calling it a night. a good one.
but not before i raid their candy buckets.
goodnight, interweb.

halloween 2012 | costumes
lucas: silverback gorilla
gavin: ghosty
charlie: dancin' skeleton

Lost letters?

About a month ago, I mailed out approximately 10-12 letters on the same day... it seems as if none of those letters made it to their destinations.  If you haven't heard from me in a while and are expecting a letter, let me know!  I will send another :)

Are you trying to conceive? Trying for a baby?

While nothing is a guarantee...
Are you familiar with Yin Yoga? I just received 'another' email this morning from a SUPER happy momma-to-be who will be leaving my Yin class to attend one of my  Prenatal classes and she is convinced that it was the Yin practice that made it happen after trying all sorts of ways.. (**And it happens all the time)

While I don't believe there are any actual studies, Yin Yoga DOES target the areas primarily from the navel to the knees and opens things up and lubricates things like never before and for conception and implantation to take place we need to be open. And relaxed. The practice removes stagnation and encourages Chi (prana) into the pelvic region in particular (reproductive organs) which is VERY healthy for the organs. And again, it's VERY relaxing and gives you more time to meditate and go within and connect with yourself on a deeper level increasing your body awareness even more than a more active yoga practice. And its the same hormones that 'get baby in there' as get baby 'out of there' if you know what I mean (nudge nudge wink wink;).
I can't recommend Yin Yoga enough for all sorts of reasons but if you are trying to conceive come to class and we'll do a special fertility flow anytime you like.

A brand new session of Yin Yoga starts up on Thursday at The Roundhouse at the corner of Davie St @ Pacific Blvd. Its super casual and all you need is to bring yourself.
To register go to or call 604-713-1800 (press 2)

Just realized all my current sessions are wrapping up! Register today if you can!

Daytime Yoga (Mixed levels) Mon & Wed 1230-2pm at Mount Pleasant
Mixed Levels Yoga Tues 730-9pm at The Roundhouse
Prenatal Yoga Wed 630-745pm at Mount Pleasant
Prenatal Yoga Tues & Thurs 545-715pm at The Roundhouse 
Baby and Me Yoga Mon 1045-12pm at Mount Pleasant
Baby and Me Yoga Thurs 1230-2pm at The Roundhouse
Yin Yoga Thursdays 730-845pm (generally goes til 9pm) at The Roundhouse
Mount Pleasant 604-257-3080 (press 2) 
Roundhouse 604-713-1800 (press 2)

life stressing you out? feeling stiff and achy? looking for balance?

Greet everyone you meet with a warm smile.

No matter how busy you are, 
don't rush enounters with co-workers, family and friends.
Speak softly. Listen attentively. 
Act as if every conversation you have 
is the most important thing on your mind today.
 Look your children and your partner in the eyes when they talk to you.
 Stroke the cat, caress the dog.
 Lavish love on every living being you meet. 
See how different you feel at the end of the day.

 ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach 

A sweet student of mine had an article published and she is a really great writer.

The article is by By Lisa Marie Sterr and it's on Page 7 of the Fall issue of the Networker

Lisa Marie is really talented and lovely and open and honest and I cherish our relationship very much. We go way back have shared many a yoga class together. She inspires me. She wrote this one evening after a yoga class with me and I am glad she shared it with me. I can certainly relate in a huge way to much of what she says. 
It’s nice that yoga is always there for us through challenging times AND happy times. *All we have to do it show up. 
It isn't always easy, but we always feel better for it on every level. That’s the promise of yoga.

Here it is: Sometimes help comes from the most unexpected places. I’ve been feeling so tormented lately; full of raw emotions. About an hour before leaving for my yoga class, I have the most intense cry. I am so sad. Yet somehow I manage to eat, put on my yoga clothes, and head out the door.
Entering the classroom, I notice the soft lighting. My yoga teacher says hi to me by name, and I feel like she’s happy to see me. I settle on a mat. As the class begins, I focus on breathing. Still, it is a struggle to stay present, since I’ve been floating away from my body so much lately. I tell myself it will be a victory if I can have even moments of being grounded.
In the quiet room, all I can hear is my teacher’s voice, the yoga music and the sound of people breathing. Everything else falls away. I focus on my body and on following the poses. My neglected body, so alienated and uninhabited, is now moving and stretching. I feel it freeze, as it has been doing so often lately. I take a moment to notice it, then start moving again.
In the “downward dog” pose, I push all my tension, all my feelings of being trapped, into my arms. In “warrior,” I stand tall and feel my feet rooting down. My vision sharpens and I am present in the room, for the first time in weeks. I twist and bend, feeling the rawness in my joints, the heat rushing through my body.
And then the reward: relaxation.
I relax into my teacher’s voice – a pleasant melody soothing all the discordant notes inside me; into the supports under my head and knees and the cushioning of the yoga mat beneath me. The floor is smooth and cool under my hands. It is safe here. For the first time in weeks, I can rest.
Fluid, juicy sensations float through me as I leave the class. I’m melty, like the most exquisite piece of chocolate, and also warm and tingly, like feeling really close to someone. My body has been craving this sooth- ing – which I found, not in a bag of cookies or in my therapy group, but at yoga. I found it inside my body, where I’ve been feeling so much torment. I don’t know how long it will last; the anguish may come flooding back tomorrow. But for now I revel, and rest, in the relief.

Nothing bonds women quite like pregnancy and new babies

My yoga classes (pre and post natal in particular) are very much about community building and thats what makes my life and my profession so very rich and rewarding. I get to witness first hand, new friendships among moms be formed in every single class. And many of these connections will be lifelong. Some of my sweet moms have a great meet up group going on and they all seem to be enjoying it greatly. 

If it interests you go to and search "Vancouver moms to be".Click on the b&w pregnant belly (if its your first time you may have to make a free profile -only takes a sec). Some examples of meet up's are: Saturday morning social breakfast, Sunday a seawall walk and Monday a Thai lunch downtown.  One mom told me "I have found this group has answered a lot of questions for me and given me the added confidence to accept that my changes are normal and average …nothing to worry about."

Card game illustration

Illustration for a card game
© Rogue Moon Studio

When The Mail Gets Lost

What you see above is my project for the next couple of days - 250ish envelope blanks ready for me to cut out, fold, and glue.  If you have received any mail from me recently, you might have seen the previous colors used in my envelope making endeavors.  I have stepped it up quite a bit with these, and these 8.5"x11" sheets of paper will be completely used in the process.  I can't wait to see the result!  I shall be an envelope making machine until some replies start coming in again.

Recently, a pen pal from Australia sent me a postcard meant to just check in and see how things were going since they hadn't heard from me in a while.  I looked in my records - I had sent a reply months previously.  I'm guessing that reply never made it to the land down under.  If you ask me, a dingo ate it.  But, in all likely hood, it has ended up somewhere in a dead letter office.  Actually, I've just learned that these are now called mail recovery centers.  Good to know.
But, I digress.  I got a little behind in my replies for the month of August and September,  and am almost completely caught up.  I even got to send letters to France and India for the first time!  I'm nearing my one year anniversary of this blog, and writing letters.  If you had asked me that this hobby would become such a large part of my life, I would have laughed.  But as any of my friends can tell you, they have even started asking "What's in the PO Box today?".  

Yesterday?  Nothing.  Let's hope something comes today!

Here is a FREE show pass to the Yoga Conference & Show next month!

 Workshops cost extra (and registration is on) but the show is HUGE as well, and there are free garden classes and loads of vendors. This is a weekend of community and celebration of yoga with something for everyone!  Absolutely everyone ♥ 
Print up this pass and I hope to see you there! For more info go HERE

Bittersweet October.

The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.  Carol Bishop Hipps

books on books. on books.

today our errand running took us across town.
today was library day.
charlie heads straight for the mini computer.
gavin always - right to the books on tape.
and i start my hunt.
today we hit the children's book jackpot.

our book crate is full to the brim.
i remember being lovely little lindsay 
and my cathy would let us fill a laundry basket.
a laundry basket! 
full of library books!
the littlest boys are napping.
and i'm going to sit in the quiet and read this whole stack.
i love children's books more than i love grown up books.

today's finds:
numbers - orla kiely
little birds ABC's - piet grobler
bear dispair - gaetan doremus
people - blexbolex
up above + down below - paloma valdivia
looking at lincoln - maira kalman
otto carrotto - chiara carrer
clara and asha - eric rohmann
sweet dreams - rose a. lewis
tumford - nancy tillman

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain

Fantastic talk! Fascinating, lovely and inspiring. I feel especially touched by this talk as I once suffered a brain injury in a car accident and had to start over again as well. I can totally relate. The climb back up isn't easy but you must persevere. And sometimes in this life you do have to fake it, until you become it, and what you do practice day in and day out, you become. The talk is 21 mins long. Sit back and enjoy xo

Halloween Party Play Date

Join us Saturday Oct. 27th for our
 Halloween Party Play Date

Where: Lucas Park Playground 
When: 1pm - 4pm

There will be pumpkin decorating, face painting, snacks and of course candy so put on your favorite costume (parents too) and join the fun! 

The Downtown Chamber of Commerce will be judging costumes from 1pm-2pm with the winners announced at 2pm. Prizes will be awarded so get creative! 

Also Urban Harvest STL will be hosting a pumpkin carving contest during the play date. Pumpkins can be registered between 2pm-3pm and the winner will be announced at 3pm. Stop by the Haunted Harvest Festival at the downtown community garden (1631 Dr. MLK Drive) on Sat. Oct. 20th from 4pm-6pm to pick up a pumpkin. Take it home and carve it then bring it back to Lucas Park on the 27th to enter the contest.  

After the play date there will be trick-or-treating at Downtown businesses.  Maps of participating locations will be available at Lucas Park.

Please RSVP number and age of children attending at

Never Summer Premier in Denver Colorado

What a fun weekend! I was stoked to be greeted by my great friend Mary Boddington, and her boyfriend Andrew, when I arrived in Denver. Both of which are also Never Summer Team riders. Mary and I met doing the North Face Masters events. She has always been so strong and an inspiration on the snow. Just check out some of this footage. This is from 2011 season.

Friday night we settled in at her brothers house. Enjoyed a few beverages at numerous establishments. Saturday we went to a BBQ where I was able to meet more of the team riders. Everyone was in high spirits and excited about the premier that evening. We played horse shoes, bean bag in the hole, and ate a ton of amazing food. Once it was time, we all caravanned to the premier. It was in deep Denver. Totally hilarious scene, many people had dressed up in there Talladega Nights attire, in hopes to win some free shwagg, which included a Never Summer board. The creativity was great and everyone had a blast!

Gags was amazing as the MC for the night. A DJ played some Dub style music which was a hit, and a band all dressed as nuns covering Clash songs finished off the music for the evening. 

The Never Summer film was awesome. Days of Chunder was a hit! Watching snowboard films never gets old, there's nothing like premier season to get you fired up for snow. NS has a very talented crew and I am excited to get involved in the making of next years film.

Andrew shredding during the skate session.

Molly and Alli tossing bean bags.
You wouldn't see these guys in Tahoe, but man I am glad I came to Denver to see them!

Never Summer Riders as Talladega Nights
Never Summer lovers from all over Colorado

Sunday was a chill day where we enjoyed a lovely day at the  Denver Aquarium.  I have not been to an aquarium for  many years so this was a special treat. From clown fish to Great Whites we were able to enjoy a broad range of water creatures. The mermaids had gone back to the ocean for the day so unfortunately we didn't get a photo shoot with them.
Next Time!

Welcome to the jungle:)

Lobsters rocking out in the coolest place I have ever scene.
Mary Boddington and Henry Boddington, looking pretty small next to this massive fish.
Nothing like a shark and a turtle cruising over your head in the middle of the city.

I took off for California on Monday, before we headed to the airport, we all made a quick stop at the Never Summer factory. Yahoo:)
Micah, our team manager, gave us a tour of the place. Stoping off at every station and explained how the process of making the greatest boards works. Thanks Micah for answering all of our questions!

Never Summer uses some of the best materials. From carbon fiber dampeners, P-tex side walls, fiberglass and wood core, as well as rubber used for dampening. This gives you the smoothest ride possible, with unmatched responsiveness. There is much more technology that goes into making a NS board so check it out for your self.
It's no surprise that Outside Magazine chose the NS Proto CT/CTX as it's, Gear of the Year!

Gags, Micah and I

Micah giving us the tour. Beautiful Mary B and Andrew stoked as always.

P-tex Yeah!

2012-13 Lotus and Infinity Top Sheets

Rubber and Carbon Fiber so we can go fast!

This action packed weekend was great, though I am excited to be back in Tahoe. Biking season is coming to a close, so get out there an make the most of your fall days! For those of you following my blog, thanks for the support.