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    starting August 8th!

     


  • Heart of Practice Retreat 2022

    with Tiina Kivinen, Fraser Mcdonald, and Dana Salahub

    Lotus Heart Retreat Centre, Brighton ON (less than an hour from Peterborough, accessible to Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto)

    Date and Time: Friday, Oct  28– Sunday,  Oct 30, (Check-in 4 pm or after on Friday, Check out 2 pm Sunday)

    Price: Early Bird (until September 1): Sliding Scale $120 – $180 + HST, Regular: Sliding scale $150+ HST – $220 (Retreat Deposit)

    Follow the link below to register for your chosen price, or pay via e-transfer or Paypal/ Credit Card (our preferred method of payment is e-transfer to [email protected])

    Price for accommodation and food paid to Lotus Heart Centre: $390+ HST, Private rooms have a $50 fee for the weekend. When you register via the ‘Retreat Deposit’, we will send you instructions for making payment to LHC.

    *The Price for LHC  and retreat fees have gone up a bit from our last retreat, due to increased operating costs and inflation.  We truly cherish this opportunity to practice and share space together, so we don’t want cost to be an obstacle, so we have created a sliding scale option. Please contact us if you need to explore a scholarship. 

     

     

    Join us this Fall for a weekend immersion in the heart of practice. Located at the beautiful and tranquil Lotus Heart Retreat Centre in the Brighton area. This retreat – with the fall colours and crisp air and wonderful community connections – is quickly becoming a highlight of the year. It is for those with all levels of experience with yoga.

    Throughout the weekend, Tiina Kivinen and Fraser McDonald will hold space together, creating a retreat container for wisdom and connection to emerge from your own inner experience. Within this container of sacred space and intention, you will experience a variety of practices, including Yoga, Meditation, Qi-Gong/Tai Chi, Pranayama (breathwork), Yoga Nida (yogic sleep meditation), Japa and live music Kirtan (chanting). We are excited to welcome guest musicians for Kirtan as well, including Fraser’s beloved partner, Dana Salahub.

    Our intention for this retreat is to foster a space to deepen current practices, cultivate new practices for inspiration, or simply rest within the space of being and see what emerges. Connecting into the heart of our practice, we have the potential to bring a felt sense of peace and presence into our bodies, minds, and hearts. Together as a community, we create space for wisdom, clarity, and spirit to arise from within. Community forms as we connect and create, self-inquiry with a focus on compassion and curious contemplation, and the heart brightens with music, chanting, movement, and expression.

    The weekend will include:

    • 2 nights stay in a lovely retreat centre, private and shared accommodation
    • Delicious and nourishing vegetarian meals
    • Inspired Yoga and meditation classes and workshops for deepening your practice, with Fraser Mcdonald, Tiina Kivinen and guest musicians
    • Other highlights include Yoga with live music, campfire Kirtan and Concert, fire ceremony, and a contemplative forest walk w/ Qi Gong practice.
    • Spacious time to just be.

     

     

    Tiina Kivinen 

    Tiina has over 18 years of experience guiding yoga experiences, retreats, and trainings. She has a specialization in a variety of yogic modalities. See her full bio and training here.

    It is one of her passions in life to come together with others, in the spirit of Yoga, self-inquiry, healing, and connection. Tiina loves curating retreat experiences that deepen our experience of Yoga in transformational ways, cultivating practices and ways of being that support thriving in life. Holding space alongside Fraser is a dream come true, as he is a truly wonderful friend and teacher!

     

     

     

    Fraser Rishi Mcdonald 

    Fraser Rishi grew up in Toronto, Canada, working for many years as a youth worker, writer/performing artist, and teacher.

    He has sat with people from all walks of life and witnessed a transformational power enliven these encounters. Inspired by the joy inherent in helping others discover their true nature and curious to deepen his own discovery, he has studied with masters in Hatha yoga, Bhakti yoga, Self-inquiry, and Tai Chi/Qi Gong traditions. This brought him to the feet of his beloved teacher, Sri Mooji, from whom he received the name Rishi. These practices have helped him heal from two serious accidents, manage chronic pain, and most importantly, they have revealed a space of profound peace within his own heart.

    He also offers Bio-Dynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy, which can be profoundly helpful for relaxing and nourishing the nervous system, as well as bringing health to the physical, emotional, mental, and energetic bodies. In addition to being an Ontario certified teacher and award winning writer and performance artist, he has completed a mindfulness certification with University of Toronto, 180 hour AYT, 200 hour RYT.

    Dana Salahub

    Long before Dana discovered spiritual music, listening to music felt like a spiritual experience. Beautiful songs compelled her to clear her mind, open her heart, and tune in to the deepest level of her being. At a young age, she discovered a presence in music that inspired her to be as present as possible with each subtlety of sound and nuance of feeling. Then, almost a decade ago, she started singing Kirtan. Soon she realized: There is some power in the mantras that can’t be defined, and when that power is mixed with music, it brings everything to silence and enlivens the heart.  Now that same intimacy and presence she experienced while listening to music in solitude are felt in community, in Kirtan, singing with others, and this is a beautiful thing.

    REGISTER HERE!


  • Embodied Wisdom Online 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training

    Embodied Wisdom 200 hr ONLINE Yoga Teacher Training is Yoga Alliance approved and adapted from our decade of experience teaching transformational 200 hr Yoga Teacher Trainings and our past two years of discovering best practices for online yoga teacher education. It has been so amazing to experience the depth that is possible online with students from around the world!

    This training includes everything you need to know in order to skillfully lead authentic and unique Yoga classes that are true to YOU and to the roots of Yoga. You will become confident at leading and delivering this inspired practice that creates benefits to all of the different layers of the self. Supporting each human experience from helping keep our physical bodies healthy to creating emotional resiliency, mental health and regulating the nervous system, to fostering a connection to all of life and that mysterious intelligence that creates live itself. This online training will teach you everything you need to learn to teach others empowering and inspiring yoga classes that come from your heart. You will be guided towards a philosophy of ongoing self-inquiry that empowers your unique gifts and supports your well-being, whether you choose to teach or not. For those that choose to teach, this training is highly focused on developing your own practice so that you can teach through transmission and true wisdom. Deepen your own practice and understanding of this ancient science that brings clarity, peace, resilience, fulfillment and purpose.

    It is our belief that transformed people transform this world and that Yoga is a way to spread the tools necessary to create healing, peace and a brighter future for our planet. This is what the Embodied Wisdom Teacher Training was born from, this calling of the heart to serve the planet in this way that seems so needed at this time.

    Do you feel the call to dive in to this training with us? Sign up here for updates and to download our information package, or reply to this email with any questions!

    With excitement,
    Tiina

    Words cannot truly express the wealth of knowledge, expertise, and loving-kindness of this group of beautiful humans and teachers! I am in awe of them and the positive effect they have on their participants. Look no further if you are serious about becoming a bonafide yoga teacher, graduating the course with the best of curriculum, delivery, encouragement, constant support, modeling, rapport, and authenticity. ~ Karin D

    I expected to come out of this training with the knowledge and experience to start me on my journey as a yoga teacher. What I did not anticipate was the lifechanging transformation I would get through while taking this class. Yoga is so much more than postures and while we did learn the physical aspects of yoga, it was the emotional and spiritual journey that touched me the most..~ Marie G


  • Thank you to our beloved Kristyn Rose for offering a beautiful evening of deep rest!

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  • Gentle Flow and Restore Yoga Online Summer Series with Tiina

    with Tiina Kivinen

    *This class takes place over Zoom. You are welcome to have camera on or off, and a recording is provided afterwards, so no worries if your schedule changes!

    Date and Time: Tuesdays 7 – 8pm, 9 weeks Tuesday, July 5 – August 30, 2022

    Price: $144 + HST for 9 Weeks, Drop-Ins available $18 + HST

    This gentle, restorative-style Yoga class is open to all levels of experience. The class integrates meditation, breath awareness, gentle stretching, and restorative postures to support wellness on all levels of your being. Restore balance in the nervous system, clear the mind, and let go of cumulative tension in your body. Free up your vital energy, inhabit your body in a loving way, and cultivate feelings of peace, compassion, and harmony.

    *The link will be sent out prior to the class, please register no later than 15 min before class. The recording is sent out by the next day. A couple of the weeks this summer will be pre-recorded and sent out as I will be off-grid for a couple of trips!

    REGISTER HERE


  • Chakra Bliss Aromatherapy Restorative Yoga is back!

    with Tiina Kivinen and Angella Windrem

    Date and Time: Wednesday, June 1, 7 – 8:30pm

    Price: $45 + HST

    Join Tiina and Angella for a restorative-style yoga class integrating a journey through the Chakras (energy centres in the physical/emotional/ energetic body), using aromatherapy essential oils to deepen and enhance the exploration. We carefully choose yoga postures and essential oils that correspond with each Chakra to carry you through a journey of self-inquiry, deep rest, and healing. Essential oils have the potential to deepen your focus and enhance your awareness through the yoga experience, with the added benefit of the healing qualities of each aroma. No experience is needed, all are welcome, unless you have a sensitivity or allergy to essential oils.

    During the pandemic, we will be guiding this class following physical distancing and avoiding touch. We still have many ways to enjoy aromatherapy benefits, including self-massage, diffusing, smudging, and more.

    *bring your own props if you prefer

    REGISTER HERE


  • Gentle Flow and Restore Online Yoga

    with Tiina Kivinen

    *This class takes place over Zoom. You are welcome to have camera on or off, and a recording is provided afterwards, so no worries if your schedule changes!

    Date and Time: Tuesdays 7 – 8pm, 7 weeks May 17 – June 28, 2022

    Price: $112 + HST for 7 Weeks, Drop-Ins available $18 + HST

    This gentle, restorative-style Yoga class is open to all levels of experience. The class integrates meditation, breath awareness, gentle stretching, and restorative postures to support wellness on all levels of your being. Restore balance in the nervous system, clear the mind, and let go of cumulative tension in your body. Free up your vital energy, inhabit your body in a loving way, and cultivate feelings of peace, compassion, and harmony.

    *The link will be sent out prior to the class, please register no later than 15 min before class. The recording is sent out by the next day.

    REGISTER HERE


  • Gentle Flow and Restore Online Yoga April 5 – May 10, 2022

    with Tiina Kivinen

    *This class takes place over Zoom. You are welcome to have camera on or off, and a recording is provided afterwards, so no worries if your schedule changes!

    Date and Time: Tuesdays 7 – 8pm, 6 weeks April 5 – May May 10, 2022

    Price: $100 + HST for 6 Weeks, Drop-Ins available $18 + HST

    This gentle, restorative-style Yoga class is open to all levels of experience. The class integrates meditation, breath awareness, gentle stretching, and restorative postures to support wellness on all levels of your being. Restore balance in the nervous system, clear the mind, and let go of cumulative tension in your body. Free up your vital energy, inhabit your body in a loving way, and cultivate feelings of peace, compassion, and harmony.

    *The link will be sent out prior to the class, please register no later than 15 min before class. The recording is sent out by the next day.

    REGISTER HERE


  • New Spring Yoga Series Begin with the Vernal Equinox

    See our Peterborough and Lakefield Ontario offerings Here


  • New Moon Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra Live Stream from Costa Rica

    Date and Time: Wednesday March 2 , 2:30pm EST, 1:30pm CST, 7:30pm UST

    In-person at Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort in Costa Rica (register through Bodi Tree for in person session) and on Zoom for our international community.

    Register to attend live on zoom or catch the replay! Recording will be sent out after the class.

    REGISTER HERE

    The New Moon is a beautiful time to deeply rest and allow your being to restore balance and harmony through Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Restorative Yoga invites deep rest, while supported and nourished within longer held and deeply comfortable postures. Yoga Nidra is a yogic sleep practice that fosters inner states of resilience and connection with your inner compass and heart’s calling. Together, these practices create a balm for the nervous system and offer space for intention to emerge during the beginning of the new lunar cycle. This workshop is for all levels of experience with Yoga and Yoga Nidra.

    ~For those who join us live on Zoom, you will be emailed the zoom link on the day of the class. Please register with the email that you would like to receive the link to! You must register by 11am EST on Wednesday March 2, 2022.

    Ally Boothroyd is a yoga educator and meditation teacher with a passion for yoga nidra and the healing power of conscious rest. Over the years, she has helped tens of thousands of people to calm, balance and restore their nervous systems. She teaches therapeutic tools for reversing exhaustion, stress and anxiety. She helps people manage feelings of overwhelm and reconnect to their sensitive biorhythms and the natural world. She is the founder of Sarovara Yoga, a yoga space and women’s retreat centre in Ontario, Canada. A sanctuary on the water where she fosters local community and supports health, personal growth, emotional resiliancy, authenticity, awareness, and awakening. She is also, the co-director of the School of Living Yoga alongside Tiina.
    Ally is dedicated to inspiring depth, creativity, and joy by sharing the most potent tools from a variety of yogic traditions. She brings an openhearted, transparent, inclusive view to her teachings, which are a rich blend of Kripalu Yoga along with Classical Hatha Tantra, Yoga Psychology, Yoga Nidra, Integrative Restoration, Amrita Living Yoga, Energy Medicine, and of course Living Yoga, as the co-director of the 200 & 300 Hour Teacher Training Programs. Ally has also developed Transformational Sleep Yoga Nidra YTT and with Tiina, Moon To Moon Restorative Yoga YTT.
    Ally has travelled to Nosara, every year, for the past nine years. What brings her back are the healing properties, nourishing foods, perfect weather and thriving yoga community on this serene beach (not to mention, the sassy swells).

    Tiina Kivinen is a yoga educator and teacher trainer who is inspired by the incredible gifts that the yoga tradition brings to everyday life. With reverence for the teachings and respect for culture, Tiina advocates for the possibilities of healing and transformation that are available to all. She brings a depth of wisdom, compassion and creativity to teaching, and is particularly excited by empowerment-based approaches to mentoring and training teachers. She is passionate about the power of conscious relaxation and brings this passion to her work in the yoga field and also as a Counselling Hypnotherapist. Tiina is the founder and co-director of the School for Living Yoga with Ally Boothroyd, who together guide 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training, Moon To Moon Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, Transformational Sleep Yoga Nidra Teacher Training among other classes, workshops and retreats. Tiina has thousands of hours of training in diverse Yoga approaches, including Kripalu Yoga, Let Your Yoga Dance, Meditation and Pranayama, Ayurveda, Prenatal Yoga, Yoga Nidra and more, and has served as faculty for trainings at Kripalu Yoga Centre and Nosara Yoga Institute. Tiina is currently pursuing a Masters in Counselling Psychotherapy, and can often be found roaming the lands of her off-grid farm community in Ontario with her dogs. Tiina has been teaching Yoga since 2002, and has offered retreats in Costa Rica since 2012. Her love of tide pools, sunsets and tropical nature keep her coming home to Nosara Costa Rica.