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Michele Lisenbury Christensen on her yoga practice

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Registration is open for what will be the last session of my 30 Days of Yoga courses. As I retire these courses, I’ve asked a few friends to join me in reflecting on why yoga and meditation are so crucial to their lives. We started with Susan Piver and today we’re turning to Michele Lisenbury Christensen; I think you’re really going to […]

Susan Piver on mediation, sadness & music

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Registration is now open for what will be the last session of my 30 Days of Yoga courses. I first offered this course in January 2010 because I needed to get into my own regular home yoga practice as part of my yoga teacher training certification.

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Four years, five new courses and many thousands of gorgeous online yogis later, it’s time for me to retire these courses and concentrate on my work in human rights and social and environmental justice, and on teaching and supporting others to cultivate the courage it takes to step into the change-maker role that is calling you.

As I retire these courses, I’ve asked a few friends to join me in reflecting on why yoga and meditation are so crucial to their lives. We’re starting with Susan Piver by looking back at a post she wrote last year around this time.

I deeply appreciate Susan’s perspective, especially when it comes to her take on how meditation allows us to be in the world. This post is all about the potency of connection and how it allows us to see, feel and be with suffering while also allowing us to access the comfort and beauty can bring. Yoga has opened me to both.

Yoga Straight Talk with Grace Quantock

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Today’s post is the last in our Yoga Straight Talk series – and it takes a bit of a different spin. Grace Quantock, 90 Days of Yoga alum and wellness writer and speaker, shares a glimpse into how yoga has been a refuge for her when dealing with the ongoing struggle of chronic illness. Her reflections are spot-on for all of us:

Yoga welcomes us home to our bodies.

Meet 90 Days of Yoga mentor, Natalya Pemberton.

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Hi lovely. I’m thrilled to introduce you to Natalya Pemberton, our yoga mentor for this final round of 90 Days of Yoga.  As an experienced home yogi  and 90 Days alum Natalya is full of tried and true wisdom; here’s one of my favorite bits from our interview with her: Start small, and declare it […]

Yoga Straight Talk with Petra Gimbad

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Meet Petra.

Petra is a lecturer, writer and volunteer with homeless communities. Prior to her current job, she worked with various human rights organisations and as a yoga teacher.

She writes for sun2surf.com and can be found on Twitter under @petragimbad.

Women are changing the world. And we need you.

Monday, August 25th, 2014

I think we all agree, the world needs our courage right now. The courage to stand up for the things we care about. The courage to change the way we’ve always done things. The courage to trust that we can and will find a brighter, fairer, safer future for us all. I know you get this, that’s why […]

Yoga Straight Talk with Sarahjane Blum

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Sarahjane Blum is an author, co-owner of www.grapefruitmoongallery.com, animal rights activist, and occasional public speaker. She’s spending most of the summer trying to use up the vegetables in her CSA. Follow her on twitter to hear about all of this, and maybe send her some advice about what to do with the world’s largest head of napa cabbage. Follow her on twitter at @sarahjaneblum.

Courageous Company with Kara-Leah Grant: The Courage to take the Hard Road

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

It’s late 2000 and I’m freelancing for a small local paper in my current home town, Whistler BC. My editor has assigned me a story that requires me to call and interview one of the movers and shakers in town. I’m 25 years old, I’ve been writing articles since I was 16 and in the last four years I have lived in London, Chamonix, France, Niagara Falls and now Whistler.

I consider myself a brave and courageous woman, living a fearless and exciting life.

Except this phone call is freaking me out completely.

Courageous Company with Anna Guest-Jelley: Why Wearing a T-Shirt Might Have Changed My Life

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Do you have nemesis clothing? I do — and plenty of it. But the top of my list?

T-shirts.

I mean, is there anything so unflattering yet so ubiquitous? High-necked, boxy, tight (or way too loose)-armed, often stiff-fabric-ed.

It’s hard for me to find much to like.

Yet I recently found myself wanting to wear one each day over a weekend where my body would be on constant display in front of 50+ people.

Courageous Company with Justine Musk: The Courage to Speak

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

I once co-hosted an erotica-writing workshop for women only.

There were about 17 of us. The workshop lasted all day, punctuated by strategic sessions of wine-tasting.

The alcohol, the increasingly personal and daring nature of the material we shared, the growing camaraderie among the women: bonding ensued.

(Like the movie BREAKFAST CLUB. But different.)

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