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Living Yoga in Nicaragua

Eye opening, heart centering, laughter stimulating, and physically restoring. How a group of nine from Grey Bruce practiced Living Yoga in Nicaragua.

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Love Versus Kindness

If you find it difficult to show your love – to self and to others – this article might give some insights. Shannon talks about how replacing the word love with kindness has shifted her perception.

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Finding a Balance: Perfect Posture

Sometimes it takes an outer eye to point out our alignment of body or mind. On Friday June 20th we had Chiropractor Lindsay Johnston come in to facilitate a lecture and practice called ‘Finding a Balance’…

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Party on at Tone!

For our kids, birthdays are magic! They wait for them, and anticipate them, and dream about them. It is our chance to honor the work, and play, of growing up and maturing. When we invite yoga into the experience we are also able to help our children slow down, be present and savor the magic.

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What I didn’t Learn in Bali

…How to forget everything I knew, and remember everything I had forgotten about the mysterious nature of this world. It was a melting pot of recollections from curiosity I inhabited in the lifetime of childhood with a heavy dose of female empowerment and celebration for life.

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Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis Syndrome occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed by the piriformis muscle.

The piriformis muscle is located under the gluteal (buttock) muscles and it is involved in almost all movements of the hip and leg.

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Reframing New Year’s Resolutions

Instead of busting our butts to fit into a disconnected resolution,
what if we reframe the way that we conceptualize our New Year’s resolutions? In other words, what if we say what we mean and mean what we say? A resolution revolution!

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New Year’s Resolutions: Three Steps to Embrace Change

New Year’s resolutions are tricky things. One survey in 2008 found that 35 percent of people had broken their resolution by the end of January. Before you start down that path, throw away the notion of making resolutions only when the New Year’s Eve party ends.

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Pranayama

Pranayama: The conscious regulation (Yama) of Breath in meditative respiratory practices to extend life force energy (Prana)

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Restorative Yoga

When Tracy Young offered to donate on my behalf a Restorative Yoga with Sound Healing class as a by-donation initiative to raise funding for my 500-hour Women’s Leadership & Yoga Training, it tested my boundaries of self-worth.

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Meditation Questions

When someone first begins learning meditation with me for a duration of eight weeks, we start off with sitting for ten minutes per day day. This allows the student to familiarize themselves to coming to the same place each day, building the basic skills of concentration while focusing on the breath at the abdomen. After two…

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Thanks and Giving

To honour the tradition of Thanksgiving our Tone staff have come up with their own gratitude lists.
Happy Thanks and Giving to you and yours!

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Baby Sign Language

Learning baby sign language has many of the same benefits as learning a second language such as increased brain function, increased memory, increased ability to multi-task, better problem solving…

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The Courage of Vulnerability

I used to think of vulnerability as a place within myself, painted with the shame and guilt of my ego, that I would (be forced to) visit from time to time.

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Open to Receive Through Assisting

I love to teach because I find it nourishing, challenging, terrifying, exciting, deep, powerful, transformative, and humbling. I also love to be a student for all those same reasons. Aparigraha: I am open to receive the teachings within and around me so I can be of full service to the positive forces in this world.

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30-Day Yoga Challenge

Our 30-Day Yoga Challenge is here again. This time we have prizes to give away and we have extended the time to include 3 months.

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Equanimity Yoga

Equanimity Yoga (on the mat): Maxine provides her story of really learning equanimity and then offers some ideas to bring equanimity into a yoga practice.

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Sitali & Sitkari Pranayama

Sitali & Sitkari Pranayama are great for calming, cooling. They can help to reduce anxiety and even can lower the body temperature. Both are easy to learn.

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Humming Bee Breath (Bhramari Pranayama)

by Shawn Radcliffe, CYT and writer Regularly practicing the yoga breathing technique called bhramari may help you relieve stress, sleep better and reduce sinus infections or thyroid problems. If you have ever listened to chanting in a church or a high-ceilinged yoga...

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Cathy’s Start to Yoga

Cathy Bailey is a yoga teacher by night, but during her workday she embraces the side of her that is "a bit of science head, into organizing and math...a bit geeky." She works full time as an IT manager for a municipality and this doesn't mean that she sits in a quiet...

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Making Yoga a Girls Night Out

by Anne Kaarid My gals-pals and I discussed going to Yoga on a regular basis over Christmas time.  This was so exciting, as I knew it would be great for them, and me of course – but more importantly, going together would mean better success at keeping a regular...

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How I Felt As a Beginner Yoga Student

by Maxine Iharosy, CYT So it’s nearly the middle of January, it’s cold, the snow banks are high, and the general mood around town is relaxed with an attempt to be upbeat, in lieu of the fresh new year laid out ahead. At the studio we usually see a jump in numbers in...

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What is Restorative Yoga?

As of January of this year we now have Restorative Yoga at Tone Studio. So what is that exactly and why has it become so popular? "Why You Need A Restorative Yoga Practice This Winter" by Kate Siber of Yoga Journal highlights all of the benefits, especially for the...

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Wondering If There is Class at Tone Studio Today?

With all the winter we have been having and with our big storm week in January we wanted to write an article to help you to check if classes are running.           photo of Snow Path by Evgeni Dinev on freedigitalphotos.net Ways to check if...

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How Much Snow Fell In Owen Sound Last Week?

by Shannon Crow, studio manager Well that sure was a winter storm for Owen Sound and surrounding area last week. A couple of our classes were cancelled, but less than last year. Maxine reported waist high snow one morning at the door of the studio! Thanks to all of...

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Why I Needed A Break from Teaching

by Stephanie Mills photo by samuiblue  This past summer I found myself overwhelmed by stuff going on in my family, and had to take a break from teaching. I felt that until I was able to deal with me, and my reactions to the "stuff", I couldn't possibly offer...

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A New Baby for Tone

Welcome baby Thea! As many of you know, Amanda is off on maternity leave. We are happy to share her baby news! Thea was welcomed by Mommy Amanda, Daddy Ian and big brother Alex on July 19th. Amanda began as a yoga student at Tone, attending all classes including...

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A Note from Joanne

We have been so blessed to get to know Joanne as an amazing person and yoga teacher at Tone Studio. We will miss her and we hope that she will return to do some workshops with us in the future. Below is a note from Joanne to the staff and students of our studio. May...

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3 Reasons to Register for Class

    Reason #1 - We notify you of cancellations/changes We have amazing teachers at Tone who make getting to class a top priority. When illness or weather gets in the way - they start calling and emailing for a teacher to cover their class and if, (and it is...

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Can Chanting Shift Perception?

A Tale of How Chanting Reveals the Power of Perception by Amanda Eriksen, CYT I was driving home after a busy day at the office. I turned the corner and landed myself behind a particularly slow driver.    The car was driving around ten UNDER the speed limit.  Now I am...

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Benefits of Meditation

The benefits of meditation are unique to each individual, but some of the natural effects are, you are calmer and more relaxed.

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Can’t You See I’m Meditating?

I remember when I was first learning how to meditate. My mind would chase every thought upon entry and it was exhausting to think of everything at once, like a giant to-do list had dropped into my lap.

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5 Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues

Like I always say, “Yoga makes everything better.” The effects of a consistent yoga practice are profound. If you won’t do it on your own, find a regular class you like and go every week, twice if possible.

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My Best Teachers

What brought me to teach Prenatal and Baby and Me Yoga By Shannon E. Crow When my first child was born I remember feeling so tired, isolated, unorganized and frazzled. It was August 1998 when Wyatt was born. It was a heat wave and I just couldn't wait until I had this...

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The Benefits of Yoga

by Shannon E. Crow of Sacred Awareness If you have ever been to a yoga class then you will know first-hand what the benefits of yoga feel like in your body, but how might our Western scientists explain some of this?  How can you encourage a friend to try a yoga class...

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June 2012 Round Robin Playlist

Listen to and download any songs that you like on itunes Rejuvenation             Yoga: Music For Mind, Body & Soul Ascent                          Josh Brill Lotus Heart                Desert Dwellers K-Hálft Óhljóð           Múm The three of us          Ben...

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Three Steps To Embracing Change in the New Year

Every January 1st, I find myself staring at a blank page in a new journal, with a fresh ballpoint pen in hand. “This will help me create an even better year,” I think to myself. In a way it does. Something tells me, though, that it has nothing to do with my choice of...

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Nine Ways to Get Motivated in Your Yoga Practice

I know all of the benefits of yoga (I wrote an article on it even!) and I know for myself, yoga and meditation are the foundation of my day. Now with the inspiration of September schedules and the energy of everyone else getting back to class, how can I find the time and motivation to return to my own daily practice?

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