TIM'S APPROACH

YOGA         TIM'S APPROACH
MY STORY…

the first thing most people mention when I say the word “yoga” is that you have to be flexible and in good shape to do that stuff. Well, I’m here to tell you first hand and straight up... you can be as stiff as a board when you start your practice. You may have tension in your body and feel physically sensational feelings as you begin to move your body to these ancient and healing movements. But you may just be surprised at how your body will respond when you give it a chance.
 
Human beings are very fearful of what they don’t know or understand. And my journey of discovering yoga has been a practice in learning what my body and mind can do in the face of that fear. When I first began my journey in February of 2011, I was scared and anxious, but I wanted to find out for myself what this thing was that so many people were doing in my community. Now, years later, I am feeling on top of the world and my body has responded in ways that I had no idea it would.

I decided to jump in with both feet, no sense in just dipping a toe in and not getting the full sensation of the practice. I joined a yoga class by the recommendation of a friend and discovered that I could, surprisingly, manage some of the poses. Maybe not as deep or as fluid as others around me, but I was doing it. I couldn’t manage a squat, but it was enough that the teacher was so positive and affirming in his directions on tipping and tilting our bodies to the rhythm of the meditative music playing softly in the background.

Persistence and a feeling of accomplishment week by week made me continue on to becoming a teacher in the practice of Classic Hatha Yoga and I know share my knowledge of learning with my students... from the ground up. I know how it could be for beginners to embark on a journey where they may never had tread before, but as a meditation coach, Reiki Master and healer, I could honestly say – ask your body to respond and you may get an answer that may surprise you. I can now do a squat without any pain, I can balance on my hands safely and effortlessly and still keep a calm and steady breath in my body without having the urge to run out of the room.

Yoga is a meditative practice, and whether you do it for physical activity, to lose inches off of your tummy, to tone and sculpt your muscles, it’s purpose in the beginning of existence was meant to allow us to be at ease with ourselves and our bodies. See what yoga can do for you in what ever capacity you wish to try it. Be that hot classes, Flow, Power, Restorative, Yin, or the Classic Hatha... you will never know until you try.


Yoga connects us to our physical as well as our energetic centres...

All of our bodies have the ability to bend, move, fold, reach, run, dance, skip... and we often times don’t connect the physical to the energetic sides. Each of our energy centres in our body (Chakras) are connected by energy Channels (Nadis or Meridians) and when we practice moving our body using the movements of yoga we activate these energy centres and build Life Force Energy (Prana). This Prana is similar to Reiki in the sense that without it... life does not exist. We think that by just giving ourselves fuel (food) and walking a little here and there, we can live perfectly healthy... but there is more to it than that. 

STRESS... what do you do when you have stress in your life?You eat a bucket of ice cream and crawl into bed. OR you yell and scream and kick things. OR you stew about it and make bad decisions and hurt people’s feelings and generally don’t solve that issue that originally brought the stress into your path.

PRANA... allows you to stay calm, to navigate through various options and outlooks when dealing with the stress. Prana gives us the energy when we should normally feel tired and withdrawn from life. It also sustains us when we go too long without eating a balanced meal, or traveling great distances on less than humanly needed sleep. We cannot exist without energy in the body... food OR Life Force Energy. 

YOGA IN GENERAL... helps to build Prana in the body, mind and spirit. It is the union between all three that allows us to practice living our lives with grace and ease. If you are feeling stress or pain, you are burning up and using Prana. If you are consciously moving through the flow of yoga with ease and grace and control of your breath... you are building Prana! This is why so many practices of yoga can make you feel drained and tired afterward, and it is not my place to say that one practice is better than another. But think for yourself, judge for yourself... can your body sustain energy without burning or consuming Prana if it is under stress? The old adage of “no pain no gain” is a curse upon the new ideologies upon our existence. Why do we constantly battle ourselves? why do we think that without pain life is not worth living?

Sure you might learn something... “that hurt... I’m not doing that again!” Listen to your body... it is YOUR GUIDE and we all too often take that guide for granted and let others tell us how to feel and take care of ourselves. So, that being said... I’m not telling you what to do... but if you’ve read this far, you’ll probably come to understand that I am a facilitator or information and guidance when someone is interested in learning more... so let my words guide you to ask more questions, try more things and never - never - never NOT do something because someone said so.

...happy bending and staying flexible beyond your hip joints!

RESTORATIVE YOGA… is a practice that invites the body to tap into it’s own innate abilities to heal. By slowing down, offering supports for the physical body and offering the mind to return inwards, we engage with the central nervous system (CNS) to relax and shift into a state of the parasympathetic mode rather than the sympathetic mode… usually our daily go-go-go lives. The poses are held for longer periods of time in reclined or relaxed, yet fully supported, positions. The room is kept darker and the sounds are more subdued. The use of sandbags, eye-pillows, blankets, bolsters, and blocks all help the physical state of the body to relay messages to the CNS to calm and begin to regenerate overused or damaged pathways in the body. Thus the healing process begins. 

INTEGRAL DYNAMIC MOVEMENT… the IDM Series describes a set of movements* expressed with integrity of connection and ease through the layers of myofascial lines in the physical body — hydrating, sustaining and strengthening from within. By moving the body through this set series we create a meditative state for the mind as the body is in motion.

A set of finely tuned and stabilizing movements in the body that both strengthen and hydrate the connective fascial webbing throughout the entire body. Use of stabilizing blocks, dowels and massage balls to create and inform the body of it’s own ability to heal and strengthen. Steady and effortless focussing on right tonality of repetitive movements integrating The Anatomy Trains** to maintain the health of the whole body.

*Based on the Tensegrity Series, by Gioa Irwin. / **Thomas W. Myers - www.anatomytrains.com

TESTIMONIALS

MY STORY…

“Thank you for a beautiful class last evening. I liked your comment about loving one's body. Before class, when I was putting on my yoga wear I noticed a lot of wrinkles and thought, "I've been in this skin for a while. I can remember when it was firm; I remember it when I was a small child. Bravo, Body for being strong enough to reach this stage and sty feel good!" Actually I feel more comfortable in my skin and physically better than ever.”
– Rose P. (Vancouver, BC)

“My sleep was probably the best sleep I've had in a long time! And I woke up with such minimal pain it was really amazing. Gratitude was oozing from everywhere!"
– Aaron P. (Vancouver, BC)

“I’m so pleased that I am getting better at Tensegrity. Last year I couldn’t do the boat or canoe and I’m managing to keep my feet off the ground now for 2 of the 3 reps. AND, my hips always feel fantastic after a night of Tensegrity.”
– Sherry U. (Vancouver, BC)

“What a fabulous, rejuvenating weekend!!!! I have made everyone so jealous all week talking about how amazing and open I feel. I'm full of life and I am so grateful. The weeks leading up to it where rough and I was feeling down. The Blues are gone and I'm ready to rock the world!!!! 

I'm so in for next year. Keep me posted on details and I'll start sending out invites!!! I know some friends that really need this!!!!”
– Angela E. (Do Less Retreat 2015 - Whistler, BC)

“Thank you so much for the amazing opportunity and generosity in inviting me to partake last night in the Do Less Project. It was a tremendously relaxing experience and the energy in the room was definitely one of contentment. I am a yinster who does too much, lol, always trying to find ways to weigh down, deepen, expand a pose, rather than just be in it. This is partially attributed to my having initially been drawn to yoga as a physical practice. As a student, I sought out yin classes to gain even more flexibility ... wow, can you say results-oriented?

After training and getting into teaching, my approach has decidedly relaxed, but remnants remain. Which is why it was so valuable to me to be in poses that truly did not leave room to "do more", and to also learn from you, watching you nurture and customize based on people's bodies, and create an environment that was welcoming and allowed people to just be.

With love and appreciation.”
– Quynh M. (Do Less Workshop - The Path Yoga Centre, Vancouver, BC)

“Humbling thank you for an amazing evening Tim. My hips and SI joints were not in great shape last night. This morning all pain and discomfort is gone. I loved the bio-mat. I still feel the warmth radiating through my back. I also never properly thanked you for the wonderful head massage. When you were massaging between my brows, it felt to me just like I feel when I pat a purring cat, such a soothing calming experience. And early this morning while quasi-sleeping, I had an experience of total acceptance for a few fleeting seconds which produced such a feeling of peace like I’d never experienced before.

Coincidence...I think not!

With love, appreciation and gratitude...”
– Candy (Do Less Workshop - The Path Yoga Centre, Vancouver, BC)

“I've really enjoyed your Yin Yoga class at YYoga. Oddly enough, I'm Level II Reiki and I picked up on some great energy both classes and had 2 unique experiences from the 2 classes I did with you.

My class with you last night, I saw brilliant red/orange colors and it was centered around my Third Eye chakra. I have never had that experience before! Your approach is brilliant! 

Humbling thank you.”
– Dena (YYoga - Yin Yoga, Vancouver, BC)

“An ongoing series asking 5 (Panch) Questions (Q) about personal journeys of spiritual growth. This month, the Spice Mistress interviews... Tim Cyr...

Tim Cyr is a an intuitive yoga teacher and multi-disciplined healer. His approach of “less is more” is intertwined within the gentle forms of yoga he shares — listening and allowing the body and breath to be the true guides of this practice and then allowing conscious healing to begin. ( Read the full interview here. )”
– Glynnis AKA Spice Mistress (PanchaQ interview, Vancouver, BC)

“Thank you! I can't believe how important it is to do less. I love your line about ‘taking out one thing from your schedule and do one more do less thing’. It is so important. It is crazy what your body tells you when you stop to listen and take care of it ...mind,body and soul.”
– Amanda B. (do less... Vancouver, BC)

“Thanks Tim. I am very, very grateful to have you guiding me through the very beautiful and gentle alignment of body, mind, and Spirit that Restorative yoga has brought to my life. I suspect that the next “re-alignment” to occur will be my mid and upper cervical spine based on the pain that I am now experiencing in those parts of my body. Fortunately, I do remember how much pain my lower back and pelvis were in when I started seeing you so, I am loving that my body is now ready to restore balance to the upper part of my beautiful body.
– Sherry U. (Vancouver, BC)

“And I’m totally looking forward to the next sessions. I’m getting it now how a group becomes very cohesive and it creates this amazing flow in the sessions as everyone moves thru the poses. My body is LOVING this yoga and my energy is really becoming “yoked”!! J

Thank you for your tender care of us!”
– Krista G. (Vancouver Police Yoga Group)

“Thank you for amazing retreat. I am soooo grateful to both of you for time away from the city. I am at home and already missing the group. It was well organized on your guys part and enjoyed all the sessions, I think I attended all of them. Keep up the contribution you do to the community and how much you have touched everyone's life by making them so happy being around you.”
– Paula S. (attended the “do less...” retreat 2013)

“Hi Tim. Just wanted to say thanks again for joining us for our Youth Wellness Event on March 13th. We really appreciate you offering your time and sharing yoga and mindfulness with us. Please stay in touch. We'd love to collaborate with you again in the future and please let us know if there's anything we can do to support your work. Keep Well and Keep Inspiring.”
– Brent S. (Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre - The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids' Mental Health www.forcesociety.com) 

“Tim! Thank YOU. What a wonderful evening for me and my friend...we had such a great time. I will absolutely share my feedback and spread the words to friends and family. My whole acting class is already quite curious of the kind of yoga I do as I've described it as... ‘I lie on the floor for hours covered in blankets and supported by pillows and blocks - random massages occur - everyone sits around at the end glowing and eating chocolate together.’

They are...intrigued...to say the least. Thank you, thank you. So very much.”
– Alex S. (participant “do less...” Workshop, February 17, 2013)

“Inspired by some Twitter flutter, I purchased two tickets to Bring The Balance's ‘Do More Less’ workshop, for Peter S. and myself, conveniently just post Valentine's Day.  

It's the first time I've looked at the price of a yoga class/workshop and thought - yes! That is fantastic value for the event. For $40 you get 3 hours of restorative and yin yoga, a head massage, a foot rub and reiki while you zen out on your comfy mat. Only feedback - make the foot rub longer! 

What to expect: a very quiet, meditative like evening. Some acoustic music, candles, and at the end - bliss balls. What's lovely is that Chris + Tim do all of the work, so you truly can do more less. From setting up the room, to helping adjust your props, and putting everything away after, I felt like I was floating home. 

Warning: like any good drug, probably a good idea to steer clear of operating any heavy machinery after one of these evenings.”
– Crystal H. (participant “do less...” Workshop, February 17, 2013 - via Yelp)

“Hi Tim, it’s “B” the pregnant one from last night ;) Just wanted to thank you and Chris for the wonderful “Do Less” yoga class last night…It was wonderful. My Aunt who had come with me has had a rough two years with depression and anxiety, so I was a little nervous for her as she was. I had told her if she needed to leave at any time we could. But she loved it and loved you guys. She said you guys are “darling”! ;)

Anyway thank you for taking such good care of my Aunt and making her feel so comfortable and also for helping me through class and making modifications where I needed them. Thank you again and you might see me again as my other Aunt is already wanting to go.”
– Beriwan B. (participant from “do less...” Workshop)

“I attended the "Do Less..." workshop this evening at The Path Yoga Studio, which I purchased through Bring the Balance (Tim Cyr ran the event with Chris Brandt). I found the workshop listed on yelp events a while back, and bought my ticket as an early birthday present to myself (I like to get myself a class or workshop as a personal bday present). After tonight's workshop, I've decided to continue celebrating my birthday all year long with the monthly "Do Less" workshop series ... The 11th happens every month, so I can pretend it's like a miniature birthday again, right? Right!

I love yin yoga, but I had never tried restorative yoga before, so I looked forward to a combination of the familiar and the new. I had built it up a bit in my expectations (being my very own birthday present and all that), and the actual experience managed to exceed my expectations. 

The space was fabulous (see my review for The Path), and the workshop itself felt like a yummy and cozy vacation inside a comfy nest. During the 3-hour class (which did not feel that long at all), we did relatively few poses, as is characteristic of yin & restorative yoga, and the instructors' vibe combined with the beautiful space to create an oasis of deep and genuine serenity in the middle of my crazy-end-of-semester life. I loved Tim's & Chris' fun and light-hearted approach because it felt genuine, and was based on a deep respect for the healing power of the practice, and for each of us as individuals. At the core of the fun was a real and true principle: trying to do "too much," as many/most of us do, is not a bad thing to do, but it does require a balancing effort of "doing less" in order to preserve and maintain our good health. 

So, I look forward to continuing my own personal insanity of work and school in the new year, but now with the balancing effect of these "doing less" moments of bliss. Oh, and they promised us that the scrumptious chocolate "bliss balls" we ate had negative calories, which capped off a perfect evening. I'm also looking into to their weekend retreat in Whistler next June. It's a yoga retreat with hot tubs and happy hour. Sign me up for that...”
– Danielle B. (participant “do less...” Workshop, Dec 2, 2012 - via Yelp)

“I was at the Do Less workshop on sunday in Vancouver...and I just need to say THANK YOU again! For someone who is always on the go, it was just what I needed. Now to cultivate more of that in my life! - Thanks!”
– Danelle P. (participant from 2012 Vancouver Yoga Conference)

“Tim thank you soooooo much for the lovely session today. I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in the class. You are an amazing teacher.”
– Lorna M. (visited Om Prem Yoga Studio, West Vancouver, BC)

“Thank you Tim... :) You and Chris Brandt are both equally amazing for the wonderful work you do. And my team is so very fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to work with you both on Sunday... we really do need both relaxation and bliss these days... so thank you truly.”

ADDENDUM post “do less...” Workshop (October 28th, 2012)
“I am feeling much more peaceful, rested and with more energy and wellbeing now than prior to this time with both of you tonight. i have received 3 emails of thanks already [from our team]... so please know that it's not only me who feels grateful. :)

Wishing you both a peaceful sleep. Warmest thoughts out there.”

ADDENDUM creating more “do less...” Workshops for People Helping People
“You both are so lovely... thank you for all of your generosity, energy, support, and commitment... and diligence! These 2 [new] dates have been organized so quickly!

I have been discussing Sunday's workshop with other staff in the hospital and they all seem excited by future offerings. You're right Tim- what begins as a small ripple grows and grows... it's lead to many discussions of cultivating a mindful workplace and how do we care for people we work with. I think the workshop demonstrated to many that in this crazy time of health-care when you are always meeting people's needs over your own at a crazy-making pace it is important to be mindful of returning to self... I think a craving that many of us are having these days... So a truly sincere appreciation and respect for the work that you both do.”
– Andrea J. (Oncology Dept. - BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC)

“Thank you so very much for tonight's class Tim. I needed it after a long absence. I really appreciate your amazing energy and positive vibes that you bring to every class. I really admire that. See you soon! Namaste! :)"
– Rob H. (Vancouver, BC)

“Dearest Tim and Chris... WOW!!!! What a truly exquisite evening - and that was before the Bliss-Balls appeared, they nearly tipped me right over the edge. My mind, body and soul are all skipping, twirling and dancing around, holding up large banners that read 'thank you so much, you guys rock and we love you'.

Have signed up for the October evening so look forward to seeing you both then!

Much warmth and love to you both and thanks again...”
– Rebecca Jones (Vancouver, BC)

“I'm going to sum up Tim and his amazing ‘reikiflexology’ in one word - AWESOME! Thank you so much for bringing your gift to us at Curves! I'm looking forward to more YOGA too!”
– Diane (Vancouver, BC)

“Thank you so much for last night.... It was awesome... I truly enjoyed every moment and will definitely be booking a few more days as soon as this morning. It was.... Pure bliss. You guys found a perfect balance in the art of doing nothing.... Love it !!!

Thanks again for being who you are... Namaste”
– Brigitte (Vancouver, BC)

“And from the bottom, top and all sides of my heart, and from the bottom of my feet to the top of my head, thank you! Absolutely AMAZING! Trust me when I say this, I is truly blessed.

Hugs, hugs and more hugs!”
– Darlene (Vancouver, BC)

“I loved the workshop - it was fabulous, so fabulous that I have signed up for the October one, and I'm bringing my best friend too :-) Oh and I just couldn't resist next years weekend retreat so...... I'm signed up!!!! Thank you so much, you both warm my heart and soul beyond belief!”
– Rebecca C. (Vancouver, BC)

“I have to say your class last night was groundbreaking. The work on the feet and then somehow you also opened the chest and topped with the reiki/head massage. You opened up some things for me that I have been working on for some time, needless to say last night and today has been a tough release of some very old junk, but I am thankful.

There's love & healing in them hands.”
– JB (Vancouver, BC)

“Words will not fully describe Tim’s yoga experience at Richmond YYoga in Vancouver, BC. It was truly amazing!!

Tim's engaging personality, voice, gentle manner, knowledge base and ability to clearly explain and guide the class through the session was so healing. The elements of the session flowed to initially create the space to begin — taking us out of our stress infused life and into this blissful sanctuary. The poses targeted foundational and fundamental parts of the body (shoulders, pelvis, spine) knowing that focusing on the 'one' impacts the 'many' when it comes to releasing the body/mind. As I have physical challenges with my body, Tim provided modification and adaptation suggestions to allow me to receive the most, for me, from the poses. He attended to comfort and positioning details making me feel stable, capable and successful. 

Thank you for this most enjoyable opportunity.”
– Linda Hurkot, MSLP, CBP, BAT (Registered Speech Language Pathologist - Certified BodyTalk Practitioner - BodyTalk Access Trainer) (Lethbridge, AB)

“I attended Tim's class, as a guest, last Thursday evening at YYoga - Yaletown. It was a most awesome experience. Tim has a unique talent for blending knowledge, relaxation, bliss, humour and the healing nature of yoga for restoring and regenerating the body and mind.

He brought the theme of 'button pushing' to the class — and the fact that we all have buttons that can be pushed by people and situations that we may encounter during our day. The visualization that he suggested and developed through the class was very effective. It could be applied to any 'button' that one chose to highlight at that time. Seeing the dispersion, dissolving or minimizing of the button by the end of the class, truly enhanced the meaning and deepness of the session.”
– Linda Hurkot, MSLP, CBP, BAT (Registered Speech Language Pathologist - Certified BodyTalk Practitioner - BodyTalk Access Trainer) (Lethbridge, AB)

“After last night's yin yoga (with Tim) my joints are all slippery and buttery smooth like never before. I can't remember ever putting my socks on in the morning with such ease. Unbelievable. Thanks to Tim I can remain a single woman (without partnering up just to get help with my socks!!) My future looks very bright today!”

Yours,
Old Butter Hips"
– Jean Smith (Yin Yoga at Curves on Broadway and Victoria,Vancouver, BC)

“Thank you so much for your beautiful yoga... you and Tim are powerful together... I had some great shifts today with the energy and I am so grateful... Tim when I look at your face I think of the smiling Buddha and I see your love first and foremost... how grateful I am to have experienced your love and energy once again...next time you are in town I would like to take your Reiki as it has been years since I first took it and you would be an amazing teacher... thank you for your chants Farren & Tim they touched my heart. All these good energy shifts and look what comes effortlessly. May you both be as blessed as we were today sharing in your love energy! Namaste.”
– Janice Neigum (Yoga taught with Farren Assaly - www.gardenofbreathin.com - Medicine Hat, AB)

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