Living Your Yoga

{not so surprising} PURPOSE OF PAIN

{not so surprising} PURPOSE OF PAIN

Most of us living with persistent pain would love to get rid of it – and for good, right? Physical, psychological and monetary costs of pain struggle – both to the individual and a society – are astronomical. Frustration and life disruption of persistent pain are...

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It Started With a SPLASH!

It Started With a SPLASH!

In the last little while we focused primarily on the mindset: our pain care conversation zeroed on recognizing “thought viruses” – thought patterns that perpetuate and intensify pain. Today I want to take a different approach, and start with a … Splash!Splash! That’s...

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Comfort is …. ?

Comfort is …. ?

Comfort is ….. This post seems like a fitting conclusion to previous weeks’ foray into wellness routines – a little bit of motivation, all backed up by solid science. What does comfort mean to you? When I first arrived to Edmonton in July of 1994, Canada seemed like a...

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Super-Charge Your Wellness: The Missing Link

Super-Charge Your Wellness: The Missing Link

Here is, as promised, the missing link for Super-Charge Your Wellness worksheet. Last week I said, “I saved the best for last.” The truth, of course, is slightly more complicated than that. These last two pieces of the health puzzle are both the beginning and the end...

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Xmas Homework Challenge

Xmas Homework Challenge

A brief pre-class interaction between two students instantly reminded me of a homework I was given a few years back in one of my advanced trainings. I actually almost interjected in this exchange, but then promptly closed my mouth to wait for when an opportune moment...

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Is BALANCE a 4-letter word?

Is BALANCE a 4-letter word?

We are in the middle of a late evening yoga class, and I’m watching a dozen of students precariously balancing on one foot with their eyes closed. I deeply admire their courage: for most of us it takes a lot of guts to try something unfamiliar, especially if that...

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Pain Ecology, Part 2: On Tension, Pain and Breath

Pain Ecology, Part 2: On Tension, Pain and Breath

This chapter is a final installment into the Air element inquiry. Let’s recap where we’ve been and chart our future course. In the previous weeks we’ve looked at the Ayurvedic approach to health and healing, and discussed the qualities of Space and Air – first two of...

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Ecology of Pain, Part 2: Getting Entangled

Ecology of Pain, Part 2: Getting Entangled

As is the cosmic body, so is the human bodyAs is the cosmic mind, so is the human mindAs is the macrocosm, so is the microcosm ~The Upanishads Quantum physics thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe. ~ Erwin Schrödinger Last week we concluded our exploration of...

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Choosing Differently, Part 2: What Are You Listening To?

Choosing Differently, Part 2: What Are You Listening To?

Welcome to the second installment of the “Choosing Differently” series. Last week we started a conversation about our choices – the easy ones, the familiar ones, the unconscious ones, and the difficult ones. You’ve met Anna, our “choosing differently” hero of the...

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