Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017...I'm ready for you!

As I look back on this past year, I can't help but smile knowing I am surrounded by such amazing people. 2016 brought on many fun times, challenges, tons of laughs, but also loss, tears and change. What's life without any of that? When we least expect it, life throws us curveballs and we either have to choose to sink or swim through it.

Now this new year is all about doing what I love, being with those I love and striving to be the best version of myself, 365 days of the year. Our bodies are put on this earth for a limited time, so let's make it worthwhile. Quit dwelling about the past and focus on the present. Stop convincing yourself you can't, just go for it. Negativity brings bad energy to your mind, soul and body and reflects back on those around you. Keep your true friends close and say goodbye to those that bring you down. This is all about new beginnings.

As my holiday break of sleeping in late and staying in PJ's comes to an end and turns into early morning rises and downtown commutes, my reality and vision is still going to be very prominent. Focus, learn, balance, educate, teach, reward and give...all while having fun. If it's not fun, move on. 2017...I'm ready for you!

"Don't let the lessons, the experiences of the past, dampen your enthusiasm for beginnings. Just because it's been hard doesn't mean it will always be that difficult. Don't let the heartbreaks of the past cause you to become cynical, close you off to life's magic and promise. Open yourself wide to all that the universe has to say. All parts of the journey are sacred and holy. Take time to honour the beginning" - Melody Beattie

Thursday, December 29, 2016

december pose: revolved head-to-knee

parivrtta janu sirsasana
How to do it:
1. Start sitting with your legs out wide
2. Bend your left knee, bringing your heel to your groin
3. Take a deep breath in, and as you exhale start to lean to the right.
4. Bring your right hand to your right shin, ankle or foot. To go deeper, bend your right elbow and bring the arm to the inside of the right leg.
5. Revolve and open your chest up towards the ceiling.
6. Inhale, raise your left arm up and place the hand behind your head for support or reach it up and over to grab the outer edge of your right foot.
7. Turn your head to look up

Stay for 10-15 breaths, then very slowly unwind and come upright. Repeat on the other side.

Benefits:

  • Stretches the spine and shoulders
  • Improves digestion 
  • Opens the hips 



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

november pose: revolved wide-legged standing forward fold

parivrtta prasarita padottanasana
How to do it:

1. Start standing wide, with your toes turned in slightly and your heels slightly out. Ensure that the edges of your feet are parallel with the edges of your mat.
2. Bring your hands on your hips. On an inhale lengthen the spine, and as your exhale begin to hinge from your hips and fold forward over your legs.
3. Bring your hands to the ground or a block.
4. Bring your left hand to centre, stacking your left shoulder over your left wrist. Bring your right hand to your hip.
5. Take a deep breath in, lengthen the spine reach through the crown of your head. As you exhale, start to open your chest and twist to the right.
6. Reach your right arm up, gazing up towards your extended hand or rotate the arm to grab the inside of your left thigh

Hold for 5-10 breaths, then release and switch sides. To come up, bring your hands back to your hips. On an inhale, rise up with a flat back.

Benefits:

  • Stretches hamstrings, calves, low back and spine
  • Strengthens upper back and shoulders
  • Opens hips


Thursday, October 27, 2016

october pose: one-armed shoulder stretch

eka bhuja swastikasana varation
How to do it:
1. Start lying down on your belly and extend your right arm out to the side, level with your shoulder and palm facing down.
2. Take a deep breath in, and as you exhale roll onto your right side, staying on your shoulder.
3. Rest your head on the ground or on a block
4. You may lift your left leg up and bend your knee placing your left foot behind you for support.
5. Left hand can rest in front of you or lifted in the air


Stay for 10-15 deep breaths then slowly roll back onto your belly. Release both arms by your side and turn your head to the left. Notice the sensations in your body then repeat on the other side.


Benefits:
  • stretches the upper arm and shoulder
  • calms the mind
  • releases tension in the neck and shoulders

Friday, October 21, 2016

yoga retreat in Nicaragua - April 1-8, 2017

Enjoy seven nights in the beautiful and calming Laguna de Apoyo in Nicaragua. Renew your energy with daily yoga classes, restore your mind surrounded by nature and recharge your soul with healthy and balanced raw-cooked fusion vegan meals. Give yourself the gift your body deserves!

*SPACE FOR THIS RETREAT IS LIMITED TO 16 STUDENTS*

INCLUDES

  • 7 nights shared occupancy at Apoyo Lodge located on Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua
  • Daily Yoga Classes (Vinyasa and Yin/Restorative)
  • All whole food plant based meals (free of meat, dairy, refined sugar and oils)
  • Roundtrip airport shuttle service
  • Full day trip to San Juan del Sur, including surf lesson and lunch
  • Half Day Masaya Market and Volcano Tour
  • Raw Chocolate Truffle Cooking Class
  • Daily cleaning service - all linens and beach towels provided 
  • 24 hour security
  • Hot water
  • All natural toiletry products
  • Wifi

DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Flights to and from Nicaragua
  • Additional snacks, juices and smoothies, or activities not listed above

cost

  • $1,400 USD per person, shared accommodation.
  • Early bird pricing ($200 discount!) ends December 31, 2016
  • If you would like to extend your stay at Apoyo Lodge, please check availability and prices.

Monday, September 26, 2016

september pose: saluting the sun (mountain variation)

tadasana
How to do it: 
1. Start standing tall in mountain pose.
2. Ensure equal weight is distributed between all four corners of your feet
3. Lengthen the spine and reach up through the crown of your head.
4. Once you feel stable, on an inhale reach both arms up and over your head.
5. Palms come together, soften the shoulders away from the ears and start to shift your gaze up towards your hands

Stay here for 5-10 breaths, then release your hands together in front of your heart. Close the eyes and maintain the even calm breath.

Benefits:

  • Improves posture
  • Calms the mind
  • Stretches the shoulders and armpits 

august pose: bird of paradise

svarga dvidasana
How to do it:
1. Start it a standing forward fold, with your knees softly bent
2. Bring your left arm between your legs and wrap it behind your left thigh. Reach your right arm behind you to clasp your hands (modification : use a strap)
3. Keeping your gaze down, start to straighten your legs and begin to twist your torso to the right
4. Rooting down with your right heel, start to shift the weight onto your right foot as you start to raise the left leg off the floor bringing your torso upright.
5. You may stay here with your left leg bent, or extend the left leg out without swinging the opposite hip to the side.

Lift your chest, stand tall and strong and stay for 5-10 breaths. Slowly lower the torso and left and the same time, releasing your bind then switch on the other side.

Benefits:

  • Strengthens the legs
  • Maintains focus and balance 
  • Opens the groins and hamstrings