Big blessings + welcoming in the cool air of October!
I live in Victoria, BC, Canada. Here- we are transitioning into fall- shorter days and cooler temperatures are moving in. It is a beautiful time of year- the trees are offering their most potent lessons- those of transformation- a certain right of passage- and that of letting go.
This time of year we are graced with the polarity of harvest abundance and the beginnings of decay and death... We are beginning to wrap ourselves inward to see what has grown, evolved, and now- perhaps ready to retire.
The fall season- where the leaves honour us with their spectacle of colour- we are reminded that transitions, transformation, letting go, and even death- can be graceful and even beautiful.
October holds an energy of transition, detours, and moving with flexibility, flow, and our highest lessons of letting go.
Perhaps, we can all lean into receiving what is truly meant for us by embracing the potency of...
October Challenge - Let's go!
Join us for an October challenge… To recommit to your body, mind, heart, and soul!
This month, many people choose to dive into their health by eliminating alcohol from their daily lives! #soberoctober #rockon
In the spirit of seasonal changes and health initiatives, we want to support you to get back to your mat, to your wellness practices, and to love your body up!
YouTube (get to know us through short practices! - totally free!)
Join us live on YouTube (accessible to all!) for 31 days of short practices, posture tips, pose breakdowns, and self care routines to leave you feeling alive and full again.
Each day, the teachers of Daily Ritual are going to hop on live to share with you part of their journey and reasons for why they practice... To inspire and weave in more depth for your own practice.
We believe in the power of yoga and wellness practices in the workplace to reduce stress and anxiety, increase fitness and overall health and wellness, and boost morale, happiness, creativity, focus, and improve performance from employees.
Check out this list which will help to confirm why you need to integrate a wellness program into your business. It is a win win for both employee and employer!
1. INCREASED ENERGY
Our sitting culture and sedentary lifestyles have created quite a dilemma for our bodies, which were designed to move! Many of us find ourselves sitting at our desks all day in our workplace. To increase energy and motivation, it is essential to integrate movement into the workplace. Movement increases blood flow and circulation which reduces fatigue and uplifts energy, creating a much needed revitalization to your employees performance.
It’s no surprise that employees...
In primal movement, we are working to move with the natural alignment of our spine. Working with a more natural, springy alignment, we cultivate balanced tone- all sides of the body engaging holistically for functional movement.
In our daily lives and in our practices, oftentimes we cultivate movement patterns that are out of harmony.
The anterior chains of the body tend to work harder than the posterior chains of the body, and this imbalance can lead to injury and ailment.
By teaching our body to engage in an even and balanced way, we invite whole body integration and optimize our body to move in an intelligent and healthy way.
Through alignment of the spine, learning to engage the posterior chain in balance with the anterior chain, and cultivating even tension and tone- we begin to move through space in a more integrated and holistic way.
When we are moving out of alignment- our body suffers. When we are not engaging the...
Lately, fascia is a hot topic when it comes to biomechanics and anatomy of the body, and with good reason! This interconnected and holistic system of connective tissue is informing, communicating, and holding the tension and integrity of our physical body structure.
Here are my top three reasons why fascia is so dope:
>> Fascia has changed the way we understand biomechanics and functional mobility.
Where once we understood the body as a compressive, stacked structure, separated into isolated parts, we now understand the body as a holistic, integrated, and interconnected tensegrity system.
In past concepts of body mechanics, we thought that the bones needed to be stacked for optimal alignment and to maintain proper structure and function. However, this is no longer accurate. Now we understand that the bones are essentially floating struts in a network of fascial connective tissues, tendons and ligaments. This changes the idea that our bones are stacking on top of each other and...
Finding Balance + Cultivating Peace & Tranquility
In our most healthy and balanced states, our autonomic nervous system is ebbing and flowing- oscillating between our sympathetic and parasympathetic states. The autonomic nervous system is part of the peripheral nervous system which regulates involuntary physiological processes like heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, digestion, and sexual arousal. Within the autonomic nervous system is held the sympathetic, parasympathetic, and enteric nervous systems. For this information bite- I will focus on the first two aspects: the sympathetic and parasympathetic.
Our sympathetic nervous system directs the body’s rapid and involuntary responses to stressful or potentially dangerous situations, causing a gush of hormones to flood the body. This gush of hormones prompts the body system to be alert and aware by increasing the heart rate and sending extra blood to the external...
Handstands are one of my favourite things to teach. Let me tell you why.
I love handstands! So damn much. Being in a handstand is bliss. Every single day, I hop into one! There have been moments in my life where its possible that I was on my hands more than my feet!
Landing your first handstand is pretty damn cool. For many, like me, it’s elusive… It’s challenging… It’s almost impossible! Until one day…
But anyways- this isn’t my point.
The coolest part about a handstand is not the handstand at all. The best part is actually the journey to the handstand!
When we show up to our yoga mat… We sign up for a journey. It is often physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.
Sometimes the practice is a soft, gentle, and nourishing journey, and sometimes it’s a bit more intense, rigorous, and challenging.
Having soft, gentle practices to tap into are so important- especially these days when we are...
Practices to calm your body, mind and soul.
We live in a world that is on high drive, all the time. We are always going, always doing, always ‘on.’
In fact, for many of us, it is quite challenging to wind down and decompress.
We are over stimulated: electronically, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Living these high drive lives keeps our sympathetic nervous system turned on. This is the part of our nervous system that keeps us alert, engaged, and active. When we are stressed and in constant go-mode, our sympathetic nervous system is activated, which is not bad all the time, except that for many of us, it is activated all the time.
Having practices to calm our hyper-stimulated system is so important. Sacred slow down rituals help us tap into the power of our parasympathetic nervous system. When we are calm and relaxed, our system has an opportunity to chill out. The parasympathetic nervous system...
By Cecilia Mackie, CSNN Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Primal Movement Teacher
Holistic Nutrition is the concept of approaching both our bodies and our nourishment as a fully integrated and holistic system - understanding that everything we consume becomes us, thus affecting how our body operates as a whole.
When we understand our bodies in this holistic way, we can see how the quality of lifestyle, our nutrition, and the food we eat can either support our most vibrant and radiant health, or create a disharmonious state within us (i.e. inflammation, illness, or disease). When we choose to feed our bodies with food that is high vibe and filled with life, we inevitably begin to radiate that same state of aliveness, thus creating an internal environment that promotes self-healing and wholeness!
Holistic nutrition not only takes into consideration what we feed our bodies in terms of food, but...