Teacher Feature: Tim Cyr
Many people choose a word for their year. Do you have a word for 2016? “Harnessing”… this past year was a year of expanding an developing, and this upcoming year will be the year to bring in the past year’s beautiful harvest of manifesting. From stepping into some different teaching shoes, meeting my fiancee, learning to grow into diversity with grace and ease. Big year!
Do you have any healthy eating secrets? Eat what makes you feel good. In hearing all of the “do’s and don’t’s” of what to eat and what not to eat… eat what you want and LOVE IT! This is a life of abundance and choice and, to quote a dear actor from the 1958 movie “Auntie Mame” starring Rosalind Russell… “Life is a banquet my dear – and some poor suckers are just starving themselves to death.”
What is your guilty pleasure? Guilt… well, I try not to feel guilty in what ever I do. BUT, I do have some very special pleasures that I love to escape to. One, being able to wake up without an alarm clock, reveling in my last night dreams as I lay snuggled between the sheets in the warm bed. Second, being a glass of Scotch after a days work, sitting on a balcony and listening to some sultry jazz. Yeah… life is good when we let it be.
How did you begin to practice yoga? In running shoes, playing it as a Nintendo Wii Fit activity. Yes, yes, that was my first inclination towards yoga practice. Hearing the avatar on the screen in front of me show and tell me how to do a Downward Facing Dog and Tree Pose while I watched a little red dot zig and zag inside a round yellow circle. Finding that my balance was OH so much better if I wore snugly fitting running shoes. Flashy green ones too.
What advice would you give your younger self? Get out there and make a noise! Yes, life felt hard for a young “new-age-thinking” boy, not knowing who he was and what wanted to do in life. God only knows what would have happened if I had been a bit more “big” in my feelings and thoughts, “showing-up” rather than feeling meek, defeated, quiet and sad for a good part of my younger life. But making up for it now! Learning what I love in life, who I love and how I get to love them. Choosing to be happy! Life is always an unfolding and I make a lot more noise now… well, when I’m not doing less. 😉
What do you like most about the Victoria Yoga Conference? Connection. The way in which there is a feeling of connecting with people that I may or may not see again in life. The feeling of engaging the team of individuals that have prepared the event, to the attendees that make the conference such a special space to visit and take part in each year. In such gratitude for what you do, have done, and are creating. … a-mazing!
Tim Cyr, founder of The Do Less Project, yoga teacher (500hr YTT), meditation coach, Reiki Master, studies in Yoga Nidra, Thai Head Massage, Japanese Stone Massage and Reflexology. Creating and leading workshops, retreats and classes in Restorative, Yin, Tensegrity, Hatha, Kids and Laughter yoga styles.