Meditation

meditation

Whether you have an established practice or not, come join us for this weekly drop-in meditation group.
We’ll cover the basic postures and various techniques, with the aim of supporting you in developing a helpful practice that fits your life. Each evening will consist of a meditation, followed by tea and a discussion of things meditative.
Pressure-free and no dogma, guaranteed.

By donation

Heart Armor

heart armour

 

This morning I returned from a week retreat with my teacher Todd Norian. I never really know what to except when I am in his presence. Todd is one of those teachers that has a large bags of tricks and is not afraid to share them. Working with both the light and the dark he is leading the way on teaching us how to embrace both sides. Through these techniques there is a large group of us healing ourselves. We can only begin to heal the world after we allow ourselves the opportunity to heal. Each one of us has a story and each of our stories brings pain and joy, laughter and tears and experiences that have broken us completely open and have left us exposed and vulnerable. Tantra teaches us that each of these experience is opportunity for growth and you really never know happiness until you experience sadness. It’s the contrasts in our lives that allow for this. Until you sit deep in the muck change will never happen. You got to be willing to shed some of your amor that protects the dark sad side of you.

This week I decided to keep my armor off, I decided not to put it back on, what happened was truly magical. I sat in the muck and allowed the rest of this extremely special community to shower me with light, to support and love me unconditional and to help heal the broken parts just a little deeper. What happened next you ask? I gave myself permission to be there. I became worthy of love and allowed the light to shine in. I realized in order to support my community back home, I needed the help of the bigger community.

I am home now. It’s been 24 hours since a left my kula (community). I have made a promise to myself to keep a few layers of my armor off, just enough to continue to let the light shine in. Just enough to show some vulnerability and just enough to build greater and closer intimacy with my family and friends. I mean after all, isn’t that was it is all about? People want to feel like they belong to something bigger? People want to feel happy and free? I know I do..

So today I invite you, get a little mucky, allow yourself to be seen in a different light. Love whole heartedly. Share a little piece of yourself.

With a humble heart,
Shirlee

Living Your Yoga – Tools for Transformation

 

Dive deep into yourself. Join Shirlee for a full day workshop.

What’s in your “tool belt”? Come spend the day with Shirlee and gather new and effective tools to help you survive and flourish in this ever-changing world. Discover strategies that will help you overcome obstacles while remaining true to your Self. Through outdoor play, asana, breathing, coaching, journaling and meditation, you will uncover techniques that will turn adversity into opportunies for growth.

Date: Wednesday July 15, 2015
Investment: $110.00 +hst (includes lunch)

Mommy and Baby Barre Classes

mommy and baby barre

This class is an ideal way to rebalance your body and rejuvenate your energy. Paying special attention to all the right places. Enhance your sense of body awareness and positive body image, improve balance, strengthen muscles and reduce stress and fatigue.

This class is open to babies who are not actively crawling. Nursing, feeding, walking, bouncing and crying are normal activities here! Please bring a sling or baby carrier, a receiving blanket and your baby’s favourite toy!

Date: May 25-June 29
Day: Monday and Wednesdays @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am.
Investment: $75 +hst (6 weeks)
Drop in: $15.00 +hst (if there is space)

The 7 Day Challenge

stopAlmost every week my husband reminds me of just how much I complain. This statement  upset me everytime, I guess the truth hurts. This week I took a better look at just how much complaining I do. Life is not perfect, once we come to terms with that, we can start to embrace the reality of life it’s self. In the meantime, I took stock of all the things I complain about; my body parts that hurt, the weather, the kids, the laundry, the mess, my friends, my husband, the studio, the list goes on. I was shocked and exhausted just thinking about it.

So here I am thinking this really can’t be good for our over all well being. It fosters a negative attitude and attracts negativity in our lives. People don’t want to spend time with others who complain. So here I am writing a small blog and making a commitment to STOP COMPLAINING. I am sharing it with all of you so that I am being held accountable for my words. I am asking my students, friends and family to keep an ear open and call me on my complaints. I am asking others to come forward to join me in bringing awareness to just how much complaining we do as a society. I know I am not the only one. So who’s in? Who would like to join me for 7 days? Pay attention to your words. Consider the alternatives to the negativity and choose happiness. GO!

Hate Winter… Get Outside

snowshoe

So I have finally changed my perspective on the winter months here in Ontario. For many years I have been dreaming of winters away. Some might say I hate winter, I would say that is an understatement. Most winters are spent crying and complaining about the cold. I usually end up in a tanning bed getting my glow on. Don’t judge me… I know a bad habit to have! However extreme times come extreme measures. This year is somehow different, I have actually decided it’s time to embrace the cold. With a few extra layers and some support from my good friend Jenn, I think I have finally come to terms that “I am Canadian.” On days when I feel like staying in are the important days to suck it up and head outside. My whole mood shifts after that. It’s taken me a long time to learn this very valuable lesson, but changing your perspective when circumstances can not be changed is crucial for our survival. Shirlee’s 1.1 Sutra- You must adapt or you’re fucked!

Calling all Men

yoga fo rmen

Calling all men! Can’t touch your toes? Not interested in chanting? Just want a good stretch? Then this class is for you. No previous yoga experience needed. Just a good attitude.

This is a 4 week series that will run for the month of March.                                                                                                                                                                                          Date: March 4, 11, 18 and 25                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Time: 4:30-5:45                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Investment $60.00 +hst

The Sacred Heart Mystical Music and Sound Healing

Darren

Join Darren Austin Hall for an evening of mystical music and sound healing as he performs songs, shares poetry and stories devoted to the sacredness of the heart.

Darren will perform a dynamic variety of salving instrumentation, from guitar, to Indian tanpura, lyre-harp and the crystal singing bowls with his unique and powerful shamanic singing. He will guide a group healing chant to close.

Darren Austin Hall is a renowned sacred musician, sound healer and spiritual teacher. Darren is also trained formerly in Chinese Medicine and shamanic healing and has learned from indigenous elders and wisdom keepers from all around the world. His acclaimed new album, The Tantra of Truth, is a collection of ecstatic songs inspiring the continuing evolution of consciousness and deep, transformation. His debut album of meditational and healing music, Crystal Hymns, showcases his gifted work with the crystal singing bowls. He’s performances are revered and he was the headlining musician for last year’s Yoga Conferences in Toronto and will be again this year.

For more info on Darren, please go to www.darrenaustinhall.com                                                                                                                                                                          Date: Sunday March 29th                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Time: 7:30-9:30 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Investment: $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door                                                                                                                                                                                             Location: Buddha Rider Yoga and Cycle Studio. www.buddharider.com

10 Day Transformational Cleanse

purium

Looking to make changes? Want to cleanse but not sure where to start? Start here! http://www.phporder.com/ProductOverview.aspx?ID=buddharider. Purium has some amazing options to get you started. We run seasonal group cleasnes or you can order on your own. If you require more info email shirlee@buddharider.com

My 10 Days of Transformation

Happy Holidays! As we quickly approach 2015, I want to share with you a profound mind body experience I had earlier this month. On December 12 I started a 10 day transformation program created by a guy named Dave Sandoval, an organic healer. He is the Chief Science Officer and owner of a company called Purium Health Products which have a range of organic, non-gmo superfood solutions for everyone from kids to athletes.

Recently my diet seemed out of control. I was back to eating unhealthy food and indulging way more then I’m used to. The thing that really appealed to me was that it was all in one really easy package that even included a blender bottle! All I had to do was shake!

I spend 2 days prepping by eliminating coffee, sugar and anything processed. My head was pounding, I was cranky and started to think that maybe it was not the best time to start a cleanse, maybe Jan 1 was better. I decided not to talk myself out of it but to start anyway.

DAY 1 I woke hungry and wanted coffee. I decided to start with a simple meditation, lemon water and my master amino protein. 2 hours later I was drinking my first Power Shake. Finally full and somewhat happy my day started. Oh ya, I also had my first private session at CrossFit Mozoma, WHAT WAS I THINKING. The first day came to an end and I was tired and excited to get into bed.

DAY 2-4, were all full days of yoga teacher training. I was left feeling exhausted but somewhat inspired. I was surprised, that as the days continued, I had lots of energy. I prepared some yummy recommended flex foods to support the cleanse and was proud that I made it this far.

DAY 5, I made sure I was taking care of myself with yoga, a pedi and mani. It was easy to package my shakes and aminos for the day and take it all on the road. No hassle at all.

DAY 6, Girls night at my house. The afternoon was spent cooking for 8 women. Who’s idea was that! I was a little concerned about how this was going to go down. I made sure to have some flex foods on hand and thought I did a great job. Small bite of a vegan homemade veggie burger and my power shake left me feeling perfectly satisfied. NO vegan veggie burger is not a flex food, but hey, I was doing my best.

DAY 8, A drive to the city for the Ross Petty show, if you haven’t seen it you should! There’s still time to get tickets. I brought everything I needed to make sure I was set for the evening and sleep over. A late dinner of green snow pea leaves at Lee Garden and my master amino protein worked perfectly.

DAY 9-10 ,Teaching, Hanukkah parties and staff parties, yikes I couldn’t quit now, I was almost done. I made sure I was fully nourished with everything I needed. I was happy, satisfied and relieved that the 10 days had come to an end.

I felt like I had reset my systems. My skin had cleared up, my cravings were gone and I had released 8 pounds that wasn’t serving me.

SO here we are… I was so inspired that I want to share it with you.

If you would like more information on cleanse products and options email me. shirlee@buddharider.com

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