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Yoga with Roxoliana

Victoria BC

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Ending is Beginning

I walked by this patch of earth the other day, a living, thriving, corner encased by roads and stones. I love the simplicity of this image; these are just flowers coming up to meet the relative warmth of early spring. On the other hand, the teaching of these flowers is profound. They show us the […]

The View from My Window

Every morning that I step onto my yoga mat I have the opportunity to look out this window. The window itself is always the same, and I am standing in nearly the exact same place as yesterday. What I see though, is constantly changing. Perhaps at first glance it appears the same as yesterday, but […]

Safe Places

We all need places where we can hide away and restore ourselves to our natural equilibrium when events become overwhelming. The cat loves this little hut as a quiet and dark place to hide away from us humans and the commotion of our lives. Simple shapes like standing, sitting, lying down, or kneeling with the […]

Decompress

Over the years I have heard many people use the word ‘decompressing’ to describe time they have spent relaxing, letting go, or unwinding, generally after an effortful period of work. I unintentionally spent a few minutes yesterday evening simply sitting in my quiet home in silence; after a little time I realized that I quite literally felt […]

Linear vs. Cyclical Experiences

When a basil plant reaches its flowering stage it displays the beauty of the flowers as the pinnacle of its growth. It also begins to slowly die. On the other hand, when the plant’s stems are cut with at least a couple lower leaves intact, the plant continues to grow and thrive and produce it’s delicious edible leaves. […]

Patterns

Practicing physical yoga is an opportunity to notice, to observe, and to recognize our patterns. These patterns may exist as habits in our body, breath, mind, or emotions. They are often subconscious or hidden as they are caused by repetition in our day to day living, and our practice allows them to come up to […]

Internal vs. External Perception

Recently I have been asking students to place their feet with their eyes closed, using their inner eye and internal perception to place their feet parallel and hip width apart. Then I ask them to open their eyes and look to see where their feet actually are in space. This is a simple way to […]

Add a Little Colour

This post may not make sense to you immediately, but think about it for a moment and just see what comes to you. Occasionally I like to observe things from a framework other than the one I usually use. I find that new ideas present themselves simply because of the different vantage point I have […]