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Meanderings of the mind

Thoughts, quotes & stories

Become an Yoga Trainer at Yogi Center

January 12, 2018

 Commitment

New Years Day!!! We make our resolutions and for the most part we don't follow through.  For various reasons we seem to give up on ourselves; maybe our goals were too lofty or maybe we didn't feel supported in our resolution.  Instead of resolving, let's try making a commitment to ourselves.

Commitment is teamwork and we all play an integral part in our commitments.

I for one, dedicated myself to follow the path of yoga teacher training.  This took a commitment not only from my teachers to share their knowledge and passion for yoga, but also it took commitment from my employer and fellow employees to make a schedule that allowed me to attend school.  I would have never completed my course without the support of my husband and close friends to support and encourage me through my training.

When | graduated I took my passion for yoga and made a commitment to myself  to be the best teacher i could be and share the beauty of yoga with you.  I personally, dedicate many hour a week researching, studying, practicing and attending more training so that I can offer you my best.  I commit myself to designing classes that are accessible and challenging for all.

I make the commitment that I will show up for you.  Now I am asking you to commit not only to yourselves but to me and all the people in your lives.  In order to do this you need others to commit to you, to give you the support you need so you can show up for yourselves.  As other become invested in you, we all start to work together as a team, each of us helping each other to become the best that we can be.  As much as you need me to commit to you, I need you to commit to me.  

None of us can be our best without each other.



Become an Yoga Trainer at Yogi Center

May 6, 2019

How lovely it is to have all the windows open. The intoxicating smell of the lilacs, cherry and apple blossom mingling with the smell of fresh cut grass. In the mornings before the sun is up all the birds start their days with chatter and singing.  I can hear a rooster far off announcing morning has arrived.

In the evening the frogs start to warm up with chirping, the birds chatter starts to slow down as they snuggle into their nests.  

I notice the air temperature get cooler as a gentle breeze flutters over my face and the night sounds lull me to sleep, giving hope and promise that the I will awaken in the early morning ready to receive the gift of a new day.



Become an Yoga Trainer at Yogi Center

June 24,, 2019

"Your hand opens and closes, and opens and closes.  If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed.  Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding - The two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings."   ~ Rumi

I came across this quote in an email and thought it would be nice to share. For me it brings to mind how I teach; from the breath.  Please take the time to ponder where this quote leads you, and feel free to share.

See you on the mat.



Meanderings of the mind

Thoughts, quotes & stories

Become an Yoga Trainer at Yogi Center

November 12, 2018

Gifting ourselves with Peace

We are transitioning into that magical time of the year, the holidays are quickly approaching and we are becoming very focused on everything we need to do.  From making lists to fulfilling everyone's wishes, let's be honest....this is the most stressful time of the year.

With so much planning and striving for perfection, physical and mental exhaustion interspersed with joy and excitement, we end up putting ourselves on the back burner.  Holiday food and drinks flow freely and we indulge in many empty calories.  We become sleep deprived as we worry about bills, its no wonder we have headaches, we become cranky, we pick up "bugs" and no longer feel like ourselves.

Whether we are fully emerged into the holidays or maybe we are trying to skirt around the edges, there is no avoiding the bombardment of this season,   Christmas carols blaring, stores, commercials and magazines try luring us into the chaos that will magically bring us peace and happiness, there is no escaping. 

Now I want to be clear here, I love the holidays, but they start start earlier and earlier each year, so by the time they are actually upon us....well, I am overwhelmed.

 "Gifting ourselves with Peace" a yoga practice designed to help us not only help us relax, but also help energize us in a positive way.  Commit an hour for yourself and take that time just for you...restore your inner balance and energize.  Learn some coping skills that you can take with you and use them while standing in lines, in dressing rooms and before or after a busy day.  Gifting yourself with peace should be at the top of your list.  



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Become an Yoga Trainer at Yogi Center

September 1, 2018

Wherever you've been, and whatever you've done so far, your entire life was building up to this moment.  Now is the time to burst forth into your greatness, a greatness you could have never achieved without going through the exact things you've done.

- Marianne Williamson 

Become an Yoga Trainer at Yogi Center

August 1, 2018

One of my favourites quotes


"...and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom"

- Anais Nin

Meanderings of the mind

Thoughts, quotes & stories

Become an Yoga Trainer at Yogi Center

October 14, 2018

Lower your ceiling -  Raise your floor

In my years of teaching yoga I notice that many people shy away from using props, as if using props is a sign of weakness. We humans naturally have a competitive nature; this is not only fine but also healthy. Who doesn’t like to win a competition or push our personal boundaries? But in a yoga class, I don’t believe this should be the case.

Let’s stop for a moment and ponder why we come to our mats. For me when I step onto my mat for a personal practice (and yes I do attend yoga classes for myself), I go because I want to connect to the inner rhythm of my body, breath and soul. I am there for myself. The people in front, behind or next to me do not exist once the class has started. I tune into the cues of the teacher to guide me, I find my ceiling and I then adjust my floor, I allow my drishti to take me on a yoga journey.

Do I use props? I most certainly do. By lowering my ceiling so that I stay on the edge of my comfort zone, but not pushing myself over this edge, I then raise my floor by using props. In doing this, I am able to allow myself to notice everything that is going on in my body. With no straining or focusing on any area that might feel aggravated, I have the freedom to explore my whole body in motion from the inside out. All the parts come into play, I feel my breath, I can feel my heart pumping, my blood moving. I am aware of life flowing throughout my body.

Yoga doesn’t need to be competitive. The next time you step on your mat, pick up some props, lower your ceiling and raise your floor, listen to the cueing. Surrender, let go and feel your body, breath and soul connecting.


Become an Yoga Trainer at Yogi Center

October 1, 2018


Many people think that Restorative Yoga is easy yoga for beginners only and that afterwards you move up to more traditional style classes.  Until you actually allow yourself to surrender to a Restorative Class, I don't think you will ever understand that this is not a stepping stone to other classes. 

We all live busy lives, we are always on the go; we are looking after our families, friends and communities. We have become afraid to slow down and feel that rest is a sign of weakness.  For the most part we do not get restful sleep and we often make  comments about how exhausted we feel.

Restorative Yoga is about supported, passive poses. The props allow us to gently fill in the space between ourselves and the floor.  It is a time to rest and digest and allow ourselves to access our parasympathetic nervous system.

We drop the mass of our physical selves, and the heaviness of our heart and mind onto our mat. We let go of all of our being, our lives and all we love, onto our mat. Our time on our mat allows us, for that time frame to lay all that weight that we always carry around to rest. After our practice we feel refreshed and when we go to  pick that weight up again, we carry that weight with much more ease and acceptance.

Give yourself a true break, honour yourself and surrender to a Restorative Class.