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Yoga with Roxoliana

Victoria BC

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Companions

Yoga can be a rather solitary practice, both as a student and as a teacher. We all practice for different reasons and in different ways, and for more or less time throughout our lives. Even when we practice in a group environment, it is a very personal experience. I was reminded today that even when […]

Be Here Now

When we practice yoga on our mats we talk about being with this particular breath, with this posture, with this sensation in our bodies. The opposite of this would be anticipating the next breath, worrying about the upcoming posture, or hoping for a release from the sensations our body feels right now. How does this […]

Opposites Meet

Yoga is the space where opposites meet…inhale and exhale, holding and letting go, offering and receiving. It is the time when we practice harmonizing opposites…integration and expansion, steadiness and ease, focus and release.

Seasonal Cycles

I’ve always found it difficult to pinpoint my favourite season, and I think it is because I appreciate the seasonal cycle itself more than any particular one. I feel lucky to live in a place where spring is moist and full of blossoms, summer is hot and sunny, and fall is crisp and clear. Winter here […]

Taking Care

Why is taking care of ourselves often so much more difficult than taking care of our children, our house plants, our pets, or our clients? Why do we so often put ourselves at the bottom of the list of people, things, and tasks that require our care and attention? How can we practice offering and […]

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 […]

First Steps

Taking our first steps out of or into anything is often very difficult. We must shift from stillness into movement. This movement may be in a known or unknown direction, but the movement itself can upset the comfortable sense of steadiness that we had in our previous stillness. We may have experienced any range of […]

Gratitude

We say please and thank-you many times a day in fleeting moments and short interactions, but how often do we pause to truly feel a deep gratitude for the gifts of this life that surround us? I am grateful for the love of friends and family (no matter what it looks like), for fresh air, […]

Just Enough

We need only ever do our best. Whether in relationships with ourselves or others, whether in work or play, whether in time or effort spent. Our best is enough. Less than our best is less than enough. More than our best is more than enough….and our best is always changing. Therefore we do just enough. […]

Boundaries

When we practice hatha yoga postures we engage our muscles to create specific forms within which we then expand and stretch. In other words the actions of our muscles offer boundaries against which we then expand and stretch. Without the pliable resistance of these boundaries, our stretches would be overly casual and floppy and our expansion […]