We're not sure what to call ourselves and we hope you will join us in spreading joy with these little squares of colour and words~
Well this is exactly what happened to me a in November 2020 when my yoga student Jean showed up at yoga with a bright green crochet dishcloth. Little did we know a few weeks later we would be taking orders for more dishcloths in more colors and more fun sayings. Because next jean's friend custom ordered a bunch that she wanted to say F--k 2020, now there were 2 sayings...Alex's love of pink and cheeky sayings also led her to order a bunch in pink and red and purple in yoga inpired sayings like OM, peace JOY, AUM, LOVE, hugs which she shared with her students and immediately got an order for 5 from one person who was gifting them to women in her community...Jean was keeping busy crochet-ing and her daughter was surprised to find what her mom was up to and ordered a bunch for her co-workers. Jean and Alex kept talking and were loving the unusual collaboration that had this 70 something and 50 year old feeling a sense of purpose and making a small difference, they felt they could ripple out some waves.
Alex gifted one to a women who came to her studio/shop whose husband had a heart attack and whose son fell off a roof, she chose the mauve "LOVE" version. Alex was loving sharing and having something positive to share in addition to her hand silkscreened t-shirts and since her yoga studio pivoted online. Jean was loving the sense of purpose and keeping busy as she was stuck at home and it just felt good to be making things with her hands and spreading joy!
The two of them decided to do this as a labour of love and so the proceeds are going to the local womens shelter in Orangeville. Where this is all going they are not sure, Jean jokes that she is not sure she can keep up if too many more orders come in and Alex jokes she can't keep up with takin orders! For now they are not worried in fact they are enjoying this sideline project that is keeping them chuckling.
We're not sure where this is going and we want you to join the movement, buy 5 and gift them in your community or start a collective in your own community, find a 70 something year old that is home alone and crochets and wants to spread joy and partner up with some others that want to get this joy out there and donate to a cause in your community!
We have decided we want to pay it forward and know you will too!
Thanks for supporting this fun local initiative:
dont forget to call or email us to pick up through yogagurl.
Choose from what we have ready to go or Customize your 5 letter word:
F—k 2020, f—k it, OM, peace, love, hugs, calm, heart.
100% Cotton. Made in Canada. Sustainable! Will Last forever!
Proceeds go to Local Women’s Shelter. Minimum Donation $10 ea. Suggested 5 for $100
As featured in Tish Hansen's The Concierge.ca
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CliciA few times a year when the seasons change is when I feel inspired to hit the reset button and keep away from tantalizing treats… well, for 7 days at least!
Over the years I've always done my own intuitive cleansing and when I was living on Maui one Winter I started having fun with my colored fruits and veggies and and coconuts and I got inspired to put together my own version of a Rainbow Cleanse and call it the Rainbow Maui Chakra Cleanse!
I opt for mainly veggie juice recipes – rainbow colored style! Since then I usually lead a juice cleanse online a few times a year, Now its even easier to join us or do it on your own as I've made it an official online course on our yogagurl online yoga studio platform – so what are you waiting for? Join us Online starting Oct 19th! https://app.namastream.com/#/yogagurl/auth/signin
Scroll down for a Rainbow Juice Recipe + Juicer tips! A special double feature post today! Why not have fun while you are being healthy.
Here’s a little general information about COLD-PRESSED juices, and why they are a premium and why its worth making or buying them. If you feel compelled to make your own yes you can use any juicer but be aware the quality will be affected. So best to research the juicer first before you invest. At the same time I also say that starting juicing is key so maybe start with an entry level juicer see if you like it and you can upgrade later. If you already know you love juicing then go for the more premium juicer right of the bat!
I'm big fans of cold-pressed method so the juices are are hydraulically extracted, providing the highest quality and freshest tasting juice possible. Very little heat is emitted through the machine (mainly because it crushes fruit and veggies instead of blending them), and because of that, enzymes and nutrients are retained at their highest form in your juice! ( I know locally in Toronto LIVE's juices are high quality as I drank them for years and ordered them for my yoga coaching clients)
As I'm writing this I'm also preparing to offer my online version of the cleanse Oct 9, 2020. And in light of the times I'm offering it free this month! (value $45USD) So click here to sign up!
Come Discover Maui, the land of rainbows on our journey from exploration to cleanse and lets make up some new juicy words for these liquid elixrs!
Beautiful Beet it, Carrot Gingerale, Pineapple PEAR Paradise, Gorgeous Green Goddess and Calm Cabbage.
To anyone who hasn’t tried making juice at home: don’t fear it! It’s easy, simple, and AFFORDABLE…especially if you shop at a farmer’s market. (Check out Orangeville Farmer's Market or support your local farm, my favourite is Fiddle Foot Farms (get your winter CSA Food share) or Food Box Delivery near you!)
If you are super busy and time is of essence and you have the budget then picking them up at a local juice bar or ordering them is the way to go!
4 Juicer Options:
I personally have owned many kinds over the years and I’ve written up little short note on each so you can make a decision on your own. I hope that these reviews may help you in your decision on which juicer to buy!
I definitely recommend purchasing a juicer for the ease of use and convenience. They are an investment in your health you won't regret.
You can juice using any juicer, its good to find a juicer that it is easy to clean and store and doesn't heat the juice and keep all the nutrients out and that it comes with a warranty...
1) Entry level - Centrifugal juicers
These tend to expose the juice to heat and oxygen, killing off the essential healing enzymes in the juice. These juicers have difficulty in juicing leafy greens. Without the pressing action to extract the juice, many minerals and phytochemicals remain in the pulp, so the juice rendered is less rich in healing nutrients than juice from grinder/press or masticating juicers.
One of my first juicers was one of these, and there are many options at your local kitchen store. These are entry level way to start and at least gets you going. Of course, they aren’t as good as medium/high-end juicers, but they will nonetheless make juice. Keep in mind you will need more produce than other machines.
Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor.
Juicers for Non-Malignant Conditions:Masticating juicers are acceptable alternatives for non-cancer patients as they extract a sufficient amount of juice, and preserve enzyme activity. There are many brands of masticating and twin-gear juicers out there. A few that coaching clients have found worked well are:
2) Commercial Style - The Champion Juicer around $350+
The Champion Juicer is in a class of its own, in my opinion. I have had great experience and success with this juicer and have had it for 15 or more years. Why do you think it's in a class of it's own? The Champion Juicer is a heavy duty machine. It really is super durable. The sheer weight and materials of it make solid. It comes with a warranty. I never had it break down and used it religiously. ( I happen to have 3 over the years and now I am selling 2 of them used if you want one). Also, if you intend to get a juicer that can handle frozen fruit sorbets, ice cream, purees, and nut butter, then this is the right one for you.
3) High end - Angel Juicer about a $1200+ juicer ( the one I have had for a over 5 years and love it) This is a cold press juicer, a slow RPM ... the 2 augers turn into one another and crush the plant so doesn't cause heat damage when pressing the juice so you get the full benefit of raw eating.
Juicers for Malignant Conditions:
4) Professional Style Juicer - Cold Pressed juicer.
Big fancy ones for people who have want to go to the highest level of juicing (often for those whose health is at risk and they are sick or suffering from cancer and need the most nutrients possible in a juice). Or if money is no object then this would be my top choice! These juicers can cost you around $3000+ and are a part of Gerson therapy.
To finish off the article here is my favourite recipes from the Rainbow Juice Cleanse! My personal dessert-like favourite is the ‘ Orange Ginger ---------’! There’s a ‘bite’ to it that just hits the spot for me. A vibrant orange juice with carrots, oranges, lemon, ginger, apple, and nectarine! Hydrating, refreshing, and packed with vitamins and minerals! Carrots are loaded with beta carotene which does wonders for the body and fights off disease-causing free radicals. (of course I love all green juice as well!)
Are you inspired? Then join us to hit the reset button on your health next week with our online Rainbow cleanse! Click here to our yogagurl online studio to register for free! As A BONUS GIFT you will get a back stage pass to check out our 12 month ONLINE yoga + holistic living mentorship value $97/month
If you are looking forward to having nutritious juice that will boost your immunity and ensure you remain healthy, then join us and make it for yourself and drink it as soon as you make it to get the most nutritional benefits!
PS if you missed the date no worries you can now do it on your own time, anytime, on our online studio
...A few years ago when I moved back from Hawaii and my life took a turn for the worse. I had closed my studio in Toronto and had lost my community and friends in the city...
Click to blog post to read more about how I got to where I am today....
...I moved to a farming area and had no social structure, no car, source of income. I basically was starting my life all over again. It was scary and disheartening. My journey catapulted me into what I later came to know as "the dark night of the soul and the awakening process". If I somehow made it through the other side alive, I promised myself I would dedicate my time to holding space for others during their journey. The main thing I can say I learnt was the undeniable importance of my daily meditation and yoga practice and that there is medicine in grief. There were days I could barely get out of bed and there was no way I could practice yoga without sobbing on the floor on my mat. I was so so grateful I had spent all those years practicing so I could have some threads to hold onto during this time. Fast forward a few years later (this Jan) I felt compelled to write down some of my thoughts on How my Morning Practice saved my life as a process of my own integration. Today that is shaping into a little book I plan to share with you all soon! Then a few months later while pivoting my yoga studio online in March it was clear to me that waking up and teaching was important for my own health as well as others as this is what I live to do. During the past few years and months I kept doing my vision boards and journalling and meditating and asking what am I supposed to do next? This is when I knew it was time to step up and push through my own fears of being seen and vulnerable and follow my bigger dreams. I always wanted to lead a 12 month program that included all my passions and voila! The 12 month mentorship was born and with it the intention to create a virtual space for us to come together and connect and play and inspire one another while supporting one another to follow our own inner guidance and intuition during the global dark night of the soul.
On Oct 1st I am launching my online studio and 2020 Mentorship Program, a place for you to let your hair down and come on a deeper soul journey this year than you ever have. A year of no excuses, a year to live full out your best health and come back to loving yourself and seeing what happens. Imagine all the good things that could come out of committing a year to yourself? You might come out of the cocoon a version of yourself you don't recognize! A chance to write your next chapter with awareness while enhancing you life! I invite you to take the Journey with us and see what happens when you deepen your weekly practice and play more!
This mentorship is possible through the encouragement and support of several of my students and friends as well as a very special young lady named Lauren who has been intrumental in working diligently on the back end with me over the past few months to make an online platform and community possible. A special Thank you to you all!
Yes! Finally...yogagurl at Home...
yogagurl is all about cultivating community and connection...When the government mandated temporary closure of yoga studios, our newly located studio at Alton Arts Mill in Caledon was also impacted. We quickly pivoted and on March 17 launched online Classes as our way to be of service to the community when so many faced uncertainty from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We offered sliding scale for those who lost their jobs and Wednesday nights complimentary to the community --- Online Yoga. This was a great way to connect online even though we couldn't connect in person. We also had a Monday morning, Thursday night, and Saturday class. My regulars stayed on and yes some didn't go for the online option and fell off the bandwagon. I noticed the students that stayed with their practice on Zoom developed a resilience and positive attitude and seemed to be empowered around their health --- in body, mind, and spirit. I too noticed the weekly classes provided a normality and community and were the glue that held us together in these uncertain times.
While the classes in-person have moved outside next to the waterfall at Alton Arts Mills in August & September, we also continued on Zoom. We have now found a new online home where we are creating our online studio and are excited to welcome back past students and new students alike. In addition, we're introducing an annual 12 month course to stay inspired, accountable and cultivate deeper connection and support while having a chance to hit the reset button on your health and mindset and create long term sustainable wellness habits.
We hope our new 12 month course (which includes weekly yoga and monthly holistic living topics to get you on track and stay inspired!) will reach our past students, but also span the globe and touch many more lives by empowering women and men as everyday leaders in yoga and holistic living. We’ve had past participants in our yoga and coaching from as far as Egypt, New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Bali, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, all across Canada and the US! We’ve received daily emails and social media posts on how Alex's Holistic philosophy is a vital support to so many and we wish to build this on our new online platform in this challenging time.
We recently launched yogagurl on Namastream. Here you will find recorded classes and meditations when you sign up for our 12 month Mentorship Program.
We will continue to build on this offering over time and add more recorded classes and workshops.
Live Stream Classes on Zoom Starting on Saturday Sept 5, 2020
You will have the option to purchase a Drop-In Live Stream Day Pass Class for $28. Those on Monthly payments for the annual Course mentorship will always have access to the live-streamed class.
To join the classes, you must make sure that your email address in your yogagurl account is current or you will not receive the access details for the classes.
Winter can teach us to play and have fun and to connect with nature all year round. Most of all right now the ice and snow on the trees and their ability to withstand such temperatures and weight are a testament to the trees incredible resilience and tenacity. There is a lot of wisdom and beauty in the winter landscape and snowy days! I've found the key is to embrace the winter and play in it and it will become your best friend!
If you need a little inspiration I have just the cure!
Join us this Sat for good ol' fashioned Winter Fun at the 10th Annual Alton Mill Fire & Ice Festival 2020.
Our new yogagurl holistic studio is now open in the Arts Mill so come & warm up & visit the indoor artists spaces. See full schedule in post above! Family Friendly!
Chillax Yoga Class with yogagurl Alex Leikermoser
10-11am, Suggested donation $15-25 - 9 spots available
First come first serve basis Studio 216
1-1:30 Outdoor Yoga - SNOWGA - Free
Aloha Chillout Lounge with yogagurl 2pm onwards, Studio 216
This is a reflective space to come to to breathe, relax, unwind and soak up some good tunes and tropical vibes. Leave your shoes and worries at the door. Complimentary.