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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

2022/23 Yoga Actions 500-hr. Curriculum

(60 Hours):  Yr. 6

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 24:  INVERSIONS — Shouldering Our Weight

NOTE – This workshop is in-studio. Please contact Serene Yoga at 204-504-YOGA, by email for more information or register online. September 24, 2022  1 pm – 5 pm  $80 + GST

POSTURE PROBLEMS previously corrected in yoga can resurface when students begin work on inversions. It’s as though we revert to old patterns and habits when we’re turned upside down, just as people often revert to old coping mechanisms when stress is high. Julie Gudmestad

Although inversions such as Sirsasana (Headstand), Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand) and Pincha Mayurasana (Forearms Balance) can be energizing, the increase in energy is often not only the excitement of lifting off our feet but also doubt or fear as to whether we can ‘shoulder our weight’ on our head or our hands. During inversions if we cannot hold our body weight off of our spine, the sensational warning is pressure in the skull. This workshop focuses on bringing awareness to any such rising pressure and taking corrective action to relieve it. In addition, head alignment actions using the hyoid bone will be practised so old postural problems are not inhibiting or compressing the spine.

You will utilize yoga actions, asana, pratyahara, pranayama and meditation to purify your body, breath and mind while liberating your true spiritual nature.  

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.
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Serene Yoga Studio 
891 St. Mary’s Road 
Winnipeg, MB

October 15: A PARTNER PRACTICE for Aligning Your Spine

NOTE – This workshop is in-studio. Please contact Serene Yoga at 204-504-YOGA, by email for more information or register online. OCTOBER 15, 2022  1 pm – 5 pm  $80 + GST

The practice of yoga yokes or unites our mind, body and spirit.  When we participate in a partner practice that union within is also intended to occur between you and your partner.  In order to yoke ourselves to another human, the resulting increased intimacy requires trust and respectful physical contact.  Physical intimacy often challenges our conditioned patterns with regard to boundary setting. 

A partnered asana practice provides the opportunity to look at and listen to your conditioned boundary patterns. In addition, the use of yoga actions, along with pratyahara, pranayama and meditation techniques, will reveal conditioned patterns that have contributed to spinal misalignment.

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 “Workshops”

Serene Yoga Studio 
891 St. Mary’s Road 
Winnipeg, MB

November 12: Yoga Therapy for Knees


NOTE – This workshop is in-studio. Please contact Serene Yoga at 204-504-YOGA, by email for more information or register online. November 12, 2022  1 pm – 5 pm  $80 + GST

Knee and hip replacement surgeries are increasing exponentially.  These joint imbalances, from over- or under-use, suggest a need to understand better their source of dis-ease as well as the prevention.  In our yoga practice, we know that awareness is key.  Only with awareness can we then turn around or transform our experience from what is out of balance to what serves us better.  


In this workshop, yoga actions will be practiced that balance the inner and outer quadriceps’ work and enable the knee