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Welcoming Winter

I just got back from the library near where I live after another fun day of volunteering. 
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Introducing the Elemental Yin Yang Podcast

I love teaching yoga and I love the Hamilton yoga community so much that I drive an hour each way a few times per week to get to my classes. While in the past I listen to loud tunes in the car while driving to classes, now my solo time in the car is often the only "alone time" I get in the week. While I am very late to the party on this one...my new favourite thing to listen to in the car is podcasts. I love hearing new ideas and perspectives from different people and it sounds like so much fun I started my own. It will be out on iTunes in a few days, but I couldn't wait to share it with you.
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What is Elemental Yin Yang Yoga

We are now just two weeks away from the launch of my brand new book Elemental Yin Yang Yoga. This book is for yoga students and teachers who want to take the themes we dive into on the mat and apply them in daily life.  But you might be wondering... What the heck IS Elemental Yin Yang Yoga? The short answer is, it is a style of practice that blends the richness of Chinese Philosophy with yoga poses. Yang yoga is more flowing and vigorous while yin includes more long-held static postures. However, the power and uniqueness of this form of yoga involves exploring the wisdom offered by the Five Elements: Water, Fire, Wood, Metal and Earth on and off the mat. Check out this short trailer we made about the book and a free chapter for you to read. 
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The Secret to Outsmart Anxiety and Transform Right Now

I came across this article last night and I will admit, it hit me like a ton of bricks. You see, even though I wrote this two years ago (Nov 5, 2014) when my life was completely different, this article was exactly and eerily what I needed to hear at this moment in time. With my second book Elemental Yin Yang Yoga less than a month from its release and so many big shifts on the verge of taking place, reading this article soothed my inner tension immediately. I hope that sharing it with you makes an impact in your day the same way. Last night I had a dream. I was preparing to go on a solo trip to Hawaii, where a powerful spiritual transformation was waiting for me. In the dream, I was trying to pack a small suitcase with only an hour to get to the airport and check in. I began running around my house trying to find the right clothes. As I chose each item, something else would come to mind and off I went in search of it. Although I was aware that the window of time until my flight departed was getting smaller, I continued to hunt down very specific items so that my trip could be that much more perfect. Time ticked on and yet I was only concerned with silly little details like whether I would be content with one book for the flight or two. Being lost in having all the "right" things in my suitcase, at one point, I realized I had missed my flight and my beautiful adventure was not going to happen after all.
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On Losing My Brother

It's been a little over a month since my brother, Tim, died suddenly at his apartment in suburban Chicago. I miss him like crazy and still can't believe he's gone. While anything I write about him as a person or the process of losing him in my life is going to be partial and risks diminishing the experience, I think it's important to share my reflections in the hopes that you may find them useful in your own life.  Life is incredibly short and death incredibly final.  Like I said above, I can't believe he's gone. I saw his name in the favorites on my phone a few weeks ago, and my heart leapt at the possibility that I could just hit that button and hear his voice. Technology seems so magical at times that I believed for a split second that it could still connect me with Tim despite any distance that exists between us. Then reality set in and the magic of the phone faded. No technology can bridge the gap that exists between us now. I'm left to find other ways to connect with Tim without him being here.
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A Sneak Peek at the Elemental Yin Yang Yoga Book

In less than one month, my new book will be released.
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Spiritual Lessons of Parenthood

One year ago today I watched the sun come up in my hospital room while Steve and I welcomed our daughter into the world. I have heard many people say that the journey of parenthood is a spiritual one and reflecting on this past year, it has been both a learning challenge and simultaneously the most beautiful thing I have ever experienced.   Several spiritual lessons and concepts are an inherent part of being a conscious parent. Like the most rigorous spiritual practice, being a parent demands devotion, awareness of yourself and others and it teaches you how to let go. I have only been at this job for a year and I know that these lessons will expand and unfold in the precious time we have to raise our child.   Here are some of the lessons I continue to learn spending time with Baby Ray. 
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Falling into Autumn Yin Yang Playlist

I love this time of year. Even though the cold isn't my favourite, the crisp air, the smell of dry leaves and the bounty of the harvest vegetables leave me with a sense of being full and grateful to be alive even while I am aware that life itself is impermanent by it's very nature. In Yin Yang classes right now I tend to play slower tunes and even a few that have a longing melancholy feel. Here are the songs I am listening to today on my mat:
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Elemental Yin Yang Yoga: Preparing for Autumn

This past weekend, I taught a class focused on the theme of Autumn and Letting Go. At the end of Savasana, I shared a short snippet from my upcoming book, Elemental Yin Yang Yoga: A Practice to Fuel Your Life. Today I want to share that short contemplation with you as we start to transition into Fall.  Metal and the Autumn of the Year  Fall is the time of the final harvest when the last crops that began to grow in the spring and flourish throughout the summer are finally collected. Now well past the Summer Solstice, fall is more Yin in nature acting as a buffer between the hot months and the winter. Autumn offers us time to prepare our resources and begin to conserve energy to survive the cold dark days before us.
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Yin Yang Playlist - More Summer Tunes For Your Mat

A few weeks ago I test drove a playlist with some of these tunes and I liked it so much I have been weaving them into my practice, my classes and blasting them in my car.
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