I’ve been accused of bullying

I’ve been accused of bullying

And I know a thing or two about bullying. Grade 5 wasn’t a great year for me. I left school crying everyday because of how one girl continuously made me a target. She told other kids not to talk to me and preyed on my unwillingness to defend myself. Bullying targets individuals to make them […]

Read this before your next class

Read this before your next class

“Hi Cecily! I was in your workshop Friday night at 1.1. Thank you so much for the insight and inspiration! I had a question I thought of as soon as I left the studio. Thinking about assists. What is your theory on them? I noticed you didn’t assist any of us in the workshop. Do […]

Leaving Ashtanga

Leaving Ashtanga

Have you ever been in a relationship with someone where one day you look over at them and despite all of the great things they’ve brought into your life, you know it’s time to end it? That’s what happened to me and Ashtanga yoga. I loved it. It taught me more than I ever could […]

The Smartest Person in the Room

The Smartest Person in the Room

“If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” – someone smart I did this thing a few weeks ago where I sat down with Lovedeep Dhunna—the guy who’s had the biggest impact on how I understand strength—and asked him questions live on Instagram. It was part of the flurry of […]

No Bad Movements

No Bad Movements

Have you ever been under the impression that if you move a certain way, it could have serious negative consequences? For instance, if you let your knees bend past your toes… or your elbows lock out when bearing weight? I remember when a teacher warned me against spinal flexion in forward bends, implying that if […]

The Spiritual Side of the Detour

The Spiritual Side of the Detour

A few people have written in, asking how Detour Method Online will incorporate the spiritual aspects of yoga. My short answer: it won’t. My longer answer: Detour Method Online focuses on the physical aspects of the practice. And much of that physical stuff doesn’t actually look like yoga. There’s a reason that “yoga” isn’t in the […]

From Human Sexuality to Human Movement

From Human Sexuality to Human Movement

How do you know all that? Did you go to school for it – do you have a degree in human physiology or something? Ha! I WISH I got a degree in human physiology. But I didn’t. Instead I got a degree in Social Anthropology. I know – super random. But at the time it […]

Curiosity

Curiosity

I’m interested in people. It’s that interest that led me to study social anthropology – the study of human communities. When I was in school, I remember leafing through the course calendar and asking myself, “Ok…which of these courses is going to be interesting enough to get me out of bed?” All of the courses […]

Anti-Yoga

Anti-Yoga

“Anti-yoga.” A few months ago, I received some feedback about a teacher training session I taught (not a Yoga Detour training) in which one student (maybe more) found my approach to be “anti-yoga”. This feedback was brought to my attention in a way that implied I should reconsider what I was saying in these trainings […]

Why Hyperextension is Something to be Owned Rather Than Feared

Why Hyperextension is Something to be Owned Rather Than Feared

A couple years ago in a Pilates reformer class I was told to unlock my elbows and turn the creases in to face each other. In response, I corrected my alignment to please the instructor rather than ask what is now my favourite question of any teacher: WHY? After 10 years of yoga practice, I […]