While I didn’t soak up tropical rays on a beach during my reading week, I got to do a ton of what I think is the next best thing: yoga. Enlisting the help of my trusty Passport to Prana, I was able to get to 7 different studios in 8 days! I described a few of them below (in no particular order).
Passport to Prana is a multi-studio yoga pass that allows you to attend one class at every one of its participating yoga studios each year you renew. P2P started in Toronto, where you have over 70 studios to choose from, but also can be purchased for other cities in Canada, the United States, and Australia. The pass itself only costs $30, so it pays for itself quickly!
1. Breathe Yoga Studio: 2968 Dundas Street West, 3rd Floor
Cons: Location not accessible easily by public transit
I chose to check out an Ashtanga class one Sunday afternoon. I was welcomed warmly by the staff (despite being late-oops!) and given a quick tour of the beautiful facilities. The class itself was great; the teacher was attentive to the students’ needs and confidently guided us through the beginner series. I felt zen for hours afterwards.
2. Spynga The Yoga and Cycling Studio: 1415 Bathurst Street, Suite 302
I had been wanting to check out Spynga for quite some time, and opted to try their Spynga Flow class which starts off with 30 minutes of spin and moves to yoga for the remaining 30 minutes. The studio was packed with people since there were two classes going on at once, but the staff were extremely helpful in getting me signed up and settled in. While I enjoyed the class, it wasn’t was I was expecting. It would be interested to experience one of their yoga-only classes sometime.
Pros: Mats free to borrow, mat and shoe storage, extremely friendly staff
Cons: small space and very busy
3. 889 Yoga: 889 Yonge Street & 550 Wellington Street West
889 Yoga has a couple locations in Toronto offering a variety of yoga classes and wellness services (with 25% off on your birthday, I’m told!). I chose to attend the downtown King West location in the Thompson hotel; the studio was cozy and the staff were very friendly. Lululemon mats were available to rent, and there was complimentary tea to sip on while waiting for class to start.
Cons: King West location has limited schedule
4. Roots Yoga Studio: 1073 Yonge Street, 3rd Floor
This cozy studio in the city’s more north-east end is affiliated with the Canadian clothing store. The studio itself is gorgeous and boasts being zero-carbon emission and eco-friendly all around, from the floors to the Jade rental mats. Roots offers a wide array of classes from more subdued hatha, to challenging vinyasa (as I can attest to!), to Iyengar, and restorative practice.
Cons: no shower facilities, Roots store downstairs is a temptation to go on a shopping spree (kidding!)
5. Float Suspension Yoga: 236 George St
Don’t blink or you’ll miss it! This pint-sized yoga studio is located in the basement of the owner’s house, which she has beautifully transformed into a small suspension yoga studio. Amber teaches suspension yoga classes (think yoga in a hammock) using the OmGym system and can accommodate small class sizes. I went with a friend and we both had a blast!
Cons: Steep learning curve (tip: take the introduction class if it is your first time!), on the pricier side
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Disclaimer: I purchased a Passport to Prana with my own money and was not compensated for this review. All opinion expressed here are my own.
There’s nothing like an intense weekend of yoga and discussion to inspire a thought-provoking post. As I mentioned during tea time, I spent this past weekend immersed in my yoga teacher training. I was especially excited for our goal setting session, which was facilitated by two very inspirational and knowledgeable women. They took us through a series of exercises to help us hone in on what matters most to us in life, and how we can shape our goals to align with these items.
First, we were given a set of about 50 different values (similar to this list). There was a huge range of different items such as faithfulness, honesty, adventure, and pleasure. We were asked to choose 12 values from the list that we identified as important to us. Next, we had to narrow that list down to eight, and then just our top three. I can tell you it was a lot more difficult than it sounds!
The purpose behind this activity was to determine what in our life truly drives us an motivates us to reach our goals. Once we have a sense of what is truly important to us, we can use these items as a compass to create truly meaningful and attainable goals for ourselves. Makes sense, right?
Here is where I’m about to get a bit personal and sentimental with you. After painstakingly sorting through that massive list of values, I identified the following as my top three:
- Family- to be and have a happy, loving, family.
- Friendship- to be and have close, supportive friends.
- Contribution- to make a lasting contribution in the world.
I’ve had the opportunity to reflect really hard on these values over the weekend, and I was pleased to realize that they appear very prominently in my life! I have an amazing family, and tons of friends (including you!) who support, love, and challenge me to grow as a person. I also realized that I am doing meaningful things that make me feel as though I am contributing something of worth, especially finding my interest in health promotion, and through receiving an outpouring of awesome feedback on hello, veggy Thank you so, so much by the way; it means the world to me!
As beautiful and sunshine-y as that all sounds, I also got a taste of how challenging goal setting can truly be through approaching it in a completely different way than I am used. We explored it from the ‘Lululemon perspective‘, which focuses on visualizing your life 10 years from now, and creating a series of goals that ultimately set you up to succeed in reaching this 10 year vision.
The next couple months are likely to be life altering. My comfortable university student cocoon will be ripped apart as I hand in my final nursing exam, my yoga teacher training will be coming to a close, and many of my good friends will be moving away. I will be job hunting in a climate that is far from ideal, all while dealing with challenges that new adulthood brings. I can hardly visualize my life two months from now, so understandably creating a 10 year vision shook me up a bit. Unfortunately, time didn’t permit us to finish the exercise (sorry to leave you hanging); I’m looking forward to sorting through this again soon, and hopefully gaining a better insight and understanding of the potential that lies ahead!
Question of the Day: What do you value? Do you have a vision of your life 10 years from now? What are your thoughts on setting long-term (big, hairy, audacious) goals?
Helloooooo March; I’m so glad you’re here
Much like my reading week vacation, the month of February was a bit of a blur. I wanted to reflect on my favourite posts from this past month, and in looking back I was shocked that I hardly remember writing them! I guess that’s what happens when you’re busy…
February HV Highlights
3. The OhSheGlows Cookbook Review (you can enter for a chance to win a copy until Thursday!)
I was planning to share a resolution update, but to be honest not must has changed since last month. I did, however check off a bucket list item: rock climbing!
While you sip your tea, I am in the midst of my third weekend intensive for my yoga teacher training. One thing I always get asked is how I am enjoying it. The truth is I love it so much, but it never fails to completely rip me apart mentally, physically, and emotionally. As difficult as it is, I am so lucky to be taking part in it with a group of amazing people. <3
There’s a lot going on in March; some fun, and some very challenging. The last day of my placement in three weeks time signals the end of my undergraduate education; real life in impending. On the bright side, finishing a week early means I get a bonus reading week! I’m planning for tons of Blend hang outs, attending the Yoga Conference in Toronto, and another week of Mom and Dad providing groceries I’m also eager to continue with my half-marathon training in some better weather, especially since I was recently accepted into the Fitfluential Ambassador program!
I’ll leave you as usual with five great links for reading. Have an awesome Sunday and a great week