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Good evening love bugs, yogis and readers!

I will keep this short and sweet, for the sake of easy reading.

Partner / Acro Workshops

Captured by Aida Robbins Photography

We are back from Wanderlust and I am thrilled to share with you that Andrew and I have some partner yoga and acro yoga workshops coming up this fall at Pure Yoga Westboro. This will be the first time Andrew and I will be offering an acro-specific workshop at Pure Yoga Ottawa and we couldn’t be more excited. What’s the difference? Partner Yoga is incredibly beginner friendly and incorporates a standing asana practice with your partner that leads into bone stacking and an intro to flight. Acro Yoga is all levels friendly, requires some body awareness and encourages a deeper sense of trust ~ offering a light solo warm up that instantly leads into flying to new heights ~ front flying, back flying, acro vinyasa and acro therapeutics with thai massage. You really should check it out ~ it’s an absolute blast and guarantees a fun, light-hearted and laughter-filled evening.

Partner Yoga on Saturday, October 1st 7:00 to 9:00pm @ Pure Yoga Westboro
Acro Yoga on Saturday, November 12th 7:00 to 9:00pm @ Pure Yoga Westboro

New Classes

Captured by Mark Gustafsson. Leggings from Inner Fire. Shop online with “CiaraB” to save 15% off!

You will now be seeing me on Tuesday evenings at Pure Yoga Centretown on a weekly basis. I am very excited to announce a couple new classes on my schedule with Pure Yoga Ottawa:

7:30 to 8:30pm Pure Yin {started this week}
9:00 to 10:00pm Pure Flow by Candlelight {starting Tuesday, September 20th}

For those of you in the downtown area that weren’t already aware, I also teach on Thursday evenings at Pure Yoga’s new location at Bank and Sparks {71 Bank Street}:

6:45 to 7:45pm Pure Power 

See you on the mat! If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please always feel free to get in touch with me via email {yogawithciara@gmail.com}. xoxo

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Mixing Up the Beats

Happy long weekend and last day of July, yogis!

To get your asanas groovin’ and shakin’ this fabulous weekend, here is my current favourite playlist this weekend ~ a dancehall and dancehall-inspired set of tunes. This one is sure to get you fired up to enjoy the incredible sunshine ~ whether you are working away {inside or out}, partying, driving or just enjoying copious amounts of yoga on the dock.

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This playlist is inspired by the beautiful summer weather we are having and the serious need to shake it that I’ve been experiencing as a result. The flows that have come from this beaut have been epic in nature. Don’t forget to shake your asana!

Speaking of shaking one’s asana ~ you can come do just that next week to this playlist {subject to tiny changes} with me next Saturday at 2pm at Pure Yoga Centretown for Pure Beats. So. Much Fun. I promise that I’ll wear my sweet Inner Fire tank {featured below} to really help set the tone to move, shake, dance and flow it all out. It can be your yoga pre-party to manifest an absolutely awesome weekend. If you own this tank, lets rock it together. If you don’t have it…you should. 😉 Hop online to http://www.myinnerfire.com and use “CiaraB” or jump over to http://www.amazon.ca and use “CiaraBea” at the check out to save 15% off your amazing yoga tank and leggings ~ awesome for the hot room, layering over your bikini and everywhere / for everything in between!

 

Shake Your Asana tank and Bloom leggings from Inner Fire. Save 15% with “CiaraBea” on amazon.ca!

The Body Love Bootcamp

Happy Hump-Loving Day, yogis!

Grateful for this love and acceptance infused stack on my wrist made with wholehearted love, incredible intention and limitless possibilities by MalaRae. {shop with “CiaraB” to save 10%}

As some of you are aware, two topics that I hold very near and dear to me are body image and self love. Whether we are wrapped up wanting to be stronger, thinner, less this, more that…a majority of us (men and women alike) are wrapped up with what we don’t have instead of appreciating what we do have. Negative body image and body shaming are a too-common and way-too-socially-acceptable reality for so many of us.

I am so excited to be offering such a powerful series of workshops designed to inspire and empower ~ encouraging a healthier body image and a much deeper sense of love for your body {inside and out}. This is a collaborated offering and I am pleased to be working with the loving and talented yogi and nutritionist, Sara Moroz, of Barebones Nutrition in Motion. Our Body Love Bootcamp will offer a beautifully unique blend of yoga, nutrition, meditation, breath work, discussion and a whole heck of a lot of self care! It’s time to create this crucial shift ~ a journey into the body and mind to get back in touch with ourselves on a deeper level and really start to truly love these incredible vessels that our beautiful souls get to reside in.

The goal? To start to appreciate every glorious inch of you – inside and out – so you can confidently rock what you’ve got!

What’s on the menu {without divulging too much}

Week #1 – Saturday, April 30th (2pm – 4pm)

Intro – Diving In
Today, we will address our “troubled” spots (you know, those areas we nit-pick all too often). This is our first step in our journey towards feeling absolutely amazing. What’s on the agenda:
~ Feel Good Flow co-led by Ciara and Sara
~ eating to feel amazing

Week #2 – Saturday, May 14th (2pm – 4pm)
Stepping into Your Power
It’s time to realize exactly how strong your body and mind are today, folks. Today is the day we start to really tune in and start digging a little deeper. Week 2 includes:
~ an empowering (and accessible) Power yoga class led by Ciara
~ breathwork for vital strength

Week #3 – Saturday, May 28th (2pm – 4pm)
Get Your Shift Together
This is our check in. How do you want to feel? What are you going to do to get there? In this workshop, we really hone in on creating the shift in order to embrace positive change. Our intention is to rebuild. Week 3 includes:
~ a sweet Flow practice led by Sara
~ a delicious nutrition segment offering recipes, meal tips and sample snacks

Week #4 – Saturday, June 11th (2pm – 4pm)
Self Care is Sexy
The final chapter of The Body Love Bootcamp. We will snuggle up to the deliciousness of self care. This workshop will include:
~ a sweet and seculent yin practice co-led by Ciara and Sara
~ meditation for the heart
~ breathwork to reduce stress
~ massage, aromatherapy and candlelight.

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When:
Saturdays 2:00 to 4:00pm

Where: Anytime Fitness {1867 Carling Avenue}

Investment: 
$25 per workshop OR $80 for all four

Contact Ciara to register:

yogawithciara@gmail.com

See you on your mat! ♥

 

{TunesDay} Yin & Body Love

Hello love bugs!

In the last week or so, I have been receiving lots of requests again for music that we’ve been moving, pausing and breathing with in our classes together. The two big ones that stood out: my Yin Love playlist and, more so, my Love Yourself playlist. Enjoy! xoxoxo

Yin Love

{a compilation of sweet acoustic and instrumental jams I love blissing out to}

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Love Yourself

{two very near to me, dear to me subjects ~ body image and self love. this playlist guarantees only love and inspiration. embrace yourself exactly as you are. beYOUtiful. follow the blog for lots more coming soon on this subject.}

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{Updates} Partner Yoga Workshops AND Class Series, Sacred Pause & More!

Good evening, love bugs!

Just a quick run through of some updates and exciting stuff coming up…

Adorned with MalaRae New Years Mala & bracelets {save 10% off MalaRae online with “ciarab” at the checkout!}! Also wearing black Betty Tank from Free Label & my favourite Moroccan Dream Leggings from Inner Fire.

{Sacred Pause} BREATHE

The {Sacred Pause} is a series of workshops intended to encourage us to slow down, tune in and remember to take the time for ourselves to help nourish our mind, body and soul.

The second part of this series is all about the power of breath. Whether we’re talking about the inhales in our practice or the exhales of our sighs, our breath is telling of our overall quality of each moment in our lives. We spend so much time taking for granted the fact that our brains automatically tell our bodies to breathe that we often miss out on the opportunity to let this be a conscious act. Our breath helps to move us in our vessels and can heavily affect our ability to get unstuck in our minds. I am offering the opportunity for you to treat yourself to a journey inward on your mat to discover what it’s like to be really present ~ a journey through your breath to a deeper sense of peace and satisfaction.

Two hours of blissfully sweet pranayama {breath work}, a sweet yoga practice and meditation that are all about reconnecting you with the art of conscious breathing to offer you a greater quality of life and a deeper sense of peace. Everything offered at the workshop will be things you can easily incorporate into your life at home and at the office. If you suffer from anxiety, depression, experience a lot of daily stress or you would simply love to explore what those big beautiful lungs of yours are capable of, this workshop is for you. {Yes, my essential oils will be comimg with me and the space will be beautiful} This will be one of the sweetest & loving offerings you can gift yourself with. Time. Breath. Connection. You. 

Join me on Saturday, March 19th at Anytime Fitness from 2:00 to 4:00pm.

I can’t wait to see you there!

Please contact Ciara to register.

New Class at Movati Athletic Barrhaven

I am pleased to announce that I will now be teaching a Hot Foundations class at 12:15pm on Sundays at Movati Athletic in Barrhaven. This is the perfect class for folks new to the hot room {or new to yoga}. This class will offer a challenge at a slower pace with lots of detailed instruction and hand-on assistance.

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Andrew and I both sporting our favourite matching shirts {Chill and Be Still} after teaching a sweet and lighthearted partner yoga workshop. Also loving life in my favourite Ginkgo Capri.

Partner Yoga Updates

Acro Yoga Series {Weekly}

Andrew and I are beyond excited to announce that we are currently in the process of organizing and sequencing a six week series of partner / acro yoga weekly classes for yogis looking to advance their practice of yoga for two.

The first series will incorporate the basics of flight, therapeutics as well as all beginner and dabbling into intermediate acro yoga postures.

Series two will include intermediate postures as well as the introduction {and more} to Acro Vinyasa {fluid transitions}.

The weekly acro series classes will run in Ottawa {venue to be announced}. Keep an eye open for more details and dates coming soon! Feel free to subscribe / follow my blog for all updates on the Acro Yoga Series.

You can’t tell, but the Inner Fire Anatomical Heart is adorned on both of our shirts.

Workshops

In the meantime, we are still offering monthly workshops which are all levels friends {and always include new poses for our experienced partner yogis}. Our next workshop is Saturday, April 2nd from 7:00 to 9:00pm at Pure Yoga Westboro. 

New to Partner Yoga? Here’s the scoop:

Connect. Play. Trust. Laugh. Yoga – for two!

The perfect opportunity to flirt with your comfort zone and play lightheartedly with someone you love {friend, partner, family}. This workshop offers up the opportunity to share lots of laughter and build a stronger foundation of communication with your fabulous partner in crime for the evening. We will dive into the basics of partner yoga and build into an introduction {and maybe more} to acro yoga postures as we let loose on our mats.

Come with zero expectations, a sense of adventure and be ready for lots of laughter. All levels of experience welcome. (New transitions and moves offered for our seasoned partner yogis, as well.)

Gratitude. Inner Fire Moroccan Dream Leggings. Get yours at http://www.myinnerfire.com with “ciarab” at the checkout to save 15%!

Thankful for My Inner Fire

For those of you that aren’t aware, I was fortunate enough in Summer 2015 to be welcomed as a member of the Inner Fire Luminary team (brand ambassador). This beautiful company is where I get all of my sweet printed leggings and clever screen printed tanks from that I rock out in on my mat. I was initially drawn to this company because of their unique and bold designs, but I fell in love when I found out that they are also an environmentally mindful Canadian yoga apparel company {situated in British Columbia}. Their leggings are made from recycled water bottles and all of their shirts are hand printed. I have only the most incredible love for this brand’s desires to respect the planet and the way they promote peace through mindfulness and lightheartedness. Passion. Comfort. Quality. Sustainability.

Want your own Inner Fire? Shop online and use discount code “ciarab” at the checkout to save 15% off your purchase!

…Because You Are So Worth Loving

Good morning kick asana yogis!

I hope this finds you starting off your Sunday with oh-so-many smiles and an abundance of love in your heart.

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Loving my sweet Let Love In bracelets from MalaRae. Shop online with “ciarab” at the checkout to save 10% off!

With the infamous love day just around the corner, I am offering some fun workshops that highlight the basic human need for love and connection. No, this doesn’t have to be all romantic and lovey-dovey. This applies to all relationships – your romantic partner (should you choose to have one at this time), your amigos/amigas, your famjam and, most importantly…YOURSELF.

It is absolutely wonderful to be in love and have all of these wonderful folks around you that you love…but at the end of the day, if you don’t love you it’s pretty darned hard to love other people {and to let yourself be loved the way you deserve in return}.

As Valentines Day ultimately approaches, I encourage you to take a step back from the commercial views of the day and remember to first give yourself a whole heck of a lot of love. Take the time to acknowledge the fabulousness that is you. Embrace your sweet soul, your beautiful heart and your rockin’ body because YOU, my dear, are so incredibly worth loving – especially your own love. Celebrate you. Celebrate those fabulous souls in your life. Celebrate love {in all forms}.

{Sacred Pause} So Worth Loving

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All photos in the post taken by the lovely Aida Robbins Photography.

To celebrate and cultivate some serious love for yourself, I am offering the opportunity for you to treat yourself to a journey inward on your mat to a deeper sense of enchantment for your body and soul. Two hours of yoga, meditation and mantras that are all about reconnecting with and loving YOU more. This will be one of the sweetest loving offerings you can gift yourself with. Time. Breath. Connection. You.

Join me on Saturday, February 13th from 2:00 to 4:00pm at Anytime Fitness for {Sacred Pause} So Worth LovingPlease contact Ciara to register.

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Shaking my asana in my Mandala leggings from Inner Fire. Shop with “ciarab” to save 15% off online!

Partner Yoga
Connect. Play. Trust. Laugh. Yoga – for two!

The perfect opportunity to flirt with your comfort zone and play lightheartedly with someone you love {friend, partner, family}. This workshop offers up the opportunity to share lots of laughter and build a stronger foundation of communication with your fabulous partner in crime for the evening. We will dive into the basics of partner yoga and build into an introduction {and maybe more} to acro yoga postures as we let loose on our mats.

Come with zero expectations, a sense of adventure and be ready for lots of laughter. All levels of experience welcome. (New transitions and moves offered for our seasoned partner yogis, as well.)

Join us at Pure Yoga Centretown on Sunday, February 14th {two times: 4:00 to 6:00pm and 7:00 to 9:00pm}.

Spaces are filling up very quickly! Click here to register online to reserve your spots.

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Whatever you do, remember to make this upcoming Valentines Day a super loving one. Maybe it will be your bookmark to start practicing a bit more self care and self love moving forward. This is your reminder that you, my dear, are absolutely worthy of so much love.

What one thing can you do for yourself today to show yourself some serious love from the big, bold, beautiful, radiant heart of yours? 

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You could be having *this much* fun or more on Valentines Day. Come check it out for yourselves! 

{tunesday} yin beats and bliss

Good evening lovelies!

A long overdue {tunesday} playlist share. Highly requested and one of my favourite yin playlists to-date, here is the past week’s most popular playlist. Enjoy some delicious yin beats to drift off in your meditation or asana practice to {or simply enjoy over a cup of tea or your favourite glass of vino}.

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Check back on Sunday, January 31st for February updates. Partner Yoga workshops and more exciting things happening soon! {Valentine’s Day Partner Yoga at Pure Yoga Centretown is filling up quickly ~ reserve your spots online soon.}

Namaste, yogis!

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New Years Mala from MalaRae. Shop online with “ciarab” at the check out for 10% off! Mandala Leggings from Inner Fire. Use “ciarab” at the check out to save 15% off your purchase! Photo credit: Aida Robbins Photography

Choice, Thank You’s and Readiness for a Brand-Spankin’ New Year

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Leggings: Inner Fire (shop online with “ciarab” at the checkout to save 15%) Bracelets: Mala Rae (use “ciarab” at the checkout to save 10%) Photo credit: Mark Gustafsson

Happy New Year, love bugs!

As I sit here reminiscing and pondering over 2015, I am filled with so much gratitude. So much has happened. So much has changed. For each experience (entirely inclusive of the good, the bad and the ugly), I am so utterly thankful for. It has led me to where I am and who I am today.

I’ve heard a lot of people talk lately about how awful 2015 was for them. I am a firm believer that we are never given more than we can handle. I also truly believe that we are responsible for how we choose to react to each offering life gives us. Sometimes we need to learn lessons. We occasionally need to take a roll in the mud to find clarity. Sometimes we need to grow…change…evolve. Growth doesn’t happen without hiccups and challenges. The events that shake us most help shape us into the incredible higher beings that we have deeply rooted within us. They connect us with our inner knowing – our true Self.

We are fully capable of handling everything that comes to us in life. It is up to us how we choose to react and respond to each given situation that we happen upon.

2014 was life-changing for me. I was laid off. A two and a half year relationship came to a screeching halt. My sweetheart 11 year old rabbit (Lexx) died. My Mum got sick and lost her life to cancer two weeks after being diagnosed. Those were just the big things. That year could have shaped me in so many different ways. It could have seriously flattened me out on my ass, had I let it. I had choices to make. Be strong, persevere and be grateful or just let everything drag me straight down. Was it an easy year? Hell no! I chose to trust that the universe had a plan for me. I chose to trust myself – my strength, my inner fire and a deeper sense of knowing.

My choice of mindset through the “shit storm” that was 2014 led me straight here. All of these things shook me in to remembering that life is too short to sweat the small stuff (and, trust me…in the grand scheme of things, it’s all really effing small). I gave up working at a desk and I decided to pursue my dreams. I stopped worrying about whether or not I was ready and simply trusted that I am enough exactly as I am. Sure, 2014 was enveloped with a bunch of losses, but in the end it brought me so much more joy than all of the heartache. It brought me to the point of pursuing what I wanted instead of waiting around for it. I had the power of choice (as we all do) and I took this path with all of my might.

2014’s hardships offered me a fresh perspective and led me into this incredible journey through 2015.

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Hinterland Leggings from Inner Fire

Oh, 2015. I have my dream job where I am grateful everyday that I get to share my passion with so many beautiful souls. I work with / for some incredible people at six different facilities – one of these places is the studio I had dreamt of teaching at since the first day I stepped foot inside my now-yoga hOMe. My dream job has also led me to meeting a loving army of yogis that meet me on the mat regularly (and sporadically) that I am so grateful for – without you lovely yogis / students, I wouldn’t be able to live this beautiful dream that is now my reality. I am also proudly an Inner Fire Luminary and a Mala Rae ambassador – two beautiful and incredible Canadian companies I love and support. Most important of all, I have some of the most fabulous loved ones in my life that have allowed me to lean on them when I grow tired of being strong all the time (and who have trusted me to do the same for them), who I can share endless and belly-aching laughter with and who love me just as I am (who I am lucky enough to love right back. I am so bloody grateful for today. 2015 has had its hiccups, too, but nothing to write home about.

It’s been an incredible year. So much growth and personal evolution has happened. I feel more centred and ready to keep pursuing my dreams. I feel incredibly blessed for all that I have and, most importantly, everything I have to offer.

Reflecting on 2015, what will you choose to make of what it offered you? What will you choose to cultivate for 2016?

I can’t wait to see what will come in 2016. Cultivating endless love, dream chasing and growth. Wishing you everything your heart desires for this beautiful New Year, my loves!

See you on the mat! xoxo

{TunesDay} Abandon Perfection, Embrace Empowerment & the Gift of Giving Presence

Happy Friday, beautiful yogis!

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Photo credit: Mark Gustafsson ~ Tank by Inner Fire (www.myinnerfire.com – shop with code “ciarab” for 15% off your order!) ~ Bracelets from MalaRae

This week’s playlist is one of my all time favourites. I have been speaking a lot over the last week about how important it is to abandon perfection in your yoga practice. Forget about what you think your shapes should look like and really start to embrace how they feel. Every body is different which means no two bodies will look exactly identical in a pose. Embrace the beautiful uniqueness that is your body. Let go of labels or judgment. When in doubt – breathe, love and flow it out. Enjoy this empowering, motivating and self-love inducing playlist. Happy listening!

“Will You Be There” by Michael Jackson
“Feeling Good” by Michael Buble
“You’ve Got the Love” by Florence and the Machine
“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
“Roar” by Katy Perry
“Brave” by Sara Bareilles
“Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson
“Strip Me” by Natasha Beddingfield
“Black As Night” by Nahko and Medicine for the People
“You Gotta Be” by Des’ree
“She” by Laura Mvula
“Close Your Eyes” by Meghan Trainor
“Beautiful Flower” by India.Arie
“Try” by Colbie Caillat

 

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Photo Credit: Mark Gustafsson ~ Moroccan Dream leggings from Inner Fire ~ Bracelets from MalaRae (www.MalaRae.com – shop with code “ciarab” for 10% off your order!)

The Gift of Giving Presents Presence ~ An Act of Gratitude 

With the holidays fast approaching and my gratitude for this dream journey growing more and more each day, I have decided to put forward an offering for those of you in Ottawa. Over the next 12 days, I will be sharing posts on Instagram (@YogaWithCiara) and Facebook (my personal profile, as well as my page – Yoga With Ciara) for you to share and partake in.

I am so excited to announce that I am gifting the presence of yoga to 5 yogis in need of a little extra love and care this holiday season. Whether it is you in need of this blissful gift or someone who you think could use a little pick-me-up this holiday season, please feel free to follow, share and comment on all of these posts for a chance to give back (to yourself or someone else). I will be announcing those being gifted throughout the next 12 days (the 11th, 14th, 17th, 19th, 22nd).

Sending each and every one of you so much endless love!

Thank you for being a part of this journey with me! xo

{Tunesday} Covers & December News

Good evening lovebirds!

The playlist highlighted mellow playlist this week hands-down was a sweet assortment of Jasmine Thompson’s cover songs. I love her music so much that I love to shuffle it with zero specific order – it makes for a lovely slow flow or a sweet surrender yin class. Here’s what I’ve been shuffling this week in my delicious low key classes:
  

The more upbeat of the playlists over the last week or so was the following assortment of instrumentals and top 40s hits that I’ve been grooving to on my mat of late:

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Class at Urban Gym Ottawa

Outfit by Inner Fire. For your own, shop online at www.myinnerfire.com with code "ciarab" for 15% off!
Outfit by Inner Fire. For your own, shop online at http://www.myinnerfire.com with code “ciarab” for 15% off!

I am very excited to announce that, starting December 1st, I am adding a new class to my teaching schedule at Urban Gym Ottawa! This class will be all about what YOU need. The style will vary depending on the week and what requests / ailments / favourites come up. It will be listed in my Classes section as Flow & Yin, but, truthfully, it will likely soon be seeing a unique name change.

Join me onTuesday nights at 5:30 for a student’s choice, all levels friendly yoga class at Urban Gym (1226-A Wellington Street West)! I can hardly wait to see you there!

 

 


Last Partner Yoga Workshop of 2015 

Join me this Saturday, December 5th at Anytime Fitness Carling for 2 hours of trust, connection and laughter. This will be the last partner yoga workshop of 2015 and lots of fun new things have been added to the menu. Space is limited. Please register in advance with yours truly via email (advance payment is required ~ $25/person). Contact me for more details or click here for more details.