Float Suspension Yoga

 

Float Suspension Yoga Toronto | Guinea Pigging GreenThis weekend, my friend Moronike, my boyfriend, and I took a suspension yoga class at Float in Toronto.

Besides a 5-minute stint involving a wardrobe malfunction at the Yoga Conference last year, this was my first real attempt at suspension yoga. It was also my first time using Passport to Prana, a 12-month pass that gives you access to one class at each participating yoga studio (for only $30)! As soon as we saw Float on the list of Toronto studios (Passport to Prana is available in many Canadian, American, and Australian cities), we new we’d have to give it a try.
Float Suspension Yoga Toronto | Guinea Pigging Green

Right off the bat, it was clear I was in the right place. The studio is quaint, fitted with just 7 systems (the teacher instructs from the blue one). There are pillows, yoga props, and beautiful mala necklaces for sale before and after class.

Float Suspension Yoga Toronto | Guinea Pigging Green

As beginners, we took the introduction course with Amber, the owner of Float. The introduction class focused on properly practicing just a few poses, and moved at a comfortable pace for all of us. Before we knew it, it was time for savasana which, as you may have guessed, we did completely cocooned in the hammocks.

If you’re in Toronto, I recommend checking the studio out — even without the Passport to Prana your first class is a steal at $10.

Have a happy, healthy week!

— Laura

Float Suspension Yoga Toronto | Guinea Pigging Green

Episode 32: Running a 10K Race

GPG-10K

This week on the podcast, we’re discussing each of our experiences running a 10K race! As always, you can listen to the episode right here or subscribe to the show on iTunes

It was so much fun to talk about our personal experiences with each of our races. Laura ran hers in Toronto last fall around this time with her aunt, and I ran mine a couple weeks ago with a few friends here in Korea!

We don’t have many show notes for this episode, but in the episode we do talk about:

  • why I had a shift in my goals from a half marathon to a 10K race
  • how we each approached our own races
  • Mountain Equipment Co-op Races
  • what it’s like to run a race in Korea
  • why a 10K feels like the perfect length of race
  • my new goal to run races in beautiful places
  • our fall fitness goals
  • how my Fitbit is helping me be more active this fall

We both agreed that running in the fall is absolutely perfect, and we both really enjoyed completing our races. Running mine made me feel really proud of myself and accomplished (all before breakfast!) and I know it was the same for Laura.

Do you have any fitness goals for the fall? Have you ever run a 10K race or would you consider it? Let us know in the comments below or catch us on Twitter or Instagram.

Thanks for listening!

-Steph

Glazed Lentil Loaf

Glazed Lentil Loaf | Guinea Pigging GreenHappy Thanksgiving (Canadian) friends!

Steph and I both love fall — mostly for the colours and the soups

This year, between my work’s potluck, my boyfriend’s family gathering, and my family’s dinner, I had quite a bit of food I needed to contribute. I decided to pick a meal that I could make once and then just reheat the day-of. Enter: Oh She Glows’ Glazed Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf.

I bought everything I needed for this recipe from Essence of Life Organics in Kensington market (It’s my new favourite store). I was really happy that I would be able to serve a cruelty-free dish made entirely from organic ingredients to my friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. If you are near Kensington, I highly recommend checking out Essence of Life. You can actually save quite a bit by buying ingredients in bulk!

I ended up tripling the recipe to make 10 mini loaves and brought 2 loaves to each occasion. The rest, I am saving in the freezer for a chilly don’t-want-to-cook day.

I froze everything until the day of each dinner. I took however many I needed out of the freezer in the morning, and baked them again at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes before meal time.

I’m not going to lie, tripling this recipe required quite a bit of prep work, but it paid off! I would definitely do this again. The loaf got great reviews from vegans and non-vegans alike, so I’m tipping my hat to Angela.

Glazed Lentil Loaf | Guinea Pigging Green

How did you celebrate this year? Or, if you’re American, would you give this recipe a try?

— Laura