Environmentally Friendly Tips by Meagan Santa


We celebrated Earth Day on Monday and this inspired me to reflect on what habits I have in place that are environmentally friendly.

At the same time, I unfortunately noticed that I have a few bad habits causing a negative impact. Don’t we all? Let’s decide as a community to make the small changes that we can on a regular basis that will allow for a ripple effect. It starts with one person- that’s you!

In studio, about a year ago we eliminated paper cups and switched over to beautiful blue cups for students to fill with water before class. We encourage students to take good care of their mats so they have a long life, bring their own reusable travel mug for coffee at Cannon Coffee Co. down the street and we use reusable bags whenever we shop for the studio necessities.

I’ve put a list of 10 tips together that you can implement now. How many are you already in the habit of doing?

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  1. Reusable Water Bottle

  2. Reusable Grocery/Produce Bags

  3. Reusable Travel Mug

  4. Reusable K-cup or Metal Tea Strainer

  5. Hang Dry Clothes

  6. Dryer Balls

  7. Glass/Metal Food Containers

  8. Bamboo Toothbrushes & Hairbrushes

  9. Beeswax/Plant-Based Wax Food Wraps

  10. Metal/Paper Straws

Find a few more helpful resources from other friends below. And click the IFF image above and save it on your phone or send to a friend as a reminder to make eco-friendly changes in your day-to-day routine.

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2019 30 Day Yoga Challenge

Join us this March for our 30 Day Yoga Challenge!

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Dates: Friday March 8th - Saturday April 6th
Investment: $160+HST

Join us this March for our 30 Day Yoga Challenge! Everyday feel inspired to roll out your mat and share this yoga journey with the IFF community! This is an opportunity for anyone to strengthen their yoga practice, discover something new on and off their mat while tuning into the motivating energy.

As a challenger, prepare for an extra layer of inspiration via weekly emails with inspiring content as well as weekly challenger-only meetings lead by Nicole Catenazzi. For the FIRST time ever, the weekly emails will include EXCLUSIVE home yoga & meditation videos to provide you resources to use at home when you can't make it into the yoga studio. At the end of the challenge, we'll celebrate your hard work with a closing party potluck, giveaways and prizes!!

We know a 30-day commitment can seem a bit intimidating which is why we've created a private challenger community. And if 30 days isn't attainable with your schedule, change it so you are working towards a measurable goal! Do this for yourself—see what you can do on your mat in 30 days with all these additional tools to encourage you.

You’ll Receive:

  • unlimited yoga for the duration of the challenge

  • invitation to the Opening Party on Friday March 1st to kick it off!

  • invitation to the Closing Party on Friday April 5th with a potluck, giveaways and prizes!

  • weekly emails with inspiration & resources

  • weekly challenger-only meetings led by Nicole Catenazzi

  • private challenge community on Facebook for accountability & check-in’s!

  • PLUS for the FIRST time ever, the weekly emails will include EXCLUSIVE home yoga & meditation videos to provide you resources to use at home when you can't make it into the yoga studio!

Do this for yourself—see what you can do on your mat in 30 days with all these additional tools to encourage you.

If you’re ready to dive in, sign up now before Friday March 8th!

More About Nicole

Check out her latest blog post, 3 Reasons You Should Do the 30 Day Challenge. She shares from her personal experience and where this year’s themes and inspiration come from!

Check Out Our Class Schedule

Explore what classes you can attend to reach your 30 day goal here. Don’t forget about your exclusive home video practices you’ll receive in a weekly email!

3 Reasons Why You Should Do the 30 Day Challenge by Nicole Catenazzi

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When Helena asked if I would like to help run the 30-day challenge this year I instantly jumped on board. For me, joining a 30-day challenge several years ago led me to cultivate a deep love and passion for yoga. I was a novice—having only practiced a handful of times before I committed to discovering what I could achieve in 30 days. I was eager and enthusiastic but I made sure to pace myself with slower and restorative classes. By the end of the 30 days, I was hooked and started to explore flow classes. Now that I’ll be leading a group of soon-to-be challengers, it feels like I’ve come full circle!

Whether you’re new to the practice or would describe yourself as an experienced yogi, the 30-day challenge is a fun and inspiring way to bring fresh energy, strength and peacefulness into your life.

So if you want to practice for 30-days or you want to give yourself 30 days to discover what’s possible for you, here are a few reasons why this challenge might be right for you!

You want to try something new

The 30-day challenges is a great way to try out lots of different classes and find out why so many students describe the yoga studio as their second home. You’ll also get a taste of the spiritual and philosophical side of the practice when we gather for weekly in-person meet-ups to round out your practice. In these workshop-style sessions, we’ll cover other aspects of yoga like meditation, pranayama and the chakras.

All challengers will receive a weekly newsletter from me which will include some tips and tools to inspire you that week. You’ll also get access to online video classes, so you can practice in the comfort of your home if you’re unable to get to the studio. Plus, a new 10-minute meditation will be sent out each week that you can do whenever, wherever!

You want to connect with other like-minded people in your community

Even if your reason for joining a challenge is personal, it’s wonderful to know that you’re sharing the space and practice with other people who are invested in their own growth and self-development. When you participate in the challenge, you’ll start to see more familiar faces around the studio and get to build strong relationships with your teachers.

You’ll also be part of a private online community where you can share what you’re up to, and the weekly meetups give you a chance to learn from other challengers and share your questions or struggles.

Plus, the challenge kicks off with a fun welcome party and we’ll celebrate the end of the challenge with a rewarding closing party with prizes and giveaways!

You want to discover what’s possible

If the thought of doing 30 days of yoga in a row overwhelms you, shift your perspective and ask yourself “What’s possible in 30 days?” This line of questioning gives you lots of room to discover what’s possible for you. In 30 days you might:

  • try classes you’ve never tried before

  • get started with a home practice using the online videos

  • create empowering rituals for your mental and physical health

  • develop a meditation practice using the audio recordings.

  • meet new friends in the community.

See?! The possibilities are endless!

Really with a 30-day challenge, you’re committing to yourself. The 30-day challenge is not about mindlessly showing up to practice every day just for the sake of it. It’s about giving yourself 30 days to discover what’s possible. To discover strength, softness, resiliency, and acceptance of yourself both on and off the mat.

IFF Yoga Challenge Details

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Dates: Friday March 8th - Saturday April 6th
Investment: $160 +HST

You’ll receive:

  • unlimited yoga for the duration of the challenge

  • invitation to the Opening Party on Friday March 1st to kick it off!

  • invitation to the Closing Party on Friday April 5th with a potluck, giveaways and prizes!

  • weekly emails with inspiration & resources

  • weekly challenger-only meetings led by Nicole Catenazzi

  • private challenge community on Facebook for accountability & check-in’s!

  • PLUS for the FIRST time ever, the weekly emails will include EXCLUSIVE home yoga & meditation videos to provide you resources to use at home when you can't make it into the yoga studio!

Do this for yourself—see what you can do on your mat in 30 days with all these additional tools to encourage you.

If you’re ready to dive in, sign up now before Friday March 8th!

More About Nicole

Nicole first experienced the transformative potential of yoga while on a retreat in Costa Rica. At the time, the retreat provided an escape from the stresses of working in a corporate law firm. Within a year of a dedicated daily practice, Nicole had enrolled in a 200-hour hatha/vinyasa teacher training program with Yogaspace in Toronto. In 2016, she completed an additional 300-hour advanced training program with Zuna Yoga in Bali, which included a focus in meditation, restorative yoga and yoga nidra.   

Nicole credits yoga for bringing immense clarity and calm to her life, and for leading her towards her life’s purpose. She is continuously inspired by the "post-savasana high": that feeling of inner peace after a well-rounded yoga practice. Nicole's goal as a teacher is to help students discover their potential, their power and their peace through yoga: to honour where they are in any given moment. Nicole's approach to teaching invites a sense of compassionate curiosity and present-moment awareness of body and mind.

Nicole currently teaches Rest & Restore Yoga on Tuesdays at 7:00-8:00pm as well as Prenatal Yoga on Wednesday evenings at 5:30-6:30pm. You can check out the class schedule here.