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.
Hemma’s 10th Birthday!!!!!!!!!!
A decade of serving YOU, our vibrant community, with Yoga and Acupuncture deserves a celebration! We wouldn’t be here without you and your dedication to practice and self-care. Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm.
October 1st-31st – BIRTHDAY BINGO!
Collect stamps all month long for things like “I put my shoes on the shoe rack”, or “I booked Acupuncture online”, or “I attended Hatha Yoga”. Every time you complete a line on your bingo card, you can enter our weekly draw for huge prizes! We will draw big prizes every Tuesday in October.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga Workshop
20 Hours with Facilitator Nicola Mosley, MSW, E-RYT 200 and assistance from Sarah Kinsley MEd (C. Psych), E-RYT 500, RCYT
October 20th, 21st, 22nd, 2017
This is designed for yoga teachers, practitioners and professionals working with trauma survivors. It focuses on understanding the foundations of trauma theory, the principles that inform trauma sensitive yoga, and provides specific tools to support serving anyone who has experienced trauma within a public yoga class or professional clinical setting. This applied skill development opportunity will strengthen an understanding of resilience within the body and brain, and what supports creating a trauma-informed practice and space. The program is designed for professionals and practitioners who are looking to expand their practice to include treatment of the body, as well as the mind.
Trauma Center-Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is registered with NREPP as an evidence-based adjunct technique for clinical treatment supporting healing from complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). TCTSY has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, Neuroscience, and Hatha Yoga practice with an emphasis on body-based yoga forms and breathing practices.
Friday October 20th at 12:30-4:30pm & 7:00-9:30pm
Saturday October 21st at 12:30-4:00pm & 6:30-9:30pm
Sunday October 22nd at 2:00-4:00pm
(20-hours includes 15-contact hrs, with 5-hrs of pre-course reading and homework)
Investment: $370 before October 2nd / $395 After
*Note: Participants DO NOT need to be certified yoga teachers to attend the training and this workshop is a pre-requisite for the 300-hr TCTSY certification program out of the Trauma Center. Read more about the workshop.
Chair Yoga – 6 Week Series
With Cara Calibaba
Thursdays at 2:00-3:00pm
October 26th to November 30th
Yoga is for everyBODY! In this gentle, fluid and empowering class, you will practice yoga poses with the support of a chair. The chair allows you to explore the mind, body and spirit connection in a slow-paced, balanced and mindful way. Together we will learn how to use our breath to increase flexibility and strength, while decreasing tension and stress.
Investment: $80-$100 Sliding Scale
Friday Night Kirtan!
With Kelly, Tia and Damian
October 27th @ 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
Dreaming In The Dark
with Natalie Rousseau
October 28th @ 1:00-4:00pm
In this workshop we will explore teachings and practices inspired by the dark season and the threshold space of Samhain or Halloween, a potent time of year for inner exploration and subtle practice. This event will include an all levels yoga & meditation practice, mantra work, simple ritual, group discussion, and personal reflection. You will be invited to take place in the creation of an ancestors altar if you choose, and it is recommended that you bring a journal.
Investment: $40 Before October 23rd / $50 After
This workshop is SOLD OUT. To be added to the wait list you are welcome to give us a call 250-294-0434.
Yoga 4 Youth- All Genders aged 10-15
8 Week Series with Cara Calibaba
Wednesdays at 3:45-4:45pm
November 1st – December 20th
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
Investment: $100-$135 Sliding Scale
Journey Through the Meridians: A 6-week self-care Series
With Aaron Banfield R.Ac.
November 2nd – December 7th
This highly experiential workshop will take you on a trip around your body to deepen your relationship with your meridian systems and the role they play in your physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual wellness. Each week will focus on one meridian and its associated organ. We will explore its nature what we tend to experience when disharmony arises within it. Then we will practice acupressure, meditation, and qi gong techniques to bring that meridian system into balance. The purpose of this workshop is to help deepen your understanding of your own health patterns, and to provide you with simple, effective tools to create positive shifts in your wellbeing.
Investment: $80-$100 Sliding Scale
Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.
The Yamas and Niyamas: Living your Yoga
With Kristen Gilbert and Toni Dunnes
November 4th at 12:30-4:00pm
This offering will examine (through both lecture and asana) the first two limbs of Patanjali’s 8 limbed yoga system. The Yamas and Niyamas are ethical precepts that guide our relationships to ourselves, each other and to the earth. The first asana portion will be a flowing vinyasa practice, and the later asana practice will be restorative. Join Toni and Kristen from the Doghouse (Comox Valley) for a profound and playful afternoon fusing ancient principles with modern actions.
Investment: $55 Before October 30th / $65 After
Self Care for Mental Health
with Madison Kolla, R.Ac.
November 12 at 2:00-4:00 pm
We all struggle at times with our mental health – whether it’s balancing anxiety, agitation, and ungrounded states; or working through depression, grief, and lack of motivation. Discover, in a supportive environment, the tools that help to address your own unique challenges.
This 2 hour workshop will discuss basic patterns of mental health imbalance from an energetic perspective, and will include an exploration of how these manifest in the body. We will work with supportive therapies such as movement and breath, then discuss other helpful allies in lifestyle, diet therapy and supplementation.
Madison is an acupuncturist and yogi with lived experience of mental illness and extreme states. She strives to empower individuals to put into practice the therapies that best support their own bodies and experiences. Please wear clothing suitable for gentle movement; bring a yoga mat, notepad and pen if possible.
Investment: $25 Before November 6th / $30 After
Yoga for Anxiety
6 Week Series with Sarah Kinsley
Tuesdays at 7:45-9:00pm
November 14th – December 19th
Yoga is medicine. Yoga is Self-Care.
In today’s world, we can all relate to thoughts, emotions and body sensations related to anxious states. We live in a world of false refuges claiming to reduce the anxiety we feel on a daily basis. We all have habitual ways of coping-some ways are more skillful than others. Yoga offers a systematic, time-tested approach to meeting our current state of being. Yoga is a skillful and nourishing approach to meeting these states.
This 6-week series will provide students an opportunity to practice asana (postures), energy expansion using the breath (pranayama) and meditations that can be used in our daily round. Classes will include psycho-education on working with anxiety based on the Yoga sutras, Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Everyone welcome. No prior Yoga experience is necessary. Come join us just before the holidaze!
Investment: $80-$100 Sliding Scale
Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.
Meditate & Educate: Introduction to Sharing Meditation with Kids & Teens
With Cara Calibaba
November 18th at 1:00-4:00pm
In this adult workshop you will learn how the heart-based wisdom of meditation can empower the children & teens in your life!
• Discover how modelling mindfulness techniques can support youth to embody a regular stillness practice.
• Investigate how meditation can help children cope with everyday stressors.
• Explore meditation techniques combined with breathwork and movement.
• Receive resources to support a practice for kids and teens.
This adult workshop is great for school teachers, yoga teachers, parents, grandparents and anyone who works with kids & teens. No prior meditation experience necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a journal, pen, yoga mat and meditation cushion if you have one. Bolsters, blockers and blankets will be provided.
Investment: $50 Before November 13th / $60 After
Yoga Nidra: Yoga While You Rest
With Kelly Yaskiw
November 25th at 1:00-4:00pm
Are you ready for an afternoon of deep rest?
Managing stress has become a necessary part of life, yet not everyone has tools to do so effectively. What if the antidote for feeling frazzled was lying down for a yogic nap? Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep) is no ordinary nap, it encourages tension to release not only on the physical level, but the mental and emotional levels too. This guided technique, practiced in shavasana, encourages one to hover between sleep and wakefulness. It’s a valuable tool to manage stress, anxiety and insomnia.
In this workshop you will be introduced to the theory of Yoga Nidra and learn why this technique induces deep relaxation. You will be guided through the 8 stages of Yoga Nidra, as well as mantra, pranayama (breath), and Restorative Yoga postures for a complete practice. Press pause on your day for Yogic rest & relaxation!
Investment: $45 Before November 20th / $50 After
Mindfulness for Stress Management & Wellbeing
With Sarah Kinsley
December 2nd at 1:00-4:00pm
“Drink from the well of yourself and begin again” -Bukowski
The thoughts, emotions and body sensations associated with stress are familiar to all of us. In our world of constant connectivity, it can be challenging to find time to pause and cultivate wellbeing. The practice of mindfulness can help teach us to notice what is happening in the moment. Through these practices we can nurture the experiences of joy and wellbeing in our daily life.
Mindfulness has been defined as: “The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment” (Dr. Kabat-Zinn). Research has shown that these practices are helpful in managing stress and reducing reactivity.
We are pleased to announce Sarah Kinsley (BA (Hons.), BEd (Primary), MEd (Counselling Psych.) will offer an afternoon workshop at Hemma. Students will have an opportunity to practice various mindfulness techniques that can be utilized in daily life. This experience will provide an introduction to the foundations of mindfulness and an opportunity to practice meditations, a gentle yoga practice (asana and pranayama) and provide time for reflection just in time for the holidaze around the corner!
Investment: $40 Before November 27th / $50 After
Ayurvedic Yoga & Nutrition for a Healthy Winter & Holiday Season
With Melanie Phillips
December 9th st 1:00-4:00pm
Come and relax your body, soothe your nervous system, and create space for peace in your mind. Melanie will share Ancient Ayurvedic Wisdom (the sister science to yoga) to:
• enliven your yoga practice with asana, pranayama, and meditation
• teach you what foods to eat that will leave you feeling vibrant throughout the winter season and holidays
• share the most important tastes to be eating for the winter season
• guide you in aromatherapy and colours that will keep you at your healthiest and most spirited version of yourself this season
Wear comfortable clothes for the yoga practice and bring a notebook for the lecture part of the workshop. All levels welcome.
Melanie Phillips (BFA, E-RYT, CAS) is a certified Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist with advanced training under the direction of Dr. Vasant Lad, one of the leading pioneers of Ayurvedic Medicine in North America. Having immersed herself in ashram living and study at the Bihar School of Yoga of India, and having taught for more than 15 years, Melanie’s embodiment of ayurveda, yoga, and a multitude of energy modalities has earned her excellence in leadership, teaching and mentorship for those seeking a way home to their intuitive and brilliant nature.
Investment: $45 Before December 4th / $55 After
Restorative Yoga & Thai Massage
Facilitated by Cedar Sorensen, Thai Massage with Coralie Charland
December 17th 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. This event usually sells out, so be sure to pre-register!
Investment: $50 before December 11th / $60 after
– 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.