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Chakra Balance for Skiing & Snowboarding

Chakra Balance for Skiing & Snowboarding

When each chakra is functioning normally it results in a happy, healthy, fully functioning person. There are so many situations where the chakras come into play, and life on the snow is no exception. Finding balance in the energy of each chakra can help you prepare for your next day on the slopes. Unsure of what a chakra is? Simply put: they’re energy centers in the body that affect health and well-being. The 7 chakras have corresponding colors, emotions, intentions, organs, and spiritual states. 1st Chakra (Root or Muladhara) The 1st chakra has to do with stability, security, and basic human nature. Survival instincts are closely linked to this energy center so it’s not surprising it can easily affect a day of shredding. The next time you’re on the mountain, it’s the strength of your root chakra that helps you conquer your fears. What yoga poses to practice: Mountain Pose (Tadasana) Balancing Asana (Tree, Eagle, Dancer) 2nd Chakra (Sacral or Svadisthana) Creative expression, emotional stability and abundance are key parts of this chakra. So what’s its connection to ripping it up on snow? If you’ve ever had a day on the hill that is less than perfect, it’s likely a good test of your 2nd chakra.  Finding bliss and gratitude even when the conditions aren’t ideal encourages this chakra into balance. What yoga poses to practice: Hip openers (butterfly, low lunge, pigeon) Bridge pose 3rd Chakra (Navel or Manipura) The 3rd chakra is home to your self-esteem, confidence, and personal power. On the slopes, this also has a strong connection to facing your fears. Additionally, it ties into that old saying “no friends...
Living Life with Abundance

Living Life with Abundance

By Andrea Nacey, E-RYT and Yin Yoga Teacher Trainer   The creative process involves evoking the right side of our brain where we conspire with the abundance of the universe. Sitting down to meditate is an important steps for me as a writer, yoga teacher, and business woman. Another ritual I preform every morning before approaching my list of ‘work’ is to turn on the diffuser, and choose the oils that will support me throughout the day. This morning I choose Frankincense because I wanted to feel my best, and vibrate in harmony with the universe’s abundance. I also added a splash of Grapefruit to the essential oil blend in order to evoke love and acceptance. Rumi declares that “there are many ways to kneel and kiss the earth,” proving that it is crucial that we ground down and connect with our energy source to seek abundance. Last week I was invited to speak to a group of Lululemons during their vision and goals workshop, absolutely stoked for the abundance being offered I said yes. I spoke about my first experience with vision and goal setting.   Want to know more about Andrea’s experience? Read...
5 Ways to Seek Adventure for your Soul

5 Ways to Seek Adventure for your Soul

Our soul is the essence of our being. It is fueled by our passion and love for life. So what is a soul searcher to do? Find excitement and ignite your spirit! This list is for the life-loving adventurer that’s looking to nourish their soul. 1.) Find Your Passion Confucius once said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Find what excites you and gives you purpose then find a way to turn that into a life-long career. If you’re lucky enough to have already found that calling, try taking it to the next level, which brings us to the next point… 2.) Take Risks There are lots of ways to take risks. Take the next step in your career, owning more responsibility, going on that trip you’ve always wanted… Staying in a place that’s comfortable can lead to stagnation. Allowing yourself to take risks will help keep that strong spark in your soul. 3.) Seek Adventure Adventure can mean a lot of different things. Whether you’re looking to try a new sport, travel to a different country or simply check out a new hiking trail, your soul will thank you for the new adventure regardless of how big or small it may seem. 4.) Find someone to share it with This can be a significant other, a friend or family member. This someone can be anyone you’re connected to that can elevate you on this new soul searching journey! 5.) Appreciate the little things Finally got to go to Europe? Appreciate that espresso at the little cafe down...
Tips for the Travelling Yogi

Tips for the Travelling Yogi

Written for the Yogacara Yoga Teacher Training Blog By Emily Kane – E-RYT, Studio Owner and Yoga Teacher A sense of wanderlust is pretty common amongst the yoga community. The travelling yogi has developed an appreciation for the world around them, making exploration natural. Being open to new experiences and getting a new perspective is a great way to expand your practice off your mat. The only challenge for a travelling yogi is an unstable environment which can make it difficult to maintain their regular yoga practice. When finding yourself on buses, trains, planes or in different accommodations regularly, it can be tough to keep your routine. Here are some suggestions to help a travelling yogi on the right path. Yoga is not just Asana Yoga is made up of the eight limbs, asana is just one of those limbs. Asana is the physical part of yoga, or all of the poses that are practiced. The other seven limbs are the yamas (ethical restraints), niyamas (self-discipline and spiritual observances), pranayama (breath control), pratyhara (sense withdrawal), dharana (concentration), dhyana (uninterrupted flow of concentration) and finally, Samadhi (pure bliss). As a travelling yogi, practicing other forms of yoga while on-the-go can be very useful to deepen your practice. A simple way to do this would be practicing pranayama; for instance, ujayyi breathing can be done practically anywhere and anytime. Practicing ujayyi with your eyes closed can withdraw you from any distractions by guiding awareness to your breath, which allows for concentration. Click to read...
Whistler Winter Activities

Whistler Winter Activities

When arriving to town, most people are lured to Whistler Village for the love of skiing or snowboarding, but there are many more Whistler winter activities to enjoy. We’ve even given a few options in case the snow conditions aren’t ideal. Whether you’re looking for some fun in the snow, or to relax while on vacation – there are lots of options for Whistler winter activities to choose from. 1.) Get on the mountain! Yes, most people come here for skiing and snowboarding but there are other Whistler winter activities up on Whistler Blackcomb than just sliding around on snow! Get on the peak-to-peak or try something new you’ve never experienced. The mountain offers guided tours, on mountain dining, courses and more! Looking to tune up your skills? Try a lesson. Want to get into the backcountry some day? Try taking an avalanche course. The options are endless. For more information check out Whistler Blackcomb’s site 2.) Try Cross Country Skiing or Snowshoeing Even when there’s less snow than we’d like there to be, the Callaghan Valley tends to be open for cross country skiing or snowshoeing. It’s a fun way to get out in the fresh air and do something different. It’s also a great way to get active while enjoying the outdoors. Ski Callaghan is just south of Whistler making it a great addition to any winter activity. 3.) Ziplining There are a few different options to do fun ziplining tours in Whistler. Breathtaking views and a connection to nature, what more could you ask for? The guides are friendly and reassuring to make it a pleasant...
Connection Celebration Meditation Yoga

Connection Celebration Meditation Yoga

Connection Celebration Meditation Yoga. Everyone has their own interpretation for the individual experience, or collective experiences, that relate to these values. Although each word can be explained in a unique way, there is a unified nature in their meaning. A meditation yoga experience can include many ways to connect and celebrate, whether that’s to yourself or to others. Connection: A meditation yoga practice can create connection to your highest self. It’s important to connect to more than asana (or poses), but to all that yoga encompasses. This includes our awareness of our breath, which can connect us to deep, inner stillness and true bliss. Cultivating these qualities can make big differences on and off the mat. This awareness causes us to avoid those outer distractions – that way, focus can remain on what is truly important in life. Celebration: After the fun and connection with friends and family over the holidays, it can be difficult to go back to “normal” life. As corny as it may sound, every day is an opportunity to celebrate. Celebration can be as simple as being grateful for the life and the learning experiences that come our way – even sharing the same connection to the human experience can be a cause to celebrate! A sense of community can be created through a shared experience of mindfulness, connection, and celebration. Meditation and yoga can be a great way to create a deeper connection with yourself and others.     Looking for ways to connect and celebrate through a meditation yoga practice to welcome the new year? Invite new beginnings for 2015 by joining us...
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