Halifax’s Maritime Mala Movement Inspires Clarity, Communication, Connection, and Creativity

 Maritime Mala Movement
AMaritime Mala Movementre you feeling muddled, disconnected, or foggy? That’s exactly how I felt when I first moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia. My husband and I finally had the blessing of moving back to the East Coast, but after living in four cities in less than twelve months it takes a toll on the mind, body, and spirit. Although we finally made it to the city where we wanted to be–our “home”, I felt ungrounded, disillusioned, and a bit lost. After numerous moves, countless flights, and world travels over the last few years, I couldn’t remember what ‘home’ felt or looked like. Although I’m originally from Nova Scotia, I never had the opportunity to live in Halifax. Our arrival was both exciting and overwhelming and with that came many unknowns. I didn’t know where we would live, where I would work, or what my life would look like being settled in one place after nearly 3 years of bouncing around and living out of suitcases. Halifax would be another new beginning and start over–the typical life of a pilot’s wife.

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My Forgiveness Fast

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Why was I fasting yesterday?

After being inspired by the founder of Yoga in Schools Canada, Breathing Space Yoga Studios, and MY incredible yoga teacher Jenny Kierstead, I decided to take a day for myself and fast for 18 hours! 18 being significant and representing the number 108, a sacred number in the yoga tradition–the distance between the earth and the sun is apporx 108 times the sun’s diameter, there are said to be 108 energy lines converging to and from the heart, among MANY other significances. Yesterday I reflected, wrote, and observed nature during my fast. I’m called it my FORGIVENESS FAST! Continue reading

Tis the Season for Yoga in the Park

 Port Credit Yoga in the Park
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Beach Yoga Season is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Beach Yoga is Back: Mississauga Yoga on the Beach

June 15th – August 31st!
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Richard’s Memorial Park – 804 Lakeshore Road West

Join us on the Beach
for a Yoga class like no other

No mood setting CDs necessary – this is the real thing. In this vinyasa style class, we will move through poses and connect with our breath – being nourished by mother nature herself. Enjoy the tranquillity and peacefulness  of the near by beach. Take a deep breath and enjoy the fresh air.
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Living Outside the Box with Dusky Leaf’s Cubist Yoga Bag

Dusky Leaf
 Dusky LeafAs a busy-bee hyperactive traveler, pilot wife, and on-the-go yoga teacher, I’m constantly on the move whether I’m on a trip with my husband, commuting locally to and from the yoga studio, or traveling to out-of-province yoga workshops. For everyday in-studio teaching or local workshops, I’m absolutely in love with my Dusky Leaf bright cerulean blue B.I.G Yoga Bag — it has it all! This BIG bag proves to be exactly what I need to transport ALL of my favourite essential yoga teaching tools and props with its many extra features. However, there are those days when I’m in need of a yoga bag spacious enough for my Dusky Leaf Natural Rubber Mat and a few other practical items, while not being “too big” so it’s convenient for air travel and land exploration. Tis the season for outdoor yoga! I like to maintain my yoga practice and lifestyle even when on the road. My new Dusky Leaf Cubist Yoga Bag is an innovative rectangular bag made specifically to transport as much as possible, while keeping things light and compact—perfect for the unconventional carry-on-only traveler like me.

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Youth Yoga at Fitness by the Lake in Port Credit

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Photo Credit: Fitness by the Lake

Youth Yoga- Breath, Stretch, Move

youth yoga

Photo Credit: Fitness by the Lake

About the classes:  Join me for an all levels vinyasa yoga class to learn about the benefits of vinyasa yoga. Vinyasa yoga links body movement to the breath, uses the breath to move from one posture to the next, and teaches you how to set an intention for one’s personal yoga practice and how to take the necessary steps toward reaching that goal.
What we do: Each class is different and will teach students about different yoga fundamentals such as: common vinyasa yoga poses and sequences, controlled breath practice, balance, strength and power, endurance, core work, lengthening and stretching, and intention setting. Let my yoga classes help you clam the mind, relax the body, and inspire the soul.
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Turquoise Compass is a lifestyle and travel blog devoted to living life to the fullest, dreaming a new dream, traveling and doing yoga! Who am I? I’m a Maritimer currently living in Toronto, part-time traveler, pilot wife, yogi, yoga teacher, educator, water fanatic, and turquoise lover! Be a part of the journey and follow your compass: live, dream, travel, and do yoga!

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