Hamsa Yoga and Wellness

This page is for those who are interested in yoga and other complimentary healing options such as Qigong, essential oils and meditation.

I have been practicing yoga for more than 12 years and after watching in bewilderment how it helped me to kick drugs and alcohol and other harmful practices in my life, I ventured out to learn how to share the wealth of knowledge that is yoga. I was blessed to have completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training in India in 2015 and just got back from Bali where I studied Yin yoga and Qigong. I am a trained meditation guide, hold a wealth of knowledge about aromatherapy and am currently studying hypnotherapy as well. I believe in the power of complimentary health and wellness and would love to share my never ending journey through the immense sea of traditional eastern practices. I am a trained counsellor also and understand the roadblocks along the way, so please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any fear about exploring or feel you hold any limitations to starting this journey, I will do my best to help you along the way. I look forward to meeting and practicing with you! Namaste.

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Check out my blog for some trip reflections!
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Travel – Reflections of a couch hopper.

So, maybe not what some would imagine for a trip to the big apple, but today I wrapped up my first 3 nights in the country of New York State. The first night I arrived in the evening and met my beau at Grand Central. I got off the bus and only walked a block to the beautiful, huge train station. [ 445 more words ]
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couchhoppingreflections.com NY, NY So, maybe not what some would imagine for a trip to the big apple, but today I wrapped up my first 3 nights in the country of New York State. The first night I arrived in the evening and met my beau at Grand Central. I got off the bus and only walked a block to the beautiful, huge train stati...

I picked up some beads and charms while I was in Nepal and found these beautiful Lord Ganesha peices. This one currently is housed @departurebayaromatherapy with a few other recent creations!
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These beauties will be going to their forever home soon! Clear quartz, lava stone to carry the scent of your favourite essential oil, and some crescent moons 😍 On surgical steel hooks!
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Jasper with a lava stone to hold essential oils and a leaf on stainless chain. Hard to part with this one, but it's on its way down island to the gals @artisansgarden .
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Found a few gems at the mineral and gem show in Nanaimo yesterday, including this chunk of shaman dream quartz that I added a little amethyst and a steel chain to.
For sale! 😍
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Uncategorized – Reflections of a couch hopper.

I've decided that this week I'm going to give a little hodge podge of information culminating in a raving author review. Partly because it's most authentic to me at this moment, but also partly because it is the state of my focus as I've either been fighting a cold, or living with allergies this whole past week. SO, first on the docket. [ 567 more words ]
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couchhoppingreflections.com On Fiction I’ve decided that this week I’m going to give a little hodge podge of information culminating in a raving author review. Partly because it’s most authentic to me at this moment, but also partly because it is the state of my focus as I’ve either been fighting a cold, or living with...

Back at the bench.
Sending some wares off to Sooke tomorrow!
Lava beads for essential oil diffusion and a big ol' beautiful feather. On stainless steel chain.
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Back at the bench.

Now available @departurebayaromatherapy
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"Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky." -Kahlil Gibran

#naturalbeauty #nature #natureheals #naturesbounty #tree #kahlilgibran #blossoms

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meditation – Reflections of a couch hopper.

In university I had this amazing professor who sent me on a tangent that would later be a degree in Anthropology. Her field study and PHD work was all done in rural Nepal and her stories finally gave me a sense of belonging. I never resonated with the western world, the life focused on individuality and financial abundance. A life where work took priority and community was relatively non-existent. [ 1,258 more word ]
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couchhoppingreflections.com Kopan Monastery In university I had this amazing professor who sent me on a tangent that would later be a degree in Anthropology. Her field study and PHD work was all done in rural Nepal and her stories finally gave me a sense of belonging. I never resonated with the western world, the life focused....

Just utting the finishing touches on the gift bags for my weekend workshops!
Don't forget to pre-register!
2 dates.
May 18th at 1030-1 @ the Nanaimo Yoga Sanctuary.
May 19th 2-430 @ the Kauldron.

DM me for details! (Ticket sales close day before event date)
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#workshop #yogaworkshop #moonmagic #giftbags #adultgoodiebags #thisweekend #nanaimo #nanaimoevents #supportlocal #crafttime #buddha #crystals

Did an extra 20 minutes of meditation this morning snuggled up to this Douglas fir. Harvested some tips that I intend to turn into some salves, some cordial and some tea. Careful to only take the tips of the tips to allow the tree to continue its process of growth, and shared my gratitude to the sweet smell, the amazing healing properties, and the abundance that allows this being to take some inside

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Uncategorized – Reflections of a couch hopper.

Please forgive my post being a day late. I was in retreat on Denman Island until yesterday morning and was not quite ready to turn on my phone and computer and jump back into my outward commitments. I would like to take just a moment to bring awareness to The Hermitage Retreat Center, if it's not already familiar. This is a beautiful Buddhist space set on a large piece of property on one of the small Islands (Denman) surrounding Vancouver island. [ 804 more words ]
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couchhoppingreflections.com Celebrating Beltane In my hometown when I was young, there was always a May celebration.  There would be a big parade, a carnaval, and a stage. It was called May Days, but I never really knew what it was about.  I’d go with the family and then, as I got older, with friends. I liked when it was w...

On my way down the rabbit hole. I will be completely offline until Sunday evening. If you need to get a hold of me, you can't! See you in the flip side.

Please leave me a message and I'll respond as soon as I can, I appreciate your patience.

#retreat #meditation #meditationretreat #denmanisland #practicewhatyoupreach #silentretreat #offline #minibreak #rabbithole #spiritualpursuits #learning #exploring

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Uncategorized – Reflections of a couch hopper.

In my hometown when I was young, there was always a May celebration. There would be a big parade, a carnaval, and a stage. It was called May Days, but I never really knew what it was about. I’d go with the family and then, as I got older, with friends. I liked when it was warm enough that the people in the parade would spray the crowd with water guns and have also always enjoyed people throwing tasty treats and buttons at me. [ 592 more words ]
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couchhoppingreflections.com Celebrating Beltane In my hometown when I was young, there was always a May celebration.  There would be a big parade, a carnaval, and a stage. It was called May Days, but I never really knew what it was about.  I’d go with the family and then, as I got older, with friends. I liked when it was w...

Me at 33. Today I turn yet another year older. My beau took me for dinner last night at my favourite restaurant (which is also my brothers restaurant) and we stuffed our faces with delicious treats. I dressed up, and I felt pretty. A lot has changed in my life. I don't care so much about how I look. I spend less time comparing myself to others, and generally feel a sense of comfort in my skin. My beau lives in Calgary, so after several years of sharing a home, I'm adjusting to being alone in a space uniquely my own. I have since found my feet on the ground and some new pursuits that are keeping me excited and forever learning. I'm starting my year off with my love and my family eating good food in the sunshine. I embark on a trip to Saltspring to celebrate Beltane on Saturday and a week long meditation retreat on Denman island starting Tuesday. I'm feeling blessed, I'm looking forward to whatever insights that arise, and I look forward to another year growing and shifting and bringing new aspects of myself to light.
I am not in the slightest against aging. I think we get more beautiful as we discover who we deeply are and find new and uninhibited ways to express ourselves. I look forward to the greying of my hair, the wrinkling of my skin and the clarity and wisdom of mind.
I feel blessed. Thank you for following along in my journey of becoming and for the many birthday wishes.

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Connection – Reflections of a couch hopper.

I’ve had sweet Yuri for about 3 months now. My beau and I adopted him shortly after our Franco died. It may have been too soon, but it helped soothe me to have another fur baby to love. I fell in love with him after scoping out the SPCA website and seeing his photos. He’s a handsome, small grey and white cat with extra toes on his front paws so it looks like he’s perpetually wearing little kid mittens (known as polidactyl.) [ 986 more words ]
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couchhoppingreflections.com What I’m learning about love from a feral fur baby. I’ve had sweet Yuri for about 3 months now. My beau and I adopted him shortly after our Franco died. It may have been too soon, but it helped soothe me to have another fur baby to love. I fell in love with him after scoping out the SPCA website...

Spending some of my days off making bath salts (recipe compliments of @natalierousseau108 )
Dried wild rose petals from foraging last year, pink clay, himilayan salts, Epsom salts and essential oils. Look how pretty 😍

#thirteenmoons #bathsalts #ritualbath #rosepetals #pinks #pinkclay #fullmoonfun #13moonscircle #witching #medicine #selfcare

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gratitude – Reflections of a couch hopper.

I’m sitting on the edge of a planter set in the center of a Calgary sidewalk. My feet are dangling and I’m nearly breaking a sweat from the sun beams defrosting the last bits of winter. It’s that time of year when you still wear all your wool because there are patches of ice and snow about, but you’re always left delayering once the afternoon clouds part and the Spring sun peaks through. [ 646 more words ]
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couchhoppingreflections.com On the Calgary roadside. I’m sitting on the edge of a planter set in the center of a Calgary sidewalk.  My feet are dangling and I’m nearly breaking a sweat from the sun beams defrosting the last bits of winter.  It’s that time of year when you still wear all your wool because there are patc...

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Sobriety – Reflections of a couch hopper.

I love this time of year, not only for the more persistent sun, the warmer temperatures and the sprinkling of colour that presents itself as the flowers are revitalized. I also love it for the energy it brings. The feeling that I’ve been inside amidst my piles of books long enough, it’s time to shift, rearrange, toss and reorganize. I am an organizer by nature (though you’d maybe never know it by looking at my house- you’ve heard of organized chaos?) I get all nerdy excited when i get to play tetris with real life objects. [ 772 more words ]
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couchhoppingreflections.com Spring Clean I love this time of year, not only for the more persistent sun, the warmer temperatures and the sprinkling of colour that presents itself as the flowers are revitalized.  I also love it for the energy it brings. The feeling that I’ve been inside amidst my piles of books long enough, ...

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Sobriety – Reflections of a couch hopper.

I gotta tell ya, as someone who struggles with falling fairly easily into depressive thinking, I kind of hate those people that say things like, "you just have to change what you think." The idea of being able to choose how you feel, that the darkness I often feel encompassing me is then of my own doing, is frustrating. In fact, this perspective often leaves me feeling as though there is even more wrong with me because I can't see the other option in the thick of my wounds. [ 624 more words ]
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couchhoppingreflections.com The key to perspective shifts. I gotta tell ya, as someone who struggles with falling fairly easily into depressive thinking, I kind of hate those people that say things like, “you just have to change what you think.” The idea of being able to choose how you feel, that the darkness I often feel ...

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Uncategorized – Reflections of a couch hopper.

I have spent the last hour of my morning reflecting on the last week grasping for something fantastic or even just relevant for a wide audience and haven’t had a lot of luck. I thought I could reach back further, reflect on a trip I’ve taken, several of which have been showing up in my memories on Facebook. I thought about taking from one of the reflections I’ve typed up and deemed not worthy to use in the past. [ 784 more words ]
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couchhoppingreflections.com It is in the face of challenge that we grow. I have spent the last hour of my morning reflecting on the last week grasping for something fantastic or even just relevant for a wide audience and haven’t had a lot of luck.  I thought I could reach back further, reflect on a trip I’ve taken, severa...

Back at the jewelry bench a bit lately. I'm enjoying playing and I've made a few trips to Earth Gems to collect materials while in Calgary!
This is a tigers eye, onyx, clear quartz and hematite 108 bead mala with spacers and a Lord Ganesha guru bead.
I made this for my beau so stuck with the earthy tones. I'm tempted to make one for myself too!!

#mala #japamala #108 #108beads #meditation #mantrameditation #lordganesha #lavastone #tigerseye #hematite #clearquartz #onyx #jewelrymaker #backatthebench

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lunar rhythms – Reflections of a couch hopper.

For this entry I just want to share a bit of my last week with you. First off, on Wednesday March 20th, you may not know there was a big, shiny full moon. As if that isn’t awesome enough, it was also the Spring equinox. I don’t know about you, but I find the full moon energy to be quite apparent, and it was that observation that sparked my curiousity and guided me down the path of studying lunar and seasonal shifts. [ 842 more words ]
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couchhoppingreflections.com Happy Spring and a magical full moon to you! For this entry I just want to share a bit of my last week with you.  First off, on Wednesday March 20th, you may not know there was a big, shiny full moon.  As if that isn’t awesome enough, it was also the Spring equinox. I don’t know about you, but...

Happy spring equinox! And welcomong it with a big ol' moon! Phew, anyone else reeling a bit??

Spent some time putting some full moon energy into these little stars!

I've decided to blend yoga, crafts and the moon into one great little workshop on April 7th.

Message me for details if you're intrigued. Otherwise, enjoy this sweet star.

#nanaimoyogasanctuary #nanaimo #workshop #yogaworkshop #candlemaking #lightinthedarkness #witchy #gettingwitchywithit #fullmoonfun #happyspringequinox #bigmagic

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I have been practicing yoga for more than 12 years and after watching in bewilderment how it helped me to kick drugs and alcohol and other harmful practices in my life, I ventured out to learn how to share the wealth of knowledge that is yoga. I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training in India in 2015 and just got back from Bali where I studied Yin yoga and Qigong. I am a trained meditation guide, hold a wealth of knowledge about aromatherapy and am currently studying hypnotherapy as well. I believe in the power of complimentary health and wellness and would love to share my never ending journey through the immense sea of traditional eastern practices. I am a trained counsellor also and understand the roadblocks along the way, so please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any fear about exploring or feel you hold any limitations to starting this journey, I will do my best to help you along the way. I look forward to meeting and practicing with you! Namaste.

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