A Virtual Yoga Retreat

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Feeling Grateful

Grateful-Heart-2This is thanksgiving weekend in Canada, and I must say I’m feeling quite grateful for many things in my life. I’m grateful for all of my clients, massage and coaching, and of course my yoga participants. These people have been tremendously loyal to me and I hope that they feel my loyalty and support as well.

I’m also thankful to the 2 people who joined my first 14 day cleanse that ended last night! They did a great job honouring themselves and have learned new habits and something about themselves. One has realized that she has a wheat sensitivity causing discomfort in her stomach and has made the decision not to add it back. She also lost over 5 pounds over the 14 days. The other learned where her vulnerabilities lie and was able to let go of her sugar cravings and get back on track with her nutrition. She also lost 7 pounds. I’m grateful that they shared the journey with me and supported each other as well.

I do have another cleanse starting on Saturday, October 13th and ending on October 26th. If you’d like to join in let me know!

Back to being grateful. I’m of course grateful for the many changes that happened in my life this year – my new kidney from my cousin, my progression since then. Now 7 months later feeling so great and energetic. I’m grateful for the opportunity to leave my full time work and strike out on my own, a dream I’ve wanted to follow for many years.

I’m grateful most, I think, for my family. My siblings have been an amazing group of friends my whole life. And they married people that became amazing and supportive friends as well! All of their children and grandchildren are loved and settling into their roles as supportive, loving family members as they grow older. How wonderful to end up in a family so filled with love. My mom would be so proud of how we’ve carried on in supporting each other after she passed away. I love my family dearly. They are the single most important thing in my life. And, of course, my daughter is a loving woman herself now. Full of compassion and bright, she has set her sights on saving the oceans in her studies. I know that she can do whatever it is she sets her mind to and that she will become even more interesting and passionate as she grows older. Eternally grateful ❤ .

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The Fall Equinox

The fall equinox is today and that means we are entering a vata season from an Ayurvedic point of view. Vata is made up of air and ether and is a very light energy. Coming from the summer, a pitta time of fire and water, the energies are quite different at this time of year. We begin drying out and if you are a vata dosha you might be feeling quite flighty and overly light now. Vata season is not only light and airy, it’s also cooler, and a little unpredictable. The same can be said for people as we move more deeply into the season.

Ayurveda is all about balance; balancing the doshas, ensuring one doesn’t get out of hand and give way to the symptoms of imbalance. For vata season, those symptoms include:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Overly gassy (more hiccups, burping, gas and bloating)
  • Cravings for meat and spicy food
  • Pain in the flanks
  • Dry skin and hair, brittle nails
  • Muscle fatigue
  • More joint pain
  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Jumpy
  • Forgetful

The diet changes in fall from the light fare of summer to more substantive foods: think about warmer, wetter and spicier foods this time of year. You might also want to increase your intake a bit (it’s important to be honest about your intake, though, here in North America our portion sizes tend to be on the larger side). Generally it’s time to move from the raw veggies of summer to the cooked which provide the warmth and moisture your body will begin to crave. Some of the spices to start adding include cinnamon, cardamom, allspice and those of the spicier variety. Spices in general are good this time of year, so it’s time to play with your combinations.

It’s also time to think about activities that support warmth and moisture: Hot baths or showers, steam baths, massage with a warm oil and yoga postures that will ground and heat internally. Stay warm by dressing in warmer materials and start using essential oils that will also be more warming to the senses; vetiver and geranium are good choices.

Routine is one of the most important tools for balancing the vata energy of fall. It’s no surprise that our schools start this time of year, that we generally move into more routine after the carefree summer months. Our minds and bodies collectively know what will benefit and balance. We naturally want to move with the rhythm of the seasons. Follow your deep inner knowing and let it guide you in mediation and exercise routines that benefit your particular dosha.

Interested in learning more about your particular dosha? Here’s a test that you can take: dosha quiz. 

Prep work for my fall cleanse is starting today! Do you want to join in for the low cost of $48.50 to receive recipes, support and guidance of your health coach as well as the group you meet with online over zoom, a full and informative plan including an app to track your progress? Get your energy back after those heavy summer months. Join today! 

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