Universal Appreciation

Gratitude – There’s nothing like it to make you feel better. And, it’s also one of the Niyamas: Santosh (#2) defined as a clear, peaceful inner life, attitude of gratitude.

Namaste

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With the warm temperatures embracing our skin and the sun kissing our faces, I find it necessary to take time out of my busy schedule and absorb the energy of the Summer. I love warm weather, I love the smiling personalities in the neighborhood, I love the active creatures outside, I love the freckled filled faces and I love the enjoyment of being outside in nature with the ones you love.

IMG_1021I have reactivated my inner child and found so much happiness in the outdoors. I have recently bought a hoola hoop, wind chimes, Ficus plant, seeds, outdoor lights and sun screen to take my adventures to the next level.

There’s something so sensual about drinking your first cup of coffee on the deck and not thinking anything of your time or day. Closing your eyes to breathe in the trees, feeling the breeze in the silence and relaxing to comforting…

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Use part of your lunch hour to add a daily pranayama practice

We’re all so busy these days.

Finding a quiet place to practice breathing and looking inward for even a few minutes can add hours of energy for other activities.

Read how Michael does this.

Home Yoga Practice

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Yoga must have been very different back in the day. Imagine if you had joined a yoga school in India around the time of Patanjali. You would have left all of your earthly belongings to study yoga. A portion of your daily practice, aside from learning Sanskrit, doing asana, practicing devotion to your teachers, writing japas and cleaning the temple, would be a regular practice of pranayama in preparation for meditation.

Fast forward to 2014. There is no temple. There is no renunciation. You have bills and if you are lucky you have a job. To top it off, yoga is becoming now a fad with “rock star” teachers being paraded around in a glass box in Manhattan slinging hotel chains. Had enough? Perhaps you can reclaim some elements of the past by finding a quiet place to do 10 to 15 minutes of pranayama.

Pranayama is an extremely subtle…

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A 10,000-step yoga journey starts with the first one

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Do you know the saying, “The bad news is: time flies; the good news is: you’re the pilot.”?

This sums up my  yoga-teacher training at Yoga Space in Toronto.  I’m one full weekend away from finishing my 200-hour course.

Thanks to our anatomy training, I can name yoga’s key muscles and how to help a student adapt to receive a pose’s benefits.  Everything about yoga’s roots and its  philosophy was new to me.  All of us have taught a five-asana Vinyasa sequence. Many  have taught a section of a full Hatha class. We’ve signed up to teach community classes at the studio. My home practice continues to develop. Oh, and I need to complete my take-home philosophy exam.

The 15 weeks have flown by, but I’m thankful I’ve put my time to good use.

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What’s been the biggest surprise about the course? I asked my classmates.  The consensus was how little we know and how much there is to know to be an excellent yoga teacher.

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Classmate  Stephanie Kittell nicely summed it up: “The biggest surprise for me: realizing just how much I don’t know! It’s been a beautifully humbling experience in that regard. Though I’ve been practicing yoga for over 7 years (in various forms of asana, meditation, and pranayama), I feel like my practice has really only just begun.”

I’ve always been a life-long learner. I’m delighted to have taken my first steps on my 10,000-step yoga learning journey.  Since I know how fast time flies, I don’t plan to waste a minute.

Namaste

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