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Restorative Yoga at the Fort graphic with Yogi Theo

Namaste ,

Before we get to the new FOGA class at Fort Massey here's hoping you're warm, well and full of good coffee, Ujjayi breaths and that these downward-facing groundhog days of winter will soon stretch into ones more fitting for outdoor sun salutations — on grass, with flowers, and sun, and bare feet …

FOGA (Fifty + Over YOGA) starts (finally) Wednesday, February 12th at 9 a.m. Yep, that's a morning class. It's based on the six-week-long program for Strength, Balance, Flexibility, and Pain Relief developed by Kimberly Carson and Carol Krucoff at Duke Integrative Medicine/Duke University Medical Center, called "Relax into Yoga for Seniors".

N.B.If you or a FOGI you know are planning to join us for this 6-WEEK series, please complete the waiver form on the websiteor download this PDF, fill it out and bring it with you to class. Thanks! And no, "My downward dog ate my waiver form" is not an exceptable excuse.

RESTORATIVE YOGA continues on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM (please come a few minutes early if you're new to yoga or the Fort Massey family).

Both classes are in the Lower Hall at Fort Massey United Church.

— Andrew (Indri)

Email or call me at 902-220-1495 if you have any questions or you have next week's lottery numbers.

stretching over the next three classes
Prasarita Padottanasana

February 11, 6:30-7:45
Restorative Evening Class feat. Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide Legged Forward Bend)


February 12, 09:00-10:15
50+ Yoga Week I — A Foundational Practice to Relieve Tension and Enhance Flexibility.

Adho Mukha Svanasana

Feb 18, 6:30-7:45 PM
Restorative Evening Class feat. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)

Weirded out?

Weirded out by the idea of attending a Restorative Yoga or FOGA (50+ Yoga) class?

Just call me at 902-220-1495 and we'll talk.

If I don't answer, I'm either in a meeting at one of my real jobs, asleep, or some combination of the two, but I will call you back.

Samurai from Momoyogusa–Flowers of a Hundred Generations (1909) by Kamisaka Sekka. Original from the The New York Public Library. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.
Anything but "weirded out"

Possibly the least weirded-out guy on the planet, Tibet's spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama returned to Dharamshala after a one and half month road trip to Goa, Hubli and Bihar on January 20th.

Rumour has it that the real secret to HH's serenity is that he's never had to sit in a Tim Horton's drive-thru.

(image courtesy the Tibetan Journal)

Why is Ujjayi Breathing useful, and when should we use it?

The beach photo above illustrates two things:

  1. Australia's Southern Ocean at Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island, which, incidentally, is making the sound that you guys are supposed to be making when I say, "Don't forget your Ujjayi breath."
  2. The seals at Seal Bay, who, coincidentally, are making the sound most of you actually make.

Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews co-wrote what has become the definitive text on yoga anatomy, appropriately named, "Yoga Anatomy."

In this 4:29 video, Leslie talks about Ujjayi breathing, basketball pumps, garden hoses, heat, effort and the stability that Ujjayi breathing brings to our practice.

Leslie Kaminoff on Ujjayi Breathing 🌊
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Indri Yoga

@ Fort Massey United Church
5303 Tobin Street Halifax NS B3H 1S3

+1 902 220 1495