Weekend Insights: Yoga Pride

Happy Pride! In honour of Pride Week in Vancouver, I thought I would tell you about a fun, affordable yoga class coordinated specifically for gay men. Class is held every Friday evening from 7-8:15pm by HIM (Health Initiative for Men) at the Scotiabank Dance Centre. Classes are by donation (minimum $5), they are for all-levels, but be prepared with your own mat and towel.

So go on, get your stretch on… then get your groove on later on the dance floor!

Have a happy and safe weekend everyone!!




Weekend Insights: Brunch at Latitude

Looking for a new delicious place for brunch this weekend? Latitude on Main Street (3250 Main St) has an outstanding menu with all the usual tasty brunch staples accompanied by mouthwatering Latin American flavour combinations,  created by chef Lisa Henderson. The dishes are very reasonably priced and made with fresh, local ingredients. Chilaquiles and Huevos Divorciados? Yes, please.

The killer bar menu is devised by the one and only Nick Devine. My favourites being the michelada or a classic lime margarita. Nick makes the best margaritas in the city, by far.

Outdoor patio and sweet, unpretentious dining room along with warm service staff and amazing food creates the perfect brunch storm.

I’m getting hungry. See you there!




Weekend Insights: Eat Local!

Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables. They probably get jet-lagged, just like people. ~Elizabeth Berry

Looking for a fun outdoor activity this weekend? Our local farmer’s markets are up and running. What a fantastic way to support local farmers and artisans while reaping the the benefits of nutrient-packed, made-with-love morsels of goodness. Find everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to cheese, poultry, nuts, jewelry, aromatherapy and more!

Happy Weekend!



Finding Your Bliss Hips: A Heavenly Hip Opening Sequence

As a yoga instructor, one of the top requests from my students is for hip openers, and for good reason! The hips are a complex joint comprised of many powerful muscles that either connect to or cross by the hip joint. (Iliopsoas, the gluteal muscles, hamstrings and the adductors or inner thigh, to name a few.)  Along with muscles, there are ligaments and tendons, nerves, blood vessels and bursae to contend with. No wonder so many of us crave that release of the hips that yoga brings.

Along with the physical aspects of the hip joint is also the energetic power this joint has. The hips are the emotional center for many of us. They act as the junk drawer of the body; the place where we store any emotions or thoughts we don’t quite know what to do with. As we clear the hip joint with postures such as pigeon pose, we will often feel an energetic shift in the body afterwards. Something has been released; the feeling is undeniable. The feelings may be those of elation and deep relaxation, but you might also experience some strong emotional reactions as well. Not uncommon as we sort through that junk drawer, you never know what you might find in there!

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