28 Oct 2013

HOW TO GET OVER A BREAK UP


...When alcohol and cigarettes stop working.
By: Andrea Collins

Break ups are so so hard. Especially when you’re on the receiving end. Lots of times we try to fill that void with the wrong things. Booze, food or whatever unhealthy distraction we can get our hands on. Next thing you know, a week has gone by and you look like Courtney Love.

So here are 5 ways to get your break-up battered self-ship back on course. Do them all.

Stroll

Pick a good area and just walk. Bring your earphones, some cash for a tea, comfy shoes and just go. Pop into shops, venture down new streets, or heck, sit on a park bench and watch a squirrel find a nut. You’ll feel more peaceful after a couple of hours.

Put your damn phone away

Stop checking it. Stop looking at Facebook. Stop looking at Instagram. It usually just make you feel worse. It clouds your head and really does nothing to get that self-ship pointing towards less tough times.

Sweat Outside

Start getting the sad out of your body. It’s in there. And it’s making you crazy. Do an outdoor yoga session. Run. Go on a hike. While you’re at it, listen to the wind. Admire nature. Remind yourself to see that there are bigger things than just your breakup. Just as nature continues to evolve with the seasons so will your life. After a frigid winter always comes a warm summer.

Have your friends over for a dinner

Not only is it a chance to clean your sad self up and tidy your place, having friends over for a nice warm meal reminds you that there are people in your life who make you very happy. Look around the table and make a mental note. Those people you see, love you. They are great friends. And you’re a great friend too.

Have a mantra

Find yours. Say it to yourself when sadness strikes. Don't have one? Feel free to borrow mine, “sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.”


Andrea Collins is in love with nature and being outdoors. When she’s not hiking through the wilderness or paddling on a lake, this prairie girl works in radio, television and print in Montreal.



25 Oct 2013

BLISS + BEATZ DEUX



Blizz + Beatz Deux is here! And this time it's even more blissful! Amazing yoga teachers and musicians guiding you through this special practice at an unbelievable location. Snacks will be provided! Bring your mat, water bottle, and your groove! Here are the details:

Sunday, November 17th, 2013
The Historic Fort Gibraltar
866 St.Joseph Street, St.Boniface

WHAT'S YOUR BLISS??
TWO CLASSES TO CHOOSE FROM
Yang Yin @ 5:30 - 7:30pm
Natasha Lenon + Monica Angelatos
Music by Scott Senior and Amber Epp

Soul Power @ 8- 10pm
Liane Cherrett + Amelia Barnes
Music by DJ DLO

COST (click to purchase)
Early bird Double Feature $50 (ends Nov. 1 or when limited tickets sell out)

BUY 2 TICKETS BEFORE NOVEMBER 1st - SAVE $5/ticket



If you're not sure what to expect from a Bliss + Beatz event, have a look at our last event video here:



22 Oct 2013

HEART OF GOLD: RECAP + WINNERS

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The weather may have been chilly, but the community warmed our hearts this past Sunday at Boonstra Farms. Over thirty prairie yogis made their way out to Stonewall, MB to gather in the heated loft of a barn for some flow yoga with October prairie yogi of the month Liane Charrett of Source Yoga Studios

Friends gathered, families came together, children laughed and played. The flow sequence included fierce lion poses, core plank, and a rolling bow that worked to ignite our inner fire and open our hearts. After the class, some people stuck around to pet the animals and wander through the corn maze. 

It was a beautiful day where we saw the community truly come alive. Thank you to everyone who bundled up and came out to play in the barn loft and in the petting zoo and searched for the golden hearts in the corn maze too.

All participants in the #PYheartofgold scavenger hunt did a great job finding and solving the clues. See below to find our winners:

See your photo? Check below to see what you've won!


#PYHEARTOFGOLD prizes
K. Barteski 8 x 10 print + 50g Prairie Yogi Asanaberry Bliss tea
-David Shoup
-Kathleen Cemborski
-Deb Hartle
-Aggie
-Lindy Norris
-Melanie Saffie

Big Sky + Big Hearts Tank
-Renee Brauen
-Debbie Doucette

Bliss and Beatz Deux ticket (stay posted for event info) 
-Stephanie Akerstream

WINNERS EMAIL prairieyogi@gmail.com WITH YOUR MAILING ADDRESS AND WE'LL SEND YOU YOUR PRIZE.


21 Oct 2013

LIFE LESSONS FROM THE LEAVES

Written by Rachelle Taylor
Embrace change.
Accepting the fact that nothing stays the same.

Age beautifully.
Knowing that each stage of life is beauty in a different form.

Detach effortlessly.
Letting go into the unknown without fear or expectation

Fall gracefully.
Understanding that we were all born to die.



19 Oct 2013

PRENATAL YOGA: PREPARING YOU FOR MOTHERHOOD


As the seasons change, the cycles mirror the process of bringing life 
into this world, reminding us of the miracle of being. 


I recall the first prenatal yoga teacher training I took -years before I became pregnant myself - I came face to face with an image of the divine Mother; round, abundant, giving birth to the world. I was in awe. From that day forward, a desire birthed within me to cultivate a deeper understanding of our power as women. One of the greatest joys in my work is guiding women to the sacred within themselves, reminding them that they are Shakti, a powerful, creative force. We forget just how amazing we are. It's helpful to surround ourselves with other positive, abundant, supportive women.


Part of this Shakti or abundance is pregnancy. This awe-inspiring journey begs us to tune into our body and baby. It's an opportunity to trust our bodies wisdom and to be present. I could talk about which yoga poses bring greater comfort to the back and hips, stability to the pelvis, what to do to alleviate nausea, water retention, etc. but I'll save that for another time. What I'd like to address is much simpler, though not cultivated in our culture and that is, the importance of being present through the breath.

Rewind to five years earlier, pregnant with my first son. I won't lie, there were days where I felt absolutely radiant and other days I wanted to eat as many burgers as possible and then cry but with all that intensity was a deeper calling inside, to stay present, to breathe, to bow to the power within myself, to witness the inner work that was happening inside me. It is no small wonder that our babies are created in the only viable place in our bodies they could come from: the center, the point from which our life energy radiates. The navel represents the third chakra, the fundamental element of commitment. Our babies feed on this energy. To practice yoga as prenatal care is a commitment to this bond between mother and child. To be present, rooted in the breath is commitment to yourself, to your family and to the world around you. It is commitment to greater ease in your life with all the challenges and gifts that pregnancy, labor and parenting bring.

Yes, some women that I've guided throughout their pregnancy might make mention of this pose or that pose that brought them comfort but what hits home every time is how invaluable it was to practice intentional breathing. How powerful it was to explore ways to embody the breath in all its simplicity. To be breathed throughout pregnancy into labor is really only understood ( as it can be truly experienced when birthing) after the fact. Yes, your body knows how to birth this baby on its own, but birthing is not easy, there's a reason it's called labour! But as my nurse friend in obstetrics pointed out: to connect to breath, keeps you grounded when the mind is running off with your shorts and your left to face your mortality. I myself thought I might die once or twice while labouring but the breath always lead me back grace .To practice breath awareness is a tool , a gift you give yourself and your baby as you birth and enter into the next stage of life together.

I'm often asked how yoga helps me in parenting; if i'm freaking out, I just remember to take a breath. If you're not sure where to start. Start here. Start now. Just breathe.

Lianne Charrett is a radiating prairie yogi, inspiring yoga teacher, and is the co-owner of Source Yoga Studios (with her hubby Dillon Charrett) in Winnipeg. Lianne is Prairie Yogi's October Prairie Yogi of the Month and is teaching a family friendly flow class on the prairie at PY's HEART OF GOLD event on October 20th, 2013.

17 Oct 2013

GINGERBREAD PUMPKIN MUFFINS



She is back to dazzle us with another one of her amazing recipes, this time with a fall theme. Prairie girl Chantal Raper, otherwise known as the instagram phenom Nutty4Nutrition, shares with us her Gingerbread Pumpkin Muffin recipe. They are gluten free, dairy free, and perfect for using up that leftover can of pumpkin puree.


Ingredients
Cake or cupcakes
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup all natural peanut butter (use almond butter if you want to make them paleo)
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbsp molasses
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginder
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cardmom

Frosting
1/3 cup plain cream chesse (light, fat free, tofutti)
1/4 cup coconut oil melted
1/2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions
Preheat oven to 350
Mix all cake ingrediants together until combined and then pour into a sprayed 8x8 oven safe baking dish or make into muffins
Bake for 25 mins if large muffins and 30 mins if cake
For the frosting microwave the cream cheese for a few seconds, only to soften. Melt coconut oil fully in the microwave and add to cream cheese. Stir until no lumps remain. Combine the rest of the frosting ingredients and whisk until the consistency is fluffy and like a very thick honey. Spread frosting on cooled cake and then refrigerate. 

Chantal Raper is a health enthusiast who started her blog and instagram account in May 2012 called Nutty4Nutrition. She has nearly 70,000 followers on instagram from all over the world. Chantal believes that living a healthy lifestyle is all about balance and shares that with her followers. She loves experimenting with new recipes and trying new things. You can find her in the Winnipeg doing hot yoga, cardio boot camps, rollerblading or biking with her new husband. 

 

15 Oct 2013

BE INSPIRED BY THE ANIMALS OF YOUR PRACTICE

So many of our favorite yoga postures are better known in English by their animal inspired alias. Take  Adho Mukkha Svanasana and Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, you probably know them as downward dog or pigeon.

Let's embrace the animal qualities to inspire our own practice: think of the strengths of the animal while you are in the posture, breathe in these strengths and make them become your own.

Here are some things that come to mind when you may think of each animal, and a suggestion for how you can use the strengths of the animal.

The Dog

Loyal, playful and a true companion  

Breathe in the loyalty of the dog, and think of the strength of this posture before cancelling plans with a friend. Make it your intent to bring a sense of joy and playfulness to your next get together.

The Cat

Curious, affectionate and patient    

Next time your patience is running thin, maybe you were short with a co-worker or annoyed with a significant other, breathe in the patience of the cat.

The Frog


Excitable and transformative

Are you hesitating to make a big change in your life, breathe in the transformative nature of the frog to jump from one lily pad (or job, or city, or relationship) to the next in your life.


The Pigeon

Endurance and messenger

When you are feeling depleted from working too much, or from chasing after the little ones. Take a moment to breathe in the endurance of the pigeon and to listen for the cues the universe may be presenting you with.

The Crow

Mysterious and mischievous   

The next time you are craving adventure, breathe in the mischievous nature of the crow and leave yourself open to enjoy the beautiful mysteries of life. 

Come play with us and the animals at Boonstra Farm this Sunday at Prairie Yogi HEART OF GOLD event: yoga and bliss on the farm in a heated barn, followed by a yoga scavenger through the corn maze. 

Take advantage of the final weeks above-zero weather, purchase your ticket here



11 Oct 2013

K-I-S-S-ing WITH SOUP


by Adrienne Shum


The acronym KISS stands for, “Keep it simple, stupid,” and it is a design principle that was coined by the US Navy in 1960.  Snarky put-downs aside, it is a pretty solid life mantra to keep coming back to.  In the cerebral, technology-centered world that we live in, our minds love to swirl and twirl in thoughts without discipline or direction.  We tend to overload all of our senses (sight, smell, sound, taste, touch) with input, perhaps through a deliciously indulgent dinner (hello, Thanksgiving), or spending a little too much time on Instagram.  


After periods of excess, gastronomic or otherwise, it is refreshing to give our bodies and minds a break, and the KISS principle comes in handy here.  Whether it is feeding our bellies with a bowl of plain white rice, or quieting our minds with seated meditation, we all require moments of respite from the intensity of our lives.

Here is a simple soup to soothe the senses: when it feels like things are about to spin out of control, make some KISS soup and shut out the world, if just for a little while.

KISS Soup

This soup can be made with any vegetables you have on hand, which is another aspect of its simplicity: there is no requirement to include any or all of the vegetables listed, just make do with what you have. Less is more.
If you are indeed planning a trip to the market, consider buying the freshest vegetables you can find, preferably organic - a stupidly simple soup will not mask the insipidness of shrivelled, wilted vegetables.

The quantities here will make enough soup for 4, or 2 very hungry people. Leftovers will simplify future meals, so making a little more is a good idea.
2-3 carrots
2-3 stalks celery
1 zucchini
A handful of leafy greens, like kale or swiss chard
And maybe a small handful of green lentils 
(soaked overnight if you remember, but it’ll be fine either way)

Chop all the vegetables into similar sized pieces. Put everything in a large pot and add enough water until it is just covered. Bring to a boil, then cover and let simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until the vegetables/lentils are cooked. A light pinch of salt or a splash of soy sauce might be nice - but letting the natural flavour of the vegetables shine through is also nice. Serve in plain white bowls. Be soothed, 
dear soul.

If you are interested in more internal cleaning, join Adrienne for her next diet cleanse workshop on October 26th, 2-4 pm, at Yoga Public. You will learn the fundamentals of an Ayurvedic diet and be given the tools to help restore and rejuvenate your digestive system through a 12-day diet cleanse.
Shum, MSc (Food Science) is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counsellor and yoga instructor.  Drawing from the lessons in her own practice, she strives to empower her students with the tools to pursue self-healing.  Contact her at adrienne.shum@gmail.com.


8 Oct 2013

DWELL IN RESISTANCE

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Written by Amanda Bell-Tardif - Studio Manager, Moksha Yoga Edmonton

When there is discomfort, we avoid. The mind starts to go and ultimately creates your out: it comes up with the BEST reasoning possible on why you MUST get out of that pose, or move away from discomfort. Because if you stay you will die. Right? 

...Okay well yes right, we’ll all die one day, but doubtfully due to that full minute dancers pose or from that extra long warrior two. 

The transitions in your asana practice are part of the experience. They actually make the practice, linking the body to the breath and allowing the body time to restore, to experience the expression of the posture. Unfortunately, we live in a society that likes to get in, get out, and done! Accomplished! Another thing checked off our “to do” list. We often tend to view our practice in that same light. I love to compare the asana portion of the yoga practice to a dance, some say moving meditation, I say dance (could be my ballerina roots shinning through). Relish within the movement of the breath as you sit and steep in discomfort, it is this steeping in discomfort that ignites the vehicle for change and transformation in the body and the mind.

The tendency to move quickly when we experience discomfort has rarely anything to do with the physical sensation in the body, but rather with the emotion we attach to that sensation. Or better yet the fear that we will fall out, or shake with weakness. The mind loves to get involved with your camel pose: as the dizziness sets in, the mind attaches to possible outcomes, usually negative, of the posture. But in actuality if you stay with it, you will realize none of those outcomes actually happen. 

We avoid the postures we need the most, I’m sure many of you have heard that before. The body naturally will go towards the path of least resistance. Doing postures we are great at, and avoiding postures we are challenged by. It’s human instinct; you could even say a protective shield. But what if you challenged yourself to delve into your own discomfort? You would start to create shift, change, and growth in your own physical practice. This is a given. This also takes time, consistency and persistence. Trust in the process of this dance, this quality of a moving meditation and in turn the practice of finding comfort within the most uncomfortable situations will begin to open up to you.

7 Oct 2013

BLISS + BEATZ Recap


Huge thanks to everyone who collaborated, contributed and participated. What a wicked Prairie Yogi community we have.

Held in the Graffiti Art Gallery on October 6th 2013, a group of 60 Prairie Yogis moved together at the guidance of Sam Manchulenko, Niki Trosky to the beats of DJ Mama Cutsworth.
A big thanks to event planner Savannah Joy Yoga. 

Sponsors: Chef Rob, Fresh Option Organic Delivery, MPG, Prairie Yogi, Yoga Public, Source Yoga, Hoop Infinite, Moksha Yoga, and to the Graffiti Art Gallery.
A huge thanks to everyone who participated. Bliss on Prairie Yogis!


5 Oct 2013

SHIRODHARA: A RESTORATIVE AYURVEDIC TREAT

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Shirodara, Ayurveda, Ayurveda Lifestyle Counsellor, Abyanga massage, Deep healing treatments, Hollow Reed Holistic, Kalee Mund
Shirodara, Ayurveda, Ayurveda Lifestyle Counsellor, Abyanga massage, Deep healing treatments, Hollow Reed Holistic, Kalee Mund

Shirodhara is an ancient restorative procedure that stems from the Ayurvedic wisdom of India. Shirodhara literally means to pour (shiro) & head (dara). The gentle streaming of a warm herb infused oil on the forehead's centre, the 'third eye', works specifically on balancing emotions and activity of the mind.

Shirodara works with the pineal gland to relax the nervous system and allow healing to take place,

"The body heals itself when we are at rest. We are all so busy in the west: the calm, meditative state induced by Shirodara allows for healing and rejuvenation of the body," says Ayurvedic practitioner Kalee Mund of Hollow Reed Holistic in Winnipeg.

The treatment is always done in silence, beginning and ending with a smudge, the burning of sage.

All people will see benefits following a treatment: sleeping more soundly; feeling more grounded; and feeling more creative and inspired. Kalee says the most dramatic results are seen on very busy people, and women going through menopause.

For the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation, add an Abyanga massage to your Shirodara treatment for Kalee's signature Bliss Therapy. This deeply relaxing hot oil massage helps remove toxins, stimulate circulation, relieve muscle and joint pain, as well as enhance the immune system.

The Bliss therapy, well worth it at $120 for a 90 minute treatment, brings an increased sense of well-being through deep relaxation, which in turn supports the immune system, the healing process, and our connection to our spiritual nature.

Kalee meets with all her clients beforehand to get a sense of what treatment will benefit them most and to determine their dosha to create a custom oil for the treatments to create balance in the body.  The warm oil used during treatment is created specifically for your dosha type to balance out your particular dosha. For me, a pitta/vitta (fire/wind), the oil was meant to cool and ground, and for the days following the treatment, I had never felt more firmly grounded on the earth.

For a full list of treatments that Kalee offers and to book your appointment, visit Hollow Reed Holistic's website.

4 Oct 2013

HEART OF GOLD - A PRAIRIE YOGI EVENT

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We found inspiration for our next event from the beautiful fall harvest weather and rural prairie landscape.
Join us Sunday, October 20th at Boonstra Farms for HEART OF GOLD: Prairie Yogi of the Month Liane Charrett will lead participants through a 60-minute gentle flow yoga class in the heated loft of the barn at Boonsta Farms. Following the practice, we will get lost and found in the corn maze (feel free to make a pit stop at the petting zoo) for a yoga scavenger hunt with some awesome Prairie Yogi prizes to be won!

Tickets for this family friendly afternoon are only $25 if you purchase before October 11th ($30 after). Bring the kids along for $10 each (kids under 3 free).

Purchase tickets here: http://prairie-yogi.myshopify.com/products/heart-of-gold-ticket
HEART OF GOLD Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/247344332085994/

Boonstra Farms is located just 15 km North of the Perimeter on hwy #7Turn west on #67 hwy at the lights and Boonstra is on the South Side


3 Oct 2013

BARNSWALLOW

Originally from Regina,  prairie jewellery designer Swani Landry creates custom pieces (like our PY yoga bracelet)  through her business Barnswallow Design.
Hand-stamped Barnswallow Yoga Bracelet - $38


Tell us about your creative process and ways that bring you into a creative space.
I am constantly inspired by the things around me - music, nature, my kids, everything. I think that's why my pieces have such an ecclectic feel. One piece will be sophisticated, muted and sparkly and the next will be whimsical, bright and textured. I try not to let the constraints of branding confine me to a certain look. I love juxtaposition and the unexpected. Pinecones and teeth have been known to make their way into my work! 
Ironically, insodoing, I think that I have successfully established a signature look for Barnswallow that is unmistakable. Every piece that I make is made with positivity - if there is something negative around me while I'm making a piece, I put it down and come back to it later. I find the process very organic, but I have to consciously surrender myself to the process. When I try to drive it, I end up with spelling mistakes in my stamping or a piece that I don't like and I take it apart. My custom work is why I do what I do - it's my chance to make an impact on people's lives in a positive way. I love being able to create a piece for an 85 year old grandma that essentially sums up her life in one beautiful necklace. Knowing it brought tears to her eyes is why I do this. I don't just make jewelry - I connect with people and I provide a way for people to connect with their loved ones in a unique way.
What are the top 3 loves in your life (people/things that make you feel complete!)
1- My little family - incredibly supportive husband Tom, my5-year old son Tavish and my 3.5 year old daughter Taryn.
2- Creativity in any capacity, at all hours of the day.
3- Sweet and creamy coffee goodness.
Home is where the heart is. Tell us about yours?
We are very fortunate to live on nearly 4-acres of land just minutes outside the city, right smack dab between a farmer's field (providing the most breathtaking sunrises and sunsets you'll ever see) and the Seine River. This is more than a home to us - it is a labour of love as my husband and I built it with our own two hands. It is a refuge from the hustle of daily life, and it's where we want to be 50 years from now. 
We've been here nearly seven years and I literally still wake up every morning in awe. It is our hope that by living out here we will be able to give our kids something of a lost commodity, and that is the innocence of running free while playing and relishing in the simplicities of living so close with nature.
What was the moment you knew that you wanted to create custom jewellery?
I knew I had to start creating custom pieces after I took a metal stamping class. The piece I made in the class had my kids' names stamped in it, and it had their birthstones and some meaningful charms. Everyday people would ask me where I got it and how could they get one or buy one for so-and-so. I started making them for gifts for friends and family, and then slowly the orders started coming in. As they did, the customization took on a new life. I have made it my passion to stop at nothing to find the perfect components that will make a custom piece perfection. Tears are always my ultimate goal and reward.

See more of Swani Landry's creations on her Facebook Page.