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S.T.O.P. To Cultivate Better Proprioception

S.T.O.P. To Cultivate Better Proprioception

29 July, 2015 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat, Anatomy, Yoga Tune Up®

In my last post, I talked about how my meditation practice and anatomy studies have deepened my understanding of the body and mind in ways I didn’t anticipate. One of many ways the two practices complement each other is through the body-sense of proprioception. Regardless of how coordinated or uncoordinated you already are, proprioception is a skill that can be cultivated. Things like practicing yoga regularly help, but even if you’re lucky enough to get to a 90-minute class on a daily basis that still only makes up 6% of your entire day.

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Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Tune Up®: Match Made in Heaven

Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Tune Up®: Match Made in Heaven

27 July, 2015 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat, Meditation + Philosophy, Anatomy, Yoga Tune Up®

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Gang Up On Your Ganglion Wrist Cyst

23 July, 2015 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat

My yoga practice has changed a lot since my early days. I’m no longer a sensation junkie and I find deep satisfaction exploring the subtleties in conscious movement. My ability to tune into my body’s subtleties has allowed me to catch any tightness in my wrists and forearms caused by prolonged computer use or a vigorous yoga practice.

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Keep Calm and Don't Plank On

Keep Calm and Don't Plank On

22 July, 2015 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat

When I first began practicing yoga 15 years ago, I was a young, enthusiastic, ex-athlete looking for a practice that could replace the hours spent running up and down a basketball court. It may come as no surprise that I found satisfaction in a dynamic Vinyasa style practice. After a few years of happily flowing through countless planks and chaturangas, I started feeling a stiffness in my left wrist. Since it didn’t hurt, I ignored it and continued planking on. It wasn’t long before my left wrist would be sore for days after a particularly vigorous practice. Despite the symptoms, I did not attempt to treat the source of my discomfort other than resting my wrist for a few days until I was once again able to put pressure on it.

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Become a Packing Ninja 2.0

Become a Packing Ninja 2.0

09 January, 2015 | Posted in Minimalism

Although I don’t have to pack this light, I want to pack this light. My shoulders are happier this way, as well as my heart when faced with last minute flight or gate/terminal changes. Also, my first backpacking trip to Asia in 2005-2006 was seminal because it showed me how very little I needed to be utterly happy.

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Restabilizing an Unstable Spine

Restabilizing an Unstable Spine

12 December, 2014 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat

In my previous post, I talk about my desire to strengthen my core as a way to bring stability to my back. The instability in my lumbar spine was caused by a handful of years of consistent spine cracking for relief. In addition to vowing to not crack my spine anymore, I started integrating Yoga Tune Up® exercises such as Salabhasana, Cobra at the Wall and Revolved Abdominal Pose to strengthen, in particular, the small yet mighty spinal muscles, the multifidi.

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Yoga Tune Up® in Montreal

Yoga Tune Up® in Montreal

10 December, 2014 | Posted in Workshops + Retreats

I'm super psyched about my latest yoga certification, and to be the first in Montreal (second in Quebec) to offer it to you -- Yoga Tune Up®!

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The Mighty Multifidi Save My Cracking Spine

The Mighty Multifidi Save My Cracking Spine

09 December, 2014 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat

For a handful of years in my late 20?s and early 30?s I was addicted to cracking my spine. Several times each day I would strongly twist my body to the right and try to crack and pop as many vertebrae as possible. The more cracks and pops I felt, the merrier I was.

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Review: Emily and the Mighty Om

Review: Emily and the Mighty Om

04 December, 2014 | Posted in Favorite Things

It doesn't happen often that I come across a yoga book for children that is more than a step-by-step guide to poses named after animals, which is why I'm so happy to have found Emily and the Mighty Om. This beautifully illustrated (by Sleepless Kao), enchanting book is written by Montrealer Sarah Lolley and makes yoga a key part of the story, yet other important themes are also weaved in.

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Free Meditation Podcasts

Free Meditation Podcasts

02 December, 2014 | Posted in Meditation + Philosophy

Need some motivation for meditating on your own? Download any one (or all!) of these short meditations to your phone or computer and press play when feel like you could use a little guidance.

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Press Reset with a Cold-Pressed Juice Cleanse

Press Reset with a Cold-Pressed Juice Cleanse

17 October, 2014 | Posted in Favorite Things

Like clockwork October brought a chilled air into Montreal, and with it the first round of itchy throats and stuffy noses. It wasn't allergies that were knocking out my colleagues and students, it was an early case of the flu. I promptly took action and it did not include getting pricked with a needle: I decided to do a 3-day juice cleanse to boost my immune system.

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A Lot of My Favorite Things

A Lot of My Favorite Things

15 October, 2014 | Posted in Favorite Things

Click here for a list of my favorite books, yoga links, healthy eateries, and other inspirations.

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