No social media allowed. OK it was not quiet, but it was reading and it was fun! There is so much mindfulness one can endure in a single week A demain ! Continue reading Day 11: Schedule 30 mn of quiet reading
The antidote to the season’s blues Welcome to fall: Days get shorter, nights get longer, we feel more and more compelled to stay inside. It’s almost time to pull our complaints about winter out of storage! For some of us, fall is the start of the dread SAS (Seasons Affected Disorder) that will sap our energy and make us feel moody until we can feel … Continue reading Let’s build a positive and warm community: Welcome to the November Challenge
Try to read this without mouth watering: “Cédric Grolet is known for his striking trompe l’oeil creations. What looks like a fig or lemon is actually an impossibly thin shell of lacquered white chocolate, which cracks open to reveal layers of fluffy ganache and spiced fruit”. This is how it all started. I had never paid much attention to the pastries we are very occasionally … Continue reading My Delicious new prop for the Kids Yoga
End of the year school celebrations, farewells, packing, planning, teaching, speeding, booking, organising .. Sometimes when I have slightly too much on my plate, I am practicing mindfulness by wandering in town. Hanoi has all the answers for who is ready to listen. “Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be … Continue reading Peace in practice (Hanoian version)
Just by looking in your rearview mirror.. Sometimes the simplest snapshot makes me pause and wonder. My rearview is stuffed with tangled wires and like a Vietnamese on a scooter, I’d rather drive on the sideways than stopping for a split second. Restlessness is in my blood, I need to figure everything out asap, so I know where I am going next. As if being … Continue reading You know you’re in Hanoi (and you need to untangle)
I meet my Self in stillness. And we breathe. S.W. Berry In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge on Solitude Continue reading Solitude in a Green Heaven
I always start my yoga classes by setting an intention for my practice. To make it simple, an intention is is a guiding principle for how you want to live, and a way to bring heart and mind into alignment. Some times I chose mindfulness, especially on Friday when the kids have used all my stock of patience. I would start my practice with this quality … Continue reading Let’s set our intention for the week!
Natshukashii – (adj): a warm, sudden feeling of sentimentality in which small things bring back some old, euphoric memories when one remembers the goodness and the fondness of that time. I can’t deal with nostalgia the way we French do ‘the falling leaves … drift by the window …“. It depresses me to realise how times flies, even though I am at this delusional age … Continue reading My Japanese antidote to Nostalgia
When I enrolled to Pascale Wettstein’s Yoga Teacher Training (YTT), it was all for shaping my body. I had no idea I would learn so much about shaping my life … Invaluable Mindfulness I have started to appreciate the meaning of “being present” while practicing yoga poses. After all the hours I spent studying anatomy, learning about lengthening, contracting and stretching my muscles, feeling the flow of energy in our … Continue reading 5 treasures I found in my Yoga Teacher Training
“Yoga is not only learning to stand on your head, but also learning to stand on your feet” S. Satchinananda Alleluia ! After 120 days of holidays, my adorable kids are back to school !!! And so am I: I too have pens in my bag, note pads and many books. Most of all, I have a Yoga Mat … I’ve always had a fling … Continue reading Back to school to become a Yoga Teacher!