What are your goals this year? How will you attain them?

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Jan 062017
 

retreatThe other day, I asked my husband if he had any New Years Resolutions. He answered in a way that is similar to how I feel. He said, “I feel like I’m continuously working on myself. Not just once a year.”

But, starting the calendar year, there are certainly goals (business, health, financial) I want to attain. I have plans. A lot of them. And from experience, I know that when I get those plans onto paper, something magical happens.

When I was studying Yoga Therapy at  Re:Source I took a workshop with Carina Raisman and Peter Lavoie called Move, Meditate, Manifest. We learned very simple ways to get our desires and goals … organized… so the Universe can help make those things happen. I came up with personal, professional and health goals for 10, 5, 1 years and the present moment. When I looked at my goals a year later, I’d reached all my short term goals and was even as far along as five years in the future with some stuff!

Was it magic? Partly. But as Melanie Richards, the owner of Happy Tree, says (or was it Lisa Lajoie?), “The Universe is not your bitch.” What does that mean? We can set goals, send them out into the ether, but most of the time we’re going to have to work towards bringing things to fruition.

retreat1For me, I like to use a simple chart to get organized, based on what I learned with Carina and Peter. Some people like to create a vision board. There are lots of examples on Pinterest, and my friend, Stephanie is hosting a workshop called CRAFTING YOUR VISION FOR 2017: Exploring Your Life Path through Creative Wisdom on Saturday, January 14, if you would enjoy being guided through the process.

I’ve written before about this subject… The Law of Attraction, as it’s sometimes called. But the thing I keep remembering is that this is a process of Co-creation. That a prayer for something is far less likely to manifest into something real, than if we take real and concrete steps toward attaining our goals.

For me, last year I was working hard to achieve a better work-life balance. I can tell you, that I just got to spend nearly two weeks off with my kids, who were off school for the holiday. Career choices my husband and I have made allow us to do this and I don’t take this for granted for a minute. I also set an intention to consolidate my schedule, minimizing the amount of time I spend running from studio to studio, and I decided I would no longer teach regular classes on the weekend. So that was 2016. What about 2017?

My vision board or my goal setting chart for the year, isn’t something I’m going to post here. It’s something I am putting together and will keep close by to remind myself of where I am, where I’m going, and how I need to get there.

What would you like to feel, create or experience this year? This month? Right now?

I’m hoping that by writing this, you will start to think about doing something similar if you haven’t already. And I’m hoping that if you’re a parent, you help your children understand that they really can do and be anything they want.

Happy New Year!

Namaste,

Jenny

 

Forget January, Autumn is the real new year!

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Sep 042016
 

treeI was in a yoga class the other day, and the teacher, Bram, was talking about how there’s a certain almost chaotic energy in the air at this time of year. I coudn’t agree more. For me, it’s like blowing wind, or even better, those wasps that are just everywhere these days! So I figure, what better thing to do than head to a yoga class for some R&R…!

My oldest kid just started kindergarten, and her little bro is the new big kid at daycare. Things certainly are changing! I’m keeping myself grounded by doing yoga as daily as possible.

When I’m not momming or my own personal yoga practice this fall, I will, of course, be teaching! Please find below, my Autumn schedule, including Prenatal, Postnatal, Yin and Flow, as well as two super exciting workshops (THIS WEEKEND COMING)
WORKSHOPS SEPTEMBER 10th AND 11th

37Atelier – Réintégrez le ventre et le périnée dans la dynamique du corps par le Yoga
This workshop, offered only in French, will help women of all ages heal their diastasis and pelvic floor from a yogic perspective. You’ll learn practical tools and tips, but we’re not just dealing with the physical body here. Yoga, means union. this workshop was a long time in the works and Anne, Melanie and myself are so excited to be offering it.
Sign up is mandatory. You can click on the link above to register or if you’d like more details.
For the pregnant couples out there, our next Couples Yoga Birthing Workshop is happening Sunday, September 11, and there are a few spots left. We learn ways to cope and enjoy labour in this fun and informative 4 hour workshop. No yoga experience necessary!

Call Happy Tree at or register for any of the family programs online.

Jenny Bee’s fall yoga schedule

Tuesday
Yoga Portage @ Espace Shanti 9:30 (with baby)
Yoga Fluide (flow) @ Shanti 12pm
Prenatal @ Breathepod 3pm (pregnancy)
Prenatal @ Viveka 7:15 (pregnancy)
Wednesday
Mom and Baby @ Happy Tree 10:45 (with baby)
Prenatal @ Happy Tree 7:30 (pregnancy)
Thursday
Équilibre (Hatha/Yin) @ Viveka 10am
Mom and Baby @ Viveka 12pm (with baby)
Prénatal @ Espace Shanti 6:30pm (pregnancy)
Yin @ Espace Shanti 8:30
Friday
Mom and Baby @ Breathepod (with baby)
Cardio-Fit et Yoga maman-bébé
@ Espace Shanti 2pm (with baby)

 

Jul 012016
 

lightWe spontaneously found ourselves out for Chinese food the other day. The kids ate loads. I discovered General Tao tofu tastes just as good as the chicken. The highlight was fortune cookie time. We’d recently seen Freaky Friday and the kids were excited about the magic of the fortune. Bug’s read, “You will get new clothes.” Babes read,

“Happiness is directly related to your outlook on life.”

How perfect. I’d already been spending time thinking about how where we choose to focus our energy, or attention, shapes what our life looks like.

I do believe in the Law of Attraction (read about how I got a midwife). I read the Secret, and adore Louise Hay and Abraham Hicks. I believe we are co-creators in this thing called life. That means we put our energy into what it is we want, then things begin to unfold. It doesn’t mean we sit back and do nothing. We need to take steps, working with the Universe to create the life we want. As my teacher Melanie Richards, and her teacher Lisa Lajoie have said, “The Universe isn’t your bitch.” Sometimes some of these Spiritual/Self Help books leave out this detail. We need to actively participate in reaching our goals. Just wishing to be a millionaire won’t make you a millionaire. For example.

But I digress… It does all start with where we focus our energy (or attention, if that’s easier to pallet). And if we’re focussing on what we don’t want, that is what grows.

Do you remember my self fulfilling induction prophecy? Instead of focusing my attention on the birth I didn’t want, I’d have been wiser to focus on the one I did want. Which is what I did the second time around. More favourable outcome.

This doesn’t just play out in labour (and we know there are many factors in labour and pregnancy we cannot control). This affects every area of our life as a mom and also as a regular ol’ human being.

I’ve been talking about this in my yoga classes all week, and will leave you, dear reader, with the same story I told to my students. Of course in Yoga, we’re not really thinking in terms of “Good” and “Bad,” but this story illustrates exactly what I’m talking about.

Two Wolves
A Cherokee Legend

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

 

Spring has (kinda) sprung- Yoga Spring Newsletter

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Mar 022016
 

mittens3When we think of Spring, don’t we think of birds chirping, buds blooming, and babies being born? I do. We may still have loads of snow, but I know so many of you have recently given birth! Congratulations to all the new parents who are (or might be) reading this!

I wanted to send you information on a few things that are coming up in the next couple of months, whether you’re still pregnant or your baby has made it Earthside already.

I’m so happy to be able to extend the invitation to the Baby Massage class I’ll be running at Happy Tree in April. You can come as of four weeks postpartum, and babies are even welcome if they’re crawling (keeping in mind they are less likely to lay still). More info here.

I also have two more dates for Couples Yoga Birth Workshops: Sunday, March 13 and Sunday, May 22
1-4pm
You can sign up to Happy Tree events here.

In May, Melanie Faucher and I will be hosting a workshop on Yoga for Diastasis Recti at Espace Shanti. More details to follow.

POSTPARTUM DOULA SERVICES
I have recently opened up two morning where I am available for Postpartum Doula Services/Yoga Therapy. If you’re coming into Espace Shanti for consultation, you can book online here. If it’s for a home visit, please email me to discus exact times: jennyberthiaume @ gmail.com or call me 514.318.4566

Finally, here is my ongoing schedule for the next few months. You’ll find Yin Yoga, Babywearing Yoga, Mom&Baby and Kids Yoga here.

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Om Shanti, light and love,
Jenny

For more information on the packages I’m offering, you can visit www.bonadeayoga.com or call 514.318.4566

Jun 292015
 

Whether you’re a yogi, or a mama who spends her days in yoga pants (or like me—both!) check out these gorgeous tights made in Montreal by Cadeauté. And there’s a pair up for grabs!

 

cadeaute2The first time I noticed Cadeauté’s designs was at Happy Tree Yoga. The studio’s boutique stocks the brightly coloured pillows (for your bed and your eyes!) as well as the sweetest little notebooks. Every time I went into the studio, which became more and more frequent, I couldn’t keep my eyes off Barbara’s stuff. Her designs pop out at you, even when you’re looking in another direction. They’re unavoidable (in a great way!) I bought one of her little notebooks, which I still keep tucked in my yoga bag always. In it, I keep dreams, thoughts and inspirations for upcoming classes.

I started to quietly follow what Barbara was up to. I saw a successful indiegogo campaign. I saw lots of beautiful pottery. Then I saw she was going to release a yoga collection.

Inspired by a recent trip to India, Barbara came back with inspirations for designs that were very different from her florescência patterns, but they are unmistakeably hers. She told me the most inspiring thing about India is, “The joy of the people and their colourful way of living. All that beauty remains despite all the misery.” When the yoga line was complete, on Facebook, she released one new pattern of leggings at a time, leaving people more excited than they knew they could be about spandex! Myself included! I saw her table at the Yoga Festival Montreal, where she launched the collection, and I knew I needed a pair, but I wasn’t sure how on earth I’d decide which ones I wanted most. I picked the purple Peacock ones, and they’re perfect.

Cadeauté‘s leggings are so fun that it would be impossible to be grumpy while wearing them. They are my magic tights. I believe that clothing is supposed to make you feel good and make you feel more like yourself and these tights certainly do the trick. This morning, Babe asked me if I can save them for her when she gets older. I promised I would. I wonder if I’ll be wearing tights when I’m 60. If they make me feel this good than I just might be!

I’ve worn the leggings a few times now and I got compliments every single time. People come up to me to touch the fabric and remark at the thickness. They really are high-quality and thick. You know what that means? No one can tell if you’re wearing granny panties or a thong when you’re in Downdog. Moreover, unlike a famous brand of yoga attire that will remain nameless, no one can see the pattern on your underwear through your tights!

The real test, however, was to see how they’d hold up in a hot yoga class…

cadeaute3I admittedly don’t know a whole lot about fabrics. I tend towards natural materials like cotton, bamboo and hemp, but those don’t do so well when you’re sweating in Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana. So I end up wearing tights and a tank top to the weekly detox flow classes I take at Happy Tree. I usually walk out of those classes completely drenched and my legs feel disgusting. But my magic Cadeauté tights, a Polyspandex blend, didn’t have that effect. I hardly felt wet at all by the end of that class and there certainly were no sweat stains. I want to know when the shirts are coming out!

The pants also retained their stretch throughout the class, which many tights simply do not. As I told Barbara, there’s nothing more uncomfortable than baggy tights. Except maybe baggy socks. On that note, these tights are very special because of the option to slide the bottom over your heel. So cool!

For me, the best thing about wearing these tights in a yoga class is observing the symmetry. Maybe I was supposed to be focused on other things, but because these tights were brand new, in last week’s detox yoga class, I couldn’t help but notice with every posture how my legs always found their mirror image. Chair pose—symmetry. Forward fold, hey, look at that! Happy Tree has lots of mirrors, so I even saw how postures like butterfly matched up between my thighs! See, how fun is that? Too much fun, maybe. But clothes and yoga are supposed to be fun. All of the tights in this collection are perfectly symmetrical. In case you’re as excited by that as I clearly am!

The fabric is manufactured in Canada and they are printed with Eco-friendly water-based dyes that are both safe for children and the environment. They are also sewn by hand in Montreal. The sell for $70 which is an incredible price. The quality of these tights is way higher than anything I’ve seen and they are not made in a sweatshop.

cadauteI asked Barbara, who I am lucky to know IRL a couple of questions about the line and was thrilled to hear her answer.

“Cadeauté is the place where all the things that I love or inspire me and are part of my life meet. As a yoga student, it made sense to marry my love for yoga with my passion for creating. I also saw a huge gap in the yoga prop and clothing market in terms of finding colourful and unique designs. Most yoga pants and bolster cases are made with dark solid colour fabrics, and I find that the yoga practice should always be fun and joyful, so why not create a line that inspires people to have fun and feel joy?”

Thank you Barbara, for making clothing and accessories that are making people like me smile. Mission accomplished!

Bridal satin rose eye pillows and velveteen bolster cases with the same patterns are also available. You can check out Cadauté here.

To win your own pair of leggings, visit Cadeauté on Etsy, get the link to your favourite leggings and include it when sharing this post. Make sure to write on public mode so we can see your post. Extra chance to win if you share it on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #CadeauteYoga. Contest closes Monday, July 6.

Namaste and good luck!

 

May 252015
 

Eko-LiteI have about 10 yoga mats. Some were given to me, others I bought for 5$ a pop when a local yoga studio cleared out mats people had long forgotten. I use them for my summertime outdoor yoga classes so the quality really isn’t very important. Up until very recently, I’d just grab one of these ratty mats and head to work. Or I’d just borrow a mat from whatever studio I taught at that day. But in starting to take better care of myself, I thought, HEY! I DESERVE A GOOD YOGA MAT!

Enter Manduka’s eKO Lite Mat. I’d had my eye on these mats for a while. I’m bothered by the waste that is caused by all these crappy yoga mats so many of us use. I get (totally get) why people might not want to shell out 60$+ on a piece of rubber they might only use one time. (Did you see that Craig’s List ad??) But run of the mill yoga mats–including the 10 that I have– are made of all kinds of yucky chemicals. I primarily teach Mom and Baby yoga and kind of cringe when I see a baby gnawing on a toxic yoga mat. Most yoga mats are not good for us, our babies, or the planet. They’re made of things like PVC, BPA, azodicarbonamide, phthalates…

mat1

Shoulder stand at Happy Tree

So, in doing my eco friendly yoga mat research, I kept coming back to Manduka, and was recently lucky enough to get my hands on one. In the yoga world, we talk a lot about manifestation and the joke among my closest friends is how if I want something, be it a blender, crockpot or yoga mat, I make it appear thanks to this here blog. Which is what happened with this mat– Manduka sent me my very own eKO Lite Mat to review, and is going to give one to a lucky mamanaturale reader!

There’s always a chance, when I review something, I’m not going to like it. That’s not the case with this mat–I adore it. But at first, I was a little worried. I have used mats, like this one, which are meant to be used in hot yoga, and I really dislike the texture. You see the Lululemon ones all the time, totally scratched up from normal use (and I find them to be slippery). Often, they are also super thin, which to me defeats some of the purpose of using a yoga mat.

This Manduka mat, which is 4mm thick, has a really cool texture on the top. (They call it the “rippled water top”) it doesn’t scratch and it doesn’t slip. It’s made of biodegradable, sealed-cell natural tree rubber which was not harvested in the Amazon. The softening process is done without the toxic foaming agents and plasticizers found in other mats (see above!) What this means, is that if in Mom and Baby Yoga class, one of the munchkins craws up and takes a nibble, it won’t be too bad for her. I might not be impressed though, these days, this mat is my baby.

Crow at Espace Shanti

Crow at Espace Shanti

The day the mat arrived, I missed it and had to go to a Fed-Ex depot to get it and I was beyond excited. I really do receive a lot of cool things to review on this blog, but this thing takes the cake. I got my mat on a Wednesday night and on Thursday I used it to teach a Mom and Baby yoga class at Equilibrium, two Prenatal yoga classes at Happy Tree, TAKE a Hot Yoga class there (seriously super grippy when I was super drippy), then head with my new precious mat Espace Shanti where I teach Hatha/Yin. What a day. But I had the company of this luxe yoga mat.

I’m not one for “stuff,” and have definitely had moments snobbishly turning my nose up at spiritual materialism. But every teacher and every yogi deserves a good yoga mat that’s not going to make a giant footprint, right?

You might have noticed the huge Manduka ad on the side of this page. I’m an affiliate, so if you buy something from them through that link, you’ll be supporting this blog! Thanks in advance.

If you’d like to enter to win your own Manduka eKO Lite Mat, answer the following question in the comments: Why do you practice yoga? A second entry if you also tell us which yoga posture brings you inner peace.

Namaste and good luck!