Another playlist up and ready for you on 8tracks.
I just loaded a new playlist on 8tracks. The kind of playlist that will help get you moving on those cold winter mornings. Enjoy!
This is Brandon and I on November 11th enjoying an amazing sunset. Come learn tricks like these at our Acro Yoga Jam and Social.
Join us on Friday November 21st at One Yoga Victoria for the November Acro Yoga Jam & Social. The jam starts at 8:30pm and goes until 10:00pm and there is a $5 drop-in fee. I will guide everyone through about 15-20 minutes of flow to get you in your body and connected to your breath. From then it will be jam time where you can either take control and get practicing with some new friends or I will cover the basics and provide some examples of some poses and transitions to try. No partner necessary. Come meet some new friends and learn some new tricks. We will most likely head over to the Bent Mast for some social time afterwards for those who are interested. Maximum capacity is 35 people so arrive early to get a spot.
For the soup
One small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed (save the seeds!)
One small winter squash, peeled, seeded and cubed (save the seeds!)- I used a carnival squash
One medium yellow onion, chopped for roasting
Three tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (divided)
I just added a new playlist to my 8tracks account. Great for slowing down, yin practice and getting sleepy. Enjoy!
One large acorn squash, peeled and cubed (butternut or kabocha squash would also work great)
One large yam, peeled and cubed
Two large carrots, chopped (about 1/3-1/2 cup chopped)
Oat-free, gluten-free, grain-free, vegan granola!
Three heaping tablespoons of coconut oil
One quarter cup natural organic maple syrup
One teaspoon organic vanilla
Five cups of chopped nuts of your choice (I used an equal mixture of sliced almonds, chopped raw cashews, chopped raw pecans, and whole hazelnuts)
One quarter cup of flaxseeds
Two tablespoons of chia seeds
One third a cup of raw unsweetened organic coconut flakes
One cup of dried fruit of your choice (I used a mixture of golden raisins, unsweetened cranberries, and chopped dates)
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large pot melt the coconut oil on very low heat. Add in the maple syrup and vanilla and stir. Add the nut mixture, flaxseeds and chia seed and stir to coat the nuts and seeds in the coconut oil and maple syrup. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the nut/seed mixture evenly onto the baking sheet. Bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes or until the the nuts are becoming evenly golden and toasted. Take the granola out of the oven and mix in the dried fruit. Place back in the oven for about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Eat on yogurt, in milk, as a salad topper, or on its own! Makes about 7-8 servings.
Spice it up by adding cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cacao etc. into the coconut oil mix. Other nut/seed ideas: Walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds. Other fruit ideas: chopped dried apricots, sliced dried apple, chopped dried mango, dried coconut chunks.
I am hosting an Acro Yoga Jam and Social!
When: Friday October 17th from 8:30-10:00pm
Where: One Yoga Victoria (201-239 Menzies Street)
Cost: $5 drop in per person
Details: Meet some new friends, learn some new tricks! No partner required (there will be lots of great people to pair up with). I will lead us through a 15 minute flow to get us into our bodies and then from there it will be a time for playing and sharing knowledge with one another. Beginners knowledge of acro yoga is required prior to attending. Please feel free to invite friends as long as they have previous acro experience.
Email me for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just loaded a new playlist on 8tracks as I get ready to board a plane. More upbeat to help build the heat for your fluid vinyasa practice.
Today marks the one year anniversary of my dad passing away. He was 61 and died of a heart attack. It wasn’t a surprise as he had had heart problems as long as I had been alive. Those who know me personally and knew my dad, know that he truly lived life exactly as he wanted to. He was selfish, hard headed, and we never had the strongest relationship, but he was still my dad. In the year that he has been gone…
I have uncovered within myself the innate wisdom, deep in my heart, that all people give the best they can in every moment of their life.
He was selfish more often than not, he was an addict, he wasn’t around as much as he should have been, but it was the best that he could give at those times in his life. It was the best he could do with his mental state. It was the best he could do with his emotional state. It was the best he could do with his physical state. It was the best that he knew how to give. I now appreciate that and am grateful for everything I received.
There were many times in my life that I was hurt by my fathers words and actions. I would always ask myself “How could he treat me like that?”. I have now changed my perspective. Instead I ask myself “What was he feeling that caused him to say/think/act like that?”. He was not intentionally trying to hurt me and I knew this. He truly lacked the awareness to even see that his words and actions could be hurtful. Instead of dwelling on the “woe is me” aspect I have tried to understand the feelings he felt. He was very good at acting like things were great and playing the confident big shot role but through the small glimpses I saw of his true Self I imagine that he lived every day with heavy feelings of regret, fear (on many levels), inadequacy, pain, and grief. As I imagine the burden, the weight, of carrying those feelings inside for years and years my heart is flooded with a deeper understanding and forgiveness.
I had a choice of holding onto the past, holding on to those negative heavy feelings that were projected onto me but I realized that I don’t have to live my life feeling those same feelings my dad felt. By having compassion for the deeper root cause of his words and actions and understanding that he gave the best he could at each and every moment in his life I am able to let those feelings go and find forgiveness. I am able to unlock a deeper love within myself so that I can share LOVE with others instead of the feelings of regret, fear, inadequacy, pain, and grief.
Over and over I hear in my mind and feel with my entire being:
All you need is love. Love is all you need.
om shanti shanti shanti