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Journey into India, where every blink of the eye brings something new! With well over a billion people, over 100 native languages and some of the most dynamic landscapes on the planet, there is truly no place like it.
Visiting India can be overwhelming - it's hard to decide where to even begin! To help ensure your trip hits all the right marks, we've taken the time to get to know mother India so we can offer unique access to hidden gems and the most incredible experiences with a renowned teacher and knowledgeable guides.
For those interested in exploring the roots of yoga as a way of life, there is truly no alternative to exploring this sacred practice than in India. The practice has been a part of the very fabric of Indian society for as many as 10,000 years, though some practitioners will tell you it's actually been since the very beginning of time.
For this journey we are partnering with senior SATTVA yoga teacher Andrew Misle. SATTVA Yoga is the merging of two ancient paths within the yoga tradition; that of Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga, a practice steeped in tradition and brought forth for the modern practitioner. Sattva is the quality that yogis point their attention towards, one of balance and making liberation possible. The SATTVA yoga practice was born out of one question, one seat and one mantra. The question is ‘Who Am I,' the seat is meditation, and the mantra is AUM. The sattvic state of being is the best suited for spiritual practice and the journey of transformation.
The explosion of yoga in the western world has been a beautiful thing, as the spread of this positive practice only makes the world a better place. But some key elements have been lost in translation, and going to the source of this magic with SATTVA Yoga can completely transform and elevate your path as a yogi.
Through this 25-day journey you will uncover great wisdom and tradition from the motherland of India. Experience a rich culture and an unwavering warmth amongst a nation of chaos, diversity and growth. The vastness of India sets the stage for a once in a lifetime journey of spirituality, devotion and purpose
Halifax holds a huge piece of my heart. In 2011
I had a surgery that left me bed ridden for a
long time and it was Uriel and her family who
own and operate Shanti Yoga that supported
me emotionally and financially, life has been
on the up and up ever since and it’s honour
and somewhat of a full circle to go back once
again to teach and spend time with these
wonderful people. I am beyond excited!
My first stop back in Canada is in TO and I will be visiting my dear friend Sabrina at herMODO studio in Mississauga. Sabrina and I go way back to my first training in India and she’s been like a sister since then. She’s got a huge heart, kindred humour, and the openness that brings people together…this is reflected in the yoga community she’s cultivated and I am so happy to go back.
This will be my first visit to Slovenia and I’ll be
teaching at www.natarajastudio.com in
Ljubljana and the Central Slovenia region.
I’m looking forward to meeting this beautiful
community and sharing the practice. And of
course getting a scooter checking out this
Join us for a 4-day weekend retreat to embrace the changing of the season nestled in the Kootenay mountains of Nelson, BC. Connect through nourishing yoga practices and nightly ceremony and meditation to honour International Day of Peace and Autumn Equinox. This is truly one of my favourite places in Canada and I cannot wait to return back again this year!
For more information, visit the Retreat page here:
We invite you to spend a weekend of bliss just outside Edmonton as an escape to Pure Awareness Retreat Centre. We will enjoy time in nature, stand-up paddle boarding, bonfires, star gazing and delicious vegetarian food all anchored by the SATTVA yoga practice.
For more information, visit the retreat page here:
Toronto - I'm coming for you! And it's been a while!
Join me for a 90-minute SATTVA Yoga class to awake the intellignece within. The body is your temple and ultimate playing field of life. Opening the body develops your awareness to seamlessly move between internal and external realities, allowing you access to your higher potential. This practice will act to open your body through a challenging and diverse Hatha Yoga sequence, pranayama and guided mediation to strengthen the lungs and centre the mind. This will be invigorating practice to flush, cleanse and heal the body and mind to leave feeling blissful and grounded.
This practice is being hosted at The Attic (Top floor of Lululemon Queen Street). Reserve your spot on eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sattva-yoga-awakening-the-intelligence-within-tickets-46789337167
Vibrancy is an all levels roof-top yoga practice designed to make you feel vibrant and inspired, followed by a delicious community brunch at Holy Roller!
Join Andrew Misle for a morning roof-top yoga practice on July 1st with brunch to follow at Holly Roller. This event will raise funds for the installation of a 6 storey (100 ft.) mural at the Crawford Block by world-renowned Spanish artist, Okuda San Miguel. As a public offering of art the intention is that this mural brings more joy and vibrancy to our collective community and initiates the further expression of public art in the Old Strathcona community.
This is an all levels practice designed to make you feel truly vibrant and inspired, the perfect class for you to restore and rejuvenate the body and mind. We will build balance, inner strength, and energy through an accessible yet challenging posture practice. Breath work and meditation are incorporated into classes to enliven the lungs and centre the mind. We bring you this class as a very subtle and effective practice to manifest your highest potential with a community of amazing people doing the same work. Together, let’s bring vibrancy to Edmonton.
To learn more about the Okuda San Miguel mural project, check out our website: www.okudayeg.com
Bringing together exceptional teachers of yoga, meditation and mindfulness from Banff and beyond, together we will create a conscious connection to yoga, culture and adventure in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
For more information visit: http://banffyogafestival.com
Join us on April 29 th 5-6pm for an information session for this upcoming year’s retreat offerings!
We have some great adventures planned for all of you in a variety of locations and a variety of experiences ...Wether it is watching sunrises in the Himalayas, meditating in the Ganga along the ancient Ghaats of Varanasi, relaxing on the beach and embracing the eclectic vibes of Goa or tasting wine in Italy and adventuring to the Tuscan country side. Or maybe you are looking for something a little closer to home - celebrate Autumn Equinox in Nelson, BC or simply enjoying a weekend camping an hour away from Edmonton singing, practicing and enjoying each other’s company.
The Retreats that we will be sharing more information about are as follows:
La Dolce Vita | Tuscany, Italy (October 13 - 20, 2018): https://www.andrewmisleyoga.com/italy-la-dolce-vita
Mystic India | North India (March 6 - 30, 2019):
https://www.andrewmisleyoga.com/mystic-india / https://www.breatheinlife.com/adventures/northindia25days/welcome
Alberta | SATTVA Yoga Camp (July 27 - 29): https://www.andrewmisleyoga.com/sattvacamp
BC | Autumn Equinox Nelson, BC (September 20 - 23): https://www.andrewmisleyoga.com/nelson
This information session will include a brief overview of our retreats, what to expect, our philosophy, style of teaching and travel style. We will share practical logistic information for International retreats as well, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions, and connect with Andre and Laura directly on why they are so passionate about the retreat experience.
*** We will also be live streaming on to Facebook live for anyone interested who is outside of Edmonton ***
I am heading off to Costa Rica for a little getaway March 21-28 to Playa Junquillal near Tamarindo to stay with my good friend at her brother’s beautiful vacation property with some students for a week of relaxation, fun and yoga.
This is not a typical retreat for me but rather an invitation to vacation in Costa Rica and enjoy some yoga with an intimate group of fellow practitioners.
The accommodations are beautiful 2-bedroom, 2-bath condos with full kitchens, large pool and garden area and just minutes to the beach.
Meals on your own, we will do grocery trip so you can prepare meals at the condo and there are plenty of restaurants in town.
This is will be a simple experience - an excuse to get away and practice some yoga in paradise!
There are very limited spots as we are keeping the group to 10 people max. Options are to come as an individual ($1400 USD) or as a couple ($2000 USD) and if you are a group of 3 or 4 you can have a condo (2 queen beds) to yourself ($3000USD). What’s included - 7 nights accommodation, return airport transport from Liberia Airport, Daily yoga, pranayama & meditation with yours truly.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17TH 10 AM - 12:30 PM
THE GREAT DEVOTEE: HANUMANASANA (FRONT SPLITS)
Hanumanasana (front splits) symbolizes taking a leap of faith as Hanuman did in service to Lord Rama when he leaped across the ocean to Sri Lanka as told in the ancient text of the Ramayana. When performing this asana, one should meditate on overcoming hurdles by inwardly focusing on the breath, opening the gateway to balance, peace of mind, and a deeper connection to Self. This workshop will systematically open your hip flexors while creating stability in your hips and pelvis to access increased flexibility and range of motion. Variations for every body will be explored to assist in developing more depth and ease to this advanced asana.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17TH 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
in this class you'll explore your relationship to your body, your breath, and your mind. The body is your temple and ultimate playing field of life. Opening the body develops your awareness to seamlessly move between internal and external realities, allowing you access through a challenging yoga sequence, pranayama, and guided meditation to strengthen the lungs and center the mind. This will be invigorating practice to flush, cleanse and heal the body and to leave the mat feeling blissful and grounded.
SUNDAY, MARCH 18TH 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
MY DIVINE SPINE: BACKBENDS
Yogananda Parhmahansa quoted “God is in the Spine”. It is through the spine that we have direct access to the intelligence of the universe. It is the balancing of energies in your spine and the openness of the heart center that can determine the outcome of your spiritual progress. This workshop is designed to help gain clarity as you learn to support the extension of the spine and develop a radiant presence in the heart. We will use the body as a tool to delve deeper and feel more connected to your spiritual practice.
Inversions can be some of the most intimidating yet beneficial of all the asanas. The intention of practicing these postures so consistently is because of their ability to directly tone, strengthen and energize all the systems of the body, inducing vitality and balance. This workshop is for the practitioner beginning their journey with headstand as we will explore the preparatory postures to develop strength and confidence while working into the full expression with ease and trust.
This teacher training is hands on, focusing on practical application of how to address the aspects of body and mind in order to achieve total balance and harmony. This program is perfect for aspiring teachers and students of yoga who wish to deepen their practice and understanding of yoga. Come experience the depths of yourself and discover the potential that exists within you.
Join Andrew for an all levels SATTVA yoga practice as an offering at the inaugural Make It Awkward Summit. Founded by his long-time dear friend Jesse Lipscombe and his wife Julia Lipscombe, Make It Awkward is a movement about speaking up SAFELY in the face of discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender or a physical or mental disability. It’s about pledging to make our environments as inclusive as possible as we work toward a society that is fair and equal for all.
Join us for The Great Devotee, a powerful workshop on Hanumanasana (front splits) designed to systematically open your hip flexors while creating stability in your hips and pelvis. Variations for every body will be explored to assist in developing more depth and ease in this advanced asana...
This intermediate level SATTVA Yoga class is designed to for practitioners who are advancing within their personal practice and moving into the next level of strength and flexibility. The practice will focus on the fine and subtle dimensions of the breath energetics, and the true alignment of the body, breath and mind into one. This practice will delve deep into our yoga leaving you feeling grounded, clear and blissful.