Day 108 – Yoga on Facebook Live

It was still dark in Panama when I unrolled my mat and set up my computer on Day 108 (April 18) to lead a yoga practice on Facebook Live. We did 108 sun salutations together online and by the time we finished, the sun was high in sky, Koji was miraculously still sleeping and over 500 people had tuned in!

I am loving doing yoga practice on Facebook Live!  So cool.

I am so happy & grateful I was able to share a yoga practice on Facebook Live this year.

I am so happy & grateful I was able to share a yoga practice on Facebook Live this year.

In various ancestral traditions, and particularly in the yoga tradition, 108 is a sacred number which represents union, spirituality and infinity. The 108th day of the year is the perfect occasion to celebrate this tradition together by joining in a practice of 108 sun salutations. This day is also the anniversary of my 108 days of 108 Sun Salutations. This epic adventure led to becoming the first woman to break the Guinness World Record in 2010 for the Longest Yoga Marathon (32 hours) and raising nearly $15,000 for charity.

(Side note: My Guinness World Record was recently broken by an Indian woman who practiced for almost 60 hours. I just found out and I’m actually pretty happy about this. It’s about time the record was broken and good on her. It’s an unbelievable experience and I am happy to share it. )

This year’s Day 108 practice was really beautiful. Despite being far away, I was so happy to connect with students online via live boardcast. If only this technology had been around in 2010, I might have been able to share my yoga marathon on Facebook Live and maybe we would have raised more funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Isn’t it crazy how fast things change? Who knows, maybe one day, after I’m gone, people will be able to practice yoga with my hologram!

Click here to see the video of the yoga practice on Facebook Live. (I have some technical difficulties, and the video recorded sideways, but I am working on editing.)


 

Timeline of Day 108 Celebrations

2011 - We did 54 Moon Salutations by candle light.

2011 – We did 54 Moon Salutations by candle light.

2010: Yasmin begins a 108 sun salutations for 108 continuous days with the intention to study the yoga practice in the microcosm of surya namaskar. This was life changing.

2011: Yasmin teaches a quiet candlelit practice at her former studio, Om West Holistic Centre in Pointe Claire along with 25 close students. This is also the last day of 54 days of 54 Moon Salutations, her second long practice.

2012: It’s a Leap Year, so Day 108 is on April 17 this year. Yasmin co-leads a smallish but powerful group practice at Lululemon Athletica on St Denis along with several other yoga teachers from around Montreal.

2013: Yasmin organizes a big multi-studio 108 practice connected by video conference. Yasmin is at Studio Wanderlust in Plateau Montreal and there are five other locations around Montreal (Le Studio Wanderlust, Naada Yoga, HappyTree Yoga, Viveka Yoga & H~OM) hosting simultaneous community practices of 108 Sun Salutations.

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2014 – 108 Sun Salutations at Loft108

Yoga teacher David Good also organized a practice in Toronto. Over 30 yoga teachers led sets of Surya Namaskar and we had nearly 200 participants joining us. There are also several online participants tuning in some as far away as Europe and Vancouver!

 

2014: H’OM Yoga Centre and Moksha Yoga NDG join Yasmin and offer yoga mala practices. More than 100 people participate. Gigi Cohen formerly of Café Juicy Lotus caters a delicious dinner for after the yoga practice.

2015: There is a full house at Loft108 for a yoga mala practice led by various Montreal Yoga Teachers, but Yasmin is in Las Vegas for a conference and practices in the dessert with four friends. She sends a greeting video and more than $600 of donations are collected for la Fondation du Dr. Julien, a Montreal-based organism which ensures the development of Social Paediatrics in Community for the benefit of as many children as possible.

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2015 – Yoga in the Nevada Desert

 

 

2016: Yasmin is pregnant with Koji. She offers a recorded 108 Sun Salutation practice for free and encourages students to ‘pay it forward’ by donating to their favourite charity or doing some other random act of kindness.

2017: Yasmin is in Panama and sees an opportunity to connect to her community anyway by offering the yoga practice on Facebook Live. The feed reaches close to 3,000 people and more than 500 tune in. Moksha Yoga NDG in Montreal do their own Day 108 practice. Out in Victoria, British Columbia, Carlo Kuhlenschimdt, Yasmin’s senior student and sometimes teaching assistant, organizes 108 sun salutations for charity.

 

 

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Kutumba Energy: Acroyoga duo

Kutumba Energy is an acroyoga duo based in Montreal comprised of Anna Kowaleski & Jaime Schmidt-Little. They will be teaching at Loft108, so we thought you should get to know them! Cousins Anna & Jaime became hooked on acroyoga after just one class purchased on GroupOn. Originally from Ontario, Kutumba Energy is known for highly creative acroyoga photos on Instagram and their accessible yoga classes for everyone. Coming up, the duo are leading two workshops and a six week acroyoga series at Loft108. (click here for details)

We thought you should get to know Kutumba Energy. Here’s our interview with them:

Cousins Anna (left) & Jaime (right) became close after moving to Montreal.

Cousins Anna (left) & Jaime (right) became close after moving to Montreal.

1- What does Kutumba Energy signify and why did you pick this name?  

Kutumba Energy comes from a Sanskrit expression that we connected with – “vasudhaiva kutumbakam” which means, “the world is one family”. Our family is extremely important to us, and they are the reason we became the people we are today. We wanted to be able to share this feeling of closeness, and safety, and love with the rest of the world – make everyone part of our family! Kutumba means family, so the name literally means Family Energy – which is the vibe we are going for.

 

2- How did you start practicing Acroyoga together?

Anna was looking to reconnect to her yoga practice in 2014 and at the time could only afford to buy a GroupOn pass to a studio near her downtown, and she immediately connected with the teacher, who also taught Acroyoga classes. We went to one Acroyoga class “just to try it out” and became instantly hooked. We’ve been practicing non-stop ever since.

 

3- We know your cousins and close friends, we you always close growing up?

We were somewhat close, but definitely not how we are now. We always lived far apart growing up and only saw each other at family get-togethers. We became extremely close when we both moved to Montreal. As we are the only two members of our family living in Quebec, our relationship is very important to us. We have been very fortunate to also have similar passions and life goals, and to have become not only yoga partners, but business partners as well.

The four pillars of Kutumba Energy are: Communication, Community, Connection & Creativity.

The four pillars of Kutumba Energy are: Communication, Community, Connection & Creativity.

 

4- You have a very cool Instagram account with so many nice photos. What or who inspires you?

Inspiration comes from everywhere! Much of our inspiration comes from other Acroyogis’ social media accounts. It also comes from our many amazing teachers and fellow Acroyogis who we practice with. We also draw inspiration from the beauty of Montreal itself. We’re not from here, and we’re not sure if the novelty will wear off eventually, but the city is just so beautiful!

 

5- Some of your photos look very acrobatic. What would you say the difference is between acrobatics & acroyoga?

We’ve never actually trained in acrobatics, so for us, we can only really speak about it from the Acroyoga standpoint. Acroyoga fuses acrobatics, yoga and Thai yoga massage. Although much of our practice is very energetic, it always incorporates proper technique, alignment and breath, and can also incorporate very relaxing and healing partner/group work. From what we know of acrobatics, it is much more just an emphasis on the aesthetic and the physical acts.

 

6- How do you hope to serve the world through your work? What imprint would you like to leave behind?

For this photoshoot, Anna made sparkly tutus for them to wear. The theme was 'Urban Fairytale'.

For this photoshoot, Anna made sparkly tutus for them to wear. The theme was ‘Urban Fairytale’.

Acroyoga is an amazing tool for helping to get past perceived limitations. Neither of us come from an acrobatic or gymnastic background of any sort and we were amazed at what we could do (in fact it has changed our entire lives!). We also hope to create a sense of family wherever we go and with whomever we meet in our journey, and we believe that through the beautiful practices of yoga and Acroyoga, we can help others to see that at the core, we are all the same and we all belong. By working together and cultivating patience, community, communication, connection and creativity, we can build not only a wonderful Acroyoga practice, but we can also change the world.

 

Acroyoga & Kutumba Energy Events:

30 Day Healthy Living Program

I have had the best time creating the content for the 30 Day Healthy Living Programs I led in October and January. It’s like the flood gates opened and I had the opportunity to blend all of my knowledge and passions into an incredible online program. It was not and is not intended to be a boot camp or weigh loss program. These 30 Day Healthy Living Programs are meant to be a gradual and sustainable integration into healthy habits to last a life time. And from the feedback (see some testimonials below), people got a lot of out it! I am so happy!

Ayurveda is the oldest medical system in the world. Participants received a personalized program, meal suggestions, tips for improving digestion & boosting immunity.

Ayurveda is the oldest medical system in the world. Participants received a personalized program, meal suggestions, tips for improving digestion & boosting immunity.

The program began with a private ayurvedic consultation with each participant. We discussed goals, challenges and ways to improve individual concerns such as digestive issues, poor sleep, low motivation, etc. I then created a customized nutrition and lifestyle program for each individual.

The bulk of the program consisted of daily lessons emailed to participants every morning at 6am.  These lessons covered a variety of topics: letting go, gratitude, why practice yoga, movement, tips for better digestion, smoothie recipes and how to benefit the most from the Arbonne nutrition products included in the Healthy Living program.

The weeks were structured in the following way with practices to complement each theme:

  • MONDAY – Mindset
  • TUESDAY – Lifestyle
  • WEDNESDAY – Heart & Soul

    Heart & Soul practices included Gratitude journal, Letting go exercises, meditation and ayurvedic self-massage. Guided instruction available as download.

    Heart & Soul practices included Gratitude journal, Letting go exercises, meditation and ayurvedic self-massage. Guided instruction available as download.

  • THURSDAY – Nourishment
  • FRIDAY – Movement
  • SATURDAY – Energy
  • SUNDAY – Review

In addition to the daily lessons, we had (have) a private Healthy Living Facebook Group where participants could share ideas, cheer each other on and I could post additional supporting materials. The Facebook group is still live and you are welcome to join this group for free!

We are starting the 30 Day Healthy Living Program again, but this time with a twist! The theme of the upcoming spring program is Lean, Fit & Strong: Body + Mind Sculpting.

Learn more

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The last week of the Healthy Living program, we went through the chakras. For the heart, participants were asked to “write themselves a love letter.”

 

Testimonials from past participants:

Thank you so very much for creating this wonderful Healthy Living program.  It is clear you put so much thought and care into it.  Hearing from you every morning, helped to keep me on track.  I wasn’t always perfect… but I persisted.  My energy levels have improved so much.  By day 15, I no longer woke up in a fog, for the first time in many years.  With renewed energy, I feel that I will be able to move forward towards some of my other goals- ie weight loss, career, etc.

 Jackie Miller

 

I am down 9 lbs. and feeling great! My stomach/digestive system are thanking me! I have been inspired to cook healthier recipes, read my spiritual books and do more yoga and meditation. A BIG thank you to Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow for all her kindness, wisdom, inspiration and knowledge that she has shared with us. It is a great program that covers the mind, body and soul…can’t ask for more than that. All we have learned can be carried forward in our journey to be healthier and happier! I still have lots to do but feeling so much better.

Patti Kowaleski Hall

 

The great thing about doing this 30 day healthy living program for myself is how comprehensive it has been. It is not just about diet, but also encompassed the physical, meditative, creative, and spiritual aspects of change. I have found it to be a truly holistic approach to change, and because of this I think much more likely to be successful at producing lasting personal transformation. We all want to change, to evolve into our true selves, and this personalized program provides a stable, holistic platform from which to do so. Thank you, Yasmin!  

Bruce Chase Dunn

 

 

Cloud Forest Yoga & Hiking Retreat Panama

Our Cloud Forest Yoga & Hiking Retreat Panama just ended and it was so spectacular. I am thrilled that we are going back for a second Yoga & Hiking Retreat in February. This upcoming retreat will also include a certificate in Ayurveda + Yoga Healing I which can be used as continuing education credits or put towards a 200 or 300 hour yoga teacher training.

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Yoga with hummingbirds

My husband, Arturo and I discovered the Mount Totumas ecolodge about a year ago when we were looking for places of interest near Volcán, a small town near the boarder of Costa Rica where Arturo spent his summers growing up. It took us a couple of attempts to reach Mount Totumas, because to get there requires a 4x4WD vehicle and a lot of patience. It is 10 kms (or 45 mins) on a rocky mountain path into the “Cloud Forest“.  When we finally arrived, we were blown away about its beauty and remote tranquility. We knew in an instant that we wanted to host a Yoga & Hiking Retreat here.

Perched high in the mountains boarding La Amistad National Park, Mount Totumas ecolodge sits 6,300 ft above sea level at the foothills of myriad hiking and nature paths. We trekked through first and second generation rainforests, to waterfalls, hot springs, highland pastures and a coffee orchard. The air is fresh and when the clouds part at night, the sky is a blaze with stars that actually twinkle. It is an idealic setting for a retreat.

Our group arrived on Friday Nov. 26, just days after the tropical storm/ hurricane Otto ripped through Panama causing torrential rains, landslide and school closures across the country. Panama doesn’t get hurricanes, so this was historic.

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What a joy to hike with Koji! He was a trooper!

We drove in convoy along the above mentioned 4x4WD road and as we approached the second of two rivers, it was clear that our CRV would not make it across the swollen waters. So we left it on the side of the road and squeezed into the other vehicles (baby Koji too!) more equipped for deep water. The journey was a nice little adventure and the challenging drive on the mountain road made us feel all that much more removed from the civilized chaos of our daily lives.

Because we arrived at the end of a hurricane and in last days of rainy season, most mornings were clear and sunny. The clouds and rains moved in just after lunch, which made napping and restorative yoga practices all that much more peaceful.

Our Cloud Forest Yoga & Hiking Retreat Panama days looked like this, although the timing of activities was flexible :

  • 7:00 am Wake up, tea, greens and/or fresh locally grown coffee – coffee is the hidden gem of Panama, artisanal and incredible;
  • 7:30 – 8:45 am  Meditation & Yoga flow practice overlooking the rainforest canopy – we frequently stopped to observe exotic birds and monkeys playing in nearby trees;

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    Ayurveda Yoga Flow practices are for everyone.

  • 9:00 am Breakfast of pancakes, oatmeal, eggs or granola;
  • 9:30 / 10 am Departure for hiking – slow trek, pausing to observe and appreciate the miraculous nature surrounding us;
  • 12:30 / 1 pm  Lunch of homemade soup and corn bread or tortillas;
  • 1:30 – 3:00 pm Free time – napping, reading, colouring, day dreaming, etc.;
  • 3:00 – 4:30 pm Yoga practice – restorative, long hold poses, myo-fascial release work, breathing exercises and/or partner yoga, all workshop style;
  • 4:30- 5:30 pm Hummingbird Happy Hour – hummingbirds are very active at this time, so we watched up to 17 different species of hummingbirds swarm around 6+ feeders on the “hummingbird deck”. These little birds are so active that feeders need to be refilled twice daily! 
  • 5:30 – 7:00 pm Late afternoon session – journaling, ayurveda workshop, discussion or free time;
  • 7:00 pm Dinner – delicious fresh meals that catered to all tastes and diets: curries (chicken or veg), lasagna, ratatouille, fish, etc.
  • 8:00 pm Evenings – free time, insect observation (amazing bugs!), movie night, spa night, or discussions;
    + usually an early bedtime around 10pm.

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    Homemade meals made with love.

The owners of Mount Totumas were fantastic. Alma created superb restaurant quality meals for us and made us all feel at home. Jeffrey has a background in biology and ecology and generously shared his knowledge, passion and excitement for birds, flowers, plants, monkeys, etc. with us during our hikes. In short, being at Mount Totumas was amazing experience, kind of like walking through the pages of National Geographic magazine.

 

Here are some of the highlights shared by the group since the retreat:

Seeing three species of monkeys: Howler monkeys, spider monkeys and capuchin monkeys. The spider monkeys are acrobatic and followed us throughout one of our hikes. 

The natural hot springs were so soothing.

The amazing food clearly made with love.

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A natural spa! Hot springs and cool river water!

Seeing how coffee is grown, harvested, roasted was really cool and so was tasting it!

Having a chance to concentrate on developing and deepening a daily yoga and meditation practice in nature.

Spending time with like-minded individuals and getting to know people for who they truly are.

For me, being able to teach, share what I love, spend time and have my husband, parents and baby join me on this adventurous Cloud Forest Yoga & Hiking Retreat Panama.

 

 

Thank you to all participants, to my adventurous husband and to my amazing teaching assistant Carlo Kuhlenschimdt, whose thai yoga massage techniques were appreciated by all.

The best part is that we have another Cloud Forest Yoga & Hiking Retreat Panama Feb. 25 – Mar 3.  Would you like to join us?

 

Black Light Yoga & Dance

Music pumping, neon body paint and glow sticks may seem more fitting for a night club or after hours party than a yoga studio, but this was the setting for Bouge Yoga O’Neon, my black light yoga and dance event held recently at Yasmin Yoga Loft (YYL) in Old Montreal with DJ FREEFLY. What could have been just a yoga practice with cool lighting became a magical, powerful and therapeutic practice.

YYL had hosted a black light event for yoga teacher Lauren Rudick last year, but impetus for Bouge Yoga O’Neon arose when the organizers of the Wanderlust Tremblant asked me to lead a yoga dance party with black lights during their August Festival. Without hesitation, I said yes and I spent several months contemplating how to make this an experience that was fun and also meaningful and purposeful.

Given my background in Ayurveda, I designed the practice in five ‘chapters’ corresponding to the elements and their qualities — Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Space. I also worked with the DJ so that the music would follow the energy of each element. I suggested an intention and loosely guided the first part of each section leaving space for participants to interpret the music and movements themselves. The event ended with a free flow of dance and final relaxation.

Bouge Yoga O’Neon at Wanderlust Tremblant sold out weeks before the festival. It was a blast. We had over 100 participants and the practice was even more powerful than I expected. The lighting, the music, the body paint (yes, we had a body paint station) along with the carefully arranged sequence created an environment for people to loosen up and be playful. As result, the atmosphere was light, joyful and full of community spirit. There was also a palatable authenticity in the room.

With this in mind, we (the team & I) decided to offer this event at the Loft. And it was no less spectacular.

The studio was decorated with black lights, of course, and dozens of glowing neon stars. Doors opened at 6pm. We had a table of brushes and non-toxic, water based glow paint, allowing guests to be creative and paint themselves and each other. This was a great ice breaker.

The practice was about 90 mins and as one yoga teacher present said, “I couldn’t wait to get the yoga part over with so we could dance.”  And we did. DJ FREEFLY was fantastic and the vibe in the room was electric.

After enjoying a post-practice spread of fruit, Roo Bars and Cocos Pure coconut water, people left with big smiles.

Much gratitude to RooBar, Cocos Pure, DJ FREEFLY (aka Marcel Capito), Carlo Kuhlenschimdt, Chrissy Skerritt, Kelly David, Amanda Roemer and the rest of our YYL family for their efforts in making this event a success and thank you guests! Your energy and enthusiasm were invaluable.

Be sure to view our events calendar to see what other interesting workshops are coming up at YYL.  See more photos of the event on our facebook page.

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Words from some of the participants:

The Bouge Yoga O’Neon event at Yasmin Yoga Loft was amazing! This is the kind of yoga event that you do not want to miss! It loosens up the body, and mind and let’s you express yourself however you’re feeling in the moment. Yasmin’s vision for the class is inspiring, and while we travel through the 5 elements, you begin to really feel and understand each of them. I would attend this event 1000 times, and it would never lose its excitement.    – Jaime Schmidt-Little

Yasmin’s imaginative Black Light – Yoga Bouge O’Neon event – with the electrifying beat moving the crowd through the yoga poses to the peak with everyone free flow dancing under the magical black light and fluorescent stars was fantastical and transformative for me.  – Tessa

What an amazing sensorial and social experience! A playground for yoga; Body paint, neon lights, falling shooting stars and the most uplifting yoga instruction. Came in feeling tensed and left feeling uplifted and inspired! Black light yoga won over my salsa night.  – Vanesa
What a magical evening! The loft was filled with this terrific positive energy from all the participants, the amazing music and lighting and that energetic practice, not to mention the dancing! I still feel lifted up by the whole event. Thank you Yasmin, and my gratitude to DJ Freefly for that awesome set. Namaste. – Bruce

If you weren’t able to make it to the Yasmin Yoga Loft for Bouge Yoga O’neon, make sure you don’t miss the next one! The blacklight class, guided by Yasmin with the beats of DJ Freefly, was a great yoga dance party. Yasmin incorporated ayurvedic elements into the practice that made it quite special. There was an amazing energy in the room from all that attended!  – Kelly

 

Moroccan Dinner Masquerade in Montreal

photo 2-9I am really excited about the Moroccan Dinner Masquerade coming upon Sat. Feb 28 at the Yasmin Yoga Loft in Old Montreal. I love good music and a good party!

THE DINNER :  The night begins with a cocktail made from cold pressed juice  (virgin & not-so virgin) and an intimate Moroccan inspired dinner (the first of our Interesting Dinner series) for just 20 guests. Catered by the amazing April Goulding, curator of blog Watch Your Mouth, dinner comprises of four delicious courses that has a vegan option as well as (wild caught) fish option– see the menu below. You are invited to bring your own wine – suggestions available upon request.

THE PARTY :  The evening continues after dinner as more guests join us for the Masquerade party at 21h00. There will be belly dancing, music, merriment and mingling. The party is BYO and open to all with a ticket. You do not want to miss this event! But it’s a masquerade, so you must wear a mask. To entice and inspire you, there will be prizes for the best and most creative masks!

 


 

Menu

UPON ARRIVAL

Signature Cocktail made from fresh cold pressed juice {Virgin or not}

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SALADS

Triad of Salade Cuite

Tomatoes pureed with charred sweet pepper and roasted garlic;
Carrots with Mint and Crushed Chili; 
Chickpeas with Onion and Smoked Paprika.

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SOUP

Harira

Hearty green lentils stewed in a thick vegetable broth with cilantro and cinnamon.

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ENTRÉE

Eggplant Fans

Eggplants sliced and fanned to stuff with slices of fresh tomato. Topped with bread crumbs. Warmly scented with Ras el hanout.

OR

Fish Tagine with Peppers and Olives

White fish marinated and oven-steamed in saffron-turmeric chermoula with rainbow peppers, tomatoes and kalamata olives.

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Seffa

Fluffy couscous, red and black quinoa steamed with dried apricots, prunes, golden raisins and toasted almonds. Lightly dusted with cinnamon and drizzled with honey.

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DESSERT

Deconstructed M’hanncha
Oatmeal crumb, orange water infused almond paste, fresh marmalade and phyllo cigar.


RESERVATIONS
Dinner & Masquerade Party        $54 {vegan} | $59 {wild caught fish} *
18h-19h  Coctail
19h-21h  Dinner
Masquerade Party (only)              $10 in advance / $15 at the door *
21h – 01h+ … providing we don’t get shut down by the cops this time! :)
* BYO – we will provide mixers.  Please note, prices do not include taxes.

 RESERVE NOW

Solstice Yoga Fundraiser for Dans la Rue

Our second annual Into the Light Solstice Yoga fundraiser for Dans la Rue was magical.  Yesterday, more than 60 yoga students came to practice for a good cause at the Yasmin Yoga Loft in Old Montreal. The atmosphere in the studio was incredible. The light from the candles, sent of fresh pin from the glowing Christmas tree and communal spirit in the room made for an amazing winter solstice celebration.IMG_8433

The classes were led by yoga teachers Gisele Seto, Bruce Chase-Dunn, Marta Fudakowska (my mom), Natalie McLennan, Alex Pelland and yours truly. Assistants included senior students from my 300 hour yoga teacher training program, and we had beautiful live music by Matt Wiviott on the Chinese Harp.

Thank you so much to our media sponsors :  YOCOMO, Tuja Wellness and Yoga Directory Canada for help spreading the word about the event.  Big thanks to Vega and Rise Kombucha for the aprés yoga refreshments (so appreciated after a sweaty practice) and to Bota Bota Spa sur l’eau and Mon Yoga Virtuel for the raffle prizes and gifts. We are also super grateful to Green City Couriers for helping us deliver the donations to Dans la Rue so professionally and efficiently.

Here’s the inventory of what we collected for Dans la Rue, a non-profit organization that supports homeless youth in Montreal:

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  • Rice x 2
  • Pasta x 5
  • Cans of soup / beans / veggies x 15
  • Boxes of soup broth x 3
  • Almond milk x 1
  • KD x 5
  • Crackers x 2
  • Salad dressing x 3
  • Box of Granola Bars x 1
  • Box of Hot Chocolate x 1
  • Gluten free corn bread mix x 2
  • Juice x 2
  • Gravy mix x1
  • Bag of chocolate chips x 1
  • Box of Chocolate truffles x 1IMG_8436
  • Toiletry kits with toiletries x 4
  • Toothpaste x 17
  • Tooth brushes x 17
  • Tooth floss x 6
  • Body wash / soap x 9
  • Deodorant x
  • Shaving cream x 2
  • Mouth wash x 2
  • Shampoo & hair products x 12
  • Tissu boxes x 4
  • Box of tampons x 1
  • Bathrobe x 1
  • Underwear / boxer briefs x 12
  • Pairs of socks x 26
  • Tank tops x 3
  • Shirts x 2
  • Backpacks / bags x 7IMG_8443
  • Blankets x 2
  • Scarves x 3
  • Hats / toques x 70 !!! :)

+ Tim Horton $5 gift cards for hot meals x 13

+ $935 in financial donations!!  (includes donations from our weekly Community yoga practice – last one of 2014 Dec 23)

 

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

 

Related

How to Donate to Dans la Rue

More photos of the Solstice Yoga event on Facebook

Our weekly Community Yoga Classes – by donation to charity

Winter Solstice Yoga – last year’s Into the Light event

 

 

 

David Robson is coming to the Yasmin Yoga Loft!

We are extremely happy to be hosting a series of workshops led by level-2 Authorized teacher David Robson from Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto.  David answered a few questions about his practice and mysore program and we are looking forward to more of his insight this coming weekend.

What lead you to an Ashtanga practice? Are there other forms of yoga that influence your own practice and teaching? 

I was in school studying Comparative Religion, and I was seeking out practices and dogmas that would bring me unitive experiences. Yoga was an obvious choice, plus there was a studio close to campus ;). I practiced Sivananda and then Bikram for a couple of years before I found out about Ashtanga. The physicality and structure of Ashtanga immediately drew me in, but really it was the mysore-style of teaching that sealed the deal.

dr parsvaWhat are the benefits of developing a regular mysore practice?

One of the best things about self-practice is the silence. I love the quiet; it lets me hear the chatter in my own head. The structure of the sequence, the postures and the vinyasa, helps me to see my changing states of mind. This leads to a sense of stillness, and has helped me to find a perspective that is unmoved by each day’s ups and downs.

 What are your recommendations for a student wanting to begin a mysore practice?

Find a good teacher, and then jump in. You don’t need to know a single thing to start mysore-style practice. In fact, the less you think you know the better. Commit to being as steady as you can be, and give yourself some time to adjust and for the practice to work its magic.

 Your studio in Toronto, Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto (AYTC), hosts one the world’s largest mysore programs.   How do you incorporate such a traditional practice into a western life-style?

AYCT’s program is a success because of our emphasis on maintaining tradition. The practice of yoga is already a success – it’s been handed down from teacher to student over millennia. We haven’t tried to improve on that. As a teacher, I basically just keep the room at the right temperature and try not to get in the way of the message.David8

 

To register for the entire weekend or individual workshops, click here.

David Robson is the owner and director of the Ashtanga Yoga Toronto. With 100+ students each morning, he leads one of the world’s   largest Mysore programs. After completing a degree in Comparative Religion, David made his first trip to Mysore, India in 2002, where he initiated studies with his teacher Sharath Jois, and was Authorized to teach in 2007. David teaches workshops and retreats around the world, and he recently released a popular series of videos on vinyasa, Learn to Float.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing Coco

image-3This September 30th, the Yasmin Yoga Loft is hosting a Master Ashtanga Vinyasa class lead by Coco.  We asked Coco to tell us a little more about her and her dedicated Ashtanga practice…

 What brought you to the Ashtanga practice?

The first step for me for a more spiritual life was when I decided to move to Mexico 12 years ago.  At this point of my life, I had never heard of Ashtanga yoga but something made me buy David Swenson book.   This book was my first inspiration and the seed for my first trip to Mysore, India in 2005.  In the book there was lots of yogi’s pictures in India and I thought that I wanted to simulate this and find deep devotion in my life.

How do you bring the 8-limbs of Ashtanga into your practice and teaching?

I try to practice the 8-limbs of Ashtanga as much as I can because I know now that when Guruji says “practice, practice, practice and all is coming” he was talking about those limbs all together and not only Asana’s.

  I also have been blessed to live in the jungle and am able to practice in the traditional way; i wake up at 4 or 5am to practice first thing in the morning.  Meditation, pranayama are also part my daily ritual.  In my teaching, I just try to be an example and inspire people to this path of life….the path of freedom.

How did your passion for sharing the Ashtanga practice develop?

As i continue to practice more, I feel the love to share about the practice.  I truly believe that if more people were on this path, the world would be a better place.

What do you recommend to students who are new to yoga, and wanting to begin an Ashtanga practice?



Slowly, slowly ….  In our modern world, lots of information is accessible quick and people want everything to happen fast; the practice is a process.  Students who start in the practice of ashtanga will benefit, physically, mentally and spiritually, but they need to be patient.  The practice is an incremental process that requires constant application with small developments daily that open and strengthen the body, mind and spirit. I remind all Ashtanga practioners, from new students to advanced that ashtanga is a Practice and not a performance.

image-4Do you have a special place to practice?

Travel is often not the best for the ritual of my practice because of dramatic changes climate, temperature and varying time zones. That said, at the end I am always grateful because I can share my passion.   I am bless to be able to teach in different countries but my special place to practice will always be my own jungle Shala where I am totally connect with nature and all other beings.

You have a background in dance, do you find that this training comes to life on your mat? Can you bring art into Ashtanga?



Absolutely! The roots of the practice are breath and movement; the Vinyasa.  When I was dancing I didn’t have the awareness or consciousness about the importance of this union.  It was a deep awakening to be able to move through Asana (Postures) with more understanding of the sequence.  Each Asana bring you to the next; they are all connected.  The sequence becomes your dance and the breath is your music.

How do you enjoy your time, off of the mat?


Meditation, reading, listening lots of music and walking on the beach with my dogs.  I try to keep a very simple life because my practice and teaching take most of my days and energy.  So off the mat I try to recharge by staying calm and relax as much as I can.

I see that you eat raw.  Do you have a special recipe that energizes your practice?



I eat lots of avocado and greens.  After practice, i am lucky to have access to fresh coco water.  I don’t have a special recipe because I mostly make smoothies from what I’ve got in my house at that moment.  I do use a lot of hemp, maca and spirulina for supplements.  Most of my meals are liquid or very easy to digest and this help to keep my energy for the practice and not diverged to the digestion process.

What inspires you in practice and in life?

Dedicated and passionate people; people who found there Dharma, there mission in life.  I love watching musicians or artists live in there creative process and completely absorbed by it.  I know that at this point nothing else matters and that they are in peace with the present moment.

What does yoga mean to you?

In Sanskrit and the traditional way, Yoga means Union.  The way I interpret this is that through the practice you discover your true self and connect with it; that is the Union.  When we are born we all the same, we are all pure love. But because of life’s patterns and conditioning we lose this connection to the source.  The yoga practice helps you to purify yourself of those elements and give you the opportunity to reconnect with what really matters; the pure love of life.

Love the life you live, live the life you love.

To find out more information about Cocco’s Master Astanga Vinyasa class, click here.

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