I am honoured to be asked to teach at the the Circle of Knowledge and Practices Conference (October 5-6th, 2017, Winnipeg) hosted by the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre. As a gathering for discussing approaches to Indigenous education, honouring First Nation culture, and ensuring student success, a piece of that puzzle is drawing attention to the self-care of educators and leaders. Learning to take care of ourselves is the first step to learning how to take care of others, and yoga or any other awareness practice can play a pivotal role in cultivating physical, mental and spiritual health. I will be leading two breathing (pranayama) workshops on the morning of October 6th. As a simple, accessible form of yoga, breathing practices can be a way to work with anxiety, stress, insomnia, and depression. Basic breathing practices are easy to learn and to incorporate into day-to-day routine.
Plan ahead for the fall! Angie Pringle and I are co-leading a workshop series at Yoga Public (280 Fort St, Winnipeg) exploring how food and healthy movement can improve how we feel and set us up for chasing those bigger life goals. Angie has a BA in Kinesiology, and is a Wellness Consultant, certified Personal Trainer, Function Movement Screen Specialist, and Precision Nutrition Coach. Combined with my Masters in Food Science, certification as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counsellor, and yoga teaching experience, you will get both breadth and depth from our discussion on food habits and holistic wellness.
Our first workshop, Working with Cravings, will be on Saturday, October 29th (3:30-5 pm, $35). While coming to all the workshops will be more immersive and allow for deeper integration of the principles we will discuss, you will find great benefit in checking out even just one! November will be DIY Kitchen Staples (a look into processed foods and how we can easily make our own healthier versions) and January will be Plant Proteins and You (a discussion of non-meat protein options, including a visit from a local farmer). Stay tuned for more!