Yoga Nidra: Michelle Compas, PMP – Halton Region, ON
What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra is a complete state of relaxation, entered into through guidance by an instructor. Students remain awake and aware – although it is very common to slip into sleep.
In Yoga Nidra, students are guided to enter into a state between sleep and consciousness – often moving in and out of this blissful state.
Students practice Yoga Nidra in a reclined position and remain still throughout the practice – there are no yoga postures in this practice. Students are welcome to adjust themselves anytime to be comfortable ….this practice can also be done lying on your side (my preference because of low back pain).
The instructor guides students through several stages of yoga nidra beginning with an ‘Entry’ stage and moving into body sensing, breath-work, visualization and a ‘Return’ stage.
– Relief from stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, chronic fatigue, hypertension
– Total body relaxation
– One hour of yoga nidra equals four hours of natural sleep
– ‘Cleansing’ and ‘Restoring’ of subconscious and memories
– Systematic guided meditation practice
– No yoga experience necessary as we are not working on yoga postures
– Feeling of being re-energized
– Anyone can do this!
For more information or to set up yoga sessions with Michelle
Yoga Therapy: Nicole Slade Yoga and Ayurveda – Vancouver, BC
Nicole Slade is a Certified Yoga Therapist registered with the Canada Yoga Alliance (CYA-YT), and a Registered Yoga Teacher having 500 hours of training (RYT 500). She is also a certified Yoga Warriors International™ Instructor with training and teaching experience in yoga for trauma and mental health. Nicole specializes in teaching yoga to people recovering from chronic injuries and health conditions including PTSD and Operational Stress Injuries.
Nicole is currently teaching at Ocean Breath Yoga on Granville Island and The Yoga Practice in West Vancouver.
For more information or to set up yoga sessions with Nicole please visit
Ocean Breath Yoga Studio:
1521 Foreshore Walk, Vancouver, BC V6H 3X3
Empowering Yoga™ Ottawa, ON
Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and iRest® Guided Meditation
Empowering Yoga™ is designed to increase the resilience of critical task performers working in high stress environments and to alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress by applying principles developed by the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute, by Warriors at Ease, and by the Integrative Restoration Institute. Empowering Yoga™ and iRest® guided meditation classes are created specifically for first responders, active military, veterans, emergency room staff, and PTSD survivors; as well as for those who may experience trauma vicariously, such as therapists, care-givers and family members
2017 Spring Program
Taking the first step to come to a class can be the most difficult. In these classes I encourage each person to follow what feels right, using me as a guide. You are always in charge of your experience and are welcome to follow your instincts in a safe and friendly environment. These classes are designed to alleviate the symptoms of post traumatic stress and to support professionals working in high stress environments. Care givers and family members are also welcome.
If you have any questions about these classes, please feel free to get in touch.
fyi: on my web site there’s a free 5 minute audio recording of an iRest guided meditation for resilience. Feel free to use it any time. Here’s the link: lyndapedley.com/iRest-5-minute-meditation
Empowering Yoga™ offers:
- Trauma sensitive yoga classes
- Therapeutic and Restorative yoga classes
- iRest® guided meditation sessions for groups and individuals
- Workshops and retreats
- Private and semi-private sessions
Lynda Pedley, the founder of Empowering Yoga™, is a professional level registered yoga teacher, a Certified iRest® Teacher, a Certified Warriors at Ease Yoga and Meditation Teacher, and an Integral Master Coach™. Lynda has studied yoga and meditation with world leaders in the neuro-biology of trauma and brings several years of experience leading trauma-sensitive yoga and meditation classes.
Check out the web site for all yoga & meditation programs or contact Lynda for more information on how she can bring the power of mind/body healing to you or your organization.
Get Yoga – Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Trenton, On
TraumasensitiveyogaGet Yoga offers trauma sensitive yoga classes, workshops, and private sessions for anyone who may be living with trauma. We work with military, first-responder, corrections workers, health-care service providers and others who are experiencing some degree of trauma or stress. Get Yoga owner, Brendon Abram is a 30 year veteran of the Canadian Forces and works as an associate with TrentView Counselling in Trenton to teach a variety of yoga based and other self-regulation skills to those who are living with trauma.
Starting April 3rd, 2016 we will be offering a dedicated Trauma Sensitive Yoga Class at the Studio Above the Grind, 45 Front Street Trenton.
It is open to anyone living with trauma or a stress related condition who would like to learn how to control their mood. Those from the first responder, corrections workers, military personnel and health care services communities are especially welcome.
You are invited to call or meet your instructors ahead of time find out if this is right for you. If you wish you can try a private session at no cost.
Classes will run from 1:30 to 3:00 PM every Sunday for 8 weeks. 30 minutes will be dedicated to trauma education and discussion, with 60 minutes for the yoga practice.
If you are interested please follow this link to register and we will respond to provide you with more information and answer any questions you may have.
For details about our teacher training workshop in Ottawa please visit Website.
Direct link to studio hosting the workshop is Traumasensitiveyogateachertraining.
Healing Heroes is a science-based trauma sensitive yoga program designed specifically for First Responders.
Trauma is defined as an illness of not being alive in the present. When people revisit their trauma, they go with their entire physical body. The physical sensations can range from uncomfortable to re-traumatizing. Thoughts of “I am wrong” or “something is wrong with me” can result in experiencing feelings of shame or failure.
The amygdala, the “smoke detector” of the brain, allows you to focus and then respond: relax or activate. For those living with PTSD, the amygdala is no longer filtering properly. This can result in needing to work harder at “normal” day to day activities. Individuals diagnosed with PTSD can experience headaches, chronic pain, numbing, anger and violence.
Research has proven the body’s ability to re-grow the amygdala through meditation, pranayama (focused breathing) and asana (physical postures). Meditation allows us to pause and get fully present. Focused breathing reduces heart rate; allowing us to observe without getting hijacked by our emotions and feelings.
Our program is built on the work of Dr. van der Kolk, past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School, and Medical Director of the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, Massachusetts. Through his book “The Body Keeps the Score” (2014) Dr. van der Kolk outlined how traumatic stress literally rearranges the brain’s wiring – especially areas related to pleasure, engagement, control and trust. He demonstrates how these areas can be reactivated through innovative practices such as meditation, breathing and yoga; a proven alternative to drugs and talk therapy.
By incorporating the research of Dr. van der Kolk and his team, the goal of Healing Heroes is to help people find ways to alter the inner landscape of their bodies and minds, and experience a place of self-compassion, without judgement.
Contact us today if you are interested in learning more or to book a free class!
(Website currently under construction!….stay tuned!)
About the Founder:
Tania Lutz is an E-RYT registered yoga teacher trained in Power Vinyasa, Restorative and Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She currently lives in Halton Hills and teaches at Power Yoga Canada, Georgetown. Tania facilitates a 20-hour trauma sensitive teacher training to those interested in working with high risk populations, as well as educating First Responder Wellness Teams of the tools of pranayama, asana and meditation for those dealing with the effects of trauma and PTSD.
Mountaingoat Yoga, Ottawa, ON
Yoga Warriors International™
Mountain Goat Yoga Classes for Military personnel, veterans, First Responders, caregivers and their families
Dedicated ongoing classes: Sundays 10:45-11:45 am
Mission of Yoga Warriors: To alleviate symptoms of combat stress (COSR) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and increase the resilience of critical task performers working in high stress environments, including affected caregivers and family members by providing evidence-based yoga practices.
Yoga Warriors classes are gentle, beginner yoga classes using the proven Yoga Warriors International™ method. They are designed to introduce the basics of yoga and include positive affirmations, yoga postures, breathing, and relaxation techniques. The classes emphasize emotional healing and focus on a relaxed pace in a safe and nurturing environment. Yoga Warriors is a simple, effective technique that delivers inner peace, vibrant health and relaxation.
Benefits of a Yoga Warriors Practice
Develop a flexible mindset, one that can rise to meet day-to-day challenges and quickly return to a calm, relaxed state.
Manage emotions in day-to-day life using positive stress management techniques.
Decrease hyper-vigilance and hypersensitivity to noise, crowds, movement, unexpected touch, and visually stimulating environments.
Improve quality of sleep and attention to self-care needs such as nutrition, rest, leisure, and achieving a balance in daily life activities.
Become more present in the moment by drawing awareness to the breath and bodily sensation.
Improve energy level to support meeting one’s daily needs and goals.
Improve self-acceptance and self-esteem by using affirmations to reduce and reverse negative thinking patterns.
To answer your questions contact:
Mountaingoat Yoga Centre
3350 Fallowfield Rd, Unit #5 Ottawa, Ontario
Yoga Warriors International-TM For First Responders
Yoga Warriors International provides evidence-based yoga classes to prevent or alleviate symptoms of: combat stress (COSR) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Benefits of Yoga Warriors Classes:
- Lowers the impact of negative stress
- Lowers state and trait anxiety
- Improves anger management skills
- Increases self-calming ability
- Brings participants back to the present by reconnecting mind to body
Yoga, deep breathing, and meditation also help to activate the body’s relaxation response.
Classes are led by Heidi Garrison who is a police officer and a registered yoga teacher. As a police officer she was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress: she understands the difficulties, challenges and struggles that can occur along the journey back to wholeness and wellness. Heidi is offering this class in a volunteer capacity, with a $5.00 fee applied to the cost of studio space rental. At the end of each year, any excess money will be donated to local food banks.
When & Where-
Tuesdays 1-2 pm
Heart Journey Yoga & Wellness Studio
16945 Leslie St. Unit 37, Newmarket, ON
**Please contact Heidi Garrison directly for further information or if you have any questions at: email@example.com
*Yoga Warriors was originally created in 2005 to help active military personnel and veterans, and due to its success it now includes first responders and many others who deal with high stress. See yogawarriors.com
YOGA FOR FIRST RESPONDERS, Sudbury, ON
MISSION OF YOGA WARRIORS
To alleviate symptoms of combat stress (COSR), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and increase the resilience of critical task performers working in high stress environments, including affected caregivers and family members by providing evidence-based yoga and mindfulness practices.
BENEFITS OF A YOGA WARRIORS PRACTICE
Develop a flexible mindset, one that can rise to meet day to day challenges and quickly return to a calm relaxed state.
Manage emotions in day to day life using positive stress management techniques
Decrease hyper-vigilance and hypersensitivity to noise, crowds, movement, unexpected touch and visually stimulating environments
Improve quality of sleep and attention to self-care needs such as nutrition, rest, leisure and achieving a balance in daily life activities
Become more present in the moment by drawing awareness to the breath and bodily sensation
Improve energy level to support meeting one’s daily needs and goals
Improve self-acceptance and self-esteem by using affirmations to reduce and reverse negative thinking patterns
For more information contact me:
Al Favretto, Certified Yoga Warriors Teacher