Posts tagged #meditation

sept 2019.

Tues Sept 17 & 24 6 - 7:15pm || Transform Anxiety: A Meditation Series || Stretch Yoga in Chinatown


Anxiety is slowly beginning to impact the health of the masses, who avoid taking time to pause and look within. This 2-part mindfulness series was designed by Carolyn to identify and cope with stress through breathwork and guided meditations. You can expect to learn about: anxiety, how it has helped you and impeded you,  various styles of calming breathwork and meditations to shift the conditioned narrative within.

You will leave feeling grounded in a deeper understanding of how to create clarity within your spinning thoughts and how to evoke gentleness towards your habitual and tendencies. 

All levels welcome.  There will be opportunities for questions. Seated and reclined meditations and breathing exercises will be practiced.

$50 for both evenings. Held in the community space at Stretch (Pender & Main)

* 2 scholarship spots are currently available. Email to request.

oct & jan trainings.

Lila 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Carolyn Anne Budgell & Clara Roberts-Oss

Upcoming Program Dates:

Oct 2 - 27, 2019 || Lila 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training || Sri Lanka

Jan - April, 2020 Weekend Program || Lila 200 Hour YTT || Vancouver, BC

** Yoga Alliance Certified **



Join Clara Roberts-Oss and Carolyn Anne Budgell in this 200 hour teacher training program designed to help you deepen your practice and understanding of the body as well as learn all the skills for instructing an incredible Vinyasa Yoga class

Diving into a teacher training is not just for those who want to teach yoga, but also for those wishing to create a greater connection to breath, community and their inner teacher. This program focuses on the principles for living a balanced lifestyle in a modern society and how to be a role model for others.

SRI LANKA || Oct 2-27th, 2019:

Training begins the evening of Weds Oct 2 and finishes the morning of Sunday Oct 27th.


Accommodation and meals at Talalla Retreat, located on the beautiful southern coast of Sri Lanka.


Rates start at $3300 USD (includes accommodation, meals, training, manual)

VANCOUVER || Jan - April, 2020:

Fridays 6:30pm-9:30pm || Saturdays 7:30am-5:30pm || Sundays 7:30am-5:30pm

Jan 10-12 || Jan 17-19 || Jan 24-26  ||  Feb 21-23  ||  Mar 6-8  ||  Mar 20-22  ||  Apr 3-5  ||  Apr 17-19  


The Flex Space at Stretch Vancouver


$3500 & tax  ($500 non-refundable deposit)


– Why Yoga? What yoga means for us in the present day, why do we practice, how should we practice and how can we share it effectively with others?

– The Yoga Postures: detailed alignment and anatomy through daily asana labs to break it all down and build it up methodically. Anatomy portion taught by Erin Moon, ERYT-500.

– Safety and Options For Everyone: contraindications of yoga poses and variations for all levels of students (how to look at all different types of bodies!)

– Hands-on Adjustments: the delicate actions and ethics of touching and assisting others.

– Sequencing: an important chapter on intelligently sequencing yoga poses and creating seamless vinyasa flows with a heating element, peak poses and a calming cool down.

– The Roots: philosophy, Sanskrit pronunciation, overview of various lineages that contribute to the yoga we know today and history of the yoga tradition.

– Pranayama: various breathing techniques and gentle practices to understand our vital life force.

– Subtle Body Energies: chakras, nadis and other unseen lines flowing through the body.

– The Healing Powers of: mantra, meditation and the ancient medicine of Ayurveda.


– The Business of Yoga: how to get started, authentically integrating the many hats of a yoga teacher, settling in to your own voice, boundaries, honing in on a niche and your passion for teaching.


–       A daily yoga, pranayama and meditation practice.

Because the best teacher is a lifelong student.

–       Applied hands-on teaching experience.

Jump right in to practice teaching. Discover the authentic voice within. Clara and Carolyn are passionate about and committed to providing registered trainees with as much hands-on time teaching as possible during this training.

–       Exploration of anatomy basics in your own body.

Learn anatomy from the best of the best and how it directly relates to yoga postures and to finding safe alignment in all poses.

–       Feedback on sequences and practice teaching.

Growth comes from discussion, asking questions and learning ways to improve. Carolyn and Clara provide a safe environment for feedback on the physical and subtle aspects of teaching.

–       Relevant and personal stories/sharing.

Your path and all that has led you to this moment is important. Explore ways to share your story while listening and connecting to the journeys of others.

–       Contemplating your unique body and the wisdom that lies within.

Yoga is a practice of experimentation that spans an entire lifetime. We all require different poses and types of movement at different stages, but if you can honour and appreciate your phase at any given time, your respect and understanding for others will be instantly felt. Tune into your self, your wisdom and uncover how to teach from this place.

** This course was carefully designed by Clara and Carolyn for anyone with two years of Vinyasa practice. **

nov 2019.

One-Day Getaway: Yoga & Meditation || Saturday Nov 9, 10am – 4pm || Nectar Yoga, Bowen Island


Join Carolyn Anne Budgell for a day of yoga, meditation and introspection on a mini getaway to Bowen Island. (much of this retreat will be spent in silence!)

Give yourself space and time to reset. This quick retreat to Bowen Island is the perfect opportunity to reflect upon where you’re at physically, mentally & emotionally. You can expect to tune into all aspects of yourself and create simple intentions and actions for how you’d like to move forward into winter.

2 hatha/restorative yoga classes
guided meditations, silent meditations and walking meditations
directed journalling and intention setting

Saturday Nov 9th, 10am-4pm

Nectar Yoga B&B, Bowen Island

Ferry Times:

9:05am (leaves Horseshoe Bay)

5:10pm (leaves Bowen Island)

$90 plus tax (does not include ferry to/from Bowen Island or lunch)

Our home for the day - Nectar Yoga

* 1 scholarship spot is currently available at $40. Email to request.

nov 2019.

Teaching Meditation: A Mindful Intensive || Nov 22-24, 2019 || One Yoga for the People, Gastown

Friday 1:30 - 4pm, Saturday 1:30-4pm, Sunday 7:30am - 9:30am & 1:30-4pm.  

Eligible for 12.5 hours YA Continuing Education Credits. $275 plus tax.

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Carolyn has been teaching meditation workshops, weekly intensives, silent retreats, one-on-ones and all types of corporate sessions for over 7 years. She has studied with Adyashanti, Reggie Ray and Tara Brach: some of the most influential teachers in the West today (of the Buddhist Vipassana Movement & Zen). Join her for this exciting course if you feel the call to deepen your meditation practice and/or teaching offerings.

You'll leave with the following insights:

  • an understanding of the history and pillars of Buddhist thought, the main goals of meditation and scientific findings on a brain that meditates.

  • uncovering your own healing process, the nature of your own ego & mind.

  • how to teach various types of meditation (from beginner to advanced), how to present potent questions (ie themes).

  • fundamentals for the teacher (trust, space, personal practice, no expectations), teaching from a place of authenticity/embodying presence, holding space for all the good and bad moments during class.

  • hands-on experience with practice-teaching to the group

  • learning through additional class observation and assignments

* must be an instructor or have been practicing yoga/meditation for 2 years. 

Register HERE

(2 scholarship spots at a 50% discount are currently available. To apply, email and describe how you plan to take meditation out into the world.)