February 20, 2016

Move with me!

This blog is about to get kinda lonely so stick with me and traipse on over to www.acornholistic.com my new website. Or if you're more of an Instagram pal follow me at acorn_holistic. Or maybe you dig Facebook? Got that covered too :)

Thanks for coming for a visit, hope to catch up with you in one of my other virtual homes.

December 14, 2015

New Yoga Class for the New Year

I am offering our regular Queer & Trans Yoga class on Tuesday nights in the new year.  Because the class was fully booked within 24 hours (woo woo!) I decided to add another class.  Please read more about the new class below, and let me know if you have any questions.  Happy holidays to all!

A new chill class, for the chilly days of win

Gentle Yoga Class - Alternating Wednesday evenings 
A yoga practice that focuses on building awareness, strength, and release. We will work with slow flows, restorative postures, breath, and meditations.  Tools of self-care will be shared and we will all be encouraged to find our individual practice within the group. All are welcomed and honoured in this comfortable community setting. A private change room is available. LGTBQI inclusive space.

Dates: Alternating Wednesdays: Jan.20, Feb.3, Feb.17, Mar.2, Mar.16, Mar.30 2016
Time: 6 p.m – 7:15 p.m
Location: The Centering Space, 59 Cambridge Avenue (Broadview & Danforth)
Cost: $84, sliding scale is available
Registration: email me at yoga_hd@hotmail.com to request a spot. Registration is complete and your spot reserved once payment has been received. E-transfer and cheques are accepted.

September 1, 2015

Farm Journals

Recently I did a school co-op placement at an organic farm in Prince Edward County.  It was 5 day experience which gave me some idea of how an organic family farm works, and also some hands-on insight into what areas I particularly enjoy or have a natural tendency towards when envisioning applying my holistic nutrition degree.  It also illustrated to me just how hard farmers work!  These folks were going from dawn to bedtime every day of the week.  Farming is not for the faint of heart.

Farm Diary Day 1
Prep day for the farmer's market.  There were 3 pickers harvesting, and a couple of others assisting here and there.  A wash/weigh/prep for the market person, and 2 other farm staff working with the machinery and animals. I did a mixed bag of jobs: harvested cabbage and green beans, weeded, harvested and dehydrated oat straw, washed a motherload of beets, carrots, radishes, turnips, weighed and packaged them for market, stocked the farmstand, and seeded a field with buckwheat. In the evening I was tasked to research the nutritive benefits of Lady's Slippers (a type of wild cucumber) and Portulaca/Purslane to share with the farmer's market customers.  Did you know that Portulaca has the highest content of Omega 3 out of any land plant?  It's delicious in a salad too.

Farm Diary Day 2
Up at 5:30am to prep for the farmer's market. Spirits were high as we set up at a lakeside location serenaded by Motown playing from someone's truck. Beautiful to see all the things harvested yesterday looking so vibrant. Lots of friendly folks trying out the lady slipper cucumbers, rat tail radishes, and winged asparagus peas. So much respect for the land, seeds, soil, labour, and care that goes into food production - easy to forget this as a city slicker. You are required to display your organic certification at your stand and the certification process in onerous and costly.  It seems backwards, shouldn't non-organic farmers have to display all the chemical fertilizers, GMO seeds, and sprays used so that we as consumers know what it is we are consuming?

Farm Diary Day 3
8 am deployment to gather edible plants for jazzing up the B&B breakfast offerings. Fun to choose herbs and flowers that are delicious and colourful to "food style" with. Then off to weed for several hours. Seriously hard work, and for someone who normally feels super efficient at work, felt like a real slowpoke. Took me 2 hours to do one row of cabbage and kale! Rescued from the weeds by the biodynamic calendar which guided us to work with medicinal plants. Spent the afternoon thorn deep in seeding milk thistle, gathering calendula, and cleaning/bundling herbs gathered by one of the farmers. Amazing moments with the twin pigs when they let me stroke their heads, best eyelashes ever.

Farm Diary Day 4
Started off in the farm stand, replacing old with fresh (old gets eaten by us or fed to the animals), and hanging yesterday's herb bundles. Spent the rest of the day in the medicine garden gathering dandelion root and leaves, basil, yarrow, tulsi, parsley, goldenrod, coriander seeds, dill seeds, rosemary, catnip, marsh mallow, and mullein. Clarence (the dog) and Alice (the cat) assisted. Finished up with late night ATV ride out to feed the sheepdog Clyde and to check on the lambs - farm version of motorbike fun!

Farm Diary Day 5
My farm dreams came true my last morning when I went down to meet Wilbur (the donkey) in the cow pasture. Spent the rest of the day cleaning "soft neck" garlic, this is the kind you tend to see braided. It is only one of 5 varieties that they have there. Once again I realized how labour intensive farming is - gathering and drying bulbs during the previous season to use as seeds for the next crop, prepping the earth, planting, caring for until ready for harvest, harvesting, hanging to dry, cleaning, and then selling - each one goes for $1. Farmers deserve the biggest raise ever, and government health benefits! 

Thank you to the incredible Thyme Again Gardens for the delicious food, accommodation, and mentorship during my visit!

August 14, 2015

Yoga This Fall

Fall Queer & Trans Yoga Classes
Yoga in a comfortable community space. This is a mindful yoga practice that focuses on building awareness and breath as we move through meditative, dynamic, and restorative postures. We will explore tools of self-care and be encouraged to find our individual practice within the group. All bodies are welcomed and honoured. A private change room is available. This session all fees raised through the pay-what-you-can drop in classes will be directed to Black Lives Matter Toronto.

Dates: Tuesdays Sept.15 – Dec.15, 2015
Time: 6 p.m – 7:15 p.m
Location: The Centering Space, 59 Cambridge Avenue (Broadview & Danforth)
Cost: $196 ($14/class) – sliding scale is available
Registration: email me at yoga_hd@hotmail.com to request a spot. Registration is complete and your spot reserved once payment has been received. E-transfer and cheques are accepted. 

Self-Care Yoga Sessions 
A beautiful combination of restorative yoga postures, abhyanga/self-massage, and yoga nidra (guided meditation). These take place on Friday evenings Oct.23, Nov.27, and Dec.18th.

June 24, 2015

Self-Care Summer!

Hi ya yoga pals,
This summer I am planning some holiday time, as well as some coop time at an organic farm in Prince Edward County, which means a reduction in yoga offerings.  I've decided to jazz things up a bit and offer a few special yoga nights while I am in town, and I really hope you can join me!  As always, these classes are LGBTQ positive spaces.  The Queer & Trans weekly yoga classes will return September 15th (more on that soon).  Happy pride, and happy summer to you all!

Summer Self-Care (yoga) Sessions

Treat yourself to one or both of these self-care-tastic yoga nights in August.
Sessions will include restorative yoga, self-foot massage, and yoga nidra. Each of the practices are explained below. Space is limited to 8 students per night.

Dates: Thursdays August 6th and 13th
Time: 6:30-8p.m
Location: The Centering Space, 59 Cambridge Avenue (Broadview & Danforth)
Cost: $22.50 each or $40 for both, sliding scale spots available
Registration: email me yoga_hd@hotmail.com to reserve a spot. Payment is due upon registration via e-transfer or cheque.

Restorative Yoga Practice – Yoga poses (laying or seated) that are held for 5-15 minutes and are supported by blocks, blankets, bolsters and other props. Designed to maximize comfort and allow practitioners to fully let go. Poses help to stimulate reflexes that quiet the brain and heart and encourage mindfulness.

Self Massage (Abhyanga) – We will focus on the feet. Oils provided, use optional. Benefits include:
  • increases circulation
  • calming for the nerves
  • lubrication of the joints
  • softer, smoother skin
  • deeper sleep at night (when done at bedtime)

Yoga Nidra (sleep of integration) – A guided meditation, all you need to do is get comfortable and listen. Benefits include:
  • reduces effects of stress on the body-mind
  • induces the body's relaxation response
  • teaches us to focus and quiet the mind through attention, concentration and intention
  • restoration and integration of the body-mind and spirit
  • improves the quality or our sleep

March 23, 2015

Spring is in the air though my mattress springs ain't feeling so airy

Thawing out of the winter-cold-snow-monochrome. Recovering from cabin fever, and the bed that feels like it's taken a beating from hibernation 2015.  I didn't realize how frozen up I'd become, just like the land, until the great thaw started…..Don't get me wrong, I love all seasons including winter; will miss skating, icicle formations, bufflehead ducks, and the glee with which my dogs whip through a fresh snowfall until next winter rolls around.

But soon the small ray of sun that breaks into the house each afternoon will be enough to cover all of us.  It's time for colour, and smells, and plants growing outdoors!  Time to unfurl and soften. Last Tuesday I saw a small V formation  of geese returning with style.  My yoga students had to endure many "ruddy goose" poses that night!  There's a new excitement and hope in the air, isn't there?

My spring cleaning has taken on the air of someone who studied netflix and online articles during those long dark days.  Specifically the "Tiny" documentary about wee homes, and Marie Kondo's approach to de-cluttering your house by only keeping items that are in use and bring you joy presently.

Other spring-like things I've noticed: creativity level in the household is on the rise, longer walks are pleasurable, red-wing blackbird are back in town, seed sales are on, food cravings are shifting.  Spring sprung from my hands in this last week as a stack of bright new dish towels, and a bevy of homemade body products to slough off winter with.  Spring I welcome you with open arms!

March 12, 2015

Spring Yoga

Come and plant the seeds of your yoga practice with us this spring

Queer & Trans Yoga  

Come and explore yoga in this comfortable community space. This is a mindful practice that explores awareness and breath as we flow through meditative, dynamic, and restorative postures. Beginners and allies are welcome!
Dates: April 7th - June 30th 2015 (no class May 19th)
Time: Tuesdays 6 p.m - 7:15 p.m
Cost: $168 ($14/class x 12 weeks) *sliding scale available
Spots available: 1!
Location: The Centering Space, 59 Cambridge Avenue (Broadview & Danforth)
How to Register: Email yoga_hd@hotmail.com to confirm your spot.  Fee due by April 1st.  Cash, cheque, or online transfer accepted.