Welcome to Sarovara Yoga. Our studio, overlooking a secluded bay on Pigeon Lake is located in Port 32 of Bobcaygeon. In the heart of the Kawartha Lakes, surrounded by water and nature, Ally leads Kripalu yoga with a focus on mindfulness & meditation. The word ‘Sarovara’ describes this yoga sanctuary perfectly. The meaning of the ancient Sanskrit word is ‘a body of water deep enough for the lotus flower to bloom’. Classes here always make for some good nature watching – whether it’s otters playing on the ice, herons fishing, beavers swimming across the bay or ospreys diving for fish!
Kripalu Yoga Teacher
Hi, I'm Ally. I’m a new mom, yoga teacher, and lover of nature, gardening and summer time. I am a Peterborough girl who made the move to the beautiful town of Bobcaygeon to be with my husband Jay (and our new daughter Audrey). You’ll find me hiking in the woods, leading yoga in the park, teaching wakeboard lessons and paddling around the lake on my stand up board. My life's calling is yoga. Yoga has benefited my life in so many ways it would be difficult to list them all. The greatest impact that yoga & meditation have had on my life have been healing my anxiety disorder, insomnia, panic attacks, asthma and heart palpitations. If you are interested to know more, please read more about my personal story of healing my anxiety and managing my stress through yoga, pranayama & meditation. You can find it on the blog. I graduated from the Kripalu Centre for Yoga & Ayurveda in Stockbridge, Massachusetts with my 200 hour certification. The Kripalu approach is one that fosters a connection to all life and focuses on awakening the body's innate wisdom through cultivating concentration, mindfulness & awareness. In essence, the word Kripalu translates into ‘being compassionate’. Neither posture sequences nor instructions are standardized, so no two classes look exactly alike. I am always on the path of learning and have explored additional training and certification in pre & post natal yoga, chair yoga for senoirs and students with limited mobility, stand up paddle board yoga, yoga nidra, integrative restoration, restorative yoga as well as the ability to teach advanced postures from arm balances to inversions. I've been extremely fortunate to assist Randal Williams at the Kripalu Centre in MA on his 5 day yoga nidra and hiking retreats. I have been so grateful to have this opportunity to learn from such a knowledgeable teacher. I lead a wide range of classes from beginner, gentle & meditative classes, moderate, up to vinyasa & vigorous flow classes for those looking to build strength, bone density and break a sweat. I am also thrilled to offer one day mini-retreats to holistically recharge the entire body, mind and spirit. Please check out my schedule to learn more about my weekly classes. Whether it's through a sweaty vinyasa flow, a gratitude meditation, or through a restorative yoga nidra, I love sharing all of the healing and inner resilience I have found in yoga with the community around me. Hope to see you here on the mat, at Karma yoga in the park, or via email to plan your yoga sessions. Sincerely, Ally Boothroyd
Not only does yoga stretch & tone the muscles but it can release chronic tension, improve respiration, heart rate & circulation and increase immunity. It’s well known for improving posture, balance, strength & flexibility but it also promotes elasticity of the spine and improves quality of sleep. It’s even been known to improve skin tone, lower blood pressure & blood sugar, improve metabolism and reduce pain and toxins in the body.
Not only will Kripalu yoga calm and center the nervous system and therefore the mind but it will de-stress, refresh & elevate the mood. Other benefits for the brain include calming restless thoughts, cultivating concentration & improved attention and supporting mental clarity & confidence. Yoga has been proven to decrease stress hormones cortisone & adrenaline as well as increase the “happy” neurotransmitter – serotonin. Another amazing occurrence of a regular yoga practice is increased awareness of the body & senses and improvement of short term memory.
There are so many benefits yoga can bring to our inner worlds. Not only does it encourage self-acceptance but it teaches one to honour inner wisdom and instinctive knowledge. It offers the invitation for deep peace, releases anxiety, as well as reduces tension and stress. It teaches us to relax through breathing techniques, stimulates intuition and creativity and helps practitioners learn to let go of that which no longer serving them in their lives. Not only does it cultivate emotional resilience and non-judgmental awareness but it fosters a connection to all beings & with nature.
Perhaps my favourite aspect of yoga is the sangha (community) that is created. Yoga is the practice of getting connected. When we practice yoga, we remember that we all are connected, here to help each other, and that we have so much potential when we are kind to others.
Kripalu is rooted in the wisdom of the ancient sister sciences of yoga and ayurveda and embraces transformational tools that merge the cognitive and emotional, the scientific and spiritual, the subtle and the material into a fully integrated experience of deep healing and awakening of consciousness where all aspects of the self see growth. Asides from the physical, energetic, psychological and neurological benefits yoga provides, it also helps to deepen the mind-body connection which leaves practitioners feeling restored, balanced and emotionally resilient.
The Kripalu approach is one that fosters a connection to all life and focuses on awakening the body’s innate wisdom through cultivating concentration, mindfulness & non-judgemental awareness. In essence, the word Kripalu translates into ‘being compassionate’. Neither posture sequences nor instructions are standardized, so no two classes look exactly alike.