Yin Yoga is a gentle, quiet, and meditative practice that teaches us to relax and accept ourselves just as we are. All poses are done on the floor so that the muscles can relax and allow the deep connective tissues surrounding the hips, thighs, and lower back to be gently stretched. Through mindful stretching, Yin Yoga maintains the health of the connective tissue and encourages free flow of qi (energy) in the body. Poses are held for longer periods of time (generally 3-5 minutes) and awareness is brought to sensations in the body, providing the perfect opportunity for Mindfulness.
Yin yoga is a great way to create space and ease in the body and to help improve your overall mobility and range of motion. A grounding and meditative practice, a beautiful way to balance an active life.
Basics & Beyond
Breath, Postures, and basic Yogic Philosophy will be shared in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Great for beginners looking to ease into yoga, play with rhythm and setting the pace safely. Also great for anyone looking to slow it down and get back to basics. We encourage that this class be paired with another class each week as the benefits of Yoga will be more clearly felt. This is the perfect class to deepen and support an existing practice.
Recommended For Beginners
This soothing gentle class is open to all levels of abilities and practice. Together we will focus on exploring basic Yoga postures, connecting them through mindful movement and breath. Immersing yourself in a class that moves at a slower pace will allow for ample time to enjoy and relax into each posture. You will learn techniques to help you gain flexibility, strength and body awareness. Meditation and relaxation techniques will also be introduced.
Relax & Restore
Melt away stress and tension and reconnect with a deep sense of self and peace. Soothing and well-supported poses offer us the opportunity to linger quietly for a few moments and savor the simple sweetness of life. An appropriate class for anyone who needs to slow down and relieve stress/anxiety. As this class is slow and nurturing, it is suitable for those with chronic pain and physical limitations. The ultimate yoga chill out class! All levels
Strong & Fluid
This practice will explore integrating stability & dynamic strength guided by the breath. Designed for willing movers and adventurers of all kinds, this is a solid stretch and strength session. Recommended for those with an established practice and athletes looking to mobilize mindfully. Be inspired to move in a fluid & intuitive way in this 75 minute session.
Previous yoga experience recommended for this class.
Taking 'beginner's mind" to our mat, invites us to explore our practice without preconceptions, prejudices or expectations. There is just this open minded exploring, a childlike attitude of not knowing. It doesn't matter if its your first time exploring a Yoga pose or its your 1000th... its the first time, in this moment, with this breath. The first half of this class focuses on building strong foundations, we will then unwind & ease our bodies and minds into restorative inquiry, closing with Yoga Nidra (Yogic sleep)
A deeply nourishing and nurturing class appropriate for all bodies/abilities
A practice that cultivates both softness and strength. The Yin portion of this class is a gentle, quiet, and meditative practice that teaches us to relax and accept ourselves just as we are. All poses are done on the floor so that the muscles can relax and allow the deep connective tissues to soften.
Learning to harvest our intuition and inner courage we transition into the Yang energy channel of the body. A series of flowing postures to create stability and enhance the creative in your life. You will walk away from this practice feeling vibrant and full, energized and focused.
This class is suitable for all levels.
Fresh Off The Trails
Hike, bike, ski, run from the trails onto your Yoga mat!
Incorporating mindful movement, therapy balls, active release and trigger point therapy as well as self massage techniques.
A soothing, restorative class, aimed to release fascial restrictions and sooth sore muscles, targeting shoulders, low back and hips. Appropriate for all abilities & bodies.
The perfect post trail decompression.
Appropriate for all abilities & bodies.
Mother & daughter Amarin & Cailen are the co-creators of 'The Heart ' Studio & Cafe in Bragg Creek, Alberta. They share their different backgrounds of health practices and dance in guiding yoga practice there. Together they weave an ever-expanding blanket of love, self-knowledge, safety, therapeutic movement and playfulness for all the community at The Heart.
“I’m in awe of the moment to moment miracle of life….I believe everyone is a teacher, a guide, providing me a gift if I am aware enough to receive it. Thich Nhat Hahn articulated my guiding principle of “Continuance”:
“When we look at an orange tree we see that season after season it spends its life producing beautiful green leaves, fragrant blossoms, and sweet oranges. These are the best things an orange tree can create and offer to the world. Human beings also make offerings to the world every moment of our daily lives, in the form of our thoughts, our speech and our actions. We may want to offer the world the best kinds of thought, speech, and action that we can—because they are our continuation, whether we want it to be so or not. We can use our time wisely, generate the energies of love, compassion, and understanding, say beautiful things, inspire, forgive, and act to protect and help the Earth and each other. In this way, we can ensure a beautiful continuation.”
My life practice is to strive to make my sharings as Yoga guide, Mother, Lover and friend be my beautiful continuance.”
Amarin has studied Yoga and related life practices in Canada and around the world. She is currently interested in sharing recent advances in brain science regarding the benefits of yoga, meditation and compassion. She has taught yoga and meditation for over 18 years and with her daughter Cailen, co-created Yoga Within The Heart Studio & Boutique. She lives with her lover, friend, and greatest teacher in the immense beauty of the Rocky Mountain foothills at Bragg Creek, Alberta Canada, where they raised a blended family of 6 children.
Guided by love, my actions are fearless and free
My yoga is movement between consciousness and awareness. I enjoy creating asana and meditative sequences that bring all the pieces of ourselves into One…living as ONE heart…ONE being. Through breath, movement and attention we have the capacity to create space in a pose, not only within our body but within our minds, allowing us to open-heartedly live in a state of spacious awareness on and off our mats.
By coming together in community and creating this expansion inside of ourselves we become more aware of kindness taking shape in ourselves and in each other, inspiring ripples of elevated consciousness across the planet.
Yoga is way to serve, a way to give, a way to receive, and a way to live well... No matter the circumstances we all have a place to come home to in ourselves and each other.
My yogic path began as a teenager living in Bragg Creek with my mom teaching yoga in our home. Inspired by movement from a young age I took up dance and pursed a career dancing professionally into my early twenties. While dancing and living in Vancouver I established a steady yoga practice as part of my flexibility and strength training and soon realized the gifts of yoga were so much more than I could ever imagine, which then lead me to my first yoga training. I completed my first 200 hour training at Kripalu Institute in Lennox, Massachusetts which is world renown for "transformational yoga" teaching body- awareness and self-awareness as essential elements of yoga movement, pranayama and meditation. From there I have had the pleasure of studying with many wonderful teachers including Sarah Powers, Sean Corne, Nishala Devi Joy, Judith Laster and Bo Forbes. ... Oh and of course the biggest inspiration of all my momma! When I am not living at the studio you can find me off playing in the mountains, laughing over a glass of vino with friends or making a delicious mess of my parents kitchen. At Yoga Within The Heart I seek to share a practice that unifies our bodies, minds, hearts and community!
My enthusiasm for sharing yoga comes from a place of deep gratitude for the gifts yoga has brought into my life.
Yoga is a powerful technology for balancing the physical, mental and emotional bodies. Any level of practice will bring benefits… and It is my honour and joy to guide you on your own yoga journey.
I am a lifelong learner and find inspiration for yoga wherever I am. I am blessed to be continually inspired by my yoga mentors, Don & Amba Stapleton of the Nosara Yoga Institute and Amarin Dawn of Yoga Within the Heart.
I treasure time spent in nature. Sharing the beauty of Gaia with family and community stokes my inner fire. I take the time to thank our Earth Mother and sing a little song of gratitude to Her!
Yoga has elevated many aspects of my life’s journey, and I am so happy to share it.
May all beings be happy and free, and may I be a channel for peace and ease for All Life.
Susan is a certified Hatha , Kundalini and Restorative Yoga Teacher and a Registered Massage Therapist. Susan has operated the Hilltop Wellness Center for 27 years in Bragg Creek which offers various forms of Bodywork, Body focused counselling ,yoga classes, sessions for animals and Healing ceremonies for individuals, groups and Mother Earth.(website : hilltopwellness.ca).
Susan had the privilege of receiving her Hatha teacher training at Nosara Institute in Costa Rica along with the restorative and yoga dance trainings. Kundalini teacher training was in Canmore , Alberta , along with Beyond Addictions, Mind and Meditation and Stress and Vitality courses.
"Having a daily practise allows one the opportunity to stop time and create the balance of mindfulness to embody one's destiny."
Yoga Within The Heart is a Gem in our community......Namaste!