It is January, and although it is -19C outside today, I can see the light of Spring down the pipeline, and with that changing light of spring comes greenhouse season! This is a very exciting year for us as we enter our 10th season, and plans for our best season ever are in the works. I have spent the last few days creating and scheduling a lineup of workshops and events to keep things fresh and exciting and exploring new ways to share with our customers. Outdoor concerts, flower cupcak...
Stress, Inflammation & Yoga
Stress, Inflammation & Yoga I have seen a lot of medical articles in the past few years regarding the detrimental effects of chronic inflammation in the body, but this one peaked my interest because Doctors and researchers are seeing yoga as a source of therapy. I read this particular article a few months ago in a non-yoga magazine, and was very excited to see Iyengar Yoga (part of the training I took) listed as a way to combat chronic inflammation in the body. Let me give yo...
Wellness Week in Review
Wellness Week in Review… what does it all mean? I have been thinking about the tiny little guy in the picture, who serendipitously, showed up at our Wellness workshop, feeling somewhere deep inside myself, this was significant; not just a random happening. There surely must be a deeper meaning to such a rare & special occurrence with such perfect timing. His calm demeanor, and piercing all knowing eyes seemed to look at us and say, “I hope you all are getting why I am her...
The New Year
The New Year A time to Reflect, Forgive, and Celebrate Renewal The sun has begun its ascent in our skies since the winter solstice passed on Dec 21. In cultures past that relied on food crops for survival, this marked a time of planning and setting of goals for the upcoming fertile season of planting and bountiful harvests. As New Year’s Eve draws near, take time to sit down and reflect on your own bountiful harvest of the year past your accomplishments, moments of happiness and ...
Forest Bathing Feeling stressed? Perhaps some forest bathing is just what you need. Shinrin-yoku in Japanese literally translated means Forest Bathing, and has become a recognized relaxation and stress management activity in Japan. Studies show that walking amongst the trees in forests not only reduces stress, but there are other unseen benefits we receive from our plant friends of the forest. I remember several years ago, while backpacking 75 km of rugged backcountry on the...
Downward Facing Dog
Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) I don’t think there is any other pose that is used more often in a yoga class than downward facing dog, yet it is a complex asana (pose) to do when beginning yoga. It is a resting pose that we come back to time and time again during class, and it is also a place for pause during sun salutations. The fact that it does so many good things for so many areas of the body is definitely a good reason for this pose to be so widely used, and the list...
Pose of the Week Childs Pose Balasana Today I will show you 2 versions of child’s pose, both of which have their own unique benefits, and a place in your daily practice. It allows you to surrender to gravity, into a state of non-doing, and can be very useful to relieve a sore back Both versions are a resting pose, and can be used between more challenging poses, or too come back to as a sort of “home base” if the sequence of a yoga class you are participating in becomes too challengi...
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