Do Less Project
"I think some of my most valued moments have been in hearing students reply, after a Do Less session, how they have never felt so calm and peaceful and supported, and yet so focused, aware and awake before ..."
Wanderlust Weekly: Congrats on the growth of Do Less Project! What inspired its creation? Tim Cyr: Thank you, firstly for this opportunity to chat with you, but also that you've taken an interest in The Do Less Project. The concept was originally born from sensing that the world around me was very chaotic and busy 'all the time'! I would reply to people, when asked how I was doing, "I'm super busy these days, how about you?" Noticing that this was a common response from others around me as well, I wanted to see if we could make a change in how we live our lives to take the "busy-ness" out of our business of living. Wanting to invite people to start doing "less" busy and allowing more being present and thus creating space for the things that inspire and excite us to be more engaged in life. ...and it's not about doing nothing... it's about adjusting how we view and interact to take more time to be in a moment without feeling so pressured or overwhelmed to have to change the moment to make it different.
Wanderlust Weekly: You've built a strong community following in Vancouver, what are some of your proudest moments? Tim Cyr: We live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet and yet our lives revolve around making money to support our lives here. Baring that in mine, our community here is filled with individuals seeking a life of less stress and more balance to be able to enjoy life AND make it comfortable. I think some of my most valued moments have been in hearing students reply, after a Do Less session, how they have never felt so calm and peaceful and supported, and yet so focused, aware and awake before. From sharing yoga and meditation with young kids, using analogies from Star Wars (and the Force), to guiding long relaxing Restorative yoga sessions with Thai Head Massages for middle to old-aged, hearing how this "slowing down" feels so good and also when hearing people "sigh" in a practice ...just simply melts my heart. Feeling that there is a need for slowing down let's me know that this is good work and a much needed practice in our daily lives. ...oh oh oh... and I LOVE it when I hear people snoring or see when they rise up off of a bolster after a long restful pose and notice that they've left a drool spot... their nervous system definitely let go and they relaxed for that those moments.
Wanderlust Weekly: The wellness field is constantly evolving, what upcoming news or developments can we look forward to? Tim Cyr: Hosting monthly Do Less Workshops/Sessions at local yoga studios where, for two and half hours, I offer slow Restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra as well as offer Thai Head Massages. Also on the horizon is a few retreats to various locations around the world. We just finished a cruise to Bermuda, hosted previous weekend get-away's in Whistler and on Bowen Island, and this fall heading to Vancouver Island at the Kingfisher Ocean Resort & Spa. Over the summer there will be various pop-up meditation evenings around the city, soaking up the natural surroundings and breathing in some calm and relaxing freshness. Love using social media and through our monthly newsletter to best stay connected and we'll keep everyone in groove of what's happening. [ learn more ]