Yin and Acupuncture Series with Ryan Thompson
Nov
4
to Dec 16

Yin and Acupuncture Series with Ryan Thompson

I am very honoured and excited to be presenting and creating with Ryan Thompson again this year. We have co-taught together many times over the last 8 years in a few countries and I am stoked to be offering this 4 part series of Yin and Acupuncture in Vancouver with him. Not only is he a wonderful teacher and practitioner, he is also one of the main parts of my personal healing time. Acupuncture has been wonderfully helpful over the last years and I highly encourage adding it to your self care and wellness practices.

This special Sunday series is a mix of community acupuncture and yin yoga to help transition the seasons and keep our systems strong and supported. We will be having group acupuncture from 1:30-3pm, followed by a yin yoga class of long holds from 3-4:30pm. This combo of wellness is certain to fill your cup and nourish your inner worlds. You can join us for one session, or pick the full package. Small group and limited space, so please register in advance. This series is taking place at Unity Yoga on Commercial Drive and the sessions are Sundays from 1:30-4:30pm on November 4 and 18, and December 2 and 16. The cost per session is $55 plus taxes, or a 4 pack session for $200. Tickets are in the shop.

Ryan is a registered Acupuncturist, and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner. He has worked in private practice for over 13 years, which includes several trips to teach and support impoverished communities in India, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. 

Recently, Ryan has graduated as a registered Psychiatric Nurse to supplement his work in the Downtown East Side of Vancouver where he has worked in supportive housing projects, homeless shelters, and supervised injection sites. 

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Nov
28
to Nov 30

LLY Pop Up Shop in Vancouver.

Join Love Light Yoga and Friends for this seasonal sale and gathering. Check out the LLY locally made bamboo and organic cotton clothes and yin yoga props, natural tonics, tinctures and bath oils, scented soy candles, crystal malas and custom creations. 

Also featuring artisan small batch essential oils we distilled in Jamaica (join us for the distillation series in 2019), and also a delightful variety of products from Jamaican artisans and crafts from natural dyes, hand stitched bags and jewelry from seeds, bamboo and wood. Plenty of calabash and hand woven baskets. We also will be doing live sales via Instagram those nights, so stay tuned and support some badass creatives businesses and the arts. 

Come yinjoy an evening of vibes and music with vegan snacks. Live music with Tonye Aganaba each night with her beautiful sounds and her excellent merchandise. Join us for this mellow shopping also includes gift certificates for local healers and designers (bless UP the LLY Team!) and nice vibes. Join us for special teas, great conversations and good community vibes. 

Check out Tonye Music here
https://www.tonyemusic.com

Yinvitation by RSVP: danielle@lovelightyoga.com for our Downtown location
We will be going love on the lovelightyoga IG, so join us! 
https://www.instagram.com/lovelightyoga/

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Dec
7
to Dec 9

Advanced Yin: Variations and Props

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Advanced Yin: Variations and Props: 20 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Danielle Hoogenboom 

Join Danielle for this immersive experience that will explore the variations and diversity in making yin yoga work for different bodies, abilities and intentions.   This course will breakdown the main yin yoga shapes and offer you creative and intelligent ways to modify and adapt these shapes, as well as integrating more props into your teaching and practice. Join us to advance your yin capacities and understandings as you expand your capacity to share this style with others. 
This program is for teachers seeking more experience, for curious students looking to deepen their practices and of course for yin lovers looking for a weekend filled with deep diving experiential learning. Previous experience with yin yoga is highly recommended.
Counts as CEU credits with YA or as hours towards Love Light Yoga's 200 Hour Yin School. 

Dec 7th: 2-9:30pm

Dec 8th: 2-9:30pm

Dec 9th: 2-5:30pm AND 6pm public class. 

Cost: $555. Location and Registration: Dharma Temple in Vancouver.

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Feb
1
to May 29

Yin Medicines in Jamaica 2019

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Really looking forward to this special 2019 offering of the Yin Medicines series in Jamaica. We will again be at the farm in St Mary, with fresh spring water flowing for drinking and our outdoor showers, hand built houses, breads made in the cob oven, organic foods, herbal teas and lots of fruit, essential oil distillations, natural adventures, hikes, swimming and unique cultural moments, with lots of yin yoga. This wholistic healing offerings can be for personal growth and health or as education and training. Come and catch a vibe on this modern Rasta family farm for either a 7 day retreat, a 14 day Yin Training or dive right YIN for 30 day Yin Yoga Teacher Training. LLY is a Yoga Alliance registered school and Danielle is an E-RYT, so hours can as CEU or training hours.

Accommodations are shared, the meals are vegan and we are in a rural community with limited access. The farm requires you to be able to walk up and down the small hill (a few times a day), but we are also located right on the sea…so you can cool down with a salt dip or a spring water shower! LLY has been running events for 8 years in Jamaican and stoked be running our 4th year in St Mary. We LOVE small towns in Jamaica for the family vibe, untouched nature and true friends.

See our retreat and training dates below. If you are hoping to book a private retreat or small group at other times, you can connect with at danielle@lovelightyoga.com.

Feb 1-8, 2019 : Reggae Yin Retreat

Join us for this special sound inspired retreat during Reggae Month. We will have reggae yin classes with live music by Jason Lee Worton, Jamaican musician and yogi. Attend the Bob Marley Birthday bash in Kingston for an impactful musical history lesson and have an urban moment in one of the world's most creative cities.  Come fill up on yin vibes, culture and an education of reggae lifestyle and philosophy. Cost of this trip is $2250USD and includes shared accommodations, all our vegan meals, airport pick up and drop off as well the cost of day trips. Payment is via PayPal and a $500USD deposit holds your space. Final Payment January 1st. Application here.

Mar 6-20, 2019 : 100 Hour Yin Training: Variations and Props

This offering is for teachers and students who are looking for an in-depth exploration of yin shapes, their variations and the utilization of props as we explore the power of the skeletal variations and cultivating the confidence to creatively adapt our shapes. This asana lab counts as Yoga Alliance CEU and includes lots of personal practice and creative education.  Cost of this trip is $3500USD includes shared accommodations, all our vegan meals, airport pick up and drop off as well the cost of day trips and a printed copy of the yin manual. Payment is via PayPal and a $1000USD deposit holds your space. Final Payment February 6. Application here.

April 18-24, 2019 Yin and Herbs Retreat 

Come for this retreat filled with herbal teas, tinctures and steaming for personal healing.  Learn about local medicinal plants, create personalized heath products and visit with local herbalists and expand the potency of yin yoga. This course counts towards Yoga Alliance CEU and involves pre reading. Cost of this trip is $2250USD and includes shared accommodations, all our vegan meals, airport pick up and drop off as well the cost of day trips. Payment is via PayPal and a $500USD deposit holds your space. Final Payment due March 18th. Application here.

May 1- 29, 2019: 200 Hour Yin Medicines: Essential Oil Distillation and Emotions:

 This Yin Yoga and Oils Teacher Training can be experienced as both a full personal immersion and a professional unit. We will learn basic distillation set up and aromatherapy principles and how they enhance yin yoga for improved emotional health.  We will uncover themes of adaptivity by implementing simple changes, through essential oils and meridian work, that will impact our emotional wellness. This training includes extensive practice teaching within the local community, hands on plant education, and a diverse application of yin yoga. Cost of this trip is $6500USD and includes the full training and manual shared accommodations, all our vegan meals, airport pick up and drop off as well the cost of day trips. Payment is via PayPal and a $1500USD deposit holds your space. Final Payment is due April 1. Application here.

Yoga Alliance CEU or as fully certified 200 hour Yoga Teacher.

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Yin and Social Justice 200 Hour in 2019
Jul
29
to Aug 23

Yin and Social Justice 200 Hour in 2019

Join us for Balance, Leadership, and Liberation, a 200 hour Yin Yoga training in Alameda California, July 29-August 23, 2019, hosted at Leela Yoga Alameda.

This training is a collaboration between Love Light Yoga and The Equity Collective. Founders Danielle and Dia have joined forces to explore the overlaps and intersections between the physical tension, the subtle body, inner transformation and systems of power. Expanding on 5 years of collaboration and curriculum development, they will support participants in a deep dive of interconnection. Led in collaboration with a stellar team of yogis, participants will explore balance in process, leadership in life, and the practice of liberation. This training is an opportunity to embody transformation, physically and socially. It is a space to experience yoga practice and philosophy, both, on and off the mat.

Leela Yoga Alameda is in gorgeous San Francisco Bay and privileges community over personality with a commitment to approaching yoga as a life practice. Founder, Beth Zygelbaum is a master teacher who focused on the female pelvis and yoga for both pre and postnatal bodies.

In addition to Beth, Melanie Green, Brima Jah, and Alex Crow join Dia and Danielle for this inspirational month of study. Melanie has an open heart, is fiercely devoted to justice, the co-founder of Berkeley Yoga Center, and deconstructs Ashtanga for both new and seasoned practitioners. Brima exudes love, dances like no one’s watching, serves as a mental health case manager, and practices his devotion in the everyday moments of life. Alex embraces the subtle realm challenging us all to experience liminal space by demonstrating the healing of Reiki, Nidra and how Yin energy serves to balance everything.

About the guest teachers:

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Dia Penning
Founder & Change Facilitator, Equity Collective

With a Masters degree in Arts Integration, ten years as a racial equity professional and twenty-five years of yoga experience, Dia Penning supports students in slowing down, examining limiting patterns, and exploring creativity. She views yoga practice and philosophy as a foundation for social change, integrating both into her work as an equity and justice curriculum writer and coach. Dia encourages a deep exploration of structural inequity through personal transformation and paradigm shift. She has consulted for a variety of clients including universities, museums, municipalities, and corporations and is the founder of The Equity Collective.

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Danielle Hoogenboom
Founder, Love Light Yoga

Danielle Hoogenboom founded Love Light Yoga as an expression of her yoga practice and creative interests both on and off the mat.  She is passionate about  yin yoga and its ability to heal, change and transform ourselves and the world around us. Believing that all people are invited to the healing of yoga, Danielle teaches a diverse schedule of classes and workshops that range from the practical theory to the mystical and sacred parts of yoga. She is certified in man styles and has been teaching yoga for 10 years. .  She teaches in studios across Vancouver and often travels aboard to share, celebrate and connect. She teaches Yin Yoga workshops worldwide sharing her passion for a gentle, steady practice.

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Alex Crow
Reiki Master & Yoga Therapist

Alex is a believer in the magic of the heart, and the healing power of movement. She has been teaching yoga as a way of life for 6 years, and practicing for over a decade. She has shared her teachings in the United States, Finland, Germany, and India. After receiving a 200 hr. certification through the Laughing Lotus Yoga Teacher Training in San Francisco where she teaches regularly and co-leads teacher trainings , she went on to study Yoga Therapy through the government of India at Yoga Vidya Gurukul. Her life as a professional dancer has gifted her with extensive practical knowledge of our human anatomy, and a powerful mode of expression, creativity & play, which is the bedrock of her deeply felt and subtle understanding of how to guide others into their own bodies. She became a Reiki Master/Teacher in early 2016, which she holds most high as it continues to share its healing magic with her and all she touches. She believes she is here to create sacred spaces for healing, co-creation & deep self-discovery to take place, for the benefit of all. Alex offers private Reiki and/or yoga sessions & Reiki trainings in the SF Bay Area, hosts annual retreats, and is a teacher of teachers in the field of Yoga.

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Beth Zygelbaum
Owner, Leela Yoga

Beth is the grateful owner of Alameda yoga studio: Leela Yoga, which she opened in 2013. She has been a student of yoga since a knee injury in 2001 and an instructor since 2008. Beth is certified to teach hatha yoga, prenatal and postnatal yoga and yoga for pelvic health. Her teachers include the greats Jane Austin and Leslie Howard. Beth teaches mindful flow, prenatal and postnatal classes at Leela Yoga.

Beth's experiences with pregnancy, and the birth of her own three children brought her to specialize in prenatal/postnatal and yoga for pelvic health to fill a glaring gap in health care. With her expertise she offers educational workshops on the female pelvic floor and often works one on one with students who to rehabilitate pelvic issues of all sorts.
Prior to opening a yoga studio, Beth earned a Master's Degree in Geosciences and had a 10 year career in concert and festival production. She is a wife and mother of three small kids who make her insane, and insanely happy :)

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Brima Jah
Bhakti Teacher and Mental Health Worker

All that Brima has loved and hated, avoided or clung to, gained or lost, achieved or failed at, accepted or rejected in his life has compelled him to practice and teach yoga. He recovered from a cervical spine fractures and spinal fusion surgeries through consistent yoga practice.

An eternal student of yoga, he is turned on by discovering the relationship between the "external," or our bodies and the "internal," or our minds. Principles that guide him as a yoga practitioner and teacher are informed by his nearly 15 years exploration of several styles and disciplines: Bikram, Sivananda, Lotus Flow, Iyengar, Trauma-Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Katonah.

His study, training and practice of psychotherapy led him into an unfolding quest of bringing awareness to his thoughts, understanding the relationship between his thoughts and emotions, noticing how his emotions influenced his choices, and how those choices either create stagnancy or create freedom.

In this same vein, he teaches yoga based on the assumption that each student lives in their "home," their own body, with an innate wisdom that can remember, reveal, repeat, or restore them through the lens of the yoga practices.

He teaches yoga classes and teacher trainings that are imbibed with yoga philosophy, emphasize inclusivity, balance vigor and ease, humor and warmth, and often chants with his classes.

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Melanie Green
Co-director, Berkeley Yoga Center

Melanie Green came to yoga as a way to heal from chronic discomfort from scoliosis. After over 25 years of practice, she still feels like a beginner.  Melanie makes yoga accessible to all and encourages her students to dive deep and focus on their breath, drishti, and bodily sensations.  Yoga is a way to create inner transformation, and by so doing, to transform, albeit little by little, the world. When teaching, Melanie creates a space for students to listen in, arrive in, and honor their body. She values the spiritual aspects of yoga integrated with the asanas, focusing as much on the profound inner lessons of yoga: who am I? what is the point? how can I be here in this body?  Melanie's yoga background includes extensive study in Ashtanga. She has also trained in Iyengar, Pre/Postnatal and Vipassana Meditation. Ashtanga is an intense physical practice that requires attention to the breath, letting go of thoughts and ego and perseverance through practice. Melanie believes strongly that the world would be a different place, a more accepting, just, and kinder place, if yoga was practiced and valued by all. In class, she invites each student to be fully seen. 

Melanie practices yoga every single day, whether on her mat, or in her life. Her daily practice informs her teaching which is always evolving. She integrates lessons from her own yoga practice into her daily life with her teenage children and wife. Melanie has also been volunteering her time for over a decade teaching yoga to children; currently her volunteer work also takes her to the Edible School Yard in Berkeley and the front desk at Berkeley High. In addition to her regularly scheduled classes, Melanie offers private yoga instruction, wellness coaching and special weekend workshops. Melanie is director and co-owner of the Berkeley Yoga Center and has an MA in Women's Studies where she focused her work on women's bodies, sexuality, and oppression.

 

A month of practice with these justice warriors:

$2700USD early registration

$2900USD after May 2019

Please complete the application for this training here.

Contact us for shared accommodations; if enough participants are interested Dia and Danielle will help to coordinate lodging at an additional fee.

Danielle@lovelightyoga.com

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Yin and Social Justice 30 Day Curriculum:

Week One (Metal and Courage)
Structure
Systems
Social Justice
Fascia, Skeletal Variation
Rhythm
8 Limbs

Week Two (Water and Energy, Wood and Growth)
Yamas and Niyamas
Anatomy
Nidra, Yoga and Intuition
Creativity
Inquiry
History
Seva

Week Three (Fire and Transformation)
Bhakti
Tapas
Reflection
Communication
Analysis

Week Four (Earth and Growing Roots)
Karma
The Divine feminine
Pre and Post Natal
Solidarity
Resilience
Strategic Movement

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Nov
11
1:30 PM13:30

Yin and Chocolate 4: Vancouver

Looking forward to hosting another special Sunday edition of Yin and Chocolate on November 11th.

The last version, we modified and made it a chocolate buffet, with vegan delights from Eternal Abundance and Gorilla Foods! What a joy to pick your favourites and fill your plate AND Halfmoon Yoga gifted each one of our guests their own yoga strap. I also gifted an artisan chocolate bar to take home from East Van Roasters! Was an epic and delightful afternoon and I am stoked to be creating the next yinidition. Space is limited and this event sells out each time, so please register early!

Looking forward to offering this again on November 11th from 1:30 to 4:30pm at Unity Yoga.

Tickets are here.

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Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

Sound Salutations: Reggae Yin in Vancouver.

Combining empress forces for an epic sound-powered yoga experience, Reggae Yin is sure to bass your bones, send the roots revolution right to your soul and infuse your fascia with irie vibrations. This special studio edition features the radical sounds of Jamaica’s musical heritage that brings sounds of freedom, social change and a call to action. Tank Gyal
and Danielle bring the yoga vibes and the musical meditations to clubs, festivals and new spaces and are stoked for this all ages offering. This will surely light your heart, set you free and inspire your path. Reggae is more than music, it's a lifestyle and philosophy.

One Yoga Vancouver. October 20th. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Information and registration here.

Tank Gyal is the multi-talented queen of Vancouver's reggae dancehall
scene. Creator and resident of the infamous Thursday Ting: the city's
longest-running Jamaican music weekly, she is known across the globe for her impeccable taste and groundbreaking efforts in bussing up-and-coming artists. She is also the First Lady of Vancouver's Lighta! Sound. www.soundcloud.com/tankgyal

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Danielle Hoogenboom is a traveling artist who is committed to creative
collaborations that expand yoga as a community gathering tool and brings
inspiration to creation rebels and leaders of change. She teaches classes,
trainings and retreats international and splits her time between Vancouver
and Jamaica. You can find her making natural products and dreaming
revolutions. www.lovelightyoga.com

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Combining empress forces for an epic sound-powered yoga experience,
Reggae Yin is sure to bass your bones, send the roots revolution right to
your soul and infuse your fascia with irie vibrations. This special studio
edition features the radical sounds of Jamaica’s musical heritage that
brings sounds of freedom, social change and a call to action. Tank Gyal
and Danielle bring the yoga vibes and the musical meditations to clubs,
festivals and new spaces and are stoked for this all ages offering. This will surely light your heart, set you free and inspire your path. Reggae is more than music, it's a lifestyle and philosophy.

 

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Sep
30
1:30 PM13:30

Yin and Chocolate 3.0 in Vancouver

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Join Danielle for a special Sunday at Unity Yoga for an offering of Yin Yoga and Fair Trade and organic VEGAN chocolate from East Van Roasters . This workshop will have a few layers of chocolate testing, hot cocoa  and a bar for you to take home. EVR is an amazing social venture in Vancouver you should check it out.  Space is limited for this offering,  so please  pre register here. Excited to be sharing two of the most beautiful things in this world: long slow holds mixed with slow made, hand crafted chocolate that support local and international communities and incredible social ventures. 

Unity Yoga is on 10th and Commercial Drive in Vancouver. It is a yoga space and tea lounge on the 2nd floor with great light, lots of props and rad people. Come and check it out. 

This workshop is all levels and includes chocolate tasting and chocolate information, a  long and delicious yin yoga practice and a chocolate bar to take home...and YES, we will pop up a little shop of coffee and chocolate so you can bring EVR home with you. 

 

East Van Roasters (319 Carrall Street in the Rainier Hotel) is a 16-seat specialty cafe and social enterprise of the PHS Community Services Society.  Designed to provide pre-employment training and work opportunity for the women residents of the Rainier Hotel, East Van Roasters creates organic ‘bean to bar’ chocolate and coffee roasted and prepared on site.  Delicious organic drinking chocolate and coffees, hand rolled truffles, single-origin chocolate bars and select pastries are offered Tuesday-Friday, 9am to 5pm and Saturdays 10am to 5pm.

 

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Yin and Social Justice 2018 at HollyHock
Sep
23
to Sep 28

Yin and Social Justice 2018 at HollyHock

VERY Excited to be presenting Yin and Social Justice at Hollyhock on Cortes Island, BC in September 2018. Join us September 23-28th, 2018. You can read more. 

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 Dia Penning and Danielle Hoogenboom with our badass guest teacher in the last YY&SJ training with Chastity Davis. 

Dia Penning and Danielle Hoogenboom with our badass guest teacher in the last YY&SJ training with Chastity Davis. 

Calling all rebels, leaders, healers, seekers and knowers. How do we confront and contain our energy, while making our bodies conduits for change? What does it take to create change, both internal and external? Let’s gather together to explore the complex, awkward, covert, and paradox as medicine for change. Free the tension in your body and spirit, allowing space to renew, refresh and see with new eyes.

Navigating our changing world and living a life of equity and social justice can be challenging. Like yoga, social justice requires practice in order to overcome long-held habits. Bringing our contemplation and yoga practices into our work, relationships and communities, allows a deeper examination of the privileges, biases, and structures that keep inequity in place.

During this 5-day program we will demonstrate how focusing on energy meridians and our physical bodies and sensations can serve as an example for energy changes in our organizations and communities. We will examine how attention and intention align with impact; how changes in behaviour create changes in interpersonal relationships, community interaction, and larger social structures.

The hours count as CEU with Yoga Alliance, or can applied towards the completion of LLY 200 Yin Yoga School.

Dia Penning is the founder of Equity Collective and the Director of Curriculum at World Trust Educational Services. She dances in the intersections of art, yoga, and social justice. A yoga practitioner for over 20 years, she discovered her love of yoga through a book she checked out from a local library. Dia supports students in slowing down, examining limiting patterns, and exploring creativity. She views yoga as a tool for social change, integrating it into her work as a social justice coach and curriculum developer, by encouraging a deep exploration of structural inequity through personal transformation and paradigm shift.

Dia has held leadership positions with the San Francisco Arts Commission, The Center for Innovation in Technology and Education at Columbia College Chicago, and the Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts. With a Master in Interdisciplinary Arts, Dia is a connector. She draws together, ideas, people, thoughts, and feelings by using breath work, the arts, media literacy, and strategic dialogue. This approach gets at the heart of assumptions and habitual behaviour. She works with teams, over time, to assuage their fear of change by building ideas, like blocks, and giving people time to reflect, respond, and question.

Dia is a mother, yogi, artist, activist, lover, teacher and student. She recognizes that her students share similarly complex identities and strives to meet them where they are at. theequitycollective.com

Danielle Hoogenboom founded Love Light Yoga as an expression of her yoga practice and creative interests both on and off the mat. She is passionate about yin yoga and its ability to heal, change and transform ourselves and the world around us. Believing that all people are invited to the healing of yoga, Danielle teaches a diverse schedule of classes and workshops that range from the practical theory to the mystical and sacred aspects of yoga. She is certified in Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Vinyasa Lotus Flow. She teaches in studios across Vancouver and often travels to teach abroad, share, celebrate and connect. She teaches Yin Yoga workshops worldwide sharing her passion for a gentle, steady practice. lovelightyoga.com

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Sep
14
to Sep 16

Yin and Reconciliation with Chastity Davis in Vancouver

Join Chastity Davis and Danielle Hoogenboom for a special Yin Yoga Leadership Training at Yoga on 7th.  

We will be hosting our urban retreat on the traditional and unceeded territories of the West Coast Salish Peoples, Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil Waututh. The West Coast Salish people have inhabited these lands since time immemorial.

Join us for this training that will disrupt, interrupt and broaden our ways, worlds, thinking and forms. Yin has the ability to cultivate transformative change and asks the major question " What do you need to reconcile in yourself?  Healing our own inner wounds is a warrior way that is long overdue and calling you deeply. Let yin yoga guide you in your own time and way as you reveal, reorder and re-narrative the tales in and around you. 

Yin Yoga allows charges, stuck energy, old holding patterns and new awareness to enter the lands of your form. How do we acknowledge and greet these messages in our forms will guide and direct the next steps of our path. What does healing mean to you?

This course counts as a 20 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training and includes a certificate of completion under Love Light Yoga School. If you are interested in completing your full 200 hour Yoga Teaching Training, these hours count towards that or as CEU for existing teachers.

September 14th: from 12pm-9pm

September 15th: 1:30pm to 8:30pm

September 16th: 2pm to 5:30pm

Training cost including print materials: $595

Early Bird Rate and Registration. 

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From Chastity's website: 

Yoga Mindfulness

Through Chastity’s journey of self-discovery and living her life’s purpose, she became attracted to and involved in the yoga community in Vancouver. Chastity believes in the philosophy that everything and everyone is interconnected. We are all connected to each other through the land in which we all live in relationship with, through the water that we drink, through the air that we breathe, and through the lineage of our ancestors. She also believes that in order to realize and live your life’s purpose, all most be in alignment: spiritual, emotional, mental, physical – body, mind, spirit, heart. Once alignment is achieved, all four aspects of your being must move together as one. They are all interconnected and have an effect on how you show up in the world. 

Chastity began her journey with yoga at the Bikrams Yoga studio in the Westend of Vancouver, when she was 18 years old and attending college. As a broke student, she didn’t have the funds for a monthly membership, so she exchanged cleaning the yoga studio for yoga classes.  Through her practice at Bikrams, Chastity became stronger in herself on all levels. She then branched out to try Kundalini Yoga at Yoga West in the neighbourhood of Kitsilano, Vancouver. Kundalini is still a staple in her yoga practice. Chastity has traveled the world to practice Kundalini Yoga with the top instructors such as Gurmukh, Snatum Kaur, and Krishna Kaur.

In Chastity’s yoga journey, she by chance hit up a Yin Yoga class at a Wanderlust yoga festival in 2014. Yin Yoga called to her and offered another opportunity to deepen her practice and connect further with her self. She had received many inspiring messages through her practice with Yin and decided to pursue her Yin Yoga certification through the Love, Light Yoga School on the East Side of Vancouver. 

Chastity’s focus of becoming a yoga teacher is to bring the practice of Yin Yoga to Indigenous women as part of their healing journey. Yin Yoga is accessible to everybody and holding postures for 3-10 minutes provide an opportunity to connect, listen, and learn. Our bodies are wise and can teach us what we need to grow into the next stage of our lives. Yin Yoga is an opportunity to step into and sit with you. To slow down, breathe, and stretch into yourself. 

Book Chastity to come to your community and offer yoga/mindfulness/self-discovery retreat or workshops.

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Jul
11
7:15 PM19:15

Yin Yoga and Pop UP Shop at True Self in Kingston

Looking forward to this last edition of yin classes in Jamaica. What a joy of a time spending the last 6 months here non stop. Going to miss so many great parts and pieces and people, but sooooon come!  Last offering is a True Self on July 11th. Class is 7:15pm til 8:30pm. I will also be popping up an essential oil,  homemade herbal soap and beewax candle pop up show from 6pm til 7pm. Hope you are join us! 

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Jul
8
10:00 AM10:00

Conu'co Market in Jamaica

Come and join Danielle for a special market experience in Jamaica. Love Light Yoga is setting up at this locally made, grown and sewn market with other artists and makers and repping Yerba Buena Farms. We have been learning distillation there with the Jamaica Essential Oil Distillation Project for the last six months and super excited to be sharing the medicines we have been making. Come and check out our tinctures, lotions, potions,  brews and homemade chocolate jars on July 8th. We will have sample herbal first aid kits that we are sampling and orders for. Reach out if you can't make the market but want to order. Come and smell our oils and take on the aromatherapy and even check out the market at True Self on July 11th for special order pick up market 6-7pm in Kingston. 

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Yoga N Da Hood
Jun
18
5:30 PM17:30

Yoga N Da Hood

Join us at Fortune once again for a very special edition of Vancouver's original sound-powered yoga experience - Sound Salutations: with guest teacher Ebony Smith: founder of Yoga N Da Hood coming all the way from Dallas, Texas to share the vibes.

Yoga N Da Hood is an organization dedicated to making wellness accessible to everyone by using yoga as tool to develop compassionate, healthy, and mindful individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

Yoga N Da Hood was founded by Ebony Smith aka The Ghetto Guru, a certified Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor and Wellness Coach. It exists as a wellness outreach organization that teaches people in under-served communities the art of self healing, self talk and self love through the practice of Yoga and Mindfulness. They offer free Yoga and Meditation classes with a mission to equip individuals with the tools to empower their own life. They are also raising funds to purchase a school bus which will be transformed into a mobile yoga studio for children.

Providing the beats as always is Tank Gyal, Vancouver's notorious Reggae Dancehall Queen and creator and resident of the city's longest-running reggae dancehall weekly: Thursday Ting (taking place weekly at the Waldorf Tiki Room).

You can also catch Ebony and Tank Gyal laying down a free outdoor sound-powered yoga jam opening up the Denman Street Car Free Festival on Saturday June 16th at 12pm. Details on the exact location coming soon, also stay tuned for pop-classes by Ebony the weekend of June 16-17.

Doors @ 5:30pm, Class @ 6-7:30pm. Admission is by sliding scale ($10 minimum). Tickets available online or at the door. Bring your mat and your Irie vibes.

100% of proceeds go to Yoga N Da Hood, thanks again to the good folks at Fortune for donating the space.

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Apr
29
5:30 PM17:30

Reggae Yoga: Yoga N DA HOOD Edition

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Come experience Vancouver's original sound-powered yoga -Sound Salutations: Reggae Yoga! This month we're fundraising for Dallas, Texas-based non-profit Yoga N Da Hood; an organization dedicated to making wellness accessible to everyone by using yoga as tool to develop compassionate, healthy, and mindful individuals, families, organizations, and communities. 

Yoga N Da Hood was founded by Ebony Smith aka The Ghetto Guru, a certified Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor and Wellness Coach. It exists as a wellness outreach organization that teaches people in under-served communities the art of self healing, self talk and self love through the practice of Yoga and Mindfulness. They offer free Yoga and Meditation classes with a mission to equip individuals with the tools to empower their own life. They are also raising funds to purchase a school bus which will be transformed into a mobile yoga studio for children.

Our fearless Yogi leader Danielle is still away in Jamaica so this month our sub teacher is Dharma Temple's Sina Shalbaf. Providing the beats as always is Tank Gyal, Vancouver's notorious Reggae Dancehall Queen and creator and resident of the city's longest-running reggae dancehall weekly: Thursday Ting (taking place weekly at the Waldorf Tiki Room).

Doors @ 5:30pm, Class @ 6-7:30pm. Admission is by sliding scale ($10 minimum). Tickets available online or at the door. Bring your mat and your Irie vibes.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reggae-yoga-tickets-45353679075

Thanks again to Fortune for donating the space, because of this and the generosity of everyone involved we are able to donate 100% of the event's proceeds to the cause.

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Full Moon Yin at Afya Yoga in Kingston.
Apr
27
to Apr 29

Full Moon Yin at Afya Yoga in Kingston.

 

Join Danielle Hoogenboom for this Full Moon Yin Series designed for teachers and interested students alike.  Bringing 10 years of yoga teaching experience to her work and studies, Danielle acts to broaden and diversify our understanding of our body's ability to adapt and heal –and the simply ways we can participate in our own wellness through yin yoga. Come and increase your vitality, eliminate discomforts and build confidence in your understanding of yin and how it applies uniquely to you. This series is great for yoga teachers looking to add to their yoga tool box and it's excellent for students looking to get personalized support for their home and studio practice, especially those looking for support with injuries.  All levels are welcome. These workshop hours count towards Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits and as hours and certification with Love Light Yoga School. www.lovelightyoga.com

April 27th: Friday - 6PM to 8PM - Introductory Yin Class: Public Class $1500

April 28th: Saturday - 1PM to 4PM - Yin Immersion: Props and Assists $4000

April 29th: Sunday - 11AM to 12PM -  Full Moon Yin: Public Class for Rise donation-based

April 29th: Sunday - 1PM to 4PM - Yin Immersion: Injuries and Variations $4000

3 hours - $4,000 / Early Bird - $3,500

Last Day for Early Bird: April 22nd.

Registration with Afya Yoga at afyajamaica@gmail.com

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Jamaica Retreats 2018
Apr
15
to Jun 20

Jamaica Retreats 2018

We are very pleased to release our Jamaica 2018 New Moon Yin Retreat dates. These plant-based yoga retreats are taking place on vegan permaculture farm on the sea. 

Twice daily yoga, vegan meals and natural remedies on a permaculture farm on the sea!  These events will be empowering, healing and educational.  Join us in learning how to identify and properly harvest natural medicines and distill  their essential oils,  make lotions and salves, make roots tonics, go on nature walks to study the ethobotanical and medical properties of plants as you immerse in nature and natural healing. Very excited to be hosting this series with my friends on the North Coast of Jamaica focusing on modern day Rasta lifestyle and connected to the spirit of nature.  Our yin practices will be on the elements and emotions and our daily teas, steams and tonics will reflect that work. Looking well forward to bridging natural livity with body re-education and a moment to reset your inner and outter . Bee keeping, plantain bread, long hikes to waterfalls, reasonings around the fire and depending on which retreat you join us on. MANGOS! YES PLEASE. Can you feel it. And Coconuts, so many coconuts.  WE have an 'Early Babe' presale here. check it out! 

Dates for the New Moons in 2018 are below. We are limited to 12 people in shared rooms per event with possibilities of private rooms at an extra cost. It is 7 nights of accommodation on the farm, with possible options of staying longer or arriving early. BLISS.

 All the showers are outdoors, all the food is organic and vegan and the water is spring water...we have flushing outdoor toilets, lots of farm space to walk,  a natural outdoor oven for homemade breads and swimming right on the property. Come and join us on the farm while you make and immerse in natural medicines and a real roots family vibe. The Ital is Vital and we are ready to welcome you. Questions? danielle@lovelightyoga.com. Interested in booked a group or different dates as well. Be in touch. 

March 17th, 2018. Early Bird

 April 15th, 2018. Early Bird

May 15th, 2018. Early Bird  

June 13th, 2018. Early Bird

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Essential Oil Distillation Weekend Retreats in Jamaica
Apr
14
to Jun 10

Essential Oil Distillation Weekend Retreats in Jamaica

Join us in St Mary, Jamaica for a special weekend immersion retreat series of essential oil distillation education, vegan meals and time in nature. Learn how to prepare and distil essential oils from Jamaican plants and the power of plant medicine and the ways we can work with them to heal ourselves and the world around us.  Join us for weekend of retreat or for day retreat.  Accommodations are shared on our permaculture farm on the sea, with flushing toilets and natural spring water and roots family vibes. 

Retreat Package: $250USD: Themed distillation workshop begins Saturday morning at 10am. Includes vegan lunch and dinner and shared accommodation on Saturday night. On Sunday, themed workshop continues with breakfast and lunch provided. Option available to add another nights stay on Friday or Sunday.  

Day Rate Only: $100USD Includes Distillation Workshops as well as a vegan lunch and dinner.  10am start each day. Joining on Saturday would ensure you get the introduction to the weekend theme. 

For more information you can email Danielle@lovelightyoga.com or call/IMessage/WhatsApp 1-778-989-5446

Introduction to Essential Oil Distillation: April 14-15th, 2018

Distilling Cultivated and Wildcrafted Plants: April 21-22, 2018

Distilling Essential Oils of Jamaica's Spices: May 12-13, 2018

The Do's and Don't of Hydro Distillation: May 26-27, 2018

The Magic of Co-Distillation: June 9-10, 2018

 

DETAILS

Introduction to Essential Oil Distillation: April 14-15th, 2018

  • Learn the principles of distillation 
  • Understand the set up of the distillery
  • Hands on distillation of two locals plants over 2 days. 

 

Distilling Cultivated and Wildcrafted Plants: April 21-22, 2018

  • The do's and don't of working with each category
  • Hands on distillation of two local plants over two days
  • Maximizing the yield of important low-yield plants

 

Distilling Essential Oils of Jamaica's Spices: May 12-13, 2018

  • Learn the healing properties of spices for internal and external medicine
  • Work with hot and heavier than water oils in two distillations over two days.

 

The Do's and Don't of Hydro Distillation: May 26-27, 2018

  • Understanding the basics of water immersion distillation  
  • Work with two plants over two days. 

 

The Magic of Co-Distillation: June 9-10, 2018

  • Purposefully combining two or more plants for unique blends. 
  • Construct two co-distillations over two days. 

 

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Mar
5
6:30 PM18:30

Reggae Yoga with Tank Gyal and Special Guest Tiaga Prem

Join us for another edition of Reggae Yoga, this one a fundraiser for the amazing Alpha Boys School in Kingston Jamaica.

Come experience Vancouver's original sound-powered yoga experience SOUND SALUTATIONS Reggae Yoga on March 5th and feel extra Irie about it as we're donating 100% of the proceeds to Alpha Boys School.

Doors at 6:30pm. Class 7-9pm. Bring your own mat and your irie vibes.

Tank Gyal is bringing the great beats and Reno is bringing the excellence that is Reggae Yoga as our guest teacher for this edition.

Tiaga Prem is the co founder and director of Dharma Temple on Main Street in Vancouver BC. He is a dedicated teacher and scholar who has spent the past 20 years uncovering what it means to live a spiritually inspired - abundant life. @TiagaPrem on IG.


https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reggae-yoga-alpha-boys-school-fundraiser-tickets-43298090755
Event Photo by Robynne Van der Vegte.

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Mar
1
to Mar 4

Roots of Yin-YYTT in Kingston

Roots of Yin: 20 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Kingston, Jamaica

Join Danielle Hoogenboom for a Yin Yoga Teacher Training that is open to all levels and interests for curious students, new and experienced teachers and those in search of personal well being. Learn about the philosophy, Roots of Yin, a lifestyle and practice for our yoga mats, to heal our world and our relationships through social  justice. This course includes practice, theory, presentations and homework. Yin Yoga is a style of yoga that enjoys long slow holds to disrupt stagnation in our fascia, meridians, emotions and targets experiences that impact our relationships and connections in the world. We learn how to release, reset our patterns and renew as we ready ourselves for the revolution. Yin is the small, steady and collected practice of self knowledge that mounts into powerful, massive shifts. We will cultivate an energetic understanding of how our inner and outer worlds relate and how we can promote healing as we become healers and teachers. This 20 hour Teacher Training course is a stand alone certification, or the hours spent can count towards completing your 200 Hour with Love Light Yoga School, or CEU.   

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Dates/Times: March 1st to 4th at TrueSelf Centre

6:30-9:30pm on the Thursday and Friday

12pm-7pm on the Saturday and Sunday

 

Full Price for the whole weekend: $35,000JMD or $280 USD

Drop-in Costs: $6000JMD or $50USD per session for Thursday/ Friday; $14,000JMD or $110USD per session for Saturday/Sunday

*Limited Number of Discounted/Exchange Scholarships Available on Request* 

Registration and Requests:  Elizabeth at trueselfpractice@gmail.com or 876 819 7899

SCHEDULE

Thursday: Philosophy +  Yin Theory + Practice

Friday: Yin Anatomy (Fascia, Bones, Organs) + Practice

Saturday: Variations + Emotions + Elements +Energy +Practice +Props

Sunday: Pose Review + Props + Sequences + Systems +Social Justice

 

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Jan
8
6:30 PM18:30

Reggae Yoga: Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Edition

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Come experience Vancouver's original sound-powered yoga experience SOUND SALUTATIONS Reggae Yoga on January 8th and feel extra Irie about it as we're donating 100% of the proceeds to  Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica. Cash at the door, or in advance on EB

Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica is a public education campaign that aims to improve citizens knowledge about the impact of poorly handled waste on public health and the environment, while encouraging personal responsibility for the generation and disposal of waste. Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica, launched in February 2015, is one component of the Clean Coasts Project, led by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) 




Doors @ 6:30 / Class @ 7-9

ABOUT SOUND SALUTATIONS:

Combining empress forces for an epic sound-powered yoga experience at Fortune Sound Club. Bring your own mat, and lively up yourself with this vinyasa and yin reggae yoga event in Vancouver’s most decadent sound system. Come and let the music move you, for sure there is a dance party! Come along, leave your shoes and worries at the door.

Danielle Hoogenboom is a travelling artist who is committed to creative collaborations that expand yoga as a community gathering tool, and brings inspiration to creation rebels and leaders of change. She teaches classes, trainings and retreats internationally. www.lovelightyoga.com

Tank Gyal is a Vancouver-born-and-raised DJ and event promoter. She is the creator and resident of Vancouver's longest running reggae dancehall weekly, Ting, which has been rocking every Thursday for over 10 years. She is also the First Lady of Vancouver's Lightal Sound. 
www.soundcloud.com/tankgyal

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New Yin Eve: An Urban Retreat in Vancouver
Dec
30
11:00 AM11:00

New Yin Eve: An Urban Retreat in Vancouver

Blessings Yinnies! 

For a few years, I was running a two day urban retreat in Vancouver to shift the seasons between xmas and NYE, I took a small pause and thanks to a special request, we are popping it up again! Thank you yinnies for the call to create this again! 

Come and join us for two yin classes, a vegan lunch and with a  sweet  with some great offerings as we transition from 2017 to 2018....maybe build the greatest yinfort you ever have?  Letting GO and letting IN (or yin) come along for one or both days with special creative offerings and inspirations. 2017 has been such an interesting year for so many, lets call in some great reflections, new resources and fill our cups with the deep knowing that that lessons make the life and the compost grows the greatest gardens. 

Looking forward to welcoming you to this last yin offering of 2017 with great community, important lessons and a pause to reflection. Like a bow and arrow, you need to retreat to advance! 

Dec 30 and 31, 2017. Vancouver. BC. Different meal and programming each day! 

11-11:30am: Welcome, Sweets, Tea and Intention Setting

11:30-1:15pm: The Great Yin Forts of Change. (all levels practice)

1:15-2pm: Vegan Lunch. Organic and Ital. Hot Chocolate.

2-3pm: Creation Station. 

3-4pm: Yin Revolution (all levels class)

Cost: $300 for the weekend, or $160 per day. 

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Dec
4
6:30 PM18:30

Reggae Yoga: DEWC Edition

Join Tina Tank Gyal and Danielle Hoogenboom
for the last Reggae Yoga of 2017 on Dec 4th. Doors at 6:30pm. Class 7-9pm. A mixed levels class with the BEST sound in town, and a side of dance party with your irie friends! Invite your friends on FB as well. 
 

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We are collecting items and cash donations and 100% of the proceeds will got to the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre. Thank you Fortune Sound Club for donating the space. Tickets can be purchased here, and if you are not able to contribute to the ticket price, please reach out to volunteer. Cash is also accepted at the door. 
We are collecting donations and funds and hoping you are share this event and collect on behalf of your friends that can't attend. 

Check out the list of supplies we are calling out for. 

http://dewc.ca/donation-faq

Please start collecting in your friend network
Our most urgent needs at this time are:
Big bars of soap
Rain gear (coats, umbrellas)
Deodorant, razors
Menstrual pads
Incontinence supplies (like Tena, Poise)
Socks, underwear, bras (new or gently used)
Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Perfume, make-up (unopened preferred)
Q-tips, ear plugs
Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion (travel sized preferred)
Band-aids and other First Aid supplies
Luggage / bags with wheels
Winter clothing (hats, scarves, coats)
We also accept:
Hand cream
Blankets, linens, towels
Footwear, purses, suitcases
Women’s clothing (in good condition)
Reading glasses
Books, magazines, DVDs
Art supplies (canvasses, paint, pastels) and craft supplies (beads and beading supplies, knitting needles, crochet hooks, yarn or wool, buttons)

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Nov
12
1:30 PM13:30

Yin and Chocolate: Part TWO!

Thanks for the interest in Yin and Chocolate with East Van Roasters excellence...that I decided to add a 2nd date. Come and join us on Nov 12 for a chocolate test tasting with single origin bars from organic and family farms, pick your favourite one to take home and immerse in the shapes of yin yoga and chocolate...yes...its true...together at LAST all at Unity Yoga in Vancouver,  on the The Drive! Welcoming hot cocoa, fancy vegan chocolate bars and good new friends! Tickets here. 

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Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

Reggae Yoga: Hurricane Fundraiser Edition.

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Eventbrite Tickets are sliding scale and by donation. Come along and bring funds and donations if you can. Cash accepted at the door as well as credit cards. Facebook event is here, so gwaaan and invite your friends to this event on Nov 8th in Vancouver. 

 

Come experience Vancouver's original sound-powered yoga experience SOUND SALUTATIONS Reggae Yoga on November 8th and feel extra Irie about it as we're donating 100% of the proceeds towards hurricane relief/rebuilding efforts in the Caribbean island of Dominica.

After the devastating destruction of Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm system which hit the Eastern Caribbean on September 18th 2017, the small island of Dominica is in dire need of support and aid. The island is still without power or running water. The food supply has been disrupted and will be in a state of emergency for months to come. 

At this time, allies and Dominican family members based in Vancouver are collecting goods, and funds to ship a container of donations to support Dominicans in their survival, cleanup and re- build. All goods will be sent to community leaders directly for distribution as a means to encourage local leadership as well as to ensure those who need it most are not forgotten. 

As the local economy has been greatly affected, donations of goods are more helpful than funds at this time. Any funds raised will be put directly to shipping costs and to purchase high priority goods.

Items Requested;

High Priority items
- Batteries
- Solar-powered chargers, fans, radios/lights
- Flashlights/Lamps
- Mosquito nets
- Sturdy footwear for men, women and children
-Gently used clothing (warm climate)
- Water sterilization tablets
- Energy bars, granola bars
-Dry food goods (rice, porridge, beans, lentils, tuna)

Low priority Items
-Over the counter meds ( Tylenol, Immodium etc.)
-Daily Vitamins for children
-Biodegradable personal toiletries
-Insect repellent
-School supplies
-Kids sports gear and small toys

Items for Women and Babies
-Powdered Infant Formula
-Bottles and feeding tools for babies.
-Menstrual Sanitary supplies for women
-Diapers (cloth preferred for sustainability)
-Bed Sheets and Baby Blankets
-Prenatal supplements
-Omega and Magnesium supplements (to aid with traumatic stress in postpartum)

A big THANK YOU to Fortune Sound Club who has generously donated the space to us.

Admission to this event is by sliding scale: please donate generously...but no one will be turned away...every dollar counts! Tickets available at the door or online here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reggae-yoga-hurricane-fundraiser-tickets-39427367317

Doors @ 6:30 / Class @ 7-9

ABOUT SOUND SALUTATIONS:

Combining empress forces for an epic sound-powered yoga experience at Fortune Sound Club. Bring your own mat, and lively up yourself with this vinyasa and yin reggae yoga event in Vancouver’s most decadent sound system. Come and let the music move you, for sure there is a dance party. Come along, leave your shoes and worries at the door.

Danielle Hoogenboom is a travelling artist who is committed to creative collaborations that expand yoga as a community gathering tool, and brings inspiration to creation rebels and leaders of change. She teaches classes, trainings and retreats internationally. www.lovelightyoga.com

Tank Gyal is a Vancouver-born-and-raised DJ and event promoter. She is the creator and resident of Vancouver's longest running reggae dancehall weekly, Ting, which has been rocking every Thursday for over 10 years. She is also the First Lady of Vancouver's Lightal Sound. 
www.soundcloud.com/tankgyal

 

 

 

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Yin and Chocolate in Vancouver
Oct
15
1:30 PM13:30

Yin and Chocolate in Vancouver

 

Join Danielle for a special Sunday at Unity Yoga for an offering of Yin Yoga and Fair Trade and organic VEGAN chocolate from East Van Roasters . This workshop will have a few layers of chocolate testing, hot cocoa  and a bar for you to take home. EVR is an amazing social venture in Vancouver you should check it out.  Space is limited  for this workshop,  so please pre-reg here. Excited to be sharing two of the most beautiful things in this world: long slow holds mixed with slow made, hand crafted chocolate that support local and international communities. 

Unity Yoga is on 10th and Commercial Drive in Vancouver. It is a yoga space and tea lounge on the 2nd floor with great light, lots of props and rad people. Come and check it out. 

This workshop is all levels and includes chocolate tasting and chocolate information, a  long and delicious yin yoga practice and a chocolate bar to take home...and YES, we will pop up a little shop of coffee and chocolate so you can bring EVR home with you. 

 

East Van Roasters (319 Carrall Street in the Rainier Hotel) is a 16-seat specialty cafe and social enterprise of the PHS Community Services Society.  Designed to provide pre-employment training and work opportunity for the women residents of the Rainier Hotel, East Van Roasters creates organic ‘bean to bar’ chocolate and coffee roasted and prepared on site.  Delicious organic drinking chocolate and coffees, hand rolled truffles, single-origin chocolate bars and select pastries are offered Tuesday-Friday, 9am to 5pm and Saturdays 10am to 5pm.

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Yin & Justice: Oppression, Liberations & Action
Aug
24
to Aug 27

Yin & Justice: Oppression, Liberations & Action

30 Hour Yoga & Leadership Immersion with Danielle Hoogenboom & Dia Penning in Vancouver, BC  

Join Danielle and Dia for a race, equity and inclusion investigation using the lens of yin yoga as a tool for liberation and equality. Engage in this  intentionally radical look at how privilege, habitual patterns and physical holding play out as injustice in the world.

How do we confront and contain our energy, while making our bodies conduits for change? What does it take to create change, both internal and external?

This workshop is designed for yoga teachers, curious students, activists,  and seekers  of all levels.  The hours count as CEU with Yoga Alliance, or can applied towards the completion of LLY 200 Yin Yoga School. 

Your Teachers:

DIA PENNING
Director of Curriculum & Education, World Trust

Dia dances in the intersections of art, yoga, and social justice. A yoga practitioner for over 20 years, she discovered her love of yoga through a book she checked out from a local library. Dia supports students in slowing down, examining limiting patterns, and exploring creativity. She views yoga as a tool for social change, integrating it into her work as a social justice coach by encouraging a deep exploration of structural inequity through personal transformation and paradigm shift.

Dia is a connector of ideas, people, feelings, and thoughts. She is a mother, yogi, artist, activist, lover, teacher and student. She recognizes that her students share similarly complex identities and strives to meet them where they are at, every day.

DANIELLE HOOGENBOOM
Founder, Love Light Yoga

Danielle Hoogenboom founded Love Light Yoga as an expression of her yoga practice and creative interests both on and off the mat.  She is passionate aboutyin yoga and its ability to heal, change and transform ourselves and the world around us. Believing that all people are invited to the healing of yoga, Danielle teaches a diverse schedule of classes and workshops that range from the practical theory to the mystical and sacred parts of yoga. 

She is certified in Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Prenatal Yoga andVinyasa Lotus Flow.  She teaches in studios across Vancouver and often travels to teach aboard, share, celebrate and connect. She teaches Yin Yoga workshops worldwide sharing her passion for a gentle, steady practice. 

CHASTITY DAVIS
Founder, Chastity Davis Consulting

Chastity Davis is a mixed heritage woman of First Nations and European descent. She is a proud member of the Tla’amin Nation, located in Powell River just off the beautiful Sunshine Coast of BC.  Chastity strives to keep her sacred First Nations culture, traditions, and values incorporated into her modern day life. She feels it is her life purpose to facilitate the building of bridges between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and has dedicated her professional and personal life to do so.

Chastity is sole proprietor to her own consulting business, Chastity Davis Consulting and has been a successful entrepreneur for 6+ years.  She is a board member at the Minerva Foundation and Chair of the Ministers Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women.  Chastity co-founded the Professional Aboriginal Women’s Network and is currently serving as Co-Chair for this important network that creates a shared space for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women to support each other in their respective careers.  Chastity will be completing her MA in International and Intercultural Communications in Spring 2017, has a BA in Professional Communications and a Diploma in Marketing Management and Professional Sales.  Chastity has spoken at several international, national, and local events on the importance of building bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.  She dedicates her work to her 2 nephews, niece, and 10 year-old brother, as they are the future generations.  

The Studio:

Yoga on 7th
156 E 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC

  • Gender neutral bathrooms

  • Extensive props for every type of body

  • There is a two steps down at the entrance. We are happy to add a small ramp, if needed.

Dates & Times:

August 24th to August 27th. 9am-6pm daily. Please note that Saturday's group project will run until 9pm on the 26th.

How to Join this Training:

Space is limited! Secure your place by paying a deposit or the full investment now:

Limited scholarships and work trades available, fill out this form to apply

How to Support this Training:

Would you like to sponsor a teacher? Have a local business that would like to offer support? Please send a note to Danielle@lovelightyoga.com to see the best ways you can get involved. 

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Yoga on Dub with Jah9
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Yoga on Dub with Jah9

We're teaming up with Sound Salutations to present Yoga on Dub! This event is a holistic festival experience bringing reggae, yoga and the revolution to mats,  dance floors and hearts. Part class, part concert, part party, all irie. Come along!

Experience the ancient practice of Kemetic Yoga with Jamaican reggae artist Jah9 and her live band, The Dub Treatment. Unroll your mat and unite through slow-tempo dub in this class with asana, song, meditation and reasoning in the modified Fortune Sound Club studio. This offering is guided by Jah9 along with local teacher Danielle Hoogenboom.  We welcome Chastity Davis again for our opening welcome ceremony and land acknowledgment.

This intimate evening offers vegan food, special surprises and a conscious marketplace. Come for the class and close the night down with an Omega Dancehall featuring Tank Gyal and Mandai, with mic guests including Raw Speakhers and Magic T of the Red Gold and Green Machine. 

Doors 7pm

Yoga on Dub 7:30-9:30pm

Omega Dancehall 10pm-late


Tickets: Come for the Yoga and The Dancehall, or Just the Dancehall. We also have limited VIP tickets (Very Ital Place)
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/yoga-on-dub-with-jah9-tickets-33785930628

Check out Jah9 and The Dub Treatment in Victoria on June 14th and back in Vancouver with Tarrus on June 15th! 
Check IT: http://www.jah9.com/tour-1/

Tank Gyal: Bringing you live sounds and live bands ALWAYS in Vancouver:https://www.facebook.com/groups/10143081907/

Mandai: Get her Sounds in your EARS: https://soundcloud.com/mandai

High Standards Cleaning: Love a Nice Space, we have the best cleaning babes in East Van on our side: http://highstandardscleaning.com/

Great Eats with Gorilla Food:

Yoga on Dub Teachers

JAH9

Deeply mystical, Jah9 has emerged from a chrysalis of poetry, dub and spirit to become a powerful femiNINE energy within a universal grassroots movement of consciousness. Inspired by the open spaces in the instrumental dub of 1970’s Jamaican roots music, Jah9 sings with a voice that belies the dimensions of her physical body, from a soul much older than its current vessel; “reminiscent of that darkly operatic wailer for truth & justice, Nina Simone.” Her philosophy–profoundly spiritual, and her style–Jazz on Dub.

DANIELLE HOOGENBOOM

Danielle Hoogenboom founded Love Light Yoga as an expression of her yoga practice and creative interests both on and off the mat.  She is passionate aboutyin yoga and its ability to heal, change and transform ourselves and the world around us. Believing that all people are invited to the healing of yoga, Danielle teaches a diverse schedule of classes and workshops that range from the practical theory to the mystical and sacred parts of yoga. 

She is certified in Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Prenatal Yoga andVinyasa Lotus Flow.  She teaches in studios across Vancouver and often travels to teach aboard, share, celebrate and connect. She teaches Yin Yoga workshops worldwide sharing her passion for a gentle, steady practice. 

Omega Dancehall Talent

TANK GYAL

Tank Gyal is a Vancouver-born-and-raised DJ and event promoter. She is the creator and resident of Vancouver's longest-running reggae dancehall weekly Ting, which has been rocking every Thursday for nearly 10 years (now at the Waldorf Tiki Bar). She is also the First Lady of Vancouver's notorious Lighta! Sound. Tank Gyal has played shows in places far and wide including Jamaica, Mexico, Switzerland, Miami, Las Vegas, Seattle, Bellingham, Whistler, Victoria, and all over the Lower Mainland and has performed at landmark music events such as Damian Marley's Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise, Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest, Shambhala, Bass Coast, Diversity, Conscious Culture Fest, Car Free Day, and 420 and Cannabis Day Celebrations at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Tank Gyal has opened for many toppa top artists including Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Konshens, Mavado, Gyptian, Chronixx, Baby Cham, Spragga Benz, Mr. Vegas, Elephant Man, Kabaka Pyramid, Tanya Stephens, Tifa, Bugle, Wayne Wonder, Luciano, Macka Diamond, QQ, Richie Spice, Third World, The Wailers, Inner Circle, Papa Michigan, Khago, Collie Buddz, Gappy Ranks, Ranking Joe, Serani and more. Her DJ sets are a rapid fire throwdown of the hottest Jamaican music from the past, present and future. Tank Gyal always attracts the ladies to the dancefloor but can rock the turntables as hard as any man.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/tankgyal

MANDAI

Originally inspired by the rhythms that carried her in travels through Africa, then by the underground dancehall scene in Vancouver, she spent countless hours elbow-deep in crates of '45s in Canada, the US and Jamaica and her selections firmly solidified her as one of the Lighta! crew's artists. She is well-known for her legendary mixes, some being all-vinyl releases which is her true love. Blending reggae/dancehall classics with newer gems and dub plates acquired while in Jamaica, she stays loyal to the island vibes. With each year her love of music deepens and she is expanding to include more rap/hip-hop/RnB/grime/bass music in her sets. She regularly performs at Bass Coast, Shambhala and her family-run festival The Field. She has opened for well-known artists in both the reggae/dancehall and international underground music scenes, frequents Thursday Ting in Vancouver and can be found behind the decks at underground parties spanning the west coast and several other major musical hubs. In 2012 she gave birth to Lighta's youngest little member. bup!bup!

Instagram: @mandai

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/mandai

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One.Drop Sundays: Reggae Yoga Brunch
May
28
to Jun 4

One.Drop Sundays: Reggae Yoga Brunch

Join us for the newest ital offering One.Drop Sundays of this season, bringing you a special series of Reggae Yoga Brunch at the new Gorilla Food location for an irie Sunday moment that gathers conscious minds/mouths for conscious moments. Come and catch a vibe and a taste of the new menu with your italist family! 

 Lt. Irie IrieDubs will be spinning the ital reggae tunes all day,  Danielle Hoogenboom of Love Light Yoga  bringing the yoga vibes to start the vibrations and Snack General himself Aaron Ash dishing out the live food brunch. Join us for this special event on May 28th and June 4th. BYOM (bring your own mat). Join us for one or both! 

 Tickets on here for both May 28th and June 4th. 

Come and join us for all levels and all ages event from 9am to 2pm with tunes. First special brunch sitting for yogis at 11am, stay for your snack or stay all day. Conscious Pop Up Market with Love Light Yoga coming at you, and pre order your G-Food Box Meal Delivery. Perfect post Calabash Regge night medz in the am if you spent Saturday with LT. 

Come-Unity-Tea: 9am

Yoga: 9:30-10:45am

Live Food Brunch: 11am - 2pm

Reggae 9:30am-2pm

Investment: $60 (includes Yoga, Brunch and Irie Vibes)

Gorilla Food has their newest menu and pre order box options. Check out the latest and greatest here

Gorilla Food is bringing the ital snack vibrations for the Love Light Yoga/Sound Salutations  co-lab of EPIC sizes June 13 at Fortune Sound Club with female reggae vocalist Jah9 and The Dub Treatment for Yoga on Dub.  An urban festival experience in Vancouver. 

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Mar
8
8:00 PM20:00

TrueSelf EarthStrong Anniversary Class

Suuuuper stoked to be sharing again at True Self for the 3rd Year EarthStrong Celebration.

This Kingston yoga studio is an amazing community filled with all styles of class from yoga, to dance and meditation and tai chi, workshops and healings. Over the years I have held a few yin teacher trainings there and spent many hours taking classes. I can say whole heartedly some of the best classes I have ever taken were at True Self and so great to practice with great friends. Yoga is a quiet revolution that is all about building community.

Liz had a dream to build an accessible place for yoga and healing that would really call culture, youth and diversity to this practice. Its her family home and a real special haven in a busy city. Teachers and visitors from all over the world inspiring conscious living and one love in action.

What a super joy to be back this Wednesday night at 8pm sharing Yin Yoga and with the sweet sounds of the musical medz of Andre France (he has an IG! you can follow. https://www.instagram.com/andre.france/)  We will be bringing you some of the sweet space making that is yin and I am certain you will hear the flutes that he makes.

Giving thanks also that this event is taking place on International Women's Day. If you are in Kingston this coming weekend. check out the Women's March happening: https://www.facebook.com/events/160085234487051/

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Feb
16
to Mar 2

Yin + Social Justice | St Mary, Jamaica

Join us for an educational retreat in St Mary, Jamaica featuring a balance of rest, adventure, knowledge sharing and transformation all fuelled by a natural and local plant based diet. Dia and Danielle are combining forces for revolutionary examination of structure and form, both in energetics of yin yoga as an examination of the world and how energy is effected by our actions and intentions. 

Navigating our changing world and incorporating ideas around equity and social justice can be challenging. Like yoga, it requires practice and challenging long-held habits. By bringing our yoga practices into our lives and communities we are better able to examine the structures and attitudes that keep inequity in place. During this 14 day intensive we will parallel how focusing on energy meridians and changes made to our physical bodies can serve as a microcosm for energy changes in our communities, showing that small tweaks, the expansion of attention and changes in behavior create vast changes interpersonal relationships, community interaction and larger social structures.

So often we look at collaboration in terms of making others understand us. What if we stopped to understand where others were coming from? In yoga and social justice the intent is to change habitual patterns. Change your patterns of bias and privilege by practicing with a likeminded group of people that are curious about shifting perspectives, forms, and examining structures and habits. Working in collaboration with elders and activists we will explore the links between energy, meridians, social change and paradigm shift, putting our yoga into action.

Exploring the idea of asana as a safe exploration of your intentions and inner energies. Are you moving from habit or systems that were created around you? Do you question these as truth within you, or are you willing to explore? What if the form was not important as the function? Taking this Yin Yoga metaphor and extending into teaching and leadership work, this training will begin with the frame work of the elements  exploring the relationship of long held beliefs to sensations in long held poses.  

Free the tension in your body and spirit. allowing the space to renew, refresh and see with new eyes. These shifts to have the capacity to impact actions in the world. Calling all rebels, leaders, healers, seekers and knowers. Let’s gather together to explore the complex, awkward, covert, and paradox as medicine for change.

Calling together yogis and activists to connect, collaborate,  and create a collective message Calling for equity, empowerment, healing self-study and long range sustainability. 

Dates:

February 16 - March 2, 2017

How to Apply:

Please fill in this form, and you will be contacted with further details about the application process, including pricing. 

Workshop Leaders:

DIA PENNING
Director of Curriculum & Education, World Trust

Dia dances in the intersections of art, yoga, and social justice. A yoga practitioner for over 20 years, she discovered her love of yoga through a book she checked out from a local library. Dia supports students in slowing down, examining limiting patterns, and exploring creativity. She views yoga as a tool for social change, integrating it into her work as a social justice coach by encouraging a deep exploration of structural inequity through personal transformation and paradigm shift.

Dia is a connector of ideas, people, feelings, and thoughts. She is a mother, yogi, artist, activist, lover, teacher and student. She recognizes that her students share similarly complex identities and strives to meet them where they are at, every day.

DANIELLE HOOGENBOOM
Founder, Love Light Yoga

Danielle Hoogenboom founded Love Light Yoga as an expression of her yoga practice and creative interests both on and off the mat.  She is passionate aboutyin yoga and its ability to heal, change and transform ourselves and the world around us. Believing that all people are invited to the healing of yoga, Danielle teaches a diverse schedule of classes and workshops that range from the practical theory to the mystical and sacred parts of yoga. 

She is certified in Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Prenatal Yoga andVinyasa Lotus Flow.  She teaches in studios across Vancouver and often travels to teach aboard, share, celebrate and connect. She teaches Yin Yoga workshops worldwide sharing her passion for a gentle, steady practice. 

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Yin Rest and Reset: Vegan Weekend Retreats in Jamaica
Feb
10
to Mar 4

Yin Rest and Reset: Vegan Weekend Retreats in Jamaica

Join Danielle Hoogenboom for some yin living right on 18 acres of nature reserve with two private coves. Strawberry Fields is mellow, the best beautiful sunrise and mellow swimming. Enjoy yin yoga on the yoga deck we built last year, with the sounds of birds and the sea around you. Healing and cleansing teas, fresh smoothies with the digestive magic of yin yoga and a mellow moment to reset and reflect on 2017 ahead. Enjoy the sea breeze, and a special vegan menu to leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized. More fruit in your life, fresh air, new friends and barefoot sand moments, a great combo with yin yoga to reset the system and get our inner balances back in order. Come along with a bunch of girlfriends or make it a couples weekend. We have various spaces available and local rates. Interested in just coming for a class? send a note to danielle@lovelightyoga.com for space

February 10th to 12th and/or  March 3rd to 5th, 2017. Join us for one or both weekends of  these offerings with four 90 minute yoga classes with Danielle, vegan breakfast and dinner, healthy smoothies and medicinal teas. Fulljoy nature walks, perfect naps in the hammock and nourishing swims.  Come along to Strawberry Fields Together in St Mary for a perfect blend of mellow yoga and replenishing times. You deserve it!  These weekends are the ones before and after Danielle's Love Light Yoga Yin and Social Justice Teacher Training, a 75 hour Yoga Teacher Training. Yin Blessings and LOVE. 

Be in touch about accommodation availability and packages. More Info and details: Danielle@lovelightyoga.com

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