November Nourishment: Yoga, QiGong and Chakras

November Offerings from Karusia Nirmala
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~Hecate by Emily Balivet ~ ~

Greetings Dear Reader, 

I am writing to you in the season of Samhain and All Soul’s… a time when we stand at a threshold between what was and what is becoming. In the northern hemisphere, summer is a pleasant memory. Trees release their leaves and the air chills; winter reminds us gently that she is on her way. The full moon that greets us in a few days is called "the Beaver Moon”; a time when bears and beavers make their final preparations for the hibernating time ahead.


Light is waning, and darkness is coming to envelop us. Nature is slowing down. Why don’t we make preparations to slow down too?


It seems to me, that our dominant culture rewards productivity and busy-ness, but does not value reflection and rest in the same way. Activity trumps receptivity, over and over. City living interrupts our connections with Nature and the ebb and flow of her rhythms and cycles. It is too easy to keep going, and it is challenging to slow down or stop.


But the truth is, we need to slow down and to stop sometimes. We need time to review our current position, to absorb how we arrived here, and to contemplate how we would like to proceed. It sounds simple, but it is not always easy! 


Hecate, the goddess depicted above, is wise in all mysteries and is blissfully at home in dark and solitary places. She is shown with three faces because she can see the past, present and future simultaneously. She embodies all the ages and stages of a woman’s life: maiden, mother and crone. She presides at all transitions, including birth and death. Her power is especially potent right now in this sacred season, and we can call upon her wisdom and far-sightedness to help us find our way. 


Being at a crossroads is a magical time that is ripe with possibilities; each choice we ponder will create a world of its own. The essence is to choose consciously; we can choose a path that limits us, or a path that frees us. How do we choose? Hecate urges us towards discernment through the way of Deep Feminine Wisdom. Stillness, prayer, meditation, divination and patience are Her ways. 


There are new beginnings ahead, but right now is the dreaming time. Rest in the warm, dark and quiet space associated with the archetypal womb. Plant the seeds of your dream, and nourish its stirrings with love and tenderness. You cannot rush this process, but you can savour it.


I continue to be grateful for yoga, qigong, breath and You!
~ KN

What do I offer?
I teach people how to move, think and breathe in new ways that free them to be the best they can be. For this, I draw on a lifetime of exploration in dance, anatomy, yoga and qigong. My services include: 

Traditional hatha yoga. Blending movement, breath and concentration to create equipoise.

Women's QiGong. Sensing and cultivating energy In order to skilfully clear stagnation and build health and inner resources.

Yoga Nidra. Cellular rest, amplified by guided imagery to cleanse and refresh psyche and soma.

Classes are small, which allows me to customize for your needs. My training as a yoga therapist gives me many tools to help you balance your biomechanics, your nerves, your hormones and your emotions while having fun and learning new skills that will boost your vitality and well-being.

I also offer the following services by appointment:

~ Private Classes
~ Yoga Therapy
~ Tarot Readings (Consider hiring me to read for your holiday party or corporate event!

~ Reiki Healing

November Public Classes & Events

All classes are held in the Amenity Room at 21 Nassau St. Please enter through the garden pathway west of the main doors. Mats and props are supplied.

Hatha Yoga 5:30-6:45pm. By donation.
Women's QiGong  7-8:15pm. $15.
~ no classes on Monday November 6 ~

Yoga Nidra 7-8:15pm. $20.
~ no classes on Thursday November 9 or November 30 ~

Kirtan for Peace
Fri. Nov. 17, 7-9pm. By donation. (Info below)

Chakras and Yoga Nidra
Sun. Nov. 19, 2-4:30pm. $40 (Info below)
Kirtan: Heart Songs
Friday November 17, 7-9pm
@ Ayurveda Rituals
1081 Bathurst Street
By donation. RSVP 504-6049

Please join us for an evening of call and response chanting rooted in the Yogic tradition of devotion. Our theme is cultivating a vibration of peace within and without.

led by Ana Shanti & Karusia Nirmala 
Chakra Tune Up
Sun. Nov. 19, 2-4:30pm. $40
Amenity Room @ 21 Nassau St.

Medicinal movements to awaken and tune your seven energy centres, capped with a blissful guided meditation (yoga nidra). You will learn a chakra connection technique for self-care at home. Light refreshments will be served. 
The Four of Swords

It is time to rest, to dream and to recharge. The suit of swords is related to the element of air and to our thoughts. Clinging to negative thoughts drains us. It's time to let go. Release grudges and hurts. Let go of old ways that no longer serve your highest good. Let go of busy-ness. Slow down, be gentle, and give yourself the gift of as much rest as you need. Trust that deep healing is gestated in the womb of silence, and in the fullness of time. Be open to the new life that is taking form...

The Everyday Witch Tarot
Tarot communicates through a language of image, symbol, colour and feeling. It awakens our intuition and opens us up to new possibilities beyond our usual patterns. A reading can help you if you would like a fresh outlook on any aspect of your life; the cards are very loving and direct in their guidance. I would be delighted to read for you in person, by Skype or by email.
Beaming Love to you right now, Dear Reader!
May you rest well and dream yourself into a 
beautiful future. 

Karusia Nirmala Wroblewski
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