Thursday, April 28, 2011

Have a great weekend everyone! Hopin' for more of this :)

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What is flexibility, and how much do we need?

I've been watching Leslie Kaminoff videos all morning long. Enjoy!

Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. He is an Internationally recognized specialist with over thirty-one years’ experience in the fields of yoga and breath anatomy.
He is also the author of the book Yoga Anatomy here
For more info click on Leslie click here

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Are you on facebook? please, please please help! it only takes a sec and means sooo much!

Back on April 5 I received an email from a wonderful (and oh so generous friend) in the yoga world. He told me that they were just finalizing the details, but that his business was soon going to offer to pay $1 for each new "like" that was clicked on his companies Facebook page! I can't tell you how happy this made me and if he wasn't in another city he would have gotten the biggest hug in the world! The company is My Yoga Online ! What my friend is talking about is going on RIGHT NOW and its for another 5 days from April 25-May 30 and costs us absolutely nothing!
Every single dollar means so VERY much to those lovely birthing momma's in Uganda and for us its one second, and simply a click of a mouse!
All you need to do is click "Like" on their Facebook Page HERE

As well, MYO will be giving away 3 Unlimited memberships! To enter that, simply click "Like" on Shanti Uganda's Facebook Group HERE.

**There is no catch and MYO really will pay a dollar for each "Like" all the way up to $5,000 so please tell your friends! Please spread the word on your own Facebook Page. Let's do it!

The Shanti Uganda Society improves the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of communities impacted by war, poverty and HIV/AIDS in Uganda. For more info on this marvelous organization in which I am a Very proud Ambassador go to

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Yay for this Richmond school!

Every single school out there should have a garden space. Even if a tiny, tiny little space is all they can have. Love these stories! Time spent out in the garden? Priceless. Working together? Priceless? Learning about plants, the environment and growing your own food? Again, absolutely priceless. And it's almost Earth Day! My community garden plot is exactly where I'll be spending mine. Its truly bliss and it's been far too long. Yay for gardening season! And Happy Earth day everyone!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

We all like a little eye candy now and then...

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

Was on the Cool Hunter's Facebook page here (like I am at some point everyday), and I found this video posted. It is absolutely stunning. I recommend watching it full screen.
If you love art, photography and design you will want to browse the Cool Hunter site here

The landscape photographer who shot this video's name is Terje Sorgierd. For more info on him you can click here and here

Saturday, April 16, 2011

You MUST visit The City of Vancouver Archives photo stream. Fascinating..

[View of English Bay beach and pier showing Englesea Lodge, Sylvia Court Apartments and the bathhouse]

[View of east False Creek showing the C.P.R. Drake Street Roundhouse and coal trestle, and the Cambie Street Bridge]

[View of the C.N.R. Station under construction and the completed G.N.R. (Union) Station] March.23.1918.

From top to bottom..
1)English Bay beach looking west towards Stanley Park-1913
2) English Bay beach present day (last year)

3) View of False Creek showing the C.P.R. Drake Street Roundhouse, coal trestle and Cambie St. Bridge-August 19 1916
4) A pic I took from the Granville St Bridge looking west present day

5)The C.P.R Roundhouse and turntable-1964-courtesy of Rick Horne
6) Pic I took modern day

7) C.N.R. Station (Union station) under construction March 23 1918
8) Pacific Station as it is today. Snapped this pic last Sunday.

This little blog can't do any of the pictures justice. You really must check out the City of Vancouver Archives (all old photos here courtesy of them). Click here for a link. Check out the panoramic shots! Unreal. I've been looking through them for hours upon hours.. Enjoy.

Yoga Saves

Angry? Feeling disconnected? Great little video with Hala Khouri and some at-risk and incarcerated youth in LA. Yoga has helped these young men tap into their inner strength, like who they are, and realize they have choices so they can find some peace and clarity and deal with their anger, trauma and stress. Yoga offers them (and us) tools to find peace in the chaos of life. Yoga is a powerful contributer to social change. It's the high without the drugs. (seriously). Yoga and/or other mindfulness based practices should be taught in every school in the world as far as I am concerned. Couldn't help but share this video. Namaste.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ever find a gift directly in your path like it was meant for you?

I did a few weeks ago, and it was a book. And a wonderful one at that! It's called Start Where You Are, and the author is a Buddhist Nun called Pema Chodron. Pema Chodron is a Tibetan Buddhist. She is a nun for regular folks. You don't have to be a Buddhist to enjoy this book. The book is a guide for compassionate living and coping with the challenges we all face.

I had previously read some of her quotes, and watched a couple of you tube videos, but until now had never read a book of hers. She speaks about how compassion starts with the words, thoughts and actions of every day life. This is a really lovely and wonderful and helpful book. Its practical, insightful and down to earth. I plan on reading more from her now. And when I am finished with this book? I will be returning it to exactly where I found it. The path of an unsuspecting stranger.

It has also inspired me to go through my own bookshelves and donate some books of my own like this. Finding a book in this way made me really happy. It came to me just hours before boarding a plane to visit my family after a long absence. It was a perfect accompaniment for my trip. I'm still using the bookmark it came with. It's simply a piece of paper that says FREE. Namaste.

Friday, April 8, 2011

It's finally here and right outside your door Vancouver...

Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. ~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I'll never get enough of Michael Stone.

Michael Stone on the Question, How Do I Enter My Life from Toronto Body Mind on Vimeo.

The Easter Bunny is comin' to town!

A Roundhouse Special Event
Sat Apr 23, 9:30am-10:45am (1-3yrs),
11:15am-12:30pm (4-6yrs), 1:00pm-2:15pm (7-9yrs)
Exhibition Hall
Admission: $4/child.
Call 604-713-1800 for more info

Hippity Hoppity down to the Roundhouse for an Easter Egg Hunt. The event will include an egg hunt with arts & crafts activities, a candy bag to take home
and a visit from the Easter Bunny! (nudge nudge wink wink)! No need to bring a basket, this will be part of our arts & crafts activities.

Parent’s supervision is required for 1-3yrs session. Pre-registration required, No drop-ins accepted.
I know I'll be there! Hoping to see you as well ;)