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Yoga all year!

Welcome to 2010!

I was shopping in one of my favourite places this week, Chapters and stumbled across this amazing calendar, also titled Yoga Girl!

The calendar features yogini, model and celebrity from New Zealand Emma Harrison, while she does 12 different postures for each month of the year.

Each month explains the physical and emotional benefits and purpose of each pose. Helpful for a still-learning yogi like myself! It also provides a great visual of what each pose looks like with proper alignment, as the background of each photograph is solid white –  a nice contrast to highlight Emma’s shape in each posture.

Also exciting for me is that I can look at these poses everyday while the calendar hangs on my wall and get inspired and remember how good I feel in my practice. It will remind myself of my own goals, which include being able to get into and “master” more challenging poses such as Crow and Full Camel (both of which I might add, Emma makes look completely effortless in this calendar!).

Emma is also blonde like myself so I secretly pretend it’s me doing the poses. I think that’s actually a tip to attaining your goals through visualization: think something long enough and it becomes a reality. I visualize how good I would feel in each pose and the sense of accomplishment and calm I would feel while in it. I imagine how easy it is for my body to get into the poses, the strength I need to be able to hold myself, the focus and concentration required and the mind-body connection to make it all come together.

Here I come Handstand! There is nothing stopping me now!

The following is an excerpt about the calendar from Emma’s official website: “As a student of yoga for the last 15 years, Emma is excited to have co-created and modeled for The Yoga Girl 2010 calendar, and considers it one of her proudest accomplishments. Emma hopes the calendar will bring yoga to a new and larger audience and she feels privileged to promote a discipline that has brought her considerable joy, enlightenment and good health.”

It really deserves two thumbs up but I was having some issues getting a picture at the same time with both of my thumbs in it.

If you are like me and a little behind the 8 ball on getting a calendar for 2010, check out these other great Yoga Calendars to inspire your 2010 practice!


January 7, 2010 at 11:02 pm 1 comment

Giada Loves Yoga!

I’m pleased to present the first “Yoga & Celebrities” post!

This month’s issue of SHAPE magazine (December 2009) features the lovely celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis!

Readers may be familiar with Giada from her popular Food Network show The Everyday Italian in which Giada brings variations on traditional home style Italian favourites to viewers. Not to mention her four incredible cookbooks I love to drool over while I’m at the bookstore!

This celebrity chef, cookbook author and busy mom (to 21 month old daughter Jade), has turned to yoga to give her energy for her busy schedule and help her to stay centered.

The following is an excerpt from this month’s  interview in which Giada explains how she fits her practice into her busy schedule yoga is a very important ingredient for a Recipe for a Happy Life! 


Stretch, knead, then let rest

Before Giada got pregnant, she worked out at the gym all the time. But when her obstetrician warned her to take it a bit slower, she switched to yoga. “I thought, ‘Oh, this will be a good way to stretch,’ but it turned out to be so much more!” she says. “It taught me to breathe, it strengthened my muscles, and it helped me relax.” Giada was so thrilled with the results, she continued to practice after Jade was born. Now, five days a week, a private instructor comes to her house at 4:45 a.m. for an hour-long session before Giada heads to the studio. “If I don’t do it first thing, I simply won’t do it,” she says. “With my crazy schedule, that often means cutting into my sleep. But yoga gives me the energy and focus I need to get through my day. I’m not saying I don’t need a cup of coffee in the afternoon sometimes, but it’s the yoga that definitely keeps me centered.”

Check out the rest of the article from SHAPE and get some great strategies that help keep the celebrity chef balanced and some amazing recipes for the Holiday season!


What helps you stay balanced and centered arount the Holiday Season? Is Yoga a part of your Holiday routine?

December 3, 2009 at 11:59 am Leave a comment

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