#CupcakeWednesday

Smiling Through Giving

May 21st, 2013 Social Good, Yoga 3 min read

A week ago, Alex Conde invited me to partake in his #CupcakeWednesday event. When we first met at a Christmas event last year, I was intrigued when he told me of this special day he created. A month ago, when he placed an order from cheryltanbakes.com for two dozen cupcakes, I asked if he’d like to donate to my Yogini Yogathon – Because I Am…

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Experiencing Solitude Through Travel

May 19th, 2013 Travel, Yoga 3 min read

Summer’s officially here. To celebrate the first day of sunshine and warm weather, I rode out to the park with a mason jar of wine and snacks. Armed with only my knitting and Kobo, I was determined to make the most out of this day. I found a grassy patch that overlooked the dog park. Though there was a pathway nearby, the way I set…

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I Was Fired From My Job On The Cruiseship

Apr 24th, 2013 Travel, Yoga 13 min read

Yes, I was fired from my position as a Cupcake Supervisor on board the Royal Caribbean International last year. On April 12th, 2012, I boarded the Legend of the Seas with wide-opened eyes, with absolutely no idea what I was in for. After a month into the role, I was ready to boot. Life started off great. Being the only Cupcake girl onboard, dressed in…

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Idolatry, Yoga and Life (Part 2)

Apr 3rd, 2013 Yoga 4 min read

Since my last post on “Idolatry, Yoga and Life (Part 1)“, I felt there was much more to that topic that I didn’t address. Hence, I’m writing a second part to it. When a new yoga student walks into a class and does his/her first practice, a certain kind of connection might emerge. Perhaps it was the teacher or practice itself, but this new student…

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Idolatry, Yoga and Life (Part 1)

Mar 25th, 2013 Yoga 3 min read

Idolatry is an interesting phenomenon. Since last weekend’s Yoga Conference in Toronto, I went home feeling weird. Today, Waylon Lewis wrote about his opinion of the conference, and how people shouldn’t simply idolize the ‘superstar’ yoga teachers but to find their own path in life. (Read the post here) So why was I feeling weird? In the past year, since I started walking the path…

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Setting Intentions And Being True To Ourselves

Mar 23rd, 2013 Yoga 3 min read

At the Yoga Conference this weekend, I saw a yoga teacher who rubbed me the wrong way at lululemon’s New Year yoga with Eoin Finn. When Eoin asked the roomful of yogis to set an intention for 2013, this particular teacher spoke up and said that he’d like to help more people understand yoga better, etc. The intention was great but it meant nothing to…

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Frustration — A Deadly Enemy

Feb 25th, 2013 Yoga 2 min read

February has been an incredibly stressful month for me — an awesome beginning for 2013. Problems of the past resurfaced, and I was forced to juggle those issues together with my emotional and mental well-being. In my constant struggle to regain balance and full control of my life, I met one of my deadly enemies — Frustration. Frustration didn’t lead me to anywhere good, but…

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The Waves of Emotions

Feb 5th, 2013 Yoga 2 min read

It is undeniable that our physical body is subjected to the waves of emotions that charges through it. Our appetite for food is largely intertwined with our moods. In those jubilant moments, we possess a sensational appetite for hearty meals to fill our bottomless stomachs. However, when our moods are tipped to the opposite end of the scale, our appetite follows it downhill as well….

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A Sad Weekend

Dec 15th, 2012 Yoga 2 min read

The stories of the American gunman who pulled the trigger and caused 28 fatalities infiltrated the hearts of everyone around the globe yesterday. Following that, the man who stabbed 22 children and one adult outside a primary school in China. This morning, I woke up to another piece of tragic news. Another shooting was reported in Vegas, leaving two dead — the shooter himself, and…

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Love Is In The Air

Dec 14th, 2012 Yoga 3 min read

With Christmas around the corner, families and friends are starting to get together to drink, dine, and party the merry nights away. This year, I am not going anywhere special for Christmas. Instead, I have chosen to stay in Toronto to celebrate this joyous season with one extremely special person — me. Christmas is a time of giving, receiving, and most importantly, loving. Throughout the…

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Ad Astra Per Aspera

Dec 12th, 2012 Travel, Yoga 4 min read

Recently, I received the gift of a lifetime — A star named after me, which came into life on October 14, 1986. When I showed it to my friends, many were bewildered. Do I seriously think that I’m Mandy Moore from “A Walk to Remember”? Or have I gone delusional after all these years? Well, maybe I like to think that I’m Mandy Moore because…

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Why Did I Turn To The Green Side?

Dec 4th, 2012 Vegetarianism, Yoga 3 min read

I am a Vegetarian, sort of. Society loves labels, and because I eat fish now and then, I’m rightfully a Pescatarian. Are you starting to judge me now? Four years ago, I decided to try something new, from ballet to pilates to yoga. After weighing out the cost and time commitment needed, yoga topped the scale in all aspects — and I was on my…