How Yoga Can Help You Keep Calm During The Holidays

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

With the holidays around the corner, it is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of stress and exhaustion. When this happens, I take a step back, breathe and hit the mat. For me, the holidays is about being present and spending time with loved ones and people in my community.

Start Your Day With These 5 Simple Stretches

The Huffington Post Canada | Caroline Topperman | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living

You'll ready to take on the day!

Yoga Is About More Than Flexibility

Kat de Ocampo | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Kat de Ocampo

The idea that yoga is solely about Cirque Du Soleil-esque postures (or asanas) perpetuates the idea that instructors only have to be flexible to do and teach yoga; and ultimately must encourage the same level of flexibility in their students. But, yoga is about more than flexibility.

Yoga Classes Cancelled At UOttawa Over 'Cultural Issues'

CBC | CBC News | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Living

When Jen Scharf checked back in September, she said she was told the class wouldn't be happening because some students and volunteers were uncomfortable with the "cultural issues" involved.

Put Down Your Coffee And Do This Yoga Move Instead

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living

"Kickstart and energize your day before you even reach for your morning coffee."

Watch: 3 Back-Saving Yoga Moves For Beginners

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Living

And they can all be done in your office chair.

This Yoga Girl Is a Powerhouse for Global Good

Sara Graham | Posted 10.11.2015 | Canada Living
Sara Graham

What do a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign and yoga have in common? That link would be Rachel Brathen, aka Yoga Girl. Her project,

The Truth About Coconut Water's Health Benefits

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

You have likely seen coconut water sold in fitness centers and yoga studios where it is heavily advertised as a natural rehydration beverage. This is because the companies that produce commercially available coconut water claim it contains significantly more electrolytes than sports drinks. However, you might be unaware that many of the companies that produce coconut water have exaggerated the health benefits.

The Reversal of Fortune Survival Guide

Jen Lawrence | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Recently, a friend asked me if I could help a neighbor whose life had fallen apart. I have the bittersweet reputation of being someone who's lived through some soul-shattering events and has managed to stay vertical, so she thought I might be able to offer some comfort and advice.

Bunny Yoga Is A Thing, Because Vancouver

The Huffington Post B.C. | Jessica Chin | Posted 09.06.2015 | Canada British Columbia

It's exactly what it sounds like.

Eid Reminds Us to Reflect and Reconnect

Meghan Rose MacIver | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada Living
Meghan Rose MacIver

It's the end of the holy month of Ramadan here in Turkey and as a western yoga teacher living in Istanbul, I'm usually just happy to watch locals celebrate the holiday of Eid around me. But something gave way this year, and I had an opportunity to reflect on my old experiences.

I Don't Have to Lose Weight to Be a Yogi

Valerie Sagun | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Living
Valerie Sagun

Yoga has taught me to own up to myself and who I am now. Not who I was or who I could be. I never shamed my body or hated it, but I'm glad to be at a happy relationship with it. I look at my big chubby body and am happy and content with it. I feel it is important to see bigger bodied people out there. When I first started yoga, it was very rare and uncommon to see bigger yogis practicing yoga. Now I am so ecstatic that there so many people who are trying yoga for themselves.

How To Decide Between Yoga And Pilates

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Living

While yoga and Pilates appear very similar, anyone who's taken both classes knows there is a difference. Lifestyle experts Gaiam say the biggest d...

Forget Downward Dog, This Yoga Class Is All About The Cats

The Huffington Post | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Living

If you've ever practiced yoga at home with a pet, you probably already know how impossible it is to concentrate with all that cuteness constantly comi...

Vancouver Loves Yoga So Much, It's Shutting Down A Bridge

The Huffington Post B.C. | Rhianna Schmunk | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Namaste, drivers, namaste.

Sticky Situation: Yoga Etiquette, Farts and More

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Here are nine yoga etiquette guidelines that will enable us to reach the full physical and spiritual benefits of yoga to achieve a relaxed body and mind.

Here's What It Looks Like To Try Yoga For The First Time

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Living

Plenty of experts will tell you it takes 21 days to form a new habit — but when it comes to yoga, it's actually more of a lifelong commitment. I...

4 Ways to Freshen up Your Sex Life This Spring

Carlen Costa | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

Just as our homes need some freshening, so do our sex lives. This time of year serves as a reminder to pause, and take a look at how you can positively contribute to not only the life around you, but to nurture the energy of the life within you.

After a Year of Being Sober, I've Learned to Slow Down

Keeley Milne | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
Keeley Milne

I celebrated a year of sobriety in February. That first year is selfish in many ways--and necessarily so. After all, without sobriety, I am no good to anyone--to my child, my family, even strangers. In fact, I'm the flat out opposite of good, without sobriety. But now, almost 14 months in, there is space in my life to help others.

How To Get Back Into Yoga After An Illness Or Break

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

I have been practicing yoga since 2002 and love it. But there are times when life gets hectic and I am not able to be on the mat as often as I would like. The longest stretch I have been away from yoga is over a year. My mother had cancer and I was feeling overwhelmed.

Top Tips on What to Wear to Yoga

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 05.18.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

For men and woman you're looking for clothing that allows your body to move through poses without restricting your flow. Clothes that incorporate stretch and are cut close to the body are normally a good option. Good quality yoga apparel should have stretch recovery, meaning the material will bounce back and not bag out after use.

Let's Stop the All or Nothing and Enjoy the In-Between

Keeley Milne | Posted 05.16.2015 | Canada Living
Keeley Milne

If I'm truly listening to my body, I think quite often it is telling me to lay the hell off. To enjoy the moments in the sun as much as the run itself. To remember that my yoga practice is about what feels good for my body, right now.

How to Stay Positive in Winter

Charlotte Singmin | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Living
Charlotte Singmin

It's February and Canadians are feeling the cold. But what if instead of complaining about the cold or contributing to the general hate on for winter we kept our complaints to ourselves and focused on all the other stuff, the good stuff, on everything we have to be grateful for?

These Are All The Ways Meditation Could Improve Your Life

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Although most forms of meditation are rooted in religious and spiritual traditions, millions now practice purely for the enhancement of their health and well-being. This latest investigation found that loss of brain volume due to aging is less significant in habitual meditators compared to their non-meditating counterparts.

How To Use Yoga To Overcome Seasonal Sadness

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 01.19.2015 | Canada Living

Feeling down about the weather is more likely to make you curl up into a tiny ball rather than stretch out your arms and legs. Seasonal affective d...