Category Archives: Yoga

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!



Falling in Love with the Process

If you’re like me you may have noticed that the short cloudy days of January have had an impact on those previously bright and shiny new year resolutions. That original intention that seemed so clear, so strong, seems less so on this cold morning, and the motivation that felt so effortless is suddenly an enormous weight of entropy pulling you back under the covers.  Fear not, it just means it is time to readjust your original motivation!

Most of us start out with an intention that is extrinsically motivated as opposed to internally motivated. We want to beat our time in a running race, stand on our head, fit into our favorite pants, or touch our toes. But what happens when we get there, or, when we don’t? Our motivation vanishes and often sends us in the opposite direction of our desired goal. Intrinsic motivation involves falling in love with the task itself, the process as opposed to the end result.

Within the practice of hatha yoga it is similar, there is no end point to a yoga pose — no place where one can say, “I did it”! Instead, like playing an instrument, there is a never ending journey of self exploration, forever deepening and expanding. A process as opposed to a product.

The reward itself is never enough to sustain us, that is why we must come to love the process itself. The process of practice that deepens the connection to our Soul and, as a result, allows us to share this greater Self with others. Remember, it’s not how far you go, it’s how you go far!

February is a short month, and just enough time to readjust to a committed mindset for 30 Days of Practice, from March 1st-30th. We are and continue to be here to support your practice, your process, your journey. See you on the mat!


No Place Like Home

Fall is the season of turning inward, of slowing down, and of establishing new routines. As we round the corner to our tenth year in business, we are excited to offer you a new Yoga pass option to support your Yoga habits! Hemma means home, and over the last decade of welcoming you for Yoga and Acupuncture, many of you have truly made Hemma your home away from home. (We love this!) For our Yoga students who spend a lot of time here, the new no-place-like-home membership is $99/month and offers you unlimited access to our 35+ classes per week. This pass requires an initial 4 month commitment and since you are charged automatically each month, you don’t have to worry about topping up your pass. If you’ve been wanting to get back to the mat, purchase your pass online and we’ll see you soon!