Monday, April 7, 2014

Posture Clinics are Coming Up!

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the yoga poses you're doing in class, but there's just not enough time to learn about them in the 60 or 90-minute session?

Then this is the workshop series for you!

During the weekends we will go through a variety of common yoga poses - their alignment details - modifications that your particular body might need at different times - benefits of the poses - and when to not do the pose. In addition, we'll take a closer look at the anatomy of the body and how it relates to moving in yoga poses.

This workshop is so thorough that it forms the basis of the 200-hour yoga teacher training program. If you would like to continue on becoming a yoga teacher, you are welcome to work through the rest of the curriculum, however, if all you wanted was to deepen your own personal practice, then you could stop right there.

We will be meeting in May for most of the weekends. (We will take the Victoria Day weekend off.) Bring a friend! Make a yoga buddy! Classes will be small and give you a chance to ask lots of questions without a lot of pressure.

General Public/200 YTT level
Saturday and Sunday 10-3
May 3-4
May 10-11
May 24-25
May 31-June 1
Save 20% if enrolled in YTT 200

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Makata Living Yoga Slide Show

This is a slideshow of the past year at Makata Living Yoga. Maybe we will see you in next year's review!

We held courses at the Makata Living living room, Metta Massage and Yoga Clinic, Rama Lotus, and the Yoga Garden in the past year.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Come Celebrate Spring with us!

Mark the dates and do come by!

Friday, March 21, 2014 from 7pm-9pm in the MaKata Livingroom

You are cordially invited to join us for this year's Special Spring Event- a gathering, open house, both to celebrate Spring and to share with you information about the Living Yoga program and courses for this upcoming year. Here's what's on the table:

Come by at 7:00pm for a short meet and greet and Info session. We'll be sharing successes in last year and what's coming up with the courses, for anyone interested in our trainings.

Evening highlight: Join us with guest teacher, Mage, as he shares with us a special presentation on the esoteric symbolism of the Spring Equinox. We'll explore natural law and the cycle of renewal as expressed universally across ancient cultures. There's more to it than this, and we'll wrap up the evening with a specific activity to honour the season and tap into that energy of renewal!

Please confirm your participation by email~ Kat or Jamine so we know how many to expect! Thanks and looking forward to seeing you. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Deepen your Practice Weekend Intensive

This three-day course is part of the seven-day Be The Teacher (500hr) Intensive in the Living Yoga Program. It also stands alone as a module open to any yoga teacher interested in expanding the practice and further developing leadership qualities. All are welcome.

The sessions will be interactive, dynamic and reflective. Participants will be invited to explore their own  practice of the path of yoga as well as their role in sharing this ancient technology in modern context.

Some highlights of the weekend include exploring these topics:
  • Being a Leader
  • How to communicate effectively
  • How to facilitate sessions
  • Holding space for deeper work: retreats and workshop settings
  • Posture exploration
  • Meditation, mantras, mudras practice
And much, much more! Hope you can join us.

Downtown Ottawa
February 21-23rd
8:00am- 4:30pm
$ 389.00 (+hst)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Exploring Ancient Texts

Explore some of the eternal messages of the ancient Indian texts, their significance in their times and how the same messages continue to be applicable in todays modern life.

Providing context through some of the teachings of the Vedas, Upanishads and Purunas, most of our exploration will be on the main messages offered through the teachings imbedded in the Bhagavad Gita. We'll look at timeless guidelines around how to walk in this world with alignment- mentally, physically and in full, inspired self.

This six-week course is open to all with an interest in learning about yogic philosophy. The evenings run as other Living Yoga programs do with Jamine and Kat; some facilitated, interactive discussion, optional reflective work (homework) and of course, fun. The ancient teachings become accessible and relevant to now. All this happens in the cozy, informal space we've been calling the Makata Livingroom, near Carleton U.  Interested? Come join us 

 Tuesday evenings, January 21- February 28, from 7pm-9pm

Course registration closes THIS FRIDAY- so if you are interested, please reserve your spot by Friday, January 17th. Details on the right hand side of the blog! 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mentorship Program Continuing

If you're a yoga teacher and you'd like to connect with other yoga teachers and talk about what comes up as we get into the reality of being yoga teachers, please consider joining us for the Mentorship Program. In addition to just talking, each session has a different focus, addressing different aspects of being a yoga teacher including, marketing, assisting, balancing life with being self-employed and topics that are of special interest to yoga teachers.

The main part of the program consists of 5 2-hour sessions, once per month as a group, 5 half-hour phone calls with a mentor (me or Kat), and an on-site visit to one of your yoga classes for feedback and support. In addition, you can attend the ongoing monthly meetings that are happening the other 7 months.

Our last main group wrapped up in September and we've moved on to the guest speaker sessions. The next one coming up is back by request. Ian Fraser, a yoga teacher for over 20 years, will join us to answer your questions about leading the bandhas and other advanced practices to your students. Come and join us on Tuesday, November 19 from 2:30-4:30 in Old Ottawa South.

If you would just like to drop in and join us in this small group, the cost is $50. If you're enrolled in the Mentorship module (or would like to be in the next main session), the cost of the workshop is $25.

December's workshop will have Catriona Leger visit with us. Catriona is a long-time yoga practitioner and a current professor of Theatre at the University of Ottawa. Her experience of telling stories with movement will be tapped at our workshop.

Our next main Mentorship Module will begin again on January 21 when Kat's back from teaching yoga in India.

For more information, please get in touch with me or Kat.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

How we roll

Digital marketing 101 for yoga teachers

Are you a new yoga teacher?
Need to figure out web marketing?
Don’t know where to start?

Start with this workshop!

Join us for a fun and helpful discussion with Internet marketers and fellow yogic folk.

DR new BW picHey, I'm David, founder of Social Digital. I'm a writer and content strategist who also just happens to be a YTT-200 certified yoga teacher.

This workshop is all about getting into "digital alignment" so you can radiate out your love of yoga and your desire to share its gifts.

The 2-hour workshop will cover:

Yogic alignment within digital strategy
  • How ahimsa, satya, aparigraha and other yogic principles inform your web marketing on your website, through your social media practice, in your content creation and curation and for your SEO (search engine optimization)
Content strategy
  • Knowing why, how and when to use certain kinds of content
  • Establishing marketing goals and purpose
Practical steps, operating principles
  • How to get started now: a roadmap
Digital alignment
  • Coming full circle: The importance of online authenticity
You’ll leave with greater knowledge, less confusion and a handy booklet full of great tips, take-aways and resources.

The fine print:

Digital marketing 101 for yoga teachers
Tuesday Oct. 22, 2:30-4:30pm
Old Ottawa South
$50 - Regular
$25 - For folks registered in the Makata Living Yoga teacher training mentorship program
Workshop can be applied as CEU credits from Makata Living Yoga School towards your continuing education. Get in touch for more info! 

Register by Email

About David

David is a writer and content strategist living and working in Ottawa-Gatineau who just also happens to be a YTT-200 certified yoga teacher. He works in digital marketing and provides content services for freelancers, organizations and businesses. His professional background is steeped in communications, community organizing and outreach on social and environmental issues. His academic background is in English literature (BA), and he’s a lifelong creative writer.
Find him online at Social Digital