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International yoga day at hemma


International Yoga Day
With Hemma Teachers
June 21st, 2019

Join us in celebrating International Yoga Day at Hemma. In 2014, the UN recognised June 21st as International Yoga Day and states “Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolising the union of body and consciousness.”It is important, as yoga and its popularity grows, to acknowledge the origin and roots of yoga. It is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. We cannot lay claim to this ancient practice that has so generously been shared with us from the East. As we practice, we can honour the roots and practice by acknowledging where it began and the fact that it is not just a physical practice.  Yoga is not something you “do” it is a way we choose how to live our lives and live in this world. We would love to see you at Hemma and share our love for Yoga with you this June!

All day is “bring your friend for FREE”! If you have a valid class pass at Hemma,you can bring a friend or family member for free to all classes we have on Friday,June 21st.

FREE CLASS 12:00-1:00pm We are pleased to offer you an all level class from one of our wonderful Hemma teachers. The class is open to all and all you need to bring is your yoga mat!

Kirtan by donation finishes off this special day. Come to chant and meet your community with some Bhakti (devotional) yoga.


Deep Rest

Over the years working in the clinic I have learned that regardless of a persons health concerns, one of the most important contributors to health and well-being is Rest – Deep Rest –for the mind, body, and spirit.  Rest is the state our bodies need to digest, repair, mend, and heal. Unfortunately for many of us, rest is an increasingly scarce experience, despite the notion that Summer is restful time of the year.

Deep Rest only happens when you consciously rest.  Different from sleep, deep rest can be cultivated with the help of acupuncture, meditation, lying in shavasana.  Acupuncture helps by inducing a deep state of relaxation, making it easier to rest and quiet the brain.

Resting doesn’t always come easy, there are often a million things rattling around in our brains at any given moment — the grocery list, the argument we had with our friend, the school assignment, work tasks, the news, etc.  Yet, when we take time out to Rest Deeply, our bodies and minds have a chance to catch-up, to heal.  As a result we feel better, we perform better, and we are just more fun to be around!  So remember to make rest a priority in your life this summer!


Bike to Hemma Week

It’s always a good time to re-evaluate our habits — how we commute to our work and play
places being one of those habits. What better time than now to dust off that helmet, pump up those tires, and oil those chain links: your bicycle is calling! Not only is cycling a fun and functional activity, it is a way of life and makes a statement about the quality of air we want to breathe, the way we want to keep our bodies active, and the cityscape and cycling lanes we want to enjoy and  help create.

This week, in collaboration with Greater Victoria’s Bike to Work Week, we want to celebrate You on Your Bicycles, whatever your skill level and commuting distance. In honour of Bike to Work Week, we are throwing a special event: Bike to Hemma Week! Cycle to Hemma between May 27 and June 2, and get a chance to win free Yoga and Acupuncture!

We love family tandem trips, escapes out of town, zips through traffic, easy downhills, detours by Dallas Road, shortcuts through parks, and daydreams of trans-Canada journeys. Come share what you love about pedalling!