The Monks and Me makes Bookspan’s “Top 12 of 2012″
The Monks and Me
By: Mary Paterson
Current news: Translations in 11 languages and countries coming soon. Now available in the U.S. and Canada.
Description and Review: Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight “When Paterson’s mother died, she turned to yoga and meditation for solace. Years later, when her father died, she chose a forty-day retreat at Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastery in France to help herself heal. Her honest, and insightful account of her stay there makes for very enlightening reading. She takes us on her inner journey, sharing her thoughts as she strives to live as mindfully as the nuns she is living with. Her example is a powerful teacher, and the book is a perfect companion for Thich Nhat Hanh’s writings.”
Hampton Roads Publishing, U.S. (September 1st, 2012)
The Monks and Me - Now available in the U.S. and Canada. International publications coming soon: Brazil, The Netherlands, Indonesia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, China, France, Czechoslovakia, Turkey, and as an audio book~ Audible.com
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Wednesdays, 7:30 am – 8:45 am from April 17th – May 22nd
Teacher: Mary Paterson
Discounted Full series: $66 pre-paid ($11 per class) or drop-in with class card or single class $17
Register for Planting Greatness in Your Unconscious Mind
Yogic teachings recognize that we are made up of a conscious and an unconscious mind. While the conscious mind has an inaccurate memory and uses filters to reason and discriminate, the unconscious mind has an impeccable memory and records without our knowledge every detail of every event since our birth. Additionally the unconscious accepts without question everything that we tell it. It can be likened to a farmer’s field. Whatever we plant into it, it will return to us ten-fold. The unconscious then is a reflection of our imagination; it returns the value of our innermost thoughts and feelings.
What are you thinking about yourself right now?
We reach the unconscious mind through yoga and meditation. You actually can fly!
Kundalini yoga is an ancient science that helps to awaken up our creative potential by using movement, mantra, pranayam, music and meditation to bring ourselves into a state of health and harmony. We can stay vital and strong, blissful and beautiful. In this 2.5-hour workshop, we will use this ancient science to activate what the yogis call, “Saihbung”, or self-illumination. With Valentine’s Day having just past, perhaps you have shown your love to others, but have you taken the time to show yourself love? We will explore this notion of self-love through kriyas, meditation, refelction and of course: music.
When: Saturday February 16th 2:00-4:30pm Where: Lotus Yoga Centre, 100 Harbord St. Toronto, Ontario Investment: $40.00 Register: (416) 908-9750 or email Sarah to register.
*Sarah has been teaching Kundalini Yoga for many years in Canada, India, and abroad. She was certified in New Mexico at the Kundalini Yoga Research Institute, recognized by Yoga Alliance. Visit www.sarahcalvert.ca to learn more about Sarah.
Join in for a deep and transformative practice based on Tibetan Buddhist and yogic teachings for setting powerful intentions of abundance and brilliance for the whole of your New Year – 2013. This special 2 hour class will help awaken your true intentions for good health, true happiness, fulfillment and freedom in the coming year. The magic of yoga and meditation is a gift to be embraced – sacred teachings are the gateway to experiencing the beauty and joy that is your birth right!
Teacher – Mary Paterson
When – Sunday, December 30th 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Fee – $20
Limited space (please sign-up early)
Email to sign-up
5-week ‘Yoga for Anxiety’ Series
Starts Friday, April 26th (9:30am-11:00am)
Lotus Yoga Centre, 100 Harbord Street, 2nd Floor
$75 early registration by April 15th ($90 after that date)
Jessica is committed to providing a safe space for participants to explore various mind and body techniques known to be helpful in the management of stress and anxiety. Each 90 minute class will include Breath~Body~Mind®’s fusion of breath, movement and meditation techniques to balance stress response systems and both flowing and restorative yoga poses to release tension and allow for deep rest and relaxation. All are welcome!
Jessica Cowan-Dewar (MSc, PhD Candidate) received her 300-hour teacher training certification from Breathe Yoga Studio. She has completed additional training in teaching yoga for stress, trauma, PTSD, and anxiety, as well as restorative yoga. When she is not practicing or teaching yoga, Jessica is writing up her doctoral research investigating women’s fears of and experiences associated with HIV disclosure in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Contact Jessica for more info. and to register - Repose Yoga Toronto
Massage therapy, group training and Tai chi now available in the Health Centre at 100 Harbord – through Garnet Santicruz, Founder of M.O.A. Living -
We create our habits; our habits create us. Take the plunge to explore practices in Kundalini Yoga that help to reprogram neural networks, cleanse the subconscious, release past conditioning and activate the higher chakras to align with your soul’s purpose. Learn techniques to break addictive tendencies, strengthen the nervous system, balance the glandular system and develop the navel chakra so that you can live with commitment, courage, intuition, honesty and dedication.
Saturday, November 3rd – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
With Sat Dharam Kaur, ND
Fee: $40 pre-registration Beyond Addiction
$50 at the door
Sat Dharam has developed and teaches a yoga-based addiction recovery program with the world-renowned best-selling author and physician Dr. Gabor Maté, a cutting edge expert on all aspects of addiction including the spiritual dimensions of disease and healing. Sat Dharam studied directly with Yogi Bhajan and for 20 years has facilitated Kundalini yoga teacher training programs in Toronto, Cambridge and Ottawa, Nelson, B.C.; Canmore, Alberta; and New Mexico. She has also pioneered a breast health yoga training. She has been a guest instructor at the Kundalini Yoga Festival in France, 3HO Women’s Camps in New Mexico, the Toronto Yoga Show, the Toronto Yoga Festival and the Vancouver Yoga Show. Sat Dharam graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine with awards in homeopathy and psychology. She holds both B.Sc. and B.A. degrees from the University of Guelph and a diploma in fine art from the Ontario College of Art. Sat Dharam was awarded “Naturopathic Doctor of the Year” by the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors in 2000 for her work in breast cancer prevention and environmental education. She lectures regularly at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine on breast health and stress management. Her bestselling books include: A Call to Women, The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer, and The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health.
Sat Dharam is the Founder and Director of Trillium Healing Arts in Owen Sound where she lives on a farm with her family.
This class will help us to clear destructive patterns and inner anger so that we can approach our challenges with strength and grace. A deeper connection with our True Self will help us find the solutions to our problems and guide us in making healthy choices and changes.
From the teachings of Yogi Bhajan:
The kriyas, meditations and chants that we practice in this workshop “will bring a very powerful healing and lifting of the weight of lifetimes of pain, stress, and self-defeating patterns. To let go of our inner anger is to release any imagined disabilities we have created.
Through our practice we develop the patience to recognize our past, appreciate it for the gifts it delivered, bless it~~ and then drop it!
What a liberating moment in our lives!”
Supported by our Kundalini Yoga practice….” If we summon the courage, then we are met with the Infinity (the Divine) within and blessed to be healed by the experience of our own vastness. The Truth within and the Truth without merge into a single breath: this is grace…If you have a longing to belong then the belonging shall long to belong to you.” from the teachings of Yogi Bhajan
Clearing Destructive Patterns
Sunday Oct 21
11:30 sharp to 130pm
$25 cash or cheque. Lotus class cards do not apply to this workshop. Suitable for all levels.
Please pre-register with Katherine Duncanson
Yoga and Writing are soul mates, destined to come together for a spiritual purpose. Yoga offers fleeting insights; writing captures these epiphanies in concrete form. Yoga regulates the rhythm of the breath; writing rides this rhythm through the land of language. Yoga digs into unconscious mind; writing mines the unconscious for symbolic images. Writing creates pain; yoga grants relief. Writing is an offering to the world; yoga sweetens the sacrifice. Writing is lonely; yoga offers community. Combining simple yoga poses and timed writing exercises, this course is designed to kindle your creative fire, liberate your authentic voice and illuminate your deepest truth. It will benefit seasoned writers seeking renewal, as well as yogis with a budding desire to write.
Teacher: Daphne Gordon
Dates: To be announced