“Yoga is firstly for individual growth, but through individual growth, society and community develop.” - BKS Iyengar
This simple and all natural DIY mat spray is safe and effective at cleaning your yoga mat AND clearing away what I call ‘karmic sludge’… you know, all that other stuff your practice supports you with?
Growing up in Yellowknife meant short seasons of endless summer nights where the darkness never truly fell, where bug repellent was the only perfume, and lakes and rivers swelled with fish, fowl and other native wildlife.
Call me weird, but if it is a blisteringly cold and biting wind kind of day, I’m certainly not interested in eating a raw veggie salad. Instead, I prefer a warm, nutrient-dense casserole or a hearty soup that helps my body to feel warm, satisfied and deeply nourished.
Full of slow burning nuts and seeds, rich in fibre and protein, and free from refined sugar and gluten. These muffins are moist, springy and not too sweet and the warming spices are perfect for Fall in Nova Scotia, and pair well with a hot tea or coffee.
The 8-limb path, as describes by Patanjali, is the framework in which we compassionately learn about our negative behaviours and discover what practices we need to support our positive ones.
With summer winding down and schedules soon to shift, I’m making it a priority to spend less time typing and scrolling, and more time biking, hiking and connecting face to face. How about you - are you ready to be rewired and make some new connections?
An overview of our upcoming Yoga Teacher Training program happening this fall (October 2021).
Meditation is everywhere. Anything that requires a sense of mental focus and concentration, is meditation (dhyana). Meditation is not about not thinking, it’s about learning how to pay attention.
Writing has become an unintentional form of processing, and in processing, acknowledging and healing the stuff that has unknowingly been piling up in the recesses of my mind spilling over into my body and heart. The stuff I write about isn’t uniquely my stuff, but rather stuff that we all share and experience.
You know that song where Liza sends Henry off to collect a pail of water only for Henry to discover that there is a hole in the bucket? And repeatedly he comes up against roadblocks and challenges to fix it? I’d say I’m having one of those ‘leaky bucket’ weeks myself.
Like pieces of a mystery jigsaw puzzle, understanding your dharma is a practice of seeing yourself not as a collection of broken bits, but rather colourful pieces and parts that uniquely fit together thus enabling you to fulfill your life’s purpose with a confidence and grace wrapped up in the truth at your heart.
We are immensely complex and layered beings, yet by way of the kosha, we can simplify our parts to more clearly see the truth of who we are. Imagine each kosha like five unique lampshades covering a light. The source of the light, is the truth of our selves. Each lampshade that layers on top of the one beneath has a different colour and density therefore changing the light we ‘see’.
Sitting at home with nothing to do, my habit was to watch the boob-tube and smoke. I didn’t want to smoke any more but still found myself doing so. That’s when crafting kicked off. I could never hold a smoke in my mouth while doing something with my hands, so keeping my hands busy was huge in helping me shift to break the negative habit.
Yoga is not a religion. Yoga is a way of thinking and reflecting, of practicing and behaving, and the ultimate surrender in recognizing your Self.