This Sneaky Power class was requested by two of our Patreons, Leah and Matheus! The idea behind this class is that slowly and steadily your body starts to warm, muscles begin to awaken and energy starts to flow! It’s sneaky because it might not seem like you’re working that hard….and then you notice that you are! This class has some fun variations on plank pose, an optional arm balance and lots of strengthing poses!

***Props Needed: None***

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Yoga Nidra is a deep guided meditation for creating a sense of relaxation and calm. It is sometimes explained as an “awake sleep state”. The focus on the body and breath helps the mind to begin to still and offers time for the body to fully relax. Mark loves to do this practice in bed, especially after a stressful day…grab the blankets and cushions and drift into rest!

***Props Needed: Any props that help you feel comfortable when lying down on your back***

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What can we say about this practice?… It’s simply a lovely mellow Hatha class, focusing on creating space in the hips and lower body. There’s no downward dog in this class, so it’s also a great sequence if your wrists and upper body are sore or tender. We have the lovely wind as our accompaniment as Mark guides you through this practice of unwinding.

***Props Needed: None***

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Patreon Online Yoga and Private Classes!

Were excited to announce that our new PATREON Page is now live! This subscriber platform allows us to offer online yoga classes, private classes and some other goodies! There are a few different monthly subscription levels so you can find the one that works best for you!

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by Juan Villegas, E-RYT® 500

When I Travel I Feel More Connected

In 2015 I began traveling to teach Yoga Teacher Trainings around the world. Every so often I used to leave my home for a few months to teach yoga students who wanted to become teachers, that gig lasted about 5 years, until COVID-19 happened. I love to travel and when I travel I feel that all my worries disappear, I feel at home! Throughout my life I have lived in different cities in Colombia, Denmark and Canada and I feel that the more one travels and sees the world the more one feels part of a collective, the collective that lives on earth. I grew up in Medellin, Colombia and I consider that city my first home, then I lived in Kolding (Denmark) and several places throughout Canada like Vancouver, the Okanagan, Vancouver Island and Toronto. 

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by Juan Villegas, E-RYT® 500

How to Be a More Compassionate Human

There is great importance in creating compassion for yourself so you can spread that care to others. I find it interesting on flights when during the emergency protocol announcement the flight attendants stress that you need to put your own mask on first before helping anyone with theirs.

This used to be difficult for me to understand. I thought that if I were a parent I would put the mask on my child first. Now I understand the reason, how can you help others put on a mask if you are struggling for oxygen yourself? If you are a compassionate person who wants to help others, as we are as yoga teachers, it’s possible to do too much for others before we consider applying that compassion to ourselves.

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by Juan Villegas, E-RYT® 500

Saucha or Purity: The First Niyama

Saucha means purity, clearness of mind, speech and body. Saucha is one of the Niyamas of yoga and Niyamas can be interpreted to mean positive duties and observances. In the book “The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice” by Deborah Adele, she goes further with the concept of saucha by saying that we not only need to be pure in thoughts and words but also develop purity in relation to the things that we have no control of. She writes that:

‘Saucha asks us not only to seek purity in ourselves, but to seek purity with each moment by allowing it to be as it is. We are asked to be with life, with others, with things, with the day, with work, with the weather, as they are in the moment, not as we wish they were or think they should be or expect them to be.’

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by Juan Villegas, E-RYT® 500

Druidry; Celtic Yoga Connections

The history of Druidry is hard to trace, early practitioners left almost no records of this ancient Celtic system of spirituality. What we know about Druidry comes from pre-historic paintings, drawings, and writings such as those from Julius Caesar. At the end of the Ice Age, people from Southern Europe traveled north to Scotland and other Celtic areas to settle, creating a culture with considerable knowledge of astronomy and engineering skills that are hard to comprehend even today. This period of early Celticism encompasses the development of Druidism, a highly sophisticated religious system that included poets, healers, seers, philosophers, judges, and teachers.

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by Juan Villegas, E-RYT® 500

Koshas: Getting to Know Yourself through Yoga Practice

Koshas are layers or sheaths that help us to move from the physical to the spiritual. There’s that moment at the end of an intense physical and mental practice, it could be running, yoga or chasing your nephews around a park for two hours, where you feel absolutely blissed out and serene. Have you felt that before? While your mind was focused and your physical body was working you managed to move into a state of peace. According to yoga philosophy, you have moved through the layers of the Koshas. Much like layers of an onion, the peeling of these layers helps us navigate to the core of who we really are.

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