t have any, but adding a physical education component to birth preparation is beneficial and rewarding in the long run. Research has shown prenatal yoga helps alleviate stress and discomfort in pregnancy, improve birthing experiences, improve healthy outcomes and provide tools for the transition into life with a new baby.
We are SO excited to announce our upcoming hot yoga teacher training with Kristin Campbell! We are still ironing out all the details but here is a teaser to get you started! Don't forget to add your email to our mailing list to stay in the loop!
- 200hr Canadian Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher Training
- It will cover Traditional Hot, Hatha and Vinyasa/Flow
- June, July, August 2017, one week each month.
- Individual modules and 80 hour hot yoga available
- Teacher Kristin Campbell has been teaching with YYoga in Vancouver for years and also at other studios around the world!