Bryce Yoga

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A few years ago I discovered the amazing talent of Dice Iida-Klein and Briohny Smyth. They are both such incredible yogis and I began to follow their work. They’re from LA, but travel around the world teaching workshops and giving teacher trainings. (They also teach online classes at http://www.yogaglo.com and http://yoganonymous.com). I never imagined that they would ever come to Montreal, but they did! When I found out, I was so shocked that I went a little crazy. My friends thought I was nuts! The thing is I had seen pictures and videos of them practicing yoga, but I didn’t know how they would be as teachers. I soon found out that not only are they “good” at yoga, but they can teach! I know that sounds weird, but I truly believe that there are some people that are just meant to teach, whether it be yoga or something else. Dice and Briohny known as Bryce, definitely have the gift! It was the first time that I took a workshop and felt like I actually learnt something. I have incorporated what I learnt that weekend in my daily practice and it feels so good 🙂

Check them out at http://bryceyoga.com and follow them at http://instagram.com/bryceyoga

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Wanderlust Tremblant

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Last month over the weekend of August 23rd, I went to Wanderlust Tremblant. Wanderlust is a yoga, music, and nature festival that takes place in beautiful locations around North America. I was so excited when they announced that they were coming to Mont-Tremblant. Only 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from my hometown!! This was a first for the festival and was on a trial run, but the turnout was great, it was completely sold out! I drove up friday afternoon and enjoyed walking around the village. It was such a beautiful weekend. Later that night I watched one of the many performances that took place and then was off to bed, I had a 6:00am wakeup call! Early saturday morning I woke up to take my first class at 8:00am called SUP Paddleboard Yoga. I was a little hesitant to sign up for this class at first, but boy am I so glad that I did! I thought I was crazy thinking that I could balance on a Paddleboard on the lake, let alone trying to do any yoga poses! It was such an incredible experience and surprisingly it wasn’t that difficult to catch my balance. My class was taught by two wonderful teachers; Nadia Bonenfant and Mélissa Vaillancourt. To read more about SUP yoga visit this website: http://ksf.ca/en/sup/sup-yoga/

The following class I took was at 10:00am called Intro To Slackline. I was also a bit hesitant to take this class as well, but getting out of my comfort zone and meeting all the people in my class that were just as nervous as me, made things better. On top of it, the name of the class had the word “Intro” in it, so I figured I was safe! This class was led by The Yogaslackers (Brendan DeVincent and Link Zampino). These guys were so much fun and made you feel completely at home. To learn more about The Yogaslackers and Slacklining visit their website: http://www.yogaslackers.com

My last class of the day called Magically Hips was taught by the lovely Eoin Finn. I can truly say that this class changed my life…well my yoga life. Even with a class of 100 people Eoin somehow managed to introduce new poses and teach in such detail, which is something that is not easy to do with a crowd so big. I learnt so much in that class and can truthfully say that it was definitely my favorite yoga class I have taken thus far. Not to mention, the guy is hilarious! I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard!! If you ever have a chance to take a class taught by Eoin, I highly recommend it. Even if you’re just a beginner yogi, it’s ok because he gives variations to all of his poses making his classes suitable for all levels. To find out if Eoin is coming to teach somewhere near you, check out his site: http://www.blissology.com

All in all, I had a blast at Wanderlust Tremblant. Meeting such open-minded people, making new yogi friends, and hanging out with old yogi friends, I can say as cheesy as it sounds, it was the best weekend of my life! So excited for next year!! To learn more about Wanderlust Festivals and to join in on the fun next year, click the following link: http://wanderlustfestival.com

Lolë White Yoga

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Yesterday I experienced something so magical. I volunteered at the Lolë White Yoga event in Montreal. I participated in the yoga session last year and thought that this year, it would be fun to help out and learn more about my community. It was a lot of work but it was all worth it. I met so many great people that shared the same passion as me! From all the other volunteers, yoga teachers to the participants, there was just such a great energy! As a volunteer, some of us were able to join in on the 90 minute yoga session. Since I had participated last year, I just wanted to sit back and watch as everyone entered their state of bliss. Let me tell you, it was one of the most incredible things I have ever experienced. I had seen pictures of thousands of people practicing yoga together, and I have been in groups of thousands of people practicing together, but it is such a different experience when watching from the side lines. It was beautiful. This event was for everyone. Whether it was your first time doing yoga or whether you’ve been doing it for years, they were all doing it together. That is what made it so beautiful and that is what I love most about the practice. It reminded me of this quote, “Yoga is like walking down a city street. We’re all going different places, but we’re doing it together.” Seeing all of those people together made me realize even more how much I want to teach and pass my knowledge onto others. I really can’t wait to get my training and who knows maybe one day I’ll be helping out at the Lolë White Yoga session as a teacher!

To read more about Lolë and their brand, visit their website www.lolewomen.com and to learn more about the Lolë White Yoga tour visit www.lolewomen.com/whiteyoga