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It’s taken me almost a full week to be able to even think about putting words down on a page about the amazing and transformative experience I had during our september YTT weekend and retreat.  On the way home, thoughts were jumbled in my head and emotions were jumbled in my heart. Before diving into the weekend, at least one paragraph needs to be dedicated to our hosts at the Centre de Vie Ripon, and the beautiful land they lovingly take care of.  The house and facilities are comfortable and… Read More


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Since my last post in July, time kind of got away from me!  Summer ‘arrived’ for real, with vacations, BBQs with friends, visiting family – lots of fun things that helped balm the pain of the last few months. What is interesting about self-care, like daily yoga practice for example, is that sometimes, when things take a turn for the better in your life, it can be easy to put aside.  Although I have been trying to have a daily yoga and meditation practice since the beginning of this training,… Read More


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Aaaaaahhhh… July.  A month of gorgeous weather, vacations and in my case new beginnings! As you likely know if you read my others blog posts, there have been some major shifts in my life in the last few months.  So much so that I missed the June YTT weekend to spend extra time with my sons, who needed it.  These last few months have been a roller coaster for me, with fear and pain as my sidekicks.  I am able to ride these waves, I keep busy, I smile, I… Read More


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I was pretty nervous driving to Energie EnCorps from Montreal on Saturday morning. My bag was packed the night before and I went to bed too late. I got to the studio too early, always do, and hung out in the Tim’s parking lot for about 25 minutes. My first impression walking in from the cold was that of being welcome – there was the smell of essential oils in the air, people greeting each other, smiling. A good start!  Introductions also helped assuage some nervousness, every single person seemed… Read More


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Contrary to popular belief the Mysore Yoga classes are not exclusively for double-jointed, contortionist yogis that know the Ashtanga Primary Series by heart.  And guess what… mysore classes are not designed to make you sore.   Phew, now that I got that off my plate… Allow me to demystify the mystery of Mysore and explain to you why you should give it a try. Mysore yoga is a class taught in the traditional teaching style of Ashtanga yoga.  Rather than a led class with the teacher cueing the poses at the… Read More


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The excitement inside me has been literally shining out of my face over the past few days.   If you know me at all, you would know that this is so true.  For the past two days, I have been dancing with joy as I continue to hear the good news of the different souls who are committing to our 2018 Yoga Teacher Training.  Our new tribe is coming together… and it’s brilliant! Over the past 3 years, Energie EnCorps has trained over 35 students via our Ashtanga Teacher Training program. … Read More


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A tradition at Energie EnCorps is to gift one lucky student enrolled in either the 200hr Yoga Teacher Training or Mentorship, a $500 scholarship towards the program! The Energie EnCorps YTT Scholarship aims to encourage yogis to deepen their practice and to live the philosophy of yoga off the mat and into the world. Share your story using the hashtag #whyimworthit ❤️ Deadline to apply is April 2nd, 2018 and winner will be announced on April 5th, 2018…Goodluck! 🕉 ARE YOU ELIGIBLE? 1️⃣ Has committed to the current year YTT… Read More


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Be Bold.  Be Brave.  Be Beautiful.  How do you feel when you hear these words?  Some people think… Hell yeah!  Damn right… Other’s may cower at this statement thinking something like… Hmmmm.  Not quite there yet.  Oh please…  Let me just hide in this crowd. To Be Bold, Brave and Beautiful, is a practice.  It takes being and feeling good in your own skin.  Bold enough to be try something new and to believe in yourself enough, to let your beauty shine out…  It’s not easy.  It’s flipping scary.  But if… Read More


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I am writing this blog as therapy, to organize my thoughts and to calm my nerves. You see, in two days I am giving a talk to a group of entrepreneurs about moving out of your comfort zone. In this talk, I will be sharing my personal experiences of hardship and of facing anxieties in my family life and in business, with the hopes of inspiring others to learn how to deal with FEAR… through the practice of YOGA. Over the past few months, I have been given these amazing… Read More


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In my sixth Energie EnCorps Ashtanga 200hr yoga teacher training weekend, we finished going over all of the postures in the primary series. I feel comfortable with the postures and know what comes next since I practice mysore regularly and do weekly led ashtanga classes. Still, I have a long way to go to perfect each posture in the series but I am patient with myself to know that with enough practice, I will get there. Some postures might even take years for me to be comfortable to perform its… Read More