Saturday Nov 2, 11:30-2pm @ Astanga Yoga Ottawa (200 Bank St, in Centretown) Price: $40+hst (earlybird) before Oct 23rd. $50+HST after. Register Online through Mind Body Online A chance to play with handstands, headstand …
"Anyone can learn to safely practice yoga and experience its healing effects. A beginner's mind is required, a flexible body is not." - Michael
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|Astanga Yoga (Mixed Level)
Power Yoga (All levels
Power / Ashtanga Yoga (Intermediate)
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|6:30 am – 7:30 am
9:30 am – 10:45 am
noon – 1 pm
|Pure Power Flow (Hot)
Pure Yin & Yang (All levels)
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|Yin & Gentle Yang (All levels)
Astanga Yoga (All levels)
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|Hot Yoga Flow (All levels)
Yoga for Stress-Relief
Power Yoga (Intermediate)
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@ Rama Lotus
Here is my schedule in real-time, including the occasional “last-minute” substitutions for other teachers:
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Specialty Courses - At least 3 courses recommended
Providing Yoga in the workplace environment gives people an easy, low cost way to take care of their health, destress and enjoy a postitive activity without disrupting the flow of family life and after-work commitments. Contact me to ask about bringing yoga to your workplace and special needs groups.
The best way to learn Yoga is one-on-one, with hands-on adjustments and open dialogue between the guide and the student. If you are experiencing pain in your yoga practice, it is probably not necessary. We can find ways to manage your obstacles so your yoga practice is a positive experience you look forward to each time.
I have also taught Yoga to elite athletes, CrossFit competitors, Seniors and high school students. Absolutely anyone can reap the benefits of a balanced yoga practice, tailored to the needs of the group. Practices are carefully designed to restore balance to the body, improve mobility, core strength awareness, balance and posture.
Special Needs Groups
Simple Yoga-based movements and breath mindfulness can help ease anxieties and depression. Specific routines can also be catered toward those with limited mobility and health conditions that require special care.
Rates are negotiable, please contact me for details: mdynie (at) gmail.com
Yin & Yang
A holistic practice for body and mind. Yin postures, practiced before warming up, stretch the deeper connective tissues of the hips, pelvis and lower spine, which stretch like plastic. Yin postures are held for longer periods of time without contracting muscles, to gently stress the joints, helping them stay lubricated and strong as we age. The approach to Yin Yoga is completely different from active styles of Yoga. Yang postures are then used to target the more Superficial muscles, which respond better to shorter stretch times and muscle contractions.
Ashtanga Yoga/ Introduction Courses
Introduces the fundamental concepts of Ashtanga, breath, bandhas and proper postural alignment. Students learn how to correctly stretch the body so the practice can heal old injuries and create openings you thought were not possible. In this practice you will learn how to recognize your limitations, and safely work with them. Standing series is practised, along with half the seated postures of the Primary Series, and portions of the finishing series. Inversions may be practised depending on comfort level of group, with plenty of modifications. Occasionally, I substitute in Hatha warm-ups, or add in postures through the practice that are not part of the traditional sequence to serve the needs of students, while carefully considering the biomechanical implications of each pose, how it relates to the individual needs, and fits in with the methodology of the practice. I believe these variations help students gain insight into how to grow the practice over time and practice with intelligence.
Power Yoga / Power Vinyasa Yoga
Each student receives personalized instruction and adjustments to learn proper technique. Begins with Sun Salutation warmups, followed by Ashtanga standing series, then seated postures are practised to create flexibility in the quadriceps, hips, hamstrings and shoulders. Core exercises are interspersed throughout the practice. Variations are offered so each student can work comfortably at their edge, and understand how to grow the practice over time. These classes are more liberal adaptations of the Ashtanga Yoga methodology. Why? Because it works!
Hatha Yoga / Yin & Yang
This is a gentler class that is ideal for those who prefer a slower pace, but still want to develop the essential posture muscles enough to heal the body. Upper Cross Syndrome effects the greater majority of people living in North America, everyone from desk jockeys and to elite athletes. A common misconception about Yoga as Physical Therapy is that its all about stretching, but the awakening and development of subtle core muscles combined with proper, supervised stretching and postural alignment technique unquestionably provides the real benefit. The subtle muscles of the core must be made strong enough to support gains in flexibility–this is not the same as sit-ups and other ab crunch exercises, but involves the strengthening of glutes, hip flexors, abs, and the lower portion of the transverse abdominus. Students learn a variety of ways to use props, as we systematically open the hips, hamstrings, hip flexors, quadriceps, chest and shoulders, chronic areas of tightness that once opened create a healthier, more flexible spine and hamstrings.
Yin involves holding postures without muscular effort for longer periods of time (1-5 minutes) to stretch the connective tissues, which are targeted in colder temperatures when the body is not warmed up. This approach, known as passive stretching, is ineffective on its own, and must be balanced by by active stretching (Hatha). We do a few Yin postures, but mostly Hatha postures which use muscle.