March, 2013

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 March, 2013

Just like spring, this newsletter is a little late this month!

It won't be long before the dirty dregs of snow have melted, the street cleaners have passed through town, and the first blossoms and buds of spring begin to appear (that is, after old man winter has his last hurrah). Spring is such a fresh and refreshing time of year. We delight in flinging open the windows and letting the staleness of winter escape as the scents of spring enliven our senses.

The word "fresh" brings to mind fields of cut grass, clean sheets drying on the line in a gentle breeze, rows of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables at the farmer's market...  In India, I discovered, "fresh" is also a way of being.

When I worked at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandarim in India, doing yoga therapy internships, I was often asked if I was feeling "fresh."  At first I thought that my colleagues were overly concerned with the state of my personal hygiene.  Or perhaps they were wondering if I was being sassy with them.  Neither seemed likely.

As I spent more time, and got used to the idiosyncracies of our shared English tongue, I realized they were asking if I was feeling good, awake, aware.  Their version of "how's it goin?"  Feeling fresh was not so much about going home at lunch to shower on a day when it was 100 degrees and 100 percent humidity, as much as it was about an inner freshness (though that lunchtime shower and nap sure left me feeling very refreshed). Inner freshness is about being present, mindful, alive, awake and ready to face the challenges and triumphs of the day.  At least that's what I understood about the question, and how I answered it.

Just like everyone else, sometimes I feel "fresh" (present, mindful, alive, awake and ready to face the challenges and triumphs of the day) and sometimes I don't.  But there is one time when I always feel fresh, and that's when I'm teaching yoga (or doing Thai Yoga Massage).  At that time, I am doing what I love,  and others are depending on me to guide them in a safe and respectful manner.  I can't afford to be thinking about other things. Riding a horse, or anything that requires your full attention, is much the same.

I believe (and studies have shown) that "freshness" of being is contagious. When we're mindful, we unconsciously invite others to also be mindful. When we're scattered and anxious, it's easy for others around us to also adopt those feelings, and vice versa.  This all happens without our permission, or even our awareness most of the time.

As we move into spring, take the time to breathe in the fresh air around you. Open the windows of your house and your heart and take it all in.  Bring that freshness into each moment and each interaction with others.  Carry it with you and enjoy the kind of vibrancy, aliveness and energy that you feel when you do.  Engage as much as possible in things that you love to do, and if it involves others who can help you to maintain that freshness, even better.  

Happy Spring!


Spring Yoga Classes

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Spring is a great time to refresh your yoga practice and clean the cobwebs of your body and mind (as well as your house!)
The spring schedule and online registration are now online on our website: www.wavelengthsyoga.com

Yoga for Children and Teens

Join us for a new session of yoga for the younger crowd, taking us to the end of the school year.  


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.

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Why enroll your child or teen in yoga classes? 

Studies have shown yoga's effectiveness in:

  • reduction of the symptoms of asthma
  • reduction in the symptoms of ADHD
  • motor skill improvement
  • improvement in cognitive function
  • increase in the ability to memorize and process information
  • increase in academic performance
  • greater social adaptability
  • increased self esteem
  • increased ability to handle stress
  • improved flexibility, strength and endurance


For details on these studies and more regarding yoga's benefits for children, click here

Spring Fling - Yoga Dance

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Celebrate the joy and freshness of spring with blissful yoga dance.


Saturday, April 27, 

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 

$20 including HST 


Tiina's blend of yoga and dance combines the mindfulness of yoga, with the playfulness of dance; the alignment of the postures, and the flow of your body as it grooves along with her fabulous music selections.  


Tiina's style of teaching gives enough instruction so that you're completely comfortable with the movements, and leaves enough space for you to express your uniqueness.


This workshop is open to both men and women, as well as teens.You don't need to have any experience in either yoga or dance, but a willingness to move and free your body and soul.  


You must let us know, in advance, if you plan to attend this event.  

Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

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300 Hour Advanced YTT


Graduates of Wavelengths Yoga's 225 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program can now apply for our advance training program. For graduates of other 200 hour yoga teacher training programs, stay tuned.


This program is in compliance with standards set by Yoga Alliance, and graduates can apply to be recognized as a 500-hour yoga teacher.  (RYT-500)  This is the maximum level of  training currently recognized for yoga teachers.


The program begins January, 2014. Early bird applicants receive a discount on the total cost of the program if the application is received before April 19, 2013.


Details are now available at 




For the love of chant: Vedic Chant Workshop

Mozart Effect This workshop will give an overview of the fundamental principles of vedic chanting and introduce students to some of the most beloved healing chants from the vedas. Each class will include a movement and breathwork practice. A new chant will be introduced each week.

Chairs are provided, however, participants are welcome to sit on cushions on the floor (also provided) if that's more comfortable.

April 23, 30, May 7, 14 (4 Tuesday evenings)

Times: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Cost: $110 plus HST

Register online by clicking here.

Keep on keepin' it fresh!