Buy Nothing for Year Challenge …. did I make it?

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One year ago, I took on a Buy Nothing For a Year challenge inspired by Buy Nothing Day
which was founded in Vancouver by artist Ted Dave in September of 1992. It was then promoted by Ad Busters magazine. For the first four years, it was observed.

Eventually, Buy Nothing Day made it’s way to being recognized on the Friday after American Thanksgiving (the day is infamously known as Black Friday). Read More “Buy Nothing for Year Challenge …. did I make it?”

What Does Namaste Mean?

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Update:

I no longer end my classes by saying Namaste. For me, it crosses the line from cultural appreciation to cultural appropriation more on that here.

I now ask my students to “bow their head in humility to the wisdom within own heart” and then with my hands in the same gesture (palms together at the heart ) I say “thank you for sharing your practice”

 

Saying ‘Namaste’ with hands and palms touching each other at the center of our hearts is sort of a staple in Yoga classes. Read More “What Does Namaste Mean?”

Vedic Astrology and Yoga

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The following is a guest post by my Vedic Astrologer, Lorae Marsten. I was highly sceptical about Vedic Astrology at first since I tend to have one foot in the woo woo and one firmly planted in practicality. I thought getting my chart read was a bit out there for me but Lorae and I have a mutual friend who raved about her so I gave it a chance. Read More “Vedic Astrology and Yoga”

From Skeptic to Believer: A Yoga Journey – By Liana Bakker

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It was 2005 and I was in the middle of training to become a Registered Massage Therapist. One of our courses was “Therapeutic Exercise.” Not only did we learn about specific rehab exercises, but we learned a little bit about other exercises that could also benefit our patients.

When we got to the Yoga section I remember thinking, “It’s basically just over-rated stretching.” Read More “From Skeptic to Believer: A Yoga Journey – By Liana Bakker”

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