Tammy Blaze
Professional Certified Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) & Photographer  

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The Life of a Yoga Teacher

Posted on 29 December, 2015 at 19:55


Today was my last Yoga class taught for 2015. Throughout this year I have taught a little over 500 classes. Teaching Yoga is my full-time profession and I am lucky enough to be able to be of service every day of my life.

 

Being a Yoga teacher was never in the plans of life, or say a career. Life evolved in many different ways, and I took the leap. And what a leap it has been.

 

In reflection of this past year as it is coming to a close I look...

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Motorcycles, Yoga & Meditation...

Posted on 13 October, 2015 at 0:00

Recently I celebrated my 45th birthday. I love birthdays not for the celebration but for what the significance of the celebration of the day and what it means, and this one was a big one to me – epic!

 

I couldn’t help but realize that I am half way through my journey on this earth, in this physical body. Daily I am struck with how fantastic life is. In reflection, I am in awe by all the little and big accomplishments made along the way. I am proud to say th...

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Teachers in our lives...

Posted on 6 September, 2015 at 11:00


As many of you know, Dr. Wayne Dyer passed away. His body of work speaks for itself and we are blessed to have so many teachings of his, as he had written countless books. He was always so generous with his teachings, as he wanted to spread love to every being on this earth. I was fortunate enough to attend one of his talks in Detroit, MI in 2012 and to meet him. When he spoke it was as if Divinity was channeled through him, he could talk endlessly for hours, no notes, no pap...

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Karma is growth...

Posted on 22 August, 2015 at 16:35


So I was speaking to a friend and they were sharing with me a story of their own personal suffering. The dark wounds of their pain were vivid and appeared on the outside and inside as she shared this immense story of struggle. The passion in which her story was told was if it was happening right there in that moment as she gave every heartbreaking truth of it all.

 

I watched my friend tell her story with such clarity of every detail and how it felt and how i...

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How would you live your life...

Posted on 9 August, 2015 at 18:45


I am an avid reader, I always have a book on the go. I am endlessly interested in books on the journey of the human spirit. I recently finished reading Neil Peart’s book (drummer from Rush) called, ‘Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road’. This book of his personal journey (I don’t want to spoil it if you happen to pick it up) got me thinking in new ways, as all books do.

 

That is the beauty of reading. After you put the book down...

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We have greatness inside of us...

Posted on 4 August, 2015 at 0:30

I recently went to see Rob Bell speak in Cleveland, OH. I found Rob teaching through YouTube of all things a year or so ago, and kept following him. Now in retrospect, our teacher(s) will appear just when we need them, when we call upon the Universe/God for the teachings.


Are we listening?


Rob Bell was voted one of the Top 10 Most Influential People of 2015 by Time Magazine, has written a hand full of books, is a pastor, a father, a husband, and inspira...

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The reminder of our light...

Posted on 26 July, 2015 at 17:55

None of us are shielded from the ups and down of life. We all experience those moments when the earth underneath our feet trembles and the comfortable position of our existence is changing or forever changed.

 

As I’ve grown I’ve often felt that this moment of change/or the shift, is the moment that we are moving into a new experience of the journey for our baby soul to keep evolving. That a new path is unfolding and our humanness will fight tooth and nail to ...

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Whispers of your heart...

Posted on 19 July, 2015 at 11:20


Meditation has become a staple in my Yoga teachings and in my private practice but yet one of the most challenging of practices.


Sitting with the mind and observing what comes up and not attaching to the thoughts, labelling, judging, or shaming the self for the thought is a practice of taming the monkey mind. Some days, to me, it is harder than climbing a mountain physically. To sit with ones thoughts and all the crazy madness that it can conjure up – ...

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Smile Often...

Posted on 8 July, 2015 at 10:55

If you’ve ever met me, smiling is usually how I will greet you. I love to smile!


Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist Monk, and author of several books, said these words “smiling is mouth yoga.” And this is my understanding of this valuable teaching…


When we greet someone with a smile it is welcoming and inviting. Right away when we smile it puts the other at ease. We seem to soften on the inside and outside. Smiling makes ...

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The Courageous Step...

Posted on 3 July, 2015 at 18:00

Over the years hearing stories of why people practice yoga can be inspiring, courageous, disappointing, shocking, thought provoking, illuminating and downright funny. I’ve heard stories of how yoga makes one have a ‘yoga butt’, or they just like buying the clothes and being part of the new fad, something hip. Stories of how it’s helped with rage, grief, abuse, depression. Helped with sobriety, disease, and my favorite one, it has helped them find a friend as they we...

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Speaking your truth...

Posted on 25 June, 2015 at 16:20

Speaking one’s own truth is part of many spiritual teachings and also one of modern society. However one of the hardest to attain.


We are taught many different truths along the way of life. Some cultural within our own family tribe, some within our faith, and schools, some through our friends and our workplaces. These truths change and shift as we grow on our path and evolve. Some truths we believe so strongly and hold close to our hearts, and some as we grow, we ...

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Digging In the Dirt...

Posted on 19 June, 2015 at 17:40

I have been teaching for almost 10 years now. Have met thousands of people and listened to so many stories of the journeys on and off the mat. Hearing the stories is my most humbling moment of yoga. Within those stories I am honoured to get a glimpse into someone’s life, their soul, not just hearing their words but through their eyes they tell me the story. I guess the window to the soul is through the eyes, as the expression goes.


However, what I have learned fr...

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The Body vs. The Mind

Posted on 11 June, 2015 at 15:55

Our bodies are amazing, beautiful and intelligent. Our bodies can repair themselves, tell us that something is wrong within. Our bodies feel a million different emotions. Through our physical form we get to experience all sorts of adventures outside and inside. Then why do we struggle so much and shame these bodies? For this body is a gift!


Every day when I teach Yoga, a student will tell me what they “can’t” do. That they aren’t flexible, can&...

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Taming the Monkey Mind....

Posted on 5 June, 2015 at 18:35

Teaching meditation in every single one of my yoga classes is mandatory. I feel if the student doesn’t have the opportunity to learn and practice meditation I am performing a dis-service to them, to the practice, and also to myself – a vow of a yoga teacher.


My Yoga teacher Seane Corn once said, “Make your practice an offering, a meditation throughout the whole of the practice.” I never forgot her words, and after all these years, countless classes...

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Love more...

Posted on 31 May, 2015 at 15:05

This experience we call life is a journey of the soul. We dress it up with clothes, education, movies, dancing, reading, writing, vacations, yoga classes, working out, the list goes on and on of the “doing” of life. However, the adventure of the doing and all the experiences are something to share with a partner, a friend, someone. Otherwise, the experience as I learn and grown might be taken into the body, the mind and heart but without the exchange of the experience with...

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Darkness Into Light...

Posted on 22 May, 2015 at 11:25

I am struck with the awareness that when I teach a yoga class, I am not just taking the student on a physical journey but a journey of thought, inquiry and vulnerability. Of course, we get to partake in some lovely stretches that the body is quite thankful to engage in, and the benefits of those movements have endless health reasons. However, the inquiry is the part that inspires me each and every week.


The stories af...

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Between You and Me...

Posted on 13 May, 2015 at 8:55

I never said I'd be a yoga teacher, it just sort of happened without me really thinking about it. It was a slow beautiful journey. With each day, I took the steps toward it without realizing what was going to become my full time life of teaching all over the city.


However being a yoga teacher has been my greatest reward. I am honoured to meet the most incredible people that decide to take the huge leap of faith and un...

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Lessons of love...

Posted on 6 May, 2015 at 9:40

I am in love with love. I have searched for it my whole life and no matter how many times I've bashed my nose up from it, I would continue to seek for it.


In my younger years I would go to limits of love that would expose my heart so drastically that I would forget who I was. This just doesn't mean with a man but even sometimes this would happen with friends and family. This has been one of the greatest lessons of life...

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The Quiet Journey

Posted on 29 April, 2015 at 8:55

As I grow, learn and stumble upon my yoga journey or spiritual quest, I am reminded that the journey is a quiet one, an alone adventure. As I sift through all the media of yoga, the Facebook feeds, the yoga clothing stores and all the community that comes with it, I am delighted in many ways that yoga is so accessible for many. This is a wonderful thing that it is so mainstream now.


However, personally when I roll out my own mat in my q...

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99% Practice - 1% Theory

Posted on 22 April, 2015 at 11:45

It took me many years to understand this teaching of yoga.  "99% practice, 1% theory".  When I first started on my yoga journey I thought that, that statement meant that I had to practice physical yoga all the time, and reading all the books, sutra's etc., was just a small part of understanding yoga.  As if the teachings would flood my mind with all the theory as I did the physical practice.  As if a cosmic occurance would happen while I was on my mat and "b...

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