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…

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…

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…

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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Life in the Slow Lane

With nearly a full week with Rolf and Marci now under my belt, I’m beginning to get the hang of things here in Candolim.  After leaving behind everything I’d gotten accustomed to over the past month at Purple Valley, my first couple of days here were a little lonely.  I may only be a 20-minute drive away from the place I called home until last weekend, but Candolim can feel a world away, especially when driving a scooter still seems a little out of my league.

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The Halfway Point

One of my favourite photos of Petri from his book on the Primary series

That’s right…my India Adventure of 2011 has reached the halfway point – hard to believe.  While part of me feels like it’s been ages since I’ve been home, the other part knows my remaining time here is going to fly by.  Week Three with Petri seemed to disappear in the blink of an eye, due to the moon day on Friday.  In the traditional Ashtanga practice, there is no practice on full or new moons.  When these moon days fall on Fridays, we do a led practice of Primary Series to end the week on Thursday, and then get an extra long holiday seeing how Saturdays are always rest days.

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