Northern Light Center, new yoga studio, opening in Canton
Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 8:17 am

CANTON -- A new yoga and meditation space, The Northern Light Center at 595 Miner Street Rd., will open on June 12.

The opening will be celebrated with a day of free classes and an open house to meet the teachers and see the space.

The studio is owned and operated by Rebecca Rivers, a certified Svaroopa (Bliss) Yoga teacher and a registered yoga teacher at the 500 hour level. She has been teaching yoga and meditation at the Yoga Loft in Canton for the past six years and maintains a private yoga therapy practice. She also teaches programs and workshops throughout St. Lawrence County.

The new studio is a response to growing interest in yoga in Canton and the surrounding areas, Rivers says. “There are so many more people practicing yoga and meditation here than there were six years ago when I started teaching,” she said. “It makes sense for there to be more practice space available.”

The Northern Light Center will also serve as a center for “conscious living.” Says Rivers, “Yoga is a practice that increases your awareness. As you become more aware of your body and your own experience, you naturally begin to notice the connections between all things.”

In keeping with this philosophy, Rivers and her husband, Wil, designed the building to reduce its ecological footprint. Incorporating passive solar design, renewable cork flooring, high energy efficiency and local materials where possible, the building embodies the values of environmental responsibility and community stewardship.

In addition, the Northern Light Center will offer space to groups who are endeavoring to make people more conscious of the connections between themselves, others and the planet. “Several people have already approached me about programming. I am looking forward to seeing what develops,” says Rivers.

Northern Light Yoga specializes in Svaroopa yoga, a meditative style of yoga that is accessible to people of all fitness levels. It is one of the nationally recognized styles of hatha yoga that Rivers says is known for being gentle and powerfully transformative.

In addition to Rivers, four other teachers will contribute to the offerings of Northern Light Yoga: Gail Baxter of Hannawa Falls, Jackie Brooks of Waddington, Karen Dillon O’Neil of Canton and Carol Kwasney of Massena. A summer schedule of classes is available at

The grand opening celebration will consist of free yoga classes, live music and light refreshments. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with a morning flow class taught by Rivers. “Gentle Yoga with Carol” begins at 10:30 am. “Neck and Shoulder Basics with Jackie” will begin at 12:30 p.m. Kwasney will teach “Warrior and More: The Standing Poses” at 2:30 p.m. Rivers will close the evening with “Unwind at Sunset,” a relaxing sequence set to live music, beginning at 7:30 p.m. From 4:30 to 7 p.m., there will be an open house with the teachers and light refreshments. Fiddler/violinist Gretchen Koehler will play from 4:30 to 5:30 and 6:30 to 7, and again for the evening class.

Registration for classes is suggested and can be done by contacting Rivers at 386-8461 or

More information, including directions, can be found at