Get Your Pilates Groove on at Bodywise Yoga Studio

Bodywise Yoga StudioThe thing I love most about my one of a kind intimate yoga studio is that Bodywise Yoga Studio is more than just a yoga studio. Bodywise Yoga Studio is an all encompassing health and fitness facility that offers not only a range and variety of yoga classes, but is also a pilates studio and has a massage clinic in the building-Clinique Masso-Soma. Bodywise Yoga Studio welcomes people of all health and fitness levels and backgrounds. When first I started attending pilates and yoga classes at Bodywise Yoga Studio in September of 2014 I hadn’t attended a pilates class in about 5 years (and even then, I had only attended a few in my lifetime), and I had only been dabbling in yoga for about a year prior (and nothing consistent). With having no real background or experience in pilates or yoga, Bodywise Yoga Studio welcomed me with open arms. I was made to feel that I was meant to be exactly where I was. No judgments. No expectations. Immediately, I was made to feel at home in every class with each unique instructor. Bodywise Yoga Studio took an interest in me and my fitness goals. I was made to feel special, and not just someone else in the crowd. They saw me. They helped me get stronger. I flourished. Continue reading

My First Thai Yoga Massage

Clinique Masso-Soma

Body Wise Yoga StudioI had the opportunity to try my first Thai Yoga Massage at Clinique Masso-Soma. The last time I had a massage was in November and my tired and sore muscles were due for some care and attention after months of daily physical yoga and pilates practice. I was curious as to the difference between a regular therapeutic/relaxation massage and a Thai Yoga Massage. My vinyasa and ashtanga yoga instructor Beth Dobson (read more about Beth here) owner of Clinique Masso-Soma and co-owner of Bodywise Yoga Studio had mentioned it to me before and I couldn’t resist the temptation to try it for myself. I’m the ‘I gotta try it for myself to know’ kind of girl. Continue reading

Wedding Dress Shopping with my Mom

WeddingWeddingIt might appear to you that I am constantly searching for all things turquoise to write about on my blog Turquoise Compass, but it’s actually not the case. It’s really quite the opposite. I love writing about the turquoise destinations I have visited, turquoise inspired secret spots, and unique turquoise treasures, but turquoise seems to find me. Not the other way around as you might think. I usually stumble upon turquoise wherever I go. It just appears to me. I often have no intention of searching for that something turquoise, but it’s just there. It’s waiting for me to see it. Whether it is a turquoise painted house, tea cup, or simply a sign–I always seem to find it. It’s as if my eyes have been opened to the world of all things turquoise since starting my blog in 2013. It was no different when I went wedding dress shopping with my mom. We found TURQUOISE! Continue reading

Standing Strong with Dusky Leaf’s Zeroslip Yoga Towel

Zeroslip yoga towelZeroslip Yoga TowelAt this stage in my yoga journey, I have started to push myself further by attending some advanced yoga classes (sometimes I think I am nuts) and attempting the intermediate and advanced postures during my ashtanga and vinyasa practice. It’s challenging, yet I am up for the challenge. There is something rewarding about doing something outside of my comfort zone. I’m not always successful, but there are moments (even glimpses of moments) when I surpass my expectations. Often times, my ego gets in the way and tells me that I can’t do it or that I’m not good enough. I’ve been trying to overcome these thoughts by giving it a try anyway. It can’t hurt right? Like in the movie Spanglish, the main character says in broken English over and over again “just try it”. I’ve been just trying it. It’s in these moments, when I am working beyond my comfort level that I need a solid ground to stand on. I’m able to do just that with my new non slip yoga towel. Continue reading

The Puppeteaching Project-Educating through Puppetry

Guest Post by Rebecca of Puppeteaching Project
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-What do you want to be when you grow up?
-When I grow up, I want to be a famous actress!

Constantly immersed in theatre as a kid and a teen, my dreams were big. I wanted to be a successful actress in film and on stage. Upon completing grade 12, I auditioned for many universities, and got accepted to some. However, the one school I had my heart set on wait-listed me. At the same time, I was offered a full scholarship to study at a university in my hometown. I decided to leave my decision in the hands of destiny. If I suddenly got a call letting me know I had been accepted to my chosen theatre school, I would go. If not, I would accept the scholarship. Continue reading