Habitat: A Community Performance Project

This year BNC was selected by the Vancouver Park Board and the Kensington Community Centre Association as recipients of the 2012 Artists in Communities Program http://vancouver.ca/parks/arts/air.htm. BNC collaborated with Maggie Winston, of Lost and Found Puppet Co, in the creation of Habitat: A Community Performance Project. We organized and facilitated a community engaged site-specific performance using dance and puppetry to animate the unique features of the facility, including a swimming pool! Visit kensingtonart.wordpress.com to see videos and images of the creation process.

 

 

 

Spring is coming…

With the first snowdrops coming up in the garden, spring is not far off. This is a great time to be practicing yoga to fend off those last winter colds, and prepare the body’s immune system for spring allergies.

I’ve found boosting up on vitamin C, nettle tea, and triphala to be helpful a few weeks before the cherry blossoms open. Triphala is a popular Indian herb combination, it is a mild detox for your colon and digestive system, and can help eliminate the build up makes allergy symptoms worse. Also, using a neti pot to keep the nasal passage clear and avoiding dairy is helpful.

And of course, rest is always helpful. For some tips on using a sandbag both in restorative yoga poses, and more active ones, check out this article I worked on for Halfmoon Yoga. http://www.halfmoon.bz/blog/?p=299

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This spring I am offering a workshop for women at East Side Yoga

April 7th, 3-5pm

Special Practice for Women

Come learn how to adjust your yoga practice to be safe and healthy during your menstrual cycle. Together we will experience a complete sequence which you can use for home practice, and learn modifications you can use in a class setting. Knowing which asanas to practice, which to avoid, and how to make adaptations can make all the difference in soothing the physical discomforts and emotional rough edges that occur during your cycle. Restore and re-energize through this quiet, steady work.

Cost is $25 and you can pre-register here:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=SXL3F7V5H38YQ

And I’ll be teaching my weekly yoga classes:

Monday evenings at Green Room Yoga:

The session runs Monday March 5th- April 29th

2645 East Hastings Street

At Green Room Yoga the small class size and progressive nature of a pre-registered class allows for a safe and supportive environment for deepening ones practice.

5:45-7:15pm Iyengar Level 1

Iyengar yoga is a systematic method of Hatha Yoga named after B.K.S. Iyengar of Pune, India, who is one of the foremost yoga masters in the world. The Iyengar method works on the principle of meditation in action. Practitioners concentrate closely on the movements in the yoga postures (asanas), bringing the body into balance by increasing mobility, stability, strength and alignment. At the same time, this intense concentration draws the attention inward, quieting and integrating mind and body. The hallmark of the Iyengar approach is the ability to adapt the poses to the needs and challenges of the individual student, making it appropriate for all ages and levels of fitness.

7:30-9:00pm Hatha Flow

This class in geared towards yoga students with some experience who would like to work on their strength, flexibility, inversions and alignment.

These are pre-register classes with some room for drop-ins.

If you are interested in attending contact alix@greenroomyoga.ca
Phone: 604-318-4066

www.greenroomyoga.ca

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East Side Yoga:

1707 Grant Street just off Commercial Drive

Thursday’s from 6-7pm: Hatha Yoga

www.eastsideyogastudio.com/studio/studio.html

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Sunday’s at Flow Yoga:

202 Burrard Street

9:30-11:00am Hatha (optional meditation from 11-11:30am)

and

12:15-1:30pm Foundation Flow….send your mom’s, your boyfriends, and anyone else curious but new.

Come for the yoga…enjoy the sauna, showers, tea lounge and other great facilities.

www.yyoga.ca

Winter Yoga Classes 2012

photo by Andi andimcleish.com

As Iyengar writes in his interpretation of Patanjali’s sutras, “yoga is the way to harmonize ourselves at every level with the natural order of the universe, from the physical to the most subtle, to reach the total state of health which brings stability, to cultivate the mind with real understanding, and to reach out ultimately to undifferentiated infinity” (Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, p.136).

Come join me this winter to practice together:

Monday evenings at Green Room Yoga:

The session runs Monday January 9th- March 4th

(please note there will be a sub teaching these classes on January 16th)

2645 East Hastings Street

At Green Room Yoga the small class size and progressive nature of a pre-registered class allows for a safe and supportive environment for deepening ones practice.

5:45-7:15pm Iyengar Level 1

Iyengar yoga is a systematic method of Hatha Yoga named after B.K.S. Iyengar of Pune, India, who is one of the foremost yoga masters in the world. The Iyengar method works on the principle of meditation in action. Practitioners concentrate closely on the movements in the yoga postures (asanas), bringing the body into balance by increasing mobility, stability, strength and alignment. At the same time, this intense concentration draws the attention inward, quieting and integrating mind and body. The hallmark of the Iyengar approach is the ability to adapt the poses to the needs and challenges of the individual student, making it appropriate for all ages and levels of fitness.

7:30-9:00pm Hatha Flow

This class in geared towards yoga students with some experience who would like to work on their strength, flexibility, inversions and alignment.

These are pre-register classes with some room for drop-ins.

If you are interested in attending contact alix@greenroomyoga.ca
Phone: 604-318-4066

www.greenroomyoga.ca

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East Side Yoga:

1707 Grant Street just off Commercial Drive

Thursday’s from 6-7pm: Hatha Yoga

www.eastsideyogastudio.com/studio/studio.html

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Sunday’s at Flow Yoga:

202 Burrard Street

*new class January 2nd onward*

9:30-11:00am Hatha (optional meditation from 11-11:30am)

and

12:15-1:30pm Foundation Flow….send your mom’s, your boyfriends, and anyone else curious but new.

Come for the yoga…enjoy the sauna, showers, tea lounge and other great facilities.

www.yyoga.ca

 

photo by Andi andimcleish.com

Fall Yoga Workshops and Classes

Happy Thanksgiving and Fall Solstice.

This fall I’ll be teaching some workshops in addition to regular classes. Please come join me to breathe, stretch, ground, strengthen and deepen your practice.

Introduction to Iyengar Yoga Workshop

Saturday November 5th, 2.30 –4.30 pm at Green Room Yoga.

$30, or $25 if you register by October 22.

Contact Meghan to register at: meghangoodman@hotmail.com

In this workshop you will learn about the lineage of Iyengar yoga, and what makes it a unique and safe system. This short discussion will be followed by a sample class appropriate for all levels of yoga students. A great workshop to ask questions and work towards balance in your practice. I am currently deep in my studies to certify as an Iyengar yoga instructor. I will sit for my first assessment this winter and am excited to share with you the invaluable information I am learning in my program.

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As well, for those who teach at Yyoga, I’ll be offering a Research and Development workshop for teachers and staff at Flow Yoga on November 2nd from 2-4pm.

Theme: Svadhistana chakra

Topic: Special Practice for Women

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And finally, lots of chances to practice at these on-going classes:

Monday evenings at Green Room Yoga:

The session runs Monday October 31st- December 18th

2645 East Hastings Street

At Green Room Yoga the small class size and progressive nature of a pre-registered class allows for a safe and supportive environment for deepening ones practice.

5:45-7:15pm Iyengar Level 1

Iyengar yoga is a systematic method of Hatha Yoga named after B.K.S. Iyengar of Pune, India, who is one of the foremost yoga masters in the world. The Iyengar method works on the principle of meditation in action. Practitioners concentrate closely on the movements in the yoga postures (asanas), bringing the body into balance by increasing mobility, stability, strength and alignment. At the same time, this intense concentration draws the attention inward, quieting and integrating mind and body. The hallmark of the Iyengar approach is the ability to adapt the poses to the needs and challenges of the individual student, making it appropriate for all ages and levels of fitness.

7:30-9:00pm Hatha Flow

This class in geared towards yoga students with some experience who would like to work on their strength, flexibility, inversions and alignment.

These are pre-register classes with some room for drop-ins. You can sign up for 4 or 7 classes in a session. If you are interested in attending contact alix@greenroomyoga.ca
Phone: 604-318-4066

www.greenroomyoga.ca

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East Side Yoga:

1707 Grant Street just off Commercial Drive

Thursday’s from 6-7pm: Hatha Yoga

www.eastsideyogastudio.com/studio/studio.html

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Sunday’s at Flow Yoga:

202 Burrard Street

12:15-1:30pm Foundation Flow….send your mom’s, your boyfriends, and anyone else curious but new. Come for the yoga…enjoy the sauna, showers, tea lounge and other great facilities.

www.yyoga.ca

Aeriosa Performs at the Dance Centre’s 10th Anniversary

Aeriosa: photo by Louise Cecil

Scotiabank Dance Centre celebrates its tenth anniversary this fall: join us for a special extended edition of our popular annual Open House, Thursday-Sunday September 15-18.

Performance: Aeriosa’s Being Thursday-Saturday September 15-17, 8.30pm
Aeriosa’s spectacular aerial dance events combine the athleticism of rock climbing with the grace and artistry of dance. Choreographer Julia Taffe’s new work Being unfolds inside the performance space, and then takes the audience outside to watch the company dance down the seven-storey exterior wall in cascading duets, trios and quartets. www.aeriosa.com
Tickets just $10! Book online or call 604.684.2787 (charges apply to phone bookings only). September 15: sold out.

Click here to view the full schedule of events.

Read more about the history of Scotiabank Dance Centre and local choreographers’ comments on its impact.

The Open House is presented with the support of

Scotiabank

Photo: Aeriosa by Louise Cecil.

Summer Has Arrived

My favorite time of year!

Sunshine, swimming, live music, outdoor yoga, dancing on the side of tall buildings, biking on the sea wall, picnics in the park, what could be sweeter?

I’m still teaching some regular yoga classes and am doing a short series or outdoor yoga in the park again. Wednesday July 20th and 27th from 7-8:30pm, meet at the beach at Trout Lake. I’ll add a few more classes in August once I know what works for everyone.

Listed below are the regular classes I’ll be teaching over the summer.

Monday evenings at Green Room Yoga: 2645 East Hastings Street

The session starts Monday June 27th- August 15th

7:00-8:30pm Energized Flow (New Time)

These are pre-register classes with some room for drop-ins. You can sign up for 5 or 8 classes in a session. If you are interested in attending contact alix@greenroomyoga.ca
Phone: 604-318-4066

www.greenroomyoga.ca

East Side Yoga: 1707 Grant Street just off Commercial Drive

Thursday’s from 6-7pm: Hatha Yoga

www.eastsideyogastudio.com/studio/studio.html

Sunday’s at Flow Yoga: 202 Burrard Street

12:15-1:30pm Foundation Flow

www.yyoga.ca

Also…..

If you’d like to check out some Aeriosa on the side of the library, there are free shows happening at noon on July 12th (11am and 12pm) and 13th at 12pm with Eagle Song.

See the Dancing on the Edge Festival page for more info on that.

http://www.dancingontheedge.org/aeriosa.php

A mixed program of dance featuring a special new collaboration betwee Aeriosa and Eagle Song Dancers and an excerpt from Aeriosa’s In Situ, which premiered as part of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad. Aeriosa resumes their relationship with architecture, live music and vertical dance with the generous support of the Vancouver Public Library.

Traditional canoe singer/dancer Bob Baker and Artistic Director of Aeriosa Julia Taffe, will lead a shared ceremony of Squamish song and dance recalling an ancient Coast Salish ritual of respect for the traditional territories of others. Squamish canoe drum dancing combined with Aeriosa’s signature vertical choreography, will truly celebrate 10,000 years of Squamish culture in the 125th anniversary of modern-day Vancouver.

The wildly popular excerpt from In Situ entitled “Business Woman’s Tango” returns to grace the elegant (and highest!) curved wall of the 22-storey Federal Office Tower at 300 West Georgia.

To get a sense of the perspective we see in the air, check out this clip that Daily Planet did with Aeriosa last spring.

http://watch.discoverychannel.ca/daily-planet/june-2011/daily-planet—june-30-2011/#clip492934

May Yoga Classes

Ustrasana (camel pose) is a great counterpose for those who work at a computer all day, carry children around, spend hours hunched over in the garden, or are just feeling low energy. It stretches the entire front of the body, the ankles, thighs, groins, abdomen, chest, throat and deep hip flexors (psoas). It strengthens the back muscles and improves posture while stimulating the organs in the abdomen and neck.

Come practice with me this month, both restorative and energizing asanas.

Let’s find our balance, our sattva, the luminosity that comes with clarity of mind.

Monday evenings at Green Room Yoga:

The session starts Monday May 2nd- June 26st (no class Victoria Day May 23rd)

2645 East Hastings Street

These classes are both energizing and calming. I incorporating alignment principles from my studies of Iyengar Yoga into sun salutations, flowing sequences of standing poses, core strengthening, seated and reclining poses. As the students progress, I introduce the challenge and playfulness of arm balances and inversions. At Green Room Yoga the small class size and progressive nature of a pre-registered class allows for a safe and supportive environment for deepening ones practice.

5:45-7:15pm Hatha

*suitable for students newer to yoga, and those looking to refine their understanding of the poses

7:30-9:00pm Energized Flow

*This class in geared towards yoga students with some experience who would like to work on their strength, flexibility and alignment.

These are pre-register classes with some room for drop-ins. You can sign up for 5 or 8 classes in a session. If you are interested in attending contact alix@greenroomyoga.ca
Phone: 604-318-4066

www.greenroomyoga.ca

East Side Yoga:

1707 Grant Street just off Commercial Drive

Thursday’s from 6-7pm: Hatha Yoga (there will be a sub in on May 26th)

www.eastsideyogastudio.com/studio/studio.html

Sunday’s at Flow Yoga:

202 Burrard Street

12:15-1:30pm Foundation Flow….send your mom’s, your boyfriends, and anyone else curious but new. Come for the yoga…enjoy the sauna, showers, tea lounge and other great facilities.

www.yyoga.ca

Upcoming Dance Performances April 29 & 30

Sara Coffin: taking your experience for mine

World premiere

Presented through The Dance Centre’s Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award


Friday & Saturday April 29 & 30 at 8pm


Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver

 

Tickets: International Dance Day special April 29 – all tickets $15. April 30: $25/$18 students and seniors

Tickets Tonight: 604 684 2787 http://www.ticketstonight.ca

Information: 604 606 6400 http://www.thedancecentre.ca

 

The rapidly evolving relationship between people, technology and online culture inspires taking your experience for mine, an adventurous ensemble work created by Sara Coffin, one of BC’s most exciting emerging choreographic voices.  Her new work will investigate how digital traces left for the taking can affect the body and alter the concept of self. Governed by digital devices, flat screens, and conditioned responses; is dialing into the digital network altering one’s ability to attune? Performed by dancers Julia Carr, Amanda Sheather, Meghan Goodman and Jacinte Armstrong, the piece will feature an original score by Coffin’s longtime collaborator Phil Thomson, video and visuals by Andrew Hawryshkewich, and lighting design by Kimberly Plough. taking your experience from mine is presented through The Dance Centre’s third Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award, which is awarded every two years to a young choreographer who shows exceptional promise.

March Yoga Classes

 

photo by Lynne Spencer

Recently I got a chance to combine two of my loves, hanging upside down on the side of a building, with yoga!

In February I had a wonderful afternoon with photographer Lynne Spencer some of the lovely staff from Halfmoon yoga, demonstrating their sling in use. We got to shoot in the beautiful Yoga Space studio where I study Iyengar yoga with Louie Ettling, and Louie was there working with me on alignment and showing us some of the great asanas you can do using the sling.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7tmBjWX8D0&feature=player_embedded

Looking forward to a wonderful month of yoga and the first signs of spring.

My teaching schedule for March is as follows:

 

Monday evenings at Green Room Yoga:

The session starts Monday March 7th- May 1st

2645 East Hastings Street

These classes are both energizing and calming. I incorporating alignment principles from my studies of Iyengar Yoga into sun salutations, flowing sequences of standing poses, core strengthening, seated and reclining poses. As the students progress, I introduce the challenge and playfulness of arm balances and inversions. At Green Room Yoga the small class size and progressive nature of a pre-registered class allows for a safe and supportive environment for deepening ones practice.

5:45-7:15pm Hatha (class on Easter Monday)

*suitable for students newer to yoga, and those looking to refine their understanding of the poses

7:30-9:00pm Energized Flow (no class on Easter Monday)

*This class in geared towards yoga students with some experience who would like to work on their strength, flexibility and alignment.

These are pre-register classes with some room for drop-ins. If you are interested in attending contact alix@greenroomyoga.ca
Phone: 604-318-4066

www.greenroomyoga.ca

East Side Yoga:

1707 Grant Street just off Commercial Drive

New Class: Iyengar Level 1 (last class March 31st)

Wednesday’s from 10-11:15am

Developed by B.K.S. Iyengar of Pune, India, Iyengar yoga is known for its attention to correct physical alignment in all postures, leading to the goal of meditation in action. Through the use of props such as straps, blocks, blankets, and bolsters, this method allows students to find better mobility and steadiness in their practice.

Iyengar yoga emphasizes the importance of inverted poses and works with preparations for each student at their appropriate levels. The Level 1 Iyengar class offered at East Side yoga is a good introduction for students new to yoga, new to Iyengar yoga, and those wanting to deepen their understanding of the poses, gain strength, agility and improved focus.

Thursday’s from 6-7pm: Hatha Yoga

$12 to drop-in for an hour

$15 to drop-in for an hour and 15 minutes

pass cards available see website for more info

www.eastsideyogastudio.com/studio/studio.html

Sunday’s at Flow Yoga:

202 Burrard Street

12:15-1:30pm Foundation Flow….send your mom’s, your boyfriends, and anyone else curious but new. Come for the yoga…enjoy the sauna, showers, tea lounge and other great facilities.

www.yyoga.ca

 

seated pranayama

Aeriosa Performances on Granville Island February 26th and 27th for the Winterruption Festival

POP UP DANCES – COME BACK, MY SUN
Feb 26 & 27, 2011
12, 1, 2, 3, 4 PM
Presented by New Works as part of Granville Island’s Winterruption Festival 2011
Road safety workers channel Elvis Presley channeling Italian folk ballads in his glory days! If it sounds confusing don’t worry – once you add Aeriosa’s exuberant vertical moves into the mix – somehow it all makes sense. 50 years ago these pop songs convinced Barry White to pursue a career in music.  Performed five times daily by Kira Schaffer and Meghan Goodman on the pillars under the Granville Street Bridge.
COLD HANDS WARM HEART TOO
Feb 25-27, 2011
5:30, 6:30, 7:30 PM
Granville Island
Suspended high above the ground, four women invoke a ritual conjuring warmth and light on a winter night. Aeriosa performers Julia Carr, Lisa Gelley, Cara Siu and Julia Taffe cast a magical spell under the Granville Bridge.  Choreographed by artistic director Julia Taffe, Cold Hands Warm Heart Too is a 10-minute show created especially for this year’s Winterruption Festival.
Nine free public performances will play under the Granville Bridge.

 

photo by Julia Taffe