Yoga and QiGong Classes with Karusia in December

December Treasures:
Offerings from
Karusia Nirmala
... "Snow Horses" by Tracie Grimwood...

Beloved Reader!

I love the illustration above by the gifted artist Tracie Grimwold. She clearly adores horses and conveys their magical essence with eloquence. I savour the cocooning embrace of the wintery forest, and the forward movement of the three equines. I hear the snow-muffled sound of their hooves and their blowing breath; I see an aura of steam rising from their backs and their nostrils. And yet through this all, I feel a sacred and delicate silence that is a winter gift. I can remember walking on city streets in the evening right after a fresh snowfall... the crunching sounds of my steps, and then the exquisite silence that held me when I chose to stand still. A suspension in time and space....

Such precious and delicate silence. Crystalline. 

Winter is a perfect season for going within. To hibernate, rebuild, rest, reflect and dream. Spring will come again in due time, but the law of Nature decrees that it is time to become quiet and to rejuvenate. And that there is great value in doing so.

This month I am drawn to share a piece of writing by Paul Coelho. It is a lesson about the power of love, and the vibration of our words when they are directly connected to our hearts.  


Why do we shout in anger?

A master asked his disciples:
‘Why do we shout in anger? Why do people shout at each other when they are upset?’

The disciples thought for a while, and one of them said:
‘Because we lose our calm, we shout for that.’
‘But, why to shout when the other person is just next to you? ‘Isn’t it possible to speak to him or her with a soft voice? Why do you shout at a person when you’re angry?’

The disciples gave him some other answers but none satisfied the master.

Finally he explained:
‘When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other through that great distance.’

Then the master asked:
‘What happens when two people fall in love? They don’t shout at each other but talk softly, why? Because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is very small…’

And he concluded:
‘When they love each other even more, what happens?
‘They do not speak, only whisper and they get even closer to each other in their love.

‘Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other and that’s all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.’

 May your December be filled with whispers of Love.

~ Karusia Nirmala

This holiday season, give the gift of relaxation and wellness!

Handmade silk eye masks (pictured) and eye pillows (rectangular) are available in beautiful colours. They are filled with organic flax, lavender (or unscented) and Reiki love. 

Gift certificates for tarot readings and reiki treatments are also available.
December Public Classes

Please note: This is a short month, and classes end on December 13 to make space for the artists of the Kensington Market Winter Solstice Parade. Please plan to attend the parade on December 21, it is a spectacular winter celebration!

All classes are held in the Amenity Room at 21 Nassau St. Please enter through the garden pathway west of the main doors. The door is unlocked 15 minutes before each class. Mats and props are available.

Mondays (Dec. 3 and 10)
Hatha Yoga 5:30-6:45pm. By donation.
Women's QiGong  7-8:15pm. $15.

Tuesdays (Dec. 4 and 11)
Restorative Yoga 5-6:30pm. $15.

Thursdays (Dec. 6 and 13)
Hatha Yoga 5:30-6:45pm. $15
Yoga Nidra 7-8:15pm. $20.

Self-Healing Workshop: Loving Touch QiGong * POSTPONED *  
NEW DATE: Sunday January 20, 2-4pm. $50. RSVP
(details below)

Classes resume January 7, 2019  
Loving Touch QiGong: The Art of Self-Healing 
Sunday January 20, 2-4 pm. $50
Amenity Room @ 21 Nassau St
Learn a powerful, gentle and simple form of laying on of hands. Combining breath, clear intention and light touch, you will be able to soothe any part of your body, calm your mind and emotions, and boost your body's natural healing abilities. 

This workshop includes a centering meditation, instruction, lots of practice time, q&a and an e-booklet of techniques covered. Light refreshments are included.
My Offerings

I support people 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, experiential anatomy, prayer, healing, yoga and qigong.

My training as a yoga therapist supplies many tools to help you balance your biomechanics, your nerves, your hormones, your thoughts and your emotions while learning new skills to boost your vitality and well-being. My background as an artist and mystic helps you to find beauty, harmony, meaning and magic on your healing journey.  

Hatha Yoga
Women's QiGong
Yoga Nidra
Restorative Yoga
Tarot and Oracle Card Readings
Yoga Therapy
Stress Release

~ Private sessions, corporate classes, holiday parties, speaking engagements by appointment~
The Hermit

Step away from the busy-ness of life and focus on you.

Spend time in nature, clear some of your social calendar, make time to reconnect with yourself. Now is the time for solitude and introspection. Gaze into the mystery of your inner life, and listen openly to your unique rhythms and inner whisperings.  

Rest, reflect, rebuild. It is time to cocoon and tend to your inner light.

When the time is ripe, you will emerge strong and vibrant, like the beautiful butterfly you are. Blessings.

The Hermit from the Sarah Wheatley Tarot
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