Wednesday, May 19, 2010


I just got back from East Side Yoga, the studio on The Drive co-owned by my dear friend Julie Peters. I met Julie when I was in kindergarten in San Diego. We shared precious moments holding our breath in the pool, comparing bruises, and running around our gated apartment block. Recently, Julie has found her calling as a yoga instructor and business owner. I've enjoyed yoga for a long time, but never as much as at her classes.

Julie, who is also a slam poet, also inspires me outside of yoga.  This is one of her performances that really struck a cord with me - partly because I have a real life stutter, but also for the unapologetic message. Julie, you rock.

So today was another great class at East Side. Julie and her beau Robert and I went to my new favorite place on Commercial Drive for food - The Controversial Kitchen. The sister of the restaurant The Ethical Kitchen serves locally produced 100% grass fed meat and organic veg compiled with lots of love. Today I declared that I would go to Julie's yoga class and eat at the Controversial Kitchen everyday if I could.

Below is a great photo of Charles, Robert and another student looking radiant after class. Julie guides us through her classes with positive words and energy that make me feel so darn good physically and mentally. And not in a flowery way, but in a real, accessible way. Chris also teaches a class for boys called Yoga for Bros. So if you're a boy or a girl, I highly recommend you venture to East Van for yoga and a fantastic meal. Namaste. As they say.

Pictures from top: Julie and Robert outside East Side Yoga;  Robert practicing his inversions; and Robert, Charles and a happy student.

1 comment:

  1. I love your blog Allison! Meghan (your new friend from East Side!)