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At Fine Balance Yoga we teach therapeutic yoga classes and offer individual sessions to trauma survivors struggling with addiction, depression and anxiety, teaching them healthy self-regulation strategies to empower them to live connected and embodied lives. We also  train yoga teachers and clinicians in the trauma-informed yoga theory and techniques required to support trauma survivors in their healing, long-term stability and recovery. 

At Fine Balance Yoga we offer pre-registered class series and individual yoga therapy sessions as we feel that these provide the most supportive environment for people to learn and integrate the practices and tools yoga has to offer into their lives. We therefore read this article from the BBC News website with interest as it highlights the work of well-known US teacher John Schumacher who firmly believes that pre-registered classes are the only way to go!  We invite you to join us for our next class series beginning January 22nd - details below. 

One of the best-known yoga teachers in the US, at the age of 68 John Schumacher he is still supple and strong enough to perform joint-defying back bends, and hold poses that would make most people's eyes water.

Yoga is now a $5bn (£3bn) industry in the US - a far cry from the basement classes that Mr Schumacher taught in people's homes when he started his career in the 1970s.

"One of the challenges at the moment is to find out how I can teach with integrity, present valuable and meaningful yoga, and still stay viable in a culture which now sees yoga as a commodity," he says.

In other words, how can he market an activity - which he believes requires time and commitment - to an on-demand generation that expects choice and instant gratification? "People want convenience now," he says. "They don't want to make a commitment - and I still insist on that."

So while a growing number of yoga studios now offer pay-on-the-day drop-in classes, Mr Schumacher asks that his students commit to three-month courses to help them develop a relationship with their teacher and see steady progress over time.......can Mr Schumacher's principles work in a cut-throat commercial environment? He believes they can.

Full article from the BBC website is available here

Spaces still available for the next  Mind Body Yoga for Women beginning January 22nd

8 Wednesday Evenings: January 22nd – March 12th, 2014
5:45 pm – 7:15 pm
The Vancouver School of Body Work, # 300 – 342 Water St.

Through mindful meditation, therapeutic breathing techniques, gentle stretching and strengthening, participants will learn more about effective self-regulation and feeling comfortable in their bodies. This 90 min class offers a unique opportunity to explore the healing benefits of yoga and meditation in more depth.

$216.00 (For the 8 class series)
$100.00 deposit is required by January 15th
For more information & to register email: or call 604 725 7287

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Coming Up:

Fine Balance Yoga at the Victoria Yoga Conference

Yoga for Working with Trauma, Addictions & Mental Health
Sunday, February 2, 2014
4.15pm to 5.30pm

This lecture is an introduction to the trauma-sensitive yoga theory and techniques required to support students in their healing, long-term stability and recovery. It will include an exploration of why yoga is helpful for trauma survivors struggling with addiction and how to create safety in a studio setting.

Visit for more information. 

Langara College Continuing Studies 2014 Northern India Yoga Training & Retreat - 2 spaces left!

Embrace the opportunity to travel to Northern India with a group and experience the rich history, philosophy and culture. Tour historical monuments and gain an additional 50 hours of teacher training in Rishikesh, one of the birthplaces of Yoga. Deepen your studies of the art and science of classical Yoga and Ayurveda.

Tour dates: March 4 – March 21, 2014.

Private Yoga Therapy Sessions at Baseline Health

Nicole is currently accepting new referrals in West Vancouver at Baseline Health. Whether deepening an already existing practice, establishing a practice for the first time or working to address specific health issues, Yoga can encompass the needs of the individual throughout a lifetime. For more information contact Nicole at or 604.725.7287. 

Yoga Outreach Core Training February 28-March 2

Nicole & Sarah are facilitators for the Yoga Outreach Core Training events, for yoga teachers interested in expanding their scope of practice as a yoga teacher and gaining skills to impact the lives of people who cannot access mainstream yoga classes. The next one comes up February 28-March 2, 2014. For more information visit
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