SoulSpring Wellness

 

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SOULSPRING WELLNESS has been in operation since 2010 in Vancouver BC and is owned and operated by yoga therapist and teacher Christina Niven. SoulSpring offers therapeutic yoga, breathwork, and women’s healing circles and other personal transformation related events or experiences.

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It has had the pleasure of hosting the following esteemed master yoga teachers since 2010 as continuing education and professional development for yoga teachers:

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Judith Hanson Lasater:

Experiential Anatomy (2016)

Yoga for Anxiety, Anger and Depression (2015)

Moving from the Organs (2013)

Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga Teacher Training (2012)

Anatomy & Asana for the Sacral Iliac and Lumbar Spine (2012)

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Other teachers:

Tyr Throne, Somalogy (Therapeutic Movement, 2014)

Dr Loren Roche, The Radiance Sutras (Meditation Teacher Training, 2011)

Matthew Cohen, Sacred Energy Arts,  Santa Monica (Yoga & Qi Gong, 2011)

Julian Walker, Los Angeles (Yoga, Integral Theory and Ecstatic Dance, 2009, 2010)

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OFFERINGS
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YOGA
  • PRIVATE ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS in therapeutic yoga and assisted stretching
  • STUDIO CLASSES  in therapeutic yoga/ gentle movement
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BREATHWORK
  • GROUP SESSIONS people breathe together for a powerful transformative experience
  • ONE-ON-ONE ceremony and breathwork sessions drop in deep to sacred space for healing and integration of unresolved experiences
  • WORKSHOPS that include breathwork, women’s healing, sacred ceremony and movement

 

CHRISTINA NIVEN

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I am a certified yoga therapist, yoga teacher and a breathwork facilitator. My journey has been significantly shaped and influenced by an in-depth study and practice of yoga and a shamanic medicine path over the past 20 years.

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My yogic path…

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Yoga has significantly shaped and become an integral part of my life one the past two decades, and has spanned the gamut from strong vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga in my early years to now being slower, therapeutic, restful and meditative in nature. On my path, I have had wonderful teachers with great depth, knowledge and experience, most notably Judith Hanson Lasater (restorative) and Leila Stuart (yoga therapy) as it relates to my teaching today. Anatomy has been an ongoing keen interest for years, and continues to be. I am most particularly interested in working with and understanding our bodies as we age and supporting this process with grace, ease and health. I am a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and have 1600+ hours of yoga training and thousands of hours teaching experience. To see a detailed summary, please click on the link below.

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CLICK HERE for a detailed list of my training.

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As a teacher, I am articulate, specific and adaptive to my students. I hold a huge space of acceptance and allowing for wherever one is at, in whatever capacity. I teach yoga as a vehicle for supporting oneself through life with compassion, love and perseverance. Generally I teach those who are unable to attend regular yoga classes (though I can certainly teach the more able bodied as well!) and who require more in-depth knowledge and expertise from an instructor). Most of my classes primarily have a therapeutic and restorative focus, and provide more personalized instruction. And, upon request, I am also happy to teach anything from gentle through to stronger Hatha flow classes to individuals or groups.

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Yoga has helped me to know myself, my body and Being, and provides me with a foundation for taming the inner monkey mind, finding stillness and connecting to a Higher Source. It has helped to heal the disconnect I once felt and to soften into a gentler way of Being.

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My shamanic path …

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Back in 2001 I curiously embarked on an adventure to a shamanic weeklong gathering, having no idea of what I was getting myself into. The first ceremony given to me was to dig a large hole in the ground (a full day endeavor while also fasting without food or water), and then at sunset, to go into it and stay there all night, covered only by a tarp! That night changed my life forever. With the teachings I was given, I began to see things differently and how I was responsible for the thoughts and beliefs I held, and the choices I made. I was responsible for the life I was creating. This realization started the process of transforming my victim perspective into one that embraced my capacity and capability for this life. Since, then it has been a powerful and deep journey to authenticity and of great learning. I have been humbled so many times and am grateful.

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A beautiful complement to this yogic and shamanic journey is the practice of breathwork as taught by my teacher Robin Clements. This medicine is one of such beauty, so much heart and great authenticity, and I am grateful to have learned to share it with others. I want to share it with the world! It truly is medicine so well suited for these times.