Pathways to Advancing Your Practice
starts November 11 | In-Studio + Live @ Home

4 part series Pathways to Advancing Your Practice Live streaming | Yoga @ Home + In-Studio This series is for anyone looking to deepen their practice. We will play with complex and interesting flows to develop new possibilities in our movement and expand our curiosity, courage and resilience. Wednesday, November 11 | Inversions Move through a playful and challenging sequence …

Breathing | 4 Part Series
starts November 1 | Live @ Home Only

4 Part Series Breathing Live streaming | Yoga @ Home Sunday, November 1 | The Anatomy of Breathing Review how diaphragms move to create your breath and how hyper/hypo ventilation alter blood chemistry & reactions in the body. Sunday, November 8 | Using Breath to Affect Change Learn how to raise/lower body temp & blood pressure using breath and to …

Setting a Sankalpa: Intention

In yoga, a sankalpa is a strong intention, Usually in service of someone else. That doesn’t mean that you can’t set a sankalpa for yourself, because more often than not, what benefits you will have a positive effect on others. You might set an intention to quit smoking or start exercising three times a week for the benefit of someone …

YOGA: Skillfulness in Action

In the Bhagavad Gita, yoga is called skillfulness in action.  How does our work on the mat bring about skillfulness in our life off the mat?  Let us begin with the asana as steady and sweet.  What is happening when our postures are both steady and sweat?  In headstand, the weight rests squarely on our shoulders, the legs come straight …

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Lesson Learned: Nadi Shodhana

To teach alternate nostril breathing and its benefits. In pranayama or yoga breathing exercises, we seek to control prana — the vital energy within us.  There are over 72,000 nadis or subtle energy channels in our body where prana moves.  If the nadis are blocked, prana can’t move freely through the body, consciousness is inhibited and it’s difficult to attain meaning from our daily lives. This …

Our Interdisciplinary Approach

At Samatva Yoga we host a range of classes, courses, events and workshops in our lovely energy filled studios in both Kingston Downtown & West End. With our interdisciplinary approach, we cater to everyone: complete beginners, experienced practitioners, pregnant women, kids, teens and parents with babies. Each location hosts two studios, one hot (105 degrees + 40% humidity) and one …

New Class Style: HOT 26 + 2

Often referred to as Original Hot Yoga, this class, developed in the Ghosh lineage in Kolkata (Calcutta) where the climate is naturally very warm, is a 90 minute – set sequence of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. All postures are done twice. It is characterized by a fluctuation between exertion and relaxation where after each posture there is deep …

Lesson Learned: Ujjayi Breath

To bring a deeper awareness of the postures by internalizing attention. Let’s learn Ujjayi breath.  Unlike regular diaphragmatic breathing, where the throat is relaxed and the breath is silent, ujjayi uses an audible vibration with some purposeful tension. This type of breathing during asana or some pranayamas soothes the nerves and calms the mind.  The sound naturally draws attention to the nerves and calms …

Outside As Antidote

These days we spend so much time in the virtual world that we are in danger of becoming brains in vats.  Our physical bodies atrophy as do our social skills and life skills.  The real and the virtual are not exactly opposites; they bleed into one another.  But let’s not forget the old ways of doing things, with a handshake …

Ask an Educator! “One thing I’d like to share that students may be missing…..”

Julian Gregory Practice at home. Then you become more familiar with the sensations of practicing, and more intimate with your body in the postures. Then, when you get to a public class, you’re more apt to follow your body’s cues and not try to conform exactly to what the teacher is saying, or conform to your mind’s idea of what …

101 Uses for the doTERRA Intro Kit
Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon Essential Oils

The doTERRA Intro. Kit (which includes the doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil & Lavender Essential Oil oils) has so many widely varied and valuable uses! Below are 101 “Tried & Tested” Uses for the doTERRA Intro. Kit that you will absolutely love! You won’t believe how many different ways you can use doTERRA oils! See how great these …