The Most Powerful Tool That You Have for Self-Care…


Did you know…

The most powerful tool that you have for self-care and rejuvenation is your breath.

In Ancient India, the rishis (yogis recognized as sages or seers) would teach yogic breath techniques to the kings and rulers governing the land. They knew that by sharing this knowledge in the high courts, they would help their leaders to govern with clarity of mind, courage, compassion and breadth of perception. This, in turn, would help to bring justice, peace, and prosperity to the people.

If you are new to meditation or yoga, working with the breath is one of the fastest and easiest ways to reduce stress and bring clarity to your mind and emotions.

Read more about the effects of yogic breathing exercises here

10 Plants to Get to Know in 2017

Happy 2017!

I hope you had a great and restful holiday season.

With the new cycle upon us, most people are thinking about setting new personal goals, resolutions or intentions for the year to come.

Often, we think that achieving our goals is about mind-over-matter— that with a certain amount of discipline, hard work and focus, we can achieve anything. In many ways, this is true.

From another perspective, the loving care of your matter (latin mater: mother, feminine, earth aspect of self) is incredibly important. Here, the plant world offers an incomparable diversity of support, helping us to restore a stress-free attitude, mental clarity, physical stamina, and a compassionate heart.

I’ve made a shortlist of 10 plans that I recommend getting to know in 2017. These are especially helpful if you are trying to establish health goals or personal resolutions, or if you are feeling a little out-of-balance after a decadent holiday.

Enjoy, and best wishes for 2017.


*practical awakening* : upcoming online course


This 6 week course provide a stable platform for those interested in a stable platform for  spiritual awakening.

You will learn a daily meditation practice, the dynamics of mind, body and emotions and basic, accessible principles of natural wellness. In later weeks, we will explore the higher states of human consciousness in the context of self-understanding and personal fulfillment.

No experience is required; this course is open to seekers of all levels of experience. Course content is without affiliation to any particular tradition or religion.

Your Guide

2013-08-04 20.13.15Briya Freeman has an extensive background in meditation, yoga, stress-reduction and natural wellness. She is a principal student under Berdhanya Swami Tierra, a female mystic and shaman of South American origin.

Briya is fiercely devoted to promoting consciousness as a foundation for inspiring more artful and deliberate ways of living.

Briya currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario.

read more about Bala here


Wednesdays, September 14 – October 19 (6 weeks) from 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: From the comfort of your living room (online – Skype)
Your Investment: $275

Spaces are limited; a $50 deposit is required to reserve your space.
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