Cosmeticians and Coconut Oil

I had a peculiar encounter with a cosmetician the other day. I am not a heavy user of cosmetics and never have been. I stick to the basics when necessary – mascara, blush, layers of concealer for those pesky dark eye circles, lip balm for my lips, sometimes even tinted. I forego mascara when teaching yoga as it inevitably smudges,… Read more →

Arrows Become Flowers

Life isn’t like Facebook, really.  Life is painful and messy and confusing and chaotic.  So why is it so many posts boast of joy and enlightenment and ubiquitous sunsets?  It seems too easy. We need to be in the mess to appreciate the moonlight, not the other way around. Trying to bask in joy and moonlight in order to shed… Read more →

Upcoming Workshop

Join Nicole and me for a refreshing afternoon of soothing Yoga and replenishing Yoga Nidra.  Fill your tank before the holiday hustle hits. I have the right and the responsibility to rest and replenish myself. I know when I am tired and allow myself to rest. Read more →

The Way of the Labyrinth

“Your life is a sacred journey. And it is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now…”  —… Read more →

Forever

I was asked by a new student recently how long I have been doing yoga.  That question usually has me reeling back through the decades, demanding the use of my questionable math skills and the resulting lame answer of “a long time”. This time was different.  “Over 30 years”, I daringly replied.  “Oh, you must be very flexible”, she commented. … Read more →

Svadhyaya

“Svadhyaya , or self-study, is about knowing our true identity as Divine and understanding the boxes we are wrapped in. The process of knowing ourselves, and the boxes that adorn us, creates a pathway to freedom.”  D. Adele Taking a week hiatus from teaching this Christmas allowed me to do all sorts of unwrapping, not just the gifts, but ultimately… Read more →

Santosha – Contentment

“Seeking and avoiding are expensive uses of energy”  D. Adele Contrary to the task this week, to notice when we seek pleasure or avoid discomfort, I tend to the reverse.  Interestingly, after observing my thoughts and actions, I notice I seek discomfort and avoid pleasure.  Could this be symptomatic of my Roman Catholic upbringing?  Those years in a blue tunic… Read more →

Contentment

“Santosha invites us into contentment by taking refuge in a calm centre, opening our hearts in gratitude for what we do have and practicing the paradox of “not seeking”.  D. Adele Seeking contentment in the next moment, or the next, or the one after that.  How this describes me, always preparing and planning but never really arriving anywhere. I have… Read more →

Asteya – Live as a Visitor

This morning I unintentionally stepped into this week’s task.  Living in a condominium is nothing short of oppressive – in my particular situation.  A set of neighbours enjoy policing every inch of the “common area” and taking it upon themselves to determine who can do what when where. This behaviour has evolved into serial, petty, passive-aggressive acts that seem to be undertaken for the express purpose… Read more →

Starting somewhere

I just began exploring the yamas and niyamas, “the rare gems of wisdom that give direction to a well-lived and joyful life”, in more depth with a fellow yogi and kindred soul.  We will post the musing from our journey on our respective blogs.  The book, “The Yamas and Niyamas – Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice” by Deborah Adele is our guide.  Her compassionate words and provocative… Read more →