My Personalized Crystal Session at Happy Soul Toronto

I was fortunate to be invited to Happy Soul for an Intro to Crystals session with Joey Wargachuk (pictured above with Happy Soul founder and owner Diane Kewley). These sessions are like one-on-one personal crystal shopping experiences that help you find the crystals that might be helpful or healing to you at this time. You also have the opportunity to have all your crystal questions answered, of which I had plenty! Continue reading “My Personalized Crystal Session at Happy Soul Toronto”

Amazing Night at Fly Queen West

Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Fly Studios on Queen West. Fly Studios is an aerial yoga and reformer Pilates studio located above a storefront (…let’s be real, it’s a dispensary) near Spadina. I’d been wanting to try aerial yoga for a while, but I admit I was a little intimidated! Even a regular yogi can be nervous about new kinds of yoga. That said, I was delighted when Fly invited me to a special event because I knew it would be an awesome way for me to step outside of my comfort zone. Continue reading “Amazing Night at Fly Queen West”

Book Review: Yoga Girl By Rachel Brathen

I just finished reading Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen and wow, what a beautiful book! Part memoir and part yoga reference guide, Yoga Girl is full of stunning photos that capture Rachel’s radiance, strength and positivity, as well as her life living along the beautiful beaches of Aruba. It features broken down sequencing and proper pose technique, and contains enough inspiration to set you up for a lifetime of positive thinking.

But what I like most about it is how real it is. It reminded me of how my own yoga journey began.

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Yoga Studio Review: MISFITSTUDIO

As I lay my mat down, I can see the light from the setting sun start to fade through the old church windows. Candles maintain a warmth and a glow as I settle into Siddhasana, closing my eyes for a few moments before the class begins. This is the closest to God I have felt in a long time.

MISFITSTUDIO is located on Queen Street West above Anthropologie on the third floor of a converted church. There is a main studio for mat work and yoga, and a smaller adjacent studio for Reformer Pilates. The fireplace in the corner is thoughtfully decorated with a mix of traditional yoga symbols and unconventional elements with old Hollywood charm. The latter is a distinct characteristic of Misfit. An accent wall features black and white photos of old dancers and actresses, an aesthetic that carries over to the studio’s Instagram account. Continue reading “Yoga Studio Review: MISFITSTUDIO”

Yoga at the AGO

When I first started practicing yoga, I stuck religiously to my studio, but soon I realized that the spaces in which we do yoga play an important role in the narrative of our practice. Spaces affect how we feel and the level to which we’re able to connect with ourselves, our practice, our teachers, and to other people in the room. When I started paying attention to spaces, I realized I wanted to experience yoga in any unique space I could. I wanted to know what it was like to practice yoga with the sun shining in through stained-glass windows. I wanted to know how it felt under the heat of a mid-August sky, outside in the parks where I usually ride my bike. I wanted to do yoga while surrounded by beauty.

So imagine my delight when I discovered the Art Gallery of Ontario offers yoga classes. This was something I just had to see for myself, so on Monday, two friends and I headed to the AGO after work to check it out. It was, to say the least, an incredible experience. Continue reading “Yoga at the AGO”

Studio Spotlight: Studio Blue

studioblue 2I started practicing yoga at my old gym, mostly taking restorative classes on Monday nights. Even though this gym had an industrial ambiance, the fitness studio was actually quite nice. Large windows let the warmth of the sun seep in. I would watch it go down as we moved slowly from pose to pose, sinking into savasana along with the sunset.

I began to fall in love with that feeling, that total calmness that I had never experienced until those moments. My gym didn’t offer very many yoga classes, so I picked up the Passport to Prana card and started checking out studios in my neighbourhood and around town. My journey led me to Studio Blue. Continue reading “Studio Spotlight: Studio Blue”