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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Peace of Mind and Piece of Luxury with West Lake

West LakeI’m always on the hunt for Canadian made quality natural products free from parabens, chemicals, and petroleum products/by-products. I’m sure you’re with me when I say that I want to know what’s in the products I use and put on my body. Natural products are not only good for us, but they’re also good for the environment. I was lucky enough to be introduced to West Lake Cosmetics on Instagram by a fellow Canadian blogger Couper from Happy Life Pilot Wife who loves using all-natural local products from her home province Ontario, but especially loves West Lake Cosmetics! She told me that she and her family are addicted to the Rosemary Lavender Shampoo Bar. With that being said, I was instantly intrigued, went over to West Lake’s Intstagram account to browse their many photos and immediately wanted to try a shampoo bar myself (among other products), especially since I have never tried one before. Continue reading

Living Outside the Box with Dusky Leaf’s Cubist Yoga Bag

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 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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A Hint of Lime is in My Yoga Bag

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As a yoga teacher and regular practitioner, I’m constantly transporting clothes and yoga gear to and from yoga studios, outdoor locations, and workshop venues. I’m always on the hunt for new and innovative ways to transport my items, while still keeping things light and compact as much as possible. Although I need practical items, I still want colourful and fun items to spice up my yogi lifestyle! It took me nearly a year to find a yoga bag suitable to carry my favourite natural rubber yoga mat and yoga accessories. Thankfully, Dusky Leaf’s bright cerulean blue B.I.G Yoga Bag saved the day! Once I found the perfect eco-friendly canvas bag large enough to carry my mat with room left over for other items, it was time to perfect exactly what essential items I needed in my bag for a smooth and supported yoga practice.

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Sunglasses are the Perfect Winter Accessory for Northern Explorations

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SelectSpecsWhen I think of sunglasses I first think of hot temperatures, humid weather, palm trees, and relaxing on a turquoise beach with a refreshment in hand! Yet, sunglasses are required wherever I travel. When packing for a trip, my sunglasses are one of the first items I pack. I don’t go anywhere without them–regardless of season or destination. Although I am no longer in a hot tropical climate (oh, how I miss Mexico), I’m needing my sunglasses now more than ever before. Regardless of the temperature nothing will stop me from getting outside and enjoying life. I know, I must sound crazy! I’ll find adventure wherever I am! My new designer-style Savannah Sunglasses {I was sent a free pair of glasses to try out}  are the perfect winter accessory to help me enjoy my explorations in Northeastern Ontario–the outdoor lover’s paradise. Continue reading

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

SelectSpecs for every Face, Style, &, Personality

SelectSpecsSelectSpecsThanks to SelectSpecs {I was sent a free pair of glasses to try out}, I finally have a pair of frames that suit my face, style, and personality. The pictures you have seen with me wearing glasses are probably only the ones with me wearing sunglasses in the tropics or in other sunny destinations. Not wearing prescription frames. Up until this point, I have actually never posted any pictures of me wearing prescription glasses on my blog or social media pages—until now…I’ve had glasses since I was around 13, but always had a hard time picking out a pair that suited my face, style, and personality (more importantly, a pair I thought I looked good wearing). Have you ever had that problem? With my new prescription glasses from the Economy Glasses Collection, I’ll want to wear them more often because they’re amazing–and I think I look fabulous in them! 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

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

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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

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