The hardest person to show kindness and compassion to…

So often I am my harshest critic.  If I miss a deadline, or am running late, or feeling overwhelmed by everything that I have to do or haven’t done… thoughts of inadequacy  or failure or helplessness come over me.  I’ve heard that parents often feel this way about parenthood.  I can only imagine! If you are like myself or most people…

Earth (prithvi)

The last element is prithvi (earth).  Earth is associated with our first chakra, muladhara or root, and lies deep in the base of our pelvic floor.  It is where our instincts and base emotions lie, and not surprisingly, our sense of security and safety as well. If I am feeling anxious, or insecure, or my mind is too high up…

Water (jala)

Maybe it’s because I live in Vancouver, but I’ve always had an affinity for water.  Everywhere I look, I am surrounded by it – in the rain, the ocean and even in the mountains where it manifests as snow!  There is something beautiful about an element that is so fluid and nourishing. What does a river…

Fire (agni)

Fire element (agni) is associated with the third chakra manipura, located in the core/solar plexus.  The element of fire is usually easy to relate to.  In our fast-paced modern society, we’re all about feelin’ the burn and sweating our guts out.  There is something satisfying about getting through a fiery yoga class and coming out the other end…

Air (Aayu)

Air is such an important element in our lives.  As human beings, we cannot survive more than a few seconds or minutes without it.  As a yogi, we learn that breath work encourages our life force (prana).  Hence, the emphasis on cueing breath with each pose.  There are many different pranayama techniques in yoga that can help you stoke…

Ether (akash)

When we connect to the ether, we connect to the cosmos and to our higher selves. This morning in meditation, my mind drifted to  thoughts of what to share with you today.  Since today’s practice revolved around the element ether, it seemed natural to follow it. Ether, by its very nature, is difficult to define and…

The (un)yoga yogi(ni)

Funny how auto-correct can sometimes get it so wrong… .and other times get it unconsciously right!  In typing the title of my blog, it auto-corrected “unyoga” to “unyoke”.  Interestingly enough, yoga means “to yoke” or “to join”.  By that logic, does unyoking mean to set free or to fall apart? In all honesty, it is…