July 31, 2016

About 17 or maybe even 18 years ago I was introduced to road riding. I was already a passionate urban rider, riding all year and with Ysabelle on the back seat for most of it - Don’t worry she was very well taken care and I never had her sitting back in freezing weather. But road riding is a whole other sport; in fact all types of riding are unique. When I am mountain biking I think this is my favorite, when I am loopteeelooping around town on my three speed I think, this is my favorite, when I commuting from place to place on my urban bike, I think no way this is by far my favorite and the same happens when I am road riding. I have come to accept that I simply love all my bikes equally. If you are not a cyclist you may be thinking that I am little loopteeloopee but when it comes to the world of cycling, I am actually very moderate.

Anyways, 17 or 18 years ago, I started road riding which meant going to Gatineau park and doing loops (that’s when you ride up to the Champlain look out and...

July 25, 2016

Many moons ago I was telling a friend I was given the spiritual name Vir, which is translated to warrior in English. Because of my French accent my friend heard the word worrier. The funny, or not so funny thing, is that worrier is the energy I could actually relate to.

When people say, “Don’t worry, life is beautiful, have faith.” I would think, “Are you mad? We live on a planet where human trafficking is a thing….I mean think about it, just the fact that it exists is disturbing, let alone the fact that it’s supposedly growing. An estimated 24 000 people are going to die of hunger today, not because there is not enough food to feed everyone, but mostly because of greed.” I could go on, but I think you get a sense of where I am coming from and I am not even mentioning the daily worries reserved for those of us with human rights such as: family dynamics and economics, health and social interactions and…

To a worrier, not worrying is worrisome. I used to believe that if I worried about peo...

July 24, 2016

Coconut and Chia Seed Pudding

  • 4 tablespoons of chia seeds

  • 1 can of light coconut milk

  • 1 teaspoon of maca (optional)

  • Blueberries to taste (optional, you could use blackberries, raspberries, bananas or no fruits)

  • a touch of vanilla and honey or maple syrup (optional, you could use nothing or add cacao for a chocolate variation) 

    Place all ingredients, aside from the fruits, in a bowl and give it a little stir so it gets blended or place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 20 seconds or until smooth. Both options are good. If you don't like the texture of chia seeds then blending is best. Transfer the mixture to three little jars and place in the refrigerator for a least four hours! You can add the fruits, nuts or granola when ready to serve. 

    A little about the ingredients

  • Chia seeds are a great source of fiber,protein, omega 3, magnesium, calcium, and antioxidants.

  • Coconut milk provides a good source of fat (MCT), proteins and v...

July 21, 2016

A recent article in the globe and mail suggests that scientist have only recently started to study the impact of food on mental health and that their findings, although early, are demonstrating that what we eat may very well impact our mood. 

It`s clear that in Canada our health care system values the allopathic model over the holistic and integral models of health.  I am not educated in the allopathic model and have not been in need of their approach for many years, which means my knowledge of the system is limited to say the least. I admire those who have chosen to work in the field and respect individual choices. I think that relevant to the current state of the world we live in, we in Canada are quite blessed  in terms of what we have access to. However, from where I am sitting, reading an article like the one mentioned sounds ridiculous.

Our body is a manifestation of what we ingest. Carbohydrates, proteins, fats, water, vitamins and minerals...

July 12, 2016

Really think about this: Prana (energy) is abundant. You can`t take too much of it and there is no need to hoard it as it is always available which means you can generously share it and replenish easily. 

Easy way`s to pranafy include: 

- Conscious breathing;

- Eating food that is alive rather than dead;

- Smiling (changes the way we breathe and take in life);

- Good posture;

- Fresh air;

- Yoga practice of all kinds;

- Personal permission to rest when needed; and

- The simple acknowledgement of its presence and willingness to take it in.

It`s also important to know that prana does not discern which means it does not know what is good or bad for you it simply goes where the mind goes. What we focus on grows. If the mind is scattered we pranafy uncertainty. If the mind is continuously looking for what is missing or what`s wrong with something we pranafy dissatisfaction. If we choose to learn to train the mind through conscious awareness, we begin to pranafy what we value at the core. 

July 10, 2016

I love my practice

I love my devotion to my practice

I love the efforts I place on moving beyond instant sense gratification

I love that the process requires a continuous starting over

I love that although I aspire to lighten up, at the core I am already there

I love that everyday life is a practice and that every opportunity provides possibilities

In August I am offering two early morning sadhanas where we will focus on prana(energy); how to bring it in, contain it and send it where we want to send it. The classes will include meditation and discussion. Time: 6:30-7:30AM Date: August 8th to the 12th. Location: Empower Yoga on Carling and August 22nd to the 26th, same time, same place the focus will be on setting intentions; How to choose them and how to follow through.

                                                         Everyone is welcome....

July 4, 2016

Did you know that:

- 4 grams of sugar equals 1 teaspoon of sugar;

- It's not uncommon for a drink to have 34 grams of sugar. That equals 8.5 teaspoons of sugar in one drink;

- Depending on the source it's estimated that the average Canadian consumes 13 to 26 teaspoons of sugar per day. To put it another way, Canadians eat about 110 pounds of sugar per year;

- Sugar has no essential nutrients. ZERO;

- In light of it's effect on our hormones and brain sugar has a unique fat promoting effect;

- In light of the dopamine effect, sugar is addictive;

- Sugar intake is associated with the onset of many illnesses, fatigue, restlessness and ageing negatively; and

- Most importantly, WE have the power to reduce - maybe even quit. 

How to reduce sugar: 

- Hydrate with water;

- Start your day with something tart. Example includes warm water with lemon or lime;

- Read labels and put things back on the shelf;

- Know the difference between food and foodless food (garbage disguis...

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