This End Up

with Nicky Poole and Jay Andrews — Saturday November 9th


Join handstand lovers Nicky Poole and Jay Andrews for an intelligent approach to building strength and confidence in preparation for handstand. Learn necessary wrist and shoulder strengthening exercises and develop an understanding of the core requirements to make this aspirational yoga pose a posturebility (instead of a dream). Learning handstand requires us to be brave and curious. This workshop is open to all levels of students interested in learning more about hand balancing in a supportive, safe environment. The workshop will include strength and mobility exercises, wall and partner work, and all-levels explorations on the hands in the centre of the room!

Nicky Poole has been enmeshed in the study and practice of yoga since 1999. She founded the first yoga studio in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2004, and has been based in Canada since 2009. Nicky has a broad range of interests in yoga including: the visual and material history of yoga, Prana Flow yoga, Pre and Post Natal yoga, Kalarippayat martial arts, Axis Syllabus, movement as meditation, and mentoring and supporting new teachers! You can learn more about Nicky at and follow her @yoginicky

Jay Andrews knows firsthand the ability of the yoga practices to bring relief, stability and self-discovery to those on the path of healing and wholeness. A long-time touring musician and producer, he discovered yoga through his recovery and rehabilitation from addiction. What began as a meditation practice soon evolved into an exploration of the many practices of Yoga. Today, Jay is a certified yoga teacher who has completed 500 hours of teacher training at Octopus Garden. He also studies Nada Yoga (the yoga of sound), and trauma-informed yoga. You will find Jay’s teaching to be infused with meditation, pranayama, sound, music, chanting, and laughter. Keep moving, keep breathing, keep chanting and keep listening, one day at a time.


Date: Saturday November 9th
Time: 11:00am to 2:00pm
Cost: $30 for members, $40 for non-members and $20 for Octopus Garden staff, teachers and clinicians