Things I Love About Yoga

It’s Healing Affects

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When I first embarked on my yoga journey, I did it fr weight loss and exercise. I didn’t believe in the hippie mumbo jumbo that some people say yoga can do, all I wanted to do was get really sweaty and while I did do that, I also began to experience the hippie mumbo jumbo stuff. When I started yoga, it was during a transitional point in my life, I was transitioning from university life to post university life. The transition was a little tough for me, my lifestyle had to change completely, everything from my diet to my living arrangements, to my friends and career. Yoga made that transition much easier for me because it gave me something to focus on, but I also really started to learn a lot about myself. I learned that I have hyper mobility in my body and I could really damage my joints if I didn’t get some more strength. I learned how to deal with my feelings in a better, more efficient way and to be more compassionate to others. I didn’t learn how much yoga can be healing until last summer, in 2013 so much in my life changed. I went through a major career change, I left a work situation that was extremely unhealthy for me. And right around the same time, my dad died. I am so lucky to be able to say that I had two sets of loving and caring parents, but it was my biological father that passed away. This and the career change all happened within one week. My life felt like it had literally been flipped upside down, but I continued to stay faithful to my yoga practice and I swear this is what kept me sane, Even though I had spent everyday for a little while crying and feeling upset, I made numerous breakthroughs in my practice. Around this time I also began meditating. I was able to see that I was not a victim in any of this, there was nothing I could have done and it wasn’t about life being fair or unfair, it was just about life being a cycle. And this is just my example, there are countless stories of addicts overcoming their issues with the help of yoga and meditation or kids with a.d.d. experiencing significant breakthroughs through yoga. I can go on and on, but I think you get the picture. Yoga really can help you find stillness in the craziness you can sometimes experience in life and that’s one of the reasons that I LOVE it so much!

Things I Love About Teaching

When Someone Says They Love My Voice

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So this post may sound like it’s more about my ego than about teaching, but that’s not how it’s meant to come off, really I am so grateful when someone says this to me. I’m not known for having a great singing voice (though I’m quite the car performer haha). When I was a kid sometimes I would get teased about my singing voice, or even friends would playfully tell me not to quit my day job. It wasn’t overly cruel, but it did eventually make me shy about my voice and absolutely terrified to talk in front of a group. I was probably one of the worst public speakers in any of my classes growing up, I would imagine how everyone was judging me, from what I was wearing to how my voice sounded. So when I took my teacher training, I didn’t even stop to think about how nerve wracking it would be to talk in front of a group until I had to introduce myself to the group I would be training with and I felt that same nervousness from back in my school days. Overtime, during our training, I got better. That group was so supportive, you didn’t ever feel judged. Then it came to my very first public class and I had 67 people in the class, I had this whole plan and theme weaved around Lady Gaga’s song “Born This Way”. It had just come out and I felt it was perfect for a yoga class because you shouldn’t feel the need to be doing exactly the pose that the person next to you, you should be feeling what your own body is feeling and work with that. However, when I saw just how many people were in that class, I freaked out just a little bit and just stuck to pure yoga, no themeing or anything. I made it through and felt like if I could make it through that I could make it through any class. So I got more and more comfortable and that was reflected in my voice. I like to teach with a calming voice even if what we’re doing isn’t that calming. Anyways, I slowly began to get the comment that I had a lovely voice or that my voice was soothing, or very relaxing. These comments meant way more to me than the people who made them ever probably thought they would. It was very therapeutic actually, it kind of undid some of that childhood teasing that stuck with me. So the more control I have over my voice to keep it calming and relaxing is like a two way street. I help to relax or soothe people and when they comment about it, it relaxes and soothes me and inspires me to work on it even more. Without taking the leap to begin teaching, I probably would never be as confident with who I am as I currently am. I would always be a little nervous of someone’s judgements (even if they didn’t really have any judgements). Just knowing that any small comment you make can brighten someone’s whole outlook is a powerful thing to know. I am so lucky to be able to teach yoga and experience all of my students’ yoga practices unfolding. Being able to receive the compliments and generousity of my students is just one of the MANY reasons that I LOVE teaching yoga!

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News Space, New Offerings

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Stretch Love Yoga now has it’s own space! That’s right, if you stumbled across my page and wanted to practice with me, but didn’t have a space of your own for private lessons, now you can come to my space! Space is limited, so these will still be private lessons, but since I’m not travelling to you, the price will be more affordable.
To practice in the Stretch Love Yoga room, it will be $15 per class or you can buy a 10 class pass for $100 (which is an amazing deal).
And in case you’re wishing you could practice with me, but you live just too far away, I’m now also offering live private yoga classes through Skype. These classes will be $10, however the only payment method I will be accepting for Skype classes are paypal or E-Transfers from your bank before the class takes place.
If you have interest in practicing with me in my yoga room or online, please contact me by email at info@stretchloveyoga.com or by phone at 905-317-8557.

Stay tuned for even more exciting offerings that I am currently working on!
Namaste Stretch Love Yogis!

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I’m Back!!

Hey Stretch Love Yogis! It’s been over three weeks since my last post and I’m finally back! So this post is to update you all about where I’ve been and why I’ve been away from my daily yoga blog. The reason for my absence is that I moved and moving is really hard work! Mr. StretchLove and I moved into our own space on May 30th and we’ve been taking our time to make the space our own very special one. We both had visions of what we wanted for our space and we’re making that into a reality slowly but surely. We still have to paint his man cave and my girly bathroom, but other than that everything is in its place for the most part. The best part of all is that I now have a yoga room, so I have space now to share my offerings with all of you if you can’t for some reason have me over to your’s! I will be making another post probably tomorrow to inform all of you of my special new offerings and money saving packages. I’m so excited to tell you all and hope to be able to teach more of you with these offerings! I am now fully back and the blog will return to it’s regularly scheduled programming. Namaste all!! :)