Congratulations to Oscar!

Saturday, 10 September 2011 by

Congratulations to Oscar on his promotion to Red Sash!


Attitude of the Mantis

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 by

Attitude of the Mantis

YOUR SPIRIT… should be like that of an eagle…swooping down to catch the rabbit.

YOUR POSTURE… should be like that of a cat…about to pounce on a mouse.

YOUR WAIST… should be like that of a dragon…sinuous and flexible.

YOUR ARM… should be like that of a tiger…strong and deadly.

YOUR FOOTWORK… should be like that of a monkey…quick and efficient.

YOUR HEART… should be like that of a fox…cunning.

BUT YOUR HANDS… should be like that of a PRAYING MANTIS.



Tuesday, 16 August 2011 by

hosted by Golden Harmony Kung Fu Club, Toronto


Surprise Promotions!

Friday, 12 August 2011 by
 Surprise Grading! 

Sifu awards Green and Red sashes!



Tuesday, 19 July 2011 by

hosted by Golden Harmony Kung Fu Club, Toronto


 Summer Yoga & Qigong Retreat – Aug 26-28 

Dear Yoga Friend,

Imagine this:

–       a beautiful tranquil retreat centre in nature on a sprawling country acreage

–       gentle and invigorating daily yoga and Qigong classes

–       relaxing by the pool or enjoying a refreshing dip

–       delicious healthy meals prepared for you (no dishes to wash J)

–       quality time away from your daily routine

–       sharing with an intimate group of like-minded people

 If any of this sounds appealing, you are in luck!

We know how important it is to take time away from the demands of a busy life to relax and rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. This is why we are offering you a chance to spend a weekend doing what you need to help refresh and recharge yourself at our Summer Yoga and Qigong Retreat.

Our Summer Yoga & Qigong Retreat will include:

–       2 Kripalu Yoga* classes (all levels)

–       2 Qigong classes

–       3 experiential workshops*

–       healthy gourmet vegetarian meals

–       comfortable accommodations (single, shared or tenting)

–       kirtan (devotional chanting)*

–       swimming pool

–       warm, homey atmosphere

–       and more…

(all activities optional, no experience necessary)



We are excited to welcome guest teacher Sifu Rupert Harvey, a Qigong and martial arts master. Among his many impressive achievements, he appeared as a stunt performer on many episodes of Kung-Fu The Legend Continues with David Carradine.

Qigong is a 5000-year old Chinese self-healing system with many similarities to yoga that can complement our practice. This ancient Eastern tradition includes exercises that help maintain youthfulness, support the immune system, enhances vitality, improves focus and cultivates calmness.
For more information about Rupert click here.

We are also honored to have some wonderful Toronto kirtan leaders who will be joining us in our kirtan.



Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28

Check-in begins at 3:00 pm on Friday. There will be a yoga class from 4:30 to 6:00 and dinner around 6:30 pm. The retreat officially begins at 7:30 pm and ends Sunday at 1:00 pm.



Lotus Heart Centre

This secluded retreat sanctuary is located near Brighton, Ontario.

Only 2 hours east of Toronto, and 3½ hours S.W. of Ottawa.

See for yourself at


Other Offerings (additional cost)

Sitara will be available for private healing sessions*.


Cost:  $400/single $350/shared $325/tenting

$375/single $325/shared $300/tenting (early bird special – before July 31st)

To reserve your spot at this special summer retreat, we must receive a deposit (non-refundable) of $125. Full payment to be made by August 26th.

To register for this unique retreat weekend, contact us at:



It will be great to have you join us.

Yours in Yoga,

Rob and Sitara

“You know what’s wrong with scientific power?

It’s a form of inherited wealth. And you know what assholes congenitally rich people are. It never fails. […] Most kinds of power require a substantial sacrifice by whoever wants that power. There is an apprenticeship, a discipline lasting many years. Whatever kind of power you want. President of the company. Black belt in karate. Spiritual guru. Whatever it is you seek, you have to put in the time, the practice, the effort. You must give up a lot to get it. It has to be very important to you. And once you’ve attained it, it is your power. It can’t be given away: it resides in you. It is literally the result of your discipline.”

“Now what is interesting about this process is, by the time someone has acquired the ability to kill with his bare hands, he has also matured to the point where he won’t use it unwisely. So that kind of power has a built-in control. The discipline of getting the power changes you so that you won’t abuse it.”

“But scientific power is like inherited wealth: attained without discipline. You read what others have done, and you take the next step. You can do it very young. You can make progress very fast. There is no discipline lasting many decades. There is no mastery: old scientists are ignored. There is no humility before nature. There is only a get-rich-quick, make-a-name-for-yourself-fast philosophy. Cheat, lie, falsify — it doesn’t matter. Not to you, or to your colleagues. No one will criticize you. No one has any standards. They are all trying to do the same thing: to do something big, and do it fast.”

“And because you can stand on the shoulders of giants, you can accomplish something quickly. You don’t even know exactly what you have done, but already you have reported it, patented it, and sold it. And the buyer will have even less discipline than you. The buyer simply purchases the power, like any commodity. The buyer doesn’t even conceive that any discipline might be necessary.”

– Michael Crichton Jurassic Park


Monday, 27 June 2011 by

hosted by Golden Harmony Kung Fu Club, VA Branch


You can map out a Fight Plan…

Monday, 16 May 2011 by

You can map out a fight plan or a life plan,

but when the action starts, it may not go down the way you planned, and you’re down to your reflexes – that means your [preparation]. That’s where your roadwork shows. If you cheated on that in the dark of the morning, well, you’re going to get found out now, under the bright lights.

– Joe Frazier

I’d learned about music since before I could talk.

I knew ten thousand rules of melody and verse better than I knew the backs of my own hands.

Denna didn’t. In some ways this hampered her, but in other ways it made her music strange and marvelous…

I’m doing a poor job of explaining this. Think of music as being a great snarl of a city like Tarbean. In the years I spent living there, I came to know its streets. Not just the main streets. Not just the alleys. I knew shortcuts and rooftops and parts of the sewers. Because of this, I could move through the city like a rabbit in a bramble. I was quick and cunning and clever.

Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing of the shortcuts. You’d think she’d be forced to wander the city, lost and helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.

But instead, she simply walked through the walls.

– Patrick Rothfuss The Wise Man’s Fear