Access Healing & Happiness – With Every Beat of Your Heart

Some people claim they have “no rhythm” but that’s absolutely not true! Each and every one of us is born with rhythm – it exists with every beat of your heart. Remember how, as a small child, you felt an almost primal need and absolute exhilaration from simply banging away on the bottom of a pot or pan with a wooden spoon – and it became even more joyful when others joined in on the fun! We not only have an innate desire and need for rhythm in our lives, but also for a sense of connectedness with each other
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Don’t let your yoga practice melt off the mat this summer

If this is your first summer since making yoga part of your regular fitness routine, you may not realize yet just how challenging it can be to get back on the mat after a few months of sun and fun activities.  Year after year, September rolls around and we hear students lament for having let their yoga practice slide over the summer months. They struggle to recover their flexibility and swear, “Next summer I’ll keep up my practice so I still can come into a forward fold when September arrives.” “Nothing prepares you for yoga … but yoga prepares you
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Heads Up on Sunscreens and Bug Sprays

The Health Coach in me needs to give you a little heads up about using sunscreens and bug sprays, and I suspect you’ll be very tempted to use the latter if you decide to participate in outdoor activities early in the morning – hence, waking up those hungry mosquitoes so they can enjoy breakfast … on you! You might expect me to say “lather on plenty of both,” but … I DON’T actually recommend you apply either with reckless abandon, which I was disturbed to hear was exactly what was being purported on the radio the other day. Yet, vitamin
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3 Quick & Easy Lymph System Spring Cleaning Moves

One thing we find particularly important, not only for getting great sleep but also for feeling vibrant and healthy, especially when we find our lifestyle has us sitting for long periods of time, is to make sure to move every, and I do mean every, cell in our body every couple of hours or so.  This month I’m going to share with you three simple and very quick exercises Jurgen and I did while traveling throughout Europe over the past 3 weeks in order to keep our health in top form.  In fact, during our long flights we would even
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Build Your Core, Strengthen Your Back and Relieve Stress & Pain

Recently, in a yoga teacher training that we participated in with John Salisbury in Arizona, we were introduced to 12 Principles of Action. Most of them we were already instructing our students to do, but there are 5 that we discovered can also be real game-changers for every movement and posture, both on and off the mat – even in non-movement activities, such as sitting in a chair or driving in a car. These 5 principles of action are so subtle that at first they may trick you into thinking they couldn’t possibly be as effective as they really are.
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Getting Your Needs Met: Finding Quiet in a Noisy Studio & Ending Feelings of Isolation in a “Shush” One!

The debate over this topic can get really quite heated — yogi/yogini’s are often anything but gracious when it comes to whether they want it church-like quiet or nightclub vibrant before their yoga class.  When we first began teaching in our community — over 10 years ago now — there were very few studios in Calgary, never mind in our area. It became our joy and mission to build yoga in the McKenzie Lake and McKenzie Towne communities; we strove to create a strong sense of connection between the students and with us as well. We ultimately wanted our students
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Update on Sleeping Grounded

A few months ago I wrote an article in which I went against many of my colleagues who were touting the benefits of grounding or earthing technologies because I felt like I was “plugged” into the grid and it was disturbing my precious sleep. I promised to do more research and report back to you. Before I dive in to what I’ve since discovered about grounding technology, I think it’s really important for you to understand why being exposed to EMFs (which we all are) can be detrimental to your health and some of the common symptoms associated with EMF
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Following Trends Rather Than Tradition Leads to Nasty Yoga Injuries

Over the past 10 years yoga has taken on a level of popularity that’s both awe-inspiring and deeply concerning. According to the article “What’s Happened to Yoga?” in the February issue of Organic Spa Magazine: “The explosion of intense yoga classes has coincided with an increase in injuries … In 2000, about a dozen yoga injuries were reported in the country. Over the next 10 years,that number grew to more than 7,000.” In this article, hot and power yoga seem to take the brunt of the blame but I believe the biggest reason for this outbreak of yoga-related injuries is
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Pick Your Health Battles & Celebrate Your Wins

Have you already thrown in the towel on your big plans for cleaning up your diet and getting more exercise in 2014? Maybe you don’t even bother to set New Year’s Eve intentions because you simply can’t face the disappointment you feel towards yourself as you watch each once-enthusiastic goal slides off your list undone. I hear ya! In fact, I see it all the time; we become so overwhelmed that we end up pulling the plug on our intentions to make healthy new choices. For instance, I recently had a client write to ask me if I knew anything
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