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
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.
Friday Sept 2
6:15pm Hot StretchTone
Saturday Sept 3
9:30am Warm Flow & Restore
Sunday Sept 4
6:15pm Warm Restorative
Monday Sept 5
7:00pm Warm Yin
Yin is a popular style of yoga that so many people have come to love. Our world is busy and many people are flocking to yoga in search for balancing their life.
Cross Fit, running, cycling, and hockey (just to name a few) are "yang" activities. Yang relates to building heat through more intense or repetative movement. Even some vigorous forms of yoga, such as ashtanga, vinyasa (flow), and hot yoga are very yang. But if you focus only on the yang, your body can suffer from fatigue and burnout.
"Yin" is about slowing down, pausing and finding stillness through inward focus and cooling the body. Yin and Yang support the creation of balance both in body and mind.
Here is our Yin Yoga schedule:
Fridays 7:00pm ** BONUS: Friday nights are by Candle Light! **
We're inspired by what you do every day. Every time you step on your mat, you're making the world a happier, healthier place, by starting with yourself and we're honoured to serve and help you grow and succeed.
This past two years, we've invested more in our business and our community than we have in the history of Yogadown. Delivering a new and updated facility with more amenities, increased space, classes, staff and teachers. Our commitment is to continue to improve our services to create a more delightful experience for you.
As a result, we are restructuring our pricing to better align with our services, and ongoing investment to our community. Beginning January 1, 2016, most Yogadown passes and memberships will be increased 5-10%.
Please take note that we have not increased any of our prices in over 5 years.
Below are a few of our investments in the past two years:
What makes YOGADOWN special?
Thank you for choosing YOGADOWN as your second home and hub to connect with yourself and your community. We look forward to serving you for many years to come.
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We are located in Olde Towne Okotoks, at 40 "E" Elizabeth Street directly across from the Dit & Dat & Balance Dance studio