Mental Health Week

Join us for Mental Health Week, May 3-8!

 

Mental Health Week takes place the first week of May each year with the goal to raise awareness about the importance of mental health. Innovation Works and Wellness Works are thrilled to be offering free online events for Mental Health Week this year and we’d love for you to join us. Starting Monday May 3, you can take part in any of the virtual classes listed below. Now, more than ever, it’s extremely critical for you to focus on your health, wellness, and overall well being. The events during Mental Health Week are brought to you by Wellness Works, a community of wellness leaders who have joined at Innovation Works.

 

JOIN US ONLINE FOR ANY OF THE CLASSES BELOW!

May 3  ·  May 4  ·  May 5  ·  May 6  ·  May 7  ·  May 8

 

Monday, May 3

 

Yin Yoga with Heather Wenman


Monday, May 3. 8:30am - 9:15am

Heather WenmanYin yoga starts your day with openness through flexibility and balance of the mind and body. You will learn to breathe and how to do movements safely. All levels are welcome. Yoga is for every body.

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City Art Centre

Monday, May 3. 3:00pm - 4:00pm

City Art CentreTwenty-eight years ago, in February 1992, a small group of people with experience in Mental Health Services shared the need for a safe place to express themselves through art media. They created City Art Centre to provide a safe place, free art supplies, peer support, and encouragement for those 18 years and older who self-identify as living with mental illness. Over the years members have developed a wide range of styles, forms, and techniques to support individual creative processes. Quality of life is greatly enhanced as feelings are expressed through art and healing is facilitated.

Following an introduction, we will lead participants through a warm-up doodle exercise while learning more about City Art Centre (CAC). This will be followed by a collaborative sketching exercise focused on visually expressing the benefits of peer support for mental health. No advanced art skills are required, this activity will be accessible for everyone with a pen or pencil and paper. Join us to discover the many benefits of art and let your creative side show.

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Yoga Nidra with Meredith Rose

Monday, May 3. 4:00pm - 5:00pm
 

Meredith RoseYoga Nidra is an ancient practice that puts you into a hypnogogic state, also referred to as the yogic sleep. Just 15 minutes of Yoga Nidra can make you feel as rested as if you had a few hours of sleep.

Please come prepared to lay down for approximately 25 minutes. Bring blankets, socks, and anything you will need to stay warm. There is a possibility that your body temperature will drop during the practice. Prepare for relaxation and deep rest.

Meredith Rose is a Vancouver Island, BC born and raised photographic artist and dog mom. She is also a 200hr certified yoga teacher who is specializing in the meditative arts, with the intention to make others feel great.

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Tuesday, May 4

 

 

Morning Yoga for the Hips and Heart

Tuesday, May 4 8:30-9:15AM

Jessica EllisonTake this time to tend to your shoulders and hips. I invite you to pay attention to how these areas are connected to your mental and emotional state. This practice will be low to the ground and is suitable for all levels.

Jessica Ellison is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Pre and Postnatal Fitness Specialist. She has an interest in holistic wellness, somatic healing, and meditation. Connect with Jessica on Instagram @jessicaellison14


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Anxiety & People Pleasing: How to get Grounded & Stop Caring what Other People Think

Tuesday, May 4. 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Is your people pleasing causing you pain? It may be what is leading to a rise in your anxiety and anxiousness. This session will deliver practical daily tools to manage anxiety, increase vagal tone and offer a brief discussion on minding the "confidence gap" to swerve imposter syndrome.

Carlen Costa, DHS MPH RP ACS is a Clinical Sexologist & registered Psychotherapist, Cannabis Educator & best-selling Author of the book, "Love: The Women's Guide to Not F*cking Settling". She is the CEO of The Everyday Goddess® a radical love & lifestyle brand that empowers you to feel good, about feeling good; as well as The Goddess Foundation, a charity that seeks to raise money to fund programs and services by womxn, for womxn across Canada. Carlen is also the creatrix of the 1 Million Orgasms™ movement, looking to normalize and empower conversations about pleasure and crush the orgasm gap for women.

You can watch Carlen or read her contributions as seen on: Vice, CBC, CTV, Global, FASHION, HuffPost, Cosmopolitan, R29 & Van Der Pop. You can connect with her to join The Sex For Breakfast Club community for women, or The Round Table community for men and on Instagram @carlen.costa her YouTube channel, The Everyday Goddess or, on her website carlencosta.com

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Nutrition for Women’s Hormone Health

Tuesday, May 4. 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Andrea FennellJoin Andrea Fennell, Registered Dietitian and Owner at Vitalita Nutrition, for an interactive presentation on balancing hormones through nutrition. She’ll be sharing nutrition tips on how to:

  • Manage stress by supporting the body’s nutrient needs
  • Improve digestive health and why it’s essential for mental health
  • Support fertility, period problems, thyroid disorders, PCOS, and Endometriosis.

Andrea Fennell is a functional Registered Dietitian that specializes in fertility and hormone health. Her interest in nutrition began with her own health journey with stubborn skin and digestive issues. After pursuing her nutrition studies, she discovered that her issues and those commonly seen in her clients were actually stemming from digestive health. She now specifically supports women in getting to the root cause of their symptoms including infertility, digestive issues, irregular cycles, acne, stubborn weight, chronic fatigue, and anxiety. Her goal is to empower women to take charge of their health and to feel their absolute best through personalized nutrition.

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Wednesday, May 5

 

Yoga with Laura

Wednesday, May 5. 8:30am - 9:15am

Join us for this 45 minute yoga practice with Laura. Laura’s yoga class may fluctuate between vinyasa, detox and flow.

Laura is a Registered Yoga Teacher who works with clients in the Special Needs Community, as well as those who have sustained bodily injury and head trauma. She practices energy healing with Reiki and has a great interest in holistic natural wellness, guided breath meditation, and the power within our thoughts. You can follow Laura’s practice at Brain Sage Yoga through her Facebook page: (20+) Brain Sage Yoga | Facebook

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Secrets for a Great Sleep

Wednesday, May 5. 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Janice HuttonExhaustion is everywhere – we don’t have the energy to grind through our days because we are feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally drained.  Life feels heavy and it is hard to be happy and healthy when you are suffering from sleepless nights.  If you struggle with falling asleep, staying asleep, waking up in the night or you just wake up feeling exhausted, I have some secrets to share!  Learn some simple, easy to use sleep tips to streamline your nightly routine that maximize mind and body recovery.   Dramatic results are possible and with just a few small changes to your routine, you will be waking up refreshed and feeling amazing.  

Vibrant Life Coaching
Hon BPE, MA, B.Ed.
FIS, PTS, Empowerment Coach

Janice has extensive experience as an educator and a practitioner in health, fitness, sport and personal empowerment coaching. Her career to date is diverse and extensive. As a veteran leader, Janice thrives on sharing her wisdom and her passion for the pursuit of a Vibrant Life. 

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How to Prioritize Self-care

Wednesday, May 5. 4:00pm - 5:00pm

In a year that was full of challenges, limitations and unprecedented stress, mental health and well-being has been a critical discussion topic at work and within our family units.  Nicole will talk about the new workplace and facilitate a discussion about how it is impacting workplace policies and family life. She will introduce ways to practice self-care, do a practical exercise that will help you prioritize what is most important and meaningful in your life.

Nicole started “Peoplesyde HR Group” in 2012 to help businesses improve their workplace culture. Nicole experienced the effects of a toxic work for herself and coworkers early in her career and finds her work highly meaningful when she can influence big change in how individuals and organizations function at work.

Nicole’s work improves organizational performance, improves employee retention, and increases leadership ability to motivate and inspire others to care to bring their whole selves into work each day, and perform at their best.

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Thursday, May 6

 

Chair Yoga

Thursday, May 6th 8:30am - 9:15am

Do you love yoga but find it can be hard on your wrists and knees? Are you up for trying something new? Do you have a fairly solid chair? Come out and experience a chair yoga class geared to all levels where you can breathe and move and experience all the benefits of yoga from a new vantage point. Options will be given, and standing poses using the chair as a prop will be incorporated. Here’s to 45 minutes of connecting with your breath and your heartbeat - and your chair!

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Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Thursday, May 6. 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Join us, Randy Upper (Wallace) and Melanie Earle, for a candid, interview-based discussion on mental health. We will be addressing common stigmas regarding mental health, as well as how they can be compounded by a Spinal Cord Injury and other disabilities. We will also examine common myths about SCI and their impact on stigmas. The first 30 minutes will be the interview segment of our talk and the final 30 minutes will be a group discussion. Participants will be invited to ask questions of us and/or other participants. We will also encourage participants with an SCI to share their wealth of knowledge that comes from lived experience. We want to hear your stories! For more information about us, visit www.t6talk.com

Randy Upper (aka Wallace) has a Master of Social Work degree and is a Registered Social Worker. He is currently working as a Clinical Research Associate with a focus on spinal cord injury (SCI) and other acquired neurological disorders. As a person with a t6 complete SCI, Wallace lives his life to the fullest.

Melanie Earle has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English and Women’s Studies. She worked as a Human Resources Professional for over 15 years; holding a CHRL designation until 2020 when she retired from the field. She is currently working on expanding her knowledge of SCI and the SCI community, fulfilling her passion for working with people and making connections.

Together, this interabled couple are using their knowledge, skills and experience to keep the conversation going with their peers in the SCI community and beyond. There is a vast amount of untapped peer knowledge and experience out there. They would like to gather these resources and share it as a means of serving those within (and outside of) the SCI community. Their website, www.t6talk.com , is one of their first projects together. It is designed to dispel myths, illuminate truths and share as a community.

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Meditation with Aurelien

Thursday, May 6. 4:00pm - 5:00pm

What can you expect?
5 minute introductory guided meditation or poem
20 minutes "How do we feel today?"
20 minutes on a contemplative question

Aurelien has been practicing mindfulness meditation daily for over 10 years. He has taken several classes on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and self compassion. He enjoys facilitating groups and coaching 1 on 1. You can contact him: boninaurelien@gmail.com

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Friday, May 7

 

Yoga Flow to open Chakras

Friday, May 7 8:30am - 9:15am

Yoga instructor posing by a lakeThis is the perfect class for all levels. Just roll out your mat at home and get started - no equipment required. This online class will focus on the fundamental poses in yoga, we move in and out of poses slowly, with a strong focus on the breath. This practice will allow you to detox, stretch, strengthen, DE-stress and improve your flexibility. Following a modified sun salutation sequence, you will be rewarded with stretching areas of the body that hold knots and tension (especially the hips). We will finish with a brief meditation to help you open your chakras so you'll feel open and energized for your day.

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Healthy Aging

Friday, May 7. 3:00pm - 4:00pm

This workshop identifies action steps that we can take to influence our health from improving our levels of physical activity, to nutrition. We can't avoid aging but we can implement changes that will allow us to live our best life, and age dynamically.

Michelle has worked in both fitness and recreation programming for 25+ years. She has extensive experience in recreation programming, fitness and education leadership with the City of Mississauga, City of London, Acadia University and Nova Scotia Community College.   She has been teaching fitness for 30 years and continues to teach for a national fitness chain in Canada. She has presented at the national fitness conference, CanFitPro and for the provincial Recreation Ontario Educational Forum.

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Yoga Nidra with Meredith Rose

Friday, May 7. 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice that puts you into a hypnogogic state, also referred to as the yogic sleep. Just 15 minutes of Yoga Nidra can make you feel as rested as if you had a few hours of sleep. Please come prepared to lay down for approximately 25 minutes. Bring blankets, socks, and anything you will need to stay warm. There is a possibility that your body temperature will drop during the practice. Prepare for relaxation and deep rest.

Meredith Rose is a Vancouver Island, BC born and raised photographic artist and dog mom. She is also a 200hr certified yoga teacher who is specializing in the meditative arts, with the intention to make others feel great.


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Saturday, May 8

 

Flow Yoga and Meditation with Loredana

Saturday, May 8. 8:30am - 9:15am

Loredana WainwrightStep into your strength in this multi-level practice. We will be moving through several flow sequences and include balance and breathe work. Ending the practice will be a 10 minute guided meditation of recovery and resetting.

Loredana Wainwright has been a fitness instructor helping individuals achieve their goals for over 25 years.. Trained in hatha-based yoga, practicing with Lore will give you knowledge – both how the body responds to asanas (poses) or how your heart and soul might settle. Her yoga classes weave a different theme and coincide with movements to connect with thought-provoking, heart-filled messages. Lore runs programs (like her Chakra series) and offers a variety of retreats that are often combined with exceptional speakers and workshops. She teaches fitness intervals, spinning, sculpting and of course, yoga!

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Effects of Stress on Digestion

Saturday, May 8. 9:30am - 10:30am

Ashton Buck
This 30 minute presentation will teach you how daily stress in any form can down regulate our digestion. Increasing the likelihood of IBS symptoms, mood swings, bacterial / candida overgrowths, among other symptoms. Ashten will provide you with small tweaks you can make to see a big difference:

  • Mindfulness
  • Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Nutrition
  • Supplements

There will be 30 minutes at the end to answer any questions or to share your story.

Ashten Buck is a current Naturopathic Medical Student with a background degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Western University. Ashten loves all things digestive health, metabolic and hormonal function. Her goal is to help educate people, and spread her knowledge. Because you don’t have to go to med school to understand your body. You can follow Ashten on Instagram where she shares lots of great tips on how to lead a healthy lifestyle: @ashtenbuck.

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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Strategies for Improving Emotional Health

Saturday, May 8. 10:30am - 11:30am

Swati Mehta
This presentation will provide participants with an overview of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and its key components. The current state of evidence will be evaluated. Participants will gain effective strategies to self-manage emotional wellbeing and improve overall quality of life. During the workshop, there will be demonstrations of skills based exercises that can be applied to every day life.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the session, the participant will be able to:

1. Explain the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
2. Evaluate the current state of evidence for CBT
3. Practice CBT skills for self-management

Swati Mehta, PhD is a Scientist at Parkwood Institute Research, Lawson Research Institute under the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a Registered Psychotherapist. Her research examines improving access to evidence based mental health services for those undergoing rehabilitation through innovative technology. She has authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles. She has been awarded the Lawson Impact Leadership Award in 2016, the Royal Society of Canada Alice Wilson Award in 2017, and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Excellence Award in 2017.

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Beginners Yoga and Meditation with Loredana

Saturday, May 8. 11:30am - 12:30pm

Loredana WainwrightStep into your strength in this multi-level practice. We will be moving through several flow sequences and include balance and breathe work. Ending the practice will be a 10 minute guided meditation of recovery and resetting.

Can you breathe? Do you have a body? You can do yoga. That's all you need. Learn some of the background of yoga, why coming with your open mind and open heart is all you need to do yoga. After some basic instructions on yoga and meditation essentials, we will be practicing a gentle flow yoga, followed by a short meditation. If you have any specific questions before the program, please email wainwrightlore@gmail.com.

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Music Therapy

Saturday, May 8. 1:00pm - 2:00pm

The workshop will start with exploring the question, "What is music therapy?" We will then look at the use of music for mental health. The last third of the workshop will focus on ways you can independently use music in your life for wellness purposes.

Kerry (PhD, RP, MTA, MT-BC) has owned and operated Music Therapy London since 1990. She has presented at all levels and served on numerous boards. In 2016 her book "A history of the music therapy profession: Diverse practices and concepts" was published.

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Introduction to Animal Flow (Fitness Class)

Saturday, May 8. 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Join Kyle’s Introduction to Animal Flow Class. Animal Flow is a ground-based bodyweight movement program requiring zero equipment. In this class, we will begin with a mobility-focused warm up to prepare your body for movement. We will start with warm-up exercises to prepare the wrists, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles. You will learn the Static Forms (Ape, Beast and Crab) as well as some of their variations. Following the Static Forms, you will learn two Form Specific Stretches (Crab Reach and Ape Reach). Next, you will learn to properly perform Underswitches and Side Kick Throughs. Finally, we will link some of these exercises together in The Wellness Flow! We will end the lesson with a cooldown including some static stretching, and breathwork to return the body to the rest and digest stage before the next Mental Health Week class.

Kyle Clarke has an honours specialization in Kinesiology at Western University. He is a certified personal trainer with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), and a certified Animal Flow instructor. Over the past three years, he has noticed that people with strong bodies also have strong minds. Kyle defines “Strong Mind” as a combination of three traits: desire, discipline and patience. If you have a desire to change, the discipline to put in consistent work, and the patience to stay the course, you are already well on your way to wellness. Exercise is linked to positive mental states, and with the Covid-19 pandemic, access to recreational facilities has changed drastically. This is tough because it is very easy to allow our bodies and our minds to weaken while we’re stuck at home. Well, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Many of us have adapted to these circumstances by working out at home, and while for some it goes well, for most it does not.

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Intro to Breathwork: Keepin' Calm When Overwhelmed Workshop

Saturday, May 8. 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Mel Dodge
Keepin' calm in times of stress and uncertainty is hard. Stress and anxiety disrupts sleep, alters your mood, and makes you feel like you're not your true self.
But you have a tool available to you all the time – your breath. Discover the power of your breath as we explore guided breath practices in this interactive workshop.

Mel Dodge from OMhale Wellness is passionate about mind, body and soul wellness, Mel helps people navigate out of stress and worry toward more balance and calm. She’s an intuitive coach, reiki energy healing practitioner and teacher who partners with her clients on their journeys to feeling clear, calm and connected to their true self to live with more ease. Breath work, yoga and meditation practices act as tools for her clients to find this connection.

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If you have any questions or troubles registering, please feel free to contact:
Loredana Wainwright - lwainwright@pillarnonprofit.ca, or
Andrew Leest - aleest@pillarnonprofit.ca.