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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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  • Time To Celebrate!

    10 years is a reason to celebrate! We hope that you will join us this weekend to celebrate 10 years of community. Over the past decade, we could not be more proud of the moments when our students had the courage to face their challenges.  When we witnessed individual practices deepening.  And the many sweet moments after class when friendships were forged and eventually extended beyond our walls.  It has been 10 years of trial and error ~ success and failure.  We started over again and again and again.  Just like we hope for in our practices. And now it is time to celebrate!

  • Benefits of a Summer Yoga Practice

    When we think of summer, many of us conjure up images of docks and cool lakes, hiking trails and road trips.  While most of us enjoy the opportunity that this season provides, sometimes we discover that the other parts of our routines slip for a couple of months. Personally, I think there is no better season than the summer months to wake up and explore your movement and meditation practices. Take your practice outside if you find yourself tucked away at a beautiful cottage or cozy nook in the woods.  If you are enjoying a “staycation”, venture out and experience …

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  • Be Inspired : An Evening of Music

    1 Guitar, 3 Violins & 1 Cello … Are you ready to shake up your Saturday night plans and open yourself up to the inspiring world of live classical music?  A perfect opportunity for a lover of classical music and for those who are curious to learn more.  Join us Saturday night for an intimate, yet casual concert.   I am very excited to invite Warren Nicholson to perform for us along with Mark Whale and the Whale String Quartet.    Here is a beautiful video of Nicholson & Whale performing together. I hope that you will take this opportunity to bring …

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  • December Magic

    December Magic … in stillness and in play. December is a month that can be consumed with busyness if we do not stop to take the time to witness the magic.  This month I challenge you to stop and witness the magic while you are in stillness and when you are at play.   While you are busy checking off items on your to do list, please include time for your own self care.  Sit in meditation, relax in shivasana, stretch on the floor, feel your breath, smile and look around.  There is so much to see and do, but don’t forget …

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  • Welcome back CSY Community…

    This morning the studio was buzzing with a “back to school” energy. As I smiled each time the door opened, I secretly marvelled how this is our 9th fall season!  Wow. Time flies when you are having fun 😉 Most of the chatter this morning was about how quickly the summer flew by.  But as I sit here now with the studio quiet, and having watched the sun patterns move across the studio floor; I am reflecting on not only how quickly the summer flew by but how rewarding these past 9 years have been!The CSY Community has been such an incredible by-product of a simple idea of teaching a few yoga classes.  I would …

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  • Listening To The Whispers

    Robyn Bowman practiced yoga long before it became trendy. Twenty three years ago yoga was not a noun and it did not have stores full of dedicated clothing, mats and props. There were no hot yoga studios or variations designed to keep the workout crowd happy. Back then, people did not wear yoga pants to the grocery store either and now you can buy them there! At first glance it would seem that Creating Space Yoga Studio in Southeast Oakville is another yoga studio in a crowded market. The deeper you look, the more you begin to understand why its …

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  • One Word

    One Word This is the time of year where we hear the endless list of resolutions or intentions that many of us choose to set as we turn the calendar page into the new year.  This year I am choosing to approach this idea a little differently.  I will choose just one word that will be my guiding intention through 2016. It is simple.  It is clear.  It has no rules. Need some suggestions? Peace.  Love.  Exhale.  Rest.  Ask.  Organize.  Love.  Happiness.  Health.  Save.  Downsize.  Explore.  Make.  Speak.  Move.  Laughter.  Reach.  Sit.  Release.  Be. Sit with a few words and notice what …

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  • Yoga for Fibromyalgia

    Many people have heard of fibromyalgia but may not be sure what it is. Fibromyalgia is a condition affecting 2-8% of the population, and it is characterized by chronic pain in tender spots, mainly in the neck, shoulders, and low back. Other symptoms may include sleep problems, joint pain and depression. The cause is not known. I became interested in fibromyalgia because I have had a number of students over the years with this painful condition. The students and I found ways to modify a more general class, but I have always been unhappy that I couldn’t offer something more, …

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