Ananta Yoga @ The Academy Therapeutic Yoga Qigong 

Ananta Yoga @ The Academy

Please note that the Winter 2015 yoga session has been postponed.

Gentle Yin Yoga Monday 10:30 - 11:45
Gentle Hatha - Focus on bones, balance and posture Tuesday 5:30 - 6:45
Yoga 4 Healthy Aging Wednesday 10:00 - 11:30
Yin Yoga - Targets fascia joints/ligaments & tendons Thursday 5:30 - 6:45
BackMitra Magic - plus body & breath awareness Friday 10:00 - 11:15

Download a BackMitra information sheet here.

For more information contact Audrey Morrison:
Tel: 604.483.8939

Please read our Preparations for Yoga Practice information sheet.

The Sanskrit word, “ANANTA” means INFINITY. I chose this name for my practice to reflect the infinite nature of the spirit. Yoga means “union”, a joining of opposites, the Yin and the Yang, the union of mind and body, heart and actions. Yoga is the human quest for remembering our true nature, our deepest selves, a mind-body-spirit practice. The journey of yoga is an inner journey to the very essence of who we are.

Though the art of yoga is often associated with Hinduism, yoga is not a religion. While a religion emphasizes belief structures about life and the human relationship to the divine, yoga seeks to reveal our own deepest nature through direct experience of our divinity. One need not be religious to practice yoga, nor does yoga exclude any religious practice. All that is required to practice yoga is a desire to learn more about yourself.

Yin Yoga: Yin yoga is a passive style of yoga that works the deep connective tissues of the body; the ligaments, tendons, joints and fascia – structures that are rarely worked in a regular exercise program. These structures shorten with age or injury, resulting in pain, stiffness and ultimately, a decreased range of motion in joints. While Yin yoga targets the area from the navel to the knees, we do incorporate upper body work in most classes. Yin poses are long and static, students are supported with props to allow the muscles to relax, as Yin strives to by-pass the muscles to reach the deep connective tissues. If the muscles are active, they will absorb the efforts of our work. As beginners, students are supported to hold poses for 3 – 5 minutes, or to their own comfortable edge. In Yin, the focus is also on the breath as a tool to focus, calm and energize. (Wednesday Yin is a gentle class suited to beginners.)

Gentle Hatha Yoga: Hatha yoga is a series of physical postures (asanas) designed to strengthen and increase flexibility. Hatha yoga targets the muscles of the body and is an active, or Yang style of yoga. Hatha poses are held for short periods of time, usually a minute or less. This class is suited to all levels of practice, including beginners. The focus is on building strength and stamina through combining gentle asana, pranayama (breath work) and mindfulness mediation, focusing internally on what the body is feeling in each pose. Students practice to their own level of ability, and each pose may be modified to suit any restrictions.

Fusion Class: As the name suggests, this very gentle class is a combination of both the Hatha and Yin styles of yoga and is suited to those who are new to yoga, those wanting a gentle experience, as well as those who may be experiencing chronic pain. Poses are modified as required to allow each student to achieve a pose to the best of their ability. Each class will begin with 10 minutes of “core-awareness” practice to learn to achieve a “neutral core” for optimal health, followed by 30 minutes of Yin poses and 20 minutes of Hatha poses. All classes end with a 5 – 10 minute end relaxation/ breath awareness time.

All classes are held in the Yoga Garden studio at the Academy of Music.

Have to miss a class?

When registering in advance, if you know you will be missing a class or two, (i.e. previously booked appointments, vacation etc.) the cost of the session may be adjusted to reflect the missed class(es). If it is more than just one or two classes, I ask that you consider attending on a drop-in basis to allow others who may attend more frequently, to attend.

If you miss a class once the session has started, due to illness or meetings, appointments etc. no refund will be offered. If you have paid in advance for the entire session to secure your space, and then are absent due to illness or appts., you may attend any of the other classes as a “make-up” session, space permitting—please check with me before doing so to ensure space is available. In exceptional circumstances where you have an unexpected longer absence, we can work out a credit or refund.



PR Yoga Garden
The home of Therapeutic Yoga

Therapeutic Yoga uses the science of Yoga to restore function to the body.  It is especially helpful for dealing with the following:
- Chronic pain
- Back pain
- Stiffness and reduced mobility
- Joint pain
- Grief
- Asthma
- Poor self image or self esteem

Explore the Benefits of Therapeutic Yoga

Therapeutic Yoga is a particularly effective practice for those recovering from, or living with, injury or illness.  This form of Yoga is actually a blending of restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga and breath work.  It is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle yet effective for bringing the body into balance and for reducing stress.

Many people incorrectly believe that yoga is an activity for the young and limber.  In fact, people of all ages and ability can develop a routine of stretches that are suitable to their needs.  Creating a personal yoga practice also gives people the confidence to break through fears and meet challenges.

Yoga therapy assists in reclaiming personal participation in over-all health.  Often the practitioner of yoga over time experiences a shift in consciousness that supports a sense of well being and positive physical, mental and emotional changes.

How Does Yoga Work?

Many of us become very disassociated with our bodies as we grow older, treating them more like a car which needs maintenance or unfortunately, sometimes urgent repair.

•From a physical perspective, the conscious combination of breath and movement through the postures strengthens and balances the entire organism, assisting metabolic function as well as the cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and musculoskeletal systems.  This combination allows all these systems to function more effectively and efficiently.

•Breath and meditation/relaxation techniques lower blood pressure, slow pulse and breathing, and improve mood and concentration, thus reprogramming the body’s habitual response to stress. Many people find that as their bodies and minds become calmer and more at peace, they are able to reconnect with what re-energizes them. This in turn allows them to be at home, in the workplace and in the community in a healthier, more balanced way.

Therapeutic Benefits:

Yoga applied as a therapy has been found beneficial in healing from or living better with injury, and in supporting changes to lifestyle and stress-triggered conditions. To name just a few, some of the more intriguing recent studies found that yoga:

•in conjunction with a balanced diet, lowered blood pressure as well as any hypertension drug with no adverse side effects 
•lowered the risk of heart attack by maintaining the flexibility and resilience of blood vessels
•was found more effective than traditional splint therapies in treating carpel tunnel syndrome
•was found 73% more successful in treating chronic depression than drug-related therapies 

What Happens in a Yoga Therapy Session?

•Define areas of concern:

◦prioritize alleviating symptoms
◦begin to explore how to restore vitality and equilibrium 
◦Develop a sequence of adapted postures designed to relieve stress and
strengthen problem areas, including the use of focused breath work, relaxation techniques
◦Assist the client in learning what to avoid or approach with caution
◦Consider simple self-care practices and attitudes that could be integrated
◦Follow-up support plan

About Penny Gelber

Although Penny Gelber is an experienced teacher, she never loses her lightness of touch or her sense of fun.  She is known and respected in her community for her kindness, compassion and generosity and all of these qualities are present in her Yoga classes. 

Penny has attended many intensive Yoga courses with international teachers which, with her wide experience, makes her an accomplished teacher for every level of ability.  As well as her Yoga practice, Penny has practiced Vipassana meditation intensively for 20 years, which brings a sense of peace and stability to her teaching

Penny has studied a range of different Yoga practices.  She started her yoga career at Yasodhara Ashram on Kootenay Lake where she took her first teacher training course in 1988.  Later she trained for many years under Gioia Irwin in the Iyengar tradition.  She went on to study and do teacher training in Power Yoga with James Nicholson.  Her most recent teacher training was a three month intensive for Therapeutic Yoga with Brigitte Longueville in Mexico.  She offers individual therapeutic Yoga sessions.  Penny is a registered Yoga Teacher

Contact for Therapeutic Yoga
Penny Gelber     604-223-0421 


Series I: Fundamentals of Qigong
(6 weeks 1.25 hr per session)
Instruction by Caroline-Tashish Rentz

Qigong is a Chinese system of enhancing the flow of Qi (energy) which fuels our movements, thoughts and emotions – our lives. The practice of Qigong involves learning the principles of the Qigong stance to align the energy meridians in the body and easy-to-learn simple movement patterns to practise maintaining the Qigong stance in movement.

Practicing Qigong brings many benefits including; aerobic endurance, heart health, greater resilience to stress, strengthened immune system, and prevention of health issues. Qigong has been proven to contribute to living healthier and longer lives. Qigong will set you on your way to “Eternal Spring”.
Caroline-Tashish teaches Qigong as a holistic practise touching body, mind and spirit.

Location: Powell River Academy of Music: Yoga Garden
Dates: Wednesday, September, 12 – October 10, and October 24. (6 weeks)
Time: Class I 11:00 – 12:15
Class II 4:45 – 6:00
Class III 6:15 – 7:30
Cost: $80.00 (installment payments available if beneficial to you.)

To register or for more information contact:
Caroline-Tashish at 604 483-9566 or

Caroline-Tashish studied Qigong and Taijiquan in Japan where she lived and worked for 6 years. She is an experienced teacher, psychotherapist, workshop leader, body/mind practitioner and community development consultant who is committed to living a life of connection, awareness, health, and laughter and assisting others in doing so too.