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

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

Studio Y Antigua, Guatemala

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Nestled between three volcanos, just one our outside of Guatemala City is the smaller (only 40,000 residence), older and far more charming town of Antigua. It’s an expat city with more than 30% of the population coming from outside the country and culture. It’s also a huge tourist destination. This is where people come to learn Spanish or teach English or to soak up some history among the many ruins on their way to the next rural area in Guatemala. There’s a few yoga studios in town, but so far…read more

Moksha Yoga St. John’s, Newfoundland

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  For a long time I’ve wanted to review a Moksha studio, and although there are many that I have tried (and liked) across Canada, none really struck me as living up to the promise of “Community Support” which is one of the seven pillars of Moksha (although the Montreal studio is very close), until I went to Moksha Yoga St. John’s. What is Moksha Yoga? Moksha was dreamt up by Jessica Robertson and Ted Grand in Toronto in 2004. It’s a series of traditional yoga postures (40) performed in…read more

Ak’Bol Yoga Retreat, Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Belize is gorgeous. 90,000 people on a piece of land about twice the size of Jamaica, maybe a bit more, and almost half of it is protected natural reserve. They love their environment there and the locals, who range from American looking white people to Caribbean dreads, to squat Mayans, know a lot about nature. It’s all very Canadian and feels like Canada in the south in a lot of ways-especially the more nature-loving Western Canada part. Belize and the Cayes are known for snorkelling since it’s the largest reef…read more

Playa El Cuco, El Salvador

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  I had the pleasure of teaching at a beautiful hotel on the beach in El Salvador in February and I’mma tell you all about it. La Tortuga Verde is one part beach resort, one part hostel, tucked on a secluded stretch of beach in southern El Salvador. You can either rent a swanky home with a pool to sleep 10 on the property or a dorm bed for $10 or you can even camp right on the beach at their second location, referred to solely as “Del Mar”. It’s…read more