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Yoga editor Ella Isakov shares: This month, I interviewed one of my teachers, Seane Corn. I went to Haiti with Seane in 2012 with “Off the Mat, Into the World”, and witnessed first-hand her dedication for justice, equality and peace. This issue, I spoke with her about what it means to be of service. Parvati Magazine: You have been teaching for over 20 years. Was there a specific moment that was a turning point for you in integrating social justice with your yoga teaching? Seane Corn: I have always beenRead More
Breath awareness offers each of us unique and profound insight into who we are and how we are feeling. It connects our inner, personal world of sensations, thoughts and experience, with the outer world that unfolds around us. One of the more introverted yoga poses, the forward bending Crab pose, is a welcome relief at the end of a busy day of “doing”. It moves your awareness away from the external and helps you develop greater internal wisdom. It is also a wonderful pose to start your day, as itRead More
Kathryn Budig is an inspiring yoga teacher, published author and wellness advocate who lives her yoga on and off the mat. Parvati Magazine’s yoga editor Ella Isakov spoke with her about what it means to step up. Parvati Magazine: You have been practicing yoga for over 20 years. You started with a teacher I studied with as well, Maty Ezraty. How has your yoga practice shifted or reinvented itself to meet you where you are in in your life? Kathryn Budig: I was such a young yogi when I practicedRead More
Each fluttering, colourful butterfly was once a caterpillar. It was not born with the beautiful wings on which it soars. Instead, it had to surrender to a great transformation to see the world in a whole new way and experience newfound freedom. In many ways, our spiritual path is like this. As one of my favorite children’s books, “Hope For The Flowers” by Trina Paulus, reminds us, we can too easily become stuck in basic survival and forget that a butterfly waits to be born within us. For some ofRead More
  With the intake of air that fills your lungs comes the accompanying power of the force of life itself. Your breath ebbs and flows, as do day and night, the sun and the moon, the leaves on the trees, and the waves along the ocean’s body. As you befriend your breath, you learn to feel its rise and fall as an effortless expression not just of your human experience, but as a source of connection to a much greater whole. We can find a sense of presence through ourRead More
This month, Parvati Magazine yoga editor Ella Isakov spoke with Amy Ippoliti, a yoga teacher who has dedicated her life to keeping people curious about themselves and conscious of the world around them. Parvati Magazine: You discovered yoga as a teenager. What has kept you inspired on this path of yoga and spirituality? Amy Ippoliti: It’s definitely been both my teachers and my students who keep me most inspired to stay on the path. My teachers have shown me that there is an infinite body of knowledge to tap intoRead More
Ella Isakov, Yoga Editor: It is an absolute pleasure to interview Tias Little. This life-long student blends the wisdom of multiple schools of thought, bringing diversity and depth to his yoga teaching. Parvati Magazine: You have been practicing yoga and meditation for over 35 years. How has it created a sense of ahimsa (non-harming) within yourself? Tias Little: Ahimsa is the beginning of yoga training, missed out by many in the yoga industry these days. People are more concerned with becoming more flexible. But Ahimsa requires not pushing oneself intoRead More
When a towel is overloaded, you twist it to wring it out. Twists in a yoga practice are similar to this for our nervous system. They reset the firing signals and impulses that initiate our patterns of thoughts, movement and behaviour. Because of this, twists are like engaging a wellness refresh button for our body/being. The following lying twist exercise is safe for anyone who has a healthy spine. If you are suffering from any form of disc inflammation or herniation, do this with much caution, or not at all.Read More
Thirteen years ago I began my longest relationship to date, the one steady constant in my life, my relationship with yoga. For the first couple of years it was casual, mostly flirting now and then when opportunity arose. Then when I moved back to Canada from overseas, I decided to give it a real go, and the rest is history as they say. It was a love affair like no other. Being an ashtangi, we spent several hours together each day, and it wasn’t always pretty, happy or kind, butRead More
Next to our shoulders, one of the tightest muscles in our body is often our hamstrings. We spend a lot of our time sitting, causing these long, powerful muscles to atrophy. Some people are born with naturally flexible hamstrings, while the rest of us need to put in a bit of effort to keep the stabilizing gems long and supple. If you have ever taken a yoga or exercise class that included hamstring stretching, you likely know that there is no muscle that can bring up issues of frustration moreRead More