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A Gift to Share


Posted By on Dec 30, 2020

The New Year is often a time to make new resolutions and embrace new challenges. For many of us, though, the New Year is simply a renewal of a challenge we face on a daily basis. The challenge of maintaining personal mental health. As someone who has had to work hard to maintain my mental health, I know that the next couple of months are always more difficult for me. In a normal year getting through the shorter days and the February...

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Ardha paschimottanasana Ardha paschimottanasana: Seated half forward bend. You know the one- “Extend one leg out long, and fold your body over your leg. Walk your hands towards your toes. Now relax.” Relax! Ha! HOW? For quite a while this was my nemesis pose- the mere mention of it made my muscles tense and my mind start rebelling. I am blessed with very long legs and very tight hamstrings. Also, my pelvis tips slightly...

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Note: Santosha is one of the niyamas (personal observances) laid out in Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga, found in the Yoga Sutra. The eight limbs have been an important foundation of yoga for over a thousand years. Santosha is Contentment. It’s that inner strength that comes from knowing we are fine just the way we are in this moment. It’s understanding that we are always changing, learning and growing. Santosha is...

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Recently livestrong.com asked us “What advice/tips would you give to beginners about how to begin a yoga practice?” 1. Do a bit of research. There are many different flavours of yoga- from very gentle to very vigorous.  Read class descriptions or you can ask a studio or gym what their classes are like, and if they are appropriate for beginners.   Try a few different styles and teachers, and see what feels best...

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Susan’s Yoga Story


Posted By on Dec 23, 2019

Thanks to Susan JK for sharing her yoga story with us! I’ve been doing yoga since 1995 in Hamburg, when I was pregnant with our second child.Yoga has been a constant companion in my life – physically of course, but also mentally.We all need to check out of our daily routine, to give ourselves permission to hit the reset button and do something totally just for us.Yoga is that for me. In the beginning it was the flow...

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Adapted from Peace Is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives by Thich Nhat Hanh Look at strong emotions as a kind of storm. If we know weatherproofing techniques, we can come out of it intact. A storm may last an hour, several hours, or a day. If we master the ways of calming and steadying our mind, we can pass through the storms of emotion with relative ease.  Sitting in the lotus position or lying down on your back, begin...

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When I first started practicing yoga a few years ago, my mind was very busy and analytical during practice. I think that’s pretty normal! There’s a lot to pay attention to. Looking back, I know I was actually pretty tough on myself. But there was something there- a seed that kept me coming back to my mat, kept me practicing. Over time, things evolved. My practice shifted, and I started to be more myself on the mat. With...

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Layers


Posted By on Oct 19, 2019

LayersOnions have layers, ogres have layers.  So says Shrek.  And can’t we all learn from Shrek?  Well, yoga has been that way for me.  In the beginning, it was about my physical layer.  At the start I went to re-gain some movement and flexibility.  I didn’t think beyond that.  But as the words spoken in classes entered into my mind, I realized another layer was unfolding.  It...

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Our biggest obstacles can often come from a surprising source: ourselves! How often have I heard myself say “I can’t” or “That’s not me.”  These reactions are just stories I have made up over time. After a few years of regular yoga practice I am finding my stories are shifting, changing, and I am opening up to a lot of things I never thought possible.   One of the really important parts of yoga is svadhyaya – self study...

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