NEW GROWTH

You Can Only Loose What You Cling Too~ Buddha

Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.”– Dalai Lama

Like Trees and flowers Growth is always happening in your life. Growth is a great thing.

No matter how much we want things to stay the same, life is all about change. Sometimes change is for the better, and sometimes it’s not.

But no matter why things are changing, we need to be able to Let Go and move on Whether it’s the death of a loved one, a painful breakup, a business failure, or a treacherous betrayal, holding onto past pain and resentment will only hold you back.

When it comes to YOGA, we are always changing that’s what yoga is, Changing and evolving. Being able to stretch a little further, meditate a little deeper. Learning to be with yourself. Change is an amazing thing.

When you feel stuck mentally, it’s impossible to move ahead, … take that as a sign to move on to the next stage of growth in your life.

“Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over.”– Nicole Sobon

“When the world is at your back, and your heart is at your feet…the best way to go on is to just “be”.”– Jennifer Varnador

“When you let go, you are truly free.”– Unknown

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”– Walt Disney

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Stay Calm And Breathe It Looks Good On YOU ~ Tonia Aldworth

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Embracing Change

It is hard to change, especially when we get attached to the way things are, and the way we have always done it,

The struggle with accepting change is tied to attachment, Attachment to the ease and comfort of how things are done and how we have always done it. Letting go of attachment is a key to teaching yoga. Its is good to remember that when we cling to something that no longer works. We will never move forward and that what wants to come to us is so great if we just let go.

So what is the fear all about, going into the new normal?

Why is there such a back lash of people not wanting wear masks in stores and where you cant physically stay 6 feet apart?

The struggle should not be so hard, why is it that you feel you should not wear a mask to protect yourself and others?

Is it because you have been told that you have to as its now mandatory? Do you feel your rights have been taken away?

Do you feel like you cant breathe in them?

Do you feel you will look silly in the mask?

These are really important questions to think about.

The mask is not just to help you, but it also helps others around you.

Maybe once you realize its not that big of a deal to wear the mask while shopping or where you are not able to be 6 feet apart, you will embrace the new change, yes its not that fun to wear one, (Actually who thought they would ever be able to go into a bank with a mask on) but if we can put a positive out look onto it, then we may be able to learn to embrace the new normal that we are now faced with. Ladies we can also buy masks to match our clothes.

Why is it so hard for people to social distance to save others and yourself from Covid 19? I know for myself and my husband we haven’t been really affected with having to social distance. The only thing for us is our businesses have been affected. I have had to cancel some up coming Yoga Retreats, and some in person workshops, but I have moved my things to online. My husband has been doing conferences and meeting vie the internet, appose to in person.

As for hanging out with family and friends it was hard when had to isolate after traveling back home from our Florida home to Canada after already being away from family and friends for six months.

We got threw it and came out the other side with new ways to take our businesses in a new direction.

Of course we are nervous about how our businesses will thrive, but we are embracing the new normal.

For me the workshops will look a lot different, they will be virtual. Is it the best way, no not at all as being in person is always better, but we will be learning as we go.

It is hard to change, especially when we get attached to the way things are, and the way we have always done it.

My hope is that we can all be respectful of what other peoples views are and lets embrace this new normal that we have been given in these trying times. I believe that most people are good and I hope that we will come out the other side stronger and more caring to thy neighbor.

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Have a Safe and Happy Summer.

Tonia Aldworth

HOW CAN YOGA HELP YOU THREW THESE TRYING TIMES

2020 has been a trying time for a lot of people. With the Covid-19 Virus and people not being able to work or visit family and friends. Students being taught from home virtually, businesses struggling and some even closing there doors for good.  There is so many issues and struggles to even mention. Now is a time to really take the time to help yourself threw these times of trouble. Below I have posted 5 Asana Poses (yoga poses) to help you relax. Always remember to breathe slowly while doing these. It calms your heart and relaxes your body.

Meditation and mindfulness are often hailed as the keys to stress-free living. But what exactly do these practices look like in regards to self care?

Meditation is simply getting in touch with one’s self. Creating space and time to sit and focus on your breath is scientifically proven to deactivate the stress response and calm the nervous system. Studies have shown that meditation can ease anxiety and depression and increase resilience against stress.

Taking a few deep breaths, unclenching your jaw, and allowing your shoulders to fall away from your ears can halt daily stressors and undo the snowball effect of anxiety. Also taking time to tune into your surroundings to live more mindfully can help you live in the moment and release worry about the future.

To practice mindfulness, all you have to do is focus on what you are doing in that moment: washing the dishes, driving, walking, interacting with others, even breathing. Giving each task your full attention allows you to be present, keeping anxious thoughts at bay,”

In turn, we can stop the persistent cycle of rushing and allow ourselves to focus on the present moment. From there, we can better direct our energy and attention to the task at hand.

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Some of the Asana Poses that help with Anxiety and stress are:

Seated Spinal Twist/ Marichyasana ~ Constipation, Digestive problems, Asthma, Fatigue, Lower back pain,Sciatica, Menstrual discomfort

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Happy Baby/ Ananda Balasana~ Releases the low back, lengthens and realigns the spine, strengthens the legs and opens the hips

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Child’s Pose/ Balasana~ Relaxes the spine and abdomen. Stretches the lower back and ankles. Helps with digestion and elimination

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Legs Up In The Air/ Candle Pose/ Viparita Karani~ Reversed perspective, relaxing for the heart because gravity pulls blood back instead of heart having to work hard to do it.

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Easy Pose/ Sukhasana~ Calms the brain, strengthens the back, stretches the knees and ankles

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These are just a few helpful and Easy poses that will help with stress and anxiety.

If you take some time each day to try some or all of these poses it can benefit in all areas of your life.

Stay Calm And Breathe ~ It Looks Good On You~ Tonia Aldworth

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New Beginnings. Our New Normal

When everyone is rushing to get back to normal, what will be your new normal?

As spring is upon us now with the trees blooming and perennials are coming up all over the gardens. Our new normal may be like that.

It’s a beginning to re write what our personal normal will be. What is best for ourselves, what new types of habits, that you developed over this pandemic will you continue to use moving forward in this new normal for you.

It’s a time to figure out how you will enter back into society.

I know for myself and my husband we will continue to social distance until we know it’s safe.

As a yoga teacher it’s been a struggle to understand the new ways to continue teaching. I will be defiantly social distance and will do my classes in a very safe and positive manor for my classes and myself.

Will it look different and be different? Of course it will, it has to be as we move forward. I have Always believed that yoga doesn’t end on the mat so I will be sharing more of that and I hope that helps others to understand what yoga is and how they can use this in there every day life.

So like the flowers and trees blooming in spring. We will go back out into the world and start off small and grow into a beautiful new way of living.

New Life

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What Was Normal Before Covid-19

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We have all been in our homes staying safe for at least a month now, some longer than others and we have been advised to continue doing this for another month. Parents are now being teachers to the children, dads are staying home who normally would be out working all day. Moms and dads are trying to think of ways to keep the kids active and busy without hanging out with there friends. Some mothers are going to work longer hours in essential jobs, terrified that they may bring this horrible disease home to their families. Nurses and doctors are staying away from their families to avoid bringing it home to their loved ones. What is normal? I hear a lot of people saying they can’t wait to get back to normal. What we thought WAS normal obviously wasn’t working. I believe we need to make major changes. Here are some of the changes that I know we will be making.

1. Being more cautious about how we greet others.

2. Shopping local supporting smaller businesses.

3. Doing bigger shopping lists to limit how many times we have to go to the stores.

4. Being more grateful for the little things in life.

5. Telling people how we feel about them more, picking up the phone to hear them instead of always texting.

6. We have used reusable bags for some time, but I will be continuing to use these and discontinue using the little plastic vegetable clear bag, I have picked up mesh bags to use going forward and washing them after. Too many people touch the plastic ones and they are not good for the environment anyways.

With families hanging out together more and eating dinner together more than they did before, I hope that this new way of life for families, strengthens the family bond. Maybe people will be more thankful and appreciate others more, treat others as they wish to be treated.

I truly hope that we can all learn to be grateful for everything that we do have, family, friends, children, love, jobs, being thankful for the ones who have helped us get threw this ~ the essential workers. Truck drivers, grocery store workers, doctors, nurses, hydro workers, delivery truck drivers. If I missed any essential workers it was not my intention, you are all important.

I know myself, I plan to be more kind to the essential workers, to always be thankful for all that I have. I plan to reach out to others by calling them more.

I plan to also find a way to reach out to others, to be able to help others threw my yoga teachings and meditation retreats to allow people to find the inner peace that they deserve.

I hope everyone is finding peace and love threw these trying times.

Stay Calm And Breathe~ It Looks Good On You. Tonia Aldworth

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TRAVEL How Do You Relax

TRAVEL

 How do you relax? Do you love the sun, sand, and crystal blue waters of the ocean or do you enjoy downhill skiing in the mountains. Or do you enjoy going on a Safari in Africa or the out backs of Australia, or maybe you would love the cobble stone streets of Italy or Greece.

Nothing feels better than knowing your getting on a plane and heading out of the bitter cold winters of your town. Your body then begins to relax when you know you are heading out of the every day grind. Knowing that soon you will be putting you toes in the white sand or strapping on your ski’s to fly down a mountain.

Your mind, body and soul then relaxes. The tension of the past months begin to fade away. Everyone needs a vacation and time to unwind, its great for your health and soul.

I love to travel to the crystal clear waters of the Ocean. I have been many places and plan to go to many more places. I try to travel once a year. It’s a time I can turn off my phone, and relax the mind. I love to get up early sit by the water and take in the quiet sounds of the ocean. The smell of the salt water. I enjoy taking a long walk on the beach with my favourite music playing in my ears. Having no place to go but the to grab a cold drink, and a bite to eat. Talking to new people and speaking with the people of the resort getting to know their story.

I do not take it lightly that I have been able to travel. I think it’s a blessing that we are able to go and enjoy other islands and places. Being able to meet and become friends with people that we may have never met before. Being able to learn another culture or way of life is a great blessing that we are able to do.

I have had the privilege to have been able to travel to these countries and provinces. I have not listed the following to brag, I have listed it to state that Im a traveller and that I have seen how the poor under developed countries are and I have also seen the more well off  countrys as well.

 

 BERMUDA


CubaVaradero, Santa Maria, a lot


Dominican Republic a couple of times


JAMAICA

FLORIDA a few times as a child

  

ST.MARTIN  

 
MEXICO a few times


 ARUBA

  

NEWFOUNDLAND a few times


NASSAU BAHAMAS

EDMONTON

I love going to Santa Maria Cuba it’s a 90 minute bus ride from Santa Clara and your 40 minutes on a cause way alone. The Island Santa Maria is a beautiful Island the people are amazing. It’s a very quiet Island, if you are looking to party and hang out this is not the Island for you. If your looking for relaxing and the most beautiful beach then this island is for you. The people that work on the resorts are all bused to and from work, the have there own man made, El Pueblo (the town)
I had the opportunity to travel to St. Martin and Aruba last winter, I loved both but I fell in love with Aruba. The resort had its own, Island that had two beaches on it, for family and adult only which have flamingos on the beaches. It’s the most beautiful thing that I had ever seen.

I loved Bermuda as well the colours of the houses when you are flying in, is amazing.

St. Martin was nice as well, it was a busy week of water sports and great fun. Touring around the island on jet skies was the high light of the week. Seeing all of the homes and the yachts that were docked in the harbours.

Being in any country is amazing and each come with their own experiences. If you travel often or have never been you should really try to take a vacation. It changes who you are and it’s memories that you will always have. 


TONIA

The Last Full Moon of The Decade

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The last full moon of the decade, there is a ten day energy portal. Expect Closing, Detoxing,  De- cluttering, Apologies and Forgiveness, Ending Cycles and Resolving Conflict, Releasing the Past, Renewed Hope, Rewards and Blessings

For the next 10 days there is going to be a huge shift, will you be ready? Will you be ready for the next decade to start? What are your intentions, goals and plans for this new decade? How will you attack, the next stage in your journey. Are you excited to enter this new faze?

Take some time over the next ten days and be more aware of whats happening, notice how other peoples energies are affecting you. Notice if your energy is changing.

Take some time to meditate over the next ten days. Go a little deeper in your practices over the next little while. See if it makes any difference in your own energy.

Full Moon Mantra

I Release the need for those things in my life that are not serving my purpose or higher self. I’m not afraid to let go. In their place, I receive love, joy and abundance.

Stay Calm and Breathe~ It Looks Good On You

Tonia Aldworth

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Its Not All Calming and Stress Free. My Struggles as A New Yoga Teacher

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You Became a Yoga teacher now what?

What struggles Do you find you are having with starting off as a new yoga teacher/instructor? Or Business Owner

Becoming a yoga teacher was an amazing journey of self discovery and a huge enlightening time for me. The Week long intensive was a life changing week. When you finish, all you want to do is to go out and teach the knowledge that you have.

I was able to start doing classes right away? And Volunteering at the local Hall For Seniors Chair Yoga. I booked a Yoga retreat spot in a Buddhist temple for the following spring. Now its time to promote, the retreat the business and classes and my e-commerce online store.

I have used Facebook, Instagram, and I use my blog as well. Getting traffic to the sites and the feeds is what the challenge is.

Driving people to the sites to promote the content and promoting the Retreat.

I have a lot of family and friends who have also shared and promoted my business, and I’m so grateful for all that they do.

That is my number one challenge that I have been facing with starting up the business side of Yoga.

Please let me know what your struggles were when you first started out as a new business owner or writer to get your content out into the world.

Tonia Aldworth

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The Most Asked Questions I get About Yoga

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The Moment You Fell In Love With Yoga?

I have always loved doing yoga, but when I fell in love with yoga is when I truly connected with myself during a yoga class. That’s when I decided to become a teacher to help others, connect with themselves and to help them enjoy yoga as well and to help them reach their full potential on their life’s journey.

Why Are You Passionate About Yoga?

Yoga has brought me so much peace, serenity and strength. Showing me that you have to do what makes your heart full and I believe that if you love what you do for work you will never work again. You will work for what you love.

What Will Your Students Take Away From Your Yoga Classes?

I hope my students will become relaxed, feel stronger and  I hope that they find their own awakening to their spirit and body.  Finding a calmness in day.

Who Is Your Biggest Inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is my family and friends. They shape our lives and make us feel connected to another person. At the end of the day isn’t that what we all want, is to feel a connection with others. To know that we have impacted others threw out the day.

What Is Your Favorite Class To Teach?

I like to teach in smaller groups, so that we can connect. I enjoy teaching spiritual and gentle flow yoga.

What Is Your Favorite Asana? (Pose)

What a great question there are so many to choose from. I love Seated Spinal Twist             ( Marichyasana). It opens the heart and strengthens your hips and spine, it helps with digestive issues and lower back aches. This pose can be done on the mat or the chair, its great for all level of mobility. As well I love dancer pose, as it was difficult for me at first but with patience and persistence I was able to achieve it.

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Seated Spinal Twist

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Dancer Pose


If You Could Say Anything To Or Offer Advice To Anyone New Or Thinking About Starting Yoga, What Would That Be?

The first thing I would want everyone to know is that Yoga is for everyone. The most misconception is that you have to be flexible, I get this all the time. You do not have to be flexible to be able to do yoga. We also offer CHAIR YOGA for those that are not able to do mat yoga. Yoga doesn’t end on the mat. Yoga is in your everyday life. Walking, reading, painting, taking a few moments a day to just relax. Is yoga.

Stay Calm and Breathe~ It looks Good On You!

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