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Misfit Studio – Toronto, Canada

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“Rooted in yoga, informed by pilates and inspired by dance”, says creator of Misfit Studio as well as the Misfit Method, Amber J, from the opening video on the website’s homepage. There are elements of form, mysticism, and mindful use of language in their teaching method. The story is the studio’s been around on Queen St. for ages where they have always combined pilates and yoga in a modern, almost rebel way. Now there’s a second studio on Ossington. They have over 10 classes a day focusing on movement, strength and…read more

The Yoga Forest – San Marcos, Guatemala

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Nestled above infamous hippie town, San Marcos, lies The Yoga Forest. It’s a beautiful walk through a trail marked by painted rocks that twists past houses and through a sparse forest until you come to a gate marked “The Yoga Forest”. Upon entering, there are close to 100 hundred steer stairs left for you on your journey and they are well worth it. Once you breathlessly make it to the top of the stairs, there is an open concept kitchen waiting for you with plenty of filtered water to gulp…read more

A Guide to Yoga at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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The drive itself to Lake Atitlan reveals the majesty of one of the most mystical lakes in the world in perfect measure. From Antigua, it’s two full on hours of winding roads at break neck speeds that can make even the steeliest traveller queazy. Approaching Solola, you get squeezed through road blocks of Mayan men in traditional clothing and cowboy hats on narrow streets, winding up and down volcanic mountains. And then the foliage breaks and you get a clear view of the lake below and it’s serene vista is…read more

Desa Seni , Canggu – Bali

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Every yoga studio has a vibe, a sort of personality onto itself.  Desa Seni, a high end eco resort and retreat space in Canggu, Bali is definitely the celebrity rehab of yoga studios on the island – the vibe is chic, LA rich mommies on vacation, but don’t let that fool you – there is little ego here. I used to live up the street on a rice field, in a more local part of town (read: affordable) but you bet your ass I went to Desa Seni regularly. Sure I…read more

A Guide to Yoga in San Cristobal de las casas, Mexico

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I’ve only been living in San Cristobal (or San Cris as most foreigners call it) for a couple of weeks, but I came with a need for a refresh in my practice and I’ve been searching with a vengeance. Part of what I’m working on is reconnecting to my daily practice of puja – morning prayers and singing some kirtan. My practice is always changing slightly but the backbone is the same: Ganesha, my main squeeze is who I pray to in the mornings. Previously, I was lighting my incense…read more

Mahadevi Ashram – Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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The Mahadevi Ashram and Kaivalya Yoga School, is village-like ashram tucked away in the trees on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Nearby San Marcos (the Goa of Central America), is famous for it’s yoga and healing scene here in Central America, but can get a little out of hand with young Californian festival-types descending on the lake for some RnR and alternative partying during winters. If you’re looking for something a little more authentic, then look no further than Mahadevi in the neighbouring town of Tzununa. A year ago, I was living…read more

A Guide to Yoga In Antigua, Guatemala

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Antigua, Guatemala has been my home for the past two years on and off. One of the frustrations I found moving here, and hopefully I will help solve for anyone coming through in future, is that it was really hard to get reliable information on what kind of yoga was available in town. Even though it’s a tourist town where everyone is promoting 24-7 to the tsunami of tourists coming through, there are often only a few players on the advertising field and like many places, it takes time and…read more

Earth Lodge, Antigua Guatemala

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Earth Lodge is an eco hostel and restaurant perched in the hills above Antigua. It’s not really in the city at all, and that’s more than half of the charm. On weekends, they play host to a Sunday BBQ with a revolving host of acoustic bands and people flock both local and foreign for the great food and even more incredible view. I was one of the Antiguans who would make the trek up the Earth Lodge weekly, taking my dog up past the lush site of Cerro De La…read more

Serenity Eco Guesthouse-Canggu, Bali

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In the spring of 2013, I lived at the Serenity Eco Guesthouse (Villa Serenity) for almost a month. I initially found it by Google search-I was looking for a place to stay in Bali that had a yoga studio and decent backpacker prices. After staying for a week, I moved into a home for the next six weeks but I eventually came back to spend a month before flying home to Toronto. The story is that a couple started it in 2003, initially it was just their villa as well…read more

Mystical Yoga Farm-Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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I had the pleasure of spending the weekend at the Mystical Yoga Farm near Santiago on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala this weekend. It’s the off season right now, so my friend Grace and I had the place all to ourselves. Luckily, my good friend Jah is the manager and put together a lovely getaway package for us. For $45 USD a night you get to stay either in a dorm or a private casita, have three delicious meals which are made from produce grown on the farm as much as…read more