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4 Steps to a Strong Healthy Body

4 Steps to a Strong Healthy Body

I lead in-person workshops on physical movement, teaching participants how to stay strong and healthy. Here I’ve turned the workshop into an online lesson with text and videos so that you can learn how to be strong and healthy from the comfort of your own home. These...

Deadlift: A Powerlifting Movement Accessible To Everyone

Deadlift: A Powerlifting Movement Accessible To Everyone

Deadlift: A Powerlifting Movement Accessible To Everyone Do you practice deadlifting? Why is it a movement that should be integrated into your workout? Here’s a few benefits of deadlifting and why you should consider adding this exercise to your workout routine.    ...

Increasing Awareness Through Breath: The Place Your Journey Starts

Increasing Awareness Through Breath: The Place Your Journey Starts

Awareness and Breath: The Place Your Journey Starts I've been leading workshops to talk about physical movement and how to stay strong and healthy for many years. This is based on personal experience: I’ve been through some major accidents in my life! At 19 years old...

Mobility vs Stability: How to Better Understand How Your Body Works

Mobility vs Stability: How to Better Understand How Your Body Works

Mobility vs Stability: How to Better Understand How Your Body Works Did you know that different joints have different needs? To fully understand which exercises are beneficial for you and whether you need to strengthen or stretch your different muscles, you need to...

Best Mobility and Strengthening Exercises | Video Guides for Stretches

Best Mobility and Strengthening Exercises | Video Guides for Stretches

Best Mobility and Strengthening Exercises: Video Guides For Stretches How do I maintain a strong healthy body? Let's explore ways to stay, mobile, strong and flexible together. During this workshop Veronique will lead you through her own healing experience with all...

Finding Yourself: Planning for a Sabbatical, Anticipating Self-Discovery

Finding Yourself: Planning for a Sabbatical, Anticipating Self-Discovery

Planning a Sabbatical If you’ve been feeling out of sorts and under motivated, wondering how much longer you can keep cranking out one 8-hour day after another, it’s possible you need a change of scenery. Or you may need something more - possibly a change of venue for...

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Georgina

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Georgina

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 12 beautiful beings, like Georgina, and also incredible to...

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Matthew

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Matthew

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 12 beautiful beings, like Georgina, and also incredible to...

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Melissa

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Melissa

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 12 beautiful beings, like Melissa, and also incredible to...

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Holly

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Holly

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 12 beautiful beings, like Holly, and also incredible to have...

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Aria

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Aria

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 12 beautiful beings, like Samantha, and also incredible to...

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Ivy

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Ivy

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 12 beautiful beings, like Ivy, and also incredible to have...

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Hilary

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Hilary

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 12 beautiful beings, like Hilary, and also incredible to...

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Jana

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Jana

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 12 beautiful beings, like Jana, and also incredible to have...

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Debbie

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Debbie

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 12 beautiful beings, like Debbie, and also incredible to...

Spring 2019, 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training at VIU

Spring 2019, 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training at VIU

200 Hours of Yoga Teacher Training recognize by Yoga Alliance BECOME A CERTIFIED YOGA INSTRUCTOR BY SUMMER! 8-weekend's program starting in April 2019 8-WEEKEND's OPTION: April 19 to June 9, 2019 (First weekend: Friday to Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Subsequent...

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Samantha

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Samantha

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 12 beautiful beings, like Samantha, and also incredible to...

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Yi-Shan

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Yi-Shan

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 12 beautiful beings, like Yi-Shan, and also incredible to...

Product Bags to eliminate plastic when you go grocery shopping

Product Bags to eliminate plastic when you go grocery shopping

I've been looking into different possible solution to replace the single use plastic bag we use from grocery, aka. product bag. There are so many options I got quite lost in the research. I was about to order the cheapest, quickest options but then someone pointed out...

Yoga Studio, Teachers and Yoga Classes in Nanaimo and Surrounding

Yoga Studio, Teachers and Yoga Classes in Nanaimo and Surrounding

NanaimoYoga Studios Amethyst Forest LtdAlternative & Holistic Health servicehttps://www.amethystforest.ca/ Bend Over BackwardsKelly Murphyiyengaryogananaimo.com Be True YogaDanielle Dicksonhttp://www.danielledickson.com/coming-soon/ Departure Bay YogaJoan Wagner,...

The Best Tips for Getting Good Sleep on Hot Summer Nights

The Best Tips for Getting Good Sleep on Hot Summer Nights

The Best Tips for Getting Good Sleep on Hot Summer Nights. Getting adequate sleep is a major part of keeping your physical and mental health in good shape, yet many Americans are plagued by poor rest that keeps them feeling sluggish, cranky, and unable to handle their...

Yoga and Meditation for Caregivers: No Experience Required

Yoga and Meditation for Caregivers: No Experience Required

Are you a caregiver who wishes you had more time for exercise? Maybe you're longing for a way to relieve stress after another tough day. Time for self-care is hard to come by for family caregivers. Caring for an aging family member is a huge responsibility, and...

Aerobic versus Anaerobic post from Gabriola island Fitness center

Aerobic versus Anaerobic post from Gabriola island Fitness center

Nanaimo and surrounding is blessed with a wealth of wonderful, passionate health and fitness professionals like Tasha who inspire others, helping them to overcome obstacles and live healthier lives. These Yoga teachers, Fitness Instructors, Massage Therapists and...

Introducing the Unsung Heroes of Nanaimo’s: Mint Girls

Introducing the Unsung Heroes of Nanaimo’s: Mint Girls

Mint Girls Nanaimo is blessed with a wealth of wonderful, passionate people like Robin and her sister who created Mint Girls. These girls deserve to be more widely known because they have so much passion and joy to share. I know you’ll enjoy meeting them here!...

Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 18: Flying pigeon

Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 18: Flying pigeon

“The body tells its story. The mind supports and questions and encourage. The mind has to agree to be the compassionate listener without judgement or expectation. We want to find a deeper meaning in the asanas, to take us to a higher level of consciousness, expect...

Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 13: Eagle/Garudasana, I surrender

Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 13: Eagle/Garudasana, I surrender

“The body tells its story. The mind supports and questions and encourage. The mind has to agree to be the compassionate listener without judgement or expectation. We want to find a deeper meaning in the asanas, to take us to a higher level of consciousness, expect...

My experience of Healing Pain with Yoga

My experience of Healing Pain with Yoga

Healing with Yoga When I was little, I created “The Robin Minty Show” which started at bedtime and went until my exhausted parents could settle me down as I spun and danced around, desperate to not go to sleep and rest. At 28, I was still doing pretty much the same...

Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 12: Split / Hanumanasana

Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 12: Split / Hanumanasana

“The body tells its story. The mind supports and questions and encourage. The mind has to agree to be the compassionate listener without judgement or expectation. We want to find a deeper meaning in the asanas, to take us to a higher level of consciousness, expect...

Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 10: Crow, I am light/divine

Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 10: Crow, I am light/divine

“The body tells its story. The mind supports and questions and encourage. The mind has to agree to be the compassionate listener without judgement or expectation. We want to find a deeper meaning in the asanas, to take us to a higher level of consciousness, expect...

Play Time! Why Circus Arts are Appropriate for Everyone!

Play Time! Why Circus Arts are Appropriate for Everyone!

Play Time! Why Circus Arts are Appropriate for Everyone “Play is the highest form of research.”– Albert Einstein Why Circus? Learn About Circus Arts Historically, the circus has been a place where anyone and everyone is welcome, and the possibilities of human...

2019 New Year Resolution, Goals, Core Desire Feeling

2019 New Year Resolution, Goals, Core Desire Feeling

Can you believe 2018 is almost over? It flew by for me, what about you? Take a deep breath and ask yourself… How do I want to feel in 2019? Starting right now and moving forward? I want 2019 to be a transformational year. As most of you know, I am currently enrolled...

Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 3: Ujjaya breath, I am calm

Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 3: Ujjaya breath, I am calm

"The body tells its story. The mind supports and questions and encourage. The mind has to agree to be the compassionate listener without judgement or expectation. We want to find a deeper meaning in the asanas, to take us to a higher level of consciousness, expect...

Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 2: Tree pose, 3-part breath

Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 2: Tree pose, 3-part breath

“The body tells its story. The mind supports and questions and encourage. The mind has to agree to be the compassionate listener without judgement or expectation. We want to find a deeper meaning in the asanas, to take us to a higher level of consciousness, expect...

Vegetarian Protein Powders

Vegetarian Protein Powders

People that exercise often take protein powders to help optimize their exercise routines.  Protein is needed by the body to help build muscle and this is why it is quite effective when you exercise. The main problem for people who are vegetarians is that most protein...

Taking Steps To Become Healthy | Physical and Mental Health Tips

Taking Steps To Become Healthy | Physical and Mental Health Tips

Taking Steps To Become Physically and Mentally Healthy Physical and mental health may seem like two very different things, but they are not entirely separate. A balance of both is necessary to a balanced, healthy, fulfilling and productive lifestyle. It can be...

At-Home Tips for Self Care

At-Home Tips for Self Care

At-Home Tips for Self Care Self care tips... Being busy should never come at the cost of your overall physical and mental well-being. Not taking the time to care for yourself can put you at increased risk for depression, burnout, and anxiety, which can make you less...

Sheep wool yoga mats from Duncan, BC

Sheep wool yoga mats from Duncan, BC

I am really excited to share this new company that contacted me recently. I didn't even know that wool yoga mat excited. I have a couple sheep skin at home and enjoy laying on them, enjoy reading about this local company. Sat Nam Please allow us to take this time to...

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Robin

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Robin

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 7 beautiful women, like Robin, and also incredible to have...

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from coach Danica

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from coach Danica

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 7 beautiful women, like Danica, and also incredible to have...

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Kendra

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Kendra

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 7 weekends with these 8 beautiful women, like Kendra, and also incredible to have...

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Chitose Richards

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Chitose Richards

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 7 beautiful women, like Chitose, and also incredible to have...

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Genevieve

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Genevieve

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 7 beautiful women, like Genevieve, and also incredible to...

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Courtney

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Courtney

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 7 beautiful women, like Courtney, and also incredible to...

What is Shiatsu and Foot Reflexology?

What is Shiatsu and Foot Reflexology?

Introducing the Unsung Heroes of Nanaimo’s Health and Fitness Community Nanaimo is blessed with a wealth of wonderful, passionate health and fitness professionals like Chiaki who inspire others, helping them to overcome obstacles and live healthier lives. These Yoga...

Kid Yoga plan class with Weather and Season theme

Kid Yoga plan class with Weather and Season theme

Kid Yoga plan class with Weather and Season theme When my kids were younger I thought it would be fun to teach toddler and parents Yoga. I did a Rainbow kids training in Vancouver and spent a lot of time putting my class lessons together and I want to share them with...

Yoga with kids: Ocean theme

Yoga with kids: Ocean theme

Kid Yoga plan class with Ocean theme When my kids were younger I thought it would be fun to teach toddler and parents Yoga. I did a Rainbow kids training in Vancouver and spent a lot of time putting my class lessons together and I want to share them with you. I...

Yoga with Kids: Going at the Farm and the Zoo

Yoga with Kids: Going at the Farm and the Zoo

Going to the farm and at the zoo plan class When my kids were younger I thought it would be fun to teach toddler and parents Yoga. I did a Rainbow kids training in Vancouver and spent a lot of time putting my class lessons together and I want to share them with you. I...

Best Protein Supplements For Women | Womens Health Supplements

Best Protein Supplements For Women | Womens Health Supplements

Best Protein Supplements for Women You may be familiar with protein shakes if you have ever been to a gym. Most bodybuilders will persuade you to purchase the protein shakes they sell in their gym with many claims of a number of unverified benefits. While you may gain...

Yoga with kids: Going into Space Theme

Going into Space them plan class. When my kids were younger I thought it would be fun to teach toddler and parents Yoga. I did a Rainbow kids training in Vancouver and spent a lot of time putting my class lessons together and I want to share them with you. I believe...

What You Need to Know About Someone Contemplating Suicide

What You Need to Know About Someone Contemplating Suicide

What You Need to Know About Someone Contemplating Suicide Believe it or not, suicide is the leading cause of death among indigenous Canadians up to the age of 44. As for the rest of the population, there are an average of 4,000 deaths per year, with teen suicide among...

Yoga with kids: African Safari Theme

When my kids were younger I thought it would be fun to teach toddler and parents Yoga. I did a Rainbow kids training in Vancouver and spent a lot of time putting my class lessons together and I want to share them with you. I believe that kids Yoga needs to be fun,...

Yoga with kids: In the garden

Yoga with kids: In the garden

When my kids were younger I thought it would be fun to teach toddler and parents Yoga. I did a Rainbow kids training in Vancouver and spent a lot of time putting my class lessons together and I want to share them with you. I believe that kids Yoga needs to be fun,...

Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 9: Side Plank, I am aware

Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 9: Side Plank, I am aware

“The body tells its story. The mind supports and questions and encourage. The mind has to agree to be the compassionate listener without judgement or expectation. We want to find a deeper meaning in the asanas, to take us to a higher level of consciousness, expect...

What is Business Reward Membership (BMR) with canfitpro?

What is Business Reward Membership (BMR) with canfitpro?

Did you know that CanfitPro has a business reward membership program, also call BRM? This is such a great opportunity for businesses that are looking to certify fitness professionals. It allows a host facility to provide discounts on CanfitPro certification courses...

Easy no cook Granola bars recipe with you.

Easy no cook Granola bars recipe with you.

I am always concerned about getting healthy, nourishing food for my kids. I also need to balance time, grocery budget and simplicity. For years I’ve been buying Cliff bars but never felt really right about all the packaging I throw in the garbage each time they...

How to save money on grocery, while eating healthy nourishing food.

How to save money on grocery, while eating healthy nourishing food.

Over the year my diet has change considerably and also my grocery shopping. First let me clarify the word diet; for so many people this word has a negative quality because it means to restrict oneself of some kind of food in order to loser weight. In this post, when I...

Belly Dancing Exercises | How Belly Dance Affects Health and Fitness

Belly Dancing Exercises | How Belly Dance Affects Health and Fitness

Belly Dancing Exercises I am really grateful for all the bellydance teacher I had and their impressive knowledge of human body. Bellydance helped me to create some body mind connection and engage accurately specific muscle I want to engage. For example; squeezing my...

Committing To a Yoga Teacher Training: My Journey Through Yoga

Committing To a Yoga Teacher Training: My Journey Through Yoga

Committing To a Yoga Teacher Training: My Journey Through Yoga   When I was a teenager I was really depressed. I was sad that we were destroying the forest, the animals, and polluting. I didn’t see the point of growing old, having to work to make money and...

What is the difference between BCRPA and Can Fit Pro certification?

What is the difference between BCRPA and Can Fit Pro certification?

Over the year I have taken many certifications including; Coach Export, Canadian Fitness Knowledge, Human Kinetic, Medical Exercise Specialist, YMCA and Can Fit Pro, to name a few courses. I am now super excited to be a Pro Trainer with Can Fit Pro and to be able to...

A Journey of a Broken Leg | Healing and Recovering From A Broken Leg

A Journey of a Broken Leg | Healing and Recovering From A Broken Leg

Journey to Recovery From A Broken Leg to Walking Again My Son’s Painful Journey to Recovery from a Broken Tibia My oldest son, Elohw, broke his leg (tibia) two days after his sixth birthday. His broken leg was in a full cast from mid-thigh to toe for six weeks. The...

Embrace Yourself, You Are Beautiful! How To Love Your Body

Embrace Yourself, You Are Beautiful! How To Love Your Body

Embrace Yourself. You Are Beautiful! I’ve just finished watching the documentary Embrace. If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend it. It’s the story of a woman named Mary Brumfitt on a journey to teach people the value and power to love their body from the...

5 Awesome HIIT Workouts That Will Take You Less Than 20 Minutes

5 Awesome HIIT Workouts That Will Take You Less Than 20 Minutes

5 Awesome Hiit Workouts Under 20 Minutes No one really wants to slog away hours at the gym when they have more on their plate than getting fit. You want to stay in shape, but you have other responsibilities too, so the 2-hour long weight lifting trek and group fitness...

Diets and Supplements To Stay Lean | Best Health Supplements

Diets and Supplements To Stay Lean | Best Health Supplements

What Diet and Supplements Do I use To Stay Lean? Over the years I’ve often been asked what I do to stay so lean, what diet I follow. To be honest I think it’s because I move so much and have been moving all my life. Since I was a kid I run, done competitive swimming,...

How to read food label, which ingredient to avoid and portion size

How to read food label, which ingredient to avoid and portion size

The ability to analyze food label is an important skill. However, the ability to evaluate the ingredient list often helps provide a better understanding of the value of a food item than the nutritional facts label. Food companies will often label a food as “healthy”...

Inspirational Personal: Laura Jesson Love Yoga Teacher

Inspirational Personal: Laura Jesson Love Yoga Teacher

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Laura who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter...

What is mindfulness and why should you practice it in your daily life?

What is mindfulness and why should you practice it in your daily life?

Mindfulness is all about existing in the present moment by, letting go of judgements, fears, regrets and expectations. It is the ability to be aware of the present, go beneath the cloud of emotions to clearly see the truth of what is happening. The untrained mind is...

Inspirational Person: Leigh-Ann Smith and Weight Training Athlete

Inspirational Person: Leigh-Ann Smith and Weight Training Athlete

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Leigh-Ann who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to...

Healthy Energy Balls that everyone love: Cookie dough Energy balls

Healthy Energy Balls that everyone love: Cookie dough Energy balls

I love healthy, nourishing and delicious food! My friend Sarah came over with these cookie dough balls, and my kids and I just loved it. The recipe came from the cookbook Oh She Glows! It's a vegan recipe to glow from the inside out. I asked her for the recipe, and...

Inspirational Person: Lorena Beutler and her love for Zumba

Inspirational Person: Lorena Beutler and her love for Zumba

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Lorena who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter...

What to eat before and after a workout? Eating right food right time

What to eat before and after a workout? Eating right food right time

What Do I Eat Before And After A Workout? Most people tend to have the same questions when it comes to diet and exercise, and specifically when it comes to diets and workout: How can I lose fat and weight? How can I tone my body? How can I have more energy throughout...

Inspirational Person Jessica Reed chiropractor and Yoga Teacher

Inspirational Person Jessica Reed chiropractor and Yoga Teacher

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Jessica who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter...

Why You Should Be Drinking Water | Health Benefits of Drinking Water

Why You Should Be Drinking Water | Health Benefits of Drinking Water

Why You Should Be Drinking Water More than any other beverage, water should be your number one liquid consumption throughout the day. Why? There are many benefits to drinking water. Water is one of the most important substances on earth. All plants and animals need it...

How To Do A Posture Check: What Perfect Posture Looks Like

How To Do A Posture Check: What Perfect Posture Looks Like

How To Do A Posture Check: What Perfect Posture Looks Like Good Posture to maintain the integrity of the spine In western medicine, doctors treat the symptoms not the cause of ailments. I believe that a lot of pain and aches in the body could be prevented by checking...

Inspirational Person: Denise Bonin and her love with running

Inspirational Person: Denise Bonin and her love with running

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Denise who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter...

Inspirational Person: Sarah Raymond and her dance school

Inspirational Person: Sarah Raymond and her dance school

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Sarah who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter...

Why is Yoga essential for the mind, body and spirit

Why is Yoga essential for the mind, body and spirit

Why is Yoga essential for the mind, body and spirit Yoga is an amazing body mind spirit practice you should experience, regardless of your body type, income or background anyone can feel the effects of becoming calmer and stronger as they practice yoga. It's a...

Inspirational person: Kathryn Hazel stay fit at seventy

Inspirational person: Kathryn Hazel stay fit at seventy

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Kathryn who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter...

High Intensity Interval Training (aka HIIT)

High Intensity Interval Training (aka HIIT)

I love HIIT, which stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It's a highly effective training method that can get you in the best shape in the least amount of time. Since I am a mom my time is limited: I don't have 2 hours a day to devote to the gym. I now use HIIT...

How To Get Rid of Belly Fat: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid.

How To Get Rid of Belly Fat: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid.

How To Get Rid of Belly Fat: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid. I once heard someone say: “More men should train like women; men should do cardiovascular exercises because they have more belly fat and die more often from cardiovascular disease. And more women should train...

Rebecca Halls; Dancer, Performer, Yoga and Gyrotonic Instructor

Rebecca Halls; Dancer, Performer, Yoga and Gyrotonic Instructor

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Rebecca who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter...

Cascadia Sports Literacy School Taekwondo classes for kids

Cascadia Sports Literacy School Taekwondo classes for kids

As a teenager I practiced Kickboxing for a fews years and even participated in some fights. I’ve always loved martial arts and enjoyed a movie with good fighting scenes. I think that martial art is a great outlet for kids. It teach discipline, commitment, having a...

Release Back Tension With Spine Undulation

Release Back Tension With Spine Undulation

Release Back Tension With Spine Undulation One of the best ways of releasing back tension is by waving through the spine to help it stay young and flexible. Spine undulation and flow is the essence of life. When we have physical or emotional trauma and accidents it...

Inspirational Person: Jacinthe Thibodeau

Inspirational Person: Jacinthe Thibodeau

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Jacinthe who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter...

Inspirational Person: Genevieve Fournier

Inspirational Person: Genevieve Fournier

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Genevieve who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to...

Nanaimo Inspirational Person: Jay SuttonBrown

Nanaimo Inspirational Person: Jay SuttonBrown

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Jay who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter what...

Nura Nanaimo Yoga Teacher

Nura Nanaimo Yoga Teacher

Introducing the Unsung Heroes of Nanaimo’sHealth and Fitness Community Nanaimo is blessed with a wealth of wonderful, passionate health and fitness professionals like Nura who inspire others, helping them to overcome obstacles and live healthier lives. These Yoga...

Nanaimo Inspirational Person: Justine Michaux

Nanaimo Inspirational Person: Justine Michaux

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Justine who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter...

How Can You Get A Round And Bigger Butt? (Without Big Thighs?)

How Can You Get A Round And Bigger Butt? (Without Big Thighs?)

How Can You Get A Round And Bigger Butt? (Without Big Thighs?) The most I ever did squat and deadlift was 135lbs and my thighs started to bulge and had a hard time fitting into jeans. I also injured myself and I decided to step back and change my training into High...

Inspirational Person: Caroline Cardona

Inspirational Person: Caroline Cardona

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Caroline who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter...

No cook peanut butter cake, healthy and almost raw!

No cook peanut butter cake, healthy and almost raw!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cake, Healthy And Almost Raw! I love raw peanut butter cake, peanut butter, chocolate and banana. The recipe below is my favourite combination! I also love potlucks because you get to sample lots of different food, and often find new recipes to...

Inspirational Person: Stephanie Green

Inspirational Person: Stephanie Green

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Stephanie who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to...

Animal Flow workout to make you strong and increase your mobility.

Animal Flow workout to make you strong and increase your mobility.

The Animal Flow® Workout was created by fusing elements of multiple bodyweight training disciplines, along with exercises that actually mimic the movements of animals. The workout is intended to increase mobility, flexibility, stability, power, endurance, skill and...

Inspirational Person: Lisa owner of Luxe Pole studio

Inspirational Person: Lisa owner of Luxe Pole studio

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Lisa who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter...

Mobility Versus Flexibility: Which One Should You Practice?

Mobility Versus Flexibility: Which One Should You Practice?

Mobility Versus Flexibility: Which One Should You Practice? What is the Difference Between Mobility and Flexibility? Many people think that mobility and flexibility are the same, but flexibility is just one component of mobility. Mobility indicates how well and...

Inspirational Person: Mylene and her love of weight training

Inspirational Person: Mylene and her love of weight training

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Mylene who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter...

Healthy Zucchini Lasagna Recipe by Carolyn Hancox-Barr

Healthy Zucchini Lasagna Recipe by Carolyn Hancox-Barr

Zucchini Lasagna-Mexican Style I’ve asked Carolyn Hancox the owner of Northridge Fitness centre to write a post for my blog. I am so happy she decided to write a recipe using zucchini. We also have a big garden and have so many zucchini. I even tried the recipe and I...

Gabriola island Inspirational Person: Lois Caldwell fit at seventy

Gabriola island Inspirational Person: Lois Caldwell fit at seventy

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Lois who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter...

Nanaimo Hypnotherapy to help you lose weight

Nanaimo Hypnotherapy to help you lose weight

I’ve been curious about Hypnotherapy and decided to contact Nanaimo Hypnotherapy to write an article about how it can help with weight lost. Enjoy and let me know what you think. Anyone of you tried it before? What is Hypnotherapy? It's a perfectly natural,...

Inspirational Person: Julie Fournier

Inspirational Person: Julie Fournier

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Julie who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter...

Healthy Raw Nanaimo Bar from Nanaimo

Healthy Raw Nanaimo Bar from Nanaimo

I’ve always add a sweet tooth! When I was a kid I used to bake brownies, cookies and always had dessert after diner. Now I know that sugar can really affect your body and health. Did you know that one tablespoon of sugar can lower your immune system for 24 hours? I’ve...

Personal training listing in Nanaimo

Personal training listing in Nanaimo

If you are new to working to working out it might be a really smart idea to hire a personal trainer. Personal trainers are health and fitness professionals that have the knowledge to design safe and effective exercise programs. Personal training can help you archive...

How does muscle affect your metabolism?

How does muscle affect your metabolism?

What Is Metabolism? Metabolism is the process in which your body converts what you put into your mouth into energy. Even when you are at rest your body needs energy for all basic functions such as breathing, adjusting hormone levels, growing, repair, circulating blood...

Nanaimo Inspirational Person: Marilyn Funk

Nanaimo Inspirational Person: Marilyn Funk

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Marilyn who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter...

Nanaimo Ramona bellydancer

Nanaimo Ramona bellydancer

Ramona the bellydancer I’ve met Ramona over 13 years ago when I first moved to Nanaimo. I took bellydance classes with her and was amazed with the quality of teaching she offered but above all how talented she was. She is one of the most beautiful bellydancers I know....

Fit Test to help you monitor your progress

Fit Test to help you monitor your progress

Fitness Test to Help You Monitor Your Workout Progress We are going to start our 8 week online program together by performing a fitness test. I can already hear some of you wondering, why do we need to do a fit test? The first is to be able to monitor your progress....

Goal setting: why is it so important?

Goal setting: why is it so important?

Goal Setting: Why is it So Important? Have you ever heard that a goal properly set is halfway reached?  Wikipedia defines goal setting as "the development of an action plan designed to motivate and guide a person or group toward that objective." An idea is just a...

Inspirational Person: Tiff Manchester

Inspirational Person: Tiff Manchester

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Tiff who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter...

How to lose weight by changing your mindset and gain mental strength

How to lose weight by changing your mindset and gain mental strength

Tiff lost weight only by changing her mindset IT’S NOT ABOUT THE FOOD HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT BY CHANGING YOUR MINDSET AND GAINING MENTAL STRENGTH, ANYONE CAN DO IT This blog is written solely based on Tiff Manchester own personal experience of losing fat by gaining mental...

Muscle Versus Fat

Muscle Versus Fat

Muscle Versus Fat So many people want to lose weight but it is not so often that I hear people wanting to lose fat. When I was young I did lots of cardio in the hope of being skinny That was a long time ago and now I know better! Now I mainly do weight bearing...

Food Journaling Versus Calorie Counting

Food Journaling Versus Calorie Counting

 Food Journaling Versus Calorie Counting Food journaling is the new trend to lose weight. Have you ever counted your calorie intake? Did you know that not every calorie count as the same? Some of you might wonder why I don't put much emphasis on calorie counting; not...

Nanaimo Inspirational Person: Bhumika Mehta from Writer Eats

Nanaimo Inspirational Person: Bhumika Mehta from Writer Eats

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Bhumika who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn't seem to matter...

How to get up from ground safely?

How to get up from ground safely?

Babies and children are connected to the ground. As we age we lose that connection and eventually acquire the fear of falling. Movements are often taken for granted; they can become harder with age, injury or weight gain. Do you want to learn different ways to get up...

Young teenager became vegan

Young teenager became vegan

How I met Jennifer and her two daughters? I met Jennifer and her two daughters Morgan and Kristan at Pacific Gardens Co-Housing. They became our next-door neighbours. We often get email introduction from Pacific Garden Co-Housing list. We got informed their were vegan...

Inspirational Person: Tara her love her weight training and Bootcamp

Inspirational Person: Tara her love her weight training and Bootcamp

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Tara who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn't seem to matter...

Gabriola island Inspirational Person: Liz McKnight

Gabriola island Inspirational Person: Liz McKnight

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Liz who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn't seem to matter what...

Nanaimo Inspirational Person: Trish Smith and her love for Bootcamp

Nanaimo Inspirational Person: Trish Smith and her love for Bootcamp

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Trish who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn't seem to matter...

Inspirational Person: Kelsey N. fitness transform her life

Inspirational Person: Kelsey N. fitness transform her life

Why do I want to feature inspirational people in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Kelsey who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn't seem to matter what...

Rocket Asthanga Yoga workshop in Nanaimo with Chris Duggan

Rocket Asthanga Yoga workshop in Nanaimo with Chris Duggan

How did I meet Chris Duggan? At the beginning of June 2016, I went to a “Rocket Asthanga”, followed by Yin Yoga workshop offered by Chris Duggan at Om Town Yoga. I was excited to try a new class with an instructor from Vancouver. I am grateful that I went and...

Yoga pose: Chaturanga tutorial aka rotator cuff shredder?!?

Chaturanga Dandasana, Four Limbed Staff Pose Just came back from a Rocket Ashtanga Yoga workshop with Chris Duggan at Om Town Yoga. Some people refer to chaturanga as rotator cuff shredder! Sounds scary, so lets make sure that we review the alignment to become...

Gabriola island Inspirational Person: Alison & Steve Struthers

Gabriola island Inspirational Person: Alison & Steve Struthers

Why do I want to feature an inspiration person in my newsletter? I want to feature someone like Alison & Steve that crossed my path and touch my life, inspiring me toward greatness. To many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves; it doesn't matter what a people...

Nanaimo Inspirational Person: Sarah Scherman fitness instructor

Nanaimo Inspirational Person: Sarah Scherman fitness instructor

Why do I want to feature inspirational people in my newsletter? I want to feature people like Sarah who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn't seem to matter what...

Maryeve Gaudreau Circus Artist, hula hooper, pole dancer

Maryeve Gaudreau Circus Artist, hula hooper, pole dancer

How did I meet Maryeve? I’ve met Maryeve at Circus School in Gaspe in 2008 if I remember correctly. Already back then I was amazed by her skills, commitment and discipline. Over the years I’ve been following her as she reached a professional level that just blew my...

Bodyweight Exercise: How to do Pistol Squats Safely

Bodyweight Exercise: How to do Pistol Squats Safely

Bodyweight Exercise: How to do Pistol Squats Safely Bodyweight Movements To Gain Strength After my last newsletter some people wondered what a pistol squat was. A Pistol squat is a one-leg squat in which your non-working leg is held in front of you parallel to the...

Strengthening the Back to be Free of Pain and Improve Posture

Strengthening the Back to be Free of Pain and Improve Posture

Strengthening the Back to be Free of Pain and Improve Posture Guess what is my favourite muscle to exercise? I am sure you guessed it. I love to work my back and I often receive compliments on it. If you wonder why I love strengthening my back so much, it's because I...

Should Juicing Be Part of Your Fitness Regime?

Should Juicing Be Part of Your Fitness Regime?

Juicing is part of my lifestyle - but it wasn't always like this. When I was still really new to the fitness world, I sought the opinion of other fitness professionals to help me achieve my goal of having a lean and strong body. I heard so many different opinions and...

Bodyweight Training or Weight Training?

Bodyweight Training or Weight Training?

Bodyweight Training or Weight Training? With all the hype about bodyweight exercises, I thought it was important to share my views about them with you. I have to admit, I love bodyweight training; squats, lunges, planks, push-ups, rowing, chin-ups, even burpees. But I...

Why I Created Choose2be

Why I Created Choose2be   I want to share with you why I created choose2be. A comment I often get from participants and people who know me is how much joy, fun, and positivity I bring to them. But here’s a secret. I wasn’t always like this. I used to be depressed....