Set Intentions. Be your best Self.

I was recently interviewed by Emilie Dingfeld, health editor of Fashion Magazine, about intention setting for the non-yogi. She wanted to propose to her readers to set intentions rather than new year's resolutions and asked for my input on what that process could look like.

Read Emilie's piece HERE.

Below is the full interview.


What does it mean to set an intention, for the non-yogi? What's an example of an intention?

An intention is like a seed of something you wish to create, grow, become or the first step towards where you want to go. Setting an intention helps give your actions direction, focus and meaning.

Ex.
Today, I will eat more mindfully.
This week, I will only spend money on what's necessary.
This month, I will commit to exercising at least once a week, writing once a week and reading once a week.


How can we use intentions to turn our lives around? For instance, how can we improve our fitness or health via intention setting?

We can use our intentions to turn our lives around by focusing our intentions on striving to continually move towards our better selves - which typically means being more mindful and being more honest with ourselves. Be more mindful about what we eat. Be mindful about how we relate to others. Be mindful about how the body feels and how we can move to make the body feel at its best. Be honest about what we need (do I really need another croissant today? Will this cigarette actually serve me in achieving my best self today?) Be honest about when we need help from others. Before acting, pause and ask yourself if your action will help achieve the intention you've set.

What does the process of intention setting look like? Should we make a list, or take a moment each morning to set our intention for the day? Should we have both long and short-term intentions?

Set daily intentions as well as long-term goals so that your present day actions set you up for future success. Set intentions that are attainable, specific and expandable. Set intentions that only use positive language.

Ex. If you're desire is to get fit and eat healthy, instead of saying that you're going to hit the gym everyday for at least an hour and that you're going to give up gluten, sugar, meat, dairy, everything that tastes delicious... start small.

"Today, I'm going to set aside 30min to move my body."

"Today, I'm going to look up easy and healthy recipes for packed lunches so that next week I can be more in control of what I'm putting in my body."

"This week I'm going to actually assess how my body feels after I eat so I can recognize which foods don't serve my health."

Once you've successfully attained your "smaller" goals, you can start expanding, but keep it specific: "This week I'm going to go to the gym for at least 30 min on Monday and Wednesday. Sunday, I'm taking a yoga class." 

"This month, Sundays are my meal plan and prep days. Mon, Wed, Fri are workout days. Tues and Thurs are read and write days. Saturday is my day of rest and small indulgence."


Do you have any other tips or ideas about intention setting?

I think starting your day by setting intentions and ending your day by reflecting on what you're grateful for is an amazing and powerful practice. It keeps one feeling positive and present. 

Because, treat yourself.

Because you're on your bike a lot, you run a lot or you sit in front of a computer a lot.
Because your body works so hard for you daily and hard workers deserve recognition.
Because you don't need a reason to take time for yourself.
Because it will feel so damn good.
Promise.

PWYC Park Yoga & Massage

I'm so excited to announce a wellness collaboration with friend and fellow hustler, Sonja of Zen Nomad. When we were Costa Rica this winter, we spent quite some time dreaming on the beach and in the river of ways we could work together. Here is the first of those dreams manifest.

This summer we'll be offering pay-what-you-can yoga & massage at Christie Pits Park. We'll also have a park-blanket-market of wellness wear, accessories and snacks that Sonja and I make.

WHY
We want to make finding bliss as accessible as possible

WHEN
Thursdays, July 17 - August 28
Yoga @ 7pm - 8pm

WHERE
Christie Pits Park
Just south of the soccer field on the east side of the park
( see map below )

HOW
To yoga, just show up 10 min before 7pm
To book a massage before yoga, email us:
Zen Shiatsu w/ Sonja - info@zennomad.ca
Thai Massage w/ Robin - royola@royola.ca


 

Meeting place is in the grassy zone below the soccer field.

Let me touch you.

I'm offering 35 PWYC massages to finish off my Thai Massage certification from Still Light Centre. I've learned plenty and am inspired tonnes. I can't wait to share all I've learned and explore helping people feel damn good in their bodies.

My massage zone is all set up and waiting for you. 
Email me to book it in : royola@royola.ca

MONDAYS : 10am-12pm
TUESDAYS - FRIDAYS : 10am-12pm / 6-8pm
WEEKEND : 10am-12pm / 2-4pm

 

Love More : A big business marketing campaign I can get behind.

Anyone that knows me knows that I love to love. Quick to fall in love. Quick to express my love. Ready to give love, always. Love is the cure-all.

Honeymaid released a campaign called #thisiswholesome, featuring families of all sorts: interracial (swirls!), homosexual, and other "alternative" varieties. The brand received lots of hate mail, and turned it into a message of love. Yay for clever and meaningful marketing campaigns!

See the videos below. Get as tingly about it as I did. And spread the love.

Go forth & be brave.

A friend recently told me, "Embrace fear & fill it with with love." It came well timed as I've been observing fear a lot lately while down here in Pavones.

First, in yoga. Observing that I held fear in my practice - of falling flat on my face when attempting certain arm balances, inversions or floating forward. Then recognizing that it's that same fear that will prevent me from progressing. Now part of my practice is to learn how to fall so that I can embrace that fear. 

Then, in my relationship. Fearing what may arise in a month together in such an isolated and slow-paced place. Quickly I realized it was a senseless fear, because there's no preventing what may come up, there's only managing how it's dealt with.

Lastly, in those around me. Fearing failure. Fearing to ask for what one wants or to stick up for oneself. Fearing to upset someone at the expense of their own happiness. Fearing to dig deep and come face-to-face with their shit.

Funnily enough - and as scatterbrained as this may seem - this whole post and meditation on fear came about because I took the above photos in a tank top made by my friends of The Brave and I wanted to plug them (haha).

Why plug them and why talk about fear?: 1. They're two amazing and dedicated individuals who make responsible and cool clothing. 2. Their tagline is "Go forth & be brave." which is what inspired this spiel.

Go forth & be brave. Embrace fear & fill it with love.

Meet your fears head on, deal with your shit and come out a better version of yourself - either while wearing clothes by The Brave or not. 

Forever Playmates

Because we should never stop being playful.
In our relationships. In our work. In our practice. In all that we do. Play more.

Go play.