Becoming conscious of how we move, hold, and express our bodies is an essential step in lifelong health, and in workplace safety. Observing the tendencies in your body to tighten, tense, or hold awkward positions is an exercise that takes minimal time and energy, but has a maximum payoff. To improve your posture, enhance your performance, and decrease your stress level at work,..read more

Mystics, elite athletes, and artists all agree that one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal is our imagination. Through your imagination and visualization powers you can enhance your creativity at work, improve your sports performance, understand the workings of your mind, and learn to tap your own inner powers of creation, intuition, perception, and conception. ..read more

So, I’m leading an Ashtanga Yoga class the other day, taking the students through a vinyasa (a flowing sequence of poses), and I look up to see that one of my students, a good friend, is glaring at me. What? I think, questioning her dagger-like gaze with surprise. You have to hold Downward Dog for five breaths, it’s important. It’s good for you. This got me thinking. W..read more

Has stress got your forehead wrinkling, your jaw clenching and your shoulders perpetually shrugged to your ears? Chronic stress does more than deepen worry lines and tighten tense shoulders. Chronic stress is a main contributor to issues like overweight and obesity, emotional eating, sleep disorders and social anxiety. As well, chronic stress is a contributor in serious illness..read more

This time of year in North America when the temperature begins to dip below zero, Christmas preparations add a bit more pressure to our “to do” lists, and snow, sleet and rain deter us from stepping out of the warmth of our cars, the Drive Thru becomes a commuter’s best friend. Recently, I was in line at Tim Hortons’ and I let another car in front of me. The couple in t..read more

Dear Heather:

I am wondering which is better, to walk on the treadmill at the gym at my work, or to walk outside. Is one better than the other? Well, my answer to this question has many levels. Firstly, for the best physical benefits, studies have not shown outdoor activity to offer any fitness benefits over treadmill walking. As long as y..read more

With the end of "Resolution Month" I am always eager to hear how you are all going in your quest for better health and fitness. January is a booming time for gyms, diet centers, and magazines touting the latest "weekend detox" plan. But, as we all know January comes and goes in a flash and we are often left wondering why our "quick fixes" weren't so quick! The truth of the matt..read more

The most natural purification is one that is done with respect for the bodies' natural processes.  Colonics, intense cleansing/fasting, nasal irrigations and other powerful cleansing tools are best used with the help of a trained professional.  Ayurvedic doctors, naturopaths and Chinese medical practitioners can be helpful allies in your quest for detoxification and cleansing..read more

What is the best time of day to practice Yoga? I feel really stiff in the morning, is it better to practice later on? Morning is traditionally the time for our Yoga and meditation practices.  A morning practice helps us to set our energies for the day, creating a more peaceful and conscious way of living, and creates a space for Yoga as an integral part of ..read more

We all know that meditation is good for the mind, enhancing clarity, equanimity, and intuition.  But, did you know that meditation is good for the body as well? It lowers oxygen consumption. It decreases respiratory rate. It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate. Increases exercise tolerance in heart patients. Leads to a deeper level of relaxation. Go..read more

Karma Yoga is one of the many branches of Yoga practice that is practiced widely, but not always labelled "yoga". Karma Yoga is the practice of "selfless service", and is practiced in your random act of kindness, your volunteer activities, your donations or participation in charity events, and in your service to others - even in the workplace.  Karma Yoga is considered one of ..read more

Much of my experience as a Yoga teacher has been with offering classes, workshops and Teacher Trainings in small towns and regional areas of Australia and Canada - two countries with "wide open spaces" and small populations.  And I regularly hear from students and teachers alike that they have limited access to classes and to a supportive Yoga community.  So, this month I've ..read more