Sylvie Gouin - 111sylvieg@gmail.com - 613-402-1088

Ottawa, On, Canada

 

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January 25, 2019

"What I am supposed to be doing?" " I can't stop thinking." " Meditation is not for me." and... I have heard many different things with regards to the challenges of meditation. 

Many don't even realize that yoga, the practice they love, provides excellent guidance for both the beginner and the advanced meditation practitioner. 

This video provides guidance with regards to the "what I am supposed to be doing in meditation" dilemma. 

January 17, 2019

I am addicted! Seriously, I eat this soup twice a week. It's so good! If you know me, you know that I don't like following recipes so for me to take the time to count and measure, well... let's just say it's because I care! 

Spicy Bliss Soup

Ingredients

3 medium sized potatoes thinly sliced

9 celery sticks chopped

25 small shiitake mushrooms sliced (I shred them by hand)

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 can (light or full fat) coconut milk

3 tbsp cumin

1 jalepeños pepper and 2 serrano peppers (optional or you can reduce the number of peppers. Mine is so spicy I sweat a little when I eat it. These three peppers are added to only half the soup. But as mentionned it's up to you. )

1 can green peas

Blue hot corn chips 

Cilantro (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

In a large pot add coconut oil, potatoes, celery and shiitake mushrooms. Sauté on low heat for 7 to 8 minutes or until potatoes soften. Add coconut milk and water (fill up the can with water twice), add cumin. Bring to a boil and...

January 8, 2019

As self-inquiry systems, Yoga and Ayurveda  provide a multitude of
self-care practices to enhance our life. Here are a few of my favourites: 

1. Massaging our Feet

With 28 bones, 30 joints and more than 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons, our feet are phenomenal structures that provide stability, balance and support. Plus, the feet hold energetic points linked to almost every part of the body. 

You can do it in the morning or in the evening before bed. 

Process

You will need oil;  I alternate between jojoba, almond, castor and sesame oil and an essential oil (optional). For this purpose, my favourite morning essential oils are sweet orange or geranium and I use lemon, frankincense or lavender in the evening. There are of course more essential oils that would be suitable. Make sure you're not allergic before using it on your skin. 

All you need is 2 tbsp of your favourite oil mixed with one or two drops (it depends on the quality of the essential oil) of essential oil....

December 31, 2018

Choosing Succes

A couple of years ago, at the end of the first segment of my Ayurveda workshop an overwhelmed student say’s “so you’re telling me I have to start eating this and that and stop eating that and this and…” I replied “Yes, if you want to set yourself up for failure that’s exactly what you need to do. But if you want to set yourself up for success wait for the second segment of my presentation when I teach an auspicious process. ”  

Auspicious: The Word

Defined as conducive to success, auspiciousness is about creating favorable environments. It reminds us that it’s not what we do or even how it turns out that makes something auspicious, it’s rather how we do it and how we perceive our experiences.

“Success is liking yourself. Liking what you do and liking how you do it.” 
                                                                                                Maya Angelou...

December 19, 2018

Solstice

As the longest day of the year, Summer Solstice brings a period when the days are getting shorter, which represents a downward, inward, dark, contracting and *nourishing cycle and as the shortest day of the year, Winter Solstice brings a period when the days are getting longer, representing an upward, outward, expansive, light and cleansing cycle. If you are familiar with yoga language, Summer Solstice is symbolized as Prana moving down the Sushumna and Winter Solstice is symbolized as Prana rising up the Sushumna. 

Plays of Oppositions

Both upward and downward energy or experiences have their challenges and joys.  For example, if you’re a cyclist, think of the invigorating challenge of going uphill and in the same manner think of the invigorating challenge of going downhill. Different challenge, different invigoration and both have value and risk. The same is true with the opposition of inward and outward experiences. Think of the beauty and value of a sunrise (outward) and the...

December 11, 2018

The smell of a yogini's home is often a blend of incense, essential oils and aromatic spices such as the one's found in this decadent yogi tea recipe. (I was introduced to this recipe in the 90s in my 3HO Kundalini Yoga days). 

With this heavenly yogi tea not only will your house smell divine but your taste buds and those of your guests will be dancing. And, the blend of spices increases our physical and mental energy and improves our digestion. Two things that can really enhance the holiday season. Plus, the yogi tea is so rich it feels like a treat! 

Ingredients

4 Mugs

24 ounces of water

10 cloves

12 cardamon pods

12 peppercorns

2 sticks of cinnamon

12 ouces of soy or almond milk

3 slices fresh ginger

Black tea 1 bag

Honey or maple syrup (optional)

Recipe

Bring spices to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes or longer. Add milk and black tea and let simmer for another 20 minutes or so. 
Optional - Add sweetner when serving. 

If you know me, you know I don't measure. Once you feel comfortable w...

November 9, 2018

Yoga/Ayurveda believes in “as within so without and as without so within”. Therefore, one of the ways we better understand our inner and true self and needs is by looking at the cycles of nature. 

For example, Fall is always changing; It's windy, cold, warm, dry, wet and now with the change of time and early darkness it leaves some of us (depends on our constitution) feeling scattered and heavy. We go to bed tired but we toss and turn and have more weird dreams and we wake up feeling heavy and lethargic. Your digestion and overall mood may also be affected; With the mind focusing on worries rather than possibilities. 

If you can relate to this, the application of the following 7 tips (if applied, reading them will not lead to success:)) balance our internal Fall energy and brings the stability and ease we’re seeking. 

1. Routine
Go to bed at the same time and rise at the same time. Eat regular meals and prepare your week; Know your exercise days, your play dates (yes I did...

September 11, 2018

We had our first annual Inspired Living Retreat at le Centre de Vie in Ripon, Quebec and it was fabulous! Michel and Hélène our hosts, the guest house, the donkeys, the yoga studio, the hiking trails, the sauna, the lake, the outdoor living room and our inspired group (satsang)...all of it, just perfect!  

The first three pictures were taken by Laura Fowler-Massie,  the porcupine by Annie Ihnatowycz and the last seven are from Terry Hannah Lambert .

  Looking forward to next year!

September 11, 2018

I teach a variety of workshops for the advanced yoga teacher training at EMY and you're invited. Workshops are offered to teachers and those who want to delve-in yoga practice for personal exploration. 

Click here to view the schedule.
If you have questions about my workshops feel free to email.
To register contact EMY.

August 21, 2018

Yoga Asanas

The traditional definition of asana is a good seat for the mind and the body and a good seat is one that is both stable and easeful. We stabilize the mind in part through drishti (a steady and easeful focus for the eyes) and in part through breath. Not by trying to control the breath, but by giving it space. And, when it comes to the body, the asanas bring moments of physical stability and we learn to maintain this stability with ease (not to be confused with easy) rather than resistance. That moment when we feel the difference between holding space with stability and ease rather than rigidity and resistance is both grounding and joyous; a perfect blend of stability and ease.

Stability and Ease in Daily Life

This unity of stability and ease is not only present in the context of yoga asanas but it is relevant in our life as a whole. If we feel grounded/stable with who we are we don’t fear falling, in part because we are solid and in part because we know how...

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