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  • Are you new to Creating Space Yoga Studio? Here is what you can expect.

    Welcome!  We appreciate our CSY Community so deeply and we hope that you will find our studio a warm and inviting place to practice.   It does not go unnoticed that it takes some bravery to take that first step into a new yoga studio.  There are a lot of misconceptions about what a yoga studio and practice should look like and we appreciate that you are taking the time to explore one on your own. Here is what you can expect from us. Our studio is located in South East Oakville on 594 Chartwell Road.  We are south of …

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  • Frequently Asked Questions from Beginning Yoga Students

    Do I have to be flexible to do yoga?  No.  This is a very common misconception.  Yoga can be learned and practiced by anyone, no matter how inflexible.  You may have seen photos or videos of extremely agile people doing yoga, but the majority of people who do yoga classes are not doing these things in class.  Yoga is endlessly adaptable and our classes at CSY include people of all ages and physical capabilities.  As teachers, we think about the people who are attending our classes and create a yoga class that encompasses some relaxation, body awareness, stretching, strength, and …

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  • Why Do I Love Teaching Pilates?

    by Deana Tsiapalis I fell into Pilates about 13 years ago when I was coming off my third maternity leave. It was a course that I was offered and so I decided to jump in headfirst. It was ‘love at first sight’ and not much has changed since that first lesson. I am often asked what it is that I love about Pilates. There are many things that I love about it but I will break it down into three main categories. * Control* Body awareness and self -efficacy* Remedial in nature Control: Initially Pilates called his practice ‘Contrology’ to …

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  • A Book List To Support Your Practice

    We are often asked as teachers what books would we recommend to our students that have helped or inspired us in our own practice and teaching? The answer has changed for many of us through the years, as our own practices and teaching have evolved. When I asked our teachers this same question last month; these are the titles of the books that came to mind. Enjoy exploring. Robyn Suggests… The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi “This book is a long-time classic for many new and experienced yoga teachers.  It is my go-to breathing book and I think the information …

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  • Have You Seen The Changes?

    Have you seen the changes at the studio yet?    It was a bit of a risk agreeing to move our entrance to the side of the building.  Prior to the summer, the north side of the building was dark, dirty and not very pleasant looking for the past 12 years.  The only way I would agree to move our CSY entrance, as if there were to be a commitment for extensive landscaping and abundant lighting. I am happy to say, that after closing the studio for 6 weeks this summer;  the risk paid off.  The new entrance into our studio space is lovely, …

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  • Do you fall asleep in Shivasana?

    I am not surprised when I hear from so many students that their favorite yoga pose is Shivasana.  I mean, what is not to love about coming to a full stop and finally resting after a busy day or active practice?  Rest is a luxury in our society and many of us are sleep deprived.  Which brings me back to the question; do you fall asleep in Shivasana? I would not be surprised if you admitted that sleep is often part of the pose for you.  After more than a decade of leading groups through Shivasana, it is obvious when …

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  • What is a Deep Release Therapy Ball class?

    I have always held deep tension in my shoulders and neck.  It is my my go to place for stress and can be the instigator of headaches and lightheadedness.   Though the years my movement and yoga practice has helped me identify the fact that I am tensing and holding and I have even learned to move and free up those spaces with a mindful movement practice.   But still, I needed and wanted to be rubbed and massaged.  I pleaded with my husband to rub my neck and shoulders, and if there was something good on tv for him …

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  • Going Deeper into iRest Yoga Nidra

    I recently returned from another iRest training, this one (Level II) in Banff, Alberta with Anne Douglas.  There were 29 of us, mostly from Canada, but with some coming from as far away as Germany and Australia.  Everyone had already completed Level I iRest training and we were back for more specialized work.  Some of us were yoga teachers, but there were also social workers, nurses, a psychologist, a major in the Canadian military, a lawyer, and a retired 911 operator.      I first encountered iRest Yoga Nidra when I attended a workshop by local yoga teacher Andrea Soos …

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  • What is iRest Yoga Nidra?

    iRest® Yoga Nidra is an evidence-based ancient practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry that releases negative emotions and thought patterns, calms the nervous system, and develops an inner sanctuary of well-being and equanimity to help with any circumstance you may encounter in your life. At a typical iRest Yoga Nidra class, students will learn a little bit about the practice, and then lie down in a comfortable position with bolsters, blankets and an eye pillow (optional). The teacher will speak all the way through the 10-step meditation, going from an introduction and setting of intention, into a detailed body …

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  • Embrace Your Influence

    The rush is over and the chilly winter season has cast its blanket encouraging us to slow down and to mindfully settle back into routine.  As you have moved into the new year, have you had time for reflection?  In this season of resolutions, do you feel overwhelmed or motivated? Do the changes you want to see in yourself and the world feel insurmountable or within reach? “You cannot control the world, the country, your town, the mood swings of those you love, but you can try to create around you a little bit of space that is all your own, a place where the rules of interaction you’ve chosen make sense …

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