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Gratitude

Gratitude

Psychology Today defines gratitude as an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has. They also refer to studies that show how cultivating gratitude can increase our well-being and happiness. So how can you cultivate gratitude or what makes it so important? When we take time out of our busy lives and reflect on what we are grateful for, we are setting an intention for ourselves. This intention for gratitude takes away from simple wants and needs, which allows a person to feel fulfilled. It creates the space for the realization of what is truly important in life. Gratitude can be the smallest of things, even waking up in the morning and thinking “I am so grateful for this warm bed.” Sometimes when life gets hectic, we forget about the little things. We may even get so caught up, we forget about our gratitude for the bigger picture – friends, family and loved ones. So how do we cultivate gratitude? It may be simpler than you think. You can even reflect on gratitude when you are in a frustrating situation. For instance, the next time you’re in line at the grocery store, reflect on the gratitude for the items in your basket; the ability to afford groceries is also something to be very grateful for. Looking at ways you can create light in every situation will help you find a deeper connection to gratitude in your...
Apres Ski Yoga

Apres Ski Yoga

Apres ski yoga can be the best way to make the most of those few hours after the lifts close. Relaxing and releasing tense muscles will prevent muscle soreness and improve recovery time.  Wondering what ways are best to stretch to make the most of your apres ski yoga practice? We give you a few ways to stretch out after a good day on the slopes. 1.) Hero Pose Are your thighs burning after one too many turns on the hill? Hero pose is an excellent way to release overused quadriceps. It can also feel very grounding and relaxing after a day of thrill seeking. How-To For Hero Pose – Apres ski yoga tips: sit on a block underneath your sitbones or lie a bolster along your spine for support and comfort (especially if you have sensitive knees) 2.) Forward Fold If you’re looking for a pose to relax tension along the back of your legs, and spine then forward fold is for you.  Forward fold can release your hamstrings while lengthening the erector spinae and lumbosacral fascia which can shorten and tense from twisting during skiing. How-To Forward Fold – Apres ski yoga tips: You don’t have to touch the floor or keep your legs straight to enjoy this one! Relax your head completely to help relax tense neck muscles. 3.) Pigeon This can feel like an intense pose, but it’s amazing for your glutes during an apres ski yoga session. It also feels great for your hips! How-To Piqeon Pose – Apres ski yoga tips: sit on a block if your hips feel unbalanced or if you experience any...
The Importance of Small Yoga Classes

The Importance of Small Yoga Classes

It is only in recent history that public classes have been popularized and relevant in yoga. Many of the traditional teachings were translated orally from teacher to student. Notice the wording there – teacher to student. The recent phenomenon of public classes are a long stretch from the private teachings of previous traditions; however, there are still many benefits in taking public yoga classes. The important difference to realize is the significance of small yoga classes. 1.) Personal attention In previous traditions, a one-on-one experience guaranteed that the practice was developed for the student. In small yoga classes this attention can still be given and evenly distributed to all students. In a class with 20+ people you will simply not be able to ensure quality or safety for all individuals. 2.) Community In larger classes it’s nearly impossible to get to know other students, let alone your own teacher. Small yoga classes ensure you have the opportunity to have personal attention while getting to know your teacher. This also allows you to bring up questions and concerns about your practice without having to put your name on a waitlist. 3.) Knowing their priorities Many studios trade the benefits of small yoga classes to create income. If a studio has small yoga classes, they are willing to give up profits in exchange for student well-being. In the yoga community, I think there is something to be said when you are willing to maintain your integrity to create a quality yoga experience for students. In modern yoga, it’s often we get lost in a crowd. Choosing the right space for your...
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...
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