Nicole Bawden

White Tantric 2015 - The Experience

My morning practice was a desperate attempt to stretch my neck and upper back muscles out of spasm. An injury I suffered from a awkward nights sleep, and a lifting and turning of my head to the right as I rose from the couch. I was in so much pain and fearful that I wouldn’t last the day at White Tantric.

With every strain of my . . .

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May 12, 2015

White Tantric 2015 - Preparation

White Tantric is fast approaching and I can’t help but feel my anxiety growing. It is the uncertainty of the day the evokes such emotion. The idea of being being so physically uncomfortable that each second feels like an eternity. A physical discomfort that in retrospect really wasn’t that bad. It certainly paled in comparison to the love and . . .

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April 30, 2015

White Tantric 2015 - Prelude

On May 2, 2015, I will join hundreds of others in Toronto for White Tantric. This will be my 4th Tantric practice, and as every time before I am filled with excitement, anxiety and fear.

The most challenging, overwhelming and beautiful experiences I have had were in meditation with hundreds of others, dressed in white, all seeking a . . .

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April 18, 2015

Guilt, Fear, Acceptance & Love

I have always been aware of the power of my emotions, springing me into thought or action accompanied by a stirring in my belly or chest. It wasn’t until very recently that I noticed one emotion, stronger than the rest, rising up in the majority of situations - guilt.

It didn’t take long for me to see the pattern emerging…I made a . . .

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February 21, 2015

the voice inside my head

In an effort to increase my ability to express myself creatively, I recently began a drawing class for beginners. I have quickly come to realize that although my skill is increasing, this class is an exercise in finding my strength and learning to let go of the voice inside my head.

In yoga we call it the ego, my art teach refers to . . .

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January 31, 2015

Deconstructed: Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

Tree is an excellent pose to improve balance, while strengthening and stretching the body. Replicating the grace and stability of a tree it provides a great way to connect with your center and cultivate calm within.

Tree Pose has many benefits including:
- Strengthens feet, ankles, calves, thighs and spine
- Stretches groin, . . .

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January 15, 2015

Deconstructed: Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Downward Facing Dog is a staple in any yoga practice, and one of the most effective poses to loosen up the body and mind. The pose has many benefits including:

  • stretches shoulders, hamstrings, calves, hands, and the arches of the feet
  • strengthens arms and legs
  • relieves headache, back pain and fatigue
  • therapeutic . . .

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January 05, 2015

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