Yoga at Char’s in Alberni

Alberni's Alysia Miller will begin at Char’s Landing on Argyle Street.

Alysia Miller will teach classical Hatha Yoga at Char’s Landing on Argyle Street in Port Alberni.

Alysia Miller will teach classical Hatha Yoga at Char’s Landing on Argyle Street in Port Alberni.

The Alberni Valley is now home to another opportunity for residents to increase physical, emotional and spiritual health and wellness.

Beginning Friday July 8 at 6:15 p.m., yoga classes with local teacher Alysia Miller will begin at Char’s Landing on Argyle Street.

For Miller, to begin teaching in the Valley is the culmination of many years of personal practice, nine months of training and study as a teacher, and almost eight months of waiting for the perfect space to come along.

The abundant natural light, beautiful antique windows and inviting floors at Char’s Landing provide an ideal setting for the study of yoga.

Miller is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance (http://yogaalliance.org), and completed her teacher training  with Kavita Maharaj of Red Door Yoga in Nanaimo.

She has been teaching through the Hot n Cool Yoga Club in Qualicum Beach, but she calls Port Alberni home and is looking forward to sharing the benefits of yoga with people in the Valley.

Miller will begin teaching a mixed-level Classical Hatha Yoga class, with an intention to add classes such as Vinyasa “Flow” Yoga, Yin Yoga, Power Yoga, Mediation and Pranayama (breath work), as well as classes for more advanced practitioners as interest in yoga in the Valley increases. Hatha Yoga classes are done with a meditative pacing, emphasizing  alignment and balance in the body.

Focussing on strength, endurance and flexibility, Hatha Yoga traditionally aimed to prepare the body for the rigors of meditation, but its practice today can be expanded to  rebalance the body and mind after stress, repetitive types of work, or static postures such as standing or sitting most of the day.

Miller’s Friday Hatha class will be tailored to the students present, bringing an appropriate challenge for all levels.

As a former modern dancer, Miller brings a lifetime of study of the physical body to her practice.

From her education and work experience in Port Alberni as a hospice volunteer, then as a practical nurse, and currently as doula and part of the West Coast Doulas, she deepened her knowledge of the inner workings of the body, always connecting it to the spiritual practice of yoga.

Her philosophy behind her teaching practice comes from experiencing the body as intimately connected with the mind and spirit: the three are inseparable, and creating health in one area can have deep and lasting effects on health in other areas.

She and her husband, artist Kyle Miller, are committed to a healthy lifestyle in the Valley after five years of residence, enjoying the Valley’s forest trails and local food.

Miller’s Classical Hatha Yoga classes at Char’s Landing will be offered for $10 drop in every Friday at 6:15pm. Reduced-fee punch cards can be purchased by students who would like to commit to multiple classes.

Miller is also available for private study and can be contacted at alysia@malayoga.ca For more information about yoga, and about other wellness classes at Char’s Landing, please visit www.charslanding.com, or Miller’s website, www.malayoga.ca.

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