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  • Yoga For Uncertain Times

    How does your practice change when you are experiencing a difficult period in your life?  Does your practice disappear or do you lean in and become more intentional with when and how you practice?   I would like to say that I lean in hard to my practice when I am overwhelmed with life, but honestly, I have to admit that I can get lost easily in the distraction of difficulty.  I do know however after years of practice, that when I am feeling overwhelmed, I need to be intentional with setting a schedule that includes self-care.  These are a …

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  • An Attitude of Gratitude

    As we move into the month of October and when we traditionally join together to celebrate Thanksgiving; I have been contemplating ways that I could shift my idea of practicing gratitude beyond this one tradition and expand my feelings of gratitude especially during these challenging times.  Just a thought… if we could all practice gratitude in a more consistent way, how could the benefits extend beyond our own lives and into our communities? Here are a few simple gratitude practices that I have considered… Gratitude Journal Do you keep a gratitude journal?  This is a simple book just to record …

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  • CSY Zoom – Why You May Be Surprised and Actually Enjoy Zoom Classes

    If you have been a student at Creating Space Yoga Studio over the past 7 months, you will have watched from the front lines the ways in which we have had to pivot our business and accommodate the incredible changes that the world has faced together.   We immediately closed our doors in March 2020 once it was recommended that we all practice social distancing.  This triggered a quick turn around and we started filming and creating video home practices for our students and eventually launched a CSY On-Demand Video membership on our website in May.  As the weather warmed …

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  • Self Care Ideas for September

    Fall is in the air and with the change of season, we have the opportunity to begin again, change what we want to change and take care of our needs in a new way.  Here are a few self care ideas to add to your month ahead. open the windows and let the cooler air spill through your home visit a fall farmers market and check out the fall harvest cook some homemade soup and freeze some for later pick a new yoga pose and slowly work towards it each day clear away some of the older summer foliage and bring …

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  • Preparing To Go Inside With Hygge

    Recently, I’ve been thinking about getting ready for a second spike in Covid 19 cases.  Our first experience in March was sudden and shocking.  Since then we’ve had lots of time to get a handle on this strange new world.  Our numbers of Covid 19 cases are still quite low as I write this in August, but if it does happen again this Fall, I want to be ready.  In fact, if it happens, I’d like to be as “hygge” or cosy, as possible.   You may have heard this word “hygge” (pronounced hue-guh) before.  It’s a Danish word for …

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  • How I Feel About Re-Opening The Studio

    It will be six months since we closed our studio doors to help fight the further spread of COVID-19.  At the time, I honestly was looking forward to a few weeks off.  I fully expected to be open again for the spring session.  Nobody could have predicted what would follow in the months ahead.   So here we are now, September 2020 and we are preparing to open our doors again.  And to be honest, I am not sure how I feel.  It is a mix of excitement and relief, combined with trepidation and a heavy responsibility. When Oakville entered …

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  • Self-Care Ideas for August

    Summer is coming to a close this month, so now is the time to take the opportunity to feed your self and your soul with all those things that you love about summer.  Living in Canada, we crave these summer months that are filled with sunshine, warmth, and longer days.  We need to immerse ourselves in the outdoors this August, not only to enjoy for today but to soak it in so that it is on “reserve” during the longer darker months of winter. 😉 Get outside and enjoy it!   Here are a few self-care ideas to add to …

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  • Exploring Sun Salutations

    Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) originated as a series of prostrations to the sun.  Traditionally is was practiced at dawn facing the sun as a way of welcoming the new day.  This is still a lovely practice in our modern-day life.   This sequence is a vinyasa flow linking the breath with a continuous flow of motion.  As a result, practicing Sun Salutations can be physically challenging and also a cardiovascular workout (depending on the intensity of which you choose to practice) or a lovely slow and meditative flow.   Sun Salutations can be practiced ay time and with any frequency.  …

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  • Self-Care Ideas for July

    We all know that a self-care practice is something that we should incorporate into our everyday living.  But too often than not, our own personal care comes at the expense of taking care of others.  Often it just doesn’t occur to us to do something nice for ourselves or we simply don’t know what to do. We would like to help our CSY Community by sharing ideas each month to establish a self-care routine as a welcoming and cherished practice.  Try adding a few of these ideas into your day. Here are some self-care ideas for July. plan an adventure (something …

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  • When Yoga Studios Open Up – What Can We Expect?

    When we closed in March, I had no idea that we would still not be open this summer!  For months, we have been anticipating the re-opening of businesses across Canada.   I think it is safe to say, most of us are relieved to see the slow opening across Ontario (especially of hair salons) but, we have yet to hear any news of the re-opening of yoga studios and gyms.   Lately, I have been immersed in many groups online of fellow yoga studio owners and yoga teachers across the world.  It has been interesting to see how and if …

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