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My Top Five Challenging Yoga Poses

As a student of the Feel Good Yoga and Pilates yoga teacher training program, I was lucky enough to receive an in-depth understanding of various poses, however, all the understanding in the world doesn’t necessarily make some poses easy to put to practice.

Today, I am sharing my top five challenging yoga poses and how I work with them in my day-to-day practice.

Fuel for Summer: Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

As the weather continues to heat up, we aren’t often in the mood for big heavy meals. Today, we are sharing a recipe from one of our yogini’s here at Feel Good Yoga and Pilates. Heather’s gluten-free and vegan quinoa stuffed peppers will leave you feeling satisfied, but is light enough for the summer months.

BKS Iyengar: A Timeline of Iyengar Yoga

BKS Iyengar is the founder of Iyengar yoga which is a type of Hatha yoga that focuses on alignment, precision, detail, and pranayama. He is best to known to many as the man responsible for bringing the healing practice of yoga to the western world.

Yoga for Addiction: How it Helps & Poses to Practice

It may sound simplistic, but the practice of yoga for addiction is a powerful tool for those suffering, and can be particularly effective when combined with a recovery program. The physical, mental and spiritual benefits yoga are great for anybody, but for those in recovery, it can truly be a life-saving practice.

How Hip-Hop Yoga is Beneficial for Trauma

When you think of a yoga practice, what kind of music comes to mind? Not many of us would think of hearing our favourite hip-hop beats in a typical class, however, Hip-Hop Yoga is becoming a popular practice for those healing from trauma. This article discusses recent studies that report the positive effects of this musical genre when helping people raised in a violent environment and offers some guidance on the poses to practice to help the healing process.

Bring Your Practice with You: Chair Yoga for Travel

While exciting, travelling can be stressful on our bodies as it often requires long periods of sitting and lugging around heavy baggage. To take the strain off your body and beat travel fatigue, I’m going to share a few simple chair yoga poses and travel tips that take up zero baggage room and will help keep you at your best for your entire trip. Who knows? Maybe your fellow travellers will be inspired to join in!

Kundalini and the Gong with Hari Singh Khalsa

Kundalini Yoga and the Gong

Join us for an afternoon of Kundalini and the Gong with Hari Singh Khalsa: Saturday October 5th 1:30 – 4:00pm Feel Good Yoga and Pilates Studio 2745 Veterans Memorial Pkwy #127 Langford, BC The sound of the gong creates deep relaxation, releasing us from the torrent of thoughts our mind releases. It stimulates the glandular […]

Becoming a Yoga Instructor

Becoming a yoga instructor is something I had thought about for the last few years. It seemed like a far off dream that would likely never be my reality as I am half of a young couple with two toddlers. I work hard in my jobs but with the cost of childcare I don’t actually […]

Yoga and Mindfulness

When talking about Yoga and Mindfulness it is first important to consider where it originates from. “Mindfulness” is starting to pervade our culture – and is suggested to help with everything from Stress, Anxiety, Shyness, Depression, Dieting, Parenting, to better Sex. The popularity of mindfulness is often attributed to Jon Kabot-Zinn, who created the Mindfulness-Based […]

Yoga for Confidence

We’ve all met someone or have someone in our lives who seems to have it all together. They have that certain something that you can’t put your finger on. When they talk, you want to listen. They really seem to know who they are. They don’t care what anyone else thinks of them, but not […]

Yoga and Bullying: I Am That

I’ll be honest. For me, it’s hard to look clearly at bullying. It triggers uncomfortable memories of times I’ve been dominated and times I’ve dominated others, in childhood and adulthood. It’s not super seductive to stop, witness, and digest the suffering of bullies and their victims. Something in me wants to avoid identifying and feeling […]

Karma in My Life

Aspects of the philosophy and teachings of yoga can be traced back to the Hindu and Buddhist religions. One of the basic teachings in the Hindu and the Buddhist religion is Karma. The definition of Karma is “deed and effect; also known as cause and effect”. This means that every action leads to a reasonable […]

Yoga and the Environment

The Satvic side in me wants the world to understand the we must live through Yoga and the environment, that we’re all equal, we’re all animals; that all of what we’re experiencing, sensory perception, how we’re held together as if we’re divisible from one another is really all an oxymoron. It wasn’t yoga that necessarily […]

Celebrities and the Pitta dosha

It is quite common for celebrities and the pitta dosha to go hand in hand. What do Sting, John F. Kennedy, Martha Stewart and Madonna all have in common? Yup, you guessed it, they’re all Pittas doshas! Doshas, directly translated is “that which darkens, spoils or causes things to decay.” In aryuvedic healing it is […]

Yoga, ahimsa and the environment

One of the greatest things that I have learned from yoga is the practice of Ahimsa, or “non-harm”. You can practice Ahimsa towards yourself, to others (through thoughts, words or physical contact), other animals, or to our amazing home, Earth. Before starting the yoga teacher training, I didn’t give much thought to squishing the spider […]