The Lust for Wanderlust event was a huge success on Saturday. Thank you to all of the amazing yogis who pushed through. It was a tough class and you could tell by the temperature of the room… that was all you people, the heat was turned off!! Congratulations to our grand prize winner Meagan Welch, a local yoga teacher here in Victoria. Can’t wait to practice with you at Wanderlust Whistler this year. Thank you to One Yoga Victoria for all your help and to Rachel Hurst of the Shanti Collective for organizing the event. We are so lucky to have such a strong yoga community in this city. Sending so much love to all of you yogis.
Here are a few photos from the evening.
Grand prize winner Meagan Welch!! Congrats love!
Rachel Hurst of the Shanti Collective with her beautiful jewelry.
Coming back to our intention at the close of class.
Recently there have been many negative opinions floating around on the internet regarding the yoga community on Instagram. People joke that its trendy, or vain, or encouraging too much screen time, etc. and I agree with all of these things to an extent. But after being involved daily in the community, I see something so amazing and powerful happening that the negatives aren’t that big of a deal. Continue reading →
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 →
This week my inspiration came from my beautiful friend Dana Eriksen. She reminded me how important it is to be mindful about every aspect of your practice, specifically your asana practice. She encouraged me to be aware of exactly where I place my feet/hands/head/hips/shoulders/fingers/gaze for every pose. Not for the purpose of reaching perfect alignment but instead for the purpose of being knowledgable and purposeful with my actions. To be mindful in asana practice encourages that mindfulness in your day to day actions such as thinking, speaking, eating, exercising, etc. For example: Continue reading →
This week Sunrise Flow led towards the peak pose of hanumanasana or splits pose. Therefore I drew my inspiration from Lord Hanuman. Lord Hanuman is a symbol of perseverance and devotion, which is exactly what is required in order to do the splits! Looking at the above photo, I probably make doing the splits look easy BUT you have to remember that I was a competitive gymnast for the majority of my life and this did not come over night. It took many years and many tears of having my coaches force me deeper in the pose with no real awareness of alignment. So although I am flexible, alignment is a bitch for me and I am most likely going to have problems in the future due to over stretching as a child. Remember that this pose takes years and years of opening the hips from all angles. Continue reading →
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 →
I am now an ambassador for All You Can Yoga (AYCY). AYCY is a global community for amazing yogis and yoga teachers all over the world. They help people find affordable yoga and great yoga teachers no matter where you live. They also provide a means for yoga teachers to get there names out there on a global scale. It can be very beneficial for yogis who travel and are looking to find yoga teachers and classes throughout their trip. You can check out my AYCY profile by clicking here. Check out @allyoucanyoga on Instagram as well.
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 →
Starting this Tuesday, March 11th, I will be teaching a sunrise flow from 7-8am. The studio is located it 841 Fisgard Street and is a big beautiful studio with 3 skylights, lovely hardwood floors, and mirrors along the front of the class. The price for the class is a $10 drop-in fee or a 5 class card can be purchased for $35 which makes it only $7 a class. I really want to make my yoga classes affordable because yoga is so damn expensive!! Continue reading →