Dan Chartrand

My yoga practice emerged on a cold winter day in 2008 when I was desiring some form of physical activity but did not want to venture outside into the bleak, cold, Edmonton winter. I cannot even remember how I had heard about yoga, and it just seemed the right thing to do at the time, and before I had realized it, I began practicing in front of my computer, following along to yoga podcasts and videos online, before venturing out to my first yoga class.

Like so many, with my first class of yoga, I was hooked and have since then thrown myself into the philosophy, mysticism and physical practice of yoga. It has allowed my mind to slow to a brisk walk, and at times even become still within the meditation that flows from the asana practice. My body, with the exception of my hamstrings, has opened up on so many levels, and with the joy of flowing from one asana to another, a simple humbleness has evolved within my being. Diet, relationships, energetic levels, positivity, openness within the community, awareness of space being occupied, of the breath, the list of benefits of a yoga practice is endless. And it continues to amaze me every single day.

In October of 2012, I journeyed to Rishikesh, India and achieved my 200HR teacher training in Akhanda Yoga under the guidance of Yogrishi Vishvketu. India opened my eyes on the spiritual and physical level, as I became overfilled with gratitude for the experience, and for the blessings within my own life. I also met a very kind Yogi named Yogi Uday, who would run a little sweet and treats project out of the office at Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram, which is where I was doing my training. I became quite attached to the sweets and treats and was overjoyed and honored to be invited into the project known as Yogi Yum Yums. Yogi Yum Yums is a project that involves making delicious sweets and treats that are all natural, raw and organic, and any profits made go back towards some children in India, helping to take care of their medical, educational, and transportation costs. For more information or to order a cookbook, please email yogiyumyumsyeg@hotmail.com.