Dealing with Change

Kim TanzerUncategorized

The only constant in life is change and yet, for many, including myself, change can create anxiety. The Covid pandemic has caused us to face and adapt to an enormous global shift. This virus challenges us to take stock of what we can and cannot control. We can only control our actions and make sure we are taking the necessary … Read More

Re-Thinking Our Stories

Kim TanzerUncategorized

Although being housebound during this strange time of Covid 19 can feel restrictive and endless, it can also be a time of inner expansion. It can be a time of giving some deep thought to what really matters. It can be a time of letting go and also of re-defining. I just finished, for the second time, Jennifer Pastiloff’s memoir, … Read More

Managing Anxiety around Covid 19

Kim TanzerUncategorized

As a psychotherapist, yoga and mindfulness teacher I frequently deal with clients and students struggling with anxiety. I have had my own struggles with anxiety. Through my journey as a client and now as a therapist and teacher I have developed some tools that I hope you find useful. These tools address both the mind and the body as they … Read More

A Different Look at Resolutions

Kim TanzerUncategorized

January, a time that can be full of promises. Often, large promises. Promises that get you fired up but are unattainable and burn out just as fast. Before I was a psychotherapist, I taught yoga full time. It keeps my mind and body talking to each other. There is similarity between what I tell yoga students and what I tell … Read More

Resolutions or Values?

Kim TanzerUncategorized

Another new year begins, and so, again, do the resolutions—this year, I promise to_______. With the best intentions, we make impressive resolutions and promise, this time, it’ll be different, this time, I’m committed — I’ll get to the gym, I’ll lose that weight… The problem is we set these huge resolutions and then feel like a failure when the weight … Read More

Happiness

Kim TanzerUncategorized

  It’s interesting that what many of us believe would make us happy—more money, that fabulous relationship, perfect body, bigger home etc.—do not give us lasting happiness. For a short time, we may get a “high” but that high is ephemeral. According to scientific research, what we think will bring and sustain happiness creates a small difference. We tend to … Read More

Animals as Companions and Healers

Kim TanzerUncategorized

I have always loved animals, dogs in particular. I did rescue a few cats when I was small and saved some stunned birds and a few snakes from being run over on the bike path and also some struggling worms that were in danger of drying out after a rain. My first dog as an adult, Mo was a rescue … Read More

Are you kind–to yourself?!

Kim TanzerUncategorized

Self Compassion, a habit worth cultivating. Why should you care about self compassion? Is it just another gimmicky self help practice? What does self-compassion even mean? I was raised to practice compassion—learned it from my parents, in school, through my yoga and mindfulness training and teaching.   Compassion is necessary. Compassion consists of a pastiche of qualities—empathy, benevolence, sympathy etc. Compassion … Read More

Befriend yourself–do it!

Kim TanzerUncategorized

Love after Love The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself, to the stranger who … Read More

What is REAL?

Kim TanzerUncategorized

One of my favourite books as a child, and as an adult, explains in beautiful depth and detail what it means to be real.  The Velveteen Rabbit, explores the world of a little boy, his relationship to a simple stuffed rabbit and the rabbit’s relationship to all the shiny toys around him.  Ultimately, the boy and the rabbit establish a … Read More