3 Things I Learned From The Victoria Yoga Conference

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This past weekend my mind, my body & my heart were blown WIDE OPEN by the beauty & bliss that is the Victoria Yoga Conference. I attended 8 amazing workshops with 8 different leaders, teachers & gurus and fully engulfed myself in the goodness that they were offering to me.

I learned how to cultivate bliss through Tantric yoga movements, access my higher intuition through the fluid motion of dance, stand upside down while being 100% supported below by a complete stranger, activate the healing potential of my Mala Necklace through Japa Meditation and grind my own spices while chanting a beautiful healing mantra to nourish my body from the inside out.

Wow! It was absolutely amazing!

I did a live facebook video in my private community; Holistic, Happy & Healthy and did a complete ramble of goodness all about the conference…but for your reading sake, I thought I would narrow down my experience to 3 major takeaways.

#1 – Ayurvedic Medicine

I had the absolute privilege to be led through workshopswith both Gylnnis Osher and Melanie Madhuri Phillips, Ayurvedic Practitioners. Glynnis led us through an awakening Spice Shakti experience of grinding our own spices while chanting a healing mantra with each and every grind. There were 30 of us in the room and all of us took a turn grinding these seeds down into powder to then be combined and shared amongst the entire group. The focus of this practice was to bring out the natural healing nature of each of the seeds, while infusing them with intentional vibrations of love and healing; a practice of ancient Ayurvedic Medicine.

Then in my workshop with Melanie, we discussed the need for yoga teachers and all healers to honour their own body’s natural rhythm, eating, sleeping and living in a way that activates healing potential. We discussed the three doshas of Ayurvedic Medicine and how these natural characteristics play a strong role in creating a lifestyle that supports our individual needs.

Ayurvedic Medicine is a beautiful ancient healing system that was developed over 3000 years ago in India. It was used before today’s modern technology and science to heal patients from all ailments, including simple daily pains like digestive troubles, elimination inconsistencies, sleep disruption and unbalanced energy levels.

Since my program through Integrative Nutrition, I have been intrigued and curious about the healing nature of Ayurveda. It incorporates so many concepts of Holistic Health that I practice daily with myself and encourage for my coaching clients. And so for this reason, I am committing to pursuing Ayurveda further and better understanding how I can utilize this ancient healing system to support you and every one of my clients.

#2 Dance & Movement as Meditation

Meditation has always been something that I know I need more of. Hearing stories of my aunt and her meditation group taking a weekend to meditate together for the greater good of humanity…well, that’s damn inspiring! And knowing that through meditation I can access my own higher power, my intuition and speak from a place of purity and truth…well that’s pretty damn motivating as well! But the challenge I have always faced is the art of sitting still. I am a busy body; my mind has always been a highly functioning chaotic stream of new ideas & plans that is incredibly challenging to make shut up!

So when I attended Alice Bracegirdle’s Bellyfit Flow class at 8am on Sunday morning and she shared with us the essence of Bellyfit…I was activated! Yoga was created long ago for men to be flexible enough in their physical bodies to sit for extended periods of time in meditation to connect to their higher power. The operative word there being, Men. In the words of Alice, Bellyfit was created to honour and respect the natural rhythm and movement within a woman’s body, allowing for softness, fluidity, movement and DANCE. This is how a woman can naturally connect deeply to her own natural healing potential and access her higher power.

BAM – Deanna wants to meditate, Deanna needs to dance!

And I’ve known this for some time, but I’ve ignored the potency within the understanding. I often will sit in meditation with candles lit and music playing, only to begin circling on my hips, rolling my shoulders front and back and ultimately beginning a naturally-led seated dance. This is my body’s way of telling me that to get out of my head, I need to get into my body.

VOILA! The answer to my question of how to meditate more & access that higher power…make more space for fluid movement & dance.

#3 Physical Limitations

In 2.5 months I will turn 30 years old. I am ecstatic about this! I cannot WAIT to see what my 30’s hold for me. This path that I am on feels completely connected, real and honest with my purpose for being on this planet. I am finally…after years of searching, fulfilling my soul’s purpose. 

One thing that can come with turning another year older, is physical limitations that you are not accustomed to. The first day of the yoga conference I attended 5 workshops & classes…each 1.5 hours long! That’s 7.5 hours of intensive movement, education, learning, experience & openness. Wow! That’s a lot. And I’m the type who gives my ALL to each and every workshop I attend. So needless to say…I was bit exhausted after Day 1; physically, mentally & emotionally.

But what I learned in this experience was the art of yin; softness, quiet, receptivity, and calm. This has always been an element of my yoga practice that I gently ignore…as I often seek the challenge, the physical growth and the beautiful yoga burn.

So in this honouring of my soft & gentle side, I respected my body’s physical limitations and attended only three classes on Sunday. I took time to rest in the beautiful marketplace, had a cup of tea while sitting in the February sunshine, chatted with friends; new & old, and just took in all the goodness that was available outside of the scheduled workshops.

Just as there is beauty in the pause between your inhale & exhale, there is beauty in the gentle pauses of life. By taking time to listen to my body, I had intimate & heartfelt conversations that were not accessible in a 30+ person workshop. I honoured my physical limitations with great respect and continued to give my all to every workshop I attended.

In Health, Happiness & Pure Vitality,

 

The Power of Perception

How is your perception creating your life?

Every moment that we live our body is assessing our environment (internal & external) and adjusting our bio-chemistry to create different physical reactions.

These can be the fight or flight type of reactions, or subtle emotional cues that leave us feeling unacknowledged or angry. They can also be a sense of peace, bliss and comfort.

When you take the time to do your internal work; adjusting your view of the world and creating a broader, more inclusive perception through your eyes & mind, you shift your bio-chemical reactions to include more calm, peaceful and satisfied experiences.

If you walk around every day judging those you see on the street, blaming others for the pain in the world and seeking reasons for someone’s failure, you are literally CREATING a negative experience for yourself through your perception.

When you hear people talk about ‘not being a victim‘ what they are referring to is owning your perception. When so-and-so at work comments on your new hair colour in a way that triggers you to think she’s lying and makes you self conscious…you could view that as ‘what a bitch‘ or as ‘maybe she’s having an off day‘ or ‘maybe she can’t afford to get her hair done & is jealous‘ – when we expand our perception to INCLUDE always looking for the best in someone, always acknowledging that there is a reason someone reacts/responds the way they do….THAT is when your perception begins to create a beautiful and peaceful life for you!

How can you adjust your perception of yourself, of others and of the world?

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Dixie & Dea enjoying a warm winter day in 100 Mile House, BC

If you’re keen to shift your perception and start viewing your world through the eyes of bliss, peace and happiness, give my program; The Life Cleanse, a try. It’s a completely DIY 6 week program that shifts your internal makeup to invite in a sense of balance and empowerment.

“I am so grateful for the empowerment that you’ve given me, because I would have just kept floating and being stuck, because I wouldn’t have known how to deal with it.”

In Health, Happiness & Pure Vitality,

The Art of Releasing, NYE-Style

Release THIS before setting your NYE Resolutions! 

New Year’s Eve is always an interesting time for many. We often look at our past year with scrutiny, sometimes with awe, and look forward to this blank page as an opportunity to FINALLY live the life we’ve been hoping we would for years.
 
We see this blank page as the one chance we have to make those changes, to actually be that person. And while this can be an incredible sense of reflection and peace, it can also be incredibly frustrating.
 
How many times have you set New Years Resolutions only to fail them by the 2nd week in January? Or sign up for a new class or membership only to ignore it after the 5th day?
 
Human Beings are not designed to simply say once, “I want this” and then receive it. You need to create an entire lifestyle that supports these desires and needs that you have. You need to surround yourself with support and encouragement for those days when you’re bound to want to give up and give in. And most importantly you need to understand WHY you want to achieve these goals! Without this knowledge of WHY, you might as well leave the resolutions behind.
 
As I was pondering about New Years this year, after such an emotionally bizarre Christmas Holiday, I was thinking of each of you and what this new year may bring to you. I considered what each of you may be seeking in life, what currently feels a bit unsatisfying or stagnant and maybe what it is that you’re hoping to receive more of. While only you know the answers to these questions, I still wanted to create some space for you to be acknowledged and appreciated 😉
 
In my moments of thinking of you, I came up with this request.
 
This new years eve, instead of focusing all your intention on what you want MORE OF, can we first take a moment to consider what you’re hoping to RELEASE!?
 
It’s a bit of unique concept for some of you I know, but trust me – it’s one worth trying!
 
When you consider your life and simply think of all the beauty and fitness and food and fun that you want to achieve in the coming year – you are subconsciously working to manifest all of these things.
 
But when you have not done any clearing and releasing work; the work that allows you to release old patterns and habits, you are actually just slapping new shiny paper on top of an old used notepad. There isn’t actually any space to invite in these new experiences – you simply are covering up that which you don’t want with images and thoughts of what you do.
 
So in order to truly prepare your body, your mind and your subconscious mind for the true power of manifesting the life of your dreams, let us first begin with the Art of Releasing.
 

New Year – New Release

Ask yourself this;
 
On this eve of 2016, I am ready to release _______________.
 
Perhaps it’s your desperate need to be included in every social activity, or maybe your incessant judgement of your weight. Maybe you’re ready to release the rude and sometimes hurtful comments you make to your partner when you’re hungry. Perhaps it’s the way you allow others to dictate your schedule instead of honouring your personal goals & needs. Or maybe it’s simply the act of always DOING.
 
Whatever it is that you are ready to release, it will come to you when you give it the space.
 
I really really want you to take this exercise seriously and follow through with your releasing act. So please honour yourself and take a moment to become quiet in your body and your mind and ask yourself;
 
On this eve of 2016, I am ready to release ______________.
 
Much love and gratitude to each of you this Holiday Season!