Semperviva Blog

Yoga in the Reel World: Perceptions and Preconceptions

I had a flash of insight this week about perceptions. It occurred to me that whether we work in the movie industry or not, we are all in the business of perceiving and being perceived. In the ‘reel’ world the …

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From Dieting to Feeling

Go to a bookstore, check out the section on “Nutrition, Diets & Weight Loss”, and tell me you are not overwhelmed. Not only does every book promise results, many of them seem to contradict each other or even offer suggestions that fight the internal needs of …

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An Interview with Carina Roter

When I asked one of my favorite teachers for an interview, she said: “how about you teach me.” This is exactly why I wanted to interview her. You won’t find her in flashy Yoga magazines but you may find her voice in …

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Digestion and the Ageing Process

This month’s blog question from a Sun Studio Semperviva yogi is about how ageing affects the digestive tract. There are a number of anatomical and physiological changes in the digestive tract of an older adult. Today I will discuss a …

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Traveling Yogi: Travel to Practice Vairagya

I am a pretty loyal person. Once I like something, I tend to stick with it. I don’t think that loyalty is a bad thing. It means constancy, commitment and devotion. I’m loyal to things, ideas and people. I feel …

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Yoga in the Reel World: Blog 6

There is a great deal of emphasis on aesthetics in the film and television industry. A lot of it comes down to looks, plain and simple, and success can be closely tied to how you present yourself from the outside, …

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Vinyasa & the Importance of Tradition & Service: An Interview with Tina James

  LS: First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions, Tina. What inspired you to offer a vinyasa training now? TJ: Vi-nasa  means: “to place oneself in a special way.” I want to bring back the authenticity …

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Losing Sleep Over Losing Sleep

Are you losing sleep over losing sleep? Insomnia is estimated to affect 30-50% of the general population and is a concern for many of my patients, even if it isn’t always the main reason they came to see me.  There …

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Yoga in the Reel World: Meditation

I didn’t notice until recently the toll the verbal aspect of my work has been taking on my mind. Now that my physical awareness has returned and I am once again paying attention to how my body feels, it now seems my …

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How I went from hating Kundalini yoga to loving it

When I first tried kundalini 10 years ago in the Sky Centre, it really stirred me up and I decided it wasn’t for me. Holding my arms up for 3 minutes was torture. Not only that, but instead of feeling …

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Back to the Heart

Have the courage to step into the actuality of your life and look at what is not working.  This has been the theme for so many of us this winter, myself included.  We are blessed enough to lead a life …

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Bernie Clark on Yin Yoga

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4 Fertility Tips for Women Over 35

“I’ve put off starting my family, can I still get pregnant naturally if I’m over 35 years old?” The answer, of course, is YES!  As a Naturopathic Doctor with a special interest in fertility and women’s health, this is a concern …

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Yoga in the Reel World: Celebrity Yoga

It’s amazing how small this planet is. And when you zoom in on certain countries, then cities, the lives within those cities, and then people living those lives, you’re sometimes pleasantly surprised by what you discover. Recently, I learned that a certain …

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Opening our Hips and Hearts with Bernie Clark

Over the past 10 years, I’ve always enjoyed Bernie’s classroom antics and then for no apparent reason, I decided to take his yin teacher training. Out of 50 students, I was one of only 10 Vancouverites in the class. At …

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Why Train in Greece?

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Kirtan Kriya with Gloria Latham

   

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40 Day Yoga Challenge Starts January 5th

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Yoga in the Reel World: Facing Ego

Ah the ego. A remarkable facet of the human psyche. It can drive how we  interact with one another and with ourselves, propelling us forward  or hindering our progress. I imagine it as some kind formidable tree trunk, it’s roots running …

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Vulnerability is Strength

Have you been vulnerable lately? Brene Brown found that the folks on this planet who are vulnerable feel the most self-worth. Huh. And how much happiness we experience is a direct result of how vulnerable we allow ourselves to be. …

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