5 reasons to roll, restore, and meditate with TRIBE tonight.


Sometimes you’ve just got to slow everything down.

When your life is racing full-speed ahead, so is your mind. Restorative yoga classes, including our Yoga Restore, Roll Out and Meditate and Restore with Essential Oils, help provide that physical and mental balance needed to reduce stress and promote recovery.

Here are five reasons to spend a little extra time opening up and breathing in the benefits of our nourishing and restorative yoga classes.

1. Better Flexibility

Think you have to “work” to get a benefit from your workout? Think again!

While all forms of yoga help make you bendier over time, a regular practice of restorative yoga (think our Roll Out, Meditate and Restore, and Yoga Restore classes) helps you explore what happens when you release tension in a more gentle and passive way.

Long, supported poses, like those held in our Yoga Restore, help your body to stretch, soften, and move deeper into those muscles and joints thanks to yoga postures held with the support of props including our blocks, bolsters and blankets.

2. Decreased Muscle Soreness

If you live with intermittent pain or simply have tired and sore muscles from the previous days workout, restorative yoga can help you relax and restore your muscles so that pain may be relieved and your natural mobility is restored.

After a workout, like a run or ride, muscles, and joints become sore because of the build-up of waste products such as lactic acid. Rolling Out after a workout can help reduce delayed-onset muscle soreness, helping to eliminate those next day aches and feelings of stiffness.  So the faster those exhausted muscles can receive adequate support for recovery, the faster they can rebuild and get you on your feet for that next workout.

3. Quiet Your Mind

Our restorative classes can be a calming hug for not just your body, but for your overstimulated mind. When we calm the mind, we reduce (or even mute) the hundreds of thoughts that are constantly running through our heads. Slowing your mind gives your whole-being restorative experience – mind, body, and spirit. And as a result, you immediately feel more calm, centered, and present.

4. Decreased Risk of Injury

Restorative yoga increases circulation throughout the body by promoting increased blood flow, especially during a Roll Out class. Better circulation means a better range of motion and more effective body movements.

And just like stretching, rolling using our Yoga Tune-Up Balls can be integral to injury prevention, increasing blood flow, decreasing soft-tissue density and relaxing tight muscles. Muscles that move more effectively and within a natural range of motion are less prone to injury and will keep you on your feet longer.

5. Good Self-Care

Restorative yoga is a great way to put yourself first. Life can be complicated and stressful, and we could all use a stress-busting tool like yoga to soothe our minds and bodies. Yoga brings harmony to your soul and elevates your relationships with others and yourself by keeping your overall mood and behavior in check.

Relieve stress, find a sense of calm, and use your yoga practice to support the healthiest, happiest and best version of you in 2020!

Join TRIBE Monday to Friday at 8pm for Roll Out, Yoga Restore, or Meditate and Restore with Essential Oils, or Saturday at 1pm for Roll Out.

It’s How We Roll: 15 min Foam Rolling Video

#HurtSoGood! Last week I had the joy of filming a short foam rolling video with the team from Best Health Magazine.

Foam Rolling is a form of self-myofascial release, or self-massage, that gets rid of knots in your muscles and connective tissue. It also increases blood flow to your muscles and creates better mobility, helping with recovery and improving performance.

I shared some of the sequencing we use at Tribe during our 60-minute Roll Out class (which happens on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 8pm and Saturdays at 12pm).

Watch the video here and join us at Tribe for your post workout recovery!

5 Yoga Poses For Runners

With the sidewalks clear, training is full steam ahead for the 2017 race season including the next big GTA race the Around the Bay Road Race which goes March 26th.  Yoga is a great compliment to running as it will keep your stretched and injury free. Here are five postures I shared on CH Morning Live on Tuesday March 7th. Watch it here and check out the postures below.


Standing Back Bend


Standing tall with big toes together and heels slightly apart, place hands on the lower back and gently arch the spine opening through the chest looking up.

Standing Forward Fold


From standing position with feet six inches apart, exhale and fold forward. Bend knees slightly if pressure is felt on the lower back. Head should hang heavily from the upper spine. Slide the index and middle fingers of each hand between and around the big and second toes gripping the big toes firmly. Press your toes down against your fingers. Bend your elbows out to the sides, pull up on your toes, lengthen the front and sides of your torso, and gently lower into the forward bend. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths.

Low Lunge


Place both hands on the floor, inhale and step your left foot back, keeping your right foot between your hands in a lunge. Lower your left knee onto the floor, placing the top of your foot against the ground. Bring your hands to your right knee while sinking your hips toward the floor. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths, and then repeat on the other side.



From Low Lunge, bring the right leg forward in front of the body with the right knee bent and the foot flexed. Extend the left leg behind the body with the left toes on the floor. To extend the pose, place the left hand or the left forearm on the floor. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths, and then repeat on the other side.

Downward Facing Dog


From Pigeon, exhale placing both hands on the floor and stepping your feet back lifting the seat towards the sky. Spread hands and feet as they are pressed onto the floor. Focus is on lengthening the upper body. Legs should be straight, but may be bent as needed. Hold for 5 to 8 breaths.
Repeat low lunge and pigeon using the other leg.
Take yourself through this sequence after your run and enjoy your recovery. Happy running!
*Outfit provided by New Balance Canada
*Yoga mat, bottle, strap provided by Gaiam Canada