dear yoga mat

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Dear Yoga Mat:  Life hasn’t been the same without you!

I finally went to a Moksha Yoga class here in St. John’s.  I LOVE Moksha Hot Yoga.  Last fall and winter I was getting my butt to Moksha Yoga in Ottawa regularly.  With all the craziness happening in recent months, it has fallen to the wayside and I have missed it.
So I seized the moment last week and drove down to Duckworth Street to try out the St. John’s Moksha Yoga.

There is something so calming about familiarity. It was a relief just walking into the building –  It even smelled the same as the Ottawa studio. As the teacher started the class and walked us through the first few positions, I felt such comfort in doing the same positions I have done many times before.  <insert big happy sigh here>

The only real difference was the humidity.  As soon as I walked into the practice room, the room felt HEAVY with humidity.  And really, I find Ottawa humid too, but this was an entirely different humidity! Once I got started with the class though, I forgot all about it.

My favourite pose is triangle pose. I love when you move from Warrior two to triangle.  Although it is a challenging pose (for me anyway) I love how the transition feels. I love looking up to the ceiling and feeling my arms stretched out in opposite directions and breathing. Things just seem to click somehow.

It always amazes me how my yoga practice is truly a reflection of my life. The last time I did a Moksha class was in Ottawa when DH and I were discussing whether or not we should move to Newfoundland.  The class was the same as it always was, but somehow I just wasn’t feeling it.  I couldn’t get centered.  Couldn’t focus, couldn’t balance, was totally wobbly.  I think it may have been my worst class ever. Three quarters of the way through the class I thought to myself “Where is my balance today?”  and then the light bulb went off and I realized at that point, I wasn’t feeling balance in my life either.

Tonight I felt centered and focused and balanced, well, mostly ;-). A good sign for sure.

Check out my friend VMChick’s blog post about the Moksha class she did with me in Ottawa! http://vmchick.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/moksha-yoga/

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sea kayaking

When I realized we were going to be moving to Newfoundland, the very first thing I booked was Sea Kayaking.  DH and I did this many years ago and I really wanted to kids to have this experience. A few of my lovely girlfriends were able to join us with their kiddies so we were a group of 10.20130811-211215.jpg

I booked this with Stan Cook Sea Kayak Adventures (www.wildnfld.ca) and if you have a group of 10 or more you get a discount.  This is a family owned business and they are professional, yet warm and encouraging throughout the entire experience.  If you are going to be visiting St. John’s (or if you already live here) I HIGHLY recommend this! They operate out of Cape Broyle on the Southern Shore. Cape Broyle is such a protected harbour – it was so safe and calm with lots of interesting little areas to discover.

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Our two guides were Chris and Claire and they did a fabulous job keeping the whole group together, telling stories about the different areas in the bay and engaging the kids. We saw waterfalls, went into a cave and heard stories about shipwrecks and tea houses.

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We also saw sea creatures such as sea stars, jellyfish and sea urchins.  We even ate a little of an urchin.  Very fishy and sushi-ish.

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Overall an AWESOME morning.  Now I want to go back with my DH and do the “Go and Tow” where you see more of the harbour and then they tow you back….  Not sure if that will happen this summer, but it is on my list for next year for sure!

regatta fun

Last Wednesday was the St. John’s Regatta, which is the oldest sporting event in North America. It is always held on the first Wednesday of August, weather permitting.  So for the residents of St. Johns, the August holiday falls on a Wednesday, as long as the weather is good.  If the winds are too high for the boat races, then the holiday falls on the Thursday instead.  20130808-155404.jpg

When I was a kid, I thought the regatta was all about the games and people all around the edge of Quidi Vidi Lake.  I was probably 11 when I realized the Regatta was actually a boat race!  Ridiculous, I know, but as a kid the games and the hopes of winning a blue puppy or a purple monkey was too alluring to focus on what was happening on the lake lol.  Our first stop was checking out the ring toss. Does anyone actually win these things??

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We also bought some tickets on the Cash Wheel.  We had good thoughts about these numbers!

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But no luck on the numbers!

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We stopped by the jumpy castles to see Sister#2’s kids.

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While DS was hanging out with some buddies from Ottawa, DD and I kept ourselves busy at the photo booth.  We laughed, since we were not prepared for the camera in the second photo.

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The crowds were crazy down at the lake, but it was fun for the kids to check it all out.

this is 43

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This week I turned 43.  43 looks like this.

– Pretty awesome.

– Lots of love and smiles.

– Warm and sticky hugs from little ones.

– Interesting viewpoints and perspectives from our two teenagers.

– A few more wrinkles and a few more pounds (not as fun, but true nonetheless).

– A great appreciation for our Newfoundland heritage.

– Gratitude for my wonderful sisters and parents.

– The blessing to be able to help my parents-in-law and for our children to be involved.

– Lots of things to still work on… patience and mindfulness and living in the moment.

– Pretty awesome.

Wishing you all love and light.

Marlayne xo

a lick and a promise in gem turquoise

This past weekend we were at my husband’s summer home in Hant’s Harbour. For lots of reasons, the house hasn’t been loved much in the last couple of years and now that we are finally home, we are so excited to spruce it up a bit and LOVE it. So much needs to be done, but we decided for our first weekend out, we would tackle something small that would help it look more loved :-).20130804-152723.jpg

We started with both front doors. One of them is a newer metal door, so it was no problem to paint, but the other one is old and not in great shape so we all had a hand in scraping and preparing it for paint.

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How great to all be working on a project together.

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The official name of the paint colour is “Gem Turquoise” and it just works. I am IN LOVE with the colour! I had to lobby the kids – they wanted to paint the door red, which would have also been fantastic – but I really wanted the turquoise. I can see so much potential for this house and know we will have fabulous times here. The kids have been exploring and taking photos and video. I will share some with you soon.

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Hant’s Harbour is one of the most beautiful places on the earth. You’ll see lots more pics from here.

What do you think of my paint choice?

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the edge of the earth

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We went to visit a friend’s summer place in Daniel’s Cove.  We had never been there before and were looking forward to checking out a new corner of Newfoundland. You drive “Up the Shore” according to my DH and head toward Old Perlican in Trinity Bay and keep driving until you don’t think you can drive any more.  Then you find the dirt road and drive farther lol.

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The day we were there, the weather wasn’t great, but I am so glad we went. I felt like I was at the end of the earth somehow. The ocean looked so vast.  I loved the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks over and over again. It almost feels as though you have gone back in time. If you click on the panoramic photo below, it will expand so you can see it better.

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My honey and children were not deterred by the weather and went out exploring along the rocks and paths.

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Nature is truly astounding, isn’t it? (Notice anything funny about this pic?)

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They had a great time exploring this little edge of the earth.

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