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Focus on Yourself this Fall

Focus on Yourself this Fall

For many of us outdoorsy folk in Whistler, summer time is go, go, go. With an abundance of fun activities to choose from, we let chores build up, and we may let self-care fall to the backburner in favour of spending every moment in the radiant sunshine for the short time that it’s here. When it suddenly comes to an end, we don’t quite know what to do with ourselves, as we are encouraged by rainy and cold weather to retreat indoors. I have recently come to realize, through some inspiring yoga classes, that this can be the perfect time to check in with yourself, and focus a little more on your own well-being. There is nothing wrong with slowing down, and creating new habits in your life. For me, this has taken form in finally beginning to read some books I was unable to make time for all summer, I have begun the practice of meditation, and I have been able to go to many more yoga classes. I have started to set daily intentions, as well as intentions for the winter time. In this way, the fall has become an inspiring and mindful time rather than a time of frustration, which is how I initially felt when summer abruptly ended. Walking outside in nature is a great way to practice mindfulness and truly appreciate this season. Everywhere you look, the leaves on the trees are turning the most gorgeous array of oranges, reds and yellows. Beneath the canopy, you will notice that the forests are getting nourished as they receive the rain. The moss is turning a...
How Exactly Does a Plant-Based Diet Help Your Athletic Performance

How Exactly Does a Plant-Based Diet Help Your Athletic Performance

The plant-based scene is booming in Whistler and we’ve listed some of our favourite spots here on Whistler Yogacara where you can get your fill of delicious smoothies, salads, soups, wraps, burgers, pastries, and even lots of international dishes. While some of the diners are just vegan-curious, many of the patrons are health and fitness enthusiasts. A plant-based diet offers many positive aspects related to physical fitness as well as athletic performance. It can minimize the risk of illnesses related to eating animal-derived products, like hypertension and heart disease. In addition, a plant-based diet can boost your energy levels, manage weight, and reduce joint pain— benefits that many athletes can stand to gain.   What is a plant-based diet? Before going into how a plant-based diet can change lives, let’s first talk about what it is. It’s similar to a vegan diet wherein a person abstains from eating any products sourced from animals. It means eliminating meat, seafood, dairy, and eggs. However, some vegans still indulge in unhealthy or processed food as long as they don’t come from animals, while plant-based eaters are mostly concerned about personal health. This is the main reason why those who adhere to this type of diet consume whole foods and organic products in order to maximize their health benefits.   What are its benefits? Better Weight Management For athletes, eating plant-based can mean many things. One, it’s a healthier alternative to a diet laden with meat and processed food. This can go towards weight management and it goes without saying that athletes need to stay in tip-top condition. Excessive weight is tied to many illnesses...
Whistler Plant-Based Options You’ll Love

Whistler Plant-Based Options You’ll Love

Yogis aren’t shy to trying out or sticking to plant-based options. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or flexitarian having a place with tasty plant-based options is always a treat. Luckily, Whistler has plenty of options when it comes to a plant-based selection if you know where to look. Whistler plant-based foodies will appreciate this list from budget-friendly to a fancy night out. Here are our top Whistler plant-based picks   For lunch: Naked Sprout Our neighbors below us have plenty of tasty plant-based options. From smoothies and juices to salad bowls and soups you’ll definitely want to stop here for lunch after class. Plus, they’re all organic and sourced from many local farms so you can feel good about what’s going into your body and supporting a community-minded local cafe. Local’s tip: A few times a year they offer a local’s lunch deal where you can get everything you want–food and smoothie–at one low price. Perfect for lunch dates! Green Mustache No plant-based list is complete for Whistler without Green Mustache. This spot is pure gold for tasty vegan eats. Our recommendation is to try the falafel wraps and the kitchari. Don’t forget to get one of the raw food desserts from the display cabinet! You definitely won’t regret it. Local’s tip: Get the app and earn points towards free smoothies and other goodies. Plus, it makes it easy to pay with a simple reload system. Gone Bakery Quiet and cozy Gone Bakery is a great stop for a quick meal or meeting up with a friend for lunch. With good plant-based options like the vegan bowl and the vegan...
Inspiration for Yogacara Teachers: Q & A

Inspiration for Yogacara Teachers: Q & A

“What is your practice like?” “What got you into yoga?” “Do you practice the same thing everyday?” These are just a few of the questions yoga teachers are asked by their students. To offer you some insight into the everyday life, practice, and routines of your favourite yogis we’ve asked a few of our Yogacara teachers to share their inspiration for 2019.   Emily Kane What does your yoga practice consist of? (i.e. what style, influence, or essential parts of your practice) My practice changes everyday. It depends on what is going on in my life which determines what I need more focus on. Some days it’s a lot of movement and breathwork (like vinyasa or kundalini) while other times being still and going inwards with a yin or restorative practice is what nourishes me. I also regularly integrate mantra and meditation. When I’m travelling I like to meditate on planes, trains, or buses–I even do a short hatha sequence at the back of the plane when I’m flying! Lately I’ve been practicing more vinyasa with one exception: when I’ve had a long day of snowboarding I like to do a yin/restorative practice afterwards. Contemplating the philosophical values of yoga–on and off of my mat–is also a big part of my practice.   What podcasts/videos/speakers etc. do you love and why? I just finished watching “Heal” on Netflix which I absolutely loved for many different reasons. It’s a documentary discussing the mechanisms of healing including the mental and spiritual elements contributing to health. It featured cameos from a few of my favourite speakers/authors including Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra...
Yogacara Featured One of the Best Yoga Studios

Yogacara Featured One of the Best Yoga Studios

Yogacara has been featured as one of the best yoga studios in Canada by Stylight Magazine. What makes Yogacara so special you might ask? Here are a few reasons why students love joining us for yoga classes, holistic health sessions, yoga teacher training, and more. 1.) Always small class sizes This is a rare opportunity for a yoga studio to cap classes at only 15 students. This allows for a unique connection with your teacher and community. You’ll always receive attention and care you deserve, plus you’ll never feel self-conscious about taking up too much space. There’s always enough to go around! 2.) Compassionate, caring, and skilled teachers We understand yoga is for all and we encourage everyone to practice the values of yoga, on and off their mat. This is what inspires our teachers to hold space for everyone to enjoy their yoga practice. Those vibes can be felt right when you walk through the door. All of our teachers are highly trained and have a unique take on yoga however one common thread is clear: our passions come through our teaching to create a positive experience for all. 3.) Drink in the good vibes The energy in the studio is palpable, even right when as you walk-in. The immediate zen feeling makes it the perfect space for you to connect to your highest self. 4.) A variety of options to support your practice and well-being In our community we have the most variety to support your practice, on and off your mat. Our classes offer a variety of teachers and styles including hatha, vinyasa, yin, restorative, and even...
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