Where do you teach yoga?
Public classes are not currently offered - stay tuned for new information as I settle into life in my new city - Guelph, Ontario.
Private instruction is typically offered at your home or another space available to you (office, neighbourhood park, etc.). Props can be provided for use during your session. If you would like to arrange a private class, Rooted Heart will send you a brief questionnaire that helps me learn a bit about you and prepare for yoga in your space.
Private instruction may also include print or digital media to help you continue your home practice beyond our one-on-one sessions. Please contact me for details!
Do forest Bathing sessions include a yoga practice?
Forest bathing is typically offered as a stand-alone practice. Guided sessions will not include yoga, nor require any prior knowledge of yoga or other practices. In some cases, special events like half day workshops or retreats may include both forest therapy and yoga sessions, in which case that will be clearly communicated in the event description.
Is Forest bathing sort of like going for a hike?
Forest bathing sessions move at a deliberately slow pace - much slower than the average hiking speed. While on a guided forest bathing session, you will have many opportunities to walk and move your body, but you generally will not be moving quick enough to generate much body heat. Slowing down can help us notice more of what is going on in the natural world. It can be challenging for some folks to really slow down, which is part of why having a guide can be so helpful!
What should I bring to my Forest bathing session?
Fill out the intake and waiver form prior to arriving to your first session. If you have any severe food allergies, please send us your form as early as possible so that we can be sure to accommodate your needs.
Please dress for the weather! We will carry on through light wind, rain, and snow. Please remember that this is a slow practice, so you will likely feel cooler than you would on a hike or other outdoor activity. On very cold days it is especially important to wear warm boots and socks, as our feet tend to get cold easily.
Rooted Heart also provides foam pads and/or stools so that participants can have a comfortable seat in the forest, as needed. If you have any particular accessibility or mobility needs, please contact me as early as possible to make arrangements that will help you to attend your event stress-free.
Should I bring my young children or pets along with me to a forest bathing session?
The forest bathing practice that Rooted Heart offers is designed more so for adults than young children. However, it is a simple practice that can be enjoyed by many people (and animals) depending on their needs. A typical session will involve several periods of stillness and/or quiet time that can last 15 to 30 minutes, interspersed with opportunities to move, speak, and listen with the group.
You might consider the following questions:
- Can my child / pet behave calmly and quietly for the full length of a specific walk (check the event schedule, as this can range from 1 to 3 hours) and sit still for multiple spans of 10-30 minutes?
- How likely are they to disturb wildlife or other participants during the walk?
- As the parent / guardian, will I be able to focus my attention on my personal senses and the subtleties of nature happening around me with my child / pet present?
Public Group walks do not work well for my young children / pets / coworkers / elderly relatives / etc. What should I do?
Forest bathing is a wonderfully accessible and adaptable practice that can be molded to suit the needs of its participants. Rooted Heart would love to work together with you to create a walk that works for you and your group - whomever it might include. Please contact me to discuss how I can serve you better in a private setting.