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Namaste. Hello. Greetings.

Have you spied the shift from Summer to September.  Have you noticed the later sunrises and how the sun goes to bed a little earlier each night? Have you grasped a chilly steering wheel yet or heard the geese sing their Farewell songs?

We shift from Summer play time back to routine. The beach toys are packed and now the school lunch boxes are packed. Calendars fill with activities.  I hope your schedule includes yoga. Mine does!

Let’s meet on the mat. Here is a list :

**  Sept 3 – Restorative Drop In Yoga at Yoga Within.  Thursday  5:45 – 6:45 pm. http://www.yogawithin.ca (780-450-9642)

** Sept 9 – Hatha Yoga Drop in at Southminster Steinhauer United Church. Wednesday 7-8 pm. http://www.smsuc.com  (780-435-2058)

** Sept 14 – Yoga Wellness ( suitable for people with chronic health concerns: Cancer, RA, heart issues) at Yoga Within.    Monday 1- 2 pm.  www.yogawithin.ca (780-450-9642)

** October 21- Yoga Wellness ( as noted above) at Above Average Yoga. Wednesday 1:30 – 2:30  http://www.aboveaverageyoga.com (780-488-1121)

Contact these excellent studios for further details and then mark your calendars with YOGA! I hope to see you soon.

Namaste.

Sharon

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

 
“Courage is not the absence of fear—it is inspiring others to move beyond it.” Nelson Mandela.
 
Where I live winter has an icy grip on everyone and everything. A minus 30 degree kind of icy grip.  We are a tough & vibrant community who wisely  dresses warmly & simply go about our business and our personal pursuits. This frigid morning, my yoga teacher remarked that she half expected to be the only one attending the class. And noted the courage of the 13 brave students on our mats  I knew she would be there and was inspired by her commitment to us – her students.
 
I appreciated  her comments about the Crow pose: it is  a pose of great courage and confidence building. I thought about Nelson Mandela and how he inspired the people of his nation to be confident and courageous. I thought about the lion heart of one man and how he changed the world.  Thank you, Nelson Mandela. Namaste.