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Yoga-ing in the City

Insiya Rasiwala
Dec 11th, 2009

Insiya Rasiwala-Finn demonstrates a yoga pose.

Brrr…  Yes, it’s been cold lately, a perfect time to explore some indoor fitness options and join the throngs of Vancouverites who flock to our city’s overwhelming number of yoga studios  in search of inner peace and, yes, toned tushes.   

Greater Vancouver’s yoga studios numbered more than 300 at last count – about the same as in Toronto - with new ones continuing to sprout each month, begging the question of whether they will soon outnumber our city’s coffee shops.   

If you are considering testing out the benefits of this ancient practice of breath and movement that we know as Yoga as your new daily fix, here’s a map for navigating the various styles offered in Vancouver and where to find them. 

If it seems overwhelming, remember:  just slow down and breathe.

Anusara Yoga 

Yoga for Gratitude Event

Insiya Rasiwala
Oct 9th, 2009

On Friday, October 16th, join in a Yoga Jam in support of Gratitude Week. We invite you to express your gratitude and join local Yoga Teachers Eoin Finn, Insiya Rasiwala and Suzanne Slocum-Gori for an evening of rejuvenating flow yoga!  

The proceeds of this event will go towards The Gratitude Week to End Homelessness Foundation and their efforts to help end to homelessness in Vancouver.  Join in with a minimum donation of $10.00.  

Be sure to RSVP to this event to info@yogaforthepeople.ca as space is limited.  The doors to the studio located at 200-150 West Hastings will open at 7:15 pm.


For more information on this event please visit www.yogaforthepeople.ca.  For more events during Gratitude Week October 13th-16th, visit www.gratitudeweek.org.

Yoga and Happiness: An Inquiry

Insiya Rasiwala
Oct 4th, 2009

Upon learning that I teach yoga, people often  tell me that they first tried yoga because Madonna does it, or Sting and Trudie do it, and that their motivation was to shape their bodies into sleek and sinewy silhouettes, like the rock stars have.

While I try to acknowledge such comments instead of dismissing them, they reiterate our susceptibility to these images of physical perfection that pervade our visual landscape. 

They may even motivate many of us, in this instance, yoga, in hope of experiencing its mythic, physical benefits, and that toned body.  And, with the plethora of yoga DVDs boasting titles such as “Fat Free Yoga” and “Yoga Booty Ballet,” it also becomes evident that yoga entrepreneurs have been quick to profit from our culture’s striving for the physical ideal, stripping Yoga down to callisthenics and feeding our insecurities along the way. 

Which begs, the question, has Yoga simply been eclipsed by our material-focused culture?  Can this ancient practice maintain deeper philosophical roots in our contemporary landscape of want and desire?  In fact, can we experience something like happiness through yoga?

Exploring yoga on a budget

Lisa Wagner
Jun 25th, 2009

One of the biggest barriers to experimenting with yoga is the cost: whether you’re enrolling in a regular class or buying monthly passes to a studio, yoga can put a real dent in your bank account. If you can afford the classes, the outfit, and the time, doing yoga has become almost a status symbol. I, myself, am guilty of a few lululemon purchases here and there.

Still, despite yoga being seen by many in Vancouver as a pretentious hobby, it is a great way to wind down and become in-tune with your body – which happens whether you attend the class for the exercise, time with friends, or to connect with your spiritual self. 

It's a hard hobby to pick up if, like me, you’re on a budget. But don’t despair. There are plenty of places around Vancouver to find relatively inexpensive places to practice. Here is my best advice for finding them, along with a few gems I’ve discovered myself: 
      

I Bend so I Don’t Break

Lisa Wagner
Jun 20th, 2009
Cliché, right? Believe me, I hate using clichés more than just about everyone I know. But I think this one has played one of the biggest roles in my life thus far, thanks to my rediscovery of the wonderful art of yoga.
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