Yoga

Helping Our Oceans Gave Me Hope, The Best Birthday Present Of All

Eoin Finn | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Eoin Finn

Planting coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea for my birthday made my heart felt lighter, life didn't feel so hopeless anymore. I realized humans aren't a horrible heartless species, but hugely resourceful and cooperative when given a chance.

You Can Have a Healthy Vacation and Have Fun at the Same Time

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Travel
Kathleen Trotter

Too many times people return from vacation having had a great time, but also being down on themselves due to letting unhealthy habits dominate. People tend to overeat, drink more, and skip their work outs. It sucks to get away only to return feeling worse physically and emotionally than when you left! My friend Em and I are living proof that you can go on a vacation that is both healthy AND fun!

WATCH: 'Angry Yoga' Shows The Practice Isn't Always Calming

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.14.2014 | Canada TV

Yoga is supposed to be soothing; you breathe in the good thoughts and push out the bad ones. But what if you don't have any good thoughts? What if...

Songs Yoga Teachers Listen To When They Practice

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada Living

If you're a devotee of yoga, you're probably well familiar with the soothing sounds that tend to emanate from unseen speakers during a class. But sinc...

From One Extreme to Another: It's Time to Stop This Workout Madness!

Jessica Zapata | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Alberta
Jessica Zapata

There's a big push right now for women to lift weights and to lift heavy. As a trainer I get it. I want to be strong. I want my clients to be strong. But there comes a time, when for the average person, enough is enough. We have once again taken it too far.

5 Reasons To Go On A Yoga Retreat

Charlotte Singmin | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Living
Charlotte Singmin

Remember how great you feel after Monday night yoga class? Well imagine feeling that way for an entire week! At a yoga retreat you will eat well (often vegan/vegetarian/raw, and always healthy!), get plenty of time to rest, and have the opportunity to practice yoga at least once a day.

This Lawyer-Turned-Yogi Knows The Meaning Of Stress (And How To Reduce It)

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada Living

What do you do if you have the body and mind of a yogi, but are trapped in the career of a corporate lawyer? If you're Laura Baron, you turn all t...

Why Yoga For Kids Is Beneficial and Fun

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

I swear I am not that kind of mom -- really. But my kids practice yoga. They LOVE yoga, and are excited every Saturday or Sunday morning to accompany me to my spinning studio where they partake in a kids yoga class while I sweat it out with the other parents doing the same.

How Yoga Helps You Lose Weight

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 08.09.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

With the upsurge of yoga, people always ask me if yoga actually works for weight loss. We see the pictures of yoga bodies in attractive yoga clothing and start to wonder... If yoga actually works, how does it work?

Stress Kills. That's Why Real Men Do Yoga

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Men, I want to encourage you to do Yoga. I'm still not into a lot of it. You'll probably never see or hear me talk about the deep spiritual side. But I take my deep breaths, I reflect inward, I calm myself after a long day. I do the things that reduce stress. I also find that I take the breathing and reflection time along with me on my running and into the weight room.

When Everything Gets Big and Complicated, Just Breathe

Tanya Raheel | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada Living
Tanya Raheel

During this recent season of Mad Men (for the record, I'm in withdrawal having to wait till 2015 for new episodes, yikes), a new character featured pr...

Say 'Thank You'

Eoin Finn | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Living
Eoin Finn

It's 11 pm at the Hampton Inn in a Seattle suburb. I close the curtains, shutting out the lights from all the big box stores around me. It's not what ...

Changing Diapers Can Bring On Enlightenment

Elan Divon | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada Living
Elan Divon

It's been a month since my wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and WOW has it been a learning experience! Changing diapers at 3 a.m., figuring out how to sterilize bottles, bathe the little one, strap her into the car seat, and rock her to sleep. One of my personal heroes, Ram Dass, once asked his guru "How can I attain enlightenment?" His guru replied: "Feed people and serve people." OK.

Medicating Mental Illness Can Be as Necessary as Treating Cancer

Sandra Charron | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

To tell someone with mental illness that treatment is not necessary in order to overcome the symptoms of the disease is about as sensitive as telling someone with a treatable cancer that surgery, chemo, and radiation won't be necessary.

Life Hacks Are Just the Worst

Hannah Jack | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

If one more good-natured yogi, lifestyle guru or hipster hack attack tells me to drink more warm water and lemon or take time to stretch I'm honestly gonna cry. The only thing life hacks have given me is a huge list of shit I'm so aware that I'm not doing. I don't stretch every morning.

Yoga Studio Decorum 101

Karen Cleveland | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

Don't know your Hatha from your Ashtanga? One of the best things about yoga is its intrinsically welcoming nature -- your practice is really just that, your own. And while everyone is welcome, certain behaviours are not.

Sometimes More Pay Means Less Satisfaction

Leah Eichler | Posted 04.25.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

One of the most stressful material burdens we place on ourselves is all the stuff that comes along with success. For me, each pay increase was correlated with an increase in spending. I felt I needed to spend more on goods and services -- dog walkers, food delivery, house cleaning -- to accommodate my ever-more-demanding lifestyle.

How I Started My Dream Business in One Week

Alana Hurov | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada Business
Alana Hurov

I have often thought it would be cool to own a yoga studio and as I type this blog, I am actually sitting in my very own studio gulping down a protein shake. How did it happen? Well that's a good question because it happened in one just one week, (well sort of...).

How I Learned to Embrace Yoga

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

So why have I not gone and committed to yoga before now? I was intimidated. My flexibility and balance are good, but when I tried yoga a few years back, I didn't excel. My head space was still overly competitive, and results based. I tell my clients all the time to do their best, and grow into fitness over time. I know it's what I should do, but it is far from what I do.

How I Learned to Love the Chaos of Bombay

Eoin Finn | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Travel
Eoin Finn

This time when I practiced yoga in Bombay, the honking actually relaxed me. I could feel the city's pulse as an insider and wasn't from the outside looking in. When I stood on my yoga mat high above the city, warm smoggy breeze in my hair, I felt as at peace with the honking as I would practicing yoga to the sound of crickets in a field.

Peace This Season

Paula Pyne | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Impact
Paula Pyne

"Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content." ~ Helen Keller After c...

How Salmie the Sea Lion Shows Us the Trouble With Humans

Eoin Finn | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Living
Eoin Finn

Today is a very special day for me. It is the release of the Earth Body Yoga dvd project (Earth Body Yoga) that is an incredibly powerful ritual to...

The New Hot Yoga Is Pretty...Hot

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living

The hot and sweaty yogic world of Modo Yoga, devised by two former Bikram yoga studio owners in Canada, is growing. Previously known as Moksha Yog...

Do You Know This Trick to Life? It's More Than Mere Happiness

Eoin Finn | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Living
Eoin Finn

I like to tell this story because I feel that our job as yoga instructors is to do what artists, poets, and priests do; to remind us of the great truth that to cling only to sweet as our only form of happiness is a trap. Sorrow teaches us about love and even bliss... if we let it. Ultimately, we can't share the light if we aren't cracked open.

Celebrate the Holidays With Delicious Raw Carrot Cupcakes

Meghan Pearson | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada Living
Meghan Pearson

And what better way to celebrate any occasion, than with a decadent raw food dessert like Hacienda's own Raw Carrot Cupcakes? The below recipe and many others are featured daily in our raw restaurant, and will also be available in the soon to be published Hacienda Del Sol Cookbook! What are you waiting for? Make these cakes.