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Love Versus Kindness

Love Versus Kindness

If you find it difficult to show your love – to self and to others – this article might give some insights. I have replaced the word love with kindness when it has come up for me.

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What is a Yoga Assist?

What is a Yoga Assist?

My belief is that a yoga assist is not intended to adjust, correct or fix a student or pose. Instead a yoga assist should offer enhancement and confidence.

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Yogi Tea Recipe

Yogi Tea Recipe

Yogi Tea is an ancient healing tea in the Indian Ayurvedic tradition that is perfect for cold and flu season.
It tastes great, energizes and rejuvenates, and is wonderful for people of all ages. Your home will also smell great as it is cooking!

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30 Day Resolutions

30 Day Resolutions

With the winter solstice I got reading about how this is a great time to set goals, so I went back to my list of 30 day resolutions and decided to list the entire year. Here is how it is looking so far.

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Cinnamon Christmas Tree Ornaments

Cinnamon Christmas Tree Ornaments

This year the kids and I found a recipe for Cinnamon Christmas Tree Ornaments. They were easy and fun to make. They are non-toxic so I am not worried for our cats or toddlers that might visit. Best of all they smell wonderful!

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Yoga for Back Pain

Yoga for Back Pain

When I was told “no yoga” – I knew in my mind what I would tell any student. Focus on the meditation, pranayama and all of the other aspects (8 Limbs) of yoga. Poses are just a small part of yoga. I teach yoga for back pain and so I just needed to use what I share.

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Yoga for Musicians

Yoga for Musicians

I have created a Yoga for Musicians example flow (below) as an example of what breathing and stretches can be done before and during a music practice session. Feel free to share this with your yoga guides and healthcare providers to develop a practice that is suitable to your body at this time.

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Ahimsa

Ahimsa

Today I am focusing on Ahiṃsā as part of my Eight Limbs of Yoga project.
Ahimsa means nonviolence or not harming.

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Metta Meditation

Metta Meditation

Metta Meditation (also known as metta bhavana) is focused on the emotion of loving-kindness. Metta means love (in the non-romantic sense), friendliness or kindness. Bhavana means development or cultivation.

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Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum is a mantra that contains all of the teachings of the Buddha. It can be listened to, said aloud or said in your mind.

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The Sound of Truth Story

The Sound of Truth Story

The Sound of Truth Story

A devoted meditator, after years concentrating on a particular mantra, had attained enough insight to begin teaching. The student’s humility was far from perfect, but the teachers at the monastery were not worried.

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Private Yoga Class Waiver Form

Private Yoga Class Waiver Form

Here is the private yoga class waiver form that I use. The first page is a general student waiver and information form that is similar to what we use at Tone Studio in Owen Sound. Feel free to use this to format your own private yoga class waiver form.

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Eight Limbs of Yoga

Eight Limbs of Yoga

I created this eight limbs of yoga “homework” as part of the MamaNurture Prenatal Yoga teacher training last year. When one of the graduates told me that she was still using parts of it a year later I knew I wanted to share it.

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Yoga Playlist: July 2015

Yoga Playlist: July 2015

This yoga playlist is over 2 hours and incorporates songs that have Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva in them from when we talked about cycles of change and the perceived beginning, end and middle of something.

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Yoga Dance Playlist

Yoga Dance Playlist

I was so honoured when Lindsay (of DevaTree) asked me to share a Yoga Dance experience on weekend one of Expressive Arts Yoga Teacher Training. I used my “go to” Yoga Dance playlist and wanted to share it.

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Prenatal Yoga Playlist

Prenatal Yoga Playlist

Here are some of my favourite prenatal songs. It is a gentle, slow paced prenatal yoga playlist, perfect for anyone in need of nurturing, relaxation and inspiration.

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Back Care Yoga

Back Care Yoga

I love teaching gentle back care yoga. I see students come to class that have had surgeries, injuries, pain, etc. and then I hear how back care yoga is helping them to have more mobility and less pain.

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Yoga Playlist: May 2015

Yoga Playlist: May 2015

This weekend was very first session of ‘The Art of Assisting Yoga Postures’ in Owen Sound and I had lots of great feedback about the yoga playlist for our 2-hour morning yoga practice on Saturday, so I wanted to share it.

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Giving Requires Receiving

Giving Requires Receiving

As a yoga teacher I remember back to teaching 11 classes a week, 2-3 Thai Yoga Massages and 10-30 hours of administration work per week. I was driving everywhere, not eating properly, staying up late to fit more in and skipping my own yoga practice.

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Yoga for Acceptance

Yoga for Acceptance

Yoga has taught me to find balance between striving to be a better person and accepting where I am in this moment today. My focus for this month is Yoga for Acceptance. Join me.

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The Fuzz Video

The Fuzz Video

Often I refer to The Fuzz Video by Gil Hedley in my yoga classes and Thai Yoga Massage sessions. I share it via email or tell people to search for it when they ask questions about fascia and movement.

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Spring Yoga Playlist

Spring Yoga Playlist

In the spirit of spring and all things new I updated my “go to” yoga playlist. I used it this weekend at the yoga teacher training and wanted to share it with the yoga teachers and students and/or the music lovers out there.

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Pranayama Chart

Pranayama Chart

I created this pranayama chart for my own clarification on breath practices and how they affect the mind. I often refer to it before a teacher training, workshop or class focused on breath.

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How to Write a Blog Post

How to Write a Blog Post

How to write a blog post is an article where I share two variations of writing to get to a completed blog post. Please share what helps you.

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Positive Affirmations

I often was telling students in yoga classes to let go of their negative self-talk and I started to think about this with my knee, (and other parts on various days). I decided to use positive affirmations.

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Tree Meditation

Tree Meditation

As we continued with the tree meditation, Chase asked us to mentally repeat the words strong and stable and I started to feel like I could be a tree outside in the warm sunshine, then the rain was good because it was part of what sustained me.

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