SMALL STEPS by Julie Nadler

I have had a number of ‘doom and gloom’, ‘the end is rushing towards us’ conversations recently. For the times, this is not unusual. What strikes, surprises even, is how much fatalism and pessimism can be found. The attitude of ‘what can one person do’ seems prevalent. And then the fellow who says since the…

Still Water

“Have fun,” one of my students called out just before she floated down the stairs and out onto the street. I was quite sure fun was not going to be on the menu for this 6-day silent meditation retreat. A more appropriate wish might have been, “Have a meaningful time.” Previous to this I had…

How to be Really Pro Life

by Malcolm McLean     I have been meditating on the term “pro life”: literally, to be on the side of life.   Surely a worthy place to be!   In the yoga tradition, reverence and defence of life flow from the yamas, our code of conduct, which includes ahimsa, non-violence. So we answer yes to…

Yoga for Balance – by Malcolm McLean

Last winter, when you picked your way down an icy NDG sidewalk, did you do so with purposeful, prudent steadiness; or with mind in turmoil and fearful footing.   Did you have balance?   That graceful Tango progression you pulled off, finally, after an evening of struggling and feeling like roadkill? When your balance kicked…

Yoga for Vanity – by Julie Nadler

Summer 2016 In 1992 when I first read Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth a few ideas that had been swirling around in my feminist consciousness suddenly came together.  Who decides what is feminine?  Who decides what feminine beauty is? Back then the answer was not so obvious but today it is: women themselves do. Today…

The Joannes: Studio Founders

April 2016: new studio directors recognize the founders of Yoga on the Park The Joannes met as young mothers in Franklin, Quebec, when Joanne Ransom was pregnant with her first child and Joanne Gormley was chasing a two-year-old daughter through the apple orchards on her sister’s property. Later in Montreal, as single moms they quickly became…

A Studio With a Changed View – by Julie Nadler

June 2018 Summer mornings…energizing, Gentle yoga…body bliss, Warm friends…mind’s rest… A studio with a view.   My view started 50 years ago, Sitting at the reception desk At Cinema V. This year, I invited students to use The park as their focal point… The park has always been there, A soothing green, A model for…