June 7 to 9, 2019 with Kathryn Flynn
Women’s Yoga + Ayurveda Conference
Women’s Yoga + Ayurveda Conference
Friday June 7th to Sunday June 9th
with Kathryn Flynn
Given women’s commitment to the evolution and expansion of yoga and Ayurveda, it’s time we dove into how these practices specifically speak to women’s experience of wellness on multiple levels.
This weekend is a special event that brings together expert yogis and wellness practitioners to deliver compassionate, contemplative and real information about women’s yoga and Ayurveda.
The Yoga of Self-Honouring – Barrie Risman, Yoga Teacher
Yoga is at its most transformational when we use it as a way to restore, nurture, and expand a loving, compassionate relationship with ourselves. As women, we may often find ourselves expending our energy outward to fulfill all the roles and responsibilities we play. Yoga allows us to return back to ourselves, to reclaim our inherent worthiness and foster a healthy sense of self-esteem.
When we do this, our practice becomes a potent source of inspiration and a great ally in our lives. Our mat becomes like a trusted friend, a place where we’re able to meet ourselves exactly where we are and be welcomed with support, acceptance, encouragement and love. We do this not only for ourselves, but also because doing so changes the way we see others, the way we serve others, and how we meet the world around us.
In this session, Barrie will guide us in exploring the practices and wisdom that allow us to unlock the full potential of our yoga practice as a lifelong companion.
The Ayurvedic view of Hormones – Mona Warner, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner + Yoga Teacher
During this session we will explore the Ayurvedic view of Hormones, how they are connected to our digestion and energy management, the interplay of hormones (aka Bucket Syndrome/Pregnanelone Steal), and recommendations to bring more balance to our hormonal system.
Natural Cycles for Women – Mona Warner, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner + Yoga Teacher
In this session we explore menstruation and menopause from the Ayurvedic view. We will discuss the importance of the menstrual cycle, what a healthy menstruation looks like, signs of imbalance and suggestions to realign menses. Then we’ll explore how the health of the menstrual cycle and hormone balance come together during the menopausal transition. We’ll discuss the typical imbalances experienced during menopause and recommendations to bring the body back into balance. Also suggestions moving forward into the Golden Years so they can be enjoyed (instead of tolerated).
Both sessions will include time for Q&A – bring your questions!
Women’s Pelvic Floor Wellness – Andrea Plitz, Physiotherapist and Pelvic Floor Specialist, Yoga Teacher
Join Andrea on a journey to learn about the pelvic floor, core and breath connections, common abdominal-pelvic conditions in women, to kegel or not to kegel, and, how to connect to your base and power centre through interspersed embodiment exercises. Put all these pieces together in a curated 60 minute yoga practice focusing on awareness, connection, grounding and support for your entire system.
A Woman’s History of Yoga – Kathryn Anne Flynn
Women have championed the evolution and sharing of yoga in its 20th century global explosion, seeing in yoga a deeply needed path of self-realization and wellness. Women may seem largely absent in yoga’s history, but the philosophy offers both insights into historical gender roles as well as inspiration for how yoga presently serves women.
We’ll weave together history, yoga and feminist philosophy, look at influential historical figures, and discuss how yoga provides respite from the challenges of women’s experiences, as well as where we have work to do in realizing yoga as liberation from suffering.
This module is part of the 300 hour advanced yoga teacher training program.
Date: Friday June 7 – Sunday June 9th
Time: 5pm-8pm Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday & Sunday
***Location: Venta Preparatory School, 2013 Old Carp Rd, Ottawa, ON, K0A 1L0