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Fall Mindfulness Practices In Whistler

Fall Mindfulness Practices In Whistler

Ahhh Fall. The leaves are changing, the air is crisper, and pumpkin spice is all-the-rage. It can also be a time to commit to your yoga and mindfulness practice. So what is mindfulness you might ask? To be mindful is to become fully aware of the present moment. It’s an opportunity to acknowledge one’s thoughts, feelings, and sensations without attaching yourself to them. There are many ways to cultivate mindfulness on and off the mat but here we give you a few ideas of how to bring this into practice right here in Whistler. Explore our backyard Whistler is a beautiful place to explore with so much to offer. Our tips to stay present and cultivate mindfulness while hiking is to become aware of each step or each breath that you take. You might even use a mantra to help focus your attention. This can be as simple as silently saying “I am calm and I am present” or any phrase that helps you feel grounded or empowered as you wander. With these hikes the silence, the breeze, and the beauty of the forest might be all that you need! Our favorite easy-going fall hikes: The new Trainwreck trail from Cheakamus Parkhurst Ghost Town Nairn Falls Brandywine Falls Get cozy in a local cafe Whistler boasts a number of great local spots to get a cup of tea or coffee. So how does this help a mindfulness practice? Sipping a cup of tea or coffee can be a great way to cultivate mindfulness just by savoring the experience. Enjoying the smell, taste, and warmth of a tasty beverage is a great...
Restorative Yoga – Relax, Restore, Renew

Restorative Yoga – Relax, Restore, Renew

Yoga has the ability to create bliss on many levels – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The key to this state can come from a variety of practices, but one form seems to stand out when it comes to relaxation. Restorative yoga uses long, supported holds to relax the body and restore the nervous system, which has the ability to open doors to the subconscious mind. We look to answer a few questions you may have about restorative yoga and how you are able to benefit from this healing practice.   How is restorative yoga different? There are different styles of restorative yoga, but generally they all have the same intention. Restorative yoga uses props to support the body, meaning there is no physical effort or strain in maintaining a pose. In fact, it is encouraged to be in complete relaxation. If there’s any intensity, sensitivity or pain then it’s important to ease out or provide more support using props. If the pose is not supported, the body unconsciously holds tension to protect your joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. This can prevent the nervous system from entering it’s relaxation phase, known as the parasympathetic response. In a deep restorative yoga practice, you may relax in a pose for 10 minutes or longer. Moving quickly from one pose to another can disrupt the relaxation response, which makes patience and timing essential to a restorative yoga practice.   How does restorative yoga affect the nervous system? During everyday life, we are constantly bombarded with stimuli from our environment. For most of us, we’re operating with a fight-or-flight response, a.k.a. the stress...
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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