It’s the end of an era.
My yoga had its beginnings at Eastside Yoga Studio. Dianne Bondy introduced me to a practice that connected mind and body, something that had eluded me until then. I grew my practice through yoga teacher training, workshops with many great teachers, Yin And Restorative teacher training and personal study. I’m officially an E-RYT 200. It’s been quite the journey and I wouldn’t have done it any other way.
Can you do yoga, every day, for 21 days?
I’m a member of yogasteya.com and the members in the virtual community posed the question this summer. I’ve heard it takes 21 days of repetition to make something a habit. Being accountable to others would help keep me honest. It would also make me develop my home practice because, confession time here, I really didn’t have one. I’m great at going to the studio or teaching. Meditation is part of my morning routine. I love reading about yoga philosophy. But the physical work on the mat was an area that I needed to grow. So I publicly declared my intent to participate.
Thankful for a sunny day off.
Grateful to be spending time with family.
Inspired to share yoga and my stories, with you.
May you be happy. May you be peaceful. May you simply be.
Have I said how much I love the “Flying Monkeys” brewery?
They deserve another nod because of this last bottle.
These Mexican Hot Chocolate cupcakes (recipe from “Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World”) were inspired by the taco resto where we ate dinner last night. After a trio of shrimp tacos, with rice and homemade beans, we ordered a dark chocolate mini cake with a little bit of chili heat in the chocolate sauce. Heaven! So, I had to go and make my own version. As you can see, one of them didn’t last long enough to make the photo…
“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.” ~Roald Dahl
Forget the wine…pass the beer!
Craft breweries are so much fun these days. My favs are from “Flying Monkeys“. Their specialty beers are totally amazing. “The Matador” has hints of Spanish oak and other spices. The beers are even better because the caps hide a secret message.
The rich chocolate stout flavours in “The Chocolate Manifesto” were part of my cupcake adventures on Valentine’s Day. The Apricot Almond version didn’t have any beer in them but it’s good to have the Yin to balance the Yang. 🙂
Beer and cupcakes rock!
My school teacher friend was excited to show me a book from the “We Day” event she’d attended with her students in Toronto. The book gave page upon page of problems that North American kids might complain about. Like no Wifi in the bathroom stall. Or having your latte order butchered. Stuff that might bring down the day for a kid. Craig and Marc Kielburger tell kids they need to put this all in perpsective, while not talking down to them. Just watch the video about “My Grandma follows me on Twitter” and it’ll have you laughing and thinking all at the same time.
“The real voyage of discovery
consists not in seeking new landscapes,
but having new eyes.”
What to do with a “found” day? Unexpectedly, I had a whole, unplanned day before me. After my morning meditation, I was ready to try something new.