I am so excited to have committed to a 31 day studio yoga tour. As I check out a different teacher and or studio every day I will be writing about the experience. Please feel free to join me as I travel around, see schedule of coming up classes. Join the conversion; send us your yoga pictures, follow us on Twitter (@YogaWarehouseOK #YogaOK ) and FB http://www.facebook.com/YogaWarehouse for the chance to win some free stuff along the way!!
Kicking it all off with Shauna Nyrose at oranj Fitness in Happy Hour Flow. This class is something special! I have been trying hard not to use inappropriate words to describe something, however if I wasn’t I would have said this class is insane or crazy. OK I know that was a cop-out so let’s say this class was intense. Shauna led a full class of eager students through a fast passed flow sequence. One breath one movement was where we were at jumping and flowing into arm balances and standing balance postures, with the twists of longer hold core work. I loved the flow, there was no room for ego we were on to the next before there was time for judgement. Having said that Shuana left no space for judgement anyway reminding us that we were all in there for ourselves making up for the wine and cheese we were going to indulge in during the weekend; the class hinged on everyone moving together and working to their personal best. The sequencing was original and playful and I was happy to let her lead as there was no way I was going to remember one side to the next. I didn’t have to think, there was only movement, breath, and jokes…Shauna is quite the yoga comedian!
After Shauna’s class my man and some friends were planing on taking Tina Madl’s Zen Yoga at oranj so naturally I stayed and joined them. Tina set us up with a bolster, a strap, and blocks to maximize our comfort in class. The first half was deep stretches and nice hip openers, well nice for me the boys thought they were hard! After a soothing slow flow Tina guided us into a few long hold restorative postures. This class was lovely, a perfect way to unwind at the end of the week the combination of gentle movement moving into restorative postures made for a great savasana. I left feeling sleepy yet rejuvenated, and content.
Shelly Prosko is a physiotherapist and yoga instructor, branching into 2 modalities and brining it together is a gift and so was being at her Yoga for Stress and Anxiety Relief Workshop. Saturday Afternoon 40 people joined Shelly at the Rotary Centre for the Arts to learn about how we are and are not dealing with stress and anxiety and how that is affecting us. There was a great lecture to open as Shelly explained what stress was and how different levels and interpretations of stress can affect people in different ways. After this we moved into a practice, starting with a flow Shelly explained how restorative isn’t the only stress management practice but that for many movement is helpful. We ended the practice with a few restorative poses and a sweet long savasan. Once we were all awake again, there was a great discussion about our culture, health care, and the possibilities of shifting the way stress and anxiety is dealt with and managed. I was so happy to see so many people there to learn this very valuable information. Up to 90% of all doctor visits are have a connection to stress, this is clearly something that we need to take care of. If you get the chance to work with Shelly as she passes through Kelowna, jump on it!
Sunday morning at 8:30 I met a friend for the complementary Lululemon guest teacher class. Mike Christy was teaching and I was excited to take his class, I met Mike about a year ago however he doesn’t teach public drop in classes often (he said that was his first in 5 years) so this was my first time being a student in his class. Looking at Mike you might think he is a power teacher, he is strong and energetic, however the Sunday morning practice was a refreshing mix of gentle flow with long hold poses. The intensity of the practice did not come from quick flow or strenuous poses but from the complete attention to breath and proper engagement of the body. Mike weaves the teachings of yoga into the practices seamlessly, reminding us that yoga bigger than the work we do on the mat. There was a lot of levels and modification offered making the class suitable for everyone. Mike has a sweet teaching style, he is very honestest and humble as a teacher. What a wonderful way to start Sunday- Funday!
This is a fun experience I am looking forward to this week as, new local teachers during the week and Clara Roberts-Oss on the weekend!!! Hope to see you in one of Clara’s classes March 22,23, or 24 do not miss out on that!