Vikara means transformation; to change with action. Vikara Yoga was created to offer safe space to connect with your mind, body and spirit and find the change you may be seeking. I strive as a teacher to provide a quiet and safe space for students to explore and find a true sense of their own personal balance. Vikara Yoga studio is located on a beautiful treed lot in Napier Ontario where classes, workshops and retreats are hosted for all to enjoy. I also travel to teach in offices and studios in an effort to bring yoga to those who are interested. The intention I have set for Vikara Yoga is to share the possibility of finding personal, emotional and spiritual balance and provide the opportunity for transformation.
Yoga - Union of the Mind, Body & Spirit
About Misty Lucas
My name is Misty Lucas, the founder of Vikara yoga. In Sanskrit Vikara means transformation; to change with action. I chose this word because yoga transformed my life. I found the connection I had been seeking within myself and the world around me.
I am an insured and certified Registered Yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance and Canadian Yoga Alliance. I have earned my 500hr designation with DevaTree School of Yoga. I have continued with my yoga education and taken a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Course through Trauma Centre at the Justice Resource Institute. I am also a Reiki Level II practitioner and am honoured to offer this amazing healing practice to my clients.
My Sanskrit name is Shakti which I received after completing my 500hr certification. Briefly Shakti means power or empowerment.
Restorative yoga is my passion and has become the focus of my teachings. Restorative is a type of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation.
My dharma is to share my knowledge and inspire those around me to find connection within themselves and with others. I have only just begun and am excited for what the future holds.
Vikara Yoga is a boutique studio that caters to students looking for an intimate and personal setting to practice yoga. My intention was to create a space that encourages individual growth and an expanded sense of community. The studio is set in nature that enhances your ability to find calm and to quiet the mind. Nothing is more important than building bonds with yourself and those around you.
Hatha Based Yoga
My training utilized the concept of cross disciplinary yoga that is based in hatha yoga. A cross-disciplinary practice has elements combines the major forms of yoga offered across the world today.The practice includes gentle flows, strengthening postures and time to reflect within. The classes will offer a synergistic blend of everything and provide you with the ability and opportunity to utilze your own personal power.
Restorative yoga is an opportunity to centre, connect to your breath and release and let go. This practice offers an opportunity for an emotional, physical and mental release through practicing stillness and holding postures for extended periods of time with the assistance of props. Restorative yoga balances a fast lifestyle and has an enormous capacity to heal physical and mental symptoms that are stress related.
Embarking on a new journey can be scary and our instinct is for privacy. I respect and understand starting a yoga practice may terrifying and that is the reason I offer private lessons. Having private lessons offers the student specialized classes geared directly towards their own ability and comfort. The lessons can be held at the studio or at the student’s office or home.
$65 for 60 min $90 for 90 min
Reduced rate for purchase of multiple sessions. Contact me for details.
Reiki (pronounced “Ray – Key”)
I am excited to offer Reiki sessions at the studio location. Reiki is a holistic, light touch, energy-based modality that establishes normal energy flow in the body, enhancing the body’s innate healing ability. [Canadian Reiki Association].
One hour session $55
Yoga @ The Attic in London
I am so excited to be offering a 5 week series at The Attic in London at 1352 Wharncliffe Road starting January 15th focused on Shoulders & Hips. Sign up today.
Restorative Yoga @ Yoga East in London
Yoga @ Milcoeur in 2018
Start your new year off right and join me for classes in Mount Brydges on Wed evenings or Thurs mornings.
Newsletter & Interesting Stuff
Happy new year!!
With the start of a new year and the ending of an old with the best of intentions we set “new year resolutions” to being anew in a new year. Sometimes these resolutions can bring a heaviness to our days; sense of obligation and adding to the shoulds we already carry with us. New year resolutions that seem to be common are, I should lose weight; I should go to the gym more; I should earn more etc. Even with the best of intentions these shoulds may bring discord to the start of the new year.
Beginning a new year is a time for new beginnings and not a time to be “shoulding” all over ourselves. Ushering in 2018 and the beauty of the full Wolf moon and embracing all that life has to offer provides a time perhaps to connect within; to listen to our own needs, desires, goals and wants for the year ahead. The invitation is to take the time to create space to hear the messages from within to ignite your passion and desires of how you want to live each and every day. Try not to allow the weight of the shoulds and expectations of others or society to weigh you down. Tune in and let your inner guru guide you and your beautiful light shine.
For many years I was bound by the conventional norms and each year I set my resolutions which normally included; I should lose weight; I should work out every day I should work harder; I should earn more money. Every year I placed these shoulds on my shoulders and carried the weight of all of the expectations of what I thought to be important and also beliefs that were aligned with the downloads I had received from a young age. By February I normally fell into a funk and blamed it on the winter blues but with self reflection and insight into who I am I realized it was not the winter blues but rather the weight of the expectations I laid on my shoulders to start a new year. They were getting heavy and dragging me down. I now believe the start of a new is a time for reflection and a time to create new beginnings but not a time to burden myself with the shoulds and conventional norms. It is a time to just be and to embrace what lights me up and fuels my passion.
This year I have opted to land in the new year with new vim and vigour and to focus on my goals and to focus on tuning in and listening to my inner guru. No more conventional resolutions for this woman 2018 is a time to embrace who I am; to release the should and stand in my truth. Bring 2018 on….I am ready. Are you?
Sending love and light to all of you as we embark on this beautiful new year and hope to see you in classes.
As children we hear different sayings and these words can become imprints on our souls as we grow older. We may not even realize the impact of words as young children but they may assist in shaping our thoughts and actions as we grow older. There are various sayings about being independent and showing strength such as Go It Alone; Stand on Your Own Two Feet and various others. Independence is a good thing and so is strength but I believe connection is necessary to build on both independence and strength. Understanding we are all connected, we are connected to the world around us and connected to the Divine allows us to be even stronger and embrace all things we encounter on this journey. I believe Growing up with the beliefs that strength is only shown when you go it alone deprives people of the joy of connection.
There was a time in my life when I believed I did not need anyone and that my strength would get me through but there were dark times when I felt completely alone and lost and not even connected to myself. Through my journey I have found an opening in my heart centre which has allowed for connections to be made. The first connection most vital to my own well-being was to myself. Allowing myself to find a connection within my own heart brought about a way of living through my heart centre. I realized I was connected to Self. I began to see my triggers from past traumas or experiences and began to understand myself a little better and was able to find ways to nourish my soul. It is a continuous journey but one that has brought me joy and freedom from old beliefs that no longer serve me.
Recently I had the fortune of experiencing an intensive Bhakti Yoga Training which allowed my connection within to grow even stronger and brought about a release of old beliefs that I was not creative; I was not a good singer and I was inadequate. The release was not always comfortable but the chanting allowed these beliefs to become unstuck and for me to spend time with them and to begin to release. The experience was sometimes overwhelming but most definitely magical and freeing.
Allowing myself to find connection within allowed me to begin to see the connection to the Divine and the messages being presented to me through synchronicities, coincidences etc all of which bring support and love me while I pursue my dharma.
It is easy to talk about finding that connection but not so easily done and it may also be scary. Potential ways that may help you find your inner connection:
- Creative activities i.e. painting, music
Connection is such a beautiful thing and can bring joy into our hearts so my invitation to you is to take time and connect within and the world around you.
Much love Shakti
Practices for Low Back Pain
Many people suffer from low back pain. It can be prevalent with office workers who spend a significant amount of time seated. This interesting articles talks about ways to relieve the pain. Interesting read.
Creating wellness in the workplace.
One of my intentions with Vikara Yoga was to offer local businesses assistance with creating a wellness plan for their employees. I am also able to offer a beautiful space in Napier, Ontario surrounded by nature and only 40 mins from London for team building events. Interesting article relating to how other companies are acknowledging the importance of wellness in the workplace.
Mindfulness in the Workplace
Yoga and mindfulness in the workplace has been growing over the years. It offers a peaceful break for the employees and stretching to open tight hips and release low backs due to longer periods of sitting. Check out this article from 2012!
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