Yoga Wisdom

Below is a beautiful article by my beautiful cousin, Judith Windover that I just had to share. Namaste xo A Day in the Life of a Buddha: Yoga Dr. Oz recently asked his fans about their experiences with yoga. With almost 40 years of yoga and yogic practices I suddenly realized the vastness of my experiences and was eager to share. It is this…

SUP Yoga

Splish Splash, Scream. Splish Splash, Scream. What’s that sound? That would be me, taking my first sup yoga class. Trying to stay out of the water while learning stand up paddleboard yoga is both a challenging and pretty humbling experience. If you’ve got your yoga balance down pat on dry land, you’ll be shocked by what a different ballgame it is being rocked by passing boats and ocean waves. After several splashes and spills…

An Unusual POV

Open your heart in wheel pose. Taken at an outdoor yoga class that was part of the Seawheeze closing festival https://dropsofmagic.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/seawheeze/ and snapped from my unique vantage point of being exhausted and lying on my belly in the grassy park.

Yoga + Nature = Bliss

The title of this post has been my epic discovery of the summer and, because of this discovery, I’ve been busy doing as much yoga as I can in our glorious natural world. The combined spirituality of yoga and nature is awesomely powerful and often during outdoor classes something will ping in my brain, causing me to cry big, detoxifying tears. This can be as intense as old grief surfacing or as…

Yoga Magic

There was quite a buzz surrounding Ryan Leier’s yoga class in Stanley Park last weekend. He was closing the Vancouver Seawheeze festivities and my yoga lovin’ friends were extremely excited to have him in town. The staff at Lululemon seemed beside themselves about practicing with him and their eyes lit up when they spoke his name. All of this piqued my curiosity. So, off I went on a pilgrimage to Stanley Park…

Seawheeze – Part II

The Race It’s the morning of the half marathon and I roll out of bed, grab my camera and run down to the beach to take photos of the runners. Especially photos of my friend Kim, who’s running in Seawheeze for the very first time. Unfortunately, I drank copious amounts of wine the night before, celebrating my dog’s birthday (yes, my dog’s birthday) and left the house without…

Seawheeze

Lululemon’s Seawheeze half marathon is running through Vancouver Saturday morning and, in preparation for this, my neighborhood turned into a yogi/runner’s Nirvana Friday night at Kits Beach. The beach was taken over by bongo drums, reggae music and hundreds of yogis and yoginis stretching their muscles for the big run ahead. Such a beautiful vibe with everyone flowing in synch beside the ocean and mountains. “All matter, including you and I, has rhythmic movement within…

Beach Yoga

Sunday at 5:45 pm, like clockwork, I walk my familiar route along Kits Beach to the grassy knoll on the hill. There I find my favourite summer ritual. I unroll my mat and settle in among a colourful group of yogis and yoginis, stretching, meditating and preparing to practice vinyasas by the ocean. As our class begins, various passersby stop and smile, snap photos or just stare with an incredulous look. You can tell…

Slow Yoga

A quiet, peaceful yoga class at the end of the day is a wonderful way to transition from work to relaxation. Every so often though I find it really difficult to switch gears and settle into my yoga vibe when I get to class. There I sit, uptight and anxious, mind racing as I impatiently wait for the teacher to call out the next pose. Not a great state of mind when I’m hoping to re-balance and…

Retreat

My aching shoulder muscles, clenched teeth and disrupted sleep have been telling me that it was time to flee the city for a few days so I decided to peruse the internet and find a  few options for a quick escape from my busy city life. Since I’ve never been to Galiano and it’s only an hour away from Vancouver, it was the obvious choice for an easy, hassle…