Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sakhara-I am a Seeker

As a Yoga guide, it is typical of a person to think that I have all my stuff together. I am this blissful human being that has found enlightenment and experiences no pain, anger, sadness or misfortune. This couldn't be any further from the truth. Although, I do participate in daily practices that will rid my day of anything that doesn't serve me, it doesn't always go as planned.

I have been taking part in a daily meditation challenge. My meditation practice was always consistently inconsistent. Although I practice Yoga every day and consider this a moving meditation, I would like to challenge my mind to be still without movement; Wanting to develop of calmer mind, and a more peaceful state of being. I decided that I needed to exercise my discipline and commit to a daily meditation practice.  

Day 1 through to Day 5 went relatively painless. Having experience with meditation, I found it easy to merge myself into this challenge. Then came Day 6. I had just completed my Yoga practice, was seated calmly on my cushion, closed my eyes and begin to focus on my breath. Inhaling and exhaling. Acknowledging thoughts and letting them drift away. And then suddenly, I was met with an intense feeling of anxiety, almost in a panic. I brought the focus back to my breath but it seems that the feeling had already began to take hold. My thoughts were consumed as to why I was feeling like this. My breath became short and my heart rate began to quicken. What the heck is going on?! Succumbing to this emotion, I ended my mediation and began journaling. In the beginning, just single words that came to mind to express the feeling I was experiencing: Anxious, panic, fear. Then more began to flood out: Guilt for ending my meditation session. Anger for not being able to "fight through it", self doubt in myself and the point of continuing with the challenge, and so on. Even though I never could pinpoint the reason this feeling took over me during my session, I feel, just as in our Yoga practice, something was trying to rise to the surface. I was stirring something up and needed to rid this from my mind, body and/or spirit. Instead of sticking with the practice, I gave up. A big question came up at the end of this: What did I hope to get out of this meditation challenge. Why did I just assume it was going to be as easy as focusing on my breath? What am I seeking?

When I googled Student in Sanskrit, I was brought to the word Sandanta, which translates to Student, but then I noticed another word, Sakhara, which translates to Seeker. The word stuck out like a flashing neon light. Just like my Yoga practice, I will always remain a student, on and off the mat. There will always be growth, expansion and learning. But this word, Sakhara, rooted itself in me. It jumped out and spoke to me. I am seeking calm. I am seeking peace. I am seeking relief.  For the same reasons I approach my Yoga practice, I need to approach my meditation practice the exact same way. When a posture gets challenging, I don't step off my mat, roll it up and be done with it. I breathe. I ask myself what am I feeling. What am I resisting or giving into. I become even more aware of my body. I need to practice this same exercise when meditating. When I am overcome with emotion, I need to relax and examine. I need to acknowledge these feelings, give them my attention as to why they are surfacing and then become aware. 

We are always growing. We will always be students in life. Embrace it <3

I am Sakhara. I am Seeker. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Living Your Dreams: A Book Feature

This is the first book feature I have done on the Alter Ego Website. Why? Well, I have read some outstanding books, both fiction and non. However, it's not too often that I come across a book that speaks to me on so many levels! I am huge advocate for authentic living. I think it is so important that you embrace and love yourself. Live life as yourself. To chase your dreams and passions and to live life to your truest potential. To live life as your very best self!

Some may call it selfish, but I will only pursue things that I believe in. I will only surround myself with people that feed and nourish my soul. In this wild and precious life, I have no room for things that don't excite me or that don't serve me positively.  That is why, when I was approached by Krista Harrison, a woman that is filled with so much light and love and a true representation of living authentically, about being a part of this book she was writing, there was no hesitation; A big yes was my answer!

They say big things come in small packages, and that holds true when it comes to Living Your Dreams by Krista Harrison. Harrison interviews 12 inspiring women that have overcome obstacles, pushed through boundaries, taken risks, plunged into the unknown all to live up to their truest potential. My story is featured in this book, but I am just a very small flower in this beautiful, vibrant bouquet. To say it was an honour to be in the literary company of these women will be an understatement. Every single one to these women inspired me. Each ignited a new spark beneath my feet. Each one reminded me of why I wake up in the morning and pursue my dreams.

These women will express to you how important it is to nurture that seed that lies within you.That seed that needs watering and tending to, so you can bloom and blossom into your best self.

Living Your Dreams by Krista Harrison is a rare gem. At just 114 pages, you will gain so much wisdom and insight. And when you are done, you will be ready to put this book down and go after what you love. Even if you're not sure what that is yet, you'll be ready to tap into that energy.  Living Your Dreams will become well loved. Dog-eared and stuffed with posted notes, it will be a book you return to often! 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Wrapping up 2015 with Gratitude

We are approaching the end of another year. Time flies when you're having fun! That is why it is so important to live each and every moment mindfully. Savour every hug, kiss, laugh, tear, smile. Live each moment in the now. Don't dwell on the past and worry about the future. Live in the only moment we are promised, the now. 

Each year around this time, I like to reflect back on my year. In this journal I will write about my good times, my not so good times, my dreams come true and the dreams I am still chasing. I'll also set my intentions for the next year coming. I'll express all my love and gratitude for everything that has come and that has yet to come. I encourage you to do the same. Grab a journal, a piece of paper or even your phone or computer and just write. Write about everything that makes you smile and that makes your cry. Write about all the things that you love and that you are grateful for. And write about the things your want in your life in the next year. Set your intentions then write about how you can put them into action! 

Namaste! ❤

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Grow with the Flow Yoga Workshop

Grow with the Flow
Connect. Nourish. Reset

After a busy season of socializing, shopping and indulging, it can be a challenge to get ourselves back on track and back into a healthy and relaxed state of mind. 

Our body's are exhausted and our mind's run ragged with stress from the rushing whirlwind of the season's festivities.

Grow with the Flow is built to help you get back on track! Reset your mind, body and spirit.

This 2 hour workshop will start with a Power Yoga flow. Created to focus on strengthening and building heat in the body to detox and purify. A mindful, guided meditation will follow to cleanse the mind and spirit. Then, we'll work on building you a mental toolbox to help you live as your best self. Your truest potential!

Out with the old and in with the new. Setting fresh, new intentions for your 2016!

When: Saturday, January 23rd, 2pm-4pm (healthy snacks and water provided)
Where: Kitchener Soccer Club, in the Lounge (1111 Homer Watson Blvd)
Cost: $40 Per Person OR Purchase a Buddy Pass, 2 Tickets for $35!

Registration for this Workshop closes January 18th. 
Cash, check or Paypal accepted(please note, a 3% processing fee will apply for Paypal)

If you're looking for the perfect gift this holiday season, consider the Grow with the Flow workshop!

*Bring a mat, something comfortable to practice Yoga in and an open heart!*
*Change rooms available if you wish to bring a change of clothes*
*Free Parking*
*Giveaway and Draw at the event*

Space is limited. Please register with Cathy to secure your spot!

Payment required to secure your spot.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Hello November, Hello Gratitude Challenge

Happy November!

As we enter a new month, and a month that comes with it a little more stress than normal with the holiday season approaching, I thought I would take on a gratitude challenge. 

Almost every night, I mentally create a list of things I am grateful for before going to sleep:
The roof over me head
My family and friends
Food on my plate

But how great would it be to take part in this while creating a community?! That is why I am taking part in Robin Long's of The Balanced Life, gratitude challenge on Instagram. Please join me! Check out full details on the challenge here. And be sure to join me on Instragram to see all the things I am grateful for!

Gratitude Art - Square 3  

Sunday, October 11, 2015

What's New at Alter Ego Yoga this Fall?

Join me for TWO new classes this Fall!
Join me at Zehrs in the Laurentian Plaza at 7pm every Thursday night for Yoga in the beautiful upper community room!
This class is a 1 hour Vinyasa-style class that is all levels friendly! Savings if you are student or Zehrs employee!
Details attached in the image above!

 Alter Ego is now at Anytime Fitness! I am so excited to be teaching at this beautiful facility! And the most amazing perk? You don't have to be a member to attend the Yoga classes! You can drop in for $10 and join me every Tuesday at 7pm!
Details attached in the image above!
Alter Ego Yoga is also SO excited to be offering By Donation classes at The K-W Humane Society. These classes will be monthly or bi-monthly(depending on popularity). Cost is a monetary donation of any amount to the K-W Humane Society.
Stay tuned for upcoming dates!

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