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Structural Yoga

Folks come to this work for relief of muscle and joint pain and to find a safe way to exercise. Many participants are in the middle ages and into the more advanced years. Some are recovering from surgery, some from trauma.

It’s more than yoga. We combine functional movement education and yoga (mantra, meditation, asana, pranayama breathing) in a way that restores lost function to the systems of the body. Muscles gain tone as they lose excess tension. Emotional and mental states settle into feelings of harmony and happiness as the repetitive quality of thinking slows and the neurological stress response shifts from discomfort about the past and/or anxiety for the future to an ease of being in this present moment.

All attendees are encouraged to work within a way that deals best with their own unique challenges and strengths. Props are used in these classes. Walls, floors, chairs, balls, blocks, belts. Straws! (yes, straws, lol). We move our bodies sitting, kneeling, standing, lying down.

You can work within a group or privately. Custom assessment and program design are available as well for those who can work on their own.

iRest® Yoga Nidra Sleeping Yoga

This is a truly wonderful form of yogic education from ancient times that has been combined with understandings of neurology and psychology to create a trauma sensitive protocol. A means of “sleeping”, at the same time maintaining an inner state of peaceful awareness. This is a very restorative practice and a therapeutic modality that can assist with stress syndromes, anxiety, PTSD, depression and insomnia.

Each session uses “body sensing” guided meditations as the means for calming chronic and repetitive thoughts and emotions of the past and/or future. As stress responses in the brain settle (we cannot think and feel at the same time), we begin to personally experience deep ease and rest In the present moment where there is nothing missing and nothing wrong. Participants find their abilities to cope with challenging situations improves and enjoyment in living increases.

Bring a pillow and a blanket to class because, yes, you will be sleeping! Go to the iRest website to find free practices and research on it’s effects with various populations including active duty military, youth, etc. Group workshops and private sessions available. See the Schedule page for more details.

The following populations and conditions have found benefit with iRest®

  • Chemical Dependency
  • Military
  • Children
  • Childbirth
  • Chronic Pain
  • Insomnia/Sleep Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Fertility
  • Hospice/Grief
  • Homeless
  • Correctional Facilities

iRest® Yoga Nidra for Parents

It is the most important job in the world and it doesn’t come with a manual and there is (sadly), no formal training for it. Meeting and greeting the needs of others who look up to us often means we are unable to meet and greet and honour our own needs. Often times we come to parenting not ever having met ourselves as perfect and whole. And so, we see the same in our children.

This class is a one hour space in time for parents to come and experience yogic rest. A state of deep relaxation at the same time being present to both your internal environment and the external world of the senses. Self acceptance increases in these states, self understanding increases, - love, compassion, humour and contentment begin to shine as the layers of stress dissolve.

Craniosacral Therapy

Considered a “light touch” therapy, this work taps into the deep craniosacral rhythm within the body that gives information about where restrictions and blockages are lying within the fascial system. A very gentle pressure encourages the issues in the tissues to release. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

Neuromuscular Massage Therapy

This process always begins with a medical history, postural, gait and palpation assessments. The goal is not relaxation and is not full body as is relaxation massage. Muscles that are in a chronically constricted state are manually released-those muscles that are in a weakened, over lengthened state are engaged with isolated contract and relax movements that begin to establish clear sensory and motor nerve pathways. Pranayama breathing exercises may be used in the session as well as voice and energy work to bring flow into the channels of the body. Clients find muscular tension progressively dissolving throughout the session and leave standing more upright, walking with more ease, having more energy, feeling lighter and brighter. This work greatly enhances and supports the effects of structural yoga.

Myofascial Release

Addresses the fascial system of the body. Deep and powerful hands on work that releases deeply held forces and pressures within the tissues and systems of the body. This therapeutic intervention really gives people a sense of awe as they experience their body begin to unwind through spontaneous movement eventually settling into a deep state of integrative stillness. This is very key work in relieving symptoms of trauma.

What My Clients Say About iRest® Yoga Nidra…….

Omg Marthe! That yoga session did amazing things!!!!! Can I come for another??????

Thanks again for a great session! As I was driving home it occurred to me that the opposite of disapproval is actually acceptance! Love this stuff!

Hi Marthe, since I've had the session with you my sleeping has improved a lot. A lot fewer restless wide awake nights!

….During your session I experienced a deep and peaceful state of relaxation, calmness and acceptance. I have some memory of shifting back and forth between something (tension?) that was located in my right lower abdomen and clearness that was located somewhere on the left side of my face and the area beside my face. By the time I got up after you left I felt peaceful and much clearer. Muddledness had dropped to about a 3-4 and I was starting to feel happy and positive again. I even smiled! Today is better still. Probably a 2-3 or so. I slept really well last night and only experienced a mild discomfort (anxiety) while getting myself out the door but I was able to do it quite comfortably. (Monday I couldn’t even figure out how to get into the shower let alone out the door.)