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Karma Teachers Campaign 2016 | SpiritMAMA Blog

Karma Teachers Campaign 30 Day Yoga Challenge Winners!

Hey everyone! Our campaign for Karma Teachers is now complete. All in we raised $780 for my campaign. So far all of our mini-campaigns in the Karma community have raised over $10,000! That’s so awesome. We didn’t get to the big prize of giving away a teacher training but it is time to give away all of the other gifts given to the campaign by my sponsors. Thanks sponsors! Since Foxy and I have been so sick, we had to put off doing the draw until today – I thought the two of us were on the mend enough to make a small video so – Fox drew the names for the winners of each of the 4 weeks in my campaign. Thanks Foxy! It’s hard to see in the video, but he drew the names out of a big silver bowl. They were all folded up so we couldn’t see which names were on them. So… drumroll please.. the winners for my 30 day yoga challenge and Karma teachers campaign are as follows: Haha! …

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Karma Teachers Campaign Week Four

Happy Family Day in BC! And welcome to Day 22 of my Karma Teachers campaign. Auspiciously, 11 days left, my favourite number. A prefect day to announce my next gift for all you donors (and would be donors). I’m very excited about this gift – it’s so lovely and so aligns with the spirit of this campaign. So I present to you, the Sea Lioness Mala, made by Mika Mala! From her website: Sea Lioness mala supports you with Courage to deep dive into the watery world of your emotions to uncover the Treasure of your Authentic Truth. She helps you remember who you are Mermaid Goddess; you were born to Breathe Truth & Love into all situations so that you can be Free. Your body is your Temple and you are the Ocean. The mala is strung with 108 – 8mm beads of clear quartz, faceted Brazilian aquamarine, matte Amazonite, white shell, sandalwood, shimmery gold spacer beads and finished with a the MiKA Egyptian Sun Lion. Just stunning isn’t she? Donate to week 4 …

Karma Teachers Campaign Day 20

Saturday morning! I had a lovely long 1.5 hour session on my mat, then a walk to get a latte. Sun is shining. Perfection. This class is from the book, Yoga Mind Body and Spirit by Donna Farhi. This book was my very first introduction to yoga back 2001. It taught me about proper alignment, breathing cues and how the body works with yoga. Donna is a hatha yoga practitioner and teacher so one thing I noticed when I started to branch out to vinyasa was the difference in timing. I worked from this book for many years before moving out into classes. In Donna’s sequences she holds poses for 3-5 minutes, whereas with vinyasa you hold for 5 – 8 breaths, no-where near as long. In this videos you can see which poses I’m holding for several minutes. It can be quite intense! I always think it’s funny when people say hatha is like ‘baby-yoga’ or that it’s too easy. I always think, they must be in a beginners class. In my experience, intermediate to …

Karma Yoga Challenge Week 3 – Win Vancouver Neighbourhoods Goodies and the New Joel Fafard Album

Good morning. Day 18 ya’ll. This morning I had a nice long #meditation session. This is also #yoga! As promised here are the gifts for the Karma Teachers Week 3 draw. This week I have a couple of different things from friends. First off, from my friend Cathy at State Creative Group​, a sample bag of goodies from her newest project, The Vancouver Shop. From the website: The Vancouver Neighbourhoods Project is a collection of logos designed to showcase all the distinct neighbourhoods and communities that make up our pretty city. The products we create for the Vancouver Shop are based on those designs.    Next, a new album by Joel Fafard​! He’s an award-winning guitarist who performs Southern roots and blues classics with the soul of a purist and the showmanship of a seasoned entertainer. And when he lets rip a solo on his resonator guitar, it’s easy to hear how he once earned both a Juno nomination and a Western Canadian Music Award. And he’s a super nice guy on top of all …

Karma Teachers Campaign Day 17 – Sun Salutations Expansion

I was feeling a little bit nervous about practicing today because I’ve been sick for so long. I wasn’t sure what style would be good for my body. I came to the mat and meditated on it for a while, as I do every morning, and it came to me to do my own class. This would allow me the flexibility to do what felt right in the moment, rather than being guided by a teacher. Today I did my own class with the help of one of my bibles, Yoga Mind Body and Spirit by Donna Farhi. I love her! I did 10 or so rounds of sun salutations with poses added poses in the middle. The Classic Sun Salutation (Sun Sal C) goes like this: Mountain Upward Salute Forward fold Left leg lunge Downward dog Plank Four Limbed staff (low pushup) Cobra or upward facing dog Downward dog Right leg lunge Fold Upward Salute Mountain Sun Sals are cycles. You come back to the beginning and then repeat as many times as you feel you …

Karma Teachers Campaign Week Three

I thought I’d publish my campaign video here in case people aren’t clicking through to the actual campaign page. Plus hi! It’s always interesting I think, to ‘see’ the people behind the writing in the blogosphere. I’m raising $3000 in the next 33 days, to benefit Karma Teachers Centre for Yoga and Meditation. This non-profit yoga college and studio, located near Main and Hastings in Vancouver BC, is not your usual spa-like yoga studio. More like an ashram, it’s run by volunteers and devotees of yoga. It’s the first of its kind, offering a full schedule of daily free or by donation yoga classes and full and partial scholarships for yoga teacher training. I graduated from Karma this past spring. The training was stellar with excellent teachers and weekly mentors from around the yoga community in the lower mainland. I volunteered for 6 months at the studio as well and I can tell you, Karma is the real deal. They work from the heart. Their mission, true to the original teachings of yoga, is to serve the community. Donate …

Karma Teachers Campaign Day 16 – Easing Back Into Practice with Yin

Wow! It’s day 16 already! I’ve been sick for days and days so mot much yoga going on. Happy to finally be back at my mat. Today I eased back into practice with a Yin class with Bernie Clark via Gaia TV. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Yin, it’s a very slow practice where poses are held for several minutes. It does not build heat in the body, which is why I’m using blankets in this video. Yin targets the fascia and tendons (Yin materials) rather than the muscles (Yan materials). It’s a deep release practice that can be quite intense – as intense sometimes as it is NOT vigorous. I like to do gentle Yin when I am sick, or exhausted and depleted. Bernie Clark is a Canadian teacher, the author of one of the Yin bibles, ‘Yin Yoga, Principles and Practice’. SO great to able to do a class with him! Here’s a link to the class. It’s called Mindfulness Directed at the Body. Lots of backbends – which leave …

Karma Teachers Campaign Day 9 – Breakfast Yoga

A short but sweet class from Giselle Mari via Gaia TV. So hard to get out of bed to the mat in the mornings! But we can do it right? It’s always worth the effort. This morning I fell over in my head stand! Ouch. Here’s Giselle’s class. It was ok. Not good or bad. Just a kind of wake me up so, so class. That’s not on Giselle – she’s very knowledgable! It just wasn’t exactly what I needed this morning. I feel like I could go back to the mat for more – but work calls! Ah doesn’t it always? Here’s her website. Don’t forget to donate to my Karma Teachers campaign from Jan 18 to Feb 16th, to be entered into draws for lovely free gifts and a free 200 hour Karma Teachers, Yoga Alliance approved, Teacher Training! Check out my campaign page for more info and to donate. Karma Teachers Centre for Yoga and Meditation

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Karma Yoga Challenge Week 2 – Win Organic Skincare Hand-crafted in Vancouver

Announcing my second sponsor for our Karma Teachers fundraising campaign – Chéile Skincare! Chéile (pronounced kay-la) is the Irish word meaning harmony, and to be in balance. It is accompanied by the Native American symbol for Harmony. Our Philosophy is Simple. Pure and Natural Ingredients, in simple but effective formulations, that work in harmony with your skin. Run by one of the lovely mum’s at Fox’s school, this skincare is beautiful and made by hand. Jessica has created a yoga box just for us, it contains two aromatherapy balms and an essential oil soy massage candle.  Donate to my campaign this week to win this hand-crafted loveliness, a true self-care ritual in the making! Visit my campaign page to donate. Find me on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on the campaign. Remember, donate the full $90 (or $30 per month for 3 months), to be entered to win a 200 Hour, Yoga Alliance approved, Karma Teachers yoga ‪#‎TeacherTraining‬! Worth $3500 🙂

Karma Teachers Campaign Day 8 – Persistence

I didn’t post a video over the weekend. I did yoga out at a studio on Saturday and then Sunday I kept it to meditation for half an hour. This is also yoga. Today I slept in and did my session at 9:30am instead of 6:30am. I have to say – what a difference! I’m thinking 6:30 isn’t my magical yoga hour. Later in the morning I am so much more focused, physically stable and grounded. Better able to take in the teachings and listen to my inner voice deeply. Altogether much more enjoyable yoga! Not sure what to do about that though – being a busy self-employed mama, 6:30 is usually the only time slot I have for a class. Hmmm, decisions decisions. For my class today, I wanted something longer and challenging. I feel refreshed from a little break over the weekend and renewed from last week’s fatigue – so of course I picked one from one of my teachers, Michael Olivotto from Karma Teachers. He’s a super strong teacher and his classes always …