Events

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.

 


Friday Night Kirtan!
With Kelly, Tia and Damian
November 24th 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

 


 

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! Please note: you will be offered 1 block, 1 bolster, 1 blanket for the practice. Please dress warmly to stay cozy and bring any extra props, blankets, or eye pillows if you’d like.

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 at 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

 


Friday Night Kirtan!
With Kelly, Tia and Damian
December 15th 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

 


 

Restorative Yoga & Thai Massage
Facilitated by Cedar Sorensen, Thai Massage with Coralie Charland and Kara Sorensen
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

 


 

Winter Solstice Candlelit Yin
With Kelly Yaskiw
December 21st @ 7:45-9:15pm

Find your light in the dark. On the shortest day of the year, join Kelly for a cozy candlelit practice to honour the change of season. If your days are overflowing with holiday to-do lists, this class will offer you a chance to slow down, be still, and listen to your internal wisdom. In Yin Yoga postures are held for 3-5minutes to allow the connective tissue in and around your joints to open which support energy flow in the body. Meditation, mindfulness, metta (loving kindness), and poetry will be weaved into the 90 minute practice for an evening of nourishment.

Investment: $20 Advance / $25 Door
Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended.


 

Yoga 4 Youth- All Genders aged 10-15
8 Week Series with Cara Calibaba
Wednesdays at 3:45-4:45pm
Stay tuned for 2018 dates!

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

 


 

Refund Policy:

– 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.