Yoga

The Top 5 Reasons South Ridge Club is a Lifestyle You Can Live

The moment I walked through the front entrance to South Ridge Club I knew the bar had been raised for living a healthy lifestyle on the west coast. South Ridge Club is a development by Adera, one of British Columbia’s leading real-estate development specialists, that epitomizes Adera’s commitment to health and social well-being. Recently, I had the pleasure of spending the day at the development in South Surrey, and was able to experience, first hand, why this amenity rich clubhouse is a prime example of how living spaces can improve your health and wellness. Immediately, I noticed the clubhouse offers a...

José González will headline Wanderlust Whistler 2016

A deep, artful thinker whose singular approach to song writing and sonics sets him worlds apart, José González has been announced as the headliner for the Wanderlust Festival in Whistler, BC this year!  Joining José in the Wanderlust Whistler lineup will be Steel Pulse and the Rising Appalachia, along with the world’s top Yoga instructors and more. WHAT IS A WANDERLUST FESTIVAL? Wanderlust Festivals are all-out celebrations of mindful living. It  begins by bringing together a remarkable group of yoga and meditation teachers, musicians, speakers, artists and chefs for a four-day festival all in the breathtaking setting of Whistler, B.C. Taking place July 28 – August 1st at Whistler Resort. Wanderlust Whistler...

SIX BENEFITS OF GROUP FITNESS

Are you used to doing just one exercise over and over again? Well, if that is the case, you already know how boring it can become. Doing the same exercise repeatedly can become a ho-hum activity giving you a reason to stop exercising. There are several benefits individuals can gain by doing a variety of activities. The Seacity Fitness gym offers individuals the chance to perform various group fitness classes with their state of the art gym facilities. Let’s have a look at some of the benefits users stand to gain by switching up their workouts. 1. EASILY BREAK THROUGH A WEIGHT...

New Service Targets Overstressed Vancouver Residents

In today’s world of endless distractions, always-on connections, and breakneck speed work, it’s easy to feel drained and anxious. Instead of addressing the root cause of stress, too often we medicate it away with caffeine or even prescription drugs, which, over the long run, run our batteries still lower. These symptoms of low energy include: feeling frequently tired, anxious or overwhelmed and over time, this will lead to deficiency in self-care, especially around energy and health. It’s an unfortunate fact, but in today’s world of endless distractions and rapid pace, self-care in the area of health frequently falls to the bottom...

Juicery Adventures at Wanderlust Whistler

I was invited by The Juicery Co. to showcase the Wanderlust Whistler Yoga festival through my eyes, ears, and taste buds this past July 30th - August 3rd. After spending two full days of yoga-ing, meeting new friends and drinking cold-pressed juice, I am full of inspired teachings and a contagious feeling of desire for human connection - as well as a greater respect for my own personal growth. The festival begins late in the week by bringing together a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, world-renowned speakers, and chefs for a four-day retreat in the world’s most...

Take a Deep Breath: Expand Your Health and Vitality

Breathing is one of the most important functions of the body, and it is the only automatic bodily function necessary for survival over which you have complete control. Your body will breathe without you knowing (in case you forget!), but you can also speed up, slow down or stop breathing at will. It is the connection between our subconscious and conscious mind (the cerebrum and cerebellum respectively), and provides the oxygen required by all of your body’s cells. Ideally, your inhalations and exhalations should be of equal length. When you take a deep breath your stomach should expand, and when you...

Yoga Helps to Quit Smoking: Roll Out the Yoga Mat

Kicking any addictive habit, such as smoking, is a tough physical and psychological challenge. For a smoker who’s ready to put down the lighter, there’s unfortunately no pure “cure” for the smoking-addiction. There are, however, unquestionably some ways to make the process more manageable than it may seem at first glance to the smoker who is contemplating kicking the habit. The practice of yoga actually provides a number of aids to a quitting smoker, in staving off cravings, in replacing the old habit with healthier and more productive ones, and in celebrating and enjoying a new, healthy lifestyle. Yoga Uses Something...

Simple Tips for Staying Mindful

“Mindfulness” is blowing up as the new hot word among neo-spiritual, new age, western, hippy, yuppy, yogi, meditators. In spite of its trendiness, mindfulness is truly such a valuable practice. One who is mindful strives to be aware of the habitual nature of the mind. One who is mindful has the desire to deepen the understanding of ones own mind. The practices of mindfulness need to be embodied and remembered in all situations. Of course, we will rarely maintain perfect and consistent awareness through all the ups and downs but we can try. A saying that captures this point is “two steps forward and one...

The One-Breath Meditation

We have all heard how meditation can be a useful way to calm the mind, reduce stress and gain energy, and yet the thought of trying may seem somehow daunting. The image of the yogi sitting peacefully for hours may just seem too far from our reality to consider meditation as a viable method to de-stress and centre oneself. Yet the fact of the matter is that probably every single one of us has at one time or another been in a meditative state when we are doing something that completely occupies us, whether it is painting, rock climbing, playing...

Athletes and Yoga

Yoga isn’t just for yogis. Many athletes have turned to yoga for good reason. Olympians use yoga, as do professional golfers, football players, basketball players, street performers, and even power-lifters. No matter what your sport, and if you are a professional or simply play on a recreational team, yoga can help you by: Making You More Injury Proof Yoga helps to stretch and condition not just the muscles, but all the connective tissues of the body, so that when you reach, jump, or kick, you are less likely to pull a muscle – like a hamstring or groin – because the muscles...