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Transforming Fear to Joy

Workshops

Not everyone can do yoga poses, but everyone can do yoga actions. 

Our Creating Space:  Yoga Actions books are the foundation of both our 200-hour Teacher Training and 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training programs.  We offer these training packages through yoga studios to individuals interested in deepening their own personal practice as well as their diagnostic and teaching skills.  For us, yoga has been our primary vehicle for navigating the current stresses and demands during these times of radical transformation.  Because most life challenges faced in today’s complex world are unsolvable alone, radical transformation is a co-creative journey—whether your tools are yoga, meditation, painting, writing, gardening, etc. More and more, humanity must come together in collaboration in order to contribute in meaningful ways.

A creative collaboration between two friends and yoginis.

Fortunately, as humans, we have wise reserves to draw upon, both within and around us, for our times of need.  YOGA ACTIONS began as a creative collaboration between two friends and yoginis, Candace Propp and myself, Helen Maupin.  Our original intent was to write one book in an attempt to capture even a small portion of the knowledge and wisdom we gained from practising yoga.  That modest intention mushroomed into —

  • six yoga actions books focusing on specific areas of the body,
  • two teacher training programs (200- and 500-hour) complete with facilitator manuals and student handbooks,
  • a bi-monthly yoga column in the Winnipeg Free Press, and most importantly,
  • a deeply-rewarding sisterhood filled with peace, love and joy.

As always, journeys of creation and discovery, whether on or off the yoga mat, take us beyond the scope of our imagination into the Universe’s intentions and gifts.  As plant and stone archetypes, Candace and I opened up whole new worlds of learning and possibility; more than we could imagine or accomplish alone.

Our bodies always tell us the truth about what we are experiencing.

Yoga postures emerged in response to an understanding that tension, tightness and painful suffering can be alleviated and eliminated by tapping into the body’s cellular healing capacity.  Our bodies always tell us the truth about what we are experiencing.  Unfortunately, we are often too busy or too blind to pay attention.  To better utilize our body’s innate ability to heal, we must awaken to how it speaks to us.  Yoga poses (asanas) help us to discover where our pain and tension lie.  Yoga Actions, such as release the thigh bone back and the shin bone forward, take us deeper into our inner experience thereby bringing us ever closer to the source of our suffering.  Yoga actions also help us to concentrate our awareness in the present moment.  Through this intimate mindfulness of our direct experience, we learn what truth is.

The body must tell one what to do, not the brain.    BKS Iyengar

Bless you, for joining us on our co-creative journey into the joy of yoga.  Whether in your home, office or wherever you and your computer travel, may our yoga action practices seed collaboration and co-creation in your beautiful life. And, may this connection between us seed even greater compassion and spread peace, love and joy around the world.

Namaste

2023/24 Yoga Actions 300-hr. Advanced Teacher Training Curriculum

(60 Hours):  Yr. 7 

Location:  Serene Yoga Studio, a registered Canadian Yoga Alliance CYA-RYS Gold Yoga School. All Teacher Training & professional development programs are eligible for Canadian Yoga Alliance accreditation/credits.

Helen Maupin (CYA RYT500)

Eight 4-hour workshops:  Saturdays (1 to 5 pm)
Two Retreats/Intensives:  8-hr Winter – Saturday & Sunday (1 to 5 pm)
20-hr Summer – Monday to Friday (9 to 1 pm)

4-hr Workshop Design:
Hour 1 — Philosophical teaching appropriate to class content
Hours 2 & 3 — Asana & Pratyahara exploration
Hour 4 — Pranayama, Dharana & Meditation

September 23:  

THORACIC SPINE HEALTH – Flexion, Extension & Rotation

NOTE – This workshop is led by Helen Maupin in studio. Please contact Serene Yoga at 204-504-YOGA, by email for more information or register online. September 23, 2023, 1 pm – 5 pm  $80 + GST


Back pain affects over 80% of North Americans at some point.  Although lower back pain is often the issue, our technology-based careers, more sedentary lifestyles, and cold climates contribute to upper back rounding and stiffening.  

Once-felt stability in the thoracic spine can tend toward rigidity, especially as we age.  Without backward mobility in the thoracic, the rib cage collapses restricting the respiratory diaphragm and lungs, which are our breathing workhorses.  Hampering our breath in any way reduces our ability to strengthen our nervous system and to manage our emotional experience.  

In this workshop, you will practice yoga actions that support thoracic flexion, extension and rotation, including lateral flexion and extension.  These preventative therapies guard against our more mobile cervical and lumbar spines from compensating and becoming overly mobile. Pratyahara, pranayama and meditation will accompany the asana sequence. 

This workshop is also part of Serene Yoga Studio’s Advanced Teacher Training program, where 200 RYTs can accrue these hours towards the 500-hour certification. Serene Yoga Studio is a Canadian Yoga Alliance CYA-RYS Gold Yoga School. All Serene Yoga Action Workshops are eligible for accreditation and credits with Canadian Yoga Alliance.

Open to all levels of practice.
Sign up online under “Personal Development“!
Serene Yoga Studio
485 St. Anne’s Road
Winnipeg, MB See map    Click here to sign up for the workshop.

October 14: 

SENSING OUR JOINTS – Listening with Intuition

NOTE – This workshop is led by Helen Maupin in studio. Please contact Serene Yoga at 204-504-YOGA, by email for more information or register online.  October 14, 2023, 1 pm – 5 pm  $80 + GST


Inner sensing is not thinking, visualizing, or imagining.  To listen with our Intuition or Vijnanamaya Kosha, is to take our mind from streaming the outer world of things, people, and events and turn it inward to streaming S.E.T. (sensations, emotions, thoughts).    Such self-awareness of our inner experience is the definition of practicing the fifth limb of yoga — Pratyahara.  

The Pratyahara practice also begins to shift us from operating only in our physical body (Annamaya Kosha) or our energy body (Pranamaya Kosha) or our mental-emotional body (Manomaya Kosha), the latter of which is where most Westerners reside.   When listening to our inner experience with the Vijnanamaya Kosha, we move beyond the body’s messaging systems that feed us information from our muscles, bones and tissues, or from our nadis, breath and organs, or from our emotions and thoughts.  

In this workshop, your pratyahara and asana (Kaiut and Iyengar) practices focus on sensing with intuition.  Pranayama and meditation are also part of the agenda.

This workshop is also part of Serene Yoga Studio’s Advanced Teacher Training program, where 200 RYTs can accrue these hours towards the 500-hour certification. Serene Yoga Studio is a Canadian Yoga Alliance CYA-RYS Gold Yoga School. All Serene Yoga Action Workshops are eligible for accreditation and credits with Canadian Yoga Alliance.

Open to all levels of practice.
Sign up online under “Personal Development“!
Serene Yoga Studio
485 St. Anne’s Road
Winnipeg, MB See map    Click here to sign up for the workshop.

November 04:
YIN YOGA — Digging Deeper with Acupressure

NOTE – This workshop is led by Helen Maupin in studio. Please contact Serene Yoga at 204-504-YOGA, by email for more information or register online.  November 04, 2023, 1 pm – 5 pm  $80 + GST

Yin yoga offers a means to slow down and ameliorate physical and mental deterioration, which begins early in our 20s.  By then, our fascia has begun to shrink wrap around our tissues and joints making it vital to address the fascia in beginner students even before addressing the muscular body.  We do this by extending our holds in poses. Yin teachings suggest a minimum hold of three minutes building up to five minutes otherwise the fascia remains untransformed.

Fascia layers are filled with nerve endings directly accessing our nervous system. Changing the fascia changes the nervous system.  For this change to occur, we must work weekly at the level of the nervous system.  Yang yoga’s skeletal alignment and muscular stretching take us under the fascia layer bypassing this direct access and inhibiting our overall healing and growth. 

The focus of this Yin workshop is to experience longer holds in various postures.  With the addition of acupressure techniques, a deeper release in the fascia, joints and muscle tissues will activate the spontaneous healing of our cellular body and subconscious intelligence.  In addition, pratyahara, pranayama and meditation are on the agenda.

This workshop is also part of Serene Yoga Studio’s Advanced Teacher Training program, where 200 RYTs can accrue these hours towards the 500-hour certification. Serene Yoga Studio is a Canadian Yoga Alliance CYA-RYS Gold Yoga School. All Serene Yoga Action Workshops are eligible for accreditation and credits with Canadian Yoga Alliance.

Open to all levels of practice.
Sign up online under “Personal Development“!
Serene Yoga Studio
485 St. Anne’s Road
Winnipeg, MB See map    Click here to sign up for the workshop.

December 09: MINDFUL MEDITATION — Awaken, Breathe, Create

Meditating, Writing & Moving with Present Moment Awareness

NOTE – This workshop is led by Helen Maupin in-studio. Please contact Serene Yoga at 204-504-YOGA, by email for more information or register online.   December 09: 1 pm – 5 pm  $80 + GST

Everything is indeed yoga. Being aware of and true to the many layers of being within allows us to integrate our physical cellular intelligence with our spiritual intuitive wisdom. When this magical alliance occurs, our mental-emotional body no longer feels the need to dominate and manipulate our
experiences. We come to know confidently what is true, and, as a result, we freely express the joyful creations arising from our collaborations with all of life. To live recognizing and honouring all our relations is the yoga of deep collaboration. 

In this workshop, you will use your awareness and deep-felt experience in collaboration with spirit to free and express your creative self. Restorative asana, pranayama and meditation are on the agenda.  Bring your mystery and your journal. 

This workshop is also part of Serene Yoga Studio’s Advanced Teacher Training program, where 200 RYTs can accrue these hours towards the 500-hour certification. Serene Yoga Studio is a Canadian Yoga Alliance CYA-RYS Gold Yoga School. All Serene Yoga Action Workshops are eligible for accreditation and credits with Canadian Yoga Alliance.

Open to all levels of practice.
Sign up online under “Personal Development“!
Serene Yoga Studio
485 St. Anne’s Road
Winnipeg, MB