Life & Love, Self-Care

The Slow Burn

It begins like a quiet whisper of compromise. Which is nice, we are taught that compromise is nice. It’s the right thing to do. It might be having pasta for dinner when you really wanted sushi or covering that class when you had already made plans. And then you do it again. And then you… Continue reading The Slow Burn

Self-Care

Essential Oils – Why We Can’t Get Enough

Our sense of smell is the only direct communication our brain has with the external world and is precisely why we are instantly transported back in time when different smells waft through the air. Warming our hearts with fond memories or sending us into a flashback and kick starting our sympathetic nervous system (fight or… Continue reading Essential Oils – Why We Can’t Get Enough

Self-Care, Yoga Philosophy

Journey Through the Chakras

As part of our subtle body, it is said we have 7 chakras or spinning wheels or disks. Chakra is pronounced with the “ch” similar to “Cherrio’s.” The chakras travel up the length of our spine starting at the base and moving up to the crown of our head. Each chakra represents a different energy… Continue reading Journey Through the Chakras

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, Yoga Teacher

Yoga for Addiction and Recovery

In the alternative care world, most describe addiction, as the disease of disconnection. There is not a gene responsible for addiction, we don’t automatically inherit addiction from our ancestors the way we inherit our blue eyes or brown hair. Yet, millions of people are at the mercy of their addictive behaviour. In the throes of… Continue reading Yoga for Addiction and Recovery

Self-Care, Yoga Practice, Yoga Teacher

Re-Tune Your Parasympathetic Nervous System

How our body relays messages to and from the brain are based upon two branches of our nervous system: autonomic and somatic. The somatic system centered around thought to action like brushing your hair. The autonomic system is for everything we don’t need to think about: heartbeat, digestion etc.. Within the autonomic system is two… Continue reading Re-Tune Your Parasympathetic Nervous System

Self-Care, Yoga Teacher

Slow Down…

I get ideas and I jump! And I do this in all facets of my life. It is perhaps why I am still awake after midnight writing. It is also perhaps why I tend to have a whole lot on the go at one time – and I’ve also always been like that too. Yoga… Continue reading Slow Down…

Self-Care, Yoga Teacher

Incorporating Yoga into Everyday

For those who have enjoyed the centering and calming effect that yoga brings, we often have the desire to share this with our loved ones and clients but don’t know how. Here are some simple tips to incorporate a little yoga into everyday. Breathe! Sure we do that all the time, our nervous system is… Continue reading Incorporating Yoga into Everyday

Self-Care, Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Practice

East Meets West on Meditation

Many of us have probably been told at some point that we need to start to meditate. Either we are super hyper and our friends are thinking this might pull us down a notch, or we are over-working and over stressing and we could use a new perspective. There is an old zen saying: “you… Continue reading East Meets West on Meditation

Self-Care, Yoga Practice, Yoga Teacher

The Heart Chakra

In connecting to the mid-point of our subtle body we find our heart centre. Anahata, the Sanskrit word for our fourth chakra, means un-struck. My interpretation of this is to live from our hearts as though we have never been hurt before. The idea of a heart that has been struck representing grief, heartbreak, or… Continue reading The Heart Chakra