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Holding the Pose – Check Out This On-Line Gentle Hatha Yoga Class


“What’s important to you? What would you like to leave behind?”

– Rob Fitchel, Yoga Grace

Do you practice yoga?

I do. I absolutely love it. I have been practicing yoga for about a decade now and it has made a significant difference in my life, work, body, mind & soul. I first started yoga years ago for physical reasons. My writing and other computer work were taking their toll on my body – especially my wrists, forearms, upper arms, shoulders and neck.

I soon realized, however, that the merits of yoga go far beyond the physical benefits of stretching, building strength and muscle toning. Yoga also gave me the gift of quieting my mind…even if it was, in the early days, only in 10-second increments once a week. And then, somewhere along the line, yoga also became a portal of sorts…a way in which I could tap into both my own inner wisdom, as well as guidance from a higher source.

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Implementing a self-guided morning yoga practice at home, as part of my daily pre-work routine, has been a game-changer for me.

But I still love to take a guided yoga practice (by a trained yoga instructor) once or twice a week because that’s when I find I am really able to slow down…physically and mentally. When left to my own devices, I don’t hold the poses nearly long enough. Let’s stretch as fast as possible to funky music…I’ve got work to do!

I have had many wise & wonderful yoga instructors over the years. Here in Qualicum Beach, where I live now, my go-to studio is the ever so lovely Yoga Grace.

One of my instructors at Yoga Grace is Rob. He teaches Gentle Hatha and Gentle Stretch. I always leave his classes feeling calmer, significantly more relaxed and always a little bit wiser, too. I often find the insights Rob shares during class to be exactly what I needed to hear on any given day.

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When COVID19 hit and the Yoga Grace studio had to temporarily close its doors, they immediately offered free on-line classes (but donations are very much appreciated) so we could continue our yoga practice at home.

I have been doing just that.

Here is the link to Rob’s Gentle Hatha on-line class (45 minutes). It is positively delightful…your mind, body, soul, heart & and hamstrings will thank you.

Here is a sampling of some of Rob’s insights from this particular class:

“What’s showing up for you today? Is the mind distracted? Are there emotions bubbling to the surface? It’s all perfectly normal. We’re just allowing everything that is showing up to run its course.”

“Remember everything is cyclical in nature. So regardless of where you are in your cycle, there is always the next stage coming just behind it…you are harvesting, you are taking all the learning from the last stage we are coming out of. What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about life? What’s important to you? What would you like to leave behind?”

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Interested in working with a Life Coach?

Rob has also recently started offering his life-coaching services again. I have already had my first session with him…it was extremely helpful. To find out more, please e-mail Rob at: 

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How to Become Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable by Esther Kane

What is your experience with yoga? Do you practice it? If so, what type do you prefer? What do you find are the benefits?

If you are not yet a yogi but would like to give it a try, Yoga Grace offers other  excellent on-line classes (different types of yoga, relaxation, meditation, etc) as well as live classes on Yoga Grace Instagram.

Take care and here’s to holding the pose! Namaste 🙂

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

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