downDAWG workshop with Master Trainer Melanie Dobler!

9:36 pm

Ontario instructors, here’s your chance to check out one of the newest fitness and yoga trends in Canada with the amazing Melanie Dobler. downDAWG June8 Workshop

Yoga From the Moment You Start the Day

9:42 pm

Rise and shine! As we move into the fall routine, where the sun greets a little bit later each day, many of us find it difficult to get up and get going for the day.
But why not spend those extra moments in bed with some yoga poses. Loosen up and energize that body for the day, and consider it a lovely prelude to the awesome downDAWG yoga class you’ll be checking into (or teaching!) later.


Check out this recent article from HuffingtonPost on 7 “Yoga Poses You Can Do Without Leaving Your Bed

Perhaps we can learn to appreciate that quiet time before we rush into the business of our daily lives, and as the author’s say, “set up some clear intentions and choices.”
Best wishes on a stress-free start to each day!

DOWNdwag Yoga Workshop with Master Trainer Krystal Say!

7:43 pm

Interested in the newest craze?


DOWNdawg Yoga is a ground breaking fusion of Classic vinyasa yoga practice, high energy and current hip hop music. This class is busting down barriers and captivating yogis and fitness gurus all over. We offer the chance to get into your favorite yoga flow sequences, get your heart rate pumping while rocking to electric beats all class long. No dance experience necessary.


$50 for all three hours including an exclusive Master Class


For more information contact Krystal,


Or check out our Facebook event at!/events/160460744105465/



Clean Eating Recipes for Superbowl Sunday

5:39 pm


Are you hosting a Superbowl party tomorrow? Thanks for Oxygen Magazine, we have 10 clean eating recipes to keep you fueled and happy for the big game. Recipes include nacho’s (yes, nacho’s), chili, Mac and Cheese, BBQ pizza and more. Check it the link below for 10 great recipes :) Enjoy the game!



Staying on Top of New Years Resolutions

9:04 pm


It’s January 28th. January is coming to a close. How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along? One of my goals for 2013 was to complete a 3 week brown rice cleanse. On January 24th I checked that goal off my first 2013 list and it felt amazing. What are you still working on? Staying motivated can be tough. Check out these 10 great tips from to help you stay on track in 2013.


1. Be Realistic!
The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. Strive for a goal that is attainable, such as avoiding that food more often than you do now.


2. Plan Ahead
Don’t make your resolution on New Year’s Eve. If you wait until the last minute, your decisions will be based on your mindset on that particular day. Instead, your New Year’s resolution should be planned well before December 31 arrives. If it’s already to late for planning to start January 1st, pick another date — February 1st, your birthday, the anniversary of your diagnosis — whatever date is meaningful for you.


3. Outline Your Plan
Decide how you will deal with the temptation to skip that exercise class or have one more cigarette. This could include calling on a friend for help, practicing positive thinking and self-talk, or reminding yourself how your bad habit affects other areas of your life.


4. Make and “Pro” and “Con” List
It may help to see a list of items on paper to keep your motivation strong. Develop this list over time, and ask others to contribute to it. Keep your list with you and refer to it when you need help keeping your resolve.


5. Talk About It
Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Tell friends and family members who will be there to support your resolve to change yourself for the better or improve your health. The best case scenario is to find yourself a buddy who shares your New Year’s resolution and motivate each other.


6. Reward Yourself
This doesn’t mean that you can eat an entire box of chocolates if your resolution is to diet. Instead, celebrate your success by treating yourself to something that you enjoy that does not contradict your resolution. If you’ve been sticking to your promise to eat better, for example, perhaps your reward could be going to a movie with a friend.


7. Track Your Progress
Keep track of each small success you make toward reaching your larger goal. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and small accomplishments will help keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, say, focus on losing that first 5. Keeping a food diary or a symptom journal may help you stay on track.


8. Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take each day one at a time.


9. Stick to it
Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity, such as exercising, to become a habit, and 6 months for it to become part of your personality. Your new healthful habits will become second-nature in no time.


10. Keep Trying
If your resolution has totally run out of steam by mid-February, don’t despair. Start over again! There’s no reason you can’t make a “New Year’s resolution” any time of year.


Best of luck with your goals this year! Here’s to making 2013 your best year yet!

Yummy Dairy Free Smoothie

2:13 pm


Here is one of my fav smoothie recipes c/o It is quick and easy to make so no excuses for not having anything for breakfast. I have mine on my drive into work :)


2 cups strawberry (frozen)
1 banana
1 1/2 cups almond (silk pure, original or vanilla)
1 cup orange juice (or water….I use water mostly)
1 tbsp honey (taste if using silk pure almond original


Blend together and enjoy! Happy holidays and have a Happy New Year!

Helpful Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

2:03 pm


The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Unfortunately, for many it also becomes a time for over-eating and weight gain. According to the National Institutes of Health, holiday eating can result in an extra pound or two every year. Over a lifetime, holiday weight gain can really add up. The holidays don’t have to mean weight gain. Focus on a healthy balance of food, activity, and fun. By implementing a few simple tips you can stay healthy through the holiday season.


Ten Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating


1. Be realistic. Don’t try to lose pounds during the holidays, instead try to maintain your current weight.


2. Plan time for exercise. Exercise helps relieve holiday stress and prevent weight gain. A moderate and daily increase in exercise can help partially offset increased holiday eating. Try 10- or 15-minute brisk walks twice a day.


3. Don’t skip meals. Before leaving for a party, eat a light snack like raw vegetables or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite. You will be less tempted to over-indulge.


4. Survey party buffets before filling your plate. Choose your favorite foods and skip your least favorite. Include vegetables and fruits to keep your plate balanced.


5. Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Savor your favorite holiday treats while eating small portions. Sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy.


6. Be careful with beverages. Alcohol can lessen inhibitions and induce overeating; non-alcoholic beverages can be full of calories and sugar.


7. If you overeat at one meal go light on the next. It takes 500 calories per day (or 3,500 calories per week) above your normal/maintenance consumption to gain one pound. It is impossible to gain weight from one piece of pie!


8. Take the focus off food. Turn candy and cookie making time into non-edible projects like making wreaths, dough art decorations or a gingerbread house. Plan group activities with family and friends that aren’t all about food. Try serving a holiday meal to the community, playing games or going on a walking tour of decorated homes.


9. Bring your own healthy dish to a holiday gathering.


10. Practice Healthy Holiday Cooking. Preparing favorite dishes lower in fat and calories will help promote healthy holiday eating. Incorporate some of these simple-cooking tips in traditional holiday recipes to make them healthier.


•Gravy — Refrigerate the gravy to harden fat. Skim the fat off. This will save a whopping 56 gm of fat per cup.

•Dressing — Use a little less bread and add more onions, garlic, celery, and vegetables. Add fruits such as cranberries or apples. Moisten or flavor with low fat low sodium chicken or vegetable broth and applesauce.

•Turkey – Enjoy delicious, roasted turkey breast without the skin and save 11 grams of saturated fat per 3 oz serving.

•Green Bean Casserole — Cook fresh green beans with chucks of potatoes instead of cream soup. Top with almonds instead of fried onion rings.

•Mashed Potato — Use skim milk, chicken broth, garlic or garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese instead of whole milk and butter.

•Quick Holiday Nog — Four bananas, 1-1/2 cups skim milk or soymilk, 1-1/2 cups plain nonfat yogurt, 1/4 teaspoon rum extract, and ground nutmeg. Blend all ingredients except nutmeg. Puree until smooth. Top with nutmeg.

•Desserts — Make a crustless pumpkin pie. Substitute two egg whites for each whole egg in baked recipes. Replace heavy cream with evaporated skim milk in cheesecakes and cream pies. Top cakes with fresh fruit, fruit sauce, or a sprinkle of powdered sugar instead of fattening frosting.

Enjoy the holidays, plan a time for activity, incorporate healthy recipes into your holiday meals, and don’t restrict yourself from enjoying your favorite holiday foods. In the long run, your mind and body will thank you.


Happy Holidays!

Flexibility is a product of yoga, not a prerequisite.

3:39 pm

“Do I need to be flexible to do Yoga?” What are your thoughts?


The simple answer to this is: no! Anyone can do yoga whether they are flexible or not. You do not have to look like the cover of a Yoga magazine to be doing yoga “right.” In fact, the most important thing about practicing yoga is that it feels good for your individual body when you are doing it–not what you look like.


All shapes and sizes of bodies can benefit from yoga. Just have an open mind and the knowledge that when there is a will there is a way to open the door to yoga. It changes your perspective, it’s relaxing, it’s energizing, and it’s strengthening. And the music in a DOWNdawg class is pretty fun so it’s very difficult not to have a good time ;)


Looking forward to seeing you in a class soon!

Upcoming DOWNdawg Yoga Courses 2012

3:23 pm

We are spreading the love….the DOWNdawg love that is. We have some exciting courses coming up this Fall and hope to see you there! DOWNdawg is coming to Ontario, Canada to the University of Guelph October 27-28. Registration details available at


We are also going up Island! Nanaimo, look out you’re next :) November is looking good. Keep in touch for location and dates. As well as Kelowna, we’ll be seeing you shortly.


We have lots of great classes happening all over Vancouver Island. If you haven’t been to one yet, check us out! We’d love see you there.



What is your favorite Yoga Pose?

4:34 pm

If you’ve been to a DOWNdawg Yoga class lately you know we loooooooove to Plank ;) Tell us your fav pose and why.

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