Saturday, July 31, 2010

Every Monday evening at Studio Bliss: Harp in two Carina Raisman classes

I'm positively overjoyed to report that in addition to playing every Saturday at 3 p.m. in Brian Tuck's class, I will also be playing another weekly spot at Studio Bliss: Carina Raisman's Monday evening classes.
I could easily fill this blog with all the positive things I have to say about Carina. She is one of my most cherished teachers, one who has helped to deepen and refine my yoga practice and who has changed my life for the better in many, many ways. I am honoured beyond measure to have the opportunity to bring musical support to her classes each week.
In additon to her Yoga Alliance certification in Ashtanga Yoga, Carina has studied Anusara yoga with John Friend, Satyanada Yoga at the Kedar School of Barcelona, and Hatha Yoga at the Institute of Yoga and Meditation in Montreal. She also holds a bachelor's in immunology and microbiology from McGill University that informs her teaching and gives her a special understanding of the ways in which asana and pranayama can improve our health. She empowers other yoga teachers and bodyworkers with this knowledge in her anatomy courses at her home studio, Yoga for You/Yoga pour toi.
Her tremendous intellect is paired with a huge heart, making her a teacher who is beloved by many near and far.
The classes I'll be playing in on Mondays are absolutely wonderful to take back to back if you feel so inclined - it's like a mini workshop! Each one is also a treasure in and of itself.
From 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., Carina teaches an invigorating Hatha Flow class in which you will come away with new insights into your body and new ways to breathe fully and feel the postures deeply. From 8:15 to 9:30 p.m. is her Yoga Therapy class, or as she calls it, "the class that you create." Bring your aches and pains, chronic conditions, cares and worries, and tell Carina what you need help with. She is available for the half hour between the two classes and afterwards should there be anything at all you'd like to tell her about in private - she can incorporate it into the class with complete discretion and respect for your needs.
Come and join us for breath, movement, knowledge, strength and healing. I look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Harp and hatha flow yoga: Every Saturday at 3 p.m. at Studio Bliss

Harp and yoga lovers, take note: Starting this coming Saturday, July 10, I'll be playing every Saturday from 3 to 4:15 p.m. in a hatha flow yoga class taught by Brian Tuck at Studio Bliss. Le cours est bilingue :-) et très accessible même si vous n'avez jamais fait de yoga de votre vie. Brian believes yoga is for everyone, and he will happily guide you to benefit the most from any posture.
Brian is a friendly, enthusiastic and nurturing teacher who offers a fusion of different yoga styles. How he came to yoga is also inspiring!After suffering from a respiratory condition when he was younger, Brian was told he would never even be able to run. He started yoga to help rehabilitate himself, became a teacher and years later finds himself running from class to class.
Studio Bliss is just above Roy on St. Laurent, about a 10-minute walk west along Pine Avenue from the Sherbrooke metro. Buses 144 and 55 will also get you there.