Recently, I’ve been feeling the call to serve with a far greater voice than usual. I’ve spent the past 6 years teaching adult yoga and prior to that teaching yoga to children and new moms. I’ve owned an eco store and been selling certified organic goodness for over 10 years. I’ve been doing Reiki and using healing modalities to help people open up their worlds and connect to their highest good for years. During the past few months I’ve started to do some work on life/business coaching. I’m extremely passionate about people living their lives in a way that works for them while finding their highest purpose. I’ve been getting some really great feedback on this new coaching and just wanted to share some of that here.
When I do coaching we always have an initial conversation to see if the issues you are having are ones that I believe I can help you with. For business coaching this doesn’t mean we just talk about business. I firmly believe that what is holding us back in life will often be the same thing that is holding us back in business. I used to believe that there was a separate me that could go to work and be somebody different that who I was in my down time. Not only did that make me feel like I was slowly suffocating – it also meant that I wasn’t living the life I wanted to.
When I started teaching kids yoga and selling certified organic goods with MiEssence 10 years ago – i started to connect to my truest self and realized that I have to do work where I can be myself. I made a conscious decision to no longer pretend to be someone else for any pay cheque ever.
When we started the eco bricks and mortar store there was so much to think about, so many things to navigate. Lots of people asked me how I dealt with fear – wasn’t I afraid of not being successful, wasn’t I afraid of loosing money, wasn’t I afraid of a million different things? and of course the answer is yes I was afraid – in fact there were many moments I was totally terrified – but I did whatever needed to be done anyway. The desire to live life on my own terms was much greater than the desire to stay afraid. I know this has always been a blessing for me.
When we start in our own business things can feel overwhelming rather quickly – there is so much to think about. Having someone on your team who offers encouragement and support, who can help guide you and inspire you, imagine how great that could feel.
If you are interested in setting up an initial chat to see if we are a fit – drop me a line and we will organize a time. These sessions can be done in person or via the internet. I look forward to connecting with you.
World Schooling – what is it?
We recently returned from an amazing conference in Merida, Mexico. #projectworldschool2017 This conference subject was introduced to me by a friend of mine about a year back when she discovered this TED talk.
When I signed up to attend this conference I had no idea what I was getting into. I had hopes of finding some inspiration, making some connections, and friends for my daughter. I had expectations of this being somewhat similar of prior vacations I’ve been on just with some educational components thrown in. I had no idea that my entire worldview would be changed, that my heart would be cracked open (even wider), that I would meet such incredible people, that I would connect on such a deep level.
Even though there were many of us at the conference who are not travelling full time(world schooling) with our kids just yet – the idea that this might be possible – that this might be what’s right for our children and for ourselves ran consistently through each person. Each day I came home feeling more inspired and eager to search out new ways to make life work for us. To awaken that sense of creativity and “yes” mentality. The sense of community and openness was incredible.
I have always been someone who questions the norms. The older I’ve gotten the more I have learned to tune in to my own compass and ask for direction rather than assume that what the news, or the tv, or the magazines are telling me I should do is the right thing for me. Certainly with parenting I knew right from the beginning that my style was going to be more alternative, more crunchy, more natural and way less mainstream. Not to say that things were always easy or always perfect. Certainly not to say that I have it all figured out. I also don’t know if this will be right for you and your family or not. I just know that these ideas and lifestyle concepts resound in a serious yes within my body when I take a moment to really feel in.
In case you feel like this might be something you would like to explore a little bit more I invite you to check out Laine’s blog (the organizer of Project World School). Although she hasn’t been writing recently there are plenty of years of inspiration on this page and having met her son Miro who turned 18 this past week – talking to him and seeing what an amazing young man he has tuned into – I will certainly be spending more time delving into this blog myself.
I recently came across this magazine and thought that it might be of interest or benefit to you. The magazine itself is gorgeous to look at as well as having lots of great information. I particularly love the article on Patagonia. I’m such a big believer in creating the world I want by using my dollars, so a company like Patagonia has been on my radar for awhile. The meditation for Beginners article is also filled with some great little tidbits.
I’d love to hear yours thoughts if you get a chance to check it out.
Win a Healing Session
Have you been thinking that it’s about time you try out Reiki for yourself? But you just aren’t quite sure what it’s all about? This month until March 1st – if you sign up for my email list I will be entering your name into a draw for a free healing session.
Here is a list of some of the potential benefits of a Reiki treatment.
- Reiki helps to create a sense of deep relaxation which aids the body to allow a sense of relief to stress and tension
- Reiki helps to wake up your bodies innate self healing mechanism
- Reiki helps you to sleep better
- Reiki helps to reduce pain in both an emotional and a physical sense – it’s been seen that much of our pain often comes from emotional injuries and Reiki helps to bring these to the surface in order for them to be cleared. From a physical perspective even chronic pain can be reduced with a Reiki treatment.
- Reiki can help reduce blood pressure
- Reiki helps remove energetic blockages which can then increase the bodies ability to restore balance and harmony
- Reiki can help remove toxins from the body
- Reiki helps support the immune system
- Reiki helps increase the vibrational frequency of the body
- Reiki helps aid spiritual growth and emotional clearing both of current issues and past life ties
Each of us can certainly benefit from this type of healing and since it’s gentle and non invasive why not give it a whirl today? I’m offering up a chance to win one of these beautiful healing sessions.
This month until Feb 28th – each person who signs up to receive my newsletter will be entered into a draw to win a free session. These sessions can be done locally in my healing space or they can be done over distance. I’d love to treat you to one of these beautiful, beneficial, healing sessions.
Recently I’ve become a little bit obsessed with this local group of people who trade their unwanted or unused items. I’ve always been a big fan of re-using items. I think is the fact that I am the first generation of my family who hasn’t had any direct contact with war and part of it is my hippy nature of living a more frugal lifestyle.
I’ve been enjoying the trading a ton for a few reasons
1) I’ve started cleaning out things that I no longer want or need
2) In many cases I know that these items are being used and loved by someone else
3) I feel like I am connecting to a larger community
This past weekend I posted an item that was near and dear to my heart. It was a piece that I had in my bedroom as a young child. It spoke to me of my German heritage and just in general was a sentimental piece. I figured I would post it and see what happened.
So I posted this piece and had a woman reach out to me. We worked out our trade and she came to get the piece. As soon as she arrived at the door I knew that this piece was meant for her. She shared with me how when her kids were little she has decorated their room with gnomes and mushrooms in a similar fashion to the theme of this little hanger. We completed our trade and off she went.
Later in the day she messaged me again just sharing how happy she was with this piece and it made my heart feel so full. I am so grateful that she felt the connection and reached out to me to tell me. It makes it so much easier to let it go knowing that she will cherish and admire it.
Through this interaction it made my thoughts move to community and our desire to connect as humans. We all need and want that real soul connection and sometimes it can be really hard to find that. This is one of the reason I LOVE being a yoga teacher. Each time someone new walks into my class I am grateful for the opportunity to connect. I love being a part of the DeLaSol community. I LOVE when people come up and talk to me after class -whether it be to tell me how things felt in their body, to tell me about an experience or to ask me any kind of question. I am so grateful for the opportunity to build that community connection. So if you walk into one of my classes and feel like you want to share a moment after class – I would be humbled and honored to speak with you.
Yesterday was an incredible day. The day that Trump was inaugurated and the day that Millions of Women got together across this earth and marched. I didn’t make it to a March but I did work from my home to create more love on this planet in a conscious way.
It was amazing how much I could feel the rising tide of feminine energy. The women who came together to raise the vibration of love on our planet, to heal, and to continue to show that we are here and we stand together in massive numbers and will not be held back. With our eyes wide open to all that is going on – we stand together and as much as hate and fear continues to try and tear us apart we refuse to let it.
When I arrived home in the afternoon I chose to smudge my house and fill it up with light and love. I blew loving kindness into each nook and cranny. At least once a quarter I can feel the need to do this and yesterday with the love frequency so high felt like the perfect day. I spent some time working with ritual. After smudging, I created a crystal grid for myself to help support the goals I have for the next little while. I drew a card from one of my decks and one from the recent deck I made for myself. I lay these out on the grid and powered up the intention.
I also spent some time listening to this amazing podcast by the incredible Vanessa Sage. You can find the podcast and a whole host of other amazing women sharing inspiration here. Vanessa’s is in the archives from Nov 30th. I felt that running across this podcast in my email seemed to be some kind of divine timing. It seemed to fit right in with the vibration of love that was the theme of the day. As well as so unusual for me – i barely ever listen to podcasts. This particular chat was a deeply intimate conversation between Vanessa and Shannon where they discuss finding a sacred container to connect to the divine each and everyday. They talked about finding the magic, the mystical, playing and really deeply being held by our Mother Earth.
All told I had a beautiful day filled with the vibration of love. I am excited for the things to come this year since January already feels so different for me. I feel like I am back in tune with the earth and my own inner knowing. I can feel how things are shifting and expanding and it feels amazing. My cup runneth over with love, and gratitude to be here during these amazing times on earth.
Did you participate yesterday? Did you feel the energy? Can you feel the increase in loving vibration?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Reiki Healing Hamilton
It’s funny for a long time the thought of actually being a Reiki Practitioner never even crossed my mind. My general disposition about medicine has always been that I would rather keep my body happy and healthy by doing preventative things rather than go to the Doctor when I am sick. My hope and plan was always to keep my health in a good place by allowing my body space, time, opportunities for healing whether that be through massage, osteopathy, shaitsu, reflexology, supplements, or yoga. Over the years all of these items have been a part of my health plan at some point. During my 20’s I had a practitioner who came to my house once a month for shiatsu treatments. I’ve used yoga (obviously) ongoing. I’ve dabbled with massage but for me personally massage doesn’t seem to bring the longer lasting benefits I want. Body work is super important and will always be a piece of my healthy lifestyle in addition over the last decade the energy medicine aspect has grown.
When we lived in Windsor I had a friend who practiced and would often go and see her to help balance out my energy when I was feeling a little wonky, out of whack, or stuck. I found that after leaving the sessions I was always surrounded by a sense of peace. I loved that deep healing and felt a inner knowing that the current issues i was feeling, or those I was carrying from past lives, were being addressed, so that the load I was carrying on a energetic level was getting lighter.
I’ve been working with Reiki for a few years now and each time I work with someone I continue to be amazed at the power of this universal energy. When I combine the knowledge of the crystals the healing can be profound. Of course, generally you need a few treatments and as with any healing maintenance is important.
Reiki can help with a whole host of issues, from emotional baggage and pain though to physical issues.
If you are interested in talking to me about a healing for yourself – I’d be honoured to connect.
Reiki Healing Hamilton
One of my goals for 2016 was to read 50 books.
I’ve always been a huge lover of books and in my 20’s I read voraciously. When I had my daughter and started to work for myself a whole lot of time flew out the window and I found it hard to squeeze reading in. Then when I did start reading again it was mostly non-fiction: lots of yoga books and lots of parenting books. A year or so back I began to realize that in addition to reading non fiction and furthering my knowledge I also need to have some down time. Time where I can read just for pure pleasure not because I need this knowledge to be better or smarter – but because this book is funny, or silly, or just manages to give me a little space for dreaming.
I didn’t quite make it to 50 last year but I did get pretty darn close. I wanted to take some time today to share my best books of 2016. These books were not necessarily written in 2016 that just happens to be the year that I read them in. My initial thought was top 5 but I just couldn’t narrow it down to top 5 so instead I will be sharing my top 7.
Favorite Fiction Books
Over the years I have read many of Starhawk’s books. Her ideas and inspirations have been a driving force in my life. In my 20’s when I read The Fifth Sacred Thing I was completely moved and it’s one of the few books that has stayed with me on such a deep level. I was super excited to read City Of Refuge and had ordered it through the Kickstarter program last year. Needless to say this book did not disappoint. It is quite a long book and since I ordered the original it was hardcover which made it a bit challenging to travel with but I did it anyway….each spare moment I had I spent it reading. I LOVED this book and would highly recommend it.
I’m not certain how this book wound up on my reading list but I am so glad it did. Native folklore has always been a subject that I’ve been interested in. This was another book that I wasn’t able to put down. Excellent read.
Best Money Book (Non Fiction)
Another book whose image refuses to show up. I’ve been following this woman on social media for about 5 years now. I watched so many business owners who were afraid of money or really understanding their numbers while we had our store in Windsor that I knew I had to get a much better handle on my own money story. I’ve read quite a variety of money based books over the years but this was one of my favorites. I found her story to be really relate able and the ideas really connected. I also loved that she talked about some of the baggage that comes from growing up middle class in terms of money story – it really helped me to understand some of my own programming. Bari also is quite environmental and so I felt an instant connection with the work. Want to get a better understanding of money and the way it affects your life and partnership this is an excellent resource. Down to earth and easy to read.
Best Health and Wellness Books (Non Fiction)
For whatever reason I can’t get the image to work for this particular book so instead you are just going to see the title. 🙂 I’ve never been the kind of girl who would ever even consider not eating but this book has convinced me of some serious health benefits. Since reading this book I’ve done 2 three day fasts – you can read about my experience here if you’d like. I love that this method is helping me stay at a weight I’d like – increasing my fat burning, as well as giving me long term health benefits. If you want to gain a better understanding of long term health and wellness and how the digestive system works in addition to loosing weight once and for all – this book is for you.
I’m not really sure if this is the right category for this book by Liisa but this is where I’m placing it. I really loved this book for so many reasons. The idea of a broken medical system has been one that I’ve felt for a long time but reading through her experience really brought it home to me. I am always so honoured when people share their journey including the bumps and the super hard times. We live in such a white washed society where everyone thinks that life should be perfect and easy and if it’s not you are not doing it right…..what a crock. Really listening to the world and all the outside influences are what pull us off course. Read this book if you want to find your own calling, need some inspiration or are thinking about becoming a Dr.
Best Parenting Book (Non Fiction)
Although this book isn’t directly about parenting it’s about our kids in general and how things are shifting for them. Spending time outside is super important in my mind and as a part of our homeschooling journey we have sent our daughter one day a week to a forest school. She spent all day in the woods playing, experiencing, being. Even with all the books I’ve read on this subject I found this one to be super interesting and informative. Reading about the fact that we have had a huge decrease in core strength over the course of the past 10 years in our children and now have kids in grade 5 who fall out of their chairs due to an inability to hold themselves there really brought home how important is it to get our kids into their bodies. I would recommend this book to anyone who works with kids or who has kids and wants to ensure that we give them what they need to grow up strong and take on some of the big issues we have coming down the pipe.
This isn’t a topic that I normally chose to read about but for whatever reason it came to my pile this past summer. I loved the fact that it was written by a therapist in Canada. Getting an idea for some of the issues we have regarding treating addictions here in Canada was something I greatly appreciated. Hearing his story and understanding more about addiction and the brain was really interesting for me. If you know someone who suffers from alcohol issues or even if you just want to get a deeper understanding of what often is part of the thought process this book is a great read.
So there you go – my list of best books from 2016. I’d love to hear from you if you’ve read any of these books what you thought of if you have a list of your own…..if you want to see the total list of what I read in 2016 you can check that out here.
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Life can be tough and on those days when you’ve been dealt a blow do you still make it to your mat? If you and I are friends on facebook you may have seen my live post here (and if we are not friends – why the heck not?). It’s been a rough couple of weeks at our house and as much as there have been many moments when I just wanted to curl up and wrap myself in blankets to sleep away this sadness I know that’s not the best thing for me.
My mother-in-law passed last week and even though we knew it was coming, and she chose the time, it has been far harder than I anticipated.
For whatever reason I have been extremely blessed in my life to not really have death be a major factor. At 45 I can count on one hand the number of funerals I’ve gone too. I believe that all of us here on this planet came from light and when we vacate this vessel (our physical bodies) we head back to the light. So knowing that I fully understand and can feel that my MIL is no longer suffering, no longer burdened by the heaviness of a failing vessel I was so surprised by how intense the emotions have been for me this week. My grief has been far more intense than I expected.
So in times of grieving or hardship our instinct as humans tends to be one of hiding. Pulling the covers up high and ducking down until it passes (which can take far longer than we think it should) but since I know better I decided to take my grief to my mat. Each day this week as I felt the waves of sadness and tears I went to my mat and practiced. I trust that allowing the pain and sadness to come through my body – and be released from the physical is the very best way to heal. Somedays the practice involved rolling out my mat and just lying there crying. And that’s okay. Each time I’ve practiced on this mat all the good energy and intention has seeped into the mat and now in my time of need the mat is holding space for me. Each day I feel a little bit stronger a little bit more myself, a little bit less filled with sadness.
As you come through to moments of grief in your life and feel that desire to hide, to crawl away, I invite you to come to your mat and work through the grief in a more physical way. Our body stores so much and if we don’t allow our pain and suffering to be released it gets pushed down. If you think yoga and grieving don’t go together I want to tell you how wrong you are.
I’m curious if you’ve had any experiences in this regard? How have you dealt with grief? Has yoga helped you through your grief?
Why do my yoga classes end with saying Namaste?
It’s funny – in all the years I’ve been teaching only recently has it dawned on me that perhaps I haven’t given enough explanation or information about why I close each practice the way I do in my classes. It’s such an important piece of the practice for me and I wanted to share the reasoning behind it with you.
The word Namaste is a sanskrit word that can be translated as I bow to you. The Yoga Journal wrote a piece here that you can check out. For me each time I say it to my class, I say it with the intention of honouring the divine light that you have brought to your mat. I say it to thank you for the work you have done in being present. I say it to thank my past teachers for the knowledge they have given me. I say it to thank the lineage of all yoga teachers before me and for all those who come after me. I say it to send love and light out into the world.
I start with my hands in prayer at my heart centre. Connecting to the love within me. I then bring my hands up to my 6th chakra the space between my eyes which is the centre of intuition. I want my heart and intuitive knowledge to be connected as I go out into the world. I raise my hands to the sky to encompass those who are in front of me. I then bow down to seal my practice or my teaching. To allow the body to contain all of the wisdom and inspiration, good vibes and energy that I just added it.
What are your thoughts around the word Namaste? Do you enjoy using it? Or by that time in your practice have you already moved into the next thing on your to do list? I’d love to hear your thoughts.