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Summer practice on the water! SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) in Toronto July 13, 2015 03:37

We finally have nice summer weather in Toronto!
that means... it is perfect to take your practice outdoor and take a deep breathe of fresh air.

 

There are few different outdoor yoga practice in T.O either in the park or on the water.

We visited Kew beach last Saturday to enjoy Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP) on the Lake Ontario.
Kew beach is a great place to do paddle boarding!


- It is close to downtown of Toronto, you can get there easily by public transportation.
- It has a nice view of downtown Toronto.
- Beach is not as crowded as other beaches like Woodbine Beach.
- There are few places around the beach that you can rent a board or take a class!


SUP girlz offers various classes and workshops including...
SUP yoga classes, bootcamp, Night SUP with lights under you (how cool is that!?)
You are required to complete a first-time class to make sure you have the basics down before taking their daily classes.
http://www.supgirlz.com

Sup Surf offers intro/beginner lesson to get you started,
and after that, you can rent a paddle board by an hour and enjoy paddling! 
http://supsurf.ca


Our First Store Front @Toronto Designers Market June 03, 2015 17:47

Toronto Designers Market
1605 Queen Street West, Toronto
Hours: Wed-Sun 11AM - 6PM

We are very thrilled to join as a vendor at Toronto Designers Market!
This will be our first little store front!

You can now shop Paprika goodies offline,
Super comfy & breathable yoga pants, handmade mala, bracelets and fun printed turban headbands!

 

http://www.torontodesignersmarket.com/paprika


May 2015 Paprika Pop-up Schedule May 07, 2015 03:56

 

We are finally having sunny and warm spring weather in Toronto!

Paprika will be joining few spring local markets,,,

 

The Travelling Gypsy Market (in Kensington market)

Sunday May 10, 10AM - 6PM

At Scrim4Rent Gallery and KOS Restaurant (Corner of Bellevue Avenue & Nassau Street)

There will be artisans, illustrators, vintage, live music and live art painting!

 

Junction Flea Market (at Echo Beach)

Sunday May 24, 10AM - 5PM

At Echo Beach

100+ Vintage, Craft, Clothing, Jewelry & Food Vendors on the shores of Lake Ontario.

 

Midnight MRKT (461 King St West)

Friday May 29, 9PM - 1AM

461 King Street West

Midnight MRKT. Toronto's Premier Night Market. Pairing Music, Drinks and Streetstyle Food with Top Choice Vendors.

 

Toronto Designers Market (1605 Queen St West)

GRAND OPENING: Sunday May 31, 11AM - 6PM 

1605 Queen Street West

http://www.torontodesignersmarket.com/paprika

Opens 5 days a week, Wed - Sun (11AM - 6PM)


Pray for Nepal April 29, 2015 14:12

#‎PrayForNepal‬


Our thoughts and prayers for the people of Nepal and for those affected.. We finally found the organization to help victims of earthquake in Nepal.

We are having Mother's day sale event,
Use promoted FOREVERLOVE for 15% off on all items until May 10. 

We will donate 15% of those sales to victims in Nepal through Shikshya Foundation Nepal (www.shikshyafoundationepal.org).

Donations will go through Shikshya Foundation Nepal (www.shikshyafoundationnepal.org),
and 100% of the funds will be distributed accordingly, based on the latest needs on the ground.

 

Namaste

How to use a Mala April 13, 2015 14:49

 

Mala beads are a string of 108 beads used for keeping count during mantra meditations. Malas can be used during meditation and they help the mind to focus. Malas are also referred to as mala beads, Buddhist beads or Buddhist prayer beads.

 

How to use a Mala

Using a mala is simple and enjoyable. Traditionally, the mala beads have been used in prayer and meditation. But anyone can wear mala beads, whether you meditate or not. Because of healing quality of gemstones, people often wear it as necklace or bracelets to calm the mind and find inner peace.

Meditating with Mala, You should clarify the intention of your practice and choose your mantra or affirmation. A mantra is a word, sound, or phrase chanted aloud or silently to aid in your concentration.

When selecting a mantra, be clear on what your intention is, and use your intuition over your intellect.  You may want to try out each mantra for a few repetitions to see how it feels to you and choose the one that feels like it fits best for you.

Find a comfortable space and sit quietly in a comfortable position with the eyes closed. Begin to breathe deeply and bring your focus and attention onto your mantra or affirmation. To count your mantras, hold your mala in your right hand and count each mantra by touching each bead with your thumb and middle finger. The index finger is extended and should not touch the mala. (The index finger is believed to represent 'ego' and it is not recommended to be used.) Continue until you reach the Guru Beads (the big decorative beads at the center), If you wish to do another round of mantras, do not skip over the guru beads. Instead, turn the mala around and move in the opposite direction.

 

Care & Cleanse

Please treat your mala or bracelet with love and care. They are not meant to be worn during yoga practice or any vigorous activity.

Rudraksha Malas can be gently cleaned using warm water. The Rudraksha seeds are believed to absorb and store energy. It will darken over time and this enhances the benefits found in the seeds.

All semi-precious gemstones can be gently cleaned with soft cloth. They need to be treated with care as these are natural stones and can break with force. Please do not use any cleaning product that has chemical.

Tassels may show some wear overtime. You can dip them in warm water (you may use mild natural soap), lay flat to dry overnight. You may need to trim the end of the tassel with sharp scissors.

Here are a few ways to cleanse your mala:

  • Placing the mala in the sunlight or moonlight
  • Laying the mala under a full moon once a month for a natural recharge.
  • Burning sage over the mala
  • Placing them in a singing bowl and ring the bowl

Gemstone Meanings February 28, 2015 12:37

 

In the myths and legends of various cultures throughout history, gemstones are believed to have special meaning and power.
Each gemstone is unique and has special story or meaning. It can be very personal and meaningful to one who wears it.
Most of our handmade jewelries are made with genuine semi-precious stone to bring light, love and positive energy and to enhance meditation and spiritual mind.

 

Agate- Agate is stone of strength. It strengthen the body and the body’s connection to the earth, enhances creativity and strengthens the intellect. Agate is said to be a grounding stone that brings balance emotionally, physically and intellectually; harmonizing the Yin and Yang. It is very protective stone. It protects from bad dreams, stress and energy drains. Pink Agate is credited for enhancing mental function and improving concentration, perception and analytical abilities. 

Amazonite- Amazonite balances feminine and masculine energy. This semi-opaque blue-green stone promotes kindness and practicality. It helps balance the emotions.

Amethyst- Amethyst is Power, Protection & wisdom stone. It is used as a dream stone to help insomnia. Amethyst is believed to guard against guilty and fearful feelings. It protects from self-deceptions and witchcraft. The amethyst symbolizes sincerity and spiritual wisdom.

Aquamarine- Aquamarine is a stone of courage and protection. This stone is associated with clarity of mind and creative self-expression. It is for heart & throat chakra.  Aquamarine is an excellent stone for deep meditations, as it brings a great peace and serenity. It helps you be in touch with your spiritual being. Because of its color, Aquamarine is called as ‘water of the sea’ and has often been linked to sea Goddess.

Aventurine- Sometimes called the “Stone of Heaven”, Green Aventurine is the stone of luck and chance. It is said to increase perception and creative insight. Aventurine is thought to protect the heart, enhance creativity and promote healing. It also helps to stabilize the emotion.

Azurite- Azurite stone is effective to help you to activate third eye chakra. It will open up you inner sight during meditation. It stimulates an increase in communication skill, intuition, creativity and inspiration. It also helps to temper the mind, releases stress and restore balance and control over emotions from depression or negative thoughts.

Carnelian- Carnelian is an energy booster. It helps to find inner strength, calm bad temper and protect against fear and bad vibration. It has also been used for help with infertility and general healing and aiding in vitality and metabolism. This stone is associated with motivation and is used to stimulate career growth.

Red Coral- Coral is the ‘garden of the sea’. Coral symbolizes life and blood force energy. It stimulates Root Chakra for energy and warmth. It is believed to prevent ill fortune and used as an aid to depression. Coral is good for meditation or visualization.

Crystal Quartz- Crystal Quartz is often used for healing and meditation. It helps to increase awareness and clarity in thinking. Crystal Quartz acts as a deep soul cleanser, purifying and enhancing the body’s internal structure.

Fresh Water Pearls- It promotes sincerity, truth and loyalty. It is also said to enhance personal integrity, soothes, and calms attention. It enables one to accept love.

Garnet- Garnet is associated with passion, love and loyalty. It is also a stone of purity and truth. Garnet will help to balance the energy system, stimulate desires and uplift attitude. It also helps bring spiritual awareness. Garnet is also known as lucky stone for love, success and goals.

Howlite- Howlite stone is super-calming stone. It cleanses the mind and emotions of negative thoughts and helps to relieve stress of all kinds.

Jade- Jade is an ancient stone that has historically been used to attract love. Jade strengthens your mental faculties and assists in clear reasoning. Jade is also a protective stone, guarding against accidents and misfortune. The soothing green color of jade makes it a wonderful healing stone.

Yellow Jade- Yellow Jade is a cheerful and energetic stone. It brings happiness and joy. Jade is an ancient stone that has historically been used to attract love. It helps with releasing emotions and considered as a ‘dream stone’. Jade strengthens your mental faculties and assists in clear reasoning. Jade is also a protective stone, guarding against accidents and misfortune.

Jasper- Jasper is thought to deflect negativity and stress while inducing mental clarity, focus, stamina and general good health. It is also associated with stability, security and independence. Jasper will help balance the vibration of the body.

Labradorite- Labradorite is a power stone, allowing you to see through illusions and determine the actual form of your dreams and goals. It is excellent for strengthening intuitions. It helps to stimulate imagination, to develop enthusiasm and to see more clearly in meditation.

Lapis Lazuli- Lapis Lazuli brings harmony and deep inner self knowledge. It encourages self-awareness, allows self-expression, strengthens the mind and body, stimulates objectivity and encourages creativity. Lapis is also a stone that protects from physical danger and psychic attacks.

Moonstone- Passionate love that will fly you to the moon. This milky colored stone is associated with intuition, creativity and good fortune. It is believed to attract love, compassion and sympathy. Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength.

Black Onyx- It is protective stone. It helps to defend against negativity, sorrow and grief. It is also associated with wisdom, good fortune and happiness. Black Onyx encourages happiness and spiritual inspiration.

Rose Quartz- Rose quartz is a stone of universal love. It gives inner peace and opens the heart to love.  It is known for generating feelings of love and compassion.

Sodalite- Sodalite stone brings inner peace by encouraging objectivity, harmony and understanding. It is associated with deep thoughts, meditation and spirituality.

Tiger Eye- Tiger Eye is a stone for the mind. It encourages emotional balance, grounding and confidence. Tiger Eye is excellent for meditation, it often used to focus the mind. The stone is linked to decision making and used for insight, it helps you see everything. It is a protective stone.

Turquoise- Turquoise is very powerful and protective stone. Stone protects from negative energy and brings a clear connection to the purity of natural elements. Turquoise is a symbol of friendship and it can bring peace and higher energy to any relation. It is very personal and meaningful stone to one who wears it.

 

 

 

 

 


Thank you.. January 13, 2015 00:29

Thank you for being on this site and reading our very first blog post.

Little bit about myself..
I grew up in Winnipeg & Calgary in Canada, lived and worked in New York about 7 years as a fashion designer.
When I first started practice yoga and workout at the gym in 2013, I have fallen in love with this new healthy & active lifestyle.
It was not just physical transformation. It strengthened my mind, helped me to find inner peace, self-awareness and bring positive energy.

I created this brand 'Paprika Yoga' to share and spread my love of yoga, fitness & meditation.
I wanted to create something that flows with your boy, mind and spirit.
Making a commitment to put on your gym clothes and get to the yoga class or gym regularly can be very challenging.
I think it is important to have something that inspires us, something that spices up our body, heart and mind, to be able to express who we are and most importantly.. be ourself and have fun!

We are putting all our love and effort to create fun and cool stuff that will spice up your life :) - so get ready and have fun!

We support you and thank you for supporting us on our new journey.

Namaste!

Love, 
Rebecca