Give UP and Surrender

Give UP and Surrender I once had a teacher share that the ultimate practice in yoga is surrender. He picked up a piece of tissue between two fingers, paused for a moment, and with a little grin released his hold and it drifted to the floor. “See,” he smiled, “surrendering is easy, you just…let go.” I felt a bit perplexed and also...

Daily Yoga Practice Tips

Daily Practice Tips In this transitional time of fall, I am remembering again and again, the importance of a daily practice. It can be easy to let practice slide, allowing other “life things” to get bumped to the top of the list. I have been sincerely asking myself lately: “Why do I practice?” Getting to the heart of the WHY I practice...

Summer Yoga Music & Books

Summer Yoga Music & Books Yoga in the summer is always such a pleasure for me, as it’s a time to take my practice outside! I’ve had the joy of filming online classes for Yoga Netra (soon to be unveiled), presenting at Inshala Festival and Bhujanga Festival. Soon, I’ll be enroute to a lil cabin in the woods for some rejuvenation...

Why vs. What

A valuable question! As spring approaches I am beginning to think about my garden and what kind of seeds I’d like to plant this year. (Yes, it is here, even as I watch fresh snow coming down outside my window in Calgary!) As a yoga teacher, the metaphor of planing seeds has inspired many a class plan over the years! The contemplation of...

Karma-Yoga

Karma Yoga: Selfless Service

Karma Yoga: Selfless Service In the west, Hatha Yoga (generally asanas, pranaymana, meditation) is the most well known practice. However, there are many paths on this journey, including Karma Yoga, the Yoga of Action. Alan Reder shares: “Karma yoga is usually translated as “the yoga of action”—that is, using the ordinary actions of your life as a means of “waking up.” Essentially,...

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Inspiration: Where does it come from?

We’ve all had moments of feeling inspired. Some of us feel it when travelling to new lands, others in creating a beautiful meal or seeing a masterful piece of art. It can be the “aha!” moment of solving a tough problem, or finally “getting” an arm balance we’ve found challenging for a long time. The majesty of the mountains the...

Anchored in Practice

Anchored in Practice A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to share some time with an incredible musician and human being, Krishna Das. For those of you who are not familiar with him, he is one of the great bhakti yogis of our time, who shares his devotion through music and chant. I asked him a question that has been in...

Blog Tour

Last week I was asked to join a blog tour, which is an opportunity to connect to some wonderful people who share their writings online, and also answer four questions about myself. The questions have served as a great inquiry for me, on why I love to do what I do. I look forward to sharing my responses with you below! First,...

Sva-dharma

Sva-dharma Over the last few months, I’ve been collaborating with the wildly talented Sarah McVean of Fever Pitch Creative to develop a fresh and more user-friendly website. It has been an insightful experience, on so many levels. This process has been an unexpected exercise in helping me get clearer about my ‘sva-dharma’. Sva-dharma, as shared in the Bhagavad Gita, refers to our individual, unique...