22 Mar 2013

BRING LIGHT + BLISS INTO YOUR PRACTICE - AND YOUR LIFE


It may not have been the reason that brought you to the mat, but your yoga practice has allowed you to connect with yourself on a deeper level. In the hustle of your busy life, it may actually be the only place that you let yourself focus on the present moment and connect with your mind + body through breath.

These three simple things can help you stretch that beautiful bliss into your life off the mat.

#1 – Leave your smartphone behind. On purpose.

I went to my favourite Saturday morning class and I left my phone (whose battery power was oh-so-low) on its charger at home, and this incredible thing happened. In the final savasana, I didn’t hurry out of the studio. In the change room, I didn’t immediately make a b-line to my locker to check to see who had tried to contact me. Walking out to my car, my thoughts didn’t wander to my next appointment, or my inbox, or how many ‘likes’ my most recent Instagram photo got. My thoughts, still blissful from a fantastic practice, stayed right there in the moment - where they belong.

The time you set aside for your practice is your time, unplugged from electronic devices and the distraction they bring. Extending that time naturally extends your bliss off of the mat.

#2 – Journal


Putting pen to paper is meditative, cathartic, and allows you to connect with your deeper thoughts. You don’t need to be a writer to benefit from journaling.  In Julia Cameron’s renowned workshop, The Artists Way, writing Morning Pages (three pages of stream-of-conscious thought) is the key tool to connect to your creativity and spirituality. 
What you write doesn’t have to be grammatically correct, poetic, or even make sense! Writing out your thoughts beings clarity to them, and gives you a safe space to express your dreams, goals, and fears. Don’t think you have time to journal every morning? Make it part of your routine, alongside your morning cup of coffee.

#3 – Practice with intention

Intention isn’t just a zen-word that your hippie yoga teacher likes to use to make your class more interesting.  Intention is an important part of your practice – use it correctly and it can be something that helps you live a more inspired life off the mat.
Don’t know what your intention should be? Don't be overwhelmed, start simple: to practice from a place of love; to remain in the moment; to let go of judgment – of others and yourself. Each time your thoughts drift away, bring them back to your intention and focus on it.



14 Mar 2013

STEP BY STEP FUNKY SIDE CROW


One of our favourite contributors, Mei-Ling from Moose Jaw, just shared this awesome visual step-by-step Funky Side Crow with us- and we just had to pass it on to all of you Prairie Yogis!


MeiLingBioPhoto.jpgMei-Ling Chow-Mintenko lives in Moose Jaw, Canada. She teaches yoga at Body in Mind Yoga. Mei-Ling is a proud mother to her little boy, Sam. Her favourite thing about being a mom is getting to watch Sam grow and share yoga with him. Mei-Ling loves to teach what resonates with her and to share the journey of yoga both on her yoga mat, in the studio and in writing. 
You can find Mei-Ling here.


8 Mar 2013

SPRING FLING


It's March Prairie Yogis! And that means spring is around the corner. A time for growth, renewal, and brightness. Enjoy the thaw, as sloppy and mucky as it is outside... things are about to get very green and lush around here! We're so excited to peel off our winter layers and bust out into some springtime freestyle yoga. We can't wait!

Enjoy the weekend!

5 Mar 2013

WE LOVE YOGA SISTERS

Toques + Snoods by T-toques.

Hot off the heels of a 30 day yoga challenge, sisters Chelsea and Allison Marinelli are starting another challenge: launching their new business: Prep Hair Salon.

The pair have done 30 day yoga challenges together in the past but attribute their time in the studio to a lot of the productivity they've had in planning and prepping for their new business.

"I got up and went to yoga at 6am every morning. That's how I get so much stuff done." said Chelsea.

"I'm prefer the evening classes- I'm not a morning person at all. But yoga everyday is a great reminder to chill out, especially when things are getting so busy." said Allison.

Prep hair Salon will be opening it's doors mid-March in Winnipeg, Canada.

1 Mar 2013

THAI YIN YOGASSAGE




It's not often that one gets to report on something truly "new" within the yoga industry, considering the practice is thousands of years old. But a few weeks ago, Monica opened her studio doors to me and my camera to share a special form of yoga practice with me: Thai Yin Yogassage.

After taking a break from academia, Monica Angelatos spent two months in India furthering her yoga training. After returning from India, Angelatos had full intention of heading back to university, but her path changed quickly and drastically.

"I found myself managing a yoga studio in Oakville for a year and a half." she laughed.

Angelatos also studied Thai massage under an esteemed Taiwanese massage instructor.

"People always wanted more in my yoga classes. All yoga is mind, body and spirit. Melding the two together just made sense to me." said Angelatos, who is now teaching yoga in Winnipeg.

The class itself is slow, fluid and quite relaxing. The poses are very yin- long, so that the muscles of the body can release, moving the stretch further into the deeper connective tissues. Music plays softly in the background, candles and incense are lit while Monica's gentle voice guides the class, creating a truly zen space. 

In addition to teaching at Hollow Reed, Monica teaches yoga at Yoga Public, where they offer a wide variety of classes throughout the day for every type of yogi.

A 90 minute class with Monica is $25, but well worth the spend. The class is especially beneficial for  athletes, people who spend too much time behind their desk, and also new mothers whose bodies are recovering. These classes are small in size, which offers an intimate experience and allows Monica to spend quality time with each student.

What's Monica's intention through her practice? 
"To be of service." she replied with a big hearty grin.

Thai Yin Yogassage classes are held at 761 Westminster Avenue in Winnipeg, MB.
It's suggested you call to reserve your spot in class at (204) 963-9642.
You can also like Thai Yin Yogassage on Facebook!