31 May 2013

FROM THE PRAIRIES WITH LOVE: JOGA WITH JANA

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The daughter of a farmer, former junior member of the 4H club, Jana Webb, creator of Joga - Athletic Body, Athletic Mind, is a bonafide Prairie Yogi hailing from Bentley, Alberta. 'There's nothing fancy about me,' the blonde beauty laughs.

Jana is in Winnipeg this weekend training a new set of Joga teachers & ambassadors in hopes of spreading her branded sequences designed for athletes through the prairies- and the world.

'All of us are introduced to yoga for some reason or another,' says Jana. Hers was to help rehabilitate a shoulder injury caused by a car accident. She liked the idea of yoga, but found her tight athletic body count make it's way into half the postures. This realization was the beginning of Jana's Joga journey.

An Ishta certified yoga instructor, Jana got on her mat and began to design movement. She wanted to bridge the gap between fitness and yoga. The result was a regimented sequence with four modules to cover all types of training days from functional warm up, to strength and endurance, and recovery.

Her first client, Henry Burris, won MVP while she was working with him, and his team, the Calgary Stampeders won 10 games in a row while she was working with them.

'It gave validation to what I was doing for these athletes.'

Jana has since moved to Toronto, and works with Olympic athletes, CFL and NHL teams and is a regular guest on CBC's Steven and Chris

'My NHL guys (the Toronto Maple Leafs) are in the playoffs right now. And knowing that i have even a little part in that, that's exciting.'

Jana hopes to make yoga a required part of professional sports by proving that her series boost athletes performance, help them stay injury-free, and extend their careers.

The vigorous Joga series is not suitable for a beginner exerciser, and Jana recommends either a yoga background or athleticism before trying one of her Joga classes.

"If you can do a Joga class once a week, it will improve your yoga practice, your cycling, your ability to be a better mom." (laughs)

For athletic Winnipeggers wanting to give yoga a try, Jana is teaching some Joga classes this weekend at Yoga Public on Saturday at 9:30am and Sunday at 11.


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30 May 2013

HANDSTAND SUMMER


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Written by Prairie Yogi Mei Ling of Moose Jaw, Sask.

As a yoga practitioner, I do a lot of yoga. I mean a lot of yoga. Not just the physical poses but I spend a lot of my free time (which isn't much when you have a toddler in constant demand) reading, seeking, studying, watching and Googling yoga. I would say as much as I can, I embody my yoga lifestyle. I do and create my own yoga from everything I've learned. I have been fortunate to learn from different teachers in my life, not just yoga teachers, and have weaved many lessons together. As a result today, one moment at a time, I live from a source of personal beliefs shaped by my very own truths. Having said that, I still live from a place of inquiry constantly on a path seeking and inviting new lessons, new philosophies and new wisdoms that align with my truths.


As a yoga teacher, I do a lot of yoga. What I teach is always a reflection of what I have learned but most of all an expression of something I have already experienced. I believe in being inspired everyday by something, anything. I believe that my best teachings come from these daily inspirations that lead me to share, whether its a specific pose or my very own thoughts through words.


After much dedication in my own personal practice, I can see how my life has unfolded to fold itself back into a place of immense transformations. And yet, I keep showing up to create my own work that only keeps my life unfolding and refolding so that I can experience the best of the best of my life. Sometimes along the way you come up against something that just doesn't want to unfold as easily or as quickly as you want. You may decide to forget about it completely, also known as giving up or keep showing up, seeking, working and doing.


For me, I want my handstand to unfold. There are many things I can accomplish on the mat where I find expression, can breath and feel free but, the handstand has eluded me. I even convinced myself that maybe I'm just supposed to stay closer to the ground! Or perhaps, although very true, we are not all meant to do every single pose. Yet, after all this convincing and ultimately self limiting talk for why I can't find balance in my handstand, I keep trying. I keep working. I changed my way of thinking from "I can't" to "I can." I now literally say "I can do a handstand" out loud. I visualize myself in balance. I've made the declaration to myself and I can already see progress. With just the smallest yet biggest shift in what you believe right now to be true, progress just happens and you'll find the things you wish for are already there or start to appear on their own. They will surround you. I am going to do a handstand everyday this summer. I am not going to fight myself for it because I can already do a handstand. This is my handstand summer.


We are capable of more than our minds let us believe when we don't choose the most supportive words to motivate and inspire ourselves. We are all teachers in some way, profession or not, and as a teacher it's part of the job to inspire others that the  possibilities are endless. So don't forget to listen to your own inner teacher and take a few lessons from yourself. 


Will this be your handstand summer?...



Mei-Ling Chow Mintenko, Yoga, Prairie Yogi
Mei-ling is a mother, wife, yoga teacher and student living and teaching in Moose Jaw, Sask at the beautiful Body in Mind Yoga Studio in the style of Core Strength Vinyasa. Her favourite part of sharing yoga is witnessing transformation! 'Inspiration is right in front of you at any given moment, so be inspired by everything.' 
Find Mei-Ling at my website and follow @meilingchowmintenko on Instagram. 

29 May 2013

HOW TO LOVE A YOGA GIRL

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Ancient Eastern teachings have made their way west over the last decade in a big way, creating a new svelte species: the yoga girl.

This wondrous creature has emerged with bright energy and a contagious smile. Her vegetarian -sometimes vegan- tendencies demonstrate her love for all living creatures. She is as complex as she is beautiful; as deep in substance as she is light in presence; and her mind is as tough as the toned tush that she has become famous for.

She is a wonderful woman with whom to spend your days, and if you have been lucky enough to snag one for yourself, here are some things you should know about loving such a sought-after creature.

Be Prepared for the Ride of Your Life.
The yoga girl is all about experiencing all this life has to offer, making the most of every moment. Be ready to try new things and find new pleasures in the once mundane. She will love you for your willingness to be open and try something out of your comfort zone.

Live in the Moment
Living in the now is her number one goal and she strives to savour every moment for all that is it. Take her strawberry picking and watch her savour the sweetness of the moment: the fruit; the earth; and the beautiful simplicity of it all. Bite into the fruit and notice that it has never tasted so sweet. And smile. Take her on a distant journey to an exotic land, and she will stop in the middle of the street, close her eyes and extend her arms out as she breathes it all in. Travel and adventure make her heart race. Share it with her.

Believe in Her Dreams
Of course, everyone has dreams... But, because of the time she spends on her mat practicing mindfulness, the yoga girl is more connected to her dreams and life purpose. Looking inward during her practice has helped her focus on what she really wants out of life and the intentions she sets during her yoga practice often- if not always- manifest.

When she shares her dreams with you, don't laugh. Because out of anyone you know... She is the one who is most likely to make them come true.

Foster Her Creativity
Weather she doodles, photographs, or choreographs, understand that creativity is an outlet for your yoga girl.  Her creative expressions are an extension of herself, and to your yoga gal, they mean a lot. Sign up for a pottery class together and create something beautiful you can keep (or maybe not so beautiful, but at least you tried.) Pick up a set of watercolour paints and a canvas from the dollar store and surprise her... We promise she'll throw her arms around your neck and plant a big kiss on your face for the colourful gesture!

Keep Her Nourished - Body and Soul
Surprise your yoga girl with a romantic organic dinner for two. Make it vegetarian and delicious. She'll be so impressed that you took the time to research and feel full and satisfied from the elements of the earth. Tell her you love her. More importantly, tell her why. She will never forget your words, but let your actions have to back them up. Hold her hand if she's unsure, kiss her cheek when you're proud of her and hold her tight- always.

But most of all, if you love a yoga girl... Get on the mat.

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28 May 2013

TANNIS MILLER TWO POINT OHM

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Prairie Yogi and former Oxygen model Tannis Miller gives us insight into the world of competitive fitness modelling and how yoga has shifted her perspective on life, self-love and finding balance.

I had always appreciated the heavy sweat and toxin release that came from hot yoga, but it wasn’t until January when I took part in the day detox challenge at Yoga Public in Winnipeg that I really started to recognize the value of yoga for me. The results developed on a deeper level than I thought possible, and they certainly didn’t end with the way my body looked on the outside. In thirty days, I took nearly fifty yoga classes, and in that short amount of time became aware of how I could apply my drive with fitness into something with more relevance and an evolved purpose for me. 
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Tannis Miller, at the height of her fitness modelling career, won multiple titles and secured a much-coveted photo shoot with Oxygen Magazine.

I used to live in a mindset where effective exercise, when paired with commitment was to be aggressive, taxing on the mind and body, and completed simply in order to move closer and closer to a physical goal. Until lately I would've admitted that these are typical components of an athletic lifestyle, and part of the honest price one would pay to feel comfortable and even proud in their own skin. 
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If I hadn’t found yoga and truly accepted it into my life, I also wouldn’t have had the opportunity to appreciate my body and mind as an intertwined system of togetherness. I wouldn’t have truly realized how I could carry my developing strength from the mat into the real world, and I wouldn’t have had the ability to thoroughly experience the cohesion of flexible muscles with a flexible mind. 

My personal journey with yoga over the course of the last few months has slowly fostered my confidence to let go of a big part of my life as I once knew it, and to break out of the box I thought I had to be in, in order to be fit.

At first, yoga was simply another form of exercise for me, something sporadic I would do to balance out the busyness of the gym atmosphere, which had become my second home. As a personal trainer immersed in fitness competitions, I grew to have very inflexible ideas. Yoga was a task, as opposed to something that was a part of me. Deep down, I always knew bodybuilding training wasn’t for me, but its inability to transfer to real world use, was the catalyst that sparked a change in my beliefs. As I continued to broaden my horizons and deepen my knowledge, training splits like “back and biceps”, “chest and triceps” were just things I couldn’t identify with  anymore. I quote the word “bodybuilding” because most people will immediately think of big beastly people oiled up and standing on stage. Instead, I am referring to the style of training itself which encompasses a broad spectrum of today’s mainstream fitness. 
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Eckhart Tolle couldn’t have said it better and pretty much sums up how I feel about my transition out of the bodybuilding-based world ; “Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.” 

As I exposed in my last article “My Last Six Months” (posted below!) my seemingly narrow minded focus with how I took care of my body had begun to carry away my perception of what really mattered to me, and it started to backfire in more than one way. Simply put, training to compete in these contests taught me to believe in such severe right and wrongs and diminishing balance altogether, but oddly enough it was easier than mastering moderation and balance in real life. Now, that took time. How was this possible? This was new territory for me that I knew I had to conquer if I wanted to escape this ridged reformatory I called life. I was on my own and I was set out to look and feel my best without deadlines and competitions to lure me into that familiar unstoppable motivational state. I was going to do this…I needed to. Remarkably enough, when I decided to shift my priorities and instead look inward for direction in this new chapter, I found myself headed down a physically healthier path and my increased mental strength was a mere by-product. With a big ode to yoga, it all seemed to take care of itself. 

Seeing fitness through a different lens started to become as exciting of a venture as it was when I fell in love with it in the first place. Yoga serves as a primary component in my fitness routine alongside running, circuit training, TRX classes, and I always feel as though my personal challenges are met each time I peel my sweaty self off the mat. Calm and with a clear mind, knowing I held my composure in more ways than one is always an amazing start or finish to my day, and also a solid step in the right direction for my personal fitness ambitions.  The long static poses, inversions, and balances are things that need to be nurtured with regular practice to become fluent, but with yoga there is no rush to master it in order for it to be effective. Yoga, is like life itself, never perfect, but always evolving. Much like weights in a weight room, your body will be forced to continue to adapt as you become stronger and more in control of your body’s movements as you take hold of new and more difficult poses.

I’ve said it before, but this forgiving and even spiritual endeavour is far beyond a workout for me. It has taught me to look inward for focus, and to develop my strength from the inside out. It's not a job I have to go to, it's not something I feel obligated to fit in my day. Instead, it brings me peace, different perspectives of strength, and control- or rather the strength to let go of control. 

Sometimes the most obvious things are the most difficult to see, but yoga has shown me that I'm responsible for my own destiny. I know that there are no wrong turns, only paths we had not known we were meant to walk.

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The last few years of my life have been centered around fitness modeling competitions, and my attempts to climb as far up in this industry as I could. For me to distance myself from this community, or my world as I knew it for a large portion of my adult life has naturally instigated many questions from clients, friends, and followers regarding this shift for me. Raw and truthful, here it is.  

Relieved is about the only word that I can think of that completely sums up the feeling I have for what I’ve come to realize over the past few months. The mental place I find myself living in today is almost looking at the world from a different angle, with a different pair of eyes. In terms of my lifestyle and fitness, I always thought I had it together, had balance, and most certainly knew what my goals were and what I needed to do to get there. I was a fitness model, a trainer myself, and this is what I did…who I was. Motivation had never been a problem for me, nor was sticking to a game plan. If I said I was going to do something I was passionate about, you could count on it that I would get it done and do it to the best of my ability and this new fitness modeling endeavor was no different.  It was something I thought would compliment my love for healthy eating and my active lifestyle, but did I start to lose sight of why I fell in love with these things in the first place? I had to ask myself, was I following my passion or was I getting off course with my goals and values?

Before my first fitness contest in 2008, I started to appreciate how eating cleaner foods made me feel, and how my body started to transform in conjunction with proper workouts. I had always been interested in health and fitness, but like many young women, I lacked the knowledge and structure of a proper workout routine or diet to yield the results I desired, so when I slowly started learning more and tweaking my lifestyle in this regard and seeing my body and fitness level change, it was so easy to stay motivated. I had the support and guidance of my athletic boyfriend who had like minded sets of goals, and we even ran the Manitoba Half Marathon together. I felt so accomplished and I loved that I was in control of something that was not only important to me, but so genuinely good for me at the same time. It was then that I decided to try out “one of those bikini contests” that had been advertised sporadically around tanning salons and on Facebook.  I thought, “Hey I can do that, why not?” I could check the half marathon off my bucket list and this would be no different. And with a snap of a finger I did just that, and my world changed. I won that contest and I never looked back, I was in deep! Family and most friends were supportive of my new whirlwind life of photoshoots and contests, but it was hard to expect them to fully swallow why I couldn’t have a glass of wine, why I was carrying around all of my food in plastic containers all of the time even though there was a plethora of healthy food around, and why I had to leave functions prematurely to fit in yet another cardio session. I stuck up for my choices so many times that I had the perfect responses ingrained in my head for every question or comment. It was tedious but necessary since it seemed to be such a bizarre life for most people as it was repeatedly brought up in conversation.

This hobby, sport, or whatever you wanted to call it was consuming me as greatly as any passion would, but since it was based on the outward appearance and aesthetics, it was a bit different than training for any other sort of athletic endeavor. I was basically volunteering to be judged as a hobby. In this game, the more exposure the better. At times, I would feel my efforts weren’t being matched with the outcomes if a magazine didn’t think I  fit the right 'look' which would depend on the sets of eyes looking, or if I didn’t place in the top of my class at a contest. But again, I learned, that was the name of the game I chose to be a part of. This industry never claimed to be fair. Competing in something with such un-measureable outcomes also naively didn’t phase me at first, but genuinely not letting a judging panel with such subjective opinions influence my happiness got harder and harder to do. My immense effort and personal outcome always did me proud regardless of the placing I walked away with at these shows, but I became to seriously ponder if my extreme dieting and long cardio sessions involved in these many show preparations were going to wreck havoc on my health long term. Was it worth my health and well being, sanity, and personal relationships to climb up in this industry as high as I thought I Initially wanted, for the sake of gaining recognition and acceptance in an industry that seemed to so inconsistently choose their ideal “look”? If I was happy with my body on a personal level, were my true end goals actually met?

My mission here is to educate you on what you’re getting involved with ahead of time since it can be tough to see clearly while you’re in the eye of it. Know what type of competitive scene it is you’re getting yourself into before you go through with it. Most of all, make sure you’re doing it for your unique and right reasons personal to you, and you’re showing up that day in your best shape without much merit placed on scores or even opportunities that could potentially arise. 

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Personally, looking back on my time as a fitness competitor and I’ll be the first to admit, obsessive was an understatement and it started to take more and more of an unhealthy mental twist  and more and more out of my mind as well as well as my body. This just wasn’t normal. No matter what type, dieting wasn’t working well mentally for me anymore and by opening my eyes to what was going on around me, it was seemed inevitable that I would be setting not only my body up, but my mind up for a rebound afterward. The joys and the highs that came from seeing my physique look very similar to all my fitness idols from magazines and commercials lost it’s power to motivate me as well, and instead I started to truly envy people who looked healthy and fit all the time without turning their life upside down to do it.
The most unhealthy part of all of this isn’t necessarily the extreme trend-like training some trainers preach upon their clients. I don’t believe there is enough information out there for new or prospective fitness competitors entering this world for the first time, and I certainly feel that there can be detrimental and long term negative effects of what repeatedly bland or variety-lacking meals and diets can do to a person. Bodybuilding or being in the mind set of a bodybuilder can be a 24 hour job.  As a bodybuilder you are constantly trying to define yourself.  Continually trying to improve on previous definitions of yourself or re-defining areas of a particular interest. Having complete definition is their goal. They live for it. They strive to have it. 
As per Bodybuilding.com, this is the definition of Bodybuilding - when the average person just wants to feel fit, leaner, faster, healthier, or live longer.

Does it not seem skewed to live in the same mental head space as someone would with entirely different goals? These were questions that would often arise in my mind that I had tougher and tougher times answering. At just what cost will someone go to to look a certain way? Fitness modeling, fashion modeling, or any type of endeavor that encourages a person to change their outward appearance to succeed is going to eventually take it’s toll on the mental health of someone. In a world where it matters less about how you feel than how you look, it seems almost more common to see a trainer or company advertising and promoting fad styles of training and diets claiming to be “healthy” that parallel bodybuilder’s regimes rather than an actual healthy and balanced plan focused on longevity, vitality, and true fitness. 

Getting in shape is or should be about feeling good, not being a slave to get there.

Part of being healthy is going out for wine and appetizers with my girlfriends, or for a walk with an ice cream cone in the summer with my boyfriend. Most importantly and stemming from my new mindset, I have learned that being truly stable and healthy is not having an off season or on season. I believe that partaking in regular exercise in the form of training in the gym, sprinting, yoga, dance classes, or whatever you enjoy doing need to be what you truly love to do, and the best longest term results will come from that journey. I believe that the happiest life for me involves enjoying clean foods and a variety of foods without restrictions and categorizations of “good” or “bad”.  Living a life where carbohydrates are not the enemy, perfection is never strived for, cheat meals do not exist, and gym time is not something I’m not a slave to is my perfect and healthiest life I can imagine and stepping away from the competitive world of bikini and fitness modeling was the best solution for me to reach this seemingly impossible feat. Simply enough and through all of my experience in this amazing eye opening journey is that I’m an active girl, not a bodybuilder and I shouldn’t have to nor will I allow myself to live like one to look and feel great.
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21 May 2013

YOGA MAT SPRAY GIVEAWAY! - CLOSED!


Give your yoga mat some love with Little Creek Botanicals natural yoga mat spray! This Canadian made product comes in three delicious smelling scents and we're giving away all three to one lucky winner. All you have to do is share, like and tag us in your post! Easy-peezy.

Good luck Prairie Yogis!
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19 May 2013

SPICY VEGAN CURRY SOUP

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If you are feeling adventurous, try green and yellow curry variations of this recipe!
I'm a sucker for spice. If it makes me sweat, my upper lip grow tiny beads of perspiration and my entire mouth uncomfortably on fire- I'm in love.

I've been making curry soup for years now, I'll often switch between red, green and yellow variations, but the end result is always the same. An insanely enormous, delicious batch of curry soup- that you can store in the fridge or freezer for a quick & easy meal. It's also a great vegan option leaving you incredibly satisfied!

Here's my spectacular vegan curry soup recipe:
2 litres of organic vegetable broth
2 cans of coconut milk
1 package of organic extra firm tofu
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 yellow pepper
3/4 cup of peas
1 cup of mushrooms
1 onion chopped however the heck you like!
1 cup cauliflower
1 cup
1 clove of garlic
1/2 cup red curry paste (add more or less to your liking!)

Optional (to be added while boiling broth)
Add spicy peppers
Add lemongrass stalks (this works especially amazing in green curry dishes!)
Add kaffir leaves (yum!)
Add crushed red chili paste
Add or subtract any veggies you like!

Directions:
Boil vegetable broth and vegetables for 4-5 minutes until cooked. Add curry paste and coconut milk, bring to a low simmer for another 5 minutes.

* I don't care about calories- nevermind count them. As long as healthy, quality ingredients are used and you consume mindfully- you shouldn't worry about those pesky calories either- it's all about balance baby!

* Be prepared for a boatload of tasty leftovers!

Happy sweating Prairie Yogis!

16 May 2013

MY MOM'S LOVE AND MY DAD'S HANDS



Sarah Cooke is a Prairie Yogi. She's a gifted creative and we just wanted to share her talents with you.
Here's what she had to say about the great plaines and her love for the mat:

Yoga is my way of "cleaning the closet". 
It allows me to remove the clutter in my mind and helps me re-connect with the natural and intended rhythm of my heart. It is one of the easiest ways for me to drop down, breathe, quiet the conflicting voices, and remember what is real. I was born in the prairies so it forever holds a piece of my heart. 

There is nothing like the feeling of standing in the open expanse of a field, the sky so big and wide you feel as though you're standing on the edge of the world. 
The prairies remind me of home, my mom's love and my dad's hands.




14 May 2013

BE WELL - A HEALTH + WELLNESS CAMPAIGN


Health can be defined in many different ways: our ability to be active; the ability to feel calm and to de-stress; the need for time with friends; the need for time alone. All of the pieces of our health and wellness are important in living life to its full potential, satisfaction, and enjoyment. However, keeping a balance between all of these pieces is not always an easy feat. Sometimes we need support and new ideas on how to take care of ourselves and improve our health. We need to recognize that is not only one, but all of those all the components that make us a healthy person. How can we can carry these into our communities and spread the word?

Mental Health is a key component of our overall health and we at the Canadian Mental Health Association – Winnipeg Region want to make it simple for Winnipeggers to take small steps towards improving their mental health and overall wellness.

The concept of the Be Well Winnipeg campaign is simple, but it can create a ripple effect within the community.


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Check out www.bewellwinnipeg.ca - created by our friends at Tactica Interactive - and commit to your wellness throughout the month of May. Some examples of commitments on the site: expand your yoga practice, take a friend out for a wellness activity, indulge in creativity, try something new (like yoga + SUP) or reach out for support.

Every time you make a commitment to wellness, you are entered to win great prizes from our sponsors - with extra ways to win almost every day!

Be Well.

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13 May 2013

FREESTYLIN' - YOGA and SUP

FREESTYLIN' - A FEW LAST MINUTE SPACES LEFT

We have a few spaces that have opened up in the 9:30- 11:30, noon - 2, and 2:30 - 4:30 sessions of FREESTYLIN' this Saturday at Patricia Beach.

Remaining spaces will go quickly, so email prairieyogi@gmail.com  to register today!

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Inspired by our incredible experience at Freestyle Island last summer, we are teaming up with our friends at Abandon Shore Paddleboarding & Be Shri to bring you Freestylin'. We're combining the beach, yoga, and stand up paddle boarding in harmonious bliss at Patricia Beach on Saturday, June 15th.



The $40 price tag includes a 30 minute yoga practise on the beach led by Corey-Jill Lakusiak, a 30 minute intro to stand up paddle boarding lesson from the Paddle Canada Accredited pros at Abandon Shore. Finally, we'll paddle away from the beach to calmer waters where we'll get to go freestyle & bring our asanas on the SUP. It's a pretty sweet deal that gets even sweeter for the early bird - only $35 for those who book before May 31st. Email prairieyogi@gmail.com to register.

 Corey-Jill Lakusiak, Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga, SUP Yoga

We are so excited to share this wonderful experience with the prairie yogis out there! 

Space is limited and this event will book up fast. Reserve your spot today!





12 May 2013

GIVE THE GIFT OF EXPERIENCE ON MOTHERS DAY

Express gratitude for your mommas this Mother's Day through the gift of experience.
Mother's Day is here, and every year, we're expected to express our love for our mothers through expensive chocolates, necklaces, bracelets, perfumes - things that will be inevitably forgotten, lost or eaten in a matter of months. This year, we're suggesting you try something with a little more staying power- the gift of experience.


A few weeks ago, I brought my mom to her very first yoga class. You see, I've been trying to bring my mom to a yoga class for nearly ten years- as long as I've been practicing. The decade of persuasion has been a tough one. In the beginning, when I would mention yoga, she would roll her eyes- thinking I was delving into some sort of weird voodoo practice. As the years passed, and as yoga became more "main-stream", I could feel my mom develop more of an interest in yoga- I mean, if Dr.Oz is talking about yoga, there's got to be something to it, right?

So there we were, ten years later walking into Peg City Yoga's beautiful space together. She was nervous, scared, intimidated. I got all of the usual anxiety-ridden comments before bringing someone to their first class. "What if I can't do it? What if I'm the oldest person in the class?" To which I respond: "You will be able to DO it- because yoga isn't just about the asanas (postures). There are variations to the postures and the only thing you have to worry about it feeling comfortable. Never push yourself. Just breathe, mom. And you're not going to be the oldest person in the class. And if for the slightest chance you are, who cares?" 

So my mom completed her first yoga class. As we walked out, I asked her what she thought. 
"I can't believe how nice everyone is." she said. I smiled. 
"And if was very peaceful. And that laying down one..." she started.
"Savasana?" I asked.
"Yeah, I love that one."

Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms out there. You are loved and appreciated more than you will ever know.

8 May 2013

WE LOVE YOGA MEN



Yoga was developed by men and traditionally only taught to men until only a couple hundred years ago. But in modern times, the yoga world has been dominated by women. This has made the yoga man an elusive, sought-after species... Here are a few reasons we just love yoga men.

THEY ARE MAN ENOUGH TO BE IN A WOMAN'S WORLD

In recent history, it is women who have had to "man-up" to break into the boys-clubs of the world. In a space where the majority of the practitioners are women, the men who show up to the mat have to be confident in their masculinity. They also have got to have their egos in check, as the woman next to them may be able to bust out into full extension while their body may need the modified version of the posture. The years of bicep curls aren't going to help you here, handsome! We love the dedication!

THEY ARE FIT

While yogis come in all shapes and sizes, a strong yoga practise gives men a strong core, which makes them able to keep up on fun, physical dates like hiking or bike riding. A strong core also helps them perform those manly duties around the house, like yard work and shovelling snow. Mmmmm, manly 


THEY LOVE THEIR INK
Take a look around you at the yoga boys in class. A lot of beliefs, experiences, and people seem to be inked on those bodies. We likey :) 


THEY SURRENDER TO THE YANG
[the more feminine/spiritual side]

More than just easy on the eyes, yoga boys have opened themselves up to both the yin & yang, the strength and the spirituality of the practise. And a guy who talks about the Tao Te Ching or pursing his passion and living in the moment, is so much more attractive than a guy who's conversation starts and ends with how much he can bench- inner strength is equally important as outer!

What do you ❤ about yoga men? We'd love to hear from you. 

Comment or Instagram your favourite yoga man #PYyogaman!

3 May 2013

STRONG + CONFIDENT - BUILDING CORE STRENGTH

“Strengthen your core.” “Pull in your core.” “Engage your core.”


We hear these cues often in yoga classes, but the term ‘core’ is vague. If you were to ask any given yoga student where their core was you’d be given a multitude of answers. Many would assume it means to suck their belly in, but is that all there is to it?

Our core generally refers to all abdominal groups, hip flexors, the stabilizing muscles that protect the lumbar spine. Our core protects our vital organs. Our core also refers to the energy centre of our solar plexus. Manipura, the third chakra found at the centre of our being that helps regulate our self-power, confidence, and gut instincts. When we have a strong core we are able to protect and stand up for ourselves, on the physical, spiritual and energetic level.Teachers are reminding us to engage our core for good reason. From a physical standpoint, having a strong core helps remedy lower back pain and also helps to prevent it from forming in the future. Practicing yoga without engaging the core could lead to injury, and keeping your lower abdominals engaged should be practiced in most yoga postures.




There is a reason plank comes up in my class a lot. This is full-body work and when practiced mindfully it’s medicine for your body. Plank can be modified by bringing the knees to the ground, and intensified by lifting one foot at a time. When practicing plank be sure to protect your lower back by drawing in the lower abdominal muscles. Be sure not to let your lower back arch like a hammock. Keep your fingers relaxed, soften your face, lift the corners of your mouth and BREATHE.




A fun way to strengthen your core and work on facing a few fears at the same time. Bakasana, or crow pose, is an arm balance that takes a lot of abdominal strength. Come into a low squat and place your palms on the floor shoulder width apart. Spread your fingers wide. Lift your hips high into the air and spread your knees apart, brining them to rest high up on your arms, as close to your armpits as you can get. You can leave both feet on the ground and work on bringing your weight forward into the fingertips. If you feel comfortable lift one foot at a time. To get both feet up, suck your belly button up towards your spine and work on reaching your heart forward, finding the tipping point where your toes begin to float up off the floor. Most important, have fun. This is not the be-all-and-end-all of your yoga practice.


A take on traditional abdominal crunches. We take the arm and leg cross found in garudasana (eagle pose) and add a sweet squeeze of the belly. Lying on the back cross your right leg up and over the left, perhaps trying to tuck your right toes behind the left calf. Cross your right arm under your left and either bring your palms together or reach for opposite shoulders. On the inhale reach long, your hands and feet pulling away from each other, on your exhale life your head and shoulders up and bring your elbows and knees to touch. Working with the breath, inhale to extend and reach out long, exhale to compress in. Take 5 on one side, pause for a few breaths, and then repeat on the other side.



After plank, navasana (boat pose) one gets the most groans in class. But man oh man, is it ever effective. If you’re just learning boat, come to sit on your butt, lean back, bend your knees and place your feet on the floor. You’ll be creating a V-shape between your torso and thighs. Extend your arms out parallel to the floor. Extend the crown of your head up to the ceiling and engage your lower abdominals. Be careful not to let your lower back round. This pose can be dangerous for your lower back if you let the lower back collapse. Stay long in the torso and lift your chest. The next stage would be to lift your feet off the floor, brining the shins parallel to the floor. The full expression is extending the legs out long, creating a full V (or boat shape) between your torso and legs. But I’m serious, if you let your back collapse in this pose it goes quickly from being medicine to poison for your body. So leave your ego at the curb and explore this posture in a safe way. You’ll build strength safely and will progress in a way that is acceptable to your body. 

As a teacher I have often been asked by students for lots of core work in class. With a laugh I like to remind them that when practiced properly, many of the poses in class can help build strength at our centre. Take warrior one. We often get lazy in this pose, letting our lower ribcage and belly all hang out. A healthy warrior one keeps containment at our centre, engaging abdominal strength and protecting our lower back, but students often get too caught up in lunging deeper into the pose in their legs, while forgetting about their centre. And, of course, engaging the core in warrior one makes the pose a heck of a lot harder.Here are some poses you can practice to help you get stronger at your centre.

Clancy Sullivan hails from beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia and currently lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Teaching yoga has allowed Clancy to follow her bliss and do what she loves. This includes, but is not limited to, cracking jokes, dancing like a fool, seeing the world and teaching/practicing/living yoga!

1 May 2013

YOGA.ART.WINE. AT THE WAG

It's a magical thing when so many of the things you love come together.

One hundred Winnipeggers experienced the bliss that was Yoga.Art.Wine. at the Winnipeg Art Gallery last night. The fusion of yoga, great people, wine, and art was courtesy of the lovely folks at lululemon athletica Polo Park.

Rachel Westman, a key leader at the store, greeted the attendees and explained the reason for the event,

"We believe in giving without the expectation of receiving, and that's what tonight is all about. So please enjoy!"

What a beautiful intention to begin what would be a wonderful Slow Flow class, taught in tandem by lululemon ambassadors Tiffany Barett (Be Yoga) and Sam Globerman (Yoga Public).

Tiffany spoke of practising "from the inside out." That we must focus on how the pose feels, not what it looks like. That that's how to reap the benefits of each posture -- to practise them from an authentic place.

"You guys look really cool right now," Sam said when the room was extending in reverse warrior posture, her smile radiating through the entire lobby of the WAG.
After the class, everyone rolled up their mats and enjoyed the wine, bubbles, and crudités with friends, old and new, sharing stories and smiles. The room resonated with laughter + joy, the coming together of friends, old and new, surrounded by beautiful art. Bliss.
That's what happens when you give without expectation - an authentic expression of bliss, that comes from the inside, and radiates outwards.