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Good Bye, Sweet Ferdie

by Ferdie pounced into our lives almost exactly 12 years ago. A tiny black and white kitten, someone had slipped her through the gate of the pet store in the shopping centre in the middle of the night. The staff found her scampering about the shelves of food and toys and fish tanks when they opened the next day. I had gone into the mall with Derrick to get a new coat for my birthday and we came out with a kitten instead. It was a great decision. I have had several coats since, but there can only be one...

Love, Grace, Joy and Kindness

by Wrap yourself up in love, grace, joy and kindness. Give so much of these things to yourself, that you can’t help but share love, grace, joy and kindness with the those you meet. These are words I often speak in prayer at the end of class, right before we say “Namaste”.  Loving ourselves is the best gift we can give and ultimately receive. When we love ourself whole heartedly, when we allow ourself to feel joy, when we offer ourself grace and kindness even when we feel we don’t deserve it, we can’t help but be a person who freely gives...

The Battle of Resistance

by What you resist, persists.  And resisting what is persisting is exhausting.  You can’t hide from life. Oh, you can try, but you’ll just wear yourself out. Until you face your challenges head on,  they are just gonna keep pressing down on you until you cry “Uncle!” But once we’ve hit the point that makes us cry uncle, what we have been resisting has gained incredible strength, and we are left weak and out of breath. We now need to muster up even more clout to fight what has been persisting. It actually takes a lot less effort to deal...

Be a Better Listener

by Last year, I participated as a mentee in a mentorship program for yoga teachers. I gained a lot of insight on giving feedback to others – something I need to be able to do well as a co-lead in Yogacara’s 200 Hour Teacher Training. As a result, I am now auditing the current summer session of the mentorship course so that this time around, I can just sit, observe and take notes. The agreement between myself and mentor, Shannon Cluff, was that I would not participate in any way and instead, literally just sit back and watch. It has been very...

Change the Way You Look at Things…

by   I love this quote by Wayne Dyer and try to remember it anytime I need to. If you are facing a problem that you just cannot seem to find a solution for, try coming at it from a different angle. Does it seem like the kids never listen to you no matter no many times you ask them to put their lego away? You are so tired of stepping on those darn tiny bits, yet you end up yelling, the kids end up crying and nothing gets accomplished. It’s a never ending battle. Look at the problem differently....