Lessons from the Mat

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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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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Neti, neti: I am not this, not that

Neti, neti: I am not this, not that

20 December, 2013 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat, Meditation + Philosophy

Have holiday celebrations and feasts started for you? My month thus far has been jam packed with festive gatherings, as well as more-than-I’m-used-to alcohol, sugar, and carbohydrate consumption. Talk of detoxing usually begins at the start of the new year, and yet I’m already feeling the need to cleanse.

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Avoid Future Suffering - in a Wholesome Way

Avoid Future Suffering - in a Wholesome Way

12 December, 2013 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat

In the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali tells us that future suffering can be avoided (II.16). In fact, he tell us that future suffing is to be avoided. Upon reading that, I immediately thought of one of Mark Twain’s sayings: “I have had many worries in my life, most of which have never happened.”

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Nature Lessons: Letting Go

13 September, 2013 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat, Meditation + Philosophy

Despite the typical Montreal spike in mercury this week, it is undeniable that fall is well on its way. In the city, the leaves are slowly beginning to turn their welcome yellow, orange and red, and some trees are beginning to shed their leaves. While walking one day and witnessing the leaves fall, I noticed how the trees didn’t resist letting them go. The trees don’t grip tighter at the leaves, throw a tantrum, or make excuses. They simply let the leaves fall.

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Flexible Body = Flexible Mind?

06 June, 2013 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat

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Yoga and Relationships

22 April, 2013 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat

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Channel Your Inner Lion

Channel Your Inner Lion

10 April, 2013 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat

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Radical Ones

03 April, 2013 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat

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To Discern or Not to Discern

28 March, 2013 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat

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What Are You Practicing For?

What Are You Practicing For?

20 October, 2012 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat, Meditation + Philosophy

When preparing for this blog post, I searched “benefits of yoga” which yielded almost seven million results in just 0.17 seconds! After clicking through a couple of the links, I decided that instead of rattling off an impersonal list of benefits that yoga is widely known for I’ll share with you the ways in which yoga has benefited me. Although I initially started yoga to get in shape and deal with stress, the reasons that keep me coming back to my mat have changed.

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Beauty of Beginner's Mind

Beauty of Beginner's Mind

12 August, 2009 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat, Meditation + Philosophy

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