Make magic happen in May

May Magic:
Offerings from
Karusia Nirmala
... meeting of night and day, artist unknown ...

Beloved Reader!

Have you ever felt stuck? Perhaps things had been rolling along smoothly, but then you bumped into a wall despite your best efforts? Perhaps you tried a bit harder afterwards (just in case you were slacking off or missed something), but the result stayed the same?


I can tell you that I know this place very well! Energy can be flowing beautifully, then it stops. Sometimes it’s blocked, and sometimes it just needs a pause. Maybe something else needs to change somewhere else before progress can resume… sometimes it’s simply that rest is needed. 


How do we know when to act, when to pause, and when to let it go completely?


Don’t push the river, it flows by itself. (Fritz Perls)


Some of you may already know that I am in a process of confirming Polish citizenship through my family’s bloodline. Both my soul and heart yearn to connect more deeply with my Polish ancestry, and carrying dual citizenship opens up possibilities to live and work abroad. 


Well, this process has its own unique flavour of ups and downs! 


As part of my ancestral research, I have been very interested in the spiritual and earth-based side of my Slavic roots. Who are the old gods and goddesses, who are the power animals, what are the healing herbs and medicines native to this part of the world? As I googled my way through some of these questions, I came up against a very strong Roman Catholic identity that seemed to eclipse the answers I hoped for. I could find any number of wonderful pilgrimages to sacred Christian sites, but none of note into the heart of, say, the primal Białowiesza Forest near Belarus…. I kept believing that there was a level of magic that I longed to touch, but it remained just out of reach… 


And so, after many sincere attempts, I decided to let it rest. The quest was to lay percolating gently in the background, while I remained open for a sign. It was a long wait.


And then one day, I received an email announcing a new interview on a podcast I like called Mythic Medicine. The guest that day was a woman named Atava Garcia Swiecicki, and the topic was "Ancient Medicine &The Love of the Ancestors". What luck, right up my alley! Atava is an herbalist with a Polish father and Mexican mother. She had written her master’s thesis on Indigenous Medicine, and was speaking about her process of how she gathered the threads of her story. I listened intently to the interview, wrote to her right away, and ordered her thesis. I both savoured and devoured her story and her research. 


Most importantly, the lights went on, and I learned what I had been missing. It was something crucial, that I had not come to on my own…. something small, yet very big.


Atava was mentored by healers- medicine women and men. Their unanimous advice to her was this: If you wish to open respectful communication with your ancestors, begin by giving them an offering. If you know your traditional offering, for example tobacco in the case of North American peoples, give that. I knew that Poles always bring bread and salt to a new home. And so I prepared an offering of sea salt and rye bread.


Since I was in Toronto, I decided to visit the Polish church where I had been taking heritage language lessons for almost two years. It was still winter. Just outside the church stands a welcoming life-sized statue of Mary; I liked to talk to her before every class and whenever I passed by. On this visit, I asked for her protection, guidance and support for my quest. I offered thanks, and I sprinkled the salt and bread in the snow by her feet. 

In the quiet that followed, I began to notice that sparrows were chirping in the small park across the street. (In fact, they are chirping right now outside my window as I write these very words… and chirping as I do my final edit ...) I took my extra bread to the parkette, and fed the sparrows. I spoke to them, and asked them too for their support and guidance. And I thanked them. I spent time watching them and listening to their chatter. I realized that their chirping was around me on a daily basis, yet I hardly noticed them… But I woke up to them and to their friendship that day.


Wróbel is the Polish word for sparrow, and it is the basis of my last name. Such beautiful synchronicity, and such a sweet animal spirit by my side.


And that’s when things started to flow again! Documents that I needed started to appear, my mother started sharing so many of her stories with me, and a chance encounter led me to an archived interview my father had given in 1978. He left this world 23 years ago, but I was able to hear his voice telling his life story, including his military experiences. It was moving, and I learned many new things.


I will be away for 10 days this month while I dive into the next chapter of my ancestral pilgrimage. First to Monte Cassino for the 75th anniversary of that battle (my father figured prominently there) and then for a few days in Warsaw. I plan to offer bread and salt once again, this time into the Vistula River that flows through Poland and its capital. And you can be sure that I’ll be keeping my eyes and heart open for sparrows and other signs while I’m there ….

As always, sending Love and Blessings to you! Here's wishing us all a joyous spring. May our hearts be light and free. May our eyes be open to the magic and medicine that is always around us.


~ Karusia Nirmala

New spring eye masks. 100% cotton, filled with organic flax, lavender and Reiki love. Back by popular demand, and just in time for Mother's Day gift-giving! Combine one with the Sleep Workshop for full-on bliss. $25.

You can pick one up at class, or we can arrange a meet in downtown Toronto. If mailed, s/h extra.
May Public Classes

* News Flash: please check dates, as I will be away on an ancestral journey from May 14 to May 25 *

All classes are held in the Amenity Room at 21 Nassau St. Please enter through the garden pathway west of the main doors. The door is unlocked 15 minutes before each class. Mats and props are available.

Mondays (no classes on May 20)
Hatha Yoga 5:30-6:45pm. $15.
Women's QiGong  7-8:15pm. $15.

Tuesdays (no class on May 14 or 21)
Restorative Yoga 5-6:30pm. $15. 

Thursdays (no classes on May 16 and 23)
Hatha Yoga 5:30-6:45pm. $15
Yoga Nidra 7-8:15pm. $20.

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Workshops and Events

The Art of Carefree Sleep

Saturday May 11, 2-4 pm. $50. 
(details below)

The Art of Carefree Sleep: 
a Workshop for Women Who Are Tired of Being Tired

Saturday May 11, 2-4pm. $50. 
Held in the Amenity Room @ 
21 Nassau St.

~ art by Taryn Knight ~

Learn simple tips to establish good sleep hygiene habits, and practise yogic techniques guaranteed to unwind a busy nervous system and invite zzzzzzzz's.

  • gentle movement,
  • reflection, 
  • breathing and visualization techniques,
  • yoga nidra aka "divine sleep of the yogis" and
  • light refreshments

You will go home with new skills that invite deep rest, a handout of techniques covered, and an mp3 recording of a guided visualization to use at home. 

Registration is required, please click here

My Offerings

I support people to move, think and breathe in new ways that free them to be the best they can be. For this, I draw on a lifetime of exploration in dance, experiential anatomy, prayer, healing, yoga and qigong.

My training as a yoga therapist supplies many tools to help you balance your biomechanics, your nerves, your hormones, your thoughts and your emotions while learning new skills to boost your vitality and well-being. My background as an artist and mystic helps you to find beauty, harmony, meaning and magic on your healing journey.  

Hatha Yoga
Women's QiGong
Yoga Nidra
Restorative Yoga
Tarot and Oracle Card Readings
Yoga Therapy
Stress Release

~ Private sessions, corporate classes, holiday parties, speaking engagements by appointment~
Wheel of Fortune

Sometimes we find ourselves on top of the world, and sometimes we find ourselves entrenched in the depths.

In either case, the only certainty is that the wheel continues to spin. What goes up, will come down. What goes down, will ascend once again.

Some events are of our own making, and others are beyond our control.

It is important to cultivate equanimity, and to face all that comes with self-compassion. Sometimes difficult things bubble up because the time is perfect for release, healing and for integration.

Movement is life. Let's keep dancing.....

from the Universal Goddess Tarot by Maria Caratti & Antonella Platano 
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