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Events and Workshops @ Metta
Playing with the Psoas from the Ground Up!
With Ian Elliot and Susan McEwen
"Psoas I was saying..."
In yoga and movement study, the psoas is pretty much a household name. Nestled too deep to see, difficult to palpate, connecting your spine to your legs and one of the most important muscles in our bodies. For all the chatter, how well acquainted are you and your psoas?
In this informative and accessible workshop, you'll have opportunity to explore from the ground up - gentle rolling, winding and unwinding across the floor, transitioning up and into walking, with some funky dance moves for fun. Learning to play with your psoas can help foster ease and efficiency in daily activity - improving gait mechanics (how you walk, run and jump), balance and endurance, diminishing joint stress and reducing incidence of injury. And to close our time together, we’ll integrate our explorations with a restorative guided relaxation.
The movement principles in this workshop are adaptable to a wide range of ages and abilities - whether you're a well-conditioned mover, just getting back into action or somewhere in between, Adventures In Movement aims to help you better understand your unique physical structure and how you use it to navigate through life.
Ian Elliott is a Toronto-based yoga and movement educator, and shiatsu massage therapist. He teaches through a lens of over 15 years of personal practice, with ongoing studies in anatomy, biomechanics, pain science and trauma-informed instruction. His current offerings are largely inspired by The Axis Syllabus, an evolving lexicon of principles that promote ease and sustainability in dynamic movement. He provides private sessions in his home studio, ranging from rehabilitative to athletic, and group classes at several facilities in his west-end neighbourhood. When he isn't helping others becoming embodied, he enjoys DJing House and Techno music, trail-running and whipping up a healthy storm in the kitchen.
You can learn more about Susan McEwen by visiting her bio on our Metta team page.
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Tea and Meditation
With Daniel Tremblay
"When tea and everything around it revealed itself to me over 20 years ago, I discovered a perfect mixture of ritual, meditation, tasting and beauty. When practicing pure and simple presence, the art of preparing and tasting tea can become a real spiritual path, a way of life."
This workshop will include a discussion and tasting of tea followed by a meditation practice. Daniel is the founder of Maison de thé CHA YI Tea House in Gatineau and a lifelong meditator in the Zen and Taoism tradition.
A Move Your DNA Workshop is a two-day intensive designed to give you hands-on experience being taught all of the exercises in the book Move Your DNA. Classes are limited to 10 students per instructor to allow for plenty of individual attention. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in improving their health through practicing these correctives.
All exercise equipment is provided, but please bring a mat (let your instructor know if this poses a hardship). MYDNA Weekends run two days, with two small breaks and one hour-long lunch break on each day. No food is provided; please bring a sack lunch or search what food options might be close by.
Most of the course takes place indoors, with a handful of hours outside (all weather-dependent). Please dress accordingly!
The course instructor will contact you via email 2 weeks beforehand with additional information.
Saturday, April 25 8:00am-5:00pm &
Sunday, April 26 from 8:00am-4:00pm $289 USD per person To Sign Up Click HERE
Mindful Grieving Workshop
With Rebecca Ross
Make space for your grief and loss through the third edition of Ottawa's only mindful grieving workshop. Registration is open to anyone experiencing grief, loss, or challenging times.
Join us throughout the month of March, 2020, for 12 hours of mindful meditation designed specifically for those working through loss and grief.
For some of us along the bereavement journey, being out in the world can feel overwhelming and alienating. We also understand that the tools and activities that can support us in this journey require us to bravely encounter the non-grieving world. Mindfulness can help.
Learn mindfulness meditation techniques in a safe and friendly environment, among others who are on a similar journey. Develop mindfulness skills that can support you throughout this journey, in whatever shape it takes and for however long you are on it.
Dates & Times March 1 from 1pm-5pm March 15 from 1pm-5pm March 29 from 1pm-5pm
Join us in March and April and learn to meditate. This workshop is designed with beginners in mind. Over five two-hour classes, participants will learn the foundations of mindfulness and develop the tools to support a home meditation practice. No meditation experience is necessary.
Mindfulness can reduce stress, increase focus and attention, and support a re-establishing of the mind-body connection. Participants will leave the course with several meditation practices that they can use at home and tools and techniques to apply mindfulness in day-to-day life.
Participants will learn:
The foundational qualities of mindfulness
Mindful breathing practices to gather and focus attention
Mindfulness of emotions and sensations
Mindfulness of the body and learning how to re-establish the mind-body connect
Mindfulness of thoughts
Mindfulness practices for challenging times
An introduction to lovingkindness and self-compassion
Applied mindfulness practices to integrate mindfulness into your day-to-day life
Dates & Times
March 5 from 7pm-9pm March 12 from 7pm-9pm March 19 from 7pm-9pm March 26 from 7pm-9pm April 2 from 7pm-9pm Learning Outcomes