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Intentional Goal Setting

Intentional Goal Setting We recently had the pleasure of hosting an Evening of Yoga and Intentional Goal Setting at RYU in Vancouver with Renew Retreats. The evening began with a 1-hour yoga practice guided by our co-founder, Melanie Yip, where our guests first built a stable foundation and ignited their personal power and self will.  Afterwards, we had short break and enjoyed refreshments provided by Bucha Brew and Conscious Cookie,…

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Wellness Trends in 2020

 Wellness Trends in 2020 The health and wellness industry gained momentum at a rapid pace over the past decade and we don't expect the growth to slow down over the coming decade.  Below are our top 5 predictions for the biggest wellness trends in 2020. 5. Fitness Wearables  With Apple's continued focus on improving the Apple Watch and Google's acquisition of Fitbit we can expect to see huge advances in…

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Yoga Class Types

Yoga Class Types For anyone new to yoga, the different types of yoga classes available may be confusing.  Below are some of the most common types of classes offered.  Please note that the following descriptions are a general guideline as the intensity and style of a class can vary depending on the studio, gym or instructor.   Hatha Today, Hatha usually describes a slower moving practice where poses are held for…

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Unplugging

Unplugging We recently returned from two weeks in Baja California Sur, Mexico.  What was planned as a working holiday quickly became our very own wellness retreat.  It wasn't until we arrived in Mexico that we realized how exhausted and stressed we both felt.       Throughout our vacation, we worked as planned, but left ample time to relax, reflect and nourish our minds and bodies so we could feel well…

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Training for a Half Marathon

Training for a Half Marathon I have run a few marathons in my life, but have realized that the half marathon is my favourite distance.  Training for a half doesn’t overtake your life, the longest run is no more than two hours and you don’t have to make significant changes to your diet if you already eat healthy.  It also doesn’t feel as hard on your body or leave you…

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A Quiet Mind

A Quiet Mind I’m currently re-reading The Bhagavad Gita after reading it a year ago during my yoga teacher training.  For those unfamiliar with the Bhagavad Gita, it’s an ancient Indian text that is part of the voluminous, epic poem, the Mahabharata, where the two main characters, while on a battlefield, discuss the main paths towards spiritual enlightenment and becoming one with the Divine. When I read it the first time, I…

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TICO Regulations for Wellness Retreats

  TICO Regulations for Wellness Retreats The Travel Industry Council of Ontario (“TICO”) regulations can be difficult to navigate if you are considering hosting your own wellness retreat.  A number of wellness professionals in Ontario, who have been hosting retreats, have recently been fined, or in extreme cases, shut down, by TICO for not complying with regulations surrounding “Special Interest Travel”.  Each province in Canada has their own regulations for…

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“Movement” in Movement Travel

"Movement" in Movement Travel It took us several months to choose the name for our new wellness travel company.  We wanted a word that encompassed being active, traveling to different places and embracing new ideas and ways of doing things.  One day, I received a message from Lisa that said, “how about Movement Travel?”  It immediately resonated with me, as it did with her.  That day, Movement Travel, was born.…

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The Global Wellness Industry

The Global Wellness Industry I recently completed my training to become a Certified SELECT Wellness Specialist – Travel Advisor and found global wellness trends fascinating.  Today, people are constantly talking about how the global wellness industry, and specifically wellness tourism, is booming, but what does this really mean? The Global Wellness Institute ("GWI") released its Global Wellness Report at the end of 2018 and have highlighted some of the key…

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Plant-Based Diet – SOS

Plant-Based Diet - SOS I am a carnivore.  I love meat.  But a few years ago, my partner announced that he had decided to become vegan.  At the time, we were in a long-distance relationship and when I heard those words come across the phone, I froze in disbelief.  I thought he was joking, but he was serious.  His love for animals and our planet (did  you know that livestock…