Yoga Playlist V

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This playlist and more are all up on Spotify.

  1. Still Wild- La Mar
  2. California Girls- NoMBe
  3. Hustler- Josef Salvat
  4. Wood- Rostam
  5. Matchstick- Yuma X
  6. Kalifornia- Modern Pleasure
  7. Tell Me- ALTA
  8. Runnin Thru My Dreams- Sunny Levine
  9. Sinking (Ft. Nori)- Feverkim
  10. Winter- Daughter
  11. Feels- Giraffage
  12. Stargazer- ISLAND
  13. It’s Alright- Majik
  14. Shiver- Lucy Rose
  15. Want Me- Affelaye
  16. Re: Stacks- Bon Iver

 

 

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A Small Token of Appreciation for My Yoga Practice

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Yoga, you have been my saviour.

For all that has ailed me: anxiety, depression, anger, pain, and the many stresses in life.

For all that you have offered me: happiness, love, acceptance, gratitude, heart opening, connections with my own soul and the beautiful souls of others I have been fortunate enough to meet.

Yoga you have bestowed upon me more wealth than I could ask for from my mat, my friend, my home.

Yoga you are the safe place to explore the raw emotions of my true being.

Yoga you have given me strength unseen in the physical form, more than skin deep, and running farther than the life that exists within me.

Yoga your continued presence is always just what I need at just the right time and just the right place whenever I step foot on the mat.

Yoga I am forever grateful for having you crack me open and seeing the world with different eyes.

Thank you for being there when I have cried, when I have ached, when I have smiled, when I have laughed, when I have mastered a pose, and when I have fallen on my face.

Thank you for giving me time to heal and for giving me hope when I thought there was no more to have.

Thank you for filling me with light in my spirit and therein my every step.

Thank you for always teaching me something new when I create moments of synchronized mind and movement.

Thank you for the spaces in between the breaths, for that is the essence of what really matters.

Yoga thank you, for your infinite support, your unwavering, unapologetic, and unconditional love.

The Gift Of Time

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Think about it.

It doesn’t matter how much money any of us make, what jobs we have, our marital status, our education, backgrounds, ethnicity, everyday we wake up we are all given exactly the same amount of time.

24 hours in one day.

I got thinking about this a bit more this past week.

I’ve recently gone back to school to study holistic nutrition. This means a new routine, a new schedule, and managing my time in a whole other way. I’m a student again. I have a lot I need to think about and focus on. I also commute.

It’s been snowing quite a bit the past couple of weeks. We’re looking forward to some warmer temperatures coming this week, but this is how it goes when we get the snow (as Canada is often known for)

Where I’m from in Ottawa, you grew up knowing that in winter, most mornings when you looked out the window there was a pretty high chance it had either a) snowed overnight b) was snowing or c) was about to snow the second you left your house. You’re prepared, it’s like second nature; you sort of just get on with it.

I was amazed when I moved to Toronto years later how quick they were to panic about any amount of snow and how quickly they would try to clear it. Don’t even get me started on the UK! I get it. It’s not fun to drive in and everyone who happens to drive decides that’s the day they’re commuting alongside you.

Last week, it snowed “a lot” for Toronto standards and what was usually an hour and a half commute for me turned into four. Four hours! You would probably just call this a bad morning and move on with it. On my way home, I ended up being delayed once again. This commute turned into three hours. My day was made up of traveling. It dawned on me I spent the majority of my day not eating, sleeping, or in class, but commuting. Seven hours.

I don’t know what happened on my way in other than some bad weather and bad luck. On my way back, I do know that there was a fatality involved with the trains and that is why they were all delayed.

I also know how easy it is to get angry and frustrated within a situation like this. You’ve been at work all day. You’ve been up since the crack of dawn. You’re tired, hungry, itching to get home to just relax. But you can’t. You get angry. At the announcement of the delay, that your phone battery is almost dead, there are people everywhere bumping into you only conscious of themselves, and the person at the ticket counter isn’t really telling you anything you need to hear. I have definitely been that person. I’m sure I still could be.

If you want to see how people value time, just watch people during rush hour. You can sit quietly in the corner of a station and just observe. It’s amazing what you will see. I can’t even begin to describe what it’s like in other countries. In the UK people run around day in and day out as if they are running the country. People are full of “busy-ness”.

If anyone could have gotten pissed off at the nature of the events of the day it would be me. I was late for school in the morning. I was very tired having left the house by 7am and I was most definitely hungry and thinking I would have long been at home by then. Not stuck in the middle of a train station after having a nightmare of a morning.

But now something in me stops and thinks.

While I’m thinking about complaining about all these things, I realize that someone has just died. Someone tonight will be seeing this on the news. They will be mourning the loss of their loved one. They won’t be thinking about the meaningless things that really don’t matter. Because they don’t.

Tomorrow you wake up and it’s another day. It’s sunny out, the snow has been cleared, you make all your connections, and everything is on time. But for that other person, life as they know it is changed forever.

So how are you choosing to spend your minutes and seconds?

Are you happy? Are you miserable? Are you grateful and feeling at peace with where you are? Are you constantly worrying and wishing for more? Are you just concerned with how you can make money or are you concerned with enriching your life? Are you waiting for something or making something happen?

We all have an equal opportunity when we rise each day.

We all have TIME.

It’s a gift and it’s what we choose to do with it that makes the difference.

 

Yoga Playlist IV

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As always, you can find all my playlists up on Spotify.

Happy yoga-ing! x

  1. Always This Late- Odesza
  2. Sound & Colour- Alabama Shakes
  3. Light- Dr. Toast
  4. Everything- City Of The Sun
  5. Can’t Stop Now- Major Lazer, Mr. Vegas, Jovi Rockwell
  6. Inner Ninja- Classified, David Myles
  7. What Do You Mean?- Justin Bieber
  8. Swear Like A Sailor- Tep No
  9. Right My Wrongs- Bryson Tiller
  10. Open- Rhye
  11. Mark- La Plage
  12. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay- Otis Redding
  13. Flume- Coeur De Pirate
  14. Mind Doodles- Alec Troniq
  15. When We’re Fire (Cello Version)- Lo-Fang
  16. If I Be Wrong- Wolf Larsen

HBCxMeet Toronto

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The Health Bloggers Community is a global network of like-minded individuals whose sole purpose is to connect brands, bloggers, and wellness entrepreneurs across the world. They are based in the UK and have been hosting a variety of health and wellness events, brunches, and workshops since 2014.

They also recently launched their online magazine, which is full of inspiring content from well-known contributors as well as delicious recipes.

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This will be the very first Canadian meet-up, which will be held in Toronto. Rachelle of Chi Junky yoga studio will be the guest speaker alongside an introduction from Raw Juice Guru, who will also be providing attendees with some of their amazing products. It will be a fun morning with the opportunity to connect with some fellow Canadians.

You can find all the details and reserve your space here. Share the event with your friends and family too!

Hope to see you there! x

Yoga Things I Love

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Music

If you’ve seen some of my previous posts, you know I often share my yoga playlists on here. I used to only think that music for yoga meant meditative chants and nature sounds. I remember one of my first teachers incorporating songs that I listened to in my free time and thought that was pretty cool. Why couldn’t you practice to music you already know and love? Now I’m always changing it up, sometimes keeping in a few favourites. And I love finding great songs to zone out to in savasana.

Scent

Specifically Palo Santo. I absolutely love this wood and often burn it upon waking and before I go to sleep in the evening. The name literally means “Holy Wood’ and it’s known for cleansing the negative energies around us and can even be healing for when we feel unwell and to lift our moods. I’ve found it to be very helpful to burn a little just before I meditate as well as before I begin a yoga practice. To me, it has a lovely cedar-y citrus scent.

Before I discovered Palo Santo I was incorporating essential oils and often times still do. Lavender is wonderfully soothing for an evening practice while something such as bergamot is energizing during the daytime.

Mala Beads

It’s only been very recently that I’ve added to my mala bead collection. I originally had a necklace and bracelet that I brought back with me from Bali after I completed my first yoga teacher training. While I originally bought these because I found them pretty (and quite frankly, everyone I saw had some dangling on them!) they came to be much more than that. Having always struggled with just “being” while attempting to meditate I found that having the beads in my hand gave me a focus. They are similar to that of a rosary in Christianity and have all sorts of meanings depending on the beads used to create them.

Crystals

Okay, I know it sounds hippie-dippie when you probably think of crystals and I was pretty skeptical about them in the beginning but now I love them. Much like my mala beads, I have found the crystals I have to be super helpful when meditating. Personally, I find having a focus even if that is a physical one, really helps me to relay that into a mental focus. The feeling of a crystal in my hand, the shape, the colour, the properties of each one really evoke a certain mood. My amethyst feels very calming and relaxing, the rose quartz very warming, and my favourite blue kyanite has allowed me to establish a more settled meditation practice.

Angel Cards

If you thought the crystals were going a little deep, you probably think even more so with the mention of angel cards but hear me out!

Despite their name, they do not hold a religious sentiment rather, they hold a spiritual element in however way you see fit.

For someone like myself who never quite grasped the whole “setting an intention for your practice” deal, angel cards have been really handy for that. They’ve also been very insightful in dealing with everyday things.

Sometimes we have bad days or even bad weeks, or we lose focus of things that are important or where we feel we should be going in our lives. Angel cards can be very beneficial in dealing with these situations. Some days I’ll simply use them before I begin my yoga practice while others, I’ll use them in the evening after a long day. Often times, I’ll pull them out when I’m feeling unsettled or anxious and find that whatever comes up is often exactly what I need. There is no right or wrong way to use them.


The above may seem like a lot of items and even indulgent in the practice of meditation and yoga. They are definitely not items you need in order to be able to practice. Some days we have an hour set aside for a session without distraction and other days we have five minutes before we go to sleep to stop and focus on the breath. These are ideas of things you can add to create a more nurtured practice no matter what time you have.

Yoga Playlist III

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I’ve been enjoying some lazier days being back home in Canada. And while I realize I’ve been letting a few things slide, my yoga and mediation practice isn’t one of them. I’ve loved having the time to fully allow myself the entire morning to meditate, practice yoga and move however my body chooses, until relishing in a longer savasana. The songs on this playlist have been incorporated over the past month whether I have 15 minutes or 2 hours set aside to practice.

  1. Moonlight- Message To Bears
  2. Naked As We Came- Iron & Wine
  3. The Woods- Hollow Coves
  4. Hummed Low- Odessa
  5. Overcome- Tora Ft. Potato Potato
  6. Awakening- Aurora
  7. Busy Missing You- Frida Andersson
  8. What Do You Mean?- Justin Bieber
  9. Can’t Stop Now- Major Lazer, Mr. Vegas, Jovi Rockwell
  10. The Last Song- Tom Misch & Carmody
  11. The Last Ones Standing- Tep No
  12. Tenuousness- Andrew Bird
  13. Claire De Lune- Flight Facilities, Christine Hoberg
  14. Head Above The Water- Palace
  15. Angie- The Rolling Stones
  16. Twice- Little Dragon
  17. Blood- The Middle East
  18. Here Comes The Sun- The Beatles

As always you can find it all on Spotify