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Welcome to
Stephie Massey
Yoga

 Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness

Restorative Yoga 

In-person and Virtual.

In this deeply restful class, immerse yourself in the gentle embrace of total serenity. Guided by soothing techniques and calming postures, this restorative yoga class is uniquely created to enhance your sleep quality. Experience the art of dreamy relaxation, where tensions melt away, and a profound sense of serenity surrounds you. Through mindful breathing, gentle asanas, and the luxurious support of props, let your worries fade into the background as you embark on a journey into the land of dreams. Discover the bliss of deep relaxation!

 

Spring Session (6 weeks)

Tuesdays May 7-June 11, 2024

7:30-8:45 pm, EST

$150 + HST Pre-registered

Drop-in $32.50+hst

Location: The Embodiment Lab, Uxbridge, Ontario

Summer Session (6 weeks)

Tuesdays July 9 - Aug 13

7:30-8:45 pm, EST

$150 + HST Pre-registered

Drop-in $32.50+hst

Location: The Embodiment Lab, Uxbridge, Ontario

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Beginners Bliss: A Yoga Journey

Join us and discover the joy of Yoga, whether you're stepping onto the mat for the first time, returning after a hiatus, or seeking a fresh perspective on your practice, you will find harmony between your breath and body within this practice.  In this inclusive and trauma-informed environment, we lay the foundation of Yoga, focusing on breathwork, meditation, movement and present-moment awareness. This class offers a nurturing space where you can connect with your body and spirit.  This is an opportunity to manage stress, foster relaxation and feel that Yoga bliss amid life's challenges. We are excited to welcome you to the mat! 

Private 1:1 is now available! 

Yoga Retreat

 Gentle Yoga: Connecting to Self-Compassion

Welcome to Gentle Yoga!

 

This class is designed to be a nurturing and inclusive sanctuary to help you connect your body, mind, and spirit. We prioritize a warm welcoming atmosphere while honoring your journey toward healing and self-discovery.

We will connect breath to gentle movement, instilling mindfulness and awareness along the way.  Self-compassion is at the heart of this practice and we encourage exploring your limits while honouring your body's unique abilities and challenges.  Come as you are, and together we will embark on the transformative power of a gentle Yoga practice. 

No previous experience is necessary. Beginners always welcome. This class is trauma-informed, body positive and modifications/props are always available to encourage you to meet each moment with a gentle heart.

In-person and Virtual

Spring Session (6 weeks)

Tuesdays May 7-June 11, 2024

6-7pm, EST

$150 + HST Pre-registered

Drop-in $32.50+hst

Location: The Embodiment Lab, Uxbridge, Ontario

Thursdays May 9-June 13, 2024

9:30-10:30am, EST

$150 + HST Pre-registered

Drop-in $32.50+hst

Location: The Embodiment Lab, Uxbridge, Ontario

 

Summer Session (6 weeks)

Tuesdays July 9 - Aug 13

6-7pm, EST

$150 + HST Pre-registered

Drop-in $32.50+hst

Location: The Embodiment Lab, Uxbridge, Ontario

Thursdays July 11 - Aug 15

9:30-10:30am, EST

$150 + HST Pre-registered

Drop-in $32.50+hst

Location: The Embodiment Lab, Uxbridge, Ontario

Discover Meditation: A Beginners Journey

Embark on a transformative journey with our Beginners' Meditation Series.

This class is designed for those new to meditation, those returning to meditation or those who wish to try something new. Steph will guide you through the essentials of mindfulness, breathing techniques, loving-kindness, and gratitude practices. Each session offers a nurturing environment where you'll learn to calm the mind, deepen self-awareness, and cultivate a sense of inner peace.

Join us as we explore meditation's foundations, providing practical skills and empowering insights to integrate mindfulness into your daily life. Embrace tranquillity, develop emotional resilience, and discover the profound benefits of meditation in this supportive and enriching class.

No previous experience is necessary. This class is trauma-informed, body positive and modifications/props are always available to encourage you to meet each moment with a gentle heart.

Spring Session (6 weeks)

Thursdays May 9-June 13, 2024

11am-12noon, EST

$150 + HST Pre-registered

Drop-in $32.50+hst

Location: The Embodiment Lab, Uxbridge, Ontario

 

Summer Session (6 weeks)

Thursdays July 11 - Aug 15

11am-12noon, EST

$150 + HST Pre-registered

Drop-in $32.50+hst

Location: The Embodiment Lab, Uxbridge, Ontario

WELCOME to
Private 1:1
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Root to Rise: Personalized Yoga for Healing and Growth 

Welcome to your 1:1 yoga experience, with Steph. 

 

We ground to grow. Rooting into the foundations of Yoga Philosophy, we move gently, breathe deeply and release what no longer serves. Together we deepen your spiritual practice with techniques and tools for building balance, inner calm and peace.

We invite you to transform your formal or informal practice, merging the ancient wisdom of Yoga with the profound skills of meditation, mindful awareness, present-moment focus, and breathwork.

Steph’s holistic approach combines Yoga foundations with nature-inspired practices, immersing you in the calming embrace of the natural world. Through gentle yet invigorating postures, to passive restorative asanas, you'll deepen your connection to self, finding strength, psychological flexibility, and increased joy. 

Beyond the physical postures, our time together integrates mindset coaching, empowering you to explore the uncharted territories of your practice.   With specialized guidance, you'll delve into skills that you can count on being available to you at any time in your life. 

Each moment spent on (and off) the mat becomes an opportunity for growth, healing, and self-discovery.

Appointment Available by Request

1 hour $100+hst

Location: The Embodiment Lab, Uxbridge ON

In-person and Virtual available

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What is Restorative Yoga?

Restorative yoga is a gentle, peaceful form of yoga meant to cultivate a state of deep relaxation within the body. Where other types of yoga are active and involve active movement within the body, the aim of restorative yoga is to facilitate a sensation of calm and gentleness through passive poses. With the use of various props (blankets, bolsters, blocks, etc.), students come into poses that work best within their own body. It’s important that within this practice, no effort or work occurs. Restorative yoga is a place to allow your body to heal and find stillness. 

This type of yoga is deeply spiritual as the long, deep holds allow for a more intimate connection with the body and mind. As the physical body is able to come into relaxation, the mind is able to begin to quiet down. Quieting the mind is quite a feat, especially in today’s society where to-do lists run long and stress is a near-constant companion; however, yoga is a practice and restorative yoga affords that space to work on cultivating that sense of balance between the physical body and the mind. 


History of Restorative 

Restorative yoga was developed in 1937 by B.K.S Iyengar. He noticed his students were straining and struggling through poses, creating a concern for injury and pain. He wanted to find therapeutic poses that would help to restore and heal his body and those of his students. He created a practice that involved longer, gentler holds of poses, and integrated props in order to create modifications for each student without causing additional strain or work. This allowed students to develop a practice that was uniquely suited to their bodies at any given moment. 


Today, restorative yoga is becoming increasingly more necessary in a society that never stops, where anxiety and depression are becoming more common, and a way of life that doesn’t facilitate the best movement for the body. Starting your own restorative yoga practice will allow your body to begin to heal from stress, relax tension within the body, to allow the constant narrative in your head to relax, and to allow yourself to let go, and simply be! 


Benefits of Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga functions on a deeper level, creating a sense of stillness and peace that allows the body to reap several physical and physiological benefits. These include: 


  • Creates homeostasis in the body

  • Prevents disease

  • Lowers cortisol 

  • Lowers blood pressure levels 

  • Therapeutic for hormonal issues - menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, cramps  

  • Helps relieve cold and flu symptoms  

  • Increase circulation

  • Improve breathing

  • Provides headache relief 

  • Relieves symptoms of joint pain - carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica nerve pain

  • Gives you more energy 

  • Relaxes the nervous system 

  • Reduce tension, physical pain in the body 

  • Establishes mindfulness

  • Relieve stress

  • Improves digestion

  • Release fascia (connective tissue within the body)

  • Triggers the parasympathetic nervous system 

  • Creates self-compassion, patience

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