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    CityGirlMoves,  CityGirlTravels

    10 Stretches to Keep Your Body Happy While Travelling

    Travel can be hard on the body. You know what I mean. Stiff neck from falling sleeping with your head at a weird angle (even with a neck pillow!) Sore back and shoulders from sitting in the awkward seats. Tight legs and hips from sitting too long. Hands and feet feeling heavy. The interesting thing is that you can feel much of the same after playing tourist and being on your feet all day. Go figure. So what can you do about it? One word: stretch. The below are some easy stretches* you can do while en route or in your accommodations — no yoga mat necessary. These travel yoga stretches…

  • CityGirlMoves

    8 Post-Holiday Party Yoga Stretches for Your Feet and Body

    It’s holiday party season and you are going to look fab in your outfit and party shoes. But your feet are going to hate you. Why? High heels, baby, high heels. There’s a reason your feet sigh with relief when you kick your shoes off. But I’ve got you with a quick, effective post-party yoga stretch routine for all levels to help decompress you from head to toe – and counteract the negative effects of your skycrapers.* (And gents, you aren’t necessarily wearing heels, but your dress shoes are also making your feet cry. Just saying…)

  • One legged downward dog, hip opener
    CityGirlConnects,  CityGirlMoves

    City Girl Connects: An Edna SMaK x West Coast City Girl Collaboration – Skyline Yoga Leggings

    Instagram is probably one of my top five favourite things about the 21st century, so far. One of the reasons is that I have met so many lovely people via the app in the last couple of years; one of those being Shamiza Ali, girl boss and designer of a local apparel brand, Edna SMaK. Yep, Edna SMaK. Just the name made me want to further explore, and she designs lofely clothes that work for every body. She is a super sweet girl with a motivating entrepreneurial spirit, and I am so excited to share a little collaboration we worked on together for a pair of leggings. But first, a little…

  • CityGirlMoves,  CityGirlTravels,  Travel Yoga

    Pause and Explore – Dancer Pose in Glencoe

    Three years ago this month, I was on an epic road trip through Scotland and Northern England with my lovely Edinburgh friends, Lesley and Stephen. They literally took me everywhere and were the best tour guides. One of my favourite spots that we drove through at least twice, was Glencoe. More recently, I stopped at Glencoe on my Highland Explorer tour, and again with the girls en route back to Glasgow to catch our flight to London. We were ending our Highlands road trip – taken in a Lexus Hybrid SUV, no less (thank you car rental company for the upgrade!) – and wanted to get a few uninterrupted photos of…

  • CityGirlMoves,  CityGirlTravels,  Travel Yoga

    Travel Yoga: Legs up the wall (Viparita Karani)

    Travel is hard on your body. Considering what you are doing (seeing amazing things) I know this sounds a little boo-hoo-ish, but the struggle is real. No one’s body feels good after sitting on a plane, train, or in an automobile for a long period of time. You know what I mean. Stiff neck from sleeping at a weird angle. Sore back and shoulders from sitting in the awkward seats. Tight legs and hips from the same. Hands and feet feeling heavy. The interesting thing is that you can feel much of the same after playing tourist and being on your feet all day. So what can we do about…

  • CityGirlStuff,  Wellness

    Mala mail

    I love getting mail. Not bills, obviously, but good mail. Occasion cards, postcards (my favourite!), or something I’ve ordered. The mail redirect from the recent move is working so that’s a bonus. I also like sending mail. As my friends and family know, I am an avid postcard sender. Mail, for me, is something simple, yet tangible and personal in a time where we mostly “LOL” electronically instead sharing that belly laugh in person. My favourite piece of mail in 2014, aside from a letter from Pemberley(!), was a mala bead bracelet from Mala Collective. A small Christmas present to myself to help me start 2015 on the right foot. (What are…

  • CityGirlMoves,  CityGirlStuff,  CityGirlTravels,  Travel Yoga

    To connect or not to connect?

    I have spent the last week in one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to: Kythira Island in Greece. The purpose of my trip was for a Kundalini yoga teacher training retreat through Semperviva Yoga, which is a set of studios back home in Vancouver. It has been an AMAZING week. I come off the island having made a pack of fantastic new friends, eaten a lot of really good Greek food, and more importantly, learned a lot about myself (and that my brain does have an off switch for meditation after all) and a different kind of yoga that I previously hadn’t thought was for me.…

  • Stuff and Things

    Photo Fun with Tia Vath

    I’m home sick today with a cold – yuck – and Sean is working. It’s been a really hectic few weeks and I know my body is telling me to sit still. A chance to take care of myself, catch up on the PVR, and nap. Can’t remember the last time I napped, so today is a blessing in disguise. And a chance to organize photos from the summer. My friend Tia recently left the corporate world to go back to art school and follow her dreams of being a full-time artist. She also officially started her photography business. She is super talented and I am beyond proud of her…