Blog 2018-02-27T05:35:28+00:00

The Benefit of Inversions

How do inversions benefit us? All the evidence points to one principal; they upend one’s relationship to gravity. Gravity has a profound effect on the physiological processes of the human body. Gravity slowly but surely weighs us down and saps our strength. We stand, sit, or walk with head above the heart, legs and pelvis underneath. While we work on perfecting posture in our classes, the damage of this position wears on our body. Subcutaneous fat sags. Varicose veins and hemorrhoids erupt. Weary of incessantly pumping blood through its vast circulatory network, the heart can falter. In class, we

By | February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Studio and Your Dosha (QUIZ inside!)

The doshas are a notion of bio elements in Ayurveda medicine, often described as a type of complimentary or alternative study.  The three doshas- Vata, Pitta, and Kapha- are derived from the five elements. Also known as mind-body types, the doshas express unique blends of physical, emotional, and mental characteristics.  Optimal health exists when the dynamic states of mind, body, and environment are in balance. By identifying your mind-body type and understanding your prominent dosha, you can maintain a state of health and create a lifestyle that supports your nature.  At The Yoga Lounge, we have set up the studio in a way that can best support your unique dosha. All of our classes are enhanced because of the

By | February 1st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Strength, Resilience and Pain

Every year, instead of making New Years resolutions, I identify new activities to try that will help me improve and maintain my health, meet new people, and take me out of my routine. This is how I discovered yoga. Before I began practising yoga four years ago, I didn’t give much thought to what seemed to me like a hippy dippy pastime. But after years of various people I respect suggesting that I try yoga, I added it to Ali’s 2013 Self Improvement Plan, thus launching my ‘personal yoga journey’ and discovering why this ancient Hindu practice has been

By | January 24th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Prenatal Yoga

Breathe. Bellies. Babies! 'I am born connected. I am born remembering rivers flowing from my mothers body into my body'.     Carrying life is one of the greatest ways to become both grounded and connected with the spiritual realm all at the same time. This is just the beginning of your awakening as a new woman- a mother who often feels the pull from polar opposites, and who has the new-found capacity to manage these duelling energies with grace. Pregnancy draws us inwards, allowing us to be more aware of our inner rhythms and also urges us to

By | January 13th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Gentle Yoga

Welcome to Thursday's Blissful Gentle Yoga class offered by Catherine! Our class runs each week, from 1:10-2pm. No experience with either yoga or meditation is necessary. Catherine uses many comfy props to offer poses and guidance that are accessible to most bodies and minds.   Glowing candles light the room as Catherine guides the class gently into deep calmness with yoga poses (asanas) to lengthen muscles and ease body fatigue. In this class, there are no worries, no competition, just longer, leaner bodies and relaxed minds. Simply follow Catherine's story as she leads you into a place of bliss, allowing

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

The winter solstice and associated practices

Today is the shortest day of the year, which means the longest night. The winter solstice is a time of darkness, where we must work to encourage the Sun back to his Mother, the Sky. We also welcome the light back into our lives and our practice. Make a wish this evening. Pray for light and love for the coming year. Help the Sun's feathered friends, by putting out birdseed for the winter birds. Wood, acorns, bayberry, mugwort and oak leaves are especially blessed at this time. In studio, we burned mugwort as a sacred and healing plant whose

By | December 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Oak Moon and your practice

The December full moon, that is closest to the winter solstice, is called the Oak Moon. The oak leaf has long represented the male aspect. It is a full, cold, bright moon, to dream of renewal and rebirth, a timely reminder for us to slow down, breathe a little deeper, be a little more present. The oak tree represents the natural flow between the material and spiritual worlds; its trunk and branches grow and stretch toward our sky while the roots dig deeply into the hidden places of the underworld. Settled into winter now, we become aware of the

By | December 14th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Wisdom of Winter and the Yield to the Spring Equinox

The Wisdom of Winter and the Yield to the Spring Equinox In the depths of winter, the earth rests, lying dormant awaiting the warmth and nutrients required for growth. Each seed hidden in the earth stores within itself the potential for a whole new world. There are many of us who have experienced a similar dormant period over the past few months. Winter is a time when we can be silent and still, and access our inner wisdom. We try to tap into the resources stored within us to fully bloom again when the conditions are right. In spring,

By | April 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Love is Unlimited in Experience

The Vedas- (Vedic Sanskrit scriptures originating from ancient India) tell us that there are three kinds of love in this world. Where you take and do not give back in return. This type of 'love' is selfish and empty, with no regard for the other person on the other end of this so called love. Where you give and take. It's based on conditions, meaning it never can be truly stable. Unfortunately, it depends on likes and dislikes, yesses or nos, dos and donts. On one hand if the other person in the relationship satisfies you and acts how

By | April 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Revel in What the Universe Has to Offer You

Everyone is responsible for the thoughts that they think, for the space that they choose to mentally inhabit. We all have to own where it is that we are. And what we choose to hold as our object of attention, also falls under that responsibility. When your thoughts are aligned with who you are, you can't help but inspire the same kind of centeredness in other people. We walk into a yoga class with the intent to focus, meditate and be aware- but let's be honest, we don't know what poses we're walking into or always how to master

By | April 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |
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