May 30, 2012
Elation Centre’s unique Yoga Teacher Training is for students who want to deepen their personal practice, learn about yogic philosophy, and become exceptional yoga teachers.
What makes this training truly transformational is that it will not only inspire you and teach you to become an exceptional yoga teacher, this training asks you to take the leap, and the willingness to become an exceptional yogi.
It is for people who want to live a more engaged and present life, who want to take the philosophy of yoga, the asana, the breath, and the awareness of yoga and bring it to life.
When each of us on the Elation Centre training team started our journey to become teachers, we were each looking for more, more than just inhale and exhale, bend and twist, we all wanted to learn how to inspire, how to help students reach their unique potential at each and every class, and we wanted to find that unique spark and potential within ourselves, shine it out and share with others.
Each of us was blessed to find extraordinary teachers to guide us, who expected more of us than we thought we had, than we realized we had, who nurtured us and who also stood back and let us find our way, and our teachers expected us to be present and engaged to believe we could make a difference.
Elation Centre Yoga Teacher Training expects the same from those students who wish to train with us. Those who train with us are looking to teach yoga, and looking to deepen their own practice, but above all those who train with us need to be willing to take a leap of faith, and expect more of themselves than they thought possible, and be open to the amazing gifts of Yoga.
We are honoured to share this journey with you.
Please contact us directly so we can connect on an individual basis to answer any questions you may have.
May 28, 2012
My family has begun a new routine at home. My three children once started their day with the run of the mill yogurt, toast or cereal. Now, they wake up and ask me what kind of smoothie they are having. Is it blueberry, coconut/mango, or strawberry? We have all increased our intake of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in both the 12-day and 5-day Cleanse that was offered at Elation Centre. Yes, I had to make some changes to my diet but the pay-off was well worth it. Not only did I learn new ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet, but I also increased my long-term flax intake (as well as many other vitamins and minerals), substantially decreased my coffee intake, increased my green tea consumption, and I really learned about my body’s food sensitivities. Long after the Cleanse is complete, I continue to make wonderful, lasting changes to my diet and food choices, my energy level is up, and I actually feel lighter.
Over the course of the Cleanse, I ran into so many people who told me that they could “never” do the cleanse because it’s too difficult with a young family. That got me to thinking of the people who are missing out on this great experience and who aren’t benefiting from the long-term health effects of participating in a cleanse. The truth is, the Cleanse is absolutely do-able with a young family. The added bonus is that the entire family eats well, and experiences the benefits of pure foods. As a busy mom with 3 young and very active children, I made it work. These are my top tips to cleanse successfully while keeping your family happy:
- As soon as you get home with your groceries, clean and chop all of the vegetables that you will need for the next few days. This will make dinner preparation time quick and easy. Prepared fruits and vegetables are also a great snack any time of the day
- Choose recipes that appeal to your children and don’t introduce TOO many new food items. For example, if your children already like carrots and cucumbers, keep this up or increase the amount you serve them. If they don’t like broccoli or chick peas, this isn’t the time to insist they try them. If some of the recipes call for items that your kids don’t like, add these items to your portion separately
- Prepare a large portion of quinoa (or brown rice or millet, whatever your prefer). You can use it over a few days in various different ways
- Don’t think that every meal you make has to be complicated. Roast up some veggies, mix with quinoa and top with maple syrup. Simple, satisfying, and delicious
- Allow substitutions for the rest of your family. If your kids don’t like quinoa, allow them pasta or rice with veggies. Pasta is an easy item to prepare and will keep your children happy
- Talk to your kids about the importance of making food choices that will fuel their bodies. Explain that consuming pure foods will increase their energy and help them with sports and school. This has been a big topic for my family at home. My 7 and 5 year old often ask me what to eat if they “want to feel good”.
Teaching our children to have healthy eating habits at young age will help them become healthier adults. My kids look forward to smoothies every morning now. Little do they know, they are getting a great dose of flax and other vitamins to start their day off right.
So, with a little planning and preparation, a Cleanse is definitely possible…even if you have a young family!
May 24, 2012
On Friday May 28 I will be on CTV Ottawa Morning for 2 segments relating to race weekend. At 9:25am I’ll be cooking up this delicious quinoa salad and 9:40am doing some post-race yoga poses with the CTV gang.
This quinoa salad is a great meal to have about one hour after your race, when you need a good combo of protein and carbs to refuel and rebuild. It is simple to make and really you can use any veggies you have on hand, if you are racing in the morning, make this the night before so it’s ready to eat the next day when you come home good and hungry.
Curried Quinoa Salad with Mango
makes 4 delicious servings
1 cup dry quinoa – rinsed well in a strainer
- 1/4 cup organic olive or sunflower oil
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp mango chutney
- 1 1/2 tsp curry powder
- 1/4 tsp dry mustard
- 1 large mango, peeled and diced, pit removed
- 1 English cucumber diced
- 1 yellow pepper diced
- about 12 cherry tomatoes cut in half
- 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
- 2 cups baby spinach
- In a medium pot bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add quinoa, reduce to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork and let cool.
- Make Dressing; whisk together oil and next 4 ingredients and blend well, season with salt and pepper to taste.
- in a large bowl combine quinoa, veggies and dressing, toss well. Pile spinach into your salad bowl and top with the quinoa salad
May 23, 2012
Sunday, June 17th is Father’s Day. Let’s celebrate!
Start his day off right. Bring your MAN in for free!
9-10:15AM Elation Vinyasa Flow with Caroline Elson
What better way to start his day? Your man will be energized and feeling great after a morning practice.
May 23, 2012
We have made a few changes to our schedule to enhance your Elation Centre experience:
-Wednesday, May 16th will be the last Vinyasa (75 mins) with Donna
-Tuesday, May 22nd will be the last Vinyasa Gentle class with Martha (1:15-2:15pm)
-Beginning Monday, June 4th Martha will teach Vinyasa (hips) 6:45-7:56PM
-Beginning Sunday, June 10th Caroline’s Elation Vinyasa Flow will start at 9am and will be 75 minutes
Stay tuned for new yoga classes and nutrition workshops being added to our schedule.
New Summer Run classes coming soon!
May 17, 2012
i2P encourages youth to reach beyond their perceived limits by using adventure as a medium to Educate, Inspire and Empower our global community to make positive change in the world. Wow, what a great initiative to support and I am so grateful to share the stage with Ray Zahab of i2P, the gang from Solefit Orthotics, John Zahab and Marshall Ulrich.
My topic is “Yoga and Pure Foods – strategies for short-term results and longevity in your sport.” Discover the how incorporating plant-based diet strategies and simple yoga techniques can result in shortened recovery time, reduced injury and increased energy, benefiting both short-term performance and longevity in your sport.
You can sign up by clicking here.
Hope to see you there, get ready to be inspired!
May 9, 2012
I just spent the last week at an amazing training session with Brendon Burchard of Experts Academy, so many lessons to share! One great big take away is that we all have something to share, we all have a unique life and something that makes us special, and we can all make a difference in the world when we share our passions. The key is to be Bold enough to NAME your passion, to be Brave enough to live it, and to Believe that you are worthy enough to share it and make a difference.
For anyone who has been around me for even a few hours you know my passion for inspiring and teaching people to be able to live life to the fullest through Yoga, Pure Food Nutrition and through the joy of running.
I want to thank Krista one of our amazing teachers, who lives her passion, for sharing this video. It is everything Elation Centre boldly and bravely believes and teaches our students and I am so unbelievably happy to share this with you.
Take a few minutes to watch this video, and then be Bold, be Brave and Believe in yourself.