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Reflections on Yoga Teacher Training

This year I had the good fortune to return to Egypt to teach for a month, a 500 hour and 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with my school Namaha Yoga School. I was invited to Egypt last year for the first time to teach, and fell in love with the country and the people. This year, the training was in Dahab, on the Sinai coast of the Red Sea. Each year I am sure that it will be my last intensive training. The amount of work and planning that is required to facilitate a teacher training in another country is huge! As well as the long days spent teaching and leading the training’s and all that goes with it. And yet….and yet. (more…)

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true community

Two weeks ago I attended a workshop on Salt Spring with 13 others for five days. The group was one of the most diverse groups of individuals I have had the pleasure of working with in a workshop setting. At times, it felt as if the only thing we had in common was that we’d all decided to attend this training.

In our current age of social media, we are often grouped with folks with a common interest and opinion. Rarely are our views and opinions challenged. Rarely do we find ourselves uncomfortable.

So, as I sat in circle with these 13 souls, I really came to appreciate difference, diversity, and even discomfort. I thought to myself, this is a true community — a group of humans from different walks of life coming together to learn from one another.

The experience made me realize how much we all need to sit with difference — especially now.  We need to appreciate one another and learn about our diverse experiences and opinions. Consider this the next time you come into the clinic or studio and sit down next to someone. In addition to appreciating that they too are there for healing, learning, and introspection, maybe say hello – be curious about your neighbour.  You may just have something to learn or offer.

And . . . in case you’re in the mood to build more community on the mat, there are a few fun events taking place in August!

Susie will be leading an awesome in-depth week-long early morning practice. Plus, we’ll be hosting another Satsang on August 9th. What better way to connect!

Check the events page for more details.

In community,
Michael

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Hemma Open House

The Moss Street Paint-In is one of our favourite days around here. As thousands of people
wander by, admiring the art festival that runs the full length of Moss Street (11am-4pm), many people also wander in to Hemma to say hello. We LOVE this! To coincide with this community fun, we have an OPEN HOUSE on that day. On July 2oth, we invite you stop by Hemma for prizes, sales, high fives and hugs, in addition to our regular Saturday schedule!

Now is the time to stock up on your favourite 5 treatments for $85 acupunch cards or plan the rest of your summer yoga routine with 5 classes for $55 (on sale July 19-22, in person, over the phone, or online!).

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