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Finding what I am looking for.

I remember the day, back in 2005, I was feeling kind of lost.  Like the world was tipping and I was about to fall off. Change was imminent. I knew it. I could feel it. The life that I was living did not quite fit as well as it used to.  Some how I became  . . . unsatisfied with that life, and I knew that changes had to be made.

I gave myself one year to change  . . . something.  I put in place a strategy that would challenge me to step off this ledge of my own making. To find the courage to fall, and land.  There were principles that I would follow:  to commit three acts of defiance; to seek to understand; to practice imperfection and to avoid rooms with no doors.  Throughout the year, I learned to say no to working long hours. I changed my diet, my hair, my body and even my job. I learned that I own my decisions, and that I alone open my own doors. I realized that my stories lead me to possibilities or contain me. I fell in love with the possibility of life, and I was changed.

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It's a beautiful day

It's a beautiful day to change your life, or at least make it better.

Change.takes time. I often see people getting frustrated..  They say, "I can't balance". Yoga is not about coming in that way. It is about leaving that way.  People say, "I am not flexible". Yoga is not about flexibility. It is about mobility and breath.  People say, "I don't have time." Time is all you have.  
My yoga practice has been the connecting thread that has helped to guide change in my life. It continues to teach me about possibility, courage and determination. It gives me time and space to think, reflect and learn so I remain focused on what matters.

I find that the best experiences are those that take me inside of myself to the universe that is me. It is there that I explore the boundaries of my own making, including my stories, my assumptions about my abilities, my ego and my intentions.  Each time I practice, I learn something new about this universe that is aliv…

Hallelujah Sequence: Vinyasa

Morning Vinyasa Practice: Walking Against The Traffic

It's 6:30 AM on a Friday morning, here is the city that rhymes with fun, in the land under the sun. I am at the newly opened Bodhi Tree Hot Yoga Studio in beautiful downtown Regina, ready to teach a beginner level Vinyasa class. Leondard Cohen calls out to me, and I can't resist him.

6:30 AM is a crazy time to do yoga you say.  Yes, if you plan on standing on your head, but what we are doing is a soulful flow with music that moves you.

If you know me, or at least read me, you likely know that I am a night owl. I like the stillness of the night. It has always been my time to write, to think, to plan, to meditate on life.

Walking against the traffic is to do that which is outside of the ordinary. So, for me, teaching a 6:30 AM yoga class downtown is a great way to start.

"It's a beautiful day" by U2, plays. We are in child's pose, finding our breath, feeling it move into the back of our lungs, and pushing our body upward with each inhalation.  As we exhale we f…

Who do I think I am?

My name is Lynn Armstrong.  I am a wife, mother, entrepreneur, dog lover, health-advocate, fitness instructor, yoga student, yoga teacher, sister, writer, etc.  These are roles, they are not me.  I am a possibl-ist with a passion for helping people connect and find meaning.  I am vulnerable and imperfect, unique and different. I am scared at times.  I am grateful to those who guide me through the fire and inspire the way ahead.  I am but one of many voices, a conduit in the human experience who uses words so that others may read this and say, "me too".  I am a pink flamingo who lives in colour.  I am the leader of my own revolution to stand up and stand out. I do a mean chaturanga. That's who I think I am. This is my journey to change the colour of the sky.

-Excerpt: Chapter 1 - How to be a Pink Flamingo in a Brown Duck Pond."

Why my vinyasa brought me to this place

"I remember the day you came to yoga and said, 'I bought SKY today'. After you went into more detail I realized it was a life changing moment for you.  A defining, empowering one that was only waiting to be discovered! Congrats!" 
A fellow yoga teacher sent me this note today, on a day that seemed like no one was listening, and I was reminded of why I am here.

I am celebrating my first year of publishing SKY Magazine (four issues). This is a big deal for me, because it is the first time in my working and living life that I truly love what I do, and truly feel that it makes a difference in the world. It feeds my soul in a way that makes every single day worth the journey. I have never worked so hard and made so little money, but it is worth it.
The meaning and significance of"SKY" goes well beyond the masthead.  SKY is my personal metaphor for possibility, freedom and the quest for continuous learning.  My SKY is endless, and infinite. It is the perfect plac…