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Yoga Tree Vaughan

21 Feb

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Yoga Tree Vaughan

Yoga tree is a chain of yoga studios down town Toronto, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan. I have been going to the Yoga Tree Vaughan location for the past month.

Website: http://www.yogatree.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yogatreevaughan

The Studio beautiful and spacious. They have a very nice open sitting area for before and after class where you can enjoy some complimentary hot herbal and green tea. The locker room is spacious with showers available for after class. Towels for class and mats can be rented, but towels for the showers cannot.

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The Classes

You do not have to worry about signing up online before class, they leave spots open for walk ins and I have never had a problem finding a spot.  I signed up for their 30 days unlimited intro for $40 so have had a chance to try out a bunch of their classes. My favourite teacher at the studio is Jen, she teaches a more challenging class where you feel like you really worked at the end. I am usually sore after her classes and I love the feeling of being sore! Jen also teaches a free Lululemon Community Class on Fridays at Yoga Tree at 6:45 pm. Check our Lululemon Vaughan Mills Facebook Page for updates on their community class locations.

Yoga Tree Vaughan has two classrooms, “fire” is the Hot Yoga room and “Flow” is for all other classes. They have a reduced heat class too, great for someone that has never done a hot class before! The reduced heat is 28 Celsius, still really warm and you still get sweaty but it is not as sweltering as a full fledge hot class.

I will definitely continue coming to this studio even after my intro package is expired!

How to Stay Fit on Vacation

11 Nov

With the holidays coming up that usually means vacation! Before we go on vacation it seems like the focus is always on getting in shape so we look great good in that bikini. But what about how to stay fit while on vacation? We have to maintain everything that we worked so hard for. I’m going to provide some useful tips for staying fit while your on vacation.

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4 Tips to Stay Fit on Vacation

Pack Snacks for Travel

It seems like every time I travel in an airport I feel like I have gained weight just from that one day. This is probably because I just spent most of my day in a chair and ate a ton of junk food because that’s all there was. The solution: plan ahead and pack snacks for the airport and flight so you don’t end up overpaying for a can Pringles and regretting it later. What type of snack should you pack? almonds, grapes, carrots all great for travel. While your in the airport waiting for the flight to board keep walking around, browse the shops, keep moving while you can because when you get on the flight you wont be able to.

Walk Instead of Taking a Taxi

If your traveling to a downtown city search online ahead of time, find out what restaurants are walking distance from the hotel, go to those instead.

Wake up Early

Traveling with friends or family that do not like to workout?
Wake up an extra hour early and use the gym in your hotel, no gym at the hotel? use a chair for tricep dips, do 3 sets of 15 pushups, and 3 different ab exercises on the floor. Doing SOMETHING is better than nothing.

Plan Physical Activities

If your going somewhere warm you can play tennis or beach volleyball, you can still get a tan and its a good social activity. Do laps in the pool or take a walk on the beach. See if there are any local yoga classes available for you to take. You don’t have to do an intense workout, you are on vacation!

Doing even a little bit of activity to stay fit on vacation will help you to feel better about yourself allowing you to relax and enjoy your vacation even more.

How to do you stay fit while on vacation? Post your comments and ideas below!

Pure Barre DVD Studio Series 2 Review

4 Oct

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Pure Barre DVD Studio Series

Do you like to workout but never seem to have time to go to the gym or a class? That’s me! Sometimes I just don’t have time in my schedule to go to a workout class, plus they can be so expensive!

I have been doing Pure Barre DVD’s for a while now and finally received the newest Pure Barre DVD, Studio Series 2.  I ordered this when it first came out but sent it to my sisters place in the US for cheaper shipping.

It has been over a year now since my first Pure Barre DVD purchase and I’m beginning to get tired of the same routine. I was so excited to try the new DVD I wanted to test it out Sunday night when I got home from my trip but my legs were still burning from the Saturday morning in studio class we attended.

So this brings me to Monday night, I finally to try the DVD! Is this bad I look forward to this kind of torture?

So what is my rating of the new Studio Series DVD? I would give it about a 7/10.

Length

41 minutes

The Pure Barre Workout

DVD opens with the same warmup, abs and arms, 3 thigh exercises, 2 seat exercises and ends with abs and a stretch.

The warmup and abs portion at the end of the DVD is VERY similar to Flat Irons DVDs I already own. I was expected a little more variety. There was one seat exercise that I found particularly hard, I have heard it is called “the pretzel” I’ll need some practice on this one.

Conclusion

I always get my moneys worth with all these DVDs so its worth the purchase! They are not that expensive, I haven’t found the new one on Amazon yet but you can purchase the Pure Barre DVD on their website for $24.95.

You can find more reviews on Pure Barre DVD’s in a previous post here.

 

Lululemon New Gear Review

19 Sep

I have multiple items to review here today. It’s been a while since I reviewed anything at lululemon but over over the past few months I have collected some new items that I would like to let you know about!

Just My Mat

1. Number one on my list of items to review? It has to be THE MAT. Have you ever been to a hot yoga class and found your self getting so sweaty it felt like your mat was a slip and slide? I have! Solution: Lululemon sells a yoga mat with a polyurethane coating to keep the mat grippy even during the hottest of hot yoga classes. This mat comes in a variety of colors and absorbs the sweat dripping down off your toes as you move from downward dog to warrior 3.

2. Textured full length Wunder Unders, my new post work favourite item to slip into. I have been waiting for these to come back since last year when I spotted someone else wearing them in the cropped version. They are a little bit thicker and warmer than the regular WunderUnder material. If you feel the inside they are soft to the touch. I like that they are full length so they will fit into my winter boots nicely.

3. Light as Air Thong – really feels like your wearing nothing! Perfect for any kind of workout and when you want to avoid underwear lines.

4. The (small) Towel – you really can use any towel you want to wipe sweat during a hot yoga class but I love how this one folds up so small! I can fit it right into my purse. It also absorbs sweat really nicely for how tiny it is.

Shop lululemon: http://www.lululemon.com

That’s all for today!

Have a great weekend everyone 🙂

Iam Hot Yoga Toronto

8 Sep

Iam Hot Yoga Toronto

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Iam yoga offers a large selection of hot yoga classes including flow, core, meditation, I even saw a “Hangover Hatha” class on the schedule offered on Sunday mornings! Iam Yoga is located on Yonge St just south of bloor. I Had received a flyer at an event for a free yoga class here a few months ago but never  managed to go until now. Every new client gets their first yoga class for free or one week unlimited for $20, I chose the free option. After your first class drop in classes are $20 each or $160 for one month unlimited and various other packages.

The Studio

The studio consisted of one large hot yoga room, a common area and change rooms. Everything was spacious and clean (I always like clean 🙂 ). They really did a nice job when they designed the studio and they take care of it well. You can rent towels or a mat for $1 and buy water if you need it. There was a lot of people hanging out in the common area when you first walk in that must have either just finished the last class or were about to start the next one, sitting on the couch and chairs. Everyone was hanging out and chatting with each other. The whole studio had a very friendly vibe, there seemed to be a lot of regulars.

Class

All classes are hot but the class I attended was a detox flow, taught by Juliana Belinko. Detox yoga classes involve a lot of twisting poses that improve circulation and functioning of the lymphatic system. I could tell that Juliana was a very experienced teacher, her class was one of the best I have been to. I felt the class was very challenging but I was still able to keep up. Towards the end of the class I could feel my heart beating so fast and the sweat was building up on my mat I wanted to take a break but I kept going. Sometimes during a hot class I don’t feel like I got enough of a workout as I would have liked to get but this class was perfect. My core felt really sore the next day proving that I worked hard.

I would really like to go back to this studio and try another one of their classes from the big selection. I will post any updates I have on the studio once I go back.

You can view Iam Hot Yoga’s schedule and read more about the studio on their website: http://iamyoga.ca/

As always any yoga class is open to yogis of all levels.

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Studio Review: Kula Yoga Toronto

2 Aug

Kula Yoga in Toronto 30 day $30 trial

http://www.mykula.ca has two different studios, one in Toronto ( the annex) and then one also in Oakville. This review is on the Toronto location

Studio

Kula drop in and membership prices are relatively similar to anywhere else you go for yoga in Toronto, but they offer some great deals. The new member monthly trial is only $30, compared to some studios that have $40 monthly or $40 for two weeks, I thought this was pretty good! They also have $8 and $5 community classes multiple times a week! After I finished my 30 day trial I have just been stopping in for an $8 class here and there.

I found the studio to be less glamorous and more cramped than what I am used to at barreworks or barre beautiful. I think this is normal for a yoga studio though. There are two different rooms for the yoga classes, one is very large and spacious, usually used for the hot classes and the second is pretty small, usually used for the flow classes. I preferred using the larger room, I like having a little bit more space between me and the person next to me.

Classes

Every class I have attended at Kula so far has been good. Each teacher adds their own unique touch and you can tell that they really enjoy the practice.

Flow with Donna

– Donna always starts the class off with an idea of what we should dedicate our practice to. The first time I went to her class it was opening up for spring to come…I think it worked because the next week was followed by beautiful warm weather! The next week the word was “gratitude” even if we cannot do a pose fully we should be “grateful for the chance to try” she repeated this throughout the class. I really love this, anyone attending a yoga class should be grateful for the chance to be there, able to be active,  engage in yoga and grateful that they have that hour of the day to dedicate their time to themselves.

Power

– The power yoga class is the same sequence each time so you can really develop your technique and get better each time. Yoga can become addicting because you always want to go back for more to see how you can improve and to try again on a pose that you couldnt do the last time.

Hot

– The hot yoga classes at Kula are very relaxing. I had never done a hot yoga class until Kula. I was nervous about the heat because I do not normally like to be hot. During the yoga class I did not mind the heat at all! I didn’t even realize how hot I was until I looked down at my legs and sweat was streaming down. These classes are not as intense of a workout but you feel like your body is ridding of all the toxins through the sweat and flow of stretches.

Overall I would definitely recommend giving Kula a try. They have a wide variety of classes and are reasonably priced if you are on a budget! Check the schedule out here: http://www.mykulatoronto.ca/class-schedule

Studio Lagree Review

26 May

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I have been wanting to try a reformer pilates class for a while now and heard about Studio Lagree through another blog (www.runsoulcycle.com). Reformer pilates is done on a piece of exercise equipment that has a platform that moves back and forth on a carriage as you use your muscles for balance.

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When I arrived for class I knew it was going to be a good workout but I had no idea how hard it was actually going to be! These classes are for all levels but be prepared to work and take each move slowly. There was a mixture of men and women of all ages at the studio and everyone that worked there was helpful and friendly. Before the class started I was given a little low down on how this method of workout worked since it was my first time. He told me that reformer classes are meant to be super challenging and it is not actually expected you complete the workout because you want to work your muscles towards exhaustion. The reformer workout works the slow twitch muscles, you are not trying to do as many lunges in 60 seconds or as many crunches as you can, you are aiming towards doing each move slowly and your muscles will be burning and shaking. Bianca was the instructor teaching our class, she was super friendly and in excellent shape, giving me motivation that this class works! The entire workout was 50 minutes long and went by so fast, we were so busy I did not even look at the clock.

One drop in class at Studio Lagree is $35, you can buy classes in bulk for a little less. This is quite expensive but since the workout is so intense you don’t have to go all the time. It can be something you treat your body to every other week to mix things up. They also have bananas available after class for the perfect post workout snack.

***Your first class as a trial is free and you can view their schedule and sign up online at http://www.studiolagree.com

Studio Lagree is located on spadina just north of st. claire in Forest Hill, I recommend at least going in to try out. If you love the feeling of soreness after a new workout you will love this studio!

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