Use Pranayama Breathing to Cope with Change Change in most cases is a good thing. However, too much change can increase anxiety, tension and if it continues, result in illness. Lately, my life feels like its constantly changing. So I was curious, what type of change is good and which ones tend to trigger that […]
“Smileworthies” and “Words of the Week”
Smiling is good for you, body and mind. It releases endorphins, the brain’s natural “feel-good” chemicals. I’ve been collecting what I call “Smileworthies” (things worth feeling good about) for a few months now, and sharing them on my blog. Speaking of minds and brains, there’s nothing quite like increasing your vocabulary by reading challenging books […]
Try This: Free Write
In my creative writing program, I have one professor who is very fond of free writing exercises, which basically teaches us to write without thinking too much. Just write what comes to you and then hone it later and turn it into something special. At first, I found this kind of writing to be annoying, […]
My First Yoga/Meditation Teacher
David J. Loomis (1935-2010) A lifetime ago (so it seems), a great guy named Dave Loomis introduced me to yoga and meditation. Those were hard times for me: intractable headaches plagued me daily, depression became chronic; an existential crisis loomed. In his typically intuitive and compassionate way, Dave saw that I was in pain and […]
Can Willing It Make It So?
We’ve all heard about the benefits of positive thinking. Some argue that without it, nothing is possible. Some say that no matter what, fate will take its course and there is nothing we can do to stop it. Others believe that if they want it, they will find a way to make it happen and […]
Embrace your Personal Fire
As a Leo, I always have a bit of fire in me. Fire is passion, inspiration, creativity and little dangerous. Ok, I may be lacking the dangerous aspect of fire, but honestly I’m alright with that. Everyone naturally has a bit of the fire element. In the moments where you feel inspired, creative and […]
Time Out of Time
Sharing Your Creative Vision with the World If you’re like most people, you’ve probably had the experience of becoming fully absorbed in some creative project, of getting “in the zone” and experiencing a burst of creative energy that seemed to take you out of time. Hours may have flown by while you were in this […]
Stuck in a Creative Rut: Pull out your Yoga Mat
As a writer, sometimes, I feel like my brain has to be constantly on. However, as a mom, quite often, that on valve gets shut down. Particularly on nights where my wee ones decide that sleep is for the weak and a real unnecessary commodity. In days, where I’m feeling mentally foggy or exhausted, I […]
30 Day Yoga Challenge!
Recently, I was speaking to a photographer friend of mine, Jessica Dozois, who runs her business out of Chilliwack, BC, about an hour outside of Vancouver. Jessica is a single mom who works hard to both live her dream of being a photographer, but also to look after and provide for her adorable son Max. […]
Why do you Love Yoga?
This weekend it’s Canadian Thanksgiving. There are many things I am thankful for – my awesome boys and family, that I get the chance to pursue my interests (like stepdancing and cognitive science), the beautiful sunny morning and of course my yoga practice. Yoga has kept me healthy and sane and made me see the […]
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