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Yoga keeps you Cool

LIMES photo by hoach le dinhWith the recent heat wave we’ve had in Victoria, it finally feels like Summer! While this extra sun is exciting, it can also lead to excess heat and sometimes imbalance in both mind and body. According to Ayurveda, the sister science to Yoga, our inner and outer worlds are ruled by the elements. In Summer, there is typically an increase in the fire element (Pitta). In excess, this can contribute to fiery qualities in the mind (anger, impatience, irritability, competitive, judgemental) or the body (inflammation, rashes, heartburn, excess body heat). During hot weather, if you adjust your lifestyle, food choices, and even Yoga practice, you can support yourself to feel more calm, cool, and balanced. A few tips:

PLAYApproach all Yoga practice, sports, and Summer activities with a playful, non-competitive heart. If your Yoga practice is vigorous and heat-building, approach with with kindness and soften the need to get it “just right”.

SLOW DOWN. Spend time each week (or day!) in slow motion. Gentle practices such as Restorative, Yin, and meditation are grounding, cooling, and nurturing for the nervous system.

TWIST IT UP. Add at least one twist to your (more…)




The Moss Street Paint Inis one of our favourite days around here. As Paint In Open House 2016v2jpgthousands of people wander by, admiring the art festival that runs the full length of Moss Street, many people also wander in to Hemma to say hello. We LOVE this! To coincide with this community fun, we have an OPEN HOUSE on that day. On July 16th, we invite you stop by Hemma for prizes, sales, high fives and hugs!

A few highlights:
Acupuncture Sale ($85 for 5 Treatments)
– Yoga timecard sale ($65 for 450 min)
– Free Yoga (view schedule)
– Door prizes for classes
– 10-40% off everything in the store
– More prizes, just for showing up 🙂
– Our awesome staff to greet you!
Full Details here

Please leave yourself extra time to get to Hemma that day as Moss street is closed and parking spaces are limited. Extra high fives if you walk, bike, or take the bus!

We look forward to welcoming you into our Hemmahome!!


Thank you for your feedback!

Thank you, THANK YOU!

If you took the time to fill in our Yoga Survey this month, we thank you! flower brochuresReceiving your feedback is important for us to learn, grow, and serve you better here at Hemma.  We welcome your feedback always and reminder you that you don’t have to wait until the next survey if you have something to share! Congratulations to Michelle Milligan who won the Yoga Timecard draw!

Some of your feedback contributes to our long term planning for classes, events, and overall functionality of Hemma. We’d love to respond to right away to some of your feedback in the following categories:



Many of you said that you appreciate the ambiance of the studio, and its cozy homey feeling. Order, functionality, and cleanliness are important to us at Hemma and we have a dedicated team of volunteers and staff who practice Karma Yoga (the Yoga of Action) here. This means they mindfully put their energy into cleaning, organizing and contributing to the space as an extension of their Yoga practice.

Airflow in the studio is something some of you commented on and we are constantly working with it in this heritage building. We open the windows, turn on the fans and clear the air between every class. This is the room’s opportunity to breathe (fresh air in, old air out). In an effort to keep fresh air flowing, this often invites dust from the outside world. To remove the not-so-friendly-dust bunnies, we sweep the studio daily followed by mopping with an antibacterial cleaner. Our blankets, bolster covers and straps are washed on a regular basis.  We do our best to keep the space fresh and inviting for your practice and thank you for your suggestions.



Many of you commented that this is one of your favourite thing about coming to Hemma – that you can select a class style or time that aligns with your (more…)

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