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Lighten Up and Get More Done

Namaste, We commonly use the term “hard work”, as though “work” and “strenuous effort” are synonymous. Our common use of the word labour – to work hard, slave, grind away, toil, struggle, exert great effort – does not suggest much lightness of being. But does hard work need to be hard? I have a committed work ethic, due in part to being the descendant of Canadian pioneers who helped found the country in which I reside. My parents, and those who went before them, were no strangers to the challenges of venturing into the unknown to build lives they loved. Having seen first hand what hard work, dedication and focus can yield, I have not shied away from the tenacious dedication it takes to follow my own dreams and honour an unstoppable creative spark that seems to arise within me. As such, I do frequently work 14-hour days, every day of the week. In the eyes of many, I work hard. Yes, I work very long days with tremendous focus. But to me, I don’t necessarily work “hard”. I am dedicated to getting a lot done with a lightness of spirit, while ensuring I am having fun. The word “fun” may immediately conjure images of leaving the workload behind for a day on the beach or…

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Why Being Yourself is a Radical Revolution

Namaste, One of the pivotal quotes that shaped my life growing up was from one of my favorite musical icons, David Bowie: “The worst trick God can play is to make you an artist, but a mediocre one.” Internalizing my version of his message, my motto became through high school and university that I would rather be an A or an F student than a C student. Living by that belief, I developed two distinct personality traits. Either I would edit myself to please people with niceties, or I would plow through life with a fiery feistiness. Both extremes were fueled by a drive for what I understood to be “perfection”. The tension that lay between these two, and the fervour I put into trying to be “perfectly A” or “perfectly F”, eventually consumed my health and wellbeing. By the end of high school and into my first year of university, I was exhausted and stressed because I was not being authentically myself. Though it took me completing university and facing the rest of my life to figure it out, I eventually realized that I had allowed other people’s voices, wishes and dreams to unconsciously run my life. My feistily polite drive for “perfection” was based on the fear that if I were myself, I would…

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Disarm Your Habits By Understanding Why They’re Really There

Namaste, Everyone has shadows in their personalities. They are the aspects of yourself you don’t like and don’t want to know. An energy conglomerate of past thoughts and old stories yet unresolved, they will weigh you down and wreak havoc in your life until you are willing to see that they are no scarier than the proverbial monster under your childhood bed. When you no longer try to deny the pain you feel in hiding from your shadows, you can start to see them for what they are. If you look closer at the ways you behave, you can see your shadows at play. For example, through habitual routines, you may repeatedly act in ways that cause suffering to yourself and to others. It is not that you intend harm. You may not even know you are doing so. Conversely, you may recognize that you continue to find yourself in painful situations, but don’t know why. Despite your good intentions to “do better next time”, your unhappy experiences persist. The reason painful patterns continue is that deep down, below any conscious understanding you may have of yourself and your life, something within you still finds benefit in them. Somehow they reinforce your notion of “me” and “mine” and give your ego a temporary high, even if…

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Why Did Jim Carrey Say “None of This Is Real” at Fashion Week?

Namaste, As I write, Mexico is still reeling from not just one but two deadly earthquakes, as it was about to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. At the same time, Hurricane Maria has devastated islands in the Caribbean already suffering in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Parts of India, Nepal and Bangladesh are still under water from last month’s catastrophic flooding that has destroyed crops, killed thousands, and left 40 million people trying to rebuild their lives. My prayers are with those affected in all these disasters. Nature’s agitation reminds us to calm our own internal storms and in turn move to compassionately keep our world in balance. In the midst of these tragic events, we have people like Jim Carrey acting in unsettling ways. Is he part of a world going crazy? Or is something else going on? I love Jim Carrey’s creative spark, especially in his role in the movie Bruce Almighty where he just seems to leap off the screen and land right into your lap. Over the years, it has been a joy for me to also see him come to life as a sincere spiritual seeker, inspired by enlightened teachers such as Eckhart Tolle. I love his description of meeting my teacher Amma four years ago: I was feeling down…

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Your Revolutionary Life Makeover Starts Here

Namaste, I am really pleased to announce that my long-anticipated book Confessions of a Former Yoga Junkie: A Revolutionary Life Makeover for the Sincere Spiritual Seeker is finally starting its release schedule! I will be sharing parts of it here to whet your appetite. For those who would like to pre-order it, stay tuned! Preorders will be going live soon, with many special bonuses for you to enjoy – beginning with a gift for everyone on my mailing list. I would love to share this gift from my heart to yours. Please click here to sign up to my mailing list and stay connected. In many areas of my life, I would say that I have learned the hard way. As a determined, type A person, I was driven by the need to get things “right”. I would take everything on as I attempted to climb to the top on my own terms. This tendency almost cost me my life. From this, you may assume that I was a typical business person who worked tirelessly around the clock with little concern for health or for the value of slowing down. You may think I only discovered yoga after a crisis along the lines of a heart attack. But my story is different. You see, my crisis…

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How to Embrace the Potential of Your True Nature

Namaste, It has been full music production weeks to complete my upcoming albums I Am Light and Electro Yog. Meanwhile, I am happy to announce that my first young adult novel Aonani and the Emissary of the Blue Star is now out to a test group, before its official release. Created for readers 12 and up, it inspires all to remember our interconnection with Nature. As soon as I wrap these up, I put the finishing touches on two other books, YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine and Confessions of a Former Yoga Junkie: A Revolutionary Life Makeover for the Sincere Spiritual Seeker. I am delighted to share with you here a glimpse of a new devotional song that I will be releasing soon from my album Electro Yog. This song, “Ganesha”, is based on the traditional Sanskrit invocation of the divine being Ganesha who removes obstacles and make for auspicious beginnings. In Hindu mythology, Ganesha is the leader of the celestial army and the elephant-headed son of the goddess Parvati… so how could I not love and honour him? Enjoy this track from my heart to yours. There is a lot of creative energy moving, giving rise to an output far greater than I could achieve with my limited sense of “me”. All my work is…

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How to Live Your Joy Every Day

In this week’s blog, I would like to explore ways we feel attached to playing small and not living our joy, to discover and release these tendencies in favour of greater joy and presence.

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Find Out What Your Resentment is Teaching You and Take Back Your Power

Namaste, Few of us like to admit that we carry resentment. It may not fit our self-image, or our desire to be “good”. On the other hand, we may become so attached to a resentment that we feel entrenched in it, convinced of its absolute reality. Either way, whether we suppress resentment or identify with it, we miss the chance to understand how we have given away our personal power. I would like to explore this tender subject with you here. I invite you to be present as you read along, with an open, humble and honest heart and with the willingness to be gentle with yourself. Maybe it is because of my French upbringing and having to take Latin at school. Each time I hear the word “resentment”, I find myself reminded of its Latin roots: Re – to do over again Sent – to feel When you resent, you become like a broken record, replaying painful feelings over and over again, keeping you tied to your past. Your ego has managed to convince you that this is a good thing to do. It may give you a sense of temporary power. It may make you feel as though you are somehow getting back at a person or a situation you feel has hurt you.…

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Why I Love Mercury Retrograde

Namaste, Several years ago, while pursuing music and yoga, I was also drawing and painting extensively. In addition to creating fine art, I illustrated several books. One of these was a spiritual book dedicated to the goddess. Having finished my work (or so I thought), I mailed the final cover illustration off to the publisher. A few weeks later, I was shocked to hear from the publisher that the image had never arrived. It was a full colour, hand-drawn original, so there was no backup. After weeks hoping it would somehow turn up, I had to face the hard fact that it had been lost in the mail and was not coming back. I distinctly remember the moment I realized it was time to start the illustration again from scratch. I had drawn the original with deep devotion. The thought came to my mind, “I guess the goddess was not happy with it.” I saw that I could be distraught at the loss, or dejected at the idea that my work had not pleased the goddess, or frustrated at the need to redo it all. Yet, most clear for me was that somehow, the loss felt in balance. I buckled down, pulled out a new piece of art paper and started over with more surrendered focus,…

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Yoga And Your Light Body

If you were to sit beside me, I would sense your presence. I would not only feel if your body were hot or cold, or if you were happy or sad. I would also perceive how we each are not limited to a separate self. Our bodies, which may appear solid, would feel to me like intricate information highways. I would sense how they connect us to the whole, of which we are each an integral part.

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WHY YOGA IN THE NIGHTCLUB

I am often asked what inspired me to bring yogic expression into the club scene. I answer easily. Yoga In the Nightclub is a natural expression of who I am as a musical artist and dedicated yogini. Yoga is not a physical practice but a way of life. It is about learning to be present in all one does, to see the divine here, now, in this moment. As such, yoga is everywhere. It is about feeling connected to something much greater than our limited ego or will. It is about being in service to life, feeling interconnected to that very life force. Yoga In The Nightclub is a celebration of life and a reminder that we can find awakened presence everywhere.

Yoga in the West is mostly known as a series of bendy physical exercises. Yet there is much more to it than fitness. Yoga’s systematic breath and body exercises, designed to clear the subtle channels in our energy system, prepare us for meditation, through which we may experience a life inspired by our interconnected, multidimensional true nature. Our body, that once was seen as “mine”, is no longer our identity, but a gift on loan from the divine. We care for it, but we are not attached to it. The practice of yoga offers us the opportunity to experience the transmutation of matter into pure light, embody the multidimensional and rest in the eternal.

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WE ARE ALL CONNECTED

Hatha yoga, the physical practice of yoga, is just one of many aspects of yoga, which range from selfless service to astrology and prayer. The Sanskrit word “yoga” most simply translates to “union”, implying that the practice of any yoga will bring together our perceived sense of separateness. As a whole, yoga is an ancient science of life. It is a practical method of shedding excess and bringing us back from the self-delusion of separation from the divine so that we may realize our inherent interconnection to and ultimate oneness with it.

As we begin to understand that yoga is everywhere, we come to see how we are all connected in vast ways far beyond the limitations of our personal will and ego. What I do affects you, and vice versa. We are one earth family. At the heart of it all, we share the same heartbeat. Breathe to be. We are one.

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AWAKENED LIVING

When we are open, life blossoms, just as a flower opens to welcome the morning sun.  We see that the sun, though it is millions of light years away, has a tender yet powerful relationship with the flower, as do the rain and the clouds. From this perspective we see that we are part of the whole. Life is a symphonic masterpiece with which, when we are open, we are completely resonant.

As we come to understand our oneness, we can revel in it with wonder and joy. We can consider in awe how immense it all is. We can let go of the idea that an illusory, isolated sense of self could possibly be in control, and open to an exquisite unfolding of life in absolute perfection. Our actions become not about “me” but about the whole. Each moment is integrated within the whole. No one decision is separate.

When we begin to see that each decision we make affects not just ourselves but everyone and everything on the planet, we act with more compassion. When we have more compassion, we realize the impact of our actions and we naturally want less and practice more kindness. As stewards of the Earth, we each are called to learn to live in harmony with ourselves, each other and our planet. We all breathe the same air and live on the same living organism, our planet. Varied in race and creed, we are all one family, children of the same mother, the planet Earth.

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THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GRACE

In each moment, there is infinite grace. By becoming more conscious as we practice yoga on the mat, at work, at play or in the nightclub, we let go of the unnecessary and develop greater internal spaciousness which blooms throughout our lives. In this space new life and possibilities arise.

As we rest our awareness on the simple purity and grace of the breath, we realize - we are alive! We let go of wanting things from the future and the past and open to what is here and now. We feel as vast as the sky and rooted in the richness of this moment.

When we “breathe to be”, we understand our interconnection. We see that we are not the doers but a part of the whole, the same energy that is in the flowers and in the stars. We know that our essence is divine - from which we have come, to which we return.

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Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gone, gone beyond. Oh what awakening!
Gone, gone beyond. Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
I am the light, liquid gold light
I am in delight! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

I am the light (gate gate), liquid gold light (paragate)
I am in delight (gate gate) transforming the night (paragate)

Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Oh what awakening! (paragate) (I am)
Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight
I am light, dancing through the night
I am light, in delight
I am light, dancing through the night

I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light (gate gate)
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light (paragate)
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light

I am light!

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