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…

But…why?

Spend about 10 minutes with a 5-year-old and you’ll find yourself running out of answers to the question every kid loves to ask: “Why?”

We’re born with innate curiosity and the desire to learn. During infancy, the world is an endless canvas of sensory stimulation, most of which we’re just trying to absorb. Once we reach childhood, we try to make sense of what we see, hear, do, touch, taste and smell. In adolescence, our autonomy grows and we want more control over our surroundings, looking for ways to push the boundaries despite what we’ve already been told about why things are the way they are. Early adulthood brings with it the desire to enact change, to create our own “why” with regard to choices in education, career, and so on. And then later in life, when we possess long-established beliefs and boundaries, a child will come along and ask, “But…why?” and we’ll watch the next generation establish their own truths, perspectives and outlook on the world. Continue Reading…

Movement Exploration | Exploration Movement

I’ve spent the last 10 days soaking in all that the West coast has to offer, ranging from sunset strolls along Vancouver’s Seawall, to early morning hikes through palm tree forests near Palm Springs, California.

This has been a much-anticipated break that was originally planned around a training course with the Ido Portal Team, just outside of Vancouver. Once I bit the bullet and committed to the course, I decided to plan an escape around it that would let me visit with west coast friends before venturing down to Palm Springs, the childhood oasis where my grandmother lives, to which I hadn’t returned since before I flew the coop to university. 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.”

Continue Reading…

The Breaking Point

Kapotasana – King Pigeon Posture (Photo by Tom Rosenthal)

A few months ago, my friend and colleague Nicky Poole gave me a birthday card with the above image on the cover.  The photo was taken by Tim Rosenthal, who has photographed some of the world’s best-known asana practitioners. Visit his site and see these extraordinary images for yourself.

Continue Reading…