Time to get your ass (and your sass) back to class :)

Get-your-ass-back-to-class-Sept-2016Whoa! It’s September already!

Come and get your ya-yas out with some yoga and pilates, some deep breaths, a few good swears and a lot of laughs! I’m look forward to welcoming some new faces into our zany fold this fall.

Basement Fusion classes will resume on Wednesdays from 6-7pm, and Saturdays from 11am-noon. Classes begin September 7 and run through December 10, and there will not be a class on Saturday Sept. 24th. Prices are as usual: $15 to drop in, 4 for $50, or 8 for $80.

For anyone interested in getting their groove on, I am also teaching Contemporary Dance on Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm at the DSN Drop-in Centre (236 Dundas St). This is a class for adults of all levels, and beginners are definitely welcome. Drop me a line if you have any questions, or get more details here.

 

Let the Sun Shine!

Bizz’s Summer Class Schedule

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This summer I’m offering a few classes in Yoga, Fusion AND Contemporary Dance!Drop ins are welcome, please see the schedule and fees below.Questions? bizzvarty@gmail.comYoga Pilates Fusion

Wednesdays 6-7pm
July 13 & 20 and August 3 & 10
Bizz’s Basement
$15 per class | 4 for $50 | 8 for $80
(can be used for any Basement class)

Contemporary Dance for Adults
(beginners welcome)
Thursdays 6:00-7:00pm*
July 7, 14, 21 and August 4
O.N.E. Hip Hop studio, 236 Dundas St.
$15 per class*
*updated June 28

Lunch Yoga
Fridays 12-1pm
July 8, 15, 22 and August 5
Downtown Yoga, 236 Dundas St.
Drop ins $15

Yoga Pilates Fusion
Saturdays 11am-12pm
July 9, 16, 23 and August 6
Bizz’s Basement
$15 per class | 4 for $50 | 8 for $80
(can be used for any Basement class)

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In the Basement – That’s where it’s at!

In-the-basementHi all,

The next session of classes in my basement studio will begin next week and will run for 6 weeks this time around. For anyone with unused pre-paid classes, the extra weeks should give you a chance to use them up (I’ll send a separate email to let you know if you have any).

Here’s what you need to know:
-Wednesdays 6-7pm: May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22
-Saturdays 11am-12pm: May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25
-Prices: 4 classes for $50, 8 for $80 or $15 to drop in

Please note that you don’t have to wait for the beginning of a new session to join in the fun, just send me a message when you’re ready and you can get started!

Feel free to pass this email along to anyone else you think might be interested.

Finally, a heads up that there will be NO CLASSES between June 27th and July July 10th. I will be preparing for and recovering from this year’s FLUX Dance Festival www.fluxdance.ca.

See you soon!
Bizz

PS: Do you know that Etta James song “In the Basement”?

April-May Class Session

Sass-to-class.jpgBring your sass to class!

We’ve been having all kinds of fun in the basement studio! The classes are a gentle-yet-challenging combination of yoga & pilates. All levels and experience are welcome, and I can always offer modifications if you are healing from an injury or something just doesn’t work for your body. Singing along to the soundtrack and swearing are encouraged (it’s good for morale!) 

Join me for another 4 week session in April-May:

Wednesday Fusion 6-7pm will run from April 20 to May 11.

Saturday Fusion 11am-12pm will run from April 23 to May 14.

Fees Four classes for $50, or eight for just $80! Once a class is running, you may drop in for $15. More details on the Class Schedule page.

Classes require at least two students to run. Any cancellations will be posted by April 18th.

WHY FUSION?

Sidebar 10WHY FUSION? All forms of movement are connected. What’s called temple pose in yoga is also known as a grand plié in second in ballet. What pilates instructors call spine flexion and extension is the same movement yogis call cat/cow. Mixing all the movement styles I have learned into my classes is only natural, because it’s what I do in my personal practice.

A little of this and a little of that is one way to find balance in my body, and each movement discipline has important lessons to teach. Yoga’s steady breathing, pilates’ focus and flow, and dance’s opportunities for expressing emotion all blend beautifully together.

The word fusion allows me to mix and match the elements that work best for my students, and challenges me to find new ways to move. Sometimes I add a little tai chi, or a strength training exercise. Sometimes I invent something new while experimenting between styles.

Fusion is my way of celebrating the infinite possibilities contained within our human bodies. Try it for yourself with one of my Fusion Quickie videos.

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WHY DANCE?

modernWHY DANCE? Helping us get around in space is one of the primary functions of our brains. To move is to live, and to move rhythmically is very human.

Our brains love patterns, and even the simplicity of walking left foot, right foot, left, right, brings us joy. It is incredibly hard for me to imagine not dancing, especially after 25 years of training.

Even when injuries prevented me from participating in the advanced classical forms I was used to, I still found ways to move to music. I swayed in my seat, I danced with my arms, I let emotions move through my body and direct it in space – even if I had to move very, very slowly while I was healing.

roll downExpressing yourself through movement doesn’t require years of training, just the willing suspension of self-consciousness. Although I’ve always enjoyed complex movements, anyone can enjoy letting the music guide them into a groove.
I often teach simple movements from my dance training in yoga or pilates classes because they feel really good no matter what your level of experience. Rolldowns are one of my favourites, and you can learn about in this video.

VIDEO Let’s Get It On: Fusion Love for your Core & Spine

New FREE Video

♥ So I woke up this morning, looked down and said, “I love you abs. I know sometimes I bitch at you for hiding behind that layer of delicious chips, but the truth is you do so much for me every day, and I really, truly appreciate it.” And then I rubbed my belly, pointed to my yoga mat and said, “Let’s get it on.”

Show yourself some ♥ today with my brand new FREE video, 13 minutes of core & spine bliss featuring the lovely and talented Candice Sheriff, and filmed by the fabulous Deborah Alice Zuskan. We filmed two more fusion quickies for the upper and lower body, which will be coming your way very soon, so stay tuned in and turned on 😉

Visit the FREE Video page for more!

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New video: The Hippy Hippy Shake

Yeah you heard me! This month’s video is all about hips, with a side of hamstings. This flowing sequence does an amazing job of warming up the hips so you can get a great stretch for those stiff leg muscles. Whether you sit at a desk all day or spend it on your feet, your hips will be doing a happy dance by the end of this 30 minute workout. (Just a small disclaimer: I was feeling a little random the day this was recorded, and a few of my cues are mumbly and there are a couple lively demonstrations of the wrong way to do an exercise – just saying, you should watch carefully the first time through so you catch everything!)

So for goodness’ sake, roll out your mat and take my mom’s advice, which, depending on the day, is “throw a pose” and/or “shake what your mama gave ya!”

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February’s Video: Let Your Backbone Slide

Let Your Backbone Slide is my second 20-minute yoga & pilates video. The workout is designed to open your heart and melt that closed-up, shut-down, icky feeling that creeps in every February. The focus of the video is back bends, which energize the body, and help focus the mind to get you out of that mid-winter brain fog.

This video will challenge you to let go of tension, increase your core strength and find a new grace of movement. As always, if you’re new to yoga & pilates, watch the video once or twice through before you begin to get familiar with the routine. If you have any questions about the postures, alignment or specific aches and pains, please get in touch with me at bizzvarty@gmail.com – I’m happy to help!

Now clear some space, roll out your mat, and get ready to let your backbone slide!


(And here’s some random trivia on my choice of song for this month’s video: Maestro Fresh-Wes’s 1989 sing Let Your Backbone Slide was the first Canadian hip hop single to reach #1 on The Record singles chart, and in 2008 was still the best-selling Canadian hip hop single of all-time. Lisa Beaulieu, owner of the beautiful Shas Studio where this video was filmed, was an extra in the club scenes for the video. And finally, this song is especially appropriate for this workout because the Maestro incorporates the anatomical term Sacroiliac into his rap (hear for yourself at 2:57 into the tune). Thanks Wikipedia!)