Meditation Mumble

My daughter sat down next to me as I was completing my morning meditation. "And may all beings benefit," I said with a bow. "Mom," she said, "what are Mayo Beings?" "What?" I asked. "You said Mayo Beings." Ah, yes," I replied. "I was saying a prayer for the tiny people who live inside the … Continue reading Meditation Mumble

How to Write a Book

Sometimes, a story takes you by the hand and leads you onto the dance floor. It reveals itself to you as you move together. And sometimes a book requires a more structured approach. When you have a plan, you know where you're going, and suddenly writing your book feels a lot less intimidating. My editor, … Continue reading How to Write a Book

Fear of the Dark

Revisions continue on the upcoming book, The Yoga of Boiling Eggs. I went back and forth on whether to keep this piece in the manuscript. In the end, I removed it. It lives here now. As an adult, sleep came easy, but night-waking was never welcome. My head would swim in those darkened hours. Even … Continue reading Fear of the Dark

The secrets of life

I am in intense and joyful final revisions of my yoga manuscript. It's a 'kill your darlings' kind of process. What is self-indulgence and what moves the story forward? I'm choosing to omit this piece. But I can happily post it here and give it a life of its own. My favourite author as a … Continue reading The secrets of life

Scrap New Year’s Resolutions: Opt for a 40-Day Practice

This new year, dream your dreams, make your plans, then commit to a 40-day (or more) practice and achieve your goals.The 40-day practice is a long spiritual tradition aimed towards creating powerful change and new habits. Yoga practitioners have used this practice to bring about change and transformation, creating 40-day, 120-day and 1000-day practices. Put … Continue reading Scrap New Year’s Resolutions: Opt for a 40-Day Practice

Healing Happens Everywhere

One of the many benefits I enjoyed from my yoga practice was the ability to move energy: to shift emotions. Often during my time on my mat, repressed feelings would arise and accompany me in my practice. Anger would release, tears would fall and anxiety would escape. January will be 3 years since I've practiced … Continue reading Healing Happens Everywhere

I Wish I had a River…

It wasn't a river. It was a pond. More of a slough. But I did skate away on it. As I sit here in the late hour on Christmas Eve, singing along with Sarah Mclachlan on the radio and admiring the lights of the tree bouncing off the ceiling, I'm reminded of what's important about … Continue reading I Wish I had a River…

Chakra support for the holidays

4 main chakras spring to mind as I watch the holiday energy unfold. Holidays can be complicated. "Think you're enlightened? Spend a week with your family." ~Ram Dass Family can feel comforting and confusing. Fun and frantic. Helpful and hopeless. Reassuring and infuriating. Enter the chakras: Root chakra is necessary for grounding. Whether it's the … Continue reading Chakra support for the holidays

The Gift of Resistance

I love my bike. Especially since my spinal issues said no running (which I never really cared for anyway). My bike has been my freedom.  And when the snow fell, I headed back indoors for spin class. Great music, great company and a great celebration of my body, which continues to carry me through this … Continue reading The Gift of Resistance

The Key to a Richer Life

I've been told several times in the past year that I am a 'serial entrepreneur'. Basically, I can't stop creating things: businesses, books, online courses... It's part of my nature to create. It's part of all of our natures to create. But it's where we direct the energy that can prove problematic. Often,  I create … Continue reading The Key to a Richer Life