Yoga

PWYC Park Yoga & Massage

I'm so excited to announce a wellness collaboration with friend and fellow hustler, Sonja of Zen Nomad. When we were Costa Rica this winter, we spent quite some time dreaming on the beach and in the river of ways we could work together. Here is the first of those dreams manifest.

This summer we'll be offering pay-what-you-can yoga & massage at Christie Pits Park. We'll also have a park-blanket-market of wellness wear, accessories and snacks that Sonja and I make.

WHY
We want to make finding bliss as accessible as possible

WHEN
Thursdays, July 17 - August 28
Yoga @ 7pm - 8pm

WHERE
Christie Pits Park
Just south of the soccer field on the east side of the park
( see map below )

HOW
To yoga, just show up 10 min before 7pm
To book a massage before yoga, email us:
Zen Shiatsu w/ Sonja - info@zennomad.ca
Thai Massage w/ Robin - royola@royola.ca


 

Meeting place is in the grassy zone below the soccer field.

Let me touch you.

I'm offering 35 PWYC massages to finish off my Thai Massage certification from Still Light Centre. I've learned plenty and am inspired tonnes. I can't wait to share all I've learned and explore helping people feel damn good in their bodies.

My massage zone is all set up and waiting for you. 
Email me to book it in : royola@royola.ca

MONDAYS : 10am-12pm
TUESDAYS - FRIDAYS : 10am-12pm / 6-8pm
WEEKEND : 10am-12pm / 2-4pm

 

Go forth & be brave.

A friend recently told me, "Embrace fear & fill it with with love." It came well timed as I've been observing fear a lot lately while down here in Pavones.

First, in yoga. Observing that I held fear in my practice - of falling flat on my face when attempting certain arm balances, inversions or floating forward. Then recognizing that it's that same fear that will prevent me from progressing. Now part of my practice is to learn how to fall so that I can embrace that fear. 

Then, in my relationship. Fearing what may arise in a month together in such an isolated and slow-paced place. Quickly I realized it was a senseless fear, because there's no preventing what may come up, there's only managing how it's dealt with.

Lastly, in those around me. Fearing failure. Fearing to ask for what one wants or to stick up for oneself. Fearing to upset someone at the expense of their own happiness. Fearing to dig deep and come face-to-face with their shit.

Funnily enough - and as scatterbrained as this may seem - this whole post and meditation on fear came about because I took the above photos in a tank top made by my friends of The Brave and I wanted to plug them (haha).

Why plug them and why talk about fear?: 1. They're two amazing and dedicated individuals who make responsible and cool clothing. 2. Their tagline is "Go forth & be brave." which is what inspired this spiel.

Go forth & be brave. Embrace fear & fill it with love.

Meet your fears head on, deal with your shit and come out a better version of yourself - either while wearing clothes by The Brave or not. 

Forever Playmates

Because we should never stop being playful.
In our relationships. In our work. In our practice. In all that we do. Play more.

Go play.

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 anywhere, any climate.

Back Bend Lori.jpg

As fun as this mini winter photo shoot with my sister was, I can't wait to trade yoga in the polar vortex for yoga in the tropical vortex.  In mere days, I'll be off to Pavones, Costa Rica to join my teachers Ron Reid and Marla Meenakshi Joy for Downward Dog Yoga's Art of Vinyasa Advanced Teacher Training.  

Strengthening my chops to share yoga better.

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.