Self-Care

Resetting the Bar on Stress Resiliency

Here I am off on holiday out to the west coast of Canada to catch up with family and friends. A vacation, at least I keep telling myself that in hopes that it will both sink in and be understood as truth. We should take vacation! We need to take vacations and time out from… Continue reading Resetting the Bar on Stress Resiliency

Yoga Practice, Yoga Teacher

Sinking not Pulling

Every now and then, when I’m completely in my teaching zone a cue will just pour out of me that changes the shape of my teaching moving forward. This happened a few weeks ago while moving through a Yin based practice. Sinking not pulling. I’ve used tons of different cues over the years to describe… Continue reading Sinking not Pulling

Life & Love

Sangha – The Healing Power of Community

At the beginning of 2005 and three weeks before my 30th birthday I was alone, vulnerable and with a heartbreak so vast it consumed every fibre of my being. My six-year relationship had just ended. And while it had started off full of love and promises for the future, it ended with me a mere shell… Continue reading Sangha – The Healing Power of Community

Guided Meditation

Guided Meditation on Connection

Please enjoy the following scripted meditation for gratitude. Feel free to share directly with your class or to make any adjustments that are better suited to you and your students. Namasté. Relaxing completely into our mat, let’s begin to settle in to the natural ebb and flow of our breath. Softening into this space. Closing… Continue reading Guided Meditation on Connection

Yoga Practice

Yoga 101 for Therapists

Yoga is the 6,000 year-old science of the mind. As outlined in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, one of the oldest texts on Yoga, Yoga is the cessation of the mind-stuff (1:2) or essentially turning off our monkey minds. While Yoga in the western world is known by its physical side of poses and a… Continue reading Yoga 101 for Therapists

Class Themes

Class Theme: Let the Sunshine In

Whether it's a gloomy day or a bright sunny day, this revitalizing flow will uplift your mood, re-energize your soul and put a smile on your face. This is all about the heart openers! Big crescent lunges throughout sun salutations, chest expansions with arms wide open in standing postures all mixed into a sweet and… Continue reading Class Theme: Let the Sunshine In

Life & Love

Catch Your Self

May 23rd in Toronto and though the temperature has warmed up enough that I don’t need my winter coat, the gloomy skies of the past few months continue to lurk overhead. I feel myself teetering on the edge of darkness, it’s waiting with open arms to suck me in. My unmade bed calling me back to… Continue reading Catch Your Self

Class Themes

Class Theme: Creating Space

One of the most beautiful things a regular yoga practice brings is space. Space between breath, space in our joints for more easeful movement and of course space in our minds by quieting our thoughts and becoming more present. This class theme is devoted to creating more space in mind and body leaving us free to re-cover what… Continue reading Class Theme: Creating Space

Life & Love

A Healing Journey

Mother’s Day is an interesting holiday for me. Is that the right word? I’ve noticed that I’ve almost begun to treat it the way I do Father’s Day – and truth be told if I thought I could get away with it I would by ignoring it completely. These holidays are lovely as a middle-aged… Continue reading A Healing Journey

Class Themes

Class Theme: The Most Important Thing

In a world where everything seems like a priority, the to do lists are never ending and we continuously feel pulled in six different directions, it's all too easy to become overwhelmed. However when we are centred and present we can truly see the forest through the trees. This practice is a reminder of what… Continue reading Class Theme: The Most Important Thing