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 →
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 →
It’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 →
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.
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 →
Never 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.
I’ve known Becky for 10 months now and the more I get to know her, the more I want to know about her. I first met Becky when I started attending her Thursday night gentle Kripalu yoga class at Bodywise Yoga Studio. At the time, I had just begun my full time yoga practice. In the beginning, I attended the gentle Kpripalu class almost on a weekly basis. It was exactly what I needed at that time. I needed her class. With practicing multiple times a week, her class helped to ground me and balance out the vigorous styles of yoga classes I was frequenting. The pranayama (breath work), meditations, gentle yoga postures, and guided relaxations helped to calm my busy and frazzled mind, body, and spirit. In the beginning, I had a hard time not letting my mind wander, but after some practice I learned to better control my thoughts and focus on the practice. Her Kripalu yoga classes have taught me a lot about myself over the last 10 months. I’ve learned to be compassionate toward my body, to listen to my body and to give it what it needs, to eliminate the phrase “I can’t” from my vocabulary, not let me ego get in the way, and to come to yoga class as I am. Becky taught me that regardless of what physical, mental, or emotional condition I am in (and it changes from day to day) I am welcome in her class–that I am meant to be in her class just as I am. Continue reading →