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“My heart is a song that needs to sing.”

Heart Sounds Yoga

Children reflect all the qualities and sounds of the “heart” – innocence, kindness, joyfulness, presence and playfulness. Their heart comes forward in the moment. “Heart Sounds Yoga” has emerged from our experience working with children and families since 2001. Children naturally embody their true “heart essence” of light, love and life with yoga and meditation giving them a strong foundation/tools to live a rich and balanced life at school and at home.

The heart has its own music, rhythm and flow that children tap into effortlessly and yoga brings this flow into equilibrium. “Heart Sounds Yoga” connects “the sound current” with “hatha yoga” for children to tune into their own wise, inner voice for healing and balance. The “sound current or sound light” is the vibration of all of creation and goes back to our original essence. Each person has a personal signature of sound. And, children naturally express from their wise heart – free of concepts and judgments about themselves and others. YOGA AND MEDITATION helps them stay centered and happy.

We are located in Ottawa and provide hatha yoga and meditation training/classes for “CHILDREN AND THE WHOLE FAMILY”. We are passionate to bring creative, multi-layered yoga classes, using the sound current (voice, mantras, acoustic instruments), yoga stories, art, drama, puppets, yoga games and Ayurveda. Our classes are adapted to the needs of a specific group, family or child at home, in a community setting or at school.

About Your Teacher - Anamda

As a life-long promoter and seeker of “healthy living and wellness” for personal freedom, Anamda has been teaching yoga to children, teens and families since meeting her spiritual teacher, Berdhanya Swami Tierra in Ottawa in 2001. She is an experienced yoga and meditation trainer/teacher for children and the whole family and has been inspired to create “Heart Sounds Yoga” after having children reflect the qualities and sound of the “heart “to her over the years. Her classes support children (including children with disabilities) and parents to actively connect with their “heart essence” using the sound current and a multi-layered, creative approach with yoga and meditation. She brings creativity, wholeness and joy to all her classes and trainings.

She has over fifteen years of experience as a certified trainer and teacher with “Club Yoga” & "The Berdhanya Ottawa Child Council", both founded by Berdhanya Swami Tierra, that have opened the space for many children and new teachers to discover and spread the benefits of yoga. Through Berdhanya’s Teachings, Anamda holds two certificates in children’s teacher training (children; teen yoga) as well as having extensive yoga and meditation training.

Some Testimonials

An incredible gift of of insight and self-empowerment!  I am enjoying greater clarity and well-being,  Namaste Anamda and Berdhanya.

Jill Yip

I enrolled in the program to learn how to engage children in the practice of yoga.  I ended up also reawakening the child in me that likes to be silly, imaginative and energized. Club Yoga training helped me reawaken the joy.

Paula

I feel like being a child again whenever I am with a Club Yoga class. I feel free to be curious and to discover, and to be open, just like an innocent child. The energy of the Club Yoga class and training is liberating and penetrating. Thank you

Coco Li

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Berdhanya

Berdhanya

Owner

Berdhanya Swami Tierra is a spiritual teacher, author and mystic who was born in Colombia and educated at the Incca University in Bogotá. Berdhanya Swami Tierra is dedicated to open the way to those individuals who are sincerely interested in self-cultivation and inner mastery. Berdhanya supports inner awakening and personal freedom through meditation, mystical teachings, self-inquiry and contemplation. Her teachings has spread to reach an international audience, producing a movement of education and self-awareness in individuals and communities. Her profound yet simple teachings have already helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that she sees as the next step in human evolution. She is the author of several books, including her latest, The Mystic Heart. Berdhanya is based in Wakefield, QC. She teaches and travels extensively throughout the world facilitating intensives, retreat and pilgrimages. Most of the teachings are given in English and Spanish. Berdhanya hosts a weekly meditation and satsang in Ottawa, leads retreats four times a year in Canada and has a vast library of spiritual courses, lectures and guided meditations available for download www.berdhanya.ca.

 

Reiko Lokker

Reiko Lokker

Violin teacher, performer

Reiko has been playing the violin since the age of five and has performed with several ensembles and orchestras across Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa, and Tokyo. She is a member of 234 Strings, an Ottawa based piano trio. Currently she is a private violin teacher, performer, and a Japanese teacher and translator part-time. 

CD Musicians

Thank you all for being part of this powerful musical journey. We had fun as creative ideas floated around for the recording. May we continue to collaborate and share the joy of music.

"We did it!"

Sebastian Peralta

Sebastian Peralta

Owner and Practitioner

Viveda is committed to helping people realize how simple it can really be to stay healthy and balanced in our daily lives. While it can seem like a lot when we start, it will become easy to follow and actually quite logical in its day to day use. Viveda wants people to not only come for treatments and products but also  to leave with some knowledge that can be passed on. The only way to make a better world for ourselves is for us to become informed about what is out there and what our bodies and minds need to feel balanced and happy. Viveda has been in business since 2012 and we are ready to continue the journey with everyone. We want to expand people's awareness of the different types of alternative healthcare that are readily available for us all. Come and help Viveda grow and spread the power of Ayurveda.

Book your Ayurvedic consultation now to learn about yourself and Ayurveda.

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Susan Sweeney Hermon

Susan Sweeney Hermon

Ottawa harpist

Susan Sweeney Hermon is a Celtic harpist whose early focus was the music closest to her heart - tunes from the Celtic lands of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany and Galicia. She is not just a 'Celtoid' however. Multilingual and well-travelled, Susan is a lover of lore - stories and songs that grow out of many countries' soil, like beautiful perennials, from one generation to another.

Over the years Susan has collaborated with storytellers and has brought her harp into hospitals, schools, retirement residences and community halls. She has provided musical background at weddings and receptions, including events for the Speaker of the Senate on Parliament Hill, the Prime Minister's residence and the Emperor and Empress of Japan. She was a founding member of the Ottawa Harp Choir, an ensemble of ten Celtic harps, which performed in the National Capital Region for over a decade.

Susan is also the president of 'Spirit of Rasputin's that creates a home for the Ottawa folk music community - Rasputins.org

Paula Lin

Paula Lin

Taiwan-Canadian pianist

Paula Lin generously donated her time to support Happy Heart Yoga with her beautiful accompaniment for three children’s stories.  She is a Taiwan-Canadian pianist residing in Canada since 1990. A member of ORMTA (Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association), she teaches piano privately in Ottawa and enjoys accompanying instrumentalists as a collaborative artist. With her MA degree on the researches of piano pedagogy, obtained form the University of Ottawa, Paula  truly believes that classical music brings significant refined impacts on all learning activities for children, teenagers and adults; even just by listening.

Sylvia Larrass

Sylvia Larrass

Director, performer

Sylvia is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and holds a diploma in vocal performance, as well as a medal of excellence from the Royal Conservatory of Music.  She has performed with various ensembles at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Pontiac Festival, as well as with Opera Lyra, and as a soloist in Germany, where she grew up.

She is the director of Voice and Presentation Excellence, where she coaches people how to speak with confidence and sing with joy.

Francis Siddhartha Houleo

Francis Siddhartha Houleo

Vocals

Francis who is 9 and in grade 4 has among his best friends, 2 cats - Fufoo and Sophie, 2 lovely turtles - Lily and Lela and multiple colorful fish.  He plays violin as a hobby and likes to sing. Francis performed at the Peace Festival of Ottawa a couple times. He joins Tzu Chi foundation for monthly performances at several senior residences in Ottawa. He follows and practices Buddhist meditation with his Mom.

Francis recently vowed to be a vegetarian for the well-being of animals. He goes to French school and speaks mandarin at home. Among his favorite things are: making up knock knock jokes, drawing friends surprise birthday cards. His best times are in summer camps and with winter skiing. 

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