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You have to experience it for yourself to make your own choice…

Good evening, Yogis…

Tonight I taught a class and saw one of my favourite yogis there…this yogi did a personal 365 day challenge last year (January 1-December 31, 2010), and then didn’t come for almost all of 2011. She tried many other kinds of yoga during the past year, practiced often and experienced what she felt in the other classes…but didn’t do Bikram. However, she came back to the Bikram practice because she really likes it and likes the way she feels…but she had to try it all in order to find that out!

Did you get that the first time…SHE HAD TO TRY IT ALL IN ORDER TO FIND THAT OUT!! The only way you can really know what YOU like is if YOU TRY things and experience them for YOURSELF!!! I can wax poetic about the benefits of Bikram yoga and I can tell you how my life has changed and I can regale you with the thousands of stories I’ve heard from thousands of students…but you won’t really know how it is for you until you experience it for yourself. And, I mean, REALLY experience it…now, I’m not saying you have to do a 365 day challenge, but you need to give it a try in ernest and feel what you feel and then pick your choice.

That’s all…I was so inspired to see her and her knowledge of herself to choose to do different styles of yoga and listen to herself to know what she likes and how she feels. I was so inspired to see you ALL tonight in class…see you all tomorrow 😉


Just Leave Them Alone…

Good evening, Everyone. I think about you often, even though I haven’t been posting!!

This morning I was thinking about the End Of The Year…yup, the END of 2011. Seriously? Where did it go…?! Well, for me, it went to travelling more than I have EVER this year, seeing more studios and meeting more yogis than ever. What a year, what a year. Thank you to all of the people I met this year, all of the students, teachers and yogis who made me feel so welcome at your studio…I truly feel blessed for my fortune this year.

So, that being said, sap out of the way, I want to share what I was pondering and musing about this morning before I went to teach class (which, by the way, was a fabulous room of 52 sweatties who made my day!)…

You know how when you first start practicing (this) yoga, you suddenly want to scream it from the tallest mountain and drag everyone you know into the room to try it? I remember when I first started practicing I was working at a restaurant in Vancouver and it was all I could do to get to my tables because I was so busy telling everyone about sweating from my elbows in class that morning. So, we all do it, we all wax poetic about the benefits, the sweat, the heat, the struggle…and eventually (or in the future) the euphoria and bliss of the practice…and how we all say “you just HAVE TO TRY THIS YOGA WITH ME” to everyone we know, meet or encounter on the street. Eventually we start to realise that not everyone is overly excited by the endorsement we give it…the sound of a hot humid room with people crammed in like sardines all sweating and breathing and wearing next to nothing isn’t attractive to all people (they clearly aren’t understanding what we are describing, if they could just experience it for themselves, then they would truly understand 😉 ). So, sometimes we let it go, stop pestering people…sometimes we keep on them until they finally have to just say to us, “listen, I’m NOT going to that yoga place you go to…ever…so you can stop bugging me about it” or, “you know, just because you like it, doesn’t mean I have to like it”…or something like that. So, we let it go, but secretly still want them to try it, we continue to imagine all the things that would feel better from yoga, how all the complaining they do about this that and the other thing could be alleviated if they just came to class…we think about how great it would be to have a yoga buddy, someone to share stories with and how we’d support eachother on the 30 day challenge. 

Then…one day…(seemingly) out of the blue…your loved one/sister/child/besty says to you, “I think I’ll come with you to yoga today”…and, after you pick your jaw up off the floor, you smile, and casually go get one of your micro fiber towels from the cupboard, and the spare mat you have in your car, and fill up the water bottle you bought specially for this occasion and dump and extra EmergenC into it for good measure…and do a silent cheer as soon as you are out of sight. No sense in making a big deal out of it!!

OK, so the moral of the story here is, inspire the people around you through who you are being rather than trying to convince people of something. Actually, to quote a goody from Ghandi, “Be the Change you Wish to See in the World”…really sums it up, huh?! If there is one thing I’ve realised about this life (really, Ida, only ONE???) it’s that people will do what they need to do when they need to do it. Just leave them alone.

Yup, just leave them alone. We all figure it out eventually. You can be inspiring through who you are and when they are ready they will want to know more about what you are doing to create the person who you are. 

That is (one of my) end of the year messages. I’m sure I”ll come up with a few more before this weekend…

I have a picture or two to post, so I’ll get to that as well…just to share a few of the things I’ve been up to over the past little while.

Love to you all, hope you’re all having a fab holiday season.



Kitchener Waterloo…hello, how are you?

Well, how are you my lovelies?
I have to pre-cursor this post by saying that I’m writing it on my (new!) iPad, and I seem to be having a *small* technical error…or perhaps not an error, but a little curious thing…I’m writing (typing with my fingers…2 index fingers), but the letters aren’t appearing on the screen. The cursor is moving but the letters aren’t appearing….so I really have no idea what is actually typing…it’s lime typing in a ghost town or something .

All that being said, I will keep this short so as not to make it too weird…for myself.
I just arrived at the Bikram Yoga Kitchener Waterloo studio with the owner, David. …oops, got distracted, wonder where I was…never mind. So, I’m here for the next few days. Got classes and a seminar and it seems some socialising as well! aND…it’s SUMMER here!!! Thank goodness!! In fact, I’m currently sitting here, in the lobby, sweating. Just thinking about yoga, watching a yoga class, I’m sweating. Funny.

Yoga, random thoughts (in yoga) and green smoothies (post yoga)…

Good afternoon, y’all.

This morning I took my friend Abbey’s class over at BYSaanich. Abbey and I have been teaching together on and off for almost 8 years! It’s a bit like “coming home” when I take her class because I don’t have to think about anything…which leads me to my next thought…the random (or, as the case may be, NOT so random) thoughts I have in yoga class…

In Awkward pose I think about coffee. Every day. No fail.

In Eagle I think about Sushi. Weird? Yup, I think so too.

In Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee I think about Kombucha…but only once I’m IN the posture fully and looking at my belly. On the way IN TO the posture I think about Ren Soriano~a dear Bikram teacher who I knew and loved

By Savasana and Wind Removing, I’m usually thinking about various things of my day and/or staring at the wall trying NOT to think about various things of my day. Today I was thinking about this post…yup, realising that I always have the same thoughts in the same place in class was turning into a blog post today…AND staring at the wall trying not to think about random things.

Spine Series I’m pretty focussed on my body and trying to win over the urge to just lie there and do nothing.

In Spine Twist I’m thinking about how amazing I feel and how fast the class went (TODAY, though, I was thinking about the AMAZING adjustment I got on the first side of Spine Twist! My lover (I just did that typo TWICE, so left it in, as I thought it was a good one 😉 )ahem, my loWer back made a good pop as something moved back into place. Whew).

So, what I’m really trying to say is this; don’t fret, little bunnies, if you find that your mind is all over the place in yoga class and you keep hearing “clear your mind” and all that does is create more and more thoughts! I believe that I get some of my best thinking done in class…my body is taken care of, I don’t need to think about what to do with it as someone is telling me what to do, so my brain is open to receiving whatever comes along.

So, I made my way home (I’ve started riding my fancy red Raleigh cruiser  to the studio!), drank a huge jar of fresh lemonade and made a smoothie. Greens are a bit low in my fridge at the moment, so it was a green powder kind of day:

*Frozen banana, *fresh peach, *TBS hemp seeds, *heaping TBS of Green powder (I use Vitamineral Green, it’s my fav one I’ve found), *water and a *touch of maple syrup (I was in the mood for a little sweetie!).

Blend it up in the Vitamix and voila. I like to eat my smoothies with a spoon, so keep it kind of thick….but add more water for a more liquid consistency or add ice for a more frozen one.

Look at that GREEN!