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6 reasons every runner should practice yoga

1. Mental Focus.
Yoga provides the perfect opportunity for runners to improve our mental game.  Precise alignment cues and dynamic flow sequences demand that we carefully attune to the way our bodies are moving in space, and to listen to what our bodies have to tell us as we move.  The heightened body awareness that we develop on the yoga mat translates into an enhanced ability to tune in to our pace, our form, and the inevitable twinges and niggles that come up as we run.  And when our minds begin to wander – as they most certainly will – yoga teaches us to watch where they go.  We learn to repeatedly bring our minds back into the moment, and manage the negative self talk that all to often undermines our best efforts as runners and human beings.

2. Breath control.
Yoga teaches us to coordinate our breath with (more…)


Advice from a tree:

Stand tall and proud. Go out on a limb. Remember your roots. Drink plenty of water. Be content with your natural beauty. Enjoy the view.



Learning From Patients









As an Acupuncturist I’m required, each year, to continue my education by completing several hours of post-graduate training — courses and workshops on acupuncture and other health related subjects. I usually enjoy these opportunities to travel, study, and meet with colleagues, but the truth is, most of my “continuing education” occurs each day in the clinic. Every day I learn something new from my patients — by caring for them, and listening to their stories about health, and their lives overall.

As way of honouring and appreciating all that I learn, I’m dedicating the next few blog posts to just that — things my patients teach me.

One of the greatest teachings I experience every day in the clinic is empathy. Each day, listening to the stories of my patients, I am reminded of how similar we all are. We all experience the same joy and sorrow, triumphs and tribulations, pain and suffering. This may sound cliche, but the daily experience of working in the clinic is a powerful reminder of our inter-connectedness. Feeling that connection allows me to connect deeper with my patients and their healing journey. When I walk out of the clinic, I find that my empathy has opened a bit more, allowing me to feel compassion towards those that I might otherwise feel annoyed or impatient with. (more…)

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