On the first day of art school, I met the man who would become my husband. I was 18 and recently arrived in New York City from a very small town in New England. For that whole first year, it seemed like I had a brand new experience every single day. Looking back, I wonder … Continue reading Meet, Love, End, Repeat.
For the past year and a half, I have been studying Chapter III of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, word-by-word, with my mentor, Chase Bossart, and a group of amazing, dedicated students of yoga. Many of us studied Chapter II with Chase in the same way so we are rounding up Year 3 of studying together. Just … Continue reading Superpower
Today, I was checking in on the CBC website to get the latest news about the virus in Canada, I read an article about nurses from Canada who are working in hospitals across the border in Detroit. Here is a quote from the article: Jenna Meloche is one of those essential workers in a Detroit hospital. … Continue reading Seeing Avalokiteshvara in the news
Dear reader, May you be reading this healthy and safe, wherever you find yourself. It is very early on Saturday morning as I write this, the wind is howling outside but the temperatures are finally starting to rise. Snow is starting to change to rain and, even here, spring feels inevitable if still a good … Continue reading Before You Let It Go – Let It In
The 300-hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training has begun! Just getting all the materials together pushed me in unexpected ways. I was feeling like I learned a lot before the training even started! I am full of so much gratitude towards both my students and my teachers. Although I never knew or met Mr. Desikachar, it … Continue reading How Are We Taking Shape?
During the week between Boxing Day and New Year's Day, I participated in a silent meditation intensive called a sesshin in the Zen tradition. It begins after supper on the first evening as we all take our seats in the meditation hall. The monitors for the week read out the precautions - guidelines developed to … Continue reading The Last in Line
As we approach the start of a new year - a new decade! - it is not uncommon to hear people say that they want to start a meditation practice. Usually they say something like, "I need to relax and de-stress. I am too busy and meditation will help me calm down." Cue the bitter … Continue reading Meditation is so relaxing…or is it?
This question popped up on my Instagram feed the other day. The person who posted it is a Black, Queer Femme who is not at all interested in offering white people any comfort as we slowly - ever so painfully slowly - wake up to the harm and violence that white supremacy has caused in … Continue reading Should White People Teach Yoga?
If you have started your study of yoga and are looking to dive in even deeper, then this upcoming training may be right for you. Working with Namaste Studio in Corner Brook, NL, I will be leading a 300-hr training starting in January 2020. I have gathered some of the most knowledgeable and skillful teachers … Continue reading 300-hr Advanced Training Starts in January 2020
In a couple of weeks, I will begin leading a new six-week course introducing Patanjali's Yoga Sutra to beginning students (or anyone, really). It is being offered as part of the Yoga Well Institute's new Semester Program. The idea behind the program is to create a series of both introductory and more advanced level courses … Continue reading What’s with All the Sanskrit?