About

Yoga

a holistic practice

Cleanse your body, discipline your mind, awaken your spirit.

 

Yoga helps you with improving your strength and flexibility, increasing your concentration and calming your mind, leaving you mentally lighter and feeling physically stronger and re-energized.

It is a tool through which you can expand your internal self-awareness; finding stillness within, uniting with your breath and realizing the essence of your being.

Each asana (posture) offers many physical benefits; everything from aiding in digestion, increasing blood circulation, or preventing symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome, to stretching/strengthening a particular muscle or relieving back pain.

Each asana also offers energy benefits, balancing your chakras (energy centres in the body); releasing tension and old emotions and preventing stagnation of energy which leads to disease.

Focusing on your breath allows you to cultivate prana (energy), expanding your consciousness to the world around you and leaving you spiritually re-energize

 

Meet Your Teacher

Meet

Your Teacher

 

Georgia Cyr

Owner & Founder

 

 

Georgia Cyr Owner of Blissful Yoga

I was taken to my first yoga class in 2001 by a friend’s mother. The class was located in a school gymnasium and though I don’t remember much from this first class other than the warm, wool blanket I was given to stay cozy during the final relaxation, I was hooked. In the years following I continued to explore yoga, first in my basement, following yoga VHS tapes I purchased at the local drug store I worked at after school. Eventually I found my way into studios, sampling all different styles and teachers. Right away in those early years of practice I enjoyed the way yoga made my body feel, but more than that, I appreciated the clarity and ease it brought to my heart and mind. To this day, I still attribute yoga to what keeps me feeling healthy, balanced and whole, in body, mind and soul.

I have studied and practiced many styles over the years, wherever my travels have taken me, including North America, India, Bali, Thailand, Australia and South America. In 2010 I left my “corporate” job as an HR manager and completed my 200 HR Yoga Teacher Training at Prana Yoga College. Since then I have also become certified in Restorative, Prenatal and Kids yoga. Shortly after completing the 200 hour training, I moved back to my home town and founded Blissful Yoga.

My teaching style emphasizes the importance of uniting breath and movement to create a meditative flow. I offer precise and safe instructions, priding myself on offering classes that all abilities and experience levels can enjoy. I like to see people move in a way that puts a smile on their face and love to use yoga as a means for self-inquiry. I encourage my clients to cultivate a deep awareness of why they are where they are and question if, and how, it is serving their practice and their life. I will often include meditation in my classes because I know from personal experience how beneficial and transformational it is to cultivate more presence and stillness.

I am passionate about encouraging people to nourish their body, mind and soul, because I know that every other aspect of our lives benefits, when we take a little time for ourselves.  I am in bliss when I can share yoga and meditation with others and I amdeeply committed to spreading the spirit and joy of these practices. Click here for the full story on how Blissful Yoga came to be.  You can also connect with me online here where I support busy women to prioritize and tend to their well-being.

 

Getting Started

New to Yoga?

Let me be your guide

 

So, you want to try yoga, but you’re not sure what to expect?

Here’s a general guide to help get you through your first class with comfort and ease!

 

 

 

Select a Class

If you are brand new to yoga, it is best to start with a ‘hatha’ class. This class style is very suitable to beginners and will allow you to get comfortable with the various postures we practice. Check out the schedule to find a hatha class that works for you. Please note that class sizes are intimate and pre-booking is essential!

What to Bring

All you need are comfortable clothes that you can move in, easily. For your own comfort you are welcome to bring a mat if you have one, however, there are also mats at the studio which are free to borrow, along with any other props you may need.

Showing up

Arrive 5 minutes early. Take your shoes off before you come in the door. Fill out a waiver and pay the drop-in fee. If you have any questions or any injuries you want me to know about, please don’t hesitate to let herme know! Then grab a mat and get comfortable. Help yourself to a cup of tea or just sit quietly and enjoy the peacefulness of the space. Check out our Guide to Studio Etiquette for more info.

On the mat

Class will usually start with centring; focusing on the breath to help quiet the mind. From there you will move through a series of poses. There are many poses in yoga, however you can expect most classes to include poses which twist the spine, stretch the backs of the legs, and open the chest and shoulders. Depending on the style of class you choose to attend you may find it very relaxing or more energetic. Some classes may include breathing exercises or meditation mixed in with the poses. Class will end with relaxation; time for your body and mind to absorb all the benefits of the practice. This is not time for sleep, but rather to be aware of your breath and enjoy the calm and stillness present in the body. Lie down, make yourself comfortable with your eyes closed, and embrace the time to just be. I will let you know when it’s time to sit up and close the class. Sometimes class will end by chanting ‘om’ and sometimes not, it depends on the day. You are always welcome to join in during the chant, or sit quietly and listen if you prefer.

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“I think of Blissful Yoga as a warm embrace for body, mind and spirit. Georgia and her team offer a beautifully balanced approach to yoga – always inspiring, gently challenging, ever welcoming. Whenever I leave, I feel like a stronger, more peaceful version of myself and I am filled with gratitude.”
– Christina

After class

If you borrowed a mat, please wipe it down using the spray and cloths provided. Place all props neatly on the shelves. Help yourself to tea. Ask me any questions you may have. And then go off and enjoy the rest of your day!

 

 

Common fears

“Everyone will know what they’re doing except me”

The only way to learn is to try. Everyone started at a point where they had no idea what they were doing. After a few classes you will be surprised how quickly your body becomes comfortable with the movements.

“I’m not flexible enough”

Saying you’re not flexible enough to do yoga is like saying you’re too dirty to take a shower!

“I don’t want to chant or say Namaste”

You are welcome to stay silent. Always do what feels comfortable for you.

“I can’t do some poses”

Everyone’s body is different. If there is a particular pose which does not suit your body, rest in child’s pose or another position that is comfortable for you. Part of yoga is learning to tune in to what you need and honouring that.

Benefits of Yoga

  • It cleanses your body, disciplines your mind, and awakens your spirit; improving your strength and flexibility, increasing your concentration and calming your mind, leaving you mentally lighter and feeling physically stronger and re-energized.
  • It is a tool through which you can expand your internal self-awareness; finding stillness within, uniting with your breath and realizing the essence of your being.
  • Each asana (posture) offers many physical benefits; everything from aiding in digestion, increasing blood circulation, or preventing symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome, to stretching/strengthening a particular muscle or relieving back pain.
  • Each asana also offers energy benefits, balancing your chakras (energy centres in the body); releasing tension and old emotions and preventing stagnation of energy which leads to disease.
  • Focusing on your breath allows you to cultivate prana(energy), expanding your consciousness to the world around you and leaving you spiritually re-energized.
  • It is best to come to class on an empty stomach. If possible, avoid eating large meals within 2 hours of class.

 

 

 

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Common Lingo

Namaste

The energy in me sees and acknowledges the energy in you. Often spoken by the teacher at the end of the class to acknowledge the students.

Om

The universal sound in yoga. All sounds are in om and om contains all sounds. Sometimes used to open or close a class.

Asana

Yoga postures.

Pranayama

Breathing exercises.

Drishti

Focal point, useful when doing balancing postures.

“I have attended a variety of different yoga classes over the years and can say unequivocally that Blissful Yoga tops them all! Their philosophy of “Bliss” shines through the yogis themselves, the way the classes are conducted and the way I feel after every one! Thank you Blissful Yoga!”
– Karen

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Blissful Yoga creates a sacred sanctuary in the midst of our community. It is a place to encounter peace and to become more of who we truly are. It is a place to create a loving harmonious community for all. – Christine