November Yogi Surprise featuring OM PHONES!!

I have been seeing sneak previous of this months Yogi Surprise all over, and one of the items that really caught my eye are the fantabulous OM PHONES!! These are super unique mala headphones that soothe your mind and nourish your soul. They are made from sustainable materials and the sounds quality is killer. I will definitely be taking these on my holiday because they are the cutest headphones ever!!! I got the red tassel mala phones but I did see a beautiful blue version as well! The ear buds are super comfy and soft in the ear, I can see myself wearing these for a while during a workout. IMG_0562

Last month I received an awesome yoga mat strap my Manduka, which I was thrilled for because I finally had something to wrap up my Manduka mat in! Coincidence, or does Yogi Surprise know me too well? Either way, this month I got a certified organic Manduka yoga mat spray – you can tell it is a high quality spray that won’t degrade you mat over time. I always find there is something super yummy smelly in the box, and this month it was the Aura Cacia Chakra balancing roll on scent. This is one of my favourites in the box, it allows you to roll on without having to spray anything. The scent is a calming earthy floral aroma, love it!

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This whole time I was going through the box I was wearing the first thing I pulled out which were SOCK – I FREAKING LOVE SOCKS! These Toe Talk manta Socks are made for practice with their grippy leafy design at the bottom and they have a personal mantra printed on the top. My socks said Find Your Zen – ah, yes I will socks… yes I will.

Next comes our yummy Balance Superfood shot, containing half a days worth of fruit and veggies in such a little cute green bottle. I am saving this one for after a yoga practice, will let you know how it goes but I read the ingredients and it cant get any more natural than this. PURE fruit and veggies with no sugar or chemicals added. HOW YUM! <3 There is also a Buddha Teas Organic Zen Cleanse blend in a Hibiscus and cranberry flavour which I have yet to try, but like all Buddha Tea products – you can’t go wrong.

The surprises are not done yet as I still have the Yogi Surprise Jewelry box. I love this cute little box the most because there is always a yummy treat inside too, and this one had a limited batch Apple Pie virgin chocolate bar from Raaka. I had one of these in a previous box – it was salted dark chocolate, so I was excited to see one in this months box too. I know it’s cheesy but I personally love the packaging on this bar. These are hand crafted in Brooklyn and you can see and tatse the love that goes into each one. Lovely Bean-to-bar magic.

On to the jewelry! a beautiful matching set of beads, one bracelet and one necklace. The wood and fire agate beads on the necklace hang on a fine chain and are strung in a line – super simple. They are a warm ambery colour, perfect for this fall. Perfect for this months gratitude theme!

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Such happiness every time I get one of these boxes, so many subscription boxes to choose from, but this is for sure my favourite little parcel that lands on my doorstep. Sign up for Yogi Surprise, You really won’t regret it.

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A night to remember at B Yoga’s Community Collective

When B Yoga invites you to their first major event, you say yes. I am so happy I did have the chance to attend and practice with new and old faces. The event was a major success, as this warm practice was led by Sarah Leavens, Jonathan and Queenie Phair (Phair Yoga), and David Good. Mostly I was super excited to finally take one of the Phairs yoga classes, it was so much fun – especially when we all linked together for our Warrior flows!IMG_1676

There were so many wonderful vendors including My Inner Fie, Village Juicery, Flow Water, Kupfert and Kim, Gorp Bar, and Province Apothecary – all part of the goodies bag every one received from the event which included an amazing B Yoga towel made from Turkish Cotton! We all received hydrating FLOW water throughout the event and a yummy drink from The Village Juicery at the end of our savasana.

The music was unlike any other, the entire practice had music by DJ Carmelinda and the live serenade of local musician Matt Riggs. I must say this had to have been the best playlist I have ever heard during a practice. It just fit so well into the chill atmosphere throughout the Glass factory at 99 Sudbury (this space is gorgeous).

Brian, Su and I hanging out (Queenie in the background )

Brian, Su and I hanging out (Queenie in the background )

I love how events like this bring a local yoga community together, there were so many familiar faces like Brian @bchanwarrior and Su @schun who I had met from Instagram. We all had a blast and even got to strike a pose together before heading home. IMG_3148

What a night! I can’t wait for the next! Thank you so much Arin and B Yoga @byoganow

 

 

October Yogi Surprise – the perfect birthday treat!

October is the best month ever, not only is it Halloween and the leaves start to change colour, but also IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!! What better way to celebrate than with a Yogi Surprise box – one of the best joys to receive in the mail. Every time you open one of these little purple boxes, you are immediately met with a beautiful lavender scent. I swear they spray their boxes or something, because they smell amazing when they arrive 😛

I immediately see one of my favourtie things from the Yogi Surprise box, the flow card! LOVE these little cards of yogi knowledge! Flows are hard for me to come up with outside of the classroom, so I have been collecting these and take a look every now and then for some inspiration.

Next came a clear bottle from Buddha Teas called Matcha Now. This looked like regular water until I noticed there was a mechanism to release the matcha into the bottle. SO COOL!! I’m not crazy on matcha, but this looks so intriguing I am going to have to try it.

I am a big fan of skincare products and always like trying new things. The Yogi Surprise box always seems to have an assortment of creams or balms to use, so I can always expect some exciting goodies to try! For super dry skin there is the Good Medicine Lab balm – which I love applying to knees and elbows. The Revive lip balm from Eco Lips also looks like a clear essential product for the upcoming cold weather. It is 100% organic and it will be living in my bag this winter.

The manduka logo stood out to me next, and I absolutely love this brand and know they have amazing quality products, I was sure to love anything this was going to be! It was a yoga mat strap, which coincidentally I don’t have for my Manduka Pro yoga mat! HOW PERFECT WAS THAT?!?! It is a grey strap, and it looks so comfortable to wear, especially since my mat is super thick and I couldn’t figure out which strap would work best with it.

The Namaste Ninja by Happy Spritz is extraordinary – this product will clear your mind + clean your mat. It uses an aromatherapy blend of organic tea tree essential oil as one of the main ingredients which is known for its antimicrobial + anti-fungal properties, perfect for post workout. The design is really lovely too.

Best for last of course, the Pure Botanica bath Infusion Rose Retreat bath salts. The second I saw these in the box I knew it was going to be an amazing birthday. Rosé Retreat Botanic Bath Infusion combines organic bath salts with calming rose and geranium essential oils. I think this might have been what made this Yogi Surprise box especially smelly this month. But I’m not complaining!

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I always love receiving one of these boxes. If you don’t have any gift ideas for a great friend or you just want to treat yourself, these little purple boxes will be a gift no one can forget. Especially for the insane amount of valued products in an affordable little subscription box. Give it a try and use the code YOGILOVE for 15% off at Yogisurprise.com

Easy peasy, yummy smoothie bowl!

I’ve got a confession. I hate breakfast. And as the most important meal of the day, I struggle to get the energy I need to start it off right. That’s where these delicious smoothie bowls come in, they are super nutritious, energy fueling and they look pretty awesome too!

My favourite combination of fruits is strawberries and bananas so those are a must in every one of my smoothie bowls! I usually start with those two as a base, and then add fruits as I find them in my fridge.

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This particular morning I was feeling a bit adventurous so I added blueberries and grapes. The blueberries were great and broke up a lot in the blender, but the grapes are probably best served as a topping, the skin didn’t shred that much so there were a bunch of grape skins floating about (still tasty though!).

The best part comes after when you get to top it with all the extra fruit left over. This morning I used grapes, blackberries, and blueberries to snaz up my smoothie bowl. I sprinkled some of Stephano’s Dark Chocolate Raspberry Granola and a few mini dark chocolate chips, because, chocolate.

I love making these smoothie bowls! They are so quick to make and boost my energy levels after the first bite!