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This Girl’s Ride – That Never Ends.

Mar 5th, 2014 Yoga 3 min read

Her shoulders caved in, Bearing the weight of self-judgement and self-hatred. Days flowed into nights without a notice, For she was caught up in a volcano of emotions. Sadness, anger, frustration, and anxiety swirled around in her, There was no outlet, no escape route, no where to hide. She wanted to disappear, Fast and now. With pigtails, swollen eyes and mucus filled nostrils, She fantasized…

Peace

A Prayer To God: On Acceptance and Imperfections

Feb 21st, 2014 Yoga 2 min read

Dear God, It has been a tough week. My social networks have exploded with ongoing debates concerning homosexual relationships and families, and I’m struggling to hold the opinions of both sides in me. I struggle because these were the same debates that haunted me for many years. I struggle because I wish people could understand the struggles I went through to express my truth. Dear…

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Could You Donate A Toonie To Me, Please?

Nov 26th, 2013 Yoga 4 min read

A few weeks ago, a well-dressed gentleman approached me and asked for a toonie. Without question, word or thought, I reached into my purse and fumbled around for change. Because my earphones were plugged into my ears, I didn’t know why he needed a toonie but I handed it to him anyway. As I walked away, I started questioning myself: Why on Earth did I…

Love Me NYC

I Fell In Love

Nov 6th, 2013 Yoga 2 min read

About a month ago, I fell in love. The love swept me off my feet, took me across many oceans and seas, and I landed in supportive and loving arms which were held wide open for me. I didn’t see this coming — not right now. The love was peeking from around the corners, and it seemed to be always there, but it took two…

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Circa 1999 — Affirmations

Oct 27th, 2013 Yoga 2 min read

I hear the truth in this song. It rings true to what I’ve gone through and studied in the past year. At the age of 13, I couldn’t comprehend what Savage Garden was trying to tell me. Today, as I listen to the lyrics, every single sentence strikes a chord in my mind, body and soul. Thank you, Savage Garden. Though my 13 year old…

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The Truth About My Voice

Sep 14th, 2013 Yoga 3 min read

I am an introvert. Public speaking scares me. Meeting new people scares me. Going to new places scares me. All these years, I have been fighting that fear by constantly daring myself to step out of my comfort zone, trying to be someone who is outspoken, friendly to all, and comfortable in new environments. Truth is, I suffered a burn out about two years ago,…

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Swirling In The Actions Of Nudging, Pushing and Forcing

Sep 10th, 2013 Yoga 1 min read

My Yoga Teacher Training begins in exactly two days and a mere five hours ago, I was freaking my brains out. I felt completely uninspired, unmotivated, and sluggish. I flowed through a Vinyasa class this morning without a clear intention nor was my heart completely present on my mat. An hour passed and I was still somewhere else — high up in the clouds. So…

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New Beginnings: Mind, Body And Soul

Aug 26th, 2013 Yoga 2 min read

In 2008, I took my first yoga class at Semperviva in Vancouver. During my first few classes, I remember thinking that the yoga teacher track would be an exciting one to embark on. Prior to my stint on the cruise ship, I decided that upon returning home to Toronto, I’d do two things: 1) Get a tattoo 2) Do my yoga teacher training. Both are…

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6 Years: Welcome and Goodbye

Jul 15th, 2013 Travel, Yoga 3 min read

It has been a struggle over the past two and half years as I tried to navigate through the marketing and communication jungle. In 2010, I graduated from university with a hopeful heart and a willingness to utilize every ounce of my energy to find a job in this highly competitive industry. A year after graduation, I made the huge move from Vancouver to Toronto,…

Flags of the world at the UN Secretariat Building.

Do We Need To Be Known To Be Seen?

Jun 22nd, 2013 Travel, Yoga 3 min read

“Haze puts Singapore on map, millions surprised to find it there” – Business Times Singapore This article amused me, to know how some in the world view Singapore. However, it was the comments in this forum that cracked me up. As I was preparing lunch, a thought came to me. It has been six years since I left Singapore for Canada. People have always been…

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Love The World — The Green Way

Jun 18th, 2013 Travel, Vegetarianism, Yoga 4 min read

Last year, I wrote about my choice to be a vegetarian (rightfully a pescatarian back then), and how I crossed over to the green side. Recently, about two months ago, I fully committed myself to being a full-pledged vegetarian — and there goes my love for sushi, sashimi, and shellfish. Why would I do this? To be honest, I watched this video two months after…

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Being a Mindful Cyclist In An Urban City

Jun 6th, 2013 Travel, Yoga 4 min read

I rode my bicycle to attend Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong‘s talk on Meditation and Modern Buddhism yesterday, and parked it on the sidewalk. The main idea Gen-la had for us was: Take control of your mind, and she left us with the parting message to think about how others are important and their happiness matters. As I walked out of the centre, charged with energy to…