Yoga Detour

The other day I was thinking back to last winter, February 2014, when I brought a small group of students to Nicaragua for a yoga retreat. Just a few months prior to that, I was worrying about that first solo retreat, and the idea of going it alone just wasn’t sitting well with me. I needed a partner in crime, someone who could share the responsibility of keeping people happy  regardless of the little snags that come up along the way with these type of trips. 
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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…

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…

The Journey Begins…Again

Editor’s Note: The internet abroad cannot be trusted! I had hoped to get this post up much sooner! I’m also having a hard time uploading photos and getting them properly formatted. For photos to go along with these stories, follow me on instagram!

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