Earth Day Garden Makeover

Though it was cold and snowing on Earth Day, a bunch of dedicated yogi-gardeners came together to make-over the garden space at the entrance of Queen Street Yoga. Here are some pictures of the garden adventure!

The little garden is a wind trap for litter, so we started by clearing out four bags of garbage from in and around all the bushes.Continue reading “Earth Day Garden Makeover”

Leena’s Elucidation of the Globe and Mail Article on Anusara Yoga

Dear students and friends,

I want to give you a bit of background and explanation of the article that I was interviewed for in Monday’s Globe and Mail. The article pertains to Anusara Yoga and the aftermath of the allegations against John Friend (founder of Anusara Yoga) that came out in February. You can read it here.

I do think the representation of the Anusara situation is fair, and appreciate that the journalist, Wency Leung, doesn’t sensationalize the events that have had profound and challenging repercussions in the Anusara community. I also appreciate that she conveys the sense of hope and empowerment that many teachers are finding. I am disappointed that she didn’t convey more of the depth and nuance of the things I discussed in my 45 minutes of interview with her, but that is to be expected in a short article I suppose. Continue reading “Leena’s Elucidation of the Globe and Mail Article on Anusara Yoga”

Earth Hour, Every Hour

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Toronto skyline dims during Earth Hour 2011

A post from Leena!

All over North America this weekend communities turned off their lights and celebrated Earth Hour. It is special to turn off the lights, and important to have time set aside to be aware of the power we take for granted for an hour each year.  And, I think our yoga practice has the possibility helping to shift our relationship to the planet in a much more long-term way.Continue reading “Earth Hour, Every Hour”

Precious and Inseparable: Connecting to the Sacred via Facebook

A post from Emma!

For those of you who were in my classes last week, you will remember that I was talking about a book called “Sacred Economics” and talking about what makes something sacred. A short piece that I wrote last week on this topic was published on the online newspaper Elephant Journal. It was calledPrecious and Inseparable: Connecting to the Sacred via Facebook“. You can click on the title to go to the article on the Elephant Journal site, or read the full post below. Continue reading “Precious and Inseparable: Connecting to the Sacred via Facebook”

Breathing Deeply – A Tip from Meaghan

When we are told to “breathe deeply” most of us tend to take deeper inhales. However, if we don’t make room for those inhales, we will not get very far. In fact, trying to force more air into the body can cause tension – the very thing we are trying to alleviate by breathing deeply!Continue reading “Breathing Deeply – A Tip from Meaghan”

8-Point Pose (Astavakrasana)

My mentor Christi-an often says, “Let what you can’t yet do inspire you!”

Not too long ago this pose used to baffle me, but with steady practice and careful alignment it’s gradually become one of my favorite arm balancing poses. Both myself and Emma have been introducing it in our classes lately, and it’s been so fun to both watch students take flight, and see the smiles filling the room as we try sometime new, ridiculous, and seemingly impossible. Thankfully the ground isn’t far below! Continue reading “8-Point Pose (Astavakrasana)”

Power of Movement Yoga Fundraiser

We had a beautiful Sunday morning for our Power of Movement event at Kitchener City Hall! We practiced yoga, fundraised for Arthritis and Autoimmune research, built awareness, and most of all, celebrated community. We collectively raised $13,317.00 CAD. QSY student Hang Tran was one of the top four fundraisers in the country, and her team, Savasana Warriors, was the very top team in Canada. Congratulations to Hang and her team! Check out the article Continue reading “Power of Movement Yoga Fundraiser”