Yoga: What’s love got to do … got to do with it?!

Matt Fernandes and Sunny Prowse Photo by Kevin D. Suave

What does a small but growing practice called acro yoga have to teach us earthbound mortals about love and relationships? Turns out, quite a lot. New Westminster’s resident writer-yogini Diane Haynes weighs in on the ups and downs of going upside-down for love in this long read.

Love yourself! It’s the mantra of the new millennium. The question, of course, is How? There are a lot of options out there, most of them available in the self-help and diet sections of the store for the low, low price of $29.95. And then there’re all those other stores outside the bookstore, too. Retail therapy, I think it’s called. I wouldn’t know, I’m spiritual.

I’ve got my own self-lovin’ mantra, and it goes like this: “I don’t go upside-down.” Okay, hang on, it’s not what you’re thinking. Tenth to the Fraser didn’t just get a kink column. Or maybe it did, I don’t know, but this isn’t it. No, I just don’t go upside-down. Literally. I don’t go there. I stay upright, feet on the ground, head in the clouds, everything where it’s supposed to be, all’s right with the world. That’s my mantra, and it’s as good as any as far as I can tell. When I say it, I know what I mean, which is more than I can say for some of the Sanskrit I’ve chanted in recent years. Continue reading “Yoga: What’s love got to do … got to do with it?!”

Mindfulness and the Connection to Yoga

If only I may grow: firmer, simpler, quieter, warmer. ~Dag Hammarskjold

If you practise yoga in New West, you might be tempted to make resolutions based on ‘mindfulness’. Or maybe you’re curious about yoga and have heard lots about it. Not a surprise given the media push this year:

Smile? Be present? Say thank you? What kind of a resolution is stretch? What happened to bigger, faster, stronger, richer? Two hundred years of New Year’s resolutions and it’s come to this?

I’d be tempted to chalk this list up to yoga-driven anomaly—two of them were shared in social media by my New Westminster yoga students—but that first article hails from the Huffington Post, and we all know that once something hits the Huff, it’s as good as gone mainstream, right?

What, pray tell, is up?

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