New Class 5pm Fridays

Try out Didi1Didi’s NEW CLASS every Friday at 5pm.

Enjoy a POWER FLOW, a work your butt off Hardcore Vinyasa style flow. Strengthen your shoulders and core working towards achieving balances such as Crow and more! Didi’s style is “flowy”, dance like, and challenging yet with modifications for all levels to enjoy. As a fan favorite Didi offers multiple classes at The Yoga Lounge throughout the week.

Open Streets TO: Sunday September 6th

Open Streets Toronto taking place THIS SUNDAY September 6th, 9am to 1pm, is a GREAT way to get out and get active with your friends and family for the long weekend. Road closures allow cyclists and pedestrians to take over the streets of TO! Activity hubs around town will be bumpin’ with information, classes, and movement! Our studio will be positioned within the hub between Shuter and Queen on Yonge St, west side. There will be short classes every half hour to an hour. Participants will receive a FREE class pass!!! You don’t want to miss this opportunity! Come flow with us!

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New Classes with Christabelle

Christabelle is a new teacher at the studio and will be teaching the following classes:

Fridays 7:00-8:00 HOT Vinyasa,

Saturdays 11:00-12:00 HOT Deep Stretch & Flow,

Sundays 12:00-1:00 HOT Yoga for athletes,

These classes are suitable for all levels! Her teaching style is challenging but gentle, with an emphasis on mindfulness, alignment and slow, controlled movements to build strength.

Come heat up as the days cool down!

Hips and Hamstrings

Today in Susan’s Hip and hamstring class we spent time understanding how the tailbone drops and is actively drawn in towards the spine. This opens the lower back with a deep release as the tail bone works inwards. We examined this concept thru active lunging with a chair with support using a bolster under the hips. Students worked in supported back bends to find the awareness and action of the tail bone. Previous understanding of this concept used the action of tucking the tailbone and this causes the chest to drop as it pulls the chest actively downwards. This collapse in the upper chest is not seen when one explores releasing and dropping the tailbone down and inwards.

9-to-5ers Can Have a Daily Yoga Practice, too!

As tiring as it may get sometimes, the great benefit of working 9 to 5 is the opportunity to incorporate personal routine into a structured day. Your schedule may not be as flexible as you would like, but it is predictable! And that means you are aware of your windows for practice, no matter how small they may be. If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it, right?

Busy careers, in any field, make us more aware of our ‘down time’. This is an opportunity for us to manage that time to get the most out of it, and make it the most beneficial to us.

The downside to a busy career, is that work and possibly the commute associated with work, takes up such a large portion of each day. The following suggestions may help you to squeeze a perfect practice into your day.

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Wake early! Especially now in the beautiful summer light, try to get up between 5 and 7 am. This leaves enough time for hot water or a clean tea before some deep breathing and asanas. Focus on the postures you learnt in class, and commit to just a few. Even if it is as you are waiting for the shower to warm up! If your commute requires you to wake early anyways, try to practice the breathing techniques taught in class on your drive or ride.

Mid Morning
Try to wait at least three hours before eating, after waking up. Digestive strength increases after a little light activity in the morning. Each night as you sleep, your body is able to slow down and focus on repair and regeneration rather than digestion. Try to let the body stay in this state for th first hours of the morning, extending the ‘fast’.

Afternoon
Aim to take a lunch break. Not always possible, I know. On the days it can be managed, try to commit to 5 minutes of silence while eating, or immediately before. This will allow you to process your work load from the morning and centre yourself for the remainder of the day.

Evening
Try to work one of our evening classes into your commute home. When you are settled into your house, try to spend at least ten minutes in silence before turning in completely. Build your willpower against the constant distraction of TV or computer, or even excessive time talking. Try into get into bed before 1130pm will allow you to stay committed to your daily practice for tomorrow.

Revisiting your daily schedule  an utilize your time even better. We must always try to make time for our body, mind and spiritual health!

7 Steps to become a Happier Person

“Happiness is not, except in very rare cases, something that drops into the mouth, like a ripe fruit. … Happiness must be, for most men and women, an achievement rather than a gift of the gods, and in this achievement, effort, both inward and outward, must play a great part.” Bertrand Russel

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1) Don’t worry, Choose Happy

2) Cultivate Gratitude

3) Foster Forgiveness

4) Counteract Negative Thoughts and Feelings7 Steps

5) Remember, Money can’t bu Happiness

6) Foster Friendship

7) Engage in Meaningful Activities

 

Finding Peace in A Frazzled Self

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Peace must exist in one’s Self before it can exist in the world.
Can a meditation practice change your life? Have half an hour to come to class on Monday evenings? Perfect. Have 5 minutes at the start of your day? Amazing. Make a commitment to meditate, no matter how short it may seem, and you will create S P A C E for peace in your Self, your life, and your world.

When our minds are filled with jumping thoughts, we become frazzled, anxious, and often unable to to sort though the noise. Our Monday Meditation class will give you a safe space to close your eyes and clear your mind. Eventually the most important thoughts will surface, and the rest of the ‘noise’ will recede.

After learning the basics of meditation, you may be surprised at how 5 minutes a day will help you find peace. Take what we teach you and carve a moment in your schedule to grow in your practice.

Yoga asana and meditation bring the same focus to our body, mind, and spirit. When focusing on posture work or our meditation teacher’s guiding words, the mental chatter is removed and eventually we find ourselves in light harmony with ourselves, our teachers, and a greater Self.

Practice meditation and yoga to centre yourself, feel grounded, and acknowledge your strength as you carefully move forward on the path to peace. Even if it is only 5 minutes of peace a day!

Meditation Mondays- find your bliss

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Meditation is like a luxurious massage, but for your mind and spirit. And this half hour session every Monday evening only costs $10.
Treat yourself to a simple luxury that will have lasting effects on your Monday, and even the rest of your week. Our classes work to restore a sense of peace and solitude while in the sunset-drenched studio, and extend an understanding of de-stressing situations outside in the “real word”.
Yoga is about self mastery and meditation is the dedicated effort to haul your attention away from endless brooding over the past and no stop worry about the future. In our blissful guided meditation classes, we work to seek a place of eternal presence from which you may regard yourself and your surroundings with poise. From that point of even-mindedness, the true nature of yourself and the world will be revealed to you.
Human discontentment is often a case of mistaken identity. We believe we are alone in our fears, flaws, resentments, and mortality. We are miserable in the thought that our limited egos constitute our whole entire nature, and have failed to recognize our deeper divine character. Meditation allows us to realize the supreme self that exists within each of us, a self that is eternally at peace; our true identity, universal and divine.
Trust us, try our 30 minute Monday meditation class to discover blissful peace. Add it to the end of Susan’s Hips and Hamstrings class for a perfect Savasana, or join immediately before Michelle’s Vinyasa class to still your mind before letting your body flow!
-Catherine Pestl

Sun Salutation A with Kristina

Happy Sunday Yogi’s and Yogini’s!
Follow Kristina through a Sun Salutation A to conjure up your energy for the day! Do as many flows as desired and at tgratitudehe end think of three things you are thankful for! Spending 5 minutes each day to reflect on gratitude and thankfulness is proven to increase people’s level of happiness as well as increases the number of acts of kindness you act on each day. Some people simply reflect on their gratitude in their mind during a small meditation, and others enjoy keeping a gratitude journal which they write in each day or week.

 

Join Kristina’s classes Wednesdays @ 6pm for HOT Vinyasa and Saturdays @ 11 am for Vinyasa with Core here at The Yoga Lounge!

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