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: 

Break It Down: Vinyasa

Written by Kristine Owen Wood | Photographed by Caitlin Varrin
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What is Vinyasa?

One term, many meanings!

Vinyasa, translated:

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

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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”. 

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Why break it down?

Vinyasa classes tend to move more quickly than slower styles like Hatha and in order to “keep the flow”, might not always provide as much in-depth alignment instruction. This can sometimes result in confusion for newbies! It can also create a situation where the most often-repeated set of movements are amongst the least fully-understood.

Potency of practice:

Developing a clear understanding of how to approach Vinyasa for your body, through your body, is essential for unlocking the full potential of your “flow state” experience. Below is a step-by-step guide to aid you in this journey!

Vinyasa, the flow of movement:

“Vinyasa” can also refer to a very specific cycle of poses that repeats throughout any of the above-mentioned class styles.

Rise & Shine!

Vinyasa will often appear first in the course of opening Sun Salutations as a method of evenly warming up the body.

The groove that binds us:

Subsequent Vinyasas alternately serve as fire-stokers, neutralizers, palate-cleansers, and an efficient, elegant method of transitioning from pose to pose.

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Full Vinyasa, unmodified 

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Half Vinyasa, unmodified

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Awesome Mods 

Mythbuster: modifications are not in any way “lesser” the main pose. In fact, modifications are a highly intelligent way to adapt poses to meet your practice where it’s at and ensure that you build the space and strength you need to evolve, sustainably. 
 


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Forward Fold & Halfway Lift  

Place blocks underneath hands = more room to stretch out backs of legs & lift through chest
 

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High Plank >> Low Plank  

Lower knees to floor = more power to practice correct upper body alignment & thus gain strength. Place blocks under hands to create more height & space in plank.

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Upward Facing Dog  

Cobra instead! All of the backbendy goodness without undue strain on wrists, low back, or feet. Blocks under hands  = more space for spine to lengthen & curve.

Downward Facing Dog  

Try Puppy Pose instead! An active version of Child’s Pose (press palms into floor & keep chest & shoulders lifted), it relieves hamstrings and takes pressure out of shoulders and wrists while maintaining energy. Or, place blocks under hands to create more length and space throughout the shape.


Whether you're in that full flow or working with modifications and props, there is a comfortable way to build strength through vinyasa for every yogi!

Listen to what makes your body sing and let that be what guides your practice. 

Namaste

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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 

Teacher Playlist | Suzi's Most Requested

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If you've ever attended one of Suzi's classes, you know that every beat in every song was chosen for a reason.

"This playlist is a combination of some of my most requested music and new jams that I’m listening to in my own personal practice. It is structured just like my hot flow classes. It builds in energy and beat from a gentle flow to hard and fast strength and core, and finishes with a slow and yin like cool down to a lullaby for savasana." - Suzi

4 Ways To Enhance Your Yoga Practice

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Mature Your Practice In The Simplest Ways

One of my favourite things about yoga is the "work in progress" aspect. I am always discovering, rediscovering and fine-tuning the work, delighting in the sheer vastness of it all. One day I have it sorted, the next I am humbled with how little I know. It can feel very complicated, and that's ok. On the other hand, it's quite simple: breath and body, quieting down, getting to know each other. 

As my practice matures, I find the enhancements and deeper learning to be in this simplicity: show up, put good things in my body, take rest, be kind and patient. If I want to enhance something, I give it attention, a notion that goes a long way in my yoga practice. 

Here are some other ways I have learned to compliment what happens on the mat. 

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Eat Nice Things

You are what you eat, and everyone knows avocados are really good at yoga. 

But actually, we all know the greatness of green things and it makes a huge difference when you put nice things in your body. It is easier to practice with and empty belly (one of my teachers says "poop before you practice!") but the nourishment you provide yourself with when you're not on the mat will really lend to how you show up there.

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It is amazing to feel bright and clear from the food you eat; think of the energy around your meals and what your food is actually doing for you! 

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Use Props

I always include these wonderful helpers in my yoga practice and my body sings with joy when I am kind in this way! Sometimes I notice a little glimmer of ego flare up when I offer a block under a student's seat or a strap to give more reach, but what feels better than comfort? You are enhancing your practice when you listen to what your body needs. You can find the juiciest places in your body when you get out of your own way and have a bit of extra support. Props are heavenly. My favourite place to hang out is with a block under my sacrum, legs extended, belly to the sky, arms relaxed overhead. Give that one a try. 

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Get Outside

A jaunt in nature is one of the simplest ways to enhance life in general. Like a magical reset button, fresh air and beautiful skies (which we are spoiled with in this province!) are the ticket to feeling like an absolute boss. Even better? Yoga outside! Personally, my yoga practice is not all rainbows and sunshine - things get stirred up and sh*t can feel messy. Know when to take a break and surrender to that which is greater than us: sweet sweet nature. Hell, go hug a tree. They hug back. 

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Show Up

Exactly as it sounds: put in the work. Be there. Practice practice practice. By far the biggest way I've enhanced my yoga practice is by doing it, dedicating to it. Again, if you want to see something flourish you need to actually look at it, give it love and attention and be there with it. There aren't any shortcuts. This is the work and it's so good. Find your teachers, find your versions of the postures, find your challenges and be with them - work through them and move on to the next. Show up, just for you, with you, because of you. 


What are some of the ways you've enhanced your practice? How do you practice your yoga off the mat and what are your favourite ways to show up for yourself? I always love to chat. caitlin@yogalifestudios.ca

See you soon, yogis! 

Restorative Yoga: Reset for 2018

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For many people, the final month before the conclusion of the year can be one of the busiest, most stressful of the year. Despite the joyful advertisements, the influx of holiday movies, and the cheery music in the mall, December and January comes with its share of challenges. It’s a non-stop push from the very beginning right up to New Years’ Eve, where we’re constantly on the go.

It’s a non-stop push from the very beginning right up to New Years’ Eve, where we’re constantly on the go.

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If we’re not shopping to find the perfect gifts, or organizing quality time with our loved ones, we may be working shifts where multiple colleagues are on vacation, or enduring the challenge that is the retail business during those dreaded sale weeks. At the conclusion of all of this, we come into the New Year, perhaps dreading the credit card bill that will come reflecting the previous months indulgences, and gift giving. Add to this mix that we’re basically doing all this during the weeks where we get the least daylight, it’s no wonder that our bodies would be craving a reset of some sort after all is said and done.


Often, media bombards the New Year with advertisements encouraging people to hit the gym hard to make up for the previous years indulgences. We are by no means opposed to people taking on a healthier, active lifestyle as part of their New Years resolution, but we do think that it’s important to examine the other end of the spectrum as well.

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When we’re coming out of the chaos of the previous year, while we think this is the prime time to make up for lost time by engaging in intense exercise practices, we also think it’s time to try and unwind from that stressful period and release that tension through gentler activities. 

Another is restorative yoga. Restorative yoga works on the basis that our body will benefit from passive, but gentle supported stretches that are held for an extended period of time. This allows the body time to reset by allowing for a soft tissue stretch that is gentle, but aligned using props, or even the wall for support. Below are 5 restorative yoga poses that are sure to benefit anyone looking for a way to relax, but also reap the benefits of a good stretch. Hold each posture for 5 to 7 minutes each.


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Child's Pose

Child's pose in any form is a great way to gently stretch into tight glutes, tight shoulders, and a tight lower back. We like this version, with the arms resting gently at either side, forehead to the ground. If the range in your hips isn't there to bring your bottom towards your feet, place a bolster, or firm pillow under the chest to elevate the upper body. 

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Reclining Hero Pose

For a gentle way to stretch into tight hip flexors, reclining hero pose, especially with a bolster or pillows under the length of the spine to decrease the depth of the posture, is an excellent way to tackle both the iliopsoas complex and the quadriceps muscles simultaneously. 

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Reclining Bound Angle 

Reclining bound angle pose, or reclined butterfly pose is an excellent way to gently stretch into tight adductor muscles of the groin. If your knees do not reach the ground when parted, foam blocks under the thighs just above the knees allows for this posture to maintain a passive nature, while still achieving a stretch. 

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Frog Pose

Another method of stretching into tight adductors is through frog pose which allows gravity to gently push the pelvis between the thighs. If the chest does not reach the ground comfortably, a bolster under the chest, aligned with the length of the torso allows this pose to be more passive.

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Happy Baby Pose

Finally, to get a simultaneous stretch into the adductor muscles of the thighs, as well as the hamstrings, which can be adjusted based on how much you straighten your knees, Happy Baby Pose is an excellent stretch to re-align the pelvis. Modify by grasping the outside edge of the feet if your hips are naturally more open. Peace fingers around the big toes is a modified version for those of us with tighter hips. 

If you're interested in taking a guided Restore and Renew class, please check our class schedule for available times. Below is a link to our information page on Restore and Renew:

Free2BMe - Our Next Karma Program Recipient

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Since 2005, Free2BMe Physical Activity Program for Kids and Teens with Disabilities, the youth component of The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement at the University of Alberta has been providing innovative programs for children and youth living with impairment to be active.

 

The Free2BMe credo is to empower kids and teens experiencing disability to:

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• Be more physically active, fit and healthy

• Feel good about themselves

• Experience success

• Have fun doing “kid” things

• Become vital, self-determined adults


Every year, hundreds of kids and teens ages 4-21 come through the program—with demand increasing every year. Children and youth and their families come to develop their physical confidence and competence in our safe, nonclinical environment. We are the one place in the Greater Edmonton area that any child living with a physical, sensory or developmental impairment can come to learn to ride their bike, throw a ball, understand game play concepts, be introduced to a fitness centre, gain exposure to the world of Para-sport, and be a part of the team for the first time. We do this through four models of service delivery: individual programming, instructional group programs, community and school group outreach and community exercise transition.

 

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In addition to providing direct service delivery to the community, Free2BMe provides applied learning opportunities for students at the University of Alberta. Last year, over 180 students from physical education and recreation, education, kinesiology and rehabilitation gained valuable hands on experience within Free2Bme programs. Students go on to become teachers, coaches, rehabilitation professionals, physicians and community leaders.

 

Free2BMe Physical Activity Program for Kids and Teens Experiencing Disability is a one of a kind program providing physical activity, fitness and sport instruction for children and youth living with physical, developmental and sensory impairments.

Founded in 2005, Free2BMe has made an impact in the lives of over 1200 families experiencing disability. Annually, the dynamic program delivered through The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement at The University of Alberta serves 450 children and youth ages 4-21 across a variety of 1:1 individualized physical activity and fitness sessions, and instructional group programs.

 

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If you would like more information regarding the Free2BMe Foundation, please contact:

780.492.3182

www.steadwardcentre.ualberta.ca

Winter Solstice: Reflect, Rejoice, Renew

Welcome In Winter

December 21st marks the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, yielding the longest night of the year and the official transition from fall to winter. The Winter Solstice: a turning point towards a new cycle. A beautiful, natural time to reflect, rejoice and renew as we set our sights on the year to come, gathering inspiration from seasons past.

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The solstice has been revered as a special moment in the annual cycle dating as far back as neolithic times (about 10,200 BC until between 4500 and 2000 BC). The knowledge of astronomical events would commonly guide activities like crop sowing, animal mating, and monitoring winter food reserves. Many cultural traditions and mythologies are derived from this. In Pagan tradition, the solstice lives as part of The Wheel of the Year with other equinoxes and solstices, an annual cycle of seasonal festivals.


So how can we leverage this day to align our truths and intentions for the cycles to come?

Tuning in with cycles is something we do subconsciously, which becomes even more potent when brought it into our conscious field. The patterns of the moon, the rhythmic cycle of breath, the tides of water on our planet - these all affect our connection to life. Just as we would set an intention for a New Moon or simply at the start of a yoga practice, we can use this time to reflect on what we are sewing for the spring rebirth. 


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Here are some affirmations to bring into your cyclical shift on this Winter Solstice. 

 

REFLECT

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I listen closely and quietly to myself.

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I leave behind that which does not serve me as I move into this new season.


REJOICE

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I accept change and movement forward with a light and joyful heart.

I am light.

I am joy.


RENEW

I have vibrant gifts to share with the world. I am worthy.

I give myself permission to boldly step forward.

I am supported in my decisions. 


Wishing you the most wonderful transition into this new season. Share your goals and exciting new year endeavours with us next time you're in! See you on your mat. 

Holiday Shopping: Last Minute Gifts from Yogalife

 All of the products featured in this post are available at both our North and South Locations.

All of the products featured in this post are available at both our North and South Locations.

It's December 20th. You're still searching for that perfect gift for that special someone. We've all been there.

Look no further because Yogalife has got you covered. Our boutique is thoughtfully curated by our staff who stock it with a beautiful range of products from consciously made, healthy hot coco powder, to beautiful scented candles and incense, to skin care products made with natural ingredients.

Let your nose be your guide.

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For the person in your life who loves good scents, we have many different options. For a loved one who enjoys the woodsy scent of cedar essential oil, the Province Apothecary Incense sticks are a great option. Made by hand, this charcoal incense is infused with organic essential oils - each package contains 20 sticks. Province apothecary is head by Julie Clark, mindfully crafted with organic ingredients, and is proudly Canadian sourcing ingredients from each province. For more information on her work, visit her site here.

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Who doesn't enjoy a good scented candle? How about a candle that is made from organic coconut wax, non-gmo soy wax, balsam essential oil, fir essential oil, and clove essential oil. Crafted by a Canadian company, Woodlot, candles will help infuse your loved ones home with a woodsy aroma. Not only are these candles Canadian made from fine ingredients, but they're also beautifully packaged. Check out the Woodlot web page for a complete look at their stock here.

The perfect cup of coco cacao

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For that person who has a sweet tooth, but is also a fan of healthy superfoods, The Gut Lab's Coco Cacao organic elixir oil is a tasty treat made from raw coconut oil, raw cacao powder, lucuma, mesquite, ashwagandha, and true cinnamon. Simply heat 2tbsp with 1 cup of your choice of mylk, and add raw honey to taste. Even the most picky chocolate connoisseur will have trouble saying "no" to a hot cup of this coco! Check out their product line here.

Revitalize your skin

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Give someone the gift of ritualistic skin care, by introducing them to our two-step gift bundle of Province Apothecary's detoxifying clay mask, and regenerating exfoliant. Again, crafted from all natural ingredients from our home and native land, this makes the practice of good skin care a luxury. Anyone who loves taking care of our largest organ will love indulging in the practice of using Province Apothecary's products. 

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Pura Botanicals has made waves in the Edmonton community as a non-toxic, cruelty-free, and eco-friendly skincare and wellness potions centre that is based within our city. A studio favourite, the Overnight Watermelon Mask gives your loved one the gift of an overnight skin ritual. "This creamy, soft pink concoction is luxuriously handcrafted with all-natural silk peptide and pure watermelon extract, which is rich in skin-brightening Vitamins A and C and amino acids.  Use this decadent overnight mask to gently remove dead skin cells, improving the skin’s texture, and enhancing a youthful complexion." See their whole product line here.

The perfect pouch.

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For a beautiful way to package some of your gifts in a stylish, eco-friendly bundle, why not put some of your gifts in a pouch by Bambu? Made from striped cotton or a beautiful cork fabric, these pouches are the perfect size to carry some small skin products, or other beauty tools for that person who is always on the go. A great pouch to carry your post-yoga skin products in so that they remain in order in your gym bag. 

Finally, give the gift of yoga.

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We might be biased, but this is arguably our favourite gift option that can be purchased at our studio. Give that loved one the gift of relaxation, meditation, a workout, and inner peace. In other words stop by our studio to pick up a gift card for your loved one to purchase one of our passes. We have a multitude of options for passes that suit every level of busy lifestyles. Pair it with one of our vibrant, branded water bottles designed to keep your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold, and you've set someone up wonderfully for their practice in the New Year.

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Again, all of the products featured in this post are available at both our North and South Yogalife Studios locations. For any inquiries please call the studios before hand to check if the items you're  curious about are in stock.

 

Those of us from the blog team wish everyone a Happy Holiday! Happy Shopping!

Holiday Shopping: The Local Gifter

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Holiday shopping comes with its share of challenges. It can be tough trying to find the perfect gift for those special people in our lives. For us we put effort into shopping amongst creators close to home. As a local business ourselves, Yogalifers are enthusiastic supporters of our own Edmonton talent, and truly believe that artisans within our city are the way to go when looking for that perfect gift for that special someone! We took a trip to one of Edmonton’s fastest growing craft fairs, the Royal Bison to peruse some of the coolest, cutest, and most creative gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

For the ones expecting little ones

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AC.Woods is a local wood worker that makes beautiful, classic wooden toys for toddlers and babies. Nothing like locally crafted, hand-made wood goods to inspire creativity in your little ones. We absolutely loved this toddler camera, being photo fanatics ourselves. The best part of AC.Woods is that proceeds from their products go towards the Canadian Association of Medical Teams Abroad (CAMTA) who send medical professionals to Ecuador to work with individuals with orthopedic ailments. To learn more about CAMTA visit there website here. To visit AC.Woods etsy page click the link here.

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From the creative mind of Joel Kadziolka is where Papercut Monsters are born. Joel first begins by designing the fabric through putting together paper collages. Once that fabric is printed, cut and pieced together, a monster is born. Something about these little guys reminded us of the children's book "Where the Wild Things Are" and we couldn't help but pick one up for those friends who have a baby on the way. The little monsters are adorable, and have no small attachments so they're safe for even the smallest little ones. Check out his website here

For the man who takes shaving seriously 

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We all know a guy who is serious about his beard care, and post-shave skin routine. Rosa & Lilium, though not restricted to only men's products, is a local apothecary who is based out of Edmonton and Marsden, Saskatchewan who makes beautiful, ethically crafted skin products. This Wild Man, post-shave, skin balm caught our eye as a great stocking stuffer for the special dude in your life. To browse the full line of Rosa & Lilium products, visit their website here.

For the person who values a good bath

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Nothing is better than locally made soap crafted from natural ingredients. Lather Bee Rich is a family owned business here in Edmonton that makes decadent soaps in beautiful tins each with different scents and purposes. The beautiful bar photographed here is called Amazing Grace, which is crafted specifically for those who experiences our dry winters more severely than others. Their website is still under construction, but you can keep track of its progress here. If you'd like to purchase directly from the distributor, they take orders by phone: (780) 479-4572.

For the jewellery fanatic

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Béton Brut, French for "raw concrete" is a local jewellery craftsman that makes unique pieces using brass, concrete, semiprecious stones and various pigments. We loved the simplicity of their chroma pendants, particularly how they resemble miniature planets. These unisex pieces are great for any one on your list who values quality jewellery and wants something completely unique. You can browse their complete line here. They also carry rings, earrings and have started producing concrete holding vessels and candles (in partnership with Libertine fragrances).

For the fashion forward friend

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Flannel Foxes apparel is about as Canadian as you can get when it comes to local fashion. Drawing inspiration from our landscapes, classic logos and pairing it with phrases encouraging buyers to explore their home and native land, you can't go wrong with a piece from their line for that person in your life who loves representing our beautiful country. We loved this vibrant red toque. Visit their website here for their whole line. If you're looking for a beautiful leather piece to add to your fashionista's collection, look no further than Sylvia Soo. A local leather entrepreneur, featured in Avenue magazine, who handcrafts leather goods from quality materials sourced from locations as far as Italy, Sylivia puts an immense amount of care to the details on her products. We adore this buttery soft, change purse. View her entire collection here.

When in doubt, write it down

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Finally, if you're like me, one of the best things you can get as a gift is a thoughtful card. Cards are getting edgier, with cheeky phrases, and sarcastic inserts, and are pretty much now celebrating every possible occasion you can think of. You may have seen Justine Ma's printed work at one of the many locations that carry her stationery. A talented calligraphy artist, her script combined with cheeky sayings makes its way on to cards, mugs, wall hangings, ornaments and even cake toppers. For that friend who loves a good laugh, check out her full line here. When it comes to classic letter press methods, Ochre Lea was one of our favourites, crafting some of the funniest cards we've seen in awhile. Often referencing science (we loved "If you're not part of  the solution, you're part of the precipitate") or just throwing in funny sarcasm such as the card featured in this post, there is literally a card for any occasion. Check out their full line of cards here.

These are just a small sample of the fantastic local talent in Edmonton. We encourage you to check out more local artisans when thinking about holiday gifts this year!

5 Drinks to Warm Your Soul This Holiday Season

I’m not sure about you, but 90% of the reason I can handle the wintertime is because I absolutely adore cozying up to a nice log fire place, wrapped in a fuzzy Costco blanket, holding a hot cup of something steamy.

Not being much of an advocate for chain cafes, I’ve cruised through the Edmontonian café scene and am reporting back to you with some of the best (and original) hot cups of heaven for you to try next time you’re craving a little more than a standard coffee.


Café Mosaics

10844 82 Avenue NW | https://www.cafemosaics.com

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Mellow Yellow.

Choosing just one drink from Café Mosaics may have been the hardest thing I’ve had to do in a while, but thankfully, I’m a bit biased in favour of turmeric.

Imagine pumpkin spice, but natural, good for you, and not drowning in sugar. This spiced turmeric latte is going to make you swear off of Starbucks when you taste the kick this latte leaves you with.


Woodrack Café

 7603 109 Street NW | https://www.thewoodrackcafe.com

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White Hot Earl Latte.

This was arguably the best original drink I’ve come across on my Edmonton exploration. This is a lavender London Fog combined with a white hot chocolate; each flavour being extremely delicate and ever-so subtle.

The only downside to most of the gorgeously crafted drinks out there is you really feel like you can’t have more than one. This, however, I reckon I could consume a bathtubs worth in a sitting and still feel pretty proud about my day.


Mandolin Books & Coffee Co.

6419 112 Avenue NW | mandolinbooks.com

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Red Symphony.

A red rooibos tea with white hot chocolate, topped with honey and whip cream.

I’m sorry, what? Whoever created this beautiful concoction must have a sweet tooth as big as YEG itself. Normally sweets are just not my forte (I’m more of a Salt & Vinegar chips kind of girl), but I could not be more than happy that I’ve stumbled upon it. Its perfectly creamy consistency pulling different yet complementing flavours in from every direction made each sip taste like Christmas without feeling like my teeth were about to rot away.


Remedy Café

Multiple Locations | remedycafe.ca

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Almond Kashmire Chai.

Let’s admit it: You can’t have a “Top 5 Hot Drinks” blog post and not include a chai off of Remedy’s list. Although the standard chai is equally as to die for, the kasmire chai just adds that touch of extra love and  delicacy with its added ground pistachios and rose petals that take this hot drink from spicy to smooth and florally.

My tip: change your standard 2% milk out for almond milk to make your chai add some more of those delightful nutty flavours.


Bru Coffee + Beer House

11965 Jasper Avenue | www.brucoffeeandbeerhouse.com

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Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mocha.

Bru uses 64% extra-bitter Guayaquil cocoa for all of their chocolate based drinks, and when it hits your lips, you will feel a wave of respect and gratefulness for it take over your body. Keep in mind all of the benefits dark chocolate: . You’re doing your body a favour by ordering this.

PS. Did I mention that that it comes with a candy cane and/or mini marshmallows, served in a Christmas mug? As if you couldn’t love a drink more.