April, 2011

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foolNo one wants to be seen as a fool, but the 1st of April is the time when we can allow ourselves to be foolish as well as play a good-natured joke on someone else.  For those who take themselves very seriously, this can either be a relief or an annoyance.  In any case, April Fool's Day reminds us to lighten up. 


Osho, a spiritual guide and author, writes in his "Zen Tarot" book that ".A fool is one who goes on trusting...if you trust your intuition right now...you cannot go wrong.  Your actions may appear 'foolish' to others, or even to yourself, if you try to analyze them with the rational mind."  When our minds are clear, we can hear the voice of our own intuition.  It is difficult (some would say impossible) to have a mind that is completely free from outside influence, but a spiritual fool is one who continually drops the past so that it doesn't cloud the present.


He also writes, "...Be a fool in the Zen sense...Whatsoever experience comes to you, let it happen, and then go on dropping it.  Go on cleaning your mind continuously; go on dying to the past so you remain in the present, here-now, as if just born, just a babe."  Clearing the mind is what yoga is all about.  One of the definitions of yoga is that it is a state where the mind is completely focused (Yoga Sutra, I-2).


Osho's definition of a spiritual fool is similar to the goal of yoga practice, which is to establish that state of focus from moment to moment.  When we habitually follow our conditioning (based on the past) or what others tell us is "right," we are truly foolish.  But to be a fool in the spiritual sense is to leave behind those expectations and follow a deeper voice of wisdom, which can be accessed through a committed yoga practice.


This April, be a spiritual fool and sign up for another session of heart opening, 
mind clearing and stress relieving yoga classes at Wavelengths.  Click here to see the schedule or register.


New session starts April 18

The Spring term of yoga classes runs from Monday, April 18 to Friday, June 24. There are 10 classes a week to choose from and you can view the full schedule and class descriptions at www.wavelengthsyoga.com/current_schedule.htm.
Class Highlights:
We've brought back our "Meditative Yoga" class on Monday evenings at 8pm for those who want to take advantage of the longer daylight hours and do their yoga later in the day.  This class is a slow moving, meditative experience including breath work, chanting and meditation as well as movement.  All levels are welcome.
Yoga for Moms and Babies runs on Fridays from May 6 - June 10, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Yoga for Children with Brooke runs from May 7 - June 18 (no class June 4), 10 - 11 a.m.

Teacher Training and Professional Development

teaching circle
Teacher Training Information Session

If you missed our first teacher training session, don't worry, we're holding another in May. Our Yoga Teacher Training starts in September and includes 225 hours of instruction and practice teaching.  Not sure if it's the right course for you?  Come to one of our information sessions to learn about our training and what sets it apart from other 200 hour yoga teacher trainings.  This program is also suitable for those who have already graduated from another teacher training program and want to deepen their understanding of yoga through teachers who have studied extensively with the living masters of the Krishnamacharya lineage of yoga.  Download our information package and application form at www.wavelengthsyoga.com/teacher_training.htm.

Date: May 13, 2011, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Wavelengths Yoga, Norwood


You have two more opportunities to join us for the spring YogaDance series with Tiina Kivinen.  YogaDance is a unique fusion of yoga and ecstatic dance. When we dance our yoga, we allow for a free flow of energy; freeing blockages, cleansing and purifying, letting go of tension, and returning to our natural state of freedom and joy. No experience in Yoga or Dance is necessary, just a willingness to play and explore. All are welcome!  
Please note the date change for the last class.  There is no YogaDance on April 22 (Good Friday).

Dates: Fridays: Apr. 8, 29, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 each, plus HST
Location: Wavelengths Yoga

Other Workshops and Events

Early Morning Yoga Immersionsunrise yoga


Description: Immerse yourself in a regular morning yoga practice for a week. Each class will have a theme, which is woven into the theme for the week: creating and living a joyful life. Yoga philosophy is very clear in telling us that the practice of yoga works to calm the mind, allowing us access to our natural blissful state of being. The physical practice will be gentle and therapeutic, allowing us the space to go deeply into silence through breathwork, meditation, visualization and chanting. Dynamic movements, coordinated with the breath for maximum effect, are designed to energize you for your day, sending you off with a spring in your step.


Dates: Monday, June 13 - Friday June 17 - 6:30 - 7:30 a.m.
Cost: $65, plus HST
Location: Wavelengths Yoga
Instructor: Caroline


Read more or register online.



Remote Whitewater Canoe Trips in 2011


Visit www.wavelengthsyoga.com/workshops.html to read about two great northern trips guided by Caroline in 2011. 


  canoe wind river

Wellness Expo

Visit us at the Peterborough Wellness Expo on May 7, 2011 at the Evinrude Centre, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


I will be doing a therapeutic yoga demonstration at 10:15.  Look for the Wavelengths Yoga booth.


Come by and say hello.

Don't be afraid to be a fool this April.
Caroline Owen
Wavelengths Yoga
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Save 10% when you register for two or more yoga classes in Norwood.  Classes must be purchased at the same time for one student.  This offer may also be combined with the student/senior discount. 
Norwood only.