“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together” - Vincent Van Gogh
Marsha is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS). Marsha completed her teacher training with Hot Yoga Wellness in 2011, and has been practicing yoga since 2008. Marsha also completed additional training with the Toronto Yoga Conference in 2017 Pre-Natal and Post Natal Training with Ester Myers Yoga studio’s teacher Monica Voss and a Chair Yoga training with Tracey Eccleston of Ageless Arts & Yoga School. Marsha farms with her husband David Good on a dairy farm with their two sons, Ross & Theodore.
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This series of classes is designed with those new to yoga and what to try yoga for the first time or for those who have maybe tried yoga but would like to refresh on yoga basics! These classes are to introduce you to some basic yoga asanas (yoga poses), concepts, and pranayama (breathing). In this series we will go over: Week 1- Sun salutations, Week 2- Standing Postures, Week 3- Seated Postures, Week 4- Foundation Flow. I will recommend starting off with a Beginners Foundation Yoga series for all my new students. We will also discuss your yoga goals and expectations, as well as safety, attire and what you need to get started! Also, there will be a yoga essentials pack also available for purchase for your convenience!
A Yoga Essentials Pack will include:
Yoga Mat, Mat Cleaner, 2 Yoga blocks, Yoga strap
(optional yoga mat bag, mat bag straps, yoga socks also available for purchase)
Yoga is a dynamic practice. A combination of philosophy, pranayama (breathing exercises),and asanas (physical postures). Typically, at Grand Valley Hatha Yoga we have 6-8 week series of gentle hatha yoga. Maya Angelou states “All great achievements require time.” It’s important to make a commitment to practice yoga and take time to gradually learn the physical postures, never forcing or pushing our bodies into an asana, but allowing our body to be as it is in each pose and then gradually seeing the progress. Over these 6-8 series, we work on building bodily awareness, connecting our body to our mind, working on balance, strength, flexibility. Each class will involve a guided relaxation and a positive gratitude/mindfulness exercise and a hot tea!
At Grand Valley Hatha Yoga our prenatal yoga classes use yoga asanas (physical postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), and meditation (guided relaxation) to help ease discomforts in pregnancy.
The classes create strength, focus, flexibility, balance, stamina, a sense of calm and well being and breath awareness through a gentle practice designed especially for the pregnant woman’s needs. Prenatal yoga also offers women a chance to build a community of moms to share in the experience of being pregnant, in an empowering and non-judgemental environment.
Parent and baby yoga classes is a dynamic yoga program for mothers, fathers, caregivers and their babies. The classes will combine singing, asanas (yoga poses), and connecting with baby. These classes are designed to help new parents get back into shape without giving up time with their new baby and designed to be a chance to experience a supportive environment of other parents. It is designed with babies 6 weeks to 12 months in mind.
These classes are designed to be flexible to accommodate the students and their babies’ needs! It is a supportive environment where you can welcome to nurse, feed, and change your babies as needed. Some yoga poses will incorporate holding the babies, while other poses will be focused more on the parent and other poses will involve singing and gently massaging baby.
In the parent and baby yoga classes, there will also be some soft and stimulating baby toys available and blankets laid out in the middle if babies would like to sit and play and interact with other babies.
Yin yoga is often called a quiet practice. Yin yoga is a slow paced style of yoga with asanas (yoga postures) that are held for longer periods of time. For beginners, it may range from 30 seconds to 2 minutes; more advanced practioners may stay for about 5 minutes or more. Yin yoga targets the connective tissues, such as ligaments, bones and joints if the body. Some call it the yoga of the joints instead of the muscles.
Yin yoga is suitable for almost all levels of students and it is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize strengthening, lengthening, and contracting, our muscles, creating internal heat. On the contrary, yin yoga is a cooling practice that is perfect for the summer when the weather is warm or for practicing in a slightly heated room. Yin yoga is a soothing, cooling practice that is meant to release tension and activate the parasympathetic nervous system. One of the most challenging aspects of a yin yoga class is allowing your mind to settle.
Chair yoga is the gentlest form of yoga available that is practiced sitting on a chair or standing using the chair for support. The class is meant to accommodate a variety of special needs including but not limited to: arthritis, MS, osteoporosis and limited mobility and movement. In this class you will learn many yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation. Students will work to increase strength, balance and flexibility.
Kids yoga classes will combine animal poses, songs and guided breathing and relaxations. Classes will allow kids to be themselves, and use their imaginations to explore yoga (animal) poses and yoga games. Many of the poses imitate movements such as: dog, lion cat, snake even donkey! They also represent the environment such as mountains and trees. Practicing yoga can give children regular exercise as well as encouraging bodily awareness. Students in the class will also learn pranayama (breathing techniques) and relaxations. Through the yoga classes students will learn to manage stress through breathing, bodily awareness and healthy movement. In Grand Valley Hatha Yoga, the students will also benefit from being in a part of a non-competitive atmosphere that will build confidence, a sense of belonging and positive body image.
At Grand Valley Hatha Yoga, we like to host a variety of exciting events and workshops based on the interests of our students. Some of these workshops take place at the Goodig farm, which is our family farm, in front of the garden, depending on the weather! Types past and upcoming yoga workshops and theme examples: Yoga Nidra, Full Moon Yoga, Yoga and Indian Head Massage, Yoga for Emotional Stability, Family Yoga, Yoga and Nutrition, and MORE!
Private yoga classes (or semi-private classes 2-3 people) are available and may even take place in the comfort of your own home. There are many benefits to having a private class. The private classes would be tailored for you and your yoga goals and would be scheduled to fit your schedule. A private yoga class allows you to focus on specific goal planning, and your personal yoga interests (favourite poses, topics ect!). You would also receive one on one attention that you cannot necessarily have in a group class setting, and one on one adjustment. There is also the added benefit of building up your confidence, as a beginner, before joining a group class.
Group yoga sessions (for 3ppl+) will be assessed on a case by case basis, and will be coordinated directly with an event host.
I recently took the Mom and Baby yoga class. It was a great class to bond with my baby as well as get some good stretching in. I previously had taken some beginner yoga classes at my gym. Marsha was an excellent teacher and great with my daughter. I recommend her class to any mama out there, no matter what your previous yoga experience is.
Dear Marsha, Thank you so much for teaching this yoga class—you brought great knowledge and energy! These classes were some of the most enjoyable hours of my entire semester. Keep up the good work—you are truly yoga.
Took my very first yoga class with Marsha...and kept signing up for session after session!! Safe, quiet, but yet fun classes with a very conscientious teacher! Can't wait for the next session. Namaste.
In 2017 I decided it was time to start taking care of myself and my overall well being. Through this process I was recommended by my nutritionist to give yoga a try. Being a complete beginner I knew I needed to start somewhere where I could feel completely safe and without judgement, I looked into several classes in the local area and I felt a great connection with Grand Valley Hatha Yoga, so I decided to give it a try! Marsha lead each class with confidence, grace and a ton of step by step instructions that made each pose easy to understand and easy to flow into. I never felt out of place or judged when I would fall out of a pose or need to attempt a pose again. Each class was encouraging, uplifting and honestly a lot of fun! I am grateful for coming into contact with Grand Valley Hatha Yoga, it's truly a great experience from start to finish and for individuals of all experience levels!