Broadcasting from: Squamish, Canada
As the Creator of Yoga Detour, I’ve developed a bit of a reputation as someone who’s obsessed with raising the standards of education in the yoga community. I’ve invested countless hours in creating an approach that connects science to intuition and learning to experience, shifting mindsets through movement.
After immersing myself in Ashtanga for over 10 years, body pain led me to my own detour. I ventured beyond the yoga community to train with multiple movement enthusiasts including the Ido Portal team, Agatsu Inc, Gymnastic Bodies and Fighting Monkey, looking for answers. I trained with Dr. Andreo Spina to become a certified Functional Range Conditioning Movement Specialist (FRCms) and a Functional Range Assessment provider. And because I just couldn’t seem to quench that thirst for knowledge, I also studied Applied Training/Sports Animation with internationally renowned Osteopath, Dr. Guy Voyer D.O., creator of the SomaTraining system and ELDOA.
Collecting information from these incredible minds and applying it to my own body and movement patterns has eliminated pain from my practice. Yoga Detour is a reflection of that journey, culminating in a process that I now endeavour to share in all of my classes.
Together, we’ll allow the practice to become a laboratory of sensation, observation and experimentation. My classes combine structure and intention with exploration and play as I guide you toward new experiences in both body and mind. My goal is to have you walk out of my class not only feeling amazing, but also having learned something about movement and yourself. I look forward to practicing with you soon!
Progress Your Push-Up
Use a "Strength Ladder" approach to make push-ups more accessible. We'll address common areas of tightness like the thoracic spine and shoulder before moving into loaded bodyweight movements. The "work" in this class targets small, often neglected muscles. We move through ranges of motion that wi...
Pre-Class Prep: Wrists
Our "Pre-Class Prep" practices help you prime a specific area of your body before proceeding into additional practices or activities. This session targets the wrists, preparing you to weight-bear on your hands. It's the perfect pairing for any class that's full of planks, downward dogs, or invers...
Investigate cross-body activation as you flow between standing poses, balance challenges and core-specific movements that will leave you feeling simultaneously stronger and more mobile.
This class is a fABulous complement to the online workshop "Core Reform" that Cecily offered in March 2023. See how it feels to produce intentional spinal movement (and intentional spinal stability!) using the power and integrity of your core.
CARs from Head to Toe
You've seen CARs (Controlled Articular Rotations) sprinkled throughout classes here on the DVS. Rarely do you get the opportunity to do all of them in one practice. That changes today! This sub-30 minute class addresses every major joint in the body using intentional rotations to increase blood f...
Use a dowel, broomstick or mop handle to support a practice that touches on the hip flexors, side body and shoulders. We'll stretch, mobilize, and bring attention to those sticky spots so that you can walk away feeling like yourself again.
This sneaky practice builds from the ground up, targeting the small and often overlooked rotator cuff muscles. Using light weights and body-weight movements, we'll focus on rotation, scapular mobility and overhead range of motion. You'll walk away feeling like your shoulders have dropped, with an...
Inspired by hibernation season in the northern hemisphere, this 37 minute practice stays close to the ground—perfect for those days when all you want to do is roll out of bed, onto your mat. We'll explore various movements that target hip rotation, waking up the muscles that help to keep your pel...
Lowdown on the Lower Back - Part II
This follow-up to "Part I" complements the online workshop by the same name, originally led by Cecily in September 2022. This class uses props and weights not typically seen in yoga studios: a longer dowel or broomstick, a large stability ball as well as two weights—one lighter, one heavier. We'l...
Pre-Class Prep: Core
Our "Pre-Class Prep" practices help you prime a specific area of your body before proceeding into additional practices or activities. This session targets the core, bringing attention to the breath, spine and abdomen in preparation for wherever you want to go next.
Lowdown on the Low Back - Part I
This practice complements our original "Lowdown on the Lower Back", an online workshop Cecily led in September 2022. This sequence follows the same principles shared in the workshop: spinal segmentation, core stability, hip mobility and the hip hinge. The movements shared in this practice can eas...
Slow & Steady
On the days when energy feels a little low or you're ready for more of a recovery practice, hit play on this 45-minute class. Together we'll link seemingly simple postures that, when combined, leave the body with a renewed, grounded sense of ease and stability. Grab a couple of blocks and a cushi...
For most of us, our ankles deserve a lot more attention than they're typically given. Use this class to wake up these joints! Learn how to use load intentionally and show your ankles how they're meant to move and feel.
If you just rolled out of bed or stepped onto your mat for the first time in a while, press play on this class to get started with a full-body wake-up call. We'll work from the ground up, starting with some core activation and from there build awareness into the hips, shoulders and spine. You'll...
Take a Seat
In classic "PROPosition" style, this class is built entirely around the use of a chair. We'll use it as a tool for strength and mobility, while also leaning into it for support in moments when the body desires a little extra TLC.
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Resurfacing: Full Body Flow
Cecily's first class back postpartum focuses on coming back to your body with ease and grace. We'll move together through familiar shapes that bring energy and breath to areas of the body that may have been stagnant for a little too long. In only thirty minutes you'll be reminded of how potent ju...
Squat Till You Drop
This practice will bring awareness to your feet, ankles and knees as we build toward squatting through a full range of motion. We'll focus on core stability along with hamstring engagement to produce activation that will transform your squat and have you looking for opportunities to practice this...
The "sidebum" - aka the glute medius region of your hips and backside - is a key contributor to hip and pelvic stability. This sub-30 minute practice will light up the glute med along with its nearby rotators to bring a healthy burn into these muscle groups. The best part? This entire class is fl...
Sidebending Soirée 2.0
Join Cecily for a side-body focused practice that takes a new spin on the previous class of the same name. This time around, we'll use breath, position, effort and tension to find a sense of length through the rib cage, waist and hips. Expect to feel taller and longer by the end!
This practice follows a moderate pace, giving time to observe the breath and sensation as we move through a series of standing postures inspired by Ashtanga yoga. Accessible from beginning to end, we'll use blocks for support and take advantage of opportunities to cater the practice to whatever y...
Moving Meditation - Mandala Flow
Cecily's practice style is looking a little different these days, but the effect is still the same. Enjoy a balanced sequence suitable for all levels, and grab two block to use along the way.
Wrist Prep Revolution
The perfect complement to any practice that involves weight-bearing on the hands. We'll mobilize the wrists and hands, strengthen the forearms and leave your upper body feeling like it's the foundation you need for plank, push-ups, arm balances and handstands.
Movement Interlude - Upper Body
A perfect anytime practice that that will leave your entire upper body feeling tuned up and ready for whatever else you have in store for it.
Movement Interlude - Lower Body
Give some attention to your ankles, knees and hips as we move through this grounding practice that's perfect either the beginning or end of your day.