Don’t Cheat

I almost cheated myself out of a yoga practice tonight. Really glad I decided not to, because instead of faking it, I learned what it really feels like to articulate movement in the spine. And I learned that I really did need to work on releasing tension in my neck. Again.  Breathe deep and pay... Continue Reading →

Helping Out

Today my yoga practice was longer and more strenuous than usual. One of my dearest friends is nearing the end of her yoga teacher training, and asked me for feedback on a class she had written. I was happy to oblige, and set out to see what I could provide.  Here are some things I... Continue Reading →

Favorites and Challenges 

So I showed up for my  favourite Wednesday night yin yoga class, ready to follow our usual routine. And feeling like I needed it. So much for that. Usual teacher, still yin, but she mixed it up! Different poses, different sequence. My brain was hurting a bit. I was actually super frustrated at one point... Continue Reading →

And on the seventh day, she rested.

Here we are, folks. I've marked 7 days of yoga on my calendar. Seven consecutive days of practice. Some insights from this first week of Yoga 365: Waiting till the end of the day is not always a good thing. Sometimes it's a great thing, when you have the perfect slow, stretchy practice after a... Continue Reading →

Yoga EVERY Damn Day

Sometimes, we are blessed with people who not only love and support us, they also challenge us and push us to work harder for our dreams. I got lucky; I have one of those people. I now have a huge reward, and an equally proportioned challenge: in exchange for 365 days of consecutive yoga practice,... Continue Reading →

It feels good

It feels good to feel good. Why do we forget this? Or neglect it? Or choose to stay in an unhappy state, avoiding the things we know will help us to feel good? There are a lot of really complicated answers for those questions. Some have to do with habit, some with depression, some with... Continue Reading →

Timelines

It's so frustrating to make plans, and base so many thoughts and actions around those plans - only to have someone else throw in a wrench and say, "nope, we're doing this now". Or, like I've had lately, the wrenches are more like opportunities to do what I want - but I'm so not ready!... Continue Reading →

Cycles and Seasons

Have you ever stopped to think about how much we are influenced by repeated cycles and events? For example, the holiday season. No one is truly immune to it, even when we avoid it. There is a greater sense of community, of connectedness, than at any other time of the year. There is more joy,... Continue Reading →

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