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Workshops & Special Series

Yoga for Neck & Shoulder Discomfort with Val Wicks

Saturday, March 13th

1:30pm -3:00pm

Are you feeling weighed down?  Do you notice tension in your
neck and shoulders?

Neck and shoulder discomfort can creep up on you. As you age, habits develop in your posture, movements and activities that create imbalances in your body. Some examples of this are driving, sitting at a desk, looking at a cell phone, carrying children around, and household chores. You can expand on this to include the general effects of aging, Covid 19 , and other issues specific to you. This can all add up to pain in your neck and too much weight on your shoulders, literally and figuratively.

In this workshop you will be guided through some yoga poses to aid in the release and strengthening of these these stubborn areas.  Better alignment, using movement and hold, will help you establish a more comfortable and useful relationship with your neck, shoulders and upper back.  Create energy in the
spine for greater freedom in the upper body, and find grounding to use gravity to your advantage.

Many of the poses in the class can be easily practiced at home in just minutes a day!

Class will be held online through Zoom.  You will need a mat, a bolster (or firm pillow), two straps or a long scarf (or two tied together), two blocks, a blanket, two tennis balls (or other exercise balls), two face cloths or two pairs of clean socks and a chair.

Class will be recorded and a link will be provided to you after class so you can replay, the link will expire after two weeks.

Investment: $30 (HST included)

Payment Options: Online with credit card or email transfer to hello@nicoleblackwood.com

Beginner Basics with Maria Hillier

Sunday, March 21st

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Have you been curious about yoga and want to try but were scared or nervous to enter a group class? Do you think you need to be able to touch your toes or be a certain size in order to try yoga? Or do you think your physical condition limits your ability to attend a yoga class? Then this workshop is for YOU! Maria will debunk these myths and meet you exactly where you are. The workshop includes:

  • Discussion and practice of foundational poses (asanas) with variations for your unique body
  • How a typical yoga class is structured
  • Props – what are they and how to use them to support you in your practice
  • Breath techniques for mindfulness and relaxation (pranayama)
    How to choose the right class for you
 

Class will be held in studio (maximum of 6 students) and also online through Zoom.  Bring your own props to class, or use your own at home in the online class.  You will need a mat, bolster, blanket, blocks and a strap.  We have suggestions of items from around the house if you do not have yoga props.

Class will be recorded and a link will be provided to you after class so you can replay, the link will expire after two weeks.

**Note – we are accepting in studio registration, if we are still not able to teach in studio at this time the workshop will be taught only online.  If you prefer in person sign up for in studio**

Investment: $30 (HST included) 

Payment Options: Online with credit card or email transfer to hello@nicoleblackwood.com

Let Go to Uplift: Gentle & Restorative Yoga with Maria Hiller

Sunday March, 21st

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Lift the fog and heaviness of winter with an uplifting gentle and restorative yoga practice. We will move through a few gentle movements to begin to release tension and then shift into the stillness of a restorative yoga practice.  We will practice poses that aim to create space in the front and side bodies.  After a long and cold winter of curling inward it can feel refreshing and uplifting to open these spaces.

Restorative yoga is a soothing practice designed to reduce stress, tension and fatigue through holding supported poses for longer periods of time.  This helps to slow down your body and mind and allow your nervous system to settle and rebalance.  Our mantra to support us in class will be “I invite lightness, I let go of heaviness.” Leave class feeling refreshed and restored.

Class will be held in studio (maximum of 6 students) and also online through Zoom.  Bring your own props to class, or use your own at home in the online class.  You will need a mat, bolster, 2-3 blankets, blocks and a strap.  We have suggestions of items from around the house if you do not have yoga props.

Class will be recorded and a link will be provided to you after class so you can replay, the link will expire after two weeks.

**Note – we are accepting in studio registration, if we are still not able to teach in studio at this time the workshop will be taught only online.  If you prefer in person sign up for in studio**

Investment: $35 (HST included)

Payment Options: Online with credit card or email transfer to hello@nicoleblackwood.com

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