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Want to live to 100? Do Qi Gong!

Want to live to 100? Do Qi Gong!

Dr. Oz, America’s favorite cardiothoracic surgeon, was asked on the Oprah show what he would recommend as the one practice people do to stay healthy.  His response was as follows: “If you want to be healthy and live to 100, do Qigong.”  Dr. Oz also stated that Qigong reverses the aging process. QiGong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention; its also practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality. Qi <Chee> the life force/vital-energy...

Ready, set, cleanse!

Ready, set, cleanse!

Truth time: The first time I did a cleanse I cheated the whole time. Yep, there I said it. It was harder than I realized and I managed to find every excuse to eat other foods and drink coffee. The cleanse was meant to last 28 days and I didn’t even make it 10 before I gave up completely and went back to my old ways. Even though I gave up early, I still learnt some valuable lessons about self...

Somewhere in the middle….

Somewhere in the middle….

I’ve been starting to notice a theme these last few weeks. As I listen to myself and other people talk, I have been hearing that people are working really hard at life; by challenging themselves to do more, work harder and take on lots of projects etc. And while this is very important for our continued growth and self development, it is also an extremely essential that we take downtime for self care and rejuvenation. Not only is Yoga a...

Ready for a stronger, more powerful you?


Be honest, do the words STRENGTH TRAINING make you think of heavy dumbbells and big beefy weight lifters? Its a pretty common misconception that that is what strength training is all about, however this is not the case at all.  While some people train with those specific goals in mind, the effects of strength training are very specific to the style used and the goals of the person doing it. Also, while it is common for men to gain more...

Lessons from Yoga


People are drawn to Yoga for so many different reasons; flexibility, strength, relaxation, quiet downtime are just a few. For many people the benefits of Yoga are first noticeable in their body: less pain and discomfort, easier time tying their shoes and sleeping better for example. However, it doesn’t take long for the lessons of the practice to start to trickling into our daily lives. What begins as a physical practice can soon become a profound teacher and tool kit...

Summer Solstice: A Celebration of the light within and around us


Sunday June 21st marks the Summer Solstice, a day that has long been revered as a powerful time to reflect on the first half of the year and set intentions for the coming months. The word solstice is derived of 2 latin words meaning sun and to stand still, and describes what happens astrologically on the day. On June 21st, the sun reaches the highest point on it’s path and appears to come to a complete stop, marking the longest day...

Simple, but definitely not easy.


I recently took part in an Instagram challenge initiated by @SarcasticYogaTeacher that used only “Simple” Yoga postures. I loved the idea because most of the pictures one sees of Yoga in Social Media are very advanced asanas, which are very unachievable to the average population. And while beautiful and elegant, these complex postures can make the practice seem intimidating rather than inviting. For me, the #simplyyoga challenge was a fantastic reminder of the beauty of “simple” postures, that although described...

Ancient practice with modern applications


It is continually fascinating to me how perfectly suited Yoga is for our modern world. There are so many reasons why and how Yoga helps us thrive and live well, that it seems as if they were perfectly orchestrated to meet the needs of a 21st century human being. Here are just a few: Yoga is focused on spinal alignment and prioritizes postural awareness. Over the past few decades technology has become so strongly interwoven into our day that we are...

Temple Beautification: The Yoga of Tattoos


Across thousands of years and around the globe, the ancient art of tattooing has long been used to tell stories, symbolize spiritual devotion and honor rites of passage. Tattoos turn the body into an expressive canvas, painting a picture of the story unfolding within as well as symbolizing significant moments or life lessons. In this way tattoos can serve as an external reminder of one’s inner journey, a permanent souvenir from the path you have walked. The experience of being...

Gratitude for every experience…


What if just for today you practiced gratitude for everything that happens to you? Stubbed your toe? Thank you. Saw a beautiful sunrise while walking your sweet little dog? Thank you. Heard from a dear friend? Thank you Good or bad, pause and find gratitude for anything and everything that happens to you today. This is an interesting practice that soon reveals a possible lesson waiting within every experience or moment. By pausing to appreciate life as it happens, we...