Sunday, September 30, 2012

Vancouver Bliss

I had the honour and privilege to be one of 70 people chosen to go to Vancouver to represent on behalf of the ambassador team for the Vaughan Mills store.  It was the most insane 3 days of my a good way ;) 

From the moment I landed, we took a cab straight to head office, grabbed a quick bite to eat, then hopped on a bus en route to Grouse Mountain! Literally changing on the bus, and climbing over 4000ft high for an hour and 30mins! I couldn’t have done it without the amazing people by my side. I then checked into the hotel, met my roommate (Holly, you were a blast!), then had a great meal getting to know each other ;) 

After Day 1 was complete, now it was for the fun to begin! 530am wake up, yoga class, then hearing from amazing people who have shaped how lululemon is today.  To be in the presence of such inspiring people, not to mention elite athletes was truly a gift.

The highlight of the trip was creating our vision and goals. This way an eye opener for me! We all have the power to create possibilities for ourselves and I needed that push to help me realize. What I am best in the world at is teaching children! My passion and driving force is creating possibilities for these future mentors as well as for everyone around me.

My declaration in life: I am a playful and personable yogini, through my practice I am passionate, powerful, patient and positive in everything I do! (lots of P's!) 

Thank you lululemon for believing in me and seeing the potential in all of us. We all can provide greatness in this world. Sky is the limit and it’s just the beginning…

Monday, August 20, 2012

Kicking off our boots and spreading our hearts!

Trish Stratus and Team Stratusphere had the pleasure to lead two mega yoga sessions at the Boots and Hearts Music Festival in Bowmanville, On. This first annual festival was all about Country Music, and lots of it! With special guests such as Tim McGraw, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock and Carrie Underwood to name a few, we sprinkled a little bit of Stratusfaction to the mix! Who would have thought that yoga and country go together? After all, why not get your stretch on before the main acts hit the stage! Despite the rainy weather, there was something for everyone: from a petting zoo, mechanical bull rides, line dancing lessons to fake tattoos, funnel cakes and more, what’s not to enjoy?!

Once we hit the stage, country fans got a taste of Stratusphere Yoga – a hybrid yoga class combined with strength training movements. When asked, “you guys want to get your sweat on or zen on?” the crowd cheered ‘sweat’ and we gave them just that!! I think we left our mark and got everyone sporting the fitgloves to show off their gun show.
We got the all-star treatment, which I think it’s fair to say, I can get used to this…

Stay tuned for more exciting events!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Yoga & Concerts in the Park!

Join me as I guide you through a yoga class to the music of QUEEN! Come celebrate Vaughan Concerts in the Park July 10th at 6pm! Enjoy this complimentary class followed by a special rock concert to tribute Queen. See you there :)
Chancellor District Park
430 Chancellor Drive in Woodbridge

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

the seven steps to happiness

apply this to life & yoga...









Monday, April 16, 2012

pose of the week: camel


How to do it:

1. Start kneeling on your mat with your knees hip width apart, and tops of your feet on the floor.
2. Bring your hands onto your lower back, fingers pointing down and elbows drawing in.
3. Take a deep breath in and as you exhale, start to lean back, open the chest, drawing your front thighs back. For beginners, stay here with your gaze up.

*To go deeper, reach back with your hands to hold your ankles, keeping your thighs perpendicular to the floor. If you feel any compression in your lower back, curl your toes under so your heels are elevated.  You may release the head back, but if there’s too much pressure in your neck keep your gaze forward.

Stay for 10-15 breaths then slowly bring your hands onto your lower back. Inhale and lift the head and torso up towards the floor. If your head is back, lead with your heart to come up, then slowly rest in child’s pose

  • Stretches the entire front of the body
  • Strengthens the back
  • Stimulates the organs of the abdomen and neck 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

home is where the heart is

Stratusphere Kids! 
It was that time of year again, when the Yoga Conference made its annual return to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  Body, mind and spirit all united as one in a big way! For me, it was pure bliss walking the event floor, seeing familiar faces, and immersing myself in the many wonders of yoga. Laughter, joy and tears were all around me once again!

I had the pleasure this time to work with Tamika and Carolyn from Deva Tree in a special kids yoga training presented by HeartRise Yoga for Children. It was inspiring in so many ways! The tools I learned were endless and I can’t wait to share them with all the lovely children of this world! I had another ah-ha moment, just like my experience with Seane Corn last year. It gave me some new insight as to where I want to go in life and how the beauty of yoga can change the world to our little yogis and future role models.

From the moment I came to my mat to when it all ended, Tamika and Carolyn reinforced the beauty in each one of us: “Home is where the heart is” – our soul, our passion, our life.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

pose of the week: warrior III

Virabhadrasana III
How to do it:

1. Starting in mountain pose with your hand on your hips, begin to shift your weight onto your left foot and bring your right knee up into your chest.
2. Steady your balance then flex your right foot.
3. Inhale raise the arms up over your head and then as you exhale start to shift your weight forward extending your right heel back
4. Strengthen your standing leg, keep you hips leveled, and make sure your arms, torso and back leg are parallel to the floor.

Stay for 5-10 breaths then slowly rise up and repeat on the left side

  • Strengthens the ankles and legs
  • Tones the abdomen
  • Improves balance and posture

Sunday, February 26, 2012

pose of the week: plow

How to do it:

1. Start lying down on your back with your legs extended up in the air and your arms by your side.
2. Take a deep breath in and as you breath out, lift your hips up bringing your legs over your head.
3. If your feet don’t touch the ground, bring your hands onto your lower back for support. If they do, roll onto your shoulder blades and interlace your hands behind your back.
4. Draw your chin away from the chest, engage your thighs and breathe deeply. If you feel any pressure in your neck, stay with Step 1.
Hold for 10 deep breaths then slowly roll back down. 

  • Calms the mind
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs and thyroid glands
  • Stretches the shoulders and spine
  • Reduces stress and fatigue 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

pose of the week: half moon

Ardha Chandrasana
How to do it:

1. Start in a runner's lunge with your right knee bent directly over your ankle. On an inhale, come high onto your fingertips, then as you exhale kick off your back leg and raise it up so it's parallel to your mat, then work to straighten your left leg (may also use blocks as a support)
2. With your gaze down, begin to shift your weight over to your left hand, then bring your right hand to your right hip. Press strongly into your right heel.
3. Rotate your torso and open the chest towards the right, by opening the hip and extending your right heel back
4. Once you feel stable, raise your right arm up to the sky and begin to shift your gaze up to your hand.

Standing leg is strong. Hold for 10 deep breaths then repeat on the other side. 

  • Stretches the groins, hamstrings and calves, shoulders, chest, and spine 
  •  Improves coordination, focus and sense of balance
  • Helps relieve stress

Friday, January 27, 2012

pose of the week: eagle

How to do it:

1. Starting in mountain pose, extend both of your arms out in front of you.
2. Bring your right arm under your left, cross at the elbows and bring your palms together (may grab opposite shoulders if too intense)
3. Pull your elbows up, shoulders down and draw your hands away from your face.
4. Bend your knees then cross your right thigh over your left. You can keep your right big toe on the ground, or hook your ankle around your left calf.
5. Sink the hips, squeeze everything together, and make sure your elbows and knees are all in one line.

Keep your gaze forward and stay for 5-10 deep breaths then repeat on the other side

  • Strengthens and stretches the ankles and calves
  • Stretches the thighs, hips, shoulders, and upper back
  • Improves concentration and balance 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

pose of the week: crescent


How to do it:

1. Starting in downward dog, take a deep breath in, and as you exhale step your right foot forward so you’re in a lunge.  Adjust your knee so it is directly over your ankle.
2. Keep your back leg engaged as you slowly come up, raising your arms overhead.  
3. Lengthen your tailbone toward the floor and push back through your left heel, keeping your hips squared to the top of the mat.
4. Reach out through your fingertips, and roll your shoulders away from the ears.

Keep your arms and legs strong; hold for 10-15 breaths then bring your hands back to the mat and step back to downward dog. Repeat on the left side.

  • Strengthens your legs, back, shoulders, and arms, building stamina
  • Opens your hips and chest, and improves balance
  • Improve your coordination and concentration

Thursday, January 5, 2012

ear-candling magic!

It’s that time of year again, where the flu bug makes its rounds. Runny nose, cough, fever and chills – nothing that no one wants to get…but I did! Every year around the holidays it seems to get me; I overwork my body and this is the pay back.

I am officially feeling better. However, I couldn’t teach my hot class tonight, as much as I hate letting my students down, but the heat would not have been good for my body. After countless dosages of oregano oil, Buckley’s, vitamin C, Tylenol cold and flu, and ginger tea, one thing made the list of top remedies: EAR CANDLING!

My mother has been doing it for years in the comfort of our own home alongside her reflexology career, and I make it a ritual to "clean my ears" at least once a year, (using Q-Tips after you shower does not count!).  It honestly cured me, just when I thought I couldn’t breathe anymore, it completely opened up my sinuses.  The candle is made up of bee’s wax, and the procedure lasts about 25-30mins. There is no pain in the world, and is extremely soothing. The results are even better, when you get to see all the crap that comes out of one single ear! It is safe for people of all ages, even dogs!

Ear candling also helps with: allergies, migraines, pressure headaches, balance disorders, hearing loss, swimmers ear, ear infections, impacted ear wax and head noises.

Let me know if you’re interested!

Monday, January 2, 2012

new year, new YOU!

Happy 2012 everyone!

As we welcome this new year, comes new resolutions. From saving money, starting a new workout or diet regimen to starting a new career, the list is endless. Think about what you want out of this year and what you want to accomplish. This is a new year for YOU: make it special, make it big and make it last!

To everyone, may 2012 bring you all good health, love, happiness and success. I am determined to keep up with this blog weekly and stay true to myself and live this year to the fullest.

Fill in the blank: this year, you will __________________________.

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