Yoga Practice

A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

  Step #1 – Sit down, close your eyes, quiet your mind. The hard truth is, that is really what you need to do. The reality is, as we know, it’s not quite that simple. A few years ago, I wrote: A Beginner's Guide to Yoga. Recently I went to reference a similar article around… Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

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Yoga and Chronic Pain

This article was first published in Optimyz Magazine's Aug/Sept 2018 edition  This article is not about how you can heal your pain through yoga. I think one of the worst things we can tell people with chronic pain is, “I have the solution” “I can fix you” because you’ve heard it a million times. You’ve… Continue reading Yoga and Chronic Pain

Self-Care, Yoga Practice

7 Habits of a Yogi

Living life as a Yogi in the modern world can certainly present many challenges. The majority of us need to earn an income to pay for housing and food at the most basic level, and most jobs these days also have a certain degree of stress and pressure that come along with them. We may… Continue reading 7 Habits of a Yogi

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Hypermobility and Yoga

This article first appeared in the Sept/Oct 2018 issue of canfitpro magazine  One of my favourite excuses that I hear for why people can’t do Yoga is still: “I’m not flexible enough”. The irony in that statement is that the increased mobility experienced with a regular yoga class is best served to those who are… Continue reading Hypermobility and Yoga

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Boosting Our Bandhas

The practice of yoga dates back as early as 3000 BCE when stone seals were found depicting people sitting in meditative postures. If we follow the history of yoga as a physical practice (Asana) the poses were developed to help the body prepare to sit for long periods in meditation comfortably. Poses that would develop… Continue reading Boosting Our Bandhas

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Prepping Our Students for Arm Balances

Those elusive poses we see all over Instagram and Yoga Journal. As Yoga Teachers, we probably learned them at some point, fell out of them and got frustrated and tucked them into the back of our mind, our cups so full of everything else we were learning. Until of course, one of our students starts… Continue reading Prepping Our Students for Arm Balances

Self-Care, Yoga Practice

Mindfulness Practices for Kids: Why We Need to Start Them Young

this article original appeared in April/May 2018 canfitpro magazine  I’ve been struck recently by the importance of the TD Bank ads surrounding teaching our children about money. Speaking for myself, I can certainly say I learned the hard way on this road. Interestingly enough, until the last few years we’ve also maintained the same attitude… Continue reading Mindfulness Practices for Kids: Why We Need to Start Them Young

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International Yoga Day!

International Yoga Day was declared by the UN in 2014 at the urging of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. The first celebration was on June 21, 2015, also marking the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. This was a way to unite the entire world in a practice, in a philosophy that honours… Continue reading International Yoga Day!

Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Practice, Yoga Teacher

The Mystical Sound: OM

OM is considered the primordial sound in Yogic culture. First there was OM and then came everything else. Book 1:27 from The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali “The word expressive of Ishvara is the mystic sound OM.” OM is used to clear space and also to unite energy such as at the beginning or end of a Yoga… Continue reading The Mystical Sound: OM

Class Themes, Yoga Practice, Yoga Teacher

Class Theme: Speaking our Truth

The following theme can be used either for your own personal practice, or for your group classes or one ones that you are teaching. Everything below is just a guide based on my thoughts and experiences in the moment. Feel free to change anything to better suit your teaching/practice style or so that it feels… Continue reading Class Theme: Speaking our Truth