Filling Your Cup: Seasonal Rhythms for Yoga Teachers

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If I have learned one thing in my forty years of living it is…

The Tastes of Early Spring: Recipes to Reduce Kapha

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It is late February, and here in Whistler where I live we still…

Summer Solstice Sadhana

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The summer solstice marks the high point of the solar cycle of the year and offers us our longest day. Traditionally this day has been celebrated as a time of joyfulness and a recognition of the fertility and abundance of the earth. Though the solstice is not a recognized holiday for most of us, I have always found that the practice of sacred timekeeping, or of honouring the passage of time with simple ritual, deepens my connection to the natural world and offers me insight into my own changing experience.....

Seasonal Sadhana For Spring

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Recently I taught a few workshops that are part of a series I am creating called Seasonal Sadhana, in which I weave together Ayurvedic seasonal wisdom, asana practice, and they mythic energy currents that I associate with the elements needed for balance in that season. Below are some ideas of how to work in this way to create greater vitality this season, along with a handout that you can print for yourself....

February New Moon Sadhana

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With todays' post I wanted to share with you some simple practices that make up my typical new moon sadhana, and some in particular those that can help you get the most out of these last few weeks of winter so that when spring truly arrives you also feel vibrant and ready to blossom....

Turning Tides: The Wisdom of the Autumn Equinox

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The word equinox comes from the Latin aequinoctium which essentially means equal night, referencing the fact that day and night are more equal in length at the times of autumn and vernal (spring) equinox, and that the days afterwards take us deeper in the waxing (spring) or waning (autumn) season of the year. There are a number of practices I tend to favour at this time of year and you may choose to do all or some of them to help bring a reverence for sacred timekeeping into your own life....

Coming Home: Creating Healthy Rhythms For Autumn and Winter

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I have often said that autumn is my favorite season and I think it is because it is the season where I come back to myself. I love the sensual delights of this season. The particular quality of sunlight that we get on these crisp cool days, the brilliant colors of the trees as they turn, the smells of woodsmoke and leaves burning in the air , and the tastes of autumn spices on my tongue. But what I truly love is the way that this season invites me back into rhythm with myself and reminds me of what I value most.....

Moon Wisdom: New Moon

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The new moon is when the night sky is dark and the light of the moon can’t be seen. It’s a time when the energy current is below the surface, and in comparison to the bright and vibrant energy of a full moon, the days around the new moon are quiet and contemplative in nature....

Calm, Clear & Inspired: Detoxing in January

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January is a great time to dream big, nourish desire, and vision the future. And if we then bring into being practices, rituals, routines, and relationships that take us in the direction of our dreams and visions than we will find that the habits and attitudes that are not nourishing us will generally fall away on their own.....

Solstice Blessings & Winter Wisdom Gifts

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The holiday season has officially arrived with Winter Solstice tomorrow and here in Whistler we have been blanketed in snow. It's coming down in fat flakes outside my window right now and the trees are frosted in white, yet inside the house is warmly lit and fragrant with the smells of Christmas baking. I truly love the richness, and the beauty of this season.....