Happy First Day of Summer!

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Here in Toronto, it is the PERFECT first day of summer. A gorgeous bluebird day! It’s also a great time to try some new summer activities!

A few weekends ago, I had an amazing weekend on the water at Sunnyside Beach learning yoga on a SUP!

Stand Up Paddleboading (SUP) is becoming my new favourite thing to do! I’ve always been a water person…just something about the water and the outdoors that just makes me feel at peace.

photo courtesy of (I’m in the centre there. Please disregard my poor form)

This little company (Osha Paddle Boarding and Yoga) works out of Budapest Park in Toronto (just a little ways down from Sunnyside). Check them out! I had a great experience. I’m a total yoga noob, but the group was great, the instructor was great, and I can’t wait to do it again!

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5 Steps to Intention Setting


ParkYoga2At the end of yoga class when my students are open and have worked out the kinks and unblocked energy and are feeling good, I invite them to set an intention. It’s a great time because they’re also lying in a quiet position and all the creative juices are flowing.

I invite them to think about their week, their day or the time until they’re on the mat again and set an intention. How do you want to walk through this time?

Intentions are not about setting goals. Not necessarily. I prefer intention setting to be a time when I think about who I want to be and how I want to walk through this life. Intention setting can help me accomplish my goals.

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Raja-Yoga is divided into eight steps. The first is Yama — non – killing,
truthfulness, non – stealing, continence, and non – receiving of any gifts.
Next is Niyama — cleanliness, contentment, austerity, study, and self –
surrender to God. Then comes Asana, or posture; Pranayama, or control of
Prana; Pratyahara, or restraint of the senses from their objects; Dharana, or
fixing the mind on a spot; Dhyana, or meditation; and Samadhi, or
superconsciousness. The Yama and Niyama, as we see, are moral trainings;
without these as the basis no practice of Yoga will succeed. As these two
become established, the Yogi will begin to realise the fruits of his practice;
without these it will never bear fruit. A Yogi must not think of injuring
anyone, by thought, word, or deed. Mercy shall not be for men alone, but
shall go beyond, and embrace the whole world.