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“The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.” ~ Rodney Yee

 

 

 

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“The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.” ~ Rodney Yee

 

 

 

 


This is a Google calendar. It can be added to your calendar or printed. If you are looking on your phone please turn screen sideways to see full schedule. Apparently IPhones don't show the far side of the monthly calendar so I have chosen the agenda version. You can click on the tab in the top right corner if you are wanting the Month view.

Always check the schedule to ensure you are coming at the right time. There are pre-scheduled dates where a class does not run. Please inform yourself.

Please do yourself the favour of being at least 5 minutes early.

If you find yourself late:
Please take a moment outside, make sure your phone is OFF (no vibrate), shoes and jacket off, pause to make sure we have completed the opening meditation and then quietly join in with as little disruption as possible.
If you are more than 10 minutes late please consider another class. Jumping into class without knowing what is happening in counterproductive to what you are trying to achieve.(no brand new students late please, take time to look at a map so you know where to be)
Time cannot be taken from those who are present on time to catch someone up who has arrived late. (Asteya - one of the 5 Yamas)

Find out more about Guidelines to an Aware Yoga Class (Etiquette) here.

 
“Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.” ~ Donna Farhi
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Class Details and Rates


Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

Class Details and Rates


Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

Sessions:

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- A Session the 2 month segments in which each class series runs
- A Series is a class that runs at the same time each week on the same day of the week. It can have from 3 to 8 classes, for the Session
- Classes, each class has a specific purpose and allows up to 4 to 8 students maximum (dependent on type of class) and requires a minimum number of students to run. If you don't sign up there is no guarantee a class runs. (Please read the descriptions and details below Pricing to find the class for you.)
- Signing Up can happen up to 4 weeks before the start, online or in person.
- More than one class per week? There is an unlimited pass for each 2 month Session. It will last only the length of the session and allows you to sign up for 2 specific classes and then be a drop in for most other classes unless they are full. {*There have been inquiries about purchasing 3 unlimited sessions at a time (just over 6 months). If anyone is wanting to do this, the passes can be grouped at the early sign up price. This only applies to 3 or more 2 month unlimited passes.}
Expiry All passes expire at the end of the session booked including all other passes. If you have not completed the 5 class pass you can pay a $20 one time continuation or purchase a new pass)
-TransferringPasses CANNOT be transferred, they can only be used for the person they were purchased for. Please respect that the studio does it utmost to maintain quality pricing for what is received and ask visitors and friends to pay drop in or contribute to the donation jar.
What happens if the session has started? After a series/session has started classes can be prorated for the remaining time left, space allowing.
- Unsure about a class? or have questions about how this works please connect with the studio.

This is a rare opportunity to receive high quality instruction in very small group classes. You will receive a lot of personal attention all within what has been called one of the loveliest studios in the city.
-For those of you who prefer one on one time you are able to book one on one sessions with Beverly. Minimum 1 hour in series of 3, 6 or more classes. (see Private Classes further down the page below detailed descriptions)


Spring Session:
  April 24th to June 25th, 2018  
Summer Session: 
 
June 26th to August 28th, 2018 (This will be a slightly reduced schedule for a few classes) this will be reflected in Special Summer Pricing which will provide for 1 month Unlimited Passes and a 3 class drop in pass)
  Early Bird Sign Up starts May 27th ends June 9th. 

PRICING:

8 Class Series - Early Sign Up $144 + GST   Regular $160 + GST
7 Class Series - Early Sign Up $126 + GST   Regular $140 + GST
6 Class Series - Early Sign Up $120 + GST   Regular $132 + GST
5 Class Series - Early Sign Up $100 + GST   Regular $110 + GST
4 Class Series - Early Sign Up $  80 + GST   Regular $ 88 +  GST
Exceptions:
Restorative 4 Class Series
$120.00 + GST (once per week x 4)

PASSES AND ONE TIME CLASSES

Drop In:                  
$22.00 + GST for any class showing except the following -
$25.00 + GST for MicroMovement, & QiGong/Yin Series*
$35.00 + GST for Restorative Learning and Practice Series.*
*
Does not run each session

5 Class Drop In Pass:   
$110.00 + GST * 
SUMMER Session ONLY:
3 Class Drop In Pass:

$72.00 + GST *
Usable for the 2 month session for which it was purchased after which it expires. 
$20 + GST extension available if pass not complete. Extends it for 2 more weeks from end of session. Must be requested before session complete.
Not all classes have drop in space, please check. Good for classes that are open for regular priced drop ins. (*see exceptions above)

Unlimited Class Pass SUMMER Session
Early Sign Up $249 + GST   Regular $299 + GST **
OR
1 Month (June 25-July 27 or July 28-Aug. 26) 
Early Sign Up $140 + GST   Regular $165 + GST **
This pass allows you to confirm yourself for 2 of any of the class series in a session and drop ins for classes on the schedule that have space. At least 2 others in a week.

 

3 and 5 class pass ends at the end of the Session no extensions other than with the $20 extension
** Unlimited Pass ends with each Session, no extensions on unlimited passes.

Gift Cards available

Seniors or students:  
If there is a need for a discount please connect with the studio. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. You having a chance to practice is much more important. If none is needed the studio appreciates your support of it's desire to be of service to all and assures that those who do need assistance will receive it.

Donations:
There is a donation jar available to anyone who feels they would like to contribute to others being able to practice. 
If you feel you got something extra and want to share the gratitude or you feel strongly about the continuation of Karma yoga at the studio feel free to share. It will be used to continue gifting knowledge and practice forward.


Class series: 

See the online schedule for current class availability

MONDAYS
Flexible Empowerment with Beverly Akhurst - 

Start your week by awakening your body and mind. 
Move your spine in it's 6 directions, release stiffness through the pelvis, unglue the fascial networks that start to "fuzz up" while you sleep and feel the heat and power of being alive start to flow through your body. Readying you for the day and the week to come. You will wake up your body, nervous system, vascular, system, lymph system and your heart. :)

Flexible: "able to be easily modified to respond to altered circumstances or conditions" "capable of bending easily without breaking"
Empowerment: "the process of gaining freedom and power to do what you want or to control what happens to you"
Creating or returning your body to a flexible mobile state empowers not only your body but your mind and emotions as well. Become Stronger, more flexible and centered. 

Join Beverly Monday mornings with the birds and the summer sun and get your internal juices moving and mobilize your body..

SUMMER Session: June 25th to August 26th
6 Class Series  (No Class June 25th, July 2nd or August 6th - long weekends) Maximum 8 Students
Mondays 7- 8am

Micro-Movement For a Fluid Strong Body with Beverly Akhurst -  

Moved to Saturdays for Summer: See description below.
SUMMER Session: June 25th to August 26th
4 Class Series, 1.5 Hour Classes Runs July 7th, 21st, 28th and August 4th, Maximum 8 students
Saturdays 11:00am - 12:30pm

TUESDAYS
Ease into Evening with Beverly Akhurst - 

As summer settles in and activities and time with friends and family drag us in every direction it can be easy to forget to connect to moments of internal peace. Already busy bodies and minds  feel the need to "not waste" a moment of the long days and beautiful weather. Remembering to also connect to our internal somatic bodies becomes even more important.
This class will offer you a space to recharge, reboot and remember that what you need inside is as important as outside. Growth happens in balance with activity and rest. 
There will be movement and breath work (somatic experience) combined with Yin and some Yoga Nidra. This practice is good for anyone and does not have limits. You can be 95 and still do this practice. 

(If you are pregnant and in your 3rd trimester talk to your doctor, deep stretches will be part of this practice and may not be what you and your baby need at this time.)

SUMMER Session: June 25th to August 26th
7 Class Series  (There will be 2 Tuesdays without a class in this session. August 7th and ...)

WEDNESDAYS
Psoas Mobility and Pelvic Power with Beverly Akhurst -

The Psoas are the only muscles connecting the lower body to the upper body, and it is one of the largest, yet it is one of the least talked about muscles. Losing  "celebrity notice" to muscles such as hamstrings, gluteous and abdominal muscles.
This class explores the Psoas and how it affects aspects of a functional body.
The Psoas when "overused or never used" will have an effect on the structural alignment of the musculo-skeletal system, will affect the nervous system and the messages the CNS relays to your brain, and can have a secondary effect on your breath, hormones and even organ function.
In this series we will flow through slow, gentle Yin poses combined with some restorative hold, flowing movement and will add in strengthening practices for weakened and tired tissues once they have hydrated and softened.
Learn to use this muscle group not as your primary stabilizer but as the secondary support structure it was meant to be for a well aligned skeletal system.
Open to all levels of student. Be ready for changes on all levels.
Explore how to utilize and release the pelvic floor and region to assist the Psoas through your life.

SUMMER Session: June 25th to August 26th
7 Class Series (No Class July 11th or August 22nd), Maximum 8 students
Wednesdays 8:15 - 9:30am

Stability = Mobility with Beverly Akhurst - (A popular class, runs out of space. Book ahead) 2 DROP IN SPACES

Learn to create a stable presence within your body. Utilize stance, alignment and build greater balance. With balance comes a stronger, healthier body less prone to "accidents" to unexpected falls and injuries. You will release tension in certain areas of pelvic bowl while building strength in the support structures of your body. The more stable you become, the less rigid you become and the more able to flow with the vagaries of life. As we all age stability and mobility will be the things that keeps us living a healthy and fulfilling life.

SUMMER Session: June 25th to August 26th
8 Class Series (No Class August 22nd) Maximum 9 students
Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:15am

Restorative Yoga Series with Mako Saul- 

A 1.5 Hour long Restorative class with Mako Saul. Gift yourself this time of deep personal care. Show yourself compassion and find out how incorporating the slowness of Restorative Yoga allows you to access something deeper than a few tired muscles.
For Students wishing to create a personal practice for home and anyone needed a more thoughtful caring practice. Take your time to move slow and steady surrounded by props, many handmade with care (natural fibres for bolster covers, sandbags, eye pillows etc. by Mako.) ONLY 5 SPACES! BOOK SOON

Planning some rotating classes for Summer

THURSDAYS
SUMMER OUTDOOR YOGA with The Granville Island Hotel

Very happy to again join with the Granville Island Hotel to share a morning Yoga practice @ Ron Basford Park (otherwise known as the Hill to anyone who knows Granville Island).

We will meet on the platforms that face the Performance Works building. 

There is nothing quite as lovely as doing Yoga in nature. The trees overhead, the light drifting through the leaves as the birds create the music for our practice. 
This is one of the best ways to train yourself to not allow the mind to distract you from your center. Being in a studio has benefits...especially when there is inclement weather.....but getting outside the walls and bringing your yoga into the world is the real training. It is the reminder that we are not separate from the world around us, but rather an integral part of it.

Beverly's class will be an organic expression of what is needed each time we meet.
Combining various styles of Yoga, combined with Somatics, movement, breath, mindfulness and energy awareness each class will open and strengthen the physical body, start moving the energy body, wake up and clear the mind and allow you to step into your day open to whatever it might be.

This class is not connected to the passes at the studio. It is a by donation class offered in conjunction with the Hotel.
Suggested donation $10 - $20 or whatever feels appropriate.
If you have a mat please bring it, otherwise there will be some mats available.

https://www.google.ca/maps/@49.2691789,-123.1321773,18z click here for a map to the park

oceanbreathyoga@gmail.ca if you have any questions

SUMMER: June 1st to September 16th
Every Thursday weather allowing. As many students as want to join in.
This is not part of the Ocean Breath Yoga class passes. Participation is by donation
8:00 am - 9:00 am

QiGong/Yin Combined Class with Ara Cusack -  

Join Ara in learning how to connect to your own energy body.  Both Western & Eastern practitioners agree that there is an energy system used to communicate within but rarely do we give ourselves the time to slow down and experience the flow on the inside. 

This series will teach you how to connect to your own inner energetic landscape through movement, breath and meditation.  We’ll care for all our layers of being using the gentle flowing movements of Qigong and the quiet poses of Yin. There will be 5 classes in the series to reflect the 5 Elements.
(Ara was one of my teachers and I have always and still do, love her classes because of the calm energy and intelligent consideration of how to share with all bodies. The addition of her medical qigong training meddled with Yin is a fantastic melding of the 2 practices that just makes sense ans feels good. I love this class! ~ Beverly)

SPRING CONTINUATION Session: SIGN UP NOW starts next week
4 Class Series June 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. Limited to 9 students
Thursdays 10:00 - 11:15 am
No Classes for Summer. There will be a couple of weekend workshop/extended class sessions. Contact the studio if you are interested. They will be listed under workshops shortly.

Unlock Your Rib "Cage" and Shoulders with Beverly Akhurst- 

We call our Thoracic Cavity our Rib Cage and as our bodies move through our days we become contained by that cage. Locked in by the posture we assume working at computers, sitting in chairs and couches, and watching our cell phones. Come unlock the door to stronger shoulders and backs, a more open chest, better ROM in the rotaator cuffs and a breath no longer trapped at the top of your lungs.
The shoulder floats as a free form with the collar bone supported on the sternum and the scapula suspended by muscles to the skull, back, ribs and arms bones. Posture and lack of movement or injuries can lead the support tissues to be strained, tight, or tired and can then misalign the bones within the structure. Change your normal and find ease in your breath and body.

Class incorporates, Movement combined with Yin, Hatha, Pranayama and Meditation and teaches you the anatomy of your body.

Possible benefits: more mobility in shoulders, spine and thoracic cavity, less head, back and shoulder pain, reduced anxiety and better posture to name some.

SUMMER Session: June 25th to August 26th
8 Class Series (No Class August 23rd) Maximum 8 students
Thursdays 5:45 - 7:00 pm

Yin Powered with Beverly Akhurst - 

Come and explore the duality of Yin.
"Yin and yang are relative terms, not absolutes; any phenomenon can only be yin or yang by comparison with something else. We can't point to the moon and say, "The moon is yin." Compared to the sun, the moon is yin: It's cooler and less bright. But compared to the Earth (at least from our perspective), the moon is yang: brighter, higher, and more mobile." ~ Paul Grilley
In this class we will explore Yin as the relative term of the practice. We will explore the relativity of the poses Yin to their Yang counterparts. We will explore the Yin and Yang of tissues and how their edges differ. This practice will become more "Yang" as the season changes to a more Yin like quality. 
Open to all levels of student. Be ready for all possibilities.

SUMMER Session: June 25th to August 26th
8 Class Series (No Class July 13th) Maximum 8 students
Fridays 10 - 11:15 am

Kundalini 101 with Beverly Akhurst - NEW TIME STARTING June 30th

If you have never experienced Kundalini Yoga or have but were not sure what you were doing then come and kick start your Saturday mornings and learn a little more about it.
This is a strong practice but is open and accessible to everyone. You will learn how to get comfortable with meeting your body and minds' limits and then take a deep breath and go just a bit farther, not through force but through understanding. Not only will this practice shift you mentally and energetically, it will quickly build core strength and build an awareness of how your mind tries to control your physical body. Yes you could sleep in every Saturday, or..... you can come and set yourself up to enjoy every moment of your weekend.
Class will incorporate, Pranayama (energy movement through breath), Mantra and Kriya Yoga. Bring a small towel for yourself. Maybe a warm shirt for after class.

SPRING Session:
8 Class Series from April 28th to June 23rd (No Class May 12th), Maximum 10 Students
Saturdays 8:30 - 9:45 am
SUMMER Session: June 25th to August 26th
7 Class Series (No Class July 14th or August 4th) Maximum 10 Students
Saturdays 9:00 - 10:15 am

Micro-Movement For a Fluid Strong Body with Beverly Akhurst -  

NEW CLASS!
You've heard the expression Go Big or Go Home? Well this class asks you to go small and realize you are at home.. in your body.
This class will incorporate small slow movements allowing students to discover muscles that remain unused or underused and build an understanding of how to functionally utilize their anatomy. You are a student who does not like just being told what to do, you are invested in really getting to know the internal workings of your body.
The more you understand, the more you begin to function in a healthy, empowered manner, building new habits which break your brains habits.

SUMMER Session: June 25th to August 26th
4 Class Series, 1.5 Hour Classes Runs July 7th, 21st, 28th and August 4th, Maximum 8 students
Saturdays 11:00am - 12:30pm

ONCE A MONTH
Nature Bathing: Connecting with the Healing Transformative Power of Nature

In Japan and Korea the practice of Forest bathing is a national strategy for health.
It is understood through the study of and practice of ShinRin Yoku that immersing in nature in a mindful and meditative manner is a sure way to reduce stress and connect to many health benefits.
What they have found and many communities and cultures before them is that if one visits an area in nature and walks in a calm and meditative manner, some or many of the following benefits may be achieved.

Examples: 
Lower Blood pressure
Reduce Stress
More ability to be present and concentrate.
Improved sleep
Lowered Anxiety
Boosted Immune system functioning.

Join Beverly for a guided movement through nature. The time will be divided between silent walking meditation, mantra and sound within nature, gentle movement, and journal or sharing time. The idea of Nature Bathing is to become comfortable with doing and accomplishing nothing. To just BE within the moment.
If joining in please be prepared to either leave your phone at home or turn it off for the duration of the afternoon. Dress appropriately for the weather with good, comfortable walking footwear. We will go rain or shine. The only thing that will cancel it is an absolute monsoon or wind storm that makes it dangerous to be in the trees.
Location will either be either Lighthouse Park, Pacific Spirit Park or Stanley Park. Decided closer to the date

MORE INFO HERE

Monday July 16th, 2018,  11:00 am - 3:00 pm  
Investment:
$55 + GST Bring a friend $95 + GST for both


Private Classes:

Private Classes are available with Beverly through Ocean Breath Yoga. This is one of the best ways to create the practice you need.
They can be one to one or a for group of up to 12 in studio. At another physical location there is an ability to work with larger groups. (i.e. place of work)

Private sessions are a good way to:

  • Work with health issues which might negate a group class or be used as an addition to a health or holistic program.
  • Time one on one with a teacher to work on specific aspects of your practice.( i.e poses, balance, philosophy etc)
  • You want to set up a home practice for yourself that can be followed daily.
  • You prefer your practice to be personal or with a couple of friends.
  • Planning a birthday or other celebration and you would like connection and mindfulness to be shared.
  • Pre or Post sport activity, preparation or recovery  (i.e. marathon or cycle training, soccer, hockey, kayaking....)
  • Corporate team activities based on mindfulness and grounding to reduce stress or increasing creativity.
  • Office yoga to learn how to use your office work space to stretch open.
  • There are many possibilities...ask if you are unsure.

Classes start at $115 + GST Per Hour (minimum one hour) Class cost determined by specific needs (i.e at studio or external location), numbers of people attending, how long the class is and how many are being booked.Specific details of what may be required will help to start the process of planning. 

Please inquire at the studio or by email at oceanbreathyoga@gmail.ca
Book 3 One to One Hour long Sessions, $305 + GST.
Book 6, $600 + GST. 
Contact the studio for other packages.


STUDIO RENTAL: 

The studio is available for rental to teachers, holistic and wellness practitioners looking to run workshops, training or hold their own classes. Ocean Breath Yoga is based right on the water of Granville Island with a little patio and grass just steps from the front door. It faces Southwest and holds the light beautifully. It is a healing and balanced space for almost any practice. There are blocks and bricks, blankets, straps, mats, sound system and other equipment available for use.
*At this time there are mainly afternoons available. Some evening are available on the weekends and some early morning blocks.

Visit the Rental Page for more details

“yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization.Yoga means union- the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day to day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.”
— B.K.S. Iyengar
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Style Descriptions


List of Fall Yoga Classes and series. Sign up for one or choose to come to unlimited classes. 

Style Descriptions


List of Fall Yoga Classes and series. Sign up for one or choose to come to unlimited classes. 

YOGA STYLES YOU WILL FIND WITHIN THE PRACTICES:

Yin Yoga:

Yoga which balances the more Yang like practices of our lives. Yin is a slower, deeper, more meditative practice. It can hold poses for as little as 1 minute and as long as 9+ minutes. Longer poses are used to release stagnation in the joints and fascial connections of the body. Passively settle into the poses supported by props to allow to find ease and release. Allowing the chi (life force energy) to flow. Come close to your edge and allow the mind and body to settle into the experience. If you are hyper flexible or in your 3rd trimester of pregnancy ask about other classes.

Hatha Yoga:

All yoga extends from Hatha Yoga. Ha (Sun) Tha (Moon). A balance of breath combined with posture, strength and softness. Most styles of yoga come from Hatha. You can use a Hatha practice to build strength and flexibility, a calmer mind and the ability to find steadiness within your experience. Begin with your breath and expand your practice from there.

Kundalini Lite: 

A more science based practice, I teach the practice of Kundalini as a practice which works within the framework of our lives at this present moment in time. Kundalini helps create strong bodies and in short time releases the energy of the Kundalini (coiled snake of energy at the root chakra) giving individuals the ability to move into each day and each life with strength and stability. It is a strong practice that requires no previous training, just an open heart and mind. Kriyas (or sets) are combined with the chanting of mantras and/or some movement. Bring an open heart and the intent to let go of all the things that hold you back from your life. 

 

Yoga Nidra:

Sometimes called Yoga Sleep, Yoga Nidra is a deep meditative practice.  Starting in fully supported relaxation pose you will be taken on a journey of healing and release. Slowly releasing to the space that floats somewhere between sleep and presence.  Open the deepest part of your soul to the possibilities of life, creativity and change.  Some say 1 hour of Yoga Nidra is equal to about 4 hours of sleep.

Prenatal Yoga:

Yoga for women at every stage of pregnancy. Learn how to allow for the changes happening in your body in a fun and supportive way. This is a time to be enjoyed and celebrated. Connect with your baby through the rhythm of your breath and the movement of your body. Find the strength that is within all of us so that you can be present and aware at the birth of this child who has chosen you. (Always let teachers know you are pregnant or if you have recently been pregnant so they can give the best suggestions for your body and the changes it may be going through). Please check with your doctor before attending classes,make sure they agree that Yoga would be good for you through your pregnancy.

*Almost all classes are accessible to Women who are pregnant. Check with the studio.

 

Vinyasa Yoga:

Vinyasa Yoga comes from Hatha but in a North American perspective is sometimes thought of as "Power" Yoga. The flow of movement is guided by the connection of breath and body allowing you to shift fluidly from one motion, or pose to the next, creating the fire within your body through a deep understanding of the internal experience. Anyone can do this,you simply connect breath to movement.  You will find that in a very short time you will be ready to progress deeper into your practice.

Restorative: 

Restorative Yoga is a healing , relaxing yoga providing gentle, supported, opening poses. Whether you are looking to reduce the stress of a busy day, or life lived in a city, or heal, this practice will allow you to reduce strain on injuries, relieve chronic pain, or reduce stress on and within the body. If you have limited mobility this practice can be for you. Through breath, poses supported for long periods of time by many props and gentle movement you will find a place to relax deeply and find a new way to refresh and renew. Open to any ability level.