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Oh sleep. Something I haven’t had much of lately and will get much less of very soon. Whether you are suffering from anxiety, allergies or 3rd trimester discomforts, I think I have a sleep routine that may help you out. Keep it dark. Get a luxurious silk night mask to block out all light from windows and electronics. Unwind before jumping into bed. Try a meditation app or listen to soothing music while lying in bed. I love the Mindbliss app because it has some amazing guided meditations and a sleep section with specially-designed sound tracks to help you fall…

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Well hey there momma! So you’re preggers and want to stay active but don’t know what to do when the rest of the class at the gym is doing core work? Here are some of my fav modifications or swaps to do in yoga and in general fitness classes. BUT FIRST – as a quick reminder, we don’t want to work our rectus abdominis (the front 6-pack muscles) at all during pregnancy, because over aggressive core work can result in diastasic recti: a separation of the abs about 3 or 4 fingers wide. Not cute. We do however want to work…

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I have been confused as to what I can and cannot do in open-level yoga classes, so I decided to do an online Pre-Natal Yoga Teacher Training course to learn for myself. It’s my body and my baby after all, I want to feel safe and empowered to practice in a way that’s right for me (insert “You go girl” here). So below is a highlight of what modifications to bear in mind while you practice yoga in your pregnancy, as per the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).   OVERALL HORMONES: Hormonal changes – especially the hormone Relaxin –…

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There is no doubt that 2016 was a shit year. From societal traumas like Brexit, Trump and the Syrian war, to celebrity deaths, to family health scares, to personal physical and emotional stresses that seemed to plague me and everyone around me (and I’m sure you as well). So as we all get ready to bid this year farewell and send it off with the #fuckyou2016 salutation it deserves, we could also use these last few days to forgive it and the people and things that hurt us this year.   We may have had personal relationships that caused us pain, and…

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As I’m almost 4 months pregnant, I’ve gone au naturale as much as possible. There’s nothing like being responsible for creating new life to make you question what you’ve been putting into, onto and around your body. I’ve also been making more of a conscious effort to take good care of myself to make sure I’m rejuvenated, balanced and happy. So I’ve gone back to some Ayurvedic practices that help me look and feel great, which I know are safe for me and my Baby T (T stands for Thornhill, my little munchkin’s last name, in case you’re wondering). But you…

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I was reading one of my yoga textbooks this morning and a passage blew my mind (blow and mind are intended puns – more on that in a sec). In the 90s we were constantly reminded to take care of our brains thanks to anti-drug PSAs and my pals Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod from Body Break. As we’ve entered into an era when taking care of our minds is more important than ever –thanks to loss of brain cells as we age and the new reality of competing with technology and global talent for jobs – it seems as though we’ve forgotten…

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As part of my yoga teacher training we have to do a 40-day sadhana practice. Sadhana translates to “a means of accomplishing something” and is a discipline undertaken in the pursuit of a goal. So that means that we’ll be doing 40 straight days of yoga and taking 30 minutes every day for ourselves to explore all facets of our practice. This can include: Asanas (postures) Pranayama (breathing exercises) Meditation Chanting/mantra repetition Karma yoga: volunteering or helping people Jnana yoga, study: watching a video or listening to a podcast from a yoga or mindfulness teacher, reading about yoga, studying its philosophy…

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Over the last five months I’ve been exposed to different mantras in my yoga teacher training program, each one with their own unique benefits.  If you want to join me in the 21 day japa yoga challenge (daily chanting), consider one of the beautiful and powerful mantras below. Om Mani Padme Hum Behold! The Jewel of the Lotus. Behold the Path to your Dharma to transform the illusions of one’s self and unite with our heart’s true nature This is a gorgeous mantra that you can do following the music online here. It will get stuck in your head for…

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This month we are working on our 5th chakra in my yoga teacher training, the chakra at the throat. The 5th chakra is called Vishuddha, which means pure or purification, and is the energy centre in the body that affects the throat, thyroid, rate of metabolism and vocal cords. WHAT IS THE 5TH CHAKRA & WHY SHOULD YOU CARE The Vishuddha chakra is responsible for communication and self-expression in writing and speech, truthful and pure relationships, and the ability to surrender personal will to divine will. It governs how we are able to connect our heart towards the Anja Chakra…

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A couple of weeks ago I posted a recipe to help balance the Ayurvedic Dosha of Pitta. As I’m a Pitta-Vata, I thought I would make a smoothie that appeals to my crazy and lovely Vatas as well. WHAT IS VATA Every living creature on the planet is made up of the 5 elements. The doshas express patterns of energy that make each person by finding that person’s main composition of elements. The Vata dosha is defined by the inherent interaction and exchange between space and air – this dosha therefore governs movement in the body. The amount of space…