As we ease out of the indulgent holiday season and enter a new chapter of balance and sustainability, a cleansing twist makes for a perfect segue towards mind and body health. Symbolically, twists are considered a balance between yin and yang, between light and dark, between the conscious and the subconscious as the front body and the back body reverse order.
Ardha Matsyendrasa fits that mold for us. In Sanskrit, ardha denotes as ‘half’, matsya ‘fish’, indra ‘king’ and asana ‘pose’. Together the pose translates as Half Lord of the Fish. This posture is titled after a true sage, Matsyendra, that lived during the 10th century c.e. He was not only a pioneer of Hatha Yoga - he was also referenced in mythological hindu texts as an enl...
Just like everyone else - we are not immune to the winter cold and flu season. Though as yogis and nutritionists we have the perfect tools at our fingertips to keep sickness at bay! Try incorporating some of these (or all) for fighting the winter blues & stay healthy all season long.
1) EMERGENC: whenever we're feeling a cold creeping in or an immune system breakdown, we always grab an EmergenC. They are little packets of electrolytes and vitamins to give you that boost of energy and spark the immune response. More information can be found here
2) Peppermint Halo (from our friends at Saje): Saje products are plant based and really emphasis the healing power of plants! With changes in the air pressure, travel or general exhaustion,...
The story behind the pose Hanumanasana is a story of courage and devotion. In Hindu mythology, Hanuman is the fearless monkey god. Hanuman was born half human and half god. Because of his naughty nature as a little boy, he was transformed into a monkey and made to forget his divine nature so that he wouldn’t cause trouble in any of the realms. As he grew up he became best friends with King Rama, who he loved whole-heartedly. One day, King Rama’s beautiful wife Sita was kidnapped by the evil demon Ravana who took her to a new continent across the water far away. Rama had to stay and fight a war so he sent Hanuman to save Sita.
Hanuman may not remember his divinity but his undying faith and love for Rama gave him the courage and st...
There are a 1,001 reasons, maybe more. As I spend a winter weekend away in nature on Bowen island this month, I remember why it is that I love to host retreats. It is an opportunity to take others into beautiful surroundings, to encourage and help build new healthy habits; eating well, self-care methods, to restore balance, yoga elementals, encounter peace, and absorb nature as medicine.
In this wild and woodsy cabin, I am over-come with a sense of peace. My purpose is restored because I have time to nourish myself, to enjoy the stillness and time for reflection, to eat good food that I’ve prepared lovingly for my family and I. With the help of many hands, we create a feast each night. We get to take walks to ponds, lakes, stream...
Salamba Shirshasana stands for supported headstand in Sanskrit. ‘Salamba’ denotes supported, ‘shirsha’ for head, and ‘asana’ for posture. Headstand is revered as the king of all postures. In yoga mythology it is said that by inverting into this perfectly vertical shape, the yogi will live longer. It is also believed that the nectar of immortality already exists within us and by reversing the blood flow we are cycling the energy back into our bodies rather than leaking this precious elixir. Aside from this metaphor, this posture does in fact have a myriad of benefits which might be why the ancient yogis praised it so much. By standing on the crown of the head with the hands cupped around the back of the head and the feet extended...
As I sit in meditation, I remember a conversation with a friend I had earlier in the summer. She shared a quote with me by Ralph Waldo Emerson that has been ringing true in my ears for months. It is this, that "the love you withhold, is the pain that you carry."
Recently I've been putting this mantra to work and applying it in my daily life. How does this idea coincide with my relationships; towards friends, family, strangers - and of course, the self.
I find that, the more closed I become, the less integral I feel. I recognize more so now that love acts as a source of energy, and that the more beauty and love we choose to see in this world, the more of it there is.
It's easy to live in a scarcity mentality because feeling love m...
I spent some time in Hawaii while completing my yoga teacher certification. Here are a few insights I discovered.
Now don’t be mistaken, these aren’t tips aren’t for falling in love with a boy, though sometimes that’s bound to happen. (When a strapping surfer sweeps you up after you step on a sea urchin, or a cute blonde with shaggy hair offers to fly you, for example.)
But no, these are tips with falling in love with Hawaii and more importantly in love with yourself. You are all you have. You are the one consistent and cherished thing in your life. If you’ve fallen out of love with yourself, now’s the time to relive the honeymoon. Do the things that feed your soul and give yourself the love you require.
As a nutritionist, I can't deny that I have a sweet tooth. It is a family trait, stemming back to my Norwegian grandma who I've seen tear apart a chocolate cake with her bare hands. That is why I have found a trick - how to made completely guilt-free desserts that are jam packed with nutrients. See below for some of my favourites.
1) Chickpea Peanut Butter Cookies
These bad boys are loaded with chickpeas, peanut butter and sweetened with only maple syrup. Great for those cookies dough lovers and even better for those cookies addicts! Recipe below;
1 1/4 cup chickpeas rinsed and dried
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp natural peanut butter, almond butter or nut free butter like sunflower
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla ext...