Charity Yoga Workshop at Element Yoga

_mg_0431Join us for this exploratory charity yoga workshop at Element Yoga. We will examine and play with the concept of ‘line of gravity’ in relation to standing yoga poses. By mindfully connecting to our inherent flow of gravity, we can more readily align with fluidity and integrity throughout the biomechanics of our musculoskeletal systems. A major focus of this playful workshop will be on the ankle, knee and hip interactions and on how these concepts can be woven throughout our practice as well as into our other daily physical activities.

We will engage questions like:

•Where should our knees flow in relation to our feet when we squat?

•How can changing our application of pada bandha (foot lock) reduce negative stresses in the knee?

•What are some common limitations to accessing range of motion in the lower body?

•Why we should not expect everyone to be similarly aligned in standing postures?

logo_CF_tag_colorProceeds from this workshop will go to Paper Kite Children’s Foundation (supporting orphanages in Bihar, India). This workshop will be presented in english and will be suitable for teachers and students.

WHEN: July 25, 2015  2-4pm

WHERE: Element Yoga, 2325 Rue Centre #301, Montréal, QC

FOR MORE INFO/TO REGISTER: visit Element Yoga

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Giddy Yoyo Giveaway: What Keeps Your Wellness On Track

Giddy YoyoI am excited and proud to announce that I am now an ambassador for Giddy Yoyo.  This stellar company provides some of the highest quality raw organic chocolate and super foods around and do so in the most socially and environmentally mindful manner.  As an advocate for whole food living, I look forward to sharing my Giddy Yoyo journey with you exploring all the wellness boosting power of their products.

Giddy Yoyo Raw ChocolateTheir raw chocolate line up offers diverse flavours including some with health-boosting super foods: banana nut, orange, mint, chaga, spirulina, mock cardamon, ginger, lemon lime, vanilla salt, maca and more.  Their super foods line-up is also inspiring and impressive – I look forward to jumping into several super foods that I am new to including chaga, golden berries, red banana spears, and camu camu.

To celebrate becoming an ambassador of Giddy Yoyo, I am doing a giveaway.  Read below for details.  Here is more inspiring information on the Giddy Yoyo team.

Giddy Yoyo’s Vision:

We believe that the daily food choices we make for ourselves and our families affect every aspect of life on a global scale. Giddy Yoyo provides some of the most nutritionally dense & ethically sourced vegan and allergen free organic / wild harvested foods, body care, nutritional and lifestyle products available. It is our goal to provide ethical eco-conscious solutions to anyone who eats food, and assist in the understanding of the importance of real nutrition on individual and environmental wellbeing, with the ultimate goal achievement of optimal individual and community health. We achieve this by offering products, information online and in person via trade shows and seminars/ trainings, and providing real-life examples of team members living a loving, healthy, balanced & exciting life. Our Healing Centre will be a mecca of all that we stand for. Respect and compassion are at the heart of all we do. Our company consists of passionate, highly motivated and bright team members. Giddy Yoyo effects positive change in the world.

A few things that make Giddy food different from the others…

Giddy Yoyo Camu CamuGiddy Yoyo foods are not the same as other certified organic or fair trade products. While our goods are always organic (both certified and uncertified) or wild harvested, direct and fairly traded, there are additional attributes that make our products unique. Our foods are the highest quality most nutrient dense foods available; nourished by mineral-rich soil, fresh water and grown in healthy remote environments. Our products are untouched by genetically modified organisms, the practice of hybridization, and chemical solvents and metals regularly used in the practice of bringing foods to market. Rest assured that all Giddy Yoyo offerings are free of nuts, tree nuts, dairy, soy, gluten, refined sugar, nasty funky mystery ingredients, and all common allergens.

Giddy Yoyo Giveaway: What Keeps Your Wellness On Track

Giddy YoyoI am giving away 1 (one) online gift certificate to be enjoyed on GiddyYoyo.com (worth $50).  To enter: simply go to the Facebook giveaway post and share with us “What Keeps Your Wellness On Track?” in the comments section and LIKE the post.  Giveaway runs from Monday, May 25, 2015 (9 am EST) to Sunday, May 31, 2015 (9 pm EST).  Winner will be chosen via random draw and will be announced on Facebook.  Giveaway prize can not be redeemed for cash value.

70 Hour Integrative Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Montreal

cropped-mg_0431.jpgInternational Yoga presenter and exercise science specialist, Kreg Weiss (co-creator and co-founder of My Yoga Online), will lead you through this uplifting 70 hour program teaching you the fundamentals of how to confidently create a Classical Hatha Yoga practice that weaves in the intelligence and integrity of western science with the harmonious elements of this traditional Hatha Yoga.   This training will begin with an expansive exploration of functional anatomy, then, journey through in-depth applications of yoga postures, and conclude with multiple days of designing of yoga classes for a variety of clientele and demographics.

This comprehensive program will include:

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*foundational review of anatomy of muscles, bones, and connective tissue

*an engaging exploration of functional yoga anatomy and applications

*on-going kinesiology (exercise science) group exercises and homework to develop and hone your teaching skills

*examination of classic Hatha Yoga poses breaking down the fundamental alignment principles from a Hatha perspective including corrections, modifications, and assists as well as the integration of western exercise science techniques to enhance asana development

*examination of the style of ‘hatha yoga’ in relation to other styles of practice and the methodology of Classical Hatha Yoga sequencing

*multiple days of learning how to design and sequence flows effectively for various clientele and demographics including beginners, mixed-levels, intermediate, athletes, and corporate

This program will provide the following:

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*complete skills to teach Classical Hatha Yoga to a variety of audiences

*greater base of knowledge and understanding of yoga anatomy and exercise science fundamentals to empower your teaching and personal practice

*greater ability to adapt class designs so they are integrity-driven and purposeful based on students’ inherent needs and interests

*catalogue of yoga sequences and flows to work from and incorporate into your teaching practice

*increased experience and confidence with designing and teaching sequences as well as hands-on manipulation of student alignment

*70 Hours of CECs for annual Yoga Alliance membership requirements

*complimentary 1 year mentorship for guidance with yoga anatomy, class design, and career development

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REGISTRATION AND CONTACT DETAILS:

Dates (held over 4 weekends from October 16-November 8, 2015):

October 16, 7:30pm-9:30pm, October 17, 2:00pm-8:15pm, October 18, 9:00am-5:30pm

October 23, 7:30pm-9:30pm, October 24, 2:00pm-8:15pm, October 25, 9:00am-5:30pm

October 30, 7:30pm-9:30pm, October 31, 2:00pm-8:15pm, November 1, 9:00am-5:30pm

November 6, 7:30pm-9:30pm, November 7, 2:00pm-8:15pm, November 8, 9:00am-5:30pm

Where: Element Yoga, 2325 Rue Centre #301, Montreal QC (near Station Charlevoix)

Rate: $795 +GST Early Bird Fee (expires on September 1, 2015) $895 +GST Final Rate *This rate includes your comprehensive online Hatha manual, all assignments, 60 contact hours and 10 hours of private homework before and during the course, and certificate of completion by Kreg

*early bird rate can be reserved with a deposit

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To pre-register and reserve your space (the group size will purposely be limited in order for all participants to enjoy a fulfilling learning experience), please email Andrew at info@elementyoga.ca.  Please feel welcome as well to contact Kreg for any additional information (kregweissyoga@gmail.com).  You can also view information for this training at Element Yoga.

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Pre Requisites: To apply for this course, you will need to have had at least 12-months of solid yoga practice experience. For yoga teachers, you will need to complete a 200 Hour yoga teacher training in addition to this program in order to receive accreditation and insurance as a teacher.

LogoYoga Alliance and Certification: All graduates will receive a certificate of completion by the end of the course. For Yoga Alliance Registered teachers, this training allows you to add 70hrs CEC upon graduation.

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Testimonials (from the Integrative Hatha Yoga Training 2015 in Dubai, UAE)

11038879_897774483577004_1647059199503911414_n“Hosting Kreg Weiss in Dubai for the third time has exceeded my standards yet once again. From our initial smooth-as-always contact via email in proposing the idea of crafting a 100hr Hatha Yoga Training program for our UAE clients to constantly updating me with the construction of his manual and tailoring the program to meticulously meet our trainees level yet challenge them further in rich anatomy, Hatha Yoga sequencing, safety in adjustment, how to smartly use props for support and further, Kreg has taken in feedback and applied it to deliver a stellar training.

Throughout the 100hrs program, he’s sectioned each day to a wide scope of audience from corporates, athletes, injured clients to those craving an invigorating practice but away from the “vinyasa box”. He’s converted several Bikram / Vinyasa / Ashtanga / Hot Yoga devotees at this training to the world of Hatha Yoga – slower paced yet invigorating and delivering the true essence of what Yoga is and should be about. Less stress on the joints, body and mind and more on the powerful healing and slower pace while including excellent breathwork and meditation practices. Kreg’s generosity by offering a 1 year mentorship program for our students has encouraged students to chat with him and even launch their own business with his support and encouragement. As a facilitator running my business for over 5 years now, I always look forward to working with Kreg knowing he would deliver an exceptional program.” – Noura El-Imam, founder of Yogalates Bliss in Dubai www.yogalatesblissindubai.com

“Thank you for sharing your knowledge, for being so inspiring and graceful. I have noticed what an impact your teaching already had on me after I gave a class this evening. One of my students from India came up to me and just patted my shoulders after the class. He said well done and walked away with a big smile. My style has been transformed, that much is sure.” – Mia Mutic

“I would like to express my appreciation. I really, really enjoy your course! It’s a great opportunity to receive knowledge from you as a teacher.  Your classes are extremely informative and educative! I would definitely attend your classes very often if you would live in Dubai! Thank you so much for finding the time and visit Dubai! I hope we will be seeing you more often here!” – Elena Shpaltakova

“Thanks so much for today and all the previous days. It really has been extremely enlightening! You are in a class of your own…AWESOMENESS!  :) You are truly a Yogi and iving example of your teachings. Very rare!” – Katrina Valente

“First of all I would like to thank you for these amazing breathtaking wow-days and all the knowledge you gave us. I found out about my body anatomy, how the bones, muscles and joints move under my skin and how they influence one another. Now I know how to bend forward safely for my spine and being “Bendy Wendy” is not always good. And not everyone can be as flexible as another. If one side of my body can do more than the other I should stop where the other side stops, without pushing my body. I can now explain how to safely move into Downward Dog, plank, dancing cat and how to specific muscles in these poses. I now know so much more! I love the mudras and pranayama and will integrate them in my daily practice.  Your approach to teaching is so unique and beautiful!” – Daria

“I love anatomy and I think it’s fascinating to truly understand how our body works. One of the best things about developing and having a yoga practice is how it connects us with our physical body. I remember when I started practicing yoga, even though I had been active my whole life, I start to discover my body in a whole new way. My muscles were opening up and it was a sort of re-discovering of each muscle, how they supported each other, which ones were working in each pose, etc. I simply loved the way Kreg made all the poses look so simple…thank you from the bottom of my heart” – Nina Dubash

“Thank you again for such a fantastic course. You are a wonderful teacher and your knowledge and passion for your subject truly inspirational. In my next life, should I have one, I will be a yogi-physiotherapist and the anatomy-yoga encyclopedia that you are going to write will be my bible! If only I’d known 35 years ago that this is what I should have done…” – Anne van der Velden

“This was an unforgettable and new experience I have obtained from your training. From my perspective as a beginner, it was absolutely profound and very knowledgeable. You have a talent of teaching and delivering the information in a very comprehensive way that everyone would absorb and definitely apply in their practice.” – Julia

Semperviva Yoga Anatomy Workshops

Connecting Mindfully Through Our Hands

WHEN: September 26, 2015 1:00-3:30pm
yoga anatomy workshopJoin Kreg Weiss for this yoga workshop that will explore the anatomy of the hands and wrists as well as examine variabilities in wrist structures that may make some people more prone to injuries.  We will discuss aspects of weight and force distribution along with concepts of hasta bandha (hand lock) to enhance our foundation through our hands in common yoga postures. This workshop will include an invigorating 60-75 minute mixed-levels, hatha yoga practice.

Connecting Mindfully Through Our Feet 

WHEN: September 27, 2015 1:00-3:30pm
Studio Blue yoga workshopEnjoy an afternoon of yoga anatomy as we explore the design of our feet and ankles.  We will focus on the supportive nature of our arches and the structural elements that facilitate this support as well as discuss various aspects of muscular engagement including pada bandha (foot lock). This workshop will include an engaging 60-75 minute mixed-levels, hatha yoga practice.
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WHERE: Semperviva Yoga (Sun Studio), 2608 West Broadway, Vancouver BC
COST: $55.00 + GST per workshop, or $90.00 + GST for both
Register: click here
**workshops will be suitable for students and teachers … credit hours are applicable for Yoga Alliance CECs
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