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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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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,…

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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…

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Idolatry, Yoga and Life (Part 2)

Apr 3rd, 2013 Yoga 4 min read

Since my last post on “Idolatry, Yoga and Life (Part 1)“, I felt there was much more to that topic that I didn’t address. Hence, I’m writing a second part to it. When a new yoga student walks into a class and does his/her first practice, a certain kind of connection might emerge. Perhaps it was the teacher or practice itself, but this new student…

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Idolatry, Yoga and Life (Part 1)

Mar 25th, 2013 Yoga 3 min read

Idolatry is an interesting phenomenon. Since last weekend’s Yoga Conference in Toronto, I went home feeling weird. Today, Waylon Lewis wrote about his opinion of the conference, and how people shouldn’t simply idolize the ‘superstar’ yoga teachers but to find their own path in life. (Read the post here) So why was I feeling weird? In the past year, since I started walking the path…

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Setting Intentions And Being True To Ourselves

Mar 23rd, 2013 Yoga 3 min read

At the Yoga Conference this weekend, I saw a yoga teacher who rubbed me the wrong way at lululemon’s New Year yoga with Eoin Finn. When Eoin asked the roomful of yogis to set an intention for 2013, this particular teacher spoke up and said that he’d like to help more people understand yoga better, etc. The intention was great but it meant nothing to…

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Love Is In The Air

Dec 14th, 2012 Yoga 3 min read

With Christmas around the corner, families and friends are starting to get together to drink, dine, and party the merry nights away. This year, I am not going anywhere special for Christmas. Instead, I have chosen to stay in Toronto to celebrate this joyous season with one extremely special person — me. Christmas is a time of giving, receiving, and most importantly, loving. Throughout the…

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Ad Astra Per Aspera

Dec 12th, 2012 Travel, Yoga 4 min read

Recently, I received the gift of a lifetime — A star named after me, which came into life on October 14, 1986. When I showed it to my friends, many were bewildered. Do I seriously think that I’m Mandy Moore from “A Walk to Remember”? Or have I gone delusional after all these years? Well, maybe I like to think that I’m Mandy Moore because…

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Why Did I Turn To The Green Side?

Dec 4th, 2012 Vegetarianism, Yoga 3 min read

I am a Vegetarian, sort of. Society loves labels, and because I eat fish now and then, I’m rightfully a Pescatarian. Are you starting to judge me now? Four years ago, I decided to try something new, from ballet to pilates to yoga. After weighing out the cost and time commitment needed, yoga topped the scale in all aspects — and I was on my…

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Walking Our Path

Nov 22nd, 2012 Yoga 1 min read

“Anything is possible, if we put our minds to it.” There are many things in life that we would like to achieve. Perhaps it was to be the top student in class, the greatest tourist of all time (whatever that means), or simply to become our own boss at work. We have dreams and aspirations, with some being more realistic than others. We believe that…