An Anniversary Celebration!

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An Anniversary Celebration!

Our anniversary celebration was a huge success again this year, complete with a full class, sharing of stories, delicious food and fun surprises!

Full class

Before class Jenn shared a few words and stories about the studio's humble beginnings and how she never anticipated the impact that it would have in the community. Frances expressed how much the studio means to her, and how Jenn & Jason have positively impacted so many. And Bram, throughout the whole class, shared funny stories and anecdotes (as he always does!) but mainly emphasized how much gratitude we all share for our treasured studio space.

There was a lot of talk about community, and the anniversary class really brought that out... From the class taught by Bram and assisted by Jenn and Frances, to all the helping hands who put the gift bags together, to the delicious food prepared by one of our generous yogis, Mit, along with the delectable cookies baked by Jenn and Frances that very day. And of course, most important of all, all of the wonderful yogis who attended, some who have been there since the very beginning (and even before the studio opened!) and others who are new to our Luna family!

We extend so much humble thanks and gratitude to you all. Without you all the studio would simply not exist, and your presence, support and love is the foundation of your beautiful space.

There were many requests for us to share recipes from the event, so here they are!

Mit's Vegan Patties

Ingredients

Vegan Patties
  • 100 grams of cooked rice cooled overnight
  • 500 grams potatoes
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 kg carrots
  • approx. 10 zucchinis (or any summer squash of your choosing)
  • olive oil
  • cumin and/or coriander seeds
  • salt, pepper, turmeric to taste
  • tarragon and coriander herbs
  • fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • mint leaves
  • fresh coriander
  • salt 
  • pepper
  • bread crumbs (optional)

- Boil the potatoes until they soften. Peel and let cool for 20 mins.
- Chop the cauliflower thinly and wash/rinse thoroughly.
- Put a frying pan on high heat with a few drops of olive oil, plus a pinch of cumin/coriander seeds, add cauliflower.
- Fry cauliflower to coat with olive oil, not cook through. It should still be hard on the outside, and a little softer on the inside.
- Lower the heat add salt, pepper and turmeric to taste and let sit for 5-7 mins.
- Remove from heat and transfer cauliflower into a bowl. Season with tarragon, coriander and a few drops of fresh lemon juice. Toss and let cool for 20 mins.
- Lightly mash cooled potatoes until it makes a paste. Season with salt, pepper, half of a green hot chili pepper, 1 teaspoon sugar, 2 mint leaves, a couple of coriander leaves a few drops of fresh lemon juice.
- Mix cauliflower and potatoes together.
- Rinse carrot and zucchini (or squash) and grate into thin slices. Massage in 3-5 tsps of salt.
- Drain thoroughly (may take up to 30 mins to dry completely)
- Add seasoning to your liking: pepper, green herbs (parsley, coriander, mint, tarragon, rosemary)
- Add carrot and zucchini mixture to potato and cauliflower mixture.
- Mix pre-cooked rice and add seasoning if necessary.
- If you find the dough too moist you can add bread crumbs. This also adds a nice, crunchy texture. 
- Separate dough into round patties, about 1-2 inches thick. Cool in the refrigerator for 30-45 mins.
- Fry patties in olive oil on medium-high heat, 2-3 mins on each side. 

Veggie Side Dish

Ingredients

Veggie Side Dish
  • cherry tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • rosemary
  • 5 medium-sized onions
  • 2-3 red peppers
  • 2 carrots


- Cut in halves at least 5-7 boxes of cherry tomatoes of various colours, then drizzle with olive oil.
- Season with salt, pepper and rosemary.
- Bake for 90mins on 300F minimum, or overnight-slow heat is very good if you have time.
- Thinly cut onions, red peppers, carrots or any other desire grilled vegetables, bake for 90min on 300F the oven.
- Mix them with cherry tomatoes and add any desired green herbs, refrigerate this dish for 4-6 hrs before serving.

Ginger Cookies
Cowgrrrl Cookies
Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

We're already looking forward to next year's anniversary festivities! Hope to see you then!

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Summer Festivals Pt. 2: Bram Levinson at Wanderlust Tremblant

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Summer Festivals Pt. 2: Bram Levinson at Wanderlust Tremblant

Bram Levinson will be teaching at Wanderlust Tremblant for the 3rd time! Catch him at one of his 5 workshops:

Bram Levinson

Thursday, August 24
8am Demystifying the Chakras
4pm Introduction to iRest Yoga Nidra

Friday, August 25
10am Dharma and Doubt Vinyasa Flow
2pm Nostalgia Vinyasa Flow

Saturday, August 26
12pm Meditation for Everyone

For some tips on how to maximize on your outdoor yoga festival experience check out our Summer Festivals Pt. 1 blog!

A few Wanderlust Tremblant specific tips

  • Make sure to allow yourself ample travel time, as there will be many people heading out to Tremblant for the weekend. Check the travel time on Google Maps and factor in an extra 30-45 minutes!
  • The corner store in the village can be a little pricey, so make sure to be well prepared! 
  • Restaurants in the village can also be costly, and there are not too many vegan options, so bringing your own food to prepare your own meals might be a good idea. If you have access to transportation you can also check out restaurants outside of the village.
  • Though classes may appear as "FULL" on the schedule, if you are really keen on attending, you can still take a chance and wait in line for the class, as there are always last minute cancellations!

Looking forward to another stellar Wanderlust Festival! See you there!

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Summer Festivals Pt. 1: Jennifer Maagendans at Park Rising

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Summer Festivals Pt. 1: Jennifer Maagendans at Park Rising

Your favourite Luna teachers will be teaching at nearby outdoor yoga festivals this summer!

Jennifer Maagendans will be teaching in Hudson at Park Rising, a yoga and health festival taking place the weekend of August 5th-6th.  Join her on the Sunday 11am-12pm for an invigorating Jivamukti practice! For more information about the festival and to view the full schedule visit: http://parkrising.com/

 

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Some quick tips for making your outdoor summer yoga festival experience more enjoyable…

  • Bring sunscreen, a water bottle, a hat and/or sunglasses!
  • Bring an older yoga mat that you don’t mind getting dirty, or a towel to put under your yoga mat.
  • Bring a lighter coloured mat if possible, as darker mats tend to heat up in the sun
  • Bring snacks! Packing in all those classes will have you working up quite the appetite! Bring snacks that travel well: trail mix, dried fruit, apples, oranges… Nothing that will bruise or get banged up easily!
  • Be practical about picking your schedule! We tend to get excited about all the class possibilities that we sometimes forget about logistics… Are the classes back to back? How far apart are they in distance?
  • Consider mixing it up, you may be a Flow-lover but festivals are a great time to mix it up with some Yin and Restorative too! Your body will thank you for it!
  • Lastly, as with anything in life, HAVE FUN! Walk around, take in the sights, check out the vendor booths, grab some free samples, attend some outdoor concerts! Make the most out of your festival experience!

    Happy summer festival-ing yogis!
     

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An Homage to Luna Yoga on its 14th Anniversary!

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An Homage to Luna Yoga on its 14th Anniversary!

I first came to Luna Yoga in the late summer of 2008. Until that point, I had practiced a much gentler style of yoga with the first teacher I was blessed to find along my journey, Joan Ruvinsky. I was initially introduced to the deeply rooted philosophical teachings that Joan incorporates, but I soon found myself craving a more physical practice. I had quickly formed a home practice after first starting in yoga, and as I found myself attempting more advanced postures at home, I always kept an element of caution to my movement, knowing I needed to find a space where I could be supervised as I went deeper into it. My sister from another mister, Sonia Papasimakis-Collins, was at that time the Store Manager of the Ste-Catherine St Lululemon store and had been telling me for months that I had to come try this teacher whose studio was in Old Montreal, and whose classes were beyond what she ever could have expected from a yoga session.

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