Life & Love

The Story of the Lotus Flower

The image of the lotus flower is synonymous with Yoga. We see so many beautiful designs and photos, poses and mudras using its name, the images (yantras) of the chakras and of course the beloved mantra: Om mani padme hum – may the jewel of the lotus unite us all.  What is it that makes… Continue reading The Story of the Lotus Flower

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

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

Yoga Practice

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

Class Themes

Class Theme: Calming Vata

The vata dosha is predominant through the fall and winter seasons leaving many of us to feel a lack of grounding and clarity. As the temperature drops and the wind starts up we struggle to complete even simple tasks, made even more overwhelming with the growing to do lists as the holidays approach. This class… Continue reading Class Theme: Calming Vata

Class Themes, Life & Love

Class Theme: Oneness

I struggled this morning as many others did in this city I call home. Reading the news about the shooting in the community I have worked in over five years was surreal, the further I read I kept waiting for the line where they would say it just wasn't true. I also had to lead… Continue reading Class Theme: Oneness

Class Themes, Yoga Practice, Yoga Teacher

Class Theme: Forgiveness

The following theme can be used either for your own personal practice, or for your group classes or one on 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… Continue reading Class Theme: Forgiveness

Class Themes, Yoga Practice, Yoga Teacher

Class Theme: A Practice for Healing

In light of the very recent event this week in Toronto and also a few weeks past in Humboldt, our entire country could use a big hug right now. Whether we know someone involved or are just trying to process what happened through media outlets and shared stories, we grieve as a collective. We feel… Continue reading Class Theme: A Practice for Healing

Self-Care, Yoga Practice

Finding Ways to Cope in Light of Tragedy

In light of the very recent event this week in Toronto and a few weeks past in Humboldt, our entire country could use a big hug right now. Whether we knew someone involved or are just trying to process what happened through media outlets and shared stories, we grieve as a collective. We feel the… Continue reading Finding Ways to Cope in Light of Tragedy

Self-Care, Yoga Practice

When Life Hands you Lemons – Do Yoga!

How many times have we heard: turn that frown upside down, embrace the positive, look for the silver lining, I’m sure I could go on. The reality is, it’s not that easy and sometimes we need to be angry or sad to really process what is happening. It’s become socially unacceptable to be anything but… Continue reading When Life Hands you Lemons – Do Yoga!