Date:: April 2014
Because healing begins at the heart, Tim Cyr’s subtle, yet expansive, approaches of connecting “heart energy” and the beautiful art of slow (Restorative) yoga utilizes the connections of energy, restoration and meditation to bring balance to mind-body-spirit. Trained in Reiki healing, mediation, reflexology, Ho’omanaloa (Hawaiian energy healing), restorative / yin / classic hatha / laughter / kids / prenatal (and ever growing) styles of yoga therapy, Tim’s connection to healing allows and invites a deeper relationship of one’s personal growth and wholeness in the practice of “living life”.
The Spice Mistress is honoured to welcome Tim Cyr as the focus of this month’s Pancha Q.
Living with allergies, arthritis, injuries and past deafness Tim understands some of the complexities human life can encompass. His approach of “less is more” is intertwined within the gentle forms of yoga he shares — listening and allowing the body and breath to be the true guides of this practice and then allowing conscious healing to begin. Opening up to a more integrative connection between the physical and energetic pathways through honouring the body and life-styles we actively choose to live in.
“Knowingly and unknowingly we are constantly reminded of our own unique awareness… in this very moment we have the opportunity to cultivate this awareness further and share it within a conscious community through the deliberate practice of living.”
Tim’s classes offer… Slow yoga integrates restorative/yin body movement, breath and meditation by focusing on three to four basic postures of the body to integrate this space forming, mind-expanding practice. Relaying the dynamics of the physical body to connect and interact with the expansive restoring qualities of the brain … slowing down helps create more space in our brain and synaptic functions to harmonize with our continuous flow of daily experiences.
1. How do you begin your day?
Tim: Mmmmm… the beginning of the day for me starts with a big stretch. If there is one thing in this world that has completely altered my perception of modern society, it is flannel sheets. That first big moment of wakeful awareness from deep sleep, and the touch of comforting flannel against one’s skin, followed by a big star-fish pose. That reaching from mattress corner to mattress corner… toes to fingers, I begin my meditative prayers of gratitude right from the bed.
In the world just being born in that moment I feel a deep sense of gratitude and optimism. And that’s what energizes me, inspires me and carries me through the next leaps into the world. That sensation of touch that engages our senses is so primal and so drawn back to the days of childhood and mom or grandma’s gentle waking. A good sunbeam cascading across the bed is icing on the cake.
2. What’s one piece of life changing health advice you can share with others?
Tim: Laughter, love and moderation. In a world where we can be faced with so many “does” and “do not’s”, what and who to love and not to love… what’s a person to do? Every corner offers a new perspective, a new outlook on life’s multi-faceted wonders. Why do individuals pigeon-hole themselves into seeing only “one way”…there is always countless other ways to see as well. Everything is here for us to experience and share and be a part of, and even those teachers that we might feel taught us wrongly may turn out to be our greatest teachers of all.
Discovering how laughter can diffuse the drama, how love is truly unconditional (and free!) and how everything, when infused with awareness and moderation, is an asset to our learning and exploring from all corners of the sphere we call our Universe.
3. What’s one thing that gives you hope for the future?
Tim: Children. I am a gay man and not predisposed to have children, in the traditional sense of “having”. But in this climate of uncertainty, fear and drama… I see children (my nieces, and friends, students) connect us to the trueness of life. They come into the world and beam love. They look to us, who have taken a few extra trips around the sun, for guidance, support and life-wisdom, but it is their energy that keeps reminding us of the joy, love and possibilities of growth. A future from the present moment that keeps all our hopes fueled. It can be said that we are passing on our wisdom and our world to our children, but maybe it is they who are ushering in a new age of wisdom and change passing on an ancient wisdom, being born anew each moment of every day.
4. Any lifestyle ‘Crimes against Wisdom’ (Prajnaparadha) that challenge you?
Tim: I think that we are still yet in our infancy of the knowing what wise is. We can measure and calculate and speculate outcomes. We can paint glorious tales of drama and heroism and prophecy, but the definition of wise… to me still seems cryptic. So what can we call a crime against the wise? In the thousands of years that we have been entering into the modern age of man even the crimes that we labeled crimes needed to happen for us to expand and grow and learn. Fire…hot…don’t touch. Wise or basic instinct of evolution? But I think we’re on the road… we’re getting there… word to the wise.
5. A moment of beauty that inspired you today?
Tim: Warm socks on the radiator after a shower… Oh yeah. I am blessed to have a radiator with a shelf and a towel holder attached to it. Sometimes, when I’m wise enough to remember, I will drape my socks and underwear on the rack in the evening before bed. These little things that can bring an absolutely huge smile to my face are the simplest, but the most profound. The knowing that I really didn’t have to “do” a lot to make that moment of pleasure-filled beauty unfold. There are a lot of simple pleasures to share in the world and warm socks and underwear in the morning after a shower… oh my goodness. I guess this wraps around to the first question of “beginning the day”… so many beautiful things happening.