Fine Balance Yoga       

At Fine Balance Yoga we teach therapeutic yoga classes to trauma survivors, 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 their clients in their healing, long-term stability and recovery.

How yoga can help with trauma, mental health and addiction: A Q&A with Yoga Therapist Nicole Marcia in the Burnaby Now. Click here to read.

Photos courtesy of Chaplyn Photography

Interview conducted by Jennifer Moreau

Burnaby Public Library & Bridge for Health Presents:
The Benefits of Yoga for Mental Health & Addiction: A Trauma Informed Approach with Nicole Marcia

Bob Prittie Metrotown
Tuesday, August 4th
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Everyone is welcome but registration is required. To register, call 604-436-5400 or register

Yoga Outreach Awarded Funding!

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health announced that the Government of Canada is investing in five new community-based projects across Canada to support victims of family violence.
Reaching out with Yoga: Trauma-informed Yoga for Women and Children in Shelters: This project, to be led by the British Columbia Society of Transition Houses in partnership with
Yoga Outreach,
will deliver and test trauma-informed yoga programs in 24 women’s shelters and transition houses across BC.  The program will promote physical and mental health to women and children who have experienced family violence. Trauma-informed practice is based on an understanding of the impact of violence on people's lives, and focuses on respect and empowerment.
Click here to read the press release.

YTT Class & Info Session: Aug.6 (6-7:15 pm)

Align your practice with your passion. Become a holistically trained Yoga
Teacher and develop the clarity, confidence, and skills to teach postures,
breathing techniques, and meditation practices in our integrative, 6-month,
part-time program. Our program offers student evaluation, feedback, support, and
mentorship to ensure that you are able to meet your goals as a teacher. Our
standards go above and beyond industry guidelines, as we recognize yoga as both a valuable profession and vocation. Since 2008, Langara has the first
public-post secondary institution in Canada to offer yoga teacher certification.

Ajna Yoga Presents:
Yoga, Psychology & the Mind

Jules Payne, Michelle Schroeder, Nicole Marcia & Guests

September 5- 17, 2015
Tuition: $1000
Ajna Studio Victoria, BC

This course provides students with an in -depth knowledge of the Western and Yogic/Eastern perspectives on mental health including  psychological conditions such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, and eating disorders. We will also explore the connection between chronic pain and the mind.  Participants will learn about some of the Western psychological treatments for mental illness. Yogic philosophies of the five Kleshas, Dukha (suffering), and Daurmanasya (negative thinking) will be applied through practice teaching and presentation of case studies.

To register click here

The Life of the Yoga Teacher 
September 12th, 13th, 19th & 20th

Coco Finaldi, ERYT 200
Julie Peters, ERYT 200  
Nicole Marcia, MA, ERYT 500

Yoga teacher trainings provide teachers with the essential foundations for conducting public classes but often leave graduates without tools to discover their own unique voices as teachers. Because yoga teachers often work as independent contractors they lack a community and access to senior teachers to address questions, deepen practice, find their confidence, debrief difficult teacher/student relationships and ethics. In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to explore issues that they face specific to the world of teaching yoga including personal and professional refinement, managing your relationship to your students, and how classical yoga philosophy can help us learn to live the life of a yoga teacher. 

Cost: $535.00 plus tax 
Click here to register.

Waking Life & Lucid Dream: Exploring Yoga Nidra 
Sarah Holmes de Castro, MA, RYT-500 & Nicole Marcia, MA, ERYT-500

6 SUNDAY EVENINGS 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
September 20th - November 1st (no class October 11th)
YOGACARA  3381 Fraser St.
Cost $108+ GST

Yoga Nidra is a multi-stage meditation practice for anyone experiencing stress. It provides simple guided instructions and is practised in a comfortable reclining or seated position. Some benefits of Yoga Nidra include the increased ability to act effectively under high degrees of stress, increase concentration, the alleviation of symptoms of many psychological & physical conditions including anxiety, panic, depression, and chronic pain and the enhancement of self-efficacy. In this series we will explore this ancient practice and gentle mindful movement in order to
support greater ease in body and mind.

To register click here
Space is limited to 15 & the deadline to register is September 10th, 2015

Practices for Daily Life with Nicole Marcia & Sarah Holmes de Castro

Sunday November 22nd, 2015 12:30 – 6:30
Cost $75 + GST
  YOGACARA @ 3381 Fraser St


Come explore how yoga can be integrated into our everyday lives to support us in skilfully managing life’s challenges and stressors as well as appreciating more fully the goodness that we encounter. Yogic principles and techniques can be applied to cultivate self-regulation and resilience.Drawing on the philosophy of yoga and the physiology of the nervous system we will experience a full Trauma Sensitive Yoga practice, a restorative yoga nidra, and explore ‘micro-practices’ including postures, breath work, mudras and affirmations to incorporate into busy lives, taking our yoga off the mat to bring us to balance wherever we are.
To register click here.

 Exercise is Medicine Research: A participatory approach to mental wellness


Researchers from UBC and the Mood Disorders Association of BC need participants for a study regarding the relationship between physical activity and mental wellness. 

Sarah Vazirian at 604-875.4111 x 21739 or by email

To participate in our online survey click here.

Strategic Resilience for First Responders Certificate Program @ Langara College Continuing Studies

November 2015
Includes Yoga Skills for Resilience
with Robyn Leslie & Nicole Marcia 

Click here for more details
Contact Ruth Lamb 872.3472 /

An Introduction to Trauma Informed Yoga 
Nicole Marcia, MA, ERYT 500

 17th Annual Canadian Energy Psychology Conference in Victoria, BC

October 2-4, 2015

Featuring Bessel A. van der Kolk MD- Keynote Speaker 

For more information & to register click here.

On July 1st, 2014 Canada introduced an anti-spam law. At one time, you consented to receiving e-newsletters and blog posts from us. Please press unsubscribe here at any time if you no longer wish to be on this list.
Thank you!

Unsubscribe here
Forward to Friend
Visit our website at for further information about any of the above events, to book community classes, a workshop for trauma survivors or a training for clinicians and/or yoga teachers. In gratitude, Nicole, Sarah & Marcia

Our mailing address is: 1104-1100 Jervis St., Vancouver V6E 2C4
Copyright © 2013 Fine Balance Yoga, All rights reserved.