Monthly Archives: February 2016

Support for 30 Days of Practice

30 Days of Practice has begun! Are you with us?!

A few years ago, we wanted to create a way to encourage a daily practice that was accessible and inclusive while drawing on the support of community. Out of this desire 30 Days of Practice was born. We are excited to embark on this journey again! It’s free to participate and all practice counts. This could be what you do at hemma, at home, or out in the community. It’s not limited to a movement based or asana class; it could be starting or reviving a daily meditation practice. Or maybe you want to start a daily practice of writing, singing, dancing, or kindness. Yoga is whatever we do with full presence and awareness, welcome your creativity.

One of the most exciting parts of this month is the collective energy behind it yogaathomeall. Each person’s motivation for joining is unique to them, but the intention to practice daily is shared. If you are practicing at home, know that others are tuning into their practice at home too. To support your home practice, you can help yourself to the articles in the resource binder at Hemma. Here are a few to support you this month:

doyogawithme.com
This site has hundreds of free online classes of Yoga and meditation. Founded by former Hemma teahcer David Procyshyn, you will also find many local instructors on this site!

The Beginner’s Guide to Home Practice

How to Build a Home Practice

Tips to Establish a Daily Mediation Practice

Headspace – 1o minute meditations for 10 days for free.

 

 

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Practice Makes Practice

You’ve heard the phrase “practice makes perfect”, but what is this perfection YOGA is 99% Practice and 1% Theorywe seek? With many trades, sports, careers, and arts, practice is the key to developing skills and excelling towards mastery, or what many perceive as perfection. Yoga practice is different because there is no end goal, it’s simply about the practice; about showing up for yourself and diving in. As with anything you dedicate your time to, you will likely notice improvement or ease in the experience – more flexibility, more strength, more peace. These benefits are positive side effects of Yoga, but not necessarily the goal.

As we gear up for 30 Days of Practice at Hemma, I’ve been reflecting on why I devote time to practicing something that is focused on experiencing rather than achieving; on being rather than becoming. For me, practicing Yoga (and all of it’s branches) is about cultivating presence in mind, body, breath, heart, and actions. What I tune into isn’t always peaceful and blissful, but it’s real. This practice of presence supports me to understand myself and how to serve others.

I keep coming back to the term Sadhana, which is a Sanksrit term for “daily practices for transformation.” There are many translations of this term, but I keep this one close to my heart as it inspires me to keep going. Doing a little bit of Yoga every day is usually more transformative than a lot of Yoga once a month. As we develop this daily rhythm, we cultivate sensitivity to our changing needs and adapt our practice depending on our energy level, time of day, or season. It’s what we do daily that makes us who we are.

Join us for the 30 Days of Practice Opening Circle on February 25th at 8pm. Let’s support one another on this journey!

With Love,
Kelly

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Food is Love

There are many ways to feel nourished; from food, from love, from acts of Self-care. From infancy, our nourishment from food is typically paired with our Mothers love – they are often inseperable. As we age, food made with love can satiate not only physical hunger, but also our hunger for love. Offering food to others is one of the simplest ways of offering care and support.

Pilar and her family have returned to their home in Victoria after a whirlwind pilar familyjourney of surprises. Her young daughter Tree had emergency surgery in early January to remove a brain tumour. The test results have determined that the cells were cancerous and Tree will need both radiation therapy and chemotherapy over the next year that will take them to and from Vancouver. While they are at their home-base in Victoria, we’d like to offer them meals to ease the burden of cooking.

We have started a Meal Train for Pilar, Tree, and Ocean to organize the community support. (more…)

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