New Workshop Series – Yoga FUNdamentals with Carie (September 18-October 9)

Red Owl Yoga is excited to offer a new class to bring you back to basics!
From September 18th to October 9th, our 4-part workshop with Carie Santo will benefit both beginners and experienced yogis alike.
Carie will introduce (or re-introduce) you to fundamental concepts of breath, alignment and intention, leading you through a gentle yet powerful practice. Each week’s class will build on the previous week. Sequence and pose handouts will be provided so you can practice on your own whenever you like. And of course, there will be lots of laughter and fun.
Here are the details:
  • This class will run on Fridays at 12:30 pm beginning on September 18th and ending on October 9th.

 

  • If registering for the full series, you have three payment options:
    • Use your existing Red Owl Yoga punch pass. Please note that all four classes will be deducted from your pass upon registration. OR
    • Use your unlimited monthly pass. OR
    • Make an investment of $60 (cash, cheque or e-transfer to eileenchan23@gmail.com).

 

  • A minimum of seven (7) students must register or this class will be cancelled. The class will be limited to a maximum of 14 participants. Sign up today to avoid disappointment!

 

  • Can’t commit to all four classes? Drop in whenever you’d like.

 

 

 

To register or for more information, please email us at info@redowlyoga.com.

 

Take your practice outside this summer!

It’s official: Edmonton knows how to do summer up right! From our festivals to our gorgeous river valley trails, we’re a world-class summer destination.

And now, Red Owl is getting in on the fun. We’re teaming up with the Edmonton Arts Council to celebrate summer in the city with free outdoor yoga classes in the heart of downtown.

Starting May 26th, join our instructors above Tix on the Square in Churchill Square every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. The sheltered upstairs patio area can be accessed via the outdoor staircase next to the building. Please bring your own yoga mat and dress for the weather.

See you in the Square!

 

Join us at the Health and Wellness Mountain Retreat (August 27-31)

I am excited to invite you to join me on a 5 day journey in the pristine setting of Golden BC on a Health and Wellness Retreat. Bringing together a diversity of yoga styles, nutrition, meditation and our natural surroundings will be 5 incredible RYT certified instructors including international yogi Amanda Lynn Ings joining us from Bali, as well as an amazing community of local Alberta based instructors Helen Trefry, Clayton Stuka and Erin Westman.

 

LOCATION:

The retreat will be held at Quantum Leaps Lodge, a unique, peaceful, scenic, and spiritual riverside retreat in the Blaeberry Valley just 15 minutes northwest of Golden, BC.  The location is approximately 5.5 hours from Edmonton via Banff National Park.

 

FOOD:

The retreat will be fully catered by Private Chef and founder of Full Element Living, a personalized health and wellness coaching service, Amy Trefry. Nutritious and health balancing meals will be prepared with local, seasonal, and organic foods where available. Please fill out the food sensitivity form should you have any dietary restrictions.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Every one of us has a different place that is their health and wellness equilibrium and we all find comfort and enjoyment, relaxation and rejuvenation or energy and inspiration from as many different health modalities as individuals seeking them. The intent of this retreat is to provide a collaborative, integrative and diverse array of opportunities for each person to experience and achieve their own personal brand of health and wellness and broadens our view of what we view as yoga. A full schedule will be sent out to registered participants.

The formal program will begin at 5:00 pm on Thursday, August 27th and conclude at lunchtime on Monday, August 31st, to accommodate travel time or provide you with an opportunity to relax and explore the area.

 

PAYMENT:

To register please contact: amytrefry@hotmail.com. A non-refundable deposit of $300 must be made at the time of the booking with the remainder paid in full before July 1st 2015. Payment can be made via e-transfer to amytrefry@hotmail.com or through paypal.

Mountain Yoga Retreat Golden

New Registered Class: The Intricate Art of Arm Balancing with Jenn Poholka

Red Owl Yoga is excited to offer a new registered class to help you fly!
From May 8th to 29th, our 4-part workshop with Jenn Poholka will open you up to a new perspective in life. For this 50 minute class you will learn how the balance on your hands and eventually make your way upside down.
We often tell ourselves that we cannot arm balance because it looks to hard or we say we are not strong enough. Almost everyone is capable to do some form of an arm balance it is often our ego or “fear” telling us no. These classes will help you connect to breath techniques, bandha (locks in the body), and lots of core that will help you on your journey to arm balance. We will start with the basics (foundation) with an intention of having fun and being playful. We will work as a team to support each other into more challenging poses.
Here are the details:
  • This class will run on Fridays at 12:30 pm beginning on May 8th and ending May 29th, and will replace our existing 12:30 drop-in Vinyasa Flow class on Fridays.

 

  • You must register by Monday, May 4th if you are interested. Only those who have registered may attend.

 

  • When registering, you have three payment options:
    • Use your existing Red Owl Yoga punch pass. Please note that all four classes will be deducted from your pass upon registration. OR
    • Use your unlimited monthly pass. OR
    • Make an investment of $60 (cash, cheque or e-transfer to eileenchan23@gmail.com).

 

  • A minimum of seven (7) students must register or this class will be cancelled. The class will be limited to a maximum of 14 participants. Sign up soon to avoid disappointment!

 

To register or for more information, please email us at info@redowlyoga.com.

We hope to see you upside down!

How are we doing? Let us know and we’ll give you $10 off your next pass!

Complete our spring 2015 survey and tell us how we’re doing! If you do, you’ll be eligible for a $10 discount off the purchase of your next pass. Scroll down on the box below if you’d like to get started.

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Fall Into Your Practice with Red Owl Yoga’s Six-Week Challenge!

Our first 6-week yoga challenge was such a hit that we’re bringing it back to jump-start your post-summer yoga practice! We’re stoked to offer a great way to challenge yourself and incorporate a regular yoga practice into your hectic schedule with our “Fall Into Your Practice” 6- week yoga challenge. From September 15 to October 24, practice at least 3 times per week with Red Owl Yoga and reap the benefits of a stronger, more balanced you. All students who successfully complete our 6-week yoga challenge will also receive one month’s worth of unlimited yoga classes.

Here are the details:

  • Challenge participants must register by Friday, September 19th. Register in person at one of our classes or via email at info@redowlyoga.com;
  • An investment of $120 is due upon registration (cash, cheque, or e-transfer to eileenchan23@gmail.com). Please note that this payment is non-refundable.
  • Challenge participants will have unlimited access to all Red Owl Yoga classes during the 6-week challenge timeframe (September 15 – October 24), including our Friday Karma classes.
  • To successfully complete the 6-week challenge, participants must attend at least 18 Red Owl Yoga classes during the 6-week challenge period. You may attend multiple classes in one day if you wish.
  • Participants are responsible for signing themselves in during each class they attend. A special sign-on sheet for challengers will be provided.
  • Participants who attend at least 18 Red Owl Yoga classes betweenSeptember 15 and October 24 will receive one month’s worth of unlimited free classes from October 27 to November 27, inclusive. That means you’ll have access to 10 weeks of unlimited yoga for only $120!
  • If you have any other questions, feel free to ask any of our amazing yoga instructors or email us at info@redowlyoga.com

We can’t wait to see you on your mat more often!

Red Owl Yoga Celebrates Its First Anniversary!

On August 29th, Red Owl Yoga celebrated its first anniversary! We’re still in the mood to celebrate, so for the entire month of September (which also happens to be National Yoga Month!), we’re taking this opportunity to send each and every single one of our students a huge ‘thank-you’, complete with genuine love vibes! We wouldn’t be here without you.

In celebration of our first anniversary, we’ll be giving away five 10-class punch cards to some lucky Red Owl yogis. There are 3 ways to win:

  1. Tell all your family members and friends about us! The student with the most referrals for the entire month of September will win a 10-class pass. Don’t forget to remind your family members and friends to mention your name when they drop in for a class.
  2. Share our First Anniversary post from Red Owl Yoga’s Facebook page, get 5 “Likes” on your shared post and we’ll enter your name into a draw to win a 10-class punch card. We’ve got two of these passes to give away, so share often! We’ll have our special First Year Anniversary post up on our page shortly, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for it.
  3. The more you practice, the more chances you have to win! Each time you attend a Red Owl Yoga class in September, your name will be entered to win a 10-class pass. Two passes are up for grabs in this draw, so dust off your yoga mat and meet us at the Citadel.

A delicious cleansing recipe for spring

 

In the spirit of the season, and the theme of our 6-week Spring Challenge, I’d like to share a recipe from a dear friend of mine. Erin Gionet is a Culinary Nutrition Expert based in Calgary. I met Erin during my 300-hour yoga teacher training program in 2012 (funny how Erins of a feather flock together!). She has since gone on to start her own holistic nutrition coaching company called Fresh Start Wellness.

I love this Kale and Quinoa Salad recipe because it’s full of so many of my favourite things. It’s filling and packed with protein, but still light and fresh – perfect for spring.

Find the original recipe and others on the Fresh Start Wellness blog here. And follow Fresh Start Wellness on Facebook for more yummy goodness. Enjoy!

 

Spring Detox Kale & Quinoa Salad
Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed and soaked for 4-8 hours
1 ¼ cups filtered water
1 ½ tsp Celtic sea salt (divided)
1 large head curly kale, washed, de-stemmed and finely chopped
2 Tbsp cold-pressed flax or hemp oil (or substitute extra-virgin olive oil)
1 ¾ cups cooked chickpeas, or 1 – 14 oz can, drained and rinsed (be sure to use a BPA-free brand, such as Eden Organic)
1 sweet bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 medium zucchini, diced
1 large carrot, shredded
¼ cup red onion, diced
1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
¼ cup hemp hearts
Juice of 1-2 lemons
2-3 tsp ground cumin
2 full droppers of Oceans Alive Marine Phytoplankton (optional)

– Drain quinoa and rinse well under cold running water. Place in medium saucepan and add water and ½ tsp of salt. Bring saucepan to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool, uncovered. When quinoa is cool, fluff with a fork to separate grains.
– Place chopped kale in a large bowl. Sprinkle with flax or hemp oil and 1 tsp of salt. Massage the kale vigorously until the leaves soften and the juice begins to release.
– Add cooked quinoa and remaining ingredients and toss well to combine, being careful not to crush the tomatoes.
– Adjust seasoning and allow to chill in the refrigerator or serve immediately. Garnish with sliced avocado and a lime wedge if desired.
– Leftovers keep for 3 days in the refrigerator and make a great packed lunch!

Time-saving tip: If you do not have time to soak the quinoa, increase the amount of cooking water to 1 ¾ cups.

 

Why teaching yoga is the best job in the world

Before I started teaching yoga, I didn’t believe there was such as thing as a “calling” or a purpose in life. I thought that those who professed otherwise were just deluding themselves. At best, maybe it existed for others, but it didn’t seem to exist for me. All that changed the first time I stood in front of a roomful of people and used my voice to guide them through a simple sequence of yoga postures.

It was 2009 and I was in my first week of yoga teacher training. We were just beginning to learn about anatomy, alignment, yoga philosophy, and how to instruct a class, and my classmates and I were taking turns leading each other through a few basic poses. When it was my turn to stand at the front of the room, I was excited and a little terrified. Would I freeze up and completely forget what I had wanted to say? Would I get tongue-tied or out of breath? I was no stranger to public speaking but this was a whole new realm for me. And then just a few moments later, it was over and I went back to my own mat as the next teacher-in-training stepped up.

I don’t remember which poses I taught or what words I used, but I will never forget the way I felt afterwards. It was as though a switch had been flipped inside me. I distinctly remember thinking, “Oh, so THIS is what people mean when they say they’ve found their calling!” Never before had I felt such joy, effortless flow and present-moment awareness as I had when I stepped into the role of a teacher. And five years later, I still feel the same.

It’s difficult to put into words exactly why teaching yoga resonates so deeply with me but I’ll do my best. Here are just a few of the many reasons:

  • It allows me to share what I’m truly passionate about: the teachings of yoga that have been passed down to me by my teachers, the empowerment of taking an active role in one’s own wellness, and the beauty of a practice that always meets you where you are.
  • The light and energy I see reflected back in the faces of my students.
  • The privilege and honour of witnessing the transformation – not just physical, but emotional and even spiritual – that occurs each time someone steps onto their mat.
  • The joy of guiding others inward to (re)discover their own innate truth, ability, beauty and authenticity.
  • It inspires me to practice, read, discuss, write and think. The more I learn about the art and science of yoga, the more it becomes apparent that there’s so much more I need to learn. Teaching leads me back to my own mat, again and again.
  • (Honourable mention: Teaching yoga gives me a reason to use Sanskrit words in public.)

For all of these reasons and many more, I always make a point of thanking my students after each class. Without their presence, I wouldn’t be able to experience having the best job in the world.

A Spring Tune-Up from Red Owl Yoga

Spring is here and it’s time for a yoga tune-up! We’re excited to offer a way for you to challenge yourself and incorporate a regular yoga practice into your life. From April 7th until May 16th, practice at least 3 times per week with Red Owl and reap the benefits of a stronger, more balanced you. All students who successfully complete our 6-week challenge will also receive one month of unlimited yoga classes.

Here are the details:

– Challenge participants must register by Friday April 11th. Register in person at one of our classes or via email.

– Payment of $120 is due upon registration (cash, cheque or e-transfer to eileenchan23@gmail.com). Please note that this payment is non-refundable.

– Challenge participants will have unlimited access to all Red Owl Yoga classes during the 6-week challenge period (April 7 to May 16), including Karma classes and Yoga Nidra.

– To successfully complete the 6-week challenge, participants must attend at least 18 Red Owl Yoga classes during the 6-week challenge period. You may attend multiple classes in one day if you wish.

– Participants are responsible for signing themselves in at each class they attend. A special sign-in sheet for challengers will be provided.

– Challenge participants who attend at least 18 Red Owl Yoga classes between April 7th and May 16th will receive one month of unlimited free classes from May 20th to June 20th, inclusive. That means you’ll get ten weeks of unlimited yoga for just $120!

Questions? Please ask any of our instructors or email us at info@redowlyoga.com.

If you’re ready to take the challenge, sign up today. It’s going to be a great spring!