This past weekend I had a blast checking out all the wellness exhibitors at the 2016 Toronto Yoga Conference with my sister (aka: my Best-y). We sipped fresh coconut water, nibbled on Made Good Granola Minis, and browsed through hundreds of lovely yoga lifestyle products. From jewellery to cookbooks, and of course yoga mats and apparel, there were so many items I wanted to bring home – and many of which I did!
Spring is just around the courner, can you feel it? Despite the recent refreeze we’re enduring in Toronto, I’m thrilled to actually see natural light before 8am, and to hear bird songs coming from the sleeping trees. Tulip and crocus leaves have started to rise through the earth of my tiny front yard – it feels like spring is ready to pop!
The coming of Fall can bring about more change than the simple turning of the leaves. As I’m layering on the blanket scarves and contemplating woolly socks and ankle boots, my thoughts are turning inward. When the chill sets in, I begin to embrace the the stillness that exists between the adventures of summer and the hullabaloo that is the Holiday Season. It feels like a repose – a time to collect myself.
A few years ago I embarked on a culinary adventure. Having grown up on a British-meets-French Canadian diet of meat based proteins and spuds – I decided to go vegan. Two decades ago, this would have been considered rather extreme. Vegans of the 20th century were rare curiosities, seen as self-denying activists who survived on little more than lettuce leaves (aka rabbit food). Many a vegan (myself included) have been reminded that “you don’t make friends with salad”.
If you live and work in a big city, you can probably attest to the fact that as city dwellers we rarely give ourselves permission to slow down. Our day-to-day is fast paced because “fast” means “productive”, and boy do we love to get stuff done! Somedays it can feel like an endless race; masses of people rushing to get places, filing in and out of down-town offices on a 9 to 5 clock. It’s enough to make me stand like a rock in white waters – to throw my hands into the air and yell “what is it all for!” Suffice it to say, a 24 hour hustle leaves me feeling tired and unfulfilled.
Isn’t it fascinating when an event draws thousands of people into one place for the purpose of sharing an experience? When we gather in large numbers, our experience simply magnifies. And an activity as humble as the yoga practice can become quite grand, awe-inspiring and exceptionally joyful!
I’m taking a quick break from “May as the Month of Paris” on the Rather Luvly blog, to share some beautiful fitness gear. I honestly can’t stop wanting these items.
As a newly minted yoga instructor, the importance of using props is fresh in my mind. Props help you to fully experience your version of a pose while being in proper alignment, so you can avoid injury. I also have a background in design, so when I came across these beautifully designed yoga objects, I just had to share them with you!
Active-wear company Outdoor Voices has partnered with New York-based design studio Visibility, to design a family of five “yoga-related objects” made from natural materials. The designs use wood, cork, and felt, and includes: a resistance band, a wood yoga block, a triangular cork block, a wood roller, and a felt mat.
If you’re a lover of yoga, there’s a good chance that you made it to The Yoga Conference this past weekend here in Toronto. There’s always so much going on in this city, and I find I’m always wishing there were a window into the many events I inevitably miss. So… as I did make it to the show this year, I’m sharing some of my highlights. From classes, to clothing, to health food, here’s a glimpse of what you can expect to see at the Yoga Conference.