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".
She found herself going jogging two to three times a week, to suddenly not being able to get up the stairs without collapsing."
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
It makes our hearts glow to showcase the people that we interact with each and every single day here at Yogadown. Which is why we are kicking off this Sunday with another Yogi spotlight.
Meet Jenni Bailey, mother of 3, wife, beekeeper, artist, urban chicken farmer, yogi, energy exchanger, gardener and motorcyclist... did you get all that?
Jenni was recommended to us by her friend and one of the teachers at our studio, Shauna Laubman-Ruff. And from the moment Jenni walked in, it was love at first sight. We love her energy, her passion and her commitment to a better way of life.
Jenni strives for a more natural way of living for her family and it is truly inspirational. In such a busy and bustling world we really appreciate that Jenni takes the time to honour her vision as a caregiver to her family by only providing them with the most natural and homegrown lifestyle that she possibly can. The a-typical way of life that so many of us fall into, one of ease and convenience, is not as satisfying. When you put the time and effort into growing the things you are eating it makes it so much more mindful and in turn, satisfying.
Jenni is unique, totally true to herself, her image and her vision and we love every second of it. Jenni rolls up to the studio in either a Volkswagen Beatle from the 70's or a decked out cruiser bike that screams 60's. When we asked Jenni what is was she loved about Yogadown she said:
"I was looking for a studio that I could connect with, find my haven in and ride my bike to. The Energy and atmosphere at Yogadown is the one that I was in search of".
When we asked Jenni if she would consider herself a hippie she replied "ah yes, my kids call me a hippie, I think everyone has an inner hippie they just have to be ready to find it, and you will find it"
You are an inspirational woman and we love having you here, thank you for teaching us that easy isn't always better, hard work is worth it and that it is always ok to let your hair down and release your inner flower child. Much love Jenni, from Yogadown.
Everyone meet Basil Babu, our newest Yogadown Ambassador. Basil moved to Canada 2 years ago from a B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L province in India called Kerala
(see below for serious wanderlust).
Although Basil lived in the birthplace of yoga he never got around to trying it! And so for his first time practicing he came to Yogadown. Basil started out on our newcomer special and came to yoga almost every. Single. Day. for 30 days straight, this is an incredible feat.
Basil is so inspiring, he came to Canada as an international student to further the education he received in India and is working towards building a career here in Canada.
He has come into Yogadown every single time with a big smile on his face, he is always happy, always kind and always sits to have a tea after class and chat. We love how Basil makes an effort to be a part of our community and how he always has a positive outlook and disposition.
We love having you at the studio Basil! Thank you for your dedication to yoga and teaching us that learning something new, even though it may be out of your comfort zone is always a good thing. Keep up your hard work!
Kelly and Kenora are stunning, a mother and daughter duo as well as best friends... we can tell.
They share such a magical bond and we are so blessed that we get to witness their love for each other in our studio space.
We asked Kenora and Kelly to write a few words about what it was that they love about each other and how yoga has influenced their bond....
WARNING, hold on tight to your heartstrings before reading:
Kelly on Kenora:
"I am a stay at home mom of 3 amazing boys. I like to keep active, but I am very shy which has kept me from joining anything socially for most of my life. My mom asked me to join yoga with her after my brother passed away. I joined because I didn't want her to feel alone and I wanted her to keep busy. We both had never done yoga before and looked at this as a new adventure we could experience together. To my own surprise, we loved it!
At Yoga Down I feel welcome. Mistakes are welcome, exploring and learning is welcome. There is no judgement or shame. What I am most proud of is that yoga taught me never to be ashamed of who I am. Yoga taught me that the light in me is beautiful and unique and to let it shine with pride. Yoga has taught me that perfection is not the goal, but honouring, respecting and loving your body as well as those around you is. I learn new things about my mind and body every class.
Yoga Down is a place I can let go and feel the freedom to be myself and most importantly to love myself. What started out for me as a scary adventure quickly turned into a new positive way of seeing myself and those around me.
As for outside of yoga? My mom is smiling, which makes me smile!
I feel uplifted, strong and confident!
Thank you Yoga Down!"
Kenora on Kelly:
"I noticed the Yogadown sign as I was passing on the street.
I had heard a lot about Yoga from a Member of my Family who said it was such a good thing to do mentally, physically and spiritually.
I thought it was something that my daughter Kelly & I could share together.
Yoga has really increased my flexibility.
When I go to Yoga Class it makes me feel at peace and uplifts my spirit.
I suffered a tragic lost of my adult Son within the last year & a half. Grant talked about Yoga.
Through his illness he did Yoga every morning and told me I should start doing it.
Yoga helped my son deal with his illness mentally & spiritually.
This has been an enjoyable shared experience for me & my daughter.
We have received many benefits including the wonderful tea after class.
Thank You Yogadown. “
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 answers from a short Q&A with you.
Keep on getting down at Yogadown Jen!
Q: What was your first class like at Yogadown?
A: It was a good experience. Very welcoming, not intimidating at all, and met some great people!
Q: What do you like most about Yogadown?
A: 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!
Q: What inspired you to start practicing yoga?
A: 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.
Q: Has your life changed since practicing yoga?
A: Yoga keeps me motivated to make time for myself on a more regular basis.
Q: What is it about Yogadown that makes you want to continue your practice here?
A: All the great classes, staff and instructors. You instantly feel better just from walking through the door.
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