The Perfect Gift this Holiday Season: Harmony Box

Tis the season for giving
Harmony Box

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.

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

Dusky Leaf Yoga

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

Saying Yes! Starting my 500 Hour Advanced Yoga Training

Halifax, NS

Breathing Space Yoga StudioWhat’s next for me? Well, aside from taking a huge leap of faith to move to the north, starting a new job, and teaching yoga, I’ve decided to start my 500 hour advanced yoga teacher training! I started my 500 hour advanced with Breathing Space Yoga Studio in October with my first training weekend taking place in Halifax, NS. My first workshop was focused on yin yoga. I’m excited to broaden my yoga knowledge, where my first 400 hours of training focused on vinyasa yoga and yoga for schools. Starting my program this fall gave me a good excuse to head back to the east coast. I was away from the east coast a month and was already itching to return. Continue reading

I’m a Canadian Yoga Alliance Registered and Insured Yoga Teacher

Canadian Yoga Alliance

To add to my vinyasa based yoga teaching certificate which is recognized by the Yoga Alliance Registry, I am now a registered and insured yoga teacher with the Canadian Yoga Alliance! My online yoga profile is listed under the registered yoga teachers tab.
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I’m a Certified Yoga Teacher!

Certified Yoga TeacherI graduated from my 400 hour double certification Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) with Breathing Space Yoga Studio on August 14th, a mere 3 days before departing for the Dominican Republic for my wedding. My graduation couldn’t have come at a better time. My full-time yoga training prior to my wedding was exactly what I needed to keep me grounded and Zen before my big day. My 7 month YTT provided me with a 200 hour vinyasa based yoga teacher certification and a 200 hour yoga in schools certification recognized by the Yoga Alliance Registry (RYS). I never would have thought that my dabbling in yoga during my full-time travels around the world would lead me to becoming a certified yoga instructor. Although going down the yoga road started years ago and I have been practicing full-time for over a year now, I feel like my journey has just begun. It’s far from over. I’m excited to see where the journey takes me. I truly have found my passion. Continue reading

Dusky Leaf’s B.I.G Yoga Bag is Perfect When on the Go

Dusky Leaf

As a modern day yogi and woman always on the go, it’s as if Dusky Leaf’s – cerulean blue B.I.G Yoga Bag was created specifically for me, not only for it’s fabulous turquoise colour, but also because of its massive size and features. From the minute I received my big yoga bag, I fell in love with it. Its easy adjustable shoulder straps, wide carrying handles, heavy duty zipper, inside and outside pockets, and its rugged cotton canvas exterior (among other things) make my life easier, especially when living out of my yoga bag. This particular yoga bag is designed for anyone who seems to constantly be on the go (or a busy-bee traveler like me). No need to run back and forth between home and the gym/yoga studio; you can take everything you need for the day (or weekend) in the one bag. From a heavy duty extra long natural rubber yoga mat (as shown in the image below) to a change of clothes, this yoga bag has room for it all. Continue reading

My YTT Journey with Breathing Space Yoga Studio is almost Complete

Breathing Space Yoga Studio-Yoga in SchoolsZeroslip Yoga TowelIt’s hard to believe I’m almost finished my Yoga in SchoolsYoga Teacher Training with Breathing Space Yoga Studio. I have one full week of the program left (August 10th-14th) and then I graduate as a yoga teacher on August 14th, 2015. I’m so excited! My 7 month Yoga Teacher Training has been an incredible journey–one that will have a lasting impact on my life. The lessons I have learned have been applied to my life and big changes are happening! Even though I had only been practicing yoga full time for 7 months prior to starting my Yoga Teacher Training, the program is set up to welcome yogis of all levels (me included). Prior to practicing yoga full time, I had only dabbled in yoga during my travels around the world on my year off (2013-2014) when I visited 22 countries. I was always involved in other fitness avenues, but never yoga. It wasn’t until my year of travels that I realized “I found my thing”! Yoga changed my life in so many ways. When I started my Yoga Teacher Training the first weekend in February I immediately was welcomed and made to feel at “home”. I was exactly where I was meant to be. Although my Yoga Teacher Training is coming to an end my yoga journey is far from over. Continue reading

Embracing Change at Kripalu Yoga & Beyond

Kripalu Yoga & Beyond Kripalu Yoga & Beyond To help spice up my summer routine, I had the opportunity to try out a new yoga studio this week–one with an exceptional view of mother nature’s best! Kripalu Yoga & Beyond provided me the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone, practice somewhere new, try a new class, and rejuvenate my fitness journey. It’s refreshing to be able to hit the reset button and try something completely new, while expanding on my yoga experience. As a Yoga Teacher in Training, it’s easy to get caught up in a routine in efforts to grow and establish my yoga routine, yet the true essence of growth happens when subtle changes occur. Without some change, growth will never occur. I reminded myself this week that change is good and that I do indeed crave it. Kripalu Yoga & Beyond helped me to discover what I already knew in my heart–embrace change even when it seems unknown or frightening. Some of the best things in life are right around the corner, but we’ll never find them unless we go looking.

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Get Your Summer Yoga On at the Park!

Bodywise Yoga Studio

Catherine Dupont

It’s summer! It’s time to get active outside! Have you considered yoga in the park? Change up your fitness routine and try practicing yoga in a new environment, one where your senses will come alive! The sights, sounds, smells, and textures will be sure to energize your soul. Every Thursday from 12:00-12:45pm Bodywise Yoga Studio holds Yoga in the Park at Victoria Park in Moncton, New Brunswick (conditions permitting). If it’s raining, the alternate location is Bodywise Yoga Studio. The cost for summer yoga in the park is either half a punch (if you hold a punch pass) or just $7.25 for a drop in. If it’s your first class ever at Bodywise Yoga Studio the cost is a whopping $5.65. Classes are taught by either Jacynte Leger or Catherine Dupont on a weekly rotation. Each class is unique and one of a kind as each instructor brings their own flair and background to the instruction, yet yoga in the park is accessible for all. Jacynte’s style is a mixture of hatha and kundalini yoga, while Catherine offers a wonderful vinyasa flow (strong & slow, gentle, or a moderate vinyasa depending on the day). Whether you like sun or shade, there is an opportunity for both with the option of cover from the nearby trees. Revitalize your active lifestyle by trying yoga in the park today! Continue reading

Yoga Teacher Training with Breathing Space Yoga Studio

Yoga in Schools CanadaZeroslip Yoga TowelNever in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would become a yoga teacher. My fitness background was always in high intensity contact sports like rugby, running, and Crossfit. I played volleyball and soccer in high school, played varsity rugby throughout my university career, coached soccer and rugby for years, frequented the local gym/weight room almost daily, and turned my life over to Crossfit for nearly 3 years of my life before I started practicing yoga.

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