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Yoga AND Sailing? Yes please!

28 Oct

I’m so happy to announce that I will be co-leading the first retreat hosted by Viveka Yoga, my home away from home in Lachine. From March 10th-17th 2015, The wonderful Marlène Graveline-Leduc and I will be sailing away with a group of sailors/yogis to explore the Exumas in the Bahamas. Marlène and I will be offering 2 yoga classes per day, on different beaches in the Exumas. We will also be offering vegan food and cooking workshops, meditation sessions, and the chance to connect to a powerful community while sailing the open seas!

If you are interested in joining this adventure and becoming part of this community, please get in touch! Spots are extremely limited!

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I see so many parallels between yoga and sailing – living in the moment, letting go of control, listening to your intuition. Living on a sailboat for 7 days will also be an incredible experience in sangha (community) as we share food, share space, and share bathrooms…! I feel so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to share my passions with a group of people in such an exotic locale, and I’m also looking forward to a little digital detoxing. Disconnecting from social media and emails, and connecting to the ocean and sandy beaches will definitely be welcome!

Let’s escape winter together! Mark your calendars for March 10th-17th 2015, and get in touch with us to reserve a spot!

 

 

 

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“Good morning, Good morning, it’s great to see you too!”

12 Aug

“Good morning, Good morning, to YOU!”

For the past couple of months, I have been practicing a morning ritual that really sets the tone for my day. It helps me create intention, harness positive thoughts and energies, and makes me feel prepared to go out into the world and leave my mark. I love it so much that I felt compelled to put it on “paper” (aka my little blog) and share it with you all.

My alarm rouses me at 7AM, and I roll out of bed, straight onto my meditation bolster. Inspired by a meditation I did on Yogaglo with Amy Ippoliti, I meditate for 15 minutes, preparing my meditation timer for 5 minute intervals. For the first 5 minutes, I meditate on gratitude, and write down 3-4 things I am grateful for on that morning. For the next 5 minutes, I practice ujjayi pranayama, or victorious breath. You begin by closing the back of your throat just enough to make an audible sound with your breath, not unlike the sound of the ocean… or Darth Vader. Many have likened it to making the sound “HA”, but with your mouth closed. This breath stimulates me, wakes me up, and opens my lungs for the day ahead. It also helps me soften any tight areas from my sleep. The last 5 minutes I dedicate to sitting in silence with a quiet, mindful breath, observing my breath as it flows through the body.

Once I complete my 15-minute sit, I am ready to fuel my body. I make my way to the kitchen and pour a HUGE glass of water to replenish and hydrate my body after 8 hours of sleep. As I’m sipping my water, I prepare my favorite breakfast, a big green juice. My favorite recipe these days is sweet, grassy, and delicious.

You will need:

1 apple

1 cucumber

A couple of stems of kale

A couple of stems of spinach

A couple of stems of romaine

1 carrot

½ a lemon

Throw everything in your juicer, and enjoy!

These mindful actions make me feel nourished in body and spirit and prepared to face the world with a positive attitude. They make me feel like I am tapping into my inner happiness, greeting the day softly and with lots of gratitude and love.

What are your favorite morning rituals? Share in the comments below!

Janu-freakin-ary

21 Jan

Hello January. It’s cold. My feet get cold when I try to wear cool spring boots. I’m dreaming of sun, sandy beaches and heat. In the midst of this cold front, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to stay present with winter. I’ve been finding my mind drifting to summer plans, vacations and wishes of flip flops every time I stop to think.

Amidst these feelings, I have been integrating more mindfulness into my daily life by taking the time to enjoy the warm comfort of a hot cup of tea, cuddling in jogging pants and woolly socks, and trying my hardest to become friends with the cold by any means possible. I’ve also become so grateful for the heat of my yoga practice, in a hot room or otherwise. There’s nothing like the feeling of coming out of the cold and into a room heated to 40 degrees to warm you up from the core all the way to the fingers and toes. I also noticed that the minute I enter periods of high stress or challenges, my meditation practice really takes a beating. When I need it the most, I turn away from my daily sit, coming up with excuses not to quiet my mind. This realization coincides perfectly with a new meditation challenge I just signed up for on Tuja Wellness. If you know me, you know my “type A” personality loves a good structured challenge, so I jumped at the chance to join. One of my first yoga teachers, an inspirational and wonderful Montreal-based yoga teacher named Dawn Mauricio, is facilitating the challenge along with a handful of wellness experts. My intention when I signed up is to use this challenge to reintegrate a daily meditation practice to my routine. Check out the challenge here, and join! Let’s do it together!

In other news, my immune system took a beating this Holiday season as everyone around me was all virus-y. I managed to come out of the Holidays with “only” a throat infection, which I fought valiantly with lots of hot water with lemon, ginger, and oil of oregano. (THANK YOU, ERICA, FOR THIS MIRACLE OIL. FOR REAL – MIRACLE WORKER.) These past weeks, I’ve been building my immune system back up with a daily green smoothie, lots of garlic and ginger, and a warm glass of water with lemon to start the day. My favorite smoothie of the moment is a tart combo of greens and fruit. I’m loving it!

Green Kiss smoothie

1 cup coconut water (or more, depending on how good your blender is…)

½ an avocado

1 cup frozen or fresh mango

Juice of 1 lemon (or peel the lemon and throw it in for extra tartness)

1 large handful of kale

1 tbsp ground flax seeds

A squirt of agave nectar (optional)

Throw all ingredients in a blender and blend!

The avocado gives the smoothie a little fat, so it keeps me full longer! It also makes the consistency soooo creamy. I don’t add agave, because I like my smoothies tart, but if you’re not into that type of thing, add some sweetener! The cool thing about green smoothies is you can mix and match lots of different combos. If you don’t have kale, sub for spinach! If you don’t have mango, throw in pineapple! I like using coconut water as a base because it is super hydrating, but you can try your favorite non-dairy milk or just plain water if you are running low on supplies. Having a green smoothie for breakfast gives me so much energy, and also gives me a healthy dose of greens to start the day. If you’re new to green smoothies, start small. Add lots of fruit, and just a little bunch of greens. As your taste buds adjust, start lowering your ratio of fruit, and increasing your ratio of greens. The greener, the better!