Monthly Archives: October 2010

Meditation Works

I’ve decided to celebrate the end of one career by spending some time at our cabin on an island in Lake Nipissing.  The point was to do enough yoga and meditation daily to slow my mind significantly, to sneak  a … Continue reading

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Being There

A woman came into my clinic this morning with some tough news about her health, the kind of tough news that’s hard to hear and harder to deal with. Frightening, life altering.She told her story directly and honestly, and asked… Continue reading

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Neverland Poses

There is a class of asanas called Neverland Poses.  You may not have heard the name.  These are poses that are beyond the imagination.Someone wrote in the other day, saying that she’d never ever felt anything relaxing in Double Pigeon,… Continue reading

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Magic Hour

Today it was 3:33 am. Pat got up to get some water. By the time he got back to bed I was wide awake. "Don’t get up," he said, a couple of times as he drifted off again.I love this… Continue reading

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All Together, Now

There is something LOVELY about this huge yoga conversation going on through these blogs.  It’s as though I found yoga and am now finding my home team, my community.And from you, the home team, come these bits of (sometimes crazy)… Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye to Ed

A few posts ago, i mentioned my friend Ed, who is one of the georgeous people i’m saying goodbye to at the clinic.  Here he is, playing “You Are My Sunshine” one last time. [stream flv=x:/www.kristinshepherd.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Ed.flv img=x:/www.kristinshepherd.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/ed.jpg embed=false share=false width=360 … Continue reading

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Not On My Mat

I mentioned during the summer that I’d be taking a Yin class this fall. I love the idea of sustained poses and a relaxed attitude toward form. I do Ashtanga yoga and pictured Yin as a lovely complement.So I mentioned… Continue reading

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And When The Idea of Joy is Just Depressing?

On our cynical days, we say, oh please, you think joy is possible, or effective, or realistic? And i say, yes, it’s all three. But if it isn’t within reach today, if the idea of joy is depressing, try one … Continue reading

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Yoga Where

There’s a game we play in the clinic that I’d love to play with you. Here it is:  You can fly/swim/drive/hike/spaceship-travel/time-travel your way to anywhere, and do your favourite pose upon arrival. A photograph of you, in this pose, will… Continue reading

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Monkey Business

I’ve just finished a workshop for actors and directors. It taught me something about my yoga practice.Actors are a wild bunch. Gathering them in a room to work on technique for three days is like locking monkeys in a grade… Continue reading

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