Equinox Newsletter

Tiina Kivinen Blog

Community as the new Guru I’ve heard this mentioned throughout the years, that the new Guru is community. Or, as Thich Nhat Hanh put it, the new Buddha is a community, not a person. In sanskrit, Gu = Darkness, Ru = Light, Guru, also often the word used to refer to a beloved teacher or master, also refers to the …

Healing the nervous system with Yoga

Tiina Kivinen Blog

Here is an article that I wrote about yoga for the Greenzine, published in Peterborough, Ontario: Shoulders are tight and slouched, mind is frazzled and nervous system is on the fritz. Day to day life makes us stressed, whether its challenges in the workplace, at home, in relationship, with health, or just the daily grind of a fast paced culture …

Reflections on Taking a Retreat

Tiina Kivinen Blog

Right now I am living in the jungle at my winter home, The Enchanted Forest in Guiones, Costa Rica. I spend my days teaching at The Nosara Yoga Institute and Harmony Healing Centre, taking classes, walking the beach, floating and swimming in tide pools and waves, watching the sun set over the ocean, and lounging around in a hammock. I …

Embodied Spiritual Beings!

Tiina Kivinen Blog

In the inquiry of the body. Why do you practice yoga postures? Why do we, as a culture, deeply benefit (or not benefit) from asana practice…. The whole system of yoga is made of many dimensions, they are synthesized in a text called the Yoga Sutras, and described as 8 Limbs of Yoga. Asana is one of the limbs and …

Big News, and the tricky thing about New Years Resolutions

Tiina Kivinen Blog

Happy New Year and happy new beginnings! I hope you had wonderful holidays with family and friends! As you may know, I am now in Costa Rica until the spring, and I am happily spreading the word about my friend Natalie teaching a few of my regular scheduled classes in Peterborough while I am away. For more information see my …

Yoga and unity consciousness

Tiina Kivinen Blog

We enter into yoga postures not to complete some perfected image or gesture, but rather to wake up the intelligent union of mind, body and heart.~Michael Stone   Hi Everyone! I honour that everyone has their own unique entry point into the practice of Yoga; to de-stress, for physical fitness, meditation… or perhaps curiosity about what is this craze that …

An Exercise in Trust and Surrender

Tiina Kivinen Blog

Grief does not change you, it reveals you. I would like to extend heart felt gratitude to my students and community for holding space for me while I have moved through my mothers end of life care, and into the new phase of letting go. On October 10, 2014, my beloved Mom passed away in our home in North Western …

Change and Transitions

Tiina Kivinen Blog

Welcome Fall, the season of coloured trees and cozy sweaters. Change is all around us. A time to reflect on the cycles of nature, and letting go. A time of transition. Lately I have been meditating a lot on transitions. In the busy pace of life, how I transition from sleeping to wakefulness, the transitions from one part of the …

In the Present Moment, is Yoga, Part 3

Tiina Kivinen Blog

Embrace the Moment “Don’t move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move.” — Osho Welcome September! The month in which we savour the sweet lingering summer moments, like watching the final light of a sunset over the horizon. We prepare to welcome the Autumnal equinox and manifest …