December, 2012

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 December, 2012

turkey flat hike NZ
tree pose in the trees

I recently had the opportunity to do some exploring in New Zealand, and stopped to practice yoga up above the forest canopy.  


Here, I'm doing vrkasana (tree pose), in the treetops.


Part of the tour also included ziplining from platform to platform, up to about 50 kmh! 


Having a dislike of heights, I really had to call on my yoga practice to help calm my beating heart before I stepped off that first platform. I thought about what I am often telling my students: if you need to calm down , focus on your breath, and develop a smooth easy exhalation.  


So, there I was, hundreds of feet up. Breathing.  As I relaxed, I heard the birds all around me.  I noticed the shadows and light.  I looked around and there were tree tops below me, above and all around me.  I was in the forest canopy!  

canopy platform  

 As it came to my turn, I shuffled toward the edge of the platform. The steps led into thin air.  I wanted to turn around and crawl down them like a baby.  But, everyone else had seemed to manage to walk down like a normal adult.  So, I took a deep breath, exhaled slowly, and stepped down until I felt my weight come into the safety harness.  Then, I stepped off the platform.


I'm not sure if I actually breathed on that first short zip, but later on, as we zipped along longer and longer lines, I made a point to take a deep breath, look around and enjoy the view.  


And, all too soon it was over.   I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to experience the forest in such a unique and exciting way.  And mostly, I'm grateful to my yoga practice that allowed me to relax and enjoy the moment, without letting fear become my focus.  

  zip line

I've learned that I don't get braver sitting on my couch, or even by meditating or practicing yoga for hours a day.  I gain courage by stepping outside my comfort zone (physically, mentally or emotionally), and applying the tools of yoga to bring ease and awareness to that situation.  Do something every day that scares you!

2013 Workshops and Special Events:


Equestrian Yoga 1 (unmounted)

Monday, February 18 (Family Day), 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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Equestrian Yoga 2 (unmounted)

Monday, February 18 (Family Day), 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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Vedic Chanting 

Dates to be determined

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Horses and Hot Springs.  

August, 2013, exact dates to be determined

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August 22 - 26, 2013

Yoga at Northern Edge, Algonquin Park.  

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French River Whitewater Skills and Yoga

Dates to be determined

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New workshops are periodically added to the schedule.  Check www.wavelengthsyog.com/workshops.html for most up-to-date list.

Winter Class Schedule - Now Online

We have made a few changes to the schedule for the winter term. Specifically, the Tuesday morning Intermediate Restorative class at 10:30 has been changed to a 90 minute Intermediate Hatha Yoga class.
We have also added two new classes on Wednesday mornings: Sunrise yoga at 7:00 a.m. and Gentle Restorative Yoga at 9:00 a.m.   
Register by mail, in person, or on the website:  www.wavelengthsyoga.com/register_online.htm

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program

MindfulnessEmmanuelle Festas-Keogh Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8 week program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. at the Center for Mindfulness in Massachusetts (US) in 1979. Since then, the program has been taught in hospitals, health care centres, yoga studios, private clinics and other places, all over the world. 


Information Session:
Tuesday, January 22, 7:00 p.m. at Wavelengths, 2351 Country Rd. 45, Norwood.

Click here for the dates and cost for the upcoming session. 

For more information about the program and to find out whether or not it's for you, please contact the instructor:
Emmanuelle Festas-Keogh
(705) 696-2237

Yoga for Children and Teens

The fall session of Yoga for children and teens wrapped up on December 3, but will resume on January 14.   New students are always welcome.  


Yoga for kids 5-8 on Saturdays from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Yoga for kids 9-12 on Saturdays from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Yoga for teens 13-19 on Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.


Register online for kids and teens classes here:  www.wavelengthsyoga.com/register_online.htm

Dance Classes

Casey Beecroft dance Starting in January, Casey Beecroft will be offering dance classes for children, teens and adults on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays. Please contact Casey for details and to register. (705) 639-5494 or kseemoon@gmail.com.


For more information about Casey, please see www.wavelengthsyoga.com/dance.html.  

Holiday Greetings

The studio will be closed from December 16 - January 14, with the exception of scheduled teacher training sessions. 

May the darkness of winter solstice inspire your inner light to shine brightly.