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Spring Equinox Practice 
Yoga + Tabla Drums + Crystal Singing Bowls

With Jannine Markou and guests

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Kula Oakville

Celebrate spring solstice with Jannine Markou through an evening of flowing yoga asanas to the live rhythms of tabla drums and the healing vibrations of crystal singing bowls. This class integrates breath and movement with asana to support your body for the changing of the season, along with inspired rhythmic drumbeats taking you deeper into your practice, and nourishing stillness through the resonance of crystal singing bowls.

Special guests, musician Nathaniel Heppell, will be providing accompaniment on tabla, and Darren Hall on crystal singing bowls.

*Some prior yoga experience recommended

Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Fee: $20+HST
Location: Kula Oakville

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Jannine Markou - Teacher

Jannine empowers each student where they are on their journey, encouraging them to embrace their embodiment, listen to their body, and let prana (breath) be their revered guide. She is a Vinyasa inspired teacher, offering flowing classes that incorporate pranayama, visualization, and Vedic Chanting while weaving principles from Ashtanga, Iyengar and Hatha Yoga.

Your Brain... On Yoga
Workshop Series: A Preview to the 2011 Yoga Conference

With Blake Martin

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Kula Burlington


Featuring: Ow! I Think I Sprained my Cow!+ I am my Own Yoga Anatomy Book

Ow! I Think I Sprained my Cow!
Time: 1:30-3:30pm

What is the difference between a sprain and a strain? How long should I wait before applying ice to an injury? Or should I use heat? This workshop looks at some basic musculo-skeletal injuries that are common to Yoga practice, helps you to understand what has happened to the tissues and how the inflammatory response works. We will also consider first-aid, safe remediation practice and other interventions for improving healing times, reducing pain and making the most of a bad thing.

I am my Own Yoga Anatomy Book
Time: 3:45-5:45pm

Does king pigeon pose stretch or strengthen the hip flexors, or do both? Have you ever wondered what a certain move does? What if you don't have an anatomy book in your pocket? This lightning introduction to movement analysis will give you the tools to figure out the basic actions behind any Yoga posture, and whether or not a posture is designed for strength or stretch, and how to know
the difference.

Registration: $10/Workshop
*All proceeds go to Kerr Street Ministries

Blake Martin - Teacher

Blake Martin is currently completing his PhD in Kinesiology and holds a Graduate Neuroscience Diploma from York University, where he is investigating the role of attention in limb position sense. He teaches Thai Massage and anatomy for body workers internationally, and holds degrees in Dance and Education, and speaks on a variety of topics related to health, education and the brain. He is also a long time martial artist, yoga practitioner and runner

50+ Yoga Workshop
With Beth Rutty, Shelley Gower and Grant Hutchinson

Sunday, March 27- April 17, 2011
Kula Burlington

This four-weekend workshop will provide an opportunity for 50+ yoga students to explore with three of Kula’s experienced teachers how to develop and maintain an active physical practice, as well as deepen their Yoga beyond Asana in order to celebrate the auspicious gifts this stage in life presents. Participants will be encouraged to express their authentic selves, and to let their practice be their ongoing teacher.

Sessions will focus on the following:

March 27th: Posture and Alignment, with Beth Rutty
Skillful alignment in asana postures is key to avoiding injury and maintain healthy function of the joints and body. This workshop will focus on the integration of the Universal Principles of Alignment in practice.

April 3rd: Injury and Change, with Beth Rutty
Injury or major life changes may disrupt even the most dedicated practice. This session will focus on posture modifications to ensure students are supported and able to continue their practice when faced with change or injury.

April 10th: Restorative Practice and Yoga Therapy, with Shelley Gower
A gentle and nurturing practice that uses props, such as bolsters and blankets, to support the body in deep relaxation. Postures are held for longer periods of time in order to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and to encourage the body and mind to experience peaceful surrender.

April 17th: Beyond Asana: Pranayama and Meditation, with Grant Hutchinson
A pranayama and meditation practice helps students to connect to the inherent wisdom within by developing greater self-awareness and attuning to Prana, “breath.” The practice offers clarity to the nature of the mind, and opens opportunities to explore and transform patterns of reactivity, attachment, and aversion, as well as cultivate a deeper relationship with one’s divine self.

For workshop questions, please feel free to be in touch with Workshop Coordinator, Allan Anderson at: [email protected]

Registration: (Early Registration is available until March 5, 2011)
Early $180+HST
Regular $200+HST

To Register, please contact Kula Burlington at 905.634.5852.

Beth Rutty - Teacher

Beth’s classes flow from the heart, marrying the body, breath and mind to the attunement of infinite beauty within and all around. She encourages students to cultivate the awareness and skills to connect to their teacher within, on the mat and in their lives.

Shelly Gower - Teacher

Shelley is a Hatha yoga teacher, specializing in restorative yoga at Kula. Her teaching embodies a patient internal focus, as she invites students to welcome ease, spaciousness, and transformation on the mat and in their lives.

Grant Hutchinson - Teacher

Grant invites students to explore stillness, whether in an energetic practice of Ashtanga Yoga or in the receptive quiet of Yin Yoga. His teaching fosters a supportive and non-competitive environment, encouraging students to embrace the gifts of the present moment.

Contact Yoga
With Sofia Jambor and Lindsey Ilott

Saturday, March 26, 2011
Kula Oakville

Bring a friend, or come alone and meet new friends in a class which will explore the transformative potential of contact yoga. Enjoy a light-hearted and grounding practice, which will inspire our human potential to connect deeply with each other and our Kula.

Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Fee:  $40/pair or $20/person + hst

*Pre-registration required
*Yearly Kula members receive 15% off registration

Sofie Jambor - Teacher

Sofie’s playful and exuberant presence infuses her teaching, lighting the way to compassion and acceptance on the mat and beyond. Her classes help students skillfully expand their boundaries from the inside out as they delve deeper on their personal journeys.

Lindsey Ilott - Teacher

Lindsey is inspired to assist students to create freedom in their body through a Yoga practice that engages optimal alignment of the body, mind and heart. She considers the fluidity of movement within our body, through asana and prana, as a conduit to radically shift and transform, both on and off the mat.

Earth Hour Celebration: Candle-lit Yoga to Live Acoustic Music
With Beth Rutty and John Bauld

Saturday, March 26, 2011
Free Community Event!

8:30pm – 9:30pm
Kula Burlington

We will gather on our mats by candle light and with the resonance of live acoustic music on March 26th to celebrate Earth Hour, a global environment movement on climate change. Kula will join millions of people around the world by turning off our lights for 60 minutes.

Join Beth Rutty for an expansive practice inspired by the light of our appreciation and deepening awareness for our planet, as John Bauld honours creation through music.

All levels welcome!

Beth Rutty - Teacher

Beth’s classes flow from the heart, marrying the body, breath and mind to the attunement of infinite beauty within and all around. She encourages students to cultivate the awareness and skills to connect to their teacher within, on the mat and in their lives.

Nonviolent Communication: Transform Your Relationships
With Martha Lasley and Henry Wai

April 1-3, 2011
Kula Burlington

Discover a life-transforming communication practice that builds trust, transforms conflict, and supports authentic relationships.

Nonviolent Communication is both a concrete set of skills and a spiritual practice that leads to inner and outer harmony. The simple 4-step process supports emotional freedom, self-acceptance, inner peace, and fulfilling relationships. The practices include expressing ourselves honestly, listening with empathy, and developing more inner compassion. Nonviolent Communication was created by clinical psychologist and international peacemaker Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, with the global Center for Nonviolent Communication.

Join us for a fun, experiential, and moving exploration of the principles and practices of Compassionate Nonviolent Communication (NVC).

Discover simple ways to:
• Remain centered and peaceful while hearing difficult messages
• Identify the positive motivation that underlies all blame, judgment and criticism
• Shift patterns of thinking to transform depression, guilt, or shame resolve long-standing conflicts and heal painful relationships
• Inspire others to change their behavior willingly

The core practice of empathy helps you stay connected during challenging conversations. This training is full of activities and experiential practices, including ways to:

• Distinguish between observations and evaluations, feelings and thoughts, needs and strategies, requests and demands
• Choose from four ways of listening, translating habitual reactions into the language of compassion
• Express yourself honestly and openly
• Attune to life-giving forces and create strategies that work for everyone
• Initiate difficult conversations with more ease and confidence

No previous experience required. Everyone is welcome, beginners to people with prior NVC experience. Our intention is to make the training accessible and meaningful for everyone! You will leave with the ability to transform your relationships by practicing self-empathy, connecting deeply to the needs of others, and asking for what you want.

Friday – 6:30-8:30pm
Saturday: 10:00-1:00pm (lunch)  2:30-5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00-1:00pm


Transform Your Relationships with Nonviolent Communication: Introduction Friday Evening: : $25+ hst

Transform Your Relationships with Nonviolent Communication: Weekend  (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Early registration (available until March 11th) $200 + hst
Regular Registration (March 12th) $225 + hst

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About the Trainers:

Martha Lasley  - Nonviolent Communication Trainer, MBA

Martha integrates Nonviolent Communication and transformational coaching to help people experience the alchemy of shifting blame and judgment into compassion and love. As a certified trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication, she works with visionaries and social activists to unleash passion and create change. She designs and delivers coach training programs to ignite personal and organizational transformation. She teaches Nonviolent Communication around the world, in prisons, universities, NGOs, corporations, and homes. She is the author of two books, Courageous Visions and Facilitating with Heart.

Henry Wai - Nonviolent Communications Trainer

Henry Wai supports people to work effectively, compassionately and with vitality. He has 23 years of experience leading trainings, developing programs and delivering direct service in areas such as employment counselling, volunteer management, community housing, adult education and social enterprise. Since 2001, Henry has enjoyed deepening his practice and ability to train and support others using the NVC process. He has led trainings, retreats and deepening programs in England, Canada and  the U.S.A.  Henry Wai is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication.

Pregnancy Massage Workshop for Partners and Loved-Ones
With Sarah Stephen-Trull, RMT

April 2, 2011
Kula Burlington

Time: 2:00-4:00pm

Join Registered Massage Therapist, Sarah Stephen-Trull for a workshop designed to empower partners to use therapeutic touch and massage to help relieve common aches and pains during pregnancy and labour. In addition to supporting the physical body, awareness will also be brought to cultivating a bond and expressing love through nurturing touch and supported relaxation for mommy and baby.

Daddies will also receive Partner Massage Certificate for baby book!

Workshop Overview:

Massage During Pregnancy

  • How to improve posture
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Relieve common muscular complaints during pregnancy
  • Relieving headaches due to muscle tension
  • Abdominal massage
  • Hand & foot massage

Massage for Labour Support

  • Benefits of massage during labor
  • Pre-labor massage ~ jaw, temples, hips
  • Hands & Feet massage
  • Belly rubs for contractions
  • During Lull of labor ~ relaxation techniques
  • During active labor ~ massage to ease back labor

$65 + HST

*Registration is limited to 5 couples.

* Please bring 4-5 pillows, and two Towels; wear comfy clothing and bring any questions you may have about massage during pregnancy.

To register, Please contact Kula Burlington at 905.634.5852

Sarah Stephen-Trull, Registered Massage Therapist, Osteopathy (Current Studies) Reiki Practitioner, Certified Reflexologist, Past Life Regression Facilitator

Sarah has been a practicing massage therapist since 2003, and she is affiliated with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. With a holistic approach to healing the body, Sarah also incorporates Reflexology and Reiki into her practice. It is her deep intention as a therapist to treat the whole person: body, mind and soul.


Crystal Bowl and Gong Concert
With David Hickey of Crystal Journey

Sounds of the Solar System
Saturday, April 16, 2011

Kula Oakville

Join us for an evening of musical wonder and attunement to the pure and powerful acoustic instrumentation of  Crystal Bowls and Gongs with renowned musician, David Hickey.

Time: 8:00pm
Fee: $25 +hst

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David Hickey, Musician

David has been performing throughout Canada and the United States for over 8 years. With over 800 shows to date, and 7 CDs, he continues to blaze a trail for his unique blend of improvised music with sonically pure and powerful all acoustic instrumentation. His music is aligned with the deep intention to elevate the spirit and promote healing through the harmonious resonance of crystal bowls and gongs, which invites a mystical escape of healing tones, beauty and inspiration.


Little & Young Yogis: Spring Program
with Stephanie Colosimo

April-June, 2011
Kula Oakville 

Little Yogis (5-8 years-Old)
When: Sunday, May 1 - June 26, 2011
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Cost: $112 (8 Classes; includes HST)

Drop-in classes: May 1st & 8th 

*Please note, there is no class May 22nd due to the long weekend 


Modules of Study through Yoga:

Module 1 -  My Body : Discovering
Module 2 - Our Planet : Flowing through the elements
Module 3 -  Around the World : Exploration of the world's cultures through music, folk & tales, and a celebration of diversity!

Young Yogis (9-13 Years-Old)

When: Friday, April 29 - June 24, 2011 
Time: 5:00-6:00pm
Cost: $112 (8 Classes; Includes HST)

Drop-in classes: April 29th & May 6th

*Please note, there is no class on May 20th due to the long weekend

Modules of Study through Yoga:

Module 1 - My Body & Asana : Learning to express myself
Module 2 - Awareness & Self Esteem
Module 3 - Expanding; developing focus and strength. Applying the princinples of yoga in everyday life!

To register, please contact studio reception. 905.829.3443


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Classes guide children and teens in a non-competitive environment to explore movement, breath, and relaxation techniques that are creative and playful. With a holistic approach to yoga, instructor Stephanie Colosimo incorporates strengthening and heart opening postures that encourage self-awareness, clarity of mind, balance, and positive intention.

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