We’re so excited to be teaching weekly hoopdance classes once again with Infinity Hoopdance! There are 4 classes to choose from, something for every hooper!
On Monday nights we will be at our beautiful new location, Meadowlark Community Hall, with gorgeous high ceilings and surround sound!
There will be a beginner class from 6:00-7:30 and our new multi level flow class from 7:45- 9:15! Beginner classes will The multi level class will have less emphasis on tricks, with more exercises designed to help you dance your essence and find your flow.
We will still be running our Thursday night classes at King Edward Hall in Bonnie Doon, with the beginner class running from 6:00 pm to 7:30, and the Intermediate/Advanced class from 7:45 to 9:15. The intermediate/advanced class is suitable for anyone who has taken two beginner series, or is quite comfortable with off and on body tricks.
All classes have an emphasis on deepening your connection to your body, mind and soul, offering you opportunities to dance your essence, while partnering with your hoop. Every class will begin with a short centering meditation, guided movement exercises, instruction on new tricks and some jam time to simply dance and play!
We’ve been spending a glorious summer teaching hoop dance at YMCA out of school care programs all over Edmonton during the days, and we’re thrilled to be offering a few exciting evening hoop dance classes this August. There are still a few spaces left for these classes, but our beginner hoop dance class is sold out, and we won’t be surprised if these fill up quickly!
– Multi Level Twins & Minis – August 20 @ 7:45-9:45pm
– Flips, Folds & Fancy Flails – August 27 @ 7-9pm
CHILDREN’S HOOPING WORKSHOP:
– Hooping for Kids! – August 20 @ 6-7:30pm
Are you ready to take your off body twin hooping to the next level? This class will be full of drills, thrills and challenges for both the beginner and intermediate twin spinner. We will be exploring things like weaves, caps, flowers and more!
Prerequisites: Forward and Backward weaves with ONE hoop
– Thursday, August 20
– 7:45-9:45 pm
– King Edward Park Hall (7708-85 Street)
– $25 before August 10 using the coupon code “SUMMER2015″
– $30 after August 10 or without code
This multilevel hoop workshop is all about adding a little more pizazz to your practice. Axis flips, twists, Z-spins and folds all add dynamic flair to your movements, and will seriously spice up your transitions between planes.
Prerequisite: Basic vertical and horizontal hand hooping
– Thursday, August 27
– 7-9 pm
– King Edward Park Hall (7708-85 Street)
– $25 before August 17 using the coupon code “SUMMER2015″
– $30 after August 17 or without code
In this play shop, children aged 8-12 will be introduced to both on and off body hooping and will also be taken through a series of movement exercises and games that are designed to gain them proficiency in hoop dance while exploring creative movement and storytelling with their hoops! This workshop is suitable for all levels.
– Thursday, August 20
– 6-7:30 pm
– King Edward Park Hall (7708-85 Street)
– $17 before August 10 using the coupon code “HOOPKIDS2015″
– $20 after August 10 or without code
Can you feel the amazing energy of this month already?
When I sat down to meditate this morning, my entire being was captivated by this joyful, swirling, expansive energy that I could feel spread out before me. June is going to be a crazy, beautiful month full of all the things I love. I have this week to prepare and ground myself for all the awesome that’s in store. We’re kicking the whole month off with the full moon in Sagittarius (Sun in Gemini), which adds an fantastic expansive, inspired, yet lighthearted quality to the energy right now. If you’re interested in more about that, here’s Lisa Michael’s with how you can work effectively with the energy.
For a peek into some of the numerology of the month, here’s Kari Samuel’s Joyful June Forecast:
She says your adventures this month are sure to put a smile on your face. That’s a given, Kari. I’m so excited about all of it. She also shared 5 things to do to have a magical month: Try new things, socialize, learn (through your five senses), have fun and express yourself. Since I’m spending all month teaching, learning and dancing at different festivals and schools, I think I have all of those covered.
Spin Out is happening June 12th to 15th. I love this festival because you get to do all the things!!! It’s billed as summer camp for grown ups. It’s a magical place full of fun, friends and fire. Also, I get to play in the kitchen since my husband is catering again (and I get to help plan the menu, yay!!)
I’ll be at Elysium Music and Arts Festival in Saskatchewan, June 26th to 29th, offering workshops in hoop dance, movement meditation and conscious dance and then barely home to catch my breath and do laundry before heading up north to my favorite festival of all time, Astral Harvest, July 2nd to 5th. I’m beyond excited for this one, where for the first time I’ll be facilitating a conference (Energy Balancing with the Elements) as well as offering a Twins hoop dance workshop.
There’s a lot coming up, but I feel inspired rather than overwhelmed. The full moon right now is also empowering me to let go of some old ideas and projects that I was still clinging to. Some of you might know I wrote a book last year, and I have been sending query letters out to agents, but my heart really hasn’t been in it. I realized today that I don’t actually want to get the book published. I’m so glad I wrote it, but it’s full of old energy and I want to release the past and free myself up to concentrate on a whole lot of new, exciting projects that are filling my heart with joy. Even though I always want to do all the things, I know that I have to do some pruning, so I am releasing projects are no longer jiving with where I’m at right now.
There is some exciting stuff on the burner, so stay tuned for announcements, and enjoy Joyful June! Do those things that make your heart sing! Then do more of that!
I woke up at 8 am this morning, lazed in bed reading, got up to eat breakfast and then found myself back on my bed petting a cat. One thing led to another and suddenly I was back under my covers. I finished one book and started another, enjoying the warmth of being sandwiched between two sleeping cats.
As I lay there, every so often I would think to myself, “You really should get up…” but I really didn’t want to . I passed several hours this way, enjoying it while another part of myself berated my laziness. An ongoing fight I have with myself whenever I relax when I “could” be working. I’m always afraid if I give in to my impulses I might never get out of bed again. An object at rest stays at rest, etc. I always forget I am not some kind of perpetual motion machine, and that sometimes humans need downtime in order to be productive, especially after teaching 11 hoop classes in two days (I taught my first kids workshops and they were fantastic, but exhausting). I’ve been working on releasing guilt about taking down time for myself, but like all things, it’s a work in progress.
The thing is though, after a couple hours of serious chillaxing, I got up, got dressed and went for a run. After this post, I plan on taking a yoga class, doing dishes, making lunch and setting off to my afternoon appointments.
Being lazy for a couple hours set me up to be far more joyfully productive for the rest of the day, rather than dragging myself through my obligations. It always does, and I have never really gotten ‘stuck’ on lazy (not for more than a day or two). Why do I continue to resist, when I know it’s all just part of the natural cycle of my energy flow?
Lessons surrounding this resistance keep coming up for me. A few days ago, Danielle Laport wrote an amazing piece on what happens to you after a breakthrough (You shrink after you expand, but don’t worry, not all the way back to baseline). The main takeaway for me was to be gentle with myself after doing something major. A little downtime is required and perfectly appropriate.
A day or two before reading that article, I pulled some Goddess cards for myself, and the card for my future was Maeve:
The Celtic Goddess who asks us to honor our cycles and rhythms. She reminds us that there is a cycle to all of creation, even to the sun, the moon and the stars. Why should we be worried or upset when we have the cycles of energy as well. She asks us to honor them, and understand they are a sacred part of our experience.
I’m trying, Maeve, I really am. Riding the waves, and enjoying the highs, and allowing myself to accept and even embrace and enjoy the lows as well. Snuggling with kitties and reading is a whole lot more enjoyable when I admit that it’s just as important and productive as anything else I could be doing. RnR is an essential part of life.
I am so grateful to have had the time to do some of my favorite things, finding balance between work and rest, expansion and contraction, and allowing time to integrate all of the awesome.
What’s your favorite way of resting, relaxing and renewing yourself? Do you ever feel guilty about it? If so, stop it! Stop it right now, and let’s relax together so we have enough steam to light up the world and do all the things!
May is here, and it finally, legitimately, feels like winter is truly behind us (of course it just might snow once more on May long weekend, to the chagrin of campers out for the first time of the season).
With May comes Beltane, the fertility festival halfway between the Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice! This is the time when the Sun and Earth, God and Goddess unite in a sacred dance that creates life. The joint forces of the masculine and feminine principles are the fuel for all of creation. This is where the tradition of the Maypole comes from, by the way. Often celebrated May 1st, this year, the exact astrological point of Beltane is May 6th. My elemental mentor Lisa Michaels details more about Beltane on her blog here, including how you can use these energies to fuel your creations. This is a great time to check in with the intentions you planted during the winter solstice, and you can use the fiery, grounded energy of this time to fuel them.
A perfect way to honor the marriage of Earth, the physical realm and Fire, the action realm is to dance. To be action embodied, in celebration of life itself. This year, to celebrate, I danced wearing as many flowers as I could to represent the blossoming season. Yes, my flowery plants were falling down, but I was having too much fun to stop. How will you be celebrating the start of our summer growing season and the sacred marriage of the divine masculine and feminine?
Another 21 day meditation with Oprah and Deepak, another transcendent experience on the first couple days.This journey is called Manifesting True Success. I think I made it there on the first try.
Seriously guys, it couldn’t have been any crazier. I went on an intense trip, beyond any non-hypnosis meditations I’ve done. I was not quite prepared for the all the awesome, nor did I expect success to look quite like this:
Day one”s mantra was Sheevo Hum, I am Infinity.
Here are the words I wrote immediately after my first meditation, while I was still flying high in an incredibly altered state of consiousness:
As I settled into silently repeating the mantra in my mind, I was immediately transported to a dimension where was consciousness without boundary. I became more fully identified with the infinite than I ever have before. It was…. all that is.
I first felt my being as I have felt it before, as a conduit to direct, focus and channel energy throughout creation. Then, I felt myself as the source of that energy. It was in the shape of a Torus field, constantly replenishing itself.
Then, I felt my consciousnesses outside of creation, outside of time and physical/mental/causal dimensions. Outside of it all. I was, with my cosmic breath, exhaling all of the multi-verse into being, and collapsing it into itself on the inhalation. Each breath cycle was epoch and eons of time. Trillions and trillions of years inside, yet I was outside of time, and experience it all simultaneously. The rise and fall of countless, infinite civilizations happening in an instant. I felt myself divided into each soul having an experience outside myself, and then returning to merge into oneness.
Each soul, my child, my brother and sister, father and mother and own self, expanding and contracting in awareness and essence.
Infinity, I am.
We are all that which is.
The separation between you, I and all that is exists only within time and creation. Outside of time, it is all just me. Just you. Just one singular oneness from which all is birthed and all shall return.
Source is us. We are here to experience creation on a smaller scale, to play, to learn, to live, laugh, love, grow and cry. To separate and return. To experience just for experience’s sake. Infinite truly is all that is, and you are all of that, but it is love’s essence. The love of a mother for all that is.
I should meditate more often, but then again, it’s perfect that I don’t, because each time I return to the practice I becomes far more intense as I bring everything I have experienced into the moment with me.
It is all perfect.
I now know truly, who I am. Who we all are. I am so blessed and grateful to have seen through to this level. To have felt it viscerally. My love for all of creation multiplied an infinite number of times through this experience. Whew. How can I feel anything but love now that I have felt that consuming, abiding love of source (my source, our source).
Damn, that was great Oprah and Deepak. I should send y’all a card.
Today’s mediation was Ahem Prema, I am love. When I closed my eyes this time, I spend a few minutes enjoying a fuzzy warm love bubble that surrounded me, before I slipped again into infinite consciousness. I was once again outside of the multi-verse, breathing it in and out of existence, but this time as I inhaled, and everything in existence contracted and was drawn into me, it was the most gloriously beautiful, ecstatic feeling. I had always imagined the eventual contraction and collapse of the universe as a cold and sad thing, but it was just the opposite. It is a joyous return to oneness! Every piece of matter and mind that was separate felt the yearning and the pull towards source, as it rushed in faster and faster. As we ultimately became one the feeling of wholeness was beyond anything I could possibly ever describe. That pause between breaths is perfection and lasted an eternity.
When I exhaled and birthed all the universes into form once again, it was in an exhilarating rush outwards, towards expansion, exploration and freedom. The overriding feeling behind every breath, every moment was of perfect love. I wasn’t prepared for another mystical experience before my morning coffee, however, I’m always grateful to be blindsided by the light and love of all that is.
So thank you Deepak and Oprah, for creating the space for me to experience Infinite Love As I AM, as we all truly are. It’s definitely redefined the definition of true success for me.
This spring, we’re happy to be joining forces with Infinity Hoopdance, teaching her weekly hoop dance series while Nina is out traveling and gathering new hoop dance and facilitation skills to bring back to Edmonton.
The beginner class is SOLD OUT (contact Nina to be placed on the waitlist) but there are still spaces left in the Intermediate and Advanced class.
I’m so excited to share a weekly space with beautiful hooperbeings. We will be exploring lots of interesting tricks, but more importantly to me, hoop dance concepts.
There is so much more to moving with a hoop than just trick and techniques. We will dive into self expression, storytelling and
flow using 7 elements as an archetypal structure and guide on our seven week journey. Through the series we will play with the concepts of earth, air, water, fire, space, light and sound. These elements will inform what we focus on each day.
I can’t wait to dance with you!
BEGINNER HOOPDANCE: (SOLD OUT: Contact Nina for waiting list)
Thursdays, March 19 – April 30 from 6 – 7:30pm
INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED HOOPDANCE:
Thursdays, March 19 – April 30 from 7:45 – 9:30 pm
All classes will be at King Edward Park Hall (7708-85 St) near Whyte Ave/Bonnie Doon
These classes fill up fast. Reserve your space here!
I got more work done on my cosmic ascension butterflies tattoo the other day (Butterflies with motherf***** stars in them, Yo!)
While I’m so happy to be putting this symbolic art on my body because it’s thrilling, exciting and awesome, it’s also kinda painful. That’s the beauty of tattoos. They, like so many other of the good things in life (the things worth doing) require some pain before you get to the beauty.
You have to suffer for this particular art, at least, a little bit.
It actually didn’t hurt as much as the first session, where one of the butterflies on my shoulder blade was right over a nerve bundle that made my leg spasm.
This was still a little unpleasant though, as repeatedly scrapping your skin with needles to inject ink tends to be. I wanted to be present for the process, rather than checked out, which was really my only option since I don’t happen to have any crazy painkillers (although if you happen to want to share, I can give you my mailing address).
Anyway, as I love to experiment (and had little else to do), I played with several different kinds of meditation and mental games to play with the pain.
I tried various relaxation, self hypnosis and breathing techniques which definitely helped, I did some Reiki on myself, which seemed difficult, and I also let my mind wander, which was the most enjoyable when I relaxed enough to really dive into my imagination. I wound up flying around in the field of stars that was being tattoo’d on me, but that only worked for a little while (it was fun while it lasted though)
My cosmic flight came to an end and I came back into my body when I needed to shift positions and stretch. I couldn’t quite get back there, and was wondering where else to visit when a mental picture of a friend randomly popped into my head. I spontaneously sent that person all my love both from my heart and from a cosmic source that’s easily tapped into. I saw them covered in these brilliant wavy cartoon like lines and triangles of light, and could tell they were just soaking it up.
Another friend popped into my mind and I sent them all my love as well, seeing it, and feeling it deeply. I noticed then that the pain had faded way into the background, as things are wont to do when you are no longer focusing on them.
So, I kept at it for quite some time, sending love and light to my family, my friends, different places and finally the whole world. As I was absorbed in my love, I barely felt the tattoo.. What I did feel was warm fuzzies, all over, like being cocooned in a love blanket.
I’m sure distracting myself in any way would help with pain, but sending love was more than just a distraction. It gave me something constructive to do, something to focus on. We all talk about love and light a lot. So much so, that I think it’s easy to forget their awesome power. I’m super grateful for this experience reminding me again, that they are the best drugs. As the master philosopher’s in The Beatles sang: Love is all you need. Unless you have access to good pharmaceuticals. They would probably help too.
Being nice holds the key to the highest dimensions in the universe. It’s how you raise your vibration, which seems to be everyone’s goal these days as we talk of the approaching ascension of humanity.
The funny thing is, it’s not about just being nice to others. In fact, that’s secondary to being nice to yourself.
I’m still working on being there 100%, but it has been one of my main goals as of late. That’s why my focus has been on radical self care, self love and loving kindness and compassion to one’s own self. My work as of late, my workshops, one on one sessions and retreats often have this focus, because honestly, I don’t think there’s anything more important in the world. I have learned through trial and error, and especially during my year of listening to my body that radical self care, and supporting the self care of other light workers is my mission on earth.
Every being in the cosmos is a beautiful, sparkly, radiant being made of light. We forget that sometimes while we’re down here in the mud. Remembering that our only real duty as humans is to shine our light, as brightly as we can has brought it all into focus… We get there through loving kindness, otherwise known as being nice. Nice doesn’t always sound like much, but trust me it’s the key to it all…
You don’t have to take my word for it though, here is an amazing video from Matt Khan, from True Divine Nature, who always takes whatever my soul is experiencing and describing it far more eloquently (and with less cursing, but just as much humor) as I would. Using metaphors of bank accounts and sailing ships, Matt breaks down how being nice to yourself gives you access to the keys to the universe (which is dressed up as the innocent child in your heart who happens to hold said key).
Here is more magic from the Love Revolution and the secret to raising your vibration in one simple step:
I can’t recommend watching this video and subscribing to his newsletter and facebook page enough. Matt is a master, constantly sharing the highest spiritual wisdom in down to earth, easy to understand ways. He is a Leader in the Love Revolution, and a guide to the first wave of ascension of humanity to the fifth dimension. His wisdom come directly from source, the highest realms and is really nothing but love speaking in human form.
All my love to you all, to your hearts and to mine.
Viva the Love revolution ❤
PS- If you’re interested in wanting to do something nice for yourself, and for your heart, you might want to check out our Radiant Soul Retreat. Attending is an act of radical self care, loving kindness and supreme niceness.
Yesterday, we started working on a Tattoo I’ve been dreaming of for ages.
This is the very top of it. We’ll be working our way down, and I won’t unveil the rest until it’s completely finished, say 10 hours in the studio from now (who knows how many months that will be).
I’m so happy with it though I wanted to give you a sneak peak. You are those butterflies, with the stars inside, learning to fly. This tattoo represents all of us, and the cosmic greatness within that just can’t help but shine forth!