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What is yoga?

Yoga is everything. Literally everything. How are you eating, how are you sleeping, how are you in relationship, in chaos, in turmoil, in joy.. It is the way we walk the earth and the way we treat it for the earth mimics the Self. It is how you are breathing into this world and how you are allowing the world to breathe into you. It is the way in which you respond to all that is around you, while maintaining the essence in which you are.  Yoga is movement infused with breath -  breath is the healing agent that purifies the body and connects us to all that is more subtle than this physical experience. What is yoga….. it is this, it is that, it is the everything in the nothing and the nothing in the everything. The paradox, the dichotomies, and ultimately it is the context in which everything happens. Yoga is the seed at the bottom of all of this, that is unchanging and ever growing.

 

Other than people, what has taught you the most on your path?

The trees and the water.  Trees are steady and patient, always growing towards the light, not through dismissal of shadow, but rather through rooting so deep into the darkness of the soil to which they gain stability.  They inherently know when it is time to grow and aren't afraid of their decay.  Water continuously moves with the forces surrounding it, never trying to force something to move in an unnatural direction or create something that is not.  It simply moves, cleansing and shifting it’s surroundings, yet powerful enough to create immense chaos, and permanent change.

 

What got you into yoga?

Wonderment.

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FOR THE PUBLIC

6 week pre-registered program - MOVEMENT

Dates: Wednesdays, April 24 - May 29

Time: 6 - 8 pm

Location: email me for details

This program is not for people wanting to refine or learn asana, it is for practitioners who already understand the postures well in their bodies and are interested in diving into the experiential body. We will mostly use Yoga asana as the vehicle to access the energy body as well as free style, explorative movement, chanting, pranayama, and yoga nidra.

Topics of investigation in no particular order:

  • Release your occiput

  • The space between

  • Soft Organs

  • One joint at a time

  • Yoga nidra

  • Bhramari and mantra

Cost: $111 cash

To register: email szandbeek@gmail.com and send an e-transfer to reserve your spot.

SOUND HEALING, CACAO CEREMONY, AND FREE MOVEMENT WITH SARAH AND KRIS ELASCHUK

Date: May 10, 2019

Time: 6 - 8 pm

Location: Noorish

We will indulge in an enlivening cacao elixir crafted by myself and Kris. Kris will provide a soundscape to help aid in the journey and I will guide you through sound and movement. There may be moments of blindfolding. This is not a classic Yoga practice, things typically have gotten very experimental in the past. There is a saying in Chinese Medicine, “where there is stagnation, there is pain. Where there is no stagnation, there is no pain,” this experience is designed to create movement on all levels of our human experience - sound, movement, breath. Cacao is a medicine that helps bring blood flow to the brain and aids in learning, mood and memory which makes it a perfect alley in reprogramming our neuropathways.

Cost: $22 - 33 sliding scale. Cash only.

To register: email szandbeek@gmail.com and send an e-transfer to reserve your spot.

 

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Yoga Teacher Training



 We as humans have the opportunity to change and inform that which is in front of us and inspire all that is around us. The words we speak impact our future, the foods we eat impact our health, the way in which we move on our yoga mats and upon the planet affects the whole.  This act does not begin from fixing the outside or trying to become a part of it.  It begins with being a student of life and having the courage to shift ways of thinking and believing that are no longer true.   We have the freedom to continually refine what works for us and dissolve what does not; this process requires us to listen closely to the innate guidance that is always available.  When we do not bravely listen to this guidance, the ripples of wisdom turn into waves, tsunami, and over periods of time show up in the fabric of our physical bodies as ailments; our whole physical existence is the somatic experience of our soul, that says a lot.  

May we be more informed, so that each move we make is chosen from our truth, not our fear and from there becomes an act of service.

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Are you ready? I believe that if you hear the call to do a Yoga Training, then you are ready. If you are willing to be open-minded, to listen on a deep level, and to change, then you are ready for Yoga. To me, your ability to listen and adjust is the highest skill you can bring.

EDMONTON, CANADA

200 hour Yoga alliance certified Teacher Training aka Life training.

Where: Yogalife Studios

Dates:  2019 

April 5-7

April 19-21

May 3-5

May 17-19

July 3-7 (5 day intensive)  

Sept 13-15

Sept 27-29

Oct 11-13

Fridays 5 - 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am - 6:30 pm.

 

Faculty:

Sarah Zandbeek (thats me :) - Technique and alignment, sequencing, cueing, adjustments, and how to teach.

Stephen Thomas - Pranayama, kriya, meditation, mantra, yoga philosophy, technique and alignment

Kat Boehm - Anatomy and meditation

Neil Dalal - Philosophy

Ian Hayward - Ayurveda

Emily McNichol - prenatal

Shannon Shea - core w

11 reasons to do a Teacher Training:

1)   Remoulding Reality: There is so much we don’t know about what we know.  Having been raised in a culture that deeply values hierarchy and money, we have been secretly trained to hold rules that might be enslaving us instead of propelling us forward.  Our idea of success is buried in things that don’t touch the Soul, Yoga Trainings begin to ask more.  Begging the question again and again, is that true for you, are these ways of existing true for you?

 

2)   Space Holding:  Ever feel like no one ever really quite listens to what you are saying?  Their physical ear is there, but they’re not hearing the words or the frequency beneath the words?   Well, Yoga Training, helps you to not be that friend.  As Teachers, we become guiders in Life whether we chose that or not.  When we begin to look at our lives with a higher resolution microscope, we learn things about life and the way it works and in that, we gain empathy, understanding, and compassion.  So, when friends and family come to you, you can actually listen with a tuned in ear to the pains they are speaking of without needing to try and push it away with statements like, “it’s going to be all good, he is a jerk any ways, or you’re going to be fine.”  Being able to Listen without the urge to advice, is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, your community and humanity.

 

3)   To Live:  Yoga Training helps you to understand Life.  In this you gain the Courage to really start Living it - outside the bounds of who and what someone told you, you were suppose to be/do.  When we start to observe what the body is experiencing, it becomes a beautiful guide that moves you towards your truth.  When we are in line with truth, ease arises, and the Dance of life begins underneath our feet.

 

4)   Freedom: I bet you, you often hear a calling for something more and you have been ignoring it for a while now and there is something deep within you that is getting louder and louder asking you to listen.  The Souls cry for freedom.  Answer that call.  The time for change is Now.

 

5)   Strength and SURRENDER:  Learning the pulsation of life can help you move through the tough times with more Grace.  Unfortunately (fortunately) tough times are an essential part of life and learning; imagine learning from the rough patches in a much less stressful and tumultuous way.  Not everything needs to be dealt with head on, Yoga can teach us to surrender to that which we can not change and to look a little deeper in order to see the truth of the matter, which is always humbling and filled with Powerful Teachings.

 

6)   Re-inhabit Intuition: Living in a society that is mostly based on lies, we have grown to stop trusting our intuition - that which guides us to who we are and our highest purpose.  This can lead us to wondering, “what am I doing, what is the point?”  Not knowing your purpose can make it really hard to wake up each day, moving through the motions that aren’t moving you.  Yoga Training can help to build Self-trust and Confidence to stand up for what you are feeling; as well as, offer a space for others to drop their lies and start moving toward speaking truth and having the strength to say the hardest of things.  Moving lies out of the body makes space for deeper movements and more profound moments in life.  Life becomes much more juicy!

 

7)   Dissolve Suffering:  Suffering exists due to undigested emotional experiences, which tend to inhabit the tissues of the body in the strangest ways.  As we practice asana, engage in breathe work, and meditate, these stagnancies begin to move, bringing emotions to the forefront giving us a chance to dissolve past happenings and release them from there grip on our day to day living perspective of life.

 

8)   Threshold meets Change:  Often, when we reach the edge of something, friction builds, it's hot, frustrating, and feels like it has the potential to collapse you, so we turn around and go back to what we already know and that courageous part of us turtles once again.  The cycle ensues.  What if, you learned to meet these thresholds and had skills to yield through them?  You may start to desire these times of great change instead of fear them.  Grace may begin to exist as a consistency in your personality. 

 

 

9)   Authentic Self:  Who are you? Be that.  Scary?  Maybe.  Impelling?  Most definitely.  Yoga Training can help you begin to move through life guided by what really serves you in all senses: food, relationships, work, and love life.  To live in complete accordance to that which you were designed for.

 

10)   Navigation:  Yoga training teaches us how to begin chipping away all the built in patterns that we have created over time through our experience in this life.  How does one begin to “listen” to the inner guide, to have courage to follow it no matter what, to speak truth even when the voice quivers and the truth is hard.  Observing the journey of Yoga in the body-mind-spirit continuum teaches us so much, allowing us to start observing moments in a much more profound way.

 

11)   Life becomes an Offering:  Empathy.  Through working on your Self, the vastness of what makes you begins to reveal itself and within that, we start to see that we are all things: crazy, wild, kind, and free.  It is only through allowing yourself to experience all of Life’s emotions, that you begin to make space for the uncalculated pathway of others.  Each Life, each Soul is having a different experience than you and your way and learnings may not be their way.  Once this is realized, there is space for you to not attach to their experience but rather joyously (sometimes frustrating) observe them as they unfurl, at their own special pace, way, and time.  Not to be corrected or fixed, only Loved through the process.  The Ultimate offering.