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Teacher Feature: Madhuri Phillips

What advice would you give your younger self?  Don’t try so hard, there is a time and season to everything. You are perfect just the way you are right NOW. Many people choose a word for their year.  Do you have a word for 2016? TRUST What is your favourite quote? “Let...

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My Inner Critic: Getting Her to Shut the !*#@ Up!

We all have an inner critic.  That voice inside our head that pipes up and reminds us of the failures of our past.  The downfalls of the present, and keeps us in fear that we will just keep doing them in the future.  She looooves to tell us our ass looks big in our...

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Vipassana

11 days ago I left for Merritt BC to spend the next week and a half living the life of a Buddhist monk; one that practices vipassana meditation. Vipassana means insight into the nature of reality. It’s the practice of becoming acutely aware of what is real, happening...

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Teacher Feature: Bliss Prema

What or who inspires you? I am surrounded by exceptionally creative female entrepreneurs here in Victoria, BC. Everyday I am inspired by the fire that burns in these women that propels them forward affecting such positive and powerful change in our world. Many people...

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The 4th Niyama: Svadhyaya

An article on the joy of studying ancient text today. Reflecting on sacred words primarily means studying sacred texts. In yogic practice these texts include the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, and Upanishads. This practice is one of the five Niyamas, or...

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Teacher Feature: Tracey Noseworthy

What is your favourite song to practice yoga to? Favourite song to practice to ~ I have many, but lately A Saddhu Walk by DJ Drez, it begins with a quiet deep rhythm and peaks mid way with an essence of grounding that anchors my practice and my deep connection to...

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The Power of Breath

The greatest gift yoga has given me, is connecting me to the power of breath. You take your first breath the moment you are born and your last breath before you die. The breaths in between are often taken for granted. You don't have to think about breathing; your...

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Teacher Feature: Sarah Holmes De Castro

What or who inspires you? I'm inspired by so many of the clients I & other teachers at Yoga Outreach see who've experienced incredible suffering and pain in their lives but still smile, support each other and show up to classes in support of their own recovery. How...

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Divine Breath: Pranayama

“If the body perishes. Prana departs Nor will the light of Truth be reached; I learned the way of preserving my body And so doing, my Prana too. Time was when I despised by body; But then I saw the God within And the body, I realized, is the Lord’s temple And so I...

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Teacher Feature: Ryan Leier

What or who inspires you? My daughter Kiyah inspires me. Positive, truthful, real, and passionate folks inspire me. Do you have a personal philosophy you live by? My personal philosophy is I work on living by is to be grateful to be kind, and to remember to always be...

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Teacher Feature: Megan Bailey

How do you recharge your batteries? A bath with essential oils and a book What is your evening ritual? Family dinner, a little family time, teach yoga from 8-9, watch 1 tv show from the PVR with my husband, work/catch up (I am a night owl) Describe your personal yoga...

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Teacher Feature: Christy Greenwood

What or who inspires you? I am inspired by love, music, dance, nature, animals, humor, the creative process and the vast, exquisite mystery that is life itself.   What is your favourite quote? "This is our grace: To be a note in the exact chord that animates...

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The Risk to Bloom

Whenever I teach Yin I like to share readings with my students. A very special person in my life gave me their personal copy of “The Book of Awakening” by Mark Nepo as a gift, with the hopes that it would touch me like it had touched him, and it has turned out to be...

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5 Simple Ways To Start a Daily Meditation Practice

I had almost no experience in meditation when I vowed to spend 10 days in silence at a Vipassana meditation course back in 2011. Although I would do it all over again, it was far from easy. The silence came without too much difficulty, but sitting still for 5 hours a...

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