The sun is shining which means we are officially in countdown mode to this summer’s Muskoka Yoga Festival! As a media partner for the big event, we’ll be bringing you exclusive content leading up to the festival, including interviews with a few of the incredible instructors you can expect to get bendy with this July. In this third installment (find the first here and the second here), we catch up with Cassidy Thedorf of meditation company, Radiate Happy. Cassidy will be leading a True Nature Meditation on Saturday and a Reiki and Release session on Sunday.
Tell us a little about yourself, your practice, Radiate Happy, and your background in wellness.
I am a nature-lover, tree-hugger, meditator and lifetime student. At Radiate Happy, I offer meditation teaching in Toronto and surrounding area, often including reiki, sound therapy and thai yoga massage in my classes.
In my teaching, I typically incorporate practices from both the east, where meditation has deep roots in Buddhism, and the west, where neuroscience and clinical approaches to mindfulness were born. I’ve been fortunate to deepen my practice in travels to India, Bali, Thailand, and other destinations with deep roots in meditation.
What kind of practice will you be leading at the festival? What should we expect from the Radiate Happy session?
I’m grateful to be offering two sessions, one on reconnecting with our True Nature through meditation, and another on releasing through both reiki and meditation. During my True Nature meditation on Saturday morning, we’ll use meditation, sound healing, and art therapy to synchronize our left and right brain hemispheres. Sunday afternoon, during Reiki to Release, we’ll use gentle movement, reiki, and meditation to create space and get our qi flowing.
What is particularly exciting to you about the Muskoka Yoga Festival?
I grew up in and around Muskoka, so it feels incredible to be getting back to my roots. There’s something about Muskoka that’s incredibly grounding, healing and revitalizing. The mission of the MYF to support a healthy, sustainable life for the greater good of all speaks to me on many levels.
What is different about practicing outdoors versus in a studio?
When we’re outdoors, we are able to connect with the earth in a way that takes grounding to the next level. We notice the lessons mother nature has to offer us: impermanence, non-striving, balanced perfection.
Do you have a favourite meditation or type of practice? Give us some details.
I practice many different types of meditation, but love practicing Metta, or Loving Kindness, the most. It allows us to feel the source of compassion we have within ourselves, and to heighten our connection to everyone and everything around us.
What is your number one wellness tip for summer?
Do less, be more. Less plans, more presence. It’s easy to see how many things there are to do… embrace the joy of missing out, knowing that you’re always exactly where you’re meant to be.