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Group Yoga Classes
Zen Physiotherapy offers various Group Yoga Classes and Yoga Therapy. Group Classes boast small classes of 10-15 people max to promote more of a hands on client-centered approach. Yoga Therapy is a service that provides one to one assessment of a client for their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances through yogic interventions.
Group Yoga Classes
Group Flow and Restorative/Rehab Classes are being offered weekly. Check back for upcoming specialized classes Yoga for Back Pain, Yoga for Arthritis and Chair Yoga. Rhea has a focus on injury modification to suit your needs.
- Slow Flow (60 min): Moving the body with the breath through postures. In each posture a few options will be given to include all levels from beginner to the advanced yogi. Expect to get your heart rate going, gently work the body, but stretch and relax the body and mind through these fun classes. This class is still suitable for beginners and can still be modified to suit specific needs and injuries.
- Saturdays: 3 – 4pm
- Restorative (60 min): Longer holds in postures 30sec-5min with slow easy transitions, emphasis on breath work, opening and closing meditations. The use of props such as straps, blocks, blankets and pillows are highly encouraged. Rhea does add gentle core work into her restorative classes as she feels this is an integral piece to restoring the body, but the primary focus is relaxation. You will leave this class with less tension in the body, feeling relaxed and restored for your week to come.
- Wednesdays: 7:30 – 8:30pm
- Restorative Mindfulness Meditation Classes (60 min): Guided meditation, breath work, and gentle stretching in various positions seated or lying. Poses are held for longer periods of time with the support of props meant to achieve physical, mental & emotional balance. With practicing mindfulness we bring our awareness into the present moment with a sense of acceptance for what is there. Self compassion & kindness will be explored in this guided practice. Suffering can be seen physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual issues that an individual is dealing with in their lives. Often if our mental or emotional state is out of balance, all other states will in turn be out of balance (i.e. depression may lead to physical pain symptoms such as lower back pain). Hence why working on our meditations can help to balance all areas of our health and wellness. Mindfulness/meditation studies have proven to be particularly beneficial for chronic pain symptoms, but has been shown to improve various kinds of pain and suffering in ones life (anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, acute pain symptoms, etc). Meditation is often the fastest way to ground you and reduce your suffering over any of the other yoga practices such as yoga postures. These classes plant the seed to get you started on your own meditation journey which should include a home practice.
- Mondays: 7:30 – 8:30pm
Pricing: $12.50 if you sign up for an 8 class pack $100 or $15 for drop-in.
Please contact us at 204-691-0097 for information on when the following sessions will be offered:
- Prenatal Yoga with Rhea Tomlinson (60 min): Pregnancy is a beautiful time to connect with your community, baby and more intimately with your body. As you move through your stages of pregnancy, you may be looking for guidance in which areas to stretch, strengthen, effectively breathe and deepen that connection to your mind, body and baby. Yoga is a great way to maintain mobility and find a balance between activating and releasing the hips, thighs and pelvic floor musculature preparing the body for the birthing process. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or special considerations to discuss.
- Session cost: $78 (6-week session: $13/class), or $15 for drop-in
- MELT with Meghan Oliver (60 min): The MELT Method is a simple self-treatment system that helps you help yourself out of chronic pain. It uses rubber balls to stimulate the return of fluid, while quieting the nervous system and heightening body sense. It was developed 10 years ago by exercise physiologist and connective-tissue specialist Sue Hitzmann for her private clients, to complement the effects of hands-on bodywork. There are many benefits to MELT, but the best one is this is something that anyone can do, regardless of age or ability. People of all ages can benefit! This class can be done seated in a chair, no need to get down on the floor.
- Session cost: $72 (4-week session: $18 per class)
Zen Yoga Therapy
Yoga therapy is an ancient tradition that is a relatively new method of healing to the western world. Yoga has been around for over 1000 years. The idea of using yoga in a therapeutic context has been credited to Tirumalai Krishnamacharya who died in 1981 at the age of 100. Krishnamacharya is mainly known as a healer who drew from both ayurvedic and yogic traditions to restore health and well-being to those he treated.
You can think of yoga therapy the same way you might think of other healing systems such as Chinese medicine. Yoga Therapy is a system that helps us identify various imbalances in a person, and then we offer techniques to bring those aspects into balance. A Yoga Therapist uses techniques to help a person find balance and heal such as; movement (asana), breath work (pranayama), chanting, philosophy or point of view, and meditation to name a few.
What Is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy is a service that provides 1:1 assessment of a client for their physical, emotional or mental imbalances. Intervention includes treatment through yogic intervention (poses, breath work, meditation, study). This service is still unique to Winnipeg.
What makes a Yoga Therapy different than a yoga class or physiotherapy?
A yoga teacher is trained to guide students through classes, exercises and sequences to better their health and wellbeing in a general way. Yoga Therapy is designed to work with the system of yoga to treat specific imbalances in a one on one setting. Some examples may include physical pain (back pain, shoulder injuries, etc.), anxiety disorders, cancer support, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, depression, autoimmune diseases, addiction, obesity, and many others. Yoga Therapy is unique to physiotherapy as it treats the whole being taking into consideration more than just physical pain and imbalances. Yoga therapy can act as a useful adjunct to the western medical model and other treatment methods or as a stand alone therapy.
What happens at a yoga therapy session?
Yoga therapy sessions are done in a private setting. In the initial assessment, you will conduct a thorough intake interview in order to get to know your history as well as your goals. There will be a specific physical evaluation which includes range of motion, strength testing, breathing evaluation, and orthopedic special testing when appropriate. Once the assessment is complete, you will begin the process of learning practices to help with your imbalances and goals. The relationship between Therapist and client is an important one. You will be given practices to work on at home, and will have pre-determined follow up appointments to make sure things are improving, and working well for you.
Yoga Therapists are trained to work with a wide variety of conditions using a model that can easily integrate other healing modalities. This includes Rhea’s background training in physiotherapy, kinesiotaping and acupuncture.
Please contact Rhea, or the clinic directly if you would like to discuss how we can help you on your journey to wellness.
Yoga Therapy Sessions
- Yoga Therapy Initial Assessment: Initial 60 min $ 100
- Yoga Therapy Follow Up: 60 min $90
About Zen’s Yoga Instructor
Rhea has been practicing yoga in many styles for over 13 years. Her interest sparked in training as a yoga teacher since becoming a Physiotherapist in 2013. She has seen enormous benefits that yoga has had on her own life mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. She wanted to share this passion as an approach to wellness with her clients.
Rhea went to Goa, India to train in classical Ashtanga yoga RYT-200 hour in February 2015. Since returning, she has been teaching a variety ofinjury modified restorative and beginner flow classes in clinic and in private/corporate settings, as well as integrating yoga into her client’s physiotherapy home programming.
Her goal is to modify practices for each client to suite their unique needs, or injuries. Rhea’s began her year of study in the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Foundations program (based in NYC) in January 2017.
She is currently working towards her 800 hour Yoga Therapist designation. Being a physiotherapist, Rhea plans to blend her trainings in a unique way to suite each client’s needs to reach wellness.
About Zen’s Yoga Instructor
Amanda is a social worker and yoga instructor/creator of @shiftwpg. Amanda’s passion lies in mental & emotional health and wellness. Amanda shares her experience and knowledge through yoga. We are so grateful to have her apart of our our Zen team!
Amanda will be offering Monday night restorative/mindfulness classes 730-830pm starting September 10th. This class incorporates restorative yoga with mindfulness meditation. Poses are held for longer periods of time with the support of props meant to achieve physical, mental & emotional balance. With practicing mindfulness we bring our awareness into the present moment with a sense of acceptance for what is there. Self compassion & kindness will be explored in this guided practice.