Yoga with Kerry RYT1000, E-RYT500
Traditional, classical, yoga since 1990.
Yoga citta vrttinirodhah” which means Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind. When we master that, we are more able to find peace and contentment. ~ Patanjali
Wed 6-7:15pm or Thursday mornings at 10-11:15am. at Tusket House
*NEW The Thurs morning classes are on ZOOM and available for two weeks after for anyone who registers for the Zoom classes Jan 14-Feb 25
(cost $40 for 7 classes)
In Person Tusket House classes are full due to social distancing rules. Please contact Kerry
to register for zoom classes
Please feel free to partake in the free gentle yoga video offerings on U-TUBE. Simply google Kerry Lawson Calm Yoga.
Due to the permanent closing of the Yarmouth YMCA because of Covid debt, the classes that were at the Y are no longer. Announcement will be made if I can find another space. Thank you for your years of attendance and support....The Y will be missed...
*Yoga is Educational and must be practiced with intelligence. If you are following a video, be sure to always be aware of how you are feeling and if something is uncomfortable, feel free to ease back. While the videos are extremely gentle, one must always use caution. If you are pregnant, please have your doctors permission to be practicing Yoga via video, and breath should never be held, if pregnant.
Upcoming Retreats to be Announced
Yoga Practices for calming during challenging times
"Living in a world that contains Corona virus". A retreat at Tusket House based on Yogic and Ayurveda practices of letting go the stress and trauma folks may have accumulated in the cells during this time, as well as practices of how to navigate safely through each day in a balanced, mindful way (which is paramount for health)...retreats always start on a Fri ( 3:00pm) start and end Sunday ( lunch time) .. All retreats consist of practices of how to cope sharing a world with corona virus, as it seems we will have it around for a while yet. ✨... There are 5 residential (sleepover) options, keeping within the rules for safe distancing.
cost is $300 if taking residential option (room)
$250 if not staying but joining all meals
$200 if not staying and bringing own food
please email here to register or inquire. Thank you.
Classes are traditional in that all aspects of Yoga are experienced in a gentle, deep mindful way. Each participant is encouraged to observe themselves and connect to sensation rather than an idea of what they “should” be doing or look like. Vedic philosophy, sutra knowledge, pranayama, mantra, meditation, as well as asana (body stretches and shapes building towards a pose to find peace and stillness within) are all touched on. There is an emphasis on educating participants through experience how to quiet the mind, which may result in a healthier more balanced self. These classes are appropriate for all levels, including beginners, but more so for folks looking to understand this ancient practice as a means towards a more preferable lifestyle.
Yoga is my passion, my dharma, my life, on all levels.
Yoga became a part of my life in the 1960s when I was a child with my Mother studying and practicing Yoga. She became a Yoga teacher. Her training was of the Krishnamacharya lineage as she was a student of a disciple of Krishnamacharya. This means my first experience of Yoga was very traditional in that it encompassed all aspects of Yoga – mantra, philosophy, Ayurveda, meditation, pranayama, as well as basic asana. Mom learned it as a means to mend mental and physical health through balance and stillness. Yoga was engaged by folks back then who were seeking a path to a healthier and happier life. I assisted my Mother when she taught physically compromised youth at the YMCA in my hometown, and I accompanied her when she taught the “addictions” crowd at the local facility.
In the last 30 years I have obtained my own RYT1000 hours of certification as well as many additional certifications from courses with teachers such as Doctor Timothy McCall (Yoga as Medicine) and David Emmerson (Trauma Sensitive Yoga). My original 500 hour certification is with Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio in Halifax NS. My RYT1000 was granted by The Yoga Studio College of Canada in recognition of the work and study I have done during several extended trips to India, working with masters, Gurus and Swamis of the Krishnamacharya (at KYM in Chennai, India) and Sivananda (in Rishikesh) lineages. I have also spent time at many ashrams and Yoga Schools in India such as Kavailyadhama Yoga and Research Institite in Lonavala , taking the programs there and experiencing the place where both Krishnamacharya and BKS Iyengar worked and lectured. In Canada I have lived at the Sivananda ashram in Val Morin, Quebec.
I have been working in the Canadian Arctic since 2003 teaching Yoga in schools, addiction facilities, prisons and Elder centers. I developed and implemented a program for the North entitled “Building Resiliency for Youth through Yoga”. It was delivered to staff and school teachers throughout communities in the Arctic regions of Nunavut and Northwest Territories.
I am the lead teacher and facilitator of the Saimavik Yoga Teacher Training School that offers a traditional Trauma Sensitive approach for the RYT200 certification course. Currently it is being offered in Tusket Nova Scotia Canada. I am available to travel and deliver this certification course anywhere a group is ready. I also have assisted in teaching many RYT200 courses throughout Canada.
Through my experiences of offering community classes and workshops, facilitating several intensive Yoga retreats in Canada, travelling through India with groups, and leading RYT 200hr courses I have seen many folks (young and old) go through a personal transformation enabling them to move into a more helpful balanced and peaceful life.
Also, I was selected as one of the 7 Yoga Teachers profiled for the international documentary movie Planet Yoga. It was released in 2010.
"Retreat" from your everyday life by living in a Yoga community of like minded folks. Experience what it means to actually "Live Yoga" 24/7. Not by changing who you are, or your life, but by connecting to your own true Self, through practices enabling you to discover your inherent natural and authentic being. Truly LIVE YOGA.
All retreats begin at 3:00pm on first day, and end at noon on departure day, have a residential option meaning participants can choose to stay in a private room, or shared space at Tusket House, or use own tent or camper on the property. Each day begins at 8am and ends at 8pm with 2 hrs off for lunch, and 1/2 hr morning and afternoon break and 1 hr off at suppertime. Prices include healthy vegetarian meals, some prepared by Ayurveda chef, Kabir Raj Rana, some prepared as a group, as part of learning healthy meal practices and menus. *please note - each participant is assigned a few specific grocery or garden items to bring to help ensure delicious meals while keeping costs down.
June 17-24 (weeklong) $600 incl room, $550 for shared space or tenting, $500 if staying off site.
July 2-4 (weekend) $300 incl room, $250 for shared space or tenting, $200 if staying off site.
July 21-25 *Special Event with guest teachers and kirtan leaders, Maryz and Pierre. Please visit their website for info on their specialty. Sound, movement and nature connection is very much a part of this retreat. On the full moon, July 23 we will have a full kirtan.
$500 incl room, $450 for shared space or tenting, $400 if staying off site
Yoga Teacher Training - Dates TBA (looking at Sept 5-29, 2021)
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification
*Learn how to work with folks wishing to find balance and equanimity within their own lives holistically; Yoga as part of Ayurveda.
*Emphasizing how to teach in a way sensitive for students dealing with challenges as a result of trauma and/or high stress.
*Focus on deep inner body work in a gentle, authentic (non-coercive) way. The asana component of this training will be centered on how to work with it as a pathway for one to travel deeper within to your Self. Although asana is an excellent form of fitness in any way it is practiced, this training will not have an emphasis on learning or teaching it as a form of fitness workout.
*Traditional approach including history and roots of Yoga as outlined in Veda. Philosophy component will be based mostly on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, as well as some Veda and Upanishad
*Beneficial for those who wish a certification in many aspects of Traditional Yoga, not only asana.. Ideal for certified instructors seeking to enrich their teaching scope. Appropriate for those who may not wish to teach, but do wish to connect more deeply with their own Self through a traditional Yoga approach.
This training will be given in a 2 part (11 days each, with 3 days off in between) immersion/retreat formula, in the true traditional way.
*Certification is given through Yoga Studio College of Canada
Cost & Specifics for the Tusket House YTT
Module 1: TBA - Module 2: TBA *4 days off in between modules
arrival day times 3:00pm, departure day times 12:30 noon
All our teachers are certified Yoga instructors themselves with their own unique specialties. The anatomy portions are taught by massage therapists. The Ayurveda portions are taught by folks who have studied Ayurveda and live the lifestyle.
Kabir Raj Rana was born and raised in a remote, isolated village in the Himalayan region of northern India. The closest medical attention was by foot or oxcart (there was no road) to a bus that would take 10 hours before reaching a doctor. As a result, Kabir learned Ayurveda and Yoga as a means to survive and heal. It is part of him. As an adult he graduated Kavailyadhama Yoga and Ayurveda Research Institute certification course and then went on to the Vivekananda University in Bangalore. May 1 2011 Kabir Immigrated to Canada and is now a Canadian citizen sharing his expertise with us.
August 8- 17, 2021
100 hour certification Advanced Yoga Intensive Level 1
come live the full Yoga experience 24/7 with the teachers in the traditional way
for those with a 200hr certification or those who wish deeper study of Yoga
*use of props and assists
*Yoga Sutras, Veda and Upanishad
*trauma awareness *incl the new trauma of world covid fallout
*nidra with sankalpa
*chakra and much more
This course may be used towards a 500hr Yoga Studio College of Canada certification designation. Add it to your existing 200hr (obtained by any school), take the 100hr Intensive Level 2 (date to be announced) and show proof of a total of 100 additional study and/or teaching hours. Each case will be reviewed individually, please discuss details with Kerry.
Total price: $1,200 including manual, not including food, accommodations and books. $1,500 including food, *accommodations and manual. *accommodation may be shared, 2 people per room
Payment is as follows: $300 deposit to hold your spot once you have registered (will be refunded if has to be cancelled due to covid), balance paid upon start of course, when you have arrived
To register, please contact Kerry for an application.
*this course is for adults only, including residential stays
Books to be ordered and paid for by student. (manual is included) Please be sure to have the required books by start of course.
Required books: "Instructing Hatha Yoga" a guide for Teachers and students second edition by Diane M Ambrosini
"Yoga Anatomy" second edition by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Mathews
not required but suggested "Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice" by T.K.V. Desikachar
"Overcoming Trauma through Yoga" by David Emmerson and Elizabeth Hopper, PhD
"Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" by B.K.S. Iyengar
"The Secret of the Yoga Sutras" by Rajmani Tigunait
"The Practice of the Yoga Sutras" by Rajmani Tigunail
Yoga with Youth
Yoga in Daycare
Little ones love to explore what they can do with their bodies. They have no fear and Yoga helps them to move and navigate the world discovering things they didnt even know they could do. This is very empowering and teaches them to be "comfortable in their own skin" at a very early age. This serves them well during difficult and challenging times throughout their life.
Yoga in Schools
My daughter entered kindergarten in the public school system in 1992, after being raised in a very quiet, calm atmosphere, She was traumatized and refused to speak at school. I volunteered Yoga in her classroom twice a week. It helped her, as well as the other little ones adapting, immensely. I realized then Yoga must become a part of the school system. It was then I dedicated my life to doing whatever it took for Yoga to be part of the public school system. Long story short....(I could write a book just on that process) Yoga is part of the public school system in most of Canada. Of course, the practice becoming mainstream, and many, many of us wanting the same thing during that time certainly helped!
Yoga for tired Mamas
The benefits of Yoga for Mamas and their babies and children is profound.
No equipment needed. Anyone can do it. Especially beneficial for the Youth who are not sports or competitive minded. By the way, children LOVE to be taught (and given permission) to quiet the mind and find stillness.
Phone: (902) 648-7828