Breathe. Yoga By Amy

One to One Yoga Instruction in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Meditation In Asana

“You can lose the benefits of what you are doing because of focusing too much partial attention on trying to perfect the pose, but from where to where? That is where things become difficult. Focusing on one point is concentration. Focusing on all points at the same time is meditation. Meditation is centrifugal as well […]

5 Cues Moving Into Standing Forward Fold

Standing forward fold isn’t formed to reach the forehead to the legs, it’s reaching the top of the head towards the floor. Balance on the balls of the feet moving the center of gravity forward. Rotate hips towards the mat. Engage legs, pressing through the feet. Tuck chin under. Maintain flat back. Breathe.

AcroYoga, Thought About Trying It?

  AcroYoga can be an intense way of deepening friendships and relationships through trust building, and communication. “AcroYoga might not be what you think. What it can be is a practice that literally takes yoga as you know it to a new height. Wednesday nights at The Mosaic Centre (2003-91st SW). Each week there is a theme. […]

The Radiance Sutras

All this talk of purity and impurity, These are just opinions. Beyond them Are the miraculous energies of creation.   Rays of light from a trillion suns Illumine the altar of your sky. Rolling blue-green oceans Sanctify the air you breathe. In this moment, you are inhaling their blessing. Who are you to call any […]

Spring Cleaning With Breath

“As the leaves aerate the tree and provide nourishment for its healthy growth, so pranayama feeds and aerates the cells, nerves, organs, intelligence and consciousness of the human system. When we are performing an asana, we can only extend the body fully if we synchronize the breath with the movement. Prana is energy. Ayama is […]

5 Cues To Move Deeper Into Wheel

  Wheel (upward bow) pose is a wonderful release for the heart. 1. Press down through your hands into the mat flattening down your fingers into the mat, extending the front body open. 2. Press firmly down through the foot into your mat. The resulting movement will give more lift in the hips. 3. Squeeze a block […]

Gentle Guided Meditation

For those of you interested meditation, there are a variety of methods all designed to quiet the mind and in some cases, the heart. Guided meditation is a great place to start for people new to the practice. This video from Yogi Kanna, begins with relaxation of the body moving to mindful awareness and out again, ending with a […]

Journey Into Ashtanga Yoga

There is a beauty in trying different yoga styles. Recently, I signed up for a specialized class series on Ashtanga Yoga for intermediate yogis. And it was difficult. Really difficult. Taught by Melissa Perret, the level of body awareness, focus on breathe and endurance required was intense. And wonderful. Never have I delved into my hips […]

The Radiance Sutras

Sacred texts sing of my reality, But I cannot be found in them, For I am the one listening. I am closer than breathe.   Heat and fire are not two separate things. These are just verbal distinctions.   The Goddess and the One who Holds Her Are one and the same. We are inseparable. […]

Welcome Year Of The Monkey

This video by, Yoga by Candace, is a gentle hip-opening sequence designed to prepare the body to work on Hanumanasa (Monkey Pose or Splits). The splits is a difficult pose to begin with and  can require work on the hips,  psoas muscles and hamstrings as preparation. With any yoga practice, please do so with caution. […]

Upcoming Valentines Partner Session

“Love Is In The Wordless” Looking for something special and fun this Valentine’s Day? Master Teachers, Sarah & Cole, are holding a “Playful Partner Exploration” February 14th, 2016.  Join them for a 2 hour indulgent experience @ Yogalife North. They’ll explore with acro-yoga, yin yoga, contact dance, and other playful partner collaborations. Recommended for anyone with some yoga experience […]

Releasing The Psoas

Why release the Psoas? Stretching the psoas muscles can increase general body balance and release deeply buried emotions. The psoas muscle is the centering muscle of the body located behind the abdominal core, attaching the spine to the lower body. In modern society, it can become shortened from long periods of sitting. There are a few ways to […]

Natural Ways To Renew In 2016

Shared from the Banyan Botanical Blog: “A daily warm oil massage. There is no better way to shower yourself with love and attention, and to ease all the tensions that have a way of crystalizing in the body. Choose a general oil like sesame, bring in some herbs with an oil specific to your vata […]

Vata Balancing For Winter

Winter, with it’s cold dry weather here in the Great White North, can be hard on Vata types. This increases the need for stability and grounding which can be supported with sequences specifically focusing on calm & gentle movements.

20+ Yoga & Meditation Playlists On Google Play

Yoga and Mediation Playlists on Songzas free music streaming service range from “Yoga: Elevation of Spirit” to “Classic Rock Relaxation.” These playlists are useful for those periods of time when relaxation and focus are desired. Cliche, but there probably is something for everyone’s style. Listen Here…

3 Poses For Performance Anxiety

  “My late stepfather and yoga teacher, Dave Oliver, would always say, “let go of performance anxiety.” My current teacher, Tim Miller, states that the Western mind seems to be attached to form over substance, substance being our essential nature. Patanjali says do your best and let it go. Non-attachment to the end result is […]

Letting Go

“All that you are attached to, all that you Love, all that you know, someday will be gone. Knowing this, and that the world is your mind which you create, play in, and suffer from, is known as discrimination. Discriminate between the real and the unreal. The known is unreal and will come and go […]