Yoga - Union of the Mind, Body & Spirit

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.

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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.

The Studio

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.

 

Services

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

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.

 

Private Lessons

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

 

Events

Reiki & Restorative | Dec 4

Yoga in Mount Brydges

Beginners Yoga Mount Brydges-2

Nourish Your Soul Retreat| Nov 25th

NOURISH YOUR SOUL IN NATURE

Newsletter & Interesting Stuff

Connection

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:

  1. Meditation
  2. Asanas
  3. Journaling
  4. Nature
  5. 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

 

Change

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On this beautiful October day I am sitting and gazing at the beautiful transition of colours in the leaves on the trees and the pine needles floating to the earth.   I am reminded of the change that occurs in all things around me and within me.  

Taking all of this in I embraced an opportunity to reflect on the changes through my journey of life.   I thought I knew my path for so long.  My intellectual body was very vocal and convincing but not always a good listener to my emotional, physical and spiritual bodies.   I had a plan and everything was going according to the plan…then it all changed.   At times it was terrifying, isolating and inspiring.    Through the shifts I learned to ride the waves but most importantly I learned to listen to what I needed and what I wanted to create.   Through the change came the knowledge I am a co-creator of my own life and the Universe has my back.   

As I have experienced, change can be frightening and overwhelming because my life plan changed and my comfort zone was pushed.   There is absolutely nothing wrong with living in the comfort zone but when change comes and it does I have learned to embrace the change and try not view change with a good or bad perspective but with curiosity  of why it is upon me and what is next to come.    
Change is a process not an event;  it becomes what we make of it. 

More recently when changes  have come into my life  I have learned to  trust myself and the fact I am being guided.  Embracing change with this new attitude I have discovered change then flows more freely.  When I begin to resist the change and allow fear to shut me down I have learned  to check in to see if I am disconnected from myself.  Yoga and mediation are my tools to reconnect and to listen to what lies within me.  

Change is all around us in nature, technology, civilization and in our own lives.  I cannot say that I don’t fear change but I am learning to embrace it and ride the wave of what is yet to come. I believe that living within my comfort zone never brought me to my greatest achievements and stepping outside has allowed me to grow and create the life I desire.   Change can bring beautiful joy and intense struggle but I am ready to accept it all in this journey of life.   

As Socrates said  “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on  fighting the old, but building the new”.

 

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.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cravings/201608/mindfulness-practices-relieve-lower-back-pain

 

 

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.

http://www.livemint.com/Industry/As15J7fuiYqIdi9M3w4CpO/The-importance-of-health-at-the-workplace.html

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!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/melissa-nordin/face-of-corporate-yoga_b_1914795.html

 

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26180 Napier Road Strathroy, Ontario N7G 3H5
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