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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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