So... I love freedom. I love travel. I love yoga... and I especially love yoga philosophy. In fact, I came to my "asana" practice years after first dabbling in meditation and reading a variety of books on eastern philosophies and religions... When I was training teachers for The Gentle Way of Hatha in 2013 I… Continue reading Montreal | The Yoga Code
Good news folks- I have a new computer! Now to catch up on all these blogs... In January I started a blog series "50 Reasons To Do Yoga" with the intention of writing one blog (one reason) per week. Then my computer crashed and blogs became random and spontaneous... and not always on theme with… Continue reading Four More YOGA Months Flew By!
It is summer's end. Next week kids are back to school, I am back to work with those kids. New yoga classes begin, new students join those classes. As one season ends, another begins. AUTUMN YOGA SESSION After the slow pace of summer, I was surprised how fast the autumn yoga classes filled. I have… Continue reading Port Hope Yoga
I recently discovered Bloggers For Peace (B4Peace). The idea is to blog once a month about peace, connect with others blogging for peace, and as a result we help spread the love. Or peace. My whole life I have unconsciously been striving for peace (perhaps we all are?). At least it was unconscious for most… Continue reading Yoga = Peace
The mind is a wild thing. The first paragraph of the Yoga Sutras says: "Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence. When the mind has settled, we are established in our essential nature, which is unbounded consciousness. Our essential nature is usually overshadowed by the activity of the mind." (translation by Alistair Shearer)… Continue reading What’s Next?
The eight limbs of yoga are the basis of the yoga philosophies and are discussed in the Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali. I prefer to call them the 8-fold path of yoga because I think of yoga as a journey, and there are many paths we can follow. In 2012 I wrote a series of blogs… Continue reading The Eight Limbs Of Yoga
Pranayama. Bliss. In my humble opinion this is where the magic happens in yoga. So what is pranayama? Simply put, it is breathing. Pranayama is our Life Force. We cannot live without breathing. When our breathing stops, our life ends. Yet we take for granted this powerful force in our lives. There are many emotional… Continue reading The Fourth Step | Just Breathe
The third step on our eight-fold path of yoga is asana. I consider this the 'yoga fad' of the west. Even though there are eight steps on this yogic path, as a culture we have got lost in this one step: the stretches. Now don't get me wrong- I am VERY glad we have this… Continue reading Step Three: The Yoga Fad
This is confusing 'step' number two, or the second limb of yoga, which is really another five steps. Our last post on the yamas had the first five moral principles and now the niyamas will be shared, and these are five living principles. Saucha is purity. This is all about taking care of yourself on the… Continue reading The Second Step