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…

One Pose, Many Components

A few months ago I read a post online from Dewey Nielson, someone at the forefront of the new generation of movement specialists in North America. Nielson’s article addressed the common misconception that in order to become more proficient at a specific movement, like a squat, we just need to practice squatting more. 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…

Favourite Things

With Mother’s Day coming up and Father’s Day not far behind, I thought the timing would be right to share a few of the things that have been brightening up my days recently. I am always scouting for natural products that actually WORK, plus I try to support local suppliers and value consistent quality…so here are a few of my favourite things: Continue Reading…

Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gates of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
– Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

I remember the first time I told my dad that I thought it was possible to make a career out of something I loved to do. He looked back at me skeptically, armed with his 30+ years of corporate experience and simply said, “That sounds nice, but at the end of the day there’s a reason they call it ‘work’, you know.”

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Transitions: More Than Just Jumping Through

Often when I fly, I end up sitting next to someone who has brought absolutely nothing along to occupy their time for the duration of the flight. This happens on quick trips to Montreal and New York, where I get the impression that the individual is just commuting, waiting for the moment of touchdown when they can spring into action and get going with whatever they need to do. But the more fascinating encounters are with those who sit and stare at the seat in front of them during the hours upon hours before arriving in more distant locales like Europe, India or even Australia. On both my trips to India, for example, I can remember watching in awe as at least one of my seat-mates passed the time with merely their own thoughts for distraction. Continue Reading…