Family Yoga

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One of the best gifts that you can give your children is the gift of yoga. Yoga teaches children to control their body, their breathing and their emotions. The benefits of yoga for children are both physical and non-physical. It helps build strength, and improves flexibility, coordination and balance. It reinforces the mind-body connection by practicing mindfulness – an awareness of your thoughts and actions. Focusing on breathing gives children the skills to calm their bodies in stressful or upsetting situations.

Whether you’re a complete newbie to yoga yourself or if you have your own daily practice or fall somewhere in between – now is the time to begin! Yoga is for everyone: young or old, fit or unfit, flexible or inflexible, laid back or high strung. Be your child’s best example by doing a yoga class together! The Yoga Shack on Ann has Family Yoga classes TODAY, June 14 and in two weeks on June 28 at 11:00am. It is only $5 per person. Bring your own mats or rent them at the studio.

Yoga Shack on Ann is at 203-140 Ann Street. You can find parking and the entrance on Piccadilly Street, off Talbot Street. The studio opens 30 minutes before class. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before class starts. Dress comfortably and bring a reusable water bottle. Namaste!

Mother’s Day

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and whether you’re looking to treat your own mom to something special or you’re planning on conveniently texting this link to someone in your life for a little reminder, we are sure there will be something on this list for everyone.

WHAT TO DO

There are a number of places hosting specials for moms on Mother’s Day. Here are a few:

YOGA SHACK

Yoga Shack on Ann St is having family yoga at 2pm on Sunday. Kids 5+ welcome, $5 each with all proceeds going to Africa Yoga Project. They’re also having a sale on passes for Mother’s Day, on now until Sunday. Treat yourself or your mom!

MOKSHA YOGA

All current pass members are invited to bring their mom, step-mom, mother-in-law, or mom-figure with them to class on Sunday for free! One guest per Mokshie.

STORYBOOK GARDENS

Moms and Grandma’s get into the park free on Mother’s Day! There will also be special Train Par-Tea with free lemonade served to passengers. Train tickets are $2/person (babies free).

EAST PARK GOLF GARDENS

East Park is open for Mother’s Day! They are offering mom’s a free round of mini-golf with a paid partner at the adult rate. Golf activities are open from 9:00am to dusk on Sunday.

LONDON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Mom’s get into the museum for free on Sunday! The Children’s Museum is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday.

WHERE TO EAT

PALASAD

Mom’s eat free ALL WEEKEND (yes! starting today!) at Palasad. Kids must be there with you and someone has to order something more expensive than your meal. While you’re there, enter to win a Spa Day.

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

A number of places will be hosting special brunches for Mother’s Day. Make reservations as soon as possible because it is a popular event no matter where you’re going! These are only a few of the places doing something special; call up your favourite restaurant (or your mom’s!) and see if they have something special going on.

Ramada Inn

Idlewyld Inn and Spa

Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Eldon House

Elm Hurst Inn & Spa

Western Fair District, Top of the Fair

Best Western Lamplighter Inn, Shelly’s Tap and Grill

Delta London Armouries Hotel

Hilton London, blakes

STAY AT HOME

Make Mother’s Day a stay-at-home, family day. Have a staycation in your own backyard or living room. Stay in your PJ’s, watch movies, snuggle, have a Wii marathon, take a long bath, have someone give you a manicure, and do whatever else you want to do with your kids – MOM gets to make all of the decisions, including making none of the decisions if that’s what suits you. Make sure everyone is aware of it the day before – no gifts needed, just their presence to make the day special. Or kick them out of the house and have the staycation all to yourself. It’s your day.

SUP

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There is a new sport that has been gaining a lot of attention the past few summers – Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). SUP is fun, challenging, and something that anyone can give a try recreationally or pursue it as a sport. Part surfing, part kayaking, SUP provides an entire body workout – your lower body and core are working hard to keep you balanced and stable, your upper body is benefiting from the paddling. The view you get when SUP is unlike anything else, almost like you’re walking across the water, seeing everything around you.

Many resorts and beach locations now have places that will rent SUP’s by the hour or day and there are also many classes that are popping up that will teach you how to use a SUP with the proper technique if you’re a little unsure of your abilities. The boards vary, they can be more stable like a kayak and quite easy to stand on or they can be more like a surf board and require a bit more skill.

WhaSUP + City of London Aquatics

In a match made in SUP heaven, WhaSUP Performance Stand Up Paddle Boards out of Troy, Ontario, have paired up with the City of London Aquatics to offer Intro to SUP classes at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre. You can take this opportunity to learn the basics of SUP and practice it in a pool setting before testing out your skills on the open water. Due to overwhelming popularity, the classes have been filling up almost as quickly as the City could announce them. As of the time of posting, there are four spots open for next Saturday’s lesson and all of the other classes have been waitlisted. If you are interested put yourself on a waitlist to encourage the city to add more classes! **in the online spectrum, search Aquatics -> Leadership -> page 3

SUP Yoga

Mastered the paddleboard and looking for a REAL challenge? SUP Yoga has become the best combination for adventurous yogi’s to take their practice one step further. Doing a tree pose on land may challenge your balance, but it has nothing on doing a tree pose on the water! A simple mountain pose (aka standing in stillness) may become your biggest nemesis if you’re ready to give it a try. Leave your serious self at home: plan to struggle, plan to laugh, plan to fall in, and plan to get a yoga workout like never before. The reward is a savasana that will lull you into a deep, well-deserved relaxation.

The City of London Aquatics, WhaSUP and Laurie Guthrie have come together to offer SUP Yoga classes at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre! These classes are so popular that they’ve had to add not one, but two more groups of lessons to satisfy the demand. There are two spots open for April 4 at the time of this post, but there’s a good chance they’re already gone. Get yourself on a waitlist and cross your fingers that they add more!

Didn’t get in to the City’s classes? Both WhaSUP and Laurie Guthrie offer SUP and SUP Yoga classes in the warmer months at beaches nearby.

 

 

Yoga

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Everyone has heard of yoga and many people have even given it a try, either with a video or a class here and there. Yoga has been around for centuries because it’s amazing! It changes your body, your perspective, your approach to life and even your parenting. Doing yoga is a fantastic way of interacting with your children and giving you both body awareness and strength – be it prenatal, postnatal, mommy & me, family yoga or yoga on your own. Many people assume that to practice yoga you have to be flexible or fit, but this isn’t true! It is through yoga that you become flexible and strong. Yoga is truly for everyone. Have you ever heard someone say that they regret practicing yoga? Nope!

Want to give it a try? You’re in luck! There are many great yoga studios in London, accommodating everyone from the very beginner to the experienced yogi.

YOGA SHACK

Yoga Shack is owned by a fabulous London mom, Lisa Shackleton. There are two Yoga Shack’s in London – one on Bruce Street in Wortley Village, and the second on Ann Street downtown (formerly the Lotus Centre). The Yoga Shack offers a variety of hot yoga classes for all levels, but also has prenatal yoga (non-heated), beginner yoga, hot pilates, and Flow 2 where you will learn more advanced asanas. Yoga Shack has introductory rates, student rates, class passes and memberships, as well as dozens of $5 classes every week.

MOKSHA YOGA

Moksha Yoga is part of an international yoga chain found in many big cities around the world! We are fortunate to have two Moksha studios in London – one downtown and one in southwest London. Moksha occasionally offers family yoga classes in a reduced-heat room! They also have the traditional hot Moksha classes, flow classes and yin/yang classes for those who want to slow it down and go deep. Moksha has introductory rates, student discounts, class passes and memberships, as well as community classes for $7 and karma classes which donate back to the community.

YOGA CENTRE LONDON

The Yoga Centre follows the Iyengar method of yoga. They offer classes by the session that vary between 8 and 12 weeks in length. Students begin with an introductory class, followed by Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3, advancing when they have mastered the foundations of each level. The Yoga Centre also offers classes for people who are unable to attend traditional yoga classes due to particular challenges.

BIKRAM YOGA LONDON

Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 poses done in a hot room. Every class is 90 minutes and every class follows the same poses in the same order. The practice was founded by Bikram Choudry, a yogi who believes that the sequence allows you to open, strengthen and tone your body with maximum benefit. Bikram Yoga London is located in southwest London and has daily classes. They offer introductory rates, student and senior discounts, passes and memberships.

THE CHILDREN’S GARDEN YOGA AND REIKI

Yoga Barb offers classes for kids, families, and adults. Her calm and playful manner will have your child falling in love with yoga from an early age! Join them for a session or sign them up for their own classes. Inquire about Yoga for the Special Child for children who have diagnoses that prevent them from participating fully in a typical yoga class. Yoga will teach your child calming techniques, mindfulness, and allow them to explore their body and physical potential. The Children’s Garden Yoga runs through sessions.