Sharada’s December Update

Hello everyone,

Life is quiet at the Centre now that we’re into our non-program winter season. Our community is once again small, and we sit together around one table at meal time.

Our winter sky

Winter sky

It’s dark by 4:30, and here in the country where there are no streetlights, flashlights are a necessity. We are fortunate to have a wood stove to keep us warm and cozy, especially when the power goes out, which is a pretty common occurrence whenever the weather is stormy. No snow yet, but who knows?

Arati continues at both the Ganesh and Hanuman temples, our dedicated temple crew having been inspired by a recent visit to MMC for further study and practice with Janardan.

Raven doing arati

Raven doing arati

If you check Babaji’s health updates, you will see that his condition has stabilized. Although he’s not writing anymore, he still twinkles and his love is palpable. Later this month Mount Madonna’s New Year’s Retreat will carry on, for the first time without Babaji’s physical presence.

Toward the end of November, the Centre hosted the Centre School’s annual advent celebration of light that Usha initiated in the earliest years of the school; this tradition honours the many cultures that hold celebrations of light. Usha still guides the singing as the children walk the spiral of cedar boughs and stars. Next week the school will hold its annual Winterfest, a seasonal event for families, with craft tables for the children, music by local musicians, a wonderful concession with lots of goodies and a raffle draw for the many prizes that have been donated.

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Usha leading the Advent celebration of light; Sisaye lighting his candle

This month we will again hold our annual winter potluck and gift game. The gift game is known as the non-attachment game because there’s no guarantee that the gift you pick will remain yours at the end of the game. This event is a wonderful opportunity for the satsang community of Salt Spring to come together as a family to share food and to play. If you will be on the island on Dec. 11 and would like to join us, please contact Sharada for details (sharada@saltspringcentre.com).

We have several special offerings in this month’s edition. Pratibha has shared another informative Ayurveda article, called ‘Keeping Kapha Content’, including a recipe for ‘Immunity Soup’ to support us in the cold winter months. December’s ‘Asana of the Month’ is warrior 2 – virabhadrasana – contributed by Tricia (Hari Priya) Ramier, one of the Centre’s excellent YTT teachers. The feature ‘Our Satsang Community’ returns this month, with an article by Diana Padma Bridges, a member of our satsang since the 70’s, who has lived and worked at the Centre at various times over the years and remains closely connected.

Please read also ‘Connection and Belonging’, reminding us of the importance of staying connected – to ourselves and each other. Also included in this issue is a beautiful reflection on the oneness of life, by Johanna Peters, called ‘The Universe Reflected in One Grassy Knoll’. Thank you, Johanna, for the lovely reminder (and for bringing us a taste of summer sunshine in December.)

As we move through this season that’s often filled with busyness and stress, here’s a reminder from Babaji: The best way for a householder to live a spiritual life is to serve their family with a feeling that God is in them. Contentment, compassion and tolerance are to be practiced in all acts of life. In this way life will get purer every day and peace will be attained. Wish you all happy.

Love,
Sharada

Connection and Belonging

Baba Hari Dass

In this dark time of year (for those living in the northern hemisphere), many people, in the midst of holiday celebrations, find this a time of disconnection and loneliness. Regardless of our life situations, in this season of parties and presents, we may feel isolated, all the while longing for connection. It’s all too easy to hold ideas of how things ‘should’ be, and then feel disappointed when they don’t turn out that way.

Many years ago when I wasn’t sure about my place in the community, Babaji told me, “You make your own place.” I had a story about myself – that I was shy, I had nothing to offer, I wasn’t worthy, etc. Believing that story kept me from what I really wanted, which was a deep sense of connection and belonging. Whatever stories we’re telling ourselves come from our sense of ourselves as separate beings who somehow don’t make the cut or don’t fit in.

In fact, we are not separate, independent beings. All of life is interconnected. Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh talks about interbeing; we all “inter-are” in the deepest sense. Another spiritual teacher, Albert Einstein, says,

A human being is part of the whole called by us “the universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few people nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison.

It is up to us to take a step out of that prison, first of all by recognizing that it is self-created, and then challenging our habitual thought patterns. Babaji reminds us, Good and bad are only a creation of our own mind. If we make an ugly picture of the world in our mind, then we see the world as ugly. Elsewhere he says, You are in bondage by your own consciousness, and you can be free by your own consciousness. It’s only a matter of turning the angle of the mind.

In the book “The Gift”, translated by Daniel Ladinsky, Sufi mystic and poet, Hafiz, says

Admit something:
Everyone you see, you say to them,
“Love me.”

Of course you do not do this out loud;
Otherwise
Someone would call the cops.

Why not become the one
Who lives with a full moon in each eye
That is always saying,

With that sweet moon
Language,

What every other eye in this world
Is dying to
Hear.

We all want to love, connect and belong. When we momentarily forget, let’s remind ourselves to come back to what’s most important to all of us. Stop, breathe and enjoy the gifts life has to offer. Happy winter season, everyone.

contributed by Sharada

Keeping Kapha Content & Immunity Soup

dosha-and-five-elementsDuring the winter season, when the days are shorter, the air is colder, and the earth is wetter, kapha dosha tends to increase and accumulate in the body. Kapha’s nature tends to be cool, wet and dense, and when these qualities are also reflected in our environment, kapha naturally increases.

In winter, the body needs more fuel to keep itself warm, it’s true, but the universal truth of “eat what you can digest” holds true as well. If we increase our warming grains (such as millet and barley), eat dairy products moderately, and include digestive spices in our cooking, we can keep kapha content. If on the other hand, we overindulge in cooling, moist and heavy foods (think pizza and ice cream), the body can become heavy and sluggish; the mind can feel lethargic and depressed.

To help keep the body strong and fit through the winter months, here’s a recipe for “Immunity Soup.” While definitely not recommended for monks (due to the garlic and onions), for most modern yogis this soup will offer a boost to the immune system that will gently help ward off colds and flu.

Several ingredients help make this soup so powerful. Shitake mushrooms are well known for boosting immunity and have an anti-viral effect as well. Many of us know garlic to be a natural antibiotic, and of course our dear friend ginger provides an anti-inflammatory effect.

Astragalus root, a Chinese herb with powerful immune-enhancing properties, adds a pleasant sweet taste when simmered in soup. Astragalus root is available in Chinese herb stores, or several places on-line. Pregnant or nursing women should not use astragalus root. Nor should those diagnosed with an “autoimmune disease” (such as MS, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis). Also, avoid using astragalus if you are taking immune-suppressing drugs.

Immunity Soup

Ingredients
Makes about 6 cups (3 servings)

  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 oz shitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced diagonally
  • 2-3 pieces astragalus root (about 7-8 inches total)
  • 5 cups mushroom (or vegetable) stock
  • 1 tablespoon tamari or low-sodium soy sauce
  • Salt (optional)
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions

Directions

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger; sauté until soft and translucent. Add the shitakes, carrots, astragalus root, and mushroom stock. Bring to a low boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
  2. Add the tamari and adjust the seasoning with salt if needed. Add the broccoli florets and cook until tender, about 2 minutes. (Kale is another lovely addition to this soup.)
  3. Remove the astragalus root pieces. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with the scallions before serving.

Plenty of fun physical activity also helps keeps kapha content. Be sure to include ice skating, skiing, laughing and dancing as part of your wintertime routine as well!

May all be happy, healthy and holy!
– Pratibha (pratibha.que@gmail.com)

Pratibha Queen

Pratibha Queen

Pratibha Queen is a yoga instructor and Ayurvedic practitioner, who attends Salt Spring Center of Yoga retreats on a regular basis. Feel free to email with any questions that arise as you engage in health practices to support your yoga practice: pratibha.que@gmail.com.

 

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Our Centre Community: Padma Diana Bridges

Padma, part of our centre community

Padma, part of our centre community

My grandmother was my first guru. I learned rhyming prayers to bless everyone I knew each night, that doing good leads to happiness and mischief to sadness. I couldn’t hide anything from her because she was a gifted psychic. She knew my hidden thoughts and still loved me – so precious. I wondered why my Catholic grandmother would often tell me how wonderful Jewish people were (much later I would learn a family secret – that her husband who died young was a non-practicing Jew tired of his dark-haired family being ostracized in Sweden).

My father was also my teacher. A somewhat cynical, yet very ethical atheist, he would ask me lots of questions about what I thought and wouldn’t let me simply take things on faith. I didn’t appreciate that my grandmother had to confess her psychic abilities because it was believed that such gifts were from the devil. Nor did I appreciate the criticism that atheists received. I longed for the peace that existed between my father and grandmother, to come together in a spiritual discipline that could applaud these and all different natures – majorities and minorities. Although different than his, my father respected my grandmother’s beliefs and agreed that I be brought up Catholic and attend Loretto Academy, a private Catholic school. My classroom window overlooked the Niagara River just before it plunged over the falls.

Padma competing in Oyama canoe races

Padma competing in the canoe races at the 1978 Oyama retreat

Loretto was where I met my spiritual sister, Varuna. Although sincere, my incessant questions in religion class were disruptive. Varuna was a protestant and wasn’t required to go to religion class, but she wanted to learn about religion, so the nuns arranged for Varuna and me to go next door for private religion classes. Next door was a Jesuit seminary that trained priests. We had private classes with Father Keith and we weren’t required to memorize dogma. He asked us to examine our hearts and minds and discover the truth for ourselves. He told us to examine our dreams for clues to our unique spiritual path. When I told him about a dream where I sat peacefully on the floor in a room with no furniture, he said I had a contemplative nature and directed me to read The Lives of the Saints.

A few years after high school, Varuna excitedly called to tell me she had discovered that the place I was dreaming about was a yoga studio. I believe it was 1969 when Varuna took me to a Kundalini yoga class in Toronto and it certainly seemed a lot like my dream. I started searching out all kinds of yoga classes, loved the practices and in 1974 took Yoga Teacher Training with Swami Vishnu Devananda in Paradise Island, Bahamas. After that I taught yoga classes in Vancouver community centres.

I think it was 1978 while I was working on the Queen Charlotte Islands that Varuna told me that I must see Baba Hari Dass who was meeting people in the back of Jai clothing store, as I would be visiting Vancouver for a short time when he was there. I remember opening a door in the back of Jai that made a horrible squeaking sound and looking inside and seeing about 40 people on the floor meditating quietly with Babaji at the front. I didn’t know what to do, because no matter if I came in or waited outside, the door would again squeak…….so I decided to enter.

There I was – enveloped in powerful meditative energy, face-to-face with Baba Hari Dass – experiencing that same peaceful feeling I had with my grandmother – of being known deeply. I had met my Guru.

At the Centre, 1986

At the Centre, 1986

That New Year I went to Camp Swig near Santa Cruz for a retreat where I would see more of Babaji. Soon after the retreat my grandmother died. On her passing I experienced a horrible feeling of being alone in a worldly world. I needed someone wise in this world to guide me……so I wrote to tell Babaji that he was my guru. Babaji wrote back and told me I should move to Vancouver to be close to the satsang. Thus began my wonderful adventure with Baba Hari Dass and Dharma Sara Satsang.

Although I’d studied quite a lot of Yoga already, learning from Babaji was especially wonderful. He answered the question beneath the question I thought I was asking, giving me even more to ponder. I loved the practices of asana and pranayama, but wasn’t drawn to meditation. I remember asking him why we should meditate if we didn’t really want to……and he told me to try it out and experience why myself – the perfect answer for someone unimpressed with dogma!

Here are some of the factoids encountered while traversing this river of spiritual discovery called life – :

I spent 1980/81 living in the Euclid Avenue Toronto Ashtanga Yoga Fellowship satsang house while studying massage therapy.

I returned to Vancouver in 1981 and practiced massage at Dharma Sara’s Holistic Centre on 4th Avenue, where we held yoga classes and satsangs. On weekends we city folk, would often go over to “The Land” (The Salt Spring Centre for the Creative Arts and Sciences as it was then known) to reclaim it from blackberry bushes.

Eventually I lived in the Laurel Street satsang house with AD, Kalpana, Maheshwar, Shivani and others. Those were the days of Yogaerobics classes, where I lead fast-paced yoga moves to Madhab’s music and then we’d gab for hours after.

One of our gab sessions led to an idea for one of the first programs at Salt Spring Centre. We called it “More than Skin Deep”. It was a weekend where participants would get massage and natural facials, but also learn yoga. Participants liked it! – although a few things were dropped. Cold water hydrotherapy wasn’t a big hit. The name soon became Women’s Weekends and they were held for quite a few years and eventually transformed into today’s Yoga Getaways.

It may have been 1982 when I dropped off a press release and brochure to the Vancouver Sun…..resulting in a two-page article with colour photos of our Women’s Weekends. It brought lots of people to the program.

I think it was 1984 when I moved to Salt Spring and took part in a government grant where I learned computer skills and then worked developing and servicing programs – a very fun time – hard work too – creative – fine-tuning our programs and giving people, especially over-worked women from the mainland, that special time to relax and revitalize. Many returned to our annual and semi-annual yoga retreats.

A group of amazing people came together to serve the people in the programs – the Health Collective. As a resident of the land, I coordinated the Health Collective during the program weekends. Before Chikitsa Shala was built, we used little spaces all over giving massage, swedan, reflexology and facials. We would also work at retreats and for islanders, and fundraised to purchase the yurt years ago when Craig offered to sell his prototype to Salt Spring Centre for the cost of materials.

In 1985 I bought a small house on Salt Spring and planned on staying put.

In 1986, Doug from North Carolina came to the Centre to visit his friend Ambika, but she was off-island at the time. I married him, sold my Salt Spring house, and followed him to the US where we experimented with householder yoga for 20 years. Ultimately we decided this style of yoga was too difficult.

However, we discovered a very joyous aspect of householder yoga with the birth of our daughter Arpita. Although we were living in Seattle at the time, (1991), it was wonderful to have the satsang snuggly delivered from Salt Spring for Arpita. Raising such a bright, spirited and creative child was a privilege and a rewarding challenge.

Jessy Arpita, 1993

Jessy Arpita, 1993

Padma and Arpita (still called Jessy), 1997

Padma and Arpita (still called Jessy), 1997

Padma and Arpita (Jessy), 1997.

Padma and Arpita (Jessy), 1997.

For kindergarten and first grade we returned to Salt Spring, and Arpita attended school at the land (the Salt Spring Centre School) and I again worked for programs. I wish I had taken a picture the day Arpita, Ceilidh and Sarah took mud baths and came streaking by the program house during a Women’s Weekend – a creative new spa treatment! Alas, no software jobs for Doug resulted in our moving to Texas in 1998. I missed not seeing Babaji or Salt Spring satsangis for a long time. I studied Traditional Chinese Medicine in Seattle and continued studies in Austin, Texas, eventually receiving my MS in Oriental Medicine.

In 2008 I returned to Niagara Falls to be with my mom during her last year. My life had always been so busy – working, actively involved in yoga and family life. All of a sudden I was focusing on what was important to my mother and all the day-to-day simple things of just being with someone who appreciated each day. I think that wonderful time helped me learn a little more about appreciating everything that comes to you – both happy times and difficult times. One thing we know for sure – they all pass.

Padma and fellow centre community member Kishori, 1998

Padma and fellow centre community member Kishori, 1998

In 2010 I spent about six months at Salt Spring Centre again involved in programs. This time I was happy to be sharing that karma yoga experience with my daughter, Arpita. It’s wonderful that she also finds joy in karma yoga at Salt Spring Centre.

These days I find myself living in Niagara Falls, in the house that my father built the year I was born. I find satsang with a number of groups – many Buddhist. I spend Sunday nights doing vipassana meditation, Thursdays with the Thai Buddhists, Sunday mornings doing tai chi and qigong at the Chinese Buddhist temple. Wednesdays I study Vedanta with the Chinmaya Mission and Fridays and take a Yoga class at the Hindu Samaj. There are lots of Asians in Niagara Falls. I teach meditation courses through the local university’s Continuing Education and the occasional yoga workshop, mostly to my clients. I really feel that Satsang is important. Dharma Sara used to be my sole satsang…and now it takes several groups to fill that need.

Last New Year, Arpita and I were at Mount Madonna. Babaji wrote me a note saying that when I’m at Mount Madonna I should do a certain practice, but wherever I find myself, I can practice the way they do there. It feels so wonderful to know that Babaji has always understood me and leads me through this world with such wisdom. I have been very blessed to meet him and all the wonderful people of Dharma Sara. In Texas I lived on Tumbleweed Trail. Sometimes I feel that I’ve tumbled through life in a somewhat nomadic way. Perhaps I will again find myself spending a lot more with the wonderful people in Dharma Sara.

The Universe Reflected in One Grassy Knoll

Tricia-Ramier

An ancient tree holds the grounded energy of this place. Its roots grow deep and wide, connecting all of us who are here, and reminding us of our eternal connection with all living things past, present, and future–stretching out into infinite space. The warm sun soothes and touches our skin, lighting up this little grassy mound that feels like the centre of the universe. The rays of light, though invisible, become fully tangible when they make contact with the body. This is a place where there is no need to define where we are in relation to anything else. It is a place where time and space have no relevance or meaning, and the eternity of the present moment is all that can and will ever be known. It is a place where the concreteness of the physical world merges with the no-thingness of the divine.

My hands caress the grass beneath me and feel the life contained in each thin blade. How beautiful to have my body supported by this living, growing carpet! I am but one of the countless life forms that this small grassy knoll supports. Beneath me the grass and dirt are teeming with insects and microorganisms—each one a unique and complete universe unto itself. This place reminds me how tiny and insignificant I am, and at the same time I am reminded of my own infinite expansiveness. What is it about this place that reflects so much truth and beauty?

Looking up, I see others just like myself, experiencing the same joy that I feel. The sweet sound of laughter drifts over to me. I have never heard a sound more perfect and wonderful in my life! The farm yogis cross in and out of the bountiful rows of vegetables, covered in mud and reveling in the joy of witnessing the fruits of their labour in full bloom. It seems to me that each day they become more and more a part of the land that they work with their bare hands. I wouldn’t be surprised if one day they started to grow roots and shoot up towards the sky in exalted liberation–joining earth to sky, heaven to earth.

This place has stamped its memory into my being, and returning there in my mind awakens my body and my senses to experience it again as if for the first time. What I love most about this place is the way it makes me feel so alive. Like every cell of my body has come to life and is humming with the effervescent sparkle of being. The simplicity of the moment uncovers all of life’s beauty and depth. I am overcome by it.

The rustle and movement of the people around me bring time back into my experience, and I am reminded that I have a job to do. The kitchen calls. There are vegetables to be chopped and hungry yogis to be fed. But as I move to go, to return to the world of time, duty and productivity, the quality of this timeless space remains, and I am reminded of its permanence.

Even as I return to the mundane tasks of everyday life, I recognize the truth of this place within myself. I know that what it has revealed to me cannot be lost because it exists at the core of my very own being. It remains within me wherever I go, and its perfection calls me back to myself whenever I forget to see the magic and beauty around me.

Buddings Bio Photo– Contributed by Johanna Peters

 

Johanna became connected to SSCY through a series of serendipitous events that allowed her to work at the centre as a karma yogi. She remains connected to the centre and Babaji’s teachings by attending Satsang in Vancouver, and has learned the most about the true spirit of karma yoga through her work with children. Combining her love of yoga and working with kids, she had the privilege of co-ordinating the kids program at this year’s Annual Community Retreat. The centre continues to be a place of spiritual nourishment, inspiration and connection for Johanna, and the support it provides has allowed her life to blossom and flourish in the most unexpected and delightful ways.

Asana of the Month: Virabhadrasana 2

Virabhadrasana 2 (veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna) – Warrior 2

Priya demonstrates Virabhadasana 2

Priya demonstrates Virabhadasana 2

Steady and strong, with strength and stamina. Virabhadrasana 2 can teach us a lot about the dynamics of bringing wisdom into the actions of our everyday lives. It is a powerful pose, no doubt, but as you explore the pose’s alignment and inner attitude, the heart of the peaceful warrior begins to reveal itself offering confidence to face your fears, courage to move forward and compassion to embrace one another.

Benefits

Virabhadrasana 2 strengthens the legs, ankles, knees, arms, shoulders and aims to increase elasticity in the back and groins. Overall circulation in the body is developed, mental focus plus stamina is gained and the 3 doshas – kapha, vata and pitta (* Ayurvedic science that aligns the mind-body- spirit*) are brought back into balance.

When Babaji was asked about the pose he wrote — it is good to work with the vayus, especially apana (with the necessary lifting of the pelvic floor and bringing in the lower belly to stabilize the trunk of the body) and udana (with the head turned to the side and the pressure put at Vishuddha chakra)–.

Virabhadrasana 2 tones udana, prana, apana and samana vayu. The Five Vayus (udana, prana, samana, apana, vyana) are the energies (prana) of the body that regulate and control all bodily functions. The word vayu means “wind”, so the vayus can be thought of as the “energy winds” of the body. When these energies are balanced, the body is healthy and all of its functions are optimized. Through understanding our own imbalances of these pranas, we are able to restore the balance of these energies and the health of the body.

Entering the Asana

  1. Stand in the middle of your mat, grounding yourself in Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Initiate your training as a spiritual warrior here as you let go of life’s external influences and distraction, bringing awareness to your core and solar plexus chakra (manipura) – related to the ability to be confident and in-control of our lives.
  2. Step the feet one leg length apart with toes facing forward and heels aligned to one another. Engage the thighs as you firmly ground down through the feet. Keep your arms and shoulders relaxed and place hands on the hips. Hips stay facing forward and remain level. Bring your awareness to maintaining a Tadasana torso and allowing the focus to initially be on the legs.
  3. Rotate your left leg out 90 degrees from the hip socket. Rotate the right foot in just slightly. The heel of left foot aligns with the arch or big toe knuckle of the back foot.
  4. Legs stay firm, torso and hip points remain facing forward. Become aware of your breathing, establishing your own natural rhythm. Breathing is full and gentle, in and out, inhale and exhale.
  5. Inhale and lengthen through the torso.
  6. Exhale, bend the left knee and align the knee over ankle. Adjust your stance accordingly. Be sure to keep your big toenail visible. To keep the knee joint safe and to avoid twisting and collapsing in the front knee, take your left hand onto the inside of left knee and gently guide it toward the little toe side. In the full pose, the left thigh is parallel to the floor and the shin is perpendicular.
  7. Inhale, raise the arms out to the sides, shoulder height and parallel with the floor, palms facing up, eye of the elbow facing the ceiling. Then with the rest of the arm stable, turn your palms down from the forearm. Keep the shoulders and chest centred over the hips. Then turn your head, and gaze toward the left hand. Breathe, feeling the length of your inhaling and exhaling.
  8. Explore the feeling of your body weight from front to back. Distribute the weight evenly between the legs. Connect through all of the corners of your feet while lifting through the arches, discovering a point of equilibrium.
  9. Maintain the natural curvatures of the spine, not leaning too far forward or back. Avoid over arching the low back by engaging into the core and lifting the lower belly button up, lengthening the spine. This action will awaken your centre, so you can begin to extend out of your lower back and expand the whole torso.
  10. Draw the shoulders down from the ears, lengthening out through the arms.
  11. Continue to be aware of your breathing, steady and slow, for 3-5 breathes. It is in the clear space of awareness that the wise actions within each moment can be found. In the deep lunge and open arms of Virabhadrasana 2, you may hear your internal warrior teacher giving you insights to bring you into balance not only in the present moment, but in your life as a whole.

Coming out of the Asana

  1. Bring hands to the hips; stabilize through the feet.
  2. Inhale, straighten left leg. Exhale, turn toes back to parallel.
  3. Heel toe feet back together.
  4. Return to Tadasana and repeat on the other side.

Modifications

Allowing the hands to rest at the hips, shorten your stance, or your gaze can remain in the direction the chest is facing.

Modifications of the pose

Modifications of the pose

You may also initiate the posture from a kneeling position, or utilize props.

From a kneeling position

From a kneeling position

Chair: a) rest your arms on. b) sit on

Using a chair as a prop

Using a chair as a prop

Wall: a) place the body against. b) back foot pressing into wall.

Tricial-RamierYour instructor, Tricia Hari Priya Ramier, E~RYT 200 & 500

Tricia is a 200hr graduate of the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga and a RYT 500 hr graduate of Mount Madonna Centre in California. She is trained in classical ashtanga and hatha yoga systems, yin yoga, earned a Diploma in Human Kinetics and is excited about her path to become a yoga therapist.

In 2011, Tricia and her best friend opened the doors to Williams Lake’s first dedicated yoga studio ~Satya Yoga Studio. In her yoga classes, Tricia weaves together mindfulness, alignment, strength and softness in a flow style practice. She guides students in a rhythm that allows them to move in harmony with their breath and to discover the obstacles / opportunities that are waiting to be met. The word Satya means truth, and she invites you to discover your truth.

Photos by Jana Roller