Spring Treasure, Bizarre Weather

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Spring Treasure – Bizarre Weather
Spring Equinox Newsletter
Happy Spring! I wish this for everyone as I sit in my Vancouver home surrounded by the sweet newborn fragrance of hyacinths blooming on my deck. This is in current contrast to the four feet of snow and blowing blizzards in eastern Canada. (I feel for you!) At a certain point we all crave the promise of spring, no matter where we live. It’s feeling ready to be done with the thaw of too many snowfalls and darker days of winter. And indeed we need it!
Unknowingly and often unwittingly, we must surrender to the eternal life force of cycles and the changes of rebirth and death. Even in parts of the planet where there are less dramatic changes of season, there are noticeable differences in the four quarters of the year. This is particularly true when we take into account the spring and fall equinox and the summer and winter solstice. For the millions of years the planets have been turning, so too have the seasons been cycling and repeating their rhythmic beat to the earth’s constant evolution.

I often ponder how we as a species have adapted to the changing cycles of weather on this planet. We figured out how to go from living in a warm climate in Africa to sorting out what it would take to live in northern climates under many feet of snow. That adaptability is unique to our species.

 

Since becoming paralyzed, I have witnessed in myself and others in the differently-able world, remarkable adaptabilities of the human being and body. I’m amazed at what spectacular adaptogens we are. I feel like I’m in a living lab of adaptability and I see that in others. Against all odds, a person can find new pathways, utilize other parts of the brain to take over functions that are lost and recapitulate oneself emotionally and physically after losing all familiar functions. In truth, it has nothing to do with the individual (however, it will just happen.) This surrender to the powerful and omnipotent life force is so strong as to be unavoidable.

We may think we have all the control and all of the details of our lives figured out: my career, mate, investments, RRSPs, retirement fund, etc, and we can do a pretty good at that. But at some point life will take us by surprise. Whether the event is personal, social or environmental, we are called to on to discover and uncover that incredible capacity within ourselves to adapt. Like the bulbs and small seeds waiting to push through the earth, the most important piece of becoming is first the surrender of being.

Like all of life, the surrender happens not because we know what will come, but because we learn to trust in the ancient wisdom, constancy and intelligence of the life force. With time or experience (or both), we realize that we are that life force and are ultimately surrendering to that which is the best in ourselves.

There are many ways to learn more about adaptability in this seasons offerings. These include the classes listed below. We also have classes and events listed on our Facebook Events page.

As one of my favourite teachers would say: “We can’t argue with reality but we can learn how to master it.”

I am pleased to say that you have many opportunities to try on something new this spring and summer and stretch into your own adaptability. That is something we at Trinity Yoga have been doing and I am pleased to announce our new program of Advanced Teacher Training. This is an awesome opportunity to hone in your teaching skills if you’ve been teaching or feeling like you need inspiration or you want to stretch and specialize or develop your practice more. We have an awesome roster of Senior Teachers for the Level 2 slated for June 21-26 in Fairmont BC. We are thrilled to be joined by Trinity alumni, Brenda Cartier, Sophie Ann Dufresne, AND Jennifer Steed!! Also, the new Adaptive Yoga Training is being offered in Vancouver, Cranbrook and Kelowna, be sure to check out our website for details. This month Jennifer steed will be featured on our website www.trinityyoga.net with her new CD release Every Day Yoga.

Bountiful Spring Blessings,

Mary-Jo

“Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Upcoming
Adaptive Yoga Training – VANCOUVER
Come and learn the life-giving techniques and theories of Adaptive Yoga from one who knows. Mary-Jo Fetterly ERYT-500 will conduct a15 hour training for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals, family and friends. All you need to know to safely and creatively use yoga for different physical conditions and challenges. May 2nd and 3rd, Inner Evolution 16th & Heather $250, $200 before April 15th. Clients FREE www.trinityyoga.net, 604 754-4488

Practice, Power, Purpose – Tantra and Healing Power of Yoga – CRANBROOK
The ancient science of Yoga offers volumes of knowledge on how to live your best life possible. Tantra yoga is the system of tools and techniques that guides practitioners progressively toward this exalted state. Understanding and being able to access the potency and limitless-ness of Prana, to have more freedom, more health, a greater sense of knowingness & intuition and spontaneous creativity, with less fear and more joy- is the promise of Tantra yoga. 3 hour Mini-Workshop on Friday May 29, 6 to 9 PM. Exhale Yoga Studio 14A 201 13th Ave So. $45 Contact Brenda at Exhale Yoga or 1-250-489-9210
Adaptive Yoga Training – CRANBROOK
Come and learn the life-giving techniques and theories of Adaptive Yoga from one who knows. Mary-Jo Fetterly ERYT-500 will conduct a 15 hour training for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals, family and friends on all you need to know, to safely and creatively use yoga for different physical conditions abilities or challenges. May 29th 30th, Exhale Yoga Studio 14A 201 13th Ave So. $287or $225 before April 30. Clients FREE Contact Brenda at brendacartier@shaw.ca or 1-250-489-9210
Trinity Yoga Teacher Training – Level 2
Prepare yourself to advance your teaching to the next level. The continuation of Trinity Yoga 3 tier training. June 21st-26th, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in the Columbia Valley of BC. Must book by April 30. Details at www.trinityyoga.net/events or maryjoyogo@gmail.com.
Teachers Advanced Yoga – Trinity Mastery Training at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
A opportunity for current teachers to study in greater depth the advanced techniques and theories with Senior Teachers. Learn techniques from experienced teachers in a broad range of subject areas. You will learn more about the business of yoga and how to make it work for you, about sequencing and the Art of composition, the theory behind the Doshas and the Gunas relating to a student’s practice and physical & mental health. We will delve further into the chakras and the energy systems as well as offer specialized classes and theory on: restorative, adaptive and therapeutic yoga. June 22nd-25th, 9-5 PM, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in the Columbia Valley of BC. $125/day or $300 for all 4. Details at www.trinityyoga.net/events or maryjoyogo@gmail.com
2 Offices for Rent in Beautiful Yoga Studio
HOT SPRINGS YOGA STUDIO is nestled in the Columbia Valley between the magnificent Rocky & Purcell Mountain Ranges, just a few minutes away from the therapeutic natural mineral pools!!! A great location to capture the attention of the annual tourist market located in the Fairmont Village Mall, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC. We currently offer Yoga, Qi Gong, Zumba, Holistic Bodywork, Coaching, Workshops & Retreats! There are 2 offices available to rent within the studio. Contact Pamela 778-525-0022 www.hotspringsstudio.ca

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Fall Equinox – Ponder, Wader, Wonder – Fall Medicine for the Soul

Mary-Jo & Jolie on a mountain

Autumn Equinox 2014

It won’t be long now before the leaves start to turn and the autumn air brings a fresh chill to our cheeks. The change of the seasons, is for me a bittersweet turning point, symbolic of many other similar moments in life. My most recent major example has been the passage from motherhood to nomad coinciding with daughters blossoming into women, menopause, marriage (as in for me mother-in law) bones shrinking and retirement thinking. Ready or not I have hit the autumn of my life.

Nostalgic as it is and perhaps unsettling, there is something about the impending change that on some level I feel and know is necessary – it is part of our nature. Change is life. We are all of what Nature is, it can teach us all of what we are. Curiously as nature is a metaphor for life with regards to the seasons, so too can nature be an example of how to best meet the potential turmoil and disruption of change.

In time, Summer surrender’s her fiery display and subdues into the long shadows of fall, and we too must adjust and follow natures example, by coming back down to earth, balancing our external output and collecting in our resource’s and energy. Yoga and Ayurveda offer many tools and techniques to help ameliorate and manage our own life-force. The Dragon & Tiger Practice, it is useful at this time of year and helps to calm or focus ones energy.

Like a beautifully scripted symphony-both spring and fall equinox bring us to a balance point, while the two solstices winter and summer take us to the extremes of darkness and light. In the end the more we understand and know about ourselves, our true nature and how to work with it, the more empowered and liberated we become. We cannot alter the flow of life, but can learn to surrender and ride the waves – and move with and through the turbulence.

Bountiful & Balanced Fall Blessings,

Mary-Jo


 

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.  You do not have to walk on your knees for 100 miles to the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,  the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.

– Mary Oliver


Upcoming for Fall

Fall Yoga Schedule
Fall classes begin in October, click here for the complete schedule. Our next 40 Hour Adaptive/ Restorative/Therapeutic-ART, 3 day training is this Oct 2014- in beautiful Whistler, BC. Find out more and apply today HERE!

Wander-Events…

Yoga Teacher Training Level 2 takes place this November in beautiful Whistler, BC.


Do you wonder…
What is your body type and what are its needs? The sister science to yoga – Ayurveda, is a perfect way to support yourself and understand your nature. Here are two great resources: Anna Colin – Natural Life Ayurveda & Madhuri Phillips – Madhuri Ayurveda Yoga.
Reach out to them to find out how Ayurveda can support you.


fbfeaeb3-ed96-4b1e-b4bc-102dc29668f2Ponder some closing thoughts by the late great, BKS Iyengar……

As you come back, (from savasana) don’t move from habit. Instead be still and observe the world itself waking up inside your awareness. Witness the senses waking up, then the mind and finally observe how the body and the world reconstitute themselves.

This is a critical moment. Don’t go into the old mental habit that wants to paint the days landscape from memory. Instead, remain absolutely still. Understand the world through fresh innocent seeing, feeling, smelling and tasting. Be open to the unknown.

– BKS Iyengar

 


colorful-autumn-leaves

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Fall Equinox – Ponder, Wader, Wonder – Fall Medicine for the Soul

Mary-Jo & Jolie on a mountain

Autumn Equinox 2014

It won’t be long now before the leaves start to turn and the autumn air brings a fresh chill to our cheeks. The change of the seasons, is for me a bittersweet turning point, symbolic of many other similar moments in life. My most recent major example has been the passage from motherhood to nomad coinciding with daughters blossoming into women, menopause, marriage (as in for me mother-in law) bones shrinking and retirement thinking. Ready or not I have hit the autumn of my life.

Nostalgic as it is and perhaps unsettling, there is something about the impending change that on some level I feel and know is necessary – it is part of our nature. Change is life. We are all of what Nature is, it can teach us all of what we are. Curiously as nature is a metaphor for life with regards to the seasons, so too can nature be an example of how to best meet the potential turmoil and disruption of change.

In time, Summer surrender’s her fiery display and subdues into the long shadows of fall, and we too must adjust and follow natures example, by coming back down to earth, balancing our external output and collecting in our resource’s and energy. Yoga and Ayurveda offer many tools and techniques to help ameliorate and manage our own life-force. The Dragon & Tiger Practice, it is useful at this time of year and helps to calm or focus ones energy.

Like a beautifully scripted symphony-both spring and fall equinox bring us to a balance point, while the two solstices winter and summer take us to the extremes of darkness and light. In the end the more we understand and know about ourselves, our true nature and how to work with it, the more empowered and liberated we become. We cannot alter the flow of life, but can learn to surrender and ride the waves – and move with and through the turbulence.

Bountiful & Balanced Fall Blessings,

Mary-Jo


 

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.  You do not have to walk on your knees for 100 miles to the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,  the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.

– Mary Oliver


Upcoming for Fall

Fall Yoga Schedule
Fall classes begin in October, click here for the complete schedule. Our next 40 Hour Adaptive/ Restorative/Therapeutic-ART, 3 day training is this Oct 2014- in beautiful Whistler, BC. Find out more and apply today HERE!

Wander-Events…

Yoga Teacher Training Level 2 takes place this November in beautiful Whistler, BC.


Do you wonder…
What is your body type and what are its needs? The sister science to yoga – Ayurveda, is a perfect way to support yourself and understand your nature. Here are two great resources: Anna Colin – Natural Life Ayurveda & Madhuri Phillips – Madhuri Ayurveda Yoga.
Reach out to them to find out how Ayurveda can support you.


fbfeaeb3-ed96-4b1e-b4bc-102dc29668f2Ponder some closing thoughts by the late great, BKS Iyengar……

As you come back, (from savasana) don’t move from habit. Instead be still and observe the world itself waking up inside your awareness. Witness the senses waking up, then the mind and finally observe how the body and the world reconstitute themselves.

This is a critical moment. Don’t go into the old mental habit that wants to paint the days landscape from memory. Instead, remain absolutely still. Understand the world through fresh innocent seeing, feeling, smelling and tasting. Be open to the unknown.

– BKS Iyengar

 


colorful-autumn-leaves

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the yoga of climbing 1

I reluctantly entered my first climbing competition yesterday. I dragged my heels getting there, convinced that I was too tired to climb. I moaned and dramatized my moontime apana, knowing that fear the root of my lethargy.I love climbing and I’m quite competitive. Sounds like a perfect match for a climbing competition. The only problem is that I’m not comfortable with failure.

While I do not openly compete, I do compare myself to others. When I do this I shake myself off centre. I lose touch with my intrinsic love of climbing.

And so there I was at the competition, yawning between attempts – putting around, half removed. The risk seemed to great to put in 100% effort. If I gave my all and lost, I would lose my egocentric supremacy.

To my delight and horror, I made the finals. The final route was a mystery on the outside wall. The finalists, all friends, descended down into the pit to await their turn. With time to spare, I trotted home for a hit of Floradix (liquid iron) and a bowel evacuation.

I returned to the gym, assumed savasana and visualized myself climbing strong and smooth. Clueless to what the route looked like, I figured pseudo-imagery was better than none.

After a few rounds of nadi shodhana. I felt calm and focused. My fatigue paid off – I lacked the energy to wind myself in a nervous tizzy.

After the competition Rik told me that he was nervous for me. I remember that feeling while watching loved ones perform. That’s what the finals felt like, performing in front of an audience of supportive climbers. The stage, a gently overhanging wall; the cast, a sprinkling of multi-coloured holds.

I climbed the wall with my eyes, miming with my hands and feet to mimic the moves. I did my best to decipher the route from the ground, roped up and gave it my all.

I surprised myself and stuck several lunges. I hit a tricky section and attempted to climb a corner arete with no holds. I changed my mind and lost my feet. My effort and fall were greeted with excited cheers.

Both yoga and climbing have taught me how to fall and get back up. When I teeter and totter in balancing poses I no longer fear falling over. I’ve grown to love the sense that I’m losing my balance. I know that this shaking and rocking, helps me develop grounding and poise.

Through my Trinity trainings I have learned how to let loose and dance freely. When I climb I dance between my desire to maintain control and to take risks.

Success is not necessarily about getting to the top or the end of a climb. My greatest accomplishments in climbing come when I drop my ego-striving. Sometimes falling is the most rewarding achievement of all.

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the yoga of climbing 1

I reluctantly entered my first climbing competition yesterday. I dragged my heels getting there, convinced that I was too tired to climb. I moaned and dramatized my moontime apana, knowing that fear the root of my lethargy.I love climbing and I’m quite competitive. Sounds like a perfect match for a climbing competition. The only problem is that I’m not comfortable with failure.

While I do not openly compete, I do compare myself to others. When I do this I shake myself off centre. I lose touch with my intrinsic love of climbing.

And so there I was at the competition, yawning between attempts – putting around, half removed. The risk seemed to great to put in 100% effort. If I gave my all and lost, I would lose my egocentric supremacy.

To my delight and horror, I made the finals. The final route was a mystery on the outside wall. The finalists, all friends, descended down into the pit to await their turn. With time to spare, I trotted home for a hit of Floradix (liquid iron) and a bowel evacuation.

I returned to the gym, assumed savasana and visualized myself climbing strong and smooth. Clueless to what the route looked like, I figured pseudo-imagery was better than none.

After a few rounds of nadi shodhana. I felt calm and focused. My fatigue paid off – I lacked the energy to wind myself in a nervous tizzy.

After the competition Rik told me that he was nervous for me. I remember that feeling while watching loved ones perform. That’s what the finals felt like, performing in front of an audience of supportive climbers. The stage, a gently overhanging wall; the cast, a sprinkling of multi-coloured holds.

I climbed the wall with my eyes, miming with my hands and feet to mimic the moves. I did my best to decipher the route from the ground, roped up and gave it my all.

I surprised myself and stuck several lunges. I hit a tricky section and attempted to climb a corner arete with no holds. I changed my mind and lost my feet. My effort and fall were greeted with excited cheers.

Both yoga and climbing have taught me how to fall and get back up. When I teeter and totter in balancing poses I no longer fear falling over. I’ve grown to love the sense that I’m losing my balance. I know that this shaking and rocking, helps me develop grounding and poise.

Through my Trinity trainings I have learned how to let loose and dance freely. When I climb I dance between my desire to maintain control and to take risks.

Success is not necessarily about getting to the top or the end of a climb. My greatest accomplishments in climbing come when I drop my ego-striving. Sometimes falling is the most rewarding achievement of all.

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Living Gracefully

This month, it will have been a year since I was handed my very first yoga book. Certainly at that point in my life, if I was to choose a yoga book, it wouldn’t have been
“Yoga from the inside out”, by Christina Sell. The book, with a forward by John Friend, Anusara Yoga Founder, is a teaching on grace and how to make peace the body.

Despite the emotional upheavals from reading the book, I didn’t know or understand that only a year later, I would begin to understand. As I write this, with tears in my eyes,
I am convinced there will still be more to learn on the vast topic of grace.

But what is grace? How do you know you have it? How do you step into the flow of grace? The Oxford English dictionary defines “grace” as: “Pleasing quality,
gracefulness.

1. The quality of application: The attractiveness or charm belonging to elegance of proportions, or (especially) ease and refinement of movement, action, or expression.

2. An attractive or pleasing quality or feature.

3. Something that imparts beauty; an ornament; the part in which the beauty of a thing consists.

4. To show favour or be gracious to; also, to countenance.”

To me, “grace” means more than that. I recently read the book again. This time, it provoked different sensations in me and resulted in a completely different outlook on the
concepts of beauty, love, acceptance and grace. Can yoga bring us to grace? Absolutely. As a matter of fact, anything you do with passion, devotion and complete love
will bring you closer to grace. You already possess the grace you need.

By doing something fervently, with your complete devotion, you are polishing the window to your heart to see the flames of your being – your grace – that much more
clearly. This is the true nature of grace. It’s a flame burning at the very core of your being. You can only see it through the window of your heart, but if that window isn’t
very clean, you may not be able to see if there is a flame there. That’s when doubt creeps in and we fall victim to the sleeping world. Yoga is a way of keeping that window
clear and open, a way to see the beauty and the power within each of us.

In a month that celebrates love, why not celebrate grace as well? Start with your loved ones. The grace in them is what you also hold within yourself. You wouldn’t be able
to see the grace in your surroundings if you didn’t possess it yourself. At the very core of who we are lies a heart that demands our commitment to the higher divinity of the
spirit and to love.

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10 Week Program

One great aspect of a consecutive week program is that you can build from class to class and develop a relationship with your students. This will help as 24 students is a large class for most teachers and you will need to stay very present in order to meet all their needs. I would suggest having an assistant with you to offer enhancements and specific tips while you teach to individual students. I have found this to be a great help and the students really seem to love to extra attention.

During a 10 week program you will have time to cover lots of material so I would begin slowly with basic alignment principles. This way as you increase the intensity and challenging nature of the postures in your classes students will be safe and able to move confidently. Because your focus is on the core I would begin there and radiate out from that part of the body while always coming back to your initial focus.

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Keeping in Shape

I made a switch to yoga and tai chi a few years ago and here are my results – I’ve lost a bit of my bulk yet I’ve stayed quite toned – leaner muscle, stronger in some ways – I feel like I’m in better shape than ever. A couple key points to consider… if you still want a toned, physically fit body you’ll probably have to select more physically demanding versions of yoga and tai chi – such as Ashtanga/Vinyasa Flow or Anusara for Yoga and Chen style for tai chi.

An additional point about pull-ups… neither yoga nor tai chi will effectively target this area so you might want to keep the pull-ups on the schedule. Oh, and in case you haven’t noticed yet… the clarity of mind… the centeredness/balance and presence found by practising yoga and tai chi tends to be much more attractive to others than the size of one’s muscles.

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Yoga Once a Week?

For many students it is challenging to create and maintain a home based practise. One way to ensure that you get some home practice in during the week to enhance the many benefits of such a powerful practice you might like to buy a DVD or audio CD to help lead you through a series. There are many on the market. You will have to look closely to see what they offer and what focus they have. The ones produced by Gaiam are quite reliable indeed.

Doing a little everyday is adequate to continue the learning such as 10 minutes of resting child and savasana or relaxation. Sun salutations are very effective and encompass many openings too. Be gentle, give it as long as you realistically have and go from there.

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Quality Sleep

Depending on what type of yoga you are practicing it is a good idea to finish your day with some Restorative Yoga before bed. This relaxing style used natural openings enhanced through the use of cushions and other props to facilitate the relaxation response to occur. Many of these postures are also great for opening the body in order to take in a fuller deep breath. Judith Lasater has a great book called Relax and Renew which clearly outlines a variety of postures and sequences for different conditions. I have never heard of someone practicing a particular pose while they sleep however lying on your back in the form of Savasana is opening for your chest and would facilitate deep breathing. Spend 20 minutes before bed and one day during the week only practicing Restorative Yoga and deep breathing. The simple pranayama called Sama Vrtti or equal length breath would also be a beneficial way to spend the last 10 minutes of your day before sleep.

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