Sundre Yoga and Meditation - Shannon Harvey, E-RYT200 RYT500 YACEP Yoga Alliance
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Immense Gratitude
Spring Blues
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Living my Yoga

Wow, it certainly has been a bit too long since I last put my thoughts into my blog.  

I have gotten myself so busy lately, not in the regular things that I ask of myself each day like work, yoga classes, family, but all the spaces in between those set events.  
The shift happened shortly after I hosted my yoga retreat in May.  Its like my mind started to buzz and my focus got lost....completely!

I have been teaching yet not practicing.  I have not been living my yoga.  I have also been beating myself up about it constantly.

Immense Gratitude

It has been just over two weeks since Healing Through Yoga commenced.  This was my first retreat that I have organized.  (First of many!)  I could not be happier with the outcome, the energy churned, the beautiful releasement of negative energy, and the trust we were able to create within our circle.  

Trusting in the practice to work its magic and knowing we all supported each other in our journey was just amazing to witness. Mother Nature shined down on our practice allowing us to move outdoors in both our asana practice as well as our drumming session.

Spring Blues

The title says it all.  I have to be honest I am feeling a bit blue lately.  

Spring is just around the corner, literally.  A few days away where my mind starts to shift to gardening, flowers, outdoor yoga and filling my tank with sunshine and warmth.  Unfortunatly the only warmth I have been feeling in the last few days has come from my woodstove.  

Spring in the foothills of Alberta is a challenging time due to the ever changing weather.  If you don't like it wait five minutes.

The Allowance to Change

So many wonderful experience's have happened over the past few weeks.  It is time I sat down and shared some of these with you.  

What sits deep in my heart at the moment is witnessing growth in a group of women that I have been asked to teach at our hospital in Sundre.  
I was approached just before Christmas to teach a class for the staff in order to help reduce stress within the work environment.  

I jumped at the opportunity!  

I looked at my schedule and found time where I could offer a class (that sounds easier than it is) and the word was put out.

Full on into the New Year

First post of the new year!  A bit late since its the 20th of January. Its amazing how quickly time can get away from you.  To say its been busy is an understatement!
I had taken a break from teaching over the holidays and couldn't have been happier to be back teaching in the new year.  

Along with my regular classes I have also started teaching the staff at the Sundre Hospital.  I couldn't be happier!  So often the people that care for us do the least to care for themselves.

Post Cleanse

It has been an interesting couple of weeks since I finished my 21 day detox.  For the first few days I almost feared trying to incorporate some of my 'old' foods back into my diet.  

It hasn't been an easy transition.  I have still been sticking to my juicing, green smoothies, salads, soups, nuts, greens, etc but on a couple of occasions I have had a glass of wine and some sweets.  Its quite horrific (not being dramatic either) the effects these can have on your body when your system is so clean.

Detox Day 21 and Beyond

The 21 days is  now over, an ending, or for me just a beginning.

The three weeks went by so quickly and there have been so many changes!  My brain functions better, sleep is much better, energy level is at an all time high, weight loss, (which practically fell off!)  I have no idea how much weight I've taken off since I haven't stepped in a scale in months, but if I were to guess I would say its coming close to the 10lb mark.  

Weight loss was never my goal for this journey, although I knew some needed to be taken off I was more concerned about feeling better and less lethargic, which is exactly what I've received.

Detox days 14, 15, 16, and 17! Whew!

This has been quite a journey!  (so far)

An incredibly positive journey I might add!  I have had a few social events that have taken place within these last three weeks and was so amazed at how easy it was to stay on course.  I think a person finally reaches a point where the way you were living no longer serves you.  I had reached that point!  

It's this thought pattern that had brought me to yoga, searching for a better me.  Let's just say its working better than anything else I have searched for.

Detox Days 11,12, and 13

So the night after I wrote my last blog I had the most horrible night sleep!  

I fell asleep easily enough, something that has dramatically changed since embarking on this change in eating habits.  It was 2:30am when I woke up, wide awake, I could have gotten up and cleaned the house!  My mind was incredibly alert and started making plans for the future all while I tossed and turned trying to fall back asleep!  

It was so incredibly frustrating!!!!  

I kept trying to 'will' my mind to positive thoughts like something was obviously trying to work itself out and I should just trust the process.

Detox Days 8,9 and 10

So still going strong!  

The challenges and fears I had upon starting this journey to change how I eat, how I view food, becoming aware of what I eat and why I eat it.  Those fears are all being dispelled.  
As my body become cleaner, the toxins leave, my thoughts become more clear.  

Its has still been a roller coaster of emotions, just not as big of one.  

Monday after my juice fast on Sunday, I couldn't wait to chew on something!  My body felt empty, not just from having nothing but liquids for a day, but it felt like something had left.
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