Whistler Local Gift Guide

Whistler Local Gift Guide

Still have a few more holiday gifts to pick up for people you care about? Feel good about your gift giving over the holidays by picking up something local to Whistler. There are plenty of perfect presents for everyone on your list that support a locally owned and operated business. For the Adventurous Sprit If there’s that special person on your list that wants to get out of bounds (but do it safely) then check out the AST Level 1 Avalanche Safety Courses offered by Mountain Skills Academy. They’ll learn the ins-and-outs of avalanche safety and get a solid introduction to venturing into the backcountry. For those who like to go straight from the hill, to apres, or yoga (or anywhere else for that matter) the GoggleSoc will be revolutionary. It’s a protective case that’ll keep goggles safe from scratching (yes, it’s different from your goggle bag, we promise). Plus it’s pretty new on the market so be prepared to impress even the most mountain savy and at $14.95 each they make a great stocking stuffer too. For the Yogi If the yogi on your list has never had the chance to take a private lesson before they will love the chance to break down those tough poses or connect more with their favorite teacher. If they love a more personalized approach they’ll be sure to appreciate the beauty of a 1-to-1 class. Treat them to lunch (or a gift certificate) for the Naked Sprout or Green Mustache. Tasty, healthy, and all organic, either spot will be an oasis for the yogis in your life. For the Spa Lover Give...
Conscious Shopping Guide for Whistler

Conscious Shopping Guide for Whistler

You already know that where you put your dollar counts. Buying products that are ethical and sustainable for the planet makes a big difference! You realize that making these conscious day-to-day decisions can slowly change the world. You’d think we’d have limited options here in our beautiful little mountain town but luckily, that’s not the case. We have plenty of choices in Whistler when it comes to buying consciously. Everything from shopping local, cruetly-free, eco-conscious, and more. We have a few perfect options for conscious shopping in Whistler if you’re looking for great brands that fit your lifestyle. All of the products listed are eco-friendly and cruelty-free. They are available in Whistler at Nesters, IGA, and most drugstores unless otherwise listed.   Personal Care/Grooming 1.) Live Clean If you’re looking for budget-friendly and plant-based it’s pretty hard to go wrong with Live Clean. They have a large selection that ranges from shampoo and conditioners, to soap, and even a line for babies. **all products are vegetarian/vegan, some may contain dairy or beeswax. Vegan options are clearly labelled 2.) Avalon Organics If you’re looking for an all-organic alternative, Avalon Organics is your last stop. Their skin and hair products have excellent reviews and a loyal client base. Although it’d be tough to find in Whistler, their products are very easy to order off Amazon. 3.) Lush Products Handmade, fresh ingredients, and a company that gives back in big ways? Yes please! Lush has great choices for bath products, skin care, hair care, and even makeup. Unfortunately the Lush store in Whistler has closed but their products are widely available online and their closest...
A Staycation For Any Whistler Yogi

A Staycation For Any Whistler Yogi

Whistler has so much to offer in the summer time. From pristine lakes to worthwhile hikes with breathtaking views and even outdoor concerts. When there’s so much to explore from home, there’s no need to go anywhere else. As a local it feels good to take a break and truly enjoy what Whistler offers. For visitors, it’s nice to be connected to this beautiful mountain community. This is why the staycation is the perfect idea for any Whistler yogi. Here are our top suggestions to make your staycation a memorable one. 1.) Lounge on a patio There’s something about sitting out in the sunshine that can make your heart sing. Our suggestions are Portobello’s in the upper village, Aura in Creekside, and Table Nineteen at Nicklaus North Golf Course. Aura and Table Nineteen both have gorgeous views while Portobello’s is perfect after strolling the farmer’s market on Wednesdays and Sundays. These restaurants also have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. 2.) Explore Something Outside the Box In Your Yoga Practice Do you find yourself gravitating towards certain teachers or styles? Switch it up! If you love vinyasa try yin or restorative. Is there a new teacher you’ve seen on the schedule? Try their class and experience something new! It can feel good to get out of routine to gain new insight. We also suggest checking out Intention Evenings every Friday this summer. Each class has a specific theme that allows you to explore something outside of the regular class offerings to elevate your practice. 2.) Get Wanderlusting Wanderlust is a festival full of yoga, music, curiosity, and exploration landing...
Our Summer Book Suggestions

Our Summer Book Suggestions

Summer is here! Sunshine, lake days, and vacation season is officially in. For many of us, this means with longer days we get an extension on our work and our play. So what options do we have to find our zen other than yoga? Our answer is diving into a good book. Here are a few of our yoga teacher’s favourite book suggestions right now. We’ve included links for all of the books through Whistler bookshop Armchair Books, thank you for supporting local!   Book suggestions from Andrea 1.) The Miracle of Mindfulness ~ Thich Nhat Hanh Why? I have a huge life event coming up….giving birth to my first baby and just like everyone in our human existence I deal with anxiety & fear when it comes to the unknown. This book has helped me connect back to the basics: breath, faith, and connection to the present moment. 2.) Living an Inspired Life ~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Why? The last Wayne Dyer is a very inspiring person in my life. This book is a fab read because it shows you how to be deeply connected to your source & spirit, and it is only when you are connected to your source & spirit that you will find inspiration. We live in a busy/fast-paced world and when you get caught up in that mind frame of “go, go, go” you lose your way. I love the way Dyer describes yogic living as a path to peace, love, and joy. 3.) Talk like Ted ~ Carmine Gallo Why? Public speaking is a great part of my career and a skill that I continue...
What Yoga Teachers Want You to Know

What Yoga Teachers Want You to Know

Going into a public yoga class can be intimidating. Luckily, great yoga teachers can make you feel welcomed even if you might not know know all the poses or philosophy in yoga. Even experienced yoga practioners might wonder what yoga teachers are thinking as they walk around the room. So here’s some insight on what yoga teachers REALLY want you to know!   We’re not concerned if you can’t touch your toes We don’t mind if you can’t touch your toes, or if your hips are tight, or you can’t balance very well. What matters to us is that you practice with an open mind, a soft heart, and you’re not taking things too seriously. So what if you can’t touch your toes? What matters is that you try. Which brings us to the next point… We want you to feel accepted It doesn’t matter if you’ve been coming to yoga for 10 years or this is your first class. We want you to feel welcomed and accepted. We want to give you options, and to not feel bad for taking one option over the other. One of the greatest advancements in a yoga practice is to shift your focus from what other people might think. It’s ok to check out other styles or teachers We understand it’s nice to check out different styles or to be inspired by another teacher. Both curiosities bring other elements to your practice and help you grow in different ways. We also accept that sometimes you “need” that certain style or teacher that particular day, and we’re totally cool with that. You’re welcome...
7 Signs You’re a Yogacara Yogi

7 Signs You’re a Yogacara Yogi

If you’ve practiced at Yogacara Whistler before, you know we like to do things a bit differently. It’s the little things that make your practice so special. So how is being a Yogacara yogi any different? We’ve come up with best list of “You know you’re a Yogacara Yogi when” moments we think you’ll appreciate. 1.) You love small class sizes and a “no late” policy Sure, every once in a while there’s a full class but you appreciate knowing that there will never be more than 14 other students. You enjoy having your own space, connecting with your teacher, and being part of a small community. You love knowing you’re more than just a number and feel that intention right when you walk in. Speaking of walking in, you know that an uninterrupted practice feels fantastic which is why you appreciate the “no late” policy. You also realize the importance of boundaries and commitment so you understand its value. And those times you’ve showed up late, you’ve accepted that it was meant to be — practicing yoga has helped you take these moments with grace. 2.) You’ve experienced 150% Andrea, Emily’s adjustments, Kristen’s kindness, and Maeve’s contagious smile. You know that having a great teacher is important so you’re grateful for the unique style each brings to practice everyday. Luckily, there are a few common threads; a passion for yoga and the ambition to help others. As a yogi, having a compassionate and understanding teacher feels awesome which is why you adore Yogacara staff. 3.) As much as you appreciate a strong vinyasa, or hatha practice, you also enjoy yin...
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