June livestream yoga session – starts June 6

Summer is all about expansion! Let’s create space in our bodies and minds as we soak in the energy of these long bright days. It’s time for us to feel a sense of hope and renewal again, wouldn’t you say? 😉

THE SPLENDOR OF SUNBEAMS: YIN & YANG YOGA
Mondays 5:30-6:30 pm CT
June 6, 13, 20 & 27

4 weeks
$50 (includes 7-day replay)

Each day of class, you will be emailed a unique Zoom link to gain access. Feel free to hop onto the Zoom 5 minutes early to say hi and chat!

Shortly after each class, a link to the recording will be sent out, which will be available for 7 days.

WINTER WALLOP pop-up yoga class on Zoom!

Welcome to third winter in Manitoba!

With everything shut down, join me on Zoom from the comfort of your home as the blizzard rages outside. The class style will be yin yang (a bit of movement, a bit of slowing down) – all you need is a yoga mat and blanket! Let’s hope the power doesn’t go out.

WINTER WALLOP pop-up yoga class
Thu April 14
12-1 pm CT

$10 (includes 7-day replay)

About 30 minutes before class, you will be emailed a unique Zoom link to gain access. Feel free to hop onto the Zoom 5 minutes early to say hi and chat!

Shortly after each class, a link to the recording will be sent out, which will be available for 7 days.

NOTE: REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS IS NOW CLOSED. To get notified about upcoming sessions, please sign up for my newsletter here.

Control issues and working with our blind spots

I’m writing this on a crisp April day and, while there is blue in the sky, there are warnings of a huge blizzard coming to disrupt our wavering steps towards spring.

Cue panic!
Cue despair!

If there was ever needed another reminder that we can’t control everything, then here it is (again). We really can only do so much!

It’s interesting to observe how much energy we spend on worrying about things we can’t control (like clouds, or say, the past). How much time do we lose wondering what others think of us? How much brain power do we expend trying to stop the inevitability of change itself?

We all do this. Maybe we just get caught up, or it’s a distraction from dealing with our own things, but we leak energy over this and that as we try to control what is beyond our personal control – until we don’t have enough energy for what we really want to do, or what we actually have control over.

anxiety is information - adrienne shum

Practice is a way to regather energy, to plug the leaks. We can get both rest and power from our practice. When I’m on my mat or cushion, there is nowhere else to be. And when I rise, I ask: where can I be effective? Where can I serve?

We all have blind spots. Through practice, we can learn to see them, bit by bit. We hold ourselves in compassion as we uncover embarrassing and vulnerable things about ourselves. We hold ourselves in our human-ness. And then, whenever we know better, we try to do better – this to me is the definition of maturity and wisdom.

Here’s to uncovering our blind spots with humility and grace,
Adrienne

Yoga practice for grief and loss

A few weeks ago when the deep winter cold was still here, we brought home a small flower pot of daffodils. My partner carefully unwrapped them and transplanted them into a clay pot. Their little yellow faces were a small but cheery pick-me-up. We gleefully pointed out the new buds coming in!

Now, they have sagged. Their thin leaves droop and streak haphazardly. I can’t tell if I watered them too much, or too little. Their faces are grumpy and shrivelled. I talk to them and ask what they want. They stay silent and sullen. We decide it’s best to give them space. They still have their verdant leaves, so not all hope is lost.

We just need to give it time.

As spring inches its way in, the energy of transformation and renewal comes flooding forth. Sometimes the pace of change feels right: we are ready to lunge forward and grab what’s next. Sometimes, we aren’t ready – perhaps it’s overwhelming, and we haven’t dealt with the past. Sometimes we need to give it more time.

grief isn't a problem that needs to be solved

 

Frankly, I am feeling both: ready to relish in positive change, yet also hanging back, because there has been so much grief and loss to process. It is a complicated time, replete with complicated reactions.

My daily practice helps to ground me within this polarity. It gives me grit. How fortunate we are to have the knowledge and opportunity to cultivate understanding and compassion. There is beauty and grace amidst the confusion and struggle – if only we reach to embrace it.

Wishing you grit and grace,
Adrienne