Kenzo had been paralyzed in all four legs for two weeks.

He wasn’t eating, he slept only on his side and he never even tried to get up. Prescription medications had no effect.

His owners were on a mission to find a solution, and that’s when they found Dr. Valérie Trudel’sacupuncture and osteopathy clinic. When Kenzo arrived at the clinic, he seemed to be in pain.

Dr. Trudel’s first instinct was to prepare his owners for the possibility of euthanasia. Obviously, that’s not a reality any pet owner wants to face, so they made up their mind to try everything they could. They knew the journey ahead would be long.

Dr. Trudel performed acupuncture on Kenzo and his owners decided to wait a full 24-hours before making a snap judgement about the results.

Kenzo arrived lying on his side. After the first treatment, he left lying on his stomach. Dr. Trudel saw him again two weeks later; he was walking.

Alternative medicine specialists can recount many stories like this one.

“I want people to know that euthanasia is not the only solution,” explains Dr. Trudel. “When medicine or surgery are not an option, or there is advice against them, it is really worth the effort to try an alternative medicine. There are of course, many animals that are not euthanized because we have otherwise treated them.”

Are you looking for a solution for helping your pet?

Would you like to try the most natural treatments possible but are confused by all the options? This short guide is for you.


Update on One! International

Update from One! International Poverty Relief, written by Marilyn Spilchen

Thank you to Yoga For Today for their ongoing support over the last many years.
Thank you to Irene Sproule for knitting Yoga Socks for the Yoga For Today Fundraiser, and to all those who bought a pair. They are so cozy.
The date for our next Gala Celebration – Putting the Pieces Together – is set for Friday 2 February 2018. Please consider attending.

Tickets can also be purchased from MarilynSpilchen@aol.com, 780-467-6254.

If you have Silent Auction items to donate please let Marilyn know.

Our most recent 6 page newsletter is on Facebook: www.facebook.com/OneTaniaDidi,and the web: www.one-international.com   .  We have lots of successes to celebrate.


Christmas Health by Tami Hay

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Low-Glycemic Natural Sweeteners

If you’re not up to speed on why to not eat sugar, it’s easy to find resources on the havoc it wreaks within our bodies and brains, so we will leave it at – avoid sugar.

We’ve compiled a list of low-glycemic natural sweeteners for you. This is to serve as a good start for options for you. You can experiment and see what works best for you and your situation.


Not Recommended Sweeteners

Please note, there are some popular sweeteners that we do NOT recommend.

The following sweeteners are not recommended for vegan low-glycemic recipes.

Agave –  maple syrup – honey, and sugar in the raw are very high on Glycemic scale


A Kindness Experiment

As the holiday season approaches, we can often find ourselves overwhelmed by deadlines, gift lists, and financial or family pressures.  The busyness of our days and intensity of our efforts can be all consuming and lead us to forget why it is we are doing it all and what the true meaning is behind our efforts.

Our practice of iRest-Yoga Nidra, Yoga or Meditation can be a time to tune in and re-orient to our heart felt intentions and desires for these holy days and thereby imbue our actions with deeper meaning and purpose.

I often draw upon the wisdom of the Brahma Vihara’s or 4 Great Attitudes from sutra 1.33 of the classic yogic text, the Yoga Sutras.   They inform us that by cultivating attitudes of kindness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous and disregard toward the non-virtuous, the mind retains its undisturbed calmness.

This seems a worthy experiment at the least and a possible antidote or “immune booster” for a malaise of stress, anxiety or depression.  The Dalai Lama is quoted as saying my religion is kindness and offers the invitation to be kind when ever possible, it is always possible.  These are simple words with the potential for profound personal and global impact.


Welcoming and iRest Yoga Nidra with Anne Douglas


by Anne Douglas

It seems the best things in life are so very simple.  My experience is that the greater the simplicity, the greater the profundity.  For example, the beauty of welcoming each moment just as it is, without attachment (raga) or aversion (dvesa), is perhaps one of the highest teachings we are offered in the Yoga and Buddha dharma.

In my Yoga Therapy practice I bare witness time and again to the healing power of welcoming all the messengers life offers.  They may show up for each of us as chronic pain or insomnia, high blood pressure or anxiety, or as constant discontent or depression.  Every symptom, when met by unconditional welcoming, provides a doorway into deeper self-understanding, wholeness and freedom.

While there are many ways that we can encourage welcoming, my first choice is always through the practice of iRest Yoga Nidra, which offers the quintessential invitation to meet and FEEL what is present.  We can deepen further by soliciting a description of the sensation, such as it’s location, texture, color, etc., as ways to open into the felt experience.

When we just simply feel sensation, there is a deep integration that occurs on many levels.  We don’t have to know what is happening, how or why.  Our task is to simply feel what is present with kind attention.

In this unconditional welcoming, old un-integrated events and their associated emotions or beliefs can finally be heard.  Like a child who constantly tugs at their parents pant leg for attention, it goes off on its merry way when it has been acknowledged and it’s needs honored.  Some messengers need repeated welcoming and take time to “unpack”, while others only need a moment.


Mystical Musings Retreat w/ Marla Ericksen Information

Share in our March Yoga and Meditation Retreat






At Sanctum Retreat Centre
March 22 -25, 2018 w/ Marla Ericksen

Carve out time and space to dwell temporarily in a sanctuary where a gathering of loving community supports your unfolding life.
Let life’s pendulum swing another way and to trust that the suspended moments in unfamiliar territory will yield great benefit.
This is what it means to RETREAT.

Join Marla at the beautiful Sanctum Retreat Centre in Caroline, AB. Delve deeply into a dimension where YOGA – the practice of tolerating the consequences of

who you are – will unravel and reveal what is necessary for your expansion. The majority of this retreat will be held honouring noble silence. All are welcome and no previous experience in Yoga or Meditation is required.


Update on Amie Belanger and her husband Darcy

Our beloved teacher Amie Belanger and her husband Darcy (who also practiced at Yoga for Today) moved to Denver, Colorado in April when Darcy was transferred for work. Immediately the couple thought it important to have a “landing point” and after some online research found themselves at a local studio.

From there, Amie went on a retreat, intent on meeting like-minded people. She says the retreat was lovely taking place up at Santa Maria camp. They stayed in cabins with bunks, practiced a lot of yoga, swam early in the morning as a ganga blessing, went for short hikes, chanted around the fire and ate vegetarian food. Unfortunately as it was a silent retreat, Amie was unable to engage in discussion but did manage to stay in contact with a few women she met there. From there she explored another studio and it has been a better fit but says no studio is like Yoga for Today with extensive retail, area for socializing and alternative modalities on offer. Read more >>

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Parvati Magazine – August issue

The August 2017 issue of Parvati Magazine is hot off the press and ready to share!

The magnificent force of life, divinely potent, propels the evolution of all things in every moment. You can see it in nature’s aliveness – its fully bloomed flowers, rich foliage and tapestry of wildlife. Vibrant, resplendent and dynamic, the force that moves our universe forward is beyond our limited ego and will, beyond all logical understanding or control.

Parvati.org is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to realizing MAPS: the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. The organization is supported by people in our Yoga for Today community who selflessly volunteer their time to support this global cause.

Parvati Magazine – July issue

The July 2017 issue of Parvati Magazine is hot off the press and ready to share!

To inspire you and your clients, this month’s Parvati Magazine, on the theme “Service”, features exclusive interviews with Melinda Emerson, Seane Corn and Dr. Kelly Brogan plus articles on Julia Butterfly Hill, Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, the goop Pop-Up store and a yummy recipe for guilt-free treats.

Parvati.org is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to realizing MAPS: the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. The organization is supported by people in our Yoga for Today community who selflessly volunteer their time to support this global cause.

Teaching Yoga to Children 20-Hr Training

Teaching Yoga to Children 20-Hr Teacher Training is an incredible journey into a child’s world. This comprehensive training will prepare you to teach yoga and mindfulness to children from Kindergarten to Grade 8.

This training is ideal for:

  • Yoga teachers and yoga students
  • Classroom teachers
  • Child psychologists
  • Camp leaders
  • Pediatricians
  • Social workers
  • Physical therapists
  • School or family counsellors
  • Or anyone who regularly works with children

Through an interactive, creative and educational approach, you’ll learn:

  • Developmental stages of children
  • Research-based benefits of yoga and mindfulness
  • Children’s yoga postures – individual, partner and group
  • Breathing, visualization, relaxation
  • Music and games that promote collaboration and fun
  • Lesson planning and hands-on experience

The training facilitator, Rita Maltais, has well over 500 hours of yoga training, including Yoga Ed K-8 Certified Radiant Child Yoga Program Level 1. She is also a Mindful Educator with many years of experience as a school teacher, working with children of all ages.

To view more information about the training dates and cost, click here.