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Embracing yourself and other people

Embracing yourself and other people

The invitation on the mat this week was Surrender. It was about going with the current rather than against it, and letting go of the brain chatter along the way. Hunter S. Thompson didn’t talk about Surrender in his now-internet-famous letter about the meaning of life. He did talk about letting go of the tangible …

Doing the hard things

Doing the hard things

In the early days of my yoga life I had a teacher who said this: the postures that are toughest for you now will be your favourite postures in the future. For paschimotanasana, she was right. For dancer’s pose, I’m still waiting. But her philosophy was right: working at hard things leads to satisfaction. Starting …

Decisions and Down Days

Decisions and Down Days

I met a wise woman recently. She’s a former real estate agent, current addictions counselor. She understands human behaviour. She says: “When you make a decision, you have to make that decision work for you.” YOU make decisions work for YOU. I love how this puts me in the driver’s seat. Your decisions don’t run …

Fresh and new: hot yoga, friends and ring tones

Fresh and new: hot yoga, friends and ring tones

Today’s yoga practice was one of those blissed out journeys through muscle and breath, full of boundless gratitude for having the space and the ability to just. practice. yoga. Quietly, in the back of the hot room, gentle smile in the mirror, and at peace. Anyone who has ever practiced yoga, held down a full …

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 …

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 …

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 …