During a conversation with a yoga student who has temporarily relocated her family from France to Canada, she described her Canadian experience as living in a "culture of kindness." Merci Isabelle! Heartened to hear these words used to describe Canada, I encouraged students to cultivate an inner culture of kindness with mindful awareness of self-talk.
At the same time, I also paid tribute to the passing of Gord Downie, the Tragically Hip's lead man and Canadian music icon. As requested, you'll find the playlist posted below. The first 4 songs are all by Canadian artists (these pieces were played as students entered the space), yoga class commenced with a salutary flow to the Tragically Hip's song Wheat Kings, and our final stretches were set to Fidder's Green, Trick Rider and Downie's contribution to the aboriginal reconciliation movement "The Stranger".
Here is a variation on The Serenity Prayer that inspired the "super flow" classes this week:
the power of Water to accept what I cannot change,
the power of Fire for courage to change the things I can,
and the power of Air for the wisdom to know the difference.
I created the following playlist of piano music to accompany the Serenity Super Flow class.
It's one of my favourites and my students who play the piano have been raving about this score!
What a tremendous season of yoga & core coaching classes! I am so grateful to be able to express my heart felt desire through teaching. In honour of this season's theme "Gather Up The Sunbeams of Each Day", the final classes will feature a gathering up of favourite flows and a luxuriating Shavasana to set our hearts' desires free. Enjoy the full playlist or cut right to Lully, Lulla, Lullay for a musical massage of your spirit.
A paradox is something (such as a situation) that is made up of two opposite things and that seems impossible, but is actually true or possible (Merriam-Webster definition). Life is full of paradox! So in this week's yoga class, we practiced finding peace with paradox by using mudras (hand gestures), mantras (affirmations), and physical flows that help to harmonize opposites and strengthen our inner sense of balance and oneness.
As our Canadian poet of paradox, Leonard Cohen, passed away last week, I decided to pay tribute with the following playlist that features some of his songs from his final album "You Want It Darker".
In this week of classes, we tended to the inner relationship we have with ourselves. We affirmed "I am willing to learn to be my own best friend." We noticed what it felt like in the body to synchronize flowing movement, powerful breath, and affirmations such as "I am alright, right now" and "I love & accept myself just the way I am." It was a fun, sweaty, and friendly experience! Here's the music that I played in the classes, including those drumming songs that inspired the Power Hara breathing exercises!
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