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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

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

Posted by in Studio Review, Yoga on the Road

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

Source Farm-Yoga in Jamaica

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If you Google search: yoga + Jamaica, you’ll only get tourist spots. Bikram and Negril Yoga and other spots on the North shore. No shade for those places, they are businesses and everyone has a right to own one, but I was not looking to hang out with tourists at an all-inclusive when I booked my flight to Jamaica in search of something more. Fun Fact #1: did you know that tourism is part of the reason why Jamaica has remained poor? Foreign nationals own most of the hotels and services and…read more

Lover and Beloved, Tantra 2 at Inanitah

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I took a tantra course last fall on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua at a lovely intentional community called, Inanitah. It was by far the most terrifying experience of my life. Maybe that means I’ve had a pretty cushy life, but either way it was the most incredible and brutal thing I’ve but myself through to date. I wrote about it here a while back. The course is actually three weeks in length but can be taken in individual, week-long modules. After completing the first week, Self and Source, I…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

A Weekend in St. John’s, Newfoundland

Posted by in Food, Yoga on the Road

DAY 1 I’ve just spent a few days in St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland and the most Eastern city in Canada. It’s the 20th largest in the country; which means it’s just a bit bigger than Barrie, ON and a bit smaller than Sherbrooke, QC. You wouldn’t know how small it is if you went on the shocking number of yoga studios (about the same as Montreal, the second largest city in Canada) or on prices (rental and housing prices are somewhere between Montreal and Toronto) and it doesn’t…read more

Smoking DMT in Ceremony

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I came back to city living after 6 months in the tropics in mostly sustainable environments (that means local food, no refrigeration, spring water on tap and compost toilets) and it was a lot harder than I thought. I was prepared for the culture shock of returning since I have had to go through the re-entry process yearly for the past 6 years, but this time was different. I could literally feel the stress in the air and my body didn’t respond well. First I burst into tears in the…read more

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Inanitah: Tantra, Community and Yoga in Nicaragua

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The average hippie traveling through Central America, has heard something along the way of Inanitah, but few have actually trekked to Ometepe to see it for themselves. What is it exactly? It’s a permaculture community-i.e. it’s a sustainable community moving towards completely closed loop systems. They have compost toilets, cobb built housing and communal buildings; they’re cooking food on open fire and powering a hot tub with fire as well; they are using their water storage as a fresh water pool for guests part of the week and above all,…read more