In a busy and modern world, health, in all of its facets, can oftentimes take a backseat to work, household chores and other everyday obligations. Day in and day out, we can be caught up in the external world to the point where we forget to check in with ourselves.
Luckily, there are many different practices that allow for introspection and reconnection with the mind, body and spirit; something yoga instructor, Sheila Lane can attest to. Establishing Miss Bliss Yoga in 2010, Lane has helped many students in their search for overall wellbeing – however, her own journey to yoga was quite serendipitous.
In 2000, while living in Halifax, Lane and her sister couldn't find space in a pilates class, which they used as a way to stay healthy and spend quality time together. Instead of giving up altogether, Lane's sister suggested they try yoga—and the rest is history. Since beginning her yoga practice nearly 20 years ago, Lane has gone on to found her company, guide students on their yoga journeys and travel internationally to train with renowned instructors.
"I often say in yoga, that I am the student as well as the instructor," says Lane, who is a certified 500-hour CYT from Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio—amongst several other certifications. "So, I'm always seeking out learning opportunities."
Splitting her time as both a yoga instructor and a community health professional, Lane says she's always had an interest in helping individuals looking to take proactive steps in improving their health from a wholistic perspective.
"I'm definitely drawn to areas where people are taking care of their health and things that contribute to wellness," says Lane. "Not just for the body, but for the mind as well."
And it's her approach to wellbeing beyond physical health that has attracted many students to her gentle, uplifting and nurturing group classes hosted in Fall River. Divided into seasons, her accessible 10-session classes are vast and varied and include everything from Hatha flow yoga to more relaxed forms such as restorative Yin yoga.
"I teach a calm, grounding practice," says Lane. "The reason why I do that is, in my experience, people typically have busy lives and respond well to yoga where they are able to be grounded and calm. With 10-week sessions, the content and practice can build progress. And by coming together and getting to know your yoga ‘neighbours’ from class to class, it builds community.
Extending beyond classes, one of Lane's notable offerings is her bi-annual yoga retreats. The weekend-long retreats are offered in partnership with her sister, who runs Lane's Privateer Inn & Restaurant, a business that has been in the family for three generations. During the weekend retreats, students are able to focus on meditation, connecting with nature, chanting, creating art and nourishing themselves with delicious local food and wine served by Lane's sister, who happens to be a sommelier.
With classes offered year-round and her next retreat happening in May 2020, Lane hopes to use her wisdom and knowledge of yoga to help improve the lives of all who seek her out—helping them to find peace in an often fast-paced world.
"In my experience, the feedback I've received is that it was helpful for them [students] to slow down, to notice their breath, to be aware of sensations in their body," says Lane. "Regardless of their reasons for coming, what they notice is that they feel more aware of the information their bodies are giving them. That is what I hope to offer—that people can slow and calm the thoughts in their minds."
For more information about Miss Bliss Yoga and class schedules, visit https://missbliss.yoga