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Low and Slow for Fall

As the expansive heat and light of summer ebbs to chill golden, the Fall rhythms of family and work life resume in equal measure.  I imagine this transitional time like the opposing forces of a rising tide at a river’s mouth; there is an urge to dig in our feet and hold steady while also […]


Practices for Challenging Times

by Tanya Gita Roberts As I sit down to write out some musings for this month’s newsletter, I am filled with immense gratitude for this community and our beloved teacher, Baba Hari Dass. Many of you attended the online ACYR this year. This sweet event still inspires me weeks later. I am so grateful for […]


Bhudrāsana Mountain Pose/ Scriptural or Cultural Pose

aka Adho Mukha Śhvānāsana, Downward Facing Dogby Kathryn Kusyszyn This is a standing forward bend, half inversion and balance pose.  I love this pose and practice it every day. As one of my teachers says “Another day, another dog pose.”  This pose is used as a type of transition pose and a type of eraser, […]


What’s love got to do with it?

What’s love got to do with it?” Tina Turner As I am sitting down to write about how upset I am this week upon hearing more people of colour being killed at the hands of the police, I have Tina Turner’s song “What’s love got to do with it” rolling around in my head. I […]


Holding Steady

At the start of this pandemic, in answer to the proverbial question, ‘How are you doing?’ I most often said, ‘I’m  holding steady’. I offered this response with honesty, some surprise, and a lot of relief. It seemed my years of teaching and practicing yoga had grounded me solidly in a deep felt sense of […]


Asana: Anjaneyasana or Kneeling Lunge

An Antidote to Prolonged Sitting: Anjaneyasana or Kneeling Lunge Inevitably, my asana practice and teaching have evolved over time. These days I find I use individual yoga postures as a centre point to move in and out of, and around, a shape, in as many novel ways as possible. Anjaneyasana,or kneeling lunge, is one of […]


Breathing Easy

The current situation in the world presents us with a unique opportunity (timewise and otherwise) to explore and engage in the vast array of yoga practices and rituals which Babaji has bestowed upon us. One of these is breath control (pranayama). These practices have many benefits including: Calming the mind and preparing it for meditation […]


Fish Pose/Matsyasana

Fish Pose is a beautiful, soothing backbend pose, starting from reclining position.  It can be done with a bolster, or a folded blanket, as a calming restorative pose.  It is a pose that can help to refresh and renew your Mind-Heart-Body-Spirit interconnection.  Fish Pose is one of my favourite Yoga postures because of its many […]


Asana of the Month – Virabhadrasana / Warrior 1

This month I have chosen to highlight one of my favorite poses of all, one that I have included in my regular daily practice for over 15 years. It is a very warming and activating pose that is a part of the classical Surya Namaskara B or Sun Salutation B sequence. I love this pose […]


Asana of the Month: Natarajasana

Natarajasana (Dancer’s Pose) is one of my all time favourite poses. It is playful, yet powerful; graceful yet strong. It is a wonderful opening pose for the shoulders, chest and hips, while strengthening the legs and core. It also improves the balance and flexibility of the back and hamstrings. I think it is a wonderful […]



Asana of the Month: Goddess / Fierce Angle poses

Deviasana (goddess pose) aka Utkata Konasana (fierce angle pose) Finding softness in structure and symmetry Goddess Pose is a lateral standing pose with effects explicitly beneficial for pregnant women, but most definitely applicable to all. This beautiful tall and wide squat improves circulation, makes space in the pelvis, and offers a really balanced strengthening toning […]



Asana of the Month: Utkatasana (chair or powerful pose)

Utkatasana, chair or powerful pose I am always drawn to bring utkatasana into my classes – so much so that some of my students once gave me a thank you card with a stick figure in chair and plank pose (my other favorite posture). This posture is great for bringing more energy to a class. […]


The De-Stress Button: Health is Just a Breath Away

We all have this amazing gift that we carry with us everywhere we go: a tool that enables us to burst into a fast sprint if we come across a bear in the bush, or to instill a sense of calm, clarity, and increased immunity within us. This gift is our breath. In ancient yogic […]