My midlife yoga crisis

“Blind respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” – Albert Einstein About two years ago I started to question the value of yoga as a exercise modality. As you can imagine this was a bit of a problem for a yoga teacher. I started to see not only injuries in...

What’s next for you?

“ Life goes on long after the the thrill of living is gone” John Mellencamp How do you want to be old? I think there are three ways to grow old. One is is resignation. This the way of giving in. “I’m old! what can I expect?”  “I’m going to retire soon and do nothing!”...

Who we are now

This empty nest thing is harder than I thought it would be. My son Jackson, who is 18, recently moved to an apartment his dad keeps here in Calgary. I am lucky to know he is safe and learning new things (budgeting! cooking! dishes!).  I also feel less stressed and I...

Never Surrender

  I recently heard about a yoga teacher who had to retire because of ongoing wrist issues. A close friend told me she has given up on push ups because of a painful elbow injury. Another student wants to know why her balance is getting worse and worse even though...

The 3 most dreaded words in midlife. MIddle Age Spread.

About a year ago I asked a holistic nutritional consultant about how I could lose the 7 pounds I have gained since menopause. I felt it was only going to get worse and I should probably be making some changes right away before it got away from me. But her answer...

Why Netflix and Wine are not relaxation

If relaxation to you means netflix and wine – you are not alone. The problem is, it feels relaxing at first but its not really true relaxation. Wine or any other substance you ingest is altering your nervous system and it does work at first. You take that drink...

Tone your vagus baby

Never mind your abs – toning your vagus nerve is the latest thing in the fitness and yoga world. Your vagus is your longest cranial nerve. It starts in your brain and travels down through your torso. It’s known as the “wandering nerve” because it has...

Three things I love – the body skin care edition June 2017

This month since the weather is warming up I thought I’d do a body skin care round up of things I think have made my skin a better birthday suit to live in! Number one is this homemade sugar scrub my pal Sophie made for our winter retreat. It is coconut oil,...

Love your body

Love your body. Befriending your body is one of the gifts of yoga that I hope is central to my teachings. I want you to love your body the way it is right now. I have been trained to see the beauty in you. I have been trained to look for what is going right first and...

Perfect Posture?

Perfect Posture.  Is it possible? To answer that you have to ask, what exactly is posture? Merriam Webster defines it as,  “the way in which your body is positioned when you are sitting or standing.” Your posture is a response to geometry, habit, environment and what...

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