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August 15, 2018

We are creatures of habit. We don't like it when our routines are disrupted.

It's the same when our preconception of how things should be is challenged…say, when it comes to our yoga class. When this happens, it can throw off even our favourite activities and what used to always bring us contentment is suddenly a source of stress.

During one of my Dosha Vinyasa Yoga© classes, I threw such a wrench in the gears, so to speak, intentionally.

Ah…I can hear you asking: “Why would you do that?”.

The answer is this - the practice of yoga isn't just for the body. There's meditatio...

June 26, 2018

You probably won’t know this, but my website has gone through three overhauls; so has my business name and logo.  Not to mention the designs of my posters, banners and images that I use on my promotion materials and social media.  And even now, when I really love and am proud of my current design set, I still find myself reviewing and refining everything.

The same is true for my class sequences.  I use the next set in the cycle as my home-practice to enable me to refine the poses, modifications and mini sequences that make up the whole in preparation for my classes...

June 11, 2018

It’s week 2 into my migraine and it’s been killing me! My head feels like it’s in a fog and cognitive processing is slow. 

My rights and lefts are even more muddled up than usual, going upside-down is unpleasant and turning my head to scan a roomful of people is making my head swim.

I needed to rest, but physically I was still fine and strong (ok, apart from everything I said above) but I had a new vinyasa flow and I was excited to teach it! Needless to say, I still did all my classes since the previous Sunday (end of March). But I made mistakes; multiple times in practi...

June 11, 2018

The Universe will always give us opportunities to practice our beliefs and learn some lessons our spirit needs to evolve. The following article is about one such opportunity for me to practice Satya or truth and honesty in a situation where I would have done anything to soften the blow of pain and suffering of a most special person to me – my son.

My son was heartbroken. In August 2013, his pet hermit crab died. One evening, he and his father inspected the shell and though the eyes had sunken, they thought they saw a bit of movement. There was hope, little though it was...

June 11, 2018

Ahimsa is the Yogic teaching popularly known as non-violence and, in my humble opinion, overly connected to vegetarianism, or more precisely, to the killing of animals for food. Now, the issue of whether one is an herbivore, carnivore or omnivore isn’t the theme of this article, but rather the hurtful judgements we impose on ourselves and others. Here are some examples:

Example #1, Imposing our choices on others: I was once involved in an unfortunate Facebook discussion over Yoga practitioners not having integrity or not being a “true yogi” all because they eat meat. Th...

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