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Max Strom comes to Semperviva Yoga October 19th,2010

Standing Balance Poses (all levels)

Saturday, November 27th, 2010, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Develop grace, strength, and concentration with standing balance postures. Learn how the habitual practice of balance poses can increase your longevity by many years. This workshop will begin with a talk about internal and external balance. Then, after warming up we explore simple standing balance postures and transitions. This class is ideal for all levels, even those who think of themselves as “clumsy.” These techniques are known to calm the mind and increase one’s patience and compassion toward others.

Learn to Breathe, to Heal Yourself and Your Relationships (all levels)

Saturday, November 27th, 2010, 3:30pm to 5:30pm

How does the way we breathe affect our stress level, quality of sleep, depression, and even our relationships? Breath penetrates, breath invigorates, and breath heals.

The class begins with a lecture and then moves into simple but profound breathing exercises, and gentle movement. The effect of these done in sequence can lead to profound release and calm. Other benefits may include increased energy and mental clarity. Once people have experienced the power of their own breath, they understand why it is called Life force. Class will include a lecture, breathing exercises, very gentle breath-initiated movement, and meditation.

Helpful reminders:

  • Do not eat at least two hours before practice and eat lightly.
  • Dress in loose fitting clothing (example: sweats pants and t-shirt).
  • Arrive a few minutes early.
  • Leave your cell-phone in your car.
  • Before class, inform Max of any injury or special condition.
  • Breathing workshop is not advisable if pregnant.

Free Book Signing Evening with Max Strom: A Life Worth Breathing (open to all)

Saturday, November 27th, 2010, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

In this inspiring book, Max looks beyond the often-written-about philosophies of yoga to what he sees as the purpose of this practice: to help with the journey within. Yoga offers the tools, but each person’s jail is a little different. He encourages readers to focus not on the tools, but on the endeavor. He reveals how to make changes in mind, body, and emotions simultaneously. The result is a new state of being: a life with meaning, a life full of love, a life worth breathing.

A Life Worth Breathing (all levels)

Sunday, November 28, 2010, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This special workshop is focused on lifting us up from burn-out and re-igniting the inner fire, transforming depression into inspiration and anger into courage. This workshop is known for its healing, penetrating affect, leaving students feeling renewed and open. In this special workshop we will begin with a talk by Max based on ideas from his new book. This will be followed by the integration of breathing exercises and vinyasa flow. The final segment of the workshop will focus on simple chants unfolding into a transformational meditation.

Yoga: An Act of Remembrance (all levels)

Sunday, November 28th, 2010, 3:30pm to 5:30pm

The ancient ones teach that in the world of spirit we do not ever learn, but to remember. “Our task before us is to remember who we are and what we are.” Part I of the workshop will include a short talk, gentle postures, and breath work. Part II will be on the floor as we gently open the hips with long holds in preparation for a guided meditation on remembrance.

About Max Strom

Born with severe clubbed feet, Max Strom spent much of the first five years of his life with his feet confined in plaster casts and braces. Today, he is known for inspiring and impacting the lives of his students, teaching with the aim of personal transformation and has become one of the most respected teachers of yoga on three continents. He reaches beyond the boundaries of yoga postures, and addresses the internal and emotional aspects of our life, subjects which often lie painfully neglected in the yoga community. Many teachers have cited Max as a most important influence in their teaching and life-journey.

Former director and co-owner of Sacred Movement Yoga in Los Angeles, Max taught over 400 dedicated students a week, now travels extensively teaching and lecturing on yoga and transformation and leading teacher trainings. He is recognized by the Yoga Alliance at their Advanced Teacher Level (ERYT 500). You can see more of his work on his DVDs, Learn to Breathe, to heal yourself and your relationships, and, Max Strom Yoga–Strength, Grace, Healing. Visit for more information.

Dates: November 27th-28th, 2010
Times: Saturday, 1:00pm to 3:00pm – Standing Balance Poses (all levels)
Saturday, 3:30pm to 5:30pm – Learn to Breathe (all levels)
Saturday, 7:00pm to 8:30pm – Free Book Signing Evening
Sunday, 1:00pm to 3:00pm – A Life Worth Breathing (all levels)
Sunday, 3:30pm to 5:30pm – Yoga: An Act of Remembrance (all levels)
Location: Semperviva City Studio at 1985 West Broadway
Cost: $55.00 + HST (per workshop) or
$195.00 + HST (for all 4 workshops)
Contact: 604.739.2009


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