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August 7, 20160


Being present is an essential part of yoga. This doesn’t mean just physically following the movements during class, but to really be in tune with what is going on in your body and mind. To be completely present on your mat during yoga practice can be very challenging – trying to stay focused on the practice, breath, recognizing emotions, and physical sensations without interruptions from our busy minds is a feat in itself. I find that when I practice balance poses, though they are more physically challenging, they actually force me to be in the moment and help me focus and truly be present. Balance poses require even breathing, steadiness, grounding, and concentration. They also require recruitment of deep stabilizing muscles that we might not be using in daily activities, and this may very beneficial for injury prevention.

One of my favourite yoga poses is “standing knee to chest” and it’s variations. It sounds simple – stand with your feet hip distance apart, and slowly bring your right knee towards your chest keeping the pelvis level and hold – maintain a tall neutral spine. However, holding this position on one leg for several breaths be very hard!

Variations can be:
-closing the eyes
-straightening the right leg out in front of you
-straightening the right leg out and moving the leg across the body as far left and as high as you can, turn the head away from the leg to increase the difficulty even more
-holding the big toe with the right hand and kicking it out as far right and as high as you can

Interestingly, a recent study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy suggests that a having difficulty transitioning from double leg stance to single leg stance (as above knee to chest pose) may be a useful predictor of increased risk of lower extremity injury (such as an ankle or knee sprain).

Next time you practice, maybe you will notice that during balance poses you are more present.

By Tatianna Graham, Msc.PT., Hon. BSc., RYT200

July 23, 20160

The most common read fortune can also be the truth. As the saying goes, you are what you eat, your brain is also shaped by you intentions. Reading a simple positive message each day can help shape your brain and create positive connections in your life. We are what we think. You create this message to yourself. I AM. Finish the sentence I AM WHAT____________________. If we feel good news is on its way then it will be.

-Creating good news

July 23, 20160

Space refers to the energy in your surroundings. Your auric field. The size of your aura depends on many things and it can move from a small space when we are down physically, mentally, spiritually to are large space when we are grounded, balanced and flowing. This space can be felt energetically by anyone in your auric field. In certain practices like yoga the instructor, the guide holds the space with their energy. This enables clients to use this safe space to get what they need. Holding space for others takes balance, love and compassion towards oneself and others.

-Teaching, guiding, holding space for all to grow

July 19, 20160

In yoga we are moving toward enhancing our awareness of various aspects of our experience: body, mind, heart, and soul. An accessible practice that helps tie all of these together is our breath. Bringing awareness to the movement of our breath grounds us not only in the physical body, but in the present moment. Here we have the opportunity to notice any thoughts and emotions that may arise during our asana practice from a non-judgmental space.

While moving through our asana practice we can often lose our connection to our breath; with great compassion for where we are in our journey, we can notice when this occurs and gently guide our attention back to our breath. Cultivating this relationship between observing sensations and maintaining our breath regulates our nervous system and allows us to better tolerate any stress that we may encounter. Teachers often cue breath to help students build this mindful habit and, ultimately, carry this tool with them off the mat and into their everyday life.

-Meagan Cumming,

July 14, 20160

When we begin to open up space in our own bodies and mind we begin to create space in our environment. Creating space is a technique used to open up unused channels of our minds and bodies. We choose to create or take up space. Choosing what FEELS right in this space becomes the path. Moving the right things into this space will also create new space. We always have enough space it is learning what to do with that space.
-Finding and creating space in which to evolve

July 5, 20160

When we begin to explore balance we fall a lot. This is the first step. From this first fall we have the opportunity to learn so much. We begin to break down where our focus was, where our weight distribution is and we begin in an exploration of self. As we age we have the choice to fall and learn or continuing to fall. The choice is always ours. If we begin to honor our balance we then begin to find a more solid foundation. With a solid foundation becomes more opportunity to learn and grow. This is a practice. This takes time. This takes community. This takes self-love.

-Written on the journey to find and honor my balance

June 21, 20160

Self Reflection is at the center of the yogic path. We call it Svadhyaya. This process is deep, full of questions and full of answers. When we really being to reflect we see what is on the other side. We begin to open up to our true self and all that it holds. To begin this process of self-reflection we must remain open and understanding to all that may come. We must not judge or think negatively towards what we see. This journey starts where you are. Becoming present and still in the moment you are in.

-Written with love, in love, giving love.

June 3, 20160

The path of yoga talks a lot about how to live a life of peace, balance and harmony. The path is deep and interlaced with connections to our bodies, minds and souls. The interplay between the role of our mind and our heart is at the centre of this practice. Finding points of concentration in which we become “all in” creates a breakdown of the negative patterns and impressions that we create. We heal in this movement however small them moment may be. Absorption is this “all in” moment when we become absorbed in the meditation (object, mantra, seed). Then with integration we begin this break down of barriers, walls, negative patterns or impressions that we have and we are creating.

-Written on the path

May 31, 20160


Metta Meditation- Loving Kindness
Metta bhavana, or loving-kindness meditation, is a method of developing compassion. It comes from the Buddhist tradition, but it can be adapted and practiced by anyone, regardless of religious affiliation; loving-kindness meditation is essentially about cultivating love.
This is a meditation of care, concern, tenderness, loving kindness, friendship–a feeling of warmth for oneself and others. The practice is the softening of the mind and heart, an opening to deeper and deeper levels of the feeling of kindness, of pure love. Loving kindness is without any desire to possess another. It is not a sentimental feeling of goodwill, not an obligation, but comes from a selfless place. It does not depend on relationships, on how the other person feels about us. The process is first one of softening, breaking down barriers that we feel inwardly toward ourselves, and then those that we feel toward others.
Take a very comfortable posture. One of the aims in this meditation is to feel good, so make your posture relaxed and comfortable. Begin to focus around your chest area, your “heart center”. Breathe in and out from that area, as if you are breathing from the heart center and as if all experience is happening from there. Anchor your mindfulness only on the sensations at your heart center.
Breathing in and out from the heart center, begin by generating this kind feeling toward yourself. Feel any areas of mental blockage or numbness, self-judgment, self-hatred. Then drop beneath that to the place where we care for ourselves, where we want strength and health and safety for ourselves.
Continuing to breathe in and out, use either these traditional phrases or ones you choose yourself. Say or think them several times.


May 25, 20160


On our journey one often finds themselves in dialogue and exploring what love is, what love feels like and looks like. We find this theme everywhere in music, art, poetry, media and in our own homes. We learn about love at a very young age as an infant if we are not loved and touched by love in some way we die. We watch our parents and how they love each other and we learn about love through observation. When we begin to express love we look for signs of that love returning back to us. We may even find ourselves rejected by love and begin to feel the pain that the dark side of love can create. In many of our journeys love becomes our own personal agenda. This attachment to love can create a very strong dark side where jealously, pain and anguish dwell and darken the heart. If we begin to look and feel love from a true space of light, then we start to tap into our devotional love. The love of our own spirit. The love of others spirits. This light brings us grace.

Practice: Breathing in love all the way into your head and all the way down to your toes. Bring into your attention something or someone you love and notice if it is a dark love or a light love. Just bringing awareness into your love energy will help you tap into this true space of light.

-Written with the intention of devotional love.