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…

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…

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…

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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