oh, ONTARIO, you are a great place for a girl like me!

Hello y’all! I know, it’s been a while since I’ve written…but after that last post that I wrote on my iPad and couldn’t see anything I was writing…well, I decided I would just soak up the experience of the trip and write about it later…so, it’s later, I’m home and on my computer, so now I will share with you my great experience in Ontario!

As I posted already, I started in Kitchener Waterloo (if you are at all confused about the name “Kitchener Waterloo” and why it’s always the two places put together as one, don’t fret…so I was I. It’s 2 separate places, but they always say them together…kind of like if I said, “Langford Colwood”…you get the idea. Don’t ask why they do that, it’s just how it is). Now, Kitchener Waterloo is THE home of RIM…you know, Blackberry technology? Pretty well everyone there works for RIM in some capacity…actually, some of them work for Google too, but the Google office is moving to California, so that will wipe out some of those techies there. Anyhow, it’s a big technology town(s), and they like their yoga! I spent Thursday night-Tuesday afternoon there. David, the owner and director of Bikram Yoga KW lives just around the corner from the studio, in a little area called Belmont Village, so every day I was walking to the studio, past the health-food store, in the sun. Practically perfect in every way.

In Kitchener, there is a woman who practices at the studio named Bonny. I met Bonny in Mexico at the retreat I did back in May. Bonny is such an inspiration to me! She looks so amazing since the last time I saw her. She is this light filled energetic and glorious woman who I have so enjoyed getting to know. On Saturday she took David and I to see Jesus Christ Superstar at Stratford. First off, I love pretty well ANY and ALL live performance (especially theatre) and seeing a show at Stratford was so amazing. After the show we walked through the town and then got a late bit to eat. I feel so blessed.

On Tuesday I headed out on the Greyhound bus for Toronto. It was kind of nice to have a bit of down time on my own (only an hour and a half) before I hit the city and was on to the next chapter of the Ontario tour (well, Toronto area tour anyhow). I stayed in Toronto with Andrew, the owner of Bikram Yoga East York. He lives in Forrest Hill, a cute little area of Toronto, nice neighbourhood, beautiful apartment in an old brick building, with his cutest dog, Sohpie. Sophie is a MinPin (miniature pinscher) and god is she a cutie. She took to me right away and slept with me almost the whole time I was there.

Andrew, fabulous leader at BYEY

Bengal Tiger mural on the back wall of BYEY!

While I was in Toronto proper, I taught at 3 different studios and practiced at one more than that. IT was great to see all the different studios (well, at least some of them…there are about a dozen studios there!) and meet so many teachers and students! While I was there, we had the HOTTEST DAY EVER RECORDED IN TORONTO HISTORY. Yes, that’s right the HOTTEST DAY EVER. That was Thursday, it was about 37 degrees outside. We might as well have done class outside! HA! Actually, it was almost better inside as we had a bit of a breeze. Let’s just say, the students at the Bloor studio were troopers…we had the heat off and the air on but all that air was so hot and humid…and all those yogis breathing and sweating…well, you get the idea.

On Friday I went out to stay with a woman I went to Bikram TT with, Ruzica. She owns the Bikram Yoga Toronto East…I had to take the train to get out there, which was another adventure! Well, not really, but it added to my planes trains and automobiles. I did a 2 hour posture clinic and class there on Friday and got to meet some of the students out there. What a beautiful studio! They have all sorts of different kinds of wood…including Douglas Fir from out here…I felt so at home.

So, the yoga part of the trip was great, the teaching and the practicing. I taught at the East York studio, the Bloor and Beaches studios and the Toronto East studio. I also practiced a the cutest little studio in Forrest Hill…it was like a little boutique cottage. So lovely.

I got to eat at a great raw food restaurant there called Live Food Bar. I highly recommend it if you’re there. They’ve got a good sized menu (including a couple of cooked dishes) and a great drinks list (juices, smoothies, kombucha, wine, beer). We ordered a bunch of things to share (an appy plate, a salad, tacos, nori rolls, a cooked brown rice pasta dish, and for dessert a chocolate cupcake and another chocolatey thing) and enjoyed them all. It was the perfect meal after a great class at BYEY.

I also got to experience the cottage culture that exists there. I’ve always heard about “the cottage” if you live in the Toronto area. There are probably at least 75% of the people living there who grew up going out to the cottage every summer. Many people are the 2nd or 3rd generation of the family going to the same cottage or property. It’s amazing. So, I got to go up to the cottage both weekends I was there (briefly both times, but well worth it on both occasions!).

Ruzica, Ida, Vesnahaha…we were trying to run and jump and have the picture while we were in the air….unfortunately, it was kind of like a game of broken telephone. We ran, I counted “1,2,3, go!”, Vesna gave the hand signal, Ian hit Bernard’s shoulder, and Bernard tookt he picture…I’m sure you can see that too many cooks spoiled the pot! haha, at least one of us is in the air!

triangle on the beachwe, of course, had to do some yoga on the beach for a good photo op…we colour co-ordinated well, huh?! This is Ruzica, Vesna and me. Ruzica and Vesna and I all went to TT together but didn’t know eachother there (they did, but I didn’t know them). It was so fun to hang out with them and do a little reminiscing as well as getting to know eachother. Such fun such fun.

So, all in all, I had such a wonderful time in Ontario! The weather was amazing, the people were amazing, and there was never a dull moment. What a great trip. I have the best life.

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