Join us for a hot night in the studio at Breathe, located in downtown Squamish. This specially designed Forrest yoga workshop will be about opening your centers, releasing your inner blockages, and providing basic techniques to use at home during stressful situations. Explore your inner body while being surrounded and supported by the WAW community. We will be joined by special guest Anna Marie Mackenzie, who facilitates discussion around Emotional Intelligence and Authentic Leadership. This will be a powerful workshop in order to add benefit to your communication and conflict resolution skills. Roundfire discussion will focus on communication; it’s advantages and disadvantages in the modern times.
Visionaries’ Gathering is a day long experience coming up on January 19th on the unceded and traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation, at Quest University in Squamish.
Through a full day of talks, workshops, ceremonies, and music from various knowledge-holders, this event seeks to lead each of us on a mind / body / soul-transforming pathway of self-discovery and awareness that will weave through all aspects of our collective being. It will uncover and unsettle perceptions of self, home, and place, and in doing so will help us rediscover and reorient ourselves towards mindfulness and balance within the interconnected webs of life and land we share. As you navigate through this decolonizing and un-framing experience, be mindful of where you come from, where you are and where you are headed.
This event is dedicated to the Indigenous Nations of the World, and seeks to honor and respect all teachings offered by Indigenous knowledge holders on the unceded and stolen Coast Salish traditional lands which we occupy in BC. For this reason, all admission for First Nations-identifying individuals is by donation.
Subsidies for the tickets are also available by sending an email to the organizing team.
* 9:00 AM – 9:40 AM
* 9:40 AM – 10:10 AM
Jolene Andrew – Resurfacing History: Lands and Lives in Mount Pleasant
* 10:10 AM – 10:20 AM
* 10:20 AM – 11:50 AM
T’uy’t’tanat – Cease Wyss : Decolonizing Permaculture and Honouring Tishia Temexw [Mother Earth]
* 11:50 AM – 1:00 PM
LUNCH: Bring Your Own Lunch (BYOL) and share.
* 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Margo Running : Liberating the Child
* 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
BREAK – EXPOSITORS’ TOUR
* 3:00 PM – 4:40 PM
Darrel Bob & Theresa Fenton-Bob : Medicine Wheel and the Self
* 4:40 PM – 4:50 PM
* 4:50 PM – 6:20 PM
Mya Wolf: Celtic Ceremony
* 6:20 PM – 7:30 PM
* 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Trevor Millar: Healing Addictions with Iboga
* 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM
River Ritcey : Contact Dance Improvisation
* 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM
YAIMA in Concert: Presenting their New Album Antidote
December is here and with it, comes the holiday season. The holidays can be a complex roller-coaster of emotion, with lots of excitement, social events and time spent with family. Although this time of year can be joyful and energizing, it can also leave us feeling depleted, with little or no time to recharge, sleep, or practice our self-care rituals. It is as important as ever during the holiday season to keep up with your yogic lifestyle to help reduce your holiday stress. Here’s 3 helpful tips to stay “OMing” into the new year.
1. STAY ORGANIZED.
Take the time to reflect on how you would like the holidays to unfold before they are here and gone. You can do this by using your phone or a physical calendar, helping you to plan ahead for the things that are most important, while not over committing. Be aware of your social commitments can reduce stress. Being on top of your schedule will allow you to plan for self-care and leave time for rest.
We all know that there are lots of extra goodies around this time of year, and more important than the thought of putting on a few pounds is remembering that our mental and physical well-being work hand-in-hand. This makes the holiday season one of the most important times of year to practice self-care. When we connect with our breath through physical movement we can begin to live in the moment and move with ease. Our stress can be greatly reduced by spending time in our bodies and with our breath. We can be sure our friends and family are feeling the same way! Invite friends to go for a walk while catching up over coffee or tea; instead of sitting down in the coffee shop. You could also invite a friend or family member to your favourite yoga class. Make a commitment to yourself this holiday season and see if you can feel the difference.
3. PRESENCE TRUMPS PRESENTS.
Our presences will always be more important than presents. This is the truthful catch phase I cannot get enough of this time of year! We are fortunate enough to live in the a highly developed country where the majority of us are able to buy everything we want. So this holiday season try to let go of trying to capture your feelings for someone through disposable ‘stuff’. If gift giving is a part of your family culture there are plenty of charitable organization you can connect with or alternatively you can make someone a gift. Gifts can also be an activity or making plans to visit again!
So while our schedules are packed with things like the opening day at Whistler, office Christmas parties, and friends getting together, let’s be mindful of what the holidays are about: Connection and compassion with ourselves as well as with others.
See you on the mat and Happy Holidays!
By Beverly Marshall of Shala Yoga