When Ysabelle was about 8 years old I reacted impatiently about something and she looked at me with one raised eyebrow, a little smirk and her cute round face and with a disappointed tone said: Way to go Yoga Mom!
As soon as she said that, I smiled and felt release from the tension. For one, I thought what cute manipulation and two, the honesty of a child who is trying to find ways to tell us adults to breathe a little snapped me out of my drama. She had done nothing wrong, I was in an intense mode trying to keep everything in balance and in the process found myself wasting energy. Now, note that I am not trying to insinuate that this the only time I lost my cool, but in light of her response I remember this particular time.
To help us navigate through this common tension, yoga offers a variety of perceptive approaches. One of them is the observation of the interplay between stability and ease. In Sanskrit the words used for this are Sthiram which means to stand firm and...
I have known Eryn Kirkwood for close to 15 years and I just love her. She's funny, honest and a dedicated student and teacher of yoga. Her book Strong Body Calm Mind is a reflection of her ability to remain light, curious and receptive while inspiring us to do the same.
I gave a copy of the book to a young woman who hates reading and she couldn't put it down.
I am teaching three workshops this Fall at Empower Yoga on Carling.
1: Teaching private classes: Teaching a private class is not the same as teaching a group class. In this workshop, you will learn 5 important tips to provide valuable experiences for individual yoga classes. This workshop is a must if you plan to teach individuals one-on-one or in a smaller group setting.
Please register with Empower Yoga
2: Meditation and the Yoga Sutras: Dive-in to the study of Raja yoga by studying the sutras of Patanjali beyond the eight limbs. This workshop provides the guidance you need to approach this valuable text and not only deepen your own practice but enhances your ability to share the depths of yoga with your students. Workshop includes meditation practice and a short asana sequence.
Date: October 21st and 22nd
Time: 12:00-6:00 both days.
This workshop is open to all. Teachers and students of yoga welcome. Contact Empower Yoga to register.
Nutrition is important to me. I believe in the power of food to enhance our mental, emotional, physical, environmental and global health; For this reason I mostly eat food with a little foodless food here and there. But I don't typically count calories.
Last week I decided I was going to start writing down everything I eat and count calories and I have to say it's very interesting. The most important observation has been my water intake. I can no longer deny that I don't drink enough and I know I am not alone with this.
So, every morning I begin with not one but two glasses of water and I make this jug of water that includes half a cucumber and the juice of one lemon. Not only is it hydrating but it's a good source of antioxidants, it's good for the skin and it reduces bloating.