Full Moon Yoga

Happy Full Moon!  Those of you who know me, know about my reverence for natures cycles and particularly the lunar cycle and seasons of the year. 

I wanted to share with you one of my favourite practices. A yogic salutation to the moon. This is not your regular cooling moon salutation (chandra namaskar). On the full moon, I like to invigorate the element of fire into this moving meditation. I hope that you enjoy this different style of moving with the moon. If you love this practice, please let me know how you feel in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you! 🙂

In my online course, I teach different styles of yoga to go with each phase of the lunar cycle (for instance, restorative on the dark moon) and also yoga nidras for each phase, Ayurvedic wisdom and practices for each phase as well as pranayamas. If you are interested in learning more about my online course "Moving with the Moon" please check out my wait list here: 

Meditation – Cultivating Hope

In this meditation, I wanted to explore the virtue of hope.

Through neuroscience we're discovering that what we practice, we become.

I talk about how I think hope is different from optimism, which I think CAN be about wishing. Wishing in a direction and then hopefully it will happen.

Hope is a choice; it's a courageous choice. Based in reality and based in action. Hope inspires action. It sees the darkness, it sees the struggle, and It also sees the good that is possible, it sees the fullest picture.

It inspires us into positive action. Hope is a muscle that we can strengthen.

This meditation is meant to cultivate hope and inspire action.

It's meant to help you continue to build up your hope. Then with hope to spare, help others build a future that is better than the present, safer, more kind, more symbiotic with our planet.

Our children deserve this from us AND we have the power to make great changes while we're on this earth.

Please if you feel called to join my earth week challenge, you can sign up here below

My Story: Healing from Anxiety & Panic Attacks

When I was young I had a severe case of asthma. Throughout my childhood, I had many experiences (a house fire, bullies, car accidents, death of loved ones) that lead me to develop an anxiety problem. This anxiety caused my mind to race and also caused frustrating insomnia. Occasionally, I became hijacked by my nervous system and panic attacks or asthma attacks would leave me worried and afraid. It was an unsettling feeling, to lose control of my breath. More then once I found myself in the hospital with blue lips, face and fingers from hyperventilation and lack of oxygen. I also experienced heart palpitations that caused me to worry even more about what was happening to my body. I felt helpless. What I could do to prevent these types of attacks from coming on? I had no idea.

Many people know what anxiety feels like, the way it controls the mind, produces pain, aches or nausea, the way it can create a sense of disconnect between mind, body, spirit, and the world around us. Under these conditions, relaxation is often a challenge; experiencing a sense of peace can be nearly impossible. Once anxiety takes hold, it can manifest in a variety of ways—from panic and obsessive-compulsive behaviours to post traumatic stress, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder. Today, over 18% of North Americans are affected with anxiety disorders. At the time, I felt isolated but I now know that I was not alone in this battle.

My journey with yoga began in 2003 when I fell completely head over heels in love at my very first class. I walked out of that room as if I was floating on a cloud, I had never felt such peace. I had the best sleep that night, the best sleep I’d had in years! I began to practice yoga daily because I loved the relaxed feeling it gave me as well as the sense of inner stillness and peace. The more I practiced the more I felt a much needed sense of balance in my life as well as emotional resilience. Finally I had found something that was relieving all of my anxiety symptoms as well as healing my asthma.  Over time I went from worrying every night as I tried to fall asleep to drifting off  into a peaceful sleep easily and care free. I noticed the effects of this ancient science pouring over into every aspect of my life. I knew I was going to be a lifelong student of yoga and meditation.

I studied under Randal Williams of the Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health for my 200 hour training. In essence, the word Kripalu translates into ‘being compassionate’. Neither posture sequences nor instructions are standardized, so no two classes look alike. Because of the creative nature of Kripalu Yoga and being an art student myself, I found it was the perfect yoga teacher training for me.

I continued my yoga education, branching out into yoga nidra & integrative restoration, intensive meditation courses, energy medicine workshops, chakra intensives with Seane Corn & Anodea Judith, and studied my 500 hour training in yoga psychology under Ashely Turner and am currently enrolled in a 13 moon priestess mystery school.

Each class I guide includes not only asana (physical poses) but also pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation proven to calm the nervous system. Bringing awareness to the physical sensations, emotions, and thoughts that arise throughout the practice create a ‘meditation in motion’ style of class.

Nothing is more fulfilling than spreading the incredible benefits I have found in yoga with others.  I was a person who struggled with debilitating anxiety. Today I am not. In the future, as life brings more challenges, I know that I now have the tools to get through it. It brings me joy to spread these wonderful tools into the community. I am grateful that I get to do this work. Thank you for reading my story. I hope to see you soon on the mat.

Ally Boothroyd