Self Care Sessions

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Dear Colleagues,

We made it through 2020, and  we know this was not an easy feat for anyone. As we begin 2021 together and individually, we want to forefront self care, and we are offering these following self care sessions by professionals to get us started – and to keep us going!

Indigenous Traditional Tea Making

—with Carrie Armstrong from Mother Earth Essentials

Feb. 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm CST

Carrie Armstrong of Mother Earth Essentials, a Canadian Indigenous-owned bath and beauty products company leads this EDC 2021 Self-Care session on Traditional Tea Making. 

Carrie comes from a long line of Cree Medicine women and is passionate about sharing her Indigenous culture including traditional teachings based in the plants that are around us and a philosophy steeped in respect for the environment. 

Join Carrie as she discusses several plant teachings as shared with her by her grandmother. 

Participants have the option of purchasing tea kits in advance to have on hand as Carrie describes the plants and their properties. To do so, please visit askiytea.ca where you can find a tea kit of all of the plants Carrie will be discussing and to enable you to make your own blends to enjoy at home. 

Yoga & Meditation Techniques to Destress

—with Jennifer Maagendans from Luna Yoga Studio

Feb. 17 @ 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm CST

Jennifer Maagendans will take you through a 90 minute bilingual yoga and meditation workshop designed and focused on helping you destress.

Luna Yoga’s unique approach to yoga incorporates peace and joy into a dynamic and active Vinyasa-style practice. The practice is a blend of different elements rooted in various yoga styles, such as Ashtanga, Hatha and Jivamukti. Through years of practice, and continuous studies, the Luna YogaFlo style has emerged as a challenging, fresh, and invigorating approach to the ancient tradition that is yoga. www.lunayoga.ca

Jennifer Maagendans is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and environmentalist. She is the director and founder of Luna Yoga in Old Montreal. Practicing yoga since 1996, Jennifer has a background in gymnastics, is a certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, and holds a degree in Environmental Studies from Concordia University. Her teaching emphasizes inner peace and happiness, as well as a strong connection to the earth. In addition to her teaching, she has led yoga retreats in Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. In 2008, Jennifer released her first instructional DVD, YogaFlo for Peace and followed it up in 2010 with YogaFlo for the Earth.

Jennifer Maagendans est professeure de yoga, entrepreneure et environnementaliste. Elle est directrice et fondatrice de Luna Yoga, un studio accueillant situé au cœur du Vieux Montréal. Elle a effectué des études en environnement à l’Université Concordia, pratique le yoga depuis 1996 et est certifiée en enseignement du yoga Jivamukti. Son enseignement est axé sur le bonheur et la paix intérieure, ainsi que sur la relation que nous avons avec la terre. En parallèle avec l’enseignement, elle a aussi dirigé des retraites de yoga au Canada, au Mexique et au Costa Rica. Son premier DVD de yoga, intitulé Yoga Flo pour la Paix, est paru en 2008, suivi par Yoga Flo pour la terre en 2010.

YOGA TIPS

Here are some suggestions and cautions to keep in mind while practicing Yoga. Please note that all bodies are different, some cautions may, or may not apply to you. For more information feel free to ask us. And most importantly, remember to listen to your body at all times.

  • All classes are done barefoot
  • Wear something comfortable (ideally exercise pants and a t-shirt)
  • To get the full yoga experience, all mobile phones should be turned off before starting. 
  • Have a yoga mat or a towel and a cushion to sit on.
  • It is best not to eat at least two hours before practicing yoga, a light snack is recommended one hour in advance (i.e. fruit or fruit juice)

Remember to listen to your body and enjoy yourself! Keep in mind these classes are designed to help you relax and release tension in both your body and mind. Enjoy each moment and have fun!

A Taste of Mindfulness

—with Janet MacDonald

Feb. 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CST

We hear about ‘living in the moment’ as an approach that offers the potential for a calm and peaceful life. In a lifestyle of mindfulness the goal is to be present with moments in life and accept these for what they offer, without judgment. In this way of creating awareness we can become more attentive to thoughts, feelings and physical sensations in the body and to our behaviours allowing  personal exploration of stress responses and anxiety. In this intentional way of living, we may further explore and learn healthy choices in personal self care. Mindfulness is practiced using techniques with the breath, meditation and yoga among others. We will explore further meaning in mindfulness and experience several ways to bring this concept into everyday life to encourage physical health and wellbeing.

Janet B MacDonald, Registered Social Worker of 39 years, studied Mindfulness with Jon Kabat Zinn and Saki Santorelli, founders of the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. Sharing these learnings over the past 15 years, she and a colleague offered countless 8 week programs in “Mindfulness Based Stress Management” to hundreds of adults  endeavouring to reduce stress and anxiety in their lives. 

NOTE: This workshop will require participants to create a quiet space without interruption and a comfortable yet firm chair, also, to have a small box of Raisins or one raisin available for an experiential component of the session.

You may refer to the book “Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabat Zinn, for further learning and to implement an 8 week program of developing Mindfulness as a personal lifestyle and “Heal Thy Self” by Saki Santorelli, relating to the value and benefit of this lifestyle.

Drinking clean: A look at organic, biodynamic, and natural wines

—with Lesley Quinn from Stellar Somm

Feb. 17 @ 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm CST

Let’s explore the growing trend of clean and green winemaking techniques. Lesley Quinn of Stellar Somm Wine Experts will help you gain a deeper understanding of what an organic/biodynamic and natural wine. She will lead the group in a dynamic discussion of their pros and cons and she will give you a few tips on how to locate them at your favourite local wine store. Let’s raise a glass and learn a little!

If you would like to follow along with the presentation by having an organic wine on hand (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere 😉), then Lesley suggests a widely available organic wine from Chile and the Novas line from Emilana (they have several different grape varieties available in both red and white.)

Lesley was born and raised in Prince Edward Island. Her first opportunity in wine came as Junior Sommelier at the Ritz Carlton Cayman Islands. In 2012 she became a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Work has taken her to Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax, and Turkey. Wine has taken her to France, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Chile, and California.

In 2017 she won the Canadian Association of Sommeliers Top Somm Competition Atlantic division and in 2021 she will be traveling to Portugal to represent Canada in the Master of Port Competition. Now back on PEI she’s sharing her knowledge under the guise of Stellar Somm Wine Experts.

Ask her what her favourite wine is and she says “I love all my babies equally” Want to learn more about wine head to www.stellarsomm.com.

Don’t miss out on taking part in these wonderful workshops and presentations.