Selena Isles Yoga – Where I’m from

Many years ago I came to yoga as you know because of traumatic injury that ended my athletic career. Prior to that I used to think yoga something my mom and elders did to keep cool, calm and collected in the face of us children.  I went from rising track star to injured athletic “has been”. I spiralled into self despair, depression and negative connotations, losing scholarships, friends and everything that I “thought” I was.

However this forced me to rewrite my whole story, and what I had believed to be true of myself. In essence before Brene Brown coined the term I had to lean into the hard stuff and touch the face of vulnerability. I found Buddhism (again) around this time and it lifted me out slowly, I vowed at 19, to commit myself to some sort of path. When I finally got to Thailand with no “real” yoga practice other than the asana and meditation I practiced at home with my mom a devote Geeta Iyengar student and meditator, I was like a fish out of water for the first time. I had to learn to lean in again and be vulnerable – this would be the first of many times.

My time spent with the monks on Wat Suan Moh threw my connotations out the window as we practiced NO ASANA for the first year only mediation, silence and Karma/Bhakti yoga. This dismantled me from the inside out – meditation or hours of it on the cold floor did the rest. When we did touch asana I was astounded at the simplicity the practice, I learned the original 84 asana that Shiva stated were “appropriate” for men to learn in this age. For years I was a Nath Hatha acolyte. I believed stillness would uncover everything there was to know and so I practiced this asana according to the Hatha tenants, as well as meditation in silence and stillness; until I could no longer trace the lines of fluidity in the stillness. It was around that time that I started to link the poses to breath, and practice Ashtanga Vinyasa, then I really began to see the microcosm in the macro and vice versa.

I thought to myself and questioned my teachers many times over as to ”why can we not have a practice that integrates both movement and stillness, alignment and precision with breath and flow”. Many raised eyebrows, and years later I developed my style that integrates the breath based flow of Ashtanga and the precision of Iyengar into a deep, sweaty and integrative mind/body experience, all the while dropping ancient texts and wisdom, using urban vernacular.

And that is the simple secret to my practice finding the threads or sutras of the macrocosm and bringing it to everyone. I believe strongly in yoga for everybody and all bodies, and so my practices develop and emanate from this place of stillness juxtaposed against movement and meditation. Being a single mother, and international DJ touring and teaching all year round I am in deep need of my yoga practice; it healed my broken body and mind two decades ago and now keeps my soul intact on a daily basis.

MY WEEKLY TEACHING SCHEDULE

Come prepared to breathe, sweat, and LAUGH together. I believe in yoga for ALL BODIES and EVERYBODY! I design each class as a dynamic event, a celebration that nurtures your personal practice and roots you deep in the practice. You’ll find the beats and vibrations of bhakti musicians and hip-hop artists, a practice inspired by the full moon or the 5 elements, a candlelit evening flow or a sunlit morning wake-up call.

So wherever you are, however you are, whatever day of the week, show up and bring it.

MONDAYS

12h00 -13h00 Vinyasa @ Yoga Sangha

19h30 – 21h00  Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series @ Béco Yoga & Boutique Écologique

TUESDAYS

14h00 -15h15 Yoga Therapeutics & Alignment @ Béco Yoga & Boutique Écologique

17h10 – 18h10 Intermediate Vinyasa @ YogaVibe Brossard

18h30 – 19h30 All Levels Vinyasa @ YogaVibe Brossard

WEDNESDAYS

16h30 – 17h30  Vinyasa Flow @ Yoga Sangha

FRIDAYS

9:30 – 11 AM Vinyasa Krama @ Béco Yoga & Boutique Écologique

Sign into any of my classes at Béco Yoga here:   Béco Yoga

Sign in to any of my classes at Yoga Sangha here:  Yoga Sangha

I’d love to see you on your mat, breathing, glowing and flowing!!

CURRENT EVENTS & TRAININGS

250 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

September 2020 – June 2021

Our 10-month, 250-hour teacher training in the vinyasa-based style blends a practical approach to yoga philosophy, history and mythology, with a strong emphasis on applying the teachings to a modern-day setting. Our training is steeped in looking in depth at the philosophy of yoga, its sister science Ayurveda, and goes beyond the approach of asana only based learning. We look at the roots of yoga, its evolution and its place in the modern world. 

While exploring yoga postures and their variations, students will be immersed in the intricacies of pranayama, the bandhas, and meditation. The techniques and practices learned will be brought together when exploring how to demonstrate postures, sequence classes logically and fluidly, and adjust conscientiously. We also look at extensive anatomy training and at the ethics associated with the responsibility of teaching, cultural understanding, will have the participants leave the training with a deeper understanding of the yoga practices and teachings and feeling empowered and ready to teach with confidence, or go further in their quest for self realization. 

Faculty includes guest teachers and workshop retreat!

Some Topics covered but not limited to:

    • Essentials of asana practice – breath, foundation, general form, primary energy flows, and refinements of poses
    • Better alignment in practice
    • How to practice with an injury
    • How to modify practice to make it easier or harder
    • Purpose and use of props
    • Restorative poses
    • How we categorize postures (e.g. standing poses, hip openers, arm balances, backbends, inversions, twists, and seated postures) and how we string them together
    • How to apply anatomy and biomechanics to yoga poses and practice
    • How to apply your anatomy learning to advance your asanas
    • Pranayama (breathing exercises) & meditation
    • History and traditions related to modern yoga
    • Origins of modern yoga
    • Comparative study of yoga philosophy – Classical, Advaita Vedanta, Tantra
    • Bhagavad Gita introduction & study
    • Observing and understanding bodies in yoga poses
    • The art of teaching yoga
    • How or whether to touch students and when to use adjustments
    • How to effectively sequence a yoga practice or class
    • Introduction to meditation
    • Functional anatomy and physiology
    • Meaning behind asana systems
    • History of Yoga – major schools and movements
    • How to improve your own yoga practice
    • How to teach a yoga pose

    In short, we’ll look closely at many forms of yoga and yoga poses, learn relevant and applicable anatomy, explore the history and mythology of yoga, and spend time contemplating various yoga philosophies and epics. Most importantly, you’ll learn what impact all of this can have on your life, on and off the mat. Whether your goal is to become a teacher or simply to explore the yoga practices more deeply, our 10-month programme provides the practical tools and foundation for graduates to move into the next phases of their journey with passion, inspiration and direction.

For more information see here http://selenaisles.com/classes-and-trainings/

Be Present. Be Patient. Be Here Now

The 21 Day Yoga Challenge

Practice with me for 21 Days and find your own “Flowstate”

“The only thing bigger than fear is curiosity”. Have you ever wanted to try yoga but thought “nah I’m not flexible” or “I’m not in shape” or “I’m scared because I don’t know any moves?” You and 88% of the population feel this way.

So how about you join me and a LIT Tribe of Yogis of all shapes and sizes for a 21 Day Yoga Challenge presented by Kashi with Lole!

Each day I’ll pop into your inbox joined by this tribe to walk you through one asana (position) per day for 21 days! From easy to challenging!

Best of all its ABSOLUTELY FREE and the only thing you have to do is follow the link below to join.

21 days is all you need make something a habitual – so one pose a day for the 21 days will open you to the possibilities of taking your health and breath back into your own hands.

Why not? You can practice in your pj’s or gather some friends and have a few laughs! You will even see me and the tribe crack a few jokes and laughs between us!

Sign up here https://ca-en.lolelife.com/pages/yoga-challenge-subscription

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