We host regular workshops, specialty classes, and events to deepen your practice in a community setting. Payment is required at the time of registration and GST will be added to the price. We often require a minimum number of participants to run a workshop, so if you are considering attending, please register one week prior to avoid disappointment.
J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7
FUNdamentals of Yoga – 6 Week Series
With Jenafor Ryane
Tuesdays at 7:45-9:00pm
January 10th – February 14th
This 6 week progressive series for beginners to Yoga offers a safe, fun, welcoming space to learn foundational pranayama (breathing) and asana (physical postures). This course offers support to brand new beginners and also to students looking to fine-tune their existing practice. In these moderately paced classes, learn to listen to your body as you gain an understanding of your unique ability within each new pose. Build strength, flexibility, and balance while developing a safe and empowering understanding of the basics so that you can join drop-in studio classes with confidence and ease! If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about, come out and give it a whirl!
– Exploration of foundational standing and seated postures, and breathing techniques
– A focus on alignment based technique for safety
– The how and why of yoga props- because we can all use a little extra support sometimes!
– Time for workshopping more complex poses and time for questions
– Debunking of some common myths like, “Yoga is only for people who can touch their toes”
– Support to help you find drop-in classes that are just right for you!
Investment: $80-$100 Sliding Scale
Only a few spots left! Please call to reserve your place in the series.
Yoga for Anxiety – 6 Week Series *SOLD OUT*
With Melody Walford
Thursdays at 7:45-9:00pm
January 12th – February 16th
Yoga offers mood management support to people dealing with stress and anxiety. Comelearn practical tools to bring yourself back into balance. This 6 week progressive series will guide you through specifically researched postures (asana), pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation (mind medicine) that will focus on relieving stress and anxiety.
The aim is to empower you with a greater understanding of yourself and the practice of yoga; so you can incorporate this powerful practice of self-care into your daily routine. We will work on calming the nervous system to bring you back into connection with your true nature. Create space in your life, once a week for six weeks to trust, breathe, and let go. All levels welcome. No prior yoga experience needed, come as you are and begin a deeply healing process.
Investment: $80-$100 Sliding Scale
SHE RECOVERS: Sacred Pause Saturday *SOLD OUT*
With Taryn Strong & Dawn Nickel
January 14th at 1:00-3:30pm
Explore the Yoga for Recovery practice approach developed by Taryn Strong specifically for people in recovery. In this women-only workshop, Taryn will help you to create a comprehensive, healing practice of your own. She will lead you to integrate breath and body movement with the wisdom of yoga and meditation to enhance the most important connection you can make – to yourself. At the end of the practice, Taryn will share the wisdom she has gleaned this past several years about the benefits of incorporating Essential Oils as part of our recovery pathways and patchworks.
We are all recovering from something, and recovery comes in many forms. We recover from drug addiction, alcoholism, codependency, love and sex addiction, disordered eating and eating disorders, workaholism and perfectionism. We recover from depression and other mental illness, burnout, anxiety, stress, trauma, grief, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, self-harm, cancer and chronic illness. We recover from having our hearts broken, from losing our marriages, our homes, or our jobs. Women recovering in all areas of life are warmly welcomed to this Sacred Pause Saturday. All levels of yoga experience, including beginners, will benefit from the content of this class.
Taryn, along with her mother Dawn Nickel (PhD) live in Victoria and are the co-creators of the popular online and in-real-life recovery community She Recovers.
Investment: $35 Before January 9th / $40 After
Meditation Facilitation Mentorship Program
With Michael Stone
January 16th – 28th
Have you studied mindfulness or meditation and want to go deeper? Are you a yoga teacher, psychologist, nurse, educator or in the caring professions and want to facilitate meditation at work? Do you want to learn the deeper roots of contemplative practice?
This Meditation Facilitation Mentorship Program (MFMP 2017) is designed for delivering mindfulness meditation practices to others, including a variety of different populations, in small groups and one on one.
The course will integrate the traditional maps of meditation in the Buddhist and yoga traditions with the insights of Western psychology and neuroscience. The aim is to prepare participants to teach meditation by combining deep personal understanding, a contemporary language for describing what happens in meditation, and the essential skills for facilitation.
Mondays – Fridays 12:30-4:30pm
Sunday – Day off
Are you interested in learning more about your connection with self and others, personal integrity, sensual awareness, and spiritual awakening?
Come spend time in a conscious and safe environment where we will explore movement, breath, and Tantric exercises to enhance your ability to connect. Get comfortable in your own skin while challenging your limits to intimacy! Fun partner activities, gentle movement exercises, conscious breath-work, and guided discussion will provide the opportunity for you to deepen your understanding and connection with yourself and others. You can feel free to rest or pass on any exercise.
Women, men, couples, singles, LGBTQ, everyone welcome.
Safety & discretion guaranteed. Learn more about SoulTouch
No need to pre-register – just drop in!
Friday Night Kirtan
With Kelly, Tia, and Damian
January 27th at 7:30-9:00pm
Kirtan is a form of Bhakti (devotional) Yoga where community gathers to share in call-and-response chanting, therein discovering that which unites us to each other. Most of the chants are in the ancient but timeless Sanskrit language. These sounds vibrate within the physical and subtle body, quieting the mind and purifying the heart. No experience is necessary, and song sheets are provided.
Investment: $5-$20 Sliding Scale
F E B R U A R Y
Yoga 4 Youth – Girls & Boys Aged 11-15
6 week series with Cara Calibaba
Wednesdays at 3:45-4:45pm
February 1st – March 8th
Yoga 4 Youth is a flowing, heart-centered class which encourages tweens to develop strength, flexibility, focus and a sense of oneness. Our peaceful studio setting will allow participants to feel nourished and supported by the use of a variety of yoga props. Each youth participant will explore breath work, mindfulness techniques, and basic Yoga Philosophy. This practice is perfect for young individuals that are looking to release stress and improve physical wellness. We look forward to sharing the sacred science of yoga with youth. *Beginners welcome, no prior yoga experience necessary*
About Cara: Cara Calibaba is a BC certified teacher and graduate from the University of Regina’s Arts Education program where she studied dance education. As a former school teacher, she has developed a passion for creating cathartic and grounding experiences for children of all ages and abilities. Now based in Victoria, she is the creator and founder of Enlighten. Learn more about Cara and The Enlight 10 Educator Scholarship www.enlight10.info
Yoga for Back Pain – 6 Week Series
With Nyk Danu
Fridays at 12:30-2:00pm
February 3rd – March 10th
Got Back Pain? I’ve got your back! Experience the benefits of Yoga with a focus on the back, neck and shoulders. Whether you sit at a desk all day or are generally sore and tight, this class is for you. Special attention will be given to stretching and strengthening all the muscles that support the back including the core.
This class starts off with flowing poses (Yang) to increase circulation, create warmth, detoxify the body and build strength In the muscles needed to support a healthy back. Then shifts gears moving into the relaxed practice of floor poses (Yin) using the support of props when needed for three to five minutes at a time . Yin yoga postures gently stretch and rehabilitate the connective tissues that form our joints, allowing us to maintain and restore joint and muscle flexibility.
Relax, let go, and allow more creativity, vitality, intimacy and insight to flow in your life.
Join Brian and Debbie for a monthly offering of music and movement medicine. Sessions begin with group toning and chanting, followed by a simple, gentle breath and movement practice, culminating in a deeply relaxing and transporting sound bath that blends Sanskrit chanting, indigenous medicine melodies, Tibetan bowls and other sonic delights. Please bring a yoga mat.
Investment: $15-$20 Sliding Scale
No need to pre-register – just drop in!
Restorative Yoga & Thai Massage
With Cedar Sorensen and Coralie Charland
February 5th at 2:00-4:00pm
Cultivate deep relaxation through the combined therapeutic power of Restorative Yoga, Thai massage & a Loving-Kindness practice. During this special 2-hour class, while being guided through a series of relaxing, restorative yoga poses, you will receive Thai massage therapy. The combination of yoga and massage allows you to let go of deep tension, breathe more deeply, and almost effortlessly flow into bliss. The loving-kindness practice offers us a chance for deep self-nurturing and supports our subtle body. This combination will open the practitioner to experience benefits on a physical, mental and energetic level.
Wear comfortable, layered clothing and leave all your cares at the door. Class size is limited to ensure quality massage time.
Investment: $50 before January 30th / $60 after
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Anxiety and Depression
9 Week Series with Sarah Kinsley MEd (C. Psych), E-RYT 500, RCYT
Tuesdays at 7:15-9:30pm
February 7th – April 4th
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a clinically proven therapy for working with anxiety and preventing relapses in those who suffer from depression. It combines the practice of mindfulness meditation with the skills of cognitive therapy. Over the eight-week course, students will learn a variety of techniques that can used to develop a new relationship with thoughts, emotions and body sensations. MBCT teaches how to break the patterns of anxiety and depression through practical and adaptable skills that can be used in everyday life. This course is for anyone experiencing moderate anxiety/depression. It is also recommended for people with a history of depression. This course is not intended as training for clinicians interested in facilitating MBCT courses. The class size will be limited to eight students. Note: Week 1 is Orientation & Interviews, followed by 8 week course. Class held in Acupuncture Clinic.
Sarah Kinsley teaches in the Integrated Mindfulness Certificate at Royal Roads University and serves as a therapist and facilitator at Bridges for Women Society. She has extensive training in Mindfulness-Based Interventions including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
Investment: $295-$325 Sliding Scale
Pearl & Earl’s SpeakEasy:
A Poetry & Performance Open Mic Night
February 10th at 7:00-9:00 pm
For the shy and courageous, beginner and veteran alike! Come if you have a poem, song, stand-up routine, improv skit, or piece of wisdom to share – or come if you just want to listen and enjoy a great community evening of fun and merriment. Enjoy your own 5-7 minutes of fame!
Led by your enthusiastic hosts Earl & Pearl, who will offer their own songs and stories for your entertainment. No worries if you don’t have something to share – we’ll have a basket of quotes, poems & other fun ideas available, if you feel the call to perform something. This is a great opportunity to challenge and express yourself, or support others who want to!
Earl & Pearl are a local couple who love to sing folk music, practice yoga and meditation, walk their dogs, and have deep discussions on the nature of love and life. You may recognize Earl as the alter ego of one of Hemma’s own acupunks! 😉
Intimate Intelligence — A Workshop For Couples
With Michael Hall and Penelope Hagan
February 18th at 1:00-4:00 pm
Breathe, De-Stress, Relax, and Connect!
This workshop is for committed couples who are curious about safely exploring the world of sensuality within their relationship. The workshop will include exercises designed to:
– Help you clearly identify your boundaries and preferences
– Help partners communicate their desires to each other in playful loving ways
– Give you a collection of games, tools, and activities, to increase pleasure and connection
Expect to be inspired and awakened to your own sensuality and to your partner’s!
To learn more about Michael and Penelope and their work visit SoulTouch
Investment: $75 per couple
Yoga for Self Love: Living a Life of Embrace
With Melody Walford
February 25th at 1:00-3:00pm
A gentle vinyasa practice to connect one to the practice of embrace and self-love. The ancient teachings of yoga guide us towards inner balance, by reminding us to look at what is challenging and painful with acceptance and reverence. We will work with body image; perfectionism and comparison to free ourselves from the beliefs that keep us feeling separate, less than worthy and blocked from shining our light in the world.
Bring, an open heart and mind. A journal and pen.
Investment: $25 Before February 21st / $30 After
M A R C H
Find Your Own Flow: Sequencing Asana to Personalize Your Practice
With Brian James
March 4th at 1:00-4:00pm
In this 3-hour experiential workshop with Brian James, you’ll learn how to combine
breath, movement, mantra and meditation in a life-supporting Hatha Vinyasa Yoga practice that will strengthen your body, quiet your mind and open your heart. We’ll explore ways to modify many popular yoga postures to suit your ever-changing needs at home and in group classes. You’ll also learn an easy way to safely and effectively sequence them into a home practice that is personalized and adapted to your needs and daily schedule. The workshop will conclude with a deeply restful Yoga Nidra soundbath for integration and restoration. Detailed handouts will be included.
Investment: $35 Before February 28th / $40 After
Meditate & Educate: Sharing Meditation with Kids & Teens
With Cara Calibaba
March 25th at 1:00-4:00pm
Giving ourselves and the children in our lives the tools to build present moment awareness, emotional literacy and a sense of oneness. In this adult workshop you will learn how the basic science and philosophy of meditation can empower the children and teens in your life!
-Discover how modelling mindfulness techniques can inspire youth to embody a regular stillness practice.
-Investigate how meditation and emotional literacy can help children cope with everyday stressors.
-Explore meditation techniques combined with breath work and movement.
-Receive a Meditation Tool Kit to support a practice for kids & teens.
This workshop is great for school teachers, yoga teachers, parents, grandparents and anyone who works with kids & teens. No prior meditation experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a journal, pen, yoga mat, and meditation cushion if you have one. Bolsters, blocks, and blankets will be provided.
Investment: $50 Before March 21st / $60 After
*A donation will be made to The Enlight 10 Educator Scholarship from your registration fee. Please visit Cara’s website for more details: www.enlight10.info
– If you cancel 7 days prior to the event, we can offer you a full refund or credit at Hemma.
– If you cancel within the week prior to the event, we can offer you a credit at hemma, minus a $5 administration fee.
– If you cancel the day of the event, or don’t show up for it, no refund or credit will be offered.
– It is rare that we cancel a workshop, but if we do we will give you 24 hours notice and offer you a full refund or credit at Hemma.
Thank you for your understanding.