Autumn News from the Sail Loft Studio

#2118 Rte 329, The Lodge, 858-3330 October-December, 2016

There are many ways to practice yoga. It is helpful to define what a yoga practice means to us: what exactly is it, and how can we make a daily practice part of our routine? Noticing when we are engaged in a spacious, non-cluttered moment, we can say: “Ah ha! I’m doing it!” Taking time to observe our breath, move our bodies through different ranges of motion, and focus inwardly - five minutes to an hour on a daily basis - is beneficial for maintaining a resilient immune system, for settling our sometimes ruffled emotions, and for feeling strong and grounded while keeping our hearts more open. We all “link with the divine” often throughout the day by taking a big breath, or being in nature, or by getting immersed in a creative project, to name a few ways we find ourselves in yoga practice.

Weekly, I offer three classes with two different views of learning new tools of practice. On Mondays (6:15-7:30 p.m.) and Thursdays (10:30 a.m.-noon), we look at the yoga poses in a variety of ways, in a kind of workshop setting, with a spirit of exploration, experimentation, and curiosity. On Tuesdays (7-8:30 p.m.), we practice vinyasa style yoga – breath facilitating movement, with one pose linking to the next. The poses are held for short periods with emphasis on foundation and breath focus. This traditional style of led practice also includes chanting and pranayama. Both styles are recommended for all levels and abilities. These classes at the Sail Loft Studio are accessible to beginners, and those with movement restrictions, and are helpful for seasoned practitioners as well.

Even after practicing yoga for almost 27 years, and teaching for 14 years, I feel that my curiosity and thirst for deepening knowledge in this amazing field is as profound as ever. I invite you to share in the yoga study with me in one of the most beautiful spaces to practice that you will ever experience. Come and see! - Catherine Guest

Yoga for Everyone at the Fox Point Community Centre, Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The classes will continue until mid-December, and will resume in mid-January. Pay what you can ($2-$5). Drop ins are welcome. Cathy teaches yoga poses with chair support, so everyone can participate. No experience is necessary. Bring a mat if you have one. Call or write Christina at the Fox Point Community Centre or Cathy if you have questions.

A Study of the Pelvic Floor with Catherine Guest and Stacey Steeves: two workshops on the three layers of the pelvic floor are offered in Hubbards area and in Antigonish, NS. First workshop: Saturday, October 29th, 2016, Sail Loft Studio, The Lodge, near Hubbards, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, November 19th, Lanark, Antigonish, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (see poster, attached, or check out the website)

Saturday Open Studio begins on November 5th, 10-10:30 a.m. meditation, 10:30 a.m.-noon, personal practice. Bring wood for the fire, or plan to leave a donation towards the heat. There is no teaching, per se, but Cathy is there to help with poses, and for questions.

Private yoga classes with Cathy: Please call or write about setting up sessions: one on one, or groups. Families are welcome!

A view from the studio window last night…. taken by Cathy

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Sail Loft Yoga Studio | Hubbards, Nova Scotia