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The year of Intention

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        Living with intention.  It’s my intention for 2017.  I don’t like resolutions as they seem to set you up for success or failure depending on whether you adhere to them or not.   I look at intention NOT as the prerequisite to accomplishing a goal. I look at it as setting the tone for how I …

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Thankful for my bad back

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        Having discovered Yoga at the age of 50 has sometimes felt like a handicap to me. If I allow myself to feel competitive (which is my nature) then its easy for me to go to Yoga classes and feel waaaay inferior to the skinny little 20-somethings that are bending themselves into all sorts of positions that …

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Yoga “off the mat” – Abundance and Busy-ness

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        It’s taken me 53 years but I’m finally OK with not being busy ALL the time.  Don’t get me wrong. In my life, and in my head, I’m still plenty busy. I live by my agenda. In between clients, there’s always the next project to work on, the next load of laundry that needs to be thrown in, tonights …

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That time I was super judgemental

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♥ November 19th 2017.  This is the date of my 8th Annual Fundraiser benefiting the Montreal Children’s Hospital. This year again, it’s an hour-long yoga practice, where we celebrate the things that we each have to be grateful for in our world, and collectively, we help bring some much needed help to families with sick children. All levels from beginner …

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Yoga “off the mat” – how making progress is better than being perfect

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        SO – I know I’m the only one who has a “perfectionist” nature.. (sorry, there’s no emoji for sarcasm) Many of us strive to have whatever we do be “just so” and that kind of thinking often holds us back.  Speaking for myself, I can say for certain that I used to be much more of a …

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Yoga “off the mat” – the fun & fear of exploration

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        Two weeks ago, I went on a bike ride along the Lachine Canal with one of my boys. Great afternoon of exercise, fresh air, and a natural relaxation just being one with nature.  Afterwards, we biked through a part of Notre-Dame street where we stopped for amazing coffee (free plug for Café St-Henri!) It was such …

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Yoga “off the mat” – pondering weddings … and yoga ?

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      I’m just coming off of three weeks that included two beautiful family weddings. What a thrill. Everyone was on a high. Gratitude everywhere. Love was in the air. Each young person has found their “soulmate” and things are just as they should be. Perfect. And that’s exactly how it should be on your wedding day.  And that’s …

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Yoga “off the mat” – discomfort means growth

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        To be alive is to keep growing. Physically. Mentally. Spiritually. What we learn through our yoga practice is so much more than physical postures.  We do learn about our bodies; about where they’re stuck, where they need more space, where there is room for more breath, how it feels to allow the body to simply “be”, and …

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Yoga “off the mat” – Flap your wings, then glide

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      What does it take to hold a yoga pose for a while ?  The body and the mind should be strong, stable, grounded, yet comfortable.  True engagement of all the required muscles, without strain or tension. The ability for the breath to flow smoothly. But how? Yoga is a practice of opposites.  In Yoga, we practice Sthira and sukha; …

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Making space for kindness and compassion

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        There is a Sanskrit term called “ahimsa.” Ahimsa is one of the guiding principles and fundamental building blocks in Yoga that indicates to us how to deal with the world around us, and with ourselves.  The literal meaning is to be non harming, non violent, to have a special consideration and compassion towards all living things, …

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Making Space for flaws

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        SO – to me, every asana (yoga pose) is about opening up & being honest.  Opening up, finding a small space for something that wasn’t there before. Seeing where I’m stuck (in my body or in my mind). Seeing it. Feeling it. Paying attention to it. Working with it, with softness. With acceptance. With accountability. There …

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Making “tech-free” space

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        When I say that Yoga is not about the poses, I really mean it.  To me, Yoga is about reflecting on what is blocking you from achieving your maximum potential, being your best Self.  It’s about making space in your body, and in your mind, eliminating some of the noise so you can “listen in” and hear your …

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“Making” Space: the final frontier

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      Welcome to my first Blog post EVER! So excited to share my “Making Space” passion and plans. What’s different? Why do this? Why here, and not on my regular Facebook page? What value am I looking to add to people that I already connect to?  To my community?  ALL questions I asked myself before sitting down to …

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