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Guest post by Kathryn Kusyszyn
Chiropractor: You’ve got scoliosis.
Me: What’s that?
Chiropractor: It’s a curvature of the spine.
Chiropractor: It’s quite common. Don’t worry, yours is quite small.
This is how, at 18 years of age, I found out I had scoliosis. I went to the chiropractor after hurting my neck in a trampoline accident. After the treatment, my neck felt better but I was very confused about this scoliosis. What was it exactly? Could it explain my chronic lower back pain?
Soon afterwards, I discovered hatha yoga classes. While I didn’t connect with the meditation part of the class, I enjoyed the stretching and especially the relaxation at the end.
During university I basically forgot about yoga with all the intellectual stimulation and new people I was meeting, so I rarely exercised except for riding my bike and some aquafit in the pool for stress relief during exams. Upon graduation, I travelled and worked abroad and certainly gave my body a few challenges. Fortunately I wound up working down the road from an Ashtanga Yoga Studio and it became my home away from home.
Will is a yogi and award winning musician whose debut album HALLELUJAH (Nettwerk Music Group / Nutone Records) made its debut at #1 on the iTunes Top 100 World chart. He has garnered an international following from his music and teachings and has been featured in numerous yoga and spiritually-based media including Yoga Journal, Yoga Journal Japan, Yoga International, Sirius XM, and the Canadian Press. He’s the Ultimate Wellness and Yoga expert for JoyTV’s Life & Style with Zara and has been a featured guest on Hay House Radio alongside teachers from The Secret.
With an aim to create something modern and new, Will’s sound is a unique collision of rock opera, devotional Kirtan chant and pop music. Will weaves spoken word with traditional Indian instruments including the harmonium.
“For me it’s about getting more people exposed to yoga through the universality of pop music!!”
He is currently working on new music with producer Brian West (U2, Nelly Furtado, K’Naan, Savage Garden) and a radio release of his duet with multi-platinum artist Bif Naked with proceeds to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
“The music I write is designed to connect, designed to heal… I wrote this album for people who struggle with insecurity, shame, and self-image issues. It’s about using chant music to bring us into this surreal place of it’s enough, I’m enough. I’m ok.”
Inspired by the encouragement and love of his yoga students, Will Blunderfield’s intention is to touch and open hearts through yoga, Kirtan and pop music and to empower others on their path.
Will’s Life Mission: Joy to millions.
Will studied under Dan Clement, Eoin Finn, Bernie Clark, Wade Morissette, and others at VSBM (Yoga Alliance certified). He has equity status with Actors Equity Association (AEA) and holds degrees in Psychology and Voice from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA).
Music is a big component of the Victoria Yoga Conference, with a performance on Saturday, February 2, 2013 by recording artist Will Blunderfield, and an “iPod Pharmacy” collection program to benefit Music Heals.
The Music Heals iPod Pharmacy innovative supports music therapy by providing those in retirement homes or children’s hospitals with empty iPods to fill with music that resonates with them.
Coming to the YogaThon on January 19th? Bring your old iPod!
Beginning with the Victoria Yoga Conference YogaThon on January 19th, and running until the conclusion of the 2013 conference, we will be collecting donations of used and functional digital music players for use in music therapy.
About Music Heals
The Music Heals Charitable Foundation raises awareness of the healing powers of music and fundraises for Music Therapy and related services across Canada. Their mission is to unite music therapy-related charitable initiatives, and increase patient accessibility to music therapy in children’s hospitals, seniors’ homes, palliative care facilities, at-risk youth programs and more.
For more information on Music Heals, contact Chris Brandt at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vancouver Courier Article – December 2012
Give the Gift of Yoga this year and save $60
Many people like giving experiences instead of ‘stuff’ for holiday and birthday presents – what a spectacular way to show your love this holiday season!
Buy tickets for you and a friend and save $30 per ticket.
*Note: Must buy two tickets – offer valid on pairs of tickets only. Two tickets $334 (plus fees and taxes) until December 25, 2012. Regular price $394
Dynamic and inspirational, Ryan Leier brings his unique energy to every class he teaches. Whether in his own One Yoga studios or as an ambassador of yoga to communities around the world, his expression of this ancient, yet vital tradition consistently touches people’s hearts.
Drawing profound inspiration from the birth of his daughter, Kiyah, Ryan set out to bring yogic teachings to children and created Vinyasa Yoga for Youth,
The Breathe Fore Life Scholarship
in memory of Riley Rae Dennehy
The Kelty Dennehy Foundation will present a scholarship to a maximum of $1,000 CDN to be used for education and training, to a yoga teacher who wishes to further their knowledge and make a difference for people through their teaching. The successful applicant will demonstrate how, through the receipt of this scholarship that they can make a difference in people’s lives who may be dealing with grief or devastation of dreams. The recipient will show how they can begin to bring healing through the practice of yoga.
Application Deadline – December 31, 2012
I’ve always just done plain old oil and salt on my pumpkin seeds but this year I tried something new and oh my gosh – I could eat these all up…right now! I found this recipe online and it’s delicious!
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
Clean pumpkin seeds of any pumpkin pulp and rinse. Fill a bowl with lightly salted water and soak the pumpkin seeds for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Drain seeds and pat dry with paper towels. Mix melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and garlic powder in a bowl, and toss the seeds in the seasoned butter mixture until coated. Spread seeds out onto the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
Bake in the preheated oven until seeds are crunchy and golden brown, about 1 hour and fifteen minutes; stir and turn seeds every 15 minutes.
Victoria Yoga Conference is pleased to announce the continuation of our movie nights! Suggested admission donation is $10 per person.
Wednesday, November 21st – 7:30 pm – 24 Carrot Centre – 714 Discovery Street
RSVP to email@example.com
November’s movie is “Yoga Unveiled”
Harnessing the colorful commentary of the most prominent yoga scholars, teachers, and medical experts, Yoga Unveiled reveals how yoga began, tells the story of yoga’s passage to the West, describes its numerous branches, recounts the fascinating biographies of the foremost yoga masters, and explores yoga’s astonishing medical potential.
Stunning cinematography, ornate visual displays, and stirring music create a truly enchanting viewing experience. The great devotees of yoga grace the screen with their profound wisdom and delightful manner.
Yoga Unveiled also features commentary by Krishna Das, Dr. Herbert Benson, Edwin Bryant, Subhash Kak, Vasant Lad, Dr. Timothy McCall, Larry Payne, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Father Joe Pereira, Swami Sivananda, Dr. Martina Ziska, and Dharma Mittra.
Yoga Unveiled is a unique look at the oldest spiritual practice in the world.