Yoga Playlist: Savasana

I just added a new playlist to my 8tracks account. Great for slowing down, yin practice and getting sleepy. Enjoy!

Savasana: Domestikatie’s Playlist on 8tracks

Yoga Bound parsvakonasana on Dallas Road, Victoria, BC

Yoga Playlist: Take Flight

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.

Take Flight: Domestikatie’s Playlist on 8tracks

Headstand at the breakwater, victoria bc domestikatie yoga

Yoga Playlist: 8tracks

I have an 8tracks account and will be posting some playlists right on there. If you have 8tracks.. find me! My username is Domestikatie. Check out my first playlist: Fluid Vinyasa. Its meant for a 75 minute flow practice. Starts slow, gains momentum, and then cools down for savasana. Enjoy!

Fluid Vinyasa: Domestikatie’s Playlist on 8tracks

Headstand in Tofino BC yoga katie thacker domestikatie

Wanderlust 2014: The Best 5 Days of the Year, Every Year.

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If you aren’t quite sure what Wanderlust is, just imagine a few thousand yogis and yoginis from all over North America searching for inspiration from some of the best teachers in the world for 5 days in Whistler, BC. I have attended Wanderlust two years in a row now and I can confidently say that it is the best five days of my year, every year. Never have I attended any event that inspires me to be a better person in every way. To love everyone and everything, to accept myself and others, to let go of judgement, to trust, to have hope, to express myself, these are some of the skills that were tested and strengthened over those five days. Even better, I got to spend my time at Wanderlust with some of my closest friends. To have them there by my side, to grow together, to laugh together, to be inspired together, was such a blessing. If you not into reading all of the details, at least scroll to the bottom and check out the photo gallery 🙂

Let me paint a bigger picture of what the event looks like. It starts early Thursday morning and ends on Monday afternoon. At any one moment there are usually more than 10 events happening at once, probably around 50-60 events total per day to choose from. This includes all different styles of yoga, meditations, hikes, hula hooping, slacklining, acro yoga, suspension yoga, speakeasy talks (kind of like a TED talk), capoeira, stand up paddle board yoga, mountain biking, zip lining, and more. These events happen at numerous different venues throughout Whistler and the surrounding area. Some of the yoga classes are even held outside on the tops of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains with the fresh mountain air and breathtaking view right there for you. There is a market filled with clothing, jewellery, yoga props, etc. Throughout the day there is live music around every corner and each night there is a headlining band or DJ. There are food samples like bowls of Kashi cereal, mini coconut ice cream sandwiches, granola bars and coconut water. Lululemon has an outdoor lounge area with bean bag chairs and pillows and a station to make flower crowns and put on bedazzled temporary tattoos. The sun shines, the birds chirp, and nature is all around you. Mostly everyone is smiling.

This year I was able to practice with so many amazing teachers including my very own teacher Natalie Rousseau. I did a hula hooping class with Shakti Sunfire. We did a class with the YogaSlackers where we learnt how to use acro yoga to get better at slacklining and how to use slacklining to get better at acro yoga. We detox flowed with Seane Corn (and our digestive systems thanked us). We did an acro yoga/thai massage class (At the end of 90 minutes of flying and getting massaged all 50 of us held hands in a circle and every single person had the biggest smile on their face! How could you not?). We practiced resisting gravity in our handstands and floating between poses like downward dog and crow pose with Cameron Shayne. We learnt that nature is truly our greatest teacher from Natalie Rousseau and Tina James at an unforgettable speakeasy. We arm balanced like crazy with Janet Stone and Schuyler Grant. I meditated with Tina James while reciting the Bija Mantras for each Chakra and embodying the meaning of each one (and by that I mean I mostly cried for an hour as it was so moving). Eion Finn showed us that love is the answer in another unforgettable speakeasy. And my amazing teacher Natalie Rousseau made me a very proud student as she lead us through a flow that embodied the energy of the goddesses Lakshmi, Kali, and Saraswati.  She even had three lovely ladies painted as the goddess and they gave hands on adjustments throughout the class. Music wise, Tycho blew my mind. Expect to hear them on every one of my playlists from now until forever. MC Yogi also threw a pretty intense dance party 🙂

It is so amazing to experience a festival with so much positivity. No fighting, no completely wasted people throwing up or falling on their faces, no littering, no negativity that you would find at any other type of festival these days. Just a group of like minded people looking to explore further into themselves, seeking new inspiration that can help improve their lives and the lives of those around them. Everyone wants a hug and to give you a complement; to tell you that your beautiful and important (because you are). By the time I leave I feel like my heart is so full that it is bursting out of my chest. We often neglect the fact that in order to give to others you must fill yourself up or you will run out of energy and love to give. For me Wanderlust is a time to receive and nourish myself on so many levels so that when I come back home I can give again. There are too many people in my life who give and give and give to others but they exhaust themselves because they don’t take the opportunity to fill back up. You have to take in that love, inspiration, and happiness in order to give it and make it sustainable.

The teachings from this year keep running through my head… Appreciate nature as it is your greatest teacher. All of your other teachers are great and purposeful but take time to let what you learn integrate by just being in nature. Those moments of bliss, those moments of true learning, they happen when your enjoying time outside. Look up at the sky, watch the clouds float by, birds soaring, sun setting or rising and see what you can learn. It will keep you healthy!! It will reduce stress, anger, worry. Just get out there with no hesitation. Love yourself, love others, love this planet. Love is the ultimate renewable resource.

Until next year Wanderlust…. xo domestikatie

 

Weekly Inspiration: April 22, 2014

Earth Day Inspiration, Domestikatie Yoga

Earth Day. How ridiculous is it that our society has come to the point where we only have one day in the entire year that is dedicated to giving thanks to our planet. The planet that provides us with everything required to survive. The planet that gives life to every amazing and beautiful being, creature, plant, tree. The planet that allows us to experience sunrises and sunsets. The planet that provides us with fresh clean water and allows us to swim in the ocean, and surf the waves. The planet that provides us with the experiences that allow us to feel true bliss. Continue reading

Weekly Inspirations: March 24, 2014

meditate victoria bc

Again, I drew my inspiration from the book Meditations from the Mat this week. This book just has so much to teach me. I think I will continually be inspired even when reading passages for the third or fourth time. This week I focused on over coming obstacles and paired this theme with a heart opening class. The following passage is Day 88 from the chapter on the niyamas.  Continue reading

Weekly Inspirations: March 18, 2014

Love is the Ultimate Renewable Resource- Eion Finn/Blissology Postcard

This weeks inspiration was based on ahimsa, the first of the yamas. Ahimsa is the sanskrit word that is translated as non-harming. The practice of ahimsa asks us to embrace nonviolence at a level of speech, thought, and action. Again I have drawn my inspiration from the book Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison. The following passage is from Day 20 of the book.

“After writing an essay about ahimsa, I went to my local whole-foods store. I am a daily customer, and many of my students shop there as well, so I usually spend a good deal of time chatting with people I know. With the notion of nonharming fresh in my mind, though, I found myself talking to people in the checkout line I did not know. The impulse to reach out came from the spiritual injunction at the heart of ahimsa: that we should not draw lines around ourselves, and that we should see all beings as out brothers and sisters. Continue reading

Oil Bathing: Abhyanga

One of the best self care practices that my teacher has taught me is oil bathing, or Abhyanga in Sanskrit. Sometimes when I would have a bath, my skin would end up being so dry and I would have to lather on lotions. Now I actually put oil on my entire body BEFORE I get in the bath and my skin feels so much better and I stay warm and relaxed longer. It also helps to move lymph towards the centre of the body to be processed as waste. So here is what I do:

Coconut Oil, Lavender Oil, Oil Bathing Instructions, Abhyanga

First I boil a small amount of water. I pour that water into a big jar. In a smaller jar I add coconut oil and then put the small jar into the big jar so that the coconut oil melts and gets warm. Then I run my bath water. I normally add a few drops of lavender oil. Continue reading