My Forgiveness Fast

Toronto

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

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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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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

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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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A Hint of Lime is in My Yoga Bag

Hint of Lime Designs
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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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

Yoga in the Snow

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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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