Workshops


YOGASSAGE 

with Kate and 4 Island Optimal Health & Performance Massage Therapists


This unique yoga experience blends the therapeutic benefits of yin yoga, massage therapy, and essential oils to allow for deeper relaxation, release of muscular and mental tension, and a whole new level of peace. Let moksha and yin yoga instructor and 4 of Island Optimal Health & Performance's Massage Therapists pamper you in this luxurious 90 minute yoga class.


Saturday, April 11, 4:30-6pm
$30 | $25 for Auto-Renew Members

Space is limited, please sign-up online or at the studio.

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Core Fundamentals 


with Lesley Standerwick


Learn about your core, its anatomy, function and a proper exercise progression to increase your core strength. You will be taught some fundamental exercises to keep your posture upright, your joints strong and your body happy, and be provided with a take home package so that you can incorporate all these great exercises into your workout routine and daily life.
 
Lesley Standerwick, B.H.K., a personal trainer since 1998, has been a kinesiologist with the Island Optimal Health & Performance team since 2014, specializing in functional and rehabilitative training. She works closely with physiotherapists, massage therapists, chiropractors and doctors to develop custom fitness programs suited to each individual, as well as teaching in a workshop setting to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to learn the essential, fundamental movements needed to keep a healthy body and happy mind.

Sunday, April 12th, 2-330pm
*Rutherford Studio*
$30 | 15% discount for auto-renew pass holders
Bring a mat
 
Sign up online or at the studio to reserve your spot -
space is limited.

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HypnoYoga for Personal Empowerment 


with Tash Vincze


Harness courage through traditional yoga practices like postures and breathing techniques specifically designed for empowerment. In the second half of the workshop, the benefits of hypnotherapy complete the transformation process. Expect to leave feeling at peace with yourself and your surroundings, as well as with people and events that occur in your life.

Sunday, April 19th, 430-6pm
*Rutherford Studio*
$25 | 15% discount for auto-renew pass holders
Sign up online or at the studio to reserve your spot - 
space is limited.
Bring mat, bolsters optional. 
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Intro to Flow Workshop


with Katie Hunter & Sarah Jane Smith


Back by popular demand! Break down your flow with Katie H and Sarah-Jane! Learn tips for proper alignment in Downward Dog, Plank, Chaturanga and Upward Dog and then we'll put it all together. We’ll discuss modifications for shoulder and wrist injuries and cover different variations of the flow to suit all abilities.

Saturday, April 25th, 4-530pm
*Dufferin Studio*
$20 | $15 for auto-renew pass holders 


**Please pre-register, limited space
(under Workshops)

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Grow Your Yoga - 30 DAY CHALLENGE 

30 days that will CHANGE YOUR LIFE and ENRICH THE LIVES OF OTHERS!
Get stronger, healthier, happier all while helping Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Nanaimo! Commit to practicing yoga for 30 straight days, starting Friday, May 1st and experience the transformation!

Some of the benefits of a 30-day challenge:

  • get stronger, more mobile and see your body and mind change like never before
  • learn to prioritize setting time aside each day that's just for you
  • feel supported by your fellow students and the studio community
  • de-stress and decompress
  • become the happiest person you know!
  • support Big Brother Big Sisters and the wonderful work they do

The challenge begins on May 1st, and for a $5 donation to BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS – plus the cost of classes – you can participate in a full month of sweaty, community supported fun! Each participant will be given a 30-Day BINGO Card that provides opportunities to win prizes!

THE DETAILS:

  • $5 donation to BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
  • FREE for Moksha Auto-Renew and Lifetime Members (we will donate the $5 to BBBS on your behalf!)
  • Super-charge your donation to $20 for a chance to win your next 3 MONTHS of yoga FREE!
  • Special GYY yoga pass for non-members: Only $100 for unlimited yoga in the month of May ($95+$5 donation for a Month Unlimited Yoga! Purchase separately)
  • Each participant will receive a fun BINGO Card for opportunities to WIN prizes (pick up at the studio after April 15)

WHY GYY?
GYY is a fun way to encourage our community members to adopt a daily yoga practice and feel all the benefits of yoga while raising awareness and funds for BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS – because healthy, well-adjusted children can shape the future of our local community AND change the world!

Come-on! What are you waiting for?!

Begins May 1 
Sign Up Here

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Dive Deep: Intermediate Asana & Yoga Nidra  

with Jennifer McLeish-Lewis


Dive deep for three hours of practice. An intermediate level flow class for 1.5 hours, 30 minutes of exploring one advanced posture, and 1 hour of Yoga Nidra. We will work with arm balances, inversions and backbends. Yoga Nidra will help us to integrate our spiritual selves with our physical selves. Challenging and restoring, this practice is for practitioners with a minimum of two years experience.
 

Jennifer McLeish-Lewis has been practicing yoga for over fifteen years. She is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor who graduated from the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga in 2004. She is also a contemporary dance artist. Her studies in ballet, modern, Qui Gong, contact improvisation and bodywork have given her a deeply felt sense of the body. Her classes bring awareness to the breath, correct alignment and core support. Strength, flexibility and relaxation are what you can expect to gain from her Yoga classes. Jennifer’s passion as a dancer and dedication to the philosophy of yoga, have led her to weave total body integration into the art of deep relaxation.Saturday, November 22 4-5:30pm
 

Saturday, May 9th, 4-7pm
*Dufferin Studio*
$35 plus tax | 15% discount for auto-renew pass holders
Please bring mat, water, notebook and pen,
bolster and blanket optional

Space is limited, please sign-up online or at the studio.

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Qi Gong:Movement & Meditation 


with Adria Ellis


Combine meditation and Qi Gong to clear your mind from stress and balance your body so it feels more open and energized in a calm centered way. Begin and end this class with a guided meditation to align with your higher self for healing and clarity.
 
What is Qi Gong?
Qi Gong loosely translates as “the cultivation of vital energy.” It is a combination of ancient Chinese movements, meditation, visualization, self-massage and relaxed breathing. The series, and repetitions of each movement, is designed to build and balance your energy, clear stress, improve circulation, feel good and prevent disease.
 
Adria began her studies in the healing arts over 20 years ago, weaving the philosophies of ancient Chinese Acupressure, energy healing, intuitive coaching and qi gong techniques into her personal life and those of her clients. Over the past 10 years Adria has been working as a full time acupressure therapist specializing in inner guidance and coaching techniques, with methods derived from principles of transpersonal psychology and somatic therapy.
 
Sunday, May 24th, 2-4pm
*Rutherford Studio*
$25 | 15% discount for auto-renew pass holdersBring mat, bolsters optional.
 Register Here