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Masaya: Be Mindful, Go Local -Secret Spot in Nicaragua

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Nicaragua is known for its beaches, surf and yoga retreats. Fast becoming an alternative to Costa Rica, especially for Canadians. For me, this type of vacation travel is trite and dated. I’m not interested in being put in a tourist bubble and merely experiencing something cheaper, somewhere else, off the backs of locals so I can “destress” at a massive cost to the environment and economy. It’s not to say I don’t end up doing this type of travel, cause sometimes it’s all there is available for an outsider like me;…read more

Good Geisha Donates Expertise to Acid Burn Victims in India

Posted by in Paths Of Yoga, Yoga on the Road

My very good friend Amber, owner and head tattoo maven at The Good Geisha in Toronto, has been tattooing women cosmetically since way before perfect eyebrows were a basic staple of the modern female face. When it was embarrassing but still liberating, and always taboo. She has tattooed nipples on women who have had mastectomy’s, giving them new confidence in their post-cancer bodies and she has done the micro-blading of all the blonde women in my family – including myself, forever liberating us from the bald face look. My mother…read more

Full Moon Manifestation

Posted by in Meditation, Yoga on the Road

The Full Moon is a time of completion  and letting go. If you are one of these hippies (so many of my friends) who lives your life by the moon cycle instead of the calendar’s you buy at Office Depot, then you are using both the new moon and full moon to manifest your destiny. The new moon is the time to plant seeds and the full moon is the time to harvest them. There is also an astrological angle – where are these moons landing in your birth chart…read more

Travel Mama: Guatemala

Posted by in Travel Mom, Yoga on the Road

This is a quick note really to say that after a lot of emails and messages and questions, I’ve finally put together a trip for mom’s and their kids. I have done a lot of solo travel in my life, and I’ve traveled with a dog (which is glorious as well) but traveling with my daughter was a whole new world. It’s like solo travel except everyone talks to you and treats you like you are welcome. People want to help you and tell you about their kids and congratulate…read more

Venezuela: A Country Torn Asunder by Oil

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A fellow digital nomad, Beth McIntyre, living in Colombia recently took a trip down to the Colombia-Venezuela boarder and crossed over for a day. What she found was shocking. Once the richest country in South America with massive biodiversity and known for their oil export, the country has been in almost total ruin since 2013 when Hugo Chavez died – she shared with us some of her impressions over the boarder. Where are you visiting in Venezuela and what brought you there? We entered from the Colombian border that runs between…read more

Ridin’ Dirty – Getting Back Into Your Daily Practice

Posted by in Meditation, Yoga on the Road

I have had a daily or almost-daily practice for close to five years. It started off with a daily exercise regime, then I became a yoga teacher and that reset my schedule to include daily meditation and yoga. Over the years, it’s become a lot looser; I exercise daily, practice some form of yoga, whether it be breath work or meditation or asana. I don’t over think it, but I knew I needed it- every day. Then I got pregnant. In the beginning I had a lot of resentment towards…read more

A Guide to Yoga In Antigua, Guatemala

Posted by in Studio Review, Yoga on the Road

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

Tikal 2 Ways

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Located in the Peten region, in a lush rain forrest, Tikal is one of the largest uncovered Mayan archeological sites in North America. The most common way to see Tikal is to fly or bus into Flores, the sleepy Italianesque island near by, book a hotel or hostel there for a few days and make the trek into Tikal with a tour and guide for sunset or sunrise. I’ve done it before and it’s decent. But knowing what I know now about Tikal, I’d never do it again. Here’s my…read more

Equilibrio: A Festival On The Beach – El Cuco, El Salvador

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There is a festival in Costa Rica called Envision that takes place in March every year. About 5,000 people make the pilgrimage from their Western countries and surrounding latino ones annually. When a mammoth festival like this blows up, it tends to spawn many other tiny festivals along the wander road of hippies. Some of them are great and some of them heavily miss the mark. Equilibrio is one such festival that has hit the bullseye. In it’s second year, the small but very infectious 4 day event takes place…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