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Let me pose it this way

Posted by Julie Andres on Thursday, July 24, 2014, In : yoga 

The verb form of the word "pose" is commonly used to connote the action taken by persons preparing to be photographed. The camera points, the subject holds motion at bay for a few seconds, and then, with a click of the shutter, posing is complete.

Pose can also mean to set oneself up in pretense, such as a restaurant critic "posing" as an ordinary customer.

And a third meaning is to behave in a manner or place oneself in a situation to impress others. This could be with a celebrity, in a Ferrar...

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Busy and still

Posted by Julie Andres on Monday, May 5, 2014, In : yoga 

The other day a visitor to my house paused to look at the colours of my early spring flowers and commented that I have a "green thumb". I love to grow things, that is certain, but success in gardening results from much more than being lucky enough to have good gardening "genes."

Without thinking I told her: "I have busy thumbs, that's all."

It's true--indoor and outdoor gardening are labour intensive. Knowledge is needed, but practical application is key. Thinning, pruning, weeding, staking, fe...

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Silence and work

Posted by Julie Andres on Saturday, January 4, 2014, In : svadyaya 

    Over the past months I have been in solitude much of the time and even though I entered this unanticipated phase kicking and screaming (okay, in child's pose with the occasional sob-fest), it has turned out to be a godsend. I begin each day with pranayama, japa, silent meditation, asana, and studying for my 500-hour certification--this takes me three to four hours each morning before I eat and start work.

    Yep, I get up very early.
    I also chant, meditate and practice pranayama in the...

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Summer Intensive at SOYA

Posted by Julie Andres on Monday, September 9, 2013, In : yoga 

This August I was fortunate to take part in the first segment of the 2013/14 300-hour upgrade program with South Okanagan Yoga Academy. The 12-day intensive was located in Water Valley, Alberta at an 80-acre retreat centre of remarkable beauty. Large (I'm talking several acres) ponds host a variety of water fowl, dam-building beavers, and two bounding golden retrievers. Horses Sophie and Ariel roam at large and often peered through the studio window to observe yoga students in action.

My rusti...

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Downtown hubbub gives cause for pause

Posted by Julie Andres on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, In : yoga 
I'm taking a break. Well, sort of. I am working at an editing job from a downtown Vancouver office for a while, so am not teaching any regular yoga classes for the next couple of months or so. However, I am preparing to offer a workshop late winter or early spring, and will sub on the Sunshine Coast on the occasional Saturday or Sunday.

With exceptionally quiet mornings and evenings at my tiny East Van studio apartment, my habits have taken a new direction that has allowed me to expand my sitt...

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स्वाध्याय Svadhyaya

Posted by Julie Andres on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, In : niyamas 
The fourth niyama, Svadhyaya, is an aspect of yoga that has taken a hold of me in a way that feels truly holistic. I have begun to form a palpable link within between the body, mind, and spirit through daily study and development of a devotional routine - actions that lead to knowledge of the Self. And, strangely, these actions are not bound by goals or a narrow view of achievement.
Patanjali's Sutra 2.44 states: Svadhyayad ista-devata-samprayogah.
According to the interpretation of this sutra...
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सत्य Satya

Posted by Julie Andres on Sunday, December 5, 2010, In : satya 
Satya, truth.
The next Yama to consider, to bring into my consciousness as I begin my day, my practice, my interactions with myself and others.
How hard will that be? I think of myself as honest, aware, full of good intentions. Open to admitting when I'm wrong.
But as I consider these things I know that there are many layers, many shadowy areas deep beneath (and maybe not so far beneath) that are kept veiled – out of habit, out of fear, or merely for convenience.
Even so, truth has a way of mak...
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Fall Meditation

Posted by Julie Andres on Friday, November 12, 2010, In : meditation 

Breathing by the Pond


Raindrops fall

Creating textured circles

Floating outward


The sounds of trees

Inhaling stillness


The water’s surface

Waits for wind’s caresses


And wears them softly

Like a silken scarf


Drawing in, letting go

Rain and trees and wind are


Raindrops fall

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अहिंसा Ahimsaa

Posted by Julie Andres on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, In : ahimsaa 
In my first week of classes in the Yoga Teacher Training program at Langara College we discussed the concept and practice of ahimsaa - Sanskrit for harmlessness or non-violence.
During our exchange we quickly realized that the first course of harm we take is usually toward ourselves. And when we harm ourselves we harm others as well, and the entire world around us.
One of the ways that we do this most commonly is by comparing ourselves to depictions of what advertisers tell us is ideal beauty -...
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