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Self-Kindness and Patience

Self-Kindness and Patience 27 JUNE, 2016 Yoga Patience Progress Last week I had a horrible cold. I was sick on Sunday and Monday, so cancelled all of my sessions on Monday to recover, planning to be well enough to teach again on Tuesday. I woke up and taught on...

Project Kettlebell

Project Kettlebell:  Get super fit with this amazing workout program.   When is best time to start Project Kettlebell? You guessed it: right now. Kettlebell training is one of the most efficient, effective ways to get strong all over, and full-body fit....

Plank Stars

Where should my hips be in plank? That is such a great question, and let me start my answer with an inception-style fun fact: in traditional yoga, plank pose doesn’t exist. Woahhh…I just blew your mind, right? Well, it doesn’t have a name, and...

Brahma and Saraswati: Creation and Organization

I’m ready for something new. I want to make sure it’s not half-baked. Brahma is the god of creation, and of new beginnings. He says, “I’m ready to create something new.”  Brahma’s counterpart, Saraswiti, is the goddess of knowledge, wisdom and...

Charred Chili Chard Chips

I have my friends Lucas and Kat to thank for my latest obsession. These “Charred Chili Chard Chips” are brilliantly named, and easily the most delicious things I’ve eaten in a long time. Do it: Remove the stems from a bunch of swiss chard and wash...

Journey to Wheel: Daily Practice Tips

I used to suuuuck at wheel pose. I could hardly make it to “head top” let alone lift myself up. But I could feel the energy of how awesome it might be to be able to do wheel (again) someday. I say again because, like many, I used to do it when I was a kid....

I’m Just Here for the Savasana:

Savasana (shah-vahs-ah-nah) a.k.a., “lie on the ground and relax” pose. Also known as “thank goodness I made it through another yoga class pose,” or “corpse pose.” During savasana, we aim to find the most comfortable, supported...

KT Tape, Kinesio Tape

Many years ago, when I strained my low back, my amazing Lunenburg physiotherapist Matt Keith taped it with Kinesio tape. I found it a really helpful, simple, drug-free tool – effective at helping me recover from this pain and injury. All it is is very stretchy...

Many Right Ways

Josh made an incredible kijiji find last week. It’s a mint condition, old school schwinn airdyne bike – a punishing decision for cardio training. The rebooted model has become wildly popular at crossfit, and has been christened with the hilarious hashtag:...

My New Dailies

Have you heard the expression that the things we do every day have more impact than those we do once in awhile? It makes sense: brushing our teeth every day helps us to avoid decay. Practicing push ups every day will help us get better at push ups. It’s like...

Not every workout will be Beast Mode

I feel like it’s a myth to that good results come only when we leave our guts on the gym floor, every single workout. To me, that sounds both awful, and exhausting. In my experience, it can also lead to burnout. Sometimes, yes, I have the energy to go crazytown,...

My First Paddleboard: Costco SUP options

Stand Up Paddling is like the best ever. And it won’t be long until the water’s warm enough here in NS to get out there and have a rip around. If you’re looking to buy your first SUP, Costco boards can offer some really economical way to get in on...

I’m with the Bandha

In yoga, have you ever come across the word “bandha”? A bandha (pronounched “bond-ahh”) is a loch, an energy channel (not, as you may have heard before, a “lock”, something that locks energy in). Energy’s all about freedom, so it...

Hotel Room Workout

No equipment? No problem. If you are staying somewhere without equipment, or if the hotel gym scares you, try this instead. Grab a towel or yoga mat and do 5 rounds of 10 of each exercise: Full Salabasana: Lie facedown, arms alongside you. Inhale as you lift...

Wheel Helpers

The elusive Wheel Pose. This full back bend is super for the spine, but many of us have forgotten how to move like this. It can feel really good to swim around in the energy of the pose first, since it’s unlike any other shape that most of us spend time in...

Favourite Foot and Calf Stretches

Oh the calves and feet. We might not give them much thought, but they carry the load of every step we take. Let’s give these unsung heroes some attention with the following stretches: 1. Start with left heel on the floor, ball of the foot and toes up the wall....

Long Weekend Reading Round-Up

I’m rarely lazier than I was this past weekend. Usually we go visit Josh’s family in New Brunswick for Easter, but after an awesome first month of yoga classes in the new studio, we decided to lay low and rest-up. During my massive amounts of couch-time, I...