What a year!

This time last year ( 2018 ) I was just finishing my 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Renew. It was an incredible experience that opened many doors. My mission was to be able to bring more knowledge to my home practice but by the time I was certified I had a desire to share.

In January 2019 I rented a studio space and was offering public classes and private sessions. By summer I booked my first workshop which was such a fantastic experience called “Nourished by Nature”. I took a group of 11 students on a nature walk with the assistantance of an up coming herblist Autumn Willow. We walked the lush forests and talked about the many trees and plants that have multiple way to be used from medicine, tea’s and edible. Then continued to a white sandy beach, it was a stunning day, the sun was shining and the ocean was calm. Ending in Savanasa taking in the salty fresh air, it was such pleasure to share my passion for nature and yoga. “Movement and Plants is my thing”, I plan to do more workshops in the future!

This fall I have been taking advantage of the opportunity that I have a life time access to my online course and just finished reviewing the 200 hours. I believe we are constantly learning and there is so much to learn. I’m getting ready to embark my round of courses with Kristin Weber Science of Slow and The Yoga & Neuroscience Connection. I plan to take my 300 hrs in the future. It’s been such a pleasure to be able to share my yoga adventures, knowledge and inspire others to give yoga a try. If your interested in expanding your yoga experience check out the link.

https://www.yogarenewteachertraining.com/?affcode=154605_9s6qa8xu

Yoga Teacher Training

photo by Richard Trueman

In 2018 I took the plunge and signed up for my 200 hrs Yoga Teacher Training. My goal was to have a fantastic home practice that I could sequence to my every day needs. As every day our bodies are different, our practice changes constantly and living rural on Cortes Island there was not always a yoga class available. I researched out many school from destination, in cities to online. That’s when I found http://www.yogarenewteachertraining.com The price was right, I could study at my own pace and have a life time access to the course that is constantly being up dated with more offerings Since receiving my certificate I have taught public classes, private sessions and a workshop. I have also had the opportunity to review the course again in prep to continue my yoga journey. I can not express how much I learned and then having access to review the information again is so valuable and you always can reference back to the course at anytime. If you or someone you know is interested in expanding their knowledge in yoga I strongly suggest checking out Yoga Renew the opportunities are endless and it’s a very supportive yoga family with lots of successful teachers, teaching in varies environments. Also offering 300 and 500 hours which helps to open many doors all from the comfort of your home. For more information please follow my link.

https://www.yogarenewteachertraining.com/?affcode=154605_9s6qa8xu

Nourished by Nature!

NOURISHED BY NATURE – Wednesday JULY 31 – 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

All locals and visitors are invited to join me on a lush forest nature walk, followed by rejuvenating yoga and meditation on the beach. Come along and nourish your body, mind, and soul!

All levels and ages are welcome. Please contact Friends of Cortes Island to book your spot: friendsofcortesisland@gmail.com

What to bring: Please bring a yoga mat, something to drink (water is best!), snacks, and remember to wear suitable clothing.

Where to meet: Mansons’ Hall parking lot around 9:45 am. Please be prepared to walk back up to the parking lot from the white sand beach at the end of this activity.

Payment: $20 – Payment will be received at event

Get Outdoors

After a colder than usual winter, Spring is now in full effect! It is the perfect time to take your yoga practice Outdoors!

Being out in nature has a profound effect on our energy, it revitalizes us, helps us ground, and provides us with the feeling we had as a child every time we got out in nature – Running wild without a care in the world, the wind in our hair, listening to the sounds of birds, bugs and frogs all around, gazing up into the sky, soaking up the warmth of  the sun (along with some vitamin D!) – and it brings a whole new dimension to our personal practice, whether it’s a one-on-one session, a public class at sunset, or a simple mindful walk through the trails to the white sand beach to meditate. Being outdoors is natural but in this day and age, it’s has become harder to give ourself the time to get out there… but it’s worth it!

I just spent the month of April creating an outdoor studio nestled in the forest on our property, where I am now offering private sessions. A one-on-one approach to assist you reach your goals and create a plan that suits your needs and lifestyle. I am looking forward to sharing my new space with my friends, neighbours, clients, and visitors. For private sessions please email me to schedule a free half-hour consultation and see if we can be a good fit.

Of course, the beautiful space I created has also become a hub for many other meditative pursuits such as knitting, creating yarn on my spinning wheel, soaking up the sunshine, listening to nature, sharing a pot of tea and conversation.

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Private Sessions

Have you ever felt like the Tin Man in a Yoga Class? Did you ever accidentally join an intermediate class when you are a beginner? Do you have specific needs you would like to work on and address? Then a group yoga class may not be for you right now!!!

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Private Sessions

If you would like a one-on-one approach to assist you in reaching your goals, contact me for a private session! I offer a free half-hour consultation session where we can get together and create a plan that suits your specific needs and lifestyle.

Please email me to book an appointment at balducciyoga@gmail.com

Chakras – the Sacred Wheels

Over the next few months, I’ll be working on the theme of the Chakras in the yoga classes I teach on Cortes Island. So I thought I would share some information on where your Chakras are in your body, why we care about them, and just some general thoughts on the subject. Each week I’ll dig deeper into each one!

Main Chakras

 

Chakras are energy centres that run the length of the spinal cord in our body. They play a role in our spiritual, emotional, and physical health. The word Chakra comes from the Sanskrit word for “wheel” or “circle”. There are 7 main Chakras that are recognized in common practice, two of which are aligned vertically and five others which open horizontally (on both our front and our back even though we tend to focus more on the front openings). Together they form a channel – kind of like a flute with each Chakra like a note on the scale. And this is not far from the truth since each Chakra has its own colour, note, vowel sound and symbol. They also each correspond to an organ, system, and gland in our body.

The first Chakra is located at the base of the spine and is aligned with the earth.  And as you can see on the image, the other Chakras move up the spine to the crown of the head, which is aligned with the cosmos and our Higher Self. Keep in mind, these are the main ones only and there is said to be more, both in our physical and ethereal bodies! In Yoga philosophy, it is believed that each Chakra needs to be open and aligned for the energy – or Prana – to flow harmoniously through the body. When they are aligned we feel that we are vibrating optimally, which makes us energetic and connected to our body, mind, and soul and everything around us. The first Chakra I will deepen in my practice is the Anahata (Heart) Chakra which is where we centre ourselves for love, compassion, and harmony!

Namaste,

Laura Balducci

Pranamat

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It took me a long to accept the idea that self-care is not selfish, but I’m sure glad I saw the light in the end. I have degenerative disc disease and with that comes ongoing pain, issues, and migraines due to my bones rubbing against each other. A few years back, I discovered the Pranamat. I did a lot of research into its benefits, and then I tried it and never looked back. It’s a portable massage and reflexology mat that relieves pain, promotes blood circulation and sleep… and it’s easy to travel with! When my migraines creep up, I lie on my mat and pillow and I can feel the tension melt away; I also use my mini mat in my yoga practise for standing poses and Savasana.  If I can help one person with their pain or issues, or with treating themselves to some self-care, then I have succeeded in my passion to help people feel great and healthy. If you or a loved one suffers from back pain, insomnia, or other such issues, or if you are active and love or need to treat yourself or a loved one, then check out the link