The sun is finally shining which means we are officially in countdown mode to this summer’s Muskoka Yoga Festival! As a media partner for the big event, we’ll be bringing you exclusive content leading up to the festival, including interviews with a few of the incredible instructors you can expect to get bendy with this July. In this first installment, we catch up with Simon and Mark of Body Language CK, a movement studio opening late spring in Chatham-Kent.
Tell us a little about yourself, your practice at Body Language CK, and your background in yoga.
We, Simon and Mark, share ownership of Body Language CK, an alternative movement studio located in the historic downtown of Chatham Kent, Ontario (opening late spring!). We call what we do “movement” because our practices are inspired all at once by the multitude of ways in which our bodies move – from long distance running to yoga, to gymnastics conditioning and more, you might find it in class with us.
What kind of practice will you be leading at the festival? What should we expect from your session?
We want to hear YOUR body talk in our Body Language CK class, a hybrid style of practice that has influenced the development of our studio. Students can expect to move to the grooviest of tunes while exploring several different ways in which they can be moved both physically and spiritually. Sweeping movements combined with breath and core integration will ground you while lifting you up.
What is particularly exciting to you about the Muskoka Yoga Festival?
We could not be more proud of the MYF and the early successes its team has seen. There are so many amazing influencers in Ontario’s movement community right now, many of whom are present for the festival weekend, and we are so proud that Body Language CK is one of them! We are most excited about connecting with our community, and there’s nowhere better to do it than Muskoka!
What is different about practicing outdoors versus in a studio?
We can’t wait to take our shoes and socks off and step our bare feet into the dirt. So much of our lives has us migrating further away from the natural world that we often forget how good it feels to be out there until we finally make it out there.
So often as movement teachers we encourage students to take their practice off their mat, and getting your toes dirty is a perfect opportunity to live that.
Do you have a favourite pose or type of yoga practice? Give us some details.
We love a class that is led by rhythm and instinct. Sun salutations are great phrases, but there are so many other ways that our bodies can speak. We like to have our bodies and their habits challenged, encouraging us to move in new ways, and we want a class that will improve quality of life in the long run and day-to-day.
What is your number one wellness tip for summer?
Put your phone down! Go outside! Play with your friends! … And come visit Body Language CK!