#YogaDaysofMay2016 Yoga Challenge

May 1: Now updating daily

Update! Sponsors have been found! Read below 🙂

Announcing my Yoga Challenge for May 2016!

It’s here! My first 30-Day Yoga Challenge that I have designed. I decided to make this challenge just that: challenging. A variety of asanas for us to work through: standing, seated, arm balance, and inversions will test your strength, balance and flexibility.

I am also making this another #HistoricalHamilton Yoga Month! Because May is a great month to get outside and explore your city; and I was actually able to come up with a list of 30 different sites than I’d been to for last year’s challenge.

Starting May 1st, I will post the day’s pose: a photograph of the pose at a Historical location in Hamilton (and I’ll tell you all about the location, where to find it and some cool facts), and a video of the asana with a tutorial on how to get the correct alignment and breath, with some modifications too!

Sponsors

Three local Hamilton companies have agreed to sponsor my challenge with some cool prizes. I’m super grateful and excited for this now!

The Purple Puddle is a great company who makes amazing patterned legging that are perfect for yoga practice!

True Hamiltonian is  new local clothing company who have a really great message of being proud of your city and making it home. And badass shirts.

Xelf Fitness Studio is located off of King St. in downtown Hamilton, just outside the core. I will be offering Yoga classes here in the very near future!

How to Participate & Enter to Win

This challenge will take place on Instagram and Facebook.

  1. Follow me, @EmmaCardinell on Instagram, or ‘Like’ my Hamilton Yogini page on Fabebook, or follow my blog here, on WordPress.
  2. Repost the challenge photo on your own blog to spread the word!
  3. Share your practice of the challenge pose that day, and tag me in your photo, so I can check it out!
  4. Remember to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016.

Tag a friend or two to participate with you!


Again, if you’re a Yogi, you’ll stay for the Asanas. If you’re from Hamilton, you might enjoy learning about some town history, or just find a new place to walk your dog.

 

Day 1

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Urdvha Hastasana
Standing Backbend

Inhale: lift arms straight up overhead, palms together, reach up to the sky!
Exhale: lower the shoulders away from your ears, but keep the elbows straight and palms together
Inhale: lift the chest and start the reach overhead and behind.
Keep breathing as you slowly turn your gaze to the horizon behind you.
Inhale to straighten the back and bring your arms straight over head.
Exhale back to resting positition.

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 1 Urdvha Hastasana Standing Backbend 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Rasberry Farm Silo-RBG Arboretum 💫 For beginners: Inhale: lift arms straight up overhead, palms together, reach up to the sky! Exhale: lower the shoulders away from your ears, but keep the elbows straight and palms together Inhale: lift the chest and start the reach overhead and behind. Keep breathing as you slowly turn your gaze to the horizon behind you. Inhale to straighten the back and bring your arms straight over head. Exhale back to resting positition. Remember to tag @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness to win! #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #30dayyogachallenge #hamiltonishome #ihearthamilton #fitness #fitchallenge #strength #balance #flexibility #backbend #hollowback #getonyourmat

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Historical Hamilton
Rasberry Farm Silo-RBG Arboretum
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This is an early example of a traditional Ontario farm Silo made of freestone. This structure was built in the late 1800s by the Rasberry (not raspberry!) family who owned and operated a market garden and dairy farm at the site of the Arboretum for more than 100 years. Their home still stands as well, its just a ways behind the camera.
The silo was restored in 1985 with the help of a provincial grant.

Day 2

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Garudasana
Eagle Pose

This asana is deceiving, you need open shoulders and good balance to get comfortable. That being said, it’s an easy pose to work on.


Inhale: lift arms straight up overhead.
Exhale: entwine and lower arms. Place one elbow inside the other and place palms together, double crossing.
Inhale: Straighten back, pulling shoulders back and lifting the elbows as much as possible. Fix your gaze for the balancing act
Exhale: Cross one leg over the other, tucking the foot behind the other ankle for a double cross.
Breathe here as long as you can.

If you find it easier to cross the legs and lower down before twisting up your arms, then do whatever feels comfortable!

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 2 Garudasana Eagle Pose (Sped up 2x) 🕉 This asana is deceiving, you need open shoulders and good balance to get comfortable. That being said, it's an easy pose to work on. Inhale: lift arms straight up overhead. Exhale: entwine and lower arms. Place one elbow inside the other and place palms together, double crossing. Inhale: Straighten back, pulling shoulders back and lifting the elbows as much as possible. Fix your gaze for the balancing act Exhale: Cross one leg over the other, tucking the foot behind the other ankle for a double cross. Breathe here as long as you can. If you find it easier to cross the legs and lower down before twisting up your arms, then do whatever feels comfortable!😀 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Burlington Canal Lift Bridge 💫 Sponsors: @truehamiltonian @thepurplepuddle @xelffitness Remember to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #30dayyogachallenge #hamiltonishome #ihearthamilton #fitness #fitchallenge #strength #balance #flexibility #liftbridge #garudasana #eaglepose

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Historical Hamilton
Burlington Canal Lift Bridge

This bridge, on Eastport Drive, North East of the QEW and Skyway Bridge was built in 1962, and is a late example of a vertical lift truss bridge. It was built to replace the old swing bridges that had been ruined when a freighter ship collided with one of the spans.

The lift bridge superstructure was built by the company that is generally known as the Hamilton Bridge Company but changed its name many times over its operation and at the time was officially called the Hamilton Bridge and Tank Company. The lift bridge was the longest and heaviest in Canada when completed. The bridge was designed for a single railway track of the Hamilton-Northwestern railway as well as a two lane roadway, so it can hold a lot of weight. In 1982, the tracks were removed, and the roadway was widened.

The bridge has a vertical lift capacity of 110 ft and has a 380ft span.

 

Day 3

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Half-Bound Lotus

This is a more advanced Pose, where you slide one foot up to the opposite hip, in lotus position, and reach around with the same hand, creating a bind. You can then fold forward, to take it even deeper.
For Beginners, just take tree Pose, balancing on one leg, with the other foot placed on the inside of the leg, anywhere but the knee!

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 3 Ardha Baddha Padmasana Half-bound Lotus 🕉 This is a more advanced Pose, where you slide one foot up to the opposite hip, in lotus position, and reach around with the same hand, creating a bind. You can then fold forward, to take it even deeper. (I couldn't fold, this hill was steep!!) For Beginners, just take tree Pose, balancing on one leg, with the other foot placed on the inside of the leg, anywhere but the knee! 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Burlington Canal Lighthouse 💫 Remember to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to qualify to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #30dayyogachallenge #hamiltonishome #ihearthamilton #fitness #fitchallenge #balance #padmasana #lighthouse

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Historical Hamilton
Burlington Canal Lighthouse

The first wooden lighthouse was constructed on the Burlington canal in 1838 to guide ships to and from the harbour. The wooden lighthouse, along with the light keeper’s and ferryman’s dwellings, burned to the ground in 1856, when the wooden piers were ignited by sparks from a passing steamer. The two dwellings were quickly replaced with new brick structures in 1857, and the light keepers’ house still stands today and is being restored now.

A new stone tower lighthouse was completed in 1858. The new 55-foot tower and brick keeper’s dwelling served until 1961, when the light was deactivated. The light was replaced by the present Burlington Canal Range Light, built in 1909, the a white concrete structure set on the eastern end of the south pier.

Day 4

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Natarajasana
Lord of the Dance Pose

First thing: you can join this challenge anytime, and if you forget, or don’t have time to post one day, catch-up days are perfect. 😊

Second: This is not my favourite pose. I don’t include it in my practise, but I really should, because it definitely shows…
Everyone has something they can work on, don’t feel discouraged by the yogi who can headstand all day. Because her Dancer sucks, her warrior is wobbly, and I can not do a reverse prayer😖. Oops, I mean, whoever this is 😅😘
This is your practice! Do your best, and try every pose, because you might surprise yourself. Even if your first thought is “yeah fucking right”.🤗🤐

I start by grabbing my ankle/shin behind me, and then slowly leaning forward to counterbalance the weight. Remember to anchor yourself through the one foot, really pressing through your toes. Bend your knee when you need to!
Open your heart and work towards flipping the grip, and actually aiming for a full Hanomanasana for the legs.

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 4 Natarajasana Lord of the Dance Pose 🕉 First thing: you can join this challenge anytime, and if you forget, or don't have time to post one day, catch-up days are perfect. 😊 Second: This is not my favourite pose. I don't include it in my practise, but I really should, because it definitely shows… Everyone has something they can work on, don't feel discouraged by the yogi who can headstand all day. Because her Dancer sucks, her warrior is wobbly, and I can not do a reverse prayer😖. Oops, I mean, whoever this is 😅😘 This is your practice! Do your best, and try every pose, because you might surprise yourself. Even if your first thought is "yeah fucking right".🤗🤐 I start by grabbing my ankle/shin behind me, and then slowly leaning forward to counterbalance the weight. Remember to anchor yourself through the one foot, really pressing through your toes. Bend the knee when you need to! Open your heart and work towards flipping the grip, and actually aiming for a full Hanomanasana for the legs. 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton James N Allan Skyway Bridge 💫 Remember to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to qualify to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #30dayyogachallenge #hamiltonishome #ihearthamilton #fitness #fitchallenge #balance #bridge #dancerpose #youcandoit

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Historical Hamilton
James N Allan Skyway Bridge

This bridge was completed in 1958, was to allow for automobile traffic and freighter ships to pass simultaneously over and through the Beach Strip.
Until 1985, the bridge was only 4 lanes of traffic (now the Toronto-bound lanes, which you can see from this angle.). The bridge was then ‘twinned’, and expanded to the 8 lanes of traffic we know today.
This bridge used to be a Toll bridge, until they realized that slowed traffic, and that transport trucks were just starting to fly past the Toll booths on their way down the bridge.
In 1988, the old section of the bridge was rehabilitated extensively, to better match the new half of the bridge.
In 2014, a man driving a dump truck – in the raised position – collided with the overhead structure of the bridge, causing extensive damage and for the bridge to be closed for the weekend (causing a small calamity for locals).
You can see scaffolding and other construction equipment still in the bridge, and the repair work is expected to last until 2017.
Those two large structures are part of the orange lift bridge, in the mid-ground

Day 5

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Utkata Konasana
Goddess Pose

This pose is for anyone and everyone; it’s like a wide-leg chair pose, and you can modify however you’d like.
Inhale: Hop or step feet apart to where you feel comfortable. Lengthen and straighten out the spine.
Exhale: Raise hands to shoulder-height, palms facing forward and pull the chest forward.
Sink the hips back as you bend your knees. Make sure your toes are pointing ahead!
Inhale to lift the chest, making sure you keep your back straight!

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 5 Utkata Konasana Goddess Pose 🕉 This pose is for anyone and everyone; it's like a wide-leg chair pose, and you can modify however you'd like. Inhale: Hop or step feet apart to where you feel comfortable. Lengthen and straighten out the spine. Exhale: Raise hands to shoulder-height, palms facing forward and pull the chest forward. Sink the hips back as you bend your knees. Make sure your toes are pointing ahead! Inhale to lift the chest, making sure you keep your back straight! 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology 💫 Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to qualify to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #30dayyogachallenge #hamiltonishome #ihearthamilton #fitness #fitchallenge #balance #museum #goddesspose #yogisinthecity

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Historical Hamilton
Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology

This is (arguably) the best Museum in Hamilton. A National Historic Site, the Hamilton Waterworks is an early, rare surviving example of a Victorian industrial building complex that is both architecturally and functionally intact.
Built in 1859, the original Pumphouse with its two 70-ton steam engines, perhaps the oldest surviving Canadian-built engines, the original Boilerhouse, Chimney and Woodshed all still stand!
Its purpose was to deliver large quantities of clean water for safe drinking and fire control to the rapidly expanding city.
You should definitely visit this Museum, it’s really interesting, and it’s a ton of fun for the kids!

Day 6

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Padahastasana
Hand to Foot Pose

This is my favourite forward fold! Take any variation you like, just remember to straighten the spine, and reach with your heart, not your head!

First, hop or step feet a hip distance apart, with hands on the hips.
Inhale and lift the chest, straitening the back
Exhale fold all the way forward, pivoting from the hips only, keeping legs straight!
If your hamstrings aren’t quite there yet, reduce your reach. Grab the big toe, the ankles, shins, wherever you can reach with a straight spine!
If you can, place your palms under your soles.
Inhale to lengthen,
Exhale to fold deeper.
Bend the elbow, rotating them outwards, and again, pulling the chest forward to open those shoulders up!

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 6 Padahastasana Foot to hand Pose 🕉 This is my favourite forward fold! Take any variation you like, just remember to straighten the spine, and reach with your heart, not your head! First, hop or step feet a hip distance apart, with hands on the hips. Inhale and lift the chest, straitening the back Exhale fold all the way forward, pivoting from the hips only, keeping legs straight! If your hamstrings aren't quite there yet, reduce your reach. Grab the big toe, the ankles, shins, wherever you can reach with a straight spine! If you can, place your palms under your soles. Inhale to lengthen, Exhale to fold deeper. Bend the elbow, rotating them outwards, and again, pulling the chest forward to open those shoulders up! 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton [Former site of] The Burlington Glass Works (Now Bayview Park, located at the very end of Bay St.) 💫 Remember to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to qualify to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #30dayyogachallenge #hamiltonishome #hamiltonharbour #burlont #tgif #goodmorning

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Historical Hamilton
[Former site of] The Burlington Glass Works
(Now Bayview Park, located at the very end of Bay St.)

This little park in the North End overlooks the yacht club on the bay and across to Burlington Heights, it’s quite nice.
In 1865, the Burlington Glass Works stood here. The factory was once thought to have actually been in Burlington, but Archaeological excavations in 1966 and 1969 established the layout of the works and authenticated and enlarged previous knowledge of its output
From 1874 to about 1897 skilled artisans produced lamps, tablewares and containers, and the works became a “Flint house”
Flint, or colourless glass, used for finer glass lamps and tablewares, is made by adding a decolorizing agent that masks out the natural green colour.

Day 7

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Udvha Mukha Svanasana
Upward-facing Dog Pose

This lovely little backbend tucked into Sun A, who doesn’t like updog?

For beginners, find a Plank position. So, up on palms and toes, elbows and knees are straight, and hands are under shoulders. Back is nice and straight!
Take a deep breath.
Exhale and shift your weight forwards, and lower the body the the ground, keeping the shoulders stacked over the hands. Keep the gaze lifted straight ahead.
Inhale, and push up with the arms, and pull your chest forward, try not to strain your neck back. The tops of your feet are flat on the ground; press down through them to lift the hips and thighs off the ground.
Stay here for a few breaths to feel this full-body stretch.
You can exhale up to downward dog after, to counteract the backbend.

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 7 Udvha Mukha Svanasana Upward-facing Dog -sped up 2x- 🕉 This lovely little backbend tucked into Sun A, who doesn't like updog? For beginners, find a Plank position. So, up on palms and toes, elbows and knees are straight, and hands are under shoulders. Back is nice and straight! Take a deep breath. Exhale and shift your weight forwards, and lower the body the the ground, keeping the shoulders stacked over the hands. Keep the gaze lifted straight ahead. Inhale, and push up with the arms, and pull your chest forward, try not to strain your neck back. The tops of your feet are flat on the ground; press down through them to lift the hips and thighs off the ground. Stay here for a few breaths to feel this full-body stretch. You can exhale up to downward dog after, to counteract the backbend. 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Grant's Sail Loft 💫 #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #30dayyogachallenge #hamiltonishome #hamiltonharbour #sailboat #sailing #downbythebay

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Historical Hamilton
Grant’s Sail Loft

William Grant had this building constructed in 1869 to house his expanding sail-making business. Situated on a steeply sloping waterfront lot, the building presents an unassuming, gabled-brick front to the street. But from the bay, it looks like a tall three-storey structure, the first two floors built of coursed rubblestone.

Grant worked as a sailmaker in Hamilton from at least 1853. By the mid-1860s, he was working out of a warehouse on a wharf at the foot of MacNab Street. Grant and his small crew of skilled sailmakers were making sails for vessels from across the Great Lakes by the time he moved into this building.

Grant closed his sail loft in 1887, but afterwards the Reid Gasoline Engine Company, builders of small stationary and marine engines, occupied the building for the first two decades of the 20th century. For a number of years, it served as the home of the HMCS Lion Sea Cadets, and then United Auto Workers (now Unifor) Local 525, but since the 1980s, this building has once again housed a sail-making business.

The Grant Sail Loft is all that survives of Hamilton’s flourishing 19th-century shoreline landscape of wharves, boathouses, shipyards and warehouses.

Day 8

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Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana
One-Leg/Three-Leg Downward-facing Dog Pose

Make your Downward-facing dog more interesting, with a bit more work in the hip flexors and adductors.

I incorporated this into the flow I like. If you can’t quite find that twist in the shoulders to take it all the way back to a Wheel, just play with revolving the hips and lifting the arm to build strength!

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 8 Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana 3 Legged Downward-facing Dog -sped up 2x- 🕉 Make your Downward-facing dog more interesting, with a bit more work in the hip flexors and adductors. I incorporated this into the flow I like 🤗 If you can't quite find that twist in the shoulders to take it all the way back to a Wheel, just play with revolving the hips and lifting the arm to build strength! 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Gartshore-Thompson Building 💫 Remember this weekend is Doors Open Hamilton- a lot of Historical buildings are open to the public and museums are free of charge! Take your mom out somewhere cool! 💫 Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to qualify to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #hamiltonharbour #mothersday #museummonth #doorsopenhamilton #yogaflow #wheelpose

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Historical Hamilton
Gartshore-Thompson Building

Built in 1870, this building once served as the offices of the Gartshore-Thomson
Pipe and Foundry Company.
This company, ran by Alexander Gartshore and his partner, supplied a lot of piping and steam engines for the early water pumping industry.
Alexander’s father, John Gartshore, built the Gartshore Foundry at 64 Hatt Street in Dundas, and built and supplied the Hamilton Waterworks with the beam-type Steam pumping engines – still on display today at the National Historic Site [Day 5!]

This building was donated to the city and relocated to Pier 4 Park, at the end of Leander Drive on the Waterfront Trail.

Remember this weekend is Doors Open Hamilton- a lot of Historical buildings are open to the public and museums are free of charge! Take your mom out somewhere cool!

 

Day 9

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Padmasana
Lotus Pose

If your hips are not open enough for this, you will hurt your knees.
Try pulling one leg at a time into the Pose, and leaving the other just crossed underneath, to increase your flexibility and work towards a full lotus.

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 9 Padmasana Lotus Pose 🕉 If your hips are not open enough for this, you will hurt your knees. Try pulling one leg at a time into the Pose, and leaving the other just crossed underneath, to increase your flexibility and work towards a full lotus. 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Erland-Lee House 💫 Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to qualify to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #stoneycreek #lotus #padmasana #gothichome #centuryhome #gingerbreadhouse

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Historical Hamilton
Erland-Lee House

The Erland Lee Museum is a National Historic Site of Canada located on the ridge of the Niagara Escarpment in Stoney Creek, Ontario. Originally a farmhouse belonging to Erland and Janet Lee, the museum is recognized as the birthplace of the first Women’s Institutes, an international organization formed in 1897 to promote the education of isolated rural women.

The oldest part of the home, a log cabin, dates to 1808. An addition was built onto the log cabin in 1873 in the Carpenter Gothic style, part of the Gothic Revival Architectural tradition. This is best exemplified by the steeply-pitched gables, gingerbread trim, and the board-and-batten planks. These are are all seen here, you can’t see the log cabin part.

The Lee Family lived in the house from 1808 until 1970. In 1972, the home was opened to the public as a museum, and has since been owned and operated by the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario.
The house is the site of the development of an important farm women’s organization, with its focus on family, and improvement of self and surroundings. The house itself is typical of many so-called “Ontario cottages” with their one-and-a-half-storey, rectangular massing, three-bay façade with centre door, central gable breaking a front-sloping pitched roof, and centre-stair interior plan. Its decorative elaboration speaks to the “improving” objectives of the movement.

Day 10

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Marichyasana A
Pose dedicated to the Sage, Marichi

There’s a lot going on in this one! It’s a great shoulder, back and hamstring stretch for sure!

Sit comfortably, legs out in front of you. Bend one knee, bringing your heel as close to your thigh as possible. The opposite hand is in the ground beside the hip to help balance.
Inhale: Lift the same arm as the knee that’s bent. Reach up high!
Exhale: Reach forward, rotating the arm so that the palm faces outwards, thumb pointing down. Reach around the knee, bending the elbow and reaching back around to create the bind with the other hand.
Inhale to straighten the spine
Exhale to fold forward, trying to bring the head to the knee.
Stay here as long as you’d like, and inhale to rise up, and exhale to release the pose.

 

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 10 Marichyasana A Pose dedicated to the Sage, Marichi 🕉 There's a lot going on in this one! It's a great shoulder, back and hamstring stretch for sure 🙂 Sit comfortably, legs out in front of you. Bend one knee, bringing your heel as close to your thigh as possible. The opposite hand is in the ground beside the hip to help balance. Inhale: Lift the same arm as the knee that's bent. Reach up high! Exhale: Reach forward, rotating the arm so that the palm faces outwards, thumb pointing down. Reach around the knee, bending the elbow and reaching back around to create the bind with the other hand. Inhale to straighten the spine Exhale to fold forward, trying to bring the head to the knee. Stay here as long as you'd like, and inhale to rise up, and exhale to release the pose. 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Devil's Punchbowl Cross (Somehow got no other people in this shot) 💫 Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to qualify to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness My face is that tanned compared to my legs… Don't tell me Spring isn't here. #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #stoneycreek #marichyasana #cross #devilspunchbowl #escarpment

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Historical Hamilton
Devil’s Punchbowl Cross
(Somehow got no other people in this shot)

The Devil’s Punchbowl is an awesome waterfall. The flow itself isn’t that impressive, it can dry up completely or be just a trickle in the summer. But it’s the 3rd highest waterfall in Hamilton at 37m, and the drop over the horseshoe-shaped Niagara Escaprment and the multi-coloured exposed rock is amazing!
A bunch of bike and hiking trails meet up here, and it’s great look-out too.
The cross behind me was made in December 18, 1966 in memory of George Sinclair by his son William Sinclair. He built the cross to bring light to the community. Originally the cross was only planned on being lit up during Christmas and Easter for six weeks. However, with the help of the donations from the Knights of Columbus the cross lights up automatically every night.

There are numerous stories surrounding in how Devil’s Punchbowl got its name. One assumption states that moonshiners set up their wares on the road leading up to the Punchbowl, and when the workers got thirsty they would go up to the falls to get some cold water.

 

Day 11

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Marichyasana C
Pose dedicated to the Sage, Marichi 

This looks like yesterday’s pose, but there’s an added twist.

Sit comfortably, legs out in front of you. Bend one knee, bringing your heel as close to your thigh as possible.
Inhale: Lift the opposite arm as the knee that’s bent. Reach up high!
Exhale: Twist and place the elbow outside the knee. Put that other palm down behind you for balance.
Stay here if this is as far you can make it! I didn’t stretch enough and probably should have stayed here lol.
Inhale to straighten the back, exhale to twist further into the pose.
Otherwise…
Exhale: Bend and rotate the arm around the knee, and reaching around the back with both hands for the bind. Try to get the knee right up into the armpit.
Reach forward, rotating the arm so that the palm faces outwards, thumb pointing down. Reach around the knee, bending the elbow and reaching back around to create the bind with the other hand.
Inhale to straighten the spine
Exhale to twist deeper.
Stay here as long as you’d like, and inhale to rise up, and exhale to release the pose.

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 11 Marichyasana C Pose dedicated to the Sage, Marichi 🕉 This looks like yesterday's pose, but there's an added twist. Sit comfortably, legs out in front of you. Bend one knee, bringing your heel as close to your thigh as possible. Inhale: Lift the opposite arm as the knee that's bent. Reach up high! Exhale: Twist and place the elbow outside the knee. Put that other palm down behind you for balance. Stay here if this is as far you can make it! I didn't stretch enough and probably should have stayed here lol. Inhale to straighten the back, exhale to twist further into the pose. Otherwise… Exhale: Bend and rotate the arm around the knee, and reaching around the back with both hands for the bind. Try to get the knee right up into the armpit. Reach forward, rotating the arm so that the palm faces outwards, thumb pointing down. Reach around the knee, bending the elbow and reaching back around to create the bind with the other hand. Inhale to straighten the spine Exhale to twist deeper. Stay here as long as you'd like, and inhale to rise up, and exhale to release the pose. 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Patterson Building (Now the Cedar Residence) 💫 Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to qualify to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #stoneycreek #marichyasana #hhs #chedokehospital

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Historical Hamilton
Patterson Building
(Now the Cedar Residence)

The Patterson was built in 1932 by the architect, William Palmer Witton at a cost of $71,301.80.
It was designed as a nurses residence, to house 45 nurses.

It was possibly named after Thomas Patterson, Member of the Board of Directors from 1918-1928. He died in 1928 and bequeathed $5,000 to the Mountain Sanatorium.

In 1937 it was expanded to accommodate 21 more nurses. It was used as a student residence for the Hamilton and District School of Nursing, which opened in 1964, until the early 1970’s when it was decided that students should provide their own accommodation.

In 1975-76 it was renovated for office space and the first tenant was the Hamilton District Health Council.

And now, right next door, Columbia International College has taken on the Patterson building.

Columbia’s general manager, Jim Campbell, isn’t saying how much the school has invested in this project, but the building has been reborn, top to bottom, inside and out. Hundreds of students study here now, most from the residences right next door.

Columbia also acquired the 1920s San Home, right next door, where the medical superintendent lived.

Day 12

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Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana
Compass/Revolved Sundial Pose

This pose is getting advanced, so here’s a way to work towards this!

1. Grab your big toe. Work on the hamstrings first!
2. Try a wide-leg forward fold, grabbing the feet and now working your head towards your knee. Avoid rounding the back by reaching with your heart.
3. Now try the seated position with one leg crossed inwards, and the other straight, out to the side. Grab the toe and try to bring your leg up. If you can, bring it behind the shoulder.
4. Now just work on straightening that leg, and revolving the chest outwards! I find it easier to move my hand to my ankle as well. Yayy! You did it!

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 12 Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana Compass Pose 🕉 This pose is getting advanced, so here's a way to work towards this! 1. Grab your big toe. Work on the hamstrings first! 2. Try a wide-leg forward fold, grabbing the feet and now working your head towards your knee. Avoid rounding the back by reaching with your heart. 3. Now try the seated position with one leg crossed inwards, and the other straight, out to the side. Grab the toe and try to bring your leg up. If you can, bring it behind the shoulder. 4. Now just work on straightening that leg, and revolving the chest outwards! I find it easier to move my hand to my ankle as well. Yayy! You did it! 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Mohawk Trail School / Barton Township S.S. #5 💫 Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to qualify to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #oneroomschoolhouse #mohawk #hwdsb #compasspose #flexi

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Historical Hamilton
Mohawk Trail School / Barton Township S.S. #5

Used to be located at 360 Mohawk Road West, now behind the Education Centre on Upper Wentworth

When the school was built in 1882, there were about 25 students in eight grades who would have learned all together in the one room. It eventually was renamed Mohawk Trail and it remained a school until it was no longer needed in 1966. The teachers’ union restored the building as a museum. Mohawk College got its name, in part, from this school.

The old schoolhouse is now reopened and will continue to be an education museum in its new home behind the new school board offices being constructed off Upper Wentworth. They have restored the building to its original appearance, and it looks great inside. You can even ring the school bell!

Day 13

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Ustrasana
Camel Pose

This asana is pretty straightforward if you don’t have any limitations, here’s some pointers to help you move deeper.
As you lift the hips, also lift your chest and externally rotate the shoulders, you may hear some popping if you haven’t had a good stretch like this in a while.
Push the hips forward as far as you can; try to avoid clenching the glutes though!
Try to gaze at the horizon behind you, and remember to keep breathing.

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 13 Ustrasana Camel Pose 🕉 This asana is pretty straightforward if you don't have any limitations, here's some pointers to help you move deeper. As you lift the hips, also lift your chest and externally rotate the shoulders, you may hear some popping if you haven't had a good stretch like this in a while. Push the hips forward as far as you can; try to avoid clenching the glutes though! Try to gaze at the horizon behind you, and remember to keep breathing. 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Darnley Grist Mill – Crook's Hollow /Greensville/Flamborough 💫 Catching up to myself here, had to stop by after work yesterday for this shot 😉 The ruin is all fenced off with graffiti and broken glass littered throughout, but it's such a cool old building I can't resist.😎 💫 Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to qualify to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #ruins #gristmill #camelpose #ustrasana #backbend #hollowback

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Historical Hamilton
Darnley Grist Mill – Crook’s Hollow

The ruin is all fenced off with graffiti and broken glass littered throughout, but it’s such a cool old building I can’t resist.😎
The Darnley Grist Mill was completed in 1813 by Scottish settler James Crooks, who admired Lord Darnley and claimed him as an ancestor. The grist mill attracted local commerce: by 1829, it was surrounded by a woolen mill, distillery, tannery, paper mill, clothing factory, an inn, workers’ log cabins, and more, effectively creating the community of Crooks’ Hollow. The grist mill was sold to James Stutt after Crooks’ death in 1860, and was converted to a papermill. In 1880 Stutt bought out his partner and added a steam boiler building for heating water for papermaking and auxiliary power. Unfortunately, the boiler exploded on July 9, 1885, killing two men and causing extensive damage to the property. The mill was reconstructed, and in 1902 William Stutt, son of James, took it over. He leased it out first to the Adams Cellboard Company, then the Greensville Paper Company. The mill was gutted by fire in 1934, but the ruins remain.

Day 14

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Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
Mermaid Pose

Take this pose as far as you can; it’s a great backbend, hip/groin stretch, as well as a chest and shoulder opener.

I like to step down from Downward dog, tucking my foot in.

The leg in front, don’t keep the knee bent at 90 degrees if it’s too much on your hip; bend it inwards so you can bend back further.

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 14 Rajakapotasana Mermaid Pose Sped up 2x 🕉 Take this pose as far as you can; it's a great backbend, hip/groin stretch, as well as a chest and shoulder opener. I like to step down from Downward dog, tucking my foot in. The leg in front, don't keep the knee bent at 90 degrees if it's too much on your hip; bend it inwards so you can bend back further. 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum – Sulphur Springs Road – Ancaster 💫 Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to qualify to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #fieldcote #ancaster #mermaidpose #backbend

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Historical Hamilton
Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum

In 1948, Tom and Doris Farmer built a Tudor-style English cottage on seven acres of farmland overlooking the main street of Ancaster. They named their estate Fieldcote after a family property in England of the same name. Tom was editor-in-chief of the Hamilton Spectator from 1966 to 1969 as well as an avid historian and community supporter.

From their participation in the Ancaster Township Historical Society he and his wife knew that a venue was needed in the village as a focal point for the expression of Ancaster’s Heritage. After Tom’s death in 1976, Doris arranged in her will to bequeath Fieldcote and its property to Ancaster through the Conservation Foundation of the Hamilton Region and the Hamilton Region Conservation Authority. After Doris’ death in 1983 her wishes were put into action, and Fieldcote opened to the public in 1988.
The museum holds a lot of special events, like music and movie nights in the park, as well as offering tours.

Day 15

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Hanomanasana
Monkey Pose

Hanoman bolo, Hanoman bolo
Jai sita ram, jai jai Hanoman
🐵 [thinking of my ‪#‎allyogabali‬ loves with this one 💕]
Everyone has done these splits at least one time, whether they wanted to or not.
Definitely work your way towards this one, from Warrior 1, low lunges, mermaid poses, and even just plain forward folds, you can definitely achieve this one.
I only got back into this one a year or so ago, just have to work on it

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 15 Hanomanasana "Monkey Pose" 🐒 Sped up 2x 🕉 Hanoman bolo, Hanoman bolo Jai sita ram, jai jai Hanoman 🐵 [thinking of my #allyogabali loves with this one 💕] Everyone has done these splits at least one time, whether they wanted to or not. Definitely work your way towards this one, from Warrior 1, low lunges, mermaid poses, and even just plain forward folds, you can definitely achieve this one. I only got back into this one a year or so ago, just have to work on it 😀 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Auchmar Manor House 💫 Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to qualify to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #auchmar #splits #hanomanasana #flexi

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Historical Hamilton
Auchmar Manor House

I took a photo here last year, and this building has changed a lot! The city repaired stucco and repainted this wing of the house, as well as replacing all the windows. They have put a ton of work into renovations with more to come, I’m super happy with the effort they’re putting into, probably the last estate home on the mountain.
In 1852, Isaac Buchanan bought 54 acres of land on the Hamilton Mountain. The property stretched from the mountain brow to Fennel Ave. He built a summer cottage which eventually became Buchanan’s Manor House & Estate. The building was designed in the Georgian Domestic Gothic style and consisted of a ballroom, library, dining room, living room, a large farm-like kitchen, a full cellar and 12 other rooms.
You can read the full history on the Friends of Auchmar Website.

Day 16

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Upavistha Konasana
Seated Angle Pose

…and we’re not quite at a full splits yet!

Lots more seated wide-leg folds needed for this one

Historical Hamilton
Auchmar Dovecote

Just to the East of the Manor House at Auchmar is the Dovecote. This was where Auchmar founder Isaac Buchanan and family raised pigeons as message couriers and possibly as food.

The building is of limestone construction with lancet windows, pyramidal roof, and central, peaked gables.

The renovation plan at Auchmar includes the conservation of the Dovecote’s structure, masonry, trim, and roof. The garden wall around the structure used to have three of the four approximately seven-foot high archway filled in and will be re-opened to allow visitors to walk through.

Day 17

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Urdvha Dhanurasana
Wheel Pose

For a challenge, put some steel-toes on and try this one 😘

I like putting my wheel in this sequence, flipping your Downward-dog to wheel can be really challenging though – I only really got it down last summer. It’s all about rotating those grounded palm and foot and changing your perspective… And some open shoulders 😋

Easy entry to wheel:
Lay flat on your back. Bend your knees and bring your heels as close to your buttasana😊 as possible.
Lift your arms up, and place your palms on the ground by your head, fingers pointing towards your shoulders.
First, lift the hips, keeping knees hip-distance apart! This is important, try to be aware of where your knees are going.
Lift up with the arms to balance on the top/crown of the head, this will get the backbend going.
Finally, push up hard with the arms and ground down through the legs, and bend from the shoulders and chest just as much as the lower back

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 17 Urdvha Dhanurasana Wheel Pose 🕉 For a challenge, put some steel-toes on and try this one 😘 I like putting my wheel in this sequence, flipping your Downward-dog to wheel can be really challenging though – I only really got it down last summer. It's all about rotating those grounded palm and foot and changing your perspective… And some open shoulders 😋 Easy entry to wheel: Lay flat on your back. Bend your knees and bring your heels as close to your buttasana😊 as possible. Lift your arms up, and place your palms on the ground by your head, fingers pointing towards your shoulders. First, lift the hips, keeping knees hip-distance apart! This is important, try to be aware of where your knees are going. Lift up with the arms to balance on the top/crown of the head, this will get the backbend going. Finally, push up hard with the arms and ground down through the legs, and bend from the shoulders and chest just as much as the lower back. 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Sunken Garden – York Blvd [Neglected] 💫 Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to qualify to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #rbgcanada #mcmaster #secretgarden #sunkengarden #wheelpose #bridgepose #backbend #hollowback

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Historical Hamilton
Sunken Garden – Neglected

The last remaining sunken garden in Hamilton is located just off York Blvd, right at Old Guelph Road, across the street from the 1812 Memorial Garden.

From the street all you can see is a large clearing, with a rock on a mound for another memorial. Walk to your right and go down some old steps, and you’ll be in the Sunken Garden!

This garden was built as part of T.B. McQuesten’s project to beautify Hamilton. This area used to be very unattractive before the 1930s. Railway, gravel pit, shanty town in Cootes Paradise, billboards, no QEW!… In part to lure @mcmasteru from Toronto, the area around what was an enormous traffic circle entrance to Hamilton, became what we know as the @rbgcanada. The Sunken Gardens built in 1929 here and where McMaster Hospital stands today, the gravel pit became The Rock Garden in 1930, the shanty town was removed sometime after the construction of the QEW in 1931, also a McQuesten project, as head of transportation.

Now neglected, and overrun, the reflecting pond is empty and has about 6 trees growing out of it. I’m doing this pose in the reflecting pool here 🙂

Day 18

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Visvamitrasana
Pose dedicated to Visvamitra

A real #instagram 😉
Arm balance strength, flexibility and balance, a nice well-rounded pose 😋
This pose is pretty similar to Compass Pose, in that the hips need at least the same flexibility, but there’s a lot going on here.
The back leg is in a standing pose, the bottom arm is in an arm balance, the torso and top arm are in a sidebend or twist, the abdominals are engaged, and the front leg is approaching a split.

Tips:
Hook your shoulder under your knee

Press through the shoulder and arm and palm to balance!

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 18 Vismavitrasana Pose dedicated to Visvamitra 🕉 An actual #instagram 😉 Arm balance strength, flexibility and balance, a nice well-rounded pose 😋 This pose is pretty similar to Compass Pose, in that the hips need at least the same flexibility, but there's a lot going on here. The back leg is in a standing pose, the bottom arm is in an arm balance, the torso and top arm are in a sidebend or twist, the abdominals are engaged, and the front leg is approaching a split. Tips: Hook your shoulder under your knee Press through the shoulder and arm and palm to balance! Revolve and lift the chest. 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Dundurn Castle – Cockpit Theater/Folley 💫 Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to qualify to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #DundurnCastle #folley #sirallanmacnab #canadianhistory #goodmorning

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Historical Hamilton
Dundurn Castle – Cockpit Theatre/Folley

Dundurn Park has its own folly, just east of the castle. Living up to its purpose, it had confused most people regarding its use, who had considered it a theatre, a laundry, a boat-house, a buttery, an office, a chapel for Sir Allan’s Roman Catholic wife, or even a cockfighting ring, although no proof of the last use has ever been found.
Urban legend has it that many underground tunnels were built, leading from the Castle to various parts of the estate and one of the entrances was through the folly.

The Folley looks out over the Bay and the CN Rail tracks. If you’re at #Bayfront Park, you should be able to make out Dundurn through the trees on the other bank 🙂 I love this park 🙂 Its so nice to wander around, with all the interesting places you can sit and have lunch. I used to come here quite often when I was working downtown

Day 19

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Bakasana/Kakasana
Crane/Crow Pose

I like to start with a forward fold, it gives me the opportunity to place my knees as close to my armpits as possible.
Round the back and contract the abs, and try not to dig your knees into your arms, and lift the pelvis so that your core is doing its job.
I’m working on my straight arms (the difference between a crane and a crow), but keeping the elbows stacked above the wrists is key, lean those shoulders forward! I definitely have a better chance at Crane pose when I’m not in long sleeves and pants.

If you’re afraid of falling on your face, shift your gaze! Don’t look straight down, because that’s where you’ll go. Look about 6″ past your fingertips, and you’ll feel the balance shift back, and you may just fall back onto your toes.

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 19 Bakasana/Kakasana Crane/Crow Pose 🐦 🕉 I'm definitely throwing this pose into my sequence tonight for my All-Levels Flow tonight at 7pm, so you should come and learn how to fly! (Or maybe just float for a second 😉) I like to start with a forward fold, it gives me the opportunity to place my knees as close to my armpits as possible. Round the back and contract the abs, and try not to dig your knees into your arms, and lift the pelvis so that your core is doing its job. I'm working on my straight arms (the difference between a crane and a crow), but keeping the elbows stacked above the wrists is key, lean those shoulders forward! I definitely have a better chance at Crane pose when I'm not in long sleeves and pants. If you're afraid of falling on your face, shift your gaze! Don't look straight down, because that's where you'll go. Look about 6" past your fingertips, and you'll feel the balance shift back, and you may just fall back onto your toes. 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Dundurn Castle 💫 Dundurn sure looks pretty when the sun is coming up. It's going to be a beautiful day, hopefully you can get outside as much as possible! 💫 Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to qualify to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #DundurnCastle #sirallanmacnab #getoutside #goodmorning #yogaclass #bakasana #crowpose #nofilter #morninglight

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Historical Hamilton
Dundurn Castle

Dundurn sure looks pretty when the sun is coming up, I think this is my favourite photo this month. It’s going to be a beautiful day, hopefully you can get outside as much as possible!

The historical neoclassical/picturesque mansion was built in 1835. It is 18,000 square feet, with 72 rooms, and cost $175,000 to build. The mansion featured the latest conveniences of gas lighting and running water.
Dundurn is currently owned by the City of Hamilton, which purchased it in 1900 for $50,000. The City has spent nearly $3 million renovating the site to make 42 of the original 72 rooms open to the public.The rooms have been restored to the year 1855 when its owner Sir Allan Napier MacNab, 1st Baronet, was at the height of his career.

Day 20

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Astavakrasana
Eight-Angle Pose

Here’s my pointers:

Place palms shoulder-height apart. Lean forward, like a push up, stacking the shoulders over the wrists.

Hook the knee over the triceps, cross the opposite ankle on top of the other.
When you lift the hooked leg, it will lift the crossed ankle, creating some counter balance.

Play with the balance, if you lean forward, or push up and back.

Going to Toronto for the weekend, taking a wee break 😊✌👋 #YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 20 Astavakrasana Eight-Angle Pose 🐙 🕉 Here's my pointers: Place palms shoulder-height apart. Lean forward, like a push up, stacking the shoulders over the wrists. Hook the knee over the triceps, cross the opposite ankle on top of the other. When you lift the hooked leg, it will lift the crossed ankle, creating some counter balance. Play with the balance, if you lean forward, or push up and back. 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton 1 West Avenue South 💫 Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to have a chance to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #yogaclass #eightangle #armbalance #peaceout

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Historical Hamilton
1 West Ave S

Built in 1881, for Meakins and Son’s, originally a furniture company, then acquiring a brush business.
There were originally 4 floors and even a large corner turret/tower, but they were removed after a fire.
Other historic tenants of this building include the first Canadian Tire, Maytag, and Imperial Tobacco.

There’s 2 nice plaques in the lobby of 1 West, showing the building as it was, and a brief history of the landmark.

Now, there’s a few different business occupying this space, including @xelffitness and XelfYoga where I teach on Thursdays 🐒

Day 21

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Tittibhasana
Firefly Pose

Definitely stretch your quads and hamstrings out before this one!

Place palms shoulder-width apart, and step the feet outside.a Lean forward, like a push up, stacking the shoulders over the wrists.

Hook the knees over the triceps, cross the ankles on top of the other.

Play with the balance, if you lean forward, or push up and back.

Try to uncross those ankles and straighten your legs out!

Major catch up.. lovely long weekend though! 😉 I'll post 2-3 a day until I'm caught up this week. And I'll update my blog too… Come to my Flow Class tomorrow! 😊 7pm, 1 West Ave S❤ #YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 21 Tittibhasana Firefly Pose 🕉 Definitely stretch your quads and hamstrings out before this one! Place palms shoulder-width apart, and step the feet outside.a Lean forward, like a push up, stacking the shoulders over the wrists. Hook the knees over the triceps, cross the ankles on top of the other. Play with the balance, if you lean forward, or push up and back. Try to uncross those ankles and straighten your legs out! 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Empire Pavilion 💫 You can still join in for this week!! Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to have a chance to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #yogaclass #fireflypose #tittibhasana

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Historical Hamilton
Empire Building

This building replaced the Empire Shack which was torn down in 1926. It was the first building at the Mountain Sanatorium to incorporate the latest ideas in sanatorium design which was the 4 patient ward with all the beds parallel to the light. It was the first building to have french doors in the rooms which permitted the patients beds to be wheeled out into the sunshine on nice days. It cost $1,200 and accommodated 34 female patients.It was officially opened on May 28, 1927 by the Mayor of Hamilton, Mr. Treleaven. Its official name was “The Marion Crerar Daughters of the Empire Building”, in memory of Marion Crerar, a former president of the Ladies Auxiliary.

In 1937 it was expanded with a 6 bed wing for sick nurses. A 1947 report advised that the patient wards should now be heated…

In 1956-1957 it was renovated for the treatment of cerebral palsy. It currently houses the Children’s Developmental Rehabilitation Programme.

Day 22

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Eka Pada Koundinyasana
Pose dedicated to Koundinyasana

Again, stretch your quads and hamstrings, and realize that you’re close to the splits again here.

Place palms shoulder-width apart, and step one leg forward, lowering down to place the thigh on the arm. Lift one foot off the ground, then the other! Find the counter balance, and try to lift the back leg as much as possible.

Catch up!! Come to my Flow Class tomorrow! 😊 7pm, 1 West Ave S❤ #YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 22 Eka Pada Koundinyasana One legged Pose dedicated to Koundinya🕉 Again, stretch your quads and hamstrings, and realize that you're close to the splits again here. Place palms shoulder-width apart, and step one leg forward, lowering down to place the thigh on the arm. Lift one foot off the ground, then the other! Find the counter balance, and try to lift the back leg as much as possible. 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Dundurn Castle' Gardener's Cottage 💫 A better view here 😀 💫 You can still join in for this week!! Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to have a chance to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #yogaclass #ekapada #armbalance #splits #dundurncastle

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Historical Hamilton
Dundurn Castle Gardener’s Cottage

…oops, hiding behind my butt😁

This cute little 2 storey brick cottage was built in 1856. Built for the gardener of the Dundurn Castle Grounds, and has been beautifully maintained and restored over the years. It’s currently a private residence.. I can’t find too much additional information on this one!

Day 23

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Parsva Bakasana
Half-Crow Pose

From standing, twist and place palms shoulder-width apart on the ground beside your feet.
Lower to a push-up, and stack both knees on one arm.

To lift off, first lift the foot whose knee is on the bottom, resting right on the arm. Then lift the top foot!

Catch up!! Come to my Flow Class tonight! 😊 7pm, 1 West Ave S❤ #YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 23 Parsva Bakasana Side Crow 🕉 From standing, twist and place palms shoulder-width apart on the ground beside your feet. Lower to a push-up, and stack both knees on one arm. To lift off, first lift the foot whose knee is on the bottom, resting right on the arm. Then lift the top foot! 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Custom 's House/ Worker's Arts and Heritage Building 💫 You can still join in for this week!! Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to have a chance to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #yogaclass #sidecrow #bakasana #armbalance #customshouse #stuartstreet #northend #downbythebay #cnrail

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Historical Hamilton
Custom’s House / Worker’s Arts and Heritage Building

The building at 51 Stuart Street, known as Hamilton Custom House, overlooks the Canadian National Railway track and yards and Burlington Bay. The two-storey, sandstone clad building was designed in the Renaissance Revival style, by architects Frederick J. Rastrick and Frederick P. Rubridge, between 1858-60.
the oldest, major, Canadian government building in Hamilton and among the oldest in Ontario. Expensive to build and maintain, few government structures of this calibre were built, prior to Confederation, making the building a rarity from the beginning. Designed in the Renaissance Revival style, the Custom House is inspired by the Palladian and Renaissance palazzo architecture of Italy.
The interior was notable for its modern conveniences such as central heating, running water and gas lighting. The functional design contained a first floor examining warehouse and a second storey ‘long room’ where most public business was conducted over a long counter.

Day 24

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Devaduuta Panna Asana
Fallen Angel Pose

From standing, twist and place palms shoulder-width apart on the ground beside your feet.
Lower the side of your face to the ground, this will be to support your arms, don’t put all your weight on your pretty face 😲
Place a thigh on the opposite elbow/arm, turning the leg so your foot is up in the sky. The other leg is free, held up by your big strong muscles only.

Catch up!! Come to my Flow Class tonight, we'll try some fun stuff but keep it open to everyone still! 😊 7pm, 1 West Ave S❤ #YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 24 Devaduuta Panna Asana Fallen Angel Pose 🕉 From standing, twist and place palms shoulder-width apart on the ground beside your feet. Lower the side of your face to the ground, this will be to support your arms, don't put all your weight on your pretty face 😲 Place a thigh on the opposite elbow/arm, turning the leg so your foot is up in the sky. The other leg is free, held up by your big strong muscles only. 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Liuna Station / CN Rail Station 💫 You can still join in for this week!! Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to have a chance to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #yogaclass #inversion #fallenangle #liuna #northend #jamesnorth

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Historical Hamilton
LIUNA Station

LIUNA Station, former CN Railway James Street Station, on the east side of James Street North at Murray Street, was built between 1929 and 1931 by the Canadian National Railway.
The new CNR station was deigned in the Neo-classical style, and construction began in 1929. The cornerstone was laid on May 7, 1930 and the first passenger train left on February 20, 1930. The official opening was held a year later on May 27, 1931 attended by the Governor General.

Passenger traffic levels remained relatively constant until the 1960s when the opening of Hwy 401 had a major impact on CN’s passenger trains in southwest Ontario.
It was closed on February 26, 1993.
The station sat abandoned for several years, until 1996 when the producers of the movie “The Long Kiss Goodbye” offered CN $1 Million to renovate the station so that part of the movie could be shot there. The publicity from this attracted the Labourer’s International Union of North America (LIUNA), who bought the station and spent $3 Million for adaptive renovations to reopen the station in 2000 as LIUNA Station, a hall for weddings and other events.

Recently, Metrolinx has announced that GO Trains will be extended into Hamilton for more frequent service,and a new platform has been built next to LIUNA.

Day 25

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Sarvangasana
Shoulder Stand

Lift the hips first, supporting with the hands, and open the shoulders.
Lean back, and lift the legs.
I’m sure everyone has done this at some point!

Still catching up… Class was fun! I'm enjoying teaching 🤗❤ #YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 25 Sarvangasana Shoulder Stand 🕉 Lift the hips first, supporting with the hands, and open the shoulders. Lean back, and lift the legs. I'm sure everyone has done this at some point! 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Witton Lofts 💫 You can still join in for this week!! Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to have a chance to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #yogaclass #inversion #shoulderstand #sarvangasana #wittonlofts #northend

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Historical Hamilton
Witton Lofts

This unique condominium project combines a three storey former school with three more storeys of new construction. Formerly McIlwraith Public School, the original building was designed by William Palmer Witton and built in 1925. Completed in 2013, The Witton Lofts include 36 condominium units with soaring ceiling heights, generous floorplans, and view of Hamilton’s west harbour.

Day 26

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Ganda Bherundasana
Chin Stand

Lower to Chaturanga, and place your chin on the ground.
Step one foot inwards, to lift the hips higher.
Lift the back leg, trying to find some hang time or balance.
Lift the leg that we set closer to the body now, and for the love of God, don’t fall forward. Keep your legs strong, your core strong, and float!

Last catch up post 😁 #YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 26 Ganda Bherundasana Chin Stand 🕉 Lower to Chaturanga, and place your chin on the ground. Step one foot inwards, to lift the hips higher. Lift the front leg, trying to find some hang time or balance. Lift the back leg now, and for the love of God, don't fall forward. Keep your legs strong, your core strong, and float! 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King 💫 You can still join in for this week!! Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to have a chance to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #yogaclass #inversion #chinstand #armbalance #gothicchurch #goodmorning

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Historical Hamilton
Cathedral of Christ the King

If you’ve been to Hamilton, or maybe you just drive right by on the 403 Highway, you know this church!
This is the first time I’ve ever driven up to it 🤗
Designed by William Russel Souter and built by the John Pigott Construction company 1933, this exquisite Gothic structure was built of limestone, quarried in Indiana and Georgetown, Ontario.
In the tower is a carillon of 23 bells. The largest bell, the Bourdon, was donated to the Cathedral by the Prime Minister of Canada. The Stations of the Cross were sculptured from a single block of Cararra marble; the kind used by Michelangelo for the Pieta. There are 82 stained glass windows made in Munich.And on the south side of the bell tower, is the cornerstone blessed by Bishop McNally. It is a stone excavated from the Roman Catacombs to symbolize the cathedral’s unity with the ancient Christian church.

Day 27

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Salamba Sirsasana
Supported Headstand

Palms together, interlacing fingers, placing elbows shoulder-width apart. I keep my palms together, away from my head, for a stronger foundation and to avoid extra weight on my neck.
Place the top of your head (where it’s flattest) between your forearms, and lean forward, keeping your weight supported from that strong forearm foundation through your shoulders. Slowly lift both feet off the ground. Avoid arching your back and try to lift with your core muscles!

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 27 Salamba Sirsasana Supported Headstand 🕉 Palms together, interlacing fingers, placing elbows shoulder-width apart. I keep my palms together, away from my head, for a stronger foundation and to avoid extra weight on my neck. Place the top of your head (where it's flattest) between your forearms, and lean forward, keeping your weight supported from that strong forearm foundation through your shoulders. Slowly lift both feet off the ground. Avoid arching your back and try to lift with your core muscles! 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Central Public School 💫 You can still join in for this week!! Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to have a chance to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #yogaclass #inversion #headstand #sirsasana #centralschool #soold #socool #nofilter

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Historical Hamilton
Central Public School

Ever since I’ve noticed this building, I’ve always wanted to take a closer look and now was the perfect time!
This school, built in 1853(!) accommodated 1,000 students, was the largest graded school in Upper Canada, and the only public school in Hamilton at the time of its opening.
Among the earliest examples of an institution inspired by the reforms of Egerton Ryerson, the province’s chief superintendent of education (1844-1876), it incorporated his scheme of an integrated, rational, and graduated public education system based upon a central school and primary feeders.
The building’s original finely proportioned Classical design, by the firm of Cumberland and Ridout, was extensively remodelled in 1890 by the Hamilton architect, James Balfour. His alterations, including a steeply pitched roof, certain round-arched windows and a heightened central tower, created an edifice in conformity with late Victorian tastes

Day 28

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Mukha Hasta Sirsasana B
Free Hand Headstand B

If you’re comfortable with your supported Headstands, start sliding the hands away from the head 😀
For this one, I place my hands palms-up to the sky, after placing the *top* of my head on the ground. Remember that your foundation is less stable, but much wider, so balancing will feel different.

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 28 Mukha Hasta Sirsasana B Free Hand Headstand 🕉 If you're comfortable with your supported Headstands, start sliding the hands away from the head 😀 For this one, I place my hands palms-up to the sky, after placing the *top* of my head on the ground. Remember that your foundation is less stable, but much wider, so balancing will feel different. Who else is hitting up the BEACH today!?🤗🐟🌞 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Pinehurst – CHCH Building 💫 You can still join in for this week!! Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to have a chance to win! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #yogaclass #inversion #headstand #sirsasana #chch #pinehurst @chchtv

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Historical Hamilton
Pinehurst-CHCH Building

This building was named Pinehurst when it was built in 1850 for a Hamilton businessman named Tristram Bickle, and the building has housed prominent Hamilton personalities and institutions nearly ever since.
The publisher of the Hamilton Spectator, William Southam, bought the property in 1877 for $11,500, from its previous owner Bishop Thomas Brock Fuller, who was the first bishop of the Diocese of Niagara.

A radio station moved in after the Second World War and CHCH took over the property in 1953.

City heritage staff assessed the mansion’s architectural value as a “rare surviving example of pre-Confederation stone construction”.

The Hamilton station abruptly cut 129 unionized full-time and 38 part-time employees in December. It also went from 80 to 17.5 hours of local news programming per week.

So, as of about 2 weeks ago, this pretty place is up for sale!

Day 29

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Pincha Mayurasana
Forearm Stand

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 29 Pincha Mayurasana Forearm stand 🕉 Gah, this one is hard, still working on finding a comfortable balance, and not hurting my shoulders lol. Practice with pincha, or dolphin pose, to open the shoulders and strengthen the arms. Your gaze should be between the hands, and find a wall or a tree to practise standing tall! 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Hermitage- Restored ruins! 💫 Last day of May tomorrow! Did anyone attempt some new yoga poses this month? How about heading out to one of the Hamilton locations? Remember, I did this all for fun, out of personal interest, just to share some love with you guys 😊 Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to have a chance to win some sweet clothes and some free yoga classes! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #yogaclass #inversion #forearmstand #armbalance #pincha #hermitage #ancaster

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Gah, this one is hard, still working on finding a comfortable balance, and not hurting my shoulders lol.
Practice with pincha, or dolphin pose, to open the shoulders and strengthen the arms. Your gaze should be between the hands, and find a wall or a tree to practise standing tall!

Historical Hamilton
Hermitage – Restored Ruins!

Have you been by the Hermitage lately? It looks totally different, and they are doing an amazing job restoring the mansion.

The Hermitage was originally built in 1830 by the Reverend George Sheed, who sold it to Otto Ives.

In 1853, the Hermitage was purchased by George Gordon Browne Leith who constructed the large stone house, attendant outbuildings, a farmhouse, barns, and entrance lodge.

After Mr Leith’s death, the property was purchased by his youngest daughter, Eleanor Alma Lauder. She lived here until the house was destroyed by fire in 1934, during one of her lavish parties. She lived inside the ruins in a tent until the people of Ancaster built her a small house constructed inside the ruins. She lived there until her death in 1942.

The ruins and grounds are part of the The Hermitage and Gatehouse Museum now.

Day 30

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Adho Mukha Vrkasana
Hand Stand

Eeep! Last day!
My most challenging pose. I’ve improved a lot on it, but still struggling with hang time… especially on uneven mulch, but it’s the only tree I could find to lean up against! Lol 😬😅
Handstands take a ton of practice, and then you can always improve the asana. Straight arms, straight back, where your gaze is, how you get up into the pose… lots of practise!!! So here’s the best I could do today 😊 if today is not your handstand day, stomp your feet, let it go, and try again tomorrow

#YogaDaysofMay2016 Day 30 Adho Mukha Vrkasana Handstand 🕉 Eeep! Last day! My most challenging pose. I've improved a lot on it, but still struggling with hang time… especially on uneven mulch, but it's the only tree I could find to lean up against! Lol 😬😅 Handstands take a ton of practice, and then you can always improve the asana. Straight arms, straight back, where your gaze is, how you get up into the pose… lots of practise!!! So here's the best I could do today 😊 if today is not your handstand day, stomp your feet, let it go, and try again tomorrow 😘 🕉 #HistoricalHamilton Grandview – Nash-Jackson House Battlefield Park 💫 Final day of the challenge! Tomorrow is your choice of asana, pick your old favourite or a new challenge! Did anyone attempt some new yoga poses this month? How about heading out to one of the Hamilton locations? There's lots of fun stuff to do around this town😉 Remember to tag me and to hashtag #YogaDaysofMay2016 so I can check out your posts! Tag our sponsors to have a chance to win some sweet clothes and some free yoga classes! @thepurplepuddle @truehamiltonian @xelffitness **I'll be announcing a winner tomorrow** 😃 #yoga #yogi #yogini #hamont #hamiltonyoga #hamiltonyogini #hamilton #hamontyoga #yogateacher #ashtanga #vinyasa #asana #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #yogablog #yogachallenge #hamiltonishome #yogaclass #inversion #armbalance #handstand #grandview #battlefield #stoneycreek

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Historical Hamilton
Grandview – Nash/Jackson House

Battlefield Park is a new favourite of mine, after going here for Doors Open last year for the first time. Two cool old houses and a beautiful monument tucked under the Escarpment if you want a sweet picnic spot, this is it.

This home was originally built as a small log cabin in the early 1800s, at the corner of Nash and King East. The land was deeded from William Gage to his daughter, Susannah, and her new husband, Samuel Nash.

The homestead was used as a hospital during the Battle of Stoney Creek in 1813.

By 1810, a two-storey Georgian-style dwelling was complete, and Samuel and Susannah Nash’s farm prospered.

The home was updated and modified for the families who lived there over the years until 1996 when Mrs. Leone Jackson died and through the generosity of her family, the home was donated to the City of Stoney Creek.

On November 7, 1999, the Grandview was physically relocated to Battlefield Park.

The house is used as a gift shop and tearoom to complement the site, and will stand as a permanent dedication to the family that once lived in it.

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2015 Yoga Challenge – Hamilton Historical Sites

Starting in Janurary 2015, I tried out some Yoga Challenges on Instagram. The ones where yogis put together a series of poses, one for each day of the month, and challenge their followers on social media to join them to win some prizes from sponsors. It was fun, great way to learn and try out new poses. Posting photos for these challenges is also a good way to measure your own progress in your practice, and it’s interesting to look back now and see how I’ve deepened my practice.

In May of last year, I took a regular Instagram Yoga Challenge and made it into a personal project.

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This was the Instagram Challenge photo, where I got all the Asanas from.

Besides Yoga, I love being outside, hiking, and generally exploring. I’m also a big history nerd, and I like reading the news, any magazine I see, any online articles written by someone interesting and credible, etc etc, I READ A LOT! My parents call me a “box of useless information”, until they need to ask me an obscure question. Anyways, I decided to bring all my favourite things together as a big challenge of Yoga, finding cool spots to take photos, and then researching the historical sites.

I came up with a ‘Historical Hamilton” Yoga Challenge – I completed one pose per day, and took a photo and video at different historical locations around my hometown, Hamilton, Ontario.

I’m posting this blog now, because 1) I didn’t have a blog before… 2) It’s almost May again, maybe I’ll do a part 2?

If you’re a Yogi, you’ll stay for the Asanas. If you’re from Hamilton, you might enjoy learning about some town history, or just find a new place to walk your dog.


Day 1

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Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
Bridge Pose

Location: Southam Park. Former site of Hamilton & Barton Incline Railway, and Mountain View Hotel, where farmers from south of Hamilton would rest their horses before continuing to the Hamilton Farmer’s Market downtown.

Day 2

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Udvha Mukha Svanasana
Upward-facing Dog

Day 2 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Urdhva Mukha Svanasana Or #upwarddogpose Push with your fingertips and open your heart! 🙂 #HistoricalHamilton *This weekend is #DoorsOpenHamilton where all, or almost all, city museums are open to the public for free, along with a few other locations and businesses that are never open to the public!* 71 Claremont Avenue Claremont Lodge/ Auchmar Gatehouse/ Gardener's Cottage -Picturesque Gothic Revival-style- **Currently Not designated as a historical structure by the city-may be demolished soon, due to years of neglect** Here's another angle, from Arcade Cres. showing the neglected plaque and deteriorating walls. So sad! 😦 #yoga #yogaeverdamnday #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryogi #outdooryoga #spring #architecture #gothic #picturesque #history #hamiltonhistory #nofilter

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Location: 71 Claremont Avenue. Claremont Lodge/ Auchmar Gatehouse/ Gardener’s Cottage
-Picturesque Gothic Revival-style-
**Currently Not designated as a historical structure by the city-may be demolished soon, due to years of neglect**

Built in 1855 by Isaac Buchanan, it was the entrance to the driveway that once led to Auchmar Estate, located on 35 hectares called Claremont Park.
Today, the Claremont Park is now neighborhoods, the driveway is Arcade Crescent, through Arcade Park, and Glenwood Crescent, and be seen in the ‘backyard’ of Auchmar as two rows of trees.
No one lives here, it is owned by the nextdoor neighbour, who was informed of it being structurally unsafe, and that it may need to be torn down.
[I hope it isn’t! I would so live here and take care of it! 🙂 it should be preserved and restored.]

 

Day 3

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Parivrtta Utkatasana
Revolved Chair Pose

Day 3 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Parivrtta Utkatasana Or Revolved #ChairPose #HistoricalHamilton *This weekend is #DoorsOpenHamilton where all, or almost all, city museums are open to the public for free, along with a few other locations and businesses that are never open to the public!* The Arnie/The Arnold Center/The Cellar/Root Cellar of Hamilton Asylum Institutional Root Cellar, Stone Exterior with Brick masonry vaulted interior. *Not Included in Doors Open* Built around 1876 (Or could have been part of the Auchmar Estate?) Used as a root cellar as part of the self-sufficient farm for the Hamilton Asylum for the Insane, later the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital. Located on Mohawk College grounds now, it was once surrounded by a hen house and slaughter house, as part of the 526 acres belonging to the Hospital (stretching from the Escarpment to Limeridge Road from West 5th to Garth). There is a map of this online on McMaster's Map Archives. Currently the awesome space known as The Cellar at Mohawk College. You can visit during school hours! Bit of a blooper video, I was on really uneven dirt and was wiggling the whole time lol. #yoga #yogaeverdamnday #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryogi #outdooryoga #spring #architecture #history #Hamiltonhistory #mohawk #mohawkcollege #thearnie #thecellar #pubnight #escarpment #hospital #asylum #nofilter @mohawk.college @yourmsamohawk

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Location: The Arnie . AKA The Arnold Center/The Cellar/ Former Root Cellar of Hamilton Asylum
-Institutional Root Cellar, Stone Exterior with Brick masonry vaulted interior. –

Built around 1876 (Or could have been part of the Auchmar Estate?) Used as a root cellar as part of the self-sufficient farm for the Hamilton Asylum for the Insane, later the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital. Located on Mohawk College grounds now, it was once surrounded by a hen house and slaughter house, as part of the 526 acres belonging to the Hospital (stretching from the Escarpment to Limeridge Road from West 5th to Garth). There’s a map of this online on McMaster’s Map Archives. [it’s labeled #72  ‘Root Cellar’]
Currently the awesome space known as The Cellar at Mohawk College. You can visit during school hours!

Day 4

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Vasisthasana
Side Plank

Day 4 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Vasisthasana Or #SidePlank Early pose, because I'm on to new things 🙂 Heres how you get into this one! 🙂 Balance is key! #HistoricalHamilton *Not Included in Doors Open this past weekend – due to the doors not being opened for anyone! 😦 * Century Manor/East House Opened as The East House in 1884 as a reception Hospital for 60 patients on the grounds of Hamilton Asylum for the Insane, later the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital. From 1890-1921 it was set aside for the Province's "criminally insane". This building is reported to be haunted! Doors slamming, footsteps, nurses seen playing cards in the tunnels below… One of those tunnels leads from Century Manor and opens up in The Cellar at Mohawk College! The 526 acres belonging to the Hospital (stretching from the Escarpment to Limeridge Road from West 5th to Garth) had many buildings but very few are left standing, mainly due to replacement infrastructure. There is a map and photos of the original Asylum grounds available online at McMaster's Map Archives. This one makes me real sad, despite my appearance in the photo. Such a beautiful building, in such a great location. Could be a hospital museum, have a cafe or eatery for psych patients and public, student housing, Mohawk College classrooms and live-learning for either nursing, tourism, construction/restoration, history students. Some say it would be a bad reminder of how mentally-ill patients were treated in the past, but I think it should show how far we have come in that medical field! #yoga #yogaeverdamnday #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryogi #outdooryoga #spring #architecture #history #Hamiltonhistory #mohawk #mohawkcollege #escarpment #hospital #asylum #nofilter #Centurymanor #SaveCenturyManor @mohawk.college @yourmsamohawk @mcmasteru @hamiltonhealthsciences @cbchamilton

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Location: Century Manor [Formerly known as East House – as seen on this map.]

Opened as The East House in 1884 as a reception Hospital for 60 patients on the grounds of Hamilton Asylum for the Insane, later the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital.
From 1890-1921 it was set aside for the Province’s “criminally insane”.
This building is reported to be haunted! Doors slamming, footsteps, nurses seen playing cards in the tunnels below… One of those tunnels leads from Century Manor and opens up in The Cellar at Mohawk College!
The 526 acres belonging to the Hospital (stretching from the Escarpment to Limeridge Road from West 5th to Garth) had many buildings but very few are left standing, mainly due to replacement infrastructure. There is a map and photos of the original Asylum grounds available online at McMaster’s Map Archives.

This one makes me real sad. Such a beautiful building, in such a great location. Could be a hospital museum, have a cafe or eatery for psych patients and public, student housing, Mohawk College classrooms and live-learning for either nursing, tourism, construction/restoration, history students.
Some say it would be a bad reminder of how mentally-ill patients were treated in the past, but I think it should show how far we have come in that medical field!

Day 5

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Anjaneyasana
Crescent Lunge

Day 5 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Anjaneyasana Or #CrescentLunge This is a great heart, hip and shoulder opener! Remember to do both sides 🙂 This video is sped up 2x #HistoricalHamilton Long & Bisby Building – Nurses' Residence / Daycare On the grounds of the former Mountain Sanitorium and Chedoke Hospital. [Grounds Map available online at McMaster's Map Archives] This building on the Escarpment, off of Old Sanatorium Road was designed by architect ,W.H. Whitton and W.H. Cooper, as the contractor for a cost of $85,000. The funds were donated by Hamilton Wool Merchants, Mr. W.D. Long and Mrs. George H. Bisby, the same people who donated the original land for the sanatorium in 1906. The furnishings were donated by citizens, societies and commercial institutions of Hamilton. By 1973 it was no longer needed as a nurses residence. It was renovated and from 1973-1983 housed the Cool School, an alternative to high school now called Cornerstone Youth Services. Since Jan. 1, 1983 it had housed the Day Care Centre for Employee’s Children, until 2006 and then was a YMCA daycare. The building is now empty, after being purchased in 2012, along with the 23 surrounding acres by Valery Homes. They plan to develop the land with bungalows and condos, and apparently will save this building, possibly for use as a cafe. Keep this one up! Its lovely and in a great location, could be used for a ton of things! Cafe, restaurant, community centre, studio space, doctors offices, or student housing? By the way, big thank you and high five to Columbia International College for buying the Patterson Building and the San Home/Holbrook House, to be renovated for student housing and other purposes. These properties were also part of the Sanatorium, and are located a bit further back from the brow on Sanatorium Road. #yoga #yogaeverdamnday #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryogi #outdooryoga #spring #architecture #history #Hamiltonhistory #mohawk #mohawkcollege #escarpment #hospital #sanatorium #nofilter #Chedokehospital #daycare #nurse #spooky #backbend #sunnydays # @mohawk.college @yourmsamohawk @mcmasteru @hamiltonhealthsciences @cbchamilton @stacieyogalife @michigan.yoga.girl

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Location: Long & Bisby Building – Nurses’ Residence / Daycare

On the grounds of the former Mountain Sanitorium and Chedoke Hospital.
[Grounds Map available online at McMaster’s Map Archives]

This building on the Escarpment, off of Old Sanatorium Road was designed by architect, W.H. Whitton and W.H. Cooper, as the contractor, for a cost of $85,000. The funds were donated by Hamilton Wool Merchants, Mr. W.D. Long and Mrs. George H. Bisby, the same people who donated the original land for the sanatorium in 1906. The furnishings were donated by citizens, societies and commercial institutions of Hamilton.

By 1973 it was no longer needed as a nurses residence. It was renovated and from 1973-1983 housed the Cool School, an alternative to high school now called Cornerstone Youth Services.

Since Jan. 1, 1983 it had housed the Day Care Centre for Employee’s Children, until 2006 and then was a YMCA daycare.

The building is now empty, after being purchased in 2012, along with the 23 surrounding acres by Valery Homes. They plan to develop the land with bungalows and condos, and apparently will save this building, possibly for use as a cafe.
Keep this one up! Its lovely and in a great location, could be used for a ton of things! Cafe, restaurant, community centre, studio space, doctors offices, or student housing?

By the way, big thank you and high five to Columbia International College for buying the Patterson Building and the San Home/Holbrook House, to be renovated for student housing and other purposes. These properties were also part of the Sanatorium, and are located a bit further back from the brow on Sanatorium Road.

Day 6

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Dhanurasana
Bow Pose

Location: Wilcox Pavilion
Chedoke Hospital Grounds/Mountain Sanatorium

In January 1938 Dr. Holbrook, the Medical Superintendent of the sanatorium, decided that the Mountain Sanatorium needed a new building that would provide services including surgery and x-ray, as well as provide single rooms for patients which had long been desired.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Seward Wilcox agreed to donate the cost of the building’s construction.

Architect: Mr. Souter of Hutton and Souter Architects
Contractor: W.H. Cooper Construction Co.
Furnishing Donation:Mr. Frank G.C. Fisher of Dundas

On Saturday, January 7, 1939, the official opening of the Wilcox Pavilion took place.

The Wilcox Pavilion was designed to accommodate 174 patients in 9 wards, 4 double rooms and 8 single rooms. The ground floor was designed for public space and administrative offices.
If you look closely at the recessed part of the building, you can see a small balcony running along each floor. Patients were wheeled out on their beds to enjoy sunlight, and receive the therapeutic effects of fresh air for their tuberculosis-infected lungs, one of the only treatments for a long time, before antibiotics. Patients were also entertained from their “throwback verandahs” by singers and live bands who would perform on the lawns for them.

In 1959, it was renovated for use as a 226 bed general hospital, and The Chedoke General and Children’s Hospital was opened on December 6, 1960.
In April 1961, a new auditorium was added to the Wilcox, seen as the rounded brick structure on the left, was named the Nash Lecture Hall in memory of Oliver McKay Nash who left the remainder of his estate to the hospital

In1974 the name, Children’s Hospital was change to Chedoke General Hospital.

The building is still used as a non-acute care center, but may see fewer and fewer services being offered here. This is unfortunate because the West Mountain no longer has emergency medical care… Hmm.

Day 7

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Garudasana
Eagle Pose

Day 7 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Garudasana Or #Eaglepose Balance and some flexibility are key for this pose! It's easy enough, and makes your shoulders feel amazing, try it out! See how long you can hold it 😉 the video is also sped up 2x. #HistoricalHamilton Cross of Lorraine Escarpment/Chedoke Hospital Grounds/Mountain Sanatorium An heraldic symbol dating back to the time of the Crusades, the Lung Association adopted it in the early 1900s to represent their own 'crusade' against tuberculosis. This particular cross stands on the edge of the escarpment at the foot of Old Sanatorium Road, where the Sanatorium once stood (they just tore it out last year, after abandoning and neglecting the building for the last decade.) The cross was put up in 1953, as a memory to the desperate fight against Tuberculosis. The Sanatorium facility on these lands with beautiful escapement and lake views, was once the largest in the British Empire, and had patients from all over Canada. The cross was last restored in 2006, but has again been forgotten and left dark, by the city and the shortsighted private owners of the brow lands. I think this cross should be lit up again. It's visible from McMaster Hospital, and is still a symbol of lung health. Smoking and poor air quality are the two biggest threats to our lung safety today, and are still very prevalent and not always addressed. Besides, I'm sure the new 'superbug' Tuberculosis that's immune to antibiotics isn't far off either… Haha 😉 The cross is also a symbol of Hamilton's legacy, we were a Sanatorium town before Steel town, always providing a safe, caring environment for those in need. Hamilton is still now a huge medical community, with world-class facilities. #yoga #yogaeverdamnday #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryogi #outdooryoga #spring #architecture #history #Hamiltonhistory #escarpment #hospital #sanatorium #nofilter #Chedokehospital #sanatorium #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #cross #lorrainecross @hamiltonhealthsciences @stacieyogalife @michigan.yoga.girl @symbolicsocks @chantyogajewellery @boundyogaapparel

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Location: Cross of Lorraine
Escarpment/Chedoke Hospital Grounds/Mountain Sanatorium

An heraldic symbol dating back to the time of the Crusades, the Lung Association adopted it in the early 1900s to represent their own ‘crusade’ against tuberculosis.

This particular cross stands on the edge of the escarpment at the foot of Old Sanatorium Road, where the Sanatorium once stood (they just tore it out last year, after abandoning and neglecting the building for the last decade.) The cross was put up in 1953, as a memory to the desperate fight against Tuberculosis. The Sanatorium facility on these lands with beautiful escapement and lake views, was once the largest in the British Empire, and had patients from all over Canada.

The cross was last restored in 2006, but has again been forgotten and left dark, by the city and the shortsighted private owners of the brow lands.

I think this cross should be lit up again. It’s visible from McMaster Hospital, and is still a symbol of lung health. Smoking and poor air quality are the two biggest threats to our lung safety today, and are still very prevalent and not always addressed. Besides, I’m sure the new ‘superbug’ Tuberculosis that’s immune to antibiotics isn’t far off either… Haha 😉 The cross is also a symbol of Hamilton’s legacy, we were a Sanatorium town before Steel town, always providing a safe, caring environment for those in need. Hamilton is still now a huge medical community, with world-class facilities.

Day 8

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Urdvha Dhanurasana
Wheel Pose

Day 8 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge #Urdhvadhanurasana Or #bridge #wheel #HistoricalHamilton Empire Times Building / Hamilton Times Newspaper Building King William & Hughson streets Downtown Core Happy Friday, Hamilton! This photo is from #DoorsOpenHamilton last weekend, when I got to check out the wonderful Empire Times building! It's that rounded red brick, 4-storey building on King William at Hughson, diagonally across from @clubabsinthe. I'm up on the new rooftop patio 🙂 The rounded three-storey red brick structure at 41 King William was built about 1890 as the home of the Hamilton Times newspaper, which lasted from 1859 to 1920. The four-storey dark brick building next to it came about 20 years later and was called the Empire. Core Urban Inc. renovated the building about 2 years ago, adding this patio, a new glass-enclosed elevator, and finding 4 amazing tenants to call the building home. They called their project The Empire Times. They did a spectacular job! The office space of First Ontario Credit Union on the 4th floor is a dream! Exposed brick, glass walls, open concepts, wonderful views, and this freaking amazing patio!!! I would live out here lol. Such a great save #yoga #yogaeverdamnday #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryogi #outdooryoga #spring #architecture #history #ashtanga #rooftop #patio #rooftoppatio #Hamiltonhistory #downtown #core #coreurbaninc #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #newspaper @hamiltonspectator

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Location: Empire Times Building, First Ontario Credit Union / Hamilton Times Newspaper Building
King William & Hughson streets
Downtown Core

The rounded three-storey red brick structure at 41 King William was built about 1890 as the home of the Hamilton Times newspaper, which lasted from 1859 to 1920. The four-storey dark brick building next to it came about 20 years later and was called the Empire.

Core Urban Inc. renovated the building about 2 years ago, adding this patio, a new glass-enclosed elevator, and finding 4 amazing tenants to call the building home. They called their project The Empire Times.
They did a spectacular job! The office space of First Ontario Credit Union on the 4th floor is a dream! Exposed brick, glass walls, open concepts, wonderful views, and this freaking amazing patio!!! I would live out here!
Such a great save!

Day 9

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Parsva Bhuja Dandasana
Grasshopper Pose

Day 9 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Parsva bhuja Dandasana Or #grasshopperpose This pose is so hard lol, I'd tried so many times, if you can tell by my exasperation at the end. #HistoricalHamilton Sanatorium Home/ Holbrook House Old Sanatorium Road, behind Holbrook School This old house is behind my old elementary school 🙂 We always said it was haunted… On March 1, 1922, the old Macklem farmhouse where Dr. Holbrook, the medical superintendent of the Mountain Sanatorium from 1908-1946, lived burned down. Dr. Holbrook submitted a pencil sketch of the house he wanted to the Board of Directors. The plan was approved and the architect, E.C. Cooper was hired. The cost of the house all inclusive was not to exceed $13,000. The Holbrooks had conceived of a one story, rambling house but the architect and the Board decided on a more compact, elegant house with a basement, 2 main floors and an attic. The floors were hardwood and the downstairs was finished in quarter-cut oak, a gift of a fellow Rotarian, Guy Long, of the Long Lumber Co. The house was built close to the site of original farmhouse and like it, faced a drive lined with maple trees. The Holbrooks moved in on Dec. 1, 1922. This Maple-lined driveway is long gone. It would have come out on to Sanatorium between the school and its parkette. There is still one old Maple left, near the fence dividing the yard from the Women's shelter. The old bridge is still there! We always saw foxes and other animals here, as kids 🙂 Dr. Hugo Ewart and his family lived here from 1947-1970. The last medical superintendent and his family to live here was Dr. James Allison, who was Executive Director of Chedoke Hospitals from 1970-1979. If you look, his name is still on the doorbell. Right now, the building is under renovation, as Columbia International College has purchased this house and the Patterson building next door for student residence and administrative offices. Stay tuned for the video! #yoga #yogaeverdamnday #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryogi #outdooryoga #spring #architecture #history #ashtanga #Hamiltonhistory #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #oldhouse #sanatorium #holbrooke #holbrookschool #doctor

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Location: Sanatorium Home/ Holbrook House
Old Sanatorium Road, behind Holbrook School

This old house is behind my old elementary school 🙂 We always said it was haunted…

Before this house was built, on March 1, 1922, the old Macklem farmhouse burned down, leaving  Dr. Holbrook, the medical superintendent of the Mountain Sanatorium from 1908-1946, without a home.

Dr. Holbrook submitted a pencil sketch of the house he wanted to the Board of Directors. The plan was approved and the architect, E.C. Cooper was hired. The cost of the house all inclusive was not to exceed $13,000. The Holbrooks had conceived of a one story, rambling house but the architect and the Board decided on a more compact, elegant house with a basement, 2 main floors and an attic. The floors were hardwood and the downstairs was finished in quarter-cut oak, a gift of a fellow Rotarian, Guy Long, of the Long Lumber Co. The house was built close to the site of original farmhouse and like it, faced a drive lined with maple trees. The Holbrooks moved in on Dec. 1, 1922.
This Maple-lined driveway is long gone. It would have come out on to Sanatorium between the school and its parkette. There is still one old Maple left, near the fence dividing the yard from the Women’s shelter. The old bridge is still there! We always saw foxes and other animals here, as kids 🙂 Dr. Hugo Ewart and his family lived here from 1947-1970. The last medical superintendent and his family to live here was Dr. James Allison, who was Executive Director of Chedoke Hospitals from 1970-1979. If you look, his name is still on the doorbell.

Right now, the building is under renovation, as Columbia International College has purchased this house and the Patterson building next door for student residence and administrative offices.

Day 10

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Tolasana or Utiplutihi
Lifted Lotus Pose

Location: Bruce Building – Chedoke Hospital/Mountain Sanatorium
Old Sanatorium Road, but is not visible from the road, being hidden behind the Wilcox and Southam buildings.

In 1920 the late Mr. John A. Bruce, owner of the J.A. Bruce Seed Co. made a bequest of $100,000 to the Sanatorium. It was decided to build a building separate from the Preventorium to accommodate all the services other than wards that the children required.

The architectural firm was Beckett, the contractor was Piggott and the construction company was the Healey Construction Co. The total cost was $54,730.70. It was officially opened on June 17, 1921.

The Bruce Building provided accommodation for school rooms, a kitchen, a dining room and a workshop for Preventorium children. The top story also provided living quarters for the doctors, nurses and teachers who lived on site. There was also an operating room and an office for a visiting dentist. It was described as “a modern, fire-proof construction and is admirably planned and equipped to fulfill its useful and important purpose.” It has been renovated multiple times over the years, as the use if the building changed and certain rooms became unnecessary.
In September 1947 the Ancaster School took over the work previously done by the Mountain Sanatorium School Board.
In 1965, the building was renovated again to accommodate the Community Psychiatric Hospital.
In 1968, it was renovated once again to be used as the Nursery School of the Child and Family Centre which brought it full circle, back to the care and education of children.

Today, it is still used for pediatrics and developmental and rehabilitation programs. A lot of these buildings have great uses in this type of medical care.

Day 11

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Paschimottanasana
Forward Fold

Day 11 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge #Paschimottasana Or #forwardfold Don't arch your back, and reach for those toes, or heels! Or maybe just your knees 🙂 #HistoricalHamilton 270 Sherman \ Imperial Cotton Company I visited this space during Doors Open, for the first time! Loved it! 🙂 During the late 19th to early 20th century, Hamilton’s textile poduction was one of the city’s largest industries, second only to the steel mills. In 1900, The Imperial Cotton Company Limited was conceived at 270 Sherman. The mill took orders by telegraph, and had a cafeteria and quarterly newsletter for its employees. The Mill was in use until 1972, when all of the equipment was moved to another mill in Nova Scotia. The cotton looms are now located at a museum in Yarmouth, N.S. Today, over 60 creative professionals and small business owners call this space home, in a great example of adaptive reuse. Cotton, Steel, Art! Film crews also are often using the building, as it is one of the most intact examples of a 19th century industrial complex. #yoga #yogaeverdamnday #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryogi #outdooryoga #spring #architecture #history #ashtanga #Hamiltonhistory #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #270sherman #industrial #factory #art #artcommunity #artcrawl @270sherman

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Location: 270 Sherman \ Imperial Cotton Company

During the late 19th to early 20th century, Hamilton’s textile poduction was one of the city’s largest industries, second only to the steel mills. In 1900, The Imperial Cotton Company Limited was conceived at 270 Sherman.
The mill took orders by telegraph, and had a cafeteria and quarterly newsletter for its employees.

The Mill was in use until 1972, when all of the equipment was moved to another mill in Nova Scotia. The cotton looms are now located at a museum in Yarmouth, N.S.

Today, over 60 creative professionals and small business owners call this space home, in a great example of adaptive reuse. Cotton, Steel, Art! Film crews also are often using the building, as it is one of the most intact examples of a 19th century industrial complex.

Day 12

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Supta Padangusthasana
Hand-to-toe Pose

Day 12 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Supta Padangusthasana Try and reach your head to your knee! Or even try the splits. Whatever you choose, make sure to do both legs! 🙂 #HistoricalHamilton Chedoke House / 1 Balfour /Wilson Balfour Residence Built by Scottish aristocrat Scott Burn in 1836, the 24 room Chedoke House, he wrote home to his father, In a letter back home to his father, he writes: "I have purchased 18 acres of ground upon the top of the Mountain above this town… The view is as magnificent as I have almost ever seen – yet nobody thought of going there." The home's address used to be on Garth street, with their gatehouse/cottage still standing near the escarpment! The owners have ripped out the out stone wall though … It passed through a few others after Burn; the Brydges and the Dewars, before it became the home of former media mogul (owner of @hamiltonspectator) William Southam. In 1909, Southam gave the house to his daughter Ethel and her husband St. Clair Balfour II. Their daughter, Wilson Balfour Baxter, lived there until she died last year at age 97. She left Chedoke House at 17 for finishing school in Italy, a year of soaking up art in Florence. Next she was off to Montreal to study at McGill. There she met med student Hamilton Baxter. In June of 1935, there was a wedding reception on the lawns of Chedoke House. But home for Wilson and her husband was to be Montreal. Wilson’s mother was still in the stone mansion on the Brow. That is where she died, in January of 1976, age 94. Soon after mother’s death, Wilson and her husband came back to the place where she was raised. He died just a few years later. Around that time, the family gave the house to the Ontario Heritage Trust. The one proviso was that Wilson could live there as long as she wished. #yoga #yogaeverdamnday #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryogi #outdooryoga #spring #architecture #history #ashtanga #Hamiltonhistory #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #historichome #oldhome #escarpment #farm #chedokehouse #mountain #scottish #victorian #doorsopenhamilton

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Location: Chedoke House / 1 Balfour /Wilson Balfour Residence

Built by Scottish aristocrat Scott Burn in 1836, the 24 room Chedoke House, he wrote home to his father, In a letter back home to his father, he writes: “I have purchased 18 acres of ground upon the top of the Mountain above this town… The view is as magnificent as I have almost ever seen – yet nobody thought of going there.”
The home’s address used to be on Garth street, with their gatehouse/cottage still standing near the escarpment! The owners have ripped out the out stone wall though …
It passed through a few others after Burn; the Brydges and the Dewars, before it became the home of former media mogul (owner of @hamiltonspectator) William Southam. In 1909, Southam gave the house to his daughter Ethel and her husband St. Clair Balfour II.

Their daughter, Wilson Balfour Baxter, lived there until she died two years ago at age 97.
She left Chedoke House at 17 for finishing school in Italy, a year of soaking up art in Florence. Next she was off to Montreal to study at McGill. There she met med student Hamilton Baxter.

In June of 1935, there was a wedding reception on the lawns of Chedoke House. But home for Wilson and her husband was to be Montreal.

Wilson’s mother was still in the stone mansion on the Brow, until she died, in January of 1976, age 94.

Soon after her mother’s death, Wilson and her husband came back to the place where she was raised. He died just a few years later.

Around that time, the family gave the house to the Ontario Heritage Trust. The one proviso was that Wilson could live there as long as she wished.

Day 13

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Bakasana
Crow Pose

Day 13 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge #Bakasana Or #crowpose One of my favorite poses, at our last stop for Doors Open. As I was coming out this pose, this older (as I found out, Buddhist) couple were coming by, and asked what I was doing, and we ended up chatting for 20 minutes about yoga. It was so lovely, talking to them in that historical garden, I never got their names, though 😦 I hope I run into them again, cause they were such bright lights 🙂 #HistoricalHamilton Whitehern/41 Jackson Street West Beside/behind Hamilton City Hall, off of Macnab street. Another fine example of early Hamilton stone architecture, Whitehern was built around 1850 for city clerk/attorney, Richard Duggan. In 1852, it was purchased by Calvin McQuestin, M.D., a prosperous manufacturer and philanthropist. Thomas McQuestin lived here, and he was instrumental in encouraging Mcmaster to move from #toronto to Hamilton in 1930. One of the ways he did this was enhance Hamilton's natural beauty, with his creation of the @rbgcanada in the 1930s. He also spearheaded projects such as the QEW, Skyway Bridge and the Niagara Parkway, among others. He died in 1948, and Hamilton renamed the High Level Bridge on York Boulevard in his honour. The descendants of the McQuestin family lived here until 1968, after which the house was renovated and opened as a civic museum in 1971. I went here as a girl guide, it's a great little museum to visit and the McQuestin family was way crazier that yours will ever be, and the guides do a great job telling the story! Stay tuned for the video! #yoga #yogaeverdamnday #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryogi #outdooryoga #spring #architecture #history #ashtanga #Hamiltonhistory #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #historichome #oldhome #core #downtown #doorsopenhamilton #Whitehern #rbg #qew

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Location: Whitehern/41 Jackson Street West
Beside/behind Hamilton City Hall, off of MacNab street.

Another fine example of early Hamilton stone architecture, Whitehern was built around 1850 for city clerk/attorney, Richard Duggan. In 1852, it was purchased by Calvin McQuestin, M.D., a prosperous manufacturer and philanthropist.

Thomas McQuestin lived here, and he was instrumental in encouraging McMaster to move from #toronto to Hamilton in 1930. One of the ways he did this was enhance Hamilton’s natural beauty, with his creation of the @rbgcanada in the 1930s. He also spearheaded projects such as the QEW, Skyway Bridge and the Niagara Parkway, among others. He died in 1948, and Hamilton renamed the High Level Bridge on York Boulevard in his honour.

The descendants of the McQuestin family lived here until 1968, after which the house was renovated and opened as a civic museum in 1971.

I went here as a girl guide, it’s a great little museum to visit and the McQuestin family was way crazier than yours will ever be, and the guides do a great job telling the story!

. As I was coming out this pose, this older (as I found out, Buddhist) couple were coming by, and asked what I was doing, and we ended up chatting for 20 minutes about yoga and meditation. I never got their names, but I hopefully I run into them again… they wanted to see this blog! and they were so sooo sweet ❤ Are these anyone’s grandparents?

Day 14

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Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana
Compass Pose

Day 14 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana Or #compasspose Here's how you do it, lol. Practise stretching your hips and thighs if you're not quite here yet. Forward folds are good to start with! #HistoricalHamilton Dundurn Castle The historical neoclassical/picturesque mansion was built in 1835. It is 18,000 square feet, with 72 rooms, and cost $175,000 to build. The mansion featured the latest conveniences of gas lighting and running water. Dundurn is currently owned by the City of Hamilton, which purchased it in 1900 for $50,000. The City has spent nearly $3 million renovating the site to make 42 of the original 72 rooms open to the public.The rooms have been restored to the year 1855 when its owner Sir Allan Napier MacNab, 1st Baronet, was at the height of his career. #yoga #yogaeverdamnday #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryogi #outdooryoga #spring #architecture #history #ashtanga #Hamiltonhistory #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #historichome #oldhome #core #downtown #mansion #dundurn #dundurncastle #sirallanmacnab

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Location: Dundurn Castle

The historical neoclassical/picturesque mansion was built in 1835. It is 18,000 square feet, with 72 rooms, and cost $175,000 to build. The mansion featured the latest conveniences of gas lighting and running water.
Dundurn is currently owned by the City of Hamilton, which purchased it in 1900 for $50,000. The City has spent nearly $3 million renovating the site to make 42 of the original 72 rooms open to the public.The rooms have been restored to the year 1855 when its owner Sir Allan Napier MacNab, 1st Baronet, was at the height of his career.

Day 15

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Eka Pada Galvasana
Flying Pigeon

Day 15 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Eka Pada #Galavasana Or #flyingpigeon This ones a hard one! But so exciting when you become a flying pigeon! Hehe Also, shakey hand-video, weird filter and sped up 2x makes this look like some old film lol. #HistoricalHamilton Dundurn Castle – Cockpit Theater/Folley Dundurn Park has its own folly, just east of the castle. Living up to its purpose, it had confused most people regarding its use, who had considered it a theatre, a laundry, a boat-house, a buttery, an office, a chapel for Sir Allan's Roman Catholic wife, or even a cockfighting ring, although no proof of the last use has ever been found. Urban legend has it that many underground tunnels were built, leading from the Castle to various parts of the estate and one of the entrances was through the folly. The Folley looks out over the Bay and the CN Rail tracks. If you're at #Bayfront Park, you should be able to make out Dundurn through the trees on the other bank 🙂 I love this park 🙂 Its so nice to wander around, with all the interesting places you can sit and have lunch. I used to come here quite often when I was working downtown 🙂 #yoga #yogaeverdamnday #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryogi #outdooryoga #spring #architecture #history #ashtanga #Hamiltonhistory #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #historichome #oldhome #core #downtown #folley #dundurn #dundurncastle #sirallanmacnab

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Location: Dundurn Castle – Cockpit Theater/Folley

Dundurn Park has its own folly, just east of the castle. Living up to its purpose, it had confused most people regarding its use, who had considered it a theatre, a laundry, a boat-house, a buttery, an office, a chapel for Sir Allan’s Roman Catholic wife, or even a cockfighting ring, although no proof of the last use has ever been found.
Urban legend has it that many underground tunnels were built, leading from the Castle to various parts of the estate and one of the entrances was through the folly.

The Folley looks out over the Bay and the CN Rail tracks. If you’re at #Bayfront Park, you should be able to make out Dundurn through the trees on the other bank 🙂 I love this park 🙂 Its so nice to wander around, with all the interesting places you can sit and have lunch. I used to come here quite often when I was working downtown

Day 16

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Ardha Chandrasana
Twisted Half-Moon Pose

Day 16 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Ardha Chandrasana Or twisted half moon pose Edited to the correct pose* #HistoricalHamilton Battery Lodge/Gatehouse/Hamilton Military Museum -Dundurn Castle Grounds, York Blvd. Battery Lodge, the former gate house of Dundurn Castle's famous owner, Sir Allan MacNab, now houses the Hamilton Military Museum. The building was relocated to its present location when York Street was widened to York Blvd in the 1970s. Displays include the War of 1812, the Rebellions of 1837, the Boer War, World War I, World War II and the role of women in the military. Artifacts include uniforms, medals, weapons, photographs and other military memorabilia. The museum also features a library with materials about Canadian military history. #yoga #yogaeverdamnday #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryogi #outdooryoga #spring #architecture #history #ashtanga #Hamiltonhistory #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #historichome #oldhome #core #downtown #gatehouse #military #cannon #dundurn #dundurncastle #sirallanmacnab

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Location: Battery Lodge/Gatehouse/Hamilton Military Museum -Dundurn Castle Grounds, York Blvd.

Battery Lodge, the former gate house of Dundurn Castle’s famous owner, Sir Allan MacNab, now houses the Hamilton Military Museum.

The building was relocated to its present location when York Street was widened to York Blvd in the 1970s.

Displays include the War of 1812, the Rebellions of 1837, the Boer War, World War I, World War II and the role of women in the military. Artifacts include uniforms, medals, weapons, photographs and other military memorabilia. The museum also features a library with materials about Canadian military history.

 Day 17/Day 18 *Catch Up Day*

day 17

Visvamitrasana
Flying Warrior Pose

Eka Pada Koundinyasana
One legged ‘Koundinya’ Pose

Day 17 [#Catchup] / Day 18 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Visvamitrasana / Eka Pada Koundinyasana Or Flying Warrior Pose / One legged Koundinya Pose Different speeds! Probably should have moved from one pose into the next, but hey. #HistoricalHamilton Mohawk Trail School / Barton Township S.S. #5 Used to be located at 360 Mohawk Road West, now behind the Education Centre on Upper Wentworth Built: 1882 When the school was built in 1882, there were about 25 students in eight grades who would have learned all together in the one room. It eventually was renamed Mohawk Trail and it remained a school until it was no longer needed in 1966. The teachers’ union restored the building as a museum. Mohawk College got its name, in part, from this school. The old schoolhouse will continue to be an education museum in its new home behind the new school board offices being constructed off Upper Wentworth. #yoga #yogaeverdamnday #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryogi #outdooryoga #spring #architecture #history #ashtanga #Hamiltonhistory #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #historicschool #oneroomschoolhouse #ekapada #armbalance #stretch #flexi #breakdance

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Location: Mohawk Trail School / Barton Township S.S. #5
Originally located at 360 Mohawk Road West, now behind the Education Centre on Upper Wentworth

When the school was built in 1882, there were about 25 students in eight grades who would have learned all together in the one room. It eventually was renamed Mohawk Trail and it remained a school until it was no longer needed in 1966. The teachers’ union restored the building as a museum. Mohawk College got its name, in part, from this school.

The old schoolhouse will continue to be an education museum in its new home behind the new school board offices being constructed off Upper Wentworth.

Day 19

day 19

Adho Mukha Vrksasana
Handstand

Day 19 [#Catchup] #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Adho Mukha Vrksasana Or #Handstand ! A bit of a blooper! The ground was rocky and there were bikes flying by, making me nervous, lol. Is what it is, just took it quick tonight! 🙂 #HistoricalHamilton Rifle Range Stone Wall – Chedoke Radial Trail [Brantford/Hamilton Railway] Ever notice the stone wall on the Chedoke Radial Trail [I.e. the escarpment trail for West Hamilton]? It was built in the early 1900s along the tracks of the B&H railway, which once ran through this trail. The B&H railway was completed in 1908, but competition from automobiles, buses, and trucks brought an end to the radial system in 1931 and the tracks were removed in 1932. Just below this ridge is Rifle Range Road, commemorating the location of the RHLI's old rifle range #yoga #yogaeverdamnday #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryogi #outdooryoga #spring #architecture #history #ashtanga #Hamiltonhistory #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #railway #rhli #riflerange #escarpment #hike #trail #armbalance #inversion

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Location: Rifle Range Stone Wall – Chedoke Radial Trail [Brantford/Hamilton Railway]

Ever notice the stone wall on the Chedoke Radial Trail [I.e. the escarpment trail for West Hamilton]? It was built in the early 1900s along the tracks of the B&H railway, which once ran through this trail.
The B&H railway was completed in 1908, but competition from automobiles, buses, and trucks brought an end to the radial system in 1931 and the tracks were removed in 1932.

Just below this ridge is Rifle Range Road, commemorating the location of the RHLI’s old rifle range.

Day 20

day 20

Eka Pada Bhujasana
Or Elephant Trunk Pose

Day 20 [#Catchup] #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Eka Pada Bhujasana Or Elephant Trunk Pose I almost got ran over by a bike for this… Another arm balance, get your butt and legs off the ground! 🙂 #HistoricalHamilton Chedoke Radial Trail – Former B&H Railway So, yesterday I talked about the stone wall that was alongside the Radial Trail. Today will be the B&H Railway itself! Construction of the B&H line began in 1906. Hundreds of tons of rock were blasted from the face of the escarpment to create a ledge for the track. The line extended from Main and Hess Streets, extended along Hess, continued along a private right of way just beyond Herkimer Street, then climbed the mountain. The B&H was completed to Ancaster in 1907 and extended to Brantford in 1908. As I mentioned before, the railway fell out of popularity, and was shut down by 1931, and the tracks being removed the following year. Much of the railway line was sold for housing development, but a lot was also saved as a scenic escarpment hiking trail. The Chedoke Radial Trail was officially opened, almost 19 years ago today, on May 25, 1996. So get out on this great trail for a walk or bike ride. There's lots of access points, and you can still travel from downtown Hamilton to Brantford, although at a much slower pace than the Electric Railway. 🙂 #yoga #yogaeverdamnday #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryogi #outdooryoga #spring #history #ashtanga #Hamiltonhistory #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #railway #railtrail #escarpment #armbalance #elephantrunkpose #hike #trail #radialtrail

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Location: Chedoke Radial Trail – Former B&H Railway

Construction of the B&H line began in 1906. Hundreds of tons of rock were blasted from the face of the escarpment to create a ledge for the track. The line extended from Main and Hess Streets, extended along Hess, continued along a private right of way just beyond Herkimer Street, then climbed the mountain.

The B&H was completed to Ancaster in 1907 and extended to Brantford in 1908.

As I mentioned before, the railway fell out of popularity, and was shut down by 1931, and the tracks being removed the following year.

Much of the railway line was sold for housing development, but a lot was also saved as a scenic escarpment hiking trail.

The Chedoke Radial Trail was officially opened, almost 19 years ago today, on May 25, 1996. So get out on this great trail for a walk or bike ride. There’s lots of access points, and you can still travel from downtown Hamilton to Brantford, although at a much slower pace than the Electric Railway. 🙂

 Day 21

day 18

Karandavasana
Baby Crow, or Duck Pose

Day 21 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Karandavasana Or Baby Crow, or Duck Pose This is like Bakasana, but down on your forearms. Still a challenge, for sure! #HistoricalHamilton Evel Pavilion – Chedoke Hospital Driving south on Old Sanatorium Road, you'll see the Evel Pavilion tucked in behind the William Osler Building. The throwback verandahs and art deco brick will catch your eye as you pass. The Evel Pavilion was built in 1932 by the architectural firm Hutton & Souter for a cost of $241,637. It accommodated 155 patients and later additions increased bed capacity to 185. The ‘throwback’ verandahs made it possible for patients to be wheeled out into the sunshine and fresh air. It was named after James Joseph Evel. #yoga #yogaeverdamnday #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryogi #outdooryoga #spring #history #ashtanga #Hamiltonhistory #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #armbalance #bakasana #pincha #babycrow

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Location: Evel Pavilion – Chedoke Hospital

Driving south on Old Sanatorium Road, you’ll see the Evel Pavilion tucked in behind the William Osler Building. The throwback verandahs and art deco brick will catch your eye as you pass.

The Evel Pavilion was built in 1932 by the architectural firm Hutton & Souter for a cost of $241,637. It accommodated 155 patients and later additions increased bed capacity to 185. The ‘throwback’ verandahs made it possible for patients to be wheeled out into the sunshine and fresh air.

It was named after James Joseph Evel, the owner of The Semmens and Evel Casket Company, established in 1879, incorporated in 1906 with the largest plant in the Dominion, located on Florence Street, across from Victoria Park.

 

Day 22

day 21

Tittibhasana
Firefly Pose

Day 22 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Tittibhasana Or #Fireflypose Best syncing up of the song to the video so far ;} (good job Emma) You have to be strong and flexi for this one! Then work on getting your ankles up behind your head. Go on, try it out lol #HistoricalHamilton Auchmar ! ❤ Fennel Ave at West 5th, kitty-corner to Mohawk College So, City Council has, again, voted to put this lovely mansion up for sale. Which would be fine, if only those shortsighted idiots would actually have some creative thought process when it comes to considering who would buy it. @cobalt_connects proposed an amazing, creative idea merging history/heritage, cuisine and event space. They were partnered with @rbgcanada, the owners of Rapscallion/Two Black Sheep and a Heritage Developer from Toronto. GUESS WHO GOT TURNED DOWN? Jeeeze. Keep trying, make Hamilton a better place! Auchmar was built between 1852 and 1854. It was the centerpiece of Clairmont Park, home to Isaac Buchanan. The mansion is an example of domestic Gothic Revival and with its surrounding acreage, is a very rare example of a mid-Victorian estate. The 8 acres of remaining land still contain a few outbuildings, like a dovecote, and the orchard wall. The mansion's interior is amazing as well, I was in there over 5 years ago. I hope its still intact! Buchanan was an international merchant, first president of the Hamilton Club, and founder of the Thirteenth Battalion, which would become the #RHLI. He also worked with Sir Allan MacNab to establish the Great Western Railway. #yoga #yogaeverdamnday #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryogi #outdooryoga #spring #history #ashtanga #Hamiltonhistory #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #armbalance #mohawkcollege #saveauchmar #victorian #gothic #revival #mansion

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Location: Auchmar
Fennel Ave at West 5th, kitty-corner to Mohawk College

Auchmar was built between 1852 and 1854. It was the centerpiece of Clairmont Park, home to Isaac Buchanan.
The mansion is an example of domestic Gothic Revival and with its surrounding acreage, is a very rare example of a mid-Victorian estate.
The 8 acres of remaining land still contain a few outbuildings, like a dovecote, and the orchard wall.
The mansion’s interior is amazing as well, I was in there over 5 years ago. I hope it’s still intact!
Buchanan was an international merchant, first president of the Hamilton Club, and founder of the Thirteenth Battalion, which would become the #RHLI. He also worked with Sir Allan MacNab to establish the Great Western Railway.

Day 23

day 24

Dandayamana Dhanurasana
Bow Pose

Day 23 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Dandayamana Dhanurasana Or #BowPose Reach as far as you can with this one, and keep your balance! #HistoricalHamilton Griffin House -Mineral Springs Road -Ancaster Built in 1827 in Ancaster, George Hogeboom sold the house and 50 acres to Enerals Griffin in 1834. Griffin was born into slavery in Virginia, and escaped with his wife Pricilla to Ancaster in about 1829. They had their son, James in 1833. For the next 150 years, their descendants lived and farmed here, off of Mineral Springs Road, atop a hill in peace. The property was sold to the Hamilton Region Conservation Authority in 1988. Public visitation and interpretation is offered by Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum.  It offers Underground Railroad tours and history-related programs. Griffin House was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 2008. The house is a rare surviving example of a four-room house typical in Upper Canada in the early 19th century. #yoga #yogaeverdamnday #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryogi #outdooryoga #spring #history #ashtanga #Hamiltonhistory #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #balance #ancaster #hike #mineralsprings #dundas #undergroundrailroad

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Location: Griffin House -Mineral Springs Road -Ancaster

Built in 1827 in Ancaster, George Hogeboom sold the house and 50 acres to Enerals Griffin in 1834. Griffin was born into slavery in Virginia, and escaped with his wife Pricilla to Ancaster in about 1829. They had their son, James in 1833.

For the next 150 years, their descendants lived and farmed here, off of Mineral Springs Road, atop a hill in peace. The property was sold to the Hamilton Region Conservation Authority in 1988. Public visitation and interpretation is offered by Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum.  It offers Underground Railroad tours and history-related programs.

Griffin House was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 2008. The house is a rare surviving example of a four-room house typical in Upper Canada in the early 19th century.

Day 24

day 27

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
Mermaid Pose

Day 24 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Eka Pada Rajakapotasana Or #Mermaidpose I can't reach over my head and grab my foot yet. Maybe by the end of the summer? Such a cute setting, wonderful gardens that smelled amazing, and right in the middle of Ancaster. Definitely stop by here to wander around the garden, if you haven't before! #HistoricalHamilton Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum – Sulphur Springs Road – Ancaster In 1948, Tom and Doris Farmer built a Tudor-style English cottage on seven acres of farmland overlooking the main street of Ancaster. They named their estate Fieldcote after a family property in England of the same name. Tom was editor-in-chief of the Hamilton Spectator from 1966 to 1969 as well as an avid historian and community supporter. From their participation in the Ancaster Township Historical Society he and his wife knew that a venue was needed in the village as a focal point for the expression of Ancaster’s Heritage. After Tom’s death in 1976, Doris arranged in her will to bequeath Fieldcote and its property to Ancaster through the Conservation Foundation of the Hamilton Region and the Hamilton Region Conservation Authority. After Doris’ death in 1983 her wishes were put into action, and Fieldcote opened to the public in 1988. The museum holds a lot of special events, like music and movie nights in the park, as well as offering tours #yoga #yogaeverdamnday #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryogi #outdooryoga #spring #history #ashtanga #Hamiltonhistory #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #balance #ancaster #hike #sulphursprings #fieldcote #museum #garden #tudorstyle

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Location: Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum – Sulphur Springs Road – Ancaster

In 1948, Tom and Doris Farmer built a Tudor-style English cottage on seven acres of farmland overlooking the main street of Ancaster. They named their estate Fieldcote after a family property in England of the same name. Tom was editor-in-chief of the Hamilton Spectator from 1966 to 1969 as well as an avid historian and community supporter.

From their participation in the Ancaster Township Historical Society he and his wife knew that a venue was needed in the village as a focal point for the expression of Ancaster’s Heritage. After Tom’s death in 1976, Doris arranged in her will to bequeath Fieldcote and its property to Ancaster through the Conservation Foundation of the Hamilton Region and the Hamilton Region Conservation Authority. After Doris’ death in 1983 her wishes were put into action, and Fieldcote opened to the public in 1988.

The museum holds a lot of special events, like music and movie nights in the park, as well as offering tours.

I loved this place! Such a cute setting, wonderful gardens that smelled amazing, and right in the middle of Ancaster. Definitely stop by here to wander around the garden, if you haven’t before!

Day 25

day 25

Mayurasana
Peacock Pose

Day 25 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Mayurasana Or #Peacockpose Such a hard one to do! But I'm like "wheeeee!" when I fly 🙂 Peacocks don't fly though? Try it out, if you're strong! 😉 #HistoricalHamilton The Hermitage – Headwaters Trail / Sulphur Springs Road – Dundas/Ancaster The Hermitage was originally built in 1830 by the Reverend George Sheed, who sold it to Otto Ives. Otto's wife was Greek, and brought her sister with her to Ancaster in 1833. Ives also hired a coachman by the name of William Black for his estate. The ladies of the household spoke only Greek, and it is said that Black fell in love with the sister or a niece. Black went to Otto Ives and asked for his niece's hand in marriage. Ives was very upset by the thought, and rejected the proposal. The next morning, Ives and his wife were to go out for the day, but when the coachman was not at the front door with the carriage as planned, Ives went out to the barn to find Walter had hung himself. This story is what backs up all the haunted and paranormal "activity" at this location. Also, Lover's Lane was named for this tragic love story. In 1853, the Hermitage was purchased by George Gordon Browne Leith and his wife Eleanor Ferrier. Over the next several years, the large stone house, attendant outbuildings, a farmhouse, barns, and entrance lodge were constructed. After Mrs Leith's death, the property was purchased by her youngest daughter, Eleanor Alma Lauder. She lived here until the house was destroyed by fire in 1934, during one of her lavish parties. She lived inside the ruins in a tent until the people of Ancaster built her a small house constructed inside the ruins. She lived there until her death in 1942. The ruins and grounds are part of the The Hermitage and Gatehouse Museum now. #yoga #asana #namaste #hamont #outdooryoga #spring #history #ashtanga #Hamiltonhistory #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #balance #ancaster #hike #sulphursprings #hermitage #ruins #abandoned #countryhome #summerhome #armbalance #dundas #haunted #paranormal

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Location: The Hermitage – Headwaters Trail / Sulphur Springs Road – Dundas/Ancaster

The Hermitage was originally built in 1830 by the Reverend George Sheed, who sold it to Otto Ives. Otto’s wife was Greek, and brought her sister with her to Ancaster in 1833.

Ives also hired a coachman by the name of William Black for his estate.

The ladies of the household spoke only Greek, and it is said that Black fell in love with the sister or a niece. Black went to Otto Ives and asked for his niece’s hand in marriage. Ives was very upset by the thought, and rejected the proposal. The next morning, Ives and his wife were to go out for the day, but when the coachman was not at the front door with the carriage as planned, Ives went out to the barn to find Walter had hung himself.
This story is what backs up all the haunted and paranormal “activity” at this location. Also, Lover’s Lane was named for this tragic love story.

In 1853, the Hermitage was purchased by George Gordon Browne Leith and his wife Eleanor Ferrier. Over the next several years, the large stone house, attendant outbuildings, a farmhouse, barns, and entrance lodge were constructed.

After Mrs Leith’s death, the property was purchased by her youngest daughter, Eleanor Alma Lauder. She lived here until the house was destroyed by fire in 1934, during one of her lavish parties. She lived inside the ruins in a tent until the people of Ancaster built her a small house constructed inside the ruins. She lived there until her death in 1942.

The ruins and grounds are part of the The Hermitage and Gatehouse Museum now.

Day 26

day 29

Parsva Bakasana
Side Crow

Day 26 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Parsva Bakasana Or #sidecrow Like Bakasana, but both your legs rest on one arm. Might be easier than Bakasana for some! #HistoricalHamilton Battlefield House/Gage House -Stoney Creek *National Historic Site of Canada Battlefield House was the homestead of the widow Mary Jones Gage and her two children. It was constructed first as a log house and in 1796, by 1830 the house was completed to a full two storeys, as we see it today. A Georgian-style colonial home, Its frame structure is of uncluttered design with symmetrically balanced windows and door openings. Typical of the Georgian style are the twelve over twelve multi-paned sash windows and flat window heads. The steep roof, large chimneys and verandah are other noteworthy features. On June 5, 1813, the Gage residence was forced to become headquarters of the invading American troops who occupied the house. In 1835, Mary Jones Gage sold the farm and the family went to live in Hamilton. The house changed hands many times and parts of the property were sold. In just1899 (!) the house was in a bad state of repair and in danger of being torn down. A granddaughter of James Gage, Sara Calder, [are you related, @madicalder ? ] had the foresight to recognize the historical value of the property. She purchased the house and land around it and transferred it to the Women's Wentworth Historical Society of which she was president. This Society restored and refurnished the house and opened it as a museum — one of the first museums in Canada. Eventually they purchased more land and opened the surroundings as a public park, with a total of 32 acres. In 1962 Battlefield House and Park were taken over by the Niagara Parks Commission, and the house was restored to the 1835 period. Stay tuned for the video! #yoga #asana #namaste #hamont #spring #history #ashtanga #Hamiltonhistory #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #armbalance #stoneycreek #warof1812 #battlefield #park

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Location: Battlefield House/Gage House -Stoney Creek
*National Historic Site of Canada

Battlefield House was the homestead of the widow Mary Jones Gage and her two children. It was constructed first as a log house and in 1796, by 1830 the house was completed to a full two storeys, as we see it today.
A Georgian-style colonial home, Its frame structure is of uncluttered design with symmetrically balanced windows and door openings. Typical of the Georgian style are the twelve over twelve multi-paned sash windows and flat window heads. The steep roof, large chimneys and verandah are other noteworthy features.

On June 5, 1813, the Gage residence was forced to become headquarters of the invading American troops who occupied the house.
In 1835, Mary Jones Gage sold the farm and the family went to live in Hamilton. The house changed hands many times and parts of the property were sold.

In just 1899 (!) the house was in a bad state of repair and in danger of being torn down.

A granddaughter of James Gage, Sara Calder, had the foresight to recognize the historical value of the property. She purchased the house and land around it and transferred it to the Women’s Wentworth Historical Society of which she was president.
This Society restored and refurnished the house and opened it as a museum — one of the first museums in Canada. Eventually they purchased more land and opened the surroundings as a public park, with a total of 32 acres.

In 1962 Battlefield House and Park were taken over by the Niagara Parks Commission, and the house was restored to the 1835 period.

Day 27

day 28

Devaduuta Panna Asana
Fallen Angel Pose

Day 27 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Devaduuta Panna Asana Or #fallenangelpose Here's how you get up here! Transitions are key, remember. #HistoricalHamilton Sunken Garden – York Blvd [Neglected] The last remaining sunken garden in Hamilton is located just off York Blvd, right at Old Guelph Road, across the street from the 1812 Memorial Garden. From the street all you can see is a large clearing, with a rock on a mound for another memorial. Walk to your right and go down some old steps, and you'll be in the Sunken Garden! This garden was built as part of T.B. McQuesten's project to beautify Hamilton. This area used to be very unattractive before the 1930s. Railway, gravel pit, shanty town in Cootes Paradise, billboards, no QEW!… In part to lure @mcmasteru from Toronto, the area around what was an enormous traffic circle entrance to Hamilton, became what we know as the @rbgcanada. The Sunken Gardens built in 1929 here and where McMaster Hospital stands today, the gravel pit became The Rock Garden in 1930, the shanty town was removed sometime after the construction of the QEW in 1931, also a McQuesten project, as head of transportation. Now neglected, and overrun, the reflecting pond is empty and has about 6 trees growing out of it. I'm doing this pose in the reflecting pool here 🙂 #yoga #asana #namaste #hamont #spring #history #ashtanga #Hamiltonhistory #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #armbalance #sunkengarden #secretgarden #royalbotanicalgardens #mcmaster #secretgarden #inversion #breakdancing #twilight

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Location: Sunken Garden – York Blvd

[Neglected]

The last remaining sunken garden in Hamilton is located just off York Blvd, right at Old Guelph Road, across the street from the 1812 Memorial Garden. From the street all you can see is a large clearing, with a rock on a mound for another memorial. Walk to your right and go down some old steps, and you’ll be in the Sunken Garden!

This garden was built as part of T.B. McQuesten’s project to beautify Hamilton. This area used to be very unattractive before the 1930s. Railway, gravel pit, shanty town in Cootes Paradise, billboards, no QEW!… In part to lure @mcmasteru from Toronto, the area around what was an enormous traffic circle entrance to Hamilton, became what we know as the @rbgcanada. The Sunken Gardens built in 1929 here and where McMaster Hospital stands today, the gravel pit became The Rock Garden in 1930, the shanty town was removed sometime after the construction of the QEW in 1931, also a McQuesten project, as head of transportation.

Now neglected, and overrun, the reflecting pond is empty and has about 6 trees growing out of it. I’m doing this pose in the reflecting pool here 🙂

Day 28

day 26

Ganda Behrundasana
Chin Stand

*Blooper Video*

Day 28 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge Or #chinstand Not so graceful exit from this one, but I kept it because its funny. Lol I bruised my chin doing it… #HistoricalHamilton Battlefield Monument – Battlefield House and Park – Stoney Creek Battlefield Monument is a 30.5-metre masonry structure which was completed in 1913 in the English Gothic Revival style. Along with the Gage House and the Nash-Jackson House, the Battlefield Monument is a focal point on the property, on a hill behind the Gage House. The Women's Wentworth Historical Society, opened the Battlefield House Museum (Gage House) in 1899 and in 1900, commissioned plans for the design of an impressive monument. The Women's Wentworth Historical Society was largely responsible for the monument's completion, and majorly outdid the Men's Society's 10ft high monument across King Street. Battlefield Monument is significant as the second largest monument built in Canada, next to Brock's Monument in Niagara, to commemorate the War of 1812 and the most prominent of many built for the battle's centennial. #yoga #asana #namaste #hamont #spring #history #ashtanga #Hamiltonhistory #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #armbalance #inversion #battlefield #monument #stoneycreek #warof1812 #memorial #english #gothic #revival #architecture #oops #blooper

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Location: Battlefield Monument – Battlefield House and Park – Stoney Creek

Battlefield Monument is a 30.5-metre masonry structure which was completed in 1913 in the English Gothic Revival style. Along with the Gage House and the Nash-Jackson House, the Battlefield Monument is a focal point on the property, on a hill behind the Gage House.

The Women’s Wentworth Historical Society, opened the Battlefield House Museum (Gage House) in 1899 and in 1900, commissioned plans for the design of an impressive monument. The Women’s Wentworth Historical Society was largely responsible for the monument’s completion, and majorly outdid the Men’s Society’s 10ft high monument across King Street.

Battlefield Monument is significant as the second largest monument built in Canada, next to Brock’s Monument in Niagara, to commemorate the War of 1812 and the most prominent of many built for the battle’s centennial.


Pretty impressive monument! From the top, you can see everything, all the way to Toronto (Hamiltons’ threshold for being able to see a lot from a viewpoint, haha)

 

Day 29

day 31

Vrshikasana
Scorpion Handstand

Day 29 [#Catchup] #MayMantra #YogaChallenge #Vrshikasana Or #scorpionhandstand It's probably not even going to rain now… Still need a wall for this pose for sure. But my feet are inching closer to my head! 🙂 #HistoricalHamilton Darnley Grist Mill – Crook's Hollow /Greensville/Flamborough  The Darnley Grist Mill was completed in 1813 by Scottish settler James Crooks, who admired Lord Darnley and claimed him as an ancestor. The grist mill attracted local commerce: by 1829, it was surrounded by a woolen mill, distillery, tannery, paper mill, clothing factory, an inn, workers’ log cabins, and more, effectively creating the community of Crooks' Hollow. The grist mill was sold to James Stutt after Crooks' death in 1860, and was converted to a papermill. In 1880 Stutt bought out his partner and added a steam boiler building for heating water for papermaking and auxiliary power. Unfortunately, the boiler exploded on July 9, 1885, killing two men and causing extensive damage to the property. The mill was reconstructed, and in 1902 William Stutt, son of James, took it over. He leased it out first to the Adams Cellboard Company, then the Greensville Paper Company. The mill was gutted by fire in 1934, but the ruins remain. #yoga #asana #namaste #hamont #spring #history #ashtanga #Hamiltonhistory #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #armbalance #inversion #architecture #ruins #mill #cascade #gristmill #flamborough #backbend #handstand #scorpion

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Location: Darnley Grist Mill – Crook’s Hollow /Greensville/Flamborough

The Darnley Grist Mill was completed in 1813 by Scottish settler James Crooks, who admired Lord Darnley and claimed him as an ancestor. The grist mill attracted local commerce: by 1829, it was surrounded by a woolen mill, distillery, tannery, paper mill, clothing factory, an inn, workers’ log cabins, and more, effectively creating the community of Crooks’ Hollow. The grist mill was sold to James Stutt after Crooks’ death in 1860, and was converted to a papermill. In 1880 Stutt bought out his partner and added a steam boiler building for heating water for papermaking and auxiliary power. Unfortunately, the boiler exploded on July 9, 1885, killing two men and causing extensive damage to the property. The mill was reconstructed, and in 1902 William Stutt, son of James, took it over. He leased it out first to the Adams Cellboard Company, then the Greensville Paper Company. The mill was gutted by fire in 1934, but the ruins remain.

Day 30

day 30

Chaturanga

Day 30 #MayMantra #YogaChallenge #Chaturanga Loll, snuck over here from @homegrownhamilton before @themackinaws for this one! Sun Salutation! A great, complete body That one-armed pose was not possible this week lol. #HistoricalHamilton Lister Block -James North at King William – Downtown Core The Lister Block, first built in 1886, was destroyed by fire in 1923 and the second building was erected in 1924. This classic Renaissance building is 32,000 square feet with six floors. The original building built in 1886 only had four floors. It was the first indoor commercial mall in Canada and is currently owned by LIUNA. The Lister Block is named for Joseph Lister, the original owner, who was a merchant, clothier, member of the city's Board of Water Commissioners and school trustee. His goal was to build a "most modern and central accommodation" for small merchants at modest rent. It was the centre of community life in Hamilton for much of the last century. It was built with excellent materials and workmanship during prosperous times in the city before the stock markets crashed in 1929. One of the few buildings of its type in Ontario west of Toronto, its style is more frequently seen in American Great Lakes cities. #yoga #asana #namaste #hamont #spring #history #ashtanga #Hamiltonhistory #getoutside #explore #adventure #discovery #architecture #downtown #Renaissance #sunsalutation #yoflow #flow #ihearthamilton

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Location: Lister Block -James North at King William – Downtown Core

The Lister Block, first built in 1886, was destroyed by fire in 1923 and the second building was erected in 1924. This classic Renaissance building is 32,000 square feet with six floors. The original building built in 1886 only had four floors. It was the first indoor commercial mall in Canada and is currently owned by LIUNA.
The Lister Block is named for Joseph Lister, the original owner, who was a merchant, clothier, member of the city’s Board of Water Commissioners and school trustee. His goal was to build a “most modern and central accommodation” for small merchants at modest rent.

It was the centre of community life in Hamilton for much of the last century. It was built with excellent materials and workmanship during prosperous times in the city before the stock markets crashed in 1929. One of the few buildings of its type in Ontario west of Toronto, its style is more frequently seen in American Great Lakes cities.

Surya Namaskar C – Sun Salutation C

Surya Namaskar C or Sun Salutation C is another variation of the Sun Salutation A. This sequence is not practiced in the traditional Ashtanga Series, but is seen in Dharma Yoga and many other types. To me, this is a different rhythm that I’m used to, with some added backbends, so I like that challenge. For beginners, this Sun Salutation might be a little more friendly- with no chaturanga!

 

Benefits of Surya Namaskar:

  • Strengthens the body and improves muscle tone
  • Improves posture
  • Improves flexibility
  • Increases blood circulation and warms up the body
  • Helps relax mind, and build mental focus
  • Reduces stress and anxiety

 

I won’t post any beginner’s tips for this one, but see Sun A and Sun B blogs for some more tips!

Packing List – One Week at an All-Inclusive Caribbean Resort

This detailed packing list will break down everything you need to bring on vacation to an All-Inclusive Resort. My experience was a week in Jamaica, but any short, tropical vacation would need the same suitcase packed. Before I get to the packing list though, I’ll just tell you a little bit about my trip. 🙂

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Bye-bye, Canada!

My Vacation

This trip was exciting! I only stayed on the resort, but it was still a lot of ‘firsts’. My first time to an All-Inclusive, first time to the Caribbean and swimming in an ocean, and first time trying Scuba Diving!

I spent a week in Runaway Bay, Jamaica at Jewel Resort. The occasion was a family wedding with a group of around 30 people, including 5 kids under the age of 12, and this resort was perfect.

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Runaway Bay is a 60-90 minute drive from the Negril Airport, so there was added travel time, but no noisy airplanes once we got to the resort.The beach was amazing; soft white sand; warm salty water with hardly any waves (perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving!), and there was tons of marine life to check out and show the kids.

The Resort itself was beautiful; super clean and well-maintained with lots of updates. The staff was amazing, and there was always something going on, if that’s what you were into. Beside the main resort, there is a Water Park with slides and a lazy river for the young and young-at-heart, and a Golf Course across the road. The 2 or 3 pools were great, our room was clean and cool, and I didn’t get bored with the food (all of it delicious – there was the usual buffet and then 4 different restaurants, so something different for every night, if you wanted).

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“I found a sea egg!”

My day usually consisted of:

  • Enjoying a buffet breakfast, grabbing extra bagels to feed to the fishies
  • Signing out a snorkel and mask  and spending the next 2 hours in the ocean
  • Heading to the Infinity Pool and having drinks with friends at the swim-up pool bar
  • Taking the kids to the Water Park and alternating between the Lazy River and the Water Slides
  • Having Dinner & a Show and then maybe check out the Disco/Club

In between all that, there is a lot of lounging and munching and drinking and chatting and wandering around – it’s great!

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Bob Marley Shots

There’s always tons to do on the resort and then lots of excursions to different locations; just remember that you’re on vacation, so don’t get overwhelmed; have a Jamaican Smile and HAVE FUN!

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“I’ll have a Jamaican Smile. And the drink too”

PACKING LIST

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Essentials

  • Passport
  • Visa- You may not need to get a Visa beforehand, or even on arrival, depending on your length of stay. I did not need one.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Boarding Passes and other Tickets

Make sure to bring copies of all of these important documents, or better yet, take a picture of them and save copies in your email, so you can access them wherever you have internet.

  • Local Money- We brought about $100 worth of Jamaican money and didn’t spend any of it. Most places only want U.S. money, and asking locals directly, they want anything BUT Jamaican Dollars.
  • US Money- Bring the US money for any purchases at Duty Free shops at the Resort, and for any other shopping. Bring lots of small bills for tipping!
  • Debit and Credit Cards

One extra thing: Snacks for the plane!- Your flight will probably be short, and most likely a budget airline. This means expensive bottles of water and mini-cans of pringles. The flight isn’t long; so you don’t need a full meal, but bring something instead of spending $15 on crap…


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Clothing

Best tip for packing – roll your clothes up, it’s much more compact. And, less is always more. In this case, the less you bring with you, the more you can bring home, or if you’re a really savvy packer- you’ll only need a carry-on. The weather should be really hot and sunny, with a few spots of rain; depending on the time of year. If you’re going on adventurous excursions, make sure to pack accordingly!

Basics

Next time I go to a resort, I will bring the dresses and 1 shirt and 1 pair of shorts. I wore a bikini most of the time, and a lot of the clothes went unworn.

  • 3 Tank Tops or Crop Tops- Bring as many as you think you’ll need! Bright colours are the best 🙂
  • 1 Long-sleeved top- You might need this one night, if you’re sun burnt and the temperature drops below 25°C.
  • 3 Pairs of Shorts- Again, bring as many as you think you’ll wear, less is more! I brought a combination of denim, loose cotton, and active-wear shorts.
  • 1-2 Skirts- Maxi skirts are great for the heat, but if skirts aren’t your thing, it’s just less to pack.
  • 3-4 Dresses or Rompers- These double as bikini-cover ups, as well as a daily outfit and evening wear. Dresses are so much easier to wear in the heat too! A fancier dress is great for the nicer restaurants or when you go to the disco (or the wedding!).
  • 1 Pair of Leggings- For the chillier evenings. I wore mine on the plane, so they didn’t take up room in my bag, and I was okay in any temperature.

Outerwear

  • Hat- The sun is STRONG, and will be reflecting off the water onto your face anyways, so protect what you can!
  • Light Sweater or Jacket- Cooler nights, for the plane, or if it’s a nice blazer it can be for a fancy dinner or evening out.

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Underwear

  • 5 Pairs of Underwear- Or one pair for each day you’re there. Don’t overpack on underwear, it takes up more space than you think. If you are a really light packer, only 2 pairs might do for the wash-and-wear traveler.
  • 3 Bras- Lace Bralette, Underwire, and sports bra. One for each occasion, for everything else, there’s your bikini.
  • 1 Pair of Socks- If you need them for running shoes you’ll be wearing on an excursion.

Other

  • 3 Bathing Suits- This will be your main outfit. Bring more, if you want!
  • Bikini Cover-Up- They won’t let you into the buffet without one.
  • Hair Accessories- Bring hair-ties and head-bands. I think I blow-dried my hair once. You’re on vacation, relax!
  • Jewellery or Flash Tattoos- Add some sparkle for the fancier nights
  • Pajamas- Your room is air-conditioned; it will be chilly compared to outside! We turned our air down…
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The essential wardrobe

 

Shoes

  • Running Shoes- Only if you’re going on an excursion, otherwise, leave these at home and bring some light flats instead.
  • Flip Flops- These are the easiest to slip on and off everywhere, and they won’t be a big deal if you lose them.
  • Dressy Sandals- For the night out to dinner.

 

Toiletries

If you forget any of these, they are easily bought at your resort, but are overpriced. I did not bring Shampoo or Conditioner.

  • Toothpaste & Toothbrush
  • Deoderant
  • Razor & Shaving Cream
  • Prescriptions
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Hairbrush

 

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Extra

  • Sunglasses- maybe  a couple cheap pairs, so you won’t be sad if the ocean steals them.
  • Sunscreen 60SPF+
  • Bug Spray
  • Waterbottle/Bubba Cup- best investment. Filled up with cocktails or just ice water, they’re a must for wandering around resort.
  • Beach bag & Small Purse
  • EarPlugs- For the plane

 

Tech

  • Cellphone- There’s WiFi everywhere now, but try and unplug for a while.
  • Camera/Video Camera
  • GoPro- These are awesome for any underwater adventures!
  • Chargers
  • Power Adapters- You may need these, depending on where you’re from and where you’re headed, make sure to check this out beforehand!
  • Headphones- Your budget airline may not give you any!

 

Enjoy your Vacation!

 

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Surya Namaskar B – Sun Salutation B

Surya Namaskar B, or Sun Salutation B, is the second flow in the opening sequence practiced in the Ashtanga Series. It is performed in 5 rounds immediately following Surya Namaskar A, linking breath to movement to form a rhythm.

This flow is nearly the same as Sun Sal A, except for 3 details.

  1. Utkatasana (Chair Pose) replaces a simpler Urdvha Hastasana.
  2. We add in Virabhadrasana 1, or Warrior 1. There is one for each leg, with a vinyasa in between.
  3. You do not hold all of your Adho Mukha Svanasanas (Downward Dogs); only the final one [Asana #15] is held for 5 full breaths.

Benefits of Surya Namaskar:

  • Strengthens the body and improves muscle tone
  • Improves posture
  • Improves flexibility
  • Increases blood circulation and warms up the body
  • Helps relax mind, and build mental focus
  • Reduces stress and anxiety

Beginners’ Tips

*Note: I added Beginners’ Tips to the Sun A blog, so this will only focus on Virabhadrasana 1

Virabhadrasana 1 [Warrior 1]

[For Right Side, From Adho Mukha Svanasana]

Inhale: Rounding back, lift right foot off the mat and bend knee, lifting the knee as close to the chest as possible.

Exhale: Gaze forward, bringing right foot forward and lowering to mat between hands. Pivot left foot outwards at a 45° angle, maybe stepping to the left for a more stable foundation.

Inhale: Sweep both arms up, meeting palms overhead for Virabhadrasana I which should look like:

  • Palms together, arms straight and shoulders lowered away from the ears.
  • Gazing up at thumbs, but not tensing the neck
  • Lengthen the spine and draw the lower ribs inwards
  • Hips squared to the front of the room, sending the right hip back and the left hip turning forward
  • Right thigh should be parallel to the floor, with the knee bent at 90°, stacked over the ankle, and pressing down through heel.
  • Left leg is straight, with the foot turned out to 45°, and grounding through the heel

*Modifications*

  1. Arms: leave palms shoulder width apart; bend elbows if needed; or lower arms to where it is comfortable; maybe not at all!
  2. Legs: Shorten stance or straighten out the front leg as much as needed.

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Surya Namaskar A – Sun Salutation A

Surya Namaskar A, or Sun Salutation A, is the first sequence practiced in the Ashtanga Series. It is performed in 5 rounds at the beginning of your practice, linking breath to movement to form a rhythm.

Benefits of Surya Namaskar:

  • Strengthens the body and improves muscle tone
  • Improves posture
  • Improves flexibility
  • Increases blood circulation and warms up the body
  • Helps relax mind, and build mental focus
  • Reduces stress and anxiety

Tips

Work on creating a smooth rhythm, linking your breath and the movement between the poses.

When you reach Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog), hold the pose for 5 complete breaths, inhale and exhale; before moving through to the next pose. This will really fire up your body!

Beginners Tips

*Edit*

Surya Namaskar A is a fairly simple sequence, but there can be some difficulty for beginners. The most complicated part of the sequence is from Ardha Uttanasana transitioning down to Chaturanga. To go from a standing forward fold to a push-up in one breath can be intimidating, but it can be broken down into a few more breaths to make it more approachable.

[From Ardha Uttanasana]

(If your hands don’t quite reach the ground yet in Ardha Uttanasana, bend knees and fold forward until you can place both palms firmly on the ground)

Exhale: Step right foot to the back of the mat in a High Lunge position. Keep left knee stacked over left ankle as you straighten the right knee and press down into the toes.

Inhale: Step left foot back to right foot in a High Plank position or the high end of a Push Up. Keep the body long and back straight, pressing firmly through the palms.

Exhale: Lower down to Chaturanga Dandasana, a low Push Up position. Ideally, this is:

  • Gazing straight ahead, but with a relaxed neck; don’t strain it!
  • Shoulders are strong and squared, and pushed back
  • Elbows at bent 90° with the arms squeezed into the torso
  • Back is strong and straight,

*Modifications*

  1. To lower down with more control, bring the knees to the floor first.
  2. Lower down directly onto the mat; keeping shoulders stacked over the wrists, and just lay stomach and thighs on the mat, keeping the chest lifted as much as possible.

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Packing List – 1 Month in Bali

Detailed packing list for an extended trip to a tropical destination.

This detailed packing list will break down everything you need to bring on an extended trip to Southeast Asia. My experience was a month in Bali, but this list can apply to one week in Thailand, if that’s where you’re going.

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A disclaimer: I spent most of my month in one villa in Ubud, spending most of my time in yoga clothes, and then less than a week in a homestay on the eastern side of the island. I didn’t roam around too much, and it hardly rained while I there. I traveled with:

  A Small Backpack as my carry-on bag. I stuffed extra clothes, and important items in here, just incase of lost luggage.

A Purse which I only used for the airport since it fit my boarding pass, passport and money comfortably. I kept my important documents and extra money in here for the rest of my trip, and didn’t actually take it out much.

A Fannypack (or bumbag, whatever you want to call it) This was my best purchase and I want a bunch more. I used this whenever I went out, to carry my daily essentials, like sunglasses, sunscreen, money for that day, etc.I got mine here in Hamilton from Out of the Past on King Street, and I might need to go buy more.

A Big ol’ Suitcase for my checked luggage. It was 17″x8″x25″ and I kept it underweight the whole time, so less than 50lbs. Leave space in here to bring all your goodies back home!

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This was my first time traveling here, and I definitely overpacked a little, but still ended up forgetting things. Like a power adapter. And a hairbrush. And tops, besides the tank top I wore on the plane.

Also, I’m a lady, and this list will reflect that. If you’re a man traveling to Bali, don’t bother with the bras or dresses.


Essentials

You have to bring these along with you, no question. Even if you bring one little backpack, put these in there.

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  • Passport
  • Visa- You may not need to get a Visa beforehand, or even on arrival, depending on your length of stay. I was staying 28 days, so I did not require one, saving me $25USD.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Boarding Passes and other Tickets

Make sure to bring copies of all of these important documents, or better yet, take a picture of them and save copies in your email, so you can access them wherever you have internet.

  • Indonesian Rupiah- You will need some money on arrival for taxis or any other purchases, so I would get some money exchanged at home (at a lower exchange rate) before you leave. I would suggest bringing $1-$2 million Rupiah with you. That’s only $100-$200 Canadian dollars. Bali – where you’re a millionaire. An easy exchange for shopping: $1 = R$10,000
  • US Money- Bring the US money for your Visa-on-Arrival, if required, but if you plan on bringing more to exchange in Bali, make sure those bills are crisp and brand new – money changes won’t take them otherwise, and it’s an annoyance to have useless money.
  • Debit and Credit Cards- There are lots of ATMs around. They usually charge about $5 each time you use them, so take the max out when you do (usually $1-$2.5 million Rupiah)

Clothing

Best tip for packing – roll your clothes up, it’s much more compact. And, less is always more. In this case, the less you bring with you, the more you can bring home. Remember to look at the weather, and consider what activities you’ll be doing on your travels. For me, it was 30°C (86°F) and sunny, and I did a lot of yoga, wandered around Ubud and went to the beach. If you’re going hiking up mountains in the monsoon season then maybe add a few items.

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Do not wear this to the temple.

Basics

  • 5 Tank tops or crop tops- it’s really hot, all the time, so bring your summer clothes. Bali is a little less restrictive, so don’t worry about the spaghetti straps.
  • 2 T-shirts- the sun is pretty relentless here, so avoid the shoulder burn with a loose, cotton t-shirt.
  • 1 Long-sleeved top- if you want to go to any temples or religious ceremonies, be prepared to dress respectfully.
  • 4-5 Shorts- I brought a combination of denim, loose cotton, and active-wear shorts.
  • 2-3 Skirts- Maxi skirts are great for the heat, but if skirts aren’t your thing, just pack more shorts.
  • 3 Dresses or Rompers- Again, this is up to you, but I liked just throwing on a lightweight dress in the heat, and they double  as bikini cover-ups. Bring one ‘fancy’ dress, if you’re going to head out on the town.
  • 1 Pair of Leggings- For chillier evenings, underneath your dresses, or visiting the temples. I wore mine under my pants on the plane, so they didn’t take up any extra space. If you’re doing more athletic activities, maybe bring more, or just more athletic shorts.

**Gentlemen, bring lots of breathable button-down tops, or tank tops. Lots of shorts are a must, but lots of men in Bali tend to wear a sarong .

Remember; all these items of clothing can be bought for about $5 in the markets, once you arrive in Bali. Bring only one of each item on the list and save room for lots of new clothes.

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Outfit for a day of shopping in Ubud. Everything on the list is in that bag already.

Underwear

  • 8 Pairs of Underwear- You should only have to do laundry once a week, this way. Don’t overpack on underwear, it takes up more space than you think. If you are a really light packer, only 2-3 pairs might do for the wash-and-wear traveler.
  • 5 Bras- Bring some sports bras and regular ones. Sports bras look good under your loose fitting tops, and are great for the occasional yoga class.
  • 3 Pairs of Socks- You won’t be wearing running shoes that often, so 1-2 pairs of ankle socks and 1 emergency pair of big warm socks for a trip up a mountain will be more than enough.

Outerwear

  • A Hat– keep the sun off your face with a wide-brimmed hat. You can buy lots of cute ones in Bali though!
  • Rainshell Jacket- ultra-light, and easy to pack, for the occasional tropical downpour
  • Light sweater- bring something like a cotton hoodie, a flannel top, or a denim button-up for any chilly evenings.

 

Other

  • 3 Bathing Suits- These are a must. Bring your own, as I didn’t see many in Bali that I would have purchased.
  • 1 Sarong- Bring one if you must, but you can get them for like 7$ in Bali, and they’re beautiful batik fabric.
  • Hair Accessories and Jewellery- You’ll need something to tie up long hair, and you might want to dress up some of your outfits with favourite jewellery pieces! There’s tons of neat stuff to buy in Bali, though.

 

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Shoes

  • Closed-toe shoes- Bring a pair of runners if you want to hike up a mountain to watch the sunrise.
  • Sandles- I brought a pair of closed-toe flats, instead, since I’d be walking on hot dusty roads. Flip flops or any type of comfortable, casual sandal will do.
  • Dress Shoes- For your night out, sipping Bintang on cozy patios.

Toiletries

All these toiletries can be bought in Bali, exceptions noted.

  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and Conditioner-I would only advise bringing shampoo if you need “After-Swim”, to get rid of chlorine form your hair. As most people here have dark hair, this isn’t an issue, so I couldn’t find the stuff anywhere, and had green hair for a week.
  • Feminine Hygiene products- Diva Cups are great for travel!
  • Razor + Shaving Cream- Waxing treatments are super cheap in Bali, so you may not need to use these as often.
  • Prescriptions- Get your prescriptions filled before you travel, they usually cannot do it once you get there.

Extras

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen 60SPF+
  • Bug Spray- There’s lots of mosquitos with lots of diseases over here, so protect yourself. I didn’t get one bug bite, mind you…
  • Waterbottle- You’ll need a good one for wandering around outside in the heat for hours.
  • Earplugs- For the plane, for noisy roommates, for loud apartments, anything!
  • Beach Towel + Beach bag- Bring an empty tote and a lightweight beach towel for seaside trips.
  • Travel Journal- I always bring one of these, just to document my day.
  • Travel Guide Books and Maps

Tech

  • Cell Phone- There is WIFI almost everywhere, but if you want reliable service, pick up a SIM card, you won’t need more than 1GB of data per week, which costs about $15 Canadian.
  • Chargers
  • Adapters- You’ll need the correct power adapters for all your electronics to charge up.
  • Camera, Video Camera, GoPro- Document your travels! Cellphone cameras are great, but GoPros are everyone’s new favourite thing.
  • Laptop or Tablet- Bring something besides your cellphone, if you’re doing any more screen work, there’s lots of places to lounge and get some work done, or upload pictures.
  • Headphones- They might not give you any on the plane.

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