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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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26 Yoga Poses You Can Do in the Snow or Literally Anywhere

I’ve spent the last month in a mad dash to accomplish the rest of my winter bucket list items now that the weather has been better before the end of the season. With only a few items left on my northern bucket list, I’m almost there! Top on my list was doing yoga in the snow in Northeastern Ontario. Even in -30 degree Celsius weather, I managed to get out on a blue sky sunny day and do yoga in the snow! Would you do it? Here are 26 of my favourite yoga poses that you can do in the snow, or literally anywhere at anytime. No special equipment required! Where do you yoga?

1. Extended Side Angle Pose- Utthita Parsvakonasana:Yoga in the Snow Continue reading

Contest: Win a Private Yoga Party for You and 7 of your Friends

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JustNatural Holistic SpaCONTEST TIME: Enter to win a FREE 60min private vinyasa yoga party tailored to your needs for you and up to 7 of your friends with yours truly at JustNatural Holistic Spa, valued at $85.00. Inside or outside? It’s completely up to you! Focus on flexibility, strengthening, lengthening, balance, warming, or relaxation…it’s your choice. What kind of yoga party do you want? Continue reading

Contest: FREE One-on-One Vinyasa Yoga Session

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CONTEST TIME: Enter to win a FREE 60 min one-on-one vinyasa yoga session with yours truly at JustNatural Holistic Spa, valued at $50.00.

To enter, it’s as simple as 1, 2, 3:

1- “Like” Turquoise Compass‘ Facebook page (if you haven’t already) from your personal account.

2- “Like” and “Share” the pinned Facebook post from Turquoise Compass’ page (not your friend’s page) to your personal page, along with the contest entry details.

3-Comment on the pinned Facebook post that you have “liked and shared”.

***For additional entries: Follow Turquoise Compass on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Extra entry for each social media follow.

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5 Must-Haves for a Winter Yoga Practice

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Travels in northern Ontario with my big cozy scarf

 

Northern OntarioI’ve heard that winters in northern Ontario can be cold, harsh, and unforgiving. On the other hand, I’ve also heard that the best time of the year in the north is when the snow arrives and stays for good. I’ve been told that northern Ontario has the most to offer during its winter months for their best fluffy snow, amazing cross country skiing and snowshoe trails, ice fishing, and some of Canada’s best snowmobiling trails. Visitors travel from all over to experience what northern Ontario has to offer. It’s a winter lover’s playground. I’ve experienced glimpses of what winters are like during past visits, from snow covered wildlife tours to playing with alpacas in the snow, but I’ve never lived through an entire season. I’m up for the challenge. I have never been partial to the winter season and was usually depressed the minute fall arrived because I knew it meant one thing…winter is coming. This year was different. I enjoyed every moment of fall and instead of dreading what’s to come, I lived in the moment awaiting (and preparing) its expected arrival. I wasn’t hopeless at the first sight of snow in September, but rather full of hope and excitement for new possibilities, adventure, and a season full of winter sports and exploration. That’s what northern living is all about right? Continue reading

The Perfect Gift this Holiday Season: Harmony Box

Tis the season for giving
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After receiving my November Harmony Box, a Canadian subscription box, I quickly realized that Harmony Box is the perfect gift to give this holiday season. Since opening my first ever Harmony Box this past may, I’ve fallen in love with the company and the concept. My June Harmony Box hit the mark and blew the May box out of the water. From that moment on, I was hooked! Who wouldn’t want to receive a monthly gift box filled with products to enhance and compliment your life? The November Harmony Box is filled with 100% natural, cruelty-free, organic, eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, vegan, vitamin rich, and yummy products. November’s box is designed to protect your sensitive skin, guard against environmental elements, and to make you feel good about the products you are putting on your body. So much goodness in one box! Sleep with an easy conscious knowing that the products you gift this holiday season are good for the mind, body, and spirit. Your gift won’t be forgotten this year and you’ll be thanked for months to come as the products are made to last.

This holiday season gift: wellness – tranquility – health – yogi lifestyle – and holistic living! Continue reading

Dusky Leaf’s Natural Rubber Mat: Foundation of a Solid Practice

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Dusky Leaf YogaAs a yoga practitioner and newbie yoga teacher, I’m feeling strong and confident with my new Dusky Leaf Natural Rubber Yoga Mat (you can also find the mat in the Canadian store), which provides one of the highest-traction surfaces available. Since graduating from my Yoga Teacher Training, I’ve started teaching yoga this fall and have been teaching for two months now. Using Dusky Leaf’s Natural Rubber Mat gives me a superior degree of slip resistance provided by the open-cell structure of the natural tree rubber, which is essential when teaching and demonstrating postures. Using a yoga mat that is made from natural rubber gives me a level of cushioning and resilience that is not often seen in a synthetic material, which is crucial when practicing up to 6 days a week. When teaching and practicing on my Dusky Leaf rubber mat I don’t have to worry about what my mat is doing or whether or not my hands and feet are slipping, but rather I can focus on the articulation of the yoga posture–my yoga practice itself. With my hands and feet rooted, I can move with ease from posture to posture. The natural rubber mat’s cushioning, resilience, and traction has become the foundation of my solid practice–strong and supported. Continue reading