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with Michelle Alistoun
This photo was taken many years ago at I time that I enjoyed practicing yoga because it felt good.
Fast forward a couple of decades and I’m still doing it but not because it feels good. Quite honestly, some days I don’t like it at all.
with Bec McLean, Pilates & Spin Tribe Instructor at Bodytree
In October last year I was faced with the terrifying prospect of needing a total hysterectomy and some repair work done. This was not something I had ever considered needing and so it took some time to come to terms with the information and the procedure itself. I underwent surgery in November. The surgery was a success and now that I am well on the way to recovering fully, I want to share my story with you in case you are about to undergo a similar procedure, have already done so and are now recovering from surgery, or are thinking about the best approach to resuming exercise following childbirth.
with Suzan Terzian, Clinical Nutritionist & Holistic Health Coach
“How you start your day is often how you live your life” – Louise Hay.
As a nutritionist and health coach, I know the value of healthy, daily habits. Especially in the morning! This is one area I would LOvE my ladies (and the guys too) to focus on, to ensure they start each day with energy and vitality.
with Berthalila Avila, Private Chef and Nutritional Health Coach
The Bodytree team are big fans of Sauerkraut! It’s packed with vitamins, fibre and probiotics, aids digestion and helps combat inflammation. Why not make your own?
With Heidi Elmaarouf, Reiki Practitioner and Life Coach at Bodytree
Reiki during pregnancy and postpartum is timely and impactful…pregnancy and motherhood are times of rapid change and Reiki is a gentle way to help make all of the changes much more manageable, while keeping you connected to your baby. Reiki is a centuries-old healing art from Japan that uses light touch on or just above the body, to help facilitate deep relaxation, promote balance, healing and an optimal state of well-being.
with Lindsey Corrado-Sampson, Bodytree Pilates, BTB and Xtend Barre Instructor and creator of Spin Tribe
A new year inspires many people to make new health and fitness resolutions. Whether a newbie to fitness or are a regular gym goer there are a couple important elements of exercising that often get neglected and can lead a person to “burn out” or injury, ultimately getting in the way of those goals. In this article we will go over some of the key components that should always be incorporated into your workout routine.
with Mira, co-owner of Nectar, Bodytree’s in house juice bar
This modern take on a lentil soup is a perfect to keep you warm on our short winter. A great gut healthy addition to this soup would be bone broth, see how to include this amazing ingredient to boost the health benefits of this simple soup.
Dr Nas Al-Jafari, Family Medicine Consultant and Functional Medicine Practitioner at Intercare Wellness
Following on from the Bodytree Breakfast Club this month, and given the resounding interest in Gut Health, I thought it only natural to share my thoughts for those of you who missed out.
The Gut Microbiome is one of the most fascinating and few remaining health mysteries. As it turns out, rather than living in parallel, our microbiome lives symbiotically and operates almost synonymously with us i.e. they are us.
with Silvia Sopkova, mother of three & Kindermusik teacher at Bodytree
It’s that time of the year when everyone is talking about resolutions, health and wellness. Whatever resolutions you’ve chosen to fulfill in this 2018, let’s add few which are musical, easy to make and stick to, and will bring you and your children even closer together.
with Suzan Terzian, Certified Nutritionist, Health & Wellness Consultant
Everyone is curious about probiotics, so I thought I would shed some light on what this health trend is all about. Probiotics are simply the good bacteria in your body, mainly in your gut. Nicknames for probiotics include gut bacteria, gastrointestinal flora, microbiome, micro biotic health, gut flora and friendly bugs.
We tend to think of our gut in terms of food digestion only, but there is so much more to this amazing organ than that. So much of our immunity resides in our gut, which is the first line of defense for our bodies from any harmful bacteria that may want to invade it. So in order to be healthy and have more healthy bacteria, we must create a thriving environment for them to live, and that environment is greatly affected by our diet and lifestyle habits. An imbalance in this ecosystem within us allows the ‘bad guys’(pathogens) to overpower the ‘good guys’, (healthy microflora). There are numerous studies going on right now that are looking at the role of probiotics in weight loss, prevention of respiratory infections, dental carries in kids, and as one method of treatment for inflammatory or autoimmune disorders. It’s obvious to see that the health of our gut is such an essential component to our overall health and wellbeing.
by Angela Muller Habig, resident yogi at Bodytree
I walked into my first Power Yoga class drawn in by the hip hop tunes blasting out of the studio. My teacher’s previous career was in the music industry and she practiced from a Jivamukti background – music was as much of a tool to reach students as the asanas themselves. She taught us to build a playlist honoring the sound of each chakra: from bass for root chakra to high pitched bell sounds for our third eye. It is still this formula that I use for my own soundtracks. I try to create a new playlist once every season, often times I will change tracks once a month for Power Flow classes.
Usually I spend around 6-8 hours researching, combining and rearranging tracks. Transition and mood are so important to me – if a song does not touch my heart or move my body it does not make the cut. Often I find myself running towards speakers in restaurants, shazam on my phone in hand, searching for that perfect track. I will ask dj’s for their tunes and even taxi drivers have provided me with inspiration. My main tool is soundcloud – not only do I find it important to support independent artists I have also discovered that when we don’t know the song, we won’t associate memories to it, so it will be easier to keep our mind focused on our practice.
with Andrea Marcum, Lululemon brand ambassador and writer
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” – Zen Master Shunryo Suzuki
What if I were to tell you that something as simple as downward dog could be your roadmap to lasting transformation?
We often start doing yoga because we’re looking for a form of exercise. And the physical incentive is a great place to start. B.K.S. Iyengar himself said, “Penetration of the mind is our goal, but in the beginning there is no substitute for sweat.” Look, I understand that working our muscles feels immediate and palpable. Almost instantly we feel like we are inviting progress in some way. I also know that if we’re going to truly liberate ourselves, focusing only on our bodies will not be enough.
with Simone Burke, Pilates Instructor & Hypnobirthing Educator
Pregnancy is such an amazing and exciting time in our lives, but for some it could be more about battling morning sickness or even the stress of staying positive after a long fertility journey or previous pregnancy loss.
Here are some tips to staying healthy and happy during your pregnancy so Mummy and Baby can both enjoy a relaxing journey!