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Staying Well While Social Distancing

Staying Well While Social Distancing It’s a very uncertain and unsettling time for everyone, and it’s hard to believe that the entire world is facing some level of isolation right now. While we all distance ourselves from society it is more important then ever that we look after our mental and physical well-being. Below we have listed some recommendations for staying well during social distancing. Keep Moving –  Just because our…

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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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Stretching Fundamentals: Dynamic vs Static Stretching

Stretching Fundamentals: Dynamic vs Static Stretching There is a myth that more stretching is always better. While stretching is an important component of any exercise program, the timing and type of stretches also needs to be considered. The key to an effective workout is knowing when and how to include static vs dynamic stretching. Warm-up Stretching cold muscles is counter-productive and static stretching before exercise may actually decrease power and…

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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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Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria My favourite destinations have always been those places that are a little off the beaten path.  My recent trip to Gran Canaria was one of these places.  It seems to be a popular destination for British and German travelers but for those living in the Americas, it is less frequented. Gran Canaria is part of the Canary Islands located off the northwest coast of Africa and is part…

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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…