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May 17

Kundalini Yoga Foundations Classes in Vancouver: May to August, 2015

I’ll be teaching four “Kundalini Yoga Foundations” classes over the next few months. All classes will be held on Saturdays (May 23, June 13, July 25 and August 29) from 11:45am-1pm at Yoga West, located at 2662 West 4th Avenue in Vancouver. These classes are perfect if you’re practicing Kundalini Yoga for the very first time or want to brush up on the basics.

Watch the following video and read on to learn how these classes came to be and for more information on the class format and themes.

My First Kundalini Yoga Class

Twenty years ago I attended my first Kundalini Yoga class. It was taught by my good friend Robert Hay, who enthusiastically promoted the positive benefits of yoga and meditation years before this ancient practice emerged into the mainstream. I remember feeling curious (Robert had been sharing his own experiences with Kundalini Yoga on many occasions, usually after our regular squash games) and admittedly a little sceptical at the prospect of trying something new and decidedly foreign. My sense of adventure in concert with some gentle encouragement from Robert won me over. I showed up for my inaugural class.

Opening Up to a World of Possibles

Little did I know what a profound impact this simple first step would have on my life and work. I soon became a regular at the Rama Lotus Yoga Centre in Ottawa and started to notice profound shifts in my health and an enhanced ability to handle stress; timely, given my high pressure job as a project manager for a large hi-tech firm in the area. Beyond any immediate benefits, a strong sense of purpose began to unfold as I uncovered hidden talents and strengths. It was a pivotal moment in my life that opened up a world of possibilities

Teaching Kundalini Yoga

Inspired by all the benefits and insights that I was realizing through this multi-faced practice, I enrolled in a 200-hour yoga teacher training program in 1999. My primary motivation was to absorb more of this timeless wisdom while delving more deeply into my own personal practice.

Much to my surprise, I discovered that I love to teach. I joined the then small, but growing, teaching staff at Rama Lotus, and taught there regularly until moving to Vancouver in 2004. Since completing my certification I’ve the honour of teaching thousands of students at numerous centres across North America, including Yoga West in Vancouver, one of oldest and most respected Kundalini Yoga centres in the world.

Lowering the Barrier to Entry

Over the years I’ve talked to many people who are intrigued by Kundalini Yoga. Some have never practiced yoga, and others have had some experience with other styles, typically those with a primary focus on postures, or “asanas”. Many people I spoke with feel as I did when Robert first invited me to try a class – curious and a little uncomfortable at the prospect of attending their first class surrounded by seasoned yogis who have memorized lengthy mantras and who’s vernacular includes words like “chakra”, “nadis” and “aura”.

To make Kundalini Yoga more accessible, I took the initiative to develop classes specifically designed for those of you who are experiencing Kundalini Yoga for the first time. These classes don’t assume any prior experience with any style of yoga. The only requirement is a willingness to try on something new, and to see if it fits. You’re also very welcome to attend if you have had some experience with Kundalini Yoga and would like to get back to basics and fill in some gaps in your knowledge.

Kundalini Yoga: What to Expect

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is sometimes called the “mother of all yogas”. A typical class incorporates postures, movement, breathing techniques, meditation and mantra to support enhanced health, focus and connection to purpose.

The class begins with the chanting of a short mantra (“Ong Namo, Guru Dev Namo”), a key component in setting the stage for a powerful experience during the class. A set of warm-up exercises is followed by a yoga set, or “kriya”. A kriya is a sequence of exercises that are masterfully woven together to achieve a specific effect. Yogi Bhajan shared hundreds of kriyas, each with a different focus.

The kriya is followed by a long, deep relaxation, to integrate the effects of the exercises, and a meditation. There are a wide variety of meditations that make use of various hand positions, or “mudras”. Some meditations are silent and others incorporate the repetitive chanting of a mantra.

Most mantras are chanted in Gurmukhi, a language born out of the ancient language of Sanskrit. What makes these mantras special is the effect that is achieved as these words are chanted. It’s something that must be experienced to be appreciated. Words will be provided and, while I encourage you to chant along to get the full impact of the meditation, listening is always an option.

Each class concludes with a short prayer and the chanting of “Sat Nam”, a mantra to call upon and acknowledge our inner truth. “Sat” means truth and “Nam” is the naming or calling upon of this truth.

Four Saturday Classes (11:45am-1pm)

Kundalini Yoga is a holistic practice that acknowledges that we humans are multi-faceted by nature and that all of these facets are intimately connected. Each class will focus on one aspect of this practice, always in the context of this holistic model.

Class 1 (May 23): The Power of the Breath (Pranayama) — Most of us were never taught to breathe growing up…and likely aren’t breathing as effectively as we could be. During the class we’ll explore a variety of breathing, or pranayama techniques that help us tap into our inner calm as well as some to energize and cleanse the body.

Class 2 (June 13): Nerves of Steel (Nervous System) — Yogi Bhajan put a lot of emphasis on the nervous system and gave us a wealth of techniques to help us build this system so that we’re better equipped to handle the stresses of life. I’ll be taking you through some of these techniques during the class and talking about some things you can do in your day-to-day life to help maintain a strong nervous system.

Class 3 (July 25): Your Guardians of Health (Endocrine System) — Yogi Bhajan also talked a lot about the endocrine system and collectively referred to these glands as our “guardians of health”. We’ll go through a series of exercise that are designed to balance these glands. The results can be felt across a wide spectrum, from improvements to digestion to a more balanced emotional state to having a better memory and sleeping better at night.

Class 4 (August 29): Beyond Stress: Tapping Into Your Vitality – This class centres around a theme of vitality. We’ll explore the concepts of healthy and unhealthy stress and I’ll introduce you to some exercises designed to help you tap into your inner vitality.

Come and Have an Experience

I hope that what I’ve shared has given you a good taste of what to expect…and piqued your curiosity. Fundamentally, Kundalini Yoga can’t be explained in words. The only way to learn what it’s all about is to come and experience it for yourself.

Attend as many classes as you like. Dress in comfortable clothes and be sure to bring a water bottle. If you’re attending a class at Yoga West for the first time, plan to arrive 15 minutes early to give yourself time to complete a short form and to settle in to the space.

If you need a visual reminder, consider printing out this poster and putting it up on your fridge. And why not invite a friend to join you on this new adventure. And you’re very welcome to contact me or Yoga West if you have any questions.

Kundalini Yoga Foundations - May to August, 2015

Feb 23

SunflowerToxins are a part of life…

Toxins are a part of everyday life. Even your own body create toxins as part of the normal digestive process. To lighten your load it’s a good idea to take steps to reduce the amount of toxins you’re exposed to — for example, by eating healthy, organic food and drinking clean, filtered water. It’s equally important to tune up your body’s toxic removal systems so that you’re well equipped to deal with toxicity that shows up in your life.

Six Cleansing Sessions

This six week series starts with a general introduction and then focuses on a different cleansing system each subsequent week. You’ll learn about the basic roles that each of these systems plays and will practice kriyas designed help these systems function at peak efficiency. You’ll also work on mental toxins through the practice of meditation and the use of mantra and will have the opportunity to explore the connections between emotional and physical toxins.

Tune-up Schedule: Thursdays 6:45-8am

The Kundalini Yoga classes will be offered at Yoga West in Vancouver (2662 W 4th Avenue, between Stephens and Trafalgar) as part of the 40-day Spring into Yoga challenge that begins on February 24, 2014. You’re welcome to attend as few or as many classes as you’d like and no previous experience is necessary.

Thursday, February 27 (6:45-8am)  — Detoxification Overview

Thursday, March 6 (6:45-8am) — Kidneys

Thursday, March 13 (6:45-8am) — Colon

Thursday, March 20 (6:45-8am) — Lungs

Thursday, March 27  (6:45-8am) — Liver

Thursday, April 3 (6:45-8am) — Lymphatic System

 

 

Jan 08

Please note: This workshop has been postponed. I’ll post the new date as soon as it’s available.


Tim Stringer - Kundalini YogaHolistic Productivity™ is based on the premise that humans are multifaceted by nature and that a positive shift created in one area of life will positively impact all other areas of life. I’ll be leading an afternoon workshop at Yoga West in Vancouver (2662 West 4th Avenue, between Stephens and Trafalgar) on Saturday, February 1 (1–4:30pm) that will take you on a journey from inner reflection to inspired action, drawing on the power of Kundalini Yoga and coaching methodologies. You’ll leave the workshop with a new perspective on your life and work, new skills for thriving in our fast-paced, information rich world and a practical plan for creating a positive shift in a specific area of your life.

For more information see the Yoga West website. The workshop fee is $35 in advance or $45 on the day of the workshop and you can register online or in person at Yoga West. Still have questions? Drop me a line.

“Tim (Rama Singh) masterfully weaves together his experiences as a yoga teacher, productivity coach and technologist with deep insights from his own life journey. His humorous, heart-centered style of teaching is both engaging and uplifting and his Holistic Productivity™ approach provides a much needed bridge between inner reflection and practical application. I continue to apply what I’ve learned from Tim (Rama Singh) and am better equipped to carry out my life’s work as a result.”

— Guru Singh | Master Spiritual Teacher, Author & Musician

Oct 30

Costa Rica Osa PeninsulaWhat would it be like to begin 2014 in a warm, tropical paradise?

Consider joining Alec Davis and I for a fun and enriching experience in Costa Rica from December 28, 2013 to January 4, 2014. The venue is the Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa located on the beautiful Osa Peninsula, that National Geographic describes as the most biologically diverse place on earth.

I’ll be leading Kundalini Yoga classes throughout the week and supporting participants in paving the way for positive new lifestyle changes when they return home. I’ll be sharing the leadership and facilitation with Alec Davis, who’s an experienced Seattle-based Yoga and Shamanic Teacher and the Co-founder of Present Journeys. While seasoned practitioners are certainly welcome, no previous experience with yoga or shamanic work is necessary. Alec and I have years of experience teaching people of all levels. There will also be plenty of time to relax and to experience all that the area has to offer.

I’m intrigued. Tell me more!

Watch the following webinar to learn more about Alec and I and the experience that awaits you in Costa Rica. The webinar comes complete with enticing photos of Blue Osa and the Osa Peninsula and answers to frequently asked questions. There’s also much more information on the Present Journey’s website and you’re welcome to contact me with any questions you have.

Costa Rica is calling. How do I register?

Simply complete the registration form on the Present Journeys website. Alec will be in touch to make arrangements for payment and to complete the registration process.

Sep 25

Come and experience what it’s like to start the day with a powerful, energizing and relaxing yoga class. Starting November 5, Yoga West (2662 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver) will be offering 6:45-8am Kundalini Yoga classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and I have the honour of teaching the Thursday classes. Everyone is welcome and no previous experience with Kundalini Yoga is necessary.

Yoga West Morning Classes

Sep 21

TEN Bodies? I thought I only had one…

We are multifaceted beings by nature and our physical body is only one of the aspects that defines us as humans. In addition to our physical body we each have three mental bodies and six energy bodies that can be experienced, developed and balanced through the practice of yoga and meditation.

If you understand that you are Ten Bodies, and you are aware of those Ten Bodies, and you keep them in balance, the whole Universe will be in balance with you. — Yogi Bhajan

Experience Your Multifaceted Nature on October 6

Join Seattle-based Yoga and Shamanic Teacher and Present Journeys co-founder, Alec Davis and I for a Yoga Workshop on Sunday, October 6 (2-4pm) and experience yourself as a multi-faceted human. The workshop will take place at the Maya Whole Health Studio, located in Renton, Washington (1322 Lake Washington Blvd) — about 27 km (17 miles) from downtown Seattle.

Hatha & Kundalini Yoga, Guided Relaxation and Healing Circle

Resident yoga teacher Alec Davis will support you in connecting with your breath and will take you through a series of Hatha Yoga postures to engage your physical body. I’ll then lead a Kundalini Yoga kriya (set) called “Awakening to Your Ten Bodies”, that includes dynamic physical exercises and pranayama (breath work) followed by a guided relaxation and a powerful healing circle meditation. Everyone is welcome and no previous experience with Hatha Yoga or Kundalini Yoga is necessary.

Reserve Your Space Today

Reserve your space in the workshop by registering online at the Maya Whole Health Studio. Space is limited, so it’s recommended that you book early to be guaranteed a spot in the workshop.

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Bring Your Ten Bodies to Costa Rica in December

Want to take your experience to the next level? Alec and I are leading a seven-day Yoga and Shamanic retreat from December 28-January 4 at the beautiful Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa, located on the Osa Peninsula in southern Costa Rica, one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. Visit PresentJourneys.com for more information and to register online.

Apr 12

SunflowerToxins are a part of life…

Toxins are a part of everyday life. Even your own body create toxins as part of the normal digestive process. To lighten your load it’s a good idea to take steps to reduce the amount of toxins you’re exposed to — for example, by eating healthy, organic food and drinking clean, filtered water. It’s equally important to tune up your body’s toxic removal systems so that you’re well equipped to deal with toxicity that shows up in your life.

Five Weeks. Five Cleansing Systems.

This five week series focuses on a different cleansing system each week. You’ll learn about the basic roles that each of these systems plays and will practice kriyas designed help these systems function at peak efficiency. You’ll also work on mental toxins through the practice of meditation and the use of mantra and will have the opportunity to explore the connections between emotional and physical toxins.

Tune-up Schedule: Thursdays 12-1:30pm

The Kundalini Yoga classes will be offered at Yoga West in Vancouver (2662 W 4th Avenue, between Stephens and Trafalgar) as part of the 40-day challenge that begins on April 22, 2013. You’re welcome to attend as few or as many classes as you’d like and no previous experience is necessary. I’ll be teaching four of the classes, and Dharam Darshan Kaur, who’s a regular teacher at Yoga West will be teaching the May 16 class.

Thursday, April 25 (12-1:30pm) — Kidneys

Thursday, May 2 (12-1:30pm) — Colon

Thursday, May 9 (12-1:30pm) — Lungs

Thursday, May 16 (12-1:30pm) — Liver (taught by Dharam Darshan Kaur)

Thursday, May 23 (12-1:30pm) — Skin

 

 

Dec 22

Productivity Meets Purpose

I’m happy to announce the launch of a new course called Productivity with Purpose™. The course draws on the material from the It’s About Time course, which I first introduced in 2009 as well as content from my corporate offering, Productivity and Self Management. Between now and the end of 2012 I’m offering a LIMITED number of spaces at only $25 (regular price $95). Use the promo code PURPOSE2013 when registering online.

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Four hours that could change your life…

The four-hour Productivity with Purpose course is a key step on the road to fulfillment and success. It’s an opportunity to get to the root cause of why you procrastinate, to uncover your core values and to establish positive new habits. Armed with practical strategies and fresh insights you’ll be well equipped to move forward and produce meaningful results.

Attend the course on January 19 or 26, 2013 and…

  • Take a step back and look at the big picture of your life, noticing which aspects are working and where there’s room for growth.
  • Gain insights into why you procrastinate and learn practical strategies for stepping out of these limiting patterns.
  • Reconnect with your core values and learn how to live a life that is aligned with what’s most important to you.
  • Learn the basics of Getting Things Done® (GTD®), a highly effective approach to productivity that is practiced all over the world by everyone from artists to engineers.
  • Learn practical skills for using technology in a way that simplifies your life rather than adding to your stress.
  • Put a structure in place to transform at least one area of your life in the three months that follow the course.

GTD® and Getting Things Done® are registered trademarks of the David Allen Company. Technically Simple is not affiliated with or endorsed by the David Allen Company.

 

Dec 09

Rama Tim at Khalsa Men's CampI’m teaching a couple of extra yoga classes at Yoga West (2662 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver) this month — specifically the Tuesday 7-8:30pm classes on December 11 and 18. The theme for these two classes is “Setting the Stage for 2013″. You’re very welcome to attend one or both classes whether you’re a seasoned yogi or experiencing this practice for the first time.

December 11 — Creating Space — The first week you’ll focus on creating space for growth in 2013 by letting go things that don’t serve you. This can include tension in the body, toxic emotions, outdated belief systems and unproductive habits. In the process you’ll tap into new sources of energy and create momentum to carry yourself into the New Year.

December 18 — Attracting Prosperity — The focus for the second week will be on attracting prosperity into your life. You’ll learn about prosperity from a yogic point of view and will undergo a process that supports you in attracting wealth in many forms.

A prosperous person has certain characteristics. For that person richness is not the basic aim. It happens anyway. No matter what the circumstance a prosperous person creates, delivers, and fulfills. They always remember the presence and possibilities of the Infinite within each person. To such a person, prosperity is as natural as the breath, as unlimited as the mind and as immediate as this moment. — Yogi Bhajan

I hope to see you at Yoga West…and feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions.

May 04

I was recently featured in a video produced by the Omni Group. I feel honoured to have had a starring role in the Omni Group’s first “Customer Story” video. I appreciated being able to share my journey through cancer and the profoundly positive impact that the Getting Things Done® (GTD®) methodology and OmniFocus™ has had on all aspects of my life.

Despite all the challenges, my journey through cancer was rich in rewards. It was a wake-up call that allowed me to become very clear on my life path and how I can best serve people, organizations and communities. All of the work that I do is embodied in the concept of “Holistic Productivity” — a topic I’ll be presenting in more detail shortly. My work as a Productivity Coach and Consultant at Technically Simple is very much aligned with my life work and I feel blessed to be engaged in work that is both fulfilling and impactful.

If you’re curious to read more about GTD and OmniFocus…check out the GTD® “The Art of Stress Free Productivity” and How I Use OmniFocus articles.

I work with people, both individually and in groups, to help them get up and running with OmniFocus and to fine tune their OmniFocus setups — ultimately supporting them in leading lives that are healthy, productive and aligned with their values. The process I go through when working with people draws upon my professional coaching training and goes beyond OmniFocus and technology. Through the consulting and training work that I do, individuals have an opportunity to look at the big picture of their lives and to reconnect with their dreams and passions. As part of this process they also have opportunity to take a close look at all of the incompletions and indecisions in their life that are holding them back and to put a plan in place to tie up loose ends. For more information visit the Technically Simple website.