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On depression

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    I feel compelled to write about depression. The time of year, and the recent suicide of a “celebrity” that was supposedly full of love and light and life. You just never know what’s behind the veils that each of us wears. About 25 years ago, I had a serious bout with anxiety, depression and panic attacks. Today I …

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What does a “yoga body” look like?

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  What does a yoga body look like? Look in the mirror. That’s what a yoga body looks like! Every once in a while, I look in the mirror, and although I am generally happy with my body, and just try to take care of it, keep it healthy… I often think to myself that I don’t have that typical …

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The yin and the yang in life

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I teach a Yin-Yang yoga class every Wednesday at noon (sales pitch over!) Ever Wednesday I like to refer to the yin and yang in our lives. For those not familiar with these terms, you’ll find many different definitions. Eastern philosophy tells us that yin and yang are complementary forces that are all connected to one another, and may even …

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What if every day were brand (spanking) new

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  My mother has dementia. I hate that word with a passion. Not sure why, I just do. You probably won’t read that word again in this blogpost.  The more I talk about it with others, the more I discover people of my age group handling the difficult tasks of caring for their parents with this disease. It’s a community. …

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Grace – me with your presence

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  I’m sitting on the floor in my bedroom, with Barney sleeping by my side. I’m in self-isolation as my mom tested Covid positive. It’s 4pm and its pitch black outside. I’m in the mood to share some thoughts on the year that “wasn’t” but really don’t know where to start. What to say of the year 2020? What I’ve …

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Reflections on being a yoga teacher in my 50s

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  Are you in your 40s, 50s, 60’s … or anywhere north of there? Well first of all, congrats, stay well & keep aging! Do you feel random aches and pains in your body? Do you feel like your thoughts keep dragging you into the past & into the future, and you have absolutely no control over them? Do you feel like …

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Finding center

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  So my mom is staying with me during this global pandemic … It sounds like the beginning of a joke “a guy walks into a bar …” But it’s not a joke. I have to find center quite often. Many of my readers do not “officially” practicing meditation. I use the word “officially” because almost all of you do …

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My quarantine conversations

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I’ve been talking for years about our common need to slow down a bit. To find moments of stillness where we can tap into whats really important (for each of us).  To take time for self-care. To be more aware of how we’re feeling, how we’re showing up in the world. To be more proactive about nourishing our bodies, our …

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When the universe throws you a bone.

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  When the universe throws you a bone. Call it karma or sheer co-incidence but through a string of contacts, someone attended one of my weekend workshops and this person runs the Drop-In Centre for patients with Alzheimers & other dementias at the Cummings Centre. This program (funded by both federal and provincial governments and supported by the City of …

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I’m doing “WHAT” ???

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  Last week, I was out with a bunch of women to celebrate one of their birthdays.  One of them, we’ll call her “J”, practices yoga with me.  “J” brought a friend of hers to a yoga class about 16 months ago – a friend who was going through a very difficult time in her life. She came to the …

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When your kid “moves” on

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6AM. I just made french toast for my middle son. I don’t do this every day. Today, he’ll be packing up a UHaul and driving to Toronto, moving to a new city to begin a new job, a new adventure, a new challenge, a new chapter in his life. Not such a big deal you might think.  You the reader, …

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Better together

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♥ Sunday November 10th 2019   That’s the date for the 10th Annual Build a Better You  fundraiser benefiting the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Our theme this year: BETTER TOGETHER Once again this year, I’ll be combining two passions; yoga, a practice that is ultimately about presence, compassion and love; and the Montreal Children’s Hospital, which many years ago, my family benefited from in a very …

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What about when the present moment sucks?

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A few months ago, I  had a Therapeutic Yoga client that was here to deal with insomnia and other symptoms of anxiety and depression. I was using the many tools of yoga (NOT the postures!) to help them (firstly) become aware of what they were feeling. Often people will tell you certain things on their initial intake form, about what …

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Infancy – the road to the present moment

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      Over the weekend, I had the great pleasure of spending time with several beautiful, sweet, innocent babies.  All about a year old. I watch them play. I watch them eat. I watch them laugh. I watch them repeat spoken words. I watch them “be”. I can’t help but notice that the infant is doing nothing than playing, …

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Give this woo woo stuff a try

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      Do you find yourself saying “I’ll be happy when XYZ happens”?  When I get that job.  When this relationship works out. When I have this much money saved up.  When I get that car.  When I go on that vacation. Unfortunately, we know that none of that is true. You’ll be happy when you make the decision …

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