Yin Yoga: Life in the Slow Lane

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Yin yoga is not power vinyasa. It’s not fast, sweaty, or based in any thousand plus year old lineage. It’s new, like from the 70s new, slow, chilled and it’s getting more and more popular by the minute. From Wikipedia: “Its teaching in the Western world, beginning in the late 1970s, was founded by martial arts expert and Taoist yoga teacher Paulie Zink. Yin yoga is now being taught across North America and in Europe, due in large part to the teaching activities of Yin yoga teachers and developers Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers.” It’s…read more

Acro Yoga: The Yoga of Play

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Our good friend, Sara Angelus, was kind enough to walk us through WTF is Acro Yoga anyway? So what is this craze that floods social networks like instagram and Facebook feeds with pictures and videos of couples and groups of people performing tricks of balance and strength in which you can generally pick out something that resembles the “asanas” or postures that you’ve seen or tried sometime in a yoga studio? The term “Acroyoga” itself is a relatively new term coined in the early 21st century by a coupling of…read more

Is Water Yoga for real?

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There are so many forms of yoga these days, and I don’t wanna knock anyone who’s into yoga aerobics or yoga with weights or whatever the hell half this gym stuff is. If that is the doorway for you, then walk that path my brethren. Personally, I thought yoga was a workout for skinny people for years before I went to India to investigate further. Living in Canada, yoga was an exercise, a physical activity, something former gymnasts and dancers did on Sundays. I literally knew nothing of meditation or…read more

Kundalini Yoga – The Yoga Of Awareness

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We invited fellow writer and yogi, Michelle Lipper, to explain once and for all to us: what the hell is Kundalini Yoga anyway? Let me start of by saying that if you have never heard of Kundalini Yoga, you are not alone. And if you have recently started hearing about it more and more, well you are not alone either. Kundalini Yoga it is gaining popularity and notoriety at a rapid rate- thanks in large part to teachers like Guru Jaget whose new book is on the NYT Bestseller list…read more

Postpartum Yoga

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Now that I’ve made it through the mine field that is “pregnancy fear traps” – the constant horror stories that people tell you about their pregnancies – almost none of which I actually experienced, cause it turns out, surprise surprise, a healthy lifestyle leading up to pregnancy pays off in dividends; I’m deep in the thick of the mine field that is “birth fear” stories. There is a loose peppering of postpartum stories that are starting but I’m sure will pour down on me once I am through the excruciating-worse-than-gun-shots…read more

Removing Anger: How to get through the real deep sh*t

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  I just spent the last seven months of my pregnancy trying to make a relationship work with the father. We got pregnant on a first date and after dating for a few weeks, called it quits – only to find out we were pregnant. My initial gut instinct was to do it on my own, I didn’t feel he had any desire to be a father and truth be told, he was not that into me. But he wanted to be involved and he wanted to be in a…read more

Bandhas: Lock Your Way to Real Core Strength

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When I learned to teach yoga, I got kinda yoga fat. I know there is this idea of a yoga butt at home, but I think it’s for people who are not doing anything previous to taking up an asana practice. I came to yoga straight off 6 months of training for a boxing match. I was muscular, I had exceptional cardio, and I was strong af. One month of daily Ashtanga asana practice and sitting on a clay floor taking notes all afternoon made me doughy. Apparently it’s pretty…read more

Pregnancy + Yoga

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I found out just over a month ago that I’m pregnant. Great news right? Mine came at a strange time in my life. The father and I conceived on our first date and found out close to a month later, when we had decided to just be friends. Many tears, lies, fights, ups and downs later, we’re now three months pregnant, living together and looking forward to welcoming our first baby but also taking our time falling in love with each other – one shaky step at a time. I…read more

What the F is Karma Anyway?

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kar·ma ˈkärmə/ noun (in Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences. informal destiny or fate, following as effect from cause. Above is the definition of Karma in the dictionary. It’s a term that is often thrown around in terms of good and bad. You’re doing “good” karma when you help another person out, give karma as acts of service to your community, or when you donate money. Bad karma is definitely stealing and…read more

Eat Your Heart Out: Bhakti Yoga

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There’s 4 paths of yoga: Jana, Raja, Karma and Bhakti. I wrote a post on Ashtanga a while back and that’s Raja Yoga – the yoga of kings. In Ashtanga, the focus is on meditation and mindfulness. It’s physical, it’s internal. There was also a post on Sivananda, which is Karma Yoga – the focus is on giving back to the community, practicing non violence and keeping calm. There are several elements of Bhakti yoga in Sivananda as well, as Bhakti is the yoga of love and devotion. The term…read more