Great Fun at the Yoga as Therapy Workshop

inbalance_health-_DSC1503A big thank you to Kali Yoga for promoting and housing my latest workshop, Yoga as Therapy, where we explored the topic of connectivity in the body – first from an anatomical/biomechanics perspective and then from a physiological/energetic perspective. I’m hoping the participants left with a bit more appreciation for how every bit of our being is connected and intertwined.

Here’s an except from Elissa Cobb’s book, The Forgotten Body, that I read in the workshop to get the participant curious about the intelligence of our cellular bodies….

For some reason, unknown by modern science, at a certain point in our fetal development our tiny hearts suddenly begin to beat. Yet even before this miracle occurs, the cells of our body already have mapped out the essential framework of our bodies and have created the tin pump of a heart that will soon begin the thump-thump sound of “I am.” And all of this intelligence occurs before our brain, the part of us that we consider the be the house of such intelligence, develops. 

The human body – what a marvellous, mysterious, machine…

It was a great group of people at the workshop. Thank you all for sharing, experimenting, and discussing with me!

Namaste ~ Renée

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Bliss Trifecta


The other night I taught a class with the theme of the triple-effect, in honour of those perfect, come-together moments of pure bliss. We called it a bliss trifecta. The students and I shared our personal trifectas in class. Here’s a few examples:

  • Open road, convertible, favourite tune
  • Campfire, coffee, sunrise
  • Hammock, Tofino beach, salty sea air
  • Early morning, horse back riding, sunlight twinkling through the trees
  • Sunny patio, morning coffee, birds chirping

In our class we celebrated this theme by sandwiching poses/movements/stretches that our bodies were calling for at the beginning, middle, and end of the class. Some students chose energetic poses such as standing balances, handstands, and dancing. While others chose inversions or relaxing restorative poses. It was great to see each person truly honouring their own needs in the moment.

My teacher, Julia Shields, from Free Spirit Yoga, pointed out how in most of our bliss trifectas described simple, non-monetary things… so true.

I read this poem at the end of class to send us off into a lazy, blissful savasana:


yes to the afternoons of reading and napping in the sun.
yes to the hummingbird flitting about the lemon tree.
yes to the spontaneous afternoons of laughter, beer gardens and sunburns.
yes to my sweaty, everchanging yoga practice.
yes to sleeping in on a monday.

yes to it all right now. a big ol’ yes.

(Found this poem on a blog website by Mary Beth Larue – not sure if she’s the author).

Here’s to enjoying the small moments in your day when things come together. I hope you can sandwich your day with things that fill you up.

Shanti ~ Renee

P.s. What’s your bliss trifecta?



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