News from the Centre – July 2015

Hello everyone,

Happy Canada Day to Canadians and Fourth of July to Americans. I hope you’re all enjoying the summer! The days are long at this time of year – no need for flashlights. June was sunny and warm – often hot, with very little rain. People enjoy it, the plants not so much. However, the dogwood tree outside the front entrance bloomed all through the month.

our lovely dogwood

the dogwood tree by the front steps

Life at the Centre continues to be very full and busy. We are fortunate to have a wonderful crew of karma yogis to help support the ongoing activities.

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conch symphony before dinner

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dinner time

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Julia and Finnley making paper helicopters.

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Matt playing his guitar

We are delighted to welcome two little yogis into our satsang family: Emily, born May 7 to Meera and Oliver, little sister to Devon; and Asher, born May 28 to Emily and Gabe. We can’t wait to meet them!

Yoga Teacher Training will start in a few days, for 13 days in July, followed by a second session of 9 days in August. This year two of our karma yogis – Piet and Christine – will join the YTT student body. We are very pleased to welcome the new group, and as always, our team of dedicated faculty members.

At the end of this month, on the morning of July 30, we will celebrate Guru Purnima. We welcome you to join us on Thursday, July 30 at 8:30 am here at the Centre. Through the ancient Vedic ceremony (yajna) we will honour Babaji and all spiritual teachers. It is a time to renew and rededicate ourselves to all that the teachings inspire in us for the attainment of peace.

Later that day ACYR (Annual Community Yoga Retreat) begins. Here is a message from Piet, ACYR coordinator:

“The Annual Community Yoga Retreat 2015 is our 41st year holding this wonderful family yoga event. It is a longstanding tradition and a fun and energizing time to reconnect with our extended yoga family. Whether you’ve been coming for years or this is your first retreat, whether you’re coming with your family or by yourself, you’re welcome to join us for this special event. The retreat is 5 days and 4 nights jam-packed with programs, events, classes, and the Ramayana. Come celebrate our longest running retreat with us.

Below are some photos from last year’s event.

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kirtan at the 2014 ACYR

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meal circle at the 2014 ACYR

yajna retreat 2014

yajna at the 2014 ACYR

In this month’s newsletter

Pratibha has been sharing her wisdom with us through her monthly Ayurveda, Yoga and You articles in this newsletter. This month’s article is focused on keeping us lubricated in “Abhyanga, the Ayurvedic Art of Self-Massage“.

Kenzie this month brings us another fascinating book review, this one about a book with an inspiring title – and an uplifting story: May I be Happy by Cyndi Lee. It’s a story of personal development that many will relate to.

Continuing our introduction to the Centre community, Tanya Gita Roberts shares “Learning to Come out of Hiding”, the story of her personal journey and connection with Babaji and his teachings. Her story is one of transformation.

Sharada brings us some of Babaji’s teachings in “Guidelines for Life”, based on a set of guidelines for self-development that he developed for all of us years ago. The practices he recommends are universal and apply to all of us equally.

For those of you who have tried to make comments on any of the articles, I’m afraid they haven’t been coming through. There’s been a bit of a problem in the ‘comments’ function which I hope will be fixed soon, but meanwhile, please keep checking our Facebook page and making comments on articles that are posted there. We love reading your comments!

May the longtime sun shine upon you,
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on.

Love,
Sharada

Guidelines for Life

Baba Hari DassAs we face both joys and challenges throughout life, we generally have some guidelines that we use to make decisions. Some are provided by religions, by the cultures and traditions we grew up in, how we’ve been raised or what we’ve learned over the years. Years ago, Babaji wrote this set of guidelines for our self-development that are very simple – though not necessarily easy.

* Express love and kindness in your words and actions in dealing with others.

* Express compassion in your actions towards those who are suffering physically or emotionally.

We often have the intention to live by these guidelines, although we’re not always successful. We mean to be open-hearted and kind, but then we find ourselves saying, or at least thinking, something judgemental. Sometimes we don’t even realize that what we’re saying may be hurtful. It takes attention and self-reflection – and practice.

*Anything that comes to you should be received as a gift from Providence.

That means everything that comes to us, not just the “good stuff”; it includes the parts we don’t enjoy. Mary Oliver’s poem, “The Uses of Sorrow” expresses it well:

Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.

It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift.

* Do not hoard things that are not required.

This doesn’t mean you need to give away all your possessions, but it does mean letting go of things you don’t need, that are no longer serving you. “Things” refers not only to material objects, but also to thoughts and opinions. Declutter on all levels.

* Give away things to those who are in need. Keep busy in selfless service.

Practice generosity of spirit and open-heartedness. It’s a good practice to pass along items to those who need them, but recognize that what’s needed isn’t always material objects. Often a gift of time, helping someone or listening to someone is what’s needed.

* Reduce your needs to a minimum.

Simplifying your life lifts a burden from your shoulders. We live in a cultural climate of ‘more’, the message being that there is never enough, that somehow more will bring us fulfilment and happiness. Of course it doesn’t work. As Babaji says, The world is not a burden; we make it a burden by our desires. When the desires are removed, the world is as light as a feather on an elephant’s back.

* Avoid discussion or reading books that are contrary to your self-development.

This is a practice of self-awareness. What effect does this conversation – or this book or movie – have on my mind? Does it bring me peace or is it showing up in disturbing thoughts or dreams? Pay attention and make choices accordingly.

* Do not indulge in any action that may cause harm to others in any form, directly or indirectly.

This can be understood on many levels. We choose to speak and act kindly and compassionately to one another, yet there are times when we slip up. Once we notice, we can realign and make amends. That’s an example of avoiding harm directly. On a global scale, we can ask ourselves where the products we buy are made and whether our purchases are indirectly causing harm to others.

* Look for good qualities in others rather than looking for their shortcomings.

The old saying, “you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar” still holds true. If we see only the things we don’t like in others (or ourselves, for that matter), focusing on what’s wrong, we suffer. Thich Nath Hanh recommends asking, “What’s not wrong?” This is a practice of gratitude, seeing the good in ourselves and others.

* Do not get involved in unnecessary talk.

What is unnecessary talk? Anything that is harmful, including gossiping about others and negative talk in general, including self-talk.

* Do not expect praise for your good actions.

Perform actions to contribute to the welfare of life because that’s what’s called for, not because you want recognition. Acknowledgement is not a bad thing – we all thrive on it; it’s the attachment to it that arises that creates problems. Continue to do ‘good actions’ regardless of whether you receive praise or not. The intention to contribute to others is what’s important.

* Anger, hate and jealousy appear in the mind by comparing with others; they should be replaced by love toward others.

This requires us to recognize what’s going on in our own hearts and minds first. Negative states of mind are filled with suffering, and we may need to find compassion for ourselves first. Feelings of anger, hate or jealousy are painful for us and those around us. Once we’ve touched that tender spot that’s hurting in ourselves, we become able to extend love and understanding toward others, recognizing that we all need love and acceptance.

* Be humble and give respect to others.

From our ego perspective, it may seem that our opinions are right, but wanting to be right can destroy connection. We can practice letting go of our desire to be right and to have the last word. We can lighten up and not take ourselves – and our opinions – so seriously. Everybody matters and everybody wants to be treated with respect.

* Pray to God for forgiveness of any undesired actions, done knowingly or unknowingly.

We generally try to do our best. Sometimes we succeed and sometimes we fail. If praying to God for forgiveness is comfortable for you, then do that. If not, simply acknowledging that if we’ve done something we regret and making amends as well as we’re able can bring us back to connection with ourselves and others. This is a practice of re-connecting to our deepest convictions.

* Perform your duties towards your family, society and country with pure and selfless intent.

This teaching is about overcoming self-interest in our daily actions so that we can give selflessly and joyously. We forget, then we remember again – over and over.

* Do not let laziness or dullness control your mind.

In a letter to a student who complained about the difficulty of getting up in the morning for sadhana (spiritual practice), Babaji replied, “Kick yourself.” Willpower is necessary. If you want to reach a goal, you have to work for it.

* Be honest to others as well as to yourself.

It’s very easy for us to deceive ourselves. We have lots of excuses and rationalizations. Being honest with ourselves means being willing to examine our thoughts rather than automatically believing them. I once saw a wonderful bumper sticker that said, “You don’t have to believe everything you think.” If we can question our own thoughts, it becomes easier to be truly honest – and also kind – with others.

* Be firm in your spiritual convictions.

Don’t give up. Life is full of tides that go up and down, and our work is to continue to practice, to continue to bring our minds back from the many distractions of our lives, to keep moving toward peace.

OM

All teachings in italics by Baba Hari Dass
contributed by Sharada


 

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Sharada Filkow, a student of classical ashtanga yoga since the early 70s, is one of the founding members of the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, where she has lived for many years, serving as a karma yogi, teacher and mentor.

Abhyanga: The Ayurvedic Art of Self-Massage

flickr-oil-foodistaThe summer months are the perfect time to experiment with abhyanga – the Ayurvedic art of oil massage. As we mentioned in last month’s column, abhyanga (self massage with warm oil) nourishes the skin, as well as soothes the nervous system, stimulates the circulation of blood and lymph, and enlivens the immune system. This nurturing practice also helps moisturize the body so it doesn’t dry out in the heat of the summer sun.

The way this works is that the warmth of summer heats up all of our bodily tissues, drawing moisture from each and every cell. We may not be aware of this at first, particularly kapha predominant people whose tissues contain more than average moisture. But the effects of dehydration can accumulate as the summer heat goes on and, especially for vata and pitta predominant people, can have a very damaging effect on the entire body. When the dry quality of vata accumulates during the warm summer months, it can then become aggravated when the autumn winds begin in late September or October. And then we become prone to vata disorders such as constipation, anxiety, and cracking joints.

To counteract this accumulation of vata dryness during the summer, abhyanga is the perfect antidote (along with the addition of aloe vera and cooling melons to your diet)!

Before we detail the process, let’s look at the properties of various oils you might choose. Sesame oil is used throughout India as a basic massage oil; it is heavy and warming, perfect for nourishing vata dosha. Coconut and sunflower oil are both cooling; they’re the best for balancing the pitta dosha. Kapha people may choose a light oil such as almond or may decide to massage without oil, simply massaging the skin directly.

Adding a bit of essential oil to your choice of base oil adds a delicious quality to the experience. Cooling rose, lavender and sandalwood oils are recommended for pitta. Frankincense, geranium rose and jasmine are calming for vata. Kapha predominants appreciate the warming and invigorating aromas of rosemary, eucalyptus and peppermint. Choose one oil to experiment with, one that feels most pleasing to you.

Abhyanga is best performed early in the morning, before showering. Fill a 2 oz. plastic bottle with your choice of oils, and heat it by placing it in a cup of warm/hot water for a few minutes. Choose a warm place for this practice, one where any excess oil will not damage carpet or furniture. Apply a small amount of oil to the whole body, beginning with the scalp. Massage the scalp slowly with firm pressure. After a minute or so, move down to your ears and face, using small circles.

Moving down to the arms, use circular strokes on the joints (shoulders, elbows and wrists) and long strokes on the upper and lower arms. Be sure to give each side equal time! Use circular strokes on the chest and stomach and upward strokes on the lower back. If you have a consenting companion, ask him or her to rub oil also into the upper back. Continuing on to the legs, again use long strokes on the long bones, and circular strokes on the joints.

You may wish to give special attention to the feet; working the acupressure points there can revitalize the whole body through reflexive action that connects to the internal organs. Apply oil to lubricate the whole foot; then massage each toe beginning with the pinkie all the way to the big toe, giving some loving attention to the space between the toes. Next massage the ball of the foot in a circular motion and complete the massage by circling the ankle joints with both hands in a clockwise motion.

Leave the oil on your skin for 10-15 minutes (or as long as possible). You may wish to do your teeth brushing or shaving while you wait for the oil to be absorbed. Now step into a warm shower. Use only as much soap as you actually need; the warm water will help draw the oil deep into the skin tissue. We want this oil to be absorbed, and not washed off with the soap. Towel dry and enjoy the rejuvenating effects of your self-massage.

This practice can be done daily, weekly, monthly, or occasionally – your choice. When you feel stressed, when you feel dried out, when you feel fatigued – whenever you find the time to include it in your daily routine, you’ll enjoy both the pleasure and the health benefits of this ancient practice.

Whether you massage the entire body massage or just the arms and legs, don’t rush. Take your time, focusing on feelings of love and support for this incredible body of ours. For decades, this body carries around our consciousness, our soul, our spirit in order that we can experience this extraordinary life and explore the process of liberation from our self-created dreams. When we’re able to appreciate this amazing life, we permeate ourselves with the qualities of acceptance, loving-kindness, and compassion which the world so crucially needs these days!

Happy oiling! Peace, ~pratibha


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[at]gmail[dot]com.


Image: Photo of Extra Virgin Olive Oil by Foodista courtesy of flickr creative commons

Our Centre Community: Tanya Gita Roberts

Learning to Come out of Hiding
by Tanya Gita Roberts

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Tanya Gita Roberts

The Salt Spring Centre of Yoga has felt like home for me right from the very first time I walked onto the grounds. The Centre is a constant for me, somewhere I can return to, a safe place where I can ground and connect with myself, friends, family, and community. I am so grateful to have this connection to the land and our loving, welcoming satsang.

The feeling of stability of place is something I didn’t experience when I was younger. I spent most of my childhood on the prairies, in Edmonton or in small communities outside of Edmonton. We moved around a lot when I was young – sometimes I went to two different schools in the same school year. Each move meant leaving old friends and having to make new ones, and while being the new kid isn’t always easy, my 2 younger brothers and I became pretty good at embracing change. My parents finally settled in a small town called Bruderheim, about an hour north-east of Edmonton. We lived in this small community for 8 years, the longest my family stayed in one place.

Three peas in a pod – me and my two little brothers, Phil and Jason

Three peas in a pod – me and my two little brothers, Phil and Jason

Our family may not have established deep roots in any one town or home, but my parents did create a deep rooted love of nature and the outdoors. One constant in our lives was our summer camping trips. We spent many blissful weeks in the summer running wild though the forest and over the beaches of prairie lakes. This is where I felt most at home, grounded and connected to my family, Mother Earth, myself and God. A special highlight for me and my brothers was getting to hang out in the boat with my dad when he went out fishing.

My brother Phil and I getting geared up to go fishing with Dad

My brother Phil and I getting geared up to go fishing with Dad

Another constant in our lives when I was young was the Roman Catholic Church. My maternal grandparents were devout Catholics and this was a tradition my mother tried to establish in our home. We rarely missed Mass on Sundays. Mom encouraged us to get involved in our parish community. I served as an altar girl, did readings and played flute and clarinet during Mass. My active participation in the church community taught me about devotion, faith, and selfless service. While I am no longer a practicing Catholic, these early lessons have served me well over the years. I can see how they influence my present practice and why I am so drawn to Babaji’s teachings.

When I moved out on my own, I continued to cultivate my connection with Mother Nature. I was (and still am) an avid hiker, cyclist, and mountain biker. These were my first forms of meditation. And it was mountain biking that brought me and my husband Brent together!

Feeling connected on my mountain bike. So much joy!

Feeling connected on my mountain bike. So much joy!

I discovered asana when I was in the last year of my undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta. I registered in a Hatha class because the description said yoga was good for relieving stress and anxiety – and I had a lot of stress and anxiety! I was hooked from the first class. When I started graduate work, yoga helped keep me sane.

Brent and I moved to Victoria from Edmonton in 2007. We were so excited! We were leaving the cold prairie winters behind and settling somewhere we could hike and bike year round. Another incentive for us was that we would be a few hours away from Quadra Island. Quadra is a special place for us – it’s where we chose to get married and it’s where we go to relax and reconnect with one another.

I started going taking classes at the Yoga Shala in Victoria. Suchi’s studio is where I learned about Babaji and SSCY. I attended my first pranayama and meditation class at the Yoga Shala. This class was where I met some of my dearest friends here in Victoria.

In 2010, I experienced a traumatic work place injury. Brent and my yoga practice were my supports during recovery (which still continues to today). The accident turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to me. It showed me the depth of Brent’s patience, kindness, and loving heart – I am so blessed to have such a compassionate life partner. The accident brought me to SSCY, Babaji’s teachings, and regular sadhana.

Brent and I snuggling on the beach at Rebecca Spit on Quadra Island

Brent and I snuggling on the beach at Rebecca Spit on Quadra Island

A candid shot of Brent and me on our wedding day, hanging out on the beach at Rebecca Spit.

A candid shot of Brent and me on our wedding day, hanging out on the beach at Rebecca Spit.

As part of my recovery, and after a lot of encouragement from my dear friend Christina King, I enrolled in the Yoga Teacher Training Program in July of 2011. YTT was a life altering experience for me. The clarity, peace, joy and love that I experienced over those 4 weeks profoundly changed me and the way I choose to live in the world. My YTT 200 experience left me wanting to learn more. In March 2013, I started the YTT 500 program at Mount Madonna, another amazing experience. Part of my desire to head down to Mount Madonna was to see Babaji, in person. As part of our YTT studies, we were able to sit in on the weekly philosophy class that Babaji taught, and we were able to sit and eat with him and the Mount Madonna community when Babaji was at the Centre. I was too nervous at first to go up to him and pranam, so I paid my respects from afar, placing my hands together at my heart, bowing my head, too afraid to lift my eyes. What was I afraid of? I was afraid of being seen for who I am, warts and all; and I had been “hiding” for a long time. Eventually, I worked up the courage to pranam at Babaji’s feet. When his eyes met mine, I felt like I was being seen truly for the first time, he saw deep into my soul and now I had to stop hiding. “Work honestly, meditate every day, meet people without fear, and play”. Meeting people without fear is still a work in progress for me, but I’m not hiding anymore.

Philosophy class with Babaji at Mount Madonna

Philosophy class with Babaji at Mount Madonna

Yoga, SSCY, Mount Madonna and Babaji’s teachings have brought so many blessings into my life. There are no words to express my deep gratitude. “Life is for learning. The world is our school. The school is always open and the serious students never drop out from learning”; “Teach to learn”; and “Love everyone including yourself. This is real sadhana” are teachings I reflect on every day. Jai Babaji! Jai Gurudev!

Book Review: “May I Be Happy” by Cyndi Lee

“May I Be Happy”
A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind
Written by Cyndi Lee
A book review by Kenzie Pattillo

Book-Review-May-I-Be-Happy.JPEG-0d885I found a new yoga memoir at the library last month unexpectedly. I’d been in left brain yoga study for months it seemed – reading books about hands-on adjustments, sequencing and anatomy – and was yearning for a little personal narrative to apply to my yoga studies. Enter “May I Be Happy” by Cyndi Lee: a compelling and well-written memoir that also has within its pages the potential to help us heal our relationship with our own body.

The story is divided into three sections – arising, abiding and dissolving – providing a metaphorical structure that beautifully reinforces the subtleties of Lee’s unfolding journey towards self-acceptance. Teaching discourses interspersed throughout reinforce the process she is going through on her own path and her willingness to bring her students along with her. Her complete honesty and humility are refreshingly daring and exemplify her commitment to the vows of the bodhisattva. “I vow in every moment…to be helpful to every being I encounter in my life- all those beings I know and love, those I know and don’t like so much, and all those many, many beings I’ll never meet.” This book is a manifest expression of that vow.

My first take-away from the book came in the opening line of the opening paragraph: “Vinyasa has three parts – arising, abiding and dissolving”. Now that I’ve thoroughly digested this book I’m starting to recognize this truth in each yoga posture I perform, in the unfolding of both my home practice and the classes I teach, and even in the trajectory of my own life. “It’s a big vinyasa; everything that happens plants a seed and everything that is happening is the fruit of a previous seed. I’m becoming more aware of the seeds that I’m planting; and I’m becoming more aware of the seeds that have created my current experiences. That also means I can choose which seeds I want to water.”

What arises for her is the realization of her own suffering through long held body dissatisfaction that had been normalized early on in her life and cemented as a “full blown adult body grudge” that was only getting stronger as she passed through middle age. It was affecting her relationships, her health and her ability to teach yoga authentically. “Most all of my friends know this syndrome well and consider it a normal thing for our self-esteem to be based on how we feel about how our body looks.” She shares her inner dialogue about these feelings in real time while attending a Yoga Journal Conference in Hong Kong and on pilgrimage to India to visit Deer Park where the Buddha shared his first teachings. She mines her past and sees the origins of her negative body relationship in her upbringing as a minister’s daughter and her young adult life as a professional modern dancer. Once she begins to truly see how unhealthy her relationship is with her own body she sees how it’s been with her all along. It just keeps arising!

She moves into abiding, exploring the presence of this reality in her life, while seeking counsel from friends and mentors, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christine Northrup, and other long time girlfriends. She integrates this newfound awareness into her meditation practice as a 30 day challenge in the form of a Zen koan of sorts, asking herself, “What is my ‘ideal’ body?” She offers her students a lively discussion of sukha (ease) and dukha (suffering) – practice sukhasanasa-stop practicing dukhasana! – and an experiential teaching of Basic Goodness, found through sitting in Vajrasana and exploring the reality of neural plasticity in regards to the power of practice. “I was not going to share this with my class, but I realized that repetition is how I’ve become such a masterful critic of every nook and cranny of my one precious body.”

Two thirds of the way through the book Lee is firmly aware of the truth of her reality, but still hasn’t found a way to change it. The dissolving still must find a way to be initiated. Enter her mother’s own dissolution and the discovery of her husband’s philandering and the potential dissolution of that relationship as well. Then, Louise Haye (mother of positive affirmations and catalyst for by far the most entertaining discourse in the book) tells Lee to acknowledge her own mother’s narcissism, her own unwillingness to do anything about her situation thus far, and the absolute imperative that she not call the book “I Hate My Body”, because every time she says it, “It just gets worse!” Louise tells Lee in no uncertain terms that she has spent a lifetime practicing “rotten affirmations” and instead offers her the affirmation “I am my own yoga student”. Haye helps Lee see the contrast between how she thinks about herself compared to how she thinks about her students: “I love them and I don’t care what they look like and I never think their bodies are wrong.”

Lee meets with Buddhist nun Jetsumna Tenzin Palmo, who reminds her to take her troubles into her practice and turn it into the path. This includes thanking Lee’s husband for his indiscretions and forgiving the women who were involved. But most importantly Palmo recommends that Lee practice Maitri-loving kindness- for herself. ‘May I be safe/May I be healthy/May I be happy/May I live with ease’ becomes another powerful affirmation to dissolve her lifetime body grudge.
“That old grumpy voice was the one thing not being fed…The most important safe and healthy environment was inside my head. I was no longer willing to live in a place where the law said I had to be perfect. And I was not going to live with someone who didn’t like me, respect me, or take proper care of me, so I broke up with that person – the woman who hated her body – and decided to become the person I did want to live with.”

During the final chapter of this book Lee literally becomes her own yoga student as she practices along with a yoga video she made a decade ago. She feels such compassion for her past self and acknowledges how far she has come. “I realized I had decided to accept the assignment of working with this body. Not to get rid of it; not to resent it; not to wish I looked more like somebody else; but to take this body as it was at this moment on the path towards more goodness.” “If I loved it (my body) unconditionally, I might learn to love myself unconditionally, and then to spread this unconditional love to others. That was a good day’s yoga practice.”

I couldn’t help but relate to the inquiry set in motion in this book. I believe that most women live with at least a small amount of ‘body grudge’, but that it is viewed as something non-negotiable – the cost of doing business as a woman in this contemporary world. I completely identify with a quote she shares by Gelek Rinpoche who said, “You can’t divide yourself into parts and hate one part and love another – both parts are you.” Yoga asana practice has helped me to access those parts of my body my mind has judged unacceptable and integrate them back into a loving, safe whole. The mindfulness inherent in yoga practice has helped me access the truth in the statements “You are not your thoughts” and “Don’t believe everything you think”. What needs to be added is the knowledge that we can change our thoughts, not just abide them. Though I’ve been able to create some space between myself and my negative body thoughts, they still arise quite regularly and if not brought to the light of awareness, I can easily find myself watering full grown plants long ago planted as seeds. Through Lee’s words I feel empowered to not just abide these thoughts but to apply some conscious affirmations in order to plant new seeds instead.

This book tackles a very big subject with grace and courage. Our relationship with our body is nuanced, multi-layered and deeply personal. I can’t even begin to do this subject justice by reviewing this book, but Lee does the subject profound justice by writing it. As Louise Haye said as she hugged Lee goodbye, “…when you get it, you’re going to get it for everybody.” Thank you Cyndi Lee! This book will help so many people. Please read! Please share!

 

KenziePattillo
Kenzie Pattillo
completed her 200 hour YTT at Salt Spring Centre of Yoga in 2002. She is a householder yogi/mama living in North Vancouver, B.C. and presently teaches yin, hatha and flow yoga in her community. En route to completing her 500 hour YTT designation she has recently begun practicing one on one restorative therapeutics.