yoga with robin

Beach Yoga

Breathing in the magic jungle air.
Listening to the waves crash.
Feeling the earth beneath me.
I'm in paradise. I could stay forever.

Om Shanti Shanti, yo.

Been Practicing

One of my favourite things about yoga is that you get such a clear and immediate picture of what focus and practice can bring. When I first arrived to Pavones for the advanced teacher training with Downward Dog, I could barely lift my "floating" leg in Eka Pada Galavasana. Every morning in mysore practice with Ron & Marla, I'd give it a go.  Some days I'd be "better". Some days I'd be "worse". All the same, everyday I gave it a try and everyday I congratulated myself on my efforts while taking in whatever lessons needed to make my next attempt that much more informed.

Well timed, this video clip of Ira Glass on Creative Process has been making its social media rounds again. Reminding us that if you want to excel in whatever it is you're trying to excel in, you need time, patience and practice.

Time. Patience. Practice.

I'd like to add : Guidance.  Set the ego aside, ask for and accept the wealth of knowledge that others can provide.

When you set out to do something, do it without fear, without ego - but with patience and love.

God, I love learning and all of whom I've been fortunate to learn from. Om Shanti Shanti, yo.

Yoga for Yolanda

The good people of WovnBranch offered me a carte blanche opportunity to host an event with them at one of their retailers, The Detox Market.  Immediately I knew I wanted to host a Wandering Yoga class and have all the proceeds go to relief efforts in the Philippines.

So that's what's happening!

Come yoga for good vibes and join me for this special class.

Alexander Junior of DATU will be playing traditional Filipino gongs to set a collective heartbeat for the class.

All attendees will receive 15% off any purchases at the Detox Market on Dec 12 either before or after yoga.

Let's move our bodies and spread our good energy.

OM SHANTI SHANTI YO.

Yoga + Art + Park

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 The Uncarved Block ( aka Craig & I ) are selling our new wooden terraced objects at The Collective Spaces x Downward Dog Yoga + Art + Park this weekend at Trinity Bellwoods Park.  

 A bunch of our maker friends will be selling their wares too: NorBlack NorWhite, Rajni Perera, D+L, Province Apothecary & Santa Isla.  

Come drop by.  We'll be there from 11am-6pm and will be accepting all forms of payment :)

Downward Dog Yoga Centre will be offering 3 FREE CLASSES on both Saturday and Sunday, and I'm thrilled to be part of the teacher roster!   

Saturday:
11:00am-12:15pm  / Kathryn
1:30pm-2:45pm /  Ella
4:00pm-5:15pm  / Robin (That's me!)

Sunday:
11:00am-12:15pm / Grace
1:30pm-2:45pm / Kathryn
4:00pm-5:15pm  / Shawn


Pre-register to reserve your spot.  

Mats will be provided by new Toronto company WovnBranch. They'll also be selling their awesome mats at the event.  Every mat sold, they donate an anti-malaria net to the United Nation's Nothing But Nets Campaign.  Good dudes doing good things.

So if you're staying in the city for the weekend, come take a yoga class and peruse the vendor market!

 

J.Lo & Ciara

A little excerpt from today's rooftop yoga session.  

( More pics from this session to come soon on Gracie Carroll's blog! )

"...and 1, and 2, and find that J.Lo booty, and contract your Ciara abs, and inhale to find your inner J.Lo, and exhale to find your inner Ciara, J.Lo, Ciara, J.Lo, Ciara..."

Because sometimes it's good to giggle in yoga and sometimes RnB references are the ticket.

Wandering Yoga: August Rooftop Edition

July on my roof has been awesome, so we're going to keep it going through to the end of summer.  ( Sigh, is the end really in sight?! )  

Tuesdays we'll go slow and focus on alignment. 
Thursdays we'll go faster and sweat.

PWYC ( fingers crossed for $10 ) 
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Holler in advance to confirm attendance ( So I know how many post-yoga oranges to slice up! )

Looking forward to sharing yoga with you!