I am excited to be teaching more than one class this week, one for each of the studios I normally sub/teach at. I will be on Soul Space Community’s Facebook page Wednesday night at 715pm live and then I will be taking over Cornerstone Yoga Collective’s Facebook page Saturday night at 645pm, each class will be 60 minutes in length leaving you with the option to stay in savasana for as long as your schedule permits. Both classes this week will be working towards peak poses and will be my typical style of flow with a lot of integrated strength movements including some yoga style squat variations and various types of planks, because those are my favourite.
On a personal note, the mental aspect of teaching has been a challenge for me lately, being pregnant, having an almost 2 year old, working full time and always in the midst of some sort of renovation consistently leaves me feeling tired leading up to class. Often times I have to push myself to teach, but once the class is over I am left with a burst of energy and am always glad that I made myself get in front of the camera. I also realize my situation is not unique and there are probably so many people that feel this way whether it’s with regards to teaching yoga, doing yoga or any physical activity in general. This feeling for most has probably been exaggerated during the current situation as we deal with our regular stresses plus the added stress having little control over our lives right now. I just wanted to remind everyone that you are not alone! As humans we like to think we are unique and that our situations and problems are also unique, but with over 7 billion people on this planet you can almost guarantee someone out there feels the exact same way you do and realistically they are closer to you than you think. This is why opening up and being honest with yourself and others can be beneficial in helping you realize you are not alone and that you can find support.
Keep keeping it real and just do your best, whatever that looks like right now.
Good news Soul Space Yoga is opened for classes this week! I will be teaching the 7:15pm – 8:15pm Hot Vinyasa class tonight. This flow will me a mix of strength, stretching and sweating, so be sure to bring a towel! After some hard work we will end with a lengthy shavasana to help settle in to our bodies and relieve some of the holiday stress. Hope to see you tonight 🙂
I am teaching the 8pm Beats and Breath class at Cornerstone Yoga Collective tomorrow (Oct 9th). I have been a huge Taylor Swift fan since she sang country. I can remember blasting her song Should’ve Said No while cruising around the Valley in my 1989 Honda Prelude with my best friends. I may have also shed some emotional teenage tears to her song Tear Drops on My Guitar (damn Drew why did you have to break her heart). I was also lucky enough that the song 22 came out while I was 22 so I could ring in my 23rd birthday by playing 22 on repeat all night while eating a McCain chocolate cake by the fist full. I am so excited to put together compilation of her best heartbreak songs with a few of her more upbeat songs sprinkled in to go with the vinyasa flow tomorrow night. Get ready to open your heart, as you lip sing on your mat and don’t forget Keep the rest of your night open for drinks and appetizers with your fellow Taylor Swift yoga loving friends at Brown’s Social House after class. See you tomorrow.
I will be teaching Beats and Breath tonight at Cornerstone Yoga Collective at 8pm. This is my first Vinyasa class since I have made my return to teaching, which means I am equal parts excited and nervous. I have actually planned the class in preparation for my rustiness, there will be some interesting transitions along with some “fun” core work all leading to a peak pose. I chose the band Amber Run for the sound track because I have used a few of their songs in some of my previous yoga playlists, and I think the vibe of their music is the perfect background sound for a challenging and lively flow. If you love getting sweaty and moving your body into weird shapes while focusing on your breath then join me at the studio tonight.
Tonight I will be subbing the Restorative class from 730pm-830pm at Cornerstone Yoga Collective. I have missed teaching and cannot wait to start getting back into it. I hope to see some familiar faces in the studio tonight. Even though restorative yoga is kind of foreign to me I am working on putting together a class that will help you relax and release the tension that has built up over the work week.
On a side note I am hoping I will be able to sub more not only at Cornerstone but at Soul Space as well, but my availability strongly depends on childcare. For those of you who are curious about how motherhood is going for me, so far it is amazing. My little boy, Sawyer Anders Channell is now a strong healthy 5 month old and has an early bed time that will hopefully make it possible for me to pick up some more classes.
What do they say, “in like a lion”? Well that’s how I am planning to kick off my March Yoga Classes with Soul Space Yoga! If you choose to join me you can look forward to a fiery core centered class. Once we get nice and warm and strengthen our core we’ll work into a peak pose that I had completely forgotten about until a couple days ago. What warms up must also cool down, so of course we will cap the night with some seated stretches and by being guided into the ever important savasana. I would also like to say that for zoom classes I talk you into savasana just in time for the class to end, so you are able to determine how long you would like to stay there, because of this it is a good idea to carve out a little extra time on top of the scheduled 60 minutes so you can allow your body to properly rest and restore. If that all sounds yummy then you can head over to https://www.soulspaceyoga.ca/and sign up for the 715pm MST Vinyasa Flow class.
Join me tonight, Feb 22, on zoom with Soul Space Yoga Community at 7:15pm for 60 minutes of flowing, breathing, stretching and strengthening. If you aren’t already a student at Soul Space, head over to their website to find out more details about registering for class. I haven’t decided exactly what is on the movement menu tonight but I know it will be a good one! If you do plan on joining and have anything you would like to request for class you can message me or comment on the Channell Your Yoga Facebook page or through Instagram @danielle.channell and I will try to fit it in.
Join me on zoom tonight at 715 for a quad stretching and heart opening flow. To sign up for the class go to Soul Space Yoga Community’s webpage. I assume most people aren’t going to be busy doing things outside given that it’s -30. We also still aren’t suppose to be having social gatherings, which means most people’s Monday evening is probably wide open 😃. So instead of folding laundry, doing dishes or watching Netflix why don’t you carve some “ME” timeout out of your night and roll out your mat. I know for me if I haven’t done something before I get anxiety about notion of it. I constantly have to remind myself that the only way to overcome the anxiety is to just DO IT. So wether it’s the fact that you haven’t done yoga on zoom before or that you have never used zoom before, don’t let your anxious thoughts hold you back from doing something that will be beneficial for your body and your mind. See you tonight 🙂
I will be leading a live class on Zoom tonight at 715pm. Head on over to https://soulspaceyoga.ca/ to sign up. Since the class is hosted on Zoom, you don’t need to live in Fort St. John to participate. Tonight’s class may end up being a bit stretchier than what I usually teach because I need a good ol’ stretch, but I am sure I will manage to squeeze some strength in there as well. Hope to see a few faces tonight, don’t be shy.
Soul Space Yoga has been offering classes over zoom as a way to provide a live class experience in the safety and comfort of your home. You can find the information for signing up at https://soulspaceyoga.ca/. So far I have only had 1 loyal student join me and I would love if some others would come practice with us! Don’t be shy, participating in a live zoom class might seem intimidating if you aren’t use to being on camera, but it doesn’t have to be. The option is up to you wether you leave your camera on or not. I have recently started using Instagram (@danielle.channell) again and have found it has revitalised my interest in playing around with new sequences. I have also seen some movements by other users that I might be incorporating into tonight’s class, so it should be a good one. Remember Yoga is meant to be fun, not perfect. If one of the reasons you aren’t joining me is that you are scared you won’t be able to do every pose, then push that thought out of your head. Just making it to your mat is the true goal and after that it’s about moving at your own pace, honouring your mind and body and making your Yoga practice work for you 😀.
The time has come for me to stop teaching for a few months. I am so happy that I was able to continue teaching via live Facebook classes but as my belly gets bigger and I get closer to my due date it has become more challenging for me to find the energy to teach at night. So join me for the final time for while live on Soul Space Yoga Community’s Facebook page Wednesday at 715pm.
Join me tomorrow night at 715pm live on Soul Space Yoga Community’s Facebook page! With the days getting longer and the temperatures actually starting to reflect spring you may even be able to set up your mat outside for tomorrow evenings class…. Although the smell of your neighbours barbecuing could be a little distracting 😉
I am a bit late making a post, but I am still scheduled to lead a live class on Soul Space Yoga Community’s Facebook page tonight at 715pm. I have yet to decide what I am going to teach, maybe this nice weather will end up inspiring me soon. Hope you either join me live or enjoy the class in your own time.
This is going to be my third week offering my yoga class via the internet. It is definitely weird teaching without being able to see anyone. You think it would be less nerve racking, but it isn’t! There is some comfort that being able to see your students provides, as you are able feed off their energy. I also have a huge fear of going back and watching my classes, so I have yet to do that. I can only imagine the faces that I make or weird comments that come out of my mouth. I know, however as the weeks go on this will become the new norm, and when us yoga teachers have to hop back into the studio we will be nervous all over again.
This week if you plan on watching my class feel free to post on my facebook page, “Channell Your Yoga”, any requests you may have regarding what you poses you would like to work on or what kind of class (fast, slow, stretchy, strong) you are craving and I would be more than happy to try to accommodate some of the suggestions into my flow tomorrow night. There is also a possibility that I may provide a Spotify playlist for you to listen too while you follow me though the class, it just depends if I can get my sh*t together in time.
Side note: I thought I would have so much more free time now that I am hardly leaving my house…….. but somehow I don’t, and I am sure others are feeling the same way.
Any who, I hope some of you join me live tomorrow night at 715pm on Soul Space Yoga Community’s Facebook page, or watch the class at your own convince.