Body Thrive Workshop

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Welcome to your 10 week Body Thrive Workshop. This workshop will incorporate healthy eating, healthy lifestyle and overall wellbeing.
What’s included:
~ body Thrive book by Cate Stillman
~ weekly conversation
~ 1 hour of yoga, meditation and breathing practices to support you
~ workbook sheets on building healthy habits
~ information that incorporates the principles of Ayurvedic health

Day: Thursday’s
Dates: April 14 to June 16, 2016
Time: 11:15pm to 1:15pm
Investment: $265.00 +hst

Go With the Flow

 

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Life is a series of events, one flows into the next. When things run smoothly, most of us go through them without even considering the possibility that this is exactly the way it’s suppose to be. When we come to a bump in our journey and something throws us off we usually end up reacting in a  stressful way. We cast blame on others, yell and over react. What if for a minute you took a deep breath and thought “Maybe this is exactly the way it is suppose to be.”

This morning I left Collingwood at 6:30 AM. I made it to Pearson Airport with lots of time to catch a 10:30 AM flight to California. Simon and I were meeting in the LAX airport and spending the week together. A long overdue 7 days of unscheduled time. Ok that’s another blog…When I got to the airport I was told to wait at the gate because I did not have a seat. Once everyone was boarded I was told the flight was over sold and they could put me on the next flight this evening at 6:00 PM. There I stood with 3 others who were angry and making a seen. I new in that moment I had a choice of how I was going to react. Sure it sucks, sure I have somewhere to be, however Air Canada was taking full responsibility. I thought to myself what if this is the way my day is suppose to go. I proceeded to customer service where a really nice lady took care of me. We had a great conversation about Collingwood and what a great place it was to live. She thanked me for being so nice. I can only imagine how many times they get yelled at. I started to think about how grateful I was for even getting the chance to be away.

I have 7 hours to sit in a beautiful lounge because I really nice lady heard my story and took me there. I was compensated for the hassle and even given food vouchers for the day to make sure I stay hydrated and fed. And so today, I sit, read, blog, email and take the day to myself. Nowhere to go but to wait for the next flight. Personally I don’t think that is so bad.

I hope that whatever you are doing today you stop, take a deep breath and be grateful for exactly where you are.

 

Partner Yoga

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Looking for a little play? Want to make time to connect to another? Think a deeper stretch will feel great? Then come try out Buddha Rider’s Partner Yoga class.

Join us as we explore working together through movement, play, breath and touch.
Grab a friend and come play.
No yoga experience necessary. Just a good attitude.

Date: Sunday Feb 14, 2016

Investment: $60 for double or $30 for single

Buddha Rider Spin Certification

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In efforts to grow Buddha Rider’s cycle community we have developed an incredible cycle certification program. This program will transform you as a student and develop skills to facilitate incredible Buddha Rider and Rider classes.

By sharing our knowledge of cycling and our skills we have developed along the way, this program will enable you to teach and inspire others, gain greater confidence in yourself and leave you feeling spectacular.

The Fundamentals
~ Alignment on the bike
~ Bike set up
~ Heart rate measuring
~ Sequencing to keep students engaged

Anatomy and Physiology
~ The cardiovascular system
~ Anatomy on the bike
~ The breath
~ Stretching
~ Modifications
~ Contraindications

Beyond
~ Music
~ Teaching methodology
~ Power of words
~ Great Sequencing

Expectations
~ You must attend and complete  hours of class time at Buddha Rider
~ Take 3 cycling classes at an indoor studio
~ Complete all written assignments
~ Co teach with Shirlee Williams

Dates: Sunday January 24, 2016
Investment: $250.00 +hst
Pre Req – Love of fitness and cycling

Happy Birthday Buddha Rider

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On Monday Dec 3 2007 Buddha Rider opened it’s doors. We had just moved up to Collingwood 5 months prior. I was not sure that I really wanted to be a yoga studio owner but here I was waiting for the first students to arrive. That first week we had 28 classes and 30 students. Weeks turned into months and months turned into years.

8 years later Buddha Rider is part of the larger community of Collingwood. The studio houses over 20 classes a week, 14 teachers, 10 volunteers, teacher training programs, regular workshops, retreats and over 350 people come through the studio each week.

I have a platform that allows me to show up and be my authentic self. A place where I get to share my life with people who want to live better, take care of themselves and our greater community and make a difference. This place that is my second home fills my days with so much love. My capacity to grow and be a better teacher is because of all of you. On this day, I am so grateful for the opportunity to be part of a space that is a sanctuary for some, a space where I spend time laughing, stretching, crying and sharing meaningful relationship. I am living my dream…

Thank you to all of you. To the teachers that teach, to the volunteers who help out, to Kim who keeps everything in place, to the students who show up day after day and to my family who continues to support and unconditionally love me in every way.

Warm Hugs,
Shirlee

Kids Yoga – Lesson’s From The Madhouse

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I have two little boys 7 and 3.

Our house is the anthesis of Zen.
We totally meditate, in time out. We recite mantras like, ‘he hit me’ or simply, ‘no’. Partner yoga is something we practice on the back lawn. It looks remarkably like wrestling or strangling. Compassion flows through the halls in bucketfuls – of teary apologies and recriminations.
The light in me sees the light in you people.
I am pulling back the curtain not only in the spirit of empathy but also to say, doing yoga with your kid a couple times isn’t going to reinvent childhood or your family. I’ve scoured blogs, websites and books. Almost all predict world peace and quiet bedtimes by page two. Three downdogs in and your previously self-involved 6 year old wants to join the peace corp and hug his brother until the end of time. Downward dog won’t trump Minecraft let alone typical (and imperative) childhood egotism and savasana isn’t going to replace nerf guns. It certainly hasn’t over here at this madhouse. But I’m not giving up, and it isn’t out of fear of hypocrisy.
It’s because sometimes my beasts respond …
Many kids (most definitely mine) have trouble coping with the busy environment they find themselves in today. Their brains are being asked to evolve with the speed of technology. Their emotional responses have to address the instantaneous and pervasive world of Facebook and texting. Access to physical education, art and music is limited as class sizes grow and funding shrinks. Bullying is a buzzword and video games are king.
I have trouble processing it all. Their potential stress stresses me out. It’s parental stress irony. I feel like I need some yoga …
For kids that are sensitive to these environmental strains, yoga can provide them with tools to accept and express emotion. There are techniques we use to promote relaxation, self-awareness and therefore improve their response to stress. We can build their physical strength and flexibility which can improve their self-esteem. Yoga can provide COPING STRATEGIES. And check the internet … we parents love strategies.
And if your kid isn’t stressed? Copes beautifully?
I think the one thing we overlook in our worries about screen time and over-scheduling as parents is perhaps the thing that is most lacking and most important – CONNECTION – to one another, to our environment and to ourselves. That connection is the precursor to empathy. And that bucket is never full enough.
I hope your local yoga studio has a program for kids. And I hope that the program isn’t a dumbed down asana practice. I hope it offers a safe place for kids to express themselves, get to know themselves and to CONNECT. Through games, crafts, stories and yes, asana, we can offer kids a non-judgmental opportunity to become aware of the world and their place in it.
That’s yoga.
We don’t have toddler mats laid out in a home studio in front of a Buddha in our madhouse. There are no chimes and we don’t chant. But we do talk about our feelings before bed. We take deep breaths and count to ten. We take walks.
That’s also yoga.
From our madhouse to yours.

Melissa Enfield is running our kids program as well as teaching yoga and pilates. For more information on Melissa 

 

Movie Night

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Come join us for our first ever movie night!

Date: Friday October 16, 2015

Time: 7:30-9:00 PM

FREE

Bring snacks

Meditation

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Whether you have an established practice or not, come join us for this weekly drop-in meditation group.
We’ll cover the basic postures and various techniques, with the aim of supporting you in developing a helpful practice that fits your life. Each evening will consist of a meditation, followed by tea and a discussion of things meditative.
Pressure-free and no dogma, guaranteed.

By donation

Heart Armor

heart armour

 

This morning I returned from a week retreat with my teacher Todd Norian. I never really know what to except when I am in his presence. Todd is one of those teachers that has a large bags of tricks and is not afraid to share them. Working with both the light and the dark he is leading the way on teaching us how to embrace both sides. Through these techniques there is a large group of us healing ourselves. We can only begin to heal the world after we allow ourselves the opportunity to heal. Each one of us has a story and each of our stories brings pain and joy, laughter and tears and experiences that have broken us completely open and have left us exposed and vulnerable. Tantra teaches us that each of these experience is opportunity for growth and you really never know happiness until you experience sadness. It’s the contrasts in our lives that allow for this. Until you sit deep in the muck change will never happen. You got to be willing to shed some of your amor that protects the dark sad side of you.

This week I decided to keep my armor off, I decided not to put it back on, what happened was truly magical. I sat in the muck and allowed the rest of this extremely special community to shower me with light, to support and love me unconditional and to help heal the broken parts just a little deeper. What happened next you ask? I gave myself permission to be there. I became worthy of love and allowed the light to shine in. I realized in order to support my community back home, I needed the help of the bigger community.

I am home now. It’s been 24 hours since a left my kula (community). I have made a promise to myself to keep a few layers of my armor off, just enough to continue to let the light shine in. Just enough to show some vulnerability and just enough to build greater and closer intimacy with my family and friends. I mean after all, isn’t that was it is all about? People want to feel like they belong to something bigger? People want to feel happy and free? I know I do..

So today I invite you, get a little mucky, allow yourself to be seen in a different light. Love whole heartedly. Share a little piece of yourself.

With a humble heart,
Shirlee

Living Your Yoga – Tools for Transformation

 

Dive deep into yourself. Join Shirlee for a full day workshop.

What’s in your “tool belt”? Come spend the day with Shirlee and gather new and effective tools to help you survive and flourish in this ever-changing world. Discover strategies that will help you overcome obstacles while remaining true to your Self. Through outdoor play, asana, breathing, coaching, journaling and meditation, you will uncover techniques that will turn adversity into opportunies for growth.

Date: Wednesday July 15, 2015
Investment: $110.00 +hst (includes lunch)

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