DREAMSCAPES YOGA CLASSES
I’ve been a student of yoga since 2000 and completed my teacher training through Maureen Rae’s Yoga Studio in Toronto in 2004. After another year of formal training I became certified with the Yoga Alliance in 2006. The method I’ve been trained in is Vinyasa Flow, a meditative style of yoga where one pose flows into the other, which stresses the spiritual and emotional benefits of yoga. If you are interested in a group or personal class contact me at
WHAT IS YOGA?
Unfortunately in our fast-paced world yoga has become so Westernized and fitness-oriented that few people understand or appreciate its ancient roots. Yoga was originally not a series of exercises at all, although the poses or postures have developed over time. As a tradition yoga is about 5,000 years old although its exact origins are hard to pinpoint. It began as an esoteric or spiritual teaching involving a great deal of meditation, and was practiced chiefly by the Brahmans or holy men of India. Its goal was to lead the seeker towards enlightenment. As yoga trickled down to the masses, the physical dimension, postures or asanas were added. Asanas translated from the ancient Sanskrit literally means the seat upon which a yogi sits to meditate. Since it was difficult to sit or meditate for extended periods of time, the postures were added to achieve balance in the body.
The purpose or goal of life is to work towards a greater state of balance, wholeness or harmony, to obtain true freedom or enlightenment. We were never meant to endlessly experience emotional or physical suffering, instead, to find ways to release or end this suffering, the same way we might ways to rid ourselves of a virus or disease. Buddhism teaches that we obtain this freedom by letting go of our attachment to fears and desires. Yoga, dreams and meditation provide keys to releasing our illusions, attachments and emotional and physical pain.
Yoga connects us to the many symbols in nature. Hatha yoga is a broad term for most types of yoga which are practiced. The name Hatha comes from the Sanskrit “ha” meaning sun and “tha” meaning moon–so hatha yoga is a joining together or connection of the sun and moon or masculine-sun and feminine-moon qualities. The word yoga can be translated as “yoking or joining together” of body, mind and spirit.
The postures or asanas were representations of the objects found in nature, and a means of understanding our outer world. The earliest yogis were simply fascinated by the world around them, and were fed by this wonderment, awe, and reverence for nature. The ancient yogis taught that we are all microcosms or smaller parts of the macrocosm or universe at large, and we each embody, rivers, seas, fields, stars, planets, the sun and moon. This is why we have postures such as sun and moon salutations, lion pose, tree, pigeon, lotus, and rabbit. Each posture grew from these ancient yogis’ fascination and reverence for the natural world.
The ancient Hindus and other cultures have always revered the sun, believed to be the physical heart of the world, eye of the world, and creator of all life itself. This outer sun or heartbeat of our Creator is really a manifestation of our inner sun, heart, soul, essence, or spirit. Each time we look at the sun or perform a sun salutation in yoga it can remind us of the eternal presence of our Creator or a higher power that is always there to nurture, warm and sustain us, and provide a constant source of energy.
In yoga the brain is actually symbolized by the moon, which reflects the sun’s light, but doesn’t have the capacity to generate it’s own light. The moon can be a constant reminder of this, since we often believe that truth or genius is a product of the mind, when in fact, the opposite is true. The function of dreams, the meditative state and yoga is to bring forth, truth, insight, and creativity from the soul or spirit, the source of all wisdom to illuminate or inform the mind, just as the sun gives light to the moon.
YOGA IN THE GARDEN 2019
STARTING WEDNESDAY, June 5, 7:00pm. and running every Wednesday evening until September 4th. Beginning September 4th start time will be 6:30 pm.
Dates for 2019
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7, 14, 21, 28
September 4, 11, 18
First class is free if you are new to Yoga in the Garden
Fee (PWYC) Minimum $10 Maximum $15. Drop in pay as you go. No commitment.
The garden will be open anytime after 6:30 pm for the yoga classes and 6 pm in September. Please try to arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes before each class. Waivers must be filled out by all first time participants before attending classes. A limited number of matts are provided. Please try to arrive early if you don’t have your own matt as they sometimes go quickly. No experience is necessary and participants are encouraged to work at their own levels. All levels and abilities are respected.
45 Winnipeg Road in Etobicoke (closest intersection is Islington and Dixon) Parking is available on both sides of the street. Please enter the garden on the laneway closest to the driveway. Contact information firstname.lastname@example.org
Meaning of Namaste is “The light within me honors and acknowledges the light within you.”