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Charlotte Singmin

Yoga and Meditation Instructor

Charlotte Singmin holds a Bachelor of English from Queen's University as well as close to 500 hrs in Yoga Teaching certifications. <br> She provides corporate yoga and meditation services as well as hosting yoga retreats, wellness events, and writing health and green beauty articles.
Why My Baby Follows a Vegan

Why My Baby Follows a Vegan Diet

For me, choosing a vegan diet for my son was a fairly simple decision. All parents want the best for their children, and I believe that the best choice for both him and me is a balanced, plant-based diet. I substantiated this belief with a professional opinion before I began introducing solid foods.
09/22/2013 01:32 EDT
5 Vegan Ways to Enjoy

5 Vegan Ways to Enjoy Quinoa

Quinoa is a nutrient dense, multipurpose food, perhaps most familiarly recognized as an alternative to rice and pasta, but actually incredibly versatile to prepare. Experiment with one or several of these five plant-based ways to enjoy quinoa, and add wonderful health benefits to your diet.
07/04/2013 12:34 EDT
10 Reasons to Drink More Green

10 Reasons to Drink More Green Smoothies

Whether you drink your kale with a side of spinach and sprouts, or mask the grassy goodness with mango and sweet summer berries, green smoothies are leading the way to optimal health. Here are ten of my favourite reasons to enjoy at least one glorious green smoothie a day.
06/18/2013 12:09 EDT
Five Ways to Spring Clean Your

Five Ways to Spring Clean Your Life

Winter is finally over and at long last spring is here! What better way to celebrate the change in seasons than by spring cleaning our lives, not just our closets. We can use this time to make over our meal plans, dust out our thought patterns, and shed new light on our routines.
04/26/2013 11:47 EDT
In Defence of Strollers on the

In Defence of Strollers on the TTC

The latest news about potentially restricting strollers on the TTC upsets me not only as a mom, but also as a proud Torontonian, and as a fellow human being. Imagine if this stroller limit were to pass, what kind of Pandora's box would we be opening, what "inconvenience" would be next? People in wheelchairs, or on crutches? Women carrying numerous grocery bags?
01/26/2013 08:37 EST
Five Tips for a Healthy and Stress-Free

Five Tips for a Healthy and Stress-Free Holiday

It's common to feel overwhelmed by holiday pressures and commitments, but it's crucial to find productive ways to alleviate stress, as left untreated, it can be a gateway to many illnesses. There are many things you can do to reduce stress and boost your healthy during the long and hectic holiday season. Here are five tips to stay healthy and relaxed during the coming months.
12/04/2012 12:17 EST
A Very Vegan

A Very Vegan Thanksgiving

For me, becoming vegetarian has been a slow journey of personal discovery and growth. But turkey dinner at Christmas and at Thanksgiving was one of the final carnivorous traditions I held on to -- I could avoid meat all year it seemed, but on these particular holidays I gave in and celebrated "turkey day." This year I plan to try something new and start my own tradition.
10/08/2012 12:04 EDT
Eight Ways to Make Your Yoga Practice

Eight Ways to Make Your Yoga Practice Stick

Many of us find it hard to take time out for yoga, even though the health benefits are proven. Try these tips, and make it easier to commit to a regular practice. Be good to yourself by consistently bringing a little yoga into your life!
09/24/2012 07:23 EDT
Five Tips For Going

Five Tips For Going Gluten-Free

Gluten sensitivities or intolerances can be frustrating and painful, not to mention inconvenient and downright dangerous. Thankfully, there are ways to eliminate gluten from your diet without radically altering your lifestyle. Knowing what alternatives are available, and where to look for them, can make the transition to a gluten-free lifestyle easier.
09/04/2012 04:59 EDT
A Beginner's Guide to

A Beginner's Guide to Yoga

Trying out any new activity can be intimidating, especially one where advanced students are twisting their bodies into pretzel-like poses. Don't let fear of the unknown keep you from discovering yoga, and radically improving your health. Use these six tips to help demystify your first yoga experience and get yourself to class!
08/08/2012 07:47 EDT
Five Simple Ways to Eat Like a

Five Simple Ways to Eat Like a Vegetarian

When it comes to vegetarian eating, many people are intimidated. It's a common misnomer that plant-based meals take more time to prepare, and are lacking in taste and nutrients. In fact, this couldn't be further from the truth. Use these five tips to add a little veggie love to your routine!
07/24/2012 08:01 EDT
Easy (and Quick) Ways to Get

Easy (and Quick) Ways to Get Healthy

Healthy eating and healthy living are some of the most difficult parts of life. There are always little ways to improve, choices that will make your life -- and your health -- that much better. Here are seven tips to help you make sure you're living your life to the fullest.
06/29/2012 04:11 EDT
Yoga Mama: Why I Love Prenatal

Yoga Mama: Why I Love Prenatal Yoga

Just as in a regular yoga practice, breath is very important. Although most types of advanced pranayama (breathwork) are unsuitable for pregnant women, being able to control and focus on the breath is particularly helpful throughout the entire experience.
03/19/2012 12:19 EDT
How to Practice Yoga

How to Practice Yoga Safely

Sometimes the hardest part of yoga is being OK with taking things a little slower and letting go of the ego, the voice in our heads that tells us we always need to be better, to go further.
02/11/2012 10:55 EST
In Defence of

In Defence of Yoga

To state that yoga is dangerous because of the risks of the physical poses is only addressing one area of the practice. Yoga is so much more than asana or physical poses. Much of yoga is about letting go of ego and self-judgment. Yoga teaches us to be OK with wherever our practice finds us in that moment.
01/30/2012 04:57 EST
Allergic to Wheat and Dairy? Try These Tasty

Allergic to Wheat and Dairy? Try These Tasty Alternatives!

When I tell people that I'm allergic to wheat and dairy they usually look at me with pity and ask how I manage without pizza and ice cream. But people who live with food allergies now have plenty of options, several of which can actually be healthier than the original.
12/03/2011 02:17 EST

Yoga Mama

My doctor told me told me to enjoy every moment of my pregnancy and I wondered silently how I was supposed to enjoy the lingering nausea and epic exhaustion. After about a week of teaching and practising yoga, I noticed a huge difference. I felt fit, I felt strong, and I felt happy.
11/09/2011 09:26 EST
5 Tips for Staying Healthy This Cold and Flu

5 Tips for Staying Healthy This Cold and Flu Season

Stress weakens the immune system making us susceptible to infection. Don't let stress get the better of you; try meditation or yoga, both proven to reduce stress and anxiety. It can be as simple as taking a few minutes out of your morning to sit in quiet contemplation.
11/03/2011 09:07 EDT