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Creating peace

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The headlines and internet these days are heartbreaking. Refugees, racial violence, corporate corruption, poverty, degradation of the natural world.  Many have reacted to recent events with fear, disguised as anger and rage. Even so many people I know who have directed their lives towards compassionate action seem to feel despair and have weary hearts.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said last week that we can’t just pray these problems away – we humans created these problems, so its up to us to solve them. But I do believe that our yoga practice has a place as part, though not the whole, of the solution. After all, peace begins at home. The first step to creating peace in our homes, communities, countries and world is cultivating more peace within our own hearts and minds.

Right now feels like a perfect moment for the Tibetan Heart Yoga practice. This unique series, from the lineage of the Dalai Lamas, merges our physical yoga asana with mindfulness and compassion to unlock our heart chakras, releasing the energetic knots there, dispelling feelings of separation and increasing our warm-heartedness. Using meditation, mantra, breath and asana, we’ll practice sending a loved one everything they need for true happiness – in turn, planting seeds for our own.

I’m happy to be offering Tibetan Heart Yoga this Sun Nov 29 at Ankh Yoga on the Danforth, from 1:30-3:30pm.

The workshop will also include an introduction to your subtle energetic body and its function that you can apply to any yoga you do. You’ll find familiar yoga poses in this series, as well as some unique to the Tibetan tradition. This is a compact practice that can be done in under 40 minutes – perfect for anyone looking for a simple, effective home practice. Suitable for all levels.

With a very specific mental application while moving through the poses, we can direct this practice to an individual or whole groups of beings. Who will you do your practice for?…

they set my aunts house on fire
i cried the way women on tv do
folding at the middle
like a five pound note.
i called the boy who used to love me
tried to ‘okay’ my voice
i said hello
he said warsan, what’s wrong, what’s happened?

i’ve been praying,
and these are what my prayers look like;
dear god
i come from two countries
one is thirsty
the other is on fire
both need water.

 later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
and whispered
where does it hurt?

it answered
everywhere
everywhere”
~ Warsan Shire

Tibetan Heart Yoga Workshop

Sun Nov 29 from 1:30-3:30pm

Ankh Yoga – 2017 Danforth Ave (at Woodbine)

$35.00+hst. Please note – pre-registration is required for this workshop. Sign up here.

 

 

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Tibetan Heart Yoga now on the Danny

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photo credit: Thomas Guignard via Wikimedia

I’m bringing my favourite workshop to the neighborhood! I’m offering a 2 hour Tibetan Heart Yoga workshop at Ankh Yoga on Sunday Nov 29 from 1:30-3:30pm.

Merge your yoga with mindfulness and compassion to unlock your heart chakra. This yoga series from the lineage of the Dalai Lamas releases energetic knots surrounding the heart, to increase our warm-heartedness and dispel feelings of isolation. Using meditation, mantra, breath and asana, we’ll practice sending a loved one everything they need for true happiness – in turn, planting seeds for our own.

Includes an introduction to your subtle energetic body and its function that you can apply to any yoga you do. You’ll find familiar yoga poses in this series, as well as some unique to the Tibetan tradition. This is a compact practice that can be done in under 40 minutes – perfect for anyone looking for a simple, effective home practice. Suitable for all levels.

 

Tibetan Heart Yoga Workshop

Sun Nov 29 from 1:30-3:30pm

Ankh Yoga – 2017 Danforth Ave (at Woodbine)

$35.00+hst. Please note – pre-registration is required for this workshop. Sign up here.

 

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New class in The Danny – Hatha Smooth at Ankh Yoga!

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I adore my neighborhood of 11 years at Woodbine and Danforth, aka “The Danny”. I love that I can walk out to pretty much every amenity and service that I need right within blocks of my home, many of them among the best in the city. I love the commitment of my neighbors to creating a better place to live for everyone, in ways big and small (thank you Danforth East Community Association!). I love that I know and greet my neighbors and local business owners by name. Plus, the food – the East Lynn Farmers Market, Basil Thai Kitchen, Celena’s Bakery, Moberly Natural Foods, Relish, Caketown, Melanie’s

It was a loooong time coming, but thanks to the vision of Isabelle Bouchard we also have a yoga studio in the ‘hood! I’m pleased as punch to be joining the regular schedule at Ankh Yoga this fall, with a Hatha Smooth class on Saturdays from 4:00-5:00pm.

Perfect whether you are winding down from a busy day of errands and kids lessons or gearing up for your Saturday night out. Grounded in the Hatha Yoga tradition, to help your energy flow smoothly and sweetly. Gentle openers to bring you back home to your body and breath, sun salutations moving into a short standing flow, seated and restorative poses to slow things down. Options offered for all levels throughout the practice. Every class features a short meditation and delicious svasana.

Owner and Kundalini Yoga teacher Isabelle has crafted a simple yet perfect neighborhood boutique studio, with thought devoted to every detail. I hope you will join me – and your neighbors! – at a class in the near future.

Hatha Smooth
every Saturday from 4:00-5:00pm (starting Sept 19)
Ankh Yoga – 2017 Danforth Ave (at Woodbine)ankh outside

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