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Weekly Themes

Every week we bring you a theme to create awareness and wholeness. We’d love for you to come to any of our OMYO classes where our certified teachers integrate that weekly theme within a community of like-minded individuals.

But even more important to us is when you make that theme part of your everyday life. Because we believe every small action contributes to universal wholeness.

“Peace Begins Within Me”

In order for us to create world peace we must first create inner peace.

Sept. 10 – 16 , 2017

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Guided Meditation for Physical Healing

Listen. Heal

Find a quiet place.  Turn on some soft music.  Settle into a comfortable chair.
This guided meditation was recorded to bring support for physical and emotional healing for everyone, especially those receiving medical treatment.

Susy’s First Step

Remember Susy?  You met her last week. She had been depressed for a while and wanted to know where to begin at Veracis.  We suggested she start with OMYO.  This way she could try a variety of classes. She decided to start with a New Member Unlimited Monthly Pass for $99.

Susy  started Sunday morning with  Rise & Shine Hatha Yoga at 9:30 am and OM- Reflective Meditation at 11 am. At first she was nervous and wondered if she would be able to do the yoga and meditation. She wasn’t very flexible and she felt awkward in her body.  Susy wondered what others would think. But this didn’t last long as others in the class of eight welcomed her like she was a long time friend.

After yoga she had a little break.  The yoga classroom was transformed into a meditation room.  She found herself seated in a chair and others started arriving.  She was feeling pretty awesome already and wondered if the meditation might be too much.  Maybe she should have waited…

Her doubt melted away as the reflective meditation class was not like anything she had expected.  The instructor gave clear direction as to what to expect, with detailed topic discussion.  Susy was then guided through a gentle meditation and when she opened her eyes she was surprised to hear 30 minutes had gone by.  Never in her wildest dreams did she think she could ever sit still this long.

From the moment she sat down on her yoga mat to when she opened her eyes seated in the chair meditating, Susy knew she was in the right place for her.   She went home feeling a sense of wonder, focused clarity, and inner peace.  She couldn’t wait to get to her next class…..

by Regina Kaiser

Meet Susy…

This is Susy……

Susy was doing everything she could to be a mindful, cheerful, caring person. But when she was alone she found herself sad and depressed, or overworked and stressed. Susy went out with family and friends as often as she could but it was really hard to smile when she felt so unhappy on the inside. Earlier in the year when it was raining she thought perhaps the weather played a role. But now with the warm sunny days, she still was still unhappy.

Susy knew she needed to do something, so she went to see her doctor who recommended medication to help her feel better. She was holding the bottle in her hands contemplating taking the first pill when something inside her said no. Susy knew the pill would help her feel better, but that the source of her suffering had not been addressed. She knew she could take the pills when needed, but she decided to get a second opinion.

Her second doctor listened more and with a smile told her to start meditating. Susy had considered meditating but it sounded like it was a lot of work and she didn’t honestly know much about it.  So Susy did what most people do.. she went to the internet and started reading about meditation.  She listened to a few youtube recordings and they helped her feel calm, but something was still missing.  That’s when she found Veracis Meditation, Yoga & Wellness Centre.

BEGIN WITHIN – A Personalized Approach –

Susy wanted to learn how to help herself, not just now, but in her future.That’s what made Veracis Meditation different.  With a structured program and certified teachers, she could see a beginning and ending within a safe, professional space.

But where to begin? Meditation or Yoga? Aren’t they the same???
Susy called for a brief consultation to determine what would be best for her.  With a variety of classes and services Susy was able to start immediately and started feeling more balanced and peaceful right away.

Let us help you find what’s best for you.  604.461.5511


How Do I Know I’m Doing This Yoga Pose Right?

This question is frequently on the minds of yoga students and is sometimes also articulated aloud to the yoga teacher. Yoga poses are on the one hand simple, they require the placement of our bodies in a pose/form; yet on the other hand, each pose — even a “simple” pose like Tadasana, requires the coordination of physical, mental and emotional components. We need tobalance all of these at the same time, like driving a car. So getting the sense that we are doing it “right” is often elusive.

The “doing” of a yoga pose is about learning the basics of the pose, and then practicing the pose so the body learns how to move into it, in order to reap the benefits. 

The Myth of Form

Many students, and even some yoga teachers, are distracted by how the pose is “supposed to look”, its form. We have the idea that if we contort our body into the right shape we will be doing the pose; “right.” Yoga poses, asanas, really are more like a template, a guide, a mold, a blueprint. The template becomes the starting point of each pose, the scaffolding on which we build the pose for our own body. Depending on a variety of factors, including flexibility and our own unique anatomy, as we fill the template with our body, the pose will become our unique expression of the pose. We are doing the pose “right” when we fill the pose to the capacity of our flexibility and range of motion, with alignment that is as close to the ideal as we can get. As we learn to relax in the pose, our body will usually find the “correct” alignment for us, although most of us will likely not exhibit “ideal form.”

Core and Breath
In yoga, the physical form or template of the pose is coupled with the breath to bring the pose to life. As we move our body into the template of whatever pose we are attempting, we begin to see where this pose will take us in this moment. We may realize we are stiff, sluggish, and constricted, or free, open, and flexible, perhaps somewhere in between. Whatever our starting point, we breathe to bring vitality to the pose.

All movement is initiated by the breath and proceeds from the core through 1 the body. On an
inhale notice the belly rise; gently press the belly button toward the spine, and tuck it up. Notice
how the chest naturally lifts and opens as the lungs continue to fill. As the belly expands on the
inhale, also lengthen the spine up through the crown from the core and down the pelvis and
legs. This is aided by pressing the belly button toward the spine and tucking the “tail bone” or sacrum, i.e. the base of the pelvis presses forward. This breathing in the core, expanding up the spine and down the pelvis and legs is what begins to “open” a pose for our bodies to experience.

Fill the Pose
We have placed our body in the particular template. We are breathing and moving from our core. We now focus on filling the pose in three dimensions. Think of inflating the pose as if your body is a balloon. With each inhale think of expanding out of the core up the spine, down the pelvis and into the legs, and from the core through the shoulders and along the arms — think of“line of energy” moving from the core. As you exhale, hold the pose open as you continue to breathe and open in three dimensions. Hold the pose for several breaths and come out of it when you get the sense you are done. As you breathe in this way, notice how your body opens to the pose.

Experience the Pose
Now that we have filled the pose in three dimensions, having placed ourselves in the template, while breathing and moving from the core, it is essential that we check in with ourselves and assess what the pose in doing in our body. So far we have only been considering the functional aspects and mechanics of the pose. We turn to the experience of the pose and the question
here is: “How does the pose feel in my body?”Yoga poses stress our muscles, connective tissues, joints, bones and ligaments, leading to sensations within our body. These sensations we experience are varied: tingling, warmth, “itchy” buzzing, achy, cool — notice what is happening in your body. For many of us we are unaware of our bodily sensations unless we are experiencing pleasure, “oh, this feels good,” or pain, “ow this hurts.” Yoga poses will challenge our body uniquely each time we place ourselves in a pose, and we are invited to pay attention to what is happening. Regular yoga asana practice allows us to learn how our body responds and adapts to the stresses we place on it. Over time we learn to distinguish between the sensation of tugging of facial tissue under the skin, the warmth as the belly of a muscle releases or the “buzzing” of energy moving freely. We may often have sensations that feel uncomfortable; we are stressing our bodies after all. Caution is required if the sensation is sharp, acute pain and perhaps even a burning sensation — these are the 1 By the core, I mean that the volume within the pelvic bowl and abdominal cavity, that place we may feel within our body as our physical “centre.” This centre is often suggested to be approximately 2 inches or 5 cm below the belly button. This is also the centre of gravity of our body. The muscles of the core are the abdominals (transversus abdominus, internal and external obliques, the rectus abdominals), as well as the psoas, and the quadratus lumborum. When we engage the core muscles, along with the pelvic floor muscles, mula bandha, as well as tucking the belly button in and up, uddiyana bandha, we create a light pressure within the abdominal cavity. This stabilizes the core and is foundation for energy to move from the core with the breath.

Signals to come out of the pose immediately.

A simple adjustment may turn the discomfort into something more manageable, but if the pain continues come out of the pose. A yoga pose is “right” when it feels right in the body, assuming you have placed yourself in the template of this pose with the best alignment you can. The more you practice, the more your body will learn and remember the pose and find its way into the pose for maximum benefit. A yoga pose is “right” when you are breathing and infusing life into the pose from the core,
pressing into the tight spots in your body that the pose is designed to address. A yoga pose is “right” when you have filled the pose in three dimensions to reach your maximum flexibility, and range of motion, in this pose, on this day.
Practicing yoga, the doing of yoga becomes my yoga practice, my yoga experience

By Tom Shroeder


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