Sunset Yoga

Yoga is not just repetition of few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life. ~ Amit Ray

Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame. ~ B.K.S lyenga

Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. ~ The Bhagavad Gita

Namaste

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Hiking the Hoodoos

I visited the province of Alberta for the first time about a year and a half ago. Before that, I have to admit, I had very little knowledge about the place. I knew that Banff was beautiful, that Calgary was the largest city (with an annual out-of-control party called The Stampede) and that it was our oil province. That was the full extent of my knowledge. Since that initial visit I’ve been back about a half a dozen times and each time I get to see a bit more of Alberta’s natural beauty and fall a bit more in love with it.

Banff, Kananaskis, Lake Louise, Jasper, to name a few places, are all  stunning. But this time I visited a spot that was quite different and breathtakingly beautiful in an unusual way.

The Alberta I’d seen so far consisted of pristine glacier lakes, incredible forests and wildlife and rugged mountains, not the unique rock formations of the Hoodoos (aka. earth pyramids) just outside of Drumheller.

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The Hoodoos caught me by surprise and made me feel like I had been instantly transported to some mystical place far, far away. “Is this still Canada?” I thought as I looked at the strange beauty of the rock formations surrounding me.

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The Hoodoos give you a great hiking workout but, even more importantly, they are still and silent and offer you a special place to rest for awhile. So, after exploring, accept their invitation to sit quietly and take in the awe inspiring beauty of nature.

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Scream

Screaming has been known to have a cathartic effect on people. A loud, shrill, intense scream gives one a sense of release and leaves the screamer feeling at peace. Screaming is no doubt, a cheap outlet for pent up anger, energy and tension.

A few years ago, as students my friend and I discovered a simple way to manage life’s problems. Rather than bottle up stress or down tablets, booze or whatever options fellow students chose to drown their sorrows, we developed the habit of taking long walks at night, to a place where we could scream. Yes, we would just scream!

Once in a while, after a build up of stress, we would take our crazy, screaming walks, let out the steam and live happily until it was time to scream again. We would find an isolated spot in Harare’s concrete jungle at a time when traffic had subsided to avoid unwanted attention from people who might think we were screaming for help. Then we would scream it all out. Of course the cover of darkness also protected our identities during those mad moments.” – Matilda Moyo of World Pulse

Screaming is such a powerful way to unleash pent up frustration and anger. Have you ever wanted to just let loose and let out a shrieking, primal scream at the top of your lungs? Yes? Who hasn’t?

But when do we ever get the chance to let loose and let out a rip-roaring, give-it-all-you-got scream without someone calling the police? Pretty much never, which is why I was so excited when a photographer friend of mine recently announced that she was doing an open call for her “Scream” project. I signed up before I even finished reading the invite and volunteered my friend, Robyn too.

Last Sunday afternoon Robyn and I grabbed a couple of lattes, hopped in her little Toyota and drove over to photographer Wendy’s studio, ready to scream it out!

We stood in front of the camera and prepped by discussing a bunch of random things that made us as mad as hell. These included a past cheating boyfriend, being cut off in traffic, our neighborhood community gardens being ripped up by CP Rail and memories of being bullied in elementary school. And then we let loose with powerful, cathartic and blood-curdling screams!

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And we were LOUD! After our session, however, we both had an overwhelming sense of calm, quiet serenity.

So, if you get a chance to sneak away to somewhere secluded and let out a ear-shattering primal scream next time you’re seething with frustration, I say go for it. There’s nothing quite as cathartic.