What’s Yoga at BMI?

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Fun-loving, feel-good & safe!

I could tell from the complimentary trial class on Monday that you guys have a great sense of humour, which is why I chose this laughing photo, above. So let’s make these classes fun, refreshing, feel-good, and accessible for all bodies and all levels. This means that I’ll cue the movements in a way that even brand new beginners can follow comfortably, but I’ll also give a couple of different options in each pose, so that more experienced yogis can opt to deepen their practise. Everyone’s joints are different, so I’ll offer modifications until you find what feels best for your knees, shoulders, back, etc.

Yoga mats & props:

I’ll bring my yoga props (blocks, foamies, straps/bands, etc). These are tools to help yoga suit your body, instead of forcing your body to fit yoga. For example, we sit on top of foamies to ease tension in your hips/back, and we place our hands on blocks to relieve tight hamstrings, and we use a strap/band in some poses to protect our shoulders. Most students like an eye pillow for savasana (the final relaxation pose) to get warm and cozy. I’ve got you covered!

Why choose yoga?

While most forms of fitness focus on strengthening the parts of your body that are visible from the outside (your muscles), this extensive and intelligent system of yoga is different because it also focuses on pairing your breath with particular movements in order to massage and tone your most vital, essential systems that actually keep you alive (circulatory, lymphatic, immune, endocrine, nervous, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, excretal, muscular, skeletal, mental).

That's why we feel so refreshed, calm, and whole after yoga. Both the movements and the meditation techniques produce a steadying effect on our mental health. Plus, as a bonus side-effect, we also benefit from the whole-body workout, too!

I so look forward to sharing vibrant, safe, informative yoga classes with you to ease your tension, move your digestion along, flush out your lymphatic system, and strengthen your whole core. You’re in the right place!

 

Monday mornings:

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June/July Session:

Join us for a short 5-week session this summer! If we can sign our kids up for 12 weeks of swimming and gymnastics and skating, then surely we can commit to 5 weeks for our own bodies & mental health!

Mondays 10:00-10:45 AM:

  • #1 Mon June 3

  • #2 Mon June 10

  • #3 Mon June 17

  • #4 Mon June 24

  • (NO class July 1 Canada Day)

  • #5 Mon July 8

Invest in yourself:

Investment:  Monday 5-class session = $90 total.
Time: Mondays 10:00 am - 10:45 am.
Location: BMI Medical
To Register:  Click on the button, below.

 

About these classes:

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About these classes:

Above all else, I want your experience to be welcoming, safe, beneficial, and educational. All bodies belong here. I provide options so that each body in the room can participate with comfort. So bring your furrowed brow, bring your tight hamstrings, bring your hunched shoulders. You belong with me!

The best part about a pre-registered session is that we lay our mats down beside the same lovely humans each week, which means that we can really build on the content each week. We can sequentially expand our practice and even grow our friendships.

Class components:

  • An educational theme (either anatomical or philosophical).

  • A safe warm-up for your connective tissues.

  • A sequence of asanas (yoga postures) to strengthen and stretch your whole body—both inside and out. This is the largest component of each class.

  • A meditation/breathing technique.

  • Savasana (our final resting pose). This is when your body absorbs all the healing benefits of your practise and integrates what you've learned. You lie down on your mat for a few minutes with your eye pillow, close your eyes, and completely & utterly relax. I usually come around with some soothing essential oils and give each student a mini neck or head massage. It’s divine. Sometimes you’ll fall asleep :)

What if I miss classes?

This is normal and inevitable. Partial registrations aren't possible, but I really want to make these sessions accessible to busy people!  So there are 2 solutions:

1) You can bring a friend to join us and use up the class that you will miss. For example, if you knew that you would definitely miss a class, then you can ask someone else at BMI to come to yoga and use up your missed class. You can decide whether to gift that missed class to your friend, or whether to have your friend reimburse you $18 for the class that they are taking. Your friend can either come on the day when you’re away, or they can can come with you to class when you’re present. So it doesn’t matter which of the 5 classes they attend! You don’t even have to ask me. Just bring them!

2) You can share your registration with someone. For example, if you know that you can only attend 2 of the 5 classes, then you pair up with someone else at BMI who can attend 3 of the 5 classes. The dates don’t have to match up perfectly, so there might be some weeks when you both show up at the same time. That’s okay, as long as your attendance adds up to 5 by the end of the 5 weeks. When you register, one of you will pay for the whole 5 weeks, and get reimbursed by the other person for their share of the classes. I’ll mark you down as 1 spot that’s being shared between 2 people.

Invite someone:

If you think you know someone else at BMI who might also like to register for this session, you can share this same URL with them:  zoestikeman.com/bmi
Or forward them my email (zoestikeman@rogers.com) with the link embedded. I would love to meet them.