A Season In Transition

As this seasons name implies, spring is when things come up and we best be ready to work through them or it might get a bit muddy. This year in particular after having such a relentless winter this spring seems like a revival. Though it is slow going to get warmer the flowers are blooming and the parkas are coming off

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Matter of Taste

 

Recently I have been thinking a lot more about integrating an even healthier diet. For those that know my story, the last many years I have already been avoiding certain foods in favour of more whole and natural choices. The decision to this was because I had developed such sensitivity to these foods that I could hardly eat anything without doubling over in pain. Through discipline I have found a great deal of pleasure when it comes to preparing my foods from simple ingredients. Yet, I feel I have loads of room to improve. Like most I have many cravings for sugar and other processed foods. Though I avoid them for the most part there is still a strong pull from inside that urges me to buy some junk food. Of course those times I give in to my taste buds I end up regretting it later and my stomach and bowels let me know how they feel too.

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Yoga & the Study of Self

 

 

Here's the scene, you walk into a yoga studio and see rows of mats with people stretching in very impressive ways. The teacher calls the class to start and as you attempt the movements being described you peek from the corner of your eye people who are fluidly moving in and out of these postures keeping with the rhythm of their breath. Human nature will suggest that you might want to push yourself and try some of the more advanced variations you are witnessing around you in this class, though is it always safe?

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Cleaning out the Clutter

Waking up this morning to look out and see large puffy snow falling steadily from the sky, falling over an already snow covered city. One of my favourite sights is a snow covered scene, particularly untouched areas. The snow reminds me to keep the fire inside me burning so that I stay strong and motivated throughout the winter season.

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to spend some energy clearing out the clutter. For me, when I see snow it makes me want to curl up with a hot drink and a good book or my knitting for hours on end.

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Three steps to Better Posture

 

Let's talk about posture, oh yeah, that gravity defying trick we all strive towards every day. It's a lot of work to counter the pull of gravity which tries to get you down, literally. Most people I talk to about posture proclaim that they have terrible posture, many even laugh about it. It seems for many that live with daily aches and pains from poor posture often feel resolved to doing just that, living with it. I am here to let you know that there is definitely something to help improve your posture. In fact, the reality about posture is that we are always trying to maintain good posture by pulling ourselves straight up to defy gravity. When our skeletal structure is in alignment the effects of gravity are lessened by the force running through your bones into the earth, as a result the other systems (muscular, circulatory, nervous, etc) will function optimally. When it takes less effort for you to stand straight you will feel lighter and have more energy to spend on all your wonderful activities.

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Thai Massage: Promoting Health and Well-Being

Thai massage is a dynamic form of treatment using a range of massage techniques and addressing the entire body, including the scalp and face. Originating from oral traditions of medicine passed down through monasteries, Thai massage grew out of Ayurveda-based body science over 2500 years ago. Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, a doctor from North India who travelled with the Buddha and is known as the “Father of Medicine,” worked with manipulative body techniques as well as offered instruction in diet, herbal remedies and mystical practices. His influence reached across South-Eastern Asia as he travelled, and the styles of techniques expanded during the process. Thai massage, which has many different names varying by region, has evolved into an extremely therapeutic massage style now becoming popular in the West. The synthesis of knowledge, medicine and healing arts from across Asia led to considerable variation in styles and applications of Thai massage, and today, Thai massage is practiced all over the world by skilled therapists of this ancient art.

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Getting It All In Order

Much has changed on jsrmt.ca. I have created a whole new section for all my Yoga classes and added some new galleries to share my adventures this summer and beyond. I am very excited to share this with you because I feel that it is in an extension of my creative release. Throughout the site you will notice small changes and I encourage you to take the time to read some of my new thoughts. Let me know what you think by email. I thank you in advance for taking time to visit my site.