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Sidebar 2Growing up, Saturdays were all about dance class. No matter what my social plans for the day were, ballet had to happen first.As I got older, Saturday became a day for teaching little ones to dance. Later it became a day for teaching yoga to grown-ups.

I’ve been off on Saturdays for the past few months, but it still feels like cheating when I have all morning to drink tea. When I drink enough tea, sometimes I even break a sweat! But a yoga-pilates fusion class is a far better way to warm up for the weekend – and then lunch tastes extra-delicious 🙂

Join me tomorrow for the first of four Saturday Fusion classes from 11am-noon. $15 to drop in or all four for $50. More details on the Class Schedule page. Email bizzvarty@gmail.com to register.

 

Bring on Spring!

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Bring on Spring!

Ok ok, we’re not quite there yet, but the end of winter is definitely in sight. While you wait for warmer days and more sunshine, build some heat in your body by joining a class in my home studio!

Wednesday Fusion 6-7pm is in need of a new student or two. The next four-week session will run from March 23 to April 13.

Saturday Fusion 11am-12pm will be added to the roster very soon. Join me for four weeks from March 19 to April 9.

Fees Four classes for $50, or eight for just $80!

Classes require at least two students to run. Any cancellations will be posted by March 20th.

 

 

New classes to make you stronger in 2016!

Get stronger and calmer in 2016 (and beyond) with classes at my home studio!
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The winter session will run from January 4 to February 28. Classes will run if three students pre-resigter. Drops ins are possible if there are enough people pre-registered.

Schedule
FUSION (Yoga + Pilates) Wednesdays 6-7pm  cancelled: low enrollment
PILADIES NIGHT (Early Birds) Thursdays 6-7pm
PILADIES NIGHT (Night Owls) Thursdays 8:30-9:30pm cancelled

Register by emailing bizzvarty@gmail.com

If you are interested in a class that has been cancelled due to low enrollment, email me! There may be another student out there just hoping to get it running and you can help 🙂

Prices
8 classes for $100 or 4 classes for $50 (that’s just $12.50/class!).

Location
My home studio is located near Hamilton and Adelaide in London, ON.

The fine print
Missed classes can be made up at another time during the 8 week session, or can be shared with a friend. Payments can be made by e-transfer, cash or cheque.

Win some holiday zen!

Contest continues until Dec 27th! Like & Share to win!

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Like & share or Favourite & retweet and I’ll put your name in a draw to win a free lesson at my home studio. The winner gets to choose the style (yoga, pilates, dance, fusion) and bring up to four friends to share in the fun! Look for the contest image on Twitter @bizzvarty and Facebook/yogabizz

You can enter once a day on as many days as you like. Contest ends at midnight December 27, 2015.

For sale details visit the Fees & Registration page.

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.

Contest! Win a private or small group lesson

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Like & share or Favourite & retweet and I’ll put your name in a draw to win a free lesson at my home studio. The winner gets to choose the style (yoga, pilates, dance, fusion) and bring up to four friends to share in the fun! Look for the contest image on Twitter @bizzvarty and Facebook/yogabizz

You can enter once a day on as many days as you like. Contest ends at midnight December 27, 2015.

For sale details visit the Fees & Registration page.

WHY YOGA?

ffb081d2dc2f2c5706997c322bcd17d3WHY YOGA? I’ve been practicing yoga since before I was born. Apparently my mom thought the unitards were cool, and joined a class so she could wear the outfit.

She claims to have used her pregnant belly (aka, me!) as a bolster to lean on while practicing Upavistha Konasana (wide leg forward bend). Her impressive collection of yoga videos, plus her strong encouragement, inspired me to start my own practice as a teenager.

As an adult, I found out that the benefits went way beyond stretching. I use yoga breathing techniques to calm, energize or clarify my mind. As a dancer, I was always drawn to the more active, flowing styles of yoga, but I have learned there is equal value in stillness.

People sometimes ask what kind of yoga I teach, and that’s a tricky question. I’ve come to think of yoga not so much as a thing that I do, but as a way that I do things. That’s not to say I don’t practice classic poses – I do! Since they were designed to help a person practice the HOW of yoga, they are an easy way to get to my calm centre. And I apply the principles of yoga to all my movement practices. I breathe deeply, I aim to balance strength and softness, and I seek out moments of stillness even when I’m in motion.

joy of yogaMy yoga teacher training, plus my long injury history, taught me how to modify and adapt poses so they would be do-able by any body. I love finding ways to make yoga work for everyone.

The first yoga video I ever owned was Sarah Ivanhoe’s Joy of Yoga, which you can try here on youtube.