How did you choose your mala? Were you drawn to a particular energy or gemstone? 

I had been surfing the Mala Collective site for many months always being drawn to the Manifest Mala. At the time I was unsure of where I wanted my yoga journey to take me. I had no real goals, flying by the seat of my pants. I finally ordered my mala and as soon as I did, I put pen to paper and started thinking about what I really wanted. 

How could I manifest if I had no intentions, no goals?  I encourage you to write your goals and dreams down and read them every day, update them too. I am amazed at the strength it gave me and where my journey is leading. Endless possibilities, I can do this.  I jokingly call my Manifest Mala my business attire. My Moksha Quartz and Keep Calm Mala’s come out when I need to slow it down and be present, they even end up under my pillow at night.  

When did you start your yoga/meditation practice? What are some of the benefits you have received from your practice? 

I came to yoga almost 13 years ago, as a result of illness.  It was recommended by my doctor to help me handle the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. I did not really care for yoga much, as a gym rat and runner, I did not understand the importance of breath and stillness.

I was looking for the athletic workout I was used to, however, my body could not handle it. I slowly realized that yoga was helping me manage my deep depression, anxiety and chronic fatigue. Breath, meditation and restorative yoga being the key to helping me let go of old patterns and be content and present with my body and health. 

Fast forward 10 years, I was well enough to make a total career change to Yoga Teacher. I am loving my new life and helping others who are struggling with pain, mobility issues and the defeating issues that surround them.

What is your favorite way to take a moment for yourself each day? 

I love to lie in my studio, Legs up the Wall, Moksha Quartz or Keep Calm Mala in hand, listening and chanting along to Ra Ma Da Sa by Snatam Kaur. 14 minutes of quiet time that energizes my body and quiets my mind.  

Wendy teaches gentle and restorative hatha yoga in Oshawa, Ontario and surrounding area. She has continued her education with many therapeutic based masters, studying Restorative, Yin, Purna Yoga, and the anatomy of the nervous system. 

Connect with Wendy on Facebook, Twitter and her website.

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November 26, 2013 by Ashley Wray

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