ZOOM Yoga – Everything you Need to Know and more…

ZOOM YOGA.  Seems intimidating to some, but folks, it isn’t!  And in the current global situation – well… it’s what we can do!  Honestly, it is quite fun.  Ready to try but don’t have all the info you need?  Here it is:

What:    Zoom Hatha Flow with Brooke

When:   Tuesdays: 7pm PST starting Tuesday, September  22nd.

How:     Book via MINDBODY.  Punchcards or Drop in Pricing available.

This time or day doesn’t work for your schedule?  No problem!  The recorded class will be available one hour after the class for a 3 full days.  Virtual yoga not your thing?  We really encourage you to give it a try.  We can’t emphasize this enough. Some of our most loyal participants over the summer were a hard NO until they said yes and attended their first ZOOM class.

Bonus: Even if you do attend the live class…you can do the class again via the recording all week!  So, if you like yoga twice a week or your wi-fi glitches or your people unexpectedly need you at 6:59pm?  We’ve got you covered! 🙂


Step One:

  • Book class as usual through MindBody app/or your computer
  • Pay by Punchcard OR purchase a Drop-In spot at time of booking
  • 10pm Monday is the deadline for booking
  • Zoom link will be emailed to you by 12 Noon PST Tuesday

Step Two:

  • By 6:50pm PST Tuesday night click the ZOOM link in the email from us to “Join the Meeting”—checkyour camera and sound.  Getting in early is critical. WE cannot admit folks after 7pm!  Not even at 7:01pm!
  • Brooke will admit folks from the “Waiting Room” as they arrive –  once admitted you are welcome to step away until class starts OR stay on camera and chat with the folks you can see or hear.  This can be a nice way to be in community – very similar to when we are in Studio
  • A few minutes before 7pm, Brooke will share any announcements and answer any questions
  • She will prompt you to choose: to turn your camera (VIDEO)Off or On  Brooke can’t see you from her mat so off works just fine
  • You will MUTE yourself (important)
  • Brooke will let you know that the Recording is ON and class will start

Step Three:   

  • At the end of class, just like in Studio, Brooke will guide you to close the practice & say Namaste
  • Brooke will then stop recording—at that time, if you wish, turn your camera (VIDEO) back on and unmute yourself to join in a saying a community Namaste.  You are also welcome to stay in Savasana longer or slip away if that’s best for you
  • Brooke will stay after class for few minutes and then end the meeting
  • Recording will be emailed to you by 8:45pm PST Tuesday—enjoy until Friday night!

Voila!  We can’t wait to see you online!

Don’t hesitate to call, text or email if you have questions!

10 Reasons to Practice Restorative Yoga


Sometimes you’ve just got to slow everything right down.

When your life is racing full-speed ahead, so is your mind. Restorative yoga helps provide that physical and mental balance to prevent stress and anxiety, through the use of props that allow you to hold poses longer, giving you all the benefits of deep, passive stretching.

Here are some wonderful reasons to take a chance on trying a Restorative Yoga class. Have a look and consider the benefits of this nourishing yoga practice.

1. Benefit from Full and Deep Stretches

Think you have to “work” to give your body benefit? Not necessarily.  True, an active practice is fabulous, but there’s only so long that you can stay in an intense backbend! In reality, long, supported poses help your body to fully engage, soften, and allow the precise positioning to work its magic.

2. Enhance Flexibility

All forms of yoga help make you bendier, but regular use of restorative poses leads you more quickly to this nirvana.  It is important to note though, that Restorative yoga is not class with an end goal in mind- like being able to touch your toes after 10 sessions. The only goal is to explore what happens when you release the tension your body habitually holds.

3. Find out Where You Hold Your Stress

Restorative poses give you the opportunity to notice where you hold tension. Once you come to this realization, you can make small changes in your everyday life to reduce the stress and tension you allow to build up in your body.

4. Boost Your Immune System

A regular Restorative yoga practice helps to improve your immune system!

5. Balance Your Nervous System

Restorative practice engages your nervous system and takes your body into a state that allows for renewal and rejuvenation. Benefits include optimizing energy flow to the organs, tissue renewal, and reduced “fight or flight” response.

6. Quiet Your Mind

Restorative yoga can be a calming hug for your overstimulated mind. It’s important to be patient; just because your body is resting doesn’t mean your mind will automatically grow silent.  Over time, you will learn how to drop into a place of stillness and be content peacefully basking in the present moment.

7. Recover from Illness

We all need rest, whether or not you’re recovering from muscle strain, a broken bone, a bad bout of flu, or a chronic illness. Just because you’re not practicing more “active” asanas doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from yoga’s healing powers.  Restorative yoga allows you to practice when your energy is low and your body is building strength.

8. Heal Emotional Pain

Just as you need to build physical strength after illness, you need to heal emotional injuries. Restorative poses offer soothing care for when you are processing the loss of a loved one or a relationship, coming to terms with a change in your life, or dealing with depression or anxiety.

9. Create Healthy patterns

Muscles have memory.  The brain is a muscle.  When you do good things for yourself, you brain begins to get in the habit of craving those good things!

10.  You Will just feel better!

When practiced regularly, Restorative yoga is a nourishing and life-enhancing practice.  Won’t you join us for our next class? Consider joining us to rest & restore this winter.

Restorative Yoga  at Bliss Yoga Studio:

January 6th to March 6th

Mondays: 7:30pm-8:45pm

Fridays: 9:30am-10:45am

Post Holiday Yoga….5 Steps for Getting Back to Class!

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It’s about to be a new year:? 2018.? You’ve made it through the holidays and your regular routine has gone to the dogs. Feeling worried about coming back to classes?? Not sure where to start?? Want to start a yoga practice to take care of you this year?? It IS the right time.? Here are 5 tips to getting over starting all over again or starting for the first time with 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?


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
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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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