Epic-ly Calgarian, Community-centric, and historic - the Simmons Building tells a story more than anything. My oldest memories of this building date back to my childhood before the recent gentrification of the East Village. Three of whom I consider ‘hometown heroes’ have collaborated to share this space on the river; they are Phil & Sebastian Coffee, Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, and Charbar (new extension of Charcut).Read More
Highlights: we got in a great conversation with David Lebovitz whose recipe aided in my first successful batch of french macarons.
The fight goes on - and by that I mean, the fight with pain. The last month has been positive, staying active even with migrating soreness in my lower lumbar. -I'm pretty sure cycling 100 km last weekend didn't help it. Great news, though, the wrists are back and I went to my first yoga in months!
We continue here about a few core-strengthening. Training your core can help improve chronic pain and teach smaller muscle groups when to "get to work”, especially as they fatigue with repetitive actions like cycling or running.
I try and do three core exercises everyday since Cambodia.
1. Glute Bridges
2. Cat/Cow iteration
3. Supermans, or Bird/Dog but on your back!
Maybe i'll do a video to show you want I mean...
Kim at (@Kimmcneilyoga) has been doing a great black and white Q&A series on instagram, which is phenomenal and interactive if you’re continually wondering how to improve your yoga practice.
What's a yogi to do when they have tendonitis, arthritis, injury, or plain 'old lack of flexibility in their wrists? Are poses like Downward-facing Dog, plank, or Cat Pose off the table?
Support wrists to prevent too much flexion. Here she’s using a bolster to do the same pose I attempted in pain over christmas. Now that I know, I'll certainly use a bolster.
Got a yoga therapy question get in touch with Kim, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Now to be honest, AJ is someone I have been admiring on instagram for a while. She is honest and transparent in her posts; she goes deep when sharing her inner musings. Her personal style comes across in her photography and writing and it transcends faith, introspection, and authentic glee for life and community!
AJ is originally from Calgary, but moved to Toronto in the last year to pursue her dreams & study culinary, food styling and photography. This month’s Women’s day blog series has been mostly Q&A’s so to switch it up, I asked her to share a little insight about her journey since moving to Toronto.
We chose to feature AJ because of her incredible eye for photographs. Too often I read her creative projects, like #40conversations project, and they articulate thoughts that resonate so well, I can only imagine that they would be point of reflection for many of our readers.
"Okay, I'll show you what I mean. On one end is what we know and on another end is what we don't know. In the middle there's this grey area. That's where ideas come from and where you'll find the building blocks required for innovation." - Omar, MD/PhD, Day 17 Have you ever been in those situations where someone's explaining something and you're nodding your head in agreement but you actually don't get it because it's nowhere near your field? Next time that happens, don't be afraid to admit your ignorance and just ask. Omar is in the business of text mining and to help me understand better he grabs a sheet of napkin and draws on it while explaining his point. It was a nice gesture because as a creative, having that visual was all I needed to get it. People are willing to put an extra effort, sharing what they know, as long as you are willing to learn as well. So meet them halfway! There is that grey area after all.
"If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” Since I missed a conversation on Day 19, thought I’d share another one from a different day. I saw this quote scribbled on Aya's notebook and started our conversation by reading it out loud to her. It really resonated with me cause although I had just started my project (I was on Day 5) I knew already that it would be something that I would want to do for the rest of my life. Those life/inspirational quotes you post may get redundant to some but don't let that hold you back from sharing. The little things you do matter. Somewhere out there it might just be that push that someone needs in their day or that simple reminder that he/she is doing okay. #40conversationsproject #lessonsfrompeople To coincide with this post, I’ve left some prints with handwritten quotes at @650cafe. Just say hi to Stef (maybe start a conversation with him!) and mention my name/instagram and he’ll let you choose from the set.
"I think one of the biggest realizations I’ve had since moving to Toronto is that the world does not revolve around me. There are far greater things at work and if I want to make a difference especially in a city like Toronto then I have to stand on my own feet and make it happen. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that I should stand out—I only need to stand up. After all, I am just a [small] piece of the entire picture. We all have a part to play and who I am as an individual is made up of all the people around me. Whether we know each other or not, I’ve learned that each person that I encounter has a significant role and influence in my life: I am because you are." - ALEXA