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.
Relax, let go, and allow more creativity, vitality, intimacy and insight to flow in your life.
Join Brian and Debbie for their last offering of music and movement medicine. Sessions begin with group toning and chanting, followed by a simple, gentle breath and movement practice, culminating in a deeply relaxing and transporting sound bath that blends Sanskrit chanting, indigenous medicine melodies, Tibetan bowls and other sonic delights. Please bring a yoga mat and anything else you need for comfort.
Investment: $15-$20 Sliding Scale
No need to pre-register, just drop in!
The Heart of Yoga
With Brian James and Debbie Stapleton
Saturday May 27th at 1:00-3:00pm
*This workshop has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience and wish you a happy Saturday afternoon!*
Bike to Hemma Week!
May 29th – June 4th
From May 29th-June 4th, if you arrive for Yoga or Acupuncture on your bike, you can
enter to win some sweet prizes!! Ask for your ballot at the front desk.
The whole city is gearing up for Bike-to-work Week at the same time. The Hemma staff will be participating in the week-long event and we want to encourage you to get on your bike too!
Forearm Stand: Shake Your Tail Feathers
With Jonathan Boyd
June 2nd at 7:00-9:00pm
Forearm stand is a pose that requires swagger. Its sanskrit name, Pincha Mayurasana, means the tail feather of a peacock. During mating season, peacocks start their dance by lifting and spreading their trailing tail feathers to form a fan.
Learn the specific foundation, refined technique, and logical stages to begin to master forearm stand with less effort. The workshop will include:
– warming up key parts of the body (upper back, shoulders, abs, and legs)
– learning to use props and the wall to assist and refine technique
– developing techniques to safely balance in the middle of the room
– experimenting with different variations of the posture (scorpion, funky forearm stand, etc)
Investment: $30 Before May 29th / $40 After
Rhythm & Flow
With Natalie Rousseau
June 3rd at 1:00-4:00pm
~ an exploration of the cycles of creativity in life and practice ~
Do you want to step into a more harmonious relationship with your creativity? Do you want to have a greater understanding of the cyclical rhythms of creativity and the way they show up in your own life? If so please join Natalie Rousseau for this special afternoon workshop. Using the concept of the Triple Moon Goddess as our archetypal muse we will explore these very questions through yogic practice, meditation, journal work, and discussion.
All levels. Open to anyone who has an interest in this topic.
Investment: $40 Before May 30th / $50 After
A Written Practice: Release Your Yoga Experience Through Writing
With Jen Craig Evans, Yoga Instructor and Reiki Practitioner & Danielle Pope, Writer, Editor and Story Midwife
June 10th at 1:00-4:00pm
Writing is a lot like yoga — you have to be present. You have to listen to your inner wisdom and tap into what is surfacing for you.
This workshop will intertwine a series of balanced yoga postures with stimulating writing exercises to give you the tools you need to express your internal experience on the mat with the written word. Bring along your favourite notebook and pen, and prepare to dive deeply into the space between movement of the body and movement of the mind.
Join Jen and Danielle for this journey of self expression.
Investment: $40 Before June 5th / $50 After
Enjoy a couple of classes on us! No need to pre-register for these, just drop in! Please arrive 15 minutes early to roll out your mat.
Monday June 12th at 5:00-6:15pm with Evan for Vinyasa Flow
Thursday June 15th at 5:00-6:15pm with Cara for Hatha Flow
Friday Night Kirtan
With Kelly, Tia, and Damian
June 16th 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
Awareness & the Body of Freedom
With Michael Stone
June 17th at 12:30-4:00pm
Join renown teacher, thinker and psychotherapist Michael Stone for an afternoon of movement, meditation, and study.
Fear, Doubt and Anxiety are common burdens we carry in our hearts and bodies. Drawing on some of the Buddha’s teachings and meditation methods, explore ways to respond to fear with equanimity and kindness. By shining the light of awareness on fear exactly as it arises in the body and in our thoughts, we learn to relax and trust in our capacity to meet the inherent difficulties we all encounter in human life, with greater faith in the power of awareness to heal and free us.
The day is open to beginner’s and teacher alike. Learn new tools for practice, study original source material (handouts provided), practice in community, and feel what it’s like to combine focused yoga practices with stillness.
Investment: $75 Before June 9th / $90 After
Kirtan with Shantala
Friday June 23rd at 7:30-9:00pm
Benjy and Heather Wertheimer have been leading kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide since 2001 as the duo Shantala. They are known for their special gift of bringing the audience into a vast and loving experience through their unique blend of exquisite voices with instruments of India and the West. Together they create music with beauty, passion, and reverence. Heather and Benjy have released five beautiful and well-loved albums of sacred chant music since 2003, including Living Waters, Jaya, LIVE in love, Sri, and The Love Window.
Shantala has performed and recorded internationally with such sacred music luminaries as Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, and Jai Uttal. They were named as one of the top Kirtan “Wallahs to Watch” by Yoga + Joyful Living Magazine. Kirtan is a celebration of spirit through the chanting of sacred names, carrying the audience into a state of heightened awareness, bliss, and devotion. The audience is invited to participate fully through call-and-response chanting, dance, and meditation.
Jared May excels as a performer and recording artist in a huge range of musical styles, including jazz, soul, reggae, gospel, Kirtan , rock, country, live electronic, and hip-hop. In addition to his work as a world-class bassist and educator, he’s also a longstanding member of the eminently sustainable rock band, the Ginger Ninjas, who tour the world carrying their gear on bicycles and pedal-powering their shows.
Investment: $20 Advance / $25 Door
Restorative Yoga & Thai Massage
Facilitated by Cedar Sorensen, Thai Massage with Waan Bunsri & Coralie Charland
June 25th 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.
Investment: $50 before June 19th / $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.