UBC Yoga Member Appreciation Event

Part of the yoga practice involves fostering good vibes and good karma with our community. To thank everyone for their support, we have partnered with RYU on west 4th to host a member appreciation event dedicated to all of our amazing club members. 

This event is entirely FREE and has cool perks and swag such as free yoga, food, drinks, and even 25% off RYU goodies! The UBC Yoga team will be there along with our teachers and execs. There will be raffle prizes giving you a chance to get some much needed R+R in your busy schedules.

We will be hosting a free 45 minute yoga session  – no experience required. This might be the greatest way to get started in yoga and to ask questions to qualified professionals. We also welcome veteran yogis who will be able to practice their moves at our event and help some starting yogis out! Even if you’re not part of the yoga famjam, no worries, come along for some great fashion pieces and free food. Come on, really now, who doesn’t like free food? Feel free to bring family, friends, and pets.

EVENT DETAILS:

❤️ 25% off your ENTIRE RYU purchase– perfect for Christmas shopping or a little treat for yourself

❤️ FREE food & drinks

❤️ FREE yoga! Please bring your own mat & wear comfy clothes!

❤️ An opportunity to hang out with your favourite yoga teachers + get to know the exec team

❤️ Raffle prizes

 

DATE & TIME:

Wed Nov 22 6:30-8pm

RYU Store in Kitsilano (1745 W 4th Ave)

To reach RYU from UBC, take the 84 or 04 and get off at Burrard St

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Sponsor of the month!

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20% off Halfmoon products with a special promo code, speak to an exec to verify your membership and receive the promo code!

 

 

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All Levels Welcome

I’ve been practicing yoga since I was about 13. My practice has never been super consistent, which is something that I’m trying to work on, however, I’d say I’m pretty comfortable with it. In my opinion, yoga is one of the best things you can do for your mental and physical health, and because of this, I try to recommend it to all of my friends. I ask them to come out to yoga classes with me when I’m planning on going or am execing my weekly class, however, I often get many reluctant responses:

“I’m not flexible enough.”

“I’ve never done yoga before.”

“I’m not very good at it.”

“I don’t want others in class to judge me.”

Trying something new can be scary, and I completely understand that. I’m a pretty shy person, and I get nerves going into new situations all the time – especially when it involves being around people that I don’t know, and I realize that many people feel the same way. However, I don’t think that this should deter people from going to a class. The UBC Yoga Club (and the practice of yoga in general) is based on acceptance, accessibility and peace. Nobody will judge you for not being able to touch your toes or hold a pose. Honestly, nobody will even be paying attention to you! Everybody in a yoga class is there for their own self improvement, and will probably be too focused on their breathing or postures to watch what you’re doing. Nothing – not the shape of your body, colour of your skin, your heritage, your abilities, your flexibility or strength, or amount of experience should dictate whether you participate in yoga if you want to.

That being said, if you are somebody that is new to yoga, and would like to improve your practice but are nervous about going to a new class, here are some ways to make yourself more comfortable:

  • Ask a friend to join you
  • Let the teacher know before class begins that you are a beginner
  • Practice at home! There are tons of YouTube channels with great guidance (Yoga for Adriene is my favourite)

We like to stress that the classes that our club holds are open to all levels of experience, and that teachers always provide modifications and options that are suitable to beginner, novice and advanced practices. We also provide by far the cheapest classes in Vancouver, so you’re able to drop into a class as a non-member for just $5. Our club was created in order to provide accessible and welcoming yoga for the UBC community, so come out and join us! 🙂

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Thanks to our monthly sponsor!

Just Yoga TransparentOpened in 2012, with a focus on healing and authentic practice, Just Yoga offers classes in Power, Flo, Restorative, Hatha all levels, beginners, Yin, Qigong, Kundalini, Gong Bath, Yoga Nidra, front shop selling mats & yoga equipment and so much more!  Student discounts available. We are located on Broadway, just one block from Main St.  Check them out at www.justyoga.ca and @justyogavancouver on Facebook and Instagram!

30% off discount off the online purchase of the Premium Unlimited Class Pass ($99 reg/$69.30 after discount) or any $22 drop-in class (for new members). See a yoga club exec to verify your membership and receive the promo code!

 

Yoga Exec Spotlight: Moni

 

Hi 🙂 My name is Moni and I am VP Events for UBC Yoga Club. I started out as a member of the UBC Yoga Club in my first year. Then I went on to become a volunteer and wanted to become more involved, so I became an exec. And, now I’m the VP Events. I am super excited to bring some great events to our members and the students of UBC. Yoga is my break from studying and is my way of coping with stress. It has worked to improve my mood and make me better able handle my problems. Beyond that, I also use yoga as a way to cross train with weightlifting.

#1 Tell us a little bit about yourself – both about your academic/work and other areas outside your field

I am a 3rd year student in the Integrated Sciences program, integrating pharmacology and genetics. I am personally interested in pharmacogenomics which is the study of how drugs affect you because of your genetics.

#2. Tell us how or why you got introduced to/started yoga

I started doing yoga in my first year, just as a way to get active. But I found that there were many more benefits to it.

#3 What is your “Yoga Philosophy” (up to your interpretation)

My yoga philosophy and general life philosophy is “just keep moving”! For example, if there is a particularly difficult class, you just to keep pushing and move on to the next pose. And applying this to everyday life has shown me that there is nothing that we can’t get through.

#4 is How has yoga changed the way you live or your perspective on life

Yoga has opened me up to understand how important being mindful of our well being is. As students, I feel we push our mental wellness aside to ensure that we get the grades that we need. Yoga has changed my outlook by making me more aware of my mental wellness and I now force myself to take breaks to ensure that I am focused.

#5 What do you like yoga- include your favourite style of yoga and why

I use yoga as a way to cross train with weight training and cardio. My favourite style of yoga would have to be either yin or power yoga. I like yin as a way for me to relax and stretch my muscles after an intense workout. While I enjoy power yoga as a way to replace my workout.

#6 Why did you decide to take on this new role as President? 

I started off as a collaborations coordinator last year, and then applied for the VP Events position. The reason I wanted to be VP was so I could have a bigger hand in the events that we put on as the yoga club and so I can have more responsibility.

#7 What is your vision for Yoga Club next year? What are you most excited about?

My vision for this year is to increase attendance to yoga club events. One of the events that we definitely bring back is BUNNY YOGA! So get back excited for that this year!!

#8 Fun facts or anything else you would like to share

I love reading, hiking, spending time with my family and friends and spending some quality time with Netflix.

 

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Thanks to our monthly sponsor!

Opened in 2012, with a focus on healing and authentic practice, Just Yoga offers classes in Power, Flo, Restorative, Hatha all levels, beginners, Yin, Qigong, Kundalini, Gong Bath, Yoga Nidra, front shop selling mats & yoga equipment and so much more!  Student discounts available. We are located on Broadway, just one block from Main St.  Check them out at www.justyoga.ca and @justyogavancouver on Facebook and Instagram!

30% off discount off the online purchase of the Premium Unlimited Class Pass ($99 reg/$69.30 after discount) or any $22 drop-in class (for new members). See a yoga club exec to verify your membership and receive the promo code!

Prioritizing Yoga

As the school year starts to pick up, I find it harder to justify taking time out of my busy day to go to a yoga class. When I’m in the middle of doing a reading or trying to figure out how to solve a difficult homework question, the thought of getting up and spending an hour at a yoga class can seem like a chore, as if it’s almost a wasteful use of my time. However, no matter how stressed out I’ve been before entering a yoga class, I’ve never once left having regret going. This is something that I need to remind myself as we enter midterm season this year.

I’m a huge overthinker, and this results in me being easily overwhelmed once things start to pile up. I find that I spend pretty much every waking hour of the school year thinking about how much I have to do any how little time I have to do it. This can get really exhausting really quickly. It doesn’t exactly help that pretty much every conversation ends up on the topic of school and stress during midterm season, too.

“I don’t have enough time” is a common reason that I hear when it comes to staying active or going to yoga classes. It might sound cliche to say that it’s more about making time, but it really is. Setting an hour aside each week to focus on your mental health, your body, and your breathing is not a huge sacrifice. These are all extremely important to your wellbeing and your performance in school. This is something that I am going to keep in mind as we enter October, and I hope you do too!

–  UBC Yoga Club member

 

Thanks to our monthly sponsor!

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The Good Stuff is a Vancouver-based “ready-to-blend” smoothie company, offering the easiest way to eat healthy and organic. They buy their supplies from local growers, including UBC Farm.

They are offering UBC Yoga members 20% off online orders (thegoodstuffco.com), or $1.50 off smoothies in-store at 4515 West 10th. See a yoga club exec to give you a personalized discount card!

Moments of Stillness

‘…and breathe’. The words I need to hear when my shoulders are rigid and tense below my ears. I can’t remember a time outside of yoga where someone has specifically told me to exhale. With the gush of carbon dioxide that flow out of my lungs, I felt the last reserve of toxins coming out. I close my eyes and follow the rhythm of a voice that invited me to extend a leg and ‘whenever you’re ready, find yourself in downward dog’.

This is why I love yoga, the coolness of the mat against the skin of my fingertips and the strength in my body I didn’t know was there come out during my practice. The feeling of letting go of the thoughts I carry with me through the day is liberating on so many levels. The rooms in the nest, the judgement-free moments during class, the quiet hum of the electric lights above have, over the years, become my safe haven.

This is also what drove me to yoga. I remember the sleepless anxious nights during my first year at UBC – the nights where I stay up late studying and finally collapse to the refuge of my bed only to find my eyes wide-open from the tension in my skull and the racing thoughts tomorrow may bring. Something was desperately wrong and I needed to get out. Through yoga, I adopted a habit of mindfulness – one where I have learned to convince myself to be present, to be grounded, to know faithfully and true that the earth is beneath my feet and the sky is above my head. Simple things.

‘…and breathe’. My muscles awake from their slumber and respond instantly to synaptic connections from my brain. Yoga is shown to be an effective stress-reliever making it an important practice for busy people everywhere. The feeling of my mind getting stronger and my body following suit is empowering. Yoga helps remind me that I am in control – even when my circumstances fail me, I have the power within me to change my present realities. I can choose not to dwell on the moments of pain but to look towards what possibilities lie in the future.

Now when I find myself overwhelmed by the copious amounts of work I am obligated to do, or struggle to organize my life I simply close my eyes, take a moment for myself,  ‘…and breathe’.

I am glad to be sharing a little taste of my yoga journey through the first post of the year. Looking forward to more yoga stories to come!

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Thanks to our monthly sponsor!

Logo-Two-Colour   The Good Stuff is a Vancouver-based “ready-to-blend” smoothie company, offering the easiest way to eat healthy and organic. They buy their supplies from local growers, including UBC Farm.

They are offering UBC Yoga members 20% off online orders (thegoodstuffco.com), or $1.50 off smoothies in-store at 4515 West 10th. See a yoga club exec to give you a personalized discount card!

Yoga Exec Spotlight: Nancy

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My name is Nancy and I am the new Co-President for the UBC Yoga Club. I am currently a third year Integrated Sciences student, meshing physiology and immunology together. Besides school, I work, I do research, and I love to go on hikes, volunteer with kids and animals, hang with friends, and do YOGA!

I was introduced to yoga through a friend in my first year where I attend a couple classes, and really wanted to get more involved with the club. I was a volunteer and by the start of second year I was the treasurer for the club – it has been such a rewarding experience.

My Yoga philosophy is that as long as you breathe, you will be okay. What I mean by this is that so many times we are moving at a really fast pace and we forget where we are and how far we come. Sometimes just taking a minute to really notice this makes all the difference since you realize how far you have come, and what you have done – it is something to be grateful for.

I think Yoga has changed my perspective in the sense that I feel more mindful. I have always struggled with balancing health, fitness, school and fun, but Yoga has taught me to really understand when I am struggling and simple ways to restore balance. After a Yoga session, I feel more happy and in tune with my body, which has really help me in every aspect of my life, so I am really thankful to have been apart of this club.

Yoga, as I have mentioned before, makes me really happy and energized. I always feel like I can kick butt after a good session of Yoga, and I get a lot more out of day – plus I get to do it with a smile! My favorite style of Yoga is Cobra pose, because with cobra I get a really nice elongation of my spine, and a great back bend really releases the worked up stress from hours of sitting and doing work.

I decided to become president with Chin-Vern Tan, because I had been a VP for two years for the finance department (role of treasurer) and I really wanted a change, and more responsibility. I felt like I could offer from my past experiences and my knowledge from other volunteer aspects in order to continue growing this club into something wonderful – a fact that I think our current president Dana Chan has done a great job constructing! For next year I envision more events, a better financial organizational system, stronger ties within our UBC community, stronger relationships with our exec team and with our teachers, and more perks for our members! I am the most excited for hosting more amazing events!

Happy Valentine’s Day! – from yoga club execs to you ♥

YOGA CLUB EXECUTIVE EVENTS: AERIAL YOGA SESSION

In the midst of looming midterms and unending assignments, our executive team recognizes the importance of destressing and making time for ourselves- not just as students but as humans. Part of this is the recognition that disturbing our daily routines to try new activities is healthy for our minds and bodies! Though all of us regularly practice yoga, many of us were first-timers at aerial yoga. During the first half hour we struggled even in learning how to get into our hammocks and where to place our feet so that we don’t fall to the ground! We braved the difficulty of balancing on unfamiliar materials at the start but by the end of the session many of us successfully swung upside down and attempted small aerial tricks. Though many of us started off a little hesitant, we were encouraged by our peers and slowly flow-ed our way into happy yoga bliss. With the support of our President and Tantra Fitness, the exec team spent a lovely Sunday afternoon perched atop these silks- laughing and stretching both our ligaments and our comfort zones.

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This experience I think is analogous to the yoga community in Vancouver which can often seem daunting to dig into! There is an infinite amount of studios available – each with their own specializations and classes. This is why I would highly encourage you to try out the classes at we offer through the UBC Yoga Club. There are often those who are new to yoga in each of our classes and our instructors and executives create a judgement free atmosphere so that you can enjoy your practice no matter what skill level you are at.

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We offer a range of different classes- from restorative hatha to ease away your negative post-exam feelings all the way to upbeat vinyasa to help you power through your afternoon meetings. We have certified instructors and all the amenities like mats and blocks that other yoga studios offer. Though thanks to free rental space on campus, our rates are only $2 per class once you become a member making yoga an affordable way for you to get some exercise into your busy schedules!

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It’s never too late to try something new and though venturing outside daily norms may be uncomfortable at first, remember that choosing to take up challenges and face difficult roads – maybe the uncertainties of placing our feet on the wrong side of the hammock or your decision to start-up yoga—can lead you to beautiful destinations.  

Instructor Spotlight: Shayne

Hi everyone! My name is Shayne; I am a 4th year student at UBC, studying kinesiology and psychology. My unwavering passion for the practices of yoga and meditation have lead me to start teaching for the UBC Yoga Club, so I figured that I would write an introductory blog post, offering some insight into my life and yoga journey!

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As an undergraduate student, I am heavily involved in both academic and non-academic pursuits; over the years, I have worked as a NSERC research assistant in the Neural Control of Posture & Movement Lab, helped teach yoga to individuals with neurological impairment at ICORD, served as an Orientation Leader and Squad Leader for the School of Kinesiology, became a member of the 2017 Kin Games Team, served on the Kinesiology Grad Committee, volunteered in the Psychology of Exercise, Health, and Physical Activity laboratory, presented at Conferences such as the Student Leadership Conference and INDspire, participated in UBC REC Intramurals, taught yoga with Fast & Female, worked at PhysioWorksBC, served as a brand ambassador for Karma Athletics, and most recently, became the Founder and President for SisuGirls of UBC! (*sigh*) As you can see, life can get pretty busy! So, with a million things happening at once, how have I managed to find balance between academics, extracurriculars, social life, and health?

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Yoga is my constant source of grounding; it is my key to remaining calm and optimistic through times of chaos. My yoga journey began 6 years ago, when my grandmother bought me my first yoga DVD; I would set up a cheap, worn-out yoga mat in my basement, and practice for hours. There wasn’t enough space for me to stand up in this basement room, so naturally, I gravitated towards a more restorative, floor-based flow. Despite the obvious spatial limitations, I fell in love with the practice and, over time, began to observe subtle and beautiful shifts in my mental state. Life was more vibrant; daily tasks were more mindful; I was more patient, resilient, and filled with a sense of wonder and adoration for my body and its capabilities. 

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Finally, I decided to take my practice outside of the safe, four walls of my basement room. I started attending classes at Buddha Rider in Collingwood, Ontario, wherein I met some incredible yoga teachers who inspired me to build upon my restorative practice, incorporating more challenging poses and breathing techniques. Naturally, I fell heels over head in love (handstand joke). In the 6 years to follow, I have developed a practice that now incorporates all styles of yoga, ranging from Hatha and Yin, to Vinyasa and Kundalini. Yoga has provided the freedom to explore my body with heightened curiosity and awareness. It has become an opportunity to embrace aliveness, cultivate mindfulness, and develop an unwavering fascination for life as we know it.

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In August 2016, I partook in the Semperviva Yoga Teacher Training in Vancouver, BC. My decision to pursue a teacher training course was influenced by a desire to share my knowledge of the human body, enhance my sense of spirituality, and dive deeper into the mechanics, philosophy, and lifestyle of yoga. Thanks to my fantastic teachers, I completed my training with a renewed sense of clarity and purpose. I was filled with excitement to begin sharing my passion for yoga with others. However, contrary to popular belief, it takes more than a 200 hour RYT course to become a self-assured yoga teacher; in fact, I clearly recall the excitement and nervousness that lead up to my teaching debut. Not only was I shaking from excitement and anticipation, but also from insecurity. A wave of doubt overwhelmed me before the class, as I questioned my ability to teach. “Am I really meant to teach yoga? Am I good enough?”

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5 months later, I can answer my own question: “Yes, in fact I am.” I have learned that there is no mould for becoming a yoga teacher; there is no prescription, no “correct” way of teaching. I have learned that making the transition from student to teacher involves time, dedication, creativity, and patience, as well as a total relinquishment of expectation and perfectionism. I still get nervous before teaching, but I no longer let feelings of inadequacy or insecurity consume me. I teach authentically, filled with gratitude for the opportunity to share my life views and passion for yoga with such receptive and caring students.

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Ultimately, I hope to pursue a career in physical therapy, specifically working with communities in northern, rural British Columbia. I foresee yoga as being a huge part of this goal, not only as a de-stressing tool through graduate school, but also as a complimentary method of treatment and healing for my future patients and clients. I am a strong advocate for the multifaceted benefits of yoga and mindfulness, and am confident that my life will be infused with these practices for all years to come.
If you have any questions about my story or experiences, feel free to contact me through email (shaynecaseyshaw@gmail.com), find me on social media (@mymicroadventures) or chat in person at one of my weekly classes: Mondays & Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30pm. Namaste!

10 Facts You Never Knew About Yoga

You learn something new every day. 

  1. Yoga originated over 5,000 years ago in India, and was inspired by Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism
  2. The word yoga means “yoke” or “union”
  3. There are 19 different forms of yoga and 66 OFFICIAL yoga postures (of course there are always variations to them)
  4. Bikram (hot yoga) is practiced in 40 degrees Celsius and 50% humidity
  5. Hasyayoga/Laughter Yoga is practiced in over 60 countries
  6. Yoga can make you live longer
  7. Yoga can improve sexual performance
  8. Yoga can alleviate allergy symptoms
  9. Dawn is the best time to practice yoga because the air contains the most prana which means “life energy”
  10. The world’s largest yoga class took place in Jiwaji University in Gwalior, India on November 19, 2005, lasting 18 minutes and involving 29,973 participants

A little bonus I found…

YOGA RECORDS… say what?!

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  1. Longest Crow Pose on fists
  2. Longest held Boat Pose on a balancing board
  3. Longest held Lotus Pose
  4. Longest time holding Toe Squat

Everything mentioned in this post was found on the internet. Thanks Google!