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A Year of You
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A Year of You

Immerse * Transform * Empower – The Jill Novak Yoga Annual Pass
April 1, 2019
$1495 (includes GST)

Many of you know I hosted a Year of Jill in 2009 and have never looked back. I discovered first hand that looking after me was not selfish, and would not change the care and love I could offer those around me. Quite the opposite: the idea of “put your oxygen mask on first” is real and important for each of us. If you are ready for “The Year of You”, then let me support you in your personal growth goals, help you unfurl into the next version of you. Chances are you can almost feel that version itching to get out, asking you to shift just a little to create space for new patterns to break through. I believe in the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga, they are basic, common sense, intuitive suggestions that sync with my inner wisdom so seamlessly.  The trust I have in the information that you will learn is deep and abiding: listen deeply, and the rewards are abundant.

If you choose to invest in YOU this year then this is how I will support you:

The Healing Habits evolutionary 11-week course (4 times) = $2780 value

My experience of these habits is that they provide a toolbox of skills to draw on when I feel out of balance. I notice that when I am in balance I am following a few key habits, and learning my keystone ones for personal evolution. I have let go of the idea that things just go downhill as I age, and have learned that I can continue to create energy and joy every year as I sync more with the rhythm nature offers us. I’ve released attachment to being busy, learned to say no, and carved out moments of time for self-care. My daily choices are changing and the results are powerful, tangible, and feel like a deep content breath that breaks into a big smile.

I will support your Investment in your Healing Habits in many ways:

  • Weekly live coaching calls focusing on one Ayurvedic Habit each week. We will meet online and our calls will be recorded for anyone who can’t attend live. We decode the habit of the week, troubleshoot, ask questions, and get support.
  • An Online Library of support material full of videos, recipes, breath practices, mediations, and life hacks from Ayurveda and Yoga. This will be available 24/7 to support your journey when it is convenient for you.
  • Membership in our private facebook group to report breakthroughs, find community, get support
  • An accountability partner within the group to bounce your daily practices off and find daily encouragement.
  • two personal 1/2 hr coaching sessions with Jill – bring your tough layers forward and together we lean into the discomfort to see what is blocking your progress.

Private Yoga Therapy Sessions  (6 sessions) = $472 value
The body doesn’t lie. A fact. When we come back to the body to connect, align, strengthen, and release, we tune inward and listen at such a deep level that we actually create new neuro-muscular pathways in the body. Each yoga therapy session supports your growth into strength, balance, and ease. We tune in to tune up. Leaving you connected, content, and with great new biofeedback, cycles to nurture you. If you are local these can be done in person, if not we will hook up to Skype for our work together.

You will also have free access to any talk or workshop offering that I do, an invitation to “Off the Mat” at Alchemy Yoga Wednesdays 11 am, and 10% off any of Retreats 

Course members report that these habits are creating personalized tools for being in charge of your own health. Knowing exactly how to get yourself back on track. They report better sleep, less pain, and an escape from winter depression. We Kaizen, or take a 1% improvement approach, to getting you into an improved sense of well being, feeling vital, joyful, easeful, and content.

New members accepted until April 10, after that we welcome new members again in July.

My Vibrant Life
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Group Acupuncture Meditation

Rest, Reset, Restore
May 3 – June 14, 2019  Friday 12-1pm at Alchemy Yoga Studio

$240 (includes GST)

Reset your body to its innate healing state. Allow Stillness, Silence, Breath, and Acupuncture to restore your nervous system from stressed overstimulation

Stress. We all have it. It is a normal part of our daily lives. Yet… lately, it seems that we are having trouble returning to a true state of calm, to allowing our minds and bodies to rest, refocus, and truly breathe. We are tired, overwhelmed, distracted, impatient, worried, have poor sleep, low energy, and pain. The little things that we used to be able to deal with so easily are now irritating or overwhelming us. Our nervous system is built to React and Respond to stress and danger…to get us to safety… but THEN we are supposed to let it Rest…Reset….Restore.  WE DON’T DO THIS enough!

Jill Novak, Yoga Therapist and Health Coach, and Althea Lacasse, Registered Acupuncturist and Registered Massage Therapist from Cochrane Sports Physio, are joining together to offer a 6-week series aimed to help. This series will blend acupuncture and yoga to help provide the pause in life that creates an opportunity for Balance and Restoration. Each person will learn the optimal position for their body to experience full and unrestricted breath. While in this position they will receive an acupuncture treatment that has been specifically designed for them. When the flow of breath and movement of energy (Qi) is restored in the body, it has a greater capacity to mitigate the effects that daily stress has on their lives. 

This course is a 6-week series, with the first class being up to two hours long. This class will be dedicated to determining, through a personal assessment, the best body position and acupuncture point combination for you. I will end the class with an acu-yoga-breath session. The following five classes will last one hour each and will include an acupuncture treatment blended with a simple guided meditation.

Due to the size of this group, people who are on blood thinners, who are pregnant, or who are prone to fainting and/or seizures will not be able to attend.

Maximum participant number is 10. Classes will be Fridays from Noon – 1pm running May 3-June 14th, with no class May 17th.

My Vibrant Life
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The Healing Habits

Aligning with wisdom from Yoga and Ayurveda
April 1 – June 30, 2019
$695 (includes GST)

When we take small steps in the right direction we create sustainable change. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, notice the impact of small change and keep your action step well within your willpower. Immersing yourself in the structure of a growth-oriented community is proven to increase your chances of success as well. That is what I do, create community, deliver small simple steps, and create this huge beautiful space for your awareness to grow, allowing you to see your own evolution.

This is an 11-week course dedicated to adopting daily habits that support your personal evolution.

My experience of these habits is that they provide me with a toolbox of skills to draw on when I feel out of balance. I notice that when I am in balance I am following a few key habits, and learning my keystone ones for personal evolution. I have let go of the idea that things just go downhill as I age, and have learned that I can continue to create energy and joy every year as I sync more with the rhythm nature offers us. I’ve released attachment to being busy, learned to say no, and carved out moments of time for self-care. My daily choices are changing and the results are powerful, tangible, and feel like a deep content breath that breaks into a big smile.

I will support your Investment in your Healing Habits in many ways:

  • Weekly live coaching calls focusing on one Ayurvedic Habit each week. We will meet online and our calls will be recorded for anyone who can’t attend live. We decode the habit of the week, troubleshoot, ask questions, and get support. These calls will be Thursdays at 9am for 75 minutes.
  • An Online Library of support material full of videos, recipes, breath practices, mediations, and life hacks from Ayurveda and Yoga. This will be available 24/7 to support your journey when it is convenient for you.
  • Membership in our private facebook group to report breakthroughs, find community, get support
  • An accountability partner within the group to bounce your daily practices off and find daily encouragement.
  • Two personal 1/2 hr coaching sessions with Jill – bring your tough layers forward and together we lean into the discomfort to see what is blocking your progress.
Tenants of Yoga
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The Tenents of Yoga

A year long personal study of the Yamas and Niyamas 
January 1 – December 31, 2019
$400 (includes GST)

Learn how to take your Yoga off your yoga mat and into your everyday life.  The movement and the breath you practice in class creates openness for a whole new way of seeing and being in the world. This will be a year long personal study of how you experience and practice the ethical practices of Yoga in your life. 

We will study “The Yamas & Niyamas” by Deborah Adele for a year.

If you want to learn the principles of yoga that your mat practice has opened up for you then this is the layman’s way to experience and learn it first hand. There are 8 limbs of Yoga. The 3rd and 4th Limbs of Yoga are Asana and Pranayama. Movement and Breath. These have become synonymous with the idea of Yoga in western culture and in reality they are only 2 of the 8 principles of Yoga in its fullest form. The Yamas and Niyamas are the 1st and 2nd limbs of Yoga. This year-long study of the “Yamas and Niyamas” gives us an understanding and personal experience how the ethical practices of yoga can be influential in our own lives.

The Yamas translate to Restraints and give us guidance about how to live right with others:
  • Ahimsa – NonViolence
  • Satya – Truthfulness
  • Asteya – Non-stealing
  • Brahmacharya – Non-excess
  • Aparigraha – Non-possessiveness
The Niyamas are Observances and give us guidelines for living right within our own minds and thoughts:
  • Saucha – Purity
  • Santosha – Contentment
  • Tapas – Self-Discipline
  • Svadhyaya – Self-Study
  • Ishvara Pranidhana – Surrender
We will take a month to examine each practice, guided by the book study questions in Deborah Adele’s book. Each week we will reflect on how the practice plays out in our own lives. Once a week we will meet on a Video Conference call to discuss our inquiry and ah-ha’s. These calls will be recorded and shared with those unable to make the live call, or for you to listen to again. There will be approximately 40 calls that you can participate in throughout the year.
Sayulita Mexico Yoga Retreat
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Sayulita Mexico Yoga Retreat

February 9-14, 2019

The 2019 Yoga Retreat in Mexico wrapped up on February 14. We are now debriefing, assimilating, and plotting improvements for next year. We know this much:

We loved our little hotel in Sayulita. We loved the yoga shala where we convened each morning to do our meditation, yoga, and daily workshop. And we loved the upper floor where we lay under the stars for Nidra each night. The amazing kitchen staff made the most delicious breakfasts for us each morning. They went out of our way the day our group was sick, providing jugs of electrolyte water to help soothe our tummies. The front desk guys and patient housekeepers make us feel cared for and safe.

We loved the town of Sayulita – the beaches, the shops, the restaurants. The easy-going vibe of the community that we immersed into so effortlessly. We found busy active beaches and serene quiet ones, loud and boisterous streets, and quite shady trails. We built sandcastles, sipped Margaritas at the beginning of the week, and guzzled mineral water at the end of the week.

The routine of our day was:
7am Meditation
8am Yoga
9am Breakfast
10am Workshop
11:30am – 6pm Afternoon Fun
6pm Dinner
9pm Nidra

After we completed the morning workshop our schedule was flexible. Our small group size allowed us to hang together as much or little as we wanted. We learned a lot about the place that will help us create some great new adventures for next year.

We are taking all this in and deciding how to proceed for next year. And we will keep you posted on the plans!!