I started practicing yoga regularly in 2003, just after I moved to Monkey Valley, a log home in the wilderness near Merritt. So for me, it seems like yoga and nature have always gone together. Doing yoga on the deck overlooking the creek and green valley below, or even in my bedroom looking out the … Continue reading Why is yoga in nature so special?
2013 Dates TBD – Vancouver Yoga is… … union or communion. B.K.S. Iyengar … a poise of the soul which enables one to look at life in all its aspects evenly. Mahadev Desai … a way of remembering our true nature, which is essentially joyful and peaceful. Donna Farhi … an act of kindness toward … Continue reading Yoga & Nature: The Four Directions—2013
A while ago I mentioned attending a Judith Lasater workshop on the sacroiliac joint. I promised to tell you some of the interesting things I learned at the workshop, and now I’d like to do that. I’ve followed up what I learned in the workshop with additional research about the spine, to share with you how … Continue reading Spinal exploration: a yoga myth and healthy discs
February 21 marks the 4th annual Yoga for the Office class at the STC’s Canada West Coast chapter. This year I will be adding a chair to the mix. Chair yoga has become increasingly popular because the aid of the chair makes the benefits of yoga accessible to almost everyone. Come learn some gentle poses … Continue reading Chair yoga for the office February 21
Today is the 30th and final day of the Reach Out Challenge. On day 28, I thought that since it was nearing the end I should step it up a notch, and I hoped that I could meet the challenge of Kundalini yoga. OMG! A friend lent me a Maya Fiennes DVD—Kundalini Yoga to Detox … Continue reading The power of Kundalini yoga and a simple hip opener
Since my last entry I’ve had another seven chances to expand, learn, and grow through my yoga practice. The Reach Out Challenge has been a gentle invitation into new beginnings on the mat, especially in combination with the one-month membership to My Yoga Online. In the past week I’ve repeated the Short Hatha Flow class, done … Continue reading Another divine yoga week
The good news is I have two more days of yoga to count towards those pledges. Friday I had a great 54-minute run and did my post-run yoga practice, and it was fantastic. But last night I came home quite late after a wonderful movie (Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris) and birthday dinner at Lift with … Continue reading The yoga torture continues
From 10:32 pm until 11:38 pm tonight I was stuck in a traffic jam waiting to cross the Port Mann Bridge. Translink, you suck. Just a minute while I see who else sucks. Kiewit, you totally suck. Gateway Program, you suck. Province of BC, you especially suck. I protested this project from the beginning, and … Continue reading Would you believe car yoga?
One of my yoga teachers, Jennifer Steed, explains yoga as “changing your life in one breath.” It is that simple. One deep breath can change how we feel in a moment. Have you ever noticed how sometimes your body involuntarily takes in a deep breath? Often, on the exhale of this deep breath, a lot … Continue reading Yoga for depression: see for yourself
Last night I had the good fortune to attend Yoga Outreach’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training. This class is for volunteer teachers who teach through the Yoga Outreach program, but also for any teachers or workers who want to learn more about supporting clients who have been affected by trauma. The Georgia Straight published a great … Continue reading Yoga for trauma: a gentle path to healing