Nava Newsletter Sept 11-17 2017

Dear Community,

Our 6-Week Fall Schedule starts TODAY!! Yeah! Sarah kicks off the schedule with today’s Yoga for Men class, with some vinyasa classes later in the week; Leanne continues with her Gentle Yoga class plus a strengthening noontime class; and we welcome Robin to Nava Yoga this year, who will be teaching Hatha Yoga. Julie will return from tour to teach after this 6-week schedule, and Greg will return from Hawaii in Jan 2018 to teach for the Winter schedule.

Of special note, Leanne will offer a gentle yoga class at 8pm on Sunday, Sept. 17th in honour of Kristin Johnston. She was a yoga teacher based out of Halifax who was murdered by a romantic partner in March of last year. Sunday would have marked her 34th birthday. We are asking for a donation of $10 (or more) and the proceeds will go to The Haven’s Come Alive ( bursary program. Please let us know if you plan on attending, and if the interest is very high we may need to find a bigger venue or offer 2 back-to-back classes. Leanne is honoured to help celebrate the beautiful life of this woman whose life was tragically cut too short.

We’d like to continue with weekly newsletters to remain connected with you, let you know of specific class details, and include features like exploring key elements of yogic texts, mantras, “Pose of the Week”, etc. Feel free to email should you have any specific requests for these additions!

One final note regarding class punch cards. The current policy has them expiry 1 year after the date of purchase. This isn’t changing. However, we currently have many cards that are over this 1 year time frame. These card holders have until the end of this current 6-week schedule to use them entirely, after which time the cards will be discarded.

5:30-6:30PM Yoga for Men w/ Sarah

5:30-6:45PM Beginner Vinyasa w/ Sarah
7:30-8:45PM Gentle Yoga w/ Leanne

12:00-1:00PM Slow, Strong & Steady w/ Leanne
5:45-7:00PM Hatha Yoga w/ Robin Attas

5:30-6:45PM Ashtanga Vinyasa w/ Sarah

Sunday (One-off class)
8:00PM Gentle Yoga in Honour of Kristin Johnston w/ Leanne

6-Week Registration Prices:
$72 for one class; $132 for two classes

I thought I’d start the supplemental section of the newsletters with Patanjali’s definition of yoga. (This feature completely flamed out after the birth of my daughter…sorry!):

(Chapter 1, Sutra 2)
Yogas chitta-vrtti-nirodhah
“Yoga is the cessation of the modifications of the mind.”

As noted in a long-ago newsletter, the “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” is a foundational text that describes the process of yoga as the union of the little egoic “self” with the absolute “Self”. This process involves the dissolution of who we *think* we are (e.g., the body, the mind, the emotions, the intellect) into who we *really* are. And who we really are cannot be adequately described with words; it cannot even be thought of accurately–it is a directly embodied experience.

The mind has been described as a drunken monkey stung on the tail by a scorpion (i.e., it is erratic, changing constantly). While the mind usually projects itself loudly and obstructively, it is actually of an extremely subtle nature, as anyone who has experienced prolonged periods of meditation can attest. As the mind chatter diminishes, however, and one begins to focus on fewer objects, the movement from concentration (dharana) to meditation (dhyana) occurs, ultimately leading to complete absorption (samadhi). The oft-used analogy of samadhi is like falling asleep; it happens naturally and is a state that cannot be forced or thought into.

In spiritual circles like yoga there can be a tendency to “spiritualize away” that which is unagreeable to us by believing things like “This is all an illusion”, “None of this is real”, “It’s God’s will”, et cetera, implying that our actions are inconsequential. Note, however, that yoga is a process that is only successful when one dives deeply into their own self to uncover everything that one is not. This process will be difficult at times as we are confronted with the power we’ve given our attachments and aversions. Though challenging, this process reveals the grace of our unique, divine expression. And only then, it is said, do we have true choice of how we wish to act and live. So, in this spirit, may we all journey and support each other to become the True Self.

Have a wonderful week everyone!
Nava Yoga


Nava Newsletter Sept 4–10 2017

Dear Community,

Our 6-Week Fall Schedule starts next Monday, Sept. 11th and ends Monday, Oct. 23rd (excludes Thanksgiving Monday). Please find the schedule and price details below, and contact the studio should you wish to reserve your spot!

Note that Julie will not be teaching for this schedule due to extensive tour travel commitments. She very much looks forward to seeing you all for the late Fall schedule! Note also that Greg will be teaching “Yoga for Men” this evening at 5:30–6:30pm. This is his final class before his departure later this week.

Finally, Nava Yoga is thrilled to have Robin Attas join our team to teach Hatha Yoga on Wednesday evenings. Robin completed her 200-hour Hatha Yoga teacher training through Open Door Yoga in Vancouver, BC in 2010. She has practiced and/or taught various styles including Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Prenatal, Power, as well as classes for women recovering from trauma, and English-Spanish bilingual classes. Robin recently arrived in Sackville as a visiting assistant professor of music theory at Mount Allison University.

Welcome Robin!

Have a wonderful week everyone!
Nava Yoga

5:30- 6:30- Yoga for Men
w/ Sarah Smith, Leanne Laracey, & Makyla Walerickton

5:30- 6:45- Beginner Vinyasa
w/ Sarah Smith
7:30- 8:45- Gentle
w/ Leanne Laracey

12:00- 1:00- Slow, Strong & Steady
w/ Leanne Laracey
5:45- 7:00 Hatha
w/ Robin Attas

5:30- 6:45- Ashtanga Vinyasa
w/ Sarah Smith

Registration Prices:
$72 for one class
$132 for two classes
Drop-in options also available (space permitting)
See our website for student/ low-income options!


Shivaratri–the night of Shiva

Dear Community,

Today marks the celebration of Shivaratri–the night of Shiva. Yogeshwar is Shiva as the Lord of Yoga, who was able to transcend the phenomenal world after exploring the duality of experience through the power of yoga. The sage Patanjali tells us that yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind. Yoga helps one to see the world as it really is–without obstruction from opinions, emotions, and preconceptions–by nurturing clarity, dispassion, and wisdom.

For this reason, yoga traditions honour Shiva as their original guru. The asanas we mimic awaken our latent consciousness (whether or not we are aware of this!) as we continue our journey Home. The practice of yoga supports us through each and every layer of consciousness that we experience—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Thus, yoga is a practice of unfolding the spiritual, highest self in an honest and methodical way.

An integral aspect of this journey is the expansion of the mind beyond the narrow confines of the mind-body system. To this end, the breath is a natural and effective approach (i.e., pranayama), because it forms a direct link between the body and the mind. Shiva represents the prana of pure consciousness that is beyond time, space, and duality, which we can–without question–experience directly as we explore within ourselves pratyahara, dharana, and dhyana. It simply takes effort and surrender…over and over and over again…until it doesn’t!

Shivaratri is a day characterized by fasting, prayer, and chanting Shiva mantras throughout the day and night, most notably Om Namah Shivaya and the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra. Interested folks can read more about Shivaratri here (just a randomly googled blog):

My changed family situation precludes me (Greg) from spending the night at the yoga studio this year. However, to celebrate Shivaratri I’ll be guiding a flow-style yoga class TOMORROW morning (Saturday, Feb. 25th) between 9:00–10:15AM. Donations to the foodbank will be greatly appreciated.

Om Namah Shivaya!

Nava Yoga Newsletter: Jan 9th- 15th

Happy New Year everyone!

The Winter 2017 schedule starts tomorrow (Monday, Jan 9th.)

We are really proud of the great team of teachers that we have at Nava this year! I (Leanne) will be offering Gentle Yoga classes, Sarah will continue with Ashtanga, Makyla will be back and offering Gentle and Core and Back, Julie will continue with Yin, Restorative, and Vinyasa Flows, and Greg will continue with Hatha and Yoga for Men! There is truly something for everyone, so feel free to get in touch with us about what class might be the best fit for you or go to the website for more detailed descriptions of classes.

We strongly encourage class registration, but drop-ins are always welcome! By registering you are making a commitment to your yoga practice, saving money on the cost of each class, and we will also gift you with a “First Class Free” card to give to a friend for every class that you register for! As a studio, it’s helpful for us to receive your support by registering. Please note that if you are a student or have low-income, you are welcome to take advantage of $10/ class registration or drop-in price. More details on prices can be found here. To register, please email us and we will put your name on the list for that class and you can pay by cheque or cash on your day, or by e-transfer.

Thank you for your continued support and I hope to see many of you in the studio this year!

Leanne Laracey