Studio 2 for Yoga and Wellness
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We are locally owned and operated for over 10 years. We have a built a solid yoga community in Georgetown.
WE NOW HAVE HOT YOGA!
These classes will revolve around our existing schedule. Please check our Schedule page.
Noelle's goal for the studio is to bring more Sridaiva (Shree-Dye-vah) to the studio. Why? Because when you are constantly in pain, Sridaiva helps. When you open your body in this new way, you open your heart and happiness ensues!
What is Sridaiva?
Sridaiva is a body-mind postural method which cultivates radiant health and well-being through a positive attitude expressed in an optimal bow-spring alignment. It is a life practice in which students take accountability for their own health and happiness through informed choice of their own posture.
Sridaiva is an alternative movement and postural modality, which can be applied to yoga, dance, athletics, or to any dynamic posture -- sitting, standing, and walking. Students of all ages, particularly over 40, can benefit the use of the bow-spring alignment to optimize their body-mind health.
The bow-spring template describes optimal neutral alignment for the human spine, which has a circumferential fullness in the thoracic (primary curve), and uniforms curves arches in the lower back and in the neck (secondary curves). In this undulating curved shape of the spine and torso, the entire back body is isometrically engaged into a loaded spring of connective tissue (myofascia). From the pads of the big toe all the way up to the sacrum, and from the fingertips all the way down to the sacrum, the bow-spring is loaded and engaged in a balanced way. Every posture and movement then becomes a dynamic expansion of the bow-spring in which the spine is actively decompressed and fully lengthened. The myofascia is concentrically toned around the core of the torso like a unified muscle suit.
Using the bow-spring alignment of Sridaiva any age can create a balanced tonus throughout the body, which creates tensile strength, precise balance, and rooted lightness while using the least amount of physical energy. Sridaiva alignment optimizes performance, offers powerful therapeutic realignment for the lower back and hips, decreases joint and bone degeneration, bolsters the immune system, recalibrates the neuro-glandular system, and empowers the spirit of the student to cultivate a positive mindset
What are the main challenges to expect?
Although the system is designed to be easily comprehensible for any level student, Sridaiva is not easy to practice at first. Sridaiva is based on a simple template for good postural alignment, but the practice is challenging because:
- It targets 4 key unconscious postural patterns of protection, pain-reduction, and sensory withdrawal, which lead to health imbalances. The 4 key somatic areas of the body-mind in which Sridaiva focuses on balancing and opening energetically are: the under-carriage (pelvic floor), under-belly (solar plexus), under-arms (heart), and under-chin (throat).
The Sridaiva alignments recalibrate and re-pattern each of these common postural tendencies, so during the first days of practice the optimal template may be somatically experienced as strange and emotionally uncomfortable.
- The Sridaiva method requires conscious toning of all the extensor muscles of the posterior body, including the upward mounding of the glutes, which few students can do with any consistency at first. Overall, new students to Sridaiva find the most basic alignment of the optimal template challenging due to weak body-mind connection in key areas of the back of the body (posterior chain of myofascia).
- The key alignment instructions are very different and many times opposite than what is often taught in other schools of modern postural yoga, classical dance, or in other postural alignment systems, so Sridaiva challenges the student’s mind to be open to try something avant-garde and alternative with their bodies.
How long does it take to learn Sridaiva?
The basic principles of Sridaiva are taught in lessons and progressive classes (15 minutes lessons – 120 minute classes) over time (days, weeks, and months) in order for students to best assimilate the new alignment teachings into all activities of their lives. A minimum of 10 hours of introductory classes are recommended to gain the basic orientation to the method, and to become more comfortable with this alternative method of alignment due to the initial challenges in practice for the beginning Sridaiva student. Yet, once you are able to perform the bow-spring, then the process of body-mind balancing accelerates.
Sridaiva becomes a life practice of body-mind alignment that can be integrated into a student’s daily activities throughout their entire lifetime for the most optimal health, the highest performance, and for a bright vision of life!
Toronto Yoga Show and Conference is March 27 to March 30, 2014. Noelle is a faculty for this year's show. She is presenting a 6 hour theme workshop.
Georgetown: New dates to be released soon.
Our Vision is to create a space for Yoga and Wellness. Each Instructor has their own unique way of teaching both yoga asana and spiritual practices. We don't just get you to stretch, we get you to experience a profound healing of mind and body through theme.
We have instructors who are: RMT, RN Nurse, Yoga therapists, Thai Massaage Therapists, Touch for Health Therapists. What does this mean to you? If you have an injury, we pay special attention to you! After all, it is YOUR yoga practice and not our time to practice a routine.
That said, our class that is called "The Practice" was designed as a discount class for you ($8 +hst) because it is taught by our Teacher Trainers, so it is their time to practice teaching yoga for you.
I am always looking for ways to bring yoga to YOU. I have created a book to help get relief from the signs and symptoms of PMS (such as back and groin pain, irritability, cramps, bloating). Anyone can do the routine, it is a great way to open the energy pathways in the body.
Click the link to purchase my new book: Living La Vita Yoga PMS Flow. Get relief from cramps, bloating and back pain with this combination of yoga asana, energy medicine, acupressure holding points and breathing techniques.
I like to do this routine when I feel stiff in the morning. Available to download to iPad too!!!
Now available to purchase at the Studio.
Discover Yoga! It's for everyone. People of all ages and fitness levels can benefit from doing yoga.
Yoga improves balance, coordination, flexibility and strength. It stimulates all of the internal organs, calms the nervous system, restores and rejuvenates the body. Yoga reduces stress and makes you feel better both physically and emotionally.
Yoga is beneficial to weight loss, stress reduction and recovery from injury.
Visit the "wellness" page to purchase my book: Living La Vita Yoga (TM). A 5 month, 5 layer, 5 step program!
Visit the "classes" page for downloadable MP4 of recorded classes.
Finding the right yoga teacher can be a daunting task. You may have friends that love a certain teacher, a certain style of yoga or the ambiance of a certain yoga studio. It can all become quite confusing and a bit overwhelming.
When looking for a yoga teacher, be sure to investigate the yoga studio first. Ask questions of the yoga instructor such as:
Q: How many class do they teach a week?
Q: How long have they been teaching?
Q: Where did they study yoga?
Q: Are they certified with a governing body?
Q: Do they practice yoga themselves?
Q: Do they teach a variety of yoga classes/ specialize in a particular style of yoga?
Q: Do they follow a set routine?
Q: Do they know how to deal with limitations and injuries?
Q: Where is the studio?
Below, I have included an article by the Yoga Alliance (a governing body that sees it's members adhere to strict guidelines on ethics and re-certification) that addresses some of the common questions listed above.