As the Reebok CrossFit Games season gets underway today, Reebok has just announced it will be hosting Open events in Milton, Ont., Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Calgary.
Here are the details:
Reebok Canada announces it will sponsor five events across the country in celebration of the Reebok CrossFit OPEN, the first round of qualifications for the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games held in Carson, California. The first event is taking place today at Reebok CrossFit FirePower, located at 705 Nipissing Rd, Milton, ON, L9T 4Z5.
The OPEN is a series of five CrossFit workouts released online on www.games.crossfit.com, which Reebok will live-stream from an affiliate CrossFit box (gym) every Thursday, starting today, and for the next four weeks. The following Saturdays, Reebok invites registered participants, aged 13 to 60+, to perform their weekly OPEN workout alongside international celebrity CrossFit athletes, and earn prizes for declaring their personal goals for this year’s competition on www.reeboktraining.ca.
The events will be open to the public to view at no charge.
Reebok CrossFit FirePower Kids
705 Nipissing Rd, Milton, ON, L9T 4Z5
LIVE WOD ANNOUNCEMENT EVENT – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015, 8PM EST
COMPETITION EVENT – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2015, 9AM – 5PM
I haven’t experienced the exhilaration of The Color Run or any other similar “paint races” currently trending throughout North America and overseas.
But I gotta admit it looks like fun — if you don’t mind having your whites blasted with a rainbow of coloured powder as you run five kilometres through the streets of your town.
I’m thinking “free dye job.” What would my greying goatee look like in magenta? Or indigo?
Anyhoo, this blog certainly supports any event that puts so much stock into health and happiness.
The Color Run hits London, Ont., on Aug. 17.
Here’s the press release issued today …
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 7, 2013
The Color Run™ debuts in London
The “Happiest 5k on the Planet” plans for thousands this month
TORONTO – The hugely popular The Color Run™, the single largest event series in the United States, will debut in London, Ontario on Saturday, August 17. The event will be held at the Western Fair District (856 Florence Street, London) and will begin at 9 a.m. Registration for the event is open for teams and individual runners.
With no official race winner or times, The Color Run celebrates health, happiness and individuality. Runners of all ages, sizes and fitness levels participate in the run, beginning at the start line with all-white clothing and finishing covered in a rainbow of colors. Each kilometre, a different shade of powder fills the air covering runners. By the time the finish line is reached, the air and runners are filled with vivid color combinations. Over 60% of ‘Color Runners’, as participants are called, are first-time 5k runners and participate as a celebration and capstone of their healthy living accomplishments.
“The Color Run is all about having fun and healthy living, while giving back to local charities,” said Travis Snyder, founder of The Color Run. “The event brings the community together and creates energy so positive it’s contagious. Our mantra is ‘Be Happy. Be Healthy. Be You’.”
“As a small but mighty charity we’re delighted to be working with The Color Run here in London,” said Sheri and Scott Houston, founders of Tara Boom Houston Children’s Foundation. “This exciting partnership will assist us to provide unique and direct financial support to families here in southwestern Ontario.”
“The Color Run and One Run both have similar attributes by encouraging healthy and active living,” said Justin Tiseo, organizer of One Run. “Both organizationsdemonstrate this through the aspects of fun and getting involved. It’s a natural partnership between two great organizations, striving to make a difference.”
Since its debut in January 2012, participation for The Color Run has exploded with more than 1.5 million ‘likes’ on Facebook. Last year The Color Run visited more than 50 cities with more than 600,000 participants. This year, the run will launch more than 100 events with an estimated 1 million participants.
Following the London event, The Color Run will also take place in Ottawa, ON on Saturday, August 25 and Vancouver, BC on Saturday, September 14. Solo runner/walker cost is $50 (early entry fee). Team runners and walkers cost is $45. Children under the age of five are free. To register, or for more details, please visit: www.thecolorrun.com/canada.
About The Color Run™
The Color Run is the largest event series in the United States and the first of its kind. Travis Snyder founded the 5k paint race event series in 2012, creating a new genre of running event. The Color Run celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality, bringing the community together to create a five-kilometre canvas of colorful fun. For more on The Color Run, visit www.thecolorrun.com or watch this video. The color run has been featured on Today, O: The Oprah Magazine, MSNBC, USA Today Travel, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and many more. To view additional press on the Color Run please click here.
The great Gurmukh is India-bound after a three-city Canadian tour this month.
Internationally renowned yoga expert Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa wrapped up a four-day seminar today in Ottawa.
She taught a Kundalini yoga training course for yoga teachers Oct. 27-30 at The Shunnya Centre, 63 Beechwood Ave.
It’s the last official stop on a three-city Canadian tour this month that included visits to Vancouver and Edmonton.
The 68-year-old former yoga teacher-to-the-stars is now preparing to go to India.
In case you missed her, here’s a collection of wisdom-filled quotes from a recent interview I conducted with the woman commonly known as Madonna’s ex-yoga instructor, followed by video clips from the Vancouver and Edmonton workshops:
• On balance
“Body, mind and soul … (are) the three aspects of the human being and once they come into balance, that’s when you find happiness.”
• On happiness
“Happiness is that which doesn’t deviate due to circumstances. You know, you have a girlfriend, she breaks up (with you) and then you’re sad. … You had a bummer day. … When you’re truly happy, you just keep constant. It doesn’t mean you’re not emotional or sad when something happens. But you don’t give away that permanent gift inside of you.”
• On inner peace and geographic location
“If you find that peace inside of you, you can almost be anywhere and not be affected by your environment. But if you don’t have that inner strength and connectiveness, the environment dictates your emotions. … Kundalini yoga gives you the interior peace no matter where you are.”
• On whether a certain physical activity is worthwhile
“Is it fun, does it make me feel good, and is it also challenging? If all those three things I can answer (affirmatively), then to me it’s so worthy of doing.”
• On her formative years in the U.S. midwest
“I worked hard at ice skating and then swimming and being on the swim team and water ballet and all that. I always loved movement and dance. I loved to read and I loved school, but I really liked to move. I always have.”
• On breathing at full capacity
“That’s why people get high when they climb mountains, when they do marathons, when they ski — because they’re using full breath capacity. It’s hard at first, but then you get a high without any drugs at all. The high comes from the connection of your breath to your spirit. They call it a second wind in sports. We just call it a spiritual connection. It’s all the same thing.”
• On teaching yoga to celebrities
“I did that for a number of years. … That was a chapter of my life I would never go back to. It was interesting, it was entertaining, but it wasn’t sustaining for my soul. I got so less impressed as time went on with all the celebrities. I enjoyed them, but I saw then just as anybody else. They still had to learn to breathe and quiet their mind and move their bodies. They just became wonderful human beings, but they weren’t any different than anyone else.”
• On her worldwide notoriety
“I never planned on it. … I never asked for this at all. It just was my destiny. It wasn’t like I went out looking for it. I just kept teaching and working hard and carrying on, and lo and behold, this thing happened. But it wasn’t any of my doing. It was more just destiny’s doing, you might say. And I’m thankful for it.”
• On teaching
“I teach a lot of teachers to become teachers. That’s my biggest goal because I’ll leave my body, but what am I leaving on the earth? I want to leave teachers that will carry this ancient technology on. … I feel so blessed every morning I wake up and it makes me really be more dedicated to wanting to help other people to feel the same way — to feel alive.”
• On yoga
“It’s the most ancient science in the whole world. It’s 40,000 years old. It wasn’t just thought up in the ’80s and the ’90s. And you don’t need anything but yourself and your breath. You don’t even need any equipment. It’s such a built-in ancient technology that just came up. It was lying dormant, you might say, and then in the mid-’70s, it started awakening. And now … everybody’s doing yoga.”
• On tips for trying yoga
“Find a class in your area. It doesn’t matter what kind. Just give it a try. Everybody’s got yoga everywhere and maybe that won’t be the yoga that you’ll stick with, but you’ll get an experience and then maybe try another yoga class or get a video. And the best test is how do you feel? Do you feel more calm? Do you have more energy? Are you less worried? Whatever it is. Does your back feel better? Whatever it is. And that would be the sign. If you feel sicker and stiffer and more angry or whatever your thing is, then it’s not for you, but I’ve never met anyone that it’s not for them.”
• On the essence of yoga
“The expression is: ‘Off the mat and into the world.’ Like, get off the mat, your spirits are up, your body feels good, now go and help other people who don’t feel this way.”
Side-step the ego and tune into the guidance of your higher self, transmitting the truth of your soul to you through intuition and heightened awareness. Connect to your higher purpose through the ancient technology of Kundalini yoga and meditation. Learn to relax the control of the rational mind and release yourself from the cycle of worry, anxiety and fear obstructing your connection to your Truth. All levels.
• 3:30-5:30 p.m. Enlightenment: Why the Buddha Waits at the Gates of Heaven
Whatsoever you do, do it with deep alertness. Then even small things become sacred. They become worship. It is not a question of what you are doing. The question is: How are you doing it? Join Gurmukh for a luminous workshop. Make more and more of your life luminous with awareness. Let the candle of awareness burn in each moment, in each act. The cumulative effect is enlightenment. The cumulative effect, all the moments together, all the small candles together, is a great source of light. Let us shine from the inside out with Kundalini yoga, followed by a long gong meditation.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Semperviva City Studio: #100-1985 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C.
• 12:30-3 p.m.Open Your Heart to the Subtle Voice Within Through Kundalini Yoga and Meditation
We are born to fulfill our destiny. When we realign with the subtle voice within, we realign our destiny. Through Kundalini Yoga and meditation we open all channels of divinity. Your body becomes a divination tool that is intrinsically receptive to hearing the Well of Divine Consciousness within. Instead of ruminating on your life, you are illuminating your life. Through asana, chanting, dancing and meditation, along with the sound of the sacred Gong, we celebrate the fulfillment of our divine connection to Truth, Spirit and Destiny. All levels welcome.
• 3:30-5:30 p.m.Magnificent Grace
Grace is untouchable. When we open to the understanding of true grace, we are kissed by God. We have grown complacent in the use and misuse of inner power. Power is an energy much like grace. However, grace is our true inheritance in consciousness. Through Kundalini yoga and meditation, learn to rise above all situations into a realization of true, pure, exalted oneness with divinity. Our real power is beyond power; it is grace. Chant, dance, meditate, and receive all-empowering blessings of a new consciousness.
Gurmukh has taught the likes of Madonna, Cindy Crawford and David Duchovny.
Check back for details on Gurmukh’s upcoming stops in Edmonton and Ottawa.