March 27th, 2013
When Geneviève Guérard left the Grand Ballets Canadiens after a 14 year career as a dancer, she began practicing yoga to keep fit and busy.
Then, she started teaching and now, she’s opened her very own studio.
For inspiration, she turned to the ultra popular Wanderlust Festivals, which bring together music and yoga. The result is Le Studio de Yoga Wanderlust, a studio with a focus on live music – think less sitar strumming and more indie rock jamming – and vinyasa-style yoga.
Rock on. —Christine Laroche
7 Laurier Ave. W., Montreal, 514-271-4224, www.lestudiodeyoga.com
February 16th, 2013
It's been such an epic flu season, it may be time to call for back-up.
To shore up our immune system, we’re gulping down omega-3 via NutraSea’s range of flavoured fish oils, which can can be added to cereal, juice, or taken as is. The kids’ oil has a bubblegum flavour (200ml, $21.99), or give them a quarter dose of the adults versions (and take one for yourself!) Our favourite is the apple flavour fortified with Vitamin D (200ml, $28,99).
Which, as you may recall, we are supposed to get from the sun. Unless you live in Canada. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
At your local health food store and online at https://shop.ascentahealth.com
September 21st, 2012
Your little one doing lion’s breath?
Now that’s cute as a button. Newly opened YogaButtons,
Vancouver’s first yoga studio devoted to kids, offers classes for babies four months and up in a sleek (think Eames elephant stools), bright and cheerful space in Kits.
Can’t imagine your tiny tot meditating? That’s where stories, music and dance come in – to keep mini yogis entertained while they engage with their breath. And if the little one gets as hooked on yoga as you are, pick them up their very own mat from the selection of kids accessories sold in-studio.
Happy baby, indeed. —Kelsey Dundon
Classes $10 (kids) and $12 (adults); YogaButtons, 2525 W. Broadway, Vancouver, 604-739-9642, http://www.yogabuttons.com/
September 20th, 2012
If you think life coaching is all about organizing your lists and increasing output, think again.
Our recent series of coaching sessions with Life Compass was hardly that. The focus was personal transformation and integrating values into our daily life. After a gruelling questionnaire (What do you see as your life purpose? What is your definition of success?) we had our first conversation and were given a challenge: throw away the lists. Well, that particular challenge didn’t work out so well for us, but we did learn a lot. Here is a list (oops) of three things life coaching has helped us change in our lives.
1. We’ve stopped checking Facebook more than three times a day, as it was cutting into the time we spent with REAL friends.
2. We’ve stopped living life for the future. Life Compass Coaching taught us that happiness is about learning to enjoy all the good moments of life, whether it be that amazing trip or simply watching your dog swim in the ocean.
3. We’ve learnt to accept life as it is, even as we strive for change. This was a big challenge, but certainly a worthy one. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Life Compass Coaching, first session is free, following sessions cost $100 per hour. www.lifecompasscoaching.ca
September 13th, 2012
White Yoga, meet your ultimate nemesis: The Color Run.
It dubs itself the happiest 5K on the planet and Montreal is the only Canadian city that will find out for itself on October 13.
The premise is simple: Start wearing white and finish with Day-Glo duds. At every kilometre, walkers/jogger/runners are doused with a different colour… and a party ensues!
Call us colour-crazy, but this is a run that really does sound fun. —Christine Laroche
September 12th, 2012
Yoga offers a ton of benefits – relaxation, flexibility and overall well-being come to mind – but finding the right studio at the right price can prove harder than finally nailing that handstand.
New studio Ha Yoga is responding to the frustration and is changing the way we practice with its simple, fuss-free and affordable mindset.
Yes, it’s our lucky day: This new downtown studio offers seven 70-minute power vinyasa flow classes every day. The cost? Just $7 each.
Jackpot! —Christine Laroche
2002 Mackay St. #2, Montreal, 514-632-1716, www.hayoga.ca
July 17th, 2012
We recently spent time with Jenny Fletcher, an Oakley-sponsored model-turned-triathlete, and she inspired us to do something radical.
No, we haven’t signed up for an Ironman, but we have started adding spinach and celery to our morning smoothies. If this gorgeous gazelle swears by this concoction (and her Oakley gear, natch), we know we’re in top-notch company.
Here’s our current go-to smoothie, a recette created by the Culinary Institute of America exclusively for Oakley.
1 cup plain, non-fat yogurt
½ cup skim milk
6-7 ice cubes
1 celery stick
Small handful of spinach
4 large strawberries
¼ of berries, banana, orange, pineapple, whatever you want.
4 baby carrots
1 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
Throw everything in your blender (preferably a Vitamix – swoon!) and enjoy your other daily dose. —Christine Laroche
July 13th, 2012
It’s suggest that you bite them, tear them, or clip them, but whatever way you choose, trimming a baby’s nails is never fun.
What if we told you that there was a magical machine that would make baby manicures stress-free? Zoli’s award-winning Buzz B nail trimmer is a buffing machine, which gently files down the nails using textured pads. There are two different settings, and four different pads (depending on baby’s age.) The pads are soft enough that they won’t damage skin, and the Buzz B works on infants and toddlers.
Yes, we know it sounds expensive, but the good news is, the Buzz B is only $36, which is less than the cost of a manicure. Now, if only they’d invent a magic machine to paint our nails for us. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Buzz B Nail Trimmer, $36 at www.safandbenjamin.com
May 26th, 2012
We never thought babies would need a chiropractor, but it turns out that pediatric chiropractic care can be very useful. What’s not to love about a natural way to solve colic, prevent allergies, control asthma, and help baby sleep? Here are some facts from Dr. Stephanie Bonn at Coco Chiropractic in Vancouver:
1. Chiropractic adjustments help to stimulate nerves, and can help solve colic and reflux problems. So much better than medication!
2. Chiro can help support the parasympathetic nervous system to naturally relax a baby (how you feel after a yoga class!)
3. Chiro improves the child's lung function and increases their threshold to allergies. Asthma and allergies are two things we don’t want our kids to inherit.
It’s nice when someone’s got your back. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
May 3rd, 2012
At long last, we can have our brunch, and get our yoga on too.
So naturally the convenient schedule is what initially drew us to Espace Mukti, and the laid-back vibe, challenging classes and amazing atmosphere have kept us coming back for more.
Why shouldn’t practicing be fulfilling and practical? —Christine Laroche
4051 de Bullion St., Montreal, 514-419-5272, sites.espacemukti.com/espace-mukti-yoga/home