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Buying Local

Buying Local

by Emily Kane, Owner | Yogacara Studios, Whistler Village Most people who come to Whistler aren’t moving here for a new job… the majority of us are in this town since we really want to be.  Whistler is a truly unique destination; an amazing place to live, work and play.  Living in this community gives us the opportunity to do what we love in the outdoors, whether you ski, snowboard, hike, or bike; there’s a little bit of something for everyone.  I’ve had the opportunity to attend a few local networking events; Women of Whistler, Chamber luncheons, and Tourism Whistler meetings to name a few.  Not only are there many entrepreneurs in Whistler, but many happen to be women.  It’s made me realize how important it is to the overall well-being of our community to support local businesses. A Chamber meeting late last year highlighted this point to me, while giving concrete reasons for how it bolsters all of us. ECONOMY Keeping your hard-earned dollars in the economy allows businesses to make, and keeps jobs in our community.  Keeping jobs locally promotes the circulating of wages, and typically keeps purchasing local as most businesses opt to purchase from local suppliers.  At Yogacara Studios in Whistler, many of our decals, signs, and even our tea, all come from local companies. ENVIRONMENT Local businesses supporting other local companies will result in a reduced carbon footprint. Supplies won’t need to be flown, or shipped far to reach their destination. CHARITABLE GIVING LOCO BC is a non-profit organization who’s mission is to support local companies. They stated that local businesses give 5x more...
The Kundalini Yoga Experience | Yogacara Studios

The Kundalini Yoga Experience | Yogacara Studios

by Janet Ward, E-RYT Lead Teacher 200 Yoga Teacher Training Welcome to the Kundalini Yoga Experience.  It is the year of the Snake, a perfect time to dive deeper into the mystery, magic, meaning and music of Kundalini energy. This bio-electric elemental creative life force energy is in everything. In every person it has its own intelligence, its own unique fingerprint frequency. Kundalini yoga and meditation can connect us deeply to our inner guru.  Yogi Bhajan who brought this technology westward from India in the late sixites was a Sikh and in the Sikh religion there are no more gurus.  The only guru is the Guru Granth Sahib – the holy book of the Sikh religion which contains wisdom from many traditions and is a beautiful testament to peace, love and greatness. When Kundalini is awakened there is an experience of self- knowledge revealing an inner light.  Paradoxically, this experience of light can include a surrender to what Christians call the dark night of the soul. In surrender to this spiritual trial we ultimately find the union, the oneness of Yoga and we become more sensitive, refined and intuitive. There are myriad ways to activate Kundalini energy; Yoga, pranayam, meditation, visualization, chanting, dancing, Shaktipat (the touch of a master) , fasting and other austerities, koans, self-inquiry, sex.  We are fortunate to have techniques to ground the radical experience of Kundalini awakening. As Shakti awakens and enters each chakra she sets it spinning.  Its elements dissolve and she rises up. Chi, Ki, Ruach, Manna, Ache, Elan Vitale, Fuerza Vitale, Holy Spirit, Kung, Kukulkan, Quetzalcoatl – these are all names for the...
Snowga | Yogacara Studios

Snowga | Yogacara Studios

By Emily Kane, Owner & Teacher at Yogacara Whistler With yoga’s increasing popularity there are many emerging trends branching off to fit every lifestyle. “Snowga” is definitely no exception. For every skier or snowboarder who’s ever thought about trying yoga this may now be your chance… or maybe you’re a yogi who’s thought about giving one of these snow sports a try. Whatever’s brought you to the mountains, Snowga is a new way to blend yoga and snowsports. The basic idea of “Snowga” is exactly how it sounds: merging the powerful practice of yoga with a lesson in skiing or snowboarding. The focus is on asana, or the postures in yoga, as wells as pranayama, or breath technique, along with meditation to help calm and prepare the body for a better mountain experience. The philosophy is that by using the conventions of yoga we can improve our skills and abilities to bring more enjoyment to snow sports. And what better way to enhance your yoga practice than by being in a pristine winter wonderland? The benefits of Snowga range from enhancing self-awareness, improving well-being, preventing injury, increasing energy and self-confidence, as well as balance and alignment. If you’re still not convinced, the tools learned in Snowga can also be taken into your daily life. Even if “Snowga” isn’t available in your area, we can always use the techniques learned in yoga classes and bring that intention to skiing or snowboarding. Or even if it’s just on a scenic chairlift ride. Whatever your interest is, find your mountain bliss by blending yoga with winter activities; a great way to have...
The Thrill Genes | Yogacara Studios

The Thrill Genes | Yogacara Studios

by Emily Kane for Concrete Wave Magazine How Your Genes Affect Your Skate Decisions Ever wonder why some of your friends can’t get into longboarding? Or any thrill seeking at all? There must be something that sets us apart from one another to define how we react to more-risky situations. Whether its bombing a hill on your longboard or taking a dicey gamble in Vegas, you may rise to the challenge while some of your friends back down from uncertainty. Well, now you can tell them to blame their parents. Recent research links the personality trait for “thrill seeking,” also known as “sensation seeking” to your genes. Cynthia Thomson, a Ph.D student at the University of British Columbia, is at the helm of this research. In one study, she compared people’s genetics with their scores on a series of personality tests related to thrill seeking and found a significant association between a particular gene and thrill-seeking behaviour. Thomson’s study focused on skiers and snowboarders, but it may relate to other forms of risk taking as well, and thus may also help others; the same genetic link that applies to thrill seeking also has a relationship with drug usage. While some people take up longboarding and other sports to satisfy their sensation-seeking cravings, others may turn to drugs to attain the same gratification. Read the rest of the article HERE! Click the Link, then Volume 11, No. 2 – Longboarding for Peace – Page...
Karma: Action and Its Imprint | Yogacara Studios

Karma: Action and Its Imprint | Yogacara Studios

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” Wayne Dyer We have all heard about Karma, and how if we do something bad to another person or witness something being done, that Karma will “get them.” It’s probably a loaded questions with lots of grey line, but, when we look at Karma in a bigger sense what does it mean? Karma means action or activity that produces a result and leaves behind an energetic impression inside our heart and minds. It can originate from many different places, whether its a thought, a word, a deed or perhaps even something that we perceive with our senses. Every karma has consequences, which can occur sooner or later, and could be obvious or subtle. It is recorded into the memory of the universe. As Isaac Newton said, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” If we are looking to contribute to the universe on any level, the energy of kindness and compassion, positive energy gives off more positive energy. If we are only displaying, thinking or acting in a negative manner, there will be an equal reaction. Karma encourages us to act selflessly and for the benefit of others. It may take a long time for karma to come back to us, but I invite you to not worry about that part, look and see how it feels to act selflessly and for the benefit of others. It is important to act karmically, to ensure our lives are filled with positive and happy energy, but know that these “paybacks” in karma may be so minute that we...
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