Monthly Archives: August 2014

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…)


Teacher Feature – Tracey Noseworthy

This month we are delighted to introduce you to Tracey Noseworthy who has been teaching at Hemma since we opened! She is an integral part of the Hemma family and you need to come take a class with her and experience her infectious positive energy! She teaches Vinyasa Flow on Wednesdays at 9am, and Fridays at 5pm.

1. When did you start practicing Yoga and why?
I started practicing yoga when I got pregnant with my first child.  I was a totally A-type personality, and recognized the opportunity to slow down a little, breathe more and wanted to root my energy and love the pregnancy.  Wow!  It did just that and so much more, as I followed up with so much after my delivery and ever since.

2. How has Yoga helped you in your life? 
Yoga has helped me in more ways than I think I even realize. It has definitely helped with my physical strength, flexibility, endurance and balance.  It has taught me how to breathe, when to (more…)


“I always tell people live happily and die majestically.” ~ BKS Iyengar

BKS Iyengar is considered one of the most influential Yoga teachers in the world. He dedicated decades to practicing, understanding, and teaching Yoga to millions of people around the globe. At 95 years old, he left his body last week. This is a time of sadness, and also a time to honour and celebrate his life. When a yogic master leaves their body, their soul travels far and wide, enabling us all to connect with the wisdom they embodied.

I admire his dedication to the practice. I recently read in an article,  “He always said, ‘Don’t call it Iyengar Yoga. It doesn’t have to have my name on it. It’s just yoga.’” I feel this speaks to his authenticity in sharing the wisdom of Yoga and why his passion inspired so many people. On Thursday August 28th at 12:30pm there will be a Divine Light Invocation in honour of BKS Iyengar at Iyengar Yoga Centre of Victoria.

Deep bow,