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Understanding Yoga Therapy

In the unfolding of the Human experience, we are in a constant interplay of cause and effect, of outer events and our reactions to them. This unfolding is complex and unique to each one of us. Throughout our lives we may bear injuries and/or illness (short, long term or chronic,) and have an ongoing flow of experiences to some of which we may have challenging emotions. Whether you’re seeking relief from struggles in the physical body, in difficult thoughts and emotions, or (often) both, a Yoga Therapist works with you to create an individualized practice that empowers you to support yourself through recovery, in creating greater ease and/or in establishing meaningful transformation.

Make Self-Care a Priority

Stress is a natural part of everyday life. But are you aware that stress is among the number one cause for all kinds of health concerns including sleep deprivation, changes in appetite, illness, anxiety, & depression? One of the greatest ways to combat these stress symptoms is to implement a self-care plan that is done regularly in your life. Self-care strategies are doing activities that you enjoy on a regular basis. Like when a flight attendant does the safety brief and asks you to put on your own oxygen mask first before helping others, it is important to ensure your own health and wellness is a priority.

Clean Eating: Cleansing Cranberry Smoothie

This Smoothie is loaded with antioxidants and makes the perfect healthy breakfast or snack!
INGREDIENTS: 2 Cups Red Kale,
10–16 oz Coconut Water, 1 Cup Cranberries (fresh or frozen), 1 Cup Pineapple Chunks, 1 Lemon, 2 Bananas Frozen, 4 Mint Leaves, 1 Tbsp Black Chia Seeds. METHOD: Using a high-speed blender, Blend the red kale and Coconut water until broken down. Add the fruits and Chia Seeds, blend until smooth.

Book Club

The Path to Sleep, Exercises for an Ancient Skill. Hypnotic Training in the Neurology, Psychology & Physiology of Sleep. As someone who has struggled with sleep for quite a while, this book is a breath of fresh air. The author’s passion for sleep is palpable from the pages alone. Where the magic truly happens is in the free hypnosis audio files provided in the book. If you or a loved one are interested in sleep or struggle with sleep, this is the book for you.

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Understanding Yoga Therapy (part 2)

In the unfolding of the Human experience, we are in a constant interplay of cause and effect, of outer events and our reactions to them. This unfolding is complex and unique to each one of us. Throughout our lives we may bear injuries and/or illness (short, long term or chronic,) and have an ongoing flow of experiences to some of which we may have challenging emotions. Whether you’re seeking relief from struggles in the physical body, in difficult thoughts and emotions, or (often) both, a Yoga Therapist works with you to create an individualized practice that empowers you to support yourself through recovery, in creating greater ease and/or in establishing meaningful transformation.
The practice of Yoga Therapy is informed by an ancient and profound understanding of what constitutes our Being. This perspective, called Panchamaya (pancha=5, maya=appearance,) suggests that we have five interwoven and interdependent aspects which ultimately form our sense of self. The most obvious is our physical structure of flesh and bone, the musculoskeletal system. Less visible is the Vital life-force, that which animates and gives us life, this correlates to the metabolic system. Moving subtler we recognize the aspect through which we process life’s stimuli, which includes instinct and ego, intellect and emotion. Moving subtler still is that aspect that perceives everything, this facet is discerning, open, creative and intuitive and is also where one’s unique personality is formed (through one’s particular experiences and conditioning). Finest of all is an aspect that we often feel as the deepest part of ourselves, where we experience awe and unbounded connection. While we don’t experience struggle here we can focus on strengthening our connection with it through the introduction of the deeper practices of Yoga. Yoga Therapy concerns itself primarily with the first three as the subtler (fourth and fifth) aspects have more to do with inner refinement, the sphere of the deeper practices of yoga.
Yoga Therapists understand that when one facet is out of balance (for whatever reason) there is a ripple effect throughout and so the totality of an individual needs to be addressed. Each facet is best served by particular types of practice and it is the Yoga Therapist’s job to understand the appropriate practices that will address how and where that ripple manifests in you. For instance, musculoskeletal issues are best addressed using specific beneficial asanas (physical positions and movements) to address those areas where you experience discomfort. For physiological illnesses we include, if not focus on, breath-centred practices. To address emotion, thought and behaviour, we may introduce applicable visualization/energy practices, self-reflection practices, mindfulness, lifestyle and relational practices. To help a student to forge inner connection we turn to particular contemplative and meditation practices. Each student/client comes through the door with a unique confluence of struggles, issues and needs. Therefore, an overall practice may include a selection from the above types of practices depending on each student’s needs and inclinations. As one’s state of being evolves, we follow up every so often to adjust the practice to meet one’s current condition and life circumstance.
To engage in Yoga Therapy is to enter a process of self-healing in a way that acknowledges your wholeness. Dedication in engaging your practice is essential in order to influence change. I offer additional support for those who require help in keeping up their practice.
To learn more about 1:1 personalized Yoga Therapy and group retreats: www.yogaandhealing.ca

Cleaner Air, For A Healthier Home

In the current global crisis we face, our air quality is top of mind and yet just as frustrating as it’s always been to try and improve. Traditional dry filter systems for air purification and cleaning become choked with pet dander, dead skin cells, dust mites, pollen and other bacteria far too quickly to be time or cost-efficient. So what to do? Rainbow Systems® has the answer, using wet filtration to remove pollutants from our air. Powerful airflow, from a 1.5 horsepower motor, pulls our airborne particulates, allergens, dust and other man-made contaminants into the water basin, where they are trapped in a swirling water bath. Fresh, water-washed air is then returned to your home using only the power of water®! Nature cleans our air naturally with rain and this is the principle on which Rainbow Systems built their company. “Wet dust can’t fly!”

Product Review: Anti-inflammatory Releaf

ACTIVE RELEAF strives to inspire active wellness through the use of Mother Nature’s remedies. Offering a variety of applications from topicals, to tinctures, capsules and soaps, ACTIVE RELEAF’s plant based products can help support the inflammatory related pain of sore muscles and stiff joints. For fastest relief, their topical relief stick utilizes broad spectrum, cannabinoid-rich hemp plant extract combined with the additional power of essential oils increasing the anti-inflammatory properties to help combat stubborn aches and discomfort. To support more chronic inflammatory response from within, look to their tinctures and capsules for ongoing support.

Finding Joy

Everyone wants to be happy — but sometimes it can seem so out-of-reach! Happiness is not always an easy target. Maybe you are carrying around a sense of dissatisfaction, irritation, or disappointment that does not go away. Where does this come from? Is it how you are living now, or is it an old experience? Other people say “let it go” – but how do you do that?! How can you change the story? Counselling provides a safe, encouraging place to explore your options, including how to start connecting with what makes you feel satisfied and joyful.

Product Spotlight: The RainMate®

Experience the sweet smell of clean. The RainMate® is the perfect air purifier for your home or office, with it’s compact size and chic design it fits into any decor. Utilizing mother nature’s most powerful element – water – it circulates fresh air throughout your space while radiating the gentle, ambient sound of running water. Infuse the water with any of 10 all natural scents like Eucalyptus or Tea Tree Mint and bring the spa to you! You can also use the night light and diffuse a calming blue light into the water basin for ultimate relaxation.