Vaginal Kung Fu ~ To Lift or not to Lift?

on Tuesday, 28 July 2015.

Vaginal Kung Fu ~ To lift, or not to lift.

Vaginal Kung Fu ~ To Lift or not to Lift?

What is Vaginal Kung Fu?

Vaginal Kung Fu, also known as Vaginal Weightlifting, is an ancient Taoist practice encompassing strength-training exercises using the contraction of pelvic floor muscles to lift an object inserted in the vagina. Jade eggs are common implements used for Vaginal Kung Fu.

There seems to be a lot of hype right now surrounding Vaginal Kung Fu. There’s articles written everywhere and photos of woman lifting all kinds of things with their powerful vaginal muscles and swearing by this practice.

Six playful and practical Jade Egg exercises for the modern day woman.

on Wednesday, 25 February 2015.

How to integrating a Jade Egg practice into daily life

Six playful and practical Jade Egg exercises for the modern day woman.

Ok, so you’ve just purchased a set of Jade Eggs. You take them home and open the box. You see three beautiful little gemstones shaped like an egg, and a hole drilled through the top of them for the string. You know these stones are something special and you take a moment to be in awe of the energetic power they consist of. You are pleased with the decision you made to make a purchase that will cultivate your feminine radiance.

You’ve done your research. You’ve read countless articles on Jade Egg exercises and commit to taking time out of your day to lie on your back, rock your pelvis, and ‘smile at your vagina’ whilst making hissing sounds. You do this two times the first week, once the second week and by the third week the box of sacred Jade Eggs is sitting on your shelf collecting dust. You look at them every now and again and think about how great Jade Eggs are and that you really need to do your exercises again sometime.

Whistler Cornucopia 2014

on Thursday, 13 November 2014.

Raw Cacao Ceremony paired with Yoga at Whistler's premier food and wine festival

Whistler Cornucopia 2014

CORNUCOPIA 
presented by BlueShore Financial
is is Whistler's premier food and drink extravaganza. Now in it’s 14th year, this annual event features a sumptuous variety of hands-on seminars, fascinating winery dinners, gala tasting events and sizzling after-parties. The event allows Whistler to play host to acclaimed chefs, sommeliers, wineries and restaurateurs for an epicurean event that appeals to refined gourmet palates as well as curious culinary and tasting novices.

This year Cornucopia had a new addition to it’s menu. A Raw Cacao Ceremony paired with Yoga at Yogacara Studios. I was delighted and honored to have been invited to host a Cornucopia event at the beautiful studio I’ve been teaching at all summer.  I was excited for Whistler’s Cornucopia Festival to introduce an event that shares the ancient wisdom of the cacao bean that has been revered as the healing path to the heart. 

Squamish Valley Music Festival 2014

on Tuesday, 19 August 2014.

Performing hoopdance at Western Canada's most anticipated event

Squamish Valley Music Festival 2014

Now in its fifth year, the Squamish Valley Music Festival is Western Canada’s premier music festival and one of British Columbia’s most anticipated annual events, welcoming over 35,000 fans per day. This is a significantly higher amount than the 19,000 fans that attended last year in 2013. The festival has grown rapidly to this magnitude without sacrificing the soul and spark that made it special in the first place: That community feel.

The 2014 Squamish Festival boasted its most impressive lineup to date featuring an eclectic roster of globally recognized talent that included Eminem, Arcade Fire and Bruno Mars. The summer’s marquee musical event was pretty much a golden-hued dream with the sun beating down from a cloudless sky. The stunning festival grounds backdrop included the mighty Stawamus Chief, an iconic rock-climbing mountain in the Sea to Sky Corridor, and the area kept pleasantly cool by a gentle breeze blowing in off the not so distant Howe Sound.

The secret power of the Jade Egg

on Thursday, 26 June 2014.

Taoist/Tantric Practice of Jade Eggs or Yoni Eggs

The secret power of the Jade Egg

What are or Jade/Yoni Eggs?

Jade Eggs, also known as Yoni (sacred space) Eggs, are umbrella terms used to describe a variety of different gemstones, rocks or crystals carved into egg shaped stones and are available in different sizes.

The use of a Jade egg to strengthen the vagina is a Taoist practice that evolved from ancient China. Legend has it that the secret was kept in the Royal Palace and taught only to the queen and mistresses of the most powerful nobles. It was believed that women who mastered the Jade Egg techniques would maintain their youthful beauty, vitality and sexuality as they matured into old age.

In modern times, developing a Jade Egg practice can be a very liberating and embowering experience as it offers women a path to heal themselves with love, awareness and consciousness. 

Spring Equinox Raw Cacao Ceremony

on Sunday, 23 March 2014.

Raw Cacao Ceremony & Five Elements Dance on Koh Phangan, Thailand

Spring Equinox Raw Cacao Ceremony

The spring equinox marks the time of balance between the forces of light and darkness in the world and this is symbolized by the dark half of the year on one side of the spring equinox sun, and the light half of the year on the other. The journey of the sun through the sky on equinox is symbolic of an individual’s journey to enlightenment.  Equinox is marked as a time of celebration for spiritual cultures and civilizations throughout the whole world, going back into the most ancient times of humanity. 

This year’s spring equinox, I had the honor of hosting a Raw Cacao Ceremony & Five Elements Dance on Koh Phangan here in Thailand. My dear friend Ross Copeland and I put this event together to film a promotional video for my website and we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout.

My ten day journey into madness

on Wednesday, 19 February 2014.

Suan Mokkh International Silent Retreat Center in Thailand

My ten day journey into madness

It’s quite fascinating when I reflect on my recent experience at Suan Mokkh, that it seems the greatest life accomplishment I’ve achieved to date, is the fact that I did nothing for ten days straight. No talking, no whispering, no passing notes, no laughing, no playing, no singing, no dancing, no reading, no writing, no internet, no talking on the phone, and no flirting with the boys. These are the rules at Suan Mokkh, they are there for a purpose, and if you’re not prepared to abide by them for the duration of the retreat, then don’t join. It’s that simple.

Suan Mokkh is an international silent retreat center in Thailand and was established in 1932 by a Buddhist Monk named Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. At that time it was the only Forest Dhamma Center in Southern Thailand and one of the few places dedicated to vipassana: mental cultivation leading to seeing clearly into reality. The work is based on extensive research of Pali texts with intention to introduce Thais and foreigners to the natural truth of Buddha’s teachings. Buddhadasa sought to unite mankind in order to help free humanity by destroying selfishness.

A Whirlwind of Sparkly Bliss

on Tuesday, 21 January 2014.

Spark Circus 2014 tour on Koh Phangan

A Whirlwind of Sparkly Bliss

Like a cosmic whirlwind of bright sparkly colours, the Spark! Circus 2014 tour of Koh Phangan fundraising shows has come and gone. Spark Circus is a group of international circus performers that gather together on the Thai islands to perform at various resorts to raise funds for the Northern Thailand tour. Spark Circus is a nonprofit organization with a specific focus on Burmese refugee children located on the Thai-Burmese border. The goal of Spark is to give the children a moment of pure childhood joy from the otherwise tough reality they wake to face every single day.



Spark performs and creates interactive play workshops in villages, schools, hospitals, orphanages, and refugee camps where thousands of people try to live sustainably together. After sunset, the artists perform spectacular fire shows to entire communities so everyone can have a chance to embark in a magical experience.

Six ways to improve the 'dance' of hoopdance

on Wednesday, 27 November 2013.

Connecting to the beauty and grace of hoop dance

Six ways to improve the 'dance' of hoopdance

One question my students often ask me is how to dance with their hoop. The try a few times and give up because they feel clumsy, or just don’t get how to make their hooping look amazing like those hoopdancers they see at the festivals. The most important thing I teach in my classes is to take time to just dance with your hoop, and forget the tricks. The dance itself is the graceful foundation on which the hoopdance flow will manifest. The beauty of hoopdance is not about how many great hoop tricks you know.  It’s about finding the rhythm and synchronizing body to music. I’ve composed a list of six exercises to practice to help discover that seamless flow and dance your way to full hoop stardom.

What does it really feel like to be a hoopdancer?

on Sunday, 17 November 2013.

Just a little poem I wrote...

What does it really feel like to be a hoopdancer?

If I were to tell you the truth. The absolute truth. The rip my chest open and expose my blood and guts to you kind of truth. There’s only one way to answer this question.

There is a kundalini snake that lies dormant at the base of the spine. Through hoopdance the serpent power is awakened and set loose to slither up the spine activating each chakra as it passes.

The muladhara chakra is first awakened. The gravitational element of earth in the body. I am rooted, grounded, instinctual, and ambitious. I am connected to my inner strength and vitality. With every rotation I am sultry and dedicated. I am in sync with the heartbeat of the earth mother.

Living the life I fear to live

on Sunday, 18 August 2013.

Scuba Dive Guiding in Byron Bay, Australia

Living the life I fear to live

This morning I came across this story I wrote about five years ago as an assignment for a creative writing course and have decided to use it for my first blog entry.  The assignment given was to describe a job I had held in the past and how it made an impact on my life. The few months I spent at The Byron Bay Dive Centre over ten years ago now was a very impactful time in my life and I'm happy I found this memior of that journey.  Enjoy!

Shortly before leaving for a year of backpacking in Australia in 2002 I was having dinner with a good friend, Scottie the scuba dive instructor. The subject of diving came up as it always did with us. He had been trying to convince me to take his course for as long as I had known him. Now, I have always feared the ocean. Growing up around it, often strength was drawn from its power, but put me anywhere in it, and I am sure to have a full on anxiety attack once the uncertainty of what is beneath overtakes me. Scuba diving had always been intriguing, but fear had prevented me from ever exploring it.