The experience of motherhood changes pretty much everything, especially the perception of Mother’s Day! On that one day in May that is designated to honour the mother, it now seems to me that cards, flowers, jewellery and humble words of thanks are somewhat insignificant. How can one possibly begin to acknowledge the never ending nurturing nature of a loving Mom?
It’s true that I now look at people differently. As I hold my daughter and type with one hand, I realize that we were all babies once, and from the moment we arrived into this world someone had to care for us. It’s a special ability to be able to extend one self to a child while sleep deprived, and at the same time prioritize the necessities of household duties and possibly even a career.
With great reverence (and likely a card or flowers) I will do my best to show gratitude to my dear mother this month. I absolutely would not be where I am today, nor would I be able to accomplish what I do, without her. Thus, when I do take a moment to meditate upon all this, it will surely be a spiritual one.
Blessings to All Mama’s & Namaste
btw, the Spring Survey 2011 is online and we await your feedback! You could win a FREE 1 Month Unlimited or 10 Class Flexi Pass if you enter by May 20th…
Congratulations Claudine Lacombe! Claudine is one of those wonderful Mom’s that we admire and respect for her initiative to make it to yoga class! Along with caring for her small child (and having a second one on the way) she manages to put yoga into her schedule. She notes, “Over the years, I’ve tried several other yoga studios but I keep running back to Body Harmony! It might be because of its convenient location, its varied schedule or the beloved last minutes of relaxation at the end of class. Maybe it’s how organized the studio is, the fact that I can leave my yoga mat there or perhaps the tea and cookies after prenatal yoga. Certainly all that, but mostly I love how it makes me feel during the class and afterwards. I find something I value and get inspired by with each different teacher I’ve met at Body Harmony. Merci! I look forward to many more years of stretching, grounding and relaxing.”
ABC’s of Infant/Child CPR with Michele Labelle
Learn the basic life saving techniques of CPR and removal of an obstruction for kids under 8 years old. DID YOU KNOW the #1 reason for doing CPR in infants is choking (0 to 1 year)? And the #1 reason for doing CPR in children is drowning (1 to 8 yrs)? Michele Labelle worked as Respiratory Therapist at BC’s Children Hospital for 16 years in the ICU and special care nursery. She brings her experience to teaching CPR in a fun and realistic approach to saving your child’s life. Please read the white pages of the telephone book (pp. 26-28) on safety and come with a teddy bear (or small doll) and piece of paper and pen.
Sundays May 1
12:30 – 2:30 pm
$20 plus hst – Preregister Now
The Vancouver Sun Sustainable Living Exp
From May 13 -15th the Vancouver Convention Centre will host what is sure to be a weekend full of eco-friendly information you don’t want to miss. The Vancouver Sun Sustainable Living Expo is Western Canada’s largest sustainable lifestyle show and eco-marketplace. This is a celebration of planet-friendly living and like-minded individuals informed by over 300 green businesses with inspiring ideas, exciting entertainment and smart shopping tips in one jam-packed weekend. On top of getting to sample Vancouver’s finest in local, sustainable foods prepared by some of Vancouver’s top chefs, get the latest on how to make consumer conscious choices. For more information, check out their website!
If you have been unsuccessful at bringing your family into the studio, you can encourage the benefits of clean air and deep breath, with the peaceful power of Mother Nature! It’s spring, so get outdoors as a family and make it fun! Sure, it might take a little organizing, but making a day of outdoor activities such as hiking or biking could become a rewarding team effort. With a camera and snacks in hand, it’s more fun than you think. If met with resistance, it never hurts to come up with a treat or goal that the whole family can enjoy when you’ve completed the activity. Those mountains we all so love to gaze at have trails… Here is a list of the top 5 family trails on the North Shore ranging from scenic routes to challenging treks.