Yoga for Beginners

I was first exposed to yoga about 12 years ago when I walked past a studio window at the Halifax YMCA where the woman (who would later become my first teacher) was leading an Ashtanga Primary Series class. As I watched the synchronized movements and became mesmerized with the way one pose flowed into the next, I thought to myself, “Wow…that looks like it feels really good.” Continue Reading…

An Update from Yoga Detour HQ

You can teach a student a lesson for a day, but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, they will continue the learning process as long as they live. – Clay P Bedford

In just over two months, the first class of Yoga Detour teacher trainees will walk through the doors of the beautiful Mindful Movement Centre to embark on a 10-month program that will change the way they look at the yoga practice. Continue Reading…

The [Dis]comfort Zone

Can you think of the last time you did something that, despite being good for you, made you feel absolutely, completely 100% uncomfortable?

That most recent something for me was going to Montreal last month for the first instalment of a course I feared would have me feeling “out of my element”, to say the least. Continue Reading…

Favourite Places to Get Moving

I’ve had a few students and friends tell me in the last couple of months that they really enjoyed April’s post on “Favourite Things”. It always surprises me that people not only read what I write, but take the advice to heart! So I thought I’d follow that post up with a few of my favourite places to practice movement in Toronto. Continue Reading…

Peace in a Purple Valley

I can’t quite believe it, but my first week at Purple Valley is already nearly over, and I only have one more week left in India before returning home (at least that’s what my plane ticket says…part of me wants to tear it up!).

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Hazy Days

I haven’t written for a few days now because, honestly, it’s a bit embarrassing to admit how little I’ve been doing this past week. I remember when I transitioned from my month-long retreat at Purple Valley to practicing with Rolf and Marci in Candolim two years ago; at first I had a serious case of boredom. I would ask people after practice as we sat around recovering at the juice hut, “What are you going to do for the rest of the day?” For most, it would be a strenuous combo of reading, checking email at the nearest internet café, napping on the beach, and for the really industrious, doing a bucket load of laundry.

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