Beat the grey winter weather with this gorgeous, green smoothie that is sure to replenish your mind, body and soul. Enjoy yogis!
Blend until smooth, enjoy chilled or fresh out the blender!
Self care is something that we need to learn to value. This time of the year can often get overwhelming with sports, the changing of the seasons, holidays and all of the other many things that we need to accomplish daily. It is important to take the time to honour your body, and your mind. Take this time to treat yourself, you deserve it.
Winter is the perfect time to practice your favourite hobby: yoga. Let’s get real, is there anything better than spending 75 minutes moving and breathing in a gently heated room while it’s freezing outside? Our yoga classes also involve a lot of meditation before, during and after the class, so you will always return home feeling completely relaxed.
We like to compensate for the darkness outside by lighting scented candles inside our homes. They look so relaxing, warm and shiny that it helps us forget that the sun sets during lunch these days. Our favourites are earthy, soy candles that burn clean, and without chemicals. *Incense is also a great alternative!
With holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, fall/winter feel like the perfect seasons to express some more gratitude. It’s as easy as writing down three things you’re grateful for each evening before bedtime.
Further journaling is the perfect way to allow your thoughts to flow freely, with no interruptions (shout out to all of the beautiful mom's who deal with everyone else's thoughts as well as their own... you need this, trust us).
There’s nothing more relaxing than going to a spa, spending the afternoon in different saunas, playing around in a hot tub and ending the day with a nice and long massage. And the winter holidays are the perfect time to do so. BUT this all costs a lot of dough, so try to bringing some wellness into your home, by diffusing essential oils, drawing a bubble bath or using massage balls to roll out tension in your back, neck and shoulders.*Psst we sell massage balls at Yogadown ;)
Spending Time Outdoors
Even though it’s cold out, we should all really try to spend enough time outside during winter. This can include going shopping or going for a walk in a nearby park or forest before the sun sets. During the work week this is a lot harder, by the time most of us leave work, it’s already dark outside. However, on warmer nights it's pretty easy to fall in love with walking through the Christmas markets, or a neighbourhood path blanketed thick with fluffy snow. Maybe you could jump in and make a snow angel?
Meditation is always a big part any self-care routine, winter is no exception. The lack of sunlight can really bring on negative thoughts for some, so some extra meditation is really needed during winter. We prefer guided meditation, there are some great videos on YouTube ranging from five minutes up to two hours, and we also offer a Move & Meditate class where different types of meditation are highlighted, check our schedule for more info on when we offer this class!
This article was adapted from: http://lavenderlife.co/winter-self-care/
Get ready to play, take flight and feel weightless! Aerial Yoga is a light hearted practice that will leave you hanging (in a good way!) and coming back for more.
Learn how to use the hammock as a prop and enjoy postures where you float suspended in space. The hammock, also known as a "silk" will be used as a unique tool in creating stabilization for standing poses, assisting in deeper stretching and allowing you to access easier inversions.
In addition to offering the same benefits as a regular yoga practice, here are a few more perks of Aerial Yoga:
- Decompression and Alignment of the Spine
- Core Strengthening and Improved Balance
- Upper body Strengthening
- Improves body and spacial awareness
- Increased blood circulation
- Flushes lymphatic system and moves stagnant blood
- Helps ease stress & anxiety
At the end of class you will have the option to do savasana (corpse pose) either in your hammock or on your mat. The aerial hammock has been referred to as womb-like during savasana, leaving you with a feeling of safety, comfort, and peace.
Yoga Nidra has been a favourite at the studio for quite some time now, however, there are so many facets of yoga Nidra that you won't ever get to explore in a 45 minute workshop. There are many layers to explore, and ways to enhance your regular Nidra practice, we just HAD to put them all together for people to experience as a series. YOU HEARD IT, we are bringing you a Yoga Nidra series with the goddess of Nidra herself, Melanie Larson.
Step away from your busy life and find refuge as you practice yoga Nidra each week in addition to learning more about why Yoga Nidra is so darn magical. You may enter this series as a novice meditator or a seasoned pro, but you will certainly leave feeling confident in your practice, having learned skills to take you through many Nidra's to come.
Register here for your weekly dose of yoga Nidra:
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.
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