Yoga in Montreal is awesome. I started doing yoga in Montreal almost 15 years ago. When I began doing yoga, it wasn’t quite popular here yet. Now, there’s a yoga studio in almost every neighborhood. The studio I go to in Le Plateau is called Equilibrium Yoga. It’s not exactly next door to me, but I often think about how great it would be to live within a 5 – 10 minute walk to the studio.
If you haven’t tried yoga yet, I recommend that you experiment with different types to find the style that works for you and your body. I thought I would share some yoga resources with you. Check out the Montreal Yoga Directory.
Another excellent resource for locating the different yoga studios around Montreal by location is Yoga Tribes.
Lolé Women put out a blog post covering some of their favorite yoga studios in Montreal & Toronto,
An interesting real estate project being developed in Montreal is the Humaniti Project. The project will be WELL Certified with a focus on heatlh and wellness for it’s occupants. Read my article about the Humaniti Project
On The Importance Of Doing Yoga
This is a fabulous video on the biological effects and purpose of doing yoga;
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Yoga Types | What are the Types of Yoga https://www.uuniqueness.com Yoga, derived from the Sankrit word “yuj” which means to unite and integrate, is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practised for health and relaxation.
Yoga Upload with Maris Aylward – In this video, we talk about 4 of the common yoga styles you’ll find in yoga studios, gyms, and online classes. These four are Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa or Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Yin or Deep Stretch, and Restorative Yoga. Learn about the benefits each style has to offer.
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Yoga To Calm Your Nerves. Use the powerful tools of yoga and breath to balance out the energy of the body. Balance and calm your nervous system so you can experience a happy and healthy life. In order to be your best and do your best you must take care of yourself.
If you find yourself needing some yoga clothing or accessories check out my online store, yoginiyoga.net
Send me an email if you’re interested in some private yoga courses either corporately or personally, I know of some great teachers that I can recommend.
Condo Sales Drove An 8-per-cent Increase In Residential Sales
Condo sales drove an 8-per-cent increase in residential sales and Montreal remains a relative bargain even though the average real estate price increased 4.1 per cent to $374,333 in August! Montreal’s real estate market proved to be red hot in August with record sales and rising prices. Condo sales surged 19% and single family homes, 4%. While the island of Montreal posted a 12% increase in sales, Toronto’s sales of detached, semi-detached, condos and townhouses fell between 25.7 and 41.6 per cent in August. The The average sales price in the Greater Toronto Area dropped for a fourth-straight month, falling 1.8 per cent to $732,292.
Montreal’s hot real estate market continued to sizzle last month with record August sales and rising prices. The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board says booming condo sales drove an eight per cent increase in residential sales across the Montreal region. There were 2,899 sales, with condo transactions surging 19 per cent.
Although the Montreal market has been performing exceptionally well, one thing’s for certain, the two recent hikes in mortgage rates and a tightening or changing of rules could make things cool down a bit.
Informative Podcast on some Real Estate Advice
Aside from market news I came across a great podcast from Concordia University where they interviewed Concordia real estate alumni experts on whether it’s best to buy or rent, and other good real estate advice. The podcast is called “Real Estate, Real Advice”. Have a listen here:
Are Hurricanes Harvey & Irma The New Normal? David Helvarg, the executive director of Blue Frontier, an ocean conservation organization, in an interview with Amy Goodman from “Democracy Now”, had this to say;
“As we see sea level rise in certain areas, like the Texas and Louisiana coast, South Florida, the tidelands of Virginia. You’re projecting now three to six feet or more of sea level rise in the century.
Maybe it has only been ten inches today. People are going to go, “Well, what’s ten inches?” But it could be the difference between floodwaters on your porch and in your living room. But it’s not just the tidal surge and sea level rise. It’s what we’re seeing—these rain events. With the warming ocean and atmosphere, you have more moisture in the atmosphere, which rains out more intensive pulses of rain. These rain events that we see massive flooding even disconnected with hurricanes and storms.
So last year, for example, Baton Rouge had massive rain pulses and storms. And when rain comes down so torrentially, the ground cannot absorb it. It backs up. And you had a flooding event right there in Houston last year that the Houston flood control district said was a one in 10,000-year rain event. Well, it’s a year later, and you’re having another one.
So clearly, what we’re seeing—I remember back in 2000, I was with—a scientist from the NASA Ames laboratory at Columbia was touring me through lower Manhattan with some folks from some island nations—Kiribati and the Marshalls—explaining the big 1993 nor’easter. And she said that yeah, one-in-a-century storms like that are now going to become decadal, happen every decade or more frequently. And since then, I was down at Katrina. We had Sandy. Now we have this hurricane. We are seeing the impacts.
Where back in the 1990s, there would be maybe four or five multibillion-dollar extreme weather events every year, NOAA is now recording 20 and 30 multimillion-dollar weather events happening in this country, and just this country alone. So that you’re seeing—luckily—with Katrina—the storms are different. The nature of the storms. Katrina, you had huge casualties. Over 1,800 killed. I think we will see luckily less casualties because of the slow and persistent rate of this storm. But probably much more damage.
This is going to be a $100 billion-plus storm. And not to—a lot of times you say, “Well, you’re taking advantage of people in distress by talking about the causes of why they are in distress.” The reality is, when you have two 10,000-year rain events in two years, this is the new normal. This is the new reality. And the challenge is how we address it. How rapidly we’re going to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.”
The storm in Texas is historic, with it’s 9 trillion gallons of water that fell on the state making it the worst flooding disaster in U.S. history. Just on the heels of Harvey, a “potentially catastrophic” Hurricane Irma, a category five and monster of a storm, nears the Eastern Caribbean Islands.
While Irma’s exact path is uncertain, Florida residents are bracing for the storm where Irma is expected to make landfall over the weekend.
Now for some of the science behind hurricanes and the link if any to climate change as explained in this article by this Newsweek article,
Despite what President Trump and his appointees say, the scientific evidence keeps pouring in that climate change is real, is really caused by humans, and will cause real impacts on our lives. There’s even evidence suggesting that many of the tiny proportion of studies that do undermine climate change research are deeply flawed.
What will it take for the president of the United States to believe that climate change is real and needs to be addressed. We ignore nature at our own peril and the planet is having it’s say. The president took the U.S. out of the Paris Accord on the basis that it was a job killer…but the current reality is how many jobs are lost now in Texas, what is the cost to the fourth largest state in the U.S. and it’s people. How much of the U.S. will need to be under water before people wake up and take the necessary action…I only hope that it won’t be too little too late.
Science Less than a week after Hurricane Harvey tore through Texas and Louisiana, causing at least 60 deaths and billions of dollars in damages, Hurricane Irma appears ready to make U.S. history. Irma on Tuesday grew into a Category 5 storm – with wind speeds exceeding 156 miles per hour – as it moved toward the Caribbean and southern Florida.
Hurricane Harvey roared to shore on August 25 as a Category 4 storm, with 130-mph winds by the time it hit Rockport, Texas. Heavy rainfall has caused catastrophic flooding in Houston and along the Texas Gulf Coast, displacing thousands and causing dozens of deaths.
A New & Inspired Vision of Real Estate – Humaniti Mega Project Montreal
A New & Inspired Vision of Real Estate – Humaniti Mega Project Montreal is about a revolutionary and exciting new real estate project being developed by Cogir, here in Montreal. The Humaniti Project is one of the first of it’s kind and is at the forefront of the North American real-estate industry.
The development, located in the heart of Le Quartier International is slated to be ready sometime in 2019-2020. It’s design features a distinctive sculptural quality, which is in the shape of an H. This project expresses a special concept in both design and architecture which is by Lemay architects as it features the combination of a hotel, shops,rental units and condos for purchase. The premise of the project is to create a “smart vertical community” which is not only sustainable but ultimate in design and smart living. This building will achieve the “Well Multifamily Residential Certification”. “WELLTM certification is the first health and wellness standard to harmonize and coexist with LEED certification and is the very first “smart vertical community.” “The awareness component of the certification is a tool to help people in the building develop healthy living habits and reap the benefits.” The vision here, is to create a wholistic environment upon which people can live, work, train, entertain and socialize.
According to Humaniti’s website: “We believe that today’s true luxury lies in human experience and the sharing of societal values within a space of collective diversity. We believe that 21st century housing must be green, vertical, smart… and human.
What I really love about this project is the realization of my vision of real estate as;
Sure, Paris may be the most romantic city in the world, but I want to give you 5 reasons why you should try Quebec the next time you see that picture of the Eiffel tower and crave goose liver and frog legs. First, let’s start with the French culture.
This article by Travel & Leisure is about one of our best streets in Montreal for finding a variety of super delicious restaurants;
Spanning three buzzy neighborhoods, Notre Dame Ouest in Montreal’s Sud-Ouest borough is the city’s hottest dining strip.
Joe Beef Restaurant, one of Montreal’s best and most popular restaurants, located on Notre Dame Street in Little Burgundy Photo Credit @joebeefmtl Instagram – A great place to cook
The new Mandy’s location in Old Montreal does fabulous salads! There new location is stunning.Photo Credit @mandysalads Instagram
And one more since there’s just too many great choices to cover in this blog post, LOV Restaurant which now has two locations in the city, Mcgill Street in Old Montreal and Mountain Street in the downtown core.
Photo Credit @lovrestaurant Instagram
The last article to share is this blogpost from Melissa Leferrier-Tucker, also known as “techmom” who used to live in Montreal when she was young but really grew to appreciate it all the more as she moved away. Here’s her take on “25 great things about Montreal”.
Traveling is a luxury we should all experience a minimum of once a year. There is no better education than experiencing and taking part in foreign cultures, especially for children. It’s empowering to adapt to a world you are not familiar with, learn to communicate with people who speak a language you don’t understand and…
28 Dreamy home offices with libraries for creative inspiration is a great article that I thought I’d share from onekindesign.com. If you’re like me, you’re drawn to these great rooms that have this cozy, library feeling, filled with endless books on all kinds of subjects…it looks like a place you’d be happy to be in on a snowy winter day, curled up with a good book.
As much as I love and appreciate all the digital technology around books.. by the way my favorite app is Scribd! Scribd, for a reasonable price, has an awesome selection of ebooks, audiobooks (my favorite these days) and docs that are accessible on any of your devices and can be accessed offline. When I’m on the go, in my car or in a waiting room, my content is available to me on demand. But, there is a time when I absolutely love the feel of holding and reading a book, and that’s when I’m home office or for those lucky enough to have a library.
This article, 28 Dreamy home offices with libraries for creative inspiration, has some great photos to inspire you.
A well designed home office will most certainly set the stage for higher productivity, but why not get creative, try incorporating a personalized library into your space. This can be a set of shelves above your desk, a built-in library with a ladder or just a single unit purchased from IKEA.
What does happy look like in Montreal you may ask? Well I’m about to show you. This gorgeous Sunday in Montreal was a perfectly balmy temperature of 26 degrees. Perfect weather if you ask me for biking, hiking, walking, or whatever your pleasure. As I’ve written before, one of my favorite happy places in Montreal is Mount Royal. Our park, which is on a lush mountain in the middle of our city shares the same architect, Frederick Law Olmstead as Central Park in New York City.
Today, the park was filled with happy people and familes enjoying the green space and natural beauty of this place. People were busy canoeing on Beaver Lake, and enjoying picnics and BBQ’s on the many picnic tables. After doing my bike ride to the mountain today, I had to stop and capture all the happy faces I saw enjoying Beaver Lake with this mini video.
Montreal Eats 2017 And Air Canada’s Best Restaurant Nominees
Montreal Eats 2017 And Air Canada’s Best Restaurant Nominees encompass a list of 30 contenders. Toronto tops out with seven nominees, Montreal came in second with five spots and Vancouver with three. The five restaurants nominated from Montreal are;
CHEFS FRANÇOIS NADON AND ANTONIO FERREIRA
1431, BOUL. SAINT-LAURENT (located in Quartier des Spectacles)
CHEF STÉPHANIE AUDET
464, RUE MCGILL (located in the Old Port)
It’s Official Canada’s New Hot Housing Market Is Montreal
Canada’s New Hot Housing Market Is Montreal! With the cooling of Toronto’s housing market since the imposed 15% tax on foreign buyers, and the days of never ending price increases in Vancouver now well behind us, Montreal has picked up the slack. Montreal posted a 15% increase in sales in May 2017 over this same month last year. Prices, while expected to rise only by 1%, in fact rose by 6%. There is quite a lot of interest from foreign buyers who have fallen in love with our beautiful city and like the idea of having a vacation home or pied–à–terre.
According to the Montreal Gazette, salaries are rising faster in Quebec than any other province. This also helps establish a hot housing market in Quebec.
Wages are rising faster in Quebec than in any other province, and Quebec is expected to continue leading the country in 2018, according to a survey conducted by the Toronto-based human resources company Morneau Shepell. Average salaries in Quebec are expected to grow by 2.6 per cent, as a percentage of payroll, in 2018, according to the survey, which was released on Wednesday.
Most importantly, it’s important to note that Montreal remains considerably more affordable than Toronto or Vancouver. “The median price of a single-family home rose to $319,000 in May, a fraction of the $1.1-million average price recorded last month in Toronto, and the $1.56-million benchmark price in Vancouver.”
To read the full article on the Huffington Post click on the article below;
With Toronto’s housing market showing signs of cooling, and Vancouver’s days of heady price increases now well behind it, a new top dog is emerging in Canada’s real estate market: Montreal. The city posted record-high sales in May, jumping 15 per cent from the same month a year ago, according to data released Tuesday by the Greater Montreal Real Estate Board.
Chart Via Huffington Post
Here’s a peek at Crea’s National Sales Stats For Canada:
When it comes to things to do in Montreal, this city is a hidden gem which comes to life in the summer. There’s a ton of fun things to do in our city, rich in it’s diversity of neighborhoods and culture. If you’re a foodie like me and your heart is in your stomache, you’ll appreciate all the wonderful places to eat and discover. Our city has no shortage of awesome restaurants.
Top Things to do in Montreal
On those beautiful summer days and nights there’s nothing like sitting outside and enjoying a drink or dinner on one of our many wonderful terrasses. (that means “patio”, for any non-locals) Here are a few where you can eat, drink and be merry.
Bistro Boris: – Garden like, cozy terrasse, tucked away inside a building. They serve traditional French fare and are located at 465 McGill St in Old Montreal. Reviews
Terrasse Bonsecours: – A cool and hip eatery with a huge terrasse that turns into a nightclub vibe at 11pm. Located at 364 de la Commune St E. Reviews
Terrasse Labo Culinaise Foodlab (SAT): – Sitting above Le Société des Arts Technologiques is Foodlab, a restaurant with a patio that overlooks the entertainment district. The restaurant features seasonal, local fare, with an experimental menu and extensive wine list. Located at 1201 St Laurent Blvd Reviews
Terrasse Nelligan: – Five stories up on Hôtel Nelligan’s rooftop, a chic terasse gives way to stunning views of the Old Port and the Notre-Dame Basilica. Open all summer long, Terrasse Nelligan offers fresh and delicious food, and their bartenders are cocktail experts. Located at 106 St Paul St W. Reviews
Les Fillettes: – A gorgeous terrasse featuring a warm and cozy vibe and plenty of garden like greenery. The restaurant specializes in seafood but has many great dishes. Located in Outremont at 1226 Av Van Horne Reviews
Agrikol: – Rum-based cocktails and Haitian food in a beautiful, lighted, and lush. Lot’s of music, art and a very cool vibe. Located at 1844 Amherst Street Reviews
Photo via Agrikol Instagram
Marché des Éclusiers: – Marché des Éclusiers is a hybrid farmer’s market where you’ll find locally-sourced and sustainable food produce from different local Quebec sources. This is a more laid back and casual space, located in Old Montreal at 400 Rue de la Commune Ouest Montréal. Reviews
Hambar Restaurant Bar: – If you find yourself on Mcgill St in the Old Port, and you’re looking for a cozy place with good food and a wonderful terrasse, this is the place for you. Known for their housemade charcuteries and extensive wine list. Reviews
Terrasse Sur L’Auberge: – Terrasse with sweeping views, great place from which to watch the fireworks! Tapas Restaurant Reviews
Montreal’s Celebration of it’s 375th Birthday
Cite Memoire: (Starting May 18th, 2017)
Poetic and dreamlike, Cite Memoire projects images of people who’ve contributed and shaped Montreal into the city it is today onto the Old Port’s landmarks and buildings. Learn more
An Open-Air Museum: (June 5th – October 29th, 2017)
Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) with the support of McGill University. This public art exhibition of international scope also commemorates two other milestones: the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 and the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Walk along Sherbrooke street and see the 67 pieces of art that are each inspired by peace and humanity. Learn more
Sunday Brunch Spots
Lov: – Pizzeria No 900 founder Dominic Bujold has create Lov, a sumtuous, brunch spot in Old Montreal with both vegan options as well as waffles and eggs. The space is well designed with a botanical inspiration and suspended basket chairs. Located at 464 Rue McGill in the Old Port. Reviews
Maison Publique: Chef owner Derek Dammann once worked for Jamie Oliver at his original Fifteen in Islington, London—and Oliver provided Dammann the financial backing to open this place in 2012. A classic British tavern nestled right in the Eastern part of the Plateau, this restaurant serves strictly Canadian Ingredients with one of the best Canadian wine lists. Located at 4720 Rue Marquette
Régine Café: – A wonderful café with a vintage decor and delicious breakfast fare and enticing deserts. This is located in Rosemont at 1840 Rue Beaubien E Reviews
Dep le Pickup: – Gourmet and Veg friendly sandwiches, half dépanneur, half restaurant. This is a great brunch option if you’re in Little Italy, the Mile-Ex or want to try something new. They are know for their haloumi sandwich and there’s plenty of stuff to get in their depanneur section. Located at 7032 Rue Waverly Reviews
The space sat empty since RBC abandoned the building in 2010 — a shame, considering the grand splendour it once possessed, with its 50-foot-high vaulted ceilings, chandeliers, intricate tiling and marble and bronze galore. But thanks to the vision of Crew, a young Montreal company, that took over the building , the glory and splendor of the building will remain preserved. Now it functions as an inspiring co-working space and wonderful café.
This place is a freelancer’s haven (coffee, wifi, and outlets), meeting rooms and seating options are available with a coworking space membership.
Here’s a feel for the beauty and stunning architecture of the place!
Enjoy one of our many festivals!
Montreal has become a city of festivals. Every year we seem to add something new. This year that new edition was the e-race that took place over this past weekend for the first time, in the downtown streets of Montreal. Some of the many festivals are;
Featuring an impressive list of local and international comedians which include some of the biggest names in comedy! They also host a free outdoor festival in the Place-des-Arts entertainment district.
Long lines surround Concordia University’s Hall building for Fantasia, a leader in genre film scene. You can catch movies that wouldn’t normally be screened at your average movie theatre. Think movies from Asia, Europe and the Americas that are harder to find.
Kem Coba: – Located at 60 Avenue Fairmount O. in Mile End. An artisinal ice cream shop with fresh ingredients and interesting flavors.
Dairy Queen:– One of the oldies but goodies! Love their chocolate dip and especially their banana split sunday with pineapple and chocolate sauce. It’s a great space as well since you don’t have to look for parking.
Ripples: – What a fun ice cream shop in the heart of Mount Royal. Located at 3880 St Laurent. They do homemade ice cream
The Best Homemade Tomato Sauce and gnocchi In The City
Who needs to cook tomato sauce when you can go to Drogheria Fine located at 68 Avenue Fairmount Ouest in Mile End and buy some. The tomato sauce is not only fresh, and delicious, but Nonna herself is on site, cooking and selling her gnocchi to go smothered in her delicious homemade “Salsa de la Nonna” tomato sauce!
Also check out this public maintained space, Marché des Possible, located at 5635 rue St-Dominique (coin Bernard). The space has community organized events for local artists, chefs, and musicians.
Video Via @marchedp Instagram
A mini map of where things are located in Le Plateau
Some points of interest in Old Montreal
Another reinvented public space is the village called Au Pied-Du-Courant. It’s become a living lab for entrepreneurship, design and the arts. Designers come together in collaboration to create some cool projects and design experiments. You can read more about it here.