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Aparigraha…is one of the yamas which make up the first limb of the 8 Limbs of Yoga. The 8 Limbs of Yoga are found in the Yoga Sutras, a set of teachings that were compiled by Sage Patanjali prior to 400 CE. Aparigraha has been on my mind, and in my practice lately. Aparigraha is the practice of non attachment, greedlessness, and letting go of the fruits of our actions. This can mean something different to all of us as we navigate the waters of our changing lives. For myself, Aparigraha has been showing up as a practice in supporting the need to let go of control. Let’s face it. Life throws us curveballs! Things do not always unfold in predictable ways. So how do we deal with this? Can we be graceful in our navigating change, uneasease and the learning times? Can we practice acceptance and willingness to not be graceful at times? Can we turn the challenge into opportunity, without avoiding or skimming over the real and deep stuff?

As multidimensional beings, we have so many opportunities to embrace who we are, and open up to lessons and the blessings, the miracle of each breathe, the miracle of existence, in all of it.

Aparigraha is just one practice/ teaching from the Yoga tradition, that suppports us in living well.

Sacred Space... I am also reflecting on the deep honour that it is to hold space for you. As a Yoga educator, within each class so much can happen for each individual, and it is a true honour to create and uphold a safe and sacred container for the unfolding. I am aware that in many ways, these are unstable times that we live in, and each of us are in need of grounding and nourishment. Our mind/ body/ spirit selves are looking for ways to process what arises for us moment to moment as individuals as well as a collective. Yoga offers resources for processing life; the skills and techniques that we explore in Yoga classes, retreats and trainings support us in how we deal with life outside of the yoga studio.

The science and art of Yoga supports us in imbibing our selves and the world around us as sacred space.

One of my favourite ways to dive in to the art of holding space, and teachings such as Aparigraha, is through our 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training. Whether you are drawn to simply deepening the practice that you love, or sharing it with others, Amrita Living Yoga Teacher Training brings self inquiry and your practice to the next level. There are ever expanding opportunites to share yoga and meditation with people in your communities, the world is so in need of more peace and healing.

I truly believe that transformed individuals make a transformed world.

We are currently in the exploration of whether our Fall Training in Peterborough Ontario will run, pending numbers, so if you are feeling the call to train with Ally Boothroyd and I, now is the time to apply. In the event that we do not reach our minimum number in the next week, we may postpone to 2018. In either case, if you would like to check in about possibilities, please contact me by replying to this email, or messaging me at awakeninglove@gmail.com, tiina@living.yoga, txt or call 705 772 9642 , or Apply Here.

Much love, and many blessings to each of you…
Tiina

 

Our Summer Schedule is in effect! Hope to see you soon!

200 hr Amrita Living Yoga 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training
 If you are feeling the call to dive into the transformative tradition of Yoga, please be in touch, and apply soon! Amrita Living Yoga Teacher Training is known for its empowerment, creativity and life changing potential. Weekend format, with payment plans available. Check out what our 2015 grads have to say here, and follow the YouTube prompt to watch 2014 grad testimonials. 2016 video is coming soon!

https://youtu.be/Ia4NlK2KUsg

Prenatal and Kids Yoga Teacher Training this Fall
We are delighted to be partnering with Ottawa based Little Lotus Yoga to offer you two Teacher Training’s this Fall! Prenatal Yoga and Kids Yoga! Please note, you do not have to be a yoga teacher to register, although this a great continuing education opprotunity for Yoga Teachers, these training’s are also great for those in connected professions, such as doula’s, childbirth educators, labour and delivery nurses, and those who work with children in any capacity. More info and register here

Book online here to receive Relaxation Massage! Soon we will be offer Cranial Sacral treatments with Fraser Mcdonald, more info is coming soon!
Are you a Holistic Practitioner? We have our lovely Treatment Rooms for rent, part time options for affordable prices! Contact us for a viewing!

Canada Day Long Weekend!

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Have an amazing long weekend everyone! We have NO classes on Monday July 3, however we are offering Sunday July 2, 7:30pm Gentle Restorative Class! Hope to see you then!

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Happy Summer Solstice

For me, this time of year is some of the most magical. Blooming flowers, longer days, fireflies, swims, berries, and the promise of the months of summer that are ahead. Today I am reflecting on the blessings that surround us. Life brings inevitable challenge, stress, and moments of unease… and yet there is so much wonder and so many blessings in this life. One of my favourite translations of the 1st Yoga Sutra of Patanjali…

Hatha Yoga Nushasanam
Now, we dive into the mystery of Yoga/Life

(translated by Tiina Kivinen 🙂
Every moment of this life is unfolding, each breath is an opportunity to welcome the mystery. So how can we practice leaning into each moment, to do our best not to harden ourselves in the face of adversity? To be fully here and not striving for the next moment or paining for the past? I read a great article from the amazing Pema Chodron today, you can read it here. Pema is always bringing home such wisdom and clarity. My take away: Learning to watch the habitual tendency to want to close up and tighten around discomfort in life. So, what are practices that create space, that allow room to breathe and be and stay with ourselves and the unfolding moments? What activities bring us more into the moment, and which ones provide more of a short term, or less sustainable relief? Time with loved ones, celebrating together, practices that foster present moment awareness, and self care through yoga, meditation, eating well, being in nature and wellness treatments, are all activities in my life that help me to stay present and easeful. So when life has it’s inevitable troubles, we are ripe for practice. Give thanks for another day. Reach out to a friend or family member. Gather together. Commit to creating space in your life for the practices and activities that nourish you.

As we delight in these long summer days, breathe deeply the wonder and the great mystery of life itself…

The light in me bows down to the light within each of you…
Tiina Kivinen

Our Summer Schedule is in effect! Hope to see you soon!

Endless Summer Unlimited Yoga

Treat yourself to endless yoga this summer and join us for 2 or 3 months of Unlimited Yoga! Register Here!

Soul Wisdom Restorative Yoga with Tiina Kivinen starts on July 4!
Register Here!

Become the eye of the storm. At this time, with the world in its current state of challenge, cultivating peace is a powerful practice. Restorative yoga has a profound effect in balancing the nervous system, bringing peace to mind, and soothing our bodies. This series will combine restorative yoga, with hypnosis and meditation.

Deepening Yoga, Meditation, and Breathwork with Tiina Kivinen starts July 10th! Register Here!

This series is gentle/ restorative yoga combined with meditation techniques, Pranayama (breathwork), and wisdom teachings! Open to all levels of experience but Yoga Teachers can be eligible for CE credits.

200 hr Amrita Living Yoga 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training again this FALL!

We have just finished our 2017 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training. Due to demand, we have decided to offer a Fall edition of our training as well in 2017, so if you are feeling the call to dive into the transformative tradition of Yoga, please be in touch, and apply soon as spaces may fill! Amrita Living Yoga Teacher Training is known for its empowerment, creativity and life changing potential. Weekend format, with payment plans available. Check out what our 2015 grads have to say here, and follow the YouTube prompt to watch 2014 grad testimonials. 2016 video is coming soon!

https://youtu.be/Ia4NlK2KUsg

Prenatal and Kids Yoga Teacher Training this Fall!


More info and register here

Bike and Yoga

with our wonderful Angella! Such an amazing way to combine nature connection, exercise and yoga all together! Thank you Angella for opening this up to PLY members!

Book online here to receive Relaxation Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Holistic Botanical Facials, and more! Take advantage of our special Mother’s day deal, and get 3 Treatments for $135 + HST or book one treatment for the low cost of $65 + HST.
Are you a Holistic Practitioner? We have our lovely Treatment Rooms for rent, part time options for affordable prices! Contact us for a viewing!

Endless Summer Yoga is here!

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Only $150 + HST for 2 Months of Unlimited Summer Yoga, and $200 + HST for 3 Months! This is an epic deal, and a perfect opportunity for you to commit to your well being, take in many nourishing classes this Summer! Register Here, or visit us for class at 394 George St. N to sign up!

Does about one class a week work best for your schedule and life? The 10 Class Series is built for you. 3 Months of your choice of classes, AND its family friendly!

Therapies with Jacqueline

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Jacqueline has been working in the healing arts for over 20 years.  She is a Registered Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner/Teacher, *IET Practitioner/Teacher and also practices Reflexology.    Relaxation Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Indian Head Massage, Aromatherapy Massage and Pregnancy Massage are covered under most extended health care plans.  Cranial sacral therapy may also be included in your massage therapy appointment.

Initial registered massage therapy (RMT) appointments requires a health history intake.

60 minute session is $80.00 for Registered Massage Therapy

90 minute session is $80.00 for an Energy Therapy Session (Reiki or IET)

*IET means Integrated Energy Therapy

Method of payment is only cash, cheque or e-transfer

To make an appointment please call, Jacqueline at (705) 935-0338

Have a Happy and Healthy Day.

Peterborough Yoga Festival Saturday June 17th!

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It’s happening again, a magical day full of yoga, meditation, chanting, family fun, and yogi market! The Peterborough Yoga Festival! Community grows and thrives when we gather in the spirit of yoga this summer solstice! Peterborough Living Yoga will be represented in the Yogi Market, come by and take advantage of sales that we will have this day only, enjoy some natural wellness products from Sweet Flowering Yoga and Wellness and Green Street Essential Oils! As well, enjoy a Mantra Magic Live Music Yoga with Tiina and the Om Shanties at 1:30pm at the main stage.

Visit us at 394 George St (purple door beside Haaseltons Coffee Shop), to purchase your advance price ticket for $20!

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Mother’s Day is coming.
A time to honour Mothers; our own mothers, ourselves as mothers, fathers who are also mothers, and those who mother in less conventional ways as well. This is also an opportunity to celebrate Mother Earth and the incredible power, grace, and humility that motherhood inspires. And it’s a time to reflect on all of our capacity for nourishing and being nourished. For some of us, Mother’s Day can be layered with complicated feelings: perhaps having a difficult childhood, or having an estranged mother, or a mom who has passed away, or being a mom who has experienced loss. These can all make Mother’s Day laced with emotions and feelings that aren’t represented or acknowledged by the ‘Hallmark’ holiday. This letter is for everyone, in all of your simplicity or complexity, a bow to you and your story, and a bow to the divine mother, the mother of us all.  Here is some of my own story in the spirit of Mother’s Day.

I was very blessed to be raised by an amazing mother and father, in the wilds of North Western Ontario, off grid in a cabin that my great grandmother built at the turn of the century. I come from a long line of Finnish people. We took a lot of saunas, as Finnish people tend to do, and enjoyed a simple and natural lifestyle. Those who know me now can see that I have been influenced by this, to say the least. I am very grateful for the gift of simplicity, a humble heart, and connection with nature that I was given by my parents! I am also blessed to have spent 31 years of my life with a Mom who I admired endlessly for her gentle strength, her compassion and commitment to her values and care of others. My mom passed away in 2014, with my sisters and dad by her side. I miss her a lot, and Mother’s Day can be a difficult day for me, as I know it is for many who have experienced loss of a mom. On many of those landmark days, such as Mother’s Day, hers or my birthday, or the anniversary of her death, I try to cook something that she used to make, light a candle and have some moments of remembering. I find solace and support in simple rituals.


How does all of this relate to Yoga? Well, my Mother was my very first Yoga teacher. She taught me how to breathe to calm myself down, she guided me through visualizations when I couldn’t sleep, and she offered me a tangible and direct experience of Love. Through her death and beyond, I am gifted with the opportunity to practice the ultimate Yoga “Ishvar Pranidhana’; the surrender to spirit, to life’s mysteries, to let go of control, and open up to what is. ~Thank you Mom.

News and Sales…

To honour Mothers in the spirit of Mother’s Day, we have decided at Peterborough Living Yoga to have a Sale. Hopefully, this will open the door for you, or your mom, to enjoy nourishing Yoga classes or Relaxation Massages/Botanical Facials. For this week, until Mother’s Day on May 14, you can purchase our 10 Class Series, or 3 Spa Package, for 10 % off! Buy online, or come visit us in the studio using cash or cheque. We also have gift certificates, contact us for more information! These sales are for EVERYONE, but they will make an excellent Mother’s Day GIFT!

Our Spring Weekly Class Schedule is underway, and you can join in, anytime!  Also check out our diverse Upcoming Workshops and Events, as well as Registered Class Series. Remember, you can set your own rhythm for weekly classes with our Studio 10 Class Series and Unlimited Yoga options, and Dropping in is always an option with the weekly schedule!

200 hr Amrita Living Yoga 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training again this FALL!
We are currently in the midst of our 2017 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training,! Due to demand, we have decided to offer a Fall edition of our training as well in 2017, so if you are feeling the call to dive into the transformative tradition of Yoga, please be in touch,and  apply soon as spaces may fill! Amrita Living Yoga Teacher Training is known for its empowerment, creativity and life changing potential. Weekend format, with payment plans available. Check out what our 2015 grads have to say here, and follow the YouTube prompt to watch 2014 grad testimonials. 2016 video is coming soon!