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Fitness Swellness: Lululemon x Peace Collective “Home is Here” collection

Home is Here men's t

This month of October, Canadian company Lululemon is celebrating our home and native land. They held events in cities across the country, which have now wrapped up, and they’ve also partnered with another community-focused company, the Toronto-based Peace Collective (you may recall I covered some of their apparel over on Vitamin Daily some while ago) for this collab collection, “Home is Here.”

The collection is exclusively available at Canadian Lululemon stores and on the website. Part of the proceeds from the sales will go to Breakfast for Learning, a Canadian charity dedicated to educating and empowering communities to create and sustain school-based nutrition programs and helping children and youth realize their full potential in life.

A stylish way to show your patriotic pride (and I’m keen to wear this bit of Canadiana when working on my fitness outside of the country).

Home is Here tank


And here’s a version of the national anthem produced by Lululemon and Giant Ant unlike any you’ve heard before.

1 Comment October 13, 2015

Travel Swellness: “Running is Shangri-La”

Shangri-La run with Ben Kaplan of iRun

When my favourite luxury hotel launches a new wellness package, you don’t have to ask me twice if I’m interested. The Shangri-La Toronto launched the “Running is Shangri-La” package this month and I was fortunate enough to enjoy a staycation at the hotel to try it out.

In the Shangri-La Garden Suite

Along for the fun were my friends (and fellow #werunSF half-marathon racers last fall) Sasha Exeter of SoSasha and Justine Iaboni of Jetset Justine.

Adidas Adiboost from Black Toe Running

The four new run routes launched with this package have been designed to allow travelers to see different areas of Toronto and were amended and approved by Ben Kaplan, editor of iRun magazine and author of Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now. They include:

  • a 3k route, which takes you by the historic St. Lawrence Market and through the financial district (and you get great views of the CN Tower)
  • a 4k route, which takes you north up University Avenue so you get to sightsee Queen’s Park and University of Toronto
  • a 5k route, which takes you west to the cool Queen St. W. shops and to Trinity Bellwoods Park
  • a 20k run (or less — you simply can turn around earlier for a shorter run) that takes you along the waterfront path by Lake Ontario

Ben told me the routes were designed to include interesting sights for visitors to the city, but to also minimize stops at traffic lights. He also said that he had to encourage the hotel to include one longer route than 5k, something which I personally appreciate being a marathon runner.

Run by St. Lawrence Market

I, along with Sasha, Justine and a few Shangri-La team members, and Mike from Black Toe Running (a running shop in Toronto)  joined Ben for the 3k run on the sunny morning.

Shangri-La group run

The run brought us by Roy Thompson Hall and St. James Cathedral in addition to the other sights mentioned. My only concern about this route? Will people using this route make the stop into St. Lawrence Market? Too many delicious goods inside to just simply run by it! That’d be a shame.

St. James Cathedral (on the 3k run)

Besides running, the Shangri-La in partnership with Lululemon now also offers some fantastic in-room yoga instruction  featuring Lululemon yoga ambassador Amber Joliat.


The suites each include a yoga mat and you access the 25-minute yoga video on your suite’s television, so you can stretch out and improve your breath work in the privacy of your room. I took advantage of it after our quick morning run and it was a nice way to ease into the rest of my day (and I’m normally not into stretching, I’m usually just keen on getting on with my day in a hurry, but Amber’s calming instruction really resonates with me).

yoga practice in-room at Shangri-La

And, of course, there is also the top-notch Health Club you can take advantage of, including state of the art equipment and classes such as kettlebell, Spin and yoga (given my short staycation, I didn’t have time to check this out myself this time!).

Running is Shangri-La healthy choices close-up

Anyone who follows a healthy lifestyle, though, knows that fitness is only part of the equation. What you eat is such an important component, and this hasn’t been overlooked here. There are wellness options on the menu at Bosk restaurant and for in-room dining (they’re highlighted in the Healthy Lifestyle section). The focus is on locally sourced produce, free-range chicken and beef and sustainable seafood. (Full disclosure: I couldn’t resist the sea bass so I didn’t order off of the Healthy Lifestyle section)

Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie

And last but certainly not least, the  package includes a visit to the Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie. I’ve told you before that this is my favourite spa in the city; I swear that I could be having the most stressful day or week but a visit here allows me to just let go of the tension and decompress (even if only for a couple of hours). The package includes the superb Hammam and Gommage treatment, which will have you detoxifying in the steamy hammam followed by a full-body exfoliation (this is the gommage) using a eucalyptus-infused black Moroccan soap. As I was pressed for time during my staycation, I returned a few days later to the spa and opted for a the Grand Caudalie Facial instead (my complexion was in desperate need of some TLC). The facial is customized to your needs, and I left with glowing, smoother skin, not to mention more relaxed than I’ve felt in months.

Shangri-La pool

(Psst, when you go to the spa, you have access to wellness floor before or after your treatment — I made sure to arrive early so I could take advantage of the great jacuzzi and pool).

Shangri-La beyond cozy bed

Wellness staycation complete, I felt a renewed love for the 6 and very reluctantly checked out of the Shangri-La and said so long to its luxurious bathroom and bed (but I didn’t leave without popping into Momofuku Milk Bar to pick up some cookies — not part of the wellness package, but who can resist that Compost cookie, not me!). Thank you to the Lululemon and Black Toe Running (they provided the gear and shoes for our run) and, of course, to the Shangri-La for the stay. The “Running is Shangri-La” package begins at $535 per night and you can get more information on it here.


Leave a Comment May 11, 2015

Fitness Swellness: Beats and Balance

Beats & Balance Invite

There is one very cool yoga event this Saturday if you’re in Toronto and up for some yoga with some art, music and more, too.

Lululemon is hosting Beats & Balance, which involves some of the top yoga instructors in the city doing classes throughout the day, and there’ll be live music performances, too. And after the last class, there’s a party with DJ Brendan Fallis (hello!) and nibbles and drinks.

The event is kicking off Lululemon’s partnering with The Remix Project; proceeds from ticket sales go to this  organization whose programs service disadvantaged youth from marginalized communities who are trying to enter into the creative industries.

There are more details in the image above. To buy tickets, click here.

Hope to see you there!

Leave a Comment January 20, 2015

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