Hi, spectacular neighbours in Elmvale Acres, Alta Vista, and Riverview Park!
Welcome to our neighbourhood classes. This is an inclusive, welcoming group of allies. That means 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. We strengthen & stretch; we share tea/wine & snacks; we laugh & cry together.
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 register your friend yourself, by adding in their name/email/cell info. Or, you can copy & paste the exact URL address, zoestikeman.com/riverview
Welcome, come on in!
Above all else, I want your experience to be welcoming, safe, beneficial, and educational. All bodies belong here. We are an inclusive bunch of mamas who are your allies! 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!
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!
2019 Fall Sessions:
We’re running three different 8-week sessions (Thurs evening, Sun afternoon, and Mum’n’Baby Yoga). If we can sign our kids up for 12 weeks of swimming and gymnastics and skating, then surely we can commit to 8 weeks for our own bodies & minds!
Invest in yourself:
Registration begins today!!!!!!!!!!
Please note that there will be two price options this time: a “Regular Rate” through this website, and a “Buddy Discount” with $25 off if you register with a friend who has never registered with me before.
You register for one (1) time slot, then you use the other times as make-up classes.
8 Thurs nights: 8-9 PM (FULL as of this morning!).
8 Sun afternoons: 3:00-4:15 PM.
8 Mum’n’Baby: Wed 11 AM-12:30 PM, as that’s usually the approximate window in between babies’ morning nap and early afternoon nap. If enough of you are interested, then we can run Mum’n’Baby twice a week (such as Wed & Thurs late morning!). So reach out to your mama friends to find your buddy, and then let me know :)
About these classes:
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 :)
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) You can use the other day as as a make-up class. So if you register for Sunday afternoons, for example, and you have to miss a couple of classes, then you can attend the Thursday evening classes as your make-up classes. Or play hookey on a Wednesday morning and join us then! You can keep track of these yourself. Just be sure to check the schedule first!
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. 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.
If you think you have a friend who might also like to 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.