I'll be a guest blogger at Wanderlust Tremblant, August 21-24, 2014
The power of the pose. You can strike a powerful yoga pose, or notice it in something else.
It can create an opening. It opens a door. You'll have to step through that door to see what's next.
This morning, I stepped outside 10 minutes before my yoga practice to have a look at the day and what it might bring.
Before we step into a new space we normally look down to see what we might be stepping onto.
I saw a toad sitting upright, enjoying a warm, dry spot on the stone patio. He was facing North.
When I came back with my camera minutes later to capture his focused, meditative sitting pose, he stood up on all fours and held this fierce, confident pose for a long time.
It reminded me of several yoga poses: Table top, Plank, and Up Dog.
Then I realized it was his Warrier pose. I was in his space.
I've never seen a toad do this before. Usually they just hop away or sit still when they realize you've spotted them.
After my own morning yoga practice, I turned on a favourite TV channel and saw a random quote flash across the television screen:
Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way. Quote by Dr. Seuss.
Today, it seems I'm being sent some strong reminders not to forget to get online and schedule the classes and events I want to attend at this year's Wanderlust Tremblant yoga festival than runs from August 21-24.
For those of you that don't know the mountain or the region, Mont Tremblant Resort (known as Tremblant) is a beautiful, world-class, year-round resort in the Laurentian mountains of Quebec, Canada. It's about 80 miles northwest of Montreal. Tremblant is best known as a fantastic ski and snowboard destination, but also has a large lake (Lake Tremblant), excellent for water sports, private resort beaches, and several outstanding golf courses. Everyone loves the brightly-colored European-style resort village where pedestrians rule, shops, pubs, restos and family activities abound, and vehicles live and travel with care on the outskirts where they belong!
The name of the mountain, Mont Tremblant, came from the local Algonquin natives, who called it the "trembling mountain". The summit is some 875 metres (2,871 feet) high, making it one of the tallest peaks in the Laurentian mountains. It's fantastic for skiing in the winter, and trekking the mountain trails along waterfalls in the summer.
Last year I missed Wanderlust Tremblant because I waited until the last minute and all the classes were sold out. But this year, I'm happy to say that I'll be one of the guest bloggers at Wanderlust Tremblant. I'll be attending the event every day and writing a daily story.
The event organizers want us to step out of our comfort zones and be creative.
I'll provide a link on my BaffinPaddler blog to my articles on the Wanderlust website if you'd like to follow along. I've never participated in a Wanderlust event before, so it will be a new experience for me to jump in head first and share it with you.
The Wanderlust motto is Find Your True North.
Why did the toad's powerful standing pose and Dr. Seuss's quote remind me to get off the fence today?
Who knows. But I got the message! Time to schedule some classes!
If you'd like to find out more about Wanderlust Tremblant, and book your classes sooner than later, here's the link. It's an experience, it's a festival, it's a journey, it's a celebration, it's yoga and more . . .