February, 2011

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Baking bread on a chilly August morning on the Nahanni River

While most of Ontario is enjoying a winter wonderland, I'm planning my summer schedule and looking ahead to the two incredible whitewater trips I'll be guiding (scroll down to see more).  I'm also reflecting on how whitewater canoeing and yoga complement each other so wonderfully. 


When I first started paddling bigger rapids, I had a lot of fear (and sometimes still do when the spring runs are pumping high volumes of freezing water!). My ability to breathe deeply and see clearly helps me to run challenging rapids, and to know when to portage around them when I'm not sure I can navigate them safely.  I give yoga a lot of credit for the focus that allowed me to gain (and maintain) the skills to work as a guide and instructor. 


On canoe trips, I love the freedom of practicing and teaching yoga in the wilderness.  The Nahanni river has some vast gravel bars that make great camping and offer spectacular views of the river and mountains.  The bonus is that those paddling-sore muscles also love practicing yoga on trips!


Activities that require skill and concentration can be enhanced and refined through the practice of yoga.  Ease (sukham) and stability (sthiram) are the goal in every yoga pose.  When we apply these concepts wholeheartedly in a yoga practice, we invite those same qualities to permeate into other aspects of our lives.  


I hope you'll join me at a yoga class or workshop in 2011, whether it's at the studio in Norwood, or on a remote river in the Yukon or NWT.

Yoga for all life's stages

Yoga is for everyone.  Our youngest student ever was 6 weeks old, and we regularly have students in their 70's and 80's.   We also have students of all ages in between.  Yoga is truly a practice for all the stages of one's life. 

We have two classes starting this week for our younger crowd: Yoga for Moms and Babies, and Yoga for Children.

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Yoga for Moms and Babies
Fridays, February 4 - March 11
11:45 - 12:45 p.m.
$66 + HST ($74.58)
Instructor: Caroline Owen

Yoga for Children
Saturdays, February 5 - March 26
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
 $72 + HST ($81.36)
Instructor: Brooke Stevens
Register online at www.wavelengthsyoga.com/register_online.htm or call (705) 639-8937 

Want Happier Hips and Shoulders?


Are your hips and shoulders as happy as they can be? 


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This workshop is for all levels of student.  We'll look at the functions and actions of the hips and shoulders and explore why they cause problems for so many people.  We'll also look at the role that posture plays in maintaining healthy hips and shoulders.  But, mostly we'll gently stretch the muscles that support these important joints, leaving you feeling energized, open and relaxed.  Even if you already have happy hips and shoulders, this workshop will teach you how to keep them that way!


Sunday, February 20

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

$39 + HST ($44.07)

Instructor: Caroline Owen

Register online and view other upcoming workshops at:


or call (705) 639-8937 for more information.

 Summer, 2011 - Paddle, breathe, stretch

Join me in the stunning Northwest or Yukon Territories this summer to paddle through some of the most ruggedly beautiful areas in the world. 



The South Nahanni River

is the premier wilderness river in Canada and has been called the most visually diverse river on the planet. Located in the North West Territories-one of the most sparsely populated places on earth-the Nahanni River is legendary. Bill Mason, naturalist, film maker and environmentalist called it the "Greatest river trip in the world" and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau echoed that sentiment when he famously canoed the Nahanni in 1970. Containing Canada's deepest river valleys, its greatest waterfalls, massive rugged mountains, a vast wilderness of wildlife, deep forests, and legends of headless prospectors and lost adventurers, it's no wonder this is the world's very first UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Sorry guys, this particular trip is for women only, but you can find other trips at www.blackfeather.com for both women and men.   


 Nahanni River Whitewater Getaway, NWT

June 30 - July 10

see http://www.wildwomenexp.com/paddling.html for details.




The Wind River is part of northern Yukon's great mountain style rivers. Starting at McCluskey Lake, there is a short portage to the Wind. The upper section has no mighty rapids, but there is definitely some fun canoe wind rivermanoeuvering. Chutes, sharp bends and converging currents allow for some easy to intermediate whitewater. The river is often braided with gravelly shoals. Hiking is good, particularly in the upper section, where the alpine ridges and peaks are close to the river. This is an excellent trip for the novice to intermediate whitewater paddler.



Wind River, Yukon

August 8 - 21

see http://www.blackfeather.com/canoe/canoe_windriver.htm for details.


Teacher Training and Professional Development

Professional Development and Networking for Yoga Teachers

Date: Sunday, April 17, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.mCost: $65 plus HST, including lunch & snacks
Wavelengths Yoga, Norwood

For more information, see:

Yoga Teacher Training Information Sessions

Fridays, March 18 and May 13, 7 - 8:30 pm       

Cost:  Free - email wavelengths@gmail.com to register

Location: Wavelengths Yoga, Norwood 

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Stay warm and safe!

Caroline Owen
Wavelengths Yoga
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