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Earlier this year I participated in a quintessential Vancouver activity: I took part in a yoga challenge. It was January, I was feeling inspired and motivated because it was resolution time again. A certain famous yoga wear retailer started urging global yogis to take part in a 40-day yoga challenge. So I heeded the call.
“A 40-day yoga challenge? I can do this. Piece of flourless chocolate cake,” I thought digging out my dusty yoga mat and stretchy pants. At just over a month, the challenge would be difficult but not too difficult and a short time commitment. My exercise-routine-commitment-phobe-self could sign on to this one.
But, being a contrarian, budget-minded Taurus, I decided to do a modified version of the Lululemon challenge. I would attempt to practice yoga daily while exploring as many different venues around Vancouver offering free or almost-free yoga. I’ve always been non-committal when it comes to yoga – locking myself into a three, six or 12 month contract scares the heck out because of finances and indecision.
Enter the concept of karma yoga. Many studios in Vancouver offer free or by-donation yoga classes. The purpose of these classes is two-fold: to offer teaching opportunities to less experienced yoga instructors and to build on the ethos of ‘selfless or altruistic service through yoga.’ Translated from Sanskrit yoga means union and karma means ‘to do’, so the term karma yoga translates roughly to ‘union through action’.
According to Khundalini yoga guru Yogi Bhajan, “the attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.” As I visited different karma yoga sessions throughout my 40-day yoga challenge, I experienced gratitude in many forms: smiles, group ohms, modest donations, in-store yogi discounts.
Whether you love fluid vinyasa or sweaty moksha or quiet hatha, there’s a karma yoga class for you in Vancouver. If you’re looking to explore a variety of yoga traditions on a budget, check out the list below. Continue reading:
5 Vancouver Karma Yoga tips
It’s a classic Vancouver traveler’s dilemma: You’ve just got to experience the iconic Capilano Suspension Bridge, 460 feet of knee-quaking adventure. And you’ve just got to see Stanley Park, the 1,000-acre oceanside forest in the heart of the city. And you’ve just got to check out the inspired Emily Carr canvasses inside the Vancouver Art Gallery. And that doesn’t even put a dent in your Vancouver bucket list.
Fortunately, doing it all just got a little easier. Travelers to Vancouver who make a hotel reservation before June 30 (for a stay anytime before the end of the year) get deep discounts on the city’s top attractions.
Whether you are an auto-enthusiast, in the market for a new car, looking for a fun outing, or just like to look at shiny things, why not visit the Vancouver International Auto Show? It’s Canada’s third largest Auto Show, and one of Western North America’s premier automotive exhibition events.
Happening from March 26th through the 31st at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, the Auto Show is an exciting, family-friendly event where Manufacturers showcase, unveil and demonstrate the latest models and concepts for the year.
It’s a great opportunity to come into the city, see something new, take in the excitement and perhaps stay a night. Many of Vancouver’s hotels have created Auto Show packages which include your accommodations, your tickets, and even some extras, all at spectacular value. Some of the packages represent savings of close to 40%!
As if there wasn’t enough reason to visit Vancouver during the Indulgence season, with the Dine Out Vancouver Festival coming up (January 18 – February 3), the PuSh Festival (January 15 – February 3), Year of the Snake Asian Festival (January 31 – February 3), Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna still on until January 20, and more… if you book a stay through Tourism Vancouver to stay before the end of March, Tourism Vancouver will give you a $50 American Express pre-loaded gift card. Some conditions apply*
Just make your hotel reservation on www.DineOutVancouver.com; www.TourismVancouver.com, or by calling 1.877.826.1717, and with your electronic confirmation you will get a downloadable voucher. Bring the voucher to Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre kiosk on Robson Street in the heart of the city**, and we’ll hand you the AMEX card ready to be used like cash to pay for shopping, a spa treatment, your Dine Out meal, even your hotel stay…
Back by popular demand, Inside Vancouver has relaunched the “Featured Attraction of the Week” series. Each Monday we’ll be featuring a different Vancouver attraction and will be giving away free tickets to our readers. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment.
Vancouver as you have never seen it before!
Ride the glass Elevators up 550ft (170m) to a spectacular 360° view of Vancouver. Rain or shine you’ll not want to miss out on the views from up here. Tickets purchased are good for all day return so you’ll never miss out on anything. Come and see the view by day, night and at sunset! Their friendly staff is always there to provide free, multilingual tours and regale you with fun facts and helpful information about this great city. See as far as the distant Mt. Baker or as near as the tennis court on top of Holt Renfrew two blocks away!
Featured Attraction of the Week: The Vancouver Lookout (Free Ticket Giveaway!)