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Rather than reaching out for the usual tennis balls, foam rollers, hot water bottles, and flax seed packs, consider trying out the new blue massage balls adorning our shelves. We have had the traditional Halfmoon set of two spikey balls for some time, but are excited to add Acuballs to our assortment! They were designed by Chiropractor and Acupuncturist Dr Michael Cohen to “empower yourself to heal” - anywhere.

There are countless ways to use massage balls and I encourage you to look up Dr Cohen’s website or ask your acupuncturist about how you could use them to find release – and relief.  (more…)


6 Tips for 30 Days of Practice

If you have been to Hemma lately, you may have noticed that people
here are participating in 30 Days of Practice. Nearly 90 brave souls have added their name to the chart and reward themselves with a sticker for each day of practice. I have been lovingly referring to it as “a sticker club”, though it is much more than that. Each sticker represents someone’s commitment to their practice; their commitment to themselves. Practice will look different for everyone and we welcome all practice at Hemma, at home, or our in the community. Whether your practice is yoga, meditation, or something else, the most important thing is that you practice regularly.

We had a lovely opening circle on March 1st to set intentions and meditate as a community. If you participated in this, recall your intention you set for yourself this month, and remind yourself of it each day. This is your spark for practice that you need to keep burning bright! If you want to join now, or participate on your own in the future, here are 6 tips to keep you going:

1. Set an Intention
In Yogic terms, a Sankalpa is an intention you set to bring you closer to your full potential. It is a simple, positive statement in the (more…)


Why Practice

Several years ago I had the fortune to attend a workshop with Robert Bly, Michael Mead, and James Hillman. The workshop was focused on male self development. One of the aspects that all three presenters spoke about was the importance of daily practice. For Robert it was the practice of poetry, and he spoke of how each day he would awaken and begin his day by writing a poem.

As far as I know he continues this tradition to this day.

Two years before, I attended this workshop I had embarked on a 6 month training in yoga therapy. As part of my training I was required to have a daily practice of hatha yoga and meditation, and to journal about my experiences. For any one who has had a practice, you know that its not all sunshine and chocolates. There were many days when I awoke and wanted nothing to do with yoga. Dragging myself to the mat, at times simply going through the motions, disassociated from my body’s movements. Inevitably though by the end of my practice, engaged in journalling, I would feel a deepening connection to myself and to the world around me, and a sense of accomplishment at having conquered my inner demons. As one month turned to the next I felt this daily ritual strengthening my body, and grounding my spirit, connecting me with a greater sense of me. I developed an inner strength and an inner sense of self that was palpable as I went out into the world and engaged with others. In fact 21 years later I can still connect and feel those feelings as I write these words. Thus is the power of practice.

When I began I had no goal in mind and no understanding of what the practice would bring me. In fact I think it is better to divorce oneself from expectations when embarking on self practice. The purpose, if there is one, is simply the practice. Since then I have explored several practices — music, running, writing, and of course yoga. Each has waxed and waned. Each one though has served as a powerful anchor, especially during stormy times. Back when I was practicing my 6 months of yoga one of the greatest motivators for me was knowing that there were others within my course who were also sitting in their rooms doing the same thing as me. Somehow I could feel the collective energy of all those souls kneeling before their mats, and it helped get me through my resistance!

Join us in March for 30 days of practice and let’s inspire one another. Who knows, maybe we can all go from 30 days to 365 days!

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