Welcome to Dharma Yoga… Yoga for the sorely stressed.

This is the home base of Kate MacKay, a Viniyoga teacher working in Fredericton, NB, Canada.

2011 September — I won’t be teaching this fall. I know tht I’ve told many people over the past six months that I would be back in the classroom this September. That was my intention and a goal I worked towards this spring and fall. Regrettably, my health issues are going to keep me out of the classroom for a while longer.

I’m still practicing and learning, and learning that practice is more than posutral work. This year, in my training, we covered Chapter 2 of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and that will be the primary theme of the Dharma Yoga Blog for this year. I hope you can join me there.

In the meanwhile, if you’d like to continue classes in the Fredericton area, I’d recommend studying with my teacher, Kathryn Downton.  Her information is at the end of this click.

For general information on Viniyoga in Atlantic Canada, here’s some more info.

About the name:

In the language of Indian spiritualism, Dharma means one’s righteous duty or any virtuous path. Literally, it translates to ‘that which upholds or supports’ and is generally translated into English as ‘law’. In Indian philosophy, Dharma is a concept that brings forth ideas about the proper conduct of living — ideas that are upheld by the laws of the universe.

That said, Dharma is a hard concept to translate into English because no one word seems to do the trick completely. It is the principle of righteousness, the principle of holiness, the principle of unity. A thing that brings about unity and harmony and ends conflict is Dharma. That which elevates us is Dharma. Dharma is that which leads you to the path of perfection. Dharma is our life’s work and our responsibility — our mission, if you will.

Outside the yoga studio, I’m a 9-1-1 operator, one of many people with a high stress profession. Several years back, at the age of 40, I found myself reaping the benefits of 25 years of toxic living and a lifetime of not taking care of myself on a physical, mental and emotional level. I’ll spare you the gruesome details other than to say that Yoga turned out to be a huge factor in my recovery back to health and joyful living. I’m still very much a work in progress but I feel an obligation (a duty even!) to pass on some of the things I’ve learned on my path back to wellness.