Google+ April 2015 - Yoga, Pilates & My Vegan Life
Social Media Moron to Maven – the journey so far, one month check in…

Social Media Moron to Maven – the journey so far, one month check in…

Just about a month ago, I began the journey to launch my website, and become a social media sensation, sort of. So, here’s where I’m at:   Got a new cell phone We are not talking iPhone 6 Plus, or even iPhone 6, but I did get an iPhone 5c (I think the c is because it’s blue) and it does have a pretty good camera, and it’s been pretty easy to navigate Facebook and Instagram from here. More on that later. This was a real upgrade for me, since a month ago I was using a BlackBerry Curve. I know! When I went shopping for this phone, the guys at Virgin Mobile very politely tried not to laugh. Moderately successfully I might add. So how’s life without a BlackBerry keyboard? Interesting and complicated. Just yesterday, I was concentrating so hard to send a quick text message that I didn’t realize someone was at my desk. So embarrassing!  And I’m totally fascinated by the predictive text suggestions. Sometimes I just chose my phone’s suggestions, rather than what I was actually planning to say. I figured they’ve done their homework, they probably know better than I do what the right response is. I’ve become pretty good at taking pictures, although I need a lot more practice. And patience. I’ve been trying to get some pictures of some of the yummy vegan dishes I’ve made, or ordered in restaurants, but I’m usually so hungry, that I just start eating. Oh man, another Instagram opportunity squandered! I guess that means I’m going to have to go back out for Tofu Lettuce Wraps...
Another Round of Keratin

Another Round of Keratin

  I am a straight haired person born in a curly headed body.  Please don’t get me wrong, I do not mean to belittle this issue. Actually, I can really empathize with what it means to outwardly look one way, when inwardly you feel another.  And while hair may not seem like a big deal, having a good or bad hair day can do a lot for a person’s confidence and self-esteem. My thick, frizzy, curly hair was once a life force in itself.  With a really good flat iron, I could get some measure of control over those locks.  But all was lost with the slightest bit of humidity.  And totally lost in a hot yoga room. All that changed when I was introduced to Keratin.  A good round of Keratin every 4 or 5 months, and I could take the hottest, sweatiest, yoga class and still look like a rock star.  At least my hair could. I would have never had the confidence to become a yoga teacher, and sweat in front of a room full of people without it.  So maybe it is just hair, but for me, it was life changing. So here I am before this spring’s Keratin refresher, getting ready for some hot, humid weather and hot sweaty workouts to come. Thank you, Massimo and the team at Natural Solutions, for another awesome result.  I can’t believe this is my hair!  Be your most confident you!  ...
A modern take on an ancient text – Bhagavad Gita Vinyasa Yoga with Bram Levinson

A modern take on an ancient text – Bhagavad Gita Vinyasa Yoga with Bram Levinson

Kudos to Bram Levinson for tackling a deep subject and a deep practice in 30 minutes and in the middle of a convention centre floor. The Bhagavad Gita, dates back somewhere a few centuries before the birth of Christ, and was written by the Sage Ved Vyasa.  It is the story of a dialogue between the prince Arjuna and his charioteer, the Lord Krishna.  Set in a battlefield, the text is often viewed as a metaphor for the battles we face with the moral dilemmas of life.  Arjuna, the warrior, is filled with doubt and reaches out to Krishna for advice.  The Lord Krishna counsels him to fulfil his duty as a warrior, to find his dharma “what is right”, and leads rise to the call for selfless action.  It speaks of energy, dedication and sacrifice, the values of modern heroism. How does that incorporate in a yoga practice? Shedding fear, anxiety and insecurity?  Doing selfless action?  Facing Suffering?  Hello Utkatasana!     Here we are seated in our call to action.  A couple of sun salutations later and we’re warmed up.  And then chair pose, utkasana, is this ever anyone’s idea of a good time?  Hold it a little longer and you’re painfully aware of suffering, your suffering, the world’s suffering!  Are you a minority?  A woman?  LGBT?  All of the above?  You’ve met suffering!  Yoga can help you connect your contemplative life to your active life.  “One who is unnattached to the fruits of his work and who works as he is obligated is in the renounced order of life, and he is the true mystic, not he who lights no fire and performs no duty”.  So while it’s so...