sicky sundays and sunny places

Alright, it’s been five days. Five days of this nasty cold. Five days of utter sloth-like-ness. I, for one, have had enough.

But on to more fun things, like this:


I had the pleasure of practicing with Nikki last year when I was in Nica and she 100% converted me to yin yoga. If I wasn’t going to be 8+ months prego, I’d so be there. Instead, how about you go?

If you do, please give Nikki a big hug for me!

Happy Sunday…




Today is my first of many Mondays off.

It’s been a quiet day, a day to be introspective and scrub my soul.

I’ve been reading Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly and, like any great book, it hit a nerve.

It forced me to temporarily push passed my vulnerability and my perfectionism and roll out my yoga mat for the first time in seven months.

So here I am… in sweats, au naturel, growing belly and all. Vulnerable but joyous.


“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world…” ~ Brene Brown



Here it is, folks. My new bible. Undiet.


I’m 10 pages in and I already feel like Ms. Telpner is writing about me – except the galavanting in Africa part, although that sure would be fun.

Inspired by Telpner, I wrote my very own healthy list.

  • Walk 10,000 steps. 
  • Do yoga.
  • Meditate – you know, like be quiet for a few minutes.
  • Eat four cups of super green vegetables.
  • Do absolutely nothing if that’s what I want to do. 
  • Bonus: drink a green juice. 

Now that’s one daily to-do list I can get behind (and will)!

It was a very soggy 10,000 steps today!


Happy April showers!


my body story…

By far the most prevalent story in my life is the one I’ve developed about my body. 

Since I was young enough to perceive how different I look, I’ve alternated between forcefully trying to change my shape and willfully trying to ignore it. This story has defined much of my life. 

It has also tainted many of my experiences – like my wedding. The only trepidations I felt that day were all about my body. After years of trying to be a wallflower, I suddenly felt exposed, on display. Every bride is supposed to be radiant and beautiful on her big day. I just felt like an imposter. I’ll never get that day back. 


I have good days and bad days, but it’s always there, this story, even on the yoga mat. 

After reading Waking (INCREDIBLE book), I tried something different today. I took my mat to the very back corner of the studio and grabbed two blocks, a strap and a bolster. I decided to replace my usual forceful “you can do better” approach with a slow maneuvering. I wanted to feel each and every bone, pay attention to each and every muscle, and think about my body differently. It was humbling.

At the end, I was left feeling grateful for this envelope that surrounds me. I was grateful for how my spine moves and my legs support me, how breath travels in and out, and how my body sustains me. These are privileges denied to many.


It’s small, seemingly insignificant moments like these that erase the old ink and help to write new stories.

Be kind to yourself. 



Tummy full of delicious dark chocolate banana treats.
Body full of post-yoga heat.
Heart full of joy.

Tonight, while I waited for my beautiful friend at an amazing new (well, new to me) yoga studio in Toronto – Breathe Yoga – I stumbled upon this:

Relish the ride, not just the accomplishments.

Matthew Sanford

The perfect reminder to read his book, Waking, which I bought, placed on a shelf and completely forgot about.

Happy Wednesday!

family secrets…

Happy Family Day!

Today’s lovely, sunny day off has started with…

… lemon water
… a glorious green juice (curly kale, cucumber, celery, parsley, and a pear)
… yoga with Kathryn Budig on
… 15 minutes of “time-out” (a.k.a. lying on my foam roller) (a.k.a. meditating)
… avo toast from Crazy Sexy Kitchen 

Avocado smooshed onto Ezekiel bread, topped with olive oil, sea salt and chili flakes.

…  and lots of mulling over my grandpa’s way of life.
Decades ago, my grandpa figured out the secrets to health, longevity and living life well, and has been applying them religiously ever since. He’ll be 84 in March and every time I hear about his recent escapades, they blow me away.

Despite the winter weather, he walks a minimum of 6km each and every single day. Then he rides his stationary bike for 30 minutes. Each and every single day. “It’s the most boring 30 minutes of my day, but I do it, and then it’s over”. Exactly.

His tips for health are simple:

  1. Never over eat, but eat everything in moderation. 
  2. Exercise, always. End of story.
  3. Be consistent with eating, sleeping, exercising, etc. 
  4. Throw in the towel on all of the above once in awhile. On occasion, have a extravagant dinner and dance the night away (two weeks ago, he was dancing until 4am!) 

The key, of course, is to practice 1-3 regularly so that you can thoroughly enjoy 4 and not pay for it with your health. You have to work at it and you have to commit… but he’s living proof that it’s worth it!

My grandpa, Witek, on his 80th birthday.

So on this Family Day 2013, I am channeling the energy of my grandma yet again. 🙂

Be kind to yourself!

healthy on the cheap: yoga!

Happy Thursday, lovelies!
I just came back with a date with one of my very favourite people, Vrinda from Buddha Body Yoga (a.k.a. Mama V). I am spinning with new ideas and plans… but more about that at a later time.
Today is Thrifty Thursday. Now, I realize that being healthy can add up… financially, that is. Between juicers, supplements, yoga classes, and all of the other lotions and potions, it can all leave your wallet.. well, thin. But I want to share that while health can seem luxurious, it certainly doesn’t have to be. You can do healthy on the cheap!
Today’s edition: yoga on the cheap!
Here are some ideas for practicing yoga in a community setting, while giving your pocketbook a bit of a rest.
Kula Yoga:
I recently stumbled upon Kula Yoga in the Annex and I absolutely adore it. They have a great deal for first-time students: $40 for a month of unlimited yoga! But, what’s even better is that they have a large selection of $8 classes!! And they are offered at times that are accessible for those of us stuck in cubicles between 9-5pm. AND they often have free classes for students at exam time!! I highly recommend this studio.
Introductory Specials:
Most yoga studios in the city offer an introductory special of some sort for new students. Kula’s is $40 for the first month. 889 Yonge (and Thompson) also offers the same great deal ($40 for 30 days), so do the various Moksha studios. With the plethora of yoga studios in Toronto, you could keep trying these introductory specials for many, many months!
Passport to Prana:
Now this might be one of the absolute best yoga deals around. $30 for one year of unlimited classes at various studios throughout the city. The catch, if you can even call it that, is that you can only use it if you are a new student at the studio and you can only use the card once per studio. But, with over 70 participating studios, it will take you awhile to run out. 
Community Centres, Libraries, Churches, etc:
Check your local library, church, community centre, etc for deals. Some are amazing! I was first introduced to yoga in a church basement. It was pay-what-you-can and it was amazing. 
What’s your favourite way to do yoga on the cheap?
Happy t&s,