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(MEN)tality

(MEN)tality

I never have experienced in my life the feeling of being totally clear headed. You know, the state of being where there absolutely an extinction of thought, emotion or sensations? I like to describe my state of mind more often than not, half being a hamster nonstop on...
Toxic Thoughts are Holding you Back from your Mind-Body Connection

Toxic Thoughts are Holding you Back from your Mind-Body Connection

How often do you have negative thoughts? Have you ever wondered to what degree your life experiences affect how you think, perceive, feel, react, and respond? Do you notice that your behavior or your defense mechanisms become triggered by certain issues time and time...
How to Fall in Love with Winter: Seasonal Self-Care

How to Fall in Love with Winter: Seasonal Self-Care

As I sit next to the fireplace writing, the rain is pouring down outside and the sky is gloomy & dark, and there was a 2hr power outage earlier this morning (a somewhat regular occurrence here in Tofino). I’m bundled in blankets, drinking hot coffee and wish I...
Breathing into Alignment

Breathing into Alignment

Is there such a thing as an ideal yoga posture? Is there a perfect side bend? Is there a gold standard forward fold? After a couple decades of practicing and studying many different approaches to modern postural yoga, I’ve heard and read many opinions – even competing...
Secure Attachment: What It Looks Like

Secure Attachment: What It Looks Like

Many of us haven’t had enough experience with secure attachment in relationships, so even though we might be clear on our attachment wounds, it’s difficult to envision, trust or embody something more ideal. I believe it’s important to have a clear model to work...
Are You Really Doing Yoga?

Are You Really Doing Yoga?

My first foray into yoga was unintentional. I had a dance injury but still wanted to move my body while I recovered. I quickly became more interested in the connection between one’s mind and yoga, even more so than the physical aspect of the practice. I recognized at...
What is Yang Family Tai Chi?

What is Yang Family Tai Chi?

For thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has included movement and mindfulness for maintaining optimal health and achieving high levels of vitality. These interventions, collectively called Qigong, combine dance-like or animal-inspired movements plus...
Celebrating Community

Celebrating Community

This past Winter Solstice I taught a special yoga class at MOGA, one of the yoga studios I teach at in Kelowna, BC. The class was an all women’s Hatha Flow Yoga class with aromatherapy – we used Frankincense essential oil which is great for focus and meditation....
Journey Into Self

Journey Into Self

As I lay in the bath in a solo retreat into myself, I begin to feel the sensations. The prickle of the almost-too-hot water, the buoyancy of the epsom salts and the softness of the oil I drizzled in last minute. I begin to feel the sensations of my body become more...
Belonging

Belonging

The definition of “Belongingness” is “the human emotional need to be an accepted member of a group. People tend to have an ‘inherent’ desire to belong and be an important part of something greater than themselves”. I “belonged” to a fitness club for 8...
That Time I Died Online

That Time I Died Online

More and more I find that the lines between the real world and the online world are becoming blurred or nonexistent. Now I don’t mean I’m beginning to see the world as streams of falling lines of code, like in the movie The Matrix, but my perspective on what is real...
Belonging  

Belonging  

Thinking back on how I’ve shaped my world recently, I’ve realized that I was a person who needed repeated validation of my friendships. I required proof – ideally in the form of words. Hearing a friend tell me that I mattered to them was the single greatest...
“Her”

“Her”

How is “SHE” pretending to be a yogi? That girl: The one chasing a coffee with a big glass of red wine; the one eating the humungous bacon, cheese and guacamole BURGER. Her! OMG…is she actually wearing LEATHER shoes?  And *gasp!* swearing at her cell phone! How. Is....
Longing to Belong

Longing to Belong

There is a commonality amongst most humans towards a sense of belonging. We want to “fit in” to a certain tribe or way of life.  There is an underlining desire as humans to want to connect with peers, loved ones and sometimes even strangers. I’ve been practicing yoga...
Giving PRESENTS…. it’s a spelling mistake 

Giving PRESENTS…. it’s a spelling mistake 

At this time of year, people can often be overheard asking others what ‘present’ they might like to receive during the holiday season.  I think that there is mistake in the question, a simple spelling mistake.  I think a better word might be ‘presence’ not...
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