Remembering Flow

Remembering Flow

Sometimes it’s easy to get in the way of ourselves, inside our minds instead of inside our flow. Further, sometimes it’s hard to learn how to allow others to integrate into our flow without letting it get upset.
We each have our own way to deal with this, I guess this is what makes us each unique. One of my favourite ways to forget those voices even just for a minute and submit to the flow of things is to slip into yoga; being in a class, leading a class, or just free styling on my own in my own space are all ways I can find myself listening to the flow.
Without a doubt though, when I return back to the flow it feels as if the knots of life seem to loosen and my smile in life and wonder for this same life returns.
How do you get into your flow?
photo taken in gorgeous Maui by @cadencia

Yoga Is Your Natural State

Yoga Is Your Natural State

You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state.
“You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.” ~ Sharon Gannon
Asanas are known as the physical practice of yoga. Yoga itself is almost entirely a mental practice, the physical practice being a tool used to get deeper.
That being said, a physical practice of yoga is very powerful for the body and mind, as well!
How I am Honoring Indigenous Sisters and Brothers

How I am Honoring Indigenous Sisters and Brothers

Today is National Indigenous People’s Day. As a white settler of European descent living with incredible gratitude in the beautiful traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, I am making the following commitments:

  • to better educate myself about the history, the legacy, and the generations of damage done by colonization and systemic racism to Indigenous peoples in this country
  • to become more aware of and acknowledge my settler privilege in Canada and how this continues to affect Indigenous people in both large and small ways
  • to be an ally and to wholeheartedly listen
  • to follow the advice of National Chief Perry Bellegarde that every Canadian should “create space” for Indigenous Canadians by “opening their hearts, their minds and their spirits
  • to use my platform as a teacher to promote healing, respect and connection
  • to educate my children so they can do better than my generation
  • to cultivate a greater number of meaningful, trusting and respectful relationships
  • to regularly donate to charities and organizations that help Indigenous communities in Canada

Dr. Robert Joseph says “At the heart of reconciliation is love.” I couldn’t agree more. If authentic and meaningful reconciliation is important to you, and I very much hope that it is, what will you commit to today? If you are looking for some inspiration – check out this incredible list. I’d love to hear from you.
love & pranams,
carla
Note: The image above is a Bentwood Box carved by Coast Salish artist Luke Marston. The TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada) Bentwood Box is a lasting tribute to all Indian residential school survivors. It is located at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba.

Love Looks Not With Eyes

Love Looks Not With Eyes

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” ~ William Shakespeare
Have you ever thought about what the difference is between seeing something you love, and knowing something that you love?
Or perhaps it’s better put, is it love if we put conditions upon our love, only loving if a person acts or behaves in a certain way we approve?
Come Move Mountains With Me : Empowering Feminine

Come Move Mountains With Me : Empowering Feminine

For many years I felt completely disconnected from my body and if I am honest, most probably from my heart as well. I have always been highly sensitive, an empath who can feel things intensely and deeply. But in the past it often felt as if I understood life around me much more than I ever understood myself. I struggled to make a meaningful connection between my body, mind, heart and spirit.
And I felt very much alone – it was as if everyone around me had figured out the secret to wholeness except me.
Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. For generations women have been culturally programmed to elevate the mind over the body, to feel less and think more and to uphold and venerate the masculine in everything we do. Appearing on the outside to be deeply satisfied by the many opportunities that modern life affords, but on the inside crying out for more feminine wisdom, authenticity, wildness and fulfilment.
So how was I able to change?
It was and continues to be a slow process of remembering, forgetting and remembering again.
I have sought out teachers, the holders of earth based feminine wisdom. I have practiced using sacred tools that have helped remap the connection to my body. I have catalyzed my awareness of the power contained within each soul phase of my journey as a woman. I have discovered that the feminine and sexuality are vehicles for expanding consciousness. I have breathed thousands of breaths infused with awareness.
And most importantly, I have intentionally connected with my sisters – coming from all ages and backgrounds, into a wise and awakened community. It is here that I have discovered that I am not alone. That there are so many others seeking and that in community we can hold space for one another to journey and expand together.
Maybe my story resonates with you. Maybe you are also a seeker on this path. If you are looking to step into your birthright, to join into a sisterhood of like-minded women and reclaim your sacred feminine power, I would love for you to join me:

If there is something in you wanting more, asking to be heard and realized, I encourage you to heed the call and seek that which you desire. I would be most honoured to help be your guide on this journey. And of you aren’t sure how to make a retreat a reality, contact me and let’s figure it out together.
“When sleeping women wake, mountains move.” ~ Ancient Chinese Proverb
love & pranams,
carla