UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Yoga Nidra

I will be offering more Yoga Nidras in 2021, than I have in the past.  Dates will be announced throughout the year.

All of Yoga is founded on the focus of liberation.  Yoga Nidra stemming from the Tantric Yogic practices, is that union of deep relaxation meeting our heightened presence to the moment, which is deeply transformative to our understanding, gaining insight from the internal Light.

  As we're all facing challenging times, these are pay-what-you-can events, for the timebeing.  And, if the fees below are not within financial reach for you, please be in touch with me by email and I'll send you the link for the Nidra.  I don't want anyone to miss out on what they need simply due to fees.

These are one hour live, audio-only events on the Zoom platform.

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The Yamas and More

 

These monthly gatherings are to foster a community of like minded individuals who are committed to their path, utilizing the practices of Yoga as a part of that path. The foundation of our gatherings is exploration through the Yamas, though we naturally incorporate the multitude of Yogic thought that branches from these Yogic ethics.  

Letters in Yoga

Though anyone at any level of Yogic practice is welcome to join, I do like to keep these gatherings small, so any addition of new classes is based on growth of interest.  As well, I do only accept those who are sincere in their practice.

Registration for these Monthly Meets includes: two weekly morning meditations 6-6:20AM PST and two weekly evening meditations 7-7:20PM PST.  And two half hour classes (usually on a Saturday) based on the Yamas.  Registration is per month, stay as long as you feel it is a suitable fit for your practice. 

To sign up for the gatherings please be in touch. Your monthly payment allows you to join any or all of the sessions. 

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The Yamas:  An Introduction

 

This one hour class is designed for those who are entirely new to the Yamas and what they are; or, those who would like a refresher are also welcome to join.  These five ethics (the Yamas) act as the foundation for Yogic practice, and are observed as the First Limb.  The Yamas act not only as a bedrock from which to Be in the World, but as principles to which we can return when re-evaluating or re-assessing the way we meet the World.

In this class we will introduce what the Yamas are and why they are relevant in today's world, we will look at the individual Yamas (of which there are five), and we will engage practically in how to bring them into daily life.

On Saturday, 9th of January 2021, we will meet for this class on Zoom from 10-11AM Pacific Time.  Please register using the Paypal button below, Early Bird ends on Monday, 28th December 2020.

Any further inquiry please feel welcome to Contact Me here.

Feedback from workshop Participant: "It was awesome!  We asked Vanessa if she could send us some notes of all her explanations of the meaning of this practice...It would be great if it was offered as a regular class. Thanks! Ruth   P.S....and Vanessa was a wonderful facilitator!"

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4 Keys:  Brahma Viharas

 

The experience of Compassion comes only from establishing our own Peace.  In Book One of the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali offered us 4 keys to do just that.  As in Buddhism, these are the Brahma Viharas; it is through this lens that we will investigate a deeper look into Ahimsa, the very foundation of Yogic practice.  Compassion is not pity, and it is not empathy; Compassion encompasses a fuller presence for another individual or creature...this presence coming from Awareness.  Compassion is its own thumbprint and is the very crux of Ahimsa. 

In order to grasp a more complete understanding of what Patanjali means by non-violence (Ahimsa), this 2 part class will look at Ahimsa through the lens of the Brahma Viharas.  Our first class will focus on the ethic of Ahimsa, as well as learning about Anahata (the Heart Chakra).  The second class will be dedicated to the Brahma Viharas, or 4 Keys, so that we might be able to better experience Compassion in our own lives; maintaining an inner steadiness regardless of whom we face throughout our day.  

Each class will be one hour in length.  Meeting on day one at 10AM PST via Zoom, Saturday, 3rd October 2020.  Day two is also a 10AM PST start time, on Sunday, 4th October 2020.  Designed to offer a question period at the end of each class, these are intended to be interactive sessions.  This class is suitable for anyone who is committed to a true path.

Combined fee for both classes is $70CDN.  Sign up for the Early Bird by 15th September and pay $60CDN.

Any further inquiry please feel welcome to Contact Me here.  Register using the Paypal button below.  Following payment, I will send you an email confirming you in the class, as well as the Zoom link to join.

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Speaking as Sacred

 

The ancient Rishis heard the sound of the Universe whilst in deep meditation.  It is this sound, in cadence, that was brought forward into Mantra, not unlike Prayer.  What does this say about speech and our ability to speak; likewise, our choice to slow down and consider what we say and how we say it.  From where are we drawing our words, and would it be best not to say some of them?  Do we have a duty to speak respectfully?

In this two part class, we will explore Satya, the second Yama of Truthfulness, through a variety of angles.  In our first class, we will look at Satya as an ethic; and, we will look at the bridge between heart and mind, Vishuddha (or Throat Chakra).  On day two we will discuss Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of speech, wisdom and learning.  We will look at Saraswati's symbolism and her contribution to our topic at hand.  Furthermore, we will introduce "What's lost in translation".  Not only through the development of word from "seed sound", but translation of word into multiple languages means we lose a lot in translation.  Do we really know what we're saying?  Does this even matter to us?

Each class will be one hour in length.  Meeting on day one at 10AM PST via Zoom, Saturday, 28th November 2020.  Day two is also a 10AM PST start time, on Sunday, 29th November 2020.  Designed to offer a question period at the end of each class, these are intended to be interactive sessions.  This class is suitable for anyone who is committed to a true path.

Combined fee for both classes is $70CDN.  Sign up for the Early Bird by 1st November and pay $60CDN.

Any further inquiry please feel welcome to Contact Me here.  Register using the Paypal button below.  Following payment, I will send you an email confirming you in the class, as well as the Zoom link to join.

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Ongoing Offers

 

Yoga Nidra is a practice of deep relaxation through a guided journey. Because it provides a state of deep rest, a regular practice of Yoga Nidra is beneficial for restoring the nervous system and reconnecting with a sense of inner ease and inner balance. In today's world it is vital to have access to an inner space of quiet.  For this reason, I have created pre-recorded Yoga Nidras through the first two Limbs of Yoga; and, I enjoy connecting with you to establish an appropriate Yoga Nidra personalized for you.  Please be in touch if you would like one of your own!

 

 

Nidra Through the Yamas

These recorded Nidras are themed through the Yamas.  They are wonderful to practice individually, or in progressive sequence through the traditional order of the Yamas.  If you are familiar with the Yamas, you already know it is best to approach the Yamas in sequential order, as laid out below; but if you are feeling drawn to a particular theme, that is just fine too.  These are a great way to have a private Nidra practice to do in your own time, as many times as you like.  These Nidras are available individually for $25 CDN each.  Please contact me for purchase.

Yama sequence:  Ahimsa (non-harming) . Satya (truthfulness) . Asteya (non-stealing) . Brahmacharya (flow with God) . Aparigraha (non-attachment).

 

PERSONALIZED YOGA NIDRAS

Yoga Nidra is a powerfully restorative practice on its own, however when centered around a Sankalpa (or personal aim for positive growth) we give life to that Yoga Nidra.  I encourage people to set their Sankalpa when prompted to do so within the Yoga Nidra itself, instead of attempting to set an intent from our waking state in which we're still muddled in distraction, in this way the heart's authentic call can be heard.  Yoga Nidra is a practice suitable for everyone. If you would like your own personal Yoga Nidra, please be in touch with me using the form on the Contact page and we'll set up a Nidra that is right for you. These Nidras will be recorded in MP3 format, for you to keep and listen to in your own time.

Fee is $45CDN to be paid in advance. This fee is non-refundable.

 

 

"Vanessa created a personal yoga nidra for me and it is the most powerful session I have experienced. I continue to be guided by this audio when I need to recharge mentally, emotionally, and physically."--L.B.