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This morning I went for a run and the wild roses waved their fragrant hello as I went past. Recent rains have greened the ground making trails soft underfoot. When I set my yoga mat outside to stretch my legs I had to select my location carefully within my back yard. One side has a twenty foot stretch of lilacs in riotous bloom and the bees browse and buzz shaking petals down in purple shower. The other side is shady and the mosquitoes hovered waiting for me. The third possibility was sun drenched so I unfurled my mat.

I enjoyed the stillness, the fragrance from the flowers, the lush grass beneath my mat. What a blessing to be surrounded with nature’s abundant beauty. My heart was full of gratitude. Halfway through my Suptapadagusthanasana I heard the chatter and commentary from the squirrel atop our fence.  My dog ramped off the deck, airborne and gave chase. Luckily for me I was lying about a meter from her runway! The squirrel was dispatched, the dog sauntered past and I stood up for Sun Salutations, safe in the knowledge that the heckler was gone.

Oh the bliss of taking your yoga outdoors! I hope you will try it. Enjoy. Namaste

“Welcome to Spring” sing the birds that have migrated home. The Maydays wave their fragrant blooms overhead while the ducks and geese on the neighbourhood ponds bicker or brag about their nest’s location.

Spring time gets us outside and we enjoy our favourite pursuits again. Keep up the Yoga to enhance your walks, jogs, bike rides, paddles and gardening. Limber joints and strong muscles help us in our daily activities.  Take your meditation outside and find your stillness.

Yoga’s Body/Mind/Breath focus brings our awareness and our gratitude to this moment. So take your Yoga Off The Mat and savour this beautiful day, this moment.

Please note Class Schedule Changes as posted.

 

 

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.

Last night I was honoured to be one of the women featured at a celebration of Inspiration and Story.  I shared my cancer experience and how I did my best with the kindness and care of many throughout the treatment journey and beyond. I have shifted back into the role of Teacher and this time it is Yoga.

The other two women shared their experiences with the healing aspect of the expressive arts and of meditation. One woman brought her original jewelry to support others undergoing cancer treatments. It was a beautiful and powerful evening with much Hope and Laughter.

Kudos to Janelle Schmidt of Mother Haven for her passion as she spearheaded this second annual event.When Janelle asked me if I had any words of wisdom to share, I concluded my remarks with the following:

Keep your heart open,

your head high

and your spirit free.

Embrace your darkness

along with your light.

Never mislead anyone

especially yourself.

Have the courage to admit

when you are wrong.

Awaken to the brilliance

of ordinary miracles.

See the goodness

in the world.

Strive to be your best.

Be bold.

Be grateful.

Be wild.

Be gloriously free.

Be YOU.

Sandra Vancey

Sunrise, sunset. Days, weeks, months and years open for us to enjoy. Where I live the days are short and cold. Staying present to the moment of winter allows for moments of beauty and challenge. It is beautiful to watch your breath form a soft white cloud. It is a challenge when it is so cold your breath forms a steamy plume. Sunrise, sunset.

Ahh Winter, you give us many moments to learn and to grow. If it is too cold to play outside, then find your yoga mat. Your patient mat awaits you. We seek yoga asanas which keeps us warm, and strong yet supple. Explore with a curious heart. Have fun with your yoga. At this time of year, many of us slow down, settle inside and reflect. Release, relax, restore. You may discover the stillness inside you.

In January, many of us set personal resolutions for change. Consider Kindness as your resolution. Start with extending more Kindness toward yourself. Yogis call this Ahimsa or Lovingkindness. Let Kindness be your first response and see if more Joy and an awareness of Abundance hasn’t come along with it. It is a wonderful principle and a highly recommended resolution. Happy New Year!

Namaste.

Yoga Classes resume:
1. Mondays at YOGA WITHIN 1-2 PM Contact http://www.yogawithin.ca Gentle classes for cancer patients, survivors and care givers. Come join us and feel better, heal better.
2. Wednesday at SOUTHMINSTER STEINHAUER UNITED CHURCH. Drop in multi level class 7 – 8 pm $5. Bring your yoga mat, blanket, strap, block and relaxation eye cover ( if you have one)

See you on the mat!