Being well today

Being well today

Yoga today is about finding your foundation. This involves focusing on contact with the mat, those pieces of the body that are touching the earth (or the second floor studio floor, as the case may be). Work today is about staying with a task, and not indulging that twitch to switch tasks when you hit …

Listening to the Mind

Listening to the Mind

When I was a vocal student, I had this effervescent choral conductor who would say things like: I am so excited for the Spring Concert, I want it to be here today. But the preparation is such a delight that I’m being careful not to wish this time away. This woman loved what she did. …

Looking for a Slow Clean

Looking for a Slow Clean

The headache has been here for three days. On and off. Major movements are the biggest problem; bending over and picking something off the floor, for example. Today I decided to move every piece of furniture in my apartment excluding the bedroom, TV and scary/large bookcase that only physically fits in two places and the …

Skin Deep: Take the Animal Test

Skin Deep: Take the Animal Test

Tonight it was yoga or groceries. I chose groceries. I swear there were four hundred people in the Loblaws at Queen and Portland in downtown Toronto at 8pm tonight. Monday and Tuesday evenings are big in the summer for groceries and laundry – on the weekends people have better things to do. It was a …

Saying Yes to Progress

Saying Yes to Progress

The invitation on the mat tonight was this: Find the place of Yes. But how many of us are saying no, most of the time? Yesterday I hailed a cab to take me a $10 distance but it cost me $30 because traffic and tourism go crazy in Toronto in the summer.Turns out my driver …

Lost Woman and the John Galt Band

Lost Woman and the John Galt Band

I’m exhausted from thinking about the ideas in my head that didn’t sprout. I think about my lost chance as an independent folk artist. I actually think about that from time to time (!). I think about opening a music school or a private yoga business. As I write this I am thinking about posting …

Effort and the Art of Legacy

Effort and the Art of Legacy

Yoga today was all about alignment and fascial stretching. Stretching is better than a massage. I’m all blissed out. Today I read lots of interesting things but I forgot most of them. I’m reminded of Ani Difranco when she says: They say goldfish have no memory I guess their lives are just like mine And …

Following the Good for Clear Skin

Following the Good for Clear Skin

Today my yoga is taking a break from yoga. Union today means spending time with my mother and with my doctor – separately. And taking a more proactive approach to some problems that have been on my back for years – my old friends acne and eczema. In watching The Conjuring – mostly from behind …

How to do it: the dentist

How to do it: the dentist

“Is your neck ok?” That’s my dental hygienist at 8:10am this morning. Crinkly smiling eyes. “I’m just a little tense”. Me, under the tiny metal pick, head crooked and sideways on the vinyl cushion behind me. Bracing for it. That’s how the day started. Then I remembered that I need to get my pain tolerance …

Send Breath There

Send Breath There

I am trying to improve relations with my boss’s boss. I don’t know if that means showing him parts of me that he might like or staying out of his way or knocking his socks off or just being myself. I consistently and outrageously over-think it. Today at yoga we did a meditation – here …