Gardening is a practice; a garden is never finished. One could say the same about yoga.
In this workshop I invite you to visit my garden at the Piccardthof and explore the links between gardening and yoga, nature and culture, through the elemental perspectives of fire and light.
We will cover some theory in natural gardening and yoga, and practice yoga poses, breathing exercises and meditation.
Elements of Fire & Light: Plants capture light to fix matter in a process both mundane and miraculous. Exposure to light (and heat) is an important consideration in gardening. In this workshop, we explore the personal fire needed to sustain a practice in either gardening or yoga, and the spark of inspiration that a garden can provide. The yoga will start vigorously with an emphasis on core but finish with yin poses and meditation.
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My interest in yoga began in 1998 when I was looking for a way to relieve stress during my Master’s studies at the University of Toronto. I got more than I bargained for when I signed up for a yoga class offered by the University sports centre: I fell in love and discovered a new way of approaching life.
My background is in Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga (2-year apprenticeship with Alison Ulan, Ashtanga yoga Montreal) and Iyengar yoga (Berber Geerts, House of Movement, Groningen), and I completed a RYT® 200 training program with Kenny Graham and Tony Giuliano in 2014, but over the years my practice in yoga has grown and changed with me.
As a scientist (PhD in Ecology), I always want to know how things work and you see this through the emphasis on anatomy and physiology in my classes. But I also know that there are some things that transcend science so you’ll also find mythology and the singing of mantras.
My classes can be rigorous and physically demanding but they are taught within a calm and accepting atmosphere.
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