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www.sundreyoga.com

Sundre, CA

 

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My Occupation is
Hatha Yoga Instructor, Thai Massage Therapist, Reflexologist, Reiki Master, Esthetician

My hobbies/interests are
HIking, cycling, jogging, XC, water and Downhill Skiing, anything that involves physical activity, especially yoga! I love to move!

One secret that helps me to stay healthy is
Positive thoughts will change your life.

My wellness goals are
To live in the moment more and more. To reach for my practice when my energy is low.

I see myself achieving my wellness goals by
By knowing that I am exactly where I need to be at this moment.

My inspirations are
Anyone who has a positive attitude and inspires me to learn

Recent Posts

    • Ho ho ho....

      December 8, 2010 at 12:09pm

      How does one cope during the hussle and bussle of the Christmas season? For me most times I don't. And oops, there I go again going against unwritten social expectations.

      I've often wondered what it is about this time of year that gets to me so much. And at the end of my last paragraph is the answer. I want so much to feel the joy and excitement I felt as a child with the approach of the season and just when I start to I find its like a front end loader drives by and dumps a ton of things 'to do' right on top of me followed by a rope on each arm pulling in every different direction.
      Here is where my philosophy of living in the moment gets a bit put on the wayside. I worry about who is going to be offended if we don't do what they thing we should. And I also know that by worrying about this I also create the pattern.
      Ok, so at the moment, energy is at a bit of a low, I am going to bring to my mat today tolerance of myself, of others, and to let go of the worry of things that haven't even happened. Also the strength to politely say no instead of yes when it is what is best for my family.

      Namaste

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        • Energy Flow

          December 1, 2010 at 2:44pm

          This week has started out feeling so much lighter than last week..energy is flowing and the sun is shining. I have upped my practice this week and am feeling the rewards..I'm also looking forward to spending my time in the mountains this weekend and immersing myself in their energy. I can't get enough of the rockies!

          Namaste

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            • A New Beginning.....

              November 25, 2010 at 3:07pm

              It's the end of another work day and for some reason it feels like an incredibly long one! There has been so many stressful thing happen this week its amazing I have the capability to think, let alone journal at all!
              I have recently changed my life.
              I have sold a business that was making me so miserable I had no time for my family or myself. It had taken piece by piece little chunks of who I am and why I wanted to be a business owner to begin with to the point I didn't even know who was looking back at me in the mirror anymore. I had given up everything that meant anything to me because most of my time was taken to running a successful business. What brought me back to reality was my yoga practise.
              There were many, many days where it would have been so much easier to just sit on the couch than to get myself to a class or just onto my mat at home. It was being consistent with my practice that opened my eyes again to show me what was reality and what wasn't. By reducing my stress I could see that the my identity had become my business and somewhere along the way I had lost me. I was no longer Shannon, I was the owner of a day spa.
              One evening in savasana after a gruelling class I fell into a deep relaxation, drifting into my thoughts. A message was presented to me so clearly in this deep sense of meditation and I almost sat up right knowing that I needed to find myself again.
              It was a deep seated fear that I had forgotten something and needed to find it for fear of losing it forever. Then came the fear of change and what that brings. The fear of what other people with think and the fear of the unknown. Instead of succumbing to those fears, which would have been very easy, I plowed through and kept my goal in focus. Today, with all of it behind me now I can see this will be a time in my life where a fork in the road was presented to me and I took the road less traveled.

              The journey was worth it.


              Namaste

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                • What to bring to my mat....

                  November 18, 2010 at 3:37pm

                  I hate to say it but more often than not I am disheartened by other peoples behavior.
                  I was recently at a 20 year high school reunion that drummed up alot of old emotions of adolescent years and how we used to treat one another. All the fears of seeking approval and the behavior of wanting what others had.
                  These fears and wants are something I have taken to my mat more times than I can remember, trying to release them, and sending love to those that have most troubled me. Even with all the fears inside of me the evening was wonderful! It was filled with the joy that so many people I hadn't seen in years were healthy and successful and alive! There are many that unfortunatly are not here with us anymore. Until recently I thought everyone that was there felt the same joy I had.

                  I was at lunch with an old friend when she asked me if I had had trouble with another girl who we were both mutual acquaintances at the reunion. I hadn't, or so I thought. Needless to say I guess there are others who haven't spent as much time as I have healing those old patterns. I was hurt to think someone could be so angered with my presence as to voice it with out provocation. It bothers me that someone's hurtful statements can still effect me, enough that I'm writing about it now.
                  So now, just before my practice I will meditate, and to my mat I will bring as many heart centered poses to my practice today and send as much love to someone that needs it.


                  Namaste

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                    • Bikram Yoga

                      November 8, 2010 at 2:57pm

                      AAAHHHhhhhhh....... What a wonderful experience!

                      I can't believe that after the many years of bringing yoga into my life and practicing regularly that today was the first time I've had the chance to practice in a heated studio. I've heard of Bikram yoga for years, seeing many programs and reading many articles on it, longing to join in a class. Being from small town Alberta unfortunately the types of classes here are limited.
                      BUT recently on of my clients mentioned that it was offered in a town which was about a 50 minute drive from where I am. I hummed and hawed over whether I should go or not and finally printed off a schedule and drove to the studio this morning.

                      Lets just say I'm glad I did!

                      I always find my practice cleansing, relaxing and detoxifying but never to this level. It was like doing yoga in a FIR sauna! Joining two of my favorite things into one I felt my mind slip into the deep meditation of sitting in the sauna while keeping my focus on the instructors voice as my body moved through the asanas. I did find my endurance in the poses to be shortened as my heart seemed to almost burst from my chest as I maintained my ugai breath within the poses. It was an incredibly wonderful feeling!
                      Afterwards my head and my heart felt light as I made the journey back home feeling totally and completely whole and alive!
                      In the past few years I've always thought of Mondays as the start of a new week, where anything is possible. Now I have even more to look forward to at the beginning of each week.

                      Namaste!

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                      • I would love to see a Bikram Yoga video on this site, but I couldn't find one. Am I missing something?

                        I've practised regularly in the past, and although it wouldn't be quite the same at home without the studio/heat, but I miss the sequence because I find it's the absolute best for my back and shoulders!

                        2 years ago in Toronto, CA

                      • Ujjayi breath raises the temperature in the body. Bikram Yoga discourages the use of Ujjayi breath since the environmental heat is so high that any additional heat is counter-indicated. If you were to do the sequence at home in a regular temperature it makes sense again.

                        2 years ago

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                      • Becoming a Vegetarian...

                        November 3, 2010 at 7:52pm

                        For some time now I have been thinking of taking the plunge and forgoing the consumption of meat. Being an omnivore since birth (which was a few years ago) I have to say there is a fear of saying not never again will I eat meat!
                        What is the fear?
                        As I think deep I'm sure its of failure...failure to commit to what I feel in my heart is what I want, or don't want in my body. I haven't eaten pork in ages, and rarely eat beef so the majority of my proteins come from chicken and fish. The biggest thing I think I would miss is the fish. Not sure if I could call myself a vegetarian if I still consumed fish but left out the rest. That is also part of my dilemma.
                        There are many other moral issues that go through my mind like the fact that I love animals and the separation between the life of an animal and what we purchase under the cellophane wrapper at the grocery store. Its just too easy to forget what these creatures have gone through. Is there life any less important just because they can't communicate verbally? These issues bothers me greatly.
                        I would love to hear from others within this community and how their journey of letting go of meat was for them. What helped, what hindered?

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                        • Hi shanh - I also struggle with the same. When I was about 15 I had my first strong desire not to eat meat. My family did not support or understand this, and it did not stick then, though I did cut down.When I moved out of the house at 19 I became a vegetarian for several years, and then later began to eat fish and chicken from time to time.I have always had a somewhat conflicted sense with this.. My body needs protein and I don't always feel I get enough from non-meat sources. As well, many naturopathic doctors today seem to think that we do need some animal protein, for optimal health, especially in light of our ancestors and how they ate. But, I have seen, and been deeply affected by, footage of how animals are treated - it is utterly appalling to say the least.Right now I eat some fish chicken - but strictly wild and organic. Have you seen the film Food Inc? Or read the book Omnivore's dilemma? Highly recommend. Perhaps it is just part of a learning curve. I share your feelings and concerns!

                          about 3 years ago

                        • Thanks for the comments everyone. I just recently purchased a book called Becoming Vegetarian by Vesanto Melina and Brenda Davis that is based on nutritional value and what your body needs when becoming vegetarian. I'm hoping that it will give some insight in the direction I want to go. At the moment I'm only eating meat at dinner time and not always enjoying it so I don't think the step would be a huge one, but a step none the less. The challenge I know with be in how others view my choices. I read an article (can't remember where at the moment) about another man's journey when he became a vegetarian and to start it was a cleanse of the body for a month after the Christmas season. He did this several times until he finally realized there was no reason to go back to eating meat. Its an approach that resonates with me. We'll see how it goes!Shannon

                          about 3 years ago in Sundre, CA

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                        • Reflecting....

                          October 31, 2010 at 1:30pm

                          This month has been filled with lessons. Life is a huge lesson but I feel this month particularly has been flooded! Served on the table is the lesson of Control. We are always trying to control almost every aspect of our lives to create calmness because we know what to expect, know what is coming rather than being surprised and having to deal with stressful situations. I think that when I become to compliant thats when everything gets shaken up.

                          This month was like an earthquake!

                          I just took a long walk trying to understand why people behave the way they do, saying hurtful things before thinking, wanting to control how the other behaves, how they perform a job, how they think things 'should' be done. And as I was reflecting I can see that what is driving me crazy in others is what I am projecting myself. I have just as much a problem with control as the people in my life who have caused the quakes these past couple of weeks. I would love to tell them how to behave, how to act, how to speak so my world becomes tranquil again..no self centeredness there at all!
                          So in my practice today and until I feel myself accepting others for their differences my intentions will be for tolerance and forgiveness of what I have no control over.

                          • Thank you Shannon. I had someone deceive me out of $50 this evening and was struggling to find peace and forgiveness. sometimes just knowing others struggle with control and forgiveness can help you gain a little perspective.

                            about a year ago in Burpengary, AU

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                          • Blah....

                            October 21, 2010 at 7:24pm

                            Every have one of those days?

                            I find that my energy level is low which makes me want to do nothing more than curl up on the couch with a glass of wine and bash through the channels. I know from experience that this will only make matters worse and accentuate the lethargic feeling. So what's up?
                            Well not my attitude the last couple of days thats for sure!
                            I have spent the day, which was hectic, making room for some asanas just to raise my energy level only to feel it crash an hour later, do 10 minutes of asanas, crash, asanas, crash! I feel like I'm on a bit of a merry go round! I've been quite physically active so its not that, so the next couple of days it will be diet and watching everything that is going into my mouth. As I think back to what I have been eating quite a lot of choices haven't been the best. I think this is what the biggest problem has been.

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                              • A beautiful day in Fall....

                                October 17, 2010 at 5:32pm

                                I am always talking about how I want to live in the moment. Today I did just that. I finished my yoga this morning in front of my large front window with the sun spilling all over me. After I was finished my energy level was calm but invigorated! One of those days where you don't over think things, and just do what you feel you need to do.

                                So I Loaded my kayak and my dog into my truck and spent the rest of the afternoon on a near by lake slowly paddling in what ever direction the kayak turned.

                                It was wonderful!

                                It was calming listening to nothing but the call of water fowl talk to one another and the sound as my paddles broke the water. With no wind and no other boats on the lake it was crystal clear, watching as the plants, lilies and the occasional pike or perch disappear under neath me. Truly living the moment!

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