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How did you meet your morning today?

If you woke to an alarm, was it your favorite song, or a blasting "brrrrrr"? What were your first thoughts, movements and tastes? What came first, feelings of gratitude and abundance, or checking the inbox? I must admit to failing at meeting the morning mindfully.

But that old habit only makes the mindful mornings sweeter. Here's my latest routine; A Bon Iver love ballad to wake me, a thermos of warm lemon water waiting at my bedside to sip on, feeling gratitude and abundance for everything from the tartness of the lemon to the sweetness of my visiting Mom. Fifteen min seated or walking meditation, then mindful movement for 40 minutes. Ahhh.... ready for the day. May you find ease and clarity in your morning, whether it is a mindful minute or an elaborate routine.

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My last blog posting referred to true power - how, as a culture, we tend to think power only comes from hard work - not love, ease, awareness and stillness.

This past week I had a chance to feel true power for days on the ski hill with my 17 and 19-year-old daughters. It was the first year that they out-skied me, and the first year that I really was aware of my power and ease.

Maybe this came from a sense of joy and love as I followed them around, up and down the splendid Whistler Resort’s peaks. Some of this feeling may have been from a sense of letting go and of being satisfied to be 50 years old next month and be able to ski pain free with not much lag behind my teenagers.

Much of this power came from feeling integrated from my feet to my hips. My back did not tire, my hips and knees felt great. A good fatigue came to my quads and overall body when I hit the feathered bed at the end of the day. In years past I had a more aggressive fitness routine and now it is steeped in yoga therapy, in ease, in kindness to myself.

How is that I feel more powerful? If you want to find out, I am happy to help you step into your power.

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Want to hike longer, stronger, with more ease this season? Let's look at what is required by our body.

Imagine a jaguar running. Notice the undulating spine, full breath, smooth leg movements in powerful hips, the stability of the pelvis with an ability to subtly rotate. Paws meet the earth with strength and suppleness, a rebound effect being received with each stride. As humans, our needs for performance, efficiency and ease in hiking are much the same.

Yoga therapy blends the art of yoga with the science of biomechanics. How do your feet connect with the earth? Are you fully receiving the ground force reaction that gives us spring in our step, or is there a diffusion or blockage of that energy? Is your spine supple or stiff? Do your limbs move freely in your joints? Do your shoulders carry you up the hill or do you allow your legs, buttock and hips to do their job? To maximize efficiency we need to feel which muscles are overworking, which need waking up and what it feels like when they work in synchronicity.

Try this movement to foster freedom between the hip and leg: Stand with one foot on a step, wooden block or thick book. Balance yourself with a hand on the wall. Swing the hanging leg forward and back in the hip socket gently. The upper body stays softly still. Notice what happens to the degree or smoothness of the swinging as you soften your belly, connect your foot firmly and evenly to the block. What happens when you connect your foot evenly to the block? What happens when you soften your jaw and your buttock? We will each have different answers to these questions.  Awareness helps us to listen to our body's inner wisdom.

Feeling is healing. Take responsibility for your own ease and power this spring. To learn more, contact Julie to arrange a private session with a home program to suit your needs. Or, gather your hiking buddies for a customized group workshop before heading out on our magnificent mountain trails.

Contact Julie via the contact form on this site (click here): <a href="/contact">julie at

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