Monthly Archives: August 2013

Teacher Feature – Jonathan Boyd

This month we would like to introduce you to Jonathan Boyd. You can enjoy his Hatha Flow Yoga class here on Sundays 12:30-1:30pm.

1. Jonathan, When did you start practicing Yoga and why?
I started practicing yoga when I was 21 and working as a summer student in the Yukon Territory.  As a ridiculously inflexible guy, I sought to increase my stretch-ability by purchasing and self-instructing myself with Richard Hittleman’s Yoga: 28 Day Exercise Plan.  If it was published in 1969, and still available in bookstores, it had to be good.  It was HARD. I mastered triangle (kind of) and cobra (sort of), but eventually creeped myself out performing lion’s breath and scalp exercises.  Check out the book!  Books led to DVDs, which led to classes, which led to workshops, which led to trainings.

2. How has Yoga helped you in your life?
Yoga taught me to love myself.  It provided the tools and a method to explore the inner realms of who I am.  Plus, it has given me the gift of handstands.  Always a useful party trick.

3. What style of Yoga do you teach? (more…)

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Yoga While You Rest: Yoga Nidra

You know those mornings when you wake up exhausted thinking “wow, did I even sleep last night?” You went to bed at a decent time, you had your eyes closed, it seems like you slept through the night, but still you are tired. When you go to bed at night, you often carry the day’s tension with you. Yoga Nidra helps you relax and release this tension before sleep.

Also known as Yogic Sleep, Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice that has been adapted for our modern and sometimes stressful times. Yoga Nidra is guided meditation technique that (more…)

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Take Time to Reconnect

Over the past month I have seen a lot of people in the clinic who are struggling with anxiety and depression.  Summer used to be a time when life slowed down — when we all took an easier, care-free approach to life — but these days it feels as if we all just carry on at our usual frenzied pace like ants on a hot summer day.  In contrast, here in Victoria, we are surrounded by an overwhelming abundance of natural beauty which beckons us to pause, be still, and appreciate.  If the pace of life has caused you to become disconnected from your Self, remember to take time to reconnect — take a walk in the woods or along the water, go for a swim in the ocean or a lake, attend a yoga class, or drop in for some acupuncture.  These experiences can act like a reset button, and help you to remember what is really important in life.

~ Michael

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