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Contents SPRING 2012

in every issue 8 Publishers Note / contributors 10 12 Community Sweat 15 om news 18 sweat science 63 En-Lighten Up 64 sweat etiquette

15 teacher’s story

YuMee Chung - Initiating Change

20 the ingredient Chocolate

22 the tao of sound Wah! Music for Mantra

24 ambassador love Featuring Amber Joliat

26 eco swaG

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features 36 merging worlds

Roots Launches Active Athletics

48 a powerful equation

Gwen Lawrence Sums It Up!

50 liquid assets

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The Power Within “Personal power is the ability to take action” Anthony Robbins

‘The student meets the master.’ Fred Antwi, Publisher

mind-body-spirit connection. It all comes from within. This issue I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Baron Baptiste. The student meets the master. In my time with Baron I learned that he is a funny, charismatic, meat-eating (oops) down-to-earth

I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment.

ordinary guy…doing extraordinary things. The people behind the asanas

To achieve our goals and dreams and see it all come to fruition requires

are just like us. They are channelling their strength and power from yoga

an unbreakable resolve.

and taking it off the mat. That’s what taking your yoga off the mat really

Almost two decades of bodybuilding and weight training helped me channel my own personal power and commitment, which resulted in achieving the National Canadian Bodybuilding Pro Title, Mr. Canada

means - harnessing the power within that you have found and nurtured in your practice and using that inner strength to affect change in the world. Baron’s success in sharing yoga with so many people is a direct result of his unwavering commitment and ability to manifest his personal

1999. My personal journey with yoga has heightened my awareness of

power to giving. As always, in each issue of Sweat Equity, there are lots

the consistent and constant dedication that is required to bring ideas

of opportunities for you to find your personal power. Gwen Lawrence

into action. In fact, there is a resounding similarity between an elite

sums it up with her equation for power. (p.48) Matthew Lefave high-

athlete and how they connect with their sport and a dedicated yogi

lights his power moves connecting a healthy mind and body. (p.45) I

and how they connect with their practice. Yoga is their sport. It’s the

hope you get inspired and discover your power within.


Erin Moraghan


is a Moksha Yoga teacher, corporate wellness instructor and freelance writer. She also feels that if she mentions here that she’s vegan, it will help her resist her secret archnemesis: the grilled cheese sandwich.  Even more than cheese, Erin loves hiking with her bigeared rescue dog, Lexi.

Wah! is a musician and spiritual seeker who travels the world singing and expanding sacred intention. Her new CD LOOPS N GROOVES uses sultry grooves, throbbing club beats and divine mantra to weave a sensuous blend of Sanskrit and English lyrics.



Kat Tancock

Kat writes for a number of magazines and websites on health, fitness, nutrition and travel including Reader’s Digest, Best Health, and She recently completed yoga teacher training at YogaSpace in Toronto and has ambitions of becoming a snowbird.

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was a huge success! We aimed to inspire you to do more yoga – perfecting those poses wasn’t without some practice we know! We also hoped it would challenge you to think of yoga more often – to take yoga with you on your travels to exotic places, to the park, at home, on the beach, in your garden, and even on the subway! We received hundreds of submissions – all noteworthy and all showed a fantastic level of creativity and commitment. We thank you so much for your participation and enthusiasm! Alas, there was one winner – Natalya Grod – who’s poise, precision and grace resulted in her taking first place! Special mention goes to Julie Tran who took her practice to the top of a mountain peak in Brazil, and Angela Jackson who kept it local - balancing in Warrior 2 by the lake in Long Point Ontario. Congratulations and namaste. MIND* BODY* SWEAT

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As our practice reveals to us, we are powerful beyond measure. It is our intention to share and learn from each other in our yoga practice, for participants and teachers, any age, level, or style. At the 2012 Yoga Conference, you can join 15,000 other yoga enthusiasts to benefit from: Over 50 internationally renowned facilitators, hosting over 150 educational workshops. Browsing through over 110 exhibitors for products and services. Enjoying 29 hours of Yoga Classes (39 different classes), in the Yoga Garden. The conference is our sangha, our conscious group of like-minded individuals, who want to understand how yoga impacts the body, the breath and the mind, in both teaching and practice. Let us provide opportunities to expand awareness, knowledge, and the kinesthetic experience. Come and feel part of it! Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front W Toronto. 12

North America’s largest green consumer show dedicated to educating the public about easy solutions for leading a sustainable lifestyle offers innovative products, demonstrations and ideas to help fuel the green economy. Health, wellness, home, automotive, business, décor, fashion and food are all showcased at the Green Living Show. With over 400 exhibits and a diverse selection of demonstrations, presentations and activities, the Green Living Show 2012 has something for the entire family. Held at the Direct Energy Centre/Exhibition Place, admission is FREE when you bring e-waste to recycle courtesy of Samsung Canada. In 2011, show visitors brought in 40,000 lbs of e-waste. Paid admission has a portion donated to charity. This year there are new features to the show with an expanded eco-fashion marketplace, marine, trees and bird wildlife saving solutions and an active-lifestyle Yoga Pavilion brought to you by Sweat Equity!


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Changing the Game of Yoga YuMee Chung revolutionizes our thoughts on the practice

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By Erin Moraghan

Some yoga teachers are embraced for their lively, high-energy classes, others for their mindful teachings, and still others for an inspiring spiritual practice or for their anatomy expertise. And then there are the gamechangers—teachers revolutionizing the industry and the student experience.  YuMee Chung is not one of these teachers.  She’s all of them.   In this ever-growing yoga marketplace, YuMee is evidence that there are indeed shining young stars making the future bright.  Chung, a co-founder of Toronto’s acclaimed Jivamukti studio (which closed in 2007) attracts students from far and wide, many traveling a good distance to attend her classes in the Markham/ Stouffville area.  “YuMee is by far one of my favourite teachers in the GTA.  I’m so inspired by her asana sequences and teachings of loving kindness,” shares Gerald Riosa, a Moksha Yoga teacher from Brampton.  “Her wealth of knowledge and delivery during workshops and classes makes my heart crave more.”  Chung also helped revolutionize the Toronto yoga scene by creating and launching Passport to Prana in 2005, a card that allows holders to try a variety of area studios at an accessible price, providing exposure and opportunity to students and studios alike. Chung has her advanced certification in Jivamukti Yoga and also teaches the much-talked-about Yoga Tune-Up method.  In what now seems like a whole other lifetime, YuMee was also a Toronto securities lawyer, a career she gave up knowing life would never be the same.  “I wanted to earn a right livelihood and share

a remarkable practice that ignited my life,” she says. “I knew that teaching would make me happy in the ways that count, but I was also acutely aware that leaving my day job would bring a certain amount of instability and a serious cut in pay.” Today Chung devotes time to initiating a change in how we value yoga teachers in the West.  “To be blunt, training to be a yoga teacher was harder than law school.  I had to become fluent in physical and energetic anatomy, Sanskrit, yoga philosophy and therapeutic touch.  And most of us (teachers) spend thousands each year to continue our studies.” Ongoing study fuels Chung’s passion for teaching, and she has modified her lifestyle to afford following this path.  “We as a culture tend not to value the stuff I think is most interesting: healing, spiritual growth, creativity and self-expression, social and political activism.  Somehow we have this idea that people who are called to do this work should do it as a hobby, that it’s a dalliance. In actuality, teachers need to be properly nourished if they are to nourish others, physically, intellectually, spiritually.” So far, Chung has coordinated a group benefits opportunity for yoga teachers, who typically tend to work as independent contractors rather than employees.  This is a start, but she’s determined to see a lot more change.  “We know that when people do yoga they live better; they’re healthier, more ethical, kinder, more engaged.  Yoga fosters wellness on every level, making it a vital service in our communities.” For more about YuMee, visit her website and blog, at



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April 22nd marks the celebration of Earth Day around the world. It’s safe to say that it’s a day that is, for the most part, generally overlooked. In some minds, it goes no further than a day where you might reconsider throwing your recyclable items in the trash.


Earth Day, however, has an illustrious history and its message is much more powerful than many realize. It was conceived in the United Sates as an environmental awareness event. The event in 1970 was the spark needed to start the environmental movement. The first Earth Day caused major change within the American government. Congress passed clean water and air acts following the movement’s environmental education. It also led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, which is responsible for environmental research and the enforcement of environmental laws. The movement continued to grow and in 1990 Canada, along with 141 other countries, celebrated the first international Earth Day. Today, that number has increase to 170 countries. Canadians today participate in so many environmental projects that the event has grown into Earth Week. There is such an abundance of events that April is slowly becoming Earth Month. Almost all children in Canadian schools are involved in an Earth Day activity. How do I participate? There are numerous ways to join the Earth Day celebration. Events range from large public happenings to small community projects – all of which are always looking for more participants. Check local schools and community centres for local projects or consider joining one of the many larger events that take place across Canada. You can visit for an extensive list of events in your neighborhood, or to register your event and spread the word. You can also find numerous resources to help you live a Greener life and contribute to a more environmentally responsible community. Perhaps the best way to celebrate Earth Day is to be aware of the environment all the time. It’s not something to just take off the shelf once year – being environmentally conscious is a necessary part of life. Earth Day’s message reminds us that we leave a harmful footprint behind, but it’s up to us to reduce that footprint. Help make the world a better place for everyone. SPRING 2012 | WWW.SWEATEQUITYMAGAZINE.COM


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It covers nearly three quarters of the planet’s surface, and comprises about two- thirds of our body weight. It transports nutrients to our cells, while flushing away metabolites and toxins. A person can live for more than two weeks without food, however, you would not likely survive more than a few days without water. Most people wait until they are thirsty before reaching for a glass, but thirst indicates your body is already dehydrated. Mild dehydration results in decreased energy, muscle fatigue, poor mental concentration, and diminished athletic performance. Insufficient water intake has also been linked to an increased risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and Type II Diabetes. Daily intake requirements vary with factors such as lifestyle and body weight, but typically a person should consume at least 2-3 litres of water per day. Foods like fruit and vegetables are moisture rich and reduce the need for water intake directly. Intense physical activity and exercise, particularly in a hot environment, can increase intake requirements to over five litres per day. The easiest way to gauge if you are drinking enough water is to observe the colour of your urine, which should be pale yellow to almost clear. A healthy person’s kidneys can process about 15 litres of water per day, so there is virtually no risk of drinking too much other than more frequent visits to the bathroom! In very rare circumstances, there can be a risk of



diluted sodium levels in the blood (a condition known as hyponatremia), which results from drinking too much, too fast and/or drinking water without electrolyte replacement after endurance activities lasting more than two hours. The risk of hyponatremia increases further, when endurance activities are performed in high heat. Most important is replacement of sodium, due to its high concentration in sweat relative to daily intake. Start each day with a 500 ml glass of water at room temperature before anything else passes your lips. A little H2O first thing in the am helps to replace insensible water loss, which occurs naturally during sleep (mostly through respiration and perspiration). Drinking water first thing in the morning also helps to prime your digestive system for that most important meal of the day – breakfast! Better yet, add some fresh lemon juice to your water to further aid in digestion. Lemon juice has a glycemic index of zero and no calories. As chlorine is typically added to municipal water supplies to kill pathogenic microorganisms, the taste of tap water may vary, however most municipal tap water is quite safe. Alternatively, you can install a reverse osmosis (RO) filtration system, which provides a convenient water supply that is about 99% pure, environmentally friendly (compared to bottled water) and tastes great. If you want to radically change the way you look and feel – DRINK MORE WATER!


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Black Magic Go ahead, indulge in the good stuff, doctor’s orders! By Signe Langford Cultures were conquered in its name, fortunes made with it and wars fought over it. Kakao. Cocoa. Chocolate. It’s a compound called the obromine – similar to caffeine – that gives chocolate its kick. And that, oooh… aaahhh… feeling we get when we indulge, that’s courtesy of a couple of cacao’s feel-good chemicals: phenylethylamine and anandamide. But chocolate as health food? Sure! But only the dark stuff – seventy percent cocoa solids or more. For the best nutritional hit look for raw or minimally processed, dark and organic bars, cocoa powder or baking chips: it’s here you’ll find the highest concentrations of antioxidants – eight times higher than strawberries! – flavonoids and good fats, all of which are proven to boost heart health and blood pressure, slow down aging by gathering up those free radicals and lower cholesterol. So a nibble a day may indeed keep the doctor away. As for chocolate being better than sex? Well, that really depends on your lover now, doesn’t it?

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By Wah! Not only can music increase your heart rate, but it can

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When you chant or sing, your body vibrates internally. Go ahead, put

can transform your everyday routine into an exhilarating experience.

your hand on your voice box (Adam’s apple) and make a humming

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noise: you will feel the vibration directly. Your whole body vibrates like

engage in your activities with enthusiasm! Seventy beats per minute

this when you sing, having a soothing effect on the mind.

(70 bpm) is a normal resting pulse; walking will work well with 100-120

Even if you don’t sing along, mantra music will calm the mind as

bpm while dancing and working out will be inspired at 125-140 bpm.

you workout. Mix and match mantra with hip-hop, rock or classical

Find some up-tempo tracks to kick start your program, and select

music. Make it interesting and engaging. If you listen to a track from

inspiring songs at a slower pace for the cool down. Slow ballads and

my latest CD, Loops and Grooves, you’ll get a perfect combination

melodic chants are a nice option. Remember, joy is your ultimate goal,

of up-tempo rhythm and mantra. Synchronize your breath to the

so look for uplifting lyrical messages. Many yoga teachers and trainers

rhythms of the tracks to align your body and mind. For example, inhale

create playlists of slow, mid-tempo and fast-paced music from which

for a count of four as you take four steps, exhale for a count of four

they can draw to enhance the mood of the moment.

with the following four steps, or use any regular pattern inspired by

I practice chanting, or the repetition of mantra (a special phrase moves the mind towards infinite possibility). “Love expands me” could

the music. Deep breathing and aerobic exercise are optimal ways to connect

be a mantra. “I am Light” could be a mantra. Om Namah Shivaya

mind and body. Engage in your workout as you would engage in

translates to “I bow to the Infinite.” Many mantras are practiced in call-

your life: with the highest level of enthusiasm. As the great Mahatma

and-response fashion: the leader sings a line, which the audience then

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Baron Baptiste Blazing the Trail of Modern Yoga Photo: Nestor Ponce

By Erin Moraghan




here’s an undeniable luminosity that radiates from Baptiste followers, a shine in their eyes and a certain strength in both stature and heart. Where does it come from?  Baron Baptiste — raised by yoga and seemingly born to teach — has all the ingredients that make a yoga teacher great: deep roots in his practice, a commitment to learning and an approach to leadership that’s at once humble and unapologetic.  He says, “Teaching is one of my greatest teachers.” His students say that translates loud and clear through the Baptiste community.  Baron Baptiste, creator of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, is the reason the words “power” and “yoga” go together as intuitively as, say, “peanut butter” and “jam.”  That’s a pretty big deal, considering most people today say that it’s fitness that first brought them to the mat.  Power yoga speaks to people, and once they try it, they realize quickly that “power” refers to far more than its high-energy style.  The Baptiste approach includes a strong physical practice along with time spent on the cushion looking within, “encouraging participants to reclaim their full potential, discover creativity, awaken passion, create authenticity, confidence and new possibilities.”  This practice is about transformation on the deepest levels.  Through his work as a yoga teacher, author, trainer and speaker, Baron has motivated countless people from all walks of life to become more inspired versions of themselves.  Not surprisingly, Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga affiliate studios are growing across North America and beyond, and the movement is expanding every day, with studios growing at a steady pace in Ontario. Kinndli McCollum and Pauline Caballero of Power Yoga Canada are the first Baptiste-affiliated yoga outfit in Canada.  The duo recently brought Baptiste to Toronto for a full weekend session; it was filled to capacity with students eager to experience the passion and enthusiasm of the raved about practice.  Baron has played a key role in changing the Western concept of what it means to get on your mat.  Although yoga was perceived as something of a boys› club in the East, things changed in yoga›s migration to the West in the mid-1900s.  Westerners stereotyped yoga with images of new-agey white ladies in spandex onesies, sitting in full lotus and chanting to an unknown spirit in the sky.  While that idea evolved over time, it took people like Baron Baptiste rubbing shoulders with the likes of the Philadelphia Eagles to start opening doors and challenging those ideas.  Baron served on the NFL team›s coaching staff for four years, bringing his yoga-savvy to pro-football.  Team owner Jeffrey Lurie said, “When it comes to training champions, Baron Baptiste is exceptional.”  Hmm; this doesn’t quite fit the whole crystals and chimes idea of yoga.  When asked if more work is needed to get men on the mat, Baron says, “I think there›s more work to be done to get more people practicing yoga.  There has definitely been a cultural shift where more men are showing up to our trainings and studios.  The physicality of the

Baptiste Yoga practice is certainly a draw, as are the results: increased vitality, more ease, greater physical and mental flexibility. The benefits of Baptiste Yoga are not gender exclusive.”  He continues, “I think one of the greatest barriers for any practitioner, male or female, is intimidation, self-consciousness, a concern that they won’t be able to ‘do it right.’  In Baptiste Yoga, we focus on making the practice adaptable for every practitioner.  It’s about working with the practice to see results in your own life.” As with any revolutionary, Baptiste could be an easy target for the yoga-boom’s nay-sayers.  His pivotal role in bringing yoga to the masses may raise a purist eyebrow; he did after all coin the term “boot camp” in relation to yoga. The reality is that Baron comes armed with more mat credentials than most.  His parents are real deal Western yoga pioneers, and Baron was raised in the company of yoga greats.  His dad, Walt, founded Baptiste Yoga in the 40s.  While the rest of us were learning our times tables and building tree forts, Baron was hanging with Swami Rama and studying with masters like B.K.S. Iyengar and Desikachar. Thus, with roots firmly planted in all the right places, Baron’s a trailblazer in his own right.  Armed with the wisdom of his parents and teachers, he pushed through stereotypes to help bring yoga to the people, breaking down walls every step of the way.   Baron celebrates the vital role his parents played in his development as a student and teacher. “My parents were definitely pioneers, as well as my first teachers. They taught me so much about life and yoga and that there really is no separation between the two. A key distinction I learned from them is that yoga is available to me in every moment and that it creates wonderful results in my life when I am genuinely in the action of it, living it.  My father always said ‘Yoga doesn’t work.  You do the work, and then it works and gives greatly.’” Through his parents Baron learned that meditation, getting on the mat, breathing deeply and moving the body with power and compassion are key. “Walking awake — acting, thinking, eating and being intentional in ways that support my wholeness and health is essential yoga practice.  That’s the stuff that keeps my practice in existence and expanding.”   Some say Baron Baptiste has championed the concept of branding and applying standard business practices within the yoga industry.  While Baron doesn’t quite see it that way, he’s honest about why he thinks certain labels or identities play an important role.   “I have wondered what a ‘no-brand’ yoga world would look like; all yoga studios on the planet would have the name “YOGA.” The class schedules would be nameless and would only list class times and perhaps the different levels of intensity. But if we were to strip yoga of all interpretation or individual expression and voice, I wonder if that might leave the experience of it more bland.  And who would be the ultimate authority to determine what is the ‘correct,’ or true, way?”  He

Baron served on the NFL team’s coaching staff for four years, bringing his yoga-savvy to profootball. Team owner Jeffrey Lurie said, “When it comes to training champions, Baron Baptiste is exceptional.”  Hmm, this doesn’t quite fit the whole crystals and chimes idea of yoga. 



makes a strong point. Baptiste continues, “I don’t consider myself a champion of branding yoga. I do believe I’ve been clear about what people are going to get right from the start in a Baptiste Yoga practice. I have always felt it fair and appropriate to tell people what defines my teaching and what it can and cannot offer them.  It allows them to make an informed choice of what’s right for them personally.  Like all things, yoga is subject to the interpretation of human beings. There is both beauty and the possibility of delusion in that, but I personally feel that distinguishing different purposes, approaches, voices or expressions of yoga practice actually empowers students to choose what works best for them and serves more fully what is most important for each person and his or her unique needs and goals.” Baron believes that branding creates knowledge of what’s available and possible for students, giving them the freedom to make informed decisions about what’s best for them at any given time.  “In the end, it’s all yoga, no matter what you call it.  It’s like ice cream — it’s all ice cream.  Is it wrong or not yogic to have a personal flavor that sits best with you?  I think we can all agree that, whether on the mat or off the mat, everything is yoga.  EVERYTHING.  We can describe our approach or focus on different elements of the practice, but yoga ultimately comes down to who you are being in a given moment.  And that is a precious, individual experience that doesn’t need or deserve a label.” Some shy away from discussing how something as ancient, profound and deeply transformational as yoga has become big business around the globe.  Baron doesn’t waver when asked for his thoughts on whether the industry puts this age-old practice at risk.  “The magic and raw energy of yoga is not something that we can point to or package.  It has no form.  We keep the magic of yoga alive through the platform of our own practice, by sharing it authentically and from the heart.  Can the essence, depth and real quality get lost in the business of yoga as yoga’s popularity continues to expand? Yes, of course, but

I feel that’s where we can each take responsibility for doing our own work of transformation and personal evolution. In fact, business is not inherently a bad thing; the kind of generous and effective sharing that excites me requires a certain amount of organization, collaboration, planning and a people-oriented business model to ensure that every person we serve is left personally empowered and inspired to share the practice in a way that positively impacts the world.” Despite the rapid growth within the industry, Baptiste says he’s heartened by the quality of yoga being offered in the world. “Not long ago, there were only a few well-known teachers, and yoga wasn’t accessible to the everyday person. Now you can walk into almost any town and find a solid practice.  The sheer number of people motivated to share yoga excites me, and I believe that with more choices and options, quality is more important than ever before; it inspires us all to up our game and deliver amazing experiences.”  Baron notes that people have the opportunity now to practice not only in studios but also using pod-casts and online videos, making the practice of yoga with outstanding teachers more accessible than ever before.  He even offers advice on how to select a studio within your community.  “I’ve always found the best way to choose a studio and teacher is to get a sense of the community that studio or teacher creates.  There’s a different energy between “me me me” and “we we we.”  Find the places and people who are about the whole and it’s hard to go wrong.” It’s easy to believe that the post-Power-Yoga twinkle in everyone’s eye can be traced back to this formidable teacher and industry game-changer.  Baptiste Yoga is grounded deeply in North American yoga culture and is growing stronger every day.  Baron continues to be a devoted student of yoga and says he learns more these days from his own kids.  He adds, “Some of my best teachers are my peers and the people I work with every day.  I learn from them, they learn from me; we inform each other and are inspired by the breakthroughs of our collaborative efforts — the ones that succeed as well as those that fail.” winter 2011 | WWW.SWEATEQUITYMAGAZINE.COM


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Title Wave

From California dreaming to culinary reality show, Chef Ezra Title talks about achieving balance and learning to breathe

Photo: Courtesy of Ezra Title

By Mairead Walsh Chef Ezra Title is brimming with enthusiasm and endearingly modest when I ask him how it all started – his journey to become a co-host of OWN’s Healthy Gourmet television show and owner of Chezvous Dining, a customized catering company that offers at-home restaurant service, cooking classes and a uniquely combined yoga and dining experience. “I am the youngest of four children, and I think amid the hectic pace of our family life, dinner was the time we gathered around the table and life settled briefly,” he explains. “We all came together and everyone got their turn to talk. We weren’t allowed to watch TV during the week, so dinner time was our escape from homework too,” he laughs.

Avoiding homework was just the beginning for Ezra who admits that while attending McGill, he wasn’t exactly studious. “I didn’t really enjoy class and my love for cooking was growing, so I started skipping classes to cook instead.” Nurturing his passion, he decided to venture across the continent to San Francisco to attend culinary school. “I always had the cliché dream of living in California,” he grins. “I love the northern Californian style of cooking. I just fell in love with the local produce, the farmer’s market and the fresh ingredient-driven recipes. I knew I was doing what I was meant to do.” SPRING 2012 | WWW.SWEATEQUITYMAGAZINE.COM


Tastemakers Chef’s Survival Kit I can’t get through the day without… vitamin C. As a small business owner, I can’t afford to get sick, so I take it religiously. I can’t get through life without… my friends and family.

To relax, I… read in a coffee shop. I am currently reading… Hitch 22, Christopher Hitchens’ memoir. My favourite culinary destination is… Northern California. My favourite kitchen tool is… large spoons for basting,

With his heart full of culinary song, he moved to New York for a brief time and worked in restaurants before quickly deciding that wasn’t the life for him. Not only were the long, late hours unappealing, but his future wife was unimpressed. “The thing she liked least was the ego involved in the cooking world that I had assumed. It was important to me back then to be highly regarded. I used to have big ideas of becoming a celebrity chef and receiving the accolades, but I was in jeopardy of losing my soulmate and the life I really wanted.” Settling back home in Toronto, Ezra got a 9-5 job, but he missed cooking for people. So he started hosting dinner parties, initially for friends and family, until his hobby grew to a sustainable catering business.  “I got out of restaurants because that world is all-consuming, but with catering I can work hard and still have time for my family, friends, and myself. It’s been a struggle trying to balance my love of cooking with the family life that I grew up with and want for my own kids.” Yet, there was another influence that affected Ezra’s course. Now I’ve heard men say their wife took their breath away, but Ezra credits his wife with teaching him how to breathe. “I used to have bad allergies and a lot of congestion, but it got better soon after I met my wife,” he smiles. “So we say she cured my allergies, but I think it’s because I started doing yoga when I met her.” His wife, Elisse, is a certified yoga instructor. “The breathing in yoga changed my life. There’s a lot of nervous, anxious energy in cooking; the stress levels are through the roof, and so knowing



tasting and turning ingredients. My stranded-on-a-desertisland spice is… black pepper. My mentor is… Chef Traci Des Jardins. My favourite charity is… Colon Cancer Canada. My dad was diagnosed and

successfully treated. The super power I wish I had is… endless energy and the ability to survive without sleep. My favourite meal of the day is… breakfast. Brown rice, eggs and tomatillo salsa; it’s the energy I need to attack the day.

how to breathe through it is invaluable to me. It really grounds and balances me.” His wife’s passion for yoga and his own love of cooking are what inspired the creation of Yo Dinna’, one of Chezvous’ most popular catering services. For an evening of activity and indulgence, Elisse leads guests through a stimulating yoga experience (as challenging or relaxing as you like) and Ezra serves up a seasonal menu made from fresh local ingredients. “Everything we do is personalized. There is no standard menu; we tailor every menu to what each client wants.” Ezra openly admits he’s the flavour guy. “I like to cook duck legs in duck fat and do whatever it takes to achieve great taste, because I’m usually cooking for people who are celebrating and indulging and I don’t want to compromise flavour.” It was his fervour for flavour with an added measure of funny that landed him the role as co-host on the Healthy Gourmet. “A contact from a culinary exhibition suggested I audition for the show, and during my audition I could hear the producer laughing from across the room. I only cooked one of my three prepared recipes and they said that was enough.” For those who haven’t seen the Healthy Gourmet, it stages a battle between flavour proponent Chef Ezra and nutritionist Julie Daniluk. Each episode, their challenge is to strike a balance between health-boosting superfoods and mouth-watering dishes. But even Ezra himself admits that, by the second season, his co-host’s nutritional advice started to sink in. “As a result of being on the show, I’ve tapped into another side of me,” he says. “I have a greater appreciation for healthy cooking and recognize the challenge of incorporating it into one’s personal diet. I even adapted my own diet and lost 25 lbs.” He says he still champions flavour, but his attitude has evolved. “My philosophy when it comes to nutrition is eat properly 90% of the time and eat what you want – let’s call it indulge – 10% of the time. Frankly, I’m not a huge fan of trying to make anything that is an indulgence, like chocolate chip cookies, a healthy snack; but to enjoy that indulgence I work hard the rest of the week and keep nutrition in mind.” It’s a new way of thinking for him and he wants to share it. “I’m developing a cookbook/guide for guys like me who like to eat good tasty food, but who also want to eat healthier,” he says. “I know it’s not easy for a regular guy to take instruction from a fitness person who spends their life focused on exercising and eating well. That’s not my life, so I can relate, but I’ve been building healthy things into my recipes for the past two years, and I’ve gained a lot of knowledge. These are practical tips I can share.” “The thing I seek most in life is balance,” he says. “Yoga has taught me to be present-minded, to really focus, whether I’m shooting a TV show, planning my business or being with friends and family. When I’m presentminded, I have much better interactions with people. The most important thing in my life is connections— with my kids, my wife, my family and friends, and my clients and employees. All those connections feed me.” For more information about Chef Ezra’s catering services, or to book an event, visit


White Bean Agnolottis with Roasted Peppers, Almonds & Kale

Recipe: Courtesy of Ezra Title

Making homemade pasta is a one of my greatest pleasures. I especially like to make stuffed pasta with my son who loves getting his hands dirty and enjoys eating our delicious work. For this recipe you can make your own pasta from scratch or buy fresh lasagna noodles to get a head start. This is a dish for everybody as it is vegetarian, filling and colourful. It makes a great appetizer, side dish or main and you can easily add chicken or shrimp to increase the amount of protein. Ingredients: Agnolottis »»10 ounces white beans »»1 shallot »»1 small clove garlic »»1 cup tofu, cubed »»1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste »»750g whole semolina lasagna noodles, fresh

Roasted Red Pepper, Almonds and Kale »»1 clove garlic 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil »»2 cups roasted red peppers »»1/4 cup almonds, blanched and sliced »»6 cups kale »»1/4 cup stock (vegetable or chicken) »»1/2 cup basil leaves, chopped »»1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano »»sea salt and black pepper to taste Directions: Agnolottis 1. Blend beans, shallot, garlic, tofu, oil, and seasonings in a food processor to make a smooth paste. 2. Lay fresh lasagna noodles on a work surface. Place a round glass upside down on the lasagna noodle, and use a knife to cut out circles. 3. Drop 1 teaspoon of filling in the centre of each agnolotti round. Dip your finger in water and apply to 1/2 the edge of each agnolotti. 4. Wrap pasta over the filling and gently press two pasta edges together,

ensuring a closed seal. Place agnolottis on a tray lined with parchment paper. Roasted Red Pepper, Almonds and Kale Sauce 1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt. 2. Finely chop 1 clove of garlic. Cut roasted peppers into long strips. Strip kale leaves from the stem. 3. Heat a frying pan on low heat and add olive oil. Add garlic to the pan and saute for 30 seconds being careful not to brown. 4. Add almonds and roasted peppers, season with salt and pepper and cook for 3 minutes. 5. Add kale to the pan with stock, cover and let kale steam for 3 minutes. 6. Add agnolottis to pot of water and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove agnolottis from water with a slotted spoon and add to pan with peppers, almonds and kale. Add basil, toss gently and place in a serving dish. Garnish with fresh parmigiano reggiano.



Merging Worlds Work and play combine in Roots’ chic new design By Jen Kirsch

Photos: Courtesy of Roots

Roots Canada, the company we all know and love for their simple, cottage-friendly Canadian feel is launching their West-Coast inspired Active Athletics line, just in time for spring shopping! The company, which is one of Canada’s most iconic brands, designed this fresh collection so that you social butterflies on the go can combine your active lifestyle with your everyday life. With pieces for men and women that are appropriate for both studio and street display, you can transition through a busy day without stressing over what to wear. Active Athletics combines functional fabrics with the existing Roots Lifestyle apparel. Silhouettes are form fitting, with pockets designed for easy access to your iPhone, BlackBerry or iPod.



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For the girl next store Loose-fitting, off-theshoulder shirts are everywhere this spring. Rather than a thin, flowy top, try an impromptu look on for size. Whether you’re heading to the studio or just hanging out with friends, this earthy shirt will turn heads with little effort on your part. Accessorize with a scarf and a couple bangles, or pair the top with leggings, and you can easily harness the whole girl next-door thing.

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Rise & Let Your Inner Warrior Shine A yoga sequence to awaken mind and body

By Sasha Gilvesy and Dr. Neilank Jha

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” These are the words of Benjamin Franklin, echoing the importance of Brahma-Muhurta, an age-old tradition practiced by the ancient yogis. Brahma-Muhurta refers to the early morning hours before sunrise, when the effect of spiritual activities is said to be much greater. What better way to start one’s day than to rise with the sun in the

spirit of a warrior? This sequence of postures energizes every cell in the body and, when practiced before sunrise, prepares the body, mind and soul for the challenges we may face throughout the day. Those who perform the warrior series at Brahma-Muhurta can experience heightened body awareness and enhanced concentration as well as improved digestion and increased muscle tone. SPRING 2012 | WWW.SWEATEQUITYMAGAZINE.COM


Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior 1): Begin standing in Tadasana, facing forward at the front of your mat. Step the right foot back, placing it at a 45 degree angle and connecting your back heel to the earth. Bend your front knee deeply while keeping the back leg straight. Square your hips, torso and shoulders to the top edge of the mat. Extend your arms overhead, alongside the ears.

Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior 2): Place your right foot parallel to the back edge of the mat. Keeping the right leg straight, align your left knee over the ankle to form a 90 degree angle. Extend your arms to shoulder height, engage the muscles of the arms, and gaze over your left hand.

Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle): From Warrior 2, exhale and bring the left hand inside of the left foot (keep minimal weight in the hand). Reach the right arm straight up to align the wrist over the shoulder. Extend outwards from the crown of the head to lengthen both sides of the body. Turn your chest forwards.

Baddha Utthita Parsvakonasana (Bound Side Angle): Bring the left thigh parallel to the floor to deepen the lunge. Reach your left arm underneath the front-leg hamstring. Reach your right arm around the lower back and hold your right wrist with the left hand. Stack the right shoulder above the left, and turn from the core; gaze over the right shoulder, lifting your heart skywards.



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Trikonasana (Triangle): Inhale back to Warrior 2 and straighten your left leg, so that both legs are straight. Exhale and extend your torso forwards, placing your left hand inside the front leg or foot. Extend your right arm to align the wrist over the shoulder, and roll the shoulders back. Lengthen the spine and turn your chest towards the ceiling. Work on stacking the hips.

Goddess Warrior/Exalted Warrior: From Triangle Pose, return to Warrior 2. Draw the right hand down your back leg, keeping minimal weight in the hand. Spin the left palm to face you, and reach towards the sky. The legs don’t change here. Open the front of the body, lift the heart center, and arch back through the spine.

Virabhadrasana 3 (Warrior 3): Return to Warrior 2. Turn your

Now repeat the entire sequence on the other side. Take a moment to rest in Balasana (Child’s Pose), with the knees and forehead on the mat and the arms alongside of the body. This sequence of postures is sure to enlighten the mind, inspire the heart and invigorate the soul when performed at any time. But to maximize the effects of your practice, rise with the sun and awaken the heart of a warrior, ready to take on the challenges of a new day.

chest to face the mat, bringing the torso parallel to the floor. Extend the arms straight out in front, alongside the ears. Turn the palms to face each other and reach forward. Straighten your left leg while lifting the right leg parallel to the mat. Lower your right hip so that the hips remain level and square to the floor.





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Sound Mind, Healthy Body Matthew Lefave shares his passion for CrossFit

Balancing the scales of justice and tipping the scales of fitness are all within Matthew Lefave’s impressive portfolio. At work, Lefave is an insurance defence litigator at Stieber Berlach LLP, but outside the courtroom, the 31-year-old Nova Scotia native is an elite CrossFit athlete who ranked 10th in the men’s division of the Canada East Regionals for the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games. Lefave was introduced to CrossFit by a female colleague almost twice his age and was shocked at what he discovered. “She spoke so passionately about CrossFit and I was surprised that she could perform all these feats of strength,” he says. “She inspired me, and once I started CrossFit I was hooked. I have never found anything as remotely challenging or anything that delivered undeniable results, not only fitness but overall quality of life.” Lefave found CrossFit workouts were the perfect fitness fix for his demanding law career. “They are short and intense, typically five to 30 minutes not including warm-up,” says Lefave. “By comparison, a typical cardio and weightlifting double-header takes up to two hours — too long for a lunch hour workout.” Lefave says he’s fortunate to be with a law firm that is supportive of his passions outside of the Law. “If I wasn’t able to sneak down to the gym on my lunch breaks over the last few years I wouldn’t have had any success with CrossFit on a competitive level. But I am And he recognizes the benefits beyond the physical. “It humbles you. It constantly keeps you grounded because you never stop learning and finding areas to improve upon.” Lefave further channelled his passion and recently opened the Reebok CrossFit Liberty Village (RCLV). “I am really excited about coaching at RCLV and helping people achieve their goals,” he says. “If I can assist others to improve their quality of life through CrossFit, I count myself lucky.” That’s a pretty good rule of law. SPRING 2012 | WWW.SWEATEQUITYMAGAZINE.COM


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of Lefave’s functional favourites

Wall ball is a front squat into a press similar to a thruster. It is used in CrossFit to not only to increase metabolic conditioning and strength but promotes increased coordination and other neurological adaptations which CrossFit lists as an indictor of fitness.

Kettle bell swings are great for core strength and metabolic conditioning. Swings commence with straight arms and the bell between the legs.  Body weight is in the heels.  The force to move the bell is again largely derived from the hips.  The end position can be completely overhead – which is the CrossFit Games standard – or only to about shoulder height.



All these movements are functional movements which CrossFit combines in various combinations under high intensity to promote increased power output resulting in improved overall fitness.

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“It humbles you. It constantly keeps you grounded because you never stop learning and finding areas to improve upon.”

Clean and Jerk involves moving the barbell from a stationary position on the floor to a stable position over head. The “clean” brings the weight to shoulder height where the lifter will pause to set up for the jerk which moves the load from the shoulder level to a stable locked out position over head.  The force to propel the weight off the floor in the clean is primarily generated by the legs and hips while the lifter jumps with the bar in hand.  The idea is to generate sufficient vertical force on the bar that the lifter lands under the load catching

the bar and standing up in what is referred to as the “rack position” - simply a standing position with finger tips on the bar at shoulder level.  The “jerk” begins with the legs and hips as well.  The lifter dips and jumps generating vertical force on the bar.  The lifter than lands under the bar with the arms locked out and stands up with the bar completely over head in a stable position.  The bar path should track directly over the body of the lifter which will maintain stability and greatly reduce if not eliminate risk of injury.

Rowing is reasonably self explanatory but involves more technique than one might naturally assume. I try to keep my pulls long by extending my arms and the handles as far forward as possible before beginning the pull.  Rowing is fantastic for metabolic conditioning training.  This movement has the capacity to generate a great deal of power particularly over short distances such as 500 metres.

Stats Height: 6 feet Weight: 200lbs Deadlift: 540lbs Squat: 450lbs Clean and jerk: 285lbs

Snatch: 225lbs 500 metre row: 1:26.4mins 5km run: 20 mins Cindy: 30 rounds Jackie: 6 minutes Helen: 8 minutes

Lefave’s Crossfit accomplishments Reebok Firebreather 2012 - 2nd Place Overdose 2012 - 3rd Place CompWOD Best of the Best Invitational 2011 - 1st Place Overdose 2011 - 2nd Place Reebok CrossFit Games 2011 - Open (5th in Region, 87th in World), Regionals (10th)



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Do Yoga

A Powerful Equation Strength + Flexibility = Power

By Gwen Lawrence

Most people, especially athletes,

come to yoga with the intent to increase their flexibility. And yoga will do this. What they don’t know is that it can offer this and so much more to athletes on the field of play: balance, strength, flexibility, refined breathing techniques, mental discipline and goal visualization. Let’s focus on the flexibility aspect. I work with athletes that include little leaguers, pros and Olympians. Across the board, I hear the same two schools of thought on flexibility: 1) I’m too tight; I’ll never be flexible. 2) If I become too flexible, I’ll lose muscular strength. Both statements are ungrounded. Everyone, athlete or not, suffers from tight muscles and general stiffness to some degree. Even world champion gymnasts struggle with less cooperative parts of the body. Let’s handle these myths in turn. First, “I’m too tight; I’ll never be flexible.” In working with athletes, I don’t aim for them to perform the splits or move their leg behind their head. These goals would have no relevance to their sport, their performance, or their success. My approach is to help them increase their muscular symmetry, heighten their level of awareness and become more flexible than they were upon first walking in the door. As an offensive lineman, doing the splits is a ridiculous goal, but having flexible wrists and an open chest would be beneficial. Be smart with your yoga; combine common sense with consideration to inspire your training. Second, “If I become too flexible, I’ll lose muscular strength.” I respond with a simple motto: Strength + Flexibility = Power. Consider a bow and arrow. The bow is strong enough to resist relative force. However, if the bow string is too tight, when you pull it back to release the arrow, it’ll only withdraw an inch or two. Release the

arrow and it plops to the floor. Now, imagine a bow string so strong that it won’t break and, at the same time, flexible enough to draw beyond your ear. When you release the string, the arrow flies with force and focus. It’s easy to see the power engendered by strength and flexibility in this example. The same holds true for your body. Do you want more power on the field? Then work to increase flexibility with the same enthusiasm that you hit the weights. Furthermore, supple muscles are less prone to injury. Orthopedic studies show that the more open and flexible the hips are, the lower the incident of knee injury. If you’re in a quick-moving sport where transitions are made on a dime or if you’re impacted by the ground or an opponent, the energy of the impact must go somewhere. If you have cement-tight hips, they haven’t the ability to absorb the force. Instead, the most vulnerable part of the body will, which is typically the complex and delicate knee joint. Makes sense, right? This concept applies to all different areas and is another great reason to consider the body in a holistic way, as an interconnected entity working in harmony with various parts of itself.

Four Tenets of Power Yoga for Sports: »» Be proactive, not reactive. »»Gain flexibility to reduce injury. »»Stay present; be aware of what you’re feeling. »»Trust your instincts. »»A successful athlete with longevity is a rare gem in the sports world. Take command of your training. Invest in your future. Increase muscular flexibility and you’ll reap the rewards for years to come.



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Lone Star Getaway Our traveling yogi visits an eco-friendly spa deep in the heart of Texas By Kat Tancock



Photos: Courtesy of Travaasa


The Austin area – and indeed, much of Texas – has been in a drought for about a decade, says my guide, Courtney, on our ecology hike at Travaasa. Having driven in from the airport the night before in a downpour, it seems hard to believe, but while exploring the resort property’s several miles of hiking trails, signs of the drought are evident. For one thing, there’s not much wildlife: surburbanites have been feeding the deer, Courtney says. Some of the trees are dying back, and even the prickly pear cacti, the state plant of Texas, don’t look as healthy as they should. I’m at Travaasa for a relaxing, invigorating, even exciting, long weekend. Billed as an experiential resort, the property offers myriad things to do and my schedule is packed with fun and fit activities: yoga, meditation, a core conditioning class, a well-earned massage, a challenge course complete with zipline – even a ride on a mechanical bull. Let me tell you, it works the

inner thighs. But on my first visit to the Lone Star State – the biggest in the country, aside from Alaska – I’m just as intrigued by Travaasa’s sense of place, and how it offers an escape to visitors, many of whom are from the area, while retaining its Texan vibe and connection to the land. Travaasa was designed with the environment firmly in mind, says the resort’s director of guest services, Kristine Huffman, as we enjoy goat cheese-stuffed mushrooms and a Friday-night wine tasting in Jean’s Kitchen, the property’s restaurant – in 2010, the property garnered a Best of Green award from eco-website Treehugger in the Best Resort category. Water conservation, of course, is a major consideration, which is why the grounds were landscaped with native drought- and pest-resistant plants and low-flow fixtures are used everywhere on-site. Around the hiking trails, fallen branches and trees are left where

they land. An expansion to the property has been purchased and is being lightly developed into natural riding trails and a kitchen garden, so that executive chef Benjamin Baker can use even more local ingredients. Local specialties I tried on my visit include Texan red wine – who knew? – and Texas-grown pink grapefruit, as well as a tasty Texas Heat cocktail made with citrus and jalapeños. As for the Texan culture, I took a riding lesson with Norris, a real cowboy, who later offered a lassoing class that I unfortunately had to skip in favour of, um, cocktail making. And did I mention the mechanical bull? But the most offbeat offering of all – this is Austin, after all, where the local slogan is “Keep Austin Weird” – had to be the On the Road Again massage, complete with hemp and patchouli oil, a Willie Nelson CD playing in the background and a Travaasa guitar pick to take home.




Go green in Canada

You don’t have to go all the way to Texas for an eco-minded vacation. Here are three Canadian destinations to try. 1. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort Tofino, British Columbia Boredom isn’t an option at this eco-resort on Vancouver Island’s west coast, with activity directors on staff to personally guide you to anything from kayaking and whale watching to hiking, climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding. A member of the BC Sustainable Tourism Collective, the resort boasts organic gardens, composting toilets and high-efficiency wood furnaces to heat water and develops environmental programs such as salmon stream restoration.

2. Algonquin Eco-Lodge Algonquin Park, Ontario Completely off the grid – but powered by “micro-hydro” electricity from a waterfall – this property is as much of an escape as you can get just three hours from Toronto or Ottawa. Walk, cycle or ski the 2.3 km from the road to their door (luggage transfer is optional) to experience multiple outdoor activities winter and summer, like cross-country skiing, dog sledding, canoeing or mountain biking. Sign up for a Fun with Fitness weekend to join workshops on fitness, exercise, diet and healthy living plus accompanying outdoor activities.

3. Aurum Lodge Nordegg, Alberta Close to Banff National Park and about a four-hour drive from Edmonton or Calgary, this eco-lodge offers year-round access to the eastern Rockies and outdoor activities to suit just about anyone; a typical visit, they say, might include a guided canoe tour, a walking tour on the Athabaska glacier or a day of climbing, hiking, trail riding or mountaineering. 54


Tread lightly

on your travels Any trip can be more eco-friendly if you make the right decisions. Here are a few things to keep in mind to reduce the impact of your vacation, courtesy of the David Suzuki Foundation.

Fly less > Air travel has a major carbon footprint. Cut your miles by taking shorter trips, and choose other modes of transportation when you can. Go direct > Whenever possible, book direct flights, as takeoff and landing use more fuel. Bonus: You’ll save time and avoid delays. Pack light > The lighter the plane, the less fuel it uses. Skip the red-eye > Research shows that nighttime flights have greater impact on the climate, so fly during the day when you can. Act like a local > Just as you would at home, be conservative with your use of natural resources: water, energy, food. (You do, right?) Offset your miles > Alleviate frequentflyer guilt by purchasing carbon offsets – essentially, funding projects that reduce carbon in the atmosphere. Find resources at

Living Your Moksha

Freedom Warriors World Peace! One Moksha Student at a Time. By Erin Moraghan

The sanskrit word “moksha” translates loosely to mean “liberation”

or “freedom.” You can’t help but wonder whether the folks who started

to hot yoga. “What makes Moksha work,” says Samantha Mitschka, a Moksha

Moksha ever imagined just how much this community would change

Yoga teacher in Burlington, Ontario, “is that truly anyone can walk

lives when they chose the name, seven years ago.

through the door and feel at home and that they belong.”

Jess Robertson and Ted Grand are the acclaimed smarty-pants

Grand and Robertson really credit the dynamic studio communities

behind what has become arguably Canada’s most remarkable yoga

for the way Moksha has grown far and wide. Since its inception, Moksha

success story. The duo established their first studio in uptown Toronto.

has adopted a philosophy based on seven pillars, and they’ve even

Their philosophy was simple but powerful. They wanted to offer acces-

started a worldwide campaign called “Living Your Moksha.” The second

sible yoga in earth-friendly studios, while supporting inspiring commu-

annual global challenge kicks off on May 1, 2012 and invites anyone,

nity initiatives.

anywhere to get involved and truly take their yoga practice off the mat.

Evidently, this is just what people were looking for . . . today with over

By embracing the seven Pillars, Moksha students, teachers and studio

60 studios open world-wide and more in the pipeline, hundreds of thou-

owners are making this world a better place to live each and every day.

sands of people have fallen in love with this fun and inspiring approach

Get ready to be inspired!

Moksha’s goal for the 2012 Living Your Moksha Campaign is to raise money for seven schools - one in each of the “Free the Children” countries: China, Kenya, Nicaragua, India,

Haiti, Ecuador and Sierra Leone.

MAY 1 2012: Living Your Moksha

A seven-week global initiative to help students take yoga off their mat and into their daily lives. How does it work? Sign up online soon! Receive a newsletter challenging you to become more active in your community and to start really living! By inviting mass amounts of people from communities far and wide to go out and create their own peace, yoga then becomes not something you do but something you ARE, creating awareness, love, mindfulness and peace! Stay tuned for sign-up details and more at story to tell? Have a Moksha r - write to us at he Student or teac m editor@sweate



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Moksha Yoga Winnipeg Schools Foundation Phil and Ryann Doucette, owners of two studios in Winnipeg and another in



Minneapolis, founded this organization which is funded through the studios’ karma

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classes and fundraising. The foundation provides FREE yoga to students in 35 schools across Winnipeg. They even get a little starter kit with yoga mats! The Moksha studio in London, Ontario, is now following suit. Giula and Jaclyn (featured in photo) are big fans. “Yoga makes me feel happy and tired. I like doing all the moves like scaredy cat, king cobra, tree, and down dog,” they share. “Yoga is playing...I get excited to come to yoga!” McKenzie Hill, coordinator and teacher with the Moksha Yoga Winnipeg Schools Foundation says, “Introducing yoga to youth is like introducing them to a whole new world of imaginative and physical play. There is something so unique about the freedom of movement it offers to anyone, both big and small. It is great to see the mental and physical growth throughout the sessions in the classes and we hope to continue providing these services for a long while yet.”

Building Community

“We were amazed at how quickly the sense of community grew at our studio,” shares Amy Ballinger, owner of the Hamilton, Ontario studio which opened in 2010. “People organically wanted to be a greater part of our community and help make it a really special place.” Students have grouped together to form committees, dedicated to everything from reaching out, being green, and even choosing the music that plays in the lobby! “It has truly become the students’ space - it’s really inspiring.” Laura Delegarde is volunteer captain of the studio’s music committee and shares her excitement. “The Committees bridge the gap between a solo practice and a community practice. They give students the motivation they need to break the ice and engage with the studio’s community. Since becoming a team captain, those members of the studio who were once just smiling faces have become acquaintances and friends. I have learned many of their names, stories and talents as I interact with them more regularly and pursue them to see how they can enhance our committee... as a result, they are enhancing my

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life!” You’ll find stories like this at your local Moksha studio, where students, teachers and studio owners are working together to make their community great - both in and outside the studio!



Eating by the Book

Ahhh, But Therein Lies the Rub

Our writer – a broken woman – endures (OK, enjoys) some tendon-stretching, bone-aligning, muscle-releasing techniques By Signe Langford This is the first in a series of reviews on three deep tissue, massage

Today I’m putting my trust in co-owner, teacher and master practitioner,

treatments. Sometimes the reasons one is assigned a particular story

Deanna Villa, and within a matter of minutes, I believe these hands could

have less to do with pithy prose, witty repartee or smarts, but rather more

catch me if I were falling from a high-rise. She is strong, sure and intuitive.

to do with the inescapable reality of one’s creeping decrepitude. At 47 things can get a little bit creaky here and there – yoga or no yoga – time marches on. And, I’m a tad on the, shall we say, driven side? Type A?

blending acupressure, yoga and meditation. At the core of this lie the Four

I work a lot. OK, I’m a workaholic, I admit it, which means unending, untold

Divine States of Mind: loving kindness, compassion, joy and balance.

hours just sitting. So, who better than I to send off for a pummelling – pen

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In Thai massage – with its roots in Buddhism – the practitioner applies compression with hands, elbow or feet while exerting gentle stretches,

This is the sort of therapy that truly affects both body and mind. Again,

and paper in hand, of course? Heaven knows I can’t even have a massage

there’s that box of Kleenex. Yes, there have been meltdowns on this warm,

without working at the same time. See? Type A.

comforting mat, as Deanna unblocks stored energy or memories. But mostly there has been healing. Clients range from stressed out moms to

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injured gold medallists. They all need something very different and they all

Some call it ‘passive yoga’. I’m down with that. Down on a firm mat that

receive precisely what they need.

covers almost the entire floor of this sunny and heavenly-scented room – lemongrass, lime and camphor infuses the warm air. Like its kissing cousin, yoga, Thai massage is an ancient bodywork,

Now this may sound hyperbolic, but it’s true: I left feeling re-born and almost grief-stricken that I couldn’t come back the next day and the day after that for more. Yes, this is addictive. You have been warned.

practised for 2,500 years. And though some may think of it as ‘passive’, perhaps a better word would be trusting. In Thai massage, the client must

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Eating by the Book

Spaghetti with Garlic, Chickpeas & Braised Kale or Chard Serves 4 to 6

Spilling the Beans. cooking and baking with beans and grains every day By Julie Van Rosendaal and Sue Duncan

Beans, beans, the musical fruit…OK, never mind, but beans and whole grains are fantastically good for you, regardless of how your tummy might react. And don’t let the subject matter trick you into assuming this is some dull, hippie cookbook. The photos are gorgeous, the recipes luscious and the information fascinating. Oh, and about the, um, ‘music’, Julie’s dad, a gastroenterologist, weighs in on that delicate subject. $24.95 Whitecap

Healthy Starts Here! 140 recipes that will make you feel great By Mairlyn Smith, PHEc And here is the perfect place to start your healthy eating! Written in chapters devoted to all the best good-for-you foods, from apples to mushrooms to fish and many super foods in-between, Smith, a professional home economist and an alumnae of the Second City comedy troop, provides basic cooking lessons, succulent recipes, nutritional analysis and plenty of laughs. $29.95 Whitecap

Folks, This Ain’t Normal. A farmer’s advice for happier hens, healthier people, and a better world By Joel Salatin In this book, you won’t find recipes calling for a cup of this and a teaspoon of that. What you will find are the ingredients for a more sane existence, a more natural way of life and the methods for creating a meaningful connection between us and our food and ultimately the earth and each other. Salatin is a farmer who grabs the reader by the ears with an evangelical zeal. Who knows, you might just find yourself yearning for backyard hens! $28.99 Hachette Book Group

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½ to 1 lb (250 to 500 g) spaghetti or other pasta shape Canola or olive oil, for cooking 1 Tbsp (15 mL) butter (optional) 1 large onion, chopped 2 cups (500 mL) cooked chickpeas, or a 19 oz (540 mL) can, rinsed and well drained 1 garlic bulb, cloves peeled and chopped 1 large bunch of kale Juice of half a lemon Grated Parmesan cheese Salt and pepper to taste Put a big pot of water on to boil, and cook the spaghetti. Meanwhile, heat a generous drizzle of oil in a heavy skillet, add the butter, if you’re using it, and sauté the onion and chickpeas for about 10 minutes, until soft and starting to turn golden. Add the garlic and cook for a few more minutes. Scoop out the chickpeas and set them aside in a bowl (don’t worry about getting all the onions—you just want to keep your chickpeas somewhat crisp). Meanwhile, rinse the kale, discard the tough ribs, and coarsely chop or tear the leaves; add the kale to the skillet. Scoop out about ¼ cup of the pasta water, straight from the pot, and add it to the skillet. Cover the skillet, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for about 10 minutes, until tender. Drain the spaghetti, reserving a bit of the cooking liquid. Add the spaghetti to the kale mixture. Add the lemon juice and a few spoonfuls of the reserved cooking liquid; toss to combine. Add the chickpeas and a handful of Parmesan cheese and toss until well combined—add more cooking liquid if you like it saucier. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Recipe: Excerpted from Spilling the Beans by Julie Van Rosendaal and Sue Duncan Whitecap Books Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

Roasted chickpeas and chard go marvellously over pasta. In fact, this would probably be as delicious with quinoa, barley, or brown rice as well—or swap the Parmesan for other intensely flavoured cheeses, like aged Gouda or Asiago. Who says you have to start your spaghetti sauce with a pound of ground?

The Recipe

Bombay Lentil Salad

organic greek yogurt is a fantastic source of lean protein - an important aspect in the recovery process.

Red peppers

tandoori spice

pack vitamin C and a host of other potent antioxidants, including Zeaxanthin – important in eye health!

includes Turmeric, a spice with strong antiinflammatory properties.

When you prepare something as healthy as lentils, make lots and save

time on other nutritious and delicious meals. This salad, while relatively simple, brings some incredible nutrition to the table. Hint: Leave all the vegetables uncooked and make the dressing from greek yogurt, tandoori and lime juice… so fresh!


4 cups cooked french lentils 1 chopped leek 1/2 clove garlic or garlic sprouts 1/2 red, yellow or orange pepper 1 lime - juice & rind bunch of baby spinach 1 tbsp tandoori (turmeric) ½ cup greek yogurt Method


Before putting salad together, grate lime and put rind aside. Take greek yogurt, add tandoor, juice of the lime and ½ the rind. Let the ingredients get to know each other and have fun! Salad:

Photo: Andrew Muto

Put all ingredients in a mixing bowl and season with some of the dressing. Spoon into individual bowls and drizzle more dressing on top. Finish with a sprinkle of lime rind.

French lentils

leeks and garlic

boast both a great source of low glycemic (non-blood sugar spiking) complex carbohydrates as well as a significant amount of protein and fibre - ideal for lowering heart disease risk.

are both linked to cardiovascular health, while simultaneously reducing inflammation.

Lime is rich in vitamin C and provides limonins, which reduce risk factors for cancer.

Baby Spinach dark leafy greens help provide a further source of iron as well as calcium.

Andrew Muto is Food Director at Ontario’s largest wholistic market – Natures Emporium. With 25 years of culinary experience behind him, Andrew has created fresh and exciting menus for some of Toronto’s finest food establishments.



Raw Ambition

Raw Greens

Springtime means the return of fresh and local By Chef Doug McNish To me, spring means one thing: green. Everything from vegetables to living. And it’s a wonderful time to reflect and plant the seeds for what is sure to be a beautiful and bountiful summer. Most of us have been indoors throughout the winter, hibernating and eating rich, heavy foods. As the weather warms up, we start shedding the layers of baggy winter clothing and voila!- there’s a little extra padding around the middle. So, we get into workout mode, sweating it out at the gym and running in the mild weather. Long gone are the big pots of chili and thick slices of lasagna - salads are what we crave now. One of my favorite tools in the raw food kitchen is a Borner Thin Julienne Cutter. This handy gadget creates thin julienne strips from whole fruits or vegetables. It looks similar to a mandolin but instead of one single sharp blade it has a row of small teeth that can cut a carrot or apple into thin strips. This tool has the ability to turn fruits and vegetables into slaw in a matter of minutes. They are inexpensive - about $15 - and can be found in your local Chinatown or restaurant supply store. Try this: Take a head of organic kale and slice it very thin. Take your new julienne tool and use it to create some strips of apple and pear - about ½ of each is good. Toss these strips with the kale in a deep bowl along with some fresh lemon juice, apple juice, hemp or olive oil and a pinch of salt. Add a few tablespoons of hemp seeds for protein and healthy fats and you have yourself a simple and delicious kale salad: a wonderful way to get a ton of healthy green



into your diet. One of my favorite green super foods is something called Chlorella. Chlorella is a single celled green algae that can be purchased in powder or capsule form. It’s reported to be one of the best sources of chlorophyll on the planet and is said to help detoxify the body, amongst many other health benefits. I like to use chlorella in powder form and mix it in with the hemp oil to create a deep dark green oil that can be used in place of olive oil in virtually any salad dressing. Springtime also means local fruits and veggies are sprouting up all over! Eating raw and locally is great for you and the environment – and it’s easy. Frequent your local farmers’ markets: buy the freshest there is and meet the good folks who grow your food. Some of my favorite local greens in the springtime are: fiddleheads, asparagus, spinach and lettuce. This spring, splurge for one great kitchen gadget that will help you eat raw and commit to buying locally raised foods. Living green, raw and local has never been easier!

Doug McNish has taken healthy, organic, plant based cuisine to a whole new level. Challenging mainstream thought on diet and ethics, he continues to create inspired dishes using the highest quality ingredients and is set to release his new cookbook, Eat

Raw, Eat Well, this Spring under Robert Rose Publications.

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En-lighten Up

One Love. One Hundred Percent. On Bob Marley, occupying, unifying and letting go. By Bee Bosnak

Illustration: Jason Horning

I remember as a young child

not understanding why some people had more money than others. The solution seemed so simple - people should share everything and only take what they need. I knew that the earth had enough abundance for everyone. Later in my studies of economics at Greenwich University, I learned that this was called Communism, and although in it’s ideal form it may have had some merit, in the real world, how it was applied was actually considered almost evil. The occupy wall street movement isn’t about the 99 percent defeating or toppling the 1 percent. It’s about creating a more beautiful

world, one which our hearts tell us is possible. A sacred world. A world that works for everybody. A world that is healing. A world of peace. And a world where the earth’s bounty is shared. The secret of Bob Marley’s huge success lies in his lyrics - they were about something. His music had true value. Bob’s art was life transforming, answering our highest needs and it answers in a positive way, the question that we must always ask before we begin any activity in life. Whether we are occupying wall street, occupying our mat or occupying love, the question should be: how is this going to make the world a better place? Marley is a great example of a

karma yogi as he gave so much selflessly and took action to help others in need by singing for what he believed in without attachment. Nearly all of Bob Marley’s songs were about unity of all people and this is exactly what yoga means union. Karma Yoga recognizes that spiritual awareness and evolution can be attained through one’s actions in life. Unclouded by ignorance, desire and attachment, the karma yogi always performs the right action, at the right time, in the

right manner. And in this way, she finds liberation. Many of Marley’s songs featured the struggles of the powerless and the poor, as well as preaching brotherhood and peace for all humankind. This was his way of making a stand. This was his movement. In occupying and being occupied by one love or becoming awakened to loving power, one can see all the material and spiritual world is infused with loving kindness, goodness and joy. One can deeply know the universality and harmony of all that is. With this understanding one feels safe, confident, solid, fresh and reflects all that is wonderful and good in our nature. Just like Marley, we need to do everything we can to nurture this evolving movement and keep it always moving in the direction of love, in the direction of life. One love is an occupation, one love is the movement and we are the one hundred percent.

Bee Bosnak of Beeyond Yoga, is a stylish and joyous yogini. From London, UK, Bee began yoga with Iyengar in LA. She just completed her teacher training at CorePower Yoga and recently ditched LA for Portland, OR with her ultimate inspiration, her husband. Off the mat she is a visual stylist, cat lover and blogger. @beeyondyoga



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Our Miss Manners channels Sidartha via Emily Post By Jen Kirsch Any yogi knows just how relaxing, how therapeutic yoga is. The mere

your water bottle, do your practice with ease and shower with your

thought of your yoga studio likely brings up feelings of warmth, com-

favourite toiletries, you might think you’re home free, but not so fast.

passion and a sense of complete and utter ease. Which is why, when

The next step—getting prepped to leave the studio is one we know all

you’ve arrived at this place of calm, only to realize you’ve forgotten

too well—the ‘change of underwear’. Because lets face it, there would

something—yoga gear, change of underwear, deodorant, shampoo, hair

be no point in going through the process of changing out of your sweaty

brush, towel—it stings all that much more.

clothes and showering only to put back on a your sweaty, crumpled

And why is that? Because it takes away from the luxury that just was,

gitch. So what is a yogi to do when the realization hits that you’ve forgot

or is about to be, your you-time and your perfect practice. In a single

that extra pair? Do you go commando? Shrug and pull on the, ahem,

second your pure, positive energy morphs into chaotic, irritated, even

lived-in pair? Get down on yourself for forgetting the most obvious

mildly obsessive thoughts. But there is an answer my fellow yogalites,

article of clothing? Forgetting your underwear is definitely a *!&@!

and it’s not blaming yourself and cursing the session away, though that

moment, but use what you learned in your practice and ‘let it go,’ throw

might sound easier in theory. No, instead it’s about knowing what you

them on and remember to change into a fresh pair as soon as you can.

do and don’t have control over and being able to come to terms with

Hey, you might even find that going sans under-things is really rather

that. Dare we suggest there is a lesson to be embraced in everything?

liberating and boom, new trend, just like that!

Exhibit A: You rush into the studio, out of your power suit and as you

Exhibit D: This is D because it is definitely on the D list: forgetting your

pull your go-to, quick-wicking, yoga ensemble out of your bag, you

underwear at the studio. Whether you left it hanging off the handle in

realize you forgot to reload said bag with pants. The horror! You were

the shower, or perhaps left your teeny-tiny-thong rolled up on the floor—

depending on this practice, so you have a few options. If you’re a regular

so itty bitty you missed it when you were packin’ up. Either way, it is time

you can see if any of the teachers or familiar faces have a spare pair,

to mourn the loss of your beloved undergarments and never make men-

you can wear whatever you have on – risking exhibitionism, pinching,

tion of them again. Do not call the studio to report them missing, do not

wedgies or breathing issues, or you can go home, tail between your legs

go back to fetch them from the floor. Whether they were a $20 pair of

returning for an alternate class later.

Hanky Panky’s, or your very favourite good luck pair of boxers, consider

Exhibit B: You’ve just finished a delicious practice. Your endorphins have been released and you have that adorable glow, which just so

this the best money you ever spent. Your dignity is priceless. After your state has been completely transformed by your practice,

happens to be what you were going for since you have a date post

don’t let yourself get worked up when that *@&$ moment comes.

class. As you hop into the shower to rinse off your sweat-straggled

Instead, realize that it’s unfortunate, don’t wrap your head in negative

hair, you realize you forgot your shampoo and bathing accoutrements.

thoughts or self-blame. Be present by accepting it for what it is and

You can awkwardly ask around and see if other practitioners have any,

if it is your underwear you forgot, let’s just hope you learn from your

though it seems like most of them are packing up, their sweaty clothes

mistake, yeah?

soaked onto their skin and heading out to shower at home. Or, you can try to look through the change room drawers for some left behind shampoo bottles, vaguely ashamed of your snoopy ways. But if luck

Jen Kirsch is a relationship columnist and blogger whose quick wit

isn’t on your side you’ll have to accept heading off to your plans with

and to the point writing has made her the go-to source for relationship

greasy, sweaty hair.

advice. When she’s not writing she can be seen at her yoga studio, a

Exhibit C: If you were lucky enough to have all your clothes on you,



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