12 Days of Yoga- December 20-31

Some extra virtual classes to nurture ourselves through the holidays. 

December 20- Winter Solstice Sun Salutation Class 4pm
December 21- Winter Solstice Yin Class 7pm
December 22- Nurturing Foot Massage 7:30pm on Zoom
December 23- Yoga Joy (a class of some of people’s favourite poses)  5pm
December 24- Christmas Eve Yin  7pm
December 25- Christmas Morning Meditation 9:30am
December 26- Saturday Morning Flow 10am
December 27- Playing with the Breath 4pm on Zoom
December 28- Focus on the Foot 5pm on Zoom (we’ll be using a tennis ball in some options)
December 29- Moon Salutation Class 7:30pm
December 30- Cleansing Power Yoga Class (let’s burn off anything we don’t want to bring into 2021) 4pm
December 31- New Year’s Eve Yin  4pm

Message to join the virtual Facebook group or to get the Zoom links
If you can’t make the class recordings will be available till early January. Message for more info.

Wishing you a beautiful holiday season
Warm Wishes
Denise

A Little Inspiration from Brene Brown

It has been a week of ups and downs for me. I suppose this is typical for 2020. I started to write this evening with feelings of fear and insecurity and in that my purpose wasn’t authenticity and sharing goodness, . However, as I was writing I was reminded of something Brene Brown says, “Don’t shrink, don’t puff up, just stand your sacred ground”.

I realized that my writing was coming from a place of try to ‘puff up’ due to my fears and insecurities. So I deleted what I wrote. I was going to stop writing altogether and watch TV, but then reconsidered. Instead I thought I’d share some of my favourite Brene Brown things.

If you’re not familiar with Brene Brown she is a researcher, storyteller and Texan. Her areas of research include shame, vulnerability, courage and empathy. She has written several books including one of my all time favourite books, The Gifts of Imperfection. She speaks in a down to earth, relatable way and indeed is not shy about sharing her own imperfections. Her writing also offers ideas on actions we can take to live our best lives.

Many people first came to know her through her TED Talk which is one of the most popular of all time.

Brene Brown also hosts two podcasts, Daring to Lead, and Unlocking Us.

After going down the Brene Brown rabbit-hole for just a little while I am now out of that place of insecurity and fear. Instead I am feeling inspired. I know 2020 has been throwing a lot at us. Maybe today or sometime in the week ahead you might find that you too are struggling in one way or another. Perhaps you will find spending a little time with Brene Brown is just the thing you need too.

Hello November

Wow, it is November already!

As I flip though my daily planner I can’t believe that there is just under 9 weeks left in 2020. And what a year it has been.

This time last year I was recovering from a surgery and anxiously awaiting the new year when I could go back into the studio and teach a variety of yoga and fitness classes again. In January I did make it back to the studio only to have to shut down just a couple months later due to Covid-19.

Pretty quick I took my classes online and this year has brought a huge amount of learning for me. Even as things began to reopen in my area I have found that many folks still prefer to do their yoga and fitness virtually. Additionally, my small studio that used to hold up to 12 people can now only have 4 with current Covid guidelines. Therefore, I have been teaching a mix of virtual and in-person classes.

Though it has not been the year I envisioned I know that I have been very fortunate this year. Our family’s health has not been affected by Covid and though we had have had periods where we couldn’t work I know we have had more work options than some.

It has been important to me that anyone who needs yoga or fitness in their life have that opportunity so I have been doing all virtual classes by donation-pay what you can, and if you can’t afford anything at the moment that is okay too. I would rather have you join in and get that little pocket of time just for you. Classes continue to be by donation through till the end of 2020.

With it already November I imagine there could be an urge to put off those yoga and fitness goals till the new year. Yet, I encourage you to start today. With 9 weeks left there’s still so much you can accomplish. Just start!

Send a message for more info on how to participate in the virtual classes.

A New Year-It’s Not Too Late

We’re one week into a new year and a brand new decade. I hope it has been a beautiful beginning for you. If it hasn’t though, know that that is okay too.

While I spent the holidays in a woodland paradise it was not all blissful days of perfection (though there definitely moments of that). Instead, there were unexpected external stresses that popped up which meant extra work to be done. There were injuries. There was a group of people all navigating their own feelings, wants and needs. And so, I find myself feeling a little late to welcoming 2020 in a way that is right for me.

I need solitude. I need time for meditation, reading,  yoga and reflection. Though I adore being the woods, I have found to my surprise that it is here in my little old house on the prairies that I can get all those things I need. It is here that I can organize my thoughts, then dream and plan for the year (and decade) ahead.

Long ago I gave up making new year’s resolutions. They seem too strict for me. Making them I always felt like I set myself up for failure. Instead I began focusing on my aspirations for a new year. With aspirations it is okay to have a bad day (or week), it is okay to mess up from time to time. I find aspirations allow more freedom on the journey to your goals.

So, today on a cold and windy Saskatchewan day,  one week into 2020 I will finally light a candle, sit down with a cup of Earl Grey tea and dream about the year ahead. I will write down my aspirations for 2020.

If you have yet to give this gift to yourself, I invite you take a few moments over the next few days and put pen to paper for your dreams. Here’s to a year of hope, intention and beauty.

Namaste

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