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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

Kriya Yoga: Let’s Get Weird

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Kriya Yoga is an ancient form of yoga that was ushered into modern times by Pramahansa Yogananda in his famous work: Autobiography of A Yogi. In a nutshell it is the practice of discipline, self study and surrender. “Kriya” is a Sanskrit word and it means, “to do an action or deed”. In Kundalini yoga, a kriya is any complete action that is meant to achieve a specific result-this breaks down into a lot of different cleansing breath techniques in Kundalini. In Ashtanga, “kriya’s” are cleansing practices that are supposed to…read more

Aryuveda

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Ayurveda is a 5,000 system of healing. In some ways it feels new because it’s experiencing a resurgence in both India, it’s home country, and the world at large. This system is based on prevention, much like Chinese medicine and because it was suppressed during foreign occupation in India, it has the new system feel to it. Without getting too much into the Vedic origins, here’s my basic breakdown of how ayurveda works: 1. Dosha types. There are three Dosha types: Kappha, which is a slower, more square person who…read more

So You Wanna Be Hardcore? Ashtanga Yoga

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Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a modern form of classical Indian yoga. Sri. Pattabhi Jois started the Ashtanga Institute in Mysore, India in 1948 and taught up until his death at 93 years old in 2009. The cool part about it is that you can still learn from teachers who learned from Jois himself. My teacher, Mark Ansari, studied with Jois in the late 70s in London and is the full-on, old-school asana-junkie Ashtangi. It’s the kind of thing you will love or hate, but you have to commit to it…read more

Sivananda Ashram Val-Morin, Quebec

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  In my travels through Central America as a yoga teacher, I meet many many yogini’s along the way. There’s more new teachers here than anywhere else in the world it seems (although clearly there is a very solid case to be made for India). Costa Rica is churning them out like Big Macs these days. But I’m often surprised that so few are aware of traditional forms of yoga, as in the Four Paths: Jhana, Karma, Bhakti, and Raja. Sure, most people have heard of Ashtanga (Raja) but so…read more