Here & Now

In yoga classes, there’s often mention of “being in the moment”. You know the cues, the ones that tell you to ground into your feet and really feel the earth; to pay attention to your breath and stay present; to turn your awareness inward. If I were to add together all the classes I’ve ever taken, with all of the classes I’ve ever taught, and then counted the times I heard someone (including myself) talk about being present and in the moment, I would have nowhere near enough fingers and toes to keep track. 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…

Bookworms Unite!

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been into books. I read it all: fiction, non-fiction, educational, fluff—it’s one of my favourite ways to pass time. Often I’m asked what books I’ve read that have really made an impact. Sometimes this question is posed by those interested in knowing what I read to be better at what I do for a living. Others ask with a more personal intention, wondering what books stuck with me because of their story. Since Spring is upon us, the time is approaching when hours can be spent reading outdoors. So what better time to share a list of some of my favourites? Continue Reading…

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…

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.

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