The summertime countdown is on — and although I don’t generally adopt a scarcity mindset when it comes to life’s pleasures, we all know summer only lasts so long here in Canada, so we’ve got to make the most of it!
~Special announcement~ My hubs and I are expecting our first baby, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! The Melon (as my Dad likes to called him or her) is due late August and we’re busy preparing in true newbie-parent fashion. We’ve upgraded from our bachelor apartment to a two bedroom home (which was totally overdue!), painted the baby’s room a lovely pale grey, and are amassing all things Baby from our generous friends and family. I’m so glad we have people in our lives who know the first-time parenting drill; they are saving me from hours of Google searching “what do babies eat/do/need”!
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!
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!
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.