Sankalpa: 21 Day Yoga Challenge

NOVEMBER 1ST - 21ST, 2018

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Break It Down: Vinyasa

VINYASA, TRANSLATED:

“To move or arrange in a special way”. It can also mean “movement” or “position of the limbs”. 

Vinyasa, the style of yoga:

refers to a strong, dynamic, continuously flowing practice which aims to seamlessly integrate movement and breath. a.k.a, ‘Moving Meditation’: The relative quick pace of Vinyasa Flow with its emphasis on matched breath/movement and fluid transitions between poses allows many practitioners to relax habitual thought-loops and enter an embodied “flow state” of being. Same same but different? Styles of yoga at Yogalife which are synonymous with, derived from, or closely related to Vinyasa include “Ashtanga”, “Rocket”, “Sattva”, “Flow”, and the “Yang” portion of “Yin/Yang”. 

Vibrancy: Rooftop Yoga & Brunch with Andrew Misle

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Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

- Thomas Merton

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The Vibrancy Fundraiser, led by Sattva Instructor, and one of Edmonton's yoga community leaders, Andrew Misle will be held on July 1, 2018, from 9AM to 11:30AM at the Holy Roller to raise money for the installation of a 6 storey (100 ft.) mural at the Crawford Block by world-renowned Spanish artist, Okuda San Miguel.

This is an all levels practice designed to make you feel truly vibrant and inspired, the perfect class for you to restore and rejuvenate the body and mind. We will build balance, inner strength, and energy through an accessible yet challenging posture practice. Breath work and meditation are incorporated into classes to enliven the lungs and centre the mind. We bring you this class as a very subtle and effective practice to manifest your highest potential with a community of amazing people doing the same work. Together, let’s bring vibrancy to Edmonton.

This of course will be followed by a delicious brunch, provided by the Merchant Hospitality Group at the Holy Roller. 


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About the Artist: Okuda San Miguel

Okuda San Miguel was born on November 19, 1980 in Santander, and now resides in Madrid since 2000. Okuda has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid. Since beginning in 1997, his works on abandoned roads and factories in his hometown were clearly recognizable. Parallel to his work in the street, Okuda also began to produce more intimate works in his studio, which as of 2009 is evolving towards a more personal path.

The geometric structures and multi-colored prints are joined with gray bodies and organic forms in artistic pieces that could be classified as Pop Surrealism with a clear essence of the street. His works often raise contradictions about existentialism, the universe, the infinite, the meaning of life, the false freedom of capitalism, and show a clear conflict between modernity and our roots; in short, between the human being and himself.

Okuda is a world renowned artist having created murals in cities including Paris, Munich, and Hong Kong, he is making his way to Edmonton to add a big splash of colour to our city's canvas. The intention is that this mural brings more joy and vibrancy to our community and initiates the further expansion of public art within Old Strathcona.

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To register for the Vibrancy Fundraiser with Andrew Misle please visit:

For more information on the artist, Okuda San Miguel and to view his other work please visit:

Torso Tips: Alignment For Your Upper Body

Photos by Jenn Clara
Written by Caitlin Varrin

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Yoga is a holistic, integrative practice.

Translation: your entire body is on board for your whole practice and works intelligently and systematically to find comfort and balance in every posture.

Often in class you are cued to specific areas of the body - stack your knee over your ankle, draw your shoulders down your back, lengthen through the crown of your head - as your practice matures you are most likely experiencing a full system alignment with these localized adjustments. There is a certain magic that arises in your body when you  experience 360 degree alignment, radiating from your hands and feet, up your legs and arms and inward towards your torso. This intelligence is the way into your body. 


Example:
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Aligned from the ground up

  • Ground into your front foot evenly
  • Stack your knee directly over your ankle
  • From that grounding and stacking, square your pelvis, maintaining equal pressure between front and back feet
  • Here you will feel the constant push/pull of drawing forward into the front shin as you draw the top of the thigh bone back to maintain a squared pelvis, continuing to apply pressure evenly into the back foot
  • THE FOUNDATION IS SET! 

We promise we're getting to the torso! 

Creating a solid foundation is the key to aligning and advancing your postures. In this particular example of Warrior 1, the foundation is the feet; that awareness will give way to the freedom, strength and space that comes with proper torso alignment. Take your time to really finesse the details in your body, from the foundation. 

Torso alignment from the source of the foundation.

With foundation set you can move freely into the torso. We'll continue with the example of Warrior 1 but this tip really applies to all postures! 

 

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  • Find a neutral tailbone and a gentle lift through your lower belly.
  • Engage the front and back lines of the torso towards the midline to create balance (think of drawing your front and back body towards one another with a meeting point at the spine).
  • Encourage your shoulder blades to draw towards one another and gently down the back to create strength. 
  • Hug or wrap in at the joints (shoulders, hips) to stabilize the torso and then use directional pressure out to deepen. Draw in to expand out.
  • Stack your shoulders over your hips and breathe to lengthen through the sides of the ribs up out of the waist.

Apply these tips to other postures:

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Utthita Trikonasana | Triangle Pose

  • Align the foundation: feet and bottom hand
  • Stack and engage the legs, creating clear lines from the lower body into the pelvis
  • Ground down through the legs to the foundation, preparing the torso for micro-adjustments 
  • Draw your front and back body towards the midline and feel a wrapping sensation around the entire torso from shoulders to hips
  • Lengthen both sides of your waist evenly away from the pelvis and the shoulders draw down your back
  • This is a great posture to use a block, raising up the floor to ensure proper downward pressure through the bottom hand

Sirsasana | Headstand

  • Align the foundation: outer edge of clasped hands, wrists, forearms and elbows
  • Draw lower torso in towards spine to draw strength to the midline as you walk toes towards your face
  • Stack hips clearly over your shoulders
  • Feel the wrapping engagement of front and back body drawing together and lift one or both legs to stack clearly over the torso
  • Continue the wrapping action of the shoulders and upper back as you create directional pressure down through the forearms and all the way up through the inner seam of the legs and out the toes
     

When you consider this practice by its true definition, "to yolk" or "oneness", it makes very clear sense that you are creating something unique to your entire body. All aboard! 

Find this oneness within each posture by first identifying a clear foundation and experiencing how it relates through each facet of your body and breath.

Prop It Like It's Hot: The Bolster

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Support your practice with the help of a bolster

Photos by Craig Knox

Yoga props are meant to support your practice, whether you are looking to deepen, restore or both! As we continue with our Prop It Like It's Hot series, we're highlighting the bolster, also known as the (usually) largest, firmest cushion in the prop closet. The long, rounded-rectangular design of a bolster is perfect for maximum coverage when you're looking to really melt into long holds or get support from something bigger than a block. Here's a look at some of our favourite ways to incorporate this big beautiful helper! 

 The bolster is perfect when you want that little bit of extra height for any seated posture.

The bolster is perfect when you want that little bit of extra height for any seated posture.


Supta Baddha Konasana - Reclined Butterfly

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Nice long holds are such a treat in this amazing front body opener. In Supta Baddha Konasana, try different configurations of your props like placing the bolster vertically up your spine or feel extra supported with cushions/blankets/blocks under the knees. A strap around your waist and ankles is heavenly as well but we'll save that for another post - we're sure this posture will show up in a future Prop It Like It's Hot feature!


Supta Virasana - Reclined Hero Pose

Supta Virasana or Reclined Hero Pose can look daunting and feel unattainable if the prop-er props aren't considered. Variations include placing the bolster under your tailbone or a bit higher into the lower back. You may find stacking a blanket or block in the mix might give you more space to soften as well. Supporting your head is always a nice addition!


Supta Matsyendrasana Variation - Supported Torso Twist

This twist is pure torso heaven! Tuck the bolster right snug to your hip crease on the side body, laying forward and sending your gaze in the opposite direction of your knees. The result is a gentle twist that reaches into your cervical spine. Allow your jaw to soften and breathe into the sides of your neck. You can play around with arm variations to find your sweet spot!  


Supported Stacked Legs

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It can be so nice to just explore on your bolster, finding the exact alignment your body needs. Stacking your legs above your hips is grounding and nourishing for not only the legs but the lower back, up the spine and into the back of the head. The gentle incline created is the perfect prep posture for Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana) or Plow (Halasana). 


And finally, Savasana...!

Keep striving for maximum comfort and support throughout your entire practice, especially when it's time to fully unwind. A bolster may be the perfect addition to your well-earned rest. 

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Stay tuned for future instalments of Prop It Like It's Hot! Have a suggestion or favourite you'd like to see featured? Reach out! Namaste. 

Recipes That Will Boost Your Energy (And Your Fitness Game)

Eating healthy and keeping fit has strangely become a new fad, and we absolutely LOVE it. Besides the obvious health benefits, clean eating promotes better moods and boosted energy levels, not to mention it's insanely contagious. Add a little extra light and happiness into your life with these energy boosting recipes, and watch your days become a lot more productive.

 

Mango Lassi 18g Protein Smoothie

  Recipe: Purple Foodie

Recipe: Purple Foodie

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup frozen mango chunks
  • ¾ cup (one 6-ounce container) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup
  • Dash of pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon chopped pistachios

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a blend and mix until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and top with crushed pistachios.

 


Present Glow Bars

Ingredients:

  Recipe: Oh She Glows

Recipe: Oh She Glows

  • ½ cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 ¼ rice crisp cereal
  • ¼ cup pepita seeds
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup brown rice syrup
  • ¼ cup roasted almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300*F. Line a 9-inch square cake pan with two pieces of parchment paper (one going each way).
  2. Spread the pecans in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet and toast them in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly golden and fragrant. Set aside to cool. 
  3. In a large bowl, combine the oats, rice crisp cereal, pepita seeds, cranberries, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in the cooled toasted pecans.
  4. In a small saucepan, stir together the brown rice syrup and almond butter until well combined. Cook over medium to high heat until the mixture softens and bubbles slightly, then remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  5. Pour the almond butter mixture over the oat mixture, using a spatula to scrape every last bit out of the pan. Stir well until all of the oats and cereal are coated in the wet mixture. (The mixture will be very thick and difficult to stir.)
  6. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, spreading it out unto an uneven layer. Lightly wet your hands and press down on the mixture to even it out. Use a pastry roller to compact the mixture firmly and evenly. This helps the bar hold together better. Press down on the edges with your fingers to even out the mixture.
  7. Place the pan in the freezer, uncovered, and chill for 10 minutes, or until firm.
  8. Lift the oat square out of the pan, using the parchment paper as handles, and place it on a cutting board. With a pizza roller (or serrated knife), slice the square into 6 rows and then slice them in half to make 12 bars total.
  9. Wrap the bars individually in plastic wrap or foil and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Alternatively, you can store them in the freezer for up to 1 month. 

 


Avocado Truffle Chocolates

  Recipe: Yummy Healthy Easy

Recipe: Yummy Healthy Easy

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ripe avocado, mashed
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • cocoa powder

DIRECTIONS

  1. Melt dark chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, mash avocado. When chocolate is smooth, pour into mashed avocado and stir together. Add in vanilla and cinnamon.
  3. When combined and clump-free, place in refrigerator for about a half hour. When cooled and hardened, scoop into 10-12 balls and roll until smooth.
  4. Roll each ball in a bowl of cocoa powder and serve. Place any remaining truffles in air tight container.

Sharp Teeth, Short Arms: Dino Downlow with Amy Stuparyk

Written by Kristine Owen Wood

Photo by Jenn Clara

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In case you’ve ever wondered “What the -- ?”

Dinosaurs roam at Yogalife. Specifically, in yoga classes led by the one and only Amy Stuparyk.

But wait a minute, you’re saying, doesn’t T-Rex hate chaturanga? The internet memes have led me to believe that yoga class is the LAST place you’d expect to find prehistoric reptiles.

Yeah, that’s what we thought too, which is why we caught up with Amy Stup. to get the full downlow on the dinos.


K: Let’s start with the obvious. What’s up with the dinos?

A: It all started one class during a wrist stretch - the one where you put the backs of your hands on the floor with wrists bent at ninety degrees, then try to make fists. Except, you know, our hands turned into claws, not fists. The only appropriate response for a room full of clawed yogis was to roar a great “RAWRRR!”

Of course, once you’ve “Rawrrr-ed” in a clawed wrist stretch, you can’t go back.

K: Why T-Rexes in particular?

A: Not long after the “Rawrrr” incident, I was in class demo-ing rib thrust/anterior tilted pelvis in chair pose, when I suddenly stopped dead and declared, “OMG, I LOOK JUST LIKE A T-REX RIGHT NOW.” To further illustrate the point, I took a few T-Rexy waddles a la Jurassic Park.

Of course, once you’ve morphed into a T-Rex mid- posture demo, you can’t go back.

K. What do T-Rexes have to do with yoga?

A. Believe it or not, their T-Rexy posture gives us some insight into the habit of ‘hanging out’ in our joints and spine. Many students - particularly the bendy ones - tend to rib thrust, which can put pressure on the thoracic spine and overwork the back muscles. In time this could start to shorten the psoas, ultimately contributing to low back pain.

The T-Rex provides a handy point of visual reference for students to assess what may or may not be happening in their own bodies/postures and to adjust accordingly.

K. So they’re basically showing us what NOT to do? How do they feel about that?

A. They have witnessed what perpetual T-Rex posture can do to a species and are committed to helping us humans avoid a similar fate.

K. So while they might not be able to change their posture, we can? And our practice will be more awesome as a result?

A. Totally! Plus keep in mind that what we’re doing posture-wise isn’t wrong, it’s just not right to do all the time.

K. Do T-Rexes really hate chaturanga?

A. The poor dudes actually hate YOGA because their puny arms make a lot of postures inaccessible. THEIR practice has been to get over this complex (internet memes be damned!) and come to class regularly, without too many preconceived notions about what their poses ‘should’ look like. I think a lot of humans could learn from their example.

K. How did you acquire Rex?

A. Rex is from Cuba. I received him as a birthday gift, which I took as A SIGN since the people who gave him to me had no idea about all of the T-Rex jokes popping up in my yoga classes. I COULDN’T NOT bring him into my next Inversions and Arm Balances class as a joke, so I did.

Of course, once you bring an actual freaking T-Rex into your yoga class, there’s no going back.

K. How did you acquire T-Dogg?

A. One of my students was browsing a candy aisle somewhere when she came across a random, out-of-place T-Rex sitting amongst the sweets. She immediately thought of me, and rescued him. I became his adoptive mother and named him after Snoop-Dogg. He joined me and Rex in class that very night!

K. Tell us about the first time they came to yoga with you.

A. With Rex sitting up at the front of the room, I told everyone to do chair pose with their ribs thrust, elbows in, arms short, and hands clawed, then stomp around, thrash and ‘Rawrrr’ at each other.

I asked them, “Do you feel ridiculous right now?”

Most people nodded.

“So why are you letting your spine LOOK LIKE HIS --” (I pointed at Rex) “-- in your postures?”

Afterward someone came out of class and said, “That T-Rexing thing really makes a lot of sense.”

Of course, once your T-Rexes start producing ‘Eureka moments’ in your yoga class...

K. What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened as a result of having DINOSAURS in your yoga class?

A. Oh, I’ve caught them lying on each other inappropriately… Rex sometimes tries to eat T-Dogg…  and even though I try to corral them at the front of the room, midway through class I’ve found them on or in front of peoples’ mats. I mean, they’re T-REXES. It would be weird if there weren't weird things happening with them in class.

K. Would you consider them to be mascots?

A. Some teachers have singing bowls, others have candles… I have a couple of T-Rexes.

K. Do they come with you to EVERY class?

A. Most definitely! They have been around for almost two-and-a-half years. It feels wrong to be in class without them.

K. What happens if somebody subs your class? Do the dinos still go to keep the spirit alive?

A. I do ask my sub teachers to bring the dinos into class with them if they don’t feel too strange about it, but I think only a couple ever have. (Not sure what that says about us, haha)

K. Surely even T-Rexes need a break from time to time. What happens if the DINOS need subs?

A. Poor Rex has a bad history of health: broken feet, broken wrists, a toothache and even a broken jaw, so he has spent quite a bit of time in the hospital getting put back together. The doctor said it might be time to retire the poor guy, but I told him that Rex just needs to stop trying to do handstands!

Since Rex has a tendency to injure himself, T-Dogg has been on his own sometimes. But recently we added a couple of GODZILLAS to the Yogalife Fam, so when Rex is away, Godzilla fills in.

The fearsome Mechagodzilla fills in for T-Dogg when he’s away (most likely because I forgot the Rexes at home while in transit from studio to studio… d’oh!)

K. With all these giant lizards running around, do you think there is any real danger of Yogalife being overtaken by reptiles?

A. Nah, they are a bunch of gentle giants! Though during/after particularly tough classes I’ve had students tell me that they wish the dinos would eat ME!

K. What is Rex’s favorite yoga pose?

A. ‘Sexy T-Rexy’ because it’s named after him, but next to that, it’s Nose Stand!

(Nose Stand is pretty much like Plank except his arms don’t reach the floor, so he uses his schozz  instead to hold himself up and work his core.)

K. What about T-Dogg? Fave pose?

A. T-Dogg loves his version of fetal position, called 'Side Slump'. He often falls into it mid-class, sometimes to get a short nap in.


Feeling like you need a little T-Rex to inspire YOUR best posture? Click here for Amy’s upcoming class schedule >>

 

 

 

 

Spring Into Spring | Playlist

Spring is here! 

Or.. is it summer?

We can't keep track with all of the craziness Mother Nature has been throwing our way, but that doesn't mean that you won't find us soaking in every inch of sun that shines through those Edmonton clouds. Tune into this uplifting playlist for your next at-home yoga practice, or a playlist we've found that we can't stop hitting repeat on. 

 

Put Your Best Foot Forward

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Written by Kristine Owen Wood
Photographed by Caitlin Varrin

 


The Foot Story

 

A while back a gal came to my Hatha class with her boyfriend in tow. New to yoga, they were both lovely, eager participants. We soon discovered that the dude had pretty tight feet, to the point where pressing into the tops of his feet in Cobra pose felt next to impossible.

With my background in ballet and working knowledge of connective tissue, especially fascia, I hypothesized that if we front-loaded the Hatha class with some dance-inspired foot conditioning exercises, it could be helpful for the fellow’s feet. So we gave it a shot. 

Lo and behold, that very same day, the gentleman found he was able to do his first Cobra pressing into the tops of his feet.

Conclusion? Foot primers work wonders.

But don’t just take my word for it. Try it for yourself and see. Give these moves a whirl!

 


DO THIS: Foot Flow

If you want to:

  • Open your feet
  • Strengthen your feet
  • Be able to feel all the way
  • down to your toes
  • Reduce foot cramps
  • Improve standing balances
  • All of the above

The idea is to open up the tops and bottoms of your feet and introduce more mobility and space prior to practice. This will have an awakening ripple effect all the way up the leg.


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Runner's Lunge 

  • Use wall for support.
  • Ensure front knee aligns over supporting ankle.
  • Press all corners of back foot evenly into the earth.
  • Experiment with bending back knee, as well as changing angle of back foot (angling outward like Warrior One, and/or angling inward).
     
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Dancer's Warm Up Part One

  • Stand with feet parallel and hips distance width apart. 
  • Lift Right heel to press into ball of foot (emphasize front and back of arch), then lower heel. 
  • Repeat Left, then continue alternating feet. 
  • Next, add knee bend: lift Right heel, bend both knees, straighten both knees, then put heel down. Repeat Left, then keep alternating feet. 
  • Ensure spine remains perpendicular to earth (no bowing or tipping), that inner and outer edges of feet press evenly (no sickling or ‘winging’), and that movement is smooth throughout - not jerky or staccato. 
  • Use wall for support first, then move away from wall to build balance and awareness.
     

Dancer's Warm Up Part Two 

  • Stand with feet parallel and hips distance width apart. 
  • Bend knees, keeping spine perpendicular to earth and shoulders over hips. 
  • Roll up onto balls of feet without losing depth of knee bend, then straighten knees without locking (engage quads to pull up kneecaps). Lower heels slowly (create resistance). 
  • Rise onto balls of feet with straight legs, bend knees with heels still lifted, then roll through feet to lower heels with knees still bent. 
  • Straighten legs and repeat entire cycle of movement a number of times. 
  • Ensure upright spine, aligned knees (not collapsing in or out) and very smooth quality of movement throughout - no popping or jerking. 
  • Use wall for support first, then move away from wall to test balance and control.

Top of Foot Stretch

  • Use wall for support. 
  • Start with feet parallel then cross pointed right foot over left foot. 
  • Align top of foot evenly then bend knees, pressing left knee into back of right calf. 
  • Ensure foot being stretched is evenly long on both sides and not sickling. 
  • Then uncross foot and step into short lunge, pressing top of arch into earth. Keep the top of the foot even and be gentle. Be mindful of too much compression in Achilles area (ankle above heel). 
  • Repeat Left.

Happy Feet, Happy Life

Now go put your best foot forward. Stand on your own two feet. Dip your toe in. Get off on the right foot. Step lively! … And all that other good stuff.
 

Prop it Like it’s Hot: Meditation Cushions

 All photos in this post by Dean Tumibay

All photos in this post by Dean Tumibay

The yoga world is full of many tools that are used to both enhance and support your practice. The “Prop it like it’s hot” series will review a number of different yoga props, and how practitioners can use them as a base for modifying, or in some cases, deepening your asana practice. For this portion of the series, we’re reviewing meditation cushions.

While the name suggests that this prop is used primarily for meditation, we’ll review how a meditation cushion can also help to enhance more active postures for both beginner and advanced practitioners.


Using the cushion for a seated meditation

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Often, meditation is challenging for people who are starting out, as people find that there are too many distractors to tune out. One challenge is finding a comfortable position to sit in for an extended period of time. Meditation cushions in this regard provide a perfect balance between a firm surface that provides appropriate support for the sacrum, but enough compliance to contour to the shape of your pelvis. While many people assume you sit in the middle of a meditation cushion, we actually encourage practitioners to sit on the edge, allowing the cushion to slightly elevate the posterior surface of the pelvis. This encourages a slight anterior pelvic tilt. By sitting on the edge of the cushion, and allowing the hips to roll forward slightly, we encourage the natural curvature of the lumbar spine into lordosis, allowing us to comfortably stack our shoulders over our hips.

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Using the cushion for forward folds

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Tight hamstrings and general tension in the pelvic region is a common ailment in a culture conditioned to sit for long periods of time. In these cases, seated forward folds, such as paschimottanasana as well as baddha konasana with a forward fold can be particularly challenging. As it does with a seated meditation, sitting at the cushion’s edge can facilitate a gentle anterior pelvic tilt, encouraging a soft forward fold while maintaining proper alignment of the lumbar spine. This encourages proper alignment in our forward folds, and prevents the tendency towards rounding the lower back.

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Using the cushion for twists

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The compliance of the meditation cushion allows it to conform to our pelvis, but it’s equally firm nature provides enough support to allow us to remain grounded in our posture. In seated twists, due to tightness in our hips, often times one side of our pelvis will have difficulty remaining connected to the earth resulting in a lopsided seat that is unstable to perform a twist from. With the help of a cushion, we can have an even distribution of weight through our base to allow us to focus on a deeper rotation through our spine.

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Using the cushion for active postures

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Many yoga postures require us to bear weight through our knees, which for many can be an uncomfortable experience. We can maintain the integrity of these postures, such as a low crescent lunge, with our knees propped on a comfortable surface like a meditation cushion that allows us to go deeper into the posture, without having to endure pain during the hold. For deep postures such as the front splits (hanumanasana) or any modified variation, the meditation cushion propped under our back leg allows for support through that limb, but gives space for the pelvis to go even deeper into the asana.

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We have meditation cushions available for purchase at both our south and north locations. If you have experience using meditation cushions or meditation props in your practice, please feel free to email info@yogalifestudios.ca with your experience! If there are any specific props you’d like to see in our “Prop it Like it’s Hot” series, again please contact us via info@yogalifestudios.ca or our various social media streams (twitter, Instagram, Facebook).

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Yogalife Celebrates: Earth Day

 All photos in this post by Dean Tumibay

All photos in this post by Dean Tumibay

"Green is the prime colour of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises"
- Pedro Calderon de la Barca

April 22 is officially Earth Day! Events are held world wide to celebrate our mother Earth in various fashions, with the main tenet being that we draw awareness to the impact we have on our environment. Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The concept of creating a day that is solely focussed on the environment was first proposed by Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, a U.S Senator from Wisconsin. Around this time, Nelson saw the impact that student-led anti-war movements were having on the political atmosphere at the time, and felt that the same sort of energy could be directed at increasing public awareness around preserving Earth's environment, and draw attention to Earth's growing issues around air and water pollution. By encouraging this movement, his hope was to influence government to be more proactive in addressing the concerns our Earth is encountering.


"More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. We work through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns."

-earthday.org

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It's the small changes by many that make big differences for our world.

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Earth Day is meant to draw awareness of the environmental issues we're facing, but also goes on to suggest changes that can be made at both the individual and population level for fostering positive changes to lessen humanity's ecological footprint. Amongst these suggestions include reducing use of plastic bottles to reduce plastic pollution, planting a tree or donating to plant a tree, and reducing meat consumption. 

The Yogalife Blog staff have looked through Earth Day's "Billion Acts of Green" list, and we're all pledging to follow some of these suggested changes. For me? I'm pledging to never purchase another plastic bottled beverage and make sure I always have my re-usable water bottle and coffee mug on me at all times. I've also made an individual effort to consume less meat than I currently do. 

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Email us at info@yogalifestudios.ca or comment on our various social media channels and let us know how you're celebrating and supporting Earth Day! We'd love to hear your suggestions on how to be more green. 

For more information on Earth Day and their "Billion Acts of Green" campaign, check out their website here:

GSRs: Who They Are And Why We Love Them!

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Today marks the 8th year that Yogalife Studios opened our doors. Since that time we've built two communities in opposite sides of the city, hosting multiple teacher trainings and workshops at both home bases - not to mention hundreds of yoga classes! Our teaching roster is home to an amazing array of humans who travel the world for inspiration to bring home to our community.


Throughout the last almost decade we've seen our staff grow, multiply and thrive. It has truly been an amazing journey together! 


If you come to the studios often you've probably gotten to know an integral part of our Yogalife Family: the Guest Services Representative team, informally known around Yogalife as GSRs. These beautiful people are the first shining faces you see at the front desk - the humanpower behind our studio cleanliness, setup and overall vibe. The GSR team keeps our lives organized and easygoing and we love that they really share a passion for our culture and lifestyle.

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To our North and South GSR teams, we love you, we appreciate you, and we are so grateful for your hard work and awesomeness. Give these guys and gals a high five next time you're coming to class, and if you feel like this role could be a good fit for you, click the box below! 

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Our GSRs are exceptionally great at making new Yogalifers feel welcomed. Joining a new studio can feel daunting and these people do their best to make the transition pleasant. They're always eager to show you around, let you know about class details or just point out the hot tea in our lounge. You could say they're really great at setting the mood!

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The thing I love most about working as a GSR at Yogalife are the relationship and genuine bonds I'm able to create with everyone I encounter, whether its the teachers, clients or other Yogalife staff members! I love having a job here I'm able to create a feeling of inclusivity with everyone around me! 

- Izzy, GSR Yogalife Studios North

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Karma Program Quarterly Wrap-Up: Free2BMe

 All images provided by Free2BMe. Subjects and/or subjects parents in featured images provided consent for the use of these images for this blog post as well as distribution by the Free2BMe team. 

All images provided by Free2BMe. Subjects and/or subjects parents in featured images provided consent for the use of these images for this blog post as well as distribution by the Free2BMe team. 

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For the past quarter, Yogalife Studios Edmonton proudly supported the Free2BMe program, donating all proceeds from our Karma classes to this wonderful charity, and pillar in the community working with children with disabilities. As we transition into the next season, looking to select the next quarter's charity, we wanted to wrap up this season with a post highlighting what the Free2BMe program is all about, and how your generous donations have helped this program provide individualized programming to children in need. 


Providing Individualized Programming and Supporting Inclusion for Children with Impairment

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The Free2Bme program is a critical arm of the Steadward Centre that provides exercise programming in the form of 1-on-1 programming, as well as group classes for children living with either cognitive or physical impairments. One of the major tenets of the program is fostering inclusion in this population of children by increasing participation in sports and games in an adapted manner to facilitate both physical competence and increase confidence to take part in social programs. 


In the community, children with disabilities are often prone to social isolation from their peers, and experience exclusion from group activities at a higher rate than other individuals of the same age. The Free2Bme program hopes to change that, by first changing children's perception of themselves, allowing them to experience inclusion and a feeling of physical competence when participating in various games and activities. This shifts their vision of themselves from one that is focussed on what their limitations are, to one that is focussed solely on what they can accomplish. 

 

At Free2Bme the focus is not on disabilities, but on highlighting what your capabilities are. 

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Free2BMe gets kids off the sidelines and into the game through research-based programming tailored to meet the child’s individualized needs.
— Free2BMe

Your donations have helped to provide funding for the various programs that the Free2BMe program runs. This support helps provide the program with the tools it needs to continue its wonderful and important work with children with impairments. As a former student of the program when I was in University, I can attest to the fact that the work that these staff and volunteers do is incredibly important in creating inclusive environments for children, and empowering those kids and their families to see what they're capable of. 


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For more information on Free2BMe and the services they provide, and if you'd like to donate, check out their website below. 

Also, the Steadward Centre will be launching their 40th Anniversary Gala on June 1, 2018.

It will be a celebration of the accomplishments of the Steadward Centre in "Leadership, Innovation and Commitment" in their community programming. To purchase tickets, follow the link below: 

3 Mini Vacays For Your Long Weekend Fun!

 The Renaissance Hotel offers in-room massage services. Treat yourself! 

The Renaissance Hotel offers in-room massage services. Treat yourself! 

 View from the canoe out at Maggie 's Hill Heritage House. Read on for details! 

View from the canoe out at Maggie 's Hill Heritage House. Read on for details! 

 Netflix and chill in the comfort of your own home!

Netflix and chill in the comfort of your own home!

Though the weather may fluctuate (click here for the forecast), this upcoming weekend is the perfect excuse to leave it all behind for one extra day and splurge on something out of the ordinary. We've compiled a list of our top three local and almost-local mini vacays, with something for every budget.

Whatever your speed is, we hope you have a wonderful long weekend! 

The Easter Long Weekend is right around the corner and we couldn't be more excited to kick back and enjoy a free Monday! It's true - we DO get a long weekend every. single. month. (Oh Canada!) but something always feels a tad more exciting about the first official one of SPRING.

 Grab an apple on your way into your Staycation suite at the Renaissance Hotel!

Grab an apple on your way into your Staycation suite at the Renaissance Hotel!

 Kick back 45 minutes outside the city in this heritage dream cabin!

Kick back 45 minutes outside the city in this heritage dream cabin!


The Staycation Splurge - The Renaissance Hotel @ The Edmonton International Airport

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Staycation at the Airport

As YEGGERS we don't often get the opportunity to stay at our local airport hotel. It's not the first stop you'd think of for an afterwork drink or date night as it's on the outskirts of town - but the Renaissance Hotel at the EIA has so much going on!

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From an amazing cocktail list and dinner menu to grade A fitness facilities, a beautiful library and unique rooms - not to mention weekly events - the Renaissance is a choice pick for the perfect long weekend staycation.

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The Renaissance hotel offers a stellar Staycation Package. When you book a room at the standard rate, this add-on gives you: 

  • a complimentary room upgrade
  • welcome amenities
  • two welcome cocktails at the HALO bar
  • a sharing platter at the HALO bistro
  • in-room dessert
  • continental breakfast for two at the HALO bistro
  • parking
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It's an incredible deal and all under one roof!

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The Country Cabin Getaway In Your Own Backyard (almost!)

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Maggie's Hill Heritage Loghouse

Combining history with modern amenities, this beautifully restored loghouse occupies 156 acres on Hastings Lake. Offering tranquillity in a natural setting, this heritage site is a short 45 minute drive to Edmonton. This beautiful piece of history sleeps around 7 comfortably - tons of room to bring your best friends and tuck away for a long weekend in the woods! 

The hosts explain this old-timey dream as follows:

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In addition to the loghouse, the property also features many historical items including an old bunkhouse, a Swiss-style logbarn, antique farm machinery and an old boat once used for a tourist camp on Cooking Lake in the 1930's. Kilometres of trails throughout the property introduce you to the native flora and fauna in this area. As a wildlife preserve, the property has been maintained in its natural state. Situated on the shores of Hastings Lake, there is access for canoe and kayak enthusiasts. Spend the day paddling on the lake and exploring the many islands of Hastings Lake that are protected as Bird Sanctuaries. Our property also boasts a 70 acre Ducks Unlimited Conservation Area. If you are looking for a peaceful location in which to enjoy nature, this is the place for you."

"Stay in one of the oldest homes in Strathcona County. This is your chance to experience an early pioneer home without sacrificing modern amenities. While maintaining the original character of the loghouse, newer additions have included a full kitchen, heated floors, bathroom and laundry facilities. While the loghouse provides lots of space in which guests can relax and enjoy their stay, the layout for the bedrooms is unique. There is a loft bedroom with a queen bed that has a full staircase leading up to this bedroom. The sleeping nook has a single bed with privacy curtains and is located on the main floor and close to the bathroom. In the living room, a sofabed pulls out into a double bed. In addition to the above sleeping arrangements, a small cabin adjoining the loghouse called the Lazy S has a queen bed with its own private porch. There are no bathroom facilities in the Lazy S; however, it is a short walk to the facilities in the loghouse.

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The Homebody Holiday

The real staycation is at home! 

Sometimes there's simply nothing better than staying home! Physically being within the walls of your house provides so many opportunities to ground, catch up, and treat yourself to the luxuries of your living room! Might we suggest grabbing your favourite take-out, making a movie nest and just forgetting the world for a few? 

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There's something for everyone at home! 

  • Make an epic movie nest! 
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  • Repot your plants!
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  • Take a bath, read a book, OR BOTH!
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  • If you're really feeling ambitious... CLEAN YOUR CLOSET OUT! (personal fave)
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Wherever this long weekend takes you we hope it's infused with fun! Let us know your favourite mini vacays so we can share them with our community - after all, these glorious 3-day weekends DO pop up EVERY MONTH!

From our fam to yours, enjoy your long weekend!  

The International Day of Happiness

 All photos featured in this blog are by Jenn Clara Photography

All photos featured in this blog are by Jenn Clara Photography

The International Day of Happiness was founded by a United Nations special advisor by the name of Jayme Illien, as a means of pushing forward the global happiness movement. Jayme Illien conceptualized the idea for a day that recognized the pursuit of happiness as a human right and “fundamental human goal”. Selected to fall on March 20 of every year, in line with the March Equinox, the International Day of Happiness was developed as a means of highlighting one of the major goals of the UN, which was “happiness for the entire human family”.

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The International Day of Happiness, since it’s inception and first official celebrated day on March 20, 2013 has sparked multiple initiatives centering around happiness. HappinessDay.org is the official website of the International Day of Happiness. Another associated website includes Speakhappiness.com which offers two free workbooks titled “One Day of Fluent Happiness” and “Happiness in the Workplace Every Day” for all visitors to their website.  Finally, The Secret Society of Happy People offers International Happiness Day graphics that can be shared on social networks, and also attempts to define various types of happiness through 31 different categories.


As part of celebrating the International Day of Happiness, we asked a handful of Yogalifers what their “happiness hacks” are. We wanted to get to know what pick-me-ups help our fellow staff-members stay positive, and also see where these happiness hacks fall under in The Secret Society of Happy People’s definition of happiness.


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Caren on retail therapy and dancing like no one is watching:

For Yogalife owner, Caren Hui, her go-to happiness hacks include going for a walk with a friend or lover, online shopping, and dancing, or as she aptly describes as “turning up the music and shaking that booty”. According to the Secret Society of Happy People, Caren’s happiness hacks would fall under social happiness (walking with a friend), anticipatory happiness (the happiness of looking forward to acquiring something in your life such as online shopping), and playful happiness (dancing for the sake of dancing).


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Kristine on good reads and indulgent baths

Kristine’s happiness hacks fall under the category of “Mellow Happiness”. According to their website, feeling mellow includes feeling carefree, and allowing ourselves to be submerged in the moment and enjoy it to its fullest – this includes things like prayer, meditation, taking a walk, diving into a good book or listening to music. For Kristine, a luxurious bath, with a lot of bath salts and essential oils, paired with a good book, and a tasty beverage is a surefire way to get her on the road to happy when she’s feeling down.


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Sarah on giving back to her friends and family

Sarah’s happiness hacks, while considered “Social Happiness” also falls under the category of “Giving Happiness” as well as “Helping Happiness”. Sarah considers her joy to come from making those around her happy, especially when the kind gestures are unexpected. This can include making friends or family their favorite food by surprise, leaving cute notes to bring a smile to their faces, or helping people out with a task that they need completed.

 


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Dean on being creative

As for me? My happiness hacks lately fall under the category of “Inspired Happiness”. To nurture my creative side, I’ve reignited my love for photography, and writing (like putting together a few blog posts), and have sought inspiration in the people and environment around me. This has also given me another avenue to give back to my friends and family in a different way – I’ve found photography a great way to connect with people on another level, helping to facilitate the “Social Happiness” side of my life.


Happiness comes in many different forms, so finding our own version of happiness, and developing a method of acquiring it will be different from person to person. Share with us your Happiness Hacks!

The Yogalife Team wishes you the best on The International Day of Happiness!

For more information on the International Day of Happiness visit their website at:

For more information on The Secret Society of Happy People and their 31 definitions of happiness visit their website at:

Yogalife of Pi(e)

 All images in this post by Dean Tumibay

All images in this post by Dean Tumibay

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It’s March 14, also known as “Pi Day” (3.14), and the Yogalife blog team is on a mission. Our goal? To fill our afternoon driving around downtown Edmonton, indulging in delicious pies to commemorate the day. We decided to do two, unconventional savory pies, and then sample two dessert pies, at two very different, but equally delectable locations. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.  We encourage you to test out these sites, or email us at info@yogalifestudios.ca if you have pie recommendations of your own!

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The Unconventional:

One spot that is equally delicious on the eyes as it is on our palettes is the Moth Plant-based Café. Located in the “Quarters” district of the downtown core, this gem of a location comes to our city from the same owners of the very popular vegan/vegetarian restaurant on Whyte avenue, Café Mosaics. Self-described as a plant-based haven, the Moth Café quickly became one of our target spaces when we found out that two delicious savory pies were part of their menu.

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The Not-Chicken Pot Pie

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It’s a tasty blend of root vegetables and mushrooms baked in a multi-grain, flaky crust. This “pie” is more reminiscent of a large pizza pocket than it is a traditional chicken pot-pie. Believe us when we say that you’re not missing real chicken when you take a bite out of this pie, as it’s full of flavor that satisfies any chicken-pot pie craving you might have.

 

The Curry Potato Pot Pie

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If you love curry as much as our team does, this pie will hit all the right spots on our palette. It’s a bit spicy, a bit sweet, and is a full hearty meal of tasty potatoes tucked away in a multi-grain sleeping bag. Again, on the surface, this pie doesn’t look like your traditional potato pie, but it’s got all the flavor of a good curry, without being overpowering.

 

Our pick?

Between the two savory pies, which are both delicious, our vote goes to the Curry Potato Pot Pie. It was a close race, but the curry in the second option gave us just a bit more of that kick that we were craving. If you’re looking for something more subdued, give the Not-Chicken Pot Pie a go.

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The Traditional:

When you ask any pie connoisseur where they go when they want a good, traditional, dessert pie, Vi’s for Pies is sure to come up as an option. Located in Glenora, this space was our second and final stop on our pie crawl. What were we in the mood for? We were searching for something rich and creamy, with a lot of flavor, to satisfy our sweet tooth. Did Vi’s hit the spot? Definitely. Not only were the portions generous, but the quality of the desserts was excellent, set up on the backdrop of a cozy little café.

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The Coconut Cream Pie

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Coconut lovers rejoice, because this pie is full of it. The cream is subtle, light, and not too sweet with a traditional, buttery crust. This pie is all about the texture, with the smoothness of the cream, the crunch of the crust, and the crispy coconut shavings sprinkled on top and mixed into the pie filling itself. For the pie lover looking for something light and not too overwhelming, this is a great option.

The Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cream Pie

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The interesting thing about this pie is not so much the filling, but the crust, as it was made up of chocolate covered, puffed wheat. This pie was a stark contrast to the coconut cream slice, as it was very rich, much more dense, and very filling. This pie packs a punch, and is a great choice for you peanut-butter and chocolate lovers out there. This hits that spot and it hits it hard.

Our pick?

It was hard to not be impressed by the Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cream Pie as it provided such a rich burst of flavors compared to the Coconut Cream Pie. If you’re looking for a dessert that really hits the spot, we felt that the Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cream pie was the winner. However, if you’re not into your sweets being too sweet, Coconut Cream is a solid choice.

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If you’re looking to celebrate Pi Day in the same manner our team did, check out these spots that we visited downtown. Again if you have suggestions for a good slice of pie, let us know through any one of our social media avenues (Facebook or Instagram) or send an email to info@yogalifestudios.ca. They both hit the mark in terms of quality of food and atmosphere!

Happy Pi Day Everyone!

Beats by Babes | 2018 International Women's Day Playlist

International Women's Day

For over a century, March 8th has become globally recognized as a day to celebrate the achievements women have accomplished throughout their struggle for equality. As a tribute to all the strong and empowering women in our Yogalife community, and everywhere else in the world, we have created this playlist by women for women. 

Turn your volume up, and get ready to get loud. 

 

 
 
Every girl and every woman has the potential to make this world a better place, and that potential lies in the act of thinking higher thoughts and feeling deeper things. When women and girls, everywhere, begin to see themselves as more than inanimate objects; but as beautiful beings capable of deep feelings and high thoughts, this this has the capacity to create change all around. The kind of change that is for the better.
— - C. JoyBell C.

Tocos + Matcha Shake

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This is a quick and simple anti-oxidizing drink that you can easily supercharge with any of our potions or lab essentials. To sip at home, or on the go, at the office, or post yoga!

Tocotrienols (or tocos for short) are part of the vitamin E family, are an antioxidant; they may help lower cholesterol + are associated with cardiovascular wellness. Not only that- tocos work as an anti-inflammatory, aid in optimal eye health + l o v e your brain! Together with matcha, it is the perfect energizing, immune boosting, anti-oxidant drink!

This recipe was created and shared with our friends at Lululemon Calgary - we hope you enjoy! 


Tocos + Matcha Shake (with Shatavari + Maca)

Recipe by: The Gut Lab

Ingredients:

2 Tbsps tocos + matcha*

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond mylk (or milk alternative of choice)

1/4 tsp shatavari*

1/2 tsp maca*

1 tsp lucuma*

1-2 tsps raw organic honey (or to taste!)

* found at www.thegutlab.com/shop

Method:

1. Add all ingredients together in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid (an empty Bone Broth jar by The Gut Lab works perfectly!)

2. Screw the lid on tight

3. Shake, shake, shake!

4. Sip, sip, sip!

The Great Canadian Fitfest 2018

 Photos in this blog entry are by Dean Tumibay

Photos in this blog entry are by Dean Tumibay

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The Great Canadian Fitfest 2018 was hosted in Edmonton on February 10 and February 11, and once again Yogalife Studios was proudly represented by GSRs and Instructors alike. Best of all, we partnered with our friends from Modern Gravity to have a joint booth, designed to be reminiscent of our yoga tea lounges at both our north and south studios merged with the style of Modern Gravity’s foyer at their space. To read more about Modern Gravity, check out our previous blog on their fantastic float studio here.

The vibe for our booth was chill and calming.

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The vibe for our booth was chill and calming, with interested festival goers meandering into and out of our lounge, stopping to chat if interested in taking up yoga. The vibe for the event itself, was high energy and upbeat, encouraging participation in various types of fitness classes and challenges at different vendors.
Again, over 70 different fitness-oriented businesses were present at this years’ Fit Fest hosted downtown in the spacious Shaw Conference Centre. Many of our very own Yogalifers tried out different obstacle courses and programs available at different booths (you can ask me about my experience with pole dancing and I’ll send you a gif).

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Yogalife got to lead two classes that weekend with Sadie leading the first session on Saturday, and Emerald leading the second class on Sunday.

 There's me playing with the booth!

There's me playing with the booth!

Yogalife got to lead two classes that weekend with Sadie leading the first session on Saturday, and Emerald leading the second class on Sunday. We also had passes and product packages up for grabs through a prize draw that we invited all attendees to participate in. All in all it was a fun time with our team, and hopefully some new clients. We even had a photo booth with both still scene and gif options – that was definitely a hit with festival attendees!

 There's Yogalife North's Sarah on stage demonstrating for Emerald's Sunday class.

There's Yogalife North's Sarah on stage demonstrating for Emerald's Sunday class.

And the winners of the prize draws are:


One Year Unlimited

Dawn Dextrase!

One Month Unlimited

Michalene Giesbrecht!
Sam Wilkins!

Lululemon Namaste Mat

Shristi Bali!
Dallas Trimble!

2 Seats at the Yogalife Yin & Massage Workshop

Sayla Day!
Nikki Han!
Vanessa Drobig!
Antony Argueta!

Yogalife Swag Bag

Jon Hills!
Jacqueline Degroot!
Geneva Estabillo!
Paul Moffat!

Please contact either of our studios to claim your prizes!
 

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YEGDT: Explore the Treasures of Downtown Edmonton

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FIND ME IN YEGDT 

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It's no secret: in the last half-a-decade our city has come alive in a big way. With an influx of restaurants, coffee shops, local designers and artists splashing the streets, Edmonton is buzzing! City plans are coming full circle and we have a new museum, the revitalization of the Stanley A. Milner library and much more to look forward to. Not to mention a beach... by accident... when the snow melts... 

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I've lived in Edmonton all my life, downtown specifically. Born and raised in Riverdale and now residing off Jasper Ave, I can safely say it has never been more exciting and precious than now to live in this city. There's something going on in every pocket of this place; the heartbeat is loud and clear in our thriving city. Let's take a tour of some special places that feed the melange that is YEGDT.

 

Little Italy: Zocalo 

 
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Zocalo is a vibrant and welcoming fixture in Edmonton's Little Italy. Bursting with flowers, plants, gifts and amazing coffee, this place is an instant pick-me-up. The cozy garden cafe/greenhouse includes a long communal harvest table perfect for posting up and reading a book or getting some work done.

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The atmosphere is lush. Bonus points for the outdoor space that comes alive in the spring and summer months. Zocalo is truly a treasure trove in one of Edmonton's sweetest little neighbourhoods, right downtown. 

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If you're in the neighbourhood... 

Enjoy a drop-in dance class at Spazio Perfomativo, home to Mile Zero Dance. Situated right next door to Zocalo, this dance school offers weekly drop-in and registered classes ranging from contact improvisation to hip hop. 

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100th Street: Woodwork, Workhall and Co. 

 
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For the last 4 years Woodwork has been a steady favourite in the downtown food and cocktail scene, not to mention one of the first to liven up the quiet streets of YEGDT. Nestled between Canadian designers Workhall and the entrance to the legendary McLeod building, this is the spot to enjoy pre or après Citadel, Winspear, Shaw or Starlite.

Aptly nicknamed "The Work District" by employees and regulars, this local slice of dining and dress is incredibly unique and still somewhat lowkey to enjoy as you please. To avoid disappointment, make a reservation like a pro and if you're looking for beautiful, handmade goods from Canadian designers, leave an extra 45 to peruse Woodwork's neighbour Workhall before your reso.  

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It just makes sense that Woodwork and Workhall share a wall.


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If this local lovely isn't on your radar, it is now. The creators say it best: 

"We are WORKHALL - a Canadian fashion company committed to transformable and purposeful garments. Our aim is to inspire and shift the mentality of disposable fashion."

It's not uncommon to find a designer sewing away in the window of Workhall, right beside Woodwork and across the street from the Westin. This crew is equal parts humble and talented and their clothing is just as lovely. You will feel like royalty when you walk in - their service and overall vibe is fully genuine.

 

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VIEWS FROM THE 780: VICTORIA PROMENADE

 
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It's true: Edmonton is changing and evolving quickly. This fact alone magnifies the historically rich side of the downtown core, in contrast. I'm not sure if we call it "overdue", "revitalization" or just "how it goes", but whatever's happening is awakening pride and excitement as our city continues to grow.

ENJOY THE PAST WITHIN THE PRESENT. 

Victoria Park Promenade featuring the Annemoe House is a neat little snippet of history amongst towering newness. Overlooking the Edmonton River Valley atop the Victoria Golf Course, this is a hub for runners, readers, photographers and chillers. I once resided in this area, lending to my fascination with heritage properties in Edmonton. There is a thrill and mystery behind old buildings. 

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Amongst the growth, change and general surge of Edmonton's downtown core, we sure are lucky to look out over the fog-soaked valley or look back at the preserved brick of families' past. YEGDT is colourful in this way.  


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Downtown Edmonton is a hotspot. Tell your friends - it's happening. Whatever you may be seeking, get ready to find it: coffee, cocktails, views and parks. Plus, you're always just steps from the River Valley, if that's more your speed. Might I suggest parking near 95th street and taking a stroll; there's so much to take in and lots you haven't seen, I bet. Get your explorative wheels turning.

Are you a YEG adventurer? We'd love to interview you! Get in touch at caitlin@yogalifestudios.ca