Fall Into Stillness

Now that the busyness of summer is over, it's time to get back into our regular routines. How often do you get grounded? No I don’t mean grounded as in the no TV or not being allowed to go out with your friends punishment. ;-) I mean taking a well deserved and needed moment for you to just sit with yourself, breathe deeply and meditate. I’m going to be honest with you here, I’m not the greatest meditator. I wish I could wake up extra early every day to meditate for 30 minutes, but I don’t. I typically do a short meditation at the end of my Yoga practice but it’s never as long as it could be. Recently, I had planned to work on one of my business projects all evening, I had been taking a break, due to feeling a little stuck in how to proceed. As soon as I started and got into my groove, I had a couple ideas come to mind, leaving me excited to continue working all evening. I was busy working away on my laptop, when all of a sudden the power went out! This would totally be my luck since I had been planning for the previous couple of days to work all evening. I decided to take advantage of this power outage, rolled out my Yoga mat instead and did a flow practice to keep the energy moving and the ideas percolating. Then I ended up having the best meditation practice I’ve ever had! I could literally feel the energy, like an electric current running from the base of my spine all the way to the crown of my head. I could feel my spine lengthening and as if my head was lifting higher towards the ceiling, stretching my neck. I could have become upset at my “bad luck” but instead I decided to do something for me.

This summer, after working really long days for quite some time, I finally decided to make a new rule. No electronics of any kind after 9pm. No phone, no TV, no internet and no computer. Instead I would use that time to meditate and get clear on anything that I needed in my life. How many times do you tell yourself there is something you want to do just for you, but keep using the excuse that there is not enough time in the day to do it so you keep putting it off? I did that a lot, until I started my new rule, where I couldn’t just sit down on the couch in front of the TV or scroll aimlessly through my phone, just wasting time! I realized we CAN make time for the beneficial things that we need, if we give up the activities that aren’t doing us any good to allow us more time. And you know what? It doesn’t have to be an hour of Yoga or meditation. It can start with just 5 minutes of simply deep breathing to ground yourself.

Hope you are enjoying the first official week of fall!

Laurah-Lee

Morrell Sanctuary

Morrell Sanctuary

Yet Again

I feel as though every summer is the same:
It's summer!
This is summer!
Where's summer?

This year has all been about implementing changes and overcoming challenges. With each, comes understanding myself better and learning to be patient, while trusting the process will unfold as it should. I know one day I'll get there and I'll be more ready once I do. One thing that has continuously grounded me, is spending time in nature and connecting to the earth. It doesn't matter how I feel when I get outside or on the trail, I always end up feeling open and excited by what's yet to come. Every day this month, I have spent time outside, where I'm reminded that I alone determine what will happen by my feelings, thoughts and emotions. You can either listen to the voice of your inner critic or you can ask yourself why you choose to believe anything negative it has to say.

I have been going full speed all year and now I am ready for things to naturally start to slow down this fall. It's that time of year, where our normal schedules resume and our regular routines fall into place. It is definitely time to recuperate all of my energy that I have expended so far. The simplest way I've found is to sit comfortably focusing on breathing deeply. Any thoughts that arise, notice them and continue to breathe. Do you want to buy into those limiting beliefs or do you want to create change by believing in yourself and moving forward? Once you can take a step back by focusing on your breath, you begin to look at a situation more clearly and it's easier to come up with a solution. Often times, the answer is right in front of you, but was buried by all the excess words in your mind. As I've moved along this year, facing many new challenges that have come my way, I have had to remind myself to take those moments to focus on my breath, meditate, go for a hike or do some Yoga. I always feel better as soon as I do.

Twin Beaches, Gabriola Island

Twin Beaches, Gabriola Island

So here we find ourselves, baby, yet again
Here we find ourselves, baby, yet again
— Black Pistol Fire

Don't Ask Why

I'm sure most of us feel that we have such a short time to enjoy the beautiful weather, that we take on way too much at this time of year. Well, that's been the case for me. I got about a week into July before I had a complete breakdown, in a public place on top of it. There's been so much going on that in a moment of total overwhelm and stress, I lost it. I felt it coming, but couldn't stop it. Although, I somehow intuitively knew I just needed to let everything go. So bursting into tears is what happened. Thankfully, it only lasted about half an hour, but it was a rough day as this was first thing in the morning and I felt like I was on the verge of tears at any moment. I spent the next couple of days doing a lot of meditation and Yoga to help ground myself.

However, it was another good reminder for me, which is why I decided to share this story with you, that we all need to take time for ourselves!! It is so important for our mental health to spend even if it's just 5 minutes a day to do a quick Yoga session, breathe deeply, meditate, go for a walk or anything physical that will get the flow of energy moving properly throughout your body.

Even this morning, when I woke up, I started to think about all the things I had to do today. Next thing I knew I was feeling stressed and overwhelmed again. My day began by teaching two back to back classes. I had already started to feel better after the first class as several students approached me afterwards to tell me how much they enjoyed the class. As I drove away, I was so grateful for having these opportunities to help others feel better.

After arriving to my second location for my Yoga Hike at the park, since I had a little moment before class started, I decided to do some deep breathing and meditate. As soon as I started breathing deeply, off in the distance someone started playing bag pipes. I had to laugh as I was not expecting that to occur. About 5 minutes into my meditation I realized I was seated on the outskirts of a disc golf course, so I did a scan of the area to make sure nobody was out there. By my third look around, a group was headed towards me, as I jumped up to move to a safer area, a disc flew past me, way off the course and into the parking lot. One of the advantages of meditation is your intuition gets stronger, if not for that I may have been struck by a disc!

I spent the weekend camping in Tofino, one of my most favourite places to be on the island. We even discovered a new beach we had never been to before. I could spend hours walking along the sand, listening to the waves crash and watching those brave enough to enter the cold water! Though in my opinion there were not enough dogs on the beach. It's always been very therapeutic for me to spend time there.

Oh and if you checked in last month, camping out on my patio this summer has been a success! Only had to dry out the tent a few times. I haven't set it up again since I got back from Tofino but will definitely be spending more time sleeping out there for the rest of summer!

Hope you are enjoying yours so far!

Combers Beach

Combers Beach

Long Beach

Long Beach

So do yourself a little favor and don’t ask why
Truth be told it was all just a matter of time
— Black Pistol Fire

Happy Summer!

A couple weeks ago I went on my first camping trip of the year over on Newcastle Island. I’ve hiked around the island several times years ago and even paddle-boarded there and back twice more recently, but this was my first camping trip. We had a great time, as we shared amazing food, laughs together on a gorgeous weekend while telling the Raccoons, who were way too comfortable coming on to our site in broad daylight that they had to leave. They were damn cute, but we didn’t trust them!

Once I returned from that trip, I decided I was going to set up my tent on my patio and start sleeping out there every night, however the forecast kept calling for rain so I was waiting until afterwards, but the rain never came. So yesterday, I finally set it up. I was so excited to sleep out there and just as I fell asleep, I was awoken by rain. Of course, we would get rain on the day I set it up! Even though when I checked the forecast, there was no mention of rain. I quickly threw over the rain cover as I had kept it off in hopes of falling asleep under the stars and then decided best to sleep inside for the night. Well it was a good thing I did, as this morning it was pouring when I woke up and when I checked the tent, I discovered it was quite wet in there. No leaks that I could find and now it will take some time for everything to dry out, so camping on the patio has been postponed til further notice. I’ll let you know once I’ve given it a try.

However, I’ve already got my next camping trip booked in a few weeks, this time out in Tofino! Of all my trips out there over the years, this will be my first camping trip, so really looking forward to it! The best beach on the island is definitely Long Beach. I’ve walked along it many times before, walking through the sand or water. It’s an amazing feeling. Now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve ever swam there. Maybe the weather needs to be really hot. It’s cold in there!

I’ve still been busy creating the content for my online course, that I was initially planning to launch this month. Instead I’ve decided to spend the summer on it, as the extra long days of working non-stop were starting to catch up to me. It was easier to do during the colder months and having something to continuously be working on indoors was great while it snowed or rained. Although, with this being my favourite time of year and as everyone’s schedules being busier now anyway, I’m allowing myself to enjoy summer, while working on the program without feeling the pressure of getting it all completed so quickly.

Outdoor Yoga has started for the season! One of my favourite things to do is practice Yoga out in nature, there’s nothing like being surrounded by the ocean and trees, listening to the birds and hearing the waves crashing around you to feel completely at peace and energized at the same time. I’m excited about spending more time hiking the trails and camping over the next couple of months. What are some of your favourite summer activities?

Newcastle Island

Newcastle Island

Just Enough

Well somehow May is pretty much over and in another month, we will be half way through 2019! Is it just me or does each year fly by faster and faster? After an incredibly busy 4 months, my course has come to an end and although I still have a lot more to accomplish for my next phase, I decided to take several days off this week to decompress, relax and clear my head.  I learned so much about marketing, with new technology being introduced on a weekly basis, which caused some stress and overwhelm, but I made it and know that it wouldn’t have been possible without all the tools I’ve learned through Yoga! 

Over the past couple of months, I have had a number of new students join my classes and most of them have approached me after class to let me know just how much they have been enjoying my classes and noticed how much of a difference it has made for them both physically and mentally. This has made me so happy to hear, as it has been a reminder of why I got into Yoga myself and how much it has improved my own life!  As I am about to embark on a new adventure online, I am excited to be able to share my story and knowledge of the benefits of a regular practice to more and more people. 

This weekend I went on my first road trip of the year and spent the day with friends and one pup, hiking through Englishman River Falls.  We found some sweet river spots and excited to go back once the water warms up. I was the only one who didn't put my feet in the water as I was told it was FREEZING! But it was a gorgeous weekend and I had a long great sleep after I got back. Looking forward to more road trips and have two camping trips coming up too! This is my favourite time of year and love to get outdoors as much as possible. Hope you are enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather as well!

We show, show just enough
Every tremble is a code
We’re not alone in the dark
This is how we assemble - Royal Canoe
Englishman River Falls

Englishman River Falls

Don't Be Afraid

I have been a busy bee, working 7 days a week for 12+ hours a day, while I am completing my course. Back in January, at a time where I was contemplating how to take my business to the next level, an opportunity fell into my lap that I had to immediately sign up for. I've mentioned previously that I had started a course, but I'm not sure that I have really explained yet what it is I've been so busy doing.  I started a Business/Marketing course to launch my company online. This will allow me to reach people all over the world, which is very exciting! This has been something, I have been interested in doing for some time now, but didn't feel I had the expertise and know how to accomplish this.  I can honestly say I have never worked so hard in my life, as much as I have been over these last few months.  As the program is soon coming to an end, I am looking forward to what is to come. This is something I am truly passionate about and eager to share my knowledge with others. 

I've been learning a lot of new software & online marketing strategies, all while overcoming some technology issues, many doubts and fears and creating my own program. Luckily, I have wonderful coaches to guide me along the way, not to mention the encouragement and support I have received from the rest of the group in the program.  It has been an incredible experience watching all of us overcome these same doubts, fears and challenges. We have all grown so much in the time we've shared together and watching everyone push themselves to go after their dreams has been amazing. This has been a new challenge for me and I can't wait to coach others in an entirely new way! 

I'm planning to launch the program that I am creating, Yoga for Mental Wellness, in June!  This course will include Yoga, Meditation & Emotional Freedom techniques to help with issues such as stress, anxiety, insomnia and depression.  It's through these practices that I was able to overcome my own Mental Health issues. The name of the program will most likely change as I have a few ideas I'm considering.  I'm offering this as a 12 week, (do at your own pace) course, which will include guided videos, as well as digging into your limiting beliefs and creating goals for various areas of your life. If you would like to learn more about this program, send me an email or join the closed Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Yogaformentalwellness/

This month, I started teaching a new style of Yoga called HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), which is designed to get our heart rates up, sweat a lot while sculpting & toning our muscles.  Everyone really enjoyed it! The idea is that in just a 20 minute HIIT Yoga session, you are working your muscles to the point of fatigue, to define, tighten, lift and sculpt your muscles. HIIT gets the heart rate up higher than Yoga can, in specific ways to optimize cardio, or how you intake and process oxygen. HIIT also can raise your metabolism up to 15% and burn calories and fat for 48 straight hours! I have been practicing this style since last year, while obtaining my certification, and am very happy with the results. It's a really fun practice as well!

I’m telling myself
I’m doing enough
I scribbled my name
But I’m sick of this bluff
I’ve cluttered my brain
I’ve stared at the light
I’m sweating this shame
All through the night
— Royal Canoe "Don't"
HIIT Yoga Savasana Bliss

HIIT Yoga Savasana Bliss

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After over 2 months of working non-stop, I got to enjoy a little time off this weekend to go to Vancouver to see my favourite Winnipeg band, Royal Canoe! It was a beautiful morning as I walked all the way down to the ferry terminal. I had stopped to take some pictures on route, then realized I was on a tight deadline and had to get a move on. As soon as I made it to the terminal, I immediately walked straight onto the ferry, as they had already started boarding. I couldn’t have timed it better!

I’ve never seen the ferry so packed, completely forgetting it was spring break! I finally found a seat and shortly after a gentleman approached me to ask if the seat next to me was taken. We ended up having a wonderful conversation for the entire ferry ride. It was one of those serendipitous moments. Early on we discussed that I teach Yoga and he is in the fire service. I had mentioned that I had always wanted to teach first responders, as I know how beneficial the physical practice would be, nevermind the mental aspect, for those in such a high risk and stressful careers. He completely agreed, I told him that I pass a fire station on route to one of my classes & that for the past several weeks, I kept saying to myself that I need to stop in to speak to the chief. Well, now thanks to my ferry seatmate “Captain Kirk”, I know the Fire Chief's name!

My course is coming to an end in a few more weeks, so it is back to non-stop work for me until the end. I’ve run into a number of technology issues over the last couple of weeks and have really been using my techniques to get through this. Which is great, as these are the same techniques I will be teaching in my Yoga for Mental Wellness course online . Just another sign that I’m on the right path! Also, I realized that Mercury is in retrograde until later this week, which happens to affect all electronics and technology so my issues should be over soon!

I’m still afloat
Like a feather swinging low
Let the wind blow, let the wind blow
— Royal Canoe "77-76"
Royal Canoe @ The Biltmore Vancouver

Royal Canoe @ The Biltmore Vancouver

Rayz

Last month, I mentioned that I recently started a few courses, but for the last four weeks I have been focusing all of my attention on one of them. This one involves completing a huge project and as I have a limited time in the course, my priority has shifted so that I can finish the program on time. The first couple of weeks were spent pushing myself out of my comfort zone while overcoming some fears and doubts. I was feeling rather overwhelmed and wondering if I made the right decision. However, I am lucky to have several inspiring and motivating coaches to move me along in the right direction. Already, I have felt an energy shift, new opportunities have opened up and I am now really excited about what’s to come!

One of the opportunities is that I starting teaching at a new studio and I was invited to join them at the Women’s Wellness Expo earlier this month. It was a great way to spend the day with my colleagues and meet some potential new clients!

A topic that has been coming up a lot in my conversations lately has been Mental Health. As someone who was severely depressed, for the majority of my life, I am really glad to see that more and more people are reaching out and becoming open to talking about this. I know that I would not be here today, if it wasn’t for the support I received from others.

I have created a new Facebook group, Yoga for Mental Wellness! It’s about time we all feel ok about speaking up about something that affects so many of us. We’ve all got a story to tell, why not share the journey together! https://www.facebook.com/groups/Yogaformentalwellness/

Watching all the snow!

Watching all the snow!

I checked the window
There’s nothing shining in the sky
Are we ever gonna get them rayz?
— Royal Canoe "Rayz"

Indestructible

Tomorrow we start again
Tomorrow came and went
I’m indestructible
— MGB
Finding the sun in the gloom!

Finding the sun in the gloom!

Happy 2019! I have never been one to make New Years resolutions but earlier this month, as I looked back at the challenges that I faced last year, I decided that 2019 will be all about change! I realized that I was holding myself back by not going after my heart and soul’s desires. In this moment, I discovered that I was letting fear prevent me from moving ahead. I let it get into my head and feed into those negative limiting beliefs. Every once in awhile the universe reminds me of this!

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Last evening, while out grocery shopping, a young clerk was conversing with the woman in front of me. As I approached the counter, she stated that it was obvious that he loved his job. To which he replied, along the lines of something like this, “If you don’t love your job, you’re not doing it right!” I was impressed by the wisdom of this young lad!

Earlier this month, I started to take the appropriate steps to follow my passions. I am currently taking several courses to help motivate me and push myself towards those goals. We are already one month into the year and I have lots of ideas formulating. I am excited and looking forward to share this as it all develops!

In the last few weeks, I have watched how all these opportunities have started to unfold and have been amazed by how just becoming open to new ideas that they will start to appear. I should not be surprised by this, as I’ve understood for some time now how quickly life comes into alignment when you open up to it. However, sometimes we all need a little reminder!

Lets get out of the past and into 2019! Share what changes you’d like to see in your life!

Last Parade

This time of year is really difficult for me for a number of reasons and I have been having a hard time trying to stay positive. I have found myself on more than one occasion struggling to get out of bed. I think it’s partly due to my body still wanting to go into hibernation mode, a habit I got into while living through harsh Winnipeg winters. The island has been hit with multiple wind and rain storms as of late, which has prevented me from getting out on a hike in the times I needed to most. My yoga practice has been a saving grace in my solitude on these gloomy rainy days. My meditation practice has grown substantially as a result of needing that extra nudge to help me make it through another day. I am grateful to my friends that continue to keep my sense of humour alive and for all the inspiring conversations we’ve shared to countdown the days until the new year.

However, despite it all, I was able to cross something off my bucket list! Although, due to a storm that cancelled all ferry sailings and float plane flights off the island I almost didn’t make it over to Vancouver. While waiting almost 6 hours to find out if the last possible sailing would leave the island to make it to the event in time, I have to admit that I started to lose all hope that it would happen. My friend that I was travelling with, kept my spirits up with the belief that we would make it. We were advised about 40 minutes before the sailing that it was a go. We made it in time to check into our hotel and even have dinner before we got to see Conan O’Brien’s stand-up comedy tour. It has been a dream of mine to see him live for over 20 years!

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It feels like time to let it go
It feels like time to break or show
It feels like time to cut your brakes
Shut your mouth, do something, anything
— Matthew Good

Hearts Of Habit

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I’m sure it’s due to lack of daily sunshine and warm weather, but I find it so incredibly difficult to get motivated around this time of year. Though we’ve still had lots of sun, I always go into hibernation mode, especially on the rainy gloomy days like this weekend. The only way to convince myself out of bed is with the thought of food. It has to be something I don’t normally have, so off to the bakery I go! As soon as I get back, I’m off to the craft fairs for a few gifts and bought more baking! Then, so tired of running around all day, I have some of all that baking for dinner. I woke up in the middle of the night with an upset tummy then end up sleeping in and missing my morning plans!

I crawl out of bed after remembering all the baked goods in my kitchen, eat my “breakfast|” and sit down to finally write. I find an album, usually one I rarely listen to, but I’m so obsessed with this band that I discovered a few months ago, that I immediately put on my favourite one. I write for a bit and then head off for a hiking adventure in the rain. It’s these dreary days, that I find it the hardest to motivate myself but I know the little things that I need to do to get going. The fresh air and scenery make all the difference in the world.

There are few things that inspire me to write and I’m surrounded by a lot of amazing people, who often inspire more for me. I’m reminded of this, “Do what you love and the rest will follow!” Another month gone and just about another year! I feel that something new is coming around the corner and I’m looking forward to find out what that is!

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You know better baby
Then go it alone
— Black Pistol Fire

Last Ride

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After a busy summer, everything has slowed down and I’m feeling my natural rhythm again. This past weekend I went on a last minute road trip to Tofino, where I’ve only ever been to in the spring or summer. I was nervous just before I left as I had stepped out on my patio to see what it was like outside and discovered it was completely foggy. However, as I started off up the highway, it became blue skies and sun all the way. What a gorgeous drive with all the fall colours! It actually felt warmer there this weekend then when I went for my birthday in May.

Spent an afternoon in a meditative walk on Long Beach watching the dogs and surfers. Enjoyed the sunshine, then stopped off for tacos again before heading home. It’s always been one of my favourite places to go and was just what I needed! Thank you to all who made this happen! I’m so grateful for all the amazing people in my life!

Last night, in search of some pictures of an event, I took a stroll down memory lane to over 20 years ago. All I have are pictures of us laughing! I guess there were some serious shots, but they probably ended with smiles! They say laughter is the best medicine and I’ve always wholeheartedly believed in this!

I trust that the universe will take care of any negativity that tries to get to me and I believe in a positive outcome. I got the best news a few weeks ago, after several months of patiently waiting for Karma to do her thing! I knew it was only a matter of time. I chose to meditate on the situation and let the universe handle it for me.

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Blackhole, she’s so ornery
God speed, you best be on your way
— Black Pistol Fire

Watch It Burn

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In search of the sun through the clouds and rain. It has been an incredibly busy summer. Although now it feels like we jumped from summer straight into winter. We’ve seen a lot of rain, which we desperately needed. It’s been a little more difficult to get motivated. There’s one special place, where I can always find the sunshine. It’s always been one of my favourite spots. This may be a picture of my first time there, over 10 years ago!

Expecting everything to slow down for the next few months, it’s slowed down only a little and I’ve had to take some time to rejuvenate.

However, my fall Yoga classes are now in full swing! This is the time of year, where the kids go back to school and the adults get back to a regular Yoga practice. This month I celebrate 10 years as a Yoga Teacher! It’s hard to believe how much my life has changed since then. So many experiences I may have never had if I hadn’t made the decision to share my love of Yoga with others. Thanks to all who have shared the experience with me over these last 10 years!

Decided to head out for a hike at my favourite spot, while the rain had paused. It started raining as I headed out for the drive. Once I got there, I actually enjoyed some sun, before getting caught in the downpour on the hike back to the lot. Still worth it!

I started this blog with notebook in hand a week and a half ago, went back to that same spot yesterday to finish this, however I forgot my notebook of course. It would have been soaked anyway, since my backpack and myself were drenched by the time I got back.

It appears as though it could rain at any moment, better get out there again before it does!

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Runnin’ with the wolves
Howlin’ at the moon
Don’t mean nothin’ if I ain’t got you!
— Black Pistol Fire

Road Trippin'

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Excited about a new area to explore, I head north up the island for a short day hike. I've spent a lot of time south of  the city in July, so naturally August should be spent the other way. As I'm getting close, I see a number of cars parked along the road but still looking for the parking lot or sign to confirm I'm at the right spot. As I drive by, I realize there isn't one, I'm unable to park on my side of the road and nowhere to pull in or turn around, I continue on looking for a side street.  Further up the road, there is still nowhere to turn around so I keep going until I find a small parking lot at another trail entrance. There's one parking spot left just for me, so it seems like it's meant to be.  I park and head onto the trail.

It wasn't where I was actually headed, but seeing as there were less cars, it felt like it would be a nice quiet spot to explore.  I then came upon the most amazing river spots, one by one, along the trail.  I spent some time, at various points, taking pictures and already looking forward to coming back.

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After spending the afternoon, I head back to the parking lot and notice on my way back that there were actually two trail heads and the one I didn't take lead to where I had planned to go originally. I had no idea the trails connected and unfortunately the sign was only visible coming back from the other trail.  I didn't have time to explore the other trail.  I planned to come back again and spend the entire day there.

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Its been a dry summer with wildfires across the island and province, which seems to be a yearly occurrence now. Since I was a kid, summers here were much cooler and was more common to see a lot of rain.  

It's been too hot & too smokey for any outdoor activities the last couple of weeks, so I've stayed close to home. This weekend we finally get some much needed rain,  I've never been more excited to see the rain before! Although the smoke has cleared here, there are still many fires burning. We're not expecting any more rain for another week but hopefully the rest of the province will get a good downpour!  

Let’s go get lost, let’s go get lost
— RHCP

Lost Cause

Neck Point

Neck Point

It's not that often that I write these in a notebook but today is one of those days! I read an email this morning from a friend who wished me a happy anniversary. It took me a moment to figure out what anniversary I had missed seeing as I don't have one of any significance.  Then I realize it's mid-July. I officially started my Yoga business 9 years ago!  Although I miss the old home studio, I also enjoy driving to different locations around town, there's always so much to see on the road.  I started practicing 18 years ago.  It's pretty incredible how my life has changed since then.  They say, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." That was definitely the case for me.  

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I am reminded of all the amazing people I've had and have in my life.  The last couple of weeks have been a little more challenging,  Then today I'm inspired by so many different people.  I sit to write at Neck Point in the sun watching the sailboats go by and waves crashing into the rocks I'm on.  It's incredibly windy so I'm using my belly to keep the page from flipping over.  I've found the perfect seat in a rock with back support and my backpack for comfort, though I squished my granola bar, I forgot was inside.  It comes equipped with a spot so my water bottle isn't able to roll away into the ocean.  The one feature I couldn't find in my last rock spot.  I've already kicked one off a cliff by accident into the river.  

At the end of my class this morning I got to share the story of how yoga started my journey to where I am today.  Seems like a good way to celebrate an anniversary.  

Surf Lodge Sunset 

Surf Lodge Sunset 

After class I threw some ingredients into the crock pot so dinner will be ready once I get home.  I have more time to spend at the park, so now to continue on my hike before I head to the farmer's market.  

As it comes time to share this with you, I thought I had lost my whole blog when I couldn't find it saved on my site, only to remember it was written in my notebook, sitting right beside me as a reminder for the last five days.  I thought these were supposed to be the lazy days of summer, it's rare to just have a moment these days.    

Lost cause, but they know we can’t stop the fight
— Black Pistol Fire

Float On

Hole-In-The-Wall

Hole-In-The-Wall

Summer BBQs, river days, farmer's markets, music, festivals and more!  I love this time of year! I feel like I've been on the go for weeks now, no surprise, as the end of June approaches. It seems as though any moment I've come home was just to turn around and walk out the door again several minutes later. However, I finally planted my patio garden! 

Nanaimo Waterfront

Nanaimo Waterfront

I started and ended my long week forgetting important things, though I've had commitments every day, more than usual. so I'm just happy that I actually made it to all of them! I have another busy week ahead until I get into my summer schedule.  And an exciting  opportunity coming up! 

                                                                               

 

Already we’ll all float on
Now don’t you worry, we’ll all float on alright!

— Modest Mouse

You've been there while you're dreaming!

Linley Valley, Nanaimo

Linley Valley, Nanaimo

My Yoga Hike classes are in full swing again.  I love teaching these classes! Each week we meet at a different park, hiking the trails, stopping at various points along the way for some Yoga and to take in the gorgeous surroundings. It's a great way to explore the many amazing parks and trails in Nanaimo, while experiencing Yoga in the great outdoors.  

 

Long Beach, Tofino

Long Beach, Tofino

A couple weeks ago, I returned from a trip exploring some of my favourite places and hikes around the island including Tofino! I think this was my 2nd trip out there with beautiful weather, usually when I go, it's in the rainy season. The area is known for storm watching but I was looking to spend time on the beach and hiking the trails. It was perfect weather and not overly busy since it was a week before the long weekend.

 

Christie Falls, Ladysmith

Christie Falls, Ladysmith

The long weekend was spent exploring Christie Falls. What a beautiful place to be!  It was about 3 hours round trip and we spent about 30 minutes taking it all in including the cool mist which was much appreciated after our hike in. The following morning, we were off to the Cedar Farmer's Market to grab some veggies for the week. 

 

Habit Over Heart

In about a week, I will be celebrating 4 years in Nanaimo! I spent some time today at one of my favourite spots, over looking harbour city, where I could breathe it all in and meditate.  I just absolutely love being surrounded by such gorgeous views!  The sun, the water, the trees, the mountains. I kept admiring the view from where I set up to write for the afternoon.  It's been the warmest day of the year so far! We've all been waiting for spring for far too long and I'm hoping this means she's here to stay.  

I watched the float plans and the ferry, running back and forth between Vancouver and Gabriola, I started to think about all the times off and on over the years (since I was kid) that I got to spend time or live on the beautiful west coast.  I've always felt most at home here.  I feel like the ocean is what makes me feel connected.  I've always felt that way, I could sit for hours watching the waves crashing up against the rocks or walk along them exploring all the different look out points along the way.    

At times I wonder if I took a wrong turn somewhere in life but on days like today, it's clear I am exactly where I'm supposed to be.

Jack Point Park

Jack Point Park

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Everything gets altered over time, nothing lasts for very long, everything gets altered over time, whether you want it to or not.
— Novillero

Breathe In Breathe Out

A rush this morning to get from one appointment to the next, a moment to breathe before a brunch date, followed by a hike around Colliery Dam, the perfect prerequisite for the day. 

Hoping the sun would make an appearance, it finally does as soon as I get home. I should be on the patio in the sun but my sunglasses are downstairs.  Instead I am listening to 90s rock and realizing how long ago that was.  Where did the time go?! I love how music can just take you back to a certain time in your life.  

There's nothing better than hiking around the island, breathing in the crisp air, getting lost on the trails, saying hello to the puppies, sharing, laughing and enjoying the beauty of the scenery around us.   Spring has sprung! Join me this Sunday April 1st @ 930am for our first Yoga Hike of 2018! Register through Nanaimo's Activity Guide.   Each week we will take a gentle hike through Nanaimo's various parks, finding a few spots along the way for some Yoga.  No experience necessary, just a love of the outdoors required! 

I love this time of year, there seems to be many more reasons to be outside and any excuse to getting as much sun as possible.  I feel energized by the fresh air, vitamin D and warmth!  Anything to keep me moving, after getting through a long winter! I seem to crave that time to get away and get out of my head.  Now that it's still light out til 8, there's really no reason I couldn't be outside every night.  So far I've been out for the past two days, I think I will plan to continue this pattern for the rest of the week.  Guaranteed I will be out on the weekend, so just need to make sure the next two days happen.  

I look forward to starting my patio garden again! Last year was pretty successful considering in the past I've killed every plant I've ever had but one.  I can't wait to be eating fresh veggies again and the farmer's markets will be starting soon too!  Just a few more reasons to be outside.

What has you excited for spring?!  

If I don't see you out on the trails, I'll be at the studio Monday evenings and Saturday mornings!

 

 

 

 

Englishman River Falls

Englishman River Falls

Qualicum Beach 

Qualicum Beach 

Fearless

I sat down to write this afternoon and just as it finally all came together and I was writing the last sentence, I lost everything due to an unexpected glitch.  Instead of trying to remember what I wrote I'm just going to keep writing.

A month ago, we had an incredible comedy show at The Roxy with an amazing line up and our headliner who flew in from LA!  After days of rainstorms, 100km/hr winds, 30 foot waves in Tofino, an Earthquake in Alaska, Tsunami warnings across the island, cancelled ferry sailings, power outages on Gabriola all leading up to several hours before the show, it all died down throughout the evening and then the storm started up again 30 minutes of us all getting back to Nanaimo. It was a stressful few days but it turned into a great night!  

About 8 years ago, I discovered EFT, (also known as tapping), at a time in my life when my whole world got flipped upside down. I should have been using it to help with the stress of all the million things that could have prevented the show from happening, but instead I went into dark mode. I've learned how to avoid that place, but honestly the weather had got to me at that point, plus just this time of year, it seemed like the lack of sunshine prevented me from seeing the best outcome.  I was running on empty, typical for me during the winter months, and I almost broke. Then I got a phone call from one comic and some texts from a couple of the others and I realized I had quickly gone into this negative state, they reminded me to laugh and I remembered that sometimes all you need is a smile or a good laugh to turn your day around. Which is why I love comedy so much!   

Tapping has been used to improve your finances, health, emotions and so much more.  For the next couple of weeks, I'll be checking out The 10th Annual World Tapping Summit online at: https://www.thetappingsolution.com/

If you suffer from stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, pain, illness or anything for that matter, check out the schedule to see what resonates with you and tune into some of the interviews. 

Normally I would have been really upset that I lost my whole blog post before I could share it, luckily I had tapped prior to writing, in all honesty because once again I had no idea what to write about. 

Happy Tapping!

Gabriola, Island

Gabriola, Island

She is the trick of my trade. She is the thing that can’t be made. She is gold and nothing less. And she is fearless.
— MGB