Yoga Thai Massage
Although we technically have three more weeks until the Autumn Equinox, the long hazy days of summer are transitioning to the cooler shorter days of fall already. September represents a new year for most of us with kids getting back to school and a returning to normal work and home schedules. With the new moon today(Friday August 30), it's a wonderful time to get things organized, uncluttered and free some space in your home and in your life for what you truly value. Optimal health is usually pretty high on that list!
Adding a consistent healthy regime into your week will benefit you on so many levels and those around you. When you are functioning with ease physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, it has a rippling out effect. We all win when we take the time to strengthen, heal and nurture ourselves from the inside out!
I hope the below schedule will enable you to fit in some self-care with regularity. I am also including the link to the Year Long Meditation facilitated by the Himalayan Institute founded by my grand teacher, Swami Rama. It has many free resources to assist you in creating a home practice.
Looking forward to sharing fitness, yoga, meditation, life and laughs!
8 week session beginning
Monday September 9th
(no class October 14)
8 week session beginning
Thursday September 12th
Please email to register!
8 week session beginning Monday September 9th
(no class October 14)
It's been a challenging wet start but the sunshine is surely on it's way. Buds are emerging as the crocus and tulips begin their slow ascend to the surface. Soon the earth will be in full bloom again!
Human beings are cyclical creatures that are attuned to the natural rhythms of the planet. As the earth rests, we are inclined to rest too and as the earth awakens, we feel the surges of those pulsations as well! Take advantage of this growing season to strengthen the roots of your practice with self-knowledge. Get outside in nature, let go of old non-constructive habits and create new powerful ones that align you with your highest purpose! Try that dance, art, cooking, writing, fitness or whatever it may be that leads you to rediscover or discover something about your fabulous self.
I am here to support you with yoga,meditation, TRX and Thai massage.
The Queensville location will be ready for July! Realizing that summer can be a busy time, I am running the summer classes on a per class format. Just email me the dates you would like and I will reserve your spot and send you all of the details.
I continue as a devoted student of the Himalayan Tradition under the guidance of my teachers Yogarupa Rod Stryker, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and Swami Rama to unearth the deepest corners of myself so I may bring my best self to you as a teacher.
In gratitude for all that is and all that is to come.
SUMMER SOLSTICE YOGA
Friday June 21 5:30pm
Saturday June 22 8:30am
By Donation to CMHA
in memory of a dear student
Kindly let me know if you will be attending.
This will be at the Queensville location!
$15 a class
ONLY 4 SPOTS PER CLASS
Mondays 10:00am & 5:30pm
July 4,11, 25
$15 a class
CLASSES ARE 75-90mins
Please email me as soon as you can to reserve the classes you would like to attend. I will send out confirmation that the class is running once I have the required number of people needed to run the class. Thank you!
"We are each a part of a grand and extraordinary whole. The more we pay attention to the innate spark of creativity, spirituality and illumination that lies in our hearts, the more we actually nurture that same spark that is at the essence of life itself. The more I support my individual highest well being, the more I support the collective well being" Yogarupa Rod Stryker
As always, my dear teacher says it best in his latest teachings. I have found that the more I take time to support my own continuous growth on all realms, the better vessel I am to share the teachings. Taking time away from your everyday life to nurture that part of you that is eternal is essential to living well.
I wish you all a luminous 2019!
Winter Yoga Session
January 14 - March 11
(No class Family Day February 18)
Drop in rate: $20
*Only 6 spots available
Email to reserve a spot!
A link to information about my teacher's app I have told some of you about.
There are free meditations and enlightened sleep(yoga nidra). This is a wonderful tool to support you in your everyday efforts to living a stable joyful life!
As the heat of summer dissipates, we enter into the bountiful season of transitions, Autumn. In the Northern Hemisphere, September 22 2018 marks the Autumn Equinox, the moment where the earth's equator passes through the sun. Farmer's Markets are full of the harvest of summer gardens and the earth is preparing to rest as we experience shorter days and cooler temperatures. Human beings are so attuned to nature's rhythms, that it is natural to feel drawn to harness and conserve energy, enjoying the gifts of the earth in soups, stews, pies and teas. For many, September symbolizes a time to get back to healthy routines as the carefree days of summer and ice-cream come to an end.
As a student and teacher of yoga, I can attest to how my practice has eased me into these transitions and transformed my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Join me for a yoga class in my home studio, encompassing all the wisdom of my teachers as we navigate this life to create more ease in our bodies, calm in our minds and compassion in our hearts.
I'm thrilled to be back teaching for the region as part of their wellness team. Classes have begun and run until early December. Welcome to all the new yogis! I am looking forward to getting to know all of you as we move and breath into mindful relaxation.
Fall Yoga Classes
8 weeks beginning October 15
$120.00 for 1 session
$220 for 2 sessions
Drop in $20
All classes are 75mins
Only 6 spots available in my home space
Email to reserve!
New Massage Hours:
Tuesdays 4 - 7pm
Thursdays 12 - 4pm
Fridays 11:30 - 7pm
Weekends available upon request
TRX and YOGA will coming to Queensville in our new studio in the New Year!
Yogi Chai Tea
1.Bring the water to boil
2. Add all the spices
3. Reduce the heat and simmer for
4.Remove pot from the heat,add the
tea and let cool
5. Strain and store in the fridge
Heat up a cup and add milk and
sweetener as you like!
This a great little tea with the health benefits of being good for digestion, loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidants! I use decaf tea for evening use.
"If you're always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be!"
Spring is in the air! Warmer temperatures are on the horizon and all of nature will soon be buzzing with a surge of new enlivened energy! Now is the time to cleanse, our environment, our bodies and our minds. Clean out the clutter and create external and internal space! Try the tips below and join me for a spring yoga session that will support you through your cleansing process. metta, Lisa
Spring Yoga Session
8 weeks March 26 - May 28
(no classes April 2 and May 21)
Mondays 10:00am - 11:15am; 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse
Ayurveda is comprised of two sanskrit words "ayur" meaning life, vital power and "veda" meaning knowledge. I think of it as living in tune with the rhythms of nature. As yogis, we lean heavily into this knowledge to support us throughout life's changes. Spring is a time for cleansing the heavy kapha of winter. We eat easily digested foods to give our digestive systems a much needed rest. Email me if you would like more information.
Sort through your winter wardrobe and notice anything you didn't wear. Look around your home and notice any little "piles" that may have accumulated. Put on your favourite playlist and start sorting things into 'donate", "keep" and "trash". The process will be so freeing!!
Although,I recommend getting outside in all seasons, spring offers the unique opportunity to see all of nature's rebirths. From the early crocus peaking out beneath rotting leaves to the scurrying of chipmunks up from their winter slumber, there is much to engage all the senses on a spring walk. Enjoy the cooler temperatures before the heat of summer!
Exciting New Fall Happenings!!Happy New Moon and Solar Eclipse!
What a magical day and time we are living in right now. This new moon phase is a good time to bring new intentions and commitments to your self care and awareness. I am so excited to be offering the Master Your Life series at Yoga and Lifestyle studio located on Main St., Markham. See all the details below!
I will also be offering monthly Meditation with Better Than Fit in Newmarket on donation basis. See below for the schedule. Also visit www.betterthanfit.com for new TRX classes to help maintain that healthy core!
Still here for all your Thai Massage needs too!
Hope to see some of you at any of these events!
Master Your Life – Yoga and Lifestyle Workshop Series
with Lisa Kerr RYT
Tuesdays: 9:30 – 11:00am September 12 to October 31
Yoga and Lifestyle, 227 Main St. Markham
In this 8 week series, we will embrace the teachings of Lisa’s teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker(Parayoga) engaging yogic methodologies to mastering your breath, body and mind. Using pranayama(breath manipulation), asana(physical postures) and meditation(mind awareness), we will explore the depths of your whole being. With a systematic approach we will discover your dharma(soul’s unique purpose) and your vasanas(self-defeating ideas and behaviours). Discover the ancient wisdom of the Himalayan masters to harness your energy and strength for creating and living your best life!
Some yoga experience recommended but not necessary.
Special Introductory Offer for Y&L!
Cost: $200; Early Bird registration $160 if registered by August 31
Drop in rate: $30
Payment to made through www.yogaandlifestyle.com
Better Than Fit Meditation Series
with Lisa Kerr
Friday September 21 7:00pm
Saturday October 21 11:00am
Sunday November 12 10:00am
Classes will run for approximately 1 hour.
Welcome spring!! I know it's not officially here yet but it will be soon! I truly enjoy all of our seasons, each has its own unique flavour and colourful offerings but spring is one of my favourites. It's a time of rebirth in nature and a powerful time to recharge that energetic connection in ourselves and all living things.
Delight in the changes and warmth to come.
Renovations!If you have been to my home for a treatment lately, you may have noticed a facelift happening! I am happily renovating my space with plans to offer yoga/meditation classes in my home! Stay tuned!
*Massages are still available in my treatment room during renovations!*
I am also revamping my website to reflect the changes in my practice and teachings. Your patience is appreciated as this is definitely not my area of expertise!!
Free Meditation Session!I am offering a free introduction to meditation class with the Better Than Fit team!
Saturday April 1 9-10:30am - "BTF would like to invite you to join, Lisa Kerr, to explore the benefits of slowing down and rest in the stillness of what lies behind your mind. Lisa has studied intensely with her teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, in the traditions of the Himalayan Institute and Parayoga. In this FREE introductory session, we will use mindful movements of body and breath to access the subtler realms of our being to prepare for deeper meditation. No yoga or meditation experience necessary."
Let me know if you are interested for all the details. Space is limited!
If you haven't tried this amazing system of Total Resistance Exercise, you are missing out on an incredible method of increasing functional strength and mobility. I am teaching regular classes for Better Than Fit and at Fitness Clubs of Canada in Aurora. Send me a message if you would like to try a class!!
Livingwithmetta Winter Newsletter 2016
"The great sage Patanjali tells us the whole point of doing yoga is to awaken our conscience...not morality...but our inner voice of knowingness...and get us on the road to doing what we were meant to do. Do it without delay. Do it with full conviction." Yogarupa,Rod Stryker
With an open heart and open mind, I embrace these words as I journey to Khajuraho India to be with my teacher. Before, that, I will be in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Varanasi and Orchha, enveloping myself in the rich spiritual culture of these holy lands.
You see, I know what I am meant to do. My hearts desire is to fill myself with these teachings, fully embody them and bring them to all of you with authenticity. Life has presented this opportunity for me to go now. I can choose to see all the reasons I shouldn't leave for a month or I can see all the reasons I should. So, here I go.
What is your heart, inner teacher telling you?
I am not much of a blogger but I promise to post at least one and a few photos on the website.
Wishing you all a blessed 2016 with hearts full of warmth, love and peace.
Turmeric Ginger Tea
Couple slices or grated fresh ginger
1 Tbls Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tsp Turmeric
1 Tsp Raw honey
1/2 tsp of Cinnamon
Pinch of black pepper(to activate the turmeric)
1 cup of hot water
My winter morning concoction. Turmeric stains so make sure you brush your teeth soon after.
You can also omit the turmeric and take a good quality supplement.
After our bitter cold winter, spring seems sweeter this year. The changing seasons are a good time to reflect on your health and fitness goals. I've had a busy few months studying to offer new ways of supporting you in your wellbeing. I completed a marma point therapy training that I am incorporating into my Thai Massage sessions. These are key points in the body that relieve stress, anxiety, joint, digestion, headaches and so much more. If you haven't been for a massage in a while, now is the time! See below for other ways I am working to assist you in maintaining your overall health.
Restorative Yoga/Thai Massage
Saturday March 28 1:30 - 3:30pm
Ananda Yoga Studios - Aurora
$40 + HST
Relax and renew in this 2 hour restorative session of gentle yoga postures accompanied by Thai massage.
Call for availability: 905-503-1011
TRX Classes with Better Than Fit
The TRX group circuit is a challenging 1 hour class that is “all core all the time”, guaranteed to bring out the best in you – whether you are a rookie or seasoned veteran. Developed by the Navy Seals and backed by extensive research, TRX Suspension Training is adaptable to all fitness levels, working your core and all muscle groups for a fantastic full body workout.
Come try a free class with me at their new location, 20 Charles St. in Newmarket on these dates:
Tuesday March 24: 5 - 6pm
Saturday March 28: 9 - 10am
Wednesday April 1: 6:30 - 7:30pm
Tuesday April 7: 5 - 6pm
Spots are limited so email me to reserve a spot!
Para Yoga Teacher Training
I continue to embrace the vast knowledge of yoga. My latest teacher training is with yogarupa, Rod Stryker. Rod's methodology of yoga asana, pranayama and meditation are exactly what I've been searching for. I'm very excited to continue my studies with him. I look forward to offering pranayama and meditation workshops in the near future.
Happy spring! It finally feels like spring is beginning to blossom. As my garden is slowly starting to awaken so too are my visions for future endeavours. For the past year, my friendship with Sarah Caranci has bloomed into a wonderful partnership of Restorative Thai Yoga Bliss. We have offered several sessions together and are finding our energies align perfectly in creating two hours of bliss for our guests. Sarah is a warm, kind soul who is opening her home studio, Studio Satya, where she will offer yoga, kirtan, special workshops and Restorative Thai Yoga Bliss sessions! Visit Sarah's website to learn more: http://www.studiosatya.ca.
Sarah and I are now offering Restorative Thai Yoga Bliss sessions in homes, offices, retreats and studios. Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquires.
I am overjoyed with the abundance of spring opportunities and life!
"Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing. From this hour, I ordain myself loos'd of limits and imaginary lines." Walt Whitman, American Poet.
Off to the garden!