25 Sep 2014

So you're all blissed out after that yoga festival, now what?


You were there, you did it. Oodles of yoga class, met new friends, added to your mala collection, ate delicious vegan foods, and now you are buzzing with life.  All the promises of a festival were met with a bang to the body and heart.

Now, you’re home and the reality of home life is proving to be a hard transition with your new found high and remembrance of your true joyful nature.

You notice that your partner walks heavy and it irritates you, your kids which you love and adore seem to screech loudly, the fridge has no raw or life-giving foods, everything is becoming a bummer. And worse the monkey mind has seemed to returned with an assortment of thoughts such as 

‘My partner just doesn’t get me, we aren’t on the same vibe.’

‘I need a new job, my current one doesn’t lift me up, I think i wanna be a yoga instructor'

‘I’m gonna take up kirtan and travel the world'

Balancing your yoga festival buzz can be difficult to keep once you walked into the front door and back into your 'real' life. There are a few things I highly recommend to get rooted back into home life after an out-of-this-world yogic experience.


Get grounded right away. I suggest pizza. Yes, it can cause havoc on your gluten free, dairy free, wheat free, fat free digestive tract but it will ground you. It will help you sleep and land you back in reality. It is a comfort food and while some of my yogi fiends will disagree with me, I find there is nothing better then eating a great margarita pizza to get grounded. That or potatoes or peorgies, really anything that is considered rajas, heavy and oily.

Have sex. Connect with your partner. While you’ve off hugging everyone else for 8 seconds and feeling the good vibes, your partner was probably minding the home front, cleaning up, looking after the kids, driving them around and all the jobs you normally do so you'd be able to get your bliss on. It’s time to get connected with the one who supports you on your wunderlusting wanderings. Get intimate and bring them into your world. Don’t expect them to know how you feel, but share the bliss by breathing together and nourishing one another between the sheets.

Don’t try to do too much the next day, even if you are feeling like a superhero (a superhero with tight hamstrings, mind you.) Your body just went through the equivalent to a full car detailing, a complete cleansing of internal and outer bodily realms. Allow yourself the time and space to soak it up and savour the fabulous moments you had, cause you did, have a whole bunch of fabulous moments, right?! That's why you are buzzing and now trying to deal with what we consider a mundane life after the amazing heart-opening experience of the yoga festival.


Your yoga festival experience is designed to lift you up. It is supposed to inspire you, touch deep into the inner realms of the heart and connect you on a plane that we don't always experience in our day to day living. The point is we can take that feeling away with us into our daily lives, holding it dearly in our hearts, remembering that connection is a part of us. We are supposed to inspire after a festival and allow it to seep into moments back into our reality real world, such as being stuck in traffic or when the dog poops (again) in the living room. These memories are available to be called upon and fill you up; its important to remember those and your life around that also fills you up every day and moment of your life.



Tahnee Fournier, ERYT-500 with 15 years of teaching experience nationally and internationally is known for being inspiring and devotional to the practice.  Currently she co-directs the yoga teacher training program at Bliss Living and Yoga in Grand Cayman, is an ambassador for Daub & Design and Manduka Yoga and has online yoga videos with YOGO.TV while calling Saskatchewan home.
Tahnee is a Mother, an urban priestess, jewellery designer, an equestrian, wine-lover and loves to collaborate with incredible human beings on projects that invoke joy, love and laughter.

15 Sep 2014

THE SPACE BETWEEN

Words: Lynette Suchar - Image: Tamara Michelle Photography
In yoga, sometimes my favourite moments are the spaces in between a pose. I crave that pause, that “pose” between a pose. That pause seems to happen so naturally, a reprieve for a breath or two. It’s almost like life freezes for a moment, like all thoughts disappear, until movement carries me away again. Breath is the constant throughout your yoga practice. Breath carries you from one pose to the next. Through each transition, each posture, each pause, our breath supports us from stillness to movement. The pauses are possible because of our breath, steady gaze, and strong foundation. Consider these three elements when flowing through your vinyasa (movement with breath) practice:

1 - As we transition from posture to posture, remember to come back to your inhale and exhale. Breath is the first tool you can cultivate in your practice. It is often the first one that we forget and we end up holding our breath as we hold our pose. Remember that with inhale comes expansion and the creation of space. On the exhale comes the grounding and the surrender. Let your breath fuel your movement and when you find yourself in a pause between two poses, drink in the breath and let any tension soften on the exhale.


2 - Find the softness within. Whether still or moving from pose to pose, find your drishti, or one spot to focus on. This one-pointed gaze will help you stay present in your movements and pauses. If we start looking around, our mind, body, and breath are distracted. As you fix your attention to one spot, allow your eyes to be soft. Move through your practice and settle into the pauses with a gentle determination. You can be strong and soft. Notice how allowing that softness into your eyes and jaw changes the space between a pose.


3) Root down to flow and grow. Another element that will give your practice stability and strength is to find a strong foundation. Find stability and equanimity wherever your body is touching the ground, and from there grow tall. This foundation can be applied whether you’re on your feet or upside down, whether you’re flowing from Updog to Downdog or holding Warrior Two. Root down to grow tall.

Find your breath, a gentle gaze, and your stable foundation in between each pose and you have three tools to guide you through the stillness and the transitions on and off the mat.

2 Sep 2014

DISCOVERING MY SOUL'S VOICE THROUGH KIRTAN



My kirtan practice has helped me discover and express my soul's voice. It's given me the courage to get past my fears and do what I love full-time as a business. ~copyright by Beth Martens 

As a mantra singer, voice liberator, archetype and business coach I love, love investing my time in passionate, edge-pushing and right-brained women entrepreneurs, particularly when they have a rebel flair. Because femme-preneurs are called to be extra courageous with their voice and take daily risks to be seen and heard, I am attracted to their immense vulnerability, beauty and potential for having a lot of impact. No one tells them what to do, they tell themselves.
I discovered my soul’s voice - telling me what to do, calling me, romancing me, making unreasonable demands of me - over eight trips to India to study ancient mantras, yoga and meditation. Not to mention a 3 year battle with cancer I wasn’t supposed to survive and the rebirth of valuing my life’s work through a business in the spiritual arts and teaching women to be valued for their unique super-powers.
From the moment I began to sing and meditate on sanskrit mantras, I was clear they were magic keys for me - for abundance, for strength, for peace, for clearing the path to right action. I didn't know I was going to be called to use mantras and my voice to literally save my life and to navigate the subjects for which I had little affection and a lot of fear, such as death, conventional business, money and the world of it.
Practicing and leading kirtan led effortlessly to stillness in my thoughts, breath and emotions. Singing kirtan gave me profound peace without having to impose my will over the rapid-fire action of my thinking mind and all the feelings that go along with it. It was an open doorway to a happiness I hadn’t yet experienced that transcended the regular ups and downs of day-to-day life. It didn’t require a big sweat, a big set up, a lot of space. But it did require courage - to get up in front of people and either perform the music that it inspired me to write and record, and to lead others in finding their soul’s voice as well.
Why is it a magic elixir for making courageous moves in the world? Kirtan helped me build up my fifth (throat) chakra, and I don’t mean that it just strengthened my vocal cords. It also built up the emotional & spiritual muscle it takes to put myself out there, to give it up, to let what’s in my heart bubble up into a creation of some kind. It’s scary because once a creation leaves your lips, you cannot retrieve it. You can’t take it back. You can’t send it back for corrections. If it wasn’t “perfect,” it’s out there, at the mercy of people’s kindness, not to mention ones own.
Singing mantras empowered me to have an authentic voice, to speak my truth and to get in alignment with my soul’s calling. Now more than a decade after surviving cancer, I am a rebel-passionate leader of women entrepreneurs, empowering them to work with archetypes and their authentic voice before the stakes get as high as they did for me.