Lenore Foster is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Somatics Educator serving clients in Lorne Park, Port Credit and South Mississauga. She provides yoga and Somatics classes and privates in her home studio.
I'm currently offering classes outdoors and indoors (according to Public Health Agency of Canada, if all class members are fully vaccinated, we can meet indoors without masks or physical distancing, as of July 16, 2021).
To register or join a class, contact Lenore at email@example.com or 905-271-2505. Payment by e-transfer (preferred) or paypal.me/yogawithlenore.
|Mindful and Strong Yoga|
|Go With the Flow|
Somatics: Gain flexibility,
Saturday & Sunday
Myth of Aging Workshop
* note for September: the Somatics/Yoga Blend class will be held on Thu Sep 9 at 7:30 pm (in lieu of workshop on Sat Sep 11), and on Thu Sep 23 at 7:30 pm (in lieu of Sat Sep 25 when I'll be away).
Fees (tax incl)
Monthly commitment - $18 per class
5-class pass - $102 (5 drop-in classes)
Drop-in class - $22
* 10% discount for two or more classes per week
Mindful and Strong Yoga (60 min)
This is not your typical yoga class. It incorporates mindfulness into a movement practice so you build strength and suppleness, not strain. We may break down a typical yoga pose in order to identify areas that are weak, compensatory or don’t move well. This will improve the efficiency of your movements. If you want to develop strength, in a non-braceful, non-grippy way, this class teaches you how. Suitable for all levels: those who are new to yoga will learn a lot about their bodies, and those who are familiar with yoga will get an opportunity to slow down and check in. This will help you manage "information overload" and improve your ability to pay attention. [see schedule]
Go With the Flow (60 min)
Built upon a traditional Hatha yoga practice, and designed for those who want to move mindfully and find freedom in movement. Expect both floor-based and standing poses as you develop strength, flexibility and balance, along with some smooth flowing movement. Appropriate for beginners. Leave class ready to slip into bed for a blissful sleep! [see schedule]
Intermediate Hatha (60 min)
For those who want a faster paced class and have more experience, we build heat and increase strength, while reducing pain, tension and stress. Learn to move purely, minimizing compensations, in a very mindful way. [see schedule]
Somatics: Gain flexibility, reduce pain (60 min)
You have some limitations, tension, tightness or pain and you want to learn what's causing it, and how to lessen it. Somatics helps you resolve dysfunctional movement patterns that you’re unaware of. This class also helps with resetting your nervous system, especially if you tend to have anxiety or feel your sympathetic nervous system is more active (body's response to dangerous or stressful situations). Learn more about your body and the habitual patterns of movement you have accumulated that may be contributing to your issues. You will learn a powerful technique called pandiculation. This method helps lengthen muscles (without stretching), thus reducing tightness and pain. You may be surprised at how such small and gentle movements can make such big changes. This will impact your walking, your running, your yoga, your sports... your life! Everyday movements such as bending over, reaching overhead, getting up off the floor and turning your head to reverse your car will be changed for the better. Learn more about Somatics here. [see schedule]
Somatics/Yoga Blend (60 min)
This is a favourite of many students! Apply the techniques of Somatics and see how it impacts your yoga practice! Each week we will explore a different part of your body and how to release it so that it improves your yoga practice. For example, the ability to back bend is directly related to how free you are in the belly area. Being unable to bend down to touch your toes is usually due to tightness in your back or hamstrings. We'll start each class with some Somatic exercises, exploring tight shoulders, hips, belly and back and will also look at twists and side bending. The second part of the class we'll do some yoga and you can see what impact the Somatics exercises have on your yoga practice. This series will give you the tools to help you manage areas of your body where you feel constricted and frustrated. Learn more about Somatics here. [see schedule]
The problems that you've always thought of as the symptoms of age -- stiffness, bad back, chronic pain, fatigue -- need never occur if you maintain conscious control of your nerves and muscles.
This workshop is designed to reduce the effects of accumulated tightness and stiffness that are usually associated with getting older. We call this Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA) which is like a "memory loss" of how to control certain muscle groups and how they feel. How does this happen? Throughout our lives, our nervous system continually responds automatically to daily stresses and traumas with specific muscular reflexes. Over time, these muscular contractions become so deeply involuntary and unconscious that we no longer "remember" how to move about freely.
Through slow and gentle movements, you'll learn to release the muscles that are limiting you. This workshop is ideal for most everyone* and can be taken again and again to help reinforce proper movement patterns.
This workshop progresses gradually, focusing on the areas in the body where SMA occurs. Day 1 trains you in sensing and controlling the muscles in the middle of your body, at its centre of gravity (back muscles, abdominal muscles and obliques). Day 2 deals with the periphery of your body: namely your hips, legs, shoulders, arms and neck. These work more efficiently and feel looser when the middle of the body has been freed up first.
Here's one student's experience in this workshop:
"For years I've been dealing with chronic neck and lower back pain. My first Somatics class focused on releasing the muscles in my lower back with a very small, gentle movement. The release I felt was huge! Since taking the classes, the pulling sensation in my neck is gone, I can sleep the entire night without shifting to alleviate the pain in my shoulders. Bending over no longer hurts my back and I can sit cross-legged easily. My overall flexibility and range of motion is noticeably improved. I would highly recommend Somatics!"
Workshop includes The Cat Stretch Daily Somatic Essentials exercise sheet (optional audio version for additional fee). Consistent and regular practice of these Somatic Essentials helps maintain the beneficial effects of this workshop.
* if you have a recent injury there may be some movements that aren't appropriate - please reach out to me to discuss.
When: Sept 11-12, 2021
Time: 10 am to 12:15 pm each day
Location: home studio (Covid screening required)
Early bird savings: only $115 if you register by August 20!
Lenore Foster is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Somatic Educator serving clients in Lorne Park, Port Credit and South Mississauga. She provides yoga and Somatics classes in her home studio. Call her at 905-271-2505
Certified Yoga Teacher and Somatics Educator
1309 Ambleside Drive, Mississauga, ON
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