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What Kind of Yoga is This?

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We get so wrapped up in knowing something us humans. We love a good label. We think that it helps us to understand, if we know something definitively, then we are able to put it into a box. Even simple labels such as “good” and “bad”, or “I like” and “I don’t like”. I am sure that we all have …

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Yoga Confessions

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All of us who practice yoga regularly were once beginners. Stepping into a yoga studio for the first time can be intimidating. Stepping into any yoga studio for the first time can be very intimidating, new teachers, new community and a new space. I thought that it would be useful to discuss the top three reasons why people tell me …

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Yoga and the Culture of Nice

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Yoga is the practice of creating or yoking a union between body & mind, bringing you more into alignment with your big “S” self. The ethical principles/restraints of yoga speak to: Being kind to yourself and others (ahimsa), being honest to yourself and others (satya), to not steal, time, things, energy from yourself or others (Asteya), walking in alignment with …

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How Yoga Can Support and Build Community

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If you have ever spent time consistently practicing at a yoga studio, you know that a yoga studio can become a centre for sangha or kula, which are Sanskrit words that mean community. Over time, a studio begins to embody much more than the classes it has to offer. Although those classes form the foundation for the community that grows in and around the …

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Why We Seem to like Only One Type of Yoga Class

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Recently, I have been pondering this theme as it has come to my attention through some feedback and in my own practice.  Perhaps the type of practice that we most need is the type that we tend to shy away from. This is not some large epiphany, but it is interesting enough to spend some time reflecting. Of course, I …

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Hands On or Hands Off

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To touch or not to touch . . . This is a big question in yoga studios around the globe, in particular for us in the Western world. I just wanted to take some time to bring assisting into the light. I have recently noticed at the studio some resistance to being assisted, which I have been wanting to address …

Sea to Sky Gondola Vibes

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Check out the following piece by the Sea to Sky Gondola: https://www.seatoskygondola.com/blog/asana-and-answers-tanya-skok-hobbs on Tanya and what brought her to yoga and why she feels so strongly about sharing yoga. There are still a few weeks left of Gondola Yoga. There are classes 5 days a week, that start at 9:45 am. Shala’s class is on Friday mornings and is free for …

Sadhana . . . What does it mean?

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With April being Sadhana month at Shala, I thought that I would reach out and talk a little bit about what Sadhana is and means and how it can resonate with each of us in a unique way.  As I am at heart a nerd, book worm and secret academic, I will start with some definitions of Sadhana, something concrete for you …