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Forgot to mention the OTHER freebie this weekend!

Good morning everyone!! What a beautiful morning…I was just checking the weather and we are expecting highs to TWENTY FIVE today!!! OMG THANK GOODNESS SUMMER HAS ARRIVED! I cannot say it often enough 😉 I am going to do my yoga this morning, 10am at BYSaanich, so I have the rest of the day to enjoy…actually, I have a few other things I have to do so the whole day won’t be spent lazing around in the sunshine, but I will def have a few hours of it. And…tonight we are heading to the Buchart Gardens for the 2012 fireworks display. Good times good times.

OK…this is really why I wanted to write a quickie post this morning though…I forgot to mention in my post from the other day Some FUN FREE YOGA things coming up…. The Hudson Yoga studio has been having free yoga all this week and classes are still free through Sunday. I checked out the new studio this week and am happy to report, I snagged a free parking spot in the parkade (there are about 15 spots in the parkade which are free during the week for 2 hours as well as maybe 6 or 8 spots out front on the street…and then after 5pm and on the weekends, the entire parkade is free!) which was a good omen!

Ken made it his goal to ensure the yoga room was finished on time (you know how these things go with building, the completion dates are often pushed back and back…), but the rest of the studio-changerooms, lobby etc, is still under construction. No worries, the showers worked, the toilets flushed, the rest of it isn’t imperative in my opinion. The room is pretty, high ceilings, radiant heat panels, fresh air intake, cork floors. The floors are slippery when wet so watch your step after your practice.

On the website the classes are listed as “Hudson 60” and “Hudson 90″…the class I took was a 90 and was exactly the Bikram series. (There was an article in the Times Colonist last weekend in which he said they weren’t doing Bikram Yoga…I guess they just aren’t calling it that but the teachers are teaching the same series). I believe there is also a flow class and a yin class offered but I haven’t looked to closely at the schedule.

So…classes are still free today and tomorrow and I imagine there are all sorts of deals and steals for memberships during this free week. ALSO, today they are having a health expo out front of the studio. I might wander down there later to check out what’s happening…so far I have heard of live music and Salt of Life being there…

OK, Lovelies, must run. Have a super awesome day, go play outside!

Love,
Ida


Some FUN FREE YOGA things coming up…

Goooood evening!!! Oh my god, isn’t the SUN ah-mazing???!!! IT was like I came out of my shell today with that sunshine!! I truly blossomed. ANd I think we get to look forward to the sun and hotter days to come. Whew. That was a close one!!

Are you feeling the full moon?? I was def feeling it lastnight. By the time I got into bed lastnight I was so out of sorts, I had all kinds of aches and pains and I was in a bit of a mood. I think I sucked up all kinds of sensations and feelings from other people yesterday and with the moon being full I think it all got magnified in my body. So…I slept for NINE hours and I woke up feeing a bit better. I was still a bit funny this morning, a bit dizzy and wonky, but I ate, meditated, got some work done, read in the sun and then took a yoga class and taught a yoga class and now I’m right as rain. (oops, maybe that was the wrong thing to say…I’m right at the sun shine in July!). I just downed a MASSIVE kale/red cabbage/carrot salad with hemp and sesame seeds, tossed with flax oil and bragg’s. I didn’t think I was going to eat the whole bowl but apparently I needed some GREENS!! I feel much better now.

OK….so, I wanted to let you know about a few fun events coming up over the next few days.

This weekend is the first annual (?) YOGATHON!! It’s a fundraiser for Victoria’s Downtown Community Center. You can find info on the Cool Aid Society website or check out their Facebook Page. I know our very own Lauren will be teaching a Yin yoga class at 8am in Centennial Square…

On SUNDAY (8th) there is going to be FREE YOGA IN THE PARK from BYSaanich. I was not around last summer when the outdoor classes happened so I’m looking forward to this year…and the weather is supposed to be FANTASTIC so it’s going to be that much better!! Check out BYSaanich website for more info on that. It’s at 11 am and I think this week it’s Abbey teaching. Don’t forget your sunscreen!!

ALSO on SUNDAY and ALSO in the park Niecia is organizing a SYNERGY “class”…frolic?…playtime?…get together??? You get the idea. We had such a fun time a couple weeks ago at the Synergy class at the studio let’s do it again! Bring a partner if you have one or don’t, no worries. I won’t have a partner either, so we can work together! 3pm, across from the petting zoo at Beacon Hill. Here’s the link to the FB page for more info! Synergy is a combination of partner stretching, thai massage and “flying” (stretching eachother in the air on our feet…!!!). You get all the stretching you need without having to do the work for it…sounds good right??

Aaaaaand, lastly…On Monday July 9th, a new teacher, Carole Gosse, is teaching a FREE Bikram class at BYSidney. Carole wants to teach some classes to gain experience and there are so many teachers here in Victoria already, so she’s creating space for herself and teaching a FREE class!! So, go on up to BYSidney, it’s a beautiful studio…nice chance to have a new yoga experience! If you plan on going, just call the studio and let them know so they know how many people to expect 😉 Info can be found by contacting the BYSidney studio


mini rant about prices…

hi! 

i have to do a mini rant about the cost of things for a minute…then I will have it out of my system and i will be done.

I went to Planet Organic today to get a refill for my Soda Stream and pick up a couple other things…my plan was to get a couple kombuchas, the refill and maybe one or two other things only to be gotten from the hf store and then get a few things from the Rootcellar-my chosen produce store, especially in the abundant summer in BC.

i will say even before i really get into it that almost every time i walk into planet organic i am already kind of angry and disappointed with them…i already am looking through the “you disappoint me” glasses, so they really don’t have a hope in hell of making me happy. that’s sad, isn’t it? so, in i walk, just minding my own business wanting to get my refill and get out before i am spending a gazillion dollars on nothing (wait for it). i picked up my refill ($19.99), grabbed a medium bag of cashews, a medium-small bag of raw almonds and 2 GT’s Kombuchas…modest, moderate, small, not even filling one bag. I refrained from buying all the other things that I thought about buying and decided to just get out while i was still in a good mood (seriously, i can always feel the tension mounting when i go in there…unfortunately).  so…drum roll please…my total for these FIVE items (and modest items) was ALMOST FIFTY DOLLARS!!! really??? two kombuchas, some cashews and almonds and I’m paying THIRTY dollars?? wow.

so, again, here i am back to feeling annoyed with Planet Organic before i even get through the door.

oh…and while i’m here, let me just say that every time i get to the cashier, she asks me if i found everything ok… and every time i say i did not find what i was looking for she says something un helpful and apologetic but not anything to solve the problem of me not finding what i was looking for…so, uhm, why ask in the first place?

ok. i’m done my rant. i usually just pay whatever for whatever i want because i take my health seriously and don’t mind spending the money on my food…but some days i wish being healthy was a bit cheaper.

nighty night.

love,

ida x


Apple Cafe (inside Ingredients HF Store)

Good rainy afternoon, Kittens…

It’s a rainy Friday here in Victoria…they said it was going to rain and when they say something it must be true ;). I headed out of the house this morning in sandals and rather summery clothes…and wasn’t I aghast when I came out of yoga and stepped into the downpour that was happening outside. Sheesh. I’ve resisted saying it as I don’t want to conform and be too trendy (as I like to add my own flair to everything!), but I’m going to say it…this really IS JUNEUARY!!!! Double sheesh. The reality of the situation is this…It’s almost always beautiful here in May and everyone gets all excited and overjoyed that summer is here early and then June is almost always cold and rainy…well, this year is no different…good news is, it’s the 22nd of June, which means July is just around the corner…get my drift…so, take this rainy time to get stuff done that you won’t want to do once the sun is shining and all you want to do is frolick outside!!

OK…onto my post for today. It’s a quickie…I just wanted to put a shout out to Apple Cafe inside the (relatively) new Ingredients Health Food Store. Ingredients opened…oh…gosh, maybe half a year ago and I’ve been in there several times now. I mostly have just done a little shopping…they have a HUGE bulk section-including a whole gluten free bulk section as well as herbs, powders, teas, and all sorts of other things that you don’t even know you need…! You can use the little bags they have there for your bulk, or you can bring in your own jars or containers and weigh them empty then fill ’em up and pay for the contents…brilliant. Course, I’m yet to take advantage of this as I’m not that organized, but the idea of it is fabulous! They also have a pretty substantial vitamin and supplement section with a huge variety protein powders and green powders etc., to satisfy any dietary need. As well as all these lovely food selections, they do lectures, events and other fun things there…I’ve yet to attend anything there as I’m always out of town, but I love that they are creating a community down there on top of the great healthy food supply!

So, inside of the store there is also a little cafe-the Apple Cafe. They make pretty well everything there, and have a large selection of things to choose from…you can go for an Yerba Mate latte with fresh almond milk and a gluten free vegan power cookie or you can have a raw kale and kelp noodle salad with Almond dressing and a kombucha…or if you’re craving breakfast, how about an organic free run egg fritatta or a bowl of chia seed porridge? As I said, I had been to the store a few times, and one time got a cookie and tea to go, but today was the first time I sat down and had a real lunch there. I met Wendy there and we both ordered a raw salad…she had the raw falafel salad and I had the kelp noodle bowl salad. I loved mine. It had some kind of almond sauce…kind of asian peanut sauce kind of flair to it…Wendy enjoyed hers as well (I tasted it and it was way too salty for me…she commented that it WAS salty but she LOVES salty so it was good…but we both wondered if there was an error and it wasn’t meant to be that salty…I am still wondering).

The dessert case at Apple Cafe

I’m looking forward to going and eating there again. They do gluten free vegan pizza which looks good as well as raw pizza that I’d like to try…and they really do have eggs and other cooked things…so if you are with non-vegan eaters or what have you, I’m sure everyone could get something they like…

OK…well, that’s all I got for today. I am going to enjoy being in my sweats this afternoon, drinking my tea and listening to the rain fall.

Happy Friday, Kittens…hope the weekend is full of love, sweat and tears of joy.
Love,
Ida x