Yoga week, July30-Aug5, 2017

Each day begins with a Restorative yoga class.  Restorative Yoga is slow and soothing, using deep natural breathing to open and nourish the physical and energetic bodies. All levels; ideal for those with injuries and chronic conditions.

In the late afternoon of each day, there will be a Tai Chi or yin yoga class.   Many of the principles of Yin yoga are routed in Taoist Tai Chi. We will look at how Tai Chi and Yin yoga compare physiologically.   In Yin yoga we hold simple stretching postures for long periods of time, observe sensation, and be present with all and any experiences we might have.

There will also be three optional one-hour silent meditations in the studio each day for Vipassana or quiet, Insight meditation.  Meditation is not being taught. Participants are not compelled to meditate, merely welcomed.

A long lunch break each day allows for participants to go to the beach, rest, and explore the island.  Evening activities will also be planned for the group each day.

On Wednesday evening Marcy Lyons will be bringing her harmonium for chanting in the studio.

The sauna is lit every evening with a hot shower next to the cold pond.

This retreat ends after breakfast on Saturday Aug. 5. You will have time to visit Lasqueti’s eclectic farmers market before departing on the ferry

Amber Pikula (morning class) began to love physicality through dance classes taken in her youth. A body-centered approach quickly became her passion. She studied many styles, culminating in a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Simon Fraser University in 2000.

Yet something was always missing: . Enter yoga. She has been practising devotedly since 1999, and has studied with yoga teachers in the traditions of Restorative, Ashtanga, Flow and Viniyoga (yoga therapy.)  She completed a 250-hour Teacher Training at Moksana Yoga Center in 2006, while six-months pregnant. She is an ongoing Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, and continue to take classes and workshops with master yogis on a regular basis.

Recently Amber has expanded her knowledge of the body by studying western-based anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, which will culminate in a Rehabilitation Assistant diploma from Medicine Hat College in 2018.

Mark Young(Afternoon Tai Chi/Yin yoga) studied Tai Chi extensively in Toronto for five years while recovering from a traumatic car accident. He enjoys both yoga and Tai Chi and presents comparisons between the two ancient disciplines and how they contradict each other.

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