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Mother’s Day is coming.
A time to honour Mothers; our own mothers, ourselves as mothers, fathers who are also mothers, and those who mother in less conventional ways as well. This is also an opportunity to celebrate Mother Earth and the incredible power, grace, and humility that motherhood inspires. And it’s a time to reflect on all of our capacity for nourishing and being nourished. For some of us, Mother’s Day can be layered with complicated feelings: perhaps having a difficult childhood, or having an estranged mother, or a mom who has passed away, or being a mom who has experienced loss. These can all make Mother’s Day laced with emotions and feelings that aren’t represented or acknowledged by the ‘Hallmark’ holiday. This letter is for everyone, in all of your simplicity or complexity, a bow to you and your story, and a bow to the divine mother, the mother of us all.  Here is some of my own story in the spirit of Mother’s Day.

I was very blessed to be raised by an amazing mother and father, in the wilds of North Western Ontario, off grid in a cabin that my great grandmother built at the turn of the century. I come from a long line of Finnish people. We took a lot of saunas, as Finnish people tend to do, and enjoyed a simple and natural lifestyle. Those who know me now can see that I have been influenced by this, to say the least. I am very grateful for the gift of simplicity, a humble heart, and connection with nature that I was given by my parents! I am also blessed to have spent 31 years of my life with a Mom who I admired endlessly for her gentle strength, her compassion and commitment to her values and care of others. My mom passed away in 2014, with my sisters and dad by her side. I miss her a lot, and Mother’s Day can be a difficult day for me, as I know it is for many who have experienced loss of a mom. On many of those landmark days, such as Mother’s Day, hers or my birthday, or the anniversary of her death, I try to cook something that she used to make, light a candle and have some moments of remembering. I find solace and support in simple rituals.


How does all of this relate to Yoga? Well, my Mother was my very first Yoga teacher. She taught me how to breathe to calm myself down, she guided me through visualizations when I couldn’t sleep, and she offered me a tangible and direct experience of Love. Through her death and beyond, I am gifted with the opportunity to practice the ultimate Yoga “Ishvar Pranidhana’; the surrender to spirit, to life’s mysteries, to let go of control, and open up to what is. ~Thank you Mom.

News and Sales…

To honour Mothers in the spirit of Mother’s Day, we have decided at Peterborough Living Yoga to have a Sale. Hopefully, this will open the door for you, or your mom, to enjoy nourishing Yoga classes or Relaxation Massages/Botanical Facials. For this week, until Mother’s Day on May 14, you can purchase our 10 Class Series, or 3 Spa Package, for 10 % off! Buy online, or come visit us in the studio using cash or cheque. We also have gift certificates, contact us for more information! These sales are for EVERYONE, but they will make an excellent Mother’s Day GIFT!

Our Spring Weekly Class Schedule is underway, and you can join in, anytime!  Also check out our diverse Upcoming Workshops and Events, as well as Registered Class Series. Remember, you can set your own rhythm for weekly classes with our Studio 10 Class Series and Unlimited Yoga options, and Dropping in is always an option with the weekly schedule!

200 hr Amrita Living Yoga 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training again this FALL!
We are currently in the midst of our 2017 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training,! Due to demand, we have decided to offer a Fall edition of our training as well in 2017, so if you are feeling the call to dive into the transformative tradition of Yoga, please be in touch,and  apply soon as spaces may fill! Amrita Living Yoga Teacher Training is known for its empowerment, creativity and life changing potential. Weekend format, with payment plans available. Check out what our 2015 grads have to say here, and follow the YouTube prompt to watch 2014 grad testimonials. 2016 video is coming soon!

New Fall 2017 Yoga Teacher Training dates coming soon!

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We are so excited to be offering our popular 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Alliance approved course, again this Fall 2017. Select weekends through the fall, means you will complete your certification before the new year, with plenty of time to integrate the teachings along the way! Yoga Teacher Training offers a journey of self awareness, personal transformation, a powerful exploration of life force, as well as an empowering and inspiring teaching methodology. We seek to empower your inner teacher to emerge, from the depths of your personal practice and the magic of shared community. See the Yoga Teacher Training page for inspiring testimonials, and more information!

Calling anyone who wants to bring Yoga to the lives of children!

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Teaching Yoga to Children ~ Continuing Education

with Julie Cullen

Date and Time: Saturday June 3,  12:30 – 3:30pm

Price: $40 + HST

Children’s yoga is rapidly gaining in popularity, due to its many benefits for kids of all ages. In this fun and practical workshop, Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher, Julie Cullen, will share tips for planning and teaching yoga classes to children from ages 4 to 14. Participants will experience a variety of yoga games, songs and activities and receive sample lessons and information about valuable resources for teaching kids yoga. Yoga teachers, educators, parents, grandparents, and anyone who has youngsters in their lives, are sure to find this workshop both informative and fun. Yoga teachers are eligible for Continuing Education credits.

REGISTER HERE

Movement Medicine; A Conscious Dance Journey

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with Jesse Mclellan and Tiina Kivinen

Date and Time: Sunday February 26, and March 19, 5 – 6:30pm

Price: Drop in $15+ HST, or use your 10 Series, or Unlimited 

Join us for a class devoted to freedom of body, mind, and spirit through dance, yoga, and meditation. This class with be part guided, and part free movement. The guidance is intended to inspire you into a meditative state of movement that arises from your own life force, set to an inspired playlist of music that will move you. We believe in the healing power of dance and music, and intend to hold a welcoming space for your individuality, honouring your energy level and ability. All abilities are welcome, you can even do this class in a chair, or lying down. (although we do have stairs to get into the space unfortunately so we apologize that we are not a completely accessible space). No dance or yoga experience is necessary, just a willingness to play and explore in a supportive and encouraging space. Each Movement Medicine class will close with a deep and delicious relaxation, so you will leave feeling balanced, refreshed, and peaceful.

 

Happy Family Day!

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All of our classes are running as our normal schedule today on Family Day! See the Schedule here. 

Celebrate the Love that you Are!

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Celebrate the Love that you are! 

This week of Valentines Day serves as a reminder to practice love, everyday!

How you live, how you respect and inhabit your body, what you do to take care of yourself and live compassionately are all opportunities to live in love. Love is not something that can be given or received, measured or quantified, it is a state of being that you can tap into, that you can strengthen and nourish through practices that open the heart and cultivate wholeness and healing.

At Peterborough Living Yoga, we are here for you, to hold space for the practices that can nourish and support your heart, body, mind, and soul.

This weekend, we have a line up for you, in honour of LOVE and the HEART! Starting with…..

Bhakti Flow Yoga Friday night! Join Fraser and Om Shanties for a Live Music Yoga Class, including kirtan chanting, meditation and movement

Date and Time: Friday, February 177 – 9pm
Use your 10 Class Series, Unlimited, or Drop In for $15 + HST.

Also, join us for Reiki Restorative Yoga, Being a Channel of Love,  with Laura Dunford, Alexa Small, and Jesse Mclellan.


As you rest in restorative yoga postures, we will provide Reiki, physical and energetic assists, and massage.

Date and Time: Saturday, Feb. 18 from 1 – 3pm.

Register Here to join us for an afternoon of restoration and healing!
Sunday, experience the joy of connection, with a  Partner Yoga Workshop Perfect for Valentines Day, but all relationships are welcome!

Join Sasha for an afternoon of connection and discovery. Explore Yoga with a partner (friend, family member, anyone you are comfortable with physical contact), being guided through ways strengthen your relationship, connect, develop trust and communication while having fun learning partner yoga techniques. All are welcome, this is a beginner friendly workshop, all levels of experience are encouraged to attend!

Date and Time: Sunday, February 191 – 2:30 pm

Register Here! 

We are getting ready for our 2017 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, which starts soon! We still have a few spaces left, if you are feeling the call to dive into the transformative tradition of Yoga. Amrita Living Yoga Teacher Training is known for its empowerment, creativity and life changing potential. It’s weekend format, and payment plans are available. Check out what our 2015 grads have to say here, and follow the YouTube prompt to watch 2014 grad testimonials. Our 2016 video is coming soon!

Winter love!

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Hi friends of Peterborough Living Yoga!

Tiina here, with a little personal update!

This winter I will be going away for the month of February, to one of my favourite places on the planet, Nosara Costa Rica. The need to snorkel in the tide pools and bask in the sun has gotten strong…. especially as Trent and I are in the midst of our first winter still working out the kinks of living off grid in a tiny home… I am looking forward to a break from the day to day troubleshooting of all of our off grid systems! 

In my absence, I am delighted that my classes at PLY will be running, with some amazing teachers filling in. Join Fraser for Monday 5:30 – 6:30pm Deepening Yoga, Meditation, and Breathwork, Kristyn for Monday 7 – 8:15pm Prana Vinyasa Flow, and Laura for Tuesday 5:30 – 6:45pm Flow and Restore Yoga! Thank you wonderful teachers for holding the space!

I will be away from Feb 5 – March 8. We still have room in the upcoming Chakra Bliss Aromatherapy Restorative Yoga on Friday Feb 3, 7 – 9pm!

I will be back in March to dive in to our next 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training! We have a few spots left!

Winter Schedule is Underway!

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Our Winter schedule is in full effect at Peterborough Living Yoga! Join us for a variety of weekly classes, registered classes, and special events and workshops! We still have Winter Wisdom Unlimited Yoga available, or register through a flexible 10 Class Series  Drop in’s are always welcome!

Also, we are offering Relaxation Massage, Botanical Facials and More at affordable rates, For more info and online booking, click here. 
We are located at 394 George St. N, purple door directly beside Haaseltons Coffee Shop.