Meditation and Joy
5 week series with Padma
JAN 30TH-FEB 27TH
In this 5 week series, Padma will guide you through meditations skills that cultivate deep joy and clarity. There will also be insightful discussions of philosophy, including wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita. Everyone welcome to this experience of discovering inner joy. No Meditation experience required and experienced practitioners are most welcome.
Padma is one of Canada’s most renowned teachers of Meditation and Self-Awareness. She is the host of the nationally-aired television series Padma Yoga and has lead meditation workshops internationally since 2000. For more about Padma check our her website www.padmameditation.com
Investment: Sliding scale $110 to $130.
Yoga for healing
5 week series with Cedar Sorensen
February 11th-March 10th
This series aims to empower you with yogic tools for greater wellness & healing, and equip you to get more benefit from your drop-in classes. Classes will be slower paced, allowing time to learn the therapeutic benefits of the practices, and of specific postures. A selection of examples of mini-lessons which will be included within each Hatha class are:
- how to improve posture and relieve back pain
- support digestion
- improve sleep quality
- how to calm anxiety or increase energy with pranayam (breath)
- the yoga of sound (nada yoga) to clear the mind and heal the body
- meditative practices to help improve our mental and emotional health.
You will come away with a broader understanding of the breadth of yoga and how to use these tools for your empowered well-being. Resources in the form of handouts, links to videos and articles will be provided.
Investment: Sliding Scale $80-$10
30 days of practice opening ceremony
with Hemma Teachers
Sunday, march 1st 6:30pm
Join your community at Hemma for this special event. Come to meet your teachers, community and set an intention to guide you through the 30 days of practice. Yoga can be practiced everyday, though meditation, Asana, service (Karma Yoga), as well as the way we speak and live in this world. We have a chance to practice yoga all of the time, not just on our mats!
Join us for this free session to set your intention, connect with others, and receive a welcome package.
You will be guided in a short meditation which counts as your first day of practice!
No need to register, just drop in.
The Lotus Sessions: A self guided practice and live music
with Rara Avis & Michael Hall
Friday, March 6th 7:30-9:00 pm
Come to experience the original meaning of “flow yoga” — an innovative experience providing yogis with a safe, supportive space for self guided practice, surrounded by a seamlessly created flow of live music crafted specifically for the yoga journey.
The Lotus Sessions will begin with a guided meditation and warm-ups done together, lead by yoga teacher Michael Hall. You will then be invited to flow into the experience of a solo yoga practice. Listening to your body as you move through the yoga practice that moves you. The solo practice will be inspired by a soundscape crafted by Rara Avis, a 20 year practitioner of the yogic arts with a specialized focus on creating seamless music for yoga using guitar, flutes, beats, drones and vocals. He will be joined by special guest musician Michael Hall, owner/founder of Hemma. We will end this practice by being guided into Savasana, where we will rest together.
The right sounds invite both body and mind into a state of surrender, daring, acceptance, and self guidance. The practice can deepen the breath and cultivate flow with ease. Practicing silently with others can be inspiring, calming and invigorating. The focus for this time together will be creating a safe, deep, evocative space in which yoga, breath and body can naturally flow harmoniously together
You can find out more about Rara Avis at https://www.raraavismusic.com
Investment: Before March 2nd $20/ $30 After
Ayurveda and yoga for graceful aging: A workshop for women
with dalia Yanai and Sarada Jagannath
Saturday, March 7th 12:30-4:00pm
This workshop will delve into the perimenopausal and postmenopausal periods in a womans life.
From an Ayurvedic perspective, it is the viewed as the transition from Pitta time to Vata time. This learning opportunity is for you, if you are starting to sense changes to your normal cycles and rhythms, or if you are experiencing symptoms such as hot-flashes, memory loss, insomnia and more.
We will explore basic concepts of Ayurveda and how they relate to different stages and transitions in women’s lives, and we will learn about common imbalances and some ways to deal with them, using Yoga, Ayurvedic nutrition, lifestyle practices and herbal remedies. Each participant will have the chance to prepare, drink and take home their own an herbal tea mixture!
Investment: Before March 2nd $60/ After $70
with hemma teachers and Guests
Friday, March 13th 7:00-8:30pm
Satang is a Sanskrit word which translates loosely to “being in the company of the truth” and refers to a group of like-minded people who engage in spiritual discussion and teachings. We will chant, meditate, learn about yoga and yogic philosophy and then eat together as a community in a vegetarian pot-luck afterwards. Everyone is welcome and if you cannot bring food to share, please just bring yourself.
Investment:$5-$20 Sliding Scale Donation
Jivamukti Master Class and Live Music
with Jonni-Lyn Friel and Sarah Osborne
Saturday, March 14th 1:30-3:30 pm
Jivamukti Yoga, developed by Sharon Gannon and David Life, offers the contemporary yogi a creative approach to living in the world today. This practice offers vigorously physical and intellectually stimulating yoga classes. Class includes Vinyasa (flowing asana sequences), hands-on adjustments, Pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, Sanskrit chanting, Yogic philosophical teachings and deep relaxation with music playing an integral role in the class.
Join certified Jivamukti Teacher Jonni-Lyn Friel for this fun, uplifting and challenging Master Class. The class will be themed around the Focus of the Month for March. Students will receive a handout of the focus of the month, the sequence and resources. Teachers and experienced students welcome!
Sarah Osborne is a sultry folk from the west coast. Songtress and sea queen, this Victoria singer-songwriter / marine biologist blends genres seamlessly with her unique voice and clever guitar styling. You can hear more from Sarah here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ok0fLUSVpk
Investment: Before March 9th $25 / After $35
Wake up to Life: Life Guidance with the End in Mind
6 week series with Jenafor Ryane
March 17th-April 21st
Tuesdays 7:45-9:15 pm
When we avoid death, we also avoid life.
Join certified Death Doula and Yoga teacher Jenafor Ryane for a series designed to support you in waking up to your life, including death. Jenafor will use five aspects of life (physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, and practical) to inform each session and guide you toward living your best life now with the end in mind.
Each session will include time for gentle guided movement, group discussion, writing/reflection, and meditation. Weekly handouts and take-home assignments are an integral part of this series.
Who is this for: Anyone interested in connecting more deeply with life.
What to bring: Yoga mat, pen and paper
What to wear: Comfortable clothing
reawaken! qi gong for the busy bee
with Wesley Salter
saturday, march 21st 1:00-3;30pm
A unique series of relaxing 7 minute Qi Gong sequences designed to awaken, recharge & revitalize your energy throughout the day.
It can take longer than 7 minutes to order a latte from your favorite coffee shop, make a bowl of oatmeal or check your instagram feed. It only takes 7 minutes of breathing deeply & moving peacefully for your body to recharge & replenish, sending a ripple effect throughout your entire energy body, cultivating ‘full power’. Reawaken is an exploration of a unique series of Qi Gong sequences [1 for each day of the week] designed to relax the breath, body and mind, allowing you to cultivate clean, fresh, flowing BIG Qi and promote a long & healthy life. These flows can be done by anyone, anywhere, anytime!!!
Qi Gong, often referred to as ‘Taoist Yoga’ or ‘Tao Yin’, is a powerful ancient Chinese practice based on the premise that the human body is an energy system. Qi Gong practitioners mirror the movement of nature to awaken the flow of Qi [Life Force/Prana]. This unique practice is composed of tension-releasing stretches, graceful moving meditations and nature-inspired standing postures. Harmonized with balanced breathing and a present, clear mind, this practice empowers a direct connection to the universe & nature by tapping into your ‘life-force’ potential.
Find out more about at Wesley www.wesleyoga.com and YouTube@wesleyqigong
Investment: Before March 16th $35 / After $45
– 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.