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to get your body moving and your mind still.

 

I wrote this for you from my heart. I asked myself how I could be of greater service to those I teach and this book was born. I want you to get the most out of this practice we call yoga and this miracle we call life. This eBook includes:

 

  • 43 pages of inspiration and step-by-step instruction on how to implement yoga philosophy into your physical yoga practice

  • Philosophy based off of the concept of Yama and Niyama from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

  • 10 affirmations to meditate on during yoga

  • Instructional images for exercises

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MY ROOTS


Since 2011 I have travelled to India (the source of Yoga) three times to receive formal training + certificates in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga.

 

My teachers include:

  • Guru Raviji from the Sivasoorya Divine School of Yoga

  • Yogacharya Prakash Iyengar from Ashtanga Mysore

  • Saraswati from KPJAYI

 

I am a trained Reiki healer and daily meditation practitioner with Vipassana training. My greatest inspiration has always been the lessons and blessings of mother Nature. 

 

My approach is to blend the essence of this spiritual tradition with a continual re-definition of the physical postures informed by modern day discoveries in human biomechanics.


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Current Location : Toronto, Canada.


green living BLOG


 Its time to take green-living off of a pedestal and make it more accessible. I’m committed to teaching people that these practices aren’t just for the hippy club; they’re for anyone who wants to get healthy while making the world a better place. I believe that a yoga lifestyle and green living are like Jay Z + Beyonce — they just belong together. 

The first principle of yoga is non-harming and now more than ever we need to offer that sentiment to our planet. Stay tuned to learn the simplest and most practical ways to ‘go green’ in our modern lifestyle, perfection not required. We all have a responsibility to do what we can, with what we have, to uplift our health and the health of this planet but I want you to know we’re in this together, mistakes and all. I want you to feel good about the life that you live. There are millions of healthy, happy people around the world practicing yoga and green living. If you give it a chance, it will help you thrive too.

I can’t wait to start this journey with you.


Favorite Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat


I love the “Tranquil Yogi” Cork and Natural Rubber Yoga Mat.

You can find it online at amazon.ca (it is cheaper to buy it on Amazon if you want the mat AND strap!) or tranquilyogi.com.

It has everything I look for in a good mat including:


  • Non-slip grip so my hands and feet effortlessly stay grounded - especially in poses like Downward Dog. Bonus: It gets even grippier when its sweaty! So it perfect for Hot Yoga or a vigorous Vinyasa class!


  • Decent thickness so I don’t have to put a blanket under my knees every time I’m in a Table Top or Low Lunge position! This bad boy has a 5mm thickness made of natural rubber. So its perfect for a Yin or Restorative class when you know Childs pose is going to be held for many breaths!


  • Alignment Lines! It looks like a beautiful design printed on the yoga mat but it is actually a blueprint to help take out the guess work of where to place your hands and feet so they are symmetrical (or asymmetrical if thats what the pose calls for!)


  • Easy to clean and disguises dirt marks (I like to take my mat outside in the summer and sometimes that means my soil covered feet leave marks all over my mat). The cork surface perfectly hides any residual stain and is a naturally anti-microbial material. Enjoy a low maintenance, germ free surface free of odor.


  • Eco-friendly! Most importantly, cork and natural tree rubber are sustainable, renewable, biodegradable, and toxic-free materials! Did you know, most yoga mats are made with PVC which is toxic to humans and the environment and that mats made with it can take hundreds of thousands of years to decompose in a land fill?

…and if that wasn’t enough to make me love this mat, it also comes with a carry strap (if you get it on Amazon) for easy transportation.

So spread the word bird; with all the deep breathing and face planting (Crow pose anyone?) we do in yoga, it is important we aren’t nose deep in toxins. Save yourself, while saving the planet.


3 Ways To Save Our Planet in Every Day Life.

  1. EAT MORE PLANT-BASED FOOD.

    Raising livestock for meat, eggs + milk generates 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions (more than transportation emissions). It uses about 70% of all agricultural land + is one of the leading causes of deforestation, biodiversity loss + water pollution. Abandoned fishing nets cause 46 percent of all ocean plastic which along with commercial fishing threatens marine ecosystems.

2. USE REUSABLE PLASTIC-FREE ITEMS

(canvas shopping bags, glass straws, stainless steel water bottles, etc.) 

90% of the trash floating in our oceans is made of plastic. Over 13 billion plastic bottles are disposed of each year. Plastic bags + other plastic garbage dumped into the ocean kill as many as 1 million sea creatures every year. Plastic trash takes hundreds of years to decompose!

3. SHOP VINTAGE + DONATE USED CLOTHES

Every year, north americans alone send 12 million tonnes of textiles into the landfills, 95% of which could be reused or recycled.With toxic chemical dyes + synthetic fibers (forms of plastic)  that contaminate water systems from production + household washing, worldwide transportation from production houses to stores, fast fashion (toxic, over-produced, built to break, trendy/disposable clothing) is a top environmental pollutant.


33 Easy Ways to Reduce our Use of Plastic

  1. When ordering drinks, say “No straw please!" 

  2. When ordering takeout, say “No utensils or bag please!” 

  3. Carry a bamboo spork/ knife/ straw in a purse or bag for eating on the run. 

  4. If you know you’re going shopping or going for takeout bring a canvas bag to carry the items. 

  5. Bring your own reusable containers to restaurants to package leftovers or takeout.

  6. Carry your own reusable steel or ceramic beverage container. Or use a glass mason jar! 

  7. When food shopping buy as many products as possible packaged in glass or paper.

  8. Go to the farmer's market and purchase fresh produce not wrapped in plastic.

  9. Buy bread from bakeries that package in paper.

  10. Buy laundry detergent in boxes, not liquid in plastic containers.

  11. Buy milk in paper cartons.

  12. Buy peanut butter that is packaged in glass containers.

  13. Buy bar soap, not liquid body wash.

  14. Buy real maple syrup (comes in glass bottles).

  15. Buy toilet paper that is wrapped in paper, not plastic.

  16. Buy eggs in paper containers.

  17. Buy from the bulk food section + bring your own paper bags or mason jars to fill up.

  18. Buy tortilla chips packaged in paper bags.

  19. Buy beverages bottled in glass.

  20. Use aluminum or beeswax wraps to cover food instead of ziplock bags.

  21. Clean with baking soda and vinegar instead of cleaners packaged in plastic.

  22. Store all your food in glass containers. If you purchase something bottled in glass, clean it and reuse it!

  23. Use Dr. Bronner's bar soap to wash your dishes.

  24. Light a candle or incense instead of air fresheners.

  25. Use washable cloth rags for clean up around the house, no paper towels.

  26. Use washable cloth napkins. 

  27. Use rechargeable batteries to reduce buying batteries packaged in plastic.

  28. Use a reusable cloth bag or old fashioned steel lunch box to carry your lunch to work.

  29. Use matches instead of plastic encased lighters.

  30. Use cloth napkins. 

  31. Use wood cutting boards.

  32. Cook with wood or steel spatula, ladels etc.

  33. Use a wooden handle tooth brush.