Words of Wisdom

Category: Inspiration

Giving the gift of an experience this holiday season.
By Maddie Rodriguez

Giving the gift of an experience this holiday season.

Picking the perfect gift is truly an art. There are many important factors to weight and consider –needs, wants, size and style. But often, the real genius of gift giving is in finding something the recipient didn’t think to ask for: the thing they never …

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Finding the Silver Lining in a Snowstorm.
By Maddie Rodriguez

Finding the silver lining in a snowstorm.

Let’s face it: an Ottawa winter isn’t easy at the best of times. Even if you love the snow, most people have to brace themselves a little for the cold and the traffic and the sheer length of it. And it can feel like adding …

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When life hands you lemons... make lemon jokes.
By Maddie Rodriguez

When Life Hands you Lemons…
Make Lemon Jokes.

Lately I’ve been thinking about those times when life throws something at you—something inconvenient, exasperating and just the very last thing you need in that moment—and all you can do is laugh. It’s a cliché to say that “comedy is tragedy plus time” and I …

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A yogic perspective on Labour Day Weekend
By Maddie Rodriguez

A Yogic Perspective on Labour Day Weekend.

In yoga we often talk about the importance of appreciating what our bodies do for us—the way our breath and blood nourish us, the way our skeleton supports us, and the way our muscles help us move. The truth is, our body works hard for …

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The Power of Positive Thinking
By Maddie Rodriguez

The Power of Positive Thinking.

Chances are, most of us have heard about the “power of positive thinking”. When a friend or loved one is going through a difficult time, we might say “I’m sending you good thoughts” or even something about “good vibes” or “putting good out into the …

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By Maddie Rodriguez

Family is Practice.

There’s a certain expression I remember hearing when I was a kid: “you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your family.” It always tickled me because it was silly and a little rude, but also because it made a certain sense. Your family …

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Being a Tourist in Your Own Town for the Long Weekend.
By Maddie Rodriguez

Being a Tourist in Your Own Town
for the Long Weekend.

As pictures roll in of friends using the long weekend to launch the first wing of their multi-city European vacations or spend it sprawled blissfully in Muskoka chairs at the cottage, it’s hard not to feel a twinge of envy, especially if you’re not travelling …

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Robert Aranyosi
By Maddie Rodriguez

Yogi Spotlight: Robert Aranyosi

Instructor Rob Aranyosi’s yoga story shows that not every path is a straight one, but if we listen to our inner selves, we get where we’re going in the end. Growing up, Rob was always active, and throughout his early life he pursued everything from …

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Yogi in downward dog
By Maddie Rodriguez

Rooting for Spring.

As I’ve said before on this blog, I’m a word nerd. When I am trying to meditate or set an intention, I’ll often think about a specific word: its uses, connotations, or etymology. It was in this vein that I started thinking about the word …

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Makenzie Dale
By Maddie Rodriguez

Yogi Spotlight: Makenzie Dale

It’s a cliché to say “mom knows best,” but in Makenzie Dale’s case, it just might be true. Her mother bought her, her first yoga mat and DVD following a project Makenzie did on yoga in middle school, and the rest was history. Makenzie continued …

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