Equanimity and the Banff Yoga Festival

The first ever Banff Yoga Festival kicks off tomorrow!

I’m super excited to be involved in this event in a few different ways this year.

Of course, I’ll be doing a bit of teaching, but beyond that I’ve had the privilege of writing for the blog and will also be representing Knight’s Cabin  at the Yoga Market, the charity that the BYF will be donating 1% of all profits to. Come by and say hi if you’re around on Saturday or Sunday.

Some of you know that I recently returned back from a 10 day silent Vipassana (pronounced Vip-ahh-shaw-na) Meditation Course. I’ll reserve the gritty details of that for another post, but during my 10 days there, I was reminded of a familiar concept – equanimity. In fact, reminded is a gentle word. More like it was drilled into my head constantly.

Equanimity is, simply, a state of psychological stability, regardless of external experiences (emotions, thoughts, sensations or events).

On Saturday at 1pm I’ll be teaching a ‘try yoga’ session at the yoga market. During this 30 min session my teachings will surround this idea of equanimity.

It seems like the simplest of concepts, but is truly powerful. The teaching of equanimity is based upon the Buddhist concept of impermanence or anicca. Anicca is one of the essential doctrines in Buddhism. This term conveys the buddhist notion that all of our existence – without exception – is in a constant state of arising and passing, of change, or in flux. One of my favourite ways of translating anicca is “all of this is temporary”.

With this understanding of impermanence, the ever-changing nature of life, we can begin to practice cultivating a calm, balanced and equanimous mind to all things – those that we are attracted to or label positive (thoughts, emotions, events), but also those that we have developed aversions to or label negative. We come to understand that ‘this too shall pass’ or ‘this will also change’, and so, find our mind in a more balanced and equanimous state vs. reactivity based on our concept of good and bad, positive and negative, agreeable and disagreeable.

None of it will last anyways – so we need not become attached.

Can’t wait to see you all at the festival and share in this incredible teaching. It’s one of the most practical life lessons I think I’ve ever learned — and I can’t wait to share.







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