Yoga translates as to yolk, or union/joining. The aim of all yoga practice is to achieve truth, wherein the individual soul(Atman) identifies with the Supreme Spirit, or God(Brahman). Beyond the ever changing consciousness of mind and intellect, there is a changeless form or spirit which is unaffected by anything and which is veiled in the individual according to his/her stage of evolution (Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Manual).
Union with this unchanging reality liberates the spirit from all sense of separation, freeing it from the illusion(maya) of time, space and causation. The human spirit often perceives that something is lacking or missing in life that achievement or success through personal gain does not satisfy. Yoga brings us to a deeper understanding of ourselves by allowing us to use discrimination to see this truth.
“Kundalini Yoga is the science to unite the finite with Infinity, & it’s the art to experience Infinity in the finite.” -Yogi Bhajan, 10/27/88
Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul.
We harness the mental, physical, & nervous energies of the body & put them under the domain of the will, the instrument of the soul. This technology precisely & consciously combines breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks, & dynamic exercise to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity & purify the blood. It brings balance to the body, mind, & soul.
Hatha translates from Sanskrit as ‘violence, power, forceful effort’. Yoga is a discipline of both the mind and body.
Through traditional meditation, pranayama (breathing exercises) and asana (postures) we work to develop a healthy body and mind.
While there are varying types of Yoga found in North America, many of which are not actually yoga but more of a callisthenics routine, we aim to stay aligned with the true teachings of Patanjali and the Yoga Sutras.
Our teachings are drawn from many different Gurus but our roots are within the Sivananda lineage.
Private Yoga Session / Yoga Therapy
Drawing from several lineages, clients can work on a variety of physical and mental aspects of yoga. Each session will cater to clients needs for maximum benefit. $65 / 1 hour.
A relaxing foot massage based on the principals of acupressure within Chinese Medicine. Laid upon the foot is a map of the entire body comprising all the parts organs and glands. Through application of pressure on these points Reflexology can improve well being and help to normalize the natural function of the body. $85 / 45 minutes.
Guided gazing meditation, recommended for those who have some experience with meditation. Choose from one of our many sacred objects including our gongs. $65 / Hour. Group Rates Available
Yoga Nidra Sessions
A meditative guided yogic sleep. Excellent for those that suffer with stress and sleep issues. When the body does not have good sleep states, the rest and repair of the systems can not properly initiate. When we go into to a yogic sleep or yoga nidra our body naturally taps into rest and repair. Health and stress levels improve, nightly sleep will improve over time if continued to practice. $65 /Hour. Group Rates Available.
Healing Sound Bath
Enjoy a deeply relaxing session with sound vibrations that induce healing at the cellular level. Incorporated are many different techniques that can be chosen from including the use of the sacred gong. $65 / Hour. Group Rates Available.
The Gong - Sound is Energy Medicine
Erin Savage is deeply humbled and honoured to have been trained in the art of Gong by Gong Master Don Conreaux, one of Yogi Bhajan’s original five students.
HOW DOES THE GONG WORK?
The gong has been used throughout history as a ceremonial and healing instrument. Sources describe its use in 4,000 B.C. to as far back as 16,000 B.C.
The vibration of a gong is a powerful method for reducing stress. Known as a Gong Bath, the gong creates an ocean of sound that is profoundly relaxing; a state which activates the parasympathetic nervous system to balance the over-amped, over-taxed sympathetic nervous system.
Water has often been used as an analogy for the rippling effect of the gong’s vibrations, partially because our bodies are approximately 70 percent water and water serves to conduct sound waves. Like ripples created by a pebble skipped onto a glassy lake, the gong’s sound gently reverberates over, around and through the entire body to calm, relax and soothe.
Typically, the listener’s heart rate slows, blood pressure drops and breath is restored to its natural rhythm. The gong induces a holistic resonance in the body and a spontaneous meditative state in the mind, resulting in a sense of expanded awareness and wholeness.
Gong master and Kundalini yoga teacher, Don Conreaux, who is in his 50th year of gong healing and teaching says, “The sounds from the gong travel from the outer ear throughout the body via the vagus nerve—impacting brain waves, respiratory rate and heart rate. Sound enters the healing equation from several directions: It may alter cellular functions through energetic effects; it may entrain biological systems to function more homeostatically; it may calm the mind and therefore the body; or it may have emotional effects, which influence neurotransmitters and neuropeptides, which in turn help to regulate the immune system—the healer within.
”The wisdom traditions teach that illness is a symptom of imbalance, or dissonance rather than resonance.
Sound energy healing focuses on creating vibrations that improve overall health and wellness.”
Conreaux adds, “Gongs open up your chakras and often release a lot of blocked energy, much like acupuncture or massage can do – it really is a sound massage.”
”A gong bath is excellent therapy for depression, fatigue, feelings of separation, loneliness, anger, fear, hostility and many other conditions caused by a lack of balance and harmony in the body and mind. According to Conreaux, “A Gong Bath is the most powerful form of holistic resonance known to man.”
In the simplest terms, the gong awakens innate wholeness and guides the body to a state of greater balance and harmony.
A gong bath is as scientifically sound as it is mysterious. It is as other-worldly as it is logical. It requires nothing but receptivity in order to be fully experienced, but it must be experienced in order to be understood.