New adventures in yoga

Coming to Port Colborne starting in the first week of April 2018! Yoga Truly, which has been a wonderful presence in our community on West Street for the past two years, is sadly having to close their Port Colborne studio at the end of March. They will be focusing their efforts on growing their main Grimsby location. I feel incredibly grateful that Claire, Lisa and Megan followed their hearts and brought their yoga to town to share with us. Their enthusiasm and sincere wish to bring joy and peace of mind/heart to others by teaching (and living and breathing!) their practice, has planted some wonderful seeds. And the good news is, we’re undertaking to keep the Yoga Truly spirit alive, and continue offering yoga to the PoCo tribe! Our beloved (and frankly effervescent!) teacher Megan Bennett has agreed to come to teach regular sessions! And I undertook and completed my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at YT with Claire last year, and am excited for the opportunity to teach more asana practice, along with the meditations which I have been teaching for many years, previously in Guelph and now here in the Niagara region. We’ve built a schedule of proposed classes, with times that will be familiar to those of you who practice on West Street. And the weekly meditation series will continue. We’re planning some mini-retreats and workshops too! Please read through the details below to find out what we’re preparing. I will be updating this page and the overall website in the coming days and weeks to reflect our new adventure. I’ll add better links for registration and payment etc. Your feedback is welcome! It’s a little bit different than how classes passes and memberships have been working so far. We’ll need a minimum of 6 yogis to commit to any of the class series in order to launch this full proposed schedule. Once that is up and running, we’ll have some spaces available for drop-ins, and for making up missed classes (initially this will be by reservation only). In time, we hope to build a community that can sustain a full drop-in schedule. HOW TO RESERVE A SPACE You can reserve a space yourself on an interactive calendar we’ve created over at Teamup here: OR you can download the Teamup app iOS for your iPhone or for Android and then copy and paste in the access code: ksxrt3w5nzih9njhme. Choose the series you’d like to reserve and add your name and email to the first session of that series or to one of the Saturday workshops or mini-retreats! We’ll be in touch to confirm your reservation and make payment arrangements. If you have questions or if you’d rather not deal with the calendar and would like to reserve a spot for any of the proposed series, simply call, text (numbers below) or email us at Everything is set to start the first week of April. We want to meet your needs, so please let us know if you have suggestions! Your feedback is a part of this process. We hope you’ll join us in nourishing a vibrant and happy PoCo yoga community!! Heather xo    

Love as a revolutionary act

“Forgiveness is not forgetting. Forgiveness is freedom from hate. Because when we are free from hate, we see the ones who hurt us not as monsters, but as people who themselves are wounded, who themselves feel threatened, who don’t know what else to do with their insecurity but to hurt us, to pull the trigger, or cast the boat, or pass the policy aimed at us. But if some of us begin to wonder about them, listen even to their stories, we learn that participation in oppression comes at a cost. It cuts them off from their own capacity to love.”  
  (via The Revolutionary Love Project)

Meditate + feel great!

Best new thing in my life? Yoga with Adriene! She’s wonderful! I’ve got my at home yoga practice off to fresh new year start with her TRUE: 30 Day Yoga Journey. Here’s my fav video so far:

The course is offered freely, and I would say jump in at Day 1 anytime – there’s no late to this party. I love Adriene’s calm, centred, gentle approach, and am super grateful to have found such a great way to start 2018! In her words: “Yoga is really the art of waking up. Getting back to the true you. It can be that simple. Yoga offers up a way for us to see a world that is working for you instead of against you.” (via Reddit)

Is Buddhism true? A finely woven conversation

Oh, boy, I adore the work of Sam Harris. I have been an avid fan since reading his Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, two or three years ago. I listen to pretty much every podcast Sam produces, and had the opportunity to see him live at one of his events in Toronto this past September. In this podcast, Sam speaks with Robert Wright, author of Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Their conversation is intricate, dense and finely woven. This is a ‘must listen’ for any reasonable, and reasonably serious, practitioner of Buddhism. It’s suitable whether you have years of experience with meditation, or if you’ve never meditated before and are wondering what it’s all about.  


October 2017 workshop in Guelph

Sunday October 22, 2017 | 1:00pm-4:00pm Living Yoga & Health, 102 Wyndham St. N., Guelph Treat yourself to an afternoon of quiet contemplation. This workshop will alternate between movement and stillness, combining Hanna Somatic Education with periods of seated meditation. Instead of struggling to seat ourselves in traditional meditation postures, we will unwind and release both physical and mental tension through slow and subtle movements, allowing a calmness to arise that will naturally deepen concentration and awareness.
Cost: $45 +HST For more information or to register, visit or email