Back to the Mat September PROMO

If you have ever been considering signing up for a Session spot now is the time to commit!  This September one lucky Session goer will win the following prize:  one pound of locally roasted coffee from CHARGE Coffee delivered to the Studio for you every week for ONE month, a 60 Minute Indian Head Massage and, of course, Bliss Yoga Studio Swag!  That’s right, all you need to do is commit to (and pay for) a 14 week Session.  Want to sign up?  Contact us now!

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Beginning Again – 5 Steps for Getting Back to Class!

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Beginning Again – How to get back to yoga after Summer

Yep.  It’s true.  You haven’t been to a class for a while.  You can feel it in your body. You’re feeling a bit creaky and sore, but your summer has been really full with family, friends, camping…the works!  Yahoo!  The weather is still warm but have you noticed it’s getting darker earlier now and you can feel the coolness at night?  Fall is right around the corner and now is a perfect time to recommit to your yoga practice.

Getting back to the mat can be an anxiety-provoking experience if you’ve taken a hiatus. So, what’s the best way to get back to yoga after a long time away?

Here are 5 Steps for making getting back to your mat a little easier:

  1. The most important thing…Just come to a class. Book it and show up. 
  1. Recognize that our expectation is generally much worse than our reality: As Honore de Balzac said, “…most miseries lie in anticipation.” Studies have shown that people rate actually experiencing a task to be a less negative experience than what they anticipated it to be. So…know that, in spite of what your anxiety might be telling you, it probably won’t be that bad! In fact, it will probably be great! Either way, congratulate yourself for having the courage to get back in the Studio. Your mind and body will thank you!!!
  1. Be compassionate to yourself getting back to class—lower or abolish your expectations: Chances are, you’re not going to be as flexible as you were when you were practising 2 days a week. So, find your inner Buddha, let go of striving and expectation, and open up to whatever experience(s) you meet in the room. Be kind to you!
  1. You’re coming back!  Let that make you feel good!   Yoga is always here for you.  Whether you have been away for a summer, a year or a month, yoga is an old friend that doesn’t judge you.
  1. Lastly, something to keep in mind:  For me personally as a yoga teacher, I am here for you too  – not for me!   Yes, I love teaching yoga… but I wouldn’t love it if there weren’t any students. I wouldn’t be a teacher if I was just talking at an empty room.  You being in class is what makes me a teacher! You being here is what makes Bliss Yoga Studio the wonderful sanctuary that it is!  I’m truly excited to see every student who walks through the door. The ones who have never been before, the students I’ve known for years and everyone in between.

See you in class!

How Yoga Calms Anxiety Holistically

For those suffering from 
anxiety, yoga can be a lifeline. 
Here’s why doctors are 
increasingly recommending 
it as a complementary therapy.

When her daughter, Eden, entered the 1oth grade, 
Avigail Posner, ordinarily a self-described “strong, rational” woman, began to unravel. “Eden is a high-functioning 
autistic child, and had previously been in some mainstream classes,” says the 52-year-old biochemist by training from Hollywood, Florida. “When they put her in a special program again, she grew extremely sad and upset about it, recognizing her disability and separation from the ‘normal’ kids.” Watching her child suffer pushed Posner to a scary, unfamiliar place. “I’d wake up in the middle of the night from terrible dreams, my heart pounding, and I started having anxiety attacks during the day. One evening, my husband and I were out at a nice restaurant with friends, and I started feeling panicky—my heart was racing and I was sweating—and 
I had to leave. I went to the beach and just cried and cried.”

Posner began taking medication to treat her depression and anxiety, but it wasn’t an ideal solution.“I didn’t like the way it made me feel because it sort of blunted my feelings,” she says. Desperate for help, she made an appointment with her primary-care doctor. “One of the first things he recommended was yoga,” she recalls. “He said it would help me relax, be more aware of my body and emotions, and handle what was happening.”

She started a yoga class three days a week, and within a month she was sleeping better and her panic attacks had decreased.” To read more click here

Lower Back Pain?

Lower back pain

Low-back pain hits most of us at some point. It can be caused by injury, poor posture, repetitive motion, or simply aging – the soft discs between vertebrae dry over time, and less-supple discs can be more susceptible to bulging or rupture and put pressure on nerves, sending red-hot pain signals to your brain.

But while getting older is inevitable, pain is not: Experts agree that routine stretching can both prevent and relieve symptoms. When your spine and pelvis are aligned and your muscles are relaxed, you can be more resilient.

Use these 16 poses to ease tension in your back, as well as in the hips, hamstrings, and inner legs, which can affect your posture and lower spine…

What is an Ayruvedic Indian Head Massage?

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People often hear the term and ask…a what? I have never heard of that!  But the Indian Head Massage has been around and practiced for centuries.  For those of you who have had the pleasure of having one you know how truly wonderful they are, but for those of you who have been wondering, here is an explanation of what it is. An Indian Head Massage is a powerful and unique experience with the client sitting upright in a comfortable chair for the duration of the one-hour treatment. It begins with a deep kneading and probing of the back, arms, neck and shoulder muscles. Then the scalp is deeply massaged while the hair is briskly and gently tousled. Pressure points and meridians are gently worked on throughout the whole massage working to stimulate circulation and increase alertness. The massage ends with five minutes of accupressure on the face.

The physical form of the massage works to release all stored or blocked negative energy in the body, with a more subtle form of Ayurvedic energy balancing balances the four higher chakras and has a powerful effect. The Indian Head Massage can bring the energy of the whole body back into balance by creating a deep sense of peace, calm and well-being.

How do I book? Call/text 250-210-9642 or email to book a time that works for you!

  • One Massage 60 mins:  $85.00 plus gst
  • Package of 4 massages: $310.00 plus gst

Cooling Ayruvedic Recipes to beat the heat…

Cooling summer foods

Seasonally high temperature affects us all. Ayruveda and yoga go hand in hand and these recipes can be a true comfort at this time of year. Ayurvedic healing rests on the simple, yet profound principle that like increases like and opposites decrease each other.

So as we look at how to find balance during the hot summer (Pitta) days, we should counteract the weather by including more juicy, cooling foods with high-water content in your diet, while limiting or avoiding heating foods…

38 Ways Yoga Keeps You Fit

38 ways

If you’re passionate about yoga, you’ve probably noticed some yoga benefits—maybe you’re sleeping better or getting fewer colds or just feeling more relaxed and at ease. But if you’ve ever tried telling a newbie about the benefits of yoga, you might find that explanations like “It increases the flow of prana” or “It brings energy up your spine” fall on deaf or skeptical ears…

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Yin Yoga 101: What You Need to Know

Yin Yoga postures are passive postures, mainly on the floor and the majority of postures equal only about three dozen or so, much less than the more popular yang like practices. Yin Yoga is unique in that you are asked to relax in the posture, soften the muscle and move closer to the bone.

While yang-like yoga practices are more superficial, Yin offers a much deeper access to the body. It is not uncommon to see postures held for three to five minutes, even 20 minutes at a time. The time spent in these postures is much like time spent in meditation, students are often talked through the postures as if they were trying to meditate. While in a Yin class you might notice similar postures to a yang class except they are called something else, on a basic level this is to help the students mind shift form yang to yin, active to passive.

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Be Part of the Yin Crowd

The benefits attributed to yoga – increased flexibility and strength, more energy and better posture – should be enough to get anyone on the mat, especially now there is a plethora of classes to choose from if you want to work on your core, break a sweat or even learn handstands.

But what is on offer for those who just want to relax, or runners and amateur athletes who want the benefits of stretching without exhausting themselves for future training sessions?

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Ayurvedic Teatox

9 Grounding + Balancing Brews

When people say that they love fall, they’re talking about a crisp, sunny day with golden leaves playing tag at your feet—not bone-chilling rain slapping against your window or dark frigid mornings. But fall wouldn’t be fall without such unpredictable weather.

“This is a season to cause imbalance in your body and mind,” says Dr. Naina Marballi, Ayurveda scholar and founder of Ayurveda’s World in New York City.

“You might be having sleep disturbance, anxiety, bloating, and irregular digestion.”

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