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 forward them this same link. Or, you can copy & paste the exact URL address, zoestikeman.com/riverview
Yoga for Dudes:
Yoga for Dudes — One-time pop-up Class:
Know a dude who wants a therapeutic stretch, but he’s hesitant to try yoga? Or maybe he needs some de-stressing techniques, but he doesn’t want to do any “weird” stuff that he’s seen depicted in the media? Maybe he likes the idea of chilling and chuckling at a social event with other guys in the neighbourhood, but he isn’t in the mood for poker night. Maybe he already likes yoga, but just never has the time? This one-time pop-up class will be refreshing, feel-good, accessible for tight bodies, 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 the practise.
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!
We’re running a 10-class session this winter! If we can sign our kids up for 12 weeks of swimming and gymnastics and skating, then surely we can commit to 10 weeks for our own bodies!
Thursday evenings, 8:00-9:00 pm.
Here is a tentative schedule. Send me some feedback if there are any holiday conflicts that I missed, in which case we can adjust the schedule:
#1 Thurs Jan 10 (complimentary for newbies)
#2 Thurs Jan 17
#3 Thurs Jan 24
#4 Thurs Jan 31
#5 Thurs Feb 7
(Thurs Feb 14 is Valentines, and it’s also the Thursday before Family day, so go have fun!)
#6 Thurs Feb 21
#7 Thurs Feb 28
#8 Thurs Mar 7
(Thurs Mar 14 is technically March break for most schools, so we’ll pause that week).
#9 Thurs Mar 21
#10 Thurs Mar 28
Well, look at that. Like a magic carpet, yoga will carry us right into spring! Lucky us!
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! So there are 3 solutions:
1) We have a subbing list of mamas who would love to “sub in” and take your place when you can’t attend. They will reimburse the $15 for your class either in cash or etransfer, as you wish.
2) You can bring a friend/neighbour to join us and use up the classes that you will miss. For example, if you knew that you would definitely miss a class, then you can send a friend/neighbour/relative to class on the night when you're actually away. 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. It has worked very well in the past. 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.
3) Perhaps you can attend my Friday morning classes as make-up classes (see me for dates and different location). I might be able to start up a Saturday morning class as well.
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.