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 January, 2013


Happy New Year!  


I am personally not a fan of resolutions, new year's or otherwise.  To me, it's a set up.  You state emphatically that you're going to do something, or not do something...then a few days or a few weeks later, you're doing it (or not doing it).  Once you've broken your resolution, it's over.  Oh well, try again next year.


Resolutions are almost always bound to fail because they're aimed at trying to break some of our deepest ingrained habits around such vital issues as food, money, time-management, addictions and such.  We don't generally spend a lot of time honing the skills that will help us to achieve these new years goals.  We state our resolution, with sincere intentions, and march bravely into the new year.  


While I've resolved to give up making resolutions on New Years, I enjoy marking the passage into a new year with reflection and ritual. This year, as part of my new year ritual, I wrote a long list of things that I want to invite into my life for 2013. I didn't spend a lot of time on the list, just wrote down the first 30 things that came into my mind. My intention is to tuck that list away and forget about it.  Then (if I remember), I intend to pull that list out next new year's and see how many of those things have come to fruition. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.  Stay tuned!


And, if you're more of a traditional resolution maker, and are determined to stick to your resolutions this year, yoga philosophy can offer this wisdom: It's easier to develop a new healthy habit than it is to leave behind an old unhealthy habit. Rather than trying to change what you don't like, focus on the positive things that you would like to invite into your life this year.  


You can also try breaking up larger goals into smaller steps and making monthly resolutions that are easier to attain, and give you a sense of accomplishment throughout the year.  


Whatever your new year rituals are, I hope 2013 brings you health, happiness and lots of positive change.

2013 Horse-related Happenings

bareback snuggles  

Equestrian Yoga 1 (unmounted)

Monday, February 18 (Family Day), 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Click here for more information or to register


Equestrian Yoga 2 (unmounted)

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

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Horses Pack Trip, Chilcotin, B.C.  

NEW: We have firm dates and information for this trip  August 14-20, 2013

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Other workshops and events

NEW: Family Yoga Class

 Monday, February 18 (Family Day). 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

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Vedic Chanting 

Dates to be determined. Let us know if you're interested

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Yoga at Northern Edge, Algonquin Park

August 22 - 26, 2013  

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French River Whitewater Skills and Yoga

Dates to be determined (early August).  Let us know if you're interested

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canoes on the french


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


Register in Person for Winter Classes and Workshops

We are holding a registration session on Thursday, January 10 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the studio.  If you haven't yet registered, come on by and sign up for a class or workshop.  If you have registered, come by and say hello, have a cup of tea and check out our new yoga DVDs for sale.  You can preview the DVDs before you buy!
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.   
You can also register by mail, 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

Yoga classes for teens and children begin again on January 14 and 19, respectively).   New students are always welcome.  


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

Yoga for children 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 childrens and teens classes here:  www.wavelengthsyoga.com/register_online.htm

Dance Classes

Casey Beecroft dance Casey Beecroft is now 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. Or drop by Cat Sass in Norwood and visit Casey at the store that she owns with her partner, Caz.


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



Yoga DVDs for Sale

jj dvdMany of you have asked about a suitable yoga DVD that you can follow at home.  


We now have two DVDs by JJ Gormley, available for sale at Wavelengths.  


JJ Gormley teaches in the U.S. and Canada, training yoga teachers and offering workshops. She guest-teaches a module in our 200 hour teacher training.


The videos offer several routines to choose from and cost $20 each.  

New Year's Resolution Alternatives

If you're tired of making and breaking resolutions and want to try something different this year (better late than never!), consider  some of these offerings from Kelly McGonigal, author of The Willpower Instinct.

Happy New Year. I hope your 2013 is full of opportunities to enjoy the wonder of living fully in the moment.