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How goes your yoga practice? Have you established a routine that serves you well? Allow time to pause, reflect and settle into stillness. The cozy warm clothing we don this time of year pulls us inward as the days grow shorter and the air chillier. Use this season to settle into You.

When I was waiting for the bus after university class, a group of us students gathered and huddled together. The day had gotten colder while we were in our lectures and libraries. One of the foreign students was anxious and grew more and more upset. We could not understand his concern. Then he explained. The plumes of his breath rose in front of his face. Yes we replied calmly. In his culture – this was his spirit leaving him and so he became alarmed. He then saw all our steaming breath floating around us. He became quiet and gazed at us in wonder. Canadians! he said shaking his head.Winter! we replied, nodding ours.

Today it is cold enough outside to see the breath. I like to watch it lift, linger and then leave. I have much to ponder and appreciate with each breath. We all do

Enjoy your yoga practice.

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Today I ran through the woods with my dog. Where I live, Spring has arrived with tiny leaves unfurling and green shoots pushing up through the soil. The trail yields softly under my feet, damp from the recent melt and first rains.I love the sound of spring as frog sing and duck converse on hidden ponds. Beautiful moments. Gratitude fills me. I feel profoundly blessed to be alive, to be able to move, to appreciate this space and time. I feel my breath, my body moving and my spirit is content.  My dog smells the water and darts deep into the trees. She thrashes and splashes around in the water. I can hear it but can’t quite see her. She bursts through the bushes, rushes to me and shakes stinky slough smell onto me. Ah yes. This too is yoga. My dog’s goofy grin and her “ain’t life grand” expression confirm it. The sun shines down on us and we run. A steady pace moves me into meditation. Ah yes. This too is yoga. This moment.  Namaste.