Monthly Archives: March 2017

Spreading Community Acupuncture

Exactly 10 years ago I was on my way to Portland to attend a workshop on Community Acupuncture. I had no idea how that experience would dramatically shape the next 10 years of my life. For years I had been dreaming of a different way to offer acupuncture, one that would introduce more people to this amazing healing modality, and here it was, happening, just a few hours south. In 2007 there were just a few community clinics operating in North America — hemma was the 18th to open and the first one in Canada to join the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA). Today there are over 200! We are proud to be part of this amazing story, and so grateful to all of you for making it possible. Thanks to everyone who helped us make this wonderful introduction video to hemma community acupuncture!



30 Days of Practice – the Grand Finale

After a month of steady practice at Hemma, we are inspired yet again by the Hemma_Instagram_quote_better-at-yogacourage and commitment of this community! The sticker frenzy of our 30 days of practice has come to a close, but we hope your intention for daily practice stays open. Let’s see if we can turn this into 60 days of practice, or 100 days of practice! If you participated in the challenge, take a moment to celebrate your successes and reflect on what you can carry forward into the rest of Spring. The most important thing to remember is to be kind to yourself, and flexible with your expectations when necessary.

For myself, I had grand plans for a long meditation practice every day but as we shifted into Spring I heard the call from my body for “more movement!” so I adjusted my practice time to include more asana. And then on days that life got crazy and time was tight, I would practice joint releasing movements, 2 sun salutations, followed by 5 minutes of meditation. Sure I had planned for more and I heard the little voice (you know the one) saying “but that’s not long enough. You can do better…” If I put all my trust in the little voice then I might feel like I failed on those days. What my Yoga practice has taught me over the years is that this is a practice of flexibility – flexibility of the mind. It’s a practice of being able to bend and flow with life’s curve balls and adjust one’s expectations of oneself accordingly. This is truly a lifelong practice and we hope you will join us to continue to explore daily practice, on and off the mat!

With love,


30 days of practice: Momentum Keeps us Inspired

Why commit to practice for 30 days?
By Melody Walford

Practice, is a deep-seated form of self-care. By willingly stepping into practice 30 days of practice 2017
you are making a strong commitment to yourself. You are making a choice to live in deeper connection with our body, mind, and spirit. For hemma’s yoga challenge, this may be in the form of asana (yogic postures), pranayama (breath work), meditation, mantra, kirtan, study of scriptures/wisdom teachings or any other intentional way of drawing awareness inward for unification and transformation.

By devoting yourself to practice for thirty days, there is an opportunity to regain a connection to that part of yourself you yearn for; a possible realignment with the untouched places that may reside dormant within. This dedication is a radical form of self-honouring and self-love. (more…)