October 26, 2021
The pause is as important as the note. -Truman Fisher

Fall and Winter are nature’s way of telling us to slow down. The days can feel shorter (and busier) and it may feel like our energy levels are taking a dip right along with the sun’s earlier bedtime. Through the continued practice and study of yoga we learn that we are all connected to and impacted by these seasonal shifts.

In this time of transition, we invite you to take a deep breath and enjoy the pause before we immerse ourselves in the next season of offerings, events and special occasions. Along with new classes, workshops and trainings, read below for ideas to explore as you shift with the season.
What are some changes to routine or rituals that help you cope and thrive as the colder months approach?

Join the conversation on our Beyond Facebook and Instagram pages or better yet, share your ideas in the community sitting area at the studio, or in the chat room of your virtual classes.

We look forward to seeing you soon, in-studio or virtually!

Tina & Your Beyond Team
Transitioning Into the New Season
Here are a few ideas we invite you to explore:
Adjust your asana practice...

Introduce more grounding sequences that focus on creating space through longer held pauses in the postures. Classes such as yin yoga, somatics, gentle & restorative can help you step into the rhythm of this season. Consider introducing breathwork that is balancing and calming such as alternate nostril breath. Notice the releasing quality of the exhales as you welcome the nourishment that comes through the inhalations.

A great example of a grounding sequence is the Earth Salutation.Join Glenda for a video of the guided sequence here
Create a dedicated space...

With the colder temperatures and increasingly challenging weather, more often our physical practice moves indoors. If possible, create a space in your home that is clutter free and provides you with enough room to unroll your mat. De-cluttering is a way to create space not only in our homes but also in our minds. As weather and your local guidelines permit, visit a dedicated space like our beautiful 7,000 square foot yoga centre, where strict protocols are in place to give you peace of mind while you practice in community.
Connect with Community...

The tendency to hibernate isn’t limited to our animal friends. While it can be great to enjoy some slower days in our cozy homes, it is also important to stay connected with friends, family, and community. Consider signing up for a new class or workshop series that sparks your interest, engages your brain, and gives you something new to chat about at the kitchen table.
New class! Yoga and Mobility for Strength
with Shelley Murdock

Along with her trademark smile and energizing attitude, in this class Shelley shares a practice to help you improve mobility and flexibility through the entire body. You will find yoga classes that are designed to push you out of your comfort zone. This is an active class that brings functional movement into traditional yoga poses to create strength and stability in all ranges of motion.

In-studio Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Visit Beyond...Check out our new video tour!
Teacher Feature
Marie-Lyne Desjardins
Marie-Lyne first joined the Beyond Yoga team as a bilingual yoga instructor on our corporate yoga team - teaching classes to virtual participants located in both Ottawa and Montreal. It was a tall order to fill, but she quickly rose to the task teaching fully bilingual virtual classes from her home studio. It wasn't long before we began to see Marie-Lyne in-studio as well, drawing upon her years of experience teaching fitness and yoga for the city of Ottawa, to lead Barre and Yoga classes as an instructor at Beyond.

Q & A with Marie-Lyne:

Where are you from? Hawkesbury, Ontario- a little town between Ottawa and Montreal. My mother still lives there and we visit the area often.
How did yoga come into your life? Yoga came into my life when I was looking for some tools to help me manage stress and improve my mental health. The first class I attended was in the basement of a local church. Yoga helped me find myself again.
Why do you practice yoga? I practice yoga to create space for myself.
Favorite Yoga pose? All of them! But if I have to choose, I love the feeling of lying back in Reclined Hero Pose.
What do you do for fun? I love spending time with my daughter, running, and physical training.
As a child what did you want to be when you grew up? I always admired figure skaters and when I was a kid I wanted to be one (even though I didn't skate!)
Favorite book(s): Romeo & Juliet has always been a favorite. Lately I have been enjoying a book called Yoga Sequencing by Mark Stevens which has been a great resource for my classes.

We are pleased to welcome Marie-Lyne to the regular schedule
Yoga Flow - Fridays 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
In-Studio Yin Yoga Tune Up:
Yoga & Self-Massage
with Suzanne McCafferty
This 4 week series combines self-massage tools for myofascial release and yin yoga.

You will learn self-massage techniques to roll out tight areas as well as aches and pains in your body.
Thursdays: November 4 to November 25
9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Virtual Meditation Series:
Exploring our Unique Nature
with Kimberly Mantas
We are each born with a unique nature or character. In Sanskrit, the concept of one’s “own character or nature” is termed svarupa. We yearn to know ourselves and live authentically. Through this series we will embrace our incredible uniqueness and move toward joy on our own path.

Tuesdays: November 9 to December 7
(5 weeks)
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

In-studio: Tune Yin for the Holidays
with Glenda Rodriguez
& Brian Moore
The holiday season treats each of us to a wide range of possible emotions and stressors. While we may not always be able to choose some of the situations, events and people we see in the build-up to the holidays, we can begin to choose how we react and embody these sometimes complex and challenging moments.
Join Brian and Glenda for this holiday edition of Tune Yin where you will be expertly guided through a Yin Yoga and sound bath experience to enhance your ability to build presence, cultivate discernment, and nourish the mind-body connection.

Sunday, December 5
10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Beyond School of Yoga
We offer a variety of certification programs to support and inspire your yoga/life journey. Providing practices of self-discovery, self-inquiry and self-care through the brilliant teachings of yoga, we develop habits that harmonize our unique nature so that we become a guiding light for those with whom we share our life.
Breathe Easy New Dates!
with Sylvie Gouin
& Dr. Virinder Kasbia
The rhythm and ease in which the breath flows is our true nature. Over time with the demands of daily life many of us have become thoracic and mouth breathers which can create more stress, tension and everything else that goes with stress.

As one of the greatest sources of energy, conscious breathing, is free and always available. Developing the habit to breathe deeply is a powerful practice and requires knowledge, practice and guidance.

Tuesdays: November 9 to 30, 2021
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Registration closes November 2, 2021

Chair Yoga Teacher Training
with Alison Tait
The Chair Yoga teacher training will give you the training/certification and ability to teach a chair yoga sequence to seniors and those who might have some physical challenges, pre-existing medical conditions or those who might be recovering from an injury. Many of the principles can be translated to someone who sits at a desk all day or who is new to yoga and wants a more accessible practice.

November 5 to 7, 2021

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Tina & Your Beyond Team
Beyond Yoga Studio & Wellness Centre  
3-66 Hearst Way  
Kanata, ON K2L 2P4