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Your Teachers


Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

~ Benjamin Franklin

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Your Teachers


Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

~ Benjamin Franklin

 
We work so hard to get somewhere, to realize a dream, to arrive at some destination, that we often forget that though some satisfaction may be waiting at the end of our endurance and effort, there is great and irreplaceable aliveness in the steps along the way.
— Mark Nepo
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The Studio


May you say Yes to the adventures that scare you and emerge from the darkness transformed.  ~ Caitlin Chero

The Studio


May you say Yes to the adventures that scare you and emerge from the darkness transformed.  ~ Caitlin Chero

THE STORY:
The studio stands on the quiet edge of Granville Island. Her full wall of windows gaze out like open eyes, to the grass, the water and boats the sky and each sunset. One day while strolling the quiet spaces of GI, I saw what would become the studio. Her windows were layered in vinyl. I peered through the front door and what was revealed was junk stored to the 15 foot high ceiling, freezers, computers and under it all a blue and white tiled floor. I turned around on the little patio and gazed out to the reflected light on the water and said out loud to the air “what a waste of space”. Two days later I took a stroll down the same path and there she was with a new addition….a For Lease sign.
The Universe had offered up the challenge….”if it is a waste of space what are you going to do about it?”
Keys were received on New Years Eve, a time of new beginnings and nourishing our hearts intentions. Now, 5 years later, the studio has moved past infanthood, made her playful way through childhood, dashed through teenhood exploring her identity and is now a young adult with life and all its possibilities open to her. She has a strong sense of identity and although open to all new experiences she is secure in knowing what she is here for. She embraces everyone with care and like all true friends welcomes you in whether it is every day or once a year. She has no requirements, and is simply joyful for your company whenever it can happen.
I understand her…this soul disguised as a studio. Part of something larger but every day remembering and standing in her own identity, so unlike the boating brokers that surround her yet sharing a common foundation. Her cedar posts created of something so ancient, yet they are part of something so new within the framework of where she now exists, scraped clean of everything that contained them. The truth of all the old scars and knicks creating the beauty of her body.
Each time her door opens it as if a sigh escapes her lungs and an ease arrives in that moment between arrival and departure.

WELCOME! (from Wilcuman: Wil = will or desire Cuman = To come……..It is desired that you come……You are a desired guest)

We will, all of us shift and grow with each passing week, teacher and student alike. Embrace these changes and each new insight. 
If you feel drawn to join this journey, come in, be safe, be open, make new friends, learn about yourself; body, heart and mind  and know that this space is held for you .....oh yes.......and don't be afraid to laugh out loud every now and then, maybe even sing and cry!

ABOUT:
This is a practice of connection. Slowing down, experiencing ourselves and each other on every level. Getting to know the bodies we inhabit, the minds that try to rule our moments and letting the breath be our most intimate guide.
What you will begin to “remember”?

  • connection, to the breath, body, mind, heart and each other is available to anyone and it is this that will create our greatest shifts in reality.

  • slowing down enough to hear our hearts, while asking our minds to stop rushing to judgement, may take us on a very worthwhile journey.

  • if we let go of fearing all things - what we might not be able to do, what we think we may never have - we may be very surprised with what we can do and what we do have in abundance.

  • twisting yourself in knots (literally and figuratively) will not make you a yogi, in fact it is usually the smallest movement, the most unaligned limb, the tiniest moment that will sometimes connect you to the understanding you are unique and individual and also a part of everthing.

  • the flames of our practice can be created internally, from reclaiming the breath, to stoking the fire in our bellies for something more than getting by.

The idea that no matter what,........ we are Perfect in this moment because this is the only moment that matters and who we show up as in this moment matters.. !!!

WHAT YOU WILL FIND:
Ocean Breath is a Boutique style studio.
100+ year old cedar beams and posts were hand scraped back their original wood grain warmth. Maple floor sheds a warm hue whenever the sun touches it. Windows that fill the whole front wall gaze out like eyes, past our little patio to the water and boats. In the warm seasons, the open door and windows let soft breezes in along with the sound of seagulls, geese, ravens and the occasional heron. Sometimes finches and hummingbirds grace the doorway. Warm sun and beautiful sunsets add to the magic. In the cooler seasons, we close the thick curtains, turn on the salt lamps, turn down the dimmer and get cozy with Indian cotton and wool blankets, while the darkness of short and rainy days allows the opportunity to slow down and drift inwards.

Mats are provided, just please give them a wipe down at the end of class. As well bolsters, chip foam blocks, 3 and 4 inch bricks, straps, blankets, and a variety of other surprise tools will be found to support your practice, along with chairs for the days you don’t feel like making your way to the ground.

With Gratitude, Beverly
Ocean Breath Yoga and Movement

 
 
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Ocean Breath


“Remember to breathe. It is after all, the secret of life.” ~ Gregory Maguire

Ocean Breath


“Remember to breathe. It is after all, the secret of life.” ~ Gregory Maguire

Ocean Breath is not a translation of Ujjayi Breath (that would be Victorious Breath). What it is, is an interpretation based on the sound the breath creates when it is mastered. Its sound reminiscent of the sound a wave makes rolling gently up and back down a beach. It is a breath created when a person constricts the base of their throat, controlling the movement of breath into and back out of the body. Where the breath, for the majority of people has become a spontaneous occurrence that happens without thought, Ocean Breath reconnects us to the strength and health benefits of our body's abilities truly experienced.

The unconcious breathing we do on a daily basis draws oxygen into just the top 1/3 of our lungs. Ocean Breath allows us to fully expand and utilize the power of our lungs and their capacity to carry oxygen molecules to our blood stream and deep into our bodies. It works our diaphragm and thus the areas which our diaphragms are connected to facially and muscularly. (heart, T12, L1,2 and 3 and an effect on the Psoas to name some)
The exhale when done with awareness then carries toxins (methane, carbon and water vapour) from our bodies. 

It is thought that 20 minutes of Ocean Breath can equate to 20 minutes of aerobic activity and it's benefits to the body without the stress.

One of my favourite teachers, Max Strom describes our normal breath as a breath to survive but not to "Live". His simple steps:

  • Sit or stand with the spine straight
  • Relax the shoulder blades downward
  • Broaden the chest and remember to breathe into the sides of your ribs
  • Make the sound of fogging the mirror with your breath.

Initially it is easier to practice Ocean Breath with the mouth open because it is easier to relax the jaw and connect to that gentle fogging quality of the breath we have all used before when steaming a window or to clean eye glasses.  It is also easier to hear the quality of the breath. Once the mouth open technique is mastered he recommends moving on to the traditional mouth closed breathing practice.

Some of the benefits of Ocean Breath (Ujjayi) can be:
Connection to the Para Sympathetic Nervous System, stimulation of the metabolic system, better blood circulation to the body, more oxygen to the lungs, lowered anxiety and ability to have a deeper sleep. You can read more online or in Max Strom's book "A Life Worth Breathing". Many different areas of research on the breath can be found online and in bookstores. You can also see my own story and how it has affected my life. 

To see a short talk on breath by Max go to: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NGZFdKxOzmw


Breath is the bridge which connects life to conciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.
— Thich Nhat Hahn
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The Community


Granville Island and the Business and Community Association

The Community


Granville Island and the Business and Community Association

PROUD MEMBER of the Granville Island Business and community association

 

TREASURES OF GRANVILLE ISLAND (Blooming Awesome)

There are many reasons that make having a Yoga Studio on Granville Island a joy. Much of that has to do with the energy of the people I am surrounded by. The creativity and drive of the local designers, artists, innovators and small business owners that have chosen to embrace the community of Granville Island is inspiring on a daily basis. These are people determined to follow their hearts and their gifts no matter the effort it takes to sustain local, unique and thoughtful businesses.

Inspiration: a sudden feeling of enthusiasm [Greek EN (one with) THEOS (the divine)], or a new idea that helps you to do or create something
Inspiration: the drawing in of breath; inhalation (in most cultures the inhalation/inspiration is considered a connection to the divine)

Despite our endless limitations, it seems that the qualities of attention, risk, and compassion allow us to be at one with the energy of the Whole and the result is enthusiasm, that deep sensation of Oneness. ~ Mark Nepo

 

This is my experience of Granville Island. People who understand there are limitations but move beyond the fear of risk, their attention centered, and from this comes a connection which creates the "Whole" that is Granville Island.

Instead of focusing on a few I would like to share the idea of the whole. 
Maritime Market: Not only is this the home of Ocean Breath Yoga it is the home of numerous boat charter companies, fishing charters, fish sellers, whale watching, sailing schools, Pirates ;-), boat repair and service, clothing (Strub), 10000 Villages, Peruvian treasures and if you venture up stairways beyond your discomfort of the unknown, you will find, artists, publishers, travel companies and many unsung surprises.
Net Loft: Here you will find local clothing stores filled with handmade magic created here in Vancouver, Organic hand dyed and printed linens, baby clothing, hats, kitchenware, artisans of many variety and beautiful paper and tools for the avid writer, on the periphery, everything from world instruments to wine and textiles and organic local made paint.
Public Market: This is a joyous swirl of food of every variety, some for immediate enjoyment some to fill your cupboards and fridges. Alongside are innumerable artisans of every variety and 2 wonderful flower shops each with their own heart.
CreekHouse: Theaters act as a midpoint. Home of Rogers chocolates, artists galleries, restaurants, pubs, ice cream, an amazing and magical general store, and clothing for the bodacious bodied, silk weavers in action, and handmade soap to make everyone happy. Be sure to wander down every little passageway so you don't miss a thing...you may even find Dragons.
Ocean Concrete: Take a moment to then wander by Ocean Concrete, one of the originals of Granville Island and one of it's biggest supporters. Dedicated not just to providing building materials but to creating, innovating and being part of a building a thriving culture.
Emily Carr: Last chance to check out all the wonderful things the students of Emily Carr create. This is their last year as part of Granville Island. They will be missed. right across the street you will find Opus Art and Framing. You need something to let your ideas come to life? They probably have it. Or step behind the school to discover the Aboriginal Friendship center and the Floating homes of Sea Village. Stick to the walkway here and you will find yourself next at....
Granville Island Hotel: also the home of Pelican Bay marina fantastic restaurant and lounge and another involved and inspired member and supporter of the entire Granville Island community.
To the south is Ron Basford Park a beautiful little spot to sit and meditate and have your lunch. Point yourself west and find the BC artists gallery, coffee roasters, wood carvers and print makers.
RailSpur Alley: is down the center of the island, pointing west past the little swing park. In the park find the little book sharing house. Drop off some books, find a book or simply enjoy the peace. Continue on and find Sake makers, leather art, wood, iron, painters, felt makers, jewelers and wonderful food at Off the Tracks. What more could you want? On the periphery of this center point you will find broom makers, gin creators, set builders and the always fantastic Gallery of BC ceramics. glass blowers and apron makers (yup!).
Cartwright Street: Cartwright is to the south of RailSpur. Performance Works, metal artisans, Arts Umbrella, Painters, Community Center, tennis courts, rowing docks, Kids water park, Artists Gallery, Graphic printer, Kids Market and locally made Pet Food along with Restaurant, Brewery, duck pond and Crystal Gallery are some of the magic you will find.

Rule of thumb. If it looks like somewhere you are not sure you should go....GO! this is where the magic lies. If you are unsure....ASK. Everyone would love to help you. If you need it....You will probably be able to find it.
If it is created locally, please be respectful and do't expect it to be cheap. Most people here pour their heart and soul into what they create and could charge far more for what they are creating. I see the work they put in to trying to create things that matter and embrace a balanced world. Their time and intention are valuable.

What you find here is unique (including your yoga ;-) ) Be inspired and embrace this gem in our city with Enthusiasm.

 

For more detailed exploration go here Granville Island

“Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu, When someone smiled at me today, l started smiling too. I passed around the corner, and someone saw my grin, When he smiled l realized, l’d passed it on to him. l thought about that smile, then l realized it’s worth. A single smile, just like mine could travel round the earth. So, if you feel a smile begin, don’t leave it undetected, let’s start an epidemic quick, and get the world infected!” ~ Author Unknown