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Archive for month: February, 2014

Why Handstands?

February 19, 2014
February 19, 2014



Only your own heart can tell you why you practice yoga. Based on that, your mind has
the task of discerning how to practice, and therefore what kind of yoga to practice, to
best serve your ‘why’.

So why do you practice?

How might learning to hop into handstands help you with that?

Listen to your heart for the response to the first question. As for the response to the
second, following are some possibilities. Hopping into handstands will:

• develop strength and integrity throughout your physical body
• open and align your shoulders
• teach you how to work with gravity and momentum rather than fight against them
• build your confidence
• allow you to play
• focus your mind
• help you to be patient with yourself
• encourage you to respect your own boundaries
• let you honour the process as a goal in itself

If it sounds like learning to hop into handstands will help serve the reasons why you
currently practice yoga, please join me at the SPRING FORWARD workshop.
March 9, 2014 12-2pm. Remember to turn your clocks forward!

A basic level of yoga practice is required for all participants. Experience with handstand
is not required. Register Online for Spring Forward!


Roxoliana Prus has a decade of experience in each of rhythmic gymnastics and contemporary dance, along with two years of experience teaching alignment-based yoga classes. All in all she has spent much time standing on her hands, and would like to help you do so too!

Love the One You’re With

February 14, 2014
February 14, 2014

Whether you are single or with a partner, whether you love or loathe Valentine’s Day, February seems to be the time to consider love and relationship.

You’ve heard it before… “love yourself first”. Well, sometimes, cliches are cliches for a reason. The truth is, the most important relationship you’ll ever have is the one you have with yourself.


Life is busy. There is so much to do and so little time. So often, you get pushed down to the bottom of your own priority list, and end up depleted, tired, short tempered, and burnt out. People often think taking time for just themselves is selfish, especially when they are so over scheduled and don’t have any ‘spare’ time.


This reminds me of a saying “Meditate for 15 minutes each day… unless you don’t have time… then meditate for an hour.”

Of course we all have responsibilities to fulfill. It’s good to be busy and use your time as fully as you can, but don’t forget yourself in the equation. Taking care of yourself IS taking care of others.

Balance it out! You are worth your time, attention and focus.

Think of the ways you show and express that you care for and love your family and friends… you spend time with them, listen to them, and support them. To love yourself, you have to do these things for yourself.


When you practice yoga, your focus is completely on yourself, your alignment, your body, your breath… you aren’t thinking about what’s for dinner or your next appointment or financial issues or whatever.

This ‘clearing’ of your mind, is healthy and helps you feel more grounded and balanced so that you can actually be more productive and calm throughout the stresses of the day.

Yoga teaches you to listen to yourself, to discern how much is enough and how much is too much, to be fully present, to stay calm in challenging situations, and to accept and celebrate all that is you.

Of course, yoga isn’t the only way to nurture yourself (I realize that I am biased). Do something you love every day, something that is just for you, even if it’s only for a little while. Schedule alone time, eat healthy, fresh food, take a ski day, go for a walk, take a vacation with your family or friends.

Journaling is also especially helpful to ‘get things out’ or to process your thoughts and feelings. Remember that taking care of yourself is ultimately a gift to others, and although people may come and go from your life, you are always and forever with yourself. So take time each day to do something nice for yourself, and make a lifelong practice of loving the one you’re with!


With over 1000 hours of yoga training, Elissa offers well-rounded classes that are challenging yet deeply respectful of each student’s abilities. Using core principles of alignment she is able to assist people experiencing pain due to injury or misalignment. She also offers classes for seasoned practitioners who want to refine and deepen their practice. She strives to provide a fun, supportive and safe environment that students of all levels to bring a new openness and flexibility to body, heart and mind.

Introducing Yin Yoga with Linsey in March!

February 10, 2014
February 10, 2014

yinWe are excited to welcome Linsey Rose to our teaching team in March 2014! She has been active at the studio as a substitute instructor and we are very excited to have her teaching a weekly class. Beginning the first week of March she will be teaching Yin Yoga on Thursday evenings, 7-8:30pm.

Class Description: Delve deep into the body in this quiet, inspiring practice. Postures are held for longer durations as we gently work the connective tissues of the body. The mind can unwind and the heart is inspired in this gentle, slow practice. A perfect compliment to your fast-paced, active lifestyle!

linAbout Linsey: Registered Yoga Teacher Linsey Rose has been teaching yoga since 2006, receiving her Yoga Alliance certification in 2007. She brings her belief in honouring each individual’s unique experience, as well as her background in fitness, into her clear, soothing style of teaching.


Please join us in welcoming Linsey to Wild Woods!

Massage that Supports Your Yoga Practice

February 2, 2014
February 2, 2014


Yoga and Acupuncture are as common as the mountains and trees in the Kootenays and it is so encouraging to see people taking an interest in their physical as well as energetic health. Chinese Medicine found its roots in traditional Indian Medicine, so it is no surprise that they both view the body as a complex physical and energetic system that depends upon the physical blood vessels to circulate nutrients as well as the energetic channels to circulate universal energy(chi or prana).

The physical practice of yoga originated as a way to open the energy channels in the body to encourage flow to prepare the body, mind and spirit for periods of meditation. This makes sense since balancing the body and stretching out any kinks in the system makes maintaining a sitting posture for an extended period much more comfortable. However many western yogis and yoginis use the asanas of yoga as a physical exercise and form of meditation in and of itself, so rather than preparing for meditation, we open our channels to encourage balance and flow in our everyday lives.

While acupuncture treatments also aim to clear blockages in the human energy system, it allows the body to be at rest while the needles  are placed along the energy lines and in powerful energy centers to promote optimal health and well-being.

Shiatsu  takes note from both Yoga and TCM. When giving a treatment I stretch your joints and limbs for you, opening and relaxing your muscles and channels. Once they are open and ready to receive massage I work along the meridian lines with focused pressure to energize or soothe blocked up or low flow areas. Shiatsu is much like a deep tissue massage and brings relief to sports injuries or chronic tension. Alternatively it can be given in a relaxing way. I often have clients fall asleep (and when it’s really good they snore and drool). Most commonly however, people find themselves in a meditative state and leave the treatment in a relaxed and positive frame of mind.

Shiatsu is quickly gaining recognition in the bodywork realm and I encourage everyone to try it.

To book a Shiatsu appointment with Nadine please contact Wild Woods Yoga and Wellness:

Phone – 250-352-5505

Email –

Online Booking – Click Here


About the Author: Nadine Hawryluk is a Registered Shiatsu Therapist with a degree in Biology from UBC. She offers her amazing talents at Wild Woods Yoga and Wellness!

Mudra Magic Workshop – Feb 6th

February 2, 2014
February 2, 2014

Mudra Magic with Natalia: Come learn the magic art of mudras !

February 6th, 7-8:30pm

Mudras are sacred positions that have an influence on the energies of the body, mind and spirit .

By learning these simple hand gestures, we can drastically improve our over-all well being and quality of life.

You hold the power in your hands.

Connect to the elements within you, You are invited.
FREE for Dedicate 28 Participants, $15+gst for all others.

Click here to pre-register.


February 2014 Schedule

February 2, 2014
February 2, 2014

Click on the photo below to head to our Schedule and Rates Page.

february schedule

Note that the only changes are the addition of two classes with Jennifer Steed!