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Contents Summer 2012

in every issue 8 Publishers Note / contributors 10 sweatequitymagazine.com 12 stretch in the city 15 community sweat 17 om news 20 sweat science 29 eco swag 79 En-Lighten Up 80 sweat etiquette

24 flush it out

3 Simple Ways to Detox

30 ambassador love

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42 turn up the heat Summer Swimwear

46 3 foods for hydration Joyous Health

features 60 yoga for men Busting the Myth

64 nicaragua

Exploring the Unspoiled

47 the recipe 62 stretching your limits Band workout

69 beauty

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70 Living Your moksha Manifest Your Highest Self

72 hotel yoga 74 eight limbs Ashtanga Yoga

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Publisher’s Note

Living Your Truth

Fred Antwi, Publisher

I love when people surprise me. And they shouldn’t, really; I shouldn’t have

As someone who endured bullying every day as a kid, St-Pierre

any expectations or preconceived notions about people in the first place.

concedes that he started his journey to mental strength with karate

It seems we’re somehow programmed to form perceptions before we

teaching him control, focus, and respect. Today he’s highly regarded for

have the opportunity to challenge them. So when I meet someone who

his achievements in the ring, but he’s admired for his humble, authentic,

flips my ideas on their head, I’m pleasantly surprised and reminded how

and respectful demeanor, despite that he kicks butt for a living.

easy it is to judge, or worse, not authentically engage at all. What does a pretty thirty-something well-heeled Carrie Bradshaw Sex

Now, I know this sounds like a rant about “not judging a book by it’s cover,” and mostly it is, except that we do want you to judge this issue

in the City type know about doling out inner peace and self love? Meet

by the cover, with Georges St-Pierre representing all that we at Sweat

Gabrielle Bernstein. She’s like your cool friend’s cooler friend and she is

Equity believe in: respect, mindfulness, balance, and authentic living.

not only someone who surprises me, but she also encourages us all to

These are at the crossroads of chaos and calm. It’s not what you’d

do just that for ourselves, unlearn false self-perceptions, authentically

expect to learn from a UFC fighter, but maybe we all need to adjust our

engage, and live our truth.


Through her study of A Course in Miracles, Bernstein embraces her

So here it is, our summer issue, chock full of surprising and inspira-

faith that there are no coincidences and that no one is sent to anyone by

tional people encouraging us to stay present, be committed, find our

accident. I find this concept to be especially intriguing as it relates to this

authentic power, and live our personal truth—for that, above all else, is

issue’s feature athlete, UFC Champion Georges St-Pierre.

the good fight.


Gabrielle Bernstein

featured in The New York Times as “a new role model,” is a motivational speaker, author of Add More –ing to Your Life and Spirit Junkie, and founder of HerFuture. com, a social network to empower women. Gabrielle lectures internationally and hosts a weekly radio show on Hay House Radio. She has been featured in ELLE and Oprah Radio, and was dubbed the “Dalai Lama for the Gossip Girl set” by Huffington Post, Gabbyb.tv, @GabbyBernstein


Grace Van Berkum is an adventurous, health conscious Canadian that lives in beautiful, tropical Nicaragua and offers Gracious Living Yoga Adventure Retreats that focus on detoxification of body and mind. They incorporate yoga, raw food workshops, meditation, breathing exercises, surfing, and volcano hiking at the stunning Aqua Wellness Resort in Nicaragua. gracevanberkum.com, aquanicaragua.com


Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe

Bee Bosnak



began teaching yoga in 1995. She is the instructor for the “Yoga for Dummies” and the “Crunch Yoga” series and collaborated with Russell Simmons “Yoga Live” selling over 4.3 million units worldwide. She is on Fit TV’s “All Star Workouts” and her self-produced “Yoga on the Edge” runs on Exercise TV. Sara has been a regular on Vh1’s “Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab” and has been featured as one of the “Titans of Yoga” in the new documentary.

Bee is a joyous yogini. Turkish born, British bred, Bee first discovered Iyengar yoga in LA, where she lived for half a decade before moving to Portland, OR. She decided to sink deeper into her path and became a certified teacher. Her Vinyasa/ Power teaching is based around selfcompassion, contentment, alignment and breath. Bee is a creator, a risk taker and a purveyor of laughter. Off the mat, she’s a fashion stylist, writer and blogger.


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Fifteen years ago, meditation and yoga weren’t accessible to Sabrina Marcantonio. She was first introduced to it in her Grade 11 World Religion class while studying Buddhism and Hinduism. A spiritual connection was made, and at just 16-years old, she found what she had been searching for. She began attending pujas and kirtans and practiced yoga in front of her television. Too intimidated to walk into a yoga studio on her own, she finally went with a friend to his Bikram studio in the Beaches. She was hooked. In her 20s, Sabrina went to work for a cosmetics company whose founders are environmental, social, and animal activists. Their ethical campaigns resonated with her. She was working with passionate people who were making a difference in the world; but when she found herself laid off in 2009, she saw the opportunity to pursue her dream. Sabrina packed her backpack for Kerala, India, to study Moksha Yoga. On January 1, 2012, Sabrina and her sister Maria opened Moksha Yoga Square One. They have set out to create a space where people can learn and transform their lives. “Opening the studio has been a dream come true for my sister and I! The beauty of our journey is witnessing the sangha (community) transformation and being a part of it, seeing the bright and sweaty light pour out of everyone when they step off the mat. This experience continues to humble us, teach us, and spark an endless amount of gratitude.” 4175 Confederation Pky, Unit 5, Mississauga, ON mokshayogasquareone.com

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Upcoming special events By Kat Tancock

August 11, 2012

The Seawheeze Lululemon Half Marathon

Lululemon is taking its love of running one step further with the introduction of an annual event that’s as much about a sense of community as the race itself. Starting and ending at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the run traces a route along the city’s waterways and around the Stanley Park Seawall, what race organizers call “a challenging, fun, and beautiful love letter to Vancouver.” With no age categories or elite divisions (though there will be starting corrals), only one race distance and no headphones or jogging strollers allowed, the event promises to be both competitive and fun. In addition to the run itself, weekend events include a Friday race expo complete with periodic yoga classes and exclusive Seawheeze merchandise, a pre-race sunrise yoga session, an outdoor concert and, to cap it all off, an hour-long on-the-beach yoga class timed to end right at sunset. seawheeze.com

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Wanderlust is a yoga festival, but its mandate is more than just asana – the core mission, according to the website, is “to create community around mindful living” with six key principles: practice yoga, eat well, be green, practice purpose, create awareness and showcase art. Plus, some big names in the yoga world will be there: think Eoin Finn, Baron Baptiste, Sean Corne, Krishna Das, Chris Chavez and many, many more. This is the first year Wanderlust has ventured north of the border (2012 also sees iterations in Vermont, Colorado and California) and besides the yoga, organizers promise activityfilled days of purposeful hiking, farm-to-table dinners, poolside cocktails and local organic wines and, if you have any energy left to spare, late-night DJ dance parties. Above all, the festival offers a choose-your-own-adventure journey with a real sense of place and the chance to take a break and reconnect with yourself. whistler.wanderlustfestival.com

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Kreg Weiss Modern technology brings yoga to you! By Erin Moraghan

If you’ve never taken a class with Kreg Weiss, you should change that right now, as in, right now, this second. Even if you’re reading this from the office, you can attend a class, as long as you don’t mind a raised eyebrow from Delores in HR. Thanks to this smarty-pants, you can roll out your mat just about anywhere, anytime, and get flowing with Kreg and the likes of Shiva Rea, Bernie Clark, Sharon Gannon, and countless others! A long-time fixture in the world of fitness and athletics, Kreg started teaching yoga in 2002, and thank goodness for that! In one short decade he has contributed to the global wellness community in some pretty cool ways. The magic of yoga was so great for Kreg that he believed people should have access to highquality instruction all the time, especially considering the maddening pace most are keeping these days. in 2005, he and his partners Michelle Trantina and Jason Jacobson created a novel way to make that dream a reality, taking some of the best yoga classes in the world out of the studios and into your living room with the magic of streaming video. My Yoga Online (myyogaonline.com) was the first of its kind to offer yoga, meditation, and Pilates classes for folks on the go. “The project came together after I was teaching for several years and noticing that many students had difficulty maintaining a consistent practice, especially with issues like shift work, travelling, or finances,” Kreg explains. “I firmly believe yoga should be highly accessible, and the more convenient it is, the more people are able to keep yoga practice as a

part of daily living.” My Yoga Online is now the leading global online yoga video streaming provider, so it seems he’s met his goal. In fact, you can do more than take classes on this site; you can participate in detoxes, take workshops, and research a variety of wellness topics using their expansive online library. Perhaps due in part to the global nature of My Yoga Online, Kreg’s teaching style has a universal feel, with an adventurous and well-rounded approach that’s grounded in alignment, mindfulness, and all-level accessibility. He says most of his teaching these days is through charitable and community events or workshops, but he’ll be returning to regular studio classes later in 2012 in the Montreal area, with a focus on “classical Hatha Yoga and integral flow practices.” His style, he explains, “regardless of level, embraces the approach of ‘therapy,’ tapping into the healing elements of yoga while conditioning the body and soothing the nervous system.” Kreg believes a yoga practice should evolve just as our lives do. “I’m an avid believer that everyone is unique and that we should avoid settling into one style of yoga. By following our individual needs and listening attentively, we readily avoid practicing with ego and steer away from practices that may cause injury. One of the greatest complIments to ever come from a student was, “Kreg, I must tell you that I fully enjoy practicing with you because I feel safe.” As a yoga guide, my job is complete when I receive feedback like this.” Learn more about Kreg at kregweiss.ca or myyogaonline.com



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The Four Desires

Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom written by Rod Stryker Review by Ella Isakov In The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom, Rod Stryker, a teacher of yoga and meditation for over 35 years, invokes his wisdom to write a thoughtful and interactive book that puts you en route to fulfilling your dreams. The book is based on four desires: dharma (life purpose), artha (security), kama (pleasure), and moksha (spiritual fulfillment). According to Stryker, to lead a fulfilling life to your maximum potential, you must determine what it is you really want. But how can you discern what will truly satisfy your desires? How can you increase your capacity to achieve them? This book answers these questions. Stryker includes exercises, inspiring stories, and meditations to help determine your life purpose. Once your purpose (dharma code) is discovered, then goals (sankalpas) in line with this purpose are created, and mental and behavioural obstacles (vikalpas) are acknowledged and overcome. With the exercises and meditations provided, the reader accumulates the strength and determination to meet any challenges along the way. Gratitude is shown at each stage of growth and imperfections are transformed

into great strengths. Stryker is clear that meditation is critical to achieving your goals; by quieting the mind, we overcome resistances such as fear, negative beliefs, the struggle to change, and procrastination. At the end of each section, a yoga posture is highlighted to bring out the full radiance of the message captured. For example, in Overcoming Resistance, trikonasana is discussed for having opposing forces that work together. The challenges brought on by this pose are compared with life experiences that will lead to growth as resistances are challenged and, in the end, intentions are fulfilled. The Four Desires is a rewarding book that requires time, effort, and a willingness to look within, to be open to self-examination. The reader’s journey continues beyond the completion of the book, as the meditation exercises provide a foundation for continued growth and goal fulfillment. The Four Desires is a gift for anyone seeking inner healing and an authentic life that emanates happiness, abundance, and passion. When there is passion for life, there is a deeper connection to your soul and a desire to live fully and with purpose. Who doesn’t want some of that? SUMMER 2012 | WWW.SWEATEQUITYMAGAZINE.COM


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Balance for Life A New Approach to Weight Management By Colin J. De France HBSc, CPT



on energy balance. Bruce Blumberg, a researcher at the University of California, discovered that certain chemicals can disrupt cellular signaling mechanisms that control how nutrients are metabolized. This disruption in the normal metabolic pathway favours the creation of adipocytes (fat cells) over the mobilization of fat as an energy source. These “obesogens,” as they are called, are commonly found in many pesticides and certain plastics. With continuing research in the field, new obesogens are routinely being discovered. This new class of toxins is believed to be a significant contributor to the climbing obesity rates observed in recent years. Obesogens represent yet another excellent reason to consume organic foods, as organic agriculture does not contribute to the toxic load in the environment and in our bodies. With all of this being said, weight loss should not be a goal in and of itself. Too many of us focus on the numbers and how much food we consume. A better approach is to make lifestyle choices that will provide a foundation for balanced and sustainable health. Then weight management naturally takes care of itself.

Colin J. De France combined his education and decades of experience in the food industry with his passion for nutrition and created Inbalance Nutrition®—a company which specializes in marketing a line of all natural and organic ‘lifestyle’ food products. Colin shares his Balance Your Lifestyle!® tips at public speaking engagements. inbalancenutrition.ca

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Nutritionists have historically used the concept of Energy Balance as a means of explaining why people gain (or lose) weight. The concept involves a simple mathematical equation of “Energy In” (caloric content of food ingested, or calories consumed) on one end of the spectrum and “Energy Out” (caloric expenditure, or calories used) on the other. When Energy IN equals Energy OUT, the net energy loss or gain is zero, and body weight remains stable. When the Energy IN side of the equation is greater than the Energy OUT, we gain weight, and when the reverse is true, we lose weight. Simple, eh? Not necessarily so. The truth of the matter is that energy balance is influenced by several things, not the least of which is the nutritive quality of the calories we consume. The effect of consuming 200 calories from sugar is not the same as consuming 200 calories from oatmeal. First of all, sugar has a much higher Glycemic Index (GI), which means that it’s more rapidly absorbed by the body and tends to cause a sudden spike in blood glucose. Depending on a person’s activity level at the time (at rest or engaged in vigorous exercise), the body will either store the excess glucose by converting it to fat or burn it as fuel to support the exercise demand. Similarly, the period of time over which food is consumed can dramatically affect energy balance. Spreading consumption of that same 200 calories from sugar over the course of a day reduces its Glycemic Load (GL), thus reducing the affect on blood glucose and the tendency to store excess carbohydrates as fat. Additionally, while certain foods may contain a higher nutritive value, they also might introduce toxins that can have a negative effect



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Embark, Ignite, Transform! 4 Steps to Living Your Truth By Gabrielle Bernstein

At age 25 I became a devotee of spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson.

Step One: Become Conscious

At the time I wanted to feel empowered, but deep down I felt weak and

Using a pen and paper, describe the difference in how you feel when

unworthy, seeking self-worth from outside circumstances. Williamson’s

living authentically versus looking outside yourself for validation. In what

writing made me realize there are no shortcuts on the path to authentic

ways does your behaviour or feelings towards others change? Do you talk

power. I’d have to show up for life’s assignments and pass my tests to

differently? Does your breathing change? What about thought patterns?

release all that was blocking me from my highest self. So I did just that.

Pay close attention to these differences.

I became a student of the metaphysical text A Course in Miracles and began to unlearn my false self-perceptions. For the past seven years, I’ve studied A Course in Miracles. Through my

Step Two: Welcome the Assignments When you begin to look at your ego’s behaviour, you’ve unconsciously

dedicated practice, I’ve realized that my need for outside approval blocks

asked for a miracle. The simple willingness to see things differently

my authentic power. Awareness of these limiting beliefs was the first step

is the catalyst for spiritual change. These shifts can sometimes be

towards releasing them. The spiritual journey I embarked on left no wiggle

uncomfortable—but that’s a good thing. Remember that we must “pass

room for small play; I had to surrender to a new perception and find power

our tests” to grow into our authentic power.

from within. Once I stopped looking out there and turned inwards, my entire life

Step Three: Show Up For the Assignments

changed. I began to earn my serenity and learned to find my source of

Welcome the life assignments that come your way and stay committed to

peace and purpose. Neediness melted away, insecurities weakened,

living authentically. Have faith that there are no coincidences and that, as

and self-doubt was transformed into self-assurance. Today I live in my

The Course says, “no one is sent to anyone by accident.” Every experience

authentic power.

is a powerful opportunity to strengthen your internal condition. Recite the

I work hard each day to maintain my authenticity. A large part of this

prayer, “I am willing to know my truth.” Trust that you will be guided.

maintenance is knowing the difference between how it feels to live in accordance with my truth versus living by the ego. When I’m living my truth

Step Four: Learn What Authentic Power Means to You

I breathe slowly; I feel fulfilled regardless of what’s happening in my life,

Authenticity is different for each person, but the one defining factor is

and I exude a genuine confidence that cannot be manufactured.

that it’s a feeling, not an action. Throughout this process of awakening,

Living in my ego is the opposite experience: my energy is frantic,

you’ll come to feel an internal shift. Allow this new feeling to pass

I compare myself to others, and I try to be something that I’m not.

through you, guide you, and energize you to experience a newfound

Recognizing these shifts keeps me conscious of when I’m not aligned with


my truth; this awareness is the key to living an authentic life. If you’re feeling out of sorts in any area of your life, use the following

Although these steps seem subtle, trust that they are igniting transformational shifts within you. Commit to the process and invite the

tools to recalibrate your thinking and awaken an inner force that has been

energy of the Universe to support your spiritual growth. Your authentic

eager to come through you.

power is all you need to share your own unique light with the world.



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Put a skip in your step with a convenient and energizing juice detox By Mairead Walsh A juice cleanse can be daunting, understandably. Just juice. All

day. Every day. Despite being a healthy eater, even I was dubious that I

measuring. It’s all done for you, hence their motto, “we juice, you cleanse.” I actually found the experience to be easier than expected. My

could last without cheating. But I embraced the challenge for the good

energy levels didn’t lag at any point; I had no headaches or inconvenient

deed I was doing my body.

side effects. I only felt a twinge of hunger when I smelled food, which

On a recommendation, I tried Total Cleanse, a Canadian juice cleanse delivery service. I signed up for a three-day Energizer Cleanse, comprised

dissipated if I maintained the juice schedule—basically every two hours. And the juices were delicious. They use a hydraulic press to extract a

of six juice concoctions a day: two Green Juices, two Lemonades, Very

high concentration of vitamins and minerals for nutritionally dense drinks.

Berry, and Cashew Milk. This combination was said to provide “an efficient

The Green Juice, although less aesthetically pleasing, was light and tasty,

balance of nutrients which will detoxify your body, making you feel

whereas the Lemonade and Very Berry drinks were a sweet treat. Initially I

energized all day.”

didn’t favour the Cashew Milk, but it grew on me and became the perfect

I woke on the first day of the cleanse like a child on Christmas morning, eager to see what Santa (the folks at Total Cleanse) had left. Yes, they

goodnight beverage, undoubtedly contributing to my deep and restful sleep. The cleanse is designed to give your body a break, to eliminate toxins,

deliver it right to your door in the wee hours of the morning. This is one of the

and to put you on the path to a healthier diet, but I also lost 4lbs . . . and you

best things about Total Cleanse. Waking up to a cooler filled with my pre-

can’t argue with that! The three-day cleanse costs $144, but prices vary

mixed daily brews was a great convenience. For those heading to work, it’s a

depending on the number of days and location.

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Vibrant Health

Bedrock Bliss Reset yourself with the Ganbanyoku hot rock experience at Iyashi Bedrock Spa By Mairead Walsh It’s always good to shake up your workout

the inside out, helping you to perspire and

the body. Some benefits include stress relief,

routine and try something new. So I was happy


increased balance and stamina, regulated

to mix it up and try Ganbanyoku. What’s that,

Because heat rises evenly from below, it’s

energy levels, and improved strength and

you ask? Well, it’s what you get when you

a different sensation than a sauna, and unlike

combine rock bathing and Hot Yin Yoga with a

regular saunas, these stone beds are kept

Japanese twist. A detoxifying yoga experience,

between 42° to 44° C. With the humidity at

3 sessions are $120, and 10 sessions cost $350.

Ganbanyoku is widely popular in Japan with

about 60%, the temperature is safe for people

Visit iyashibedrockspa.com for more details.

more than 4,000 spas offering the rock bathing

of all ages.

and yoga class. However, the Iyashi Bedrock Spa

steam bath, and the heat from the stone allowed

offers this unique detox experience.

increased flexibility for my Yin Yoga Practice. In this 90-minute session, the first 30 minutes

bedrock stone spa beds for rock bathing and

are spent relaxing and adjusting to the rock bed,

Hot Yin Yoga. Rock bathing uses black silica

followed by 60 minutes of yoga. There’s a five-

stone (rare to the mountains of Hokkaido,

minute break when you’re encouraged to leave

Japan), which offers a unique surface on which

the heat to cool down and sip some water.

to practice yoga. It releases Far Infrared Rays and Negative Ions, which heat your body from

Get ready to get sweaty! One session is $50,

I perspired more than I ever have in a sauna or

in Toronto is the only spa in North America that The Iyashi Bedrock Spa has 21 signature


The Ganbanyoku experience is chemical free and offers a green alternative to detoxifying

Clean Start Treat your body to a raw food cleanse—the easy (and tasty!) way By Kat Tancock I know I feel good when I eat a lot of raw food, but while I make smoothies and salads at home, the fancier and more time-consuming stuff rarely comes out of my kitchen. So I was thrilled to try out the five-day raw eating plan from Toronto’s Rawlicious. Every morning I dropped by the restaurant to pick up a day’s worth of food. My initial concern was that someone else’s idea of a meal might leave me hungry. I can eat a lot, especially when I’m working out. But as

favourite meal at Rawlicious) and a curried pizza and salad for dinner,

I plated my first breakfast of chocolate banana crepes and cereal with

both served with a small raw dessert to satisfy the sweet tooth and keep

berries and almond milk, I realized I might have the opposite problem

you away from the vending machines. Each day of the five-day plan has a


different menu, so there’s no chance of getting bored.

“We’re offering the cleanse for people because we know the amazing

Clark cites increased positively and optimism, an easier time waking up

changes that can happen when you eat all raw food for several days in a

in the morning, and no afternoon energy slump as some of the benefits of

row, even when it is just five,” says Rawlicious co-founder Chelsea Clark.

clean eating; and I have to agree with her. Whenever I increase my intake

“For many people this is the best they will eat all year, so we’re happy to

of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, I feel amazing and

make it a little easier for them.”

wonder why I don’t do it more often. And when someone else is preparing

My first day continued with a taco wrap and salad for lunch (my

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Georges St-Pierre By Erin Moraghan

Fighting the Good Fight UFC champ reveals his secret weapon SUMMER 2012 | WWW.SWEATEQUITYMAGAZINE.COM





Ever been in a yoga class

where everyone is moving and breathing together in perfect synchronicity? All those intoxicating peace and love vibes start to take over and it becomes so clear: we’re all connected! We all want less stress in our lives, more freedom in our bodies, and more peace in our hearts. This is a pretty cool realization because, let’s face it, you never know who you’ve unrolled your mat next to and how different they might seem in “real life.” The diversity in a yoga room these days is astounding: you’ve got soccer moms, stockbrokers, defense lawyers, hockey players, and even—gasp— lethal fighting machines. No kidding. It’s possible you’ve been sweating, breathing, and flowing your heart out next to the likes of Canada’s own arse-kicking Georges St-Pierre. St-Pierre (dubbed GSP by his many adoring fans) is Canada’s mixed martial arts superstar and Ultimate Fighting Champion of the world; his whole life has been dedicated to this warrior’s path. At just 12 years old, he was a 2nd Dan Kyokushin karate black belt, and his teen years were spent utterly devoted to martial arts. St-Pierre was committed to becoming the best possible fighter and man that he could be. He bounced at nightclubs and hauled garbage for the city to support his goals, spending every spare moment training and adding other disciplines like boxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to his repertoire. His commitment paid off. In 2006 St-Pierre became the UFC Welterweight Champion and has not lost a defense title since 2008. Perhaps the most intriguing thing about GSP is his universal appeal. All of Canada roots for this fighter; we adore and celebrate him in the same spirit as The Tragically Hip and the first cold beer of the summer. He’s Canadian, he’s ours, and the whole country thinks GSP is a stand-up guy, either because of or in spite of his ability to make a career out of kicking some serious butt. Maybe the love for our homegrown fighting machine comes from the fact that St-Pierre is the poster boy for one of our greatest national attributes: he’s clean-cut and polite. He’s also charming and generous to his fans; he never refuses an autograph. “I’m just trying to be myself,” he says humbly. “I don’t try to play games or be someone I am not. I respect everyone. I stick to that value . . . I come from karate. Karate’s not only about fighting, it’s about respect and how you treat people. It’s about work ethic. A lot of people seem to realize this and it makes them happy.” He notes that he doesn’t match the image of the reckless, aggressive fighter. “I’m educated. I’m respectful. I don’t fit the stereotypes.” There’s another stereotype that St-Pierre doesn’t fit: he likes to get sweaty on a yoga mat. With the innumerable benefits of a regular yoga practice, increased flexibility, stability, and breath awareness to name just a few, it’s no wonder our Canadian star is a practitioner. But what about this whole peace and love business? Is it possible to be a guy who both smashes faces into a chain link fence and feels the love of yoga in his heart? Hmmm. GSP was introduced to yoga by a friend and has continued to SUMMER 2012 | WWW.SWEATEQUITYMAGAZINE.COM


“I like yoga because everything I do is very hard, very drastic, and very intense—it’s fighting. Yoga is about relaxing and bringing peace and harmony.” practice about once a week because he loves the therapeutic benefits. He confesses that he doesn’t stretch enough in training, so yoga helps with that in a significant way. He says, “I like yoga because everything I do is very hard, very drastic, and very intense—it’s fighting. Yoga is about relaxing and bringing peace and harmony.” But how can peace and harmony fuel a win in the octagon? Is it possible that yoga and fighting, which may seem miles apart, are connected in some way? GSP explains this connection for him. “Martial arts brings you confidence and makes you calm, because you have to be calm and poised to see everything. You have to think about one thing and one thing only. Empty your mind. That’s what you want, to focus.” Aha! Mindfulness. Living in the moment. Being 100% present. Of course! Doing poses on a mat is just the beginning. Real yoga is present in all that we do, from hiking, writing, painting, and running, to playing with our children and swimming in the ocean. And for people like Georges St-Pierre, there’s yoga in fighting, too. Shawn Cole is another expert on mindfulness in the life of a fighter. He’s been training in Muay Thai for over 20 years and teaching the discipline for 10 (currently at Open Mat MMA in Toronto). He also has a background in boxing and wrestling. Shawn’s message echoes St-Pierre’s: “Mindfulness is extremely important when training Muay Thai and paramount when sparring or fighting. The second you lose your focus and stop being in the moment, it could mean a loss, injury, or knockout. You have no choice but to be in the moment if you want to succeed.” He makes a good point. When you’re making your grocery list 36


and planning tomorrow’s outfit in reclined butterfly pose, it’s unlikely that someone’s going to knock your block off because you forgot to stay present. As a little guy growing up small town in St. Isadore, Quebec, GSP probably didn’t realize that the mindfulness he was cultivating through karate could save him from crumbling. St-Pierre is a serious advocate for anti-bullying because he suffered through it himself. “You can do all the karate you want, but when you’re eight- or nine-years-old and they’re 12, when you’re alone and there are three of them, you can’t do anything. That’s the reality.” He says a group of bullies consistently targeted and attacked him on his walks to and from school, beating him and stealing whatever he had to be taken. It may be hard to imagine, but St-Pierre says that as a kid he was small, ugly, and an easy target. He also says that his experience with relentless bullies fueled his resolve to be the best he could be and helped make who he is today. Martial arts gave young Georges confidence. When asked how he responds to parents who worry that arts like karate might instil violence in their children, he says, “No they don’t. You learn how to direct your aggression towards something good. You help yourself and use your aggression as an outlet.” Shane Hamilton agrees. A 45-year-old pipe welder and single dad, Hamilton says he found kickboxing as a way to stay fit and release stress. “There’s something primal about a fight. We do it for the same reasons we climb mountains, dive in oceans, and jump out of airplanes. It makes us feel alive and totally present. Trying things you’ve

never done before, looking fear in the eye and getting to the other side, it helps us believe we can do things we thought were impossible.” Yogis can draw a parallel between this and surrendering to the moment, feeling the body magically relax in pigeon pose, or kicking up higher than ever in Natarajasana. “When people tell me that my sport is violent, I agree with them,” says Cole. It’s very violent. It’s also very technical and an art form. It takes years of hard training and dedication to your art to compete at a high level, and that’s where the beauty of it lies; not everyone can see that.” GSP doesn’t think that yoga and martial arts are worlds apart. In fact, he sees yoga as a great tool for any fighter. “I believe that someone who is physically healthy has two things: stability and mobility. Some people are very stable but not mobile; they don’t have a good range of motion. Some are flexible but not stable, so they can hurt themselves. Yoga helps [to develop] both of these things. It trains your equilibrium and your ability to hold positions; some positions are held for long periods of time, which hones your stability. The stretching aspect of yoga [increases] your mobility, resulting in better range of motion.” Cole adds, “There are many times in training that you’re balancing on one limb and trying to hold a position or perform a move. Practicing this in a different art form like yoga can help give martial artists the stability and strength to perform it better, or hold a position longer [in their own arena], as well as give the flexibility to either escape injury or outperform your opponent. Practicing yoga can not only benefit fighters in re-habing injuries but, more importantly, can assist in ‘pre-habing’

them—injury prevention. Every serious mixed martial artist and/or fighter should practice yoga.” Whether they’re fans of UFC or not, many people say they watch St-Pierre doing what he does best and see the beauty in it. You don’t need to know much about mixed martial arts to see his grace or to notice how focused he is. Every move is deliberate, and he exudes a sense of calm in even the craziest moments of a fight. St-Pierre is off with a knee injury right now, but he’s not letting that stop him. He’s staying inspired with the successes of his RushFit and GSP Rip60 home conditioning systems. He says, “People in the street stop me and say they have lost weight and it’s very valuable to have comments like this. It makes me very happy. I like hearing from the people and I like to help people.” He says he’s been using this recovery time to work on the mental aspects of his art, thinking about new ways to train and how to continue evolving as a martial artist—an incredible lesson for yogis and athletes alike. He reminds us that no matter what’s happening in our lives, if we stay present, sit through the fear, and believe in possibilities, we’re fighting the good fight.

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 big-eared rescue dog, Lexi.



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A Late Blumer

Finding balance in all the right places

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By Stephanie Dickison

You undoubtedly know Bob Blumer from one of his many incarnations as the creator and host of award-winning shows Glutton for Punishment and Surreal Gourmet (he and Chef Michael Smith share the credit for being the longest-running hosts on the Food Network, at 11 years) and his latest show, The World’s Weirdest Restaurants (airing in April 2012), where he spent 7 months travelling around the world looking for, well, weird eateries! He managed to hit 52. Bob didn’t start out working in the food industry. In fact, he didn’t write his first cookbook until he was 33, and before entering the food world, he went to business school and was a rock band manager for folks like Jane Siberry. He wasn’t always thinking about food, either, “I

was a fussy eater as a kid. I always had my crepes plain. I learned to appreciate food in college.” So how does a Montreal-born hockey playin’ guy find himself hosting a show that spotlights restaurants that serve food in miniature porcelain toilet bowls, or that have macaque monkeys serve your beer, or (as with the pop-up nudist restaurant in New York City) where all the diners are naked? Blumer comments on the latter experience: “Let me tell you, these are the last people you want to see naked . . . I got naked at the end because it just felt weird not to be. First it felt weird to be surrounded by all these naked people and then it felt weird not to be naked.”




Chef’s Survival Kit I can’t get through the day without … music. To relax … I climb tall mountains on my road bike. I am currently reading … a supposedly fun thing I’ll never do again by david faster wallace. My favourite culinary destination is … the local food stalls or local kitchens of where ever I happen to be. My favourite kitchen tool is … my 125 yearold butcher’s block that my mother bought from our local butcher when they went out of business.

Blumer says, “I was a jack of all trades, master of none. So that was kind of difficult. Managing was a good thing because to be a manager, you have to problem-solve, wing it, deal with whatever disaster du jour [comes your way]. So it’s a good job for someone who doesn’t have a particular skill they excel at but who can do a bunch of things decently.” Somehow, Blumer made a career out of blending his talents together. According to him, his new book, Glutton for Pleasure: Signature Recipes, Epic Stories and Surreal Etiquette, “ is kind of the best of what I’ve been doing for the last 20 years; it covers the gamut of things from what I’d make for a dinner party to what I make for myself at home. Everything I prepare is very tasty, well thought out, and made with fresh ingredients. I don’t go that last step of making a dish look like a cupcake when I’m eating it by myself. But every dish that I create, I make it like it’s my last meal, flavour-wise.” But this man who admits, “I’m addicted to food. I love food,” also confides, “I take control of a lot of the food I’m eating.” He does that with near-daily exercise and portion control. Now granted, he’s one of few people who doesn’t see exercise as a chore, “I feel so much better when I exercise. Whenever I get sick or if I have to miss a few days, I get twitchy.” And he has some tricks to help keep him on track: “I always keep the same date book and I do little hash marks for every day I’ve exercised. I keep track of whether I’ve cycled, swam, or whatever. In January, because I was home, I only missed one day. I do a 25 km climb on my road bike every day, and when I’m on vacation without 40

my girlfriend, I do bike trips with friends of mine. We have a rule that we don’t get out of bed unless we do 100 km a day. So I take it all pretty seriously; I put in the effort so that I can eat and drink whatever I want. That’s my version of a balanced diet.” So what’s his other secret to success? “I serve small portions, and I believe in portion control. I also think that when you space things out, you’re satiated, not overly full, and you don’t feel like you’ve been shortchanged.” Blumer describes his approach to nutrition as a “Luddite one” of sticking to the basics: lots of fruits and vegetables and some protein. “A friend of mine who’s a chef has a really great rule; she calls it the 80/20 rule: 80% plant-based stuff in your diet and 20% protein.” Blumer isn’t an extremist when it comes to self-deprivation. For one, he recently partnered with Dempster’s to celebrate National Bagel Day 2012 and launched a new bagel recipe. Second, it turns out bacon is “the last thing I’d drop from my diet. But here’s what I do; I don’t eat copious amounts of it. I take a slice of bacon and cut it into quarter-inch strips, and I’ll put that with some greens. So you get that little bit of bacon and the fat that it renders; it flavours the whole dish. Or steak – just 2 or 3 slices of steak with a plate of vegetables, and you enjoy each bite. It’s easy to let auto pilot take over, but if you only have 3 slices on your plate, you’re really going to enjoy those slices.” Balanced living advice from someone who used to ride around in something called a Toastermobile? Yep. You can do and be it all—Blumer’s living proof of that.


My stranded on a desert island spice is … chipotle powder. I travel with a vial of it to rescue bland food. if I ever end up on a desert island, I’ll be prepared. Who is your mentor? Mary Sue Milliken: friend, chef (recent runner up on Top Chef Masters), and champion of several national food causes. I aspire to be half as good at raising funds and awareness as Mary Sue is. Favourite meal of the day … My work-week breakfast at home consists of freshly squeezed orange juice, homemade granola with goat’s milk yogurt and fresh fruit, and whole leaf earl grey tea. After that, all bets are off. My favourite charity is … Toronto’s Second Harvest. I am an ambassador for this organization that “rescues” 8 million pounds of perishable food each year and delivers it within 48 hours to those in need. And they do it for about 50 cents per meal served. There are so many important charities out there, but none that I am aware of that are more efficient than Second Harvest. Super power you wish you had? I wish I could end world hunger—while keeping pace with the Tour de France peloton.


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le secret The longer the salmon marinates the deeper the flavor. Avoid overcooking the fillets. Salmon is best when the color has turned to a pale pink, but the fish is still moist throughout. level of difficulty The least amount of effort you will ever have to expend for the greatest number of complements. active prep time 10 minutes inactive prep time 4 – 48 hours grilling time 10 minutes advance work Salmon can be placed in its marinade up to 48 hours in advance. It should only be peppered and grilled just before serving. multiplicity When multiplying the recipe for larger groups, it is not necessary to increase the marinade proportionately. Just mix enough marinade (in the same 3 parts maple syrup to 1 part soy sauce proportions) to cover all the fillets. oven version Salmon can also be baked on an oiled cookie sheet in a preheated 500°F oven for approximately 6 - 8 minutes.

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Maple-Iicious Salmon

Recipe: Courtesy of Bob Blumer

This remarkably easy four-ingredient recipe creates a candied salmon fillet that melts in your mouth. And the black pepper crust provides the perfect counterpoint. It’s so good that even people who don’t like fish become devoted converts after just one bite. The exact proportions of the closely guarded recipe were divulged—after several hours on the torture rack—by Andrew Zimbel, owner of the Toronto catering company The Amazing Food Service. Ingredients »»¾ cup maple syrup »»¼ cup soy sauce »»4 6-ounce salmon fillets, skin removed »»¼ cup coarsely ground black pepper (Grind it yourself, or purchase “cracked” pepper at your grocery store.) In a small deep bowl, or a resealable plastic bag, mix maple syrup and soy sauce. Add fillets so that marinade completely covers fish. Marinate in the refrigerator for as long

as possible (a minimum of 4 hours, but ideally 24 - 48). Turn salmon (or bag) every few hours. 1. Preheat grill to medium-high direct heat. 2. Place pepper on a small plate. Remove salmon from marinade and pat top side into cracked pepper to coat. 3. Grill for approximately 3 minutes per side, starting with pepper side down, or until salmon is just on the verge of turning opaque. Yield 4 servings

There are many techniques for grilling corn. Some require soaking and others require you to trim various amounts of huskage. I’ve tried every option, and this method is by far the simplest.

4, ears of corn, husked Preheat grill to medium high direct heat Grill corn for 7 - 10 minutes. Every two minutes or so, roll each cob one quarter turn. Kernels should begin to brown in spots (indicating that the corn’s natural sugars are caramelizing) but should not be allowed to burn. Remove from grill and serve. yields Serves 4 as a side dish active prep 2 minutes grilling time 10 minutes advance work Corn can be husked earlier in the day.



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Nutritious Living

To add more cukes to your diet, dip them in hummus or make a cucumber sandwich. For extra hydration, slice a whole cucumber and place it in a big water jug. Your water will be infused with a cucumber essence. Just make sure to eat them when the water’s gone!

Celery According to Kristen Ma, co-owner of Pure + Simple, “Dehydration not only comes from lack of water, but an excess of heat in our bodies. The heat burns up the water, according to Eastern Medicine.” So naturally, celery is on the list of hydrating foods: it’s nearly 95% water! Who doesn’t love the crunch of cool, water-dense celery on a hot day? The slightly bitter taste is also great for those who crave coffee and might want to cut back. In fact, many people actually crave coffee because they’re missing that bitter taste in their diet. In addition to curbing java cravings, it’s also source of vitamin A, C, and K and a good source of fibre. Keep some washed and cut-up celery in the fridge for a quick and easy snack, or use it to make fruit/veggie juice (an excellent choice due to its high water density).


A Triple Decker Three seasonal foods that hydrate from the inside out By Joy McCarthy RNCP, CNP Although the heat and sun are two good

reasons to love summer, both can dry out your skin. And if you tend to sweat a lot or engage in regular physical activity, you could be losing electrolytes as well. In fact, a mere 1% drop in water can lead to headaches, moodiness, and fatigue; and what happens inside the body will eventually be reflected on the outside. Chronic dehydration, for example, can lead to dry and dull skin and, even worse, can promote acne. Coffee and other caffeinated drinks can also be dehydrating. Most Canadians eat a Standard American Diet full of cooked and over-processed foods, which have minimal hydrating potential. And let’s not forget the impact of stress on our systems. When we feel stressed, 46

adrenaline is produced to help sustain the body while it is dealing with a perceived threat. But overactive adrenals will stimulate the kidneys to release water, which can be very dehydrating when chronic. Now, I won’t bore you by suggesting you should drink more water—I’m sure you already know that! So, let’s talk about foods that hydrate from the inside out.

Berries are a delicious summer fruit. They’re local, sweet, and nutritious, with a wide variety to choose from! Strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are water dense and full of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant plant chemicals (very beautifying to the skin!) All three of these berries contain fibre, and the little insoluble seeds provide a wonderful scrub to your digestive system, which helps the body to detoxify more efficiently. Berries are high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is a precursor to collagen, a protein that’s important for the strength and flexibility of the skin’s connective tissue. This vitamin is also an antioxidant that prevents premature aging of the skin due to its free radical scavenging abilities.

Cucumbers This cool and refreshing, water-dense vegetable is a personal favourite. Not only is it incredibly replenishing at 95% water, but it’s also a source of skin-beautifying silica. This trace mineral helps to form connective tissue and a deficiency can result in a loss of skin elasticity.


Joy McCarthy is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, corporate wellness speaker and expert nutrition contributor for radio, online, TV and print and co-creator of Eat Well Feel Well, a 6-week nutrition yoga workshop in Toronto. joyoushealth.ca

The Recipe

Summer Manger à Trois Three melon treats that

Sardinian Salad Serves 4 I love this salad because there’s such a nice contrast between the delicate sweetness of the melon, the spicy properties of the arugula, and the sharp earthiness of the cheese. It’s like fireworks in your mouth: fresh, alive, and full of explosive textures that stimulate and satisfy! Ingredients:

2 cups of cubed watermelon flesh

are easy on the physique!

¼ bulb of fresh local red onion, thinly sliced

By Andrew Muto

Juice of ½ a lemon

2 cups of baby arugula or sprouted or micro arugula 1/3 cup of shaved salted ricotta

Photo: Lenneah Maugeri

Drizzle of superior quality extra virgin olive oil

It’s summer in Ontario and if spring was any indication, we could be in for some steamy days and nights. Like a scene from Dirty Dancing, lovers loosely embrace while sweat trickles down from brow to cheek and rests to moisten lips—the perfect wetness to express the desire of a kiss . . . but not enough to satisfy the thirst, the thirst for hydration, that is! What better way to quench searing summer heat and humidity than with refreshing watermelon. Watermelon is packed with great nutrition and proven health benefits. It’s a powerhouse of antioxidants full of lycopene, a prostate health booster, and it protects against macular degeneration (deterioration of the retina). In fact, watermelon even helps with erectile dysfunction. That’s right; it’s Mother Nature’s viagra! The following recipes will enhance your enjoyment of this beautiful and highly nutritious local fruit.


First thing, slice the onion as thin as you can (chunks of onion can overpower the salad), and place it in a glass container with a little lemon juice. Leave it to marinade for 15 to 20 minutes to soften the strong flavour. Salted ricotta can be found in many grocery or specialty stores. Alternatively, you could use a strong dry-aged sheep or goat cheese or asiago. In a bowl, toss the watermelon, onions, and some of the olive oil. Remember that a quality olive oil is essential to heighten the freshness of this salad. In the serving platter or dish, lay out a bed of arugula. (Sprouted or micro is the healthiest alternative, available from your local grocer). Pour the marinated watermelon mixture over the arugula and add a few more sprigs for taste. Top with shaved cheese and serve under the shade of an olive tree!



The Recipe

Acqua Rosa di Notte (Night Pink Water) Serves 2 Savour this romantic refresher at the end of an evening. Ingredients:

2 cups of watermelon flesh ½ cup natural spring water

Acqua Rosa (Pink Water)

4 fresh mint leaves 2 ounces of organic vodka (or your personal choice)

Serves 2

Some crushed ice or whole ice cubes This is the perfect drink to jumpstart your day or to cool yourself off in the afternoon heat.


Blend all ingredients until smooth. Enjoy slowly!


2 cups of watermelon flesh ½ cup natural spring water Method:

Blend both ingredients until smooth. Enjoy right away!!



The Recipe

Watermelon Cupcake Here’s a healthy way to indulge a traditional favourite that has recently returned to centre stage. It’s topped with Greek yogurt and macha green tea. It may sound odd, but the bitterness of the yogurt disappears into velvety sweetness, thanks to the flavour profile of the tea! And it’s stupendously nutritious! Ingredients:

1 seedless watermelon 1 tub of Greek yogurt Macha green tea Topping:

Put 3 tablespoons of yogurt into a small bowl and add 1 teaspoon of macha green tea. Mix until the tea is well blended into the yogurt. Put in the fridge to cool and harden. (If the mixture is too runny, you can also put it in the freezer for a few minutes.) Method:

Push a small cup (espresso or handleless tea cup) into a thick slice of watermelon. Wiggle it about to make a base that looks like a cupcake. You can also use a paper baking cup to make it look authentic. Take the yogurt mixture and spoon it on top of the watermelon. Add healthy sprinkles (saffron, raw cacao nibs, or whatever you fancy), and enjoy a healthy summer treat!

Andrew Muto is a Food Director and a Health/Wellness Chef. With 25 years of culinary experience, he has created fresh, exciting, and healthy menus for some of Toronto’s finest food establishments. To try more of his recipes, visit: createhealthyfood.com



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Do Yoga



Top seven poses to stimulate detoxification

Photo: Liana Louzon Model: Grace Van Berkum

By Grace Van Berkum



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The body has its own systems that work to eliminate waste products and toxic substances. Three of these systems are as follows:

1. Circulatory system

Pumps blood throughout the body, delivering oxygen to and carrying waste products away from the cells of the body. 2. Digestive system

Processes food, separates nutrients from waste, and eliminates what the body doesn’t need. 3. Lymphatic system

Intracellular fluid is moved throughout the body and transported to lymph nodes, where harmful constituents are

removed (such as bacteria and other contaminants) before the lymphatic fluid is returned to the bloodstream. Lymph moves around based on how much we move around. The only way to ensure proper lymph circulation is through exercise or massage. These systems work well on their own in a healthy body, but if we don’t eat well or exercise enough, or if we’re stressed, then they don’t work as efficiently. This results in a build-up of toxic material, which can leave us feeling physically and mentally sluggish and sick.

The practice of yoga is one method that supports the functioning of these systems. Yoga postures systematically stretch, twist, and compress all parts of the body to help eliminate impurities from different organs and to allow oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood to flow through the organs, detoxifying and boosting metabolism. Benefits of a regular yoga practice include increased energy and mental clarity, improved sleep and digestion, clearer skin, fewer aches and pains, and less illness.

Extended Child’s Pose (Balasana) Stretches your lower back

Seated Forward Fold (Paschimottanasana) Forward-

muscles and bathes the kidneys in fresh, oxygenated blood; it compresses the liver and abdomen, promoting digestion and elimination. Because the head is lower than the heart, circulation to the face is increased.

bending poses are a great way to invigorate the abdominal organs. The digestive system is stimulated, which helps with the elimination process and invigorates the entire nervous system.

Seated Half Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

Standing Twisted Chair Pose (Parivrtta Utkatasana)

Abdominal organs are squeezed during twists, stimulating the kidneys and liver and forcing out blood filled with metabolic by-products and toxins. When the twists are released, then fresh, clean blood enters these organs, bathing the cells in nutrients and oxygen.

Twisted Chair pose helps increase circulation not only by using every muscle in your body, but also through the twisting motion, which awakens the internal organs and stimulates digestion, detoxification, and elimination of impurities and waste products from the body. Twists get the blood flowing and cleans stale air out of our lungs.

Twists have a cleansing, refreshing effect and help to detoxify the body by stimulating fresh blood flow through the abdominal organs, particularly the kidneys, liver, and spleen. Standing and seated twists will help wring out toxins and bring fresh blood and nutrients to the spine, energizing the entire body. Any inverted pose, such as headstand, shoulderstand, or a simple “legs up the wall” pose helps to drain accumulated lymph fluid from the legs and re-circulate it through the body. This benefits the immune system, soothes the nervous system, reduces stress, and facilitates toxin removal. 52


Shoulderstand (Sarvangasana)

Headstand (Sirsasana) Headstand is an energizing inversion. It stimulates the pituitary gland, which governs blood pressure; it also regulates water in the body, metabolism, sex organ function, and thyroid function.

Plough (Halasana) Halasana stimulates the spinal nerves, which increases blood supply; it provides healthy nourishment for your internal organs, which improves blood circulation within the body and assists in digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Supported shoulderstand is an excellent way to stimulate the thyroid gland, thus helping to stimulate our metabolic rates. This inversion (legs above the heart) helps to reverse the flow of blood and stimulate the lymph system, promoting detoxification and rejuvenation. To modify: Bring your back and butt against a wall, then twist around so that your legs are

straight up the wall while you lie back on the floor. Press your thighs into the wall as you keep your feet parallel and slightly flexed. Hold for five minutes.

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Train Like a Soldier Why this authentic military bootcamp may not be what you expect By Joey Shillolo



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I’m sure you’ve already conjured images resembling the typical

friends (especially when you need them the most) was a commonality

movie scene that depicts a never satisfied and hard-nosed drill

both civilians and troops had to endure. My job (as with many other

sergeant barking out vulgar encouragements to get his troops through

civilians working in various roles) was to try and ease some of the

morning training. It seems this high-intensity-at-all-costs regime is the

tensions of war with support services.

only way to condition his troops for battle. Although militant command still has its place, it may surprise you

I’ll always be indebted to the CF, for both the professional and personal life experiences they afforded me; I still carry them forward

that these tactics are fairly outdated. The military has endured a

in my Train Like a Soldier Bootcamp (TLSB) program. First launched

forward shift since the charter of human rights was introduced in the

in March 2010 at Goodlife Fitness Union Station Toronto, the TLSB

1980s. Regarding physical training, this evolution includes a safer, more

program is unique because it is genuinely based on my training

standardized, and progressive approach to its fitness programs. With

experiences with the military. Now, however, instead of my day being

five years of experience as a military fitness instructor, I can attest that

filled with stressed soldiers wearing Kevlar and armed with artillery,

physical training is done with a higher standard of diligence in today’s

it’s with stressed executives wearing business suits and armed with

Canadian Forces (CF). Military Basic Training in the CF is a physically

rapidly firing blackberries! Everything is relative I guess.

demanding experience whose sole purpose is to prepare soldiers for

My “Train Like a Soldier” marketing is purposefully tongue and cheek,

battle with “fit-to-fight” standards. These “fit-to-fight” standards and

as I play off the Hollywood connotations that somehow successfully

my military experience comprise the foundation for my current role as

lure participants into bootcamp programs. Although playing the

a Personal Trainer and Bootcamp Instructor with Goodlife Fitness.

hard-nosed drill sergeant would be more entertaining, I don’t. To me

As a trainer with the CF, my duties ranged from leading platoons

this approach is not only outdated but counterproductive. Considering

through the fitness components of basic training to Special Forces

most people who join such programs are new to fitness, the “no pain,

training and testing. The peak of my career came in 2007, with my

no gain” philosophy is the last thing they need. Anyone can blow a

six-month deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan. Aside from the

whistle and yell to make someone tired. “Firm but fair” is the axiom we

tremendous life experience (thankfully I returned in one piece), it was

ran our platoons by, and it’s something I bring to the TLSB program.

the most demanding six months of my life. Being away from family and

This scenario is especially true for clients dealing with weight issues



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or who are new to exercise. Abusive commands and painful exercises

priority. I like to see clients improve at a pace that’s optimal for their

may yield temporary results, but they’re unlikely to be sustainable.

stage of fitness by giving them a task they can accomplish. This makes

The self-esteem and self-efficacy of these clients needs to be built up,

them want to work hard for me and, ultimately, for themselves.

not broken down by an un-empathetic and judgmental mindset. The

Operational readiness for a soldier demands being fit across all

exponential power of mind, body, and spirit is integral to success and

energy systems that range from maximum strength to endurance. The

part of my core principles for healthy living. Although I don’t force these

TLSB program is an effective way to achieve such well-rounded fitness

elements on my clients, I truly believe that physical fitness is a critical

because classes are based primarily on full-body functional movements

part of accessing ones higher self.

that mimic the tasks required of a soldier. The compound movements

Consisting of about 10 participants, these corporate men and

of squatting, lunging, pulling, pushing, and carrying are done in a

women range in age and fitness levels. In line with my military training,

progressive manner for each individual and are known to achieve fast

every bootcamp begins and ends with the fitness test used in the

results, especially in relation to losing fat and gaining strength.

military to establish minimum fitness standards. Evaluating push-

Programming these movements in a variety of class formats while

ups, sit-ups, and handgrip strength is one way to chart participant’s

building the intensity and complexity of performance improves both

individual progress, and it provides them with a means to compare

strength and fitness capacity. Participants don’t know what to expect

their scores with the military minimum requirements to see if they

each class . . . other than hard work!

“have what it takes.” It also allows me to assess each person’s current

Another thread of authenticity that I bring is through the formal

fitness level, in order to target movements unique to their capacity.

commands and rank systems used for directing platoons. This is

The key to good instruction is observing each participant and providing

where we play an assertive military version of “Simon says,” in which

them with challenging options at the right time. Whether the group is

the group moves promptly in unison in response to my commands.

doing timed circuits, partner work, or a heavier lift, it’s always at a pace

An example would be having the group stand at strict attention in

or level of difficulty appropriate for them. Safety and technique are top

ranks and move as quickly as possible into a push-up after hearing



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my command, “Push-up position! . . . CHANGE!” In the spirit of fun, I

participants. I can now do advanced push-ups, chin-ups, and even

provide as many examples of what basic training involves so they get a

an evacuation drill that includes pulling a punching bag with weights

real sense of what military training is all about, without having to join.

attached across the gym floor (a pretty big accomplishment for the 110 pounds on my 5-foot frame, which sits behind a desk all day long). Two

from a former military trainer, I feel my deviation from Hollywood’s

of my employees joined the last bootcamp, and it was a great team

depiction is a step in the right direction. My goal is to carry forward the

building opportunity for us. Every session is different and I’ve attended

positive aspects of military training, such as working hard and building

quite a few. The diversity of movements and challenges is great. I feel

team camaraderie, in a positive and supportive environment. Each

healthy and confident . . . and know that I have what it takes to “train

participant finishes class feeling better about themselves than before

like a soldier” . . . well at least in a gym.”

they walked through the front door (especially those who are new to exercise or who feel self- conscious about being in the gym). That being said, I don’t want to create the impression that the TLSB

Although my corporate Toronto troops are not going off to war, training to be “fit to fight like a soldier” remains my mantra for this Bay Street crowd. The fitter you are, the healthier you are, as all biomarkers

program is soft or easy in any way. Just ask one of my personal training

of health are improved with fitness. “Training Like a Soldier” is a fun,

clients and three-time bootcamp participants, Sandy Nicolaou:

safe, and effective method for being fit and healthy across all energy

“Joey had to convince me that TLSB would not kill me. While I

systems, from maxium strength to endurance.

went to the gym regularly, I had very little endurance and strength capacity. The first bootcamp introduced me to movements I had never done before (I could barely do a push- up from my knees

Joey Shillolo

and who knew what a farmer’s carry was?) I now use TLSB to

2010/11 Personal Trainer of the Year, Goodlife Fitness Canada

supplement the personal training I do with Joey. I’ve gone from being

Honors Kinesiology Degree, York University

the most inexperienced bootcamp participant to one of the stronger

CSEP Certified Personal Trainer



Photos: Courtesy Joey Shillolo

While the TLSB program may not be what everyone expects

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Busting the my th of “a girl’s sport”

Photo: Liana Louzon Model: Sheldon Shannon

By John Capouya



You’d never guess it by looking around most yoga studios today,

culture, yoga’s anti-aging benefits might give you an edge in the job

but for centuries, yoga was taught and practiced almost exclusively by

market or dating world.

men. It wasn’t until yoga was introduced to the West in the early 1900s that women started taking up the practice in earnest, popularizing

Now, if you’re new to this ancient tradition, here’s some advice for cultivating a rewarding practice:

it, and eventually comprising the vast majority of contemporary practitioners. Nevertheless, if you’re reading this, you’ve likely braved

Start where you’re at.

the crowds of spandex-clad women and pink sticky mats to give yoga

It seems obvious, but don’t expect to become a super-yogi overnight.

a try. So where are the rest of the blokes?

Men tend to have structural differences (tight hips, less active mirror

It’s a paradox, but men initially avoid the yoga mat for the same reasons that will become their motivation for developing a practice. Some men, for example, are turned off by the so-called feminine atmosphere that pervades many yoga

neurons, and underdeveloped body awareness) that make yoga less “natural” for them. Give it time! If you feel awkward on the mat, book some private lessons to learn the basics before braving an open class.

studios. Let’s face it . . . sitar music, incense, candlelight, and instructions to “get in touch with your root chakra”

Stop comparing.

may be too fluffy for some guys. Some men don’t think a

Here’s a secret: most seasoned yoginis are so focused on their

traditional yoga class will provide the physical or mental

own practice it wouldn’t even occur to them to compare with

challenges they seek in their exercise regimes. Real exercise is running a half-marathon or hitting the gym for some resistance training. Over time, however, men may find the

you. Sure, it may seem weird at first, but if you can’t drop your ego at the yoga door, then where can you? No one but the teacher is really watching you anyway, so just get on with it and enjoy yourself!

noncompetitive and more compassionate atmosphere of the yoga room to be a welcome refuge from the workaday world--a place where they can be

Approach from your heart not your head.

Becoming more heart-centered can be a real

themselves and not have to worry about being judged.

challenge for men raised to believe masculinity

Moreover, anyone who’s done a 90-minute Power

means being unemotional, rational, or

Vinyasa class in a heated room knows contemporary

“mind-oriented.” Reconsider your definition of

yoga is a full-body workout that requires everything

masculinity. Perhaps you won’t turn vegan or start

from physical strength and flexibility to courage and

singing in kirtan, but as you practice, you’ll likely

mental focus.

come to a profound and liberating realization: there

Sport-loving men who cross-train with yoga will soon learn how the practice helps restore their

are as many ways to be a man as there are men. Yoga has this sneaky way of not only opening up our

body’s natural equilibrium and eliminate physical

bodies, but also our minds and our spirits. So drop

asymmetries that come from playing sports. Golfers

what you think you know about yourself, and let yoga

can stretch out tight arm and shoulder muscles and

work its magic!

cyclists can elongate shortened hip flexors. In short, a regular yoga practice can bring balance into the physical body and help you stay injury-free, so that favourite sports can be enjoyed for years to come. Yoga also improves mental

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Star Athletes Reveal Their Secrets for Strength, Flexibility, and Peak Performance, by John Capouya.

concentration, balance, posture, and agility--qualities that can help men succeed in their careers and personal lives. Indeed, if you’re a klutz or you’re easily distracted, yoga can help to develop grace and focus! In today’s youth-oriented



Work Out

Stretching the Limit

Resistance bands push beyond muscle plateaus By April Crake

Resistance bands are one of the most versatile pieces of

exercise equipment in a functional training arsenal. Why train only one or two muscle groups at a time when you can work your arms, back, and shoulders while blasting through the lower body and targeting your legs and core! In addition to training multiple muscle groups, resistance bands allow you to work at varying speeds, which tends not to be the case with most stationary machines. If your sport or activity requires speed and explosive power, then it makes sense to train that way. Bands are a great way to infuse some instability and perturbation into your exercise routine, similar to the use of a plyo or bosu ball. By forcing the body to be off balance (for example, by standing on one leg), or by pulling and pulsing in different directions, you demand the body to “readjust.” This helps develop kinesthetic awareness along with Another benefit to training with bands is they will stave off the plateaus encountered when your body adapts to the same old exercises you’ve been subjecting it to for years. By adding bands to your training, both the concentric and eccentric part of the exercise has resistance, resulting in better strength throughout the entire range of motion and more complete stimulation from start to finish. Here are some functional exercises I use when working with clients who are pressed for time or looking for that next level in balance and stability training.



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stronger proprioception.

Work Out

Single-Leg, Double-Arm Lateral Raise

Single-Leg Reverse Flies with Resistance Band

Function: This exercise calls on the lateral deltoids (shoulders), rectus

Function: This exercise improves your balance and coordination and

abdominis, and rectus femoris (quadriceps muscles, located at the front

strengthens your upper-, mid-, and lower back; shoulders; glutes; and legs.

of the thigh).

Set Up: Step one foot onto the center of the band where it hits the floor.

Set Up: Stand on one foot in the middle of a light or medium resistance

Cross the handles once, so that there is an “X” above your foot.

band. Grasp the handles in each hand, arms extended towards the floor

Action: Extend your right leg back and place your toe on the floor; lean

with your palms facing your hips.

forward slightly at the hips while raising your back leg.

Action: Raise both arms up and away from your midline until your body

Bring your chest towards the floor and lift your arms straight out, forming a

forms a T.

T at your shoulders. Squeeze your shoulder blades together and keep your

Slowly lower back to the starting position and repeat immediately.

head in line with your neck. Pause for a moment, and then bring the hands

Do 10 reps. Switch legs. Complete 2 sets per leg.

back down below the shoulders. Do 10 reps. Switch legs. Complete 2 sets per leg. Trainer’s Tip: Keep a 15-20 degree bend in your elbows. As you get

stronger, increase the band tension and strap 2- to 5-pound weights on your ankles.

Single-Leg, Single-Arm Bicep Curls Function: This exercise challenges the biceps brachii of the upper arms,

Single-Arm Bent-Over Row

your core, and the stabilizing muscles of the legs.

Function: The bent-over row involves the biceps; mid- to upper back,

Set Up: Position your right foot in the middle of a medium or heavy band.

including the trapezius and rhomboids; posterior deltoids (shoulders);

Bend the left leg up behind you, keeping the knee aligned with the ankle.

glutes; and legs.

Hold both handles in the left hand, arm extended towards the floor, with

Set Up: Bend forward at the waist, keeping the lower back neutral and

palms facing forward.

a slight bend in the knee of the standing leg. The torso should be almost

Action: Keeping your upper arms tight to your sides, bend your elbow and

parallel to the floor.

curl the handles towards your shoulders.

Action: Keeping the elbow close to the torso, pull the band upward in a

Stop when you can’t flex any further; then slowly lower your arm back

straight vertical line, allowing it to lightly touch the rib cage while retracting

towards the floor.

the shoulder blades. Hold for 1 count.

Do 10-15 reps. Switch sides. Complete 3 sets per side.

Slowly lower the band to the starting position. Do 10-15 reps. Switch sides. Complete 3 sets per side.

Trainer’s Tip: Remember to keep the back and head in a neutral position

throughout the movement. Squeeze the shoulder blades together slightly

Trainer’s Tip: Don’t let your rowing hand creep up into the armpit as you

to stabilize them; only the elbow joint should be moving.

progress through your reps.






Where tropical paradise and island adventure abounds By Liana Louzon

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Nicaragua is known as the undiscovered paradise and has a literal translation meaning “surrounded by water.” In previous years, this country—the largest in Central America—was considered a scene for pure adventurists at heart; but more recently it has evolved into a unique travel destination.



Nicaragua is packed with the diversity and features that make for a brilliant tourist attraction and paradise for nature lovers. White sandy beaches; tropical forests; rich Nicaraguan culture; lakes, lagoons, and islands; a year-round average temperature of 27°C (80°F); and stunning colonial cities all contribute to the marvel that is felt by both young and more mature travelers. The country’s tourism destinations that hold the most potential are undoubtedly Ometepe Island, Corn Islands on the Caribbean, Aqua Resort just outside of San Juan del Sur, and the beautiful Granada.

Aqua Wellness Resort Aqua Wellness Resort is an eco-friendly wellness-oriented retreat nestled in the pristine Pacific Coast, just 50 km north of Costa Rica. It features a boutique villa hotel, full service spa and wellness center, restaurant, and yoga centre. Rising gently above the pristine white sandy beach of Redonda Bay, Aqua Nicaragua is in harmony with nature, providing the perfect setting for relaxation, rejuvenation, introspection, and fun. The ocean is the centerpiece of life at this resort; there’s a private beach just footsteps away from the treetop villa that features ecoluxury accommodations, service amenities, and adventure activities. Aqua integrates earth-friendly living, wellness programs, nutrition, and fine cuisine with a full complement of activities to ensure that each hotel guest and visitor has the experience of a lifetime. Such luxury and opportunity exists at Aqua with sustainable practices and holistic approaches combined with the highest level of comfort and service. This soulful country serves as the ideal backdrop for your vacation or wellness retreat. With more than 75 species of trees, indigenous monkeys and parrots, pelicans, giant sea turtles, and hundreds of other animals, the village experience is truly a world apart. www.aquanicaragua.com 66


Ometepe Island-Totoco Eco Lodge Ometepe is the largest island in Lake Nicaragua; it’s formed by two volcanoes and is encompassed in jungle. The 15 acres that comprise Totoco are situated at 200 meters elevation at the gateway of Maderas Volcano’s cloud forest. Totoco is surrounded by an abundance of nature. The powerful presence of volcanoes on this isolated oasis of peace creates an unforgettable experience. Here you can enjoy delicious organic food in an open-air restaurant, watch a breathtaking sunset, and take in nature at its purest. Totoco Eco Lodge is a prime example of sustainable, community-minded, eco-friendly tourism. The hotel is off the grid: it gets all of its energy from solar panels and water is gathered from volcanic run-off. It features compost toilets and a grey water recycling system. Totoco also encompasses an organic farm where inhabitants grow their own food. The Totoco foundation works with the townspeople to support the community through education and health projects, including a library, subsidized transportation for students, remedial classes for children, as well as seminars and educational material for local health clinics. The foundation also includes a microloans program that provides low-interest loans to locals who are looking to set up a small-scale business. totoco.com.ni

Granada La Bocona Granada is considered one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Central America. Surrounded by grand cathedrals, volcano Mombacho, and Lake Nicaragua, it’s brimming with culture and a rich history. Visiting Granada is like traveling back in time, and Hotel La Bocona is a worthy place for rest. La Bocona is a beautiful colonial mansion that has been turned into a six-room boutique and

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award-winning hotel; its community involvements and charitable contributions are unparalleled. The owner, Peder Kolind, established a charitable organization whereby 50% of all the hotels’ gross income goes to Carita Feliz (Happy Face), with a mission to educate and empower young people and children. The charity is committed to their overall growth, personal and social, and is aimed at promoting their full and meaningful development. Since its opening in March 2001, the Carita Feliz center has grown to include education, work, health, and many other programs. Specifically, the center meets four primary needs of the local community: • The need for adequate food • The need for relevant education • The need for satisfying, fair, and independent work • The need to gain self-confidence, independence, responsibility, and ambition. hotellabocona.com caritafeliz.org

Casa Canada Corn Islands, Nicaragua The Corn Islands (there are two) are known as the last unspoiled islands of the Caribbean Sea. Requiring a 60-min flight from the main land of Nicaragua, the tourist industry here is in its infancy; thus allowing travelers a unique and remarkable island experience. Enjoy a Caribbean paradise with white sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters, coconut forests, and coral reefs. With untold numbers of shipwrecks and treasures, the Corn Islands provide a snorkeling adventure that is second to none! Casa Canada is a Canadian-owned cabana style resort located on Big Corn Island that caters to all of your island needs. Fall asleep to the crashing waves of the Caribbean, snorkel your worries away during the day, take a dip in the infinity pool at sunset, and enjoy fresh lobster overlooking the sea. Who could ask for more?! casa-canada.co



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Natural Beauty Travel Essentials Don’t leave home without ‘em! By Kristen Ma, co-owner Pure + Simple

With whittled down office hours and the kids off from

Layer for Flexibility: Going on a multi-city trip or contiki tour?

school, this season is perfect for getting your travel on. But one

When travelling to different places, you need to prep your skin for

challenge when setting out to go abroad is maintaining a balanced

contrasting climates. Bring a flexible regime consisting of a light-

complexion despite dehydrating plane flights, fluctuating climates,

textured serum and all-natural face oil. The serum maintains the water

and traveler’s fatigue. Although exciting, visiting far-off places can

content in your skin and the facial oil locks in nourishment and offers

be overwhelming, and caring for your skin and body can be very

protection. You can use one or the other, or both, depending on what

grounding. Consider these tips for on-the-go beauty while packing

your complexion needs, and you can tailor your choices to the weather

your bags for a summer holiday.

each day!

Pack a Post-Plane Hydrating Mask: The recirculated air

Use a Cure-All Anti-Bac Hydrosol: Hydrosols are steam-

of plane travel is incredibly drying; it dehydrates your skin and stresses

distilled plant waters, and having one derived from an antibacterial

your complexion, prompting pesky breakouts and eczema flare-ups.

flower is always useful while away. As nature’s Polysporin, disinfecting

Thankfully, a hydrating mask treatment can replenish your skin upon

hydrosols such as witch hazel, lavender, and peppermint treat

landing. Gel paper masks soaked in restorative ingredients such as aloe

breakouts, bug bites, cuts, and scrapes and can even be used as an

vera, collagen, and hyaluronic acid are especially convenient and thin

all-natural hand sanitizer. Unlike alcohol-based products, they offer

enough to slip into your carry-on.

purifying properties for beauty emergencies without drying your skin. A must have for your travel pack.

Scrub Away Sweat and Smog: Keep your skin glowing while abroad with a good exfoliating treatment. If visiting a big bustling

Stay Cool with Beauty Tools: If feeling frazzled in a foreign

city, detoxify your pores of pollution, smog, and exhaust after a day of

place, simple grooming pleasures can help to restore some order.

sightseeing. Or if travelling around a hot, tropical country, cleanse your

Keeping your eyebrows well shaped, your nails clean and trim, and your

skin of excess sweat and sebum. In a foreign place, it’s best to exfoliate

teeth pearly white are a small homage to your at-home routine. It’s easy

with a mild scrub, avoiding intensive treatments that could cause

to pack beauty tools such as tweezers, nail clippers, files, and extra

irritation. You don’t want to deal with that sans your usual beauty team!

toothbrush heads that keep you looking polished. Ayurvedic tongue

Opt for gentle exfoliating ingredients like jojoba wax beads, which

scrapers or Korean body scrub gloves are especially effective in helping

slough away dead skin cells without being abrasive.

you feel clean and refreshed.



Living Your Moksha

Seven Ways to Manifest YOUR Moksha! Take your own mini Moksha challenge by committing to one principle a day for one week.

Manifest Your Highest Self! Seven principles for daily living, on and off the mat By Erin Moraghan Each year, Moksha Yoga students from around the globe celebrate their practice by manifesting the

magic of yoga beyond the walls of the studio. How do they do it? It’s called “Living Your Moksha,” an exciting seven-week challenge designed to bring yoga into every corner of your life! This year’s challenge kicked off on May 1, 2012, but it’s not too late to commit! For more details on exactly what Living Your Moksha entails, visit livingyourmoksha.ca.

Yoga for Life Out in Nanaimo, BC, the Moksha Yoga community raised money for life’s emergencies—literally! The Nanaimo Regional General Hospital’s Emergency Department was in dire need of new equipment and supplies. Always ready to make a difference, Moksha teachers Dr. Kristen Butler and Dana Ellis devised a way to bring the community together towards a common goal. The local community knocked their socks off! Over 200 people showed up to attend a class led by Moksha co-founder Ted Grand, and they raised over $6000. Now that's an emergency response!



Be Healthy: Eat clean! Say no to processed foods for one day and eat only wholesome, good-for-you stuff. You’ll feel the difference by lunch time! Be Accessible: Be nice to yourself. Do you beat yourself up about your tight hamstrings? Are you overly determined to progress in Dancer’s Pose? Check your ego at the door today and practice with kindness. Your body is wise and knows what it needs. Live Green: No take-out. We’re not saying don’t stop for your signature half-caf, extra-hot vanilla soy latte this morning; we’re just suggesting you bring your own mug. Dedicate one day to no takeout packaging and help lessen the load of landfill junk. Sangha Support: Bring a friend! Why not treat someone to yoga this week? Grab a friend, co-worker, or family member who could use some magic in their lives and bring them to a karma class. This way you’re supporting your community through the charity donation while building fellowship at home: a win-win! Outreach: Volunteer! Hop online and do some research; sign up to volunteer at a community event that matters to you. Live to Learn: Know what you don’t know. Ever notice that we’re often eager to share what we know, but not what we don’t know? Commit to spending one day with an open and curious mind. Be humble and ask questions, even when you think you have the answers. Be Peace: Just breathe. Embrace the magic of mindfulness. Start your day with five minutes of meditation and finish with the same. Download some guided meditations online if you need a little help. Notice the difference that simple breath awareness can make on your overall state of mind.

Megan's Off-the-Mat Message “My name is Megan St-Aubin; I’m a Moksha Yoga teacher, a yogi, a student, and an activist. I got involved with Off the Mat (offthematintotheworld.org) just over two years ago when I completed their leadership training in New York. I quickly became involved in the community, and in 2010, I raised $20,000 in support of humanitarian efforts in South Africa and travelled to work with women and children living with HIV/AIDS. We don't have to go out and change the world in one day, but don't limit yourself by thinking you can't make a difference. If you can have a positive affect on ONE person, then that’s a big deal. Please don’t disconnect yourself from these issues because you don’t know the victims or because the situation doesn’t directly affect you. When we can see our friends, sisters, mothers, or daughters in these “foreign” women and children, then there’s no doubt in my mind that WE WILL change the world. Don’t wait for someone else to take the initiative; YOU are the one this world has been waiting for.” Inspired by Megan? Learn more about her journey at eatinbreatheout.wordpress.com.

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Student and Teacher Krista Shea is a fifth grade teacher at St. Joan of Arc elementary school in Oakville, Ontario. She’s also a student and volunteer at Moksha Yoga Burlington. “Krista's yoga practice truly shines through all she does,” shares a teacher at the Burlington studio. “You can see how her yoga practice keeps her open-minded, grounded, and better able to connect with students and become a true role model.” Moksha teachers visited Krista and her class earlier this year to share some meditation activities and to connect with the kids about managing stress. It was instantly clear that Krista’s one of those “once in a lifetime” teachers who kids never forget. She credits her yoga practice for keeping her inspired on the job and even shares what she learns at the studio with her kids. Krista comments on the subject: “Too often we let the stresses that consume our mind find their way into our daily lives, affecting those around us. If I let that happen, I’m dumping my issues onto 22 little people who have enough to deal with. By practicing yoga, my classroom becomes an environment where students feel free to share and engage in all aspects of learning. Moksha Yoga also influences the way I teach, by inspiring me to use the 7 Pillars of Moksha in class. They go hand in hand with the curriculum and in helping influence kids to be the best possible version of themselves they can be.” About the meditation activities, Krista shares, “When the Moksha teacher came and delivered the meditation session and activity to my class, I was amazed by what I learned. I wasn’t aware of the many worries and anxieties that my students held in. They opened up and shared very personal issues, while realizing that other students carried the same worries. After getting rid of their worries they couldn’t believe how great they felt. They loved the entire experience and talk about it all of the time!” Krista is truly living her Moksha in and out of the classroom each day!

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Hotel Yoga Inc. On the road to health and wellness By Julie C. Trubkin Whether it’s business or pleasure that takes you away,

services are offered with a roster of over 100 of the top naturo-

exercising while travelling is challenging and rarely makes the

paths, nutritionists, yoga and Pilates instructors, and personal

itinerary. Although we may have the best of intentions, when

trainers on hand. The carefully assembled team is ready to kick

push comes to shove, the sneakers rarely make it out of the bag.

your asanas into shape. Everything from private sessions, couples

But there’s good news! You can stop feigning fitness attempts

training, group training, team building, nutritional counselling,

by squeezing a yoga mat into your suitcase. Hotel Yoga Inc. is a

dance, boot camps, and more is made available.

mobile fitness and wellness service determined to take you off of

The visionary behind this new take on room service is pas-

the 300-plus thread count you’ve been dreaming of and get you

sionate about health and wellness. Hurov’s advocacy was born

onto a Manduka or Gaiam yoga mat.

out of personal experience. Combining her years working in local,

“This is the future of wellness in travel,” says president and

wellness from teaching yoga, Hurov’s evolution to Hotel Yoga Inc.

the luxury travel market with the health and wellness industry. “I

was a natural one. Yoga was the release from a high-pressure job,

believe that it will radically change the face of the travel industry

and in 2009, when she suffered a temporarily debilitating brain

for the better.” Reinventing the term “all-inclusive,” Hurov and her

injury, it became her source of strength. Hurov says, “I understand

team are offering a fresh new service to four- and five-star hotels

what it’s like to feel trapped in your body, your mind, and your

throughout Toronto.

circumstances. I chose to launch Hotel Yoga to help others feel

Neglecting fitness regimes while away from home is all too

supported and free on their path to wellness.” After an intense

common. While flab hath no fury like a hotel buffet, travelling

recovery period, she returned to yoga, meditation, and her high-

presents a whole gamut of other challenges; least of all is finding

pressure post as a CBC TV producer, with a new take on life.

the motivation to workout. Sauntering Caliban-like straight to your

Launched in late 2010, the company is still in its infancy but has

hotel room is understandable. Your hips may be tense, jet lag can

already pioneered a new take on the wellness industry. Hotel Yoga

start to set in, circadian rhythms are out of whack, energy may be

recently joined The Bay’s National Bridal Registry and is hosting

low, and your entire schedule is most likely off kilter. Hotel Yoga

health and wellness days with top hotels, and apparently in-room

offers the remedy for common travel ailments such as insomnia,

videos are already in the works! “We plan to own the Canadian

exhaustion, jet lag, hangovers, colds, and aches and pains. “We

market within the next couple of years and then expand accord-

have energy boosters and stretches to make you feel revitalized.

ingly,” says an enthusiastic Hurov. Hotel Yoga is already being

We want people to leave their hotel with more energy than when

embraced by everyone from a 12-time Grammy award winner, to

they arrived,” Alana commits.

CBC’s Steven and Chris, to many high-profile Canadian business

Maintaining a fitness regime while on the road (or in the air) is

Photo: Courtesy of Alana Hurov

national, and international media with her deep appreciation of

founder Alana Hurov, a buoyant entrepreneur who has combined


vital, especially given the altered sleep habits, long sitting stints,

Hotel Yoga’s edict is a simple one: “People should always make

and weakened immunity that can accompany your trip. “Often

wellness their priority. Without your own personal health, you have

travellers look drained and are barely able to enjoy their experi-

nothing.” So the next time you’re enjoying the good life of globe-

ence. Whether you are travelling for business or for fun, you should

trotting and adventure, indulge in the full mind/body experience

always feel your best.”

that is Hotel Yoga. When you finish, you’ll savour the soaking tub

The concept is simple. Clients check-in and at any point during

that much more; you’ll sleep better, feel better, and return home

their stay, they can order a “session.” It’s as easy as ordering a Pay

truly revitalized. There’s no need for the workout clothes to taunt

Per View or room service. Clients are matched up with a wellness

you while lying dormant in your suitcase. This new company with

provider based on their level of experience. The hope is that the

big plans is set on revolutionizing an industry and a mindset. With

class extends beyond the hotel room. With a mission “to bring

Alana Hurov at the helm, “Hotel Yoga will soon be like coffee in

health and wellness to everyone,” you’re not limited to the stretch-

each and every hotel. You’ll just have different flavours to choose

ing and deep breathing of a traditional yoga class. A full range of




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From the Outside In A journey through the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga By Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe

With yoga, there’s a little something for everyone. There is

a method of practice for every personality and sensibility and a style to cover various aptitudes for learning. Some aspirants require

The Yoga Sutras comprises 196 aphorisms divided into four chapters, or padas, as follows:

experiential learning, a heartfelt, non-linear practice that cuts

1. Samadhi Pada (51 sutras)

through the intellectual mind and centres on the heart. Some need

This chapter defines yoga as a method for experiencing

strong physical training to bring them into their bodies before they


can focus. With yoga, there is a path suited to almost anyone.

2. Sadhana Pada (55 sutras)

One of the many forms that yoga takes is called Raja or Royal

Sadhana means practice. Chapter 2 describes the various tech-

Yoga. This involves a clear step-by-step path to samadhi, or

niques and practices of yoga.

enlightenment. For those who require clear instructions, Raja Yoga

3. Vibhuti Pada (56 sutras)

is an effective methodology and a system by which to experience

In Chapter 3 we learn of the paranormal powers that are said to

freedom or kaivalya.

develop through the practice. Patanjali emphasizes, however, that

The most explicit text on Raja Yoga is the Yoga Sutras (sutra is a

these are mere distractions and that one’s focus should remain on

Sanskrit word meaning thread). It is believed the sutras were written

attaining liberation.

by a sage named Patanjali. Most agree that the specific practice of

4. Kaivalya Pada (34 sutras)

Raja Yoga was created before the author’s time, but Patanjali first

Kaivalya means isolation, in particular, isolation of the ego from the

recorded the system, so he is credited with codifying the practice.

liberated soul.

The succinct structure of this ancient text accounts for its widespread popularity, as it speaks to our Western sensibilities in its applicability to modern culture.



In Sadhana Pada we learn of the eight limbs of yoga, or Ashtanga Yoga. This step-by-step path guides the practitioner from the

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outside world inwards. It begins with the yamas and the niyamas.

To go any further on the eight-limbed path, the aspirant requires

They are a list of five “do’s” and “don’ts” espousing how to navigate

the ability to focus. Dharana, meaning concentration, is the sixth

the world in a way best suited to the practitioner’s inward journey.

stage of the inward journey. It’s a technique that focuses the mind,

Having explored the first two limbs (practice of these is ongoing), one moves to the third, asana, which refers to the physical postures. Asana is the most popular form of yoga for Westerners and can

addressing the second sutra “yoga chitta vritti nirodhaha.” (Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.) Meditation, or dhyana, distinguishes the act of meditation

be a great gateway into the eight limbs. Because of its instanta-

from that which is meditated on. As with the preceding steps, this

neous feedback, the body provides a wonderful tool for embarking

seventh stage still acknowledges a distinction between “the self”

on the path of Raja Yoga.

and the whole.

Pranayama might be considered the second stage of yoga. Prana

In samadhi, the final stage, the practitioner experiences union.

has two meanings: breath and life force energy; yama refers to

The illusion of the self’s separation from the whole dissolves

control. Thus through breathing practices, one can experience his

as it is absorbed into the infinite (samadhi means absorption or

or her life force energy. In other words, one turns from the external


world and beyond the physical body to experience something greater within. Stage Five (pratyahara) means sense withdrawal. As humans, we typically react to sight, smell, sound, taste and emotion. Thus

Through this eight-limbed path, yoga practitioners journey within to discover that the self already is the whole. And that is the experience of yoga. In an effort to share aspects of Raja Yoga with our readers, Sweat

we are easily distracted by sensory objects. They lure us back to

Equity will be doing a series on the Eight Limbs, or Ashtanga Yoga,

the outside world and away from the goal of drawing our attention

as our proclamation for 2012. We begin next issue with a segment


dedicated to the first two limbs, yama and niyama.



Raw Ambition

Our very own vegan chef dishes on his first born By Chef Doug McNish

Raw, Vegan, and Gluten-Free Recipes took nearly one year and countless hours in front of a laptop to complete. And it wasn’t all peaches and non-dairy cream! I have burned, cut, and bumbled my way through many recipe attempts. There’ve been kale salads that tasted like vinegar and a fermented nut cheese attempt that resulted in, well, a foul-smelling blob of cashews and what looked like a fine coating of penicillin. But the good times far outweighed the bad. I loved discovering the perfect blend of seasoning with cashews to make a fantastic sauce and creating a raw dessert that just melts in your mouth. I still remember the first time I bit into a kale chip and knew that I had stumbled onto something. And my “aha” moment? That’s when I learned the art of turning soaked pine nuts into ricotta cheese. The point is that in any cook’s career—yes, that means you at home, too—there will be highs and lows. The key is to never give up; perfect each dish before moving on to the next. Work hard and respect the kitchen you work in. Trust me, it’s worth the effort.

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(page 35) These bars are the perfect way to start your day, as they contain proteins, healthy fats, and carbohydrates and an abundance of micronutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Makes 9 bars

ingredients 2 cups (500 mL) chopped pitted dates 2 tbsp (30 mL) raw cacao powder (see Tips) 3 tbsp (45 mL) raw agave nectar (see Tips) 2 tbsp (30 mL) water 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) raw cashews 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) walnuts 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) raw whole almonds 3 tbsp (45 mL) raw shelled hemp seeds 2 tsp (10 mL) sesame seeds Pinch of fine sea salt instructions: 1. In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process dates, cacao powder, agave nectar and water until smooth. Add cashews, walnuts, almonds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds and salt. Process until the ingredients come together to form a sticky mass, stopping the motor once and scraping down the sides of the work bowl. 2. Transfer to a cutting board. Using your hands, press out the mixture until it is 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick and shape into a square about 6 inches (15 cm) long. Cut into 9 bars, each approximately 3 inches (7.5 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide. Place on a platter or baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for one hour to set. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks. Variations Various kinds of nuts and seeds can be substituted in the same quantities. For example, you may substitute chia seeds for the sesame seeds. If you have Brazil nuts on hand, try substituting them for the cashews. By experimenting, you may find a combination that suits you to a tee. Tips There are numerous varieties of dates, but Medjool are my favorite. Although they are generally more expensive, they are larger, softer and ideal for using in raw food recipes. Cacao powder is powdered raw chocolate. Is it similar to cocoa powder but tastes even better, with a deeper, richer flavor. Cacao powder is available in well-stocked supermarkets, natural food stores and online. If you are transitioning to a raw foods diet or can’t find it, substitute an equal quantity of good-quality cocoa powder. When purchasing agave nectar, be sure to look for products labelled “raw.” Most of the agave nectar on the market has been heated to a high temperature and does not qualify as raw food. If you have concerns, ask your purveyor.

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 has just released his new cookbook, Eat

Raw, Eat Well, under Robert Rose Publications.



Photo: Colin Erricson/www.robertrose.ca Recipe: Excerpted from Eat Raw, Eat Well by Douglas McNish © 2012 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

It’s a Book! A Beautiful, Bouncing Baby Book!

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Zen Shiatsu Therapy

Our writer gets “walked on” by her therapist—and would pay to do it again! By Signe Langford

From Thai massage to the muscle-releasing techniques of Zen Shiatsu Therapy, the rub down continues as our writer shares part two in our three-part series of treatments that make you say “ahhh!”

focused on the present moment. She puts boiling water infused with

Zen Shiatsu Therapy

deep into my muscles. She leans into pressure points along energy merid-

I’m the type of person who won’t let people walk all over me . . . that is,

ians using her hands, and moments later, like a stealth ninja, she’s on the

until I met Julie Moore. Walk all over me is precisely what she pro-

extra-wide table standing over me. Holding onto bars overhead for balance

ceeded to do, and as it turns out, I liked it.

and pressure control, she steps gently onto my back and starts using her

pungent Japanese mint oil in a pretty bowl on the floor under my face. As the bracing steam fills my head, I realize there’s nowhere that I’d rather be. She uses smooth, heated lengths of bamboo to roll, pummel, and dig

shiatsu, ashiatsu, bamboo fusion, Japanese foot massage, Zen hybrid, and Zen relaxation; she even provides organic facials. Her main space,

feet to stretch and stroke, from the soles of my feet to the palms of my hands, in one continuous, blissful movement. Moore explains that her clients tend to be top executives and artists,

located in the lower level of her Whitby home, is warm and welcoming.

not athletes, because she leaves them feeling grounded, centred, and

Fireplaces, Oriental rugs, and new age Japanese music set the tone,

focused—the very best version of who they are, physically, mentally, and

with lovely aromas wafting in the air. I felt better just being there. But it

emotionally. To say I left the appointment feeling beaten would be mislead-

wasn’t until I undressed and got cozy under soft clean sheets, felt ten-

ing. But there’s no question I’d let Julie More walk all over me any day.

sion dissolve with the help of a heating pad, that the real magic began. Moore speaks in whispers and limits conversation to the bare necessities, reminding me to breathe, let my thoughts go, and stay



2 Channel Dr., Whitby, Ontario, 289-314-5736 and at Michael Kluthe Salon 1428 Yonge St., Toronto zentherapist.com

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Julie Moore B.A., S.T., offers a multitude of therapies: classical

Eating En-lighten by the Book Up

Celebrate Your Inner When fashion and yoga unite The goal of yoga is to become

your authentic self. You learn about yourself once you begin your practice, and how you show up on your mat reflects how you show up for your life. How you move your body speaks to the kind of person you are. Fashion is a similar form of expression. The life of a supermodel often conjures images of diva designers, bacchanalian parties, and jet-set extravagance. This stereotype makes models a symbol of excess. But when we look at the human behind the caricature, the question arises: How does a person caught up in the swirl of celebrity,

money, and fashion at a young age manage to keep a sense of balance? Although many in the yoga world might say they love fashion, and even be quite stylish personally, few have had the opportunity to cross the divide professionally. Enter the exception: Christy Turlington, founder of Every Mother Counts, CARE advocate for maternal health, yoga instructor, filmmaker, and author of Living Yoga: Creating a Life Practice. With more than 25 years at the forefront of the fashion industry and having graced every magazine cover from Vogue to Time, Christy

By Bee Bosnak Turlington has established a diverse career as a model, writer, entrepreneur, spokesperson, advocate, and now filmmaker. Philanthropy and karma yoga have long been a part of Christy’s personal and professional mission to make a lasting impact on the world. Since seva (selfless service) is a big part of Turlington’s daily yoga practice, she claims that she wouldn’t be able to communicate with as many people if she weren’t in the public eye; thus her celebrity factor gives her a platform upon which to raise awareness, education, and action. As well as a having a reputation

for being grounded and charming to work with, Turlington’s aware that beauty is more than just skin deep. Perhaps her immersion in the industry has brought this home more powerfully. In a recent interview she says, “I sincerely feel that beauty largely comes from within. When you are balanced and when you listen and attend to the needs of your body, mind, and spirit, your natural beauty comes out.” As vehicles for both selfexpression and identity metamorphosis, both yoga and fashion can be powerful means of personal transformation. As a fashion stylist, I truly believe that dressing is a way of life, and as a yoga teacher, I can describe yoga in the same terms! Yoga is not a part-time gig; once you begin practicing, it becomes a lifestyle choice that extends past the boundaries of your mat and into the rest of your activities. Fashion shares this omnipresence in an expression of creativity, and both share another crucial characteristic: the path never ends.



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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone! A Socialite Takes a Chance on Her First Solo Vacation

By Jen Kirsch

I’ve never been one to consider travelling alone, nevermind

actually go for it. So when I booked a solo yoga retreat in Jamaica without hesitation, I surprised myself and everone else close to me! What got into me? I wasn’t intoxicated at the time, wasn’t going through any “20-something life crisis” that I needed to escape; actually I was in a perfect place for the first time in a long time. Work was better than ever (I had just signed a big contract to represent a major company); I was re-doing my living space, ensuring I was surrounded with the best chi available; and I was single, finally adjusted to being one instead of half of two. Yet the idea of a yoga retreat, of practicing in the sun, toes sinking in the sand, was one I couldn’t resist. So I asked nothing about the seven other individuals who had signed up for the intimate retreat, nothing about the vegan fare to be served during the six-day stay, nothing about the resort, the accommodations, the amount of time that would be devoted to practicing. I just packed my oversized bag with a plethora of itsy bitsy bikinis, sun glasses, and yoga gear. As I hauled my luggage through the airport, my lime green yoga mat tucked under my right arm, it suddenly kicked in: I’m going away all on my lonesome. No phone plan ordered. No internet connection or laptop on premises. It was then that the thoughts, concerns, and queries came rushing to mind: Who will I be rooming with? What are the other people like? Is the resort off the grid and in the mountains? Is it safe? Will the others all know each other, making me the odd woman out? What if I don’t like them? Did I pack enough? Too much? I stopped—or at least tried to stop—myself in my tracks; certainly this isn’t how a yogi should think. Aren’t we yogis trained to “just be?” And yet, the thoughts kept coming and persisted on the flight. I realized I’d be “trapped” with a handful of strangers in another country, and the idea of it seemed restrictive. As my plane touched down on Jamaican soil, I decided, this is it. I’ve landed. I’m here. Perhaps I’d have an Eat, Pray, Love experience. Perhaps I’ll make friends for a lifetime. Maybe I’ll hate it. But no matter what happens, I’ll take it as it comes and grow from the experience. I’ll learn how to cope and deal and adapt on my own. Breathe in. Breathe out. Just Be. In the end, my journey allowed me to unwind from the busiest year I’ve ever had. I got to enjoy the sun, not doing and “just being” with no expectations from others, no need to be anywhere or do anything, no interruptions to be tended to. Embarking on something new, getting out of our comfort zone, will inevitably invoke doubts or questioning about our choices. Bizarre thoughts might threaten to deter us, but often a solo vacay into the realm of the unknown is well worth the last-minute anxieties.

Jen Kirsch is a relationship columnist and blogger whose quick wit and to the point writing has made her the go-to source for relationship advice. When she’s not writing she can be seen at her yoga studio, a loyal yogi practicing daily.



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