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Seva 101

Our time on earth is sacred, and how we choose to spend it can say a lot about our internal compass. Through a Buddhist or Hindu karmic lens, it is believed that our actions in this existence determine our fate in future existences.

You’ve certainly heard the golden rule of treating others the way you’d like to be treated, which if acted upon, is a surefire way to achieve good karma!

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Vegan Spotlight: Tim Hortons

As a vegan, restaurant menus and lunch dates can be tricky to navigate. Although most vegans I know don’t complain, and can always find something on a menu that they can eat, variety is the spice of life, and vegans deserve it outside of their kitchens too!

This month’s vegan spotlight is all about the famous Canadian restaurant chain known as Tim Hortons:

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Why the Solstice is Sacred

As the warm air begins to fill our backyards, and sunshine soaked days feel less like a wintery dream and more of a reality, we gear up this week to celebrate the summer solstice, happening Friday, June 21st!

But why is the solstice so heavily regarded?

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How to Veganize your BBQ

With warm summery days finally upon us, we can now all officially celebrate: BBQ season has arrived! BBQ parties are one of the best ways to connect to your friends, family, and neighbours. For vegans – those sunny afternoons that bleed into perfect humid evenings can be the highlight of your summer if you know how to play things right!

While so many people still view barbecuing as an activity that primarily involves meat, vegans don’t need to be left out of the equation. Here are some of the top ways to veganize your BBQ:

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Types of Meditation to Try

You may have noticed that there’s been a heavy thematic focus on meditation this month on the blog! With students coming up to me more and more asking for longer savasanas, and the warmer weather causing me to feel more mindful as I take evening strolls, it’s simply just been on my mind!

For those new to meditation, there are a variety of styles you can try to get started that aren’t only about sitting on a throw cushion and trying to turn your thoughts off. Here are a few types that you can try to welcome the peace that comes with meditation into your life:

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Handstands 101

As a yoga teacher, I’ve found immense pleasure in delving into and expanding my knowledge about the practice. From adopting the yogic principles into my everyday life, to studying each pose for all that they have to offer – yoga is my inspiration.

Therefore, each month on the blog I’ll be giving you a taste of what you need to know about a specific pose, in the hopes that my writing will help strengthen and motivate your practice:

This month I’m going to be talking about Handstands:

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Vegan Spotlight: Pi Co.

As a vegan, restaurant menus and lunch dates can be tricky to navigate. Although most vegans I know don’t complain, and can always find something on a menu that they can eat, variety is the spice of life, and vegans deserve it outside of their kitchens too!

This month’s vegan spotlight is all about the lively eatery known as Pi Co.:

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My Vegan Friendly Passover

Each year, as a celebration of spring, birth and rebirth, and the journey from slavery to freedom, Jewish people like myself observe the wonderful holiday known as Passover!

The Passover Seder is a Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of the celebration, and I was fortunate enough to rejoice in it over the weekend with the people I love most in the world!

While family dinners can be notoriously tough for vegans, I found that with a little extra planning, I was able to have a delicious meal that didn’t have me leaving the table hungry.

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The Best Springtime Salad Ideas

As Spring continues to warm our city, it can feel natural to begin seeking out lighter, cooling meals that allow us to stay energized! While I typically prefer to cook my vegetables during the wintertime, raw salads are one of the best ways to get your fibre and vitamins during the months where our bodies crave refreshing meals.

A nutrient-dense springtime salad is one of the best lunches that can provide a large serving of nourishment to see you through your afternoons! Not sure where to start? Here are some baseline ideas to inspire your next vegan salad:

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About Me

Hi! My name is Heather and I am a wife, mother, office manager, yoga and pilates teacher. And a vegan. I've committed to take back my life, embrace moving and clean, vegan eating. And I want to share it with you, so Yougista was created. You are welcome to join me on the journey. Yougista. Be You.

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