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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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Healthy inside out

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      The World Health Organization states that “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease.” It takes it one step further and adds that “there is no health without mental health.” With this in mind, I look at the resolutions that people tend to make at the beginning of …

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A safe container

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      One of the foundational elements of doing therapeutic yoga work, is to create and provide a space for people to enter into, to feel welcome, to feel heard and not judged. All the other tools we use to help clients manage their symptoms of anxiety or depression would be worthless, if this safe container is not established …

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Walk through the doorway

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        As I begin a new summer season of teaching, I am excited to have added a new Meditation class to my list of yoga classes. The class is being really well received and I’m getting great feedback in terms of the effect of the teachings and of the meditations themselves. People are not just hearing the …

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“Don’t come to yoga”

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          This past week, I was at the hairdresser for a haircut and a woman I know approaches me and says in a very serious voice, “I need to talk to you.” After stepping aside so we could have a little privacy she tells me that she’s 45 years old, and has been noticing changes in …

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Confessions of Pitta

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      I admit it. I am a Pitta dominant dosha.  There, I said it. So, what the heck am I talking about, right? We learn by studying yoga and Ayurveda that most of us are dominant in one “dosha”. A dosha is a subtle energy, a sort of blueprint that governs how we look, how we act and …

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