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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...
5 Signs of an Advanced Yogi

5 Signs of an Advanced Yogi

When I started going deeper into my yoga practice, I began to wonder what it really meant to be an advanced yogi.   I remember the frustration I had with certain poses that wouldn’t happen no matter how hard I tried. One day in a yoga class, I noticed someone transition directly from a wide-legged forward fold to a headstand. My reaction was, “Wow, this person is like a magical unicorn!” I could also hear the little voice of doubt inside my head saying that would never happen for me. Well, I was wrong. A few years later, I conquered that variation—I’d officially transformed into that magical unicorn. Did I feel any more enlightened? No. Did I feel like I’d raised the bar? Not really. Luckily for us, what determines an advanced yogi has nothing to do with yoga poses; shifting into a refined practice goes a few layers deeper, to the core essence of what it means to be a “real yogi”—whatever that means. We can learn a lot about how we act and react by challenging ourselves. However, mastering that tough pose  suddenly give you enlightenment, so what does elevate a yoga practice?   Want to read more? Check out the original article here featured on Elephant...
4 Good Reasons To Go Plant Based

4 Good Reasons To Go Plant Based

Progressively working towards a diet that is centered around plants is one of the best things you can do for your health and the sustainability of our planet. Regardless of your beliefs or practices in regards to consumption of dairy, poultry and other various meat sources, the perks of eating more plants are undeniable.   If you still need some convincing, it’s worth considering that some of the strongest, most robust creatures on the planet thrive on a plant based diet. Elephants, rhinos, hippos, bison and horses all thrive and healthily reproduce on a vegan diet.   Increased Energy Digestion is one of the most taxing processes that your body undergoes. Since we are digesting food several times a day, it’s best to stick with foods that are easiest for our system to digest. Doing this will minimize the energy that your body is expending. You can expect to see a noticeable difference in your energy once you start looking to vegetables and fruits to make up the majority of your diet. Some good foods to look to for maximum digestion are water-dense fruits, vegetables like leafy greens, squash, cucumbers, carrots and healing roots like ginger and turmeric. Aim to keep your diet ever changing and vast. Strive to eat what’s in season; you may even find that you save money by buying most of your produce at your local farmers market.   Athletic Performance Contrary to popular belief, plant do contain protein. Plants are actually a primary source of protein, while meat is a secondary source. In fact, a sea green vegetable called spirulina is, pound for pound,...
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