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Shoulder Mobility Mini-Practices with Darla & Nicole

Shoulder Mobility Mini-Practices with Darla & Nicole

Open through the shoulders with these short practices with Darla and Nicole. Shoulder Halter with Strap with Nicole (3.5 min) Shoulder Mobility with a Strap with Darla (2.5 min) Shoulder Mobility with a Ball (1.5 minutes) Front Shoulder Stretch at a Wall with Darla (1...

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Mini-practices for your Hips with Darla

Mini-practices for your Hips with Darla

Join Darla for these short mini-practices to make your hips happy! Hip Strengthening at a Wall (3 minutes) Hip Flexor Stretch with a Chair (2 minutes) Figure 4 Hip Stretch at a Wall (5 minutes)

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Yoga for Tired, Achy Legs with Darla

Yoga for Tired, Achy Legs with Darla

If you have been doing a lot of hiking on your ‘Staycation’ then you will find this class to be a real treat for your legs and hips. Hiking can be a strenuous activity and often we are just so tired at the end of our hike to give our legs and hips some TLC. Try the...

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DIY Yoga Props with Val

DIY Yoga Props with Val

Follow along with Val in this instructional video on how to make yoga props from things you have around your house! See the time stamps below to go right to a specific prop: 0:00 Introduction on props 2:40 Bolster Method #1 - 2x paper towel rolls and towels 6:50...

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Lower Body Chair Yoga with Maria Hillier

Lower Body Chair Yoga with Maria Hillier

Join Maria in this 30-minute lower body focused Chair Yoga class. No experience required. All you need is yourself and a chair. A compliment to this practice is this Upper Body Chair Yoga practice with Megan. If you are interested in joining our weekly classes, see...

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Prenatal Yoga for Baby Positioning with Nicole Blackwood

Prenatal Yoga for Baby Positioning with Nicole Blackwood

Each week in our prenatal classes, Nicole introduces a different pregnancy and/or birth education topic and weaves the theme through the practice. One of these topics is baby positioning and this 13-minute prenatal yoga video includes floor-based postures and...

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Upper Body Chair Yoga with Megan Morgan

Upper Body Chair Yoga with Megan Morgan

Enjoy more spaciousness and freedom in your chest, neck, shoulders, and spine with these chair-based upper body movements suitable for EVERY BODY. Also, check out this Lower Body Chair Yoga class to compliment this practice.  

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Beginning again in 2020

Beginning again in 2020

Happy 2020! Thanks so much for choosing to be here. Even if you're not able to read every email or attend classes at our studio, I am deeply grateful for your presence in our community. For me, a new year feels fresh with so many possibilities. It's easy to be seduced...

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Extended Exhale

Extended Exhale

​This breathing technique guides you towards gradually extending your exhale, which can slow your heart rate and calm your nervous system. It can require more practice if you are experiencing anxiety so be gentle with yourself and take it slow. First, you'll find your...

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Introduction to Ujjayi Pranayama

Introduction to Ujjayi Pranayama

This breathing technique can help steady a wandering mind while fully aerating the lungs. It can soothe the nervous system, alleviate exhaustion, and leave you feeling replenished. Inhale slowly, quietly, deeply, and steadily, keeping your mind quiet as...

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Abdominal Breathing

Abdominal Breathing

Physiologically, abdominal breathing is more effective than breathing shallowly into our chest, which is what many people do. Shallow breathing is a result of the stress response in the body. Additionally, in a culture that promotes a flat belly as desirable, some...

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Three-Part Breath

Three-Part Breath

After you become comfortable with abdominal breathing, try this technique where you take slow, deep breaths through your nose to sequentially fill and empty the belly, ribs, and chest.

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Breath Awareness

Breath Awareness

This breathing technique can help you attain better self-awareness of the body and mind. You can use it as a practice on its own, in preparation for yoga or meditation, or before Savasana (relaxation). Simply find a comfortable seat on the floor or in a chair and turn...

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Sun Breaths with Nicole

Sun Breaths with Nicole

Sun Breaths are a great way to warm up the body in the morning or after prolonged sitting. This gentle flow connects movement with breath and can help you recenter and steady your mind in preparation for a longer practice. It's also easy to squeeze into your day on a...

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Hand & Wrist Stretches with Megan

Hand & Wrist Stretches with Megan

Show your hands and wrists some love in this 4.5-minute video with Megan. It's great to do stretches such as these while working at a desk every half hour or so. If you are a knitter like Megan you'll appreciate these stretches after a session of working on your...

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12-Minute Walking Meditation

12-Minute Walking Meditation

Mindful Walking is a great way to incorporate meditation into your life. This meditation will bring your awareness to what you are experiencing while walking, specifically the subtle movements of your body and the sensations you feel. Put on your headphones and head...

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5-Minute Mindfulness of Breath: The Space Between

5-Minute Mindfulness of Breath: The Space Between

This simple mindfulness of breath practice is one of my favorite ways to reconnect when life is extra full. It teaches us to be more aware of the brief moments of stillness between the doing and to take these moments to reconnect and be present.  

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Chair Yoga Video

Chair Yoga Video

This Chair Yoga practice brings yoga to those who have difficulty standing for a prolonged period or getting down to the floor and back up to standing. But it can be enjoyed by ALL bodies even if you have a regular mat practice. There may be days when you need a...

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4 Shoulder Opening Stretches

4 Shoulder Opening Stretches

Discomfort in the shoulders, back, and neck is prevalent in our culture of sitting. Whether it is working at a desk or driving in a car, our sedentary lifestyles wreak havoc on our bodies. The mental demand of 'doing all the things' can also contribute to...

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Yoga – Where Do You Begin?

Yoga – Where Do You Begin?

One of the most common things I hear from new yoga students who have tried yoga in the past that was supposed to be accessible to beginners is that it did not meet their needs. Many felt like they were striving and/or confused in class, while others wanted more of a...

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Inspired by Nature

Inspired by Nature

This morning as I enjoyed my oatmeal and tea I pondered what inspiration I could share on my newsletter and blog. I had been thinking about it for a few days and everything seemed forced, not authentic. When I opened my Meditations from the Mat book for a morning...

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Food Blog – Most Loved Recipes

Food Blog – Most Loved Recipes

I am always scouring the internet looking for inspiration for healthy meals and snacks. So I thought I would share some of my latest favourite finds! Healthy Banana Bread by Cookie + Kate - This 100% whole wheat banana bread is scrumptious and free of refined sugar. I...

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Uganda Journey

Uganda Journey

As I sit and write this I am on day three of a pretty bad cold that has confined me to my house. Much of my time has been spent on the couch sleeping and binge-watching recorded shows of The Voice that I missed while I was in Uganda. I went through the typical guilt...

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Start from where you are — not where you wish you were

Start from where you are — not where you wish you were

“Start from where you are — not where you wish you were. The work you’re doing becomes your path” — Ram Dass. I came across this quote in a beautiful image on my Facebook Pages newsfeed, which I frequently scan through to see if there is something worthwhile to share on my page. Sometimes funny, educational, or inspirational, I only share things that resonate with me. The timing of this quote was quite remarkable given where I am and how I feel in this moment. After sharing, I kept reflecting on what this truly meant for me right now.

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Good-bye 2015. Hello 2016!

Good-bye 2015. Hello 2016!

Over the past few weeks, I have been reflecting on 2015. For me, it was a year of big change. I left a career of eight years that was leaving me exhausted and unfulfilled to focus on my self-care and to cultivate the things in my life that feed my soul. I knew at the...

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Legs-Over-a-Chair

Legs-Over-a-Chair

The energy this time of year is exciting and joyous, but can also be draining and heavy. Between wrapping gifts, baking cookies, and visiting loved ones it is easy to let your yoga practice slide. My plan is to keep things simple through doing no-fuss restorative yoga poses. Legs-Over-a-Chair does not require any fancy props; just somewhere to elevate your legs. It soothes the lower back and hips, refreshes the legs, and provides a gentle boost of circulation to the upper body. It is especially delicious after a long day on your feet, after a flight, or if you are generally fatigued.

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Lifestyle Loves – Stocking Stuffers!

Lifestyle Loves – Stocking Stuffers!

I am so excited to share some of my favorite things that are part of my self-care and pampering toolbox. I am always on the hunt for natural products that work just as well as conventional ones, which can be filled with chemicals that irritate the skin and harmful to...

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Be Confident. Let Your Colours Shine.

Be Confident. Let Your Colours Shine.

Google gives the following definition for self-confidence: “a feeling of trust in one's abilities, qualities, and judgment.” I believe if you trust your abilities, you are more able to tap into your strengths and passions. You carry out the things in life that light...

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