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Happy New Year!  I hope your 2010 is filled with peace, love, joy and happiness.
After 6 weeks in India, it's great to be back home at such a magical time of year. As I write this, the woodstove is blazing and the Christmas lights are twinkling and I'm grateful to be reunited with family and friends.     
This new year brings the exciting opening of Wavelengths Yoga with our first class beginning on January 4 for the New Year Practice Intensive workshop.  There is still space in the workshop and also in the regular classes that begin on January 18.  View the schedule or register online.
Ashtanga Yoga classes will take place in Peterborough at Sadleir House on Tuesdays.  See the schedule for details.
Please register in advance for all classes in Norwood and Westwood.  You can register on line, by mail or at one of our registration and information evenings at the studio:
  • Monday January 4 & 11, 5 - 6 p.m and 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday January 5 & 12, 5 - 6 p.m and 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Please note, payment in person is by cash or cheque only.  If you wish to pay by credit card, please register online.
The studio is located at 2351 County Rd. 45 in the village of Norwood. 
New studio building
I'm looking forward to seeing you there!
New Year Practice Intensive Workshop
Dates: January 4, 6, 11, 13, 2010 (Mondays and Wednesdays)
Times: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $52 +GST ($54.60)
Location: Wavelengths Yoga, 2351 County Rd. 45, Norwood, Ontario
Registration: Online, by mail or in person. See registration information for details.

Workshop Description
: Over the four classes, we will work on the same basic postures, with each class going deeper into the subtle layers of being. Yoga works on five general levels: the body, breath, mind, emotions and a deeper place of bliss and stillness. We start with the body and work progressively with the layers, adding to the practice to discover a deep place of stillness within.
For more upcoming workshops, click here.
Home, Ganesh
The following story has been reprinted from my blog from India:
Ganesh and CarolineGanesh is the name of the auto rickshaw driver that my friend Jim introduced me to here in Chennai. Jim met Ganesh on his first trip here 10 years ago and helped him to buy the rickshaw that he uses to make his meager living. When Jim comes to Chennai, Ganesh drives him where he needs to go. Now, my roommates and I often call him on his cell phone to take us to class or dinner or errand expeditions.

Only if you've taken a ride from an ordinary rickshaw driver could you fully appreciate the wonderfulness that is Ganesh (in Hindu mythology, Ganesh, the elephant headed God, is the remover of obstacles). Not only has Ganesh never had an accident in 20 years (an incredible statistic in a city where just yesterday we witnessed two minor collisions), he also slows down for the considerable bumps in the city thus preserving the spinal discs as well as the teeth of his passengers. Ganesh knows the best places to eat and shop and will even haggle a deal for you in Tamil, the local language. The other day he refused to take a bonus from a store when they offered (in Tamil) to charge my friend an extra 50% on her bill to put in Ganesh's pocket. He told us later what had transpired and my friend immediately opened her wallet and gave him the money herself, in gratitude for his honesty.

Yesterday, Ganesh spent almost 3 hours with me at lunchtime. We drove clear across the city to three different stores (buying rugs and curtains for the new studio). Then he brought me home, carried my parcels upstairs, shyly asked me for a glass of water, waited while I did a few things, then took me back to the yoga centre for my evening shift. I paid him 500 rupees, the amount that my friend had given him the day before, which he would consider a good day's pay (it's about $12.40 Canadian). He started to dig around for change. The thing about Ganesh is that he refuses to tell you a price for the ride. It's always "whatever you want, ma'am, ok, whatever you want, fine." I told him I didn't want change, that I appreciated all his help. He always watches out for me, while keeping an eye on the parcels that I leave in the back of his rickshaw while I shop. Many obstacles he's removed for me.

He asked me if I wanted him to pick me up at the end of my shift. I said, "no thanks...I'm not done until 8pm and I'll walk home...no problem." Later, at 8 when I was done, I was tired after a long day of my yoga therapy internship.  I figured I'd flag down a rickshaw and take a 20 rupee ride home. When I walked out of the centre, there was Ganesh, waiting for me with a big smile. "I wait for my Canada friend! Where you want to go?" I beamed back at him, "Home, Ganesh."


Congratulations to our early bird winner
In India, there is a custom of giving a good price to the first customer of the day in shops. This is done to appease the Hindu goddess Laksmi, who brings wealth and good fortune to those who honour her. 
In keeping with that tradition, and with a small twist, we held an early bird contest, offering free classes to the first person to register for the New Year Practice Intensive Workshop, the first program being held in the new studio.
Cathy Turner of Norwood is our lucky winner.  Congratulations Cathy and may wealth and good fortune follow!
My mission is to ignite, inspire, expand, nurture, educate and deepen your love of yoga.
Caroline Owen
Wavelengths Yoga
Save 10%
Save 10% when you register for two or more yoga classes in Norwood.  Classes must be purchased at the same time.  This offer may also be combined with the student/senior discount. 
Norwood only.