Snowy Spring News from the Sail Loft Studio
#2118 Rte 329, The Lodge, 858-3330 April/May 2015
Cathy’s regular Tuesday 7-8:30 p.m. and Thursday 10:30 a.m.-noon. classes are ongoing: Join us in our yoga practice at the welcoming Sail Loft Studio, surrounded by spectacular views of the ocean and sky. All levels and abilities are welcome to participate in the classes. If you are new to yoga, have issues that restrict your movements, or injuries that you are dealing with, feel free to call or write Cathy to talk about whether you would feel comfortable joining a class. Drop–ins are welcome ($10) or purchase eight sessions for $75. You may also pay by donation, if payment is an obstacle to attendance. [“Ashtanga” means “eight limbs”: all Cathy’s classes explore yoga practice using this “eight-limbed” approach. Using focus and intention, we learn how to be skillful and at ease in the poses, and more mindful in our movements, grounding, and breathing.]
Special cancellation note: no classes on Tuesday, May 5th, or Thursday, May 7th.
New six week session begins on Wednesday, April 8th, 4:30-5:45 p.m., and continues until May 20th (May 6th is excluded). First and last classes are restorative (April 8th and May 20th). April 15th: Focus is on nourishing, stretching, and toning the diaphragm with breath awareness and visualization; April 22nd: how ‘prana’/energy radiates from the heart centre with breathing and visualization focus; April 29th: keeping organ system nourished; May 13th: moving with grace and elegance. These classes are appropriate for all ages and abilities, and may be helpful to beginners as well as advanced practitioners. Register for all six classes: $50. Drop in: $12.
Yoga for Everyone at the Fox Point Community Centre, Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. An eight week session begins on April 7th and will continue through to June 2nd (no class on May 5th): pay what you can ($2-$5). Drop ins are welcome. Cathy teaches yoga poses with chair support, so everyone can participate. No experience is necessary. Bring a mat if you have one. Call or write Amy or Christina at the Fox Point Community Centre (Christina@hhellps.com) or Cathy if you have questions.
Saturdays: Join us for “personal practice” on April 18th and 25th, 10-10:30 a.m. (meditation); 10:30 a.m.-noon. Even if you believe you cannot remember yoga poses without being told what to do, you will be amazed by how much you will enjoy giving yourself an opportunity to arrive on your mat in our warm beautiful space. You will love the energy of practicing with others in this quiet, beautiful setting. There is no instruction, but a senior teacher is present in the studio to assist if necessary. Cost is by donation, or bring wood for the stove.
Fusion Flow with DeNel Rehberg Sedo Saturdays 9:30-10:45 a.m. May 9-30 (Session 1); June 6-27 (Session 2); July 18-August 22 (Session 3). Register (email@example.com) or call 902.857.1951. Session Fee: $60 (Sessions 1 and 2) and $90 (Session 3) Drop-in Fee: $15. Says DeNel: “The first part of the class is a moderate-paced vinyasa class to help you feel centered, focused, and restored. “Vi” means “in a special way” and “nyasa” means “to place”. In this practice we work to create cleansing heat in the body and increase strength and flexibility by moving from posture to posture in a special way using our breath and listening to the sounds of the waves and music. In the second part of the class, we create space and ease by holding floor postures for long periods to relax the muscles and target the deep connective tissues of the body. We use our power of attention and breath to calm our nervous system, and leave the class feeling refreshed and focused. Fusion Flow is suitable for people looking for a well-rounded class, including those who are new to yoga.” For more information about DeNel’s classes in the area: http://bluelotusliving.net/
Five-day Yoga Intensive and Meditation Retreat
with Hart Lazer
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to practice yoga and meditation with master teacher, Hart Lazer, at the Sail Loft Studio!
Wednesday, August 26th – Sunday, August 30th, 2015 8:30 a.m.–noon daily and two Q&A sessions, 6-7 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday
We will gather each morning to practice and learn yoga from a renowned master teacher, with asana practice and guided meditation, in a space that is on the edge of the ocean, with stunning views all around. In our seaview lodge, we will enjoy conversations over excellent lunches and dinners. With afternoons to wile away as we like, we may choose delightful forays into the maritime scenery, exploring in one of the most beautiful places in the world by bicycle, kayak, on foot, by sail...or sit at the water’s edge with our backs against a big chunk of granite, watching the natural world float by...
- 20 hours of yoga, meditation, and question and answer time with Hart Lazer;
- Meal plan availability, including 5 vegetarian lunches and two dinners, tapas style (please let us know of any dietary restrictions (vegan, raw, allergies) at the time of booking);
- Summer afternoons and two evenings to do with what we like (guided four hour trips are available for an extra cost: see below);
- Full service bicycle and kayak shop on the property providing rental equipment, tune-ups, maps, advice and qualified local guides (this is also the home of Freewheeling Adventures);
- $375, if booked by May 31st, 2015, includes 5 morning classes at the Sail Loft Studio, and 2 Q&A sessions in our home/lodge, across the street from the studio;
- $425 if booked after May 31st
- Drop into morning class: $95 each; Q&A: $15 each (come for the Q&A, then stay on for dinner!)
- Meal plan: $150, includes 5 vegetarian lunches (12:15-1:15 p.m.) and 2 dinners (7-8 p.m.), served across the road from the Sail Loft Studio in our home/lodge;
- Drop in lunches or dinners: $25.
*Taxes are not included in the above prices, but will be added at time of booking.
- Regular yoga practice for at least one year—any style
- No previous meditation experience necessary
A note from Cathy Guest, Sail Loft Studio owner, host of the retreat:
I bow to you, Hart Lazer, for your willingness to come to our community and share your knowledge of yoga and meditation with us.
Why is he coming here to The Lodge? (i.e. how did we get so lucky?) Hart has been teaching in Nova Scotia for more than a decade, and, though he complains about the weather now and again, his students know he loves being here. Once, while teaching in Halifax, he spent a couple of nights at our boathouse apartment below the Sail Loft Studio, and, as all of us know who live here on the Aspotogan, one does get “hooked”. We are deeply honoured to welcome him back.
Last year, people were amazed with the nourishing benefits of Hart’s teaching style. Each student received precise and individual attention, especially enhanced with the indulgence of being “on retreat”, with a deeply satisfying daily practice. The studio setting is spectacular: Nova Scotia’s south shore is a paradise in the summer because of the closeness of the ocean: we see it, smell it, taste it, feel it, hear it, get immersed in it. The waters of the bays, beaches and coves are clear, clean and (usually) cold. When we look out at the sea, responses range from dreamy contented sighs to excited whoops in joyful play. Our “clock” becomes the “tide clock”. And the food....we are delighted to say that our Freewheeling kitchens delivered the garden’s bounty far exceeding anyone’s expectations! Please join us!