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Through our physical practice of yoga we begin to better understand the biomechanics and energetics of our body. Over time practice may build strength, stamina, stability and flexibility in our bodies. Unfortunately, we are not always taught how to do certain postures, or even categories of postures, in a way that helps us stabilize and strengthen. Without this awareness we often find ways of compensating, which I like to call “yoga cheating”; we use release valves which are compensatory mechanisms in our bodies that kick in when we are unable to stabilize a part of the body.

How do you experience joy?

Chances are that you can identify some activities, memories, or experiences that made you feel joy. Things like connecting with nature in all her splendor and getting away from the fixings of our modern lives, being in the company of people you love, or doing an activity that warms your heart, are examples. What you identified is likely joy that was created by an external source. While these experiences are important in our lives, the tradition of yoga teaches that if we grow attached to them (raga) or conversely avoid or dislike other experiences (dwesha), we set the stage for suffering - wanting more of this, avoiding that.

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Most people think of yoga as a form of exercise where flexibility is a must and without it you’re out of luck. First, one doesn’t need to be flexible to begin the yoga journey, rather physical flexibility comes as a result of practice. Second, and more importantly, it is the flexibility of mind that allows us to explore the larger picture of yoga and really begin to change our lives.  One of the fruits of an integrated practice is our ability to build willpower and resolve so that we can become a mighty force in life.

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The holiday season and the New Year may create the opportunity for us to reflect on the past and identify our goals and aspirations for the future, if we choose to take the time.  The challenge for many of us is the busyness of the season which makes it difficult to do this. If we never take the time to reflect and plan for our futures our lives end up being a series of patterns in which we become stuck doing things out of custom, ritual, habit and expectation. Years may go by with no checking in our self to see how we are really doing. 

Habituated Living

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Loren had the opportunity to interview Rod about the role of a teacher. This comprehensive interview provides lots of food for thought for those who are serious about yoga (and life!) but not clear about having a teacher. 

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June 12 (arrive 5pm) – June 15 (depart 1pm)

Join us! The beautiful Shanti Retreat on Wolfe Island serves as the backdrop for an extraordinary weekend of yoga, community and fun.

A yoga retreat is a catalyst for healing and change

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Lauren Toolin, Senior ParaYoga teacher, shares her thoughts on the role of a teacher.

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