I have been busy with Yoga Teacher Training and a full travel schedule so have not been as active on my blog. main.rotate.1However I did do an afternoon of filming with Yogo.TV earlier in February and so you can catch up with me there….
Yesterday afternoon I drove down the snowy road from Whistler to One Yoga For The People in Vancouver to catch some classes with Ryan Leier, who has just returned from a month of study with BKS Iyengar in Pune, India. I will assume that if you are reading this blog that you have an interest…
The holiday season has officially arrived with Winter Solstice tomorrow and here in Whistler we have been blanketed in snow. It’s coming down in fat flakes outside my window right now and the trees are frosted in white, yet inside the house is warmly lit and fragrant with the smells of Christmas baking. I truly love the richness, and the beauty of this season…..
Lately my yoga practice has included standing in front of a mirror, staring into my own eyes, and sweating from every pore of my body in a heated room. Though I have always enjoyed all styles and approaches to yoga I have had very little experience with Hot Yoga until my recent eight-day immersion in Hot Yoga Teacher Training and now I’m in love with this simple, strong, and potent approach to Hatha Yoga practice…..
According to the science of Ayurveda each season is ruled by two of the five elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. The spring season is characterized by an excess of Earth and Water (Kapha Dosha) and has the qualities of coldness, heaviness, and dampness. So even though the cherry blossoms are out and the days are longer there is still a winter chill in the air on most days, the spring rains are heavy, and the ground is wet and cold….
Most of us crave cycles of growth and renewal in our lives, as we all want to feel the newness of discovery and expansion in our relationships, in our careers, and in our spiritual practice. But we often forget that before growth there must be a period of birth, and before birthing there is a period of change, death or release. It is in these aspects of the pulsation that we often become stuck, because death or letting go is painful, and birth requires effort and a willingness to push into the unknown….
Earlier this month the NY Times published an article entitled How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body and it quickly went viral. While I have decided not to write a full response to this article myself as I am currently on vacation with my family I have chosen to post some of my favorite responses to this article as I think they are very well written and are in alignment with my feelings on the subject.
In the Christian traditions the period of time between Dec 24th and January 6th is known as the Holy Nights or the 12 Days of Christmas and is honored as a sacred time. For myself I feel that my own Holy Nights begin on the Winter Solstice and run right through to the Feast of Epiphany on January 6th….
Every year for the last seven years I have celebrated the Winter Solstice by doing 108 rounds of Surya Namaskar with my local community here in Tofino. In eastern philosophy the number 108 is considered a number that represents a complete cycle and is the ultimate end of an event or phenomenon and so for this reason it is common to do 108 rounds of prayers on auspicious occasions….