Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters 2017

 

Yogathon Fundraiser

Use your Practice to Transform Girls’ Lives

Come get downward dog with us this summer at our annual Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters fundraiser. This year, hundreds of yogis will come together in North Vancouver, New Westminster and Vancouver to raise much needed funds for our mentoring programs.

Ready to use your warrior pose to help girls in the Lower Mainland reach their full potential? Pick your location below!

Our North Vancouver Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters event raised $18,475. Let's beat that in New Westminster and Vancouver!

1) Choose your location.

Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters is hosting 3 events in 3 communities on three different dates this summer. Choose to take part in yogathons in North Vancouver, New Westminster and/or Vancouver.

2) Sign up.

There are three ways you can sign up to participate in Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters.

- As a corporate team with your colleagues

- As a team of friends

- As an individual yogi

3) Invite your friends.

Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters is a community event. Invite your friends to join your team, donate or cheer you on at the event.

4) Fundraise at least $100.

Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters is all about using your practice to transform girls' lives. We ask that you raise at least $100 to help us give girls in your community a positive Big Sister. We've got some great fundraising incentive prizes along the way, so start early for more chances to win!

5) Show up and have fun.

The last thing to do is attend the event. No need to reserve a spot at your favourite class, just show up with your mat for the full yogathon (6 classes), half yogathon (3 classes) and yoga-inspired workshops.

In 2016, we served 775 girls with the support of 650 volunteers.
But, there are another 175 girls waiting for a Big Sister of their own.

Your participation in Big Yoga™ can help change this!


Yoga builds self-confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness.  Yoga improves focus, concentration, breathing, listening and relaxation skills.  Yoga helps us deal with challenges with an open heart.  Yoga also develops physical fitness and it’s a lot of fun!

As a leading child and youth mentoring charity, Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland facilitates life-changing relationships that inspire and empower girls to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens. We believe that by changing the course of young lives through supportive mentoring relationships, we can change the course of a community’s future.

Questions about registering, donating or just plain anything? I'm Johanna. Call me at 604-873-4525 ext. 326 or email me!

Thank You to our Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters 2017 Sponsors
Bakasana (Crow Pose) Sponsor

Utkatasana (Chair Pose) Sponsors

Dunbar Dental Clinic  |  Merchant Advance Capital  |  Neptune Bulk Terminals (Canada) Ltd.


 Media
Vrksasana (Tree Pose) Sponsors
                       

Gift in Kind
Navasana (Boat Pose) Sponsor
     
Uttanasana (Rag Doll Pose) Sponsor

Downtown New West BIA  |  Halfmoon  |  Taste Nirvana Coconut Water

Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) Sponsor

ivivva  |  Total Therapy  |  Whites LES

Balasana (Child's Pose) Sponsor

Freeyumm     |     Recycling Alternative     |     Skoah

North Vancouver   New Westminster   Vancouver


August 12, 2017
in New Westminster at Westminster Pier Park

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So far we’ve raised

Help us reach $25,000!

Use your practice to transform girls' lives at Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters New Westminster and raise needed funds for Big Sisters BCLM. Sign up for the yogathon in Westminster Pier Park on August 12 by clicking below.

Unable to participate, but still want to contribute? You can be part of the Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters movement by donating here. Any amount makes a difference.

You can even attribute your donation to a specific team or team member.

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Yoga Class Schedule

9:00 AM to 9:45 AM - Bianca Lorage - Sunrise Yoga

Bianca works as an Outreach Worker supporting families and children facing poverty, mental illness and addictions, through facilitating programs that build social-emotional learning and promote physical literacy. Through working in this field, she began to realize the heaviness that can come with caring for others in difficult situations, and the mental and emotional implications that will inevitably show up without proper self-care. Yoga was the gateway that opened up a world of self-care practices and introduced Bianca to an inspiring and supportive community of people from many backgrounds.Since taking her first 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2015, Bianca has been inspired by the philosophies that guide yoga, and the self-study it encourages. As she continues to study different modalities in holistic wellness, she hopes to instill this curiosity of self-discovery and self-love within others. Bianca’s classes offer a welcoming space for all abilities, and have a strong focus on building self compassion and care.

Bianca is also teaching a team building for teens workshop after lunch. See below "Workshop Schedule" for more info.

Class Description

Start the day with a sampling of different yoga styles. This unique Sunrise Yoga class starts with an energizing flow/hatha and then eases into a yin/restorative style of practice.

9:50 AM to 10:35 AM - Michele Labelle - Hatha/Kundalini

Michele Labelle is an adventurer, world traveler and has a love for children of all ages.

Her career as a Respiratory Therapist of 16 years gave her a unique view on the breath. Her meditation and self inquiry have been on going since 1996. She started teaching yoga in 2003 and has a passion for teaching teens. She volunteered for 7 years with Yoga Outreach, teaching teens in corrections. This led her to initiate a program in adolescent mental health at BC Childrens Hospital.

Her styles of yoga are Hatha, Restorative, Yin and Kundalini.

Students of all ages who attend her classes say they are fun & inspiring. Michele invites you to enjoy and share a few stretches for your body and mind.

Michelle is also teaching a First Aid for Anxiety workshop at 10:50 AM. See below "Workshop Schedule" for more information.

Class Description

We invite you to try this combo class, that shares classic Hatha Asana (postures) with Pranayama (breathing) that includes standing , floor and Shavasana (relaxation). At the height of the class we will do some fun Kundalini Yoga designed to stimulate the nervous and immune system that opens your spirit and releases stress in a powerful way. Benefits of Kundalini yoga includes weight management, enhanced creativity, liver detoxification and much more which you will learn in the class. This class is good for all levels and please bring a smile and a friend.

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10:50 AM to 11:35 AM - Cam Lee - Yin

Cam has a love for for moving her body and uses yoga as a tool to fuel her life. Through yoga she has been able to develop a deeper connection to her body and and keep healthy and pain free. In her classes she focuses on functional movement and mobility and guides her students in achieving their goals, whether it be for mediation, mobility, or to increase performance.

When Cam isn’t in the yoga studio she loves getting and staying outside whether it’s rock or glacier climbing, hiking (especially if it involves camping) or creating and producing visual projects in film and photography!

Cam is certified in Aerial Yoga, Pilates, Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative and Yin Yoga. www.camleeyoga.com

Class Description

A slow-paced practice, Yin Yoga involves variations of seated and supine poses typically held for 3 to 5 minutes, accessing deeper layers of fascia and enhancing joint mobility and flexibility.

LUNCH

12:15 PM to 1:00 PM - Colleen Datt - Hatha

I offer a therapeutic space to connect body, mind and heart not only to self but to others through movement, music and philosophy. I believe yoga is a process that involves confronting your limits and rising above while still honouring your authenticity and accepting your uniqueness. I am an ambassador for yoga and I aspire to share the gift of yoga and all of its offerings so we can take the practice off our mats into real life living. I lead various styles, including vinyasa flow and trauma sensitive yoga with the emphasis on making the practice accessible to all.

Colleen is also teaching a abhyanaga self-care massage practices from an Ayurveda perspective workshop at 2:30 PM. See below "Workshop Schedule" for more information.

Class Description

Hatha is a slow practice that emphasizes a balance of postural alignment and breathing techniques to stretch and strengthen your body, and calm your mind and spirit.

1:05 PM to 1:50 PM - Tamara Maxim - Flow

As a young child Tamara spent time at the Yasodhara Ashram on Kootenay Lake, lead by Swami Sivananda Radha. Tamara returned to the ashram as a young adult to study, live and practice yoga. Her style of teaching over the past 15 years has evolved from her roots at the Ashram and through more than 20 years of practicing styles such as Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Hot, Yin, and Restorative. The spiritual aspects of yoga and symbolic meaning of the postures bring deeper meaning to her practice and classes. Tamara has joyfully spent the past six years teaching yoga to her high school students who have special needs and is honored to share her passion and love of yoga with the community!Tamara currently teaches weekly Flow yoga classes at Move Studio in New Westminster.

Tamara is also teaching a kids yoga class in the workshop tent at 2:05 PM. See below "Workshop Schedule" for more information.

Class Description

Flow from one pose to the next with a dynamic sequence of postures that synchronizes your breath with movement in order to build strength, balance, and flexibility.

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2:05 PM to 2:50 PM - Jennifer Higgins - Yoga Dance

Jenni started dancing at age three and by nine she began intensive training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet followed by Kidco Theater Dance Company, Banff Center for the Arts, and Victoria Arts Collaborative, just to name a few. Jenni continued dancing and performing locally and internationally, including spending two years based out of London, England.

She holds her BA in Dance and Kinesiology from the University of Calgary, RYT 200 from Open Source Yoga and certification from CPI for Pilates.

After an injury, Jenni turned her focus to yoga and pilates as a means of rehabilitation. This is when she started teaching full time. Returning to the west coast in 2003, she has been teaching at The Shadbolt Center for the Arts, Yyoga and various other studios.

In 2014 Jenni opened MOVE STUDIO in New Westminster and continues to connect community through MOVEment! She is a Lululemon Ambassador and is frequently on the roster for retreats, teacher trainings and festivals!

Jennifer is also teaching a yogalates workshop at 1:30 PM. See below "Workshop Schedule" for more information.

Class Description

YogaDance is a rhythmically focused practice that combines asanas with different dance styles and an awesome playlist. No previous dance experience is necessary, just the desire to move on your mat.


Workshop Schedule

9:25 AM to 9:20 AM - Alessandra Liu - Meditation

Workshop Description

In this workshop, you will be guided through a visual, imagery meditation practice, with a focus on pranayama. You will be taken to a place of calm and stillness, where the mind will be opened to inspiration and purpose. You will be able to release any negative energies, and welcome any positive energies.

About Alessandra

Alessandra used to compete as a national level Olympic Weightlifter, and suffered a back injury which prompted her to take a step back from the sport. To maintain an active lifestyle, she committed to yoga and meditation, and found that it not only helped her with her injury, but also helped her on an emotional and spiritual level. Alessandra became a teacher to learn more about the beautiful art of yoga and mindfulness, and to be able to inspire others on their journeys. She loves weaving philosophy into her classes, and her favourite style of yoga is a powerful vinyasa flow. When she is not at her mat, she is adventuring through the mountains, strolling by the beach, or playing with her Yorkie.

Alessandra is also teaching chakra flow yoga in the workshop tent at 9:50 AM. See below for details.

9:50 AM to 10:20 AM - Alessandra Liu - Chakra Flow Yoga

Workshop Description

In this workshop, you will learn about the seven centres of spiritual power in the human body, and how they relate to your life and yoga practice through a meaningful flow class. You will leave practice feeling connected and rejuvenated, through the mind, body, and spirit.

About Alessandra

Alessandra used to compete as a national level Olympic Weightlifter, and suffered a back injury which prompted her to take a step back from the sport. To maintain an active lifestyle, she committed to yoga and meditation, and found that it not only helped her with her injury, but also helped her on an emotional and spiritual level. Alessandra became a teacher to learn more about the beautiful art of yoga and mindfulness, and to be able to inspire others on their journeys. She loves weaving philosophy into her classes, and her favourite style of yoga is a powerful vinyasa flow. When she is not at her mat, she is adventuring through the mountains, strolling by the beach, or playing with her Yorkie.

Alessandra is also leading a meditation in the workshop tent at 9:25 AM. See above for details.

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10:50 AM to 11:35 AM - Michele Labelle - First Aid for Anxiety

Workshop Description

Anxiety can be caused by many factors, environment, medical or brain chemistry are a few of them.

Today we have so many expectations and pressures from social media, school, family and daily life. This workshop will assist you with 3-simple ways to combat stress in a healthy way that can be used in a moment notice especially when needed most. Understanding the cause of the anxiety and what to do for yourself or a friend during a stressful time is an important life skill. Please bring a note pad and pen.

About Michelle

Michele Labelle is an adventurer, world traveler and has a love for children of all ages.

Her career as a Respiratory Therapist of 16 years gave her a unique view on the breath. Her meditation and self inquiry have been on going since 1996. She started teaching yoga in 2003 and has a passion for teaching teens. She volunteered for 7 years with Yoga Outreach, teaching teens in corrections. This led her to initiate a program in adolescent mental health at BC Childrens Hospital.

Her styles of yoga are Hatha, Restorative, Yin and Kundalini.

Students of all ages who attend her classes say they are fun & inspiring. Michele invites you to enjoy and share a few stretches for your body and mind.

Michelle is also teaching a hatha/kundalini yoga class at 9:50 AM. See above "Yoga Class Schedule" for more information.

LUNCH

12:15 PM to 12:55 PM - Bianca & Nicole Lorage – Kula Workshop: Community of the Heart

Workshop Description

Yoga focuses on turning inwards, connecting to our bodies, breath and spirit. However, it is also important to acknowledge those around us and begin to reconnect with our communities. We are seeing radical shifts in how we connect with others, as technology continues to play an increasingly stronger role in our communication. For this 45 minute workshop, Nicole and Bianca offer you to come and connect with the community that has come together to support this incredible event. You will be guided through activities to create new connections and build a sense of community, with open dialogue in a safe and supportive space. All ages and abilities are invited to join in and spread the love!

About Bianca

Bianca works as an Outreach Worker supporting families and children facing poverty, mental illness and addictions, through facilitating programs that build social-emotional learning and promote physical literacy. Through working in this field, she began to realize the heaviness that can come with caring for others in difficult situations, and the mental and emotional implications that will inevitably show up without proper self-care. Yoga was the gateway that opened up a world of self-care practices and introduced Bianca to an inspiring and supportive community of people from many backgrounds.

Since taking her first 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2015, Bianca has been inspired by the philosophies that guide yoga, and the self-study it encourages. As she continues to study different modalities in holistic wellness, she hopes to instill this curiosity of self-discovery and self-love within others. Bianca’s classes offer a welcoming space for all abilities, and have a strong focus on building self compassion and care.

Bianca is also teaching a sunrise yoga class at 9:00 AM. See above "Yoga Class Schedule" for more info.

About Nicole

Nicole Lorage is a nature lover, fitness instructor, writer, and wild woman living passionately in service of the Earth. Having recently completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Sustainable Development, Nicole is now on a journey of self-discovery guided by authentic connection, adventure-seeking, and the mysteries of the more-than-human. Inspired by the healing, empowerment, and spirituality of movement, Nicole is a fitness leader in her community, teaching strength and conditioning classes with the aspiration to bring yoga to her practice in the future.

As an alumnus of Simon Fraser University’s Semester Outside in the City program, Nicole is continuing her studies and applying her knowledge to practice around nature-based, experiential learning in her roles as a Teaching Assistant for the program, and facilitator for the Outdoor Dialogue Series. It is Nicole’s vision for the world to recognize the agency of nature that will in turn unearth the wild wisdom we all carry within.

1:00 PM to 1:25 PM - Jennifer Varney - Barre Workshop

Workshop Description

A revitalizing and restorative Barre Fitness™ class, using a combination of dynamic and active stretching techniques, and dance conditioning paired with a deep focus on elongation and breath. This class will not only tone the body, it will focus the mind too! Open to all levels.

About Jennifer

Jennifer was born and raised in Vancouver, BC and has been performing and teaching professionally for over 15 years. She has 20 years of extensive training in many dance styles including jazz, tap, and ballet. After many years traveling abroad as a professional dancer, Jennifer settled back into her hometown roots and began her teaching career as a dance instructor at various competitive studios in the Lower Mainland.

Not only is Jen a well-trained dancer and respected instructor, she’s an avid fitness enthusiast and advocate. She started as a client at Barre Fitness in Yaletown & North Van and it wasn’t long before she realized that Barre Fitness meant more to her than the exceptional workout it offered. The Barre community is something that resonated with Jen and she knew she had to be a part of this community in a big way.

The technique behind the workout combines Jen’s love for both dance and fitness and it was a “no-brainer” to her that she would be the third franchisee owner. Along with her husband, Jen has two beautiful young girls that you can catch dancing up a storm at the new Port Moody studio!

1:30 PM to 1:50 PM - Jennifer Higgins - Yogalates

Workshop Description

This class has the best of both worlds! You will get the stretch and mindfulness you need from yoga, and the strength and tone from Pilates. All centered around breath and connection.

About Jennifer

Jenni started dancing at age three and by nine she began intensive training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet followed by Kidco Theater Dance Company, Banff Center for the Arts, and Victoria Arts Collaborative, just to name a few. Jenni continued dancing and performing locally and internationally, including spending two years based out of London, England.

She holds her BA in Dance and Kinesiology from the University of Calgary, RYT 200 from Open Source Yoga and certification from CPI for Pilates.

After an injury, Jenni turned her focus to yoga and pilates as a means of rehabilitation. This is when she started teaching full time. Returning to the west coast in 2003, she has been teaching at The Shadbolt Center for the Arts, Yyoga and various other studios.

In 2014 Jenni opened MOVE STUDIO in New Westminster and continues to connect community through MOVEment! She is a Lululemon Ambassador and is frequently on the roster for retreats, teacher trainings and festivals!

Jennifer is also teaching a yoga dance class at 2:05 PM. See above "Yoga Class Schedule" for more information.

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2:05 PM to 2:25 PM - Tamara Maxim - Kids Yoga

Workshop Description

Join Tamara for a dynamic Kids Yoga class! We will have a fun-filled 20 minutes that will help kids relax, find their balance, and connect with their inner-animal pose!

About Tamara

As a young child Tamara spent time at the Yasodhara Ashram on Kootenay Lake, lead by Swami Sivananda Radha. Tamara returned to the ashram as a young adult to study, live and practice yoga. Her style of teaching over the past 15 years has evolved from her roots at the Ashram and through more than 20 years of practicing styles such as Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Hot, Yin, and Restorative. The spiritual aspects of yoga and symbolic meaning of the postures bring deeper meaning to her practice and classes. Tamara has joyfully spent the past six years teaching yoga to her high school students who have special needs and is honored to share her passion and love of yoga with the community!Tamara currently teaches weekly Flow yoga classes at Move Studio in New Westminster.

Tamara is also teaching a flow yoga class at 1:05 PM. See above "Yoga Class Schedule" for more information.

2:30 PM to 2:55 PM - Colleen Datt - Abhyanaga Self-Care Massage Practices from an Ayurveda Perspective

Workshop Description

The summer months are the perfect time to experiment with abhyanga – the Ayurvedic art of oil massage. Abhyanga (self massage with warm oil) nourishes the skin, as well as soothes the nervous system, stimulates the circulation of blood and lymph, and enlivens the immune system. This nurturing practice also helps moisturize the body so it doesn’t dry out in the heat of the summer sun.

About Colleen

I offer a therapeutic space to connect body, mind and heart not only to self but to others through movement, music and philosophy. I believe yoga is a process that involves confronting your limits and rising above while still honouring your authenticity and accepting your uniqueness. I am an ambassador for yoga and I aspire to share the gift of yoga and all of its offerings so we can take the practice off our mats into real life living. I lead various styles, including vinyasa flow and trauma sensitive yoga with the emphasis on making the practice accessible to all.

Colleen is also teaching a hatha yoga class 12:15 PM. See above "Yoga Class Schedule" for more information.

Bianca Lorage

Bianca Lorage

Since taking her first 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2015, Bianca has been inspired by the philosophies that guide yoga, and the self-study it encourages. Bianca’s classes offer a welcoming space for all abilities, and have a strong focus on building self compassion and care.

Bianca is teaching Sunrise Yoga at 9 AM and a Kula Workshop: Community of the Heart class in the Workshop Tent at 12:15 PM.

Michele Labelle

Michele Labelle

Michele Labelle is an adventurer, world traveler and has a love for children of all ages. Students of all ages who attend her classes say they are fun & inspiring. Michele invites you to enjoy and share a few stretches for your body and mind.

Michelle is teaching Hatha/Kundalini at 9:50 AM and a First Aid for Anxiety class in the Workshop Tent at 10:50 AM. 

Cam Lee

Cam has a love for for moving her body and uses yoga as a tool to fuel her life. Through yoga she has been able to develop a deeper connection to her body and and keep healthy and pain free. In her classes she focuses on functional movement and mobility and guides her students in achieving their goals, whether it be for mediation, mobility, or to increase performance.

Cam is teaching yin yoga at 10:50 AM.

Colleen Datt

Colleen Datt

Colleen offers a therapeutic space to connect body, mind and heart not only to self but to others through movement, music and philosophy. She believes yoga is a process that involves confronting your limits and rising above while still honouring your authenticity and accepting your uniqueness.

Colleen is teaching Hatha at 12:15 PM and an abhyanaga self-care massage practices from an Ayurveda perspective workshop at 2:30 PM.

Tamara Maxim

Tamara Maxim

Tamara's style of teaching over the past 15 years has evolved from her roots at the Ashram and through more than 20 years of practicing styles such as Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Hot, Yin, and Restorative. The spiritual aspects of yoga and symbolic meaning of the postures bring deeper meaning to her practice and classes.

Tamara is teaching Flow at 1:05 PM and a kids' yoga class in the Workshop Tent at 2:05 PM. 

Jennifer Higgins

Jennifer Higgins

Jenni started dancing at age three and by nine she began intensive training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet followed by Kidco Theater Dance Company, Banff Center for the Arts, and Victoria Arts Collaborative, just to name a few. In 2014 Jenni opened MOVE STUDIO in New Westminster and continues to connect community through MOVEment! She is a Lululemon Ambassador and is frequently on the roster for retreats, teacher trainings and festivals!

Jennifer is teaching yoga dance at 2:05 PM and a yogalates workshop at 1:30 PM.

Alessandra Liu

Alessandra Liu

Alessandra used to compete as a national level Olympic Weightlifter, and suffered a back injury which prompted her to take a step back from the sport. To maintain an active lifestyle, she committed to yoga and meditation, and found that it not only helped her with her injury, but also helped her on an emotional and spiritual level.

Alessandra is also teaching a meditation workshop at 9:25 AM and a chakra flow yoga workshop at 9:50 AM.

Nicole Lorage

Nicole Lorage is a nature lover, fitness instructor, writer, and wild woman living passionately in service of the Earth. Having recently completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Sustainable Development, Nicole is now on a journey of self-discovery guided by authentic connection, adventure-seeking, and the mysteries of the more-than-human. Inspired by the healing, empowerment, and spirituality of movement, Nicole is a fitness leader in her community, teaching strength and conditioning classes with the aspiration to bring yoga to her practice in the future.

Nicole is teaching a Kula Workshop: Community of the Heart class with Bianca Lorage in the Workshop Tent at 12:15 PM.

Jennifer Varney

Jennifer was born and raised in Vancouver, BC and has been performing and teaching professionally for over 15 years. She has 20 years of extensive training in many dance styles including jazz, tap, and ballet. Not only is Jen a well-trained dancer and respected instructor, she’s an avid fitness enthusiast and advocate. The Barre community is something that resonated with Jen and she knew she had to be a part of this community in a big way.

Jen is teaching a Barre Fitness workshop at 1:00 PM.

About the Event
What is Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters?

Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters is a six hour yogathon fundraiser suitable for all levels. Participants can choose to do a “full yogathon” consisting of six hours of yoga, six classes, and six styles or a “half yogathon” consisting of three hours of yoga, three classes, and three styles. This event is open to teams or individuals.

When and where is Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters?

Saturday, August 12th, 2017 from 9 AM to 3 PM (check-in opens at 8:30 AM) at Westminster Pier Park.

What is Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland?

It’s a tough world for girls. Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland provides supportive mentoring relationships to young girls who may be facing challenges like bullying, isolation, poverty, abuse, social anxiety, low self-esteem and more.

Research shows that mentoring has a powerful impact on the lives of young girls. We know that 96 percent of adults who had a mentor as a child say they are happy and 92 percent feel confident.

Since 1960, Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland has been changing the course of young girls’ lives. Our experienced caseworkers carefully match Little Sisters with female adult mentors who help them reach their full potential, avoid risky behaviour and make healthy choices.

Is Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland a registered charity?

Yes, we are. Our charitable registration number is 11880 9409 RR0001.

Who do I contact if I have a question?

First, we recommend taking a glance through the questions below, you might find your answer. If not, please contact Leigh-Anne, Big Sisters BCLM’s Events Manager – lbarratt@bigsisters.bc.ca or Johanna Ward, Event and Engagement Coordinator - jward@bigsisters.bc.ca.

Registration
How do I register?

You can register easily online here.

How do I know if I’m registered?

You will receive an emailed confirmation when you register.

How do I join a team?

This is easy. When you click “Sign Up Now” from the Fundrazr homepage, you will be able to select a team to join or create your own.

Does a team have to be 10 people?

It's not a requirement, but do your best to try for 10 teammates - a team of 10 has 10 times the impact!

What are the different participation types?

There are three ways you can register to participate in Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters:

1. Be a CORPORATE CHALLENGE CAPTAIN. Create a team fundraising campaign and invite colleagues to join you. Go big - try for a team of ten!

2. Be a FRIENDSHIP FUNDRAISER CAPTAIN. Create a team fundraising campaign and invite friends and family to join you. Go big - try for a team of ten!

3. Join as a SOLO YOGI!

Is there a minimum age requirement to participate?

We welcome yogis of all ages! Participating little ones must register for the event and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Fundraising for little ones is at the discretion of the parent or guardian.

Do I need to be an experienced yogi to participate?

No yoga experience is necessary. This is an all-levels event featuring six different styles of yoga. We encourage you to go at your own pace and modify poses as needed. A brief description of the yoga classes can be found in the "Flow of the Day" tab above.

Do I have to participate in all six classes?

You can choose to participate for the full yogathon (six classes) or half yogathon (three classes). You can also select one or more of our short movement workshops located at the workshops tent onsite in place of a scheduled yoga class. This day is yours to enjoy!

Will participants receive follow-up emails with event updates?

Activity highlights will be posted on the registration site for viewing and will also be distributed via email. Some specific emails regarding fundraising incentives and what to expect the day of the event will also be forwarded to all participants via email.

What are my responsibilities as a team captain?

Refer to the team captain manual.

Fundraising
Are charitable tax receipts provided for donations?

When you donate online, a charitable tax receipt will be issued via email by Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.

If you receive cash or cheque donations that you are going to hand in with a pledge form, make sure your donors include their full address and email address if they would like to receive a receipt.

What are my fundraising dollars going towards?

Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland fosters mentorship relationships that inspire and empower girls to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens. Big Sisters change lives. Your fundraising dollars will go directly into providing mentors to girls who would benefit from a consistent positive force in their life. Learn more about Big Sisters BCLM here.

I’m new to fundraising. Where do I start?

Refer to the participant manuals in the "All Yoga'tta Know" tab for some helpful tips.

How do I donate online or make a donation after I have registered?

You can donate directly to Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters by clicking on the “Contribute” button on the registration homepage.

Can I receive cash donations? Do I mail in the cash?

You may have donors that do not want to donate online and will donate directly to you with cash or cheque. Please fill out the pledge form found at the back of the participant, team captain and corporate team manuals. The forms can be handed in on-site at the event or delivered to the Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland office. We will then manually add the donations to your pledge page!

Please do not mail cash.

Are there prizes for top fundraisers?

Yes there are! We will be conducting some fun prize draws to encourage fundraising. Register now in order to become eligible for some fantastic prizes!

What happens if I don’t reach my fundraising goal?

We would love it if participants would personally donate the remaining amount needed to meet the $100 fundraising minimum, although this is not mandatory.

Day of the Event
What time do I need to be at the park?

Please arrive at 8:30 AM to check in (simply provide us with your name) and receive your participant bracelet.

Will there be a reserved spot for me and my yoga mat?

There is room for everyone, but placement of your mat is on a first come first served basis.

Where can I park?

The Westminster Pier Park can be conveniently accessed via the Front Street Parkade (located at 405 Front St, New Westminster, BC V3L 1A4) or by the adjacent parking lot (located at 750 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, BC V3M 6B9).

How do I get there by bus or SkyTrain?

Westminster Pier Park is easily accessible by transit. Take the Expo Line and get off at New Westminster Station.

How do I get there on foot or on my bike?

The Westminster Pier Park can be conveniently accessed via the Front Street Parkade pedestrian overpass or from Waterfront Esplanade Boardwalk.

When and what streets will be closed?

No streets will be closed around the park for this event.

How many participants will there be?

We are anticipating approximately 200 participants.

Can I bring a friend to the event?

Yes, friends, family, and dogs on leash are welcome! Please be aware that there are some perks, including food, that will only be available to participants. Drop in classes are available for $30 a class (donated to Big Sisters BCLM) and we will have a limited supply of yoga mats available for drop-ins.

Who do I contact for lost & found support?

On the day of the event you can go to the registration tent for assistance. After the event you can email the Events Manager, Leigh-Anne at lbarratt@bigsisters.bc.ca.

Do I need to bring my own yoga mat? Will yoga props be supplied?

Yes, please bring your own mat. We will not have any props available, so if you wish, be sure to bring your favourite props along with you.

What else should I bring on the event day?

There is no designated storage area at the event so try to bring as little as possible. Be sure to include your pledge forms, water, a towel, snacks, sunscreen, and your smile! A small bag holding your personal items can be kept next to your mat. Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland will not be held responsible for your personal belongings.

What else happens at the event?

Along with the yogathon, there will also be movement workshops taking place throughout the day in the workshop tent, complimentary snacks for participants at the health hut, a place to get pampered with Skoah (enjoy a complimentary hand or facial treatment), and a place to shop Inner Fire’s eco-friendly handmade yoga apparel to inspire your movement!

Will there be bathrooms on-site?

There are bathrooms on site run by New Westminster Park & Recreation.

What if it rains?

The event will take place rain or shine!

Volunteering
Do you need volunteers?

Yes we do! Contact Events Manager, Leigh-Anne at lbarratt@bigsisters.bc.ca for more information.

Are volunteers able to choose a shift time and position?

You can certainly give us your preference and we will do our best to accommodate you. There will be two shifts available.

Sponsorship
How do I learn more about becoming a sponsor of Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters?

We have some wonderful sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact Julia Boyle at jboyle@bigsisters.bc.ca.

 

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September 9, 2017
in Vancouver at David Lam Park

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So far we’ve raised

Help us reach $40,000!

Use your practice to transform girls' lives at Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters Vancouver and raise needed funds for Big Sisters BCLM. Sign up for the yogathon in David Lam Park on September 9 by clicking below.

Unable to participate, but still want to contribute? You can be part of the Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters movement by donating here. Any amount makes a difference.

You can even attribute your donation to a specific team or team member.

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Yoga Class Schedule

9:00 AM to 9:45 AM - Rachel Scott - Flow

Yogi, writer, nerd, and teacher, Rachel is the Director of Teachers College for YYoga and author of "Wit and Wisdom from the Yoga Mat" and "A Yogi's Guide to Dating." She holds a masters degree in both the arts and in education, contributes to Yoga International and blogs regularly. Her current mission is to help passionate experts around the world transform their knowledge into education through excellent online and in person courses. In her spare time, she sings opera. Connect with her at rachelyoga.com.

Class Description

Flow from one pose to the next with a dynamic sequence of postures that synchronizes your breath with movement in order to build strength, balance, and flexibility.

Rachel is also teaching a "How do I do this Pose" class in the Workshop Tent at 12:15 PM. See below for details.

9:50 AM to 10:35 AM - Chris Clancy - Vijnana Yoga

Bio coming soon.

Class Description

Vijnana is understanding from the inside. The Seven Vital Principles are guidelines for the asana practice which is combined with meditation, pranayama and the study of yogic texts.

Chris is also teaching a Sukha: Good Space - Finding Peace Amid the Chaos workshop at 10:50 AM. See below for details.

BREAK

10:50 AM to 11:35 AM - Sarah Kozlowski - Ashtanga Yoga

Bio coming soon.

Class Description

The Ashtanga method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs.

Sarah is also teaching a sun salutation workshop at 10:00 AM. See below for details.

LUNCH

12:15 PM to 1:00 PM - Hayley Dobson - Girlvana Yoga

Bio coming soon.

Class Description

The benefits of yoga are endless at every age. Experience how Girlvana is growing consciousness in teen girls through yoga, meditation and promoting a healthy lifestyle. (All ages and genders welcome!)

1:05 PM to 1:50 PM - Cheryl Joseph & Morgan Rea - Iyengar Yoga

Cheryl Joseph, Director of The Yoga Space
Cheryl's enthusiasm in guiding students to explore connections, and cultivate awareness of body and breath is revealed in her energetic teaching. Cheryl encourages students to apply the qualities of alignment and focus experienced in the practice to other activities they engage in, be it a walk in the park, a hike in the forest, playing on turf/snow/ice, or a stroll down Main Street. Cheryl is a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor and has been a student of Iyengar yoga for over 10 years. She studies with senior local and international teachers.

Morgan Rea, Director of the Yoga Space
Morgan has been a practitioner of Iyengar yoga for many years and a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher since 2011. She is continually learning on her yoga path and regularly attends classes and workshops with many senior Iyengar teachers, including the 2014 Intensive with Geeta Iyengar in Pune, India. Morgan believes yoga brings a freedom and openness to the body and to life, which enhances every aspect of our lived experience. She enjoys working with students to help them find that freedom and openness, and to ensure that yoga is accessible to all.

Class Description

Iyengar yoga, named after and developed by B. K. S. Iyengar, is a form of Hatha Yoga that has an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of posture (asana) and breath control (pranayama).

Cheryl & Morgan are also teaching a Lifting the Chest in Iyengar Yoga workshop at 2:05 PM. See below for details.

BREAK

2:05 PM to 2:50 PM - Clara Roberts Oss - Yoga Trance Dance

Bio coming soon.

Class Description

Yoga Trance Dance flows from classic yoga asanas into free form movements and back again. All breath driven movements can liberate one’s creative life-force and cultivate embodied freedom.


Workshop Schedule

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM - Sarah Kozlowski - How do I do a Sun Salutation?

Workshop Description

Workshop description coming soon.

About Sarah

Bio coming soon.

Sarah is also teaching an ashtanga yoga class at 10:50 AM. See above for details.

BREAK

10:50 AM to 11:35 AM - Chris Clancy - Sukha: Good Space - Finding Peace Amid the Chaos

Workshop Description

Workshop description coming soon.

About Chris

Bio coming soon.

Chris is also teaching a vijnana yoga class at 9:50 AM. See above for details.

LUNCH

12:15 PM to 1:00 PM - Rachel Scott - How Do I Do This Pose?

Workshop Description

Workshop description coming soon.

About Rachel

Yogi, writer, nerd, and teacher, Rachel is the Director of Teachers College for YYoga and author of "Wit and Wisdom from the Yoga Mat" and "A Yogi's Guide to Dating." She holds a masters degree in both the arts and in education, contributes to Yoga International and blogs regularly. Her current mission is to help passionate experts around the world transform their knowledge into education through excellent online and in person courses. In her spare time, she sings opera. Connect with her at rachelyoga.com.

Rachel is also teaching an flow yoga class at 9:00 AM. See above for details.

1:05 PM to 1:35 PM - Jasmina Egeler - TBD

Workshop Description

Workshop description coming soon.

About Jasmina

Bio coming soon.

BREAK

2:05 PM to 2:35 PM - Cheryl Joseph & Morgan Rea - Lifting the Chest in Iyengar Yoga

Workshop Description

Workshop description coming soon.

About Cheryl & Morgan

Cheryl Joseph, Director of The Yoga Space
Cheryl's enthusiasm in guiding students to explore connections, and cultivate awareness of body and breath is revealed in her energetic teaching. Cheryl encourages students to apply the qualities of alignment and focus experienced in the practice to other activities they engage in, be it a walk in the park, a hike in the forest, playing on turf/snow/ice, or a stroll down Main Street. Cheryl is a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor and has been a student of Iyengar yoga for over 10 years. She studies with senior local and international teachers.

Morgan Rea, Director of the Yoga Space
Morgan has been a practitioner of Iyengar yoga for many years and a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher since 2011. She is continually learning on her yoga path and regularly attends classes and workshops with many senior Iyengar teachers, including the 2014 Intensive with Geeta Iyengar in Pune, India. Morgan believes yoga brings a freedom and openness to the body and to life, which enhances every aspect of our lived experience. She enjoys working with students to help them find that freedom and openness, and to ensure that yoga is accessible to all.

Cheryl and Morgan are also teaching an iyengar yoga class at 1:05 PM. See above for details.

Rachel Scott

Yogi, writer, nerd, and teacher, Rachel is the Director of Teachers College for YYoga and author of "Wit and Wisdom from the Yoga Mat" and "A Yogi's Guide to Dating." She holds a masters degree in both the arts and in education, contributes to Yoga International and blogs regularly. Her current mission is to help passionate experts around the world transform their knowledge into education through excellent online and in person courses. In her spare time, she sings opera. Connect with her at rachelyoga.com.

Rachel is teaching flow yoga at 9:00 AM and a "How do I do this Pose" class in the Workshop Tent at 12:15 PM.

Cheryl Joseph & Morgan Rea

Cheryl Joseph, Director of The Yoga Space
Cheryl's enthusiasm in guiding students to explore connections, and cultivate awareness of body and breath is revealed in her energetic teaching. Cheryl encourages students to apply the qualities of alignment and focus experienced in the practice to other activities they engage in, be it a walk in the park, a hike in the forest, playing on turf/snow/ice, or a stroll down Main Street. Cheryl is a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor and has been a student of Iyengar yoga for over 10 years. She studies with senior local and international teachers.

Morgan Rea, Director of the Yoga Space
Morgan has been a practitioner of Iyengar yoga for many years and a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher since 2011. She is continually learning on her yoga path and regularly attends classes and workshops with many senior Iyengar teachers, including the 2014 Intensive with Geeta Iyengar in Pune, India. Morgan believes yoga brings a freedom and openness to the body and to life, which enhances every aspect of our lived experience. She enjoys working with students to help them find that freedom and openness, and to ensure that yoga is accessible to all.

Cheryl & Morgan are teaching Iyengar yoga at 1:05 PM and a Lifting the Chest in Iyengar Yoga workshop at 2:05 PM.

About the Event
What is Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters?

Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters is a six hour yogathon fundraiser suitable for all levels. Participants can choose to do a “full yogathon” consisting of six hours of yoga, six classes, and six styles or a “half yogathon” consisting of three hours of yoga, three classes, and three styles. This event is open to teams or individuals.

When and where is Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters?

Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 9 AM to 3 PM (check-in opens at 8:30 AM) at David Lam Park.

What is Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland?

It’s a tough world for girls. Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland provides supportive mentoring relationships to young girls who may be facing challenges like bullying, isolation, poverty, abuse, social anxiety, low self-esteem and more.

Research shows that mentoring has a powerful impact on the lives of young girls. We know that 96 percent of adults who had a mentor as a child say they are happy and 92 percent feel confident.

Since 1960, Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland has been changing the course of young girls’ lives. Our experienced caseworkers carefully match Little Sisters with female adult mentors who help them reach their full potential, avoid risky behaviour and make healthy choices.

Is Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland a registered charity?

Yes, we are. Our charitable registration number is 11880 9409 RR0001.

Who do I contact if I have a question?

First, we recommend taking a glance through the questions below, you might find your answer. If not, please contact Leigh-Anne, Big Sisters BCLM’s Events Manager – lbarratt@bigsisters.bc.ca or Johanna Ward, Event and Engagement Coordinator - jward@bigsisters.bc.ca.

Registration
How do I register?

You can register easily online here.

How do I know if I’m registered?

You will receive an emailed confirmation when you register.

How do I join a team?

This is easy. When you click “Sign Up Now” from the Fundrazr homepage, you will be able to select a team to join or create your own.

Does a team have to be 10 people?

It's not a requirement, but do your best to try for 10 teammates - a team of 10 has 10 times the impact!

What are the different participation types?

There are three ways you can register to participate in Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters:

1. Be a CORPORATE CHALLENGE CAPTAIN. Create a team fundraising campaign and invite colleagues to join you. Go big - try for a team of ten!

2. Be a FRIENDSHIP FUNDRAISER CAPTAIN. Create a team fundraising campaign and invite friends and family to join you. Go big - try for a team of ten!

3. Join as a SOLO YOGI!

Is there a minimum age requirement to participate?

We welcome yogis of all ages! Participating little ones must register for the event and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Fundraising for little ones is at the discretion of the parent or guardian.

Do I need to be an experienced yogi to participate?

No yoga experience is necessary. This is an all-levels event featuring six different styles of yoga. We encourage you to go at your own pace and modify poses as needed. A brief description of the yoga classes can be found under the "Flow of the Day" tab.

Do I have to participate in all six classes?

You can choose to participate for the full yogathon (six classes) or half yogathon (three classes). You can also select one or more of our short movement workshops located at the workshops tent onsite in place of a scheduled yoga class. This day is yours to enjoy!

Will participants receive follow-up emails with event updates?

Activity highlights will be posted on the registration site for viewing and will also be distributed via email. Some specific emails regarding fundraising incentives and what to expect the day of the event will also be forwarded to all participants via email.

What are my responsibilities as a team captain?

Refer to the team captain manual.

Fundraising
Are charitable tax receipts provided for donations?

When you donate online, a charitable tax receipt will be issued via email by Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.

If you receive cash or cheque donations that you are going to hand in with a pledge form, make sure your donors include their full address and email address if they would like to receive a receipt.

What are my fundraising dollars going towards?

Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland fosters mentorship relationships that inspire and empower girls to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens. Big Sisters change lives. Your fundraising dollars will go directly into providing mentors to girls who would benefit from a consistent positive force in their life. Learn more about Big Sisters BCLM here.

I’m new to fundraising. Where do I start?

Refer to the participant manuals found under the "All Yoga'tta Know" tab for some helpful tips.

How do I donate online or make a donation after I have registered?

You can donate directly to Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters by clicking on the “Contribute” button on the registration homepage.

Can I receive cash donations? Do I mail in the cash?

You may have donors that do not want to donate online and will donate directly to you with cash or cheque. Please fill out the pledge form found at the back of the participant, team captain and corporate team manuals. The forms can be handed in on-site at the event or delivered to the Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland office. We will then manually add the donations to your pledge page!

Please do not mail cash.

Are there prizes for top fundraisers?

Yes there are! We will be conducting some fun prize draws to encourage fundraising. Register now in order to become eligible for some fantastic prizes!

What happens if I don’t reach my fundraising goal?

We would love it if participants would personally donate the remaining amount needed to meet the $100 fundraising minimum, although this is not mandatory.

Day of the Event
What time do I need to be at the park?

Please arrive at 8:30 AM to check in (simply provide us with your name) and receive your participant bracelet.

Will there be a reserved spot for me and my yoga mat?

There is room for everyone, but placement of your mat is on a first come first served basis.

Where can I park?

There is limited metered street parking near David Lam Park. We suggest not bringing a car to this event.

How do I get there by bus or SkyTrain?

David Lam Park is a short walk from Yaletown Station on the Canada Line, and close to many bus routes that service Granville Street.

Can I get there by boat?

Both the Aquabus and False Creek Ferries stop at David Lam Park.

When and what streets will be closed?

No streets will be closed around the park for this event.

How many participants will there be?

We are anticipating approximately 300+ participants.

Can I bring a friend to the event?

Yes, friends, family, and dogs on leash are welcome! Please be aware that there are some perks, including food, that will only be available to participants. Drop in classes are available for $30 a class (donated to Big Sisters BCLM) and we will have a limited supply of yoga mats available for drop-ins.

Who do I contact for lost & found support?

On the day of the event you can go to the registration tent for assistance. After the event you can email the Events Manager, Leigh-Anne at lbarratt@bigsisters.bc.ca.

Do I need to bring my own yoga mat? Will yoga props be supplied?

Yes, please bring your own mat. We will not have any props available, so if you wish, be sure to bring your favourite props along with you.

What else should I bring on the event day?

There is no designated storage area at the event so try to bring as little as possible. Be sure to include your pledge forms, water, a towel, snacks, sunscreen, and your smile! A small bag holding your personal items can be kept next to your mat. Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland will not be held responsible for your personal belongings.

What else happens at the event?

Along with the yogathon, there will also be movement workshops taking place throughout the day, in the workshop tent, complimentary snacks for participants at the health hut, a place to get pampered with Skoah (enjoy a complimentary hand or facial treatment), and a place to shop Inner Fire’s eco-friendly handmade yoga apparel to inspire your movement. ivivva will also be joining us, look for the ivivva Hub for kids to play games, make art, meditate and more!

Will there be bathrooms on-site?

There are bathrooms on site run by Vancouver Parks Board.

What if it rains?

The event will take place rain or shine!

Volunteering
Do you need volunteers?

Yes we do! Contact Events Manager, Leigh-Anne at lbarratt@bigsisters.bc.ca for more information.

Are volunteers able to choose a shift time and position?

You can certainly give us your preference and we will do our best to accommodate you. There will be two shifts available.

Sponsorship
How do I learn more about becoming a sponsor of Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters?

We have some wonderful sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact Julia Boyle at jboyle@bigsisters.bc.ca.

 

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Our Hearts are Filled with Gratitude

July 8, 2017 – Heywood Park, North Vancouver Recap

We raised

We’re so lucky to be part of such a generous community. Thank you to all our team captains, participants, volunteers, sponsors, and everyone who was involved with Big Yoga™ for Big Sisters North Vancouver. We raised $18,475 that goes towards giving girls in our community positive mentors. Have a look at all the fun we had!


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