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こんにちは happy Fort Massey yogis,

Next class is Tuesday, January 14th at 6:30 (or a little earlier for newbies) in the Lower Hall at Fort Massey United Church.

Kanae will be guest teaching the next two classes (January 14 and 21) so we get to practise with a yogini from Japan 🇯🇵 who trained in Vancouver.

Andrew (Indri)

P.S. My bad for forgetting that this week was supposed to focus on Virabhadrasana, but you guys rocked Vrksasana! 

stretching over the next 3 weeks
Guest Teacher

JAN14 6:30-7:45
Kanae, who trained in Vancouver, is going to take this and next week's classes prior to…

Guest Teacher

JAN21 6:30-7:45
… heading back to Japan, unless she finds work here 🤞, which would be cool cause she's nice! I'll be at both of Kanae's classes.


JAN28 6:30-7:45
Regular Class feat. Virabhadrasana I, II, III (Warrior I, II, III) and Vrksasana (Tree Pose)

Chris Hadfield on space, the environment and wooden toy trucks
An Astronaut's Guide to Optimism in 2020

It's 2020 - two decades since the year 2000! There are so many good and amazing things happening in the world, in amongst the noisy badness, that it's worth taking a few minutes to notice them, celebrate them. Play Chris' YouTube Video (06:29)

The Danger of Comparing Yourself to Others

I've always mitigated this tendency of comparing my yoga practice to everyone else in the room by grabbing a front row mat whenever I can. This Warren-Buffet-inspired Farnam Street blog post (about a 3 minute read) smacked of yoga when I read it.
Here are its takeaways:

  • The most important things in life come from the inside, not the outside.
  • Comparing yourself to others is a recipe for unhappiness.
  • You can be anything but you can’t be everything.
  • There is one thing that you’re better at than other people: being you. This is the only game you can really win.
  • Compare yourself to who you were yesterday.
Read the post at Farnam Street
From the intro to this week's Savasana

BRFWA, or Breathe. Relax. Feel. Watch. Allow.
A technique from the Kripalu Center in Massachusetts via The Wisdom of Yoga by Stephen Cope

  • Breathe: Soften the belly and bring your awareness to the breath. The body responds immediately. The wave of breath begins to flow into all parts of the body.
  • Relax: Full breathing automatically initiates relaxation. In order to deepen this effect, it. An be useful to coach yourself. “Relax.” You can consciously relax the muscles: The face. The brow. The belly.
  • Feel: Actively begin to investigate the wave of feeling generated by this relaxation. Where in your body do you feel sensation, energy, movement? Investigate. Move toward the sensations and feelings, rather than away from them.
  • Watch: As your thoughts quiet down and you enter more fully into your sensations, you may notice a witnessing awareness “beneath” or “inside” your experience. Allow yourself to identify with this “witness.” The “witness” stands at the centre of experience and is able to be *with* the experience, the sensation, the feeling, but not overwhelmed by it.
  • Allow: Now, coach yourself to allow the wave of feeling to wash through you. No need to block anything. It’s all safe. It will not destroy you. It will it annihilate you. It will not hurt others. Stay with it. Stay with yourself.
More @ Fort Massey

Reviews + Credits + Thanks

  • Reviews help (especially since, thanks to David, we should be adding a seniors' class on Wednesday mornings soon and a class for runners as soon as I figure out when that might work). You can leave one on Google, Yelp and YogaTrail. Thanks!
  • Monkey in the mirror photo, taken at (I'll give you three guesses and the first two don't count) Monkey Hill, Tambon Ratsada, Thailand by Andre Mouton
  • Vrksasana video (03:52) at Vimeo courtesy David Procyshyn from Victoria, B.C.
  • And thanks for Yogi Theo™ in Bidalasana/Marjaryasana to The Dragonfly at REDBUBBLE
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Indri Yoga

@ Fort Massey United Church
5303 Tobin Street Halifax NS B3H 1S3

+1 902 220 1495