Ashtanga Yoga and Me

I am still having a love affair with Ashtanga yoga after three years.  I am still excited to get up at the ungodly hour of 6 in the morning to get to the studio and practice.  Sometimes it is very hard to get out of one’s warm bed to face the winter chill and darkness but the thought of what lies at the end of the journey makes it all worth while. It feels so good at the end of the practice to have made it. A great feeling of accomplishment.

At first when I started practice, I wanted to master poses as quickly as possible so as to avoid the pain that comes with some of them but I have learned that there is no end to pain and no end to learning. There is really no need to rush or to push your body beyond where it wants to go.  The body has its own wisdom and if we listen to it  tells us what to do how far to go and when to take it up a notch.  I have made peace with some pain and the pain of practice is actually a sweet pain if there is such a thing.  It’s all in the mind.  When I used to dread the pain and the discomfort I felt more discomfort and more pain but when I see it as my body’s way of talking to me and guiding me, it’s all good.  I am in rush to get nowhere as there is nowhere to rush to, there is no destination, only the journey.  The journey is the destination and the journey is exciting and full of surprises. Everyday is different. Some days I surprise myself with what I can do, the ease with which the body responds and sometimes the very next day, I feel as if someone had chopped off piece of my arm so that I cannot do a bind I did easily the day before.  I just smile and say to myself, so that’s how it is today and move on and do what I can. I honour my body by loving it and caring for it and listening to its wisdom.

In Winnipeg I attend the Yoga Public studio and have to so am very grateful to be attending one of the nicest studios in all of Canada  It is a beautiful space that exudes positive energy.  The teachers are all awesome people who really are trying to live up to ideals of their practice. They do the best they can.

One of the Ashtanga Teachers  Shivaun Berg and husband Hilary opened their home again so that Mysore students and their significant others can share some holiday cheer together in a spirit of friendship.  It’s always interesting meeting people you’ve practiced with all year and get to know them outside the studio.  These are real human being with jobs, families and interests that help you to see another side of them and to learn how they incorporate their yoga into those parts as well.  I had a great time.  I’m grateful to the people who make this possible.  Thank you.


Beautiful letter from father to daughter



It’s about love.  Very short letter. take a read.


1 hr · Thoughts are not interesting. It is you who become interested in thoughts. A thought is not interesting of its own accord. If a thought was interesting, that same thought would be interesting for everybody. We would have no defence against it, ‘This is just an interesting thought!’ It would be a fact. The Truth is: no thought is interesting; it is you who have become interested. Thoughts are only interesting for the ego. Once embraced as real they move in and become a member of your house. Neither the house nor its tenant are real. Once a thought gets inside, it is hard to get him out. The one who looks with a clear and even mind conquers the mind and is free for all time. ~ Mooji


You… not circumstances … are in charge

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Intro to Mysore Workshop

If you live in Winnipeg or surrounding area and would like to learn more about Mysore – you can through this introductory workshop.  You will find out if this is something for you. I highly recommend it.  I’ve been at it for a little over 2 years and it’s the best thing ever. It’s the only practice I find that I have been able to stick with for so long. This and walking. Check it outmyore-012
This workshop will introduce you to the how, what and why of Ashtanga Yoga and the Mysore style of teaching. Shivaun will discuss the merits of regular Mysore practice, the breathing, moving and concentration methods of Ashtanga Yoga, and answer questions. You will learn and practice the forms of the sun salutations and breathing exercises that are the foundations of practice.

This is an excellent opportunity for students who want to learn how to cultivate and maintain a personal yoga practice. Current Ashtanga/Mysore students will also find it helpful to refresh and refine the basics. No experience required.

Shivaun has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for 12 years and teaching since 2008. She continues to practice regularly with her teacher, Jonathan Austman, and also studies with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor in Boulder, Colorado. Shivaun works with students of diverse ages and abilities using Ashtanga Yoga as a tool to access each student’s individual potential.

Cost of workshop: $35 + GST
Location: Yoga Centre Winnipeg, 915 Grosvenor Avenue
Register at Yoga Public or online http://www.yogapublic.com/yp-workshops.cfm
Questions? Email shivaun.berg@yogapublic.com


Mysore Blues

Mysore is usually from 6-10:15 a.m.  It’s great when I am going to work. I do my practice and then go to work. I am on holidays and getting out of bed in cold Winnipeg just for Mysore practice is challenging. I am happy when I get there but it’s getting there.  This morning I got up, did my rituals.  Moved a bit slower and the time slipped away. Good excuse to crawl back into bed and resolved to attend a much later led Ashtanga practice. Oh well I have my house to clean too. New year’s is almost here. Excuses, excuses. Have a happy day, enjoy good food and your life.





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