Hi, spectacular neighbours in Elmvale Acres, Alta Vista, and Riverview Park!
Welcome to our own class. All bodies belong here. So bring your tight hips, bring your hunched shoulders, bring your wobbly core. You belong with me! I know that you have a lot of change happening in your life right now, and there is more to come. So let’s create a really solid, supportive, welcoming safety net together. No matter how things fluctuate, let this class be the grounding place where you unwind and finally take care of yourself.
This particular page is private to our group, which means that the only way that you're seeing this page is because someone has sent you this particular link. If you want to invite a friend to register, then you'll need to send them this same link. Or, you can copy & paste the exact URL address, zoestikeman.com/riverview
Would you like to come try out a class? It will be refreshing, feel-good, safe, and all-levels, which 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 if they wish that night.
Yoga mats & props:
I have lots of extra mats & props for you to borrow. Yoga props (blocks, foamies, blankets, straps, etc) 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 in some poses to protect our shoulders. Most students like a blanket 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 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!
Thanks to your feedback, we’re running a 10-class session. If we can sign our kids up for 12 weeks of swimming and gymnastics, then surely we can commit to 10 weeks for our own bodies!
Thursdays, from 8:00-9:00 pm, as follows:
#1 Thurs Oct 11
#2 Thurs Oct 18
#3 Thurs Oct 25
#4 Thurs Nov 1
#5 Thurs Nov 8
#6 Thurs Nov 15
#7 Thurs Nov 22
#8 Thurs Nov 29
#9 Thurs Dec 6
#10 Thurs Dec 13
Invest in yourself:
Investment: Usually, the 10-class session = $170 (which means $17 per class), but I’d like to make it more accessible to all of you (my community), so I’m making an exception: a 10-class session = $150 (which means $15 per class).
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm. The kids are in bed. Now it’s time for you!
Location: In Riverview Park, near Botsford & Coronation.
To Register: Click on this button, "Register.”
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 who travel a lot! My solution, over the years, has been for people to bring a friend/neighbour to join us and use up the classes that they will miss. For example, if you knew that you would definitely miss the last class of the session, then you can bring a friend/neighbour/relative with you to any one of the classes. They could attend alongside you during one of the first 4 classes, or they could attend the 5th class when you're actually away. It depends on your friend's availability. And you can decide whether to gift that missed class to your friend, or whether to have your friend reimburse you for the class that they are taking. That way, your missed class gets enjoyed by someone. Does that make sense? It has worked very well in the past for my other Group Privates. In fact, it's turned out to be rather special, because people end up bringing their sister who is visiting from out of town, or their mom who wants to try yoga, or their new friend who just moved to the city. And in this way, it actually brings the group even closer together as we all get to know each other's loved ones. It's kind of sweet.
Will there be another session?
Probably! If we have enough interest, we'll run the next session right after.
About these classes:
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 juicy body. 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 class. We can sequentially expand our practise and grow our friendships.
An educational element (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 technique.
A 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 a blanket, 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 :)
If you think you have a friend who might also like to attend the complimentary class and/or register for this session, you can share this same URL with them: zoestikeman.com/riverview
Or forward them my email with the link embedded. I would love to meet them.