Mindful Triathlon

One of the ways I keep my mind fresh, and myself humble, is reading. I like exercising my curiosity, so I read about everything; books, articles and any research on any subject that catches my attention.

Yesterday I bumped into an USA today article: “Since election, yoga rises off the mat to take on Donald Trump”. (To see the full article click here).

The article talks about how Yoga practice is on the rise after the US elections and how typical drops in New Year’s resolutions is minimal.

In that same article I found the genius idea of Sean Hoess and his Wanderlust organization. He calls it “Mindful Triathlon”. Wanderlust organizes festivals around the US that promote Yoga and meditation. These festivals also include  lectures, music, and excursions. As part of their activities, they also organize the Mindful Triathlon, consisting of a 5K run, a meditation session and a Yoga session.  Find more at wanderlust.com

I thought this was such a great idea, given that it brings together mind, body, and soul. I found that even though many of us already do this practice in our weekly and daily routine – it must be even more enjoyable in a group setting.

So why not bringing together your friends even for a bachelorette or bachelor celebration and spend a day doing this mindful Triathlon together?

You could invent your own. In my case, I’ve done: 1 hour running, 1 Hour Mandala Meditation and 45-50 minutes of Yoga. Use this as a detox for your mind. Think of it as pushing a reset button when you feel overwhelmed, or super stressed. I guarantee it works and its effects will ripple throughout the week.

The One Vegan breakfast that will boost your entire day!

Like so many people, I don’t have time to waste in the mornings. I’ve managed to follow the suggestion of world leaders in productivity and meditation in order to create my morning routine. The price to pay is that I have to wake up earlier – but the benefits are worth it. I maintain a positive attitude towards my job and keep myself quite energized and mindful throughout the day.

First big difference: It takes more to make me lose my patience

Second big difference: I’m looking forward to working out at my regular schedule; and I am way more careful with what I eat during the week.

I have empirically tested this, by deliberately not following my year-old morning routine. The fact is that, each time I do that, I eat worse and don’t work out as well.

In order to have time to enjoy my breakfast without sacrificing more of my sleep, I tend to prepare it in advance and try to keep it simple – yet energetic and delicious.

And to keep your morning full of flavor, I have two breakfast suggestion that have worked wonders for me; with the added value that you would be cutting down low energy carbs and detoxifying yourself.

Mondays and Wednesdays

I use this one on Mondays and Wednesdays – simply because I’m still full from the weekend (Monday) or it’s a day where I tend to eat out a bit more (Wednesday).

1 Spoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in a glass of water. This should be the very first thing you take.

2 Apples or pears cut in quarters with a spoon of organic peanut butter.

1 cup of Coffee

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Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

I took this recipe from an excellent book my girlfriend was reading and I strongly suggest you to read it too:

Oh She glows Cook Book – Vegan recipes to Glow from the inside out’ by Angela Liddon

First, don’t forget your 1 Spoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in a glass of water. This should be the very first thing you take.

Next, In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup of Organic rolled oats, 1 ½  cup of almond milk, ¼ cup of chia seeds, 1 large mashed banana and ½ a teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate overnight to thicken.

In the morning, simply stir the mixture to combine. Serve in a jar or parfait dish alternating layers of the mixture with fresh fruits – my personal favorites include blackberries, strawberries and raspberries, topped with nuts. I usually go with a nut mix, cashews, or walnuts. And add some hemp seed or pumpkin seeds.
Try to set aside at least 15 to 25 minutes to have your breakfast mindfully. This will work wonders for the rest of your day. If you don’t believe me, try to make a sand mandala the week you try it.

The Power of the Mandala

People say that an image is much more powerful than words. I tend to agree. That is why, for this post, we will keep the words to a minimum. Instead, all we want you to do is: sit back, relax, and watch the power of the mandala unfold in this short video. If you don’t feel inspired after watching this – there is very little we can do for you. Continue reading

3 Amazing Yoga Studios to Discover in Montreal

Here is a quick guide to find a way to discover the wonderful practice of yoga, or if you are already doing it, to shake things up and put some spice into the practice.

Whether you are visiting Montreal during a business trip, or vacation, or if you live in the city, it is worth trying something different, healthy and affordable. Continue reading to get to know three awesome places, where you can just drop by and have an awesome date, or do something different rather than the typical round of golf (especially with our long winters) and restaurants. Something more mindful; something that might just be the start of a significant change.

Just as a matter of clarification and reassurance to our readers, we are not receiving any sponsorship from these places, and the list is purely out of our own experience.

Ensō Yoga

One of coolest places downtown. They offer hot Yoga, classes for beginners, hot barre (kind of Ballet or stretching on a barre) plus they have a very cool ambience.

They have a variety of options including their 14 day trial offer and their 10$ yoga class. I love the variety this place offers; always reinventing themselves in order to clearly differentiate their services from any other Yoga studio.

They have one of the coolest packages, where you exchange 3 hours of your week in a single shift and you get free classes. How cool is that?

Check their workshops and special activities. This season they also have live music hot flow – your mind will really trip with this.

Ashtanga Yoga

A true center for friendship. This is the place where I learned Yoga. The way I see it, I believe this place offers the true and raw Yoga experience. The Yoga you learn here from the very beginning is pure. Their rooms are clean, simple, Zen and without pretension. You don’t even need a mat, they lend you one. If you are not sure how often you’d like to practice, they offer you an option where you can pay for 10 classes (around 10$ each class) and you can use them during the course of 6 months. I really love this formula because it allowed me to join this studio without having the pressure or the feeling that I was wasting my money and time.

They have classes for teachers as well, for those who want to pursue a career in yoga instruction. On top of the multiple workshop choices involving healing, meditation and Yoga, they offer ‘couples yoga’ and ‘acroyoga’. You’d never get bored here. It is also super convenient if you live and work near downtown Montreal.

 

Toro Holistic Health Center

Their name is self-explanatory, they have it all – from aromatherapy to yoga, acupuncture and osteopathy. I had the opportunity to see their rooms and they are without a doubt some of the cleanest and cutest I’ve ever seen. Just getting in made you relax.

Now, I write about this center because here you will find a real intimate setting. Imagine, you can reserve a private yoga session for just you and your partner, or with a group of colleagues. By the way they have a specific program for it. Students can also create classes for small group of friends and family.

Toro Holistic Health center offers Ashtanga Yoga and stream-flow yoga for a more athletic approach. Check their other services as well – like meditation and Thai Yoga massages.

If you have had great experiences in other yoga studios, leave us a comment below! We’d love for people to share their experiences.