We found this awesome little DIY project that we thought would be wonderful to share with you.
All it requires is:
- the print-out we have provided on our website below (you can always make your own);
-a pad of sticky notes;
- a marker.
Create a weekly, monthly, or even yearly to-do list that you can visualize on your wall or your day-timer. The best way to achieve goals is to look at them often, visualize achieving them and crush them one-by-one.
September can often feel like a mini new-year after the lazy days of summer, use this tool to help you get back in the swing of things!
~ Love the Yogadown Team
This article is about food, from the perspective of someone who has had quite a tumultuous relationship with it. In our society, food has become such a mindless activity, it is a filler, an object to help numbest emotions, a reason to post a cool looking picture on Instagram and above all the reasons that so many of us suffer from just “not feeling good enough".
Take the Natalie challenge if you are interested in an investigation in your own health. For 30 days take a trip to junk food-rehab; remove bread, butter, gravies and sauces. deep-fried foods, fast-food, essentially eat a really clean, whole food based diet for only 30 days. And at the end of the 30 days… go hog-wild. Have that burger you have been dreaming about, eat all of the cheesy sauces and deep-fried goodness. And Natalie can almost guarantee that after you recover from your food-induced coma you will certainly revert back to a whole-foods diet. There is no denying the feeling that whole-food gives you, the rush of invigorating energy is incomparable and one that we can certainly get behind.
We were so grateful for this chance to sit down with Natalie to discuss something that is so important. Our well-being. We learned how important it is to be mindful of everything we are putting into not only our mouths, but on our skin (our largest living organ), our hair, nails, lungs, you name it! Everything that enters our body should be thought-about, and mindfully enjoyed. Because our lives, and our health is worth-it. We thank Natalie for inspiring us to question our perceived “normals” and giving us the nudge to explore the other options and resources available to us.
***We are not doctors, or experts in any way and do not poses the power to heal ailments or pain. However each one of us are the experts of our own bodies, and the feelings we experience on a day-to day basis. We wrote this article as an inspiration to get excited about your own health and well-being, from the perspective of someone who has gone through similar struggles that each of us face on a daily basis. Please take this article at face value, we love and accept the face that every body is different and what works for one person is not available to the next.
Thank you, ~ The Yogadown Team
Join us for our newest edition on Saturday mornings at 8:00am. This warm StretchTone class will give you time, rather than take time away from your weekend. Yoga first thing in the morning is said to set a positive tone for your whole day! Class starts on June 17, 2017 and we would love of you to join us!
On June 2nd, we will be celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary, and YOU ARE INVITED!
Join us for an unforgettable evening of:
Meet Jennifer, one of our many incredible students here at Yogadown. Jennifer has been an amazing presence at our studio, and we wanted to share her experience with you. Keep on getting down at Yogadown Jen!
What was your first class like at Yogadown?
It was a good experience. Very welcoming, not intimidating at all, and met some great people!
What do you like most about Yogadown?
Welcoming, friendly atmosphere. Personable and approachable instructors and staff.
I also love the times we come out of class to find post-it notes on all our shoes, each with a different inspirational quote! I share them on my social media and call them my Yoga #FeelGood notes :-) Thanks, Shaelyn!
What inspired you to start practicing yoga?
I had always wanted to try Yoga for quite some time, but after long work hours of a highly demanding job were wearing me down, I knew I needed 'something' to alleviate the stress and find times to quiet my mind. Yoga helped me to not only de-stress and relax, but it is has also become a rewarding experience in being able to improve my flexibility, balance and overall mental and physical well-being.
Has your life changed since practicing yoga?
Yoga keeps me motivated to make time for myself on a more regular basis.
What is it about Yogadown that makes you want to continue your practice here?
All the great classes, staff and instructors. You instantly feel better just from walking through the door.
Starting on Tuesday April 25th we are offering a new class on Tuesday nights from 8:00-9:00pm called Movement & Meditation. This class is great for people with any level of experience in both yoga and meditation including beginners.
Movement & Meditation
Discover the power of your body and mind through this intentional class that explores movement and meditation. Your teacher will lead your through a variety of yoga postures and playful movement, followed by a guided meditation. The yoga postures will be all levels, accessible and tailored to those who attend. Each week will reveal a different type of mediation that we will learn and practice together.
We are now offering longer classes on
Tuesday & Thursday mornings. The new schedule is as follows:
Warm flow on Tuesdays @ 9:30-10:45am
Gentle on Thursdays @ 9:30am-10:45am
We can't wait to see you here!
**Class time change effective starting March 6th & March 9th, 2017**
Our variety of meditation cushions will offer you a soft and supported place to land during your meditation practice. Using a cushion while meditating allows for proper posture and added comfort. With an array of colours, prints, styles and sizes, Yogadown has the perfect fit for you.
**All meditation cushions on sale from February 2nd - February 9th, 2017.
**All meditation cushions are FINAL SALE
We hope that people will participate in yoga as a way to celebrate their body, rather than trying to fix or change their appearance so we are wishing you a body positive new year!
At this time of year, so many people are contemplating the past 12 months and wanting to make themselves better for the new year to come. There is nothing wrong with wanting be a better version of yourself that you were yesterday. Particularly at this time of year, (New Year's Resolution time!) there are many messages from media and culture and even our own heads about our bodies and how they are not good enough, or about what we should or should not eat. About how we should look or what to wear. All of these focus on appearances which can cause a lot of unneeded stress and the gate way to shaming ourselves and our body for not being good enough.
Being Body Positive is going beyond your physical appearance and reconizing how amazing your body really is and considering what ways your body allow you to experience the world. Body Positive can also mean a practice and a process just like yoga that is sometimes not in a straight line and it may take a lot of getting up, trying again, and some back and forth as we consider and re-consider what beliefs we have about our bodies.
At our studio you may have noticed that our teachers speak to turning your awareness inward and this practice can help us keep present and focused to truely experience ourselves. By sensing the body, energy and emotions open a person up to be curious about what they are truly experiencing and to see the truth of the matter.
How can we reframe how we think and talk about our bodies in an appearance focused world?
What positive things has your body given you? Can you focus on different parts of your body and be grateful for it? What can you celebrate about your body? What else can you enjoy?
We think bodies are amazingly fantastic in all the ways and that they are perfectly imperfect - not flawed or needing to be fixed, simply great, just the way they are. We want to know how you would complete this sentence...
My body is wonderful because.....
"...It created my child(ren)."
"...I have feet and legs to take me for a walk."
"...It is strong."
"...My heart beats everyday."
"...it's curvy and beautiful."
"...it can pick up my loved ones for big swinging hugs."
We invite you to add your body reflection to the chalkboard in the SUN STUDIO at Yogadown! We believe all bodies are great: tall and small bodies, disabled and able bodies, thin and round bodies, athletic and not so athletic bodies, female or male, and everything in between. Tell us what’s wonderful about your body!
From all of us at Yogadown studios, we wish you a Body Positive New Year. We hope our yoga practices might help us all shift our body focus from appearance to celebration, function, enjoyment and growth.
We are opening our doors for more shopping hours so that you can get all of your holiday shopping done with ease.
Monday Dec 19 - 11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday Dec 20 - 9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday Dec 21 - 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday Dec 22 - 9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday Dec 23 - 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday Dec 24 - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
To see our schedule for over the holidays, please go to our online scheduling system SCHEDULE HOUSE, for updated on class cancellations and studio closures.
As the seasons change so do we and so does the class schedule! Please see below for schedule changes and details:
Tuesday 8:00pm Warm StretchTone ( previously Hot StretchTone )
Wednesday 9:30am Warm Gentle Flow ( previously Hot Flow & Restore )
Friday 6:15pm Class is cancelled until further notice
Friday 7:00pm Warm Yin & Restore ( previously non-heated Yin )
Check out our holiday class schedule by clicking here.... Tab forward to the holiday weekend. We Hope you come make it for class to stay calm and connected to you inner peace during the busy weekend.
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