Archive: January 2014

Profile: Tolu Ilesanmi

Profile: Tolu Ilesanmi

30 January, 2014 | Posted in Favorite People Profiles

Meet Tolu, whom some of us call a Walking Buddha. He was previously a commercial banker in Nigeria before moving to Montreal to complete his MBA at McGill University in the early 2000?s. He is the co-founder of Zenith Cleaners, a cleaning company that views cleaning as a spiritual practice; all employees are trained to see how their attitude to cleaning runs parallel to their attitude in life. Met through mutual friends, Tolu has become a person I deeply admire and with whom I can easily have long conversations. Given this, it is only natural I share him with you.

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Expand Your Life Force

Expand Your Life Force

29 January, 2014 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat

Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that is often translated as breath control or the restriction of breath (prana = life force, vital energy, breath; yama = restrain, control). However, when combining two words in Sanskrit in which the last letter of the first word (prana) and the first letter of the second word (ayama) are the same (in this case, the “a”), one of them gets dropped. Given this, pranayama is often misinterpreted; in contrast, ayama means to extend, expand, or draw out, and pranayama really means the expansion of breath or life force.

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In His Oneness

In His Oneness

28 January, 2014 | Posted in Favorite Sayings

An insanely beautiful song lyrics.

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Sutra II.46: Sthira sukham asanam

Sutra II.46: Sthira sukham asanam

22 January, 2014 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat

This particular Patanjali’s sutra is an easy favorite of many yogis, myself included, as it encourages comfort and ease on a yoga journey that can be sometimes challenging. This sutra, however, teaches us that one (sukham) is not better than the other (sthira), but rather our connection to the earth (asanam) resembles a dance, even a balancing act, between the two.

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Discipline: Pathway to Freedom

Discipline: Pathway to Freedom

15 January, 2014 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat

The yoga teaching of tapas (the third step in the second limb of the system of yoga) is often translated as discipline, however, most people harden upon hearing the word. According to my Google search, the first definition that comes up is “the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behaviour, using punishment to correct disobedience.” Given this, it is understandable that people shy away from discipline. Tapas can also be translated as perseverance, commitment, dedication, and the willingness to start over and over. I much prefer these interpretations as they allow for more softness and fluidity as we try to navigate through life.

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Learning and Freedom Go Together

Learning and Freedom Go Together

10 January, 2014 | Posted in Favorite Sayings

Quote from master teacher Krishnamurti.

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Origami: Practice of Letting Go

Origami: Practice of Letting Go

03 January, 2014 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat, Meditation + Philosophy

Did you know that the beautiful and intricate coloured sand mandalas of Tibetan Buddhism are destroyed once completed? It takes a team of monks several weeks to build a sand ma??ala, after which it is ritualistically and ceremoniously destroyed. This is done to symbolize the Buddhist belief in the transitory nature of material life.

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