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Hello and nice to e-meet you! My name is Michelle Uy and I am a yoga teacher based in Toronto.

It's very simple, as a yoga teacher, I'm here to help you connect to your brightest possibility, YOU.

You'll find me in many different settings, I teach group classes as well as one-on-one sessions. My students range from teenaged kids to cancer patients to people with mental disabilities to the 40-year old mom with two kids. In any case, my goal is to help my students breathe better and through yoga poses and breathing exercises, aid them in finding the areas in their bodies where they are holding tension and help them release it.

From time to time, I'll write about a yoga pose or a really great yoga event happening, but you'll also hear from me about maybe a top-notch restaurant that I checked out or a really great foreign film that you just can not miss. Lastly, there are so many wonderful examples of people joining together to make the world a better place that I'd also like to share that with you too.

Thank you for stopping by, if you have any thoughts, questions, ideas you'd like to run by me, please feel free to send me an email, I'd love to hear from you.

Michelle

Meditation!

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Meditation can sometimes be challenging.  Period.  (Maybe this even deserves an exclamation mark! :)   Over the last five years, I have found my meditation practice integral in my life, giving me ease and clarity.  Don’t get me wrong, at times, I find it to be also challenging, especially during busy times.  This is when it is even more important, I find.

I have talked to many students who have struggled with meditation, looking for guidance and for it to just be plain easier.  I found this helpful handout on meditation on the Oprah website and it’s written by Jon Kabat-Zinn, a meditation teacher.  The overall message, be easy on yourself, it’s hard work but absolutely do not put it off another day,  and absolutely MEDITATE!  The one tip I give students all the time, that was passed onto me by a yoga teacher, is consistency is better than length of time.  It is better to meditate everyday for 5 minutes, then to do it once a week for 20 minutes.  Happy  meditating!

My Goals For May!

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This morning as I hurried myself out the door to get to my yoga class, I realized that I left my keys in my boyfriend’s man bag. SHIT. I called him up. We decided that I would leave the door unlocked and he would be home shortly to lock up. After my class, I found myself with some extra time as I had to wait for him to return home. So I went to a cafe and ordered a cup of tea and a slice of cherry cheesecake. What came out of it were my goals for May! I’ve always loosely set monthly goals but have never written them down. And, I already set 1, 2, 5 and 10 year personal, health and career goals and re-evaluate those goals twice a year, but many of those goals are long-term goals, some of them not coming to fruition for a year, where some of the monthly goals I’ve set are not as time-consuming and will be reached in the next week, even tomorrow if I want.

I find goal-setting extremely helpful. Yes, sometimes I don’t reach all my goals as life happens and things change but it’s important to work towards things that you value. I found this great blog  5 Reasons Why You Should Set Goals, have a read when you get a chance.

I thought I would share my goals for May with you and hopefully this will inspire you to set your own goals AND sharing my goals with you will make it more concrete for me.  Don’t make your goals complicated, but set a couple of goals that may take you out of your comfort zone.  Have fun!

GOALS FOR THE MONTH OF MAY

  1. Journal everyday.
  2. Renew my driver’s license.
  3. Renew my passport.
  4. Donate dish to Salvation Army’s monthly dinner.
  5. Create two new yoga playlists – one slow and one fast.
  6. Take yoga classes with 3-889 Yoga teachers that I haven’t taken a class with before.
  7.  No dairy for the month of May.  (eek, what am I to do without cheese and yogurt?)
  8. Buy new eyeglasses.
  9. Go dancing!
  10. Go out for a tea or wine with someone I haven’t gone out with before.

 

THIS IS YOGA!

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I found this image (see above) on the internet and thought it basically sums up what yoga is all about! It sits on my desktop as a daily reminder. I thought I’d share it with you!

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