Time’s flown by since my last post. Apart from my regular practice and teaching schedule, I’ve been especially busy and productive this winter. Some highlights:
YOGA BASICS DVD LAUNCH
After months working in virtual isolation on my collection of yoga DVDs for beginners, it’s euphoric to finally celebrate their release! February was all about the Yoga Basics DVDs. The video triology came out January 2 and we had two huge parties to celebrate: Feb. 2 at Lululemon Athletica Fairview in the West Island and Feb. 13 at Lululemon Ste Catherine St downtown Montreal. There was a had a red carpet Mount-Royal Photobooth, plush gift bags, DJ Nkla, Ethereal Tribal belly dancers, live drumming by James Olmsted, raffle prizes and of course, a speech about passion and the meaning of yoga by yours truly. (see media coverage)
I am grateful to the event sponsors: Vega – my favourite whole food products to go; Yoga Jeans – world’s most comfortable jeans and made in Quebec; Rise Kombucha – fantastic fermented tea beverage; Juicy Lotus – best little veggie cafe in Montreal; Organic Traditions – the organic chocolate almonds are addictive; Vitamin & Sea – beautiful natural skin care line; David’s Tea – designer teas; Victoria Park – where I teach Barre and Yoga. (see my schedule)
ASTAP 2013 BEGINS
A.S.T.A.P. is my Advanced Student Teacher Apprenticeship Program, a 300 hour vinyasa yoga teacher training. This year, I am running the program with my longtime friend Jamie Lee, a fellow ashtanga teacher and fantastic visionary artist. Our group is fabulous. We are exactly half-men and half-women. This never happens. Yoga has, in recent years, been a mostly female activity. We began at the top of February. The schedule includes weekend workshops once a month and one weekly practice session. (See their curriculum) I am encouraged and inspired by the diversity amongst our participants — retail owner, e-marketing master, financial planner, contractor, translator, yoga teacher and so on.
A recent trip to Toronto convinced me that Montreal’s revival city is actually kinda cool. I loved running around town with friends dinning at great vegetarian restaurants and practicing with different instructors. Some notable TO destinations: Fresh – my favourite is the ‘beach bowl’, sans sun-dried tomatoes; Live – a mostly raw resto with incredible desserts; The Drake Hotel – wicked decor and an amazing terrace; Ashtanga Yoga Centre Toronto – most popular Mysore program in Canada, because David Robson is lovely; Feel Good Guru – great little organic raw juicery; Union Studio – I definitely recommend a Barre class with Christie Ness; And last but not least, the Art Gallery of Ontario – the model ship collection stands out most for me.
I am currently on the train once again riding t to Toronto – currently on the train. This time for the Yoga Conference & Show, where I am presenting three workshops: Immunity Flow Yoga; Yoga for the Ayurvedic Constitutions: Vata, Pitta & Kapha; Understanding a Balanced (Prakurti) vs Imbalanced (Vikurti) state.
All and all life is good!
SEE ME – FIND ME
Thur. Mar 21, 6:20am: I am on Breakfast Television Toronto – tune in!
Fri. Mar 22 : I am interviewed on CTV TorontoSat. Mar 23, 10:30am : I am giving a demo class at the Toronto Conference Centre – see schedule.
Wed. Mar. 27 : The new RSVP Montreal Magazine comes out – look for my wellness section!
Thurs. Apr. 18 : 108th Day of the Year (and three year anniversary of my 108×108) – celebratory practice with me at le Studio de Yoga Wanderlust