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This spring I took on another rite of passage as a parent; teaching my son how to ride a bike. I have been enjoying his company on the back of my bike for the past three years and have joyfully watched him master the balance bike but it was time to nudge him closer to being able to ride on his own. I have always enjoyed riding a bike and wanted to pass that skill on to him as soon as he was ready.

Spring is finally here! Well, at least in theory. Winter clothes get banished to the back of the closet and our favorite summer t shirts, shorts and flipflops emerge to see the light of day. Unfortunately, your beloved flimsy, airy, and innocent looking footwear has been darkly scheming and conspiring all winter against you.

The Year of the Sheep - the first day of the Chinese New Year - begins later this week on February 19th.  In China, the celebrations are known as the Spring Festival, a 15-day-long observance that includes feasts, family reunions, the conspicuous use of the colour red and culminates on the final day with a lantern festival.

The Chinese new year is rich with traditions, one of which is to associate each new year with a specific animal. There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, and trends for the coming year are predicted to align with the traits of that year's animal.

As another year gracefully fades and a new one eagerly appears on the horizon, it's natural for us to reflect on what we experienced the past twelve months and how well we moved through the world both physically and emotionally.

Katy Bowman biomechanist is at it again with her amazing new book “Move Your DNA”. In this book Katy dives deep into why it is so important to move your body but also truly defines the term movement. She states that a lot of our typical ailments and diseases are actually caused by our own captivity.

There is a lot of talk and "buzz" about mindfulness these days.  The word seems to have slipped into common everday language...but what does it really mean?

Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, defines mindfulness as "the awareness that arises from paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally".

"I'm a big advocate for movement; the more you can move in your day the better! A recent rat study showed how effective an increase in the level of movement within a day can influence the functioning of the nervous system. The New York Times summarized the study in their article "How Inactivity Changes the Brain".

"I'm a big advocate for movement; the more you can move in your day the better! A recent rat study showed how effective an increase in the level of movement within a day can influence the functioning of the nervous system. The New York Times summarized the study in their article "How Inactivity Changes the Brain".

As always this time of year, there is a momentum and expectation of making resolutions for the New Year.  And just as common is the jumping off of the band wagon.

Why is it that we can be so clear on setting goals but yet be so poor at honouring our commitments to ourselves?

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