About Sundogs

And suddenly
 A memory of birds 
That sank into the unknown 
Yannis Ritsos1


Sundogs are concentrated patches of light occasionally seen adjacent to the sun. They form when sunlight refracts through icy clouds (cirrus or cirrostratus) containing crystals in the atmosphere. Technically known as parhelia, they are often white but sometimes quite colorful, looking like detached pieces of rainbow. 3

They occur worldwide and during all seasons, but mostly in the winter. Given the conditions that cause them, they are usually a predictor of changing weather, a storm, snow or rain.

Following my first yoga class in 1998, I began my drive home on the wrong side of the road (right for Canada, wrong for England). I was impressed that one hour on a mat could have such an effect.

Back in Canada, I continued my practice, and eventually found my way to Tattvaa4, a yogashala in Rishikesh (India) to study Hatha yoga, pranayama, and Yogra Nidra.

In my other life, I worked at a Crisis Centre for 17 years, taught skill building workshops on crisis, active listening, grief and loss; and responded to calls from people in distress.

I continue to teach suicide intervention skills in the community, including in Canada’s northern regions, volunteer on a farm that grows vegetables for the local food bank, as well as a drop-in centre for people experiencing homelessness.

I am married and have three grown up daughters, love the woods and the wilderness.