Saturday, December 18, 2010

Are You Dreading The Malls At This Time Of Year?

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Do you look at the parking lots and seas of people and have a strong desire to avoid them?

Do you need a really elegant gift, or candles? Do you know someone who is into natural products? Have I got a Secret For You! A trendy gift shop and a yoga studio all in one!
Plus the full product line is available online. Just click the links and go to products.

This Holiday Season the shop is offering a Drop the HST sale. I think this is a great incentive!
If you live in the York Region or GTA I have a hidden gem of a shop to tell you about that is in a quiet town, and on a main street and easy to get to from HWY 48 or HWY 404! From either HWY head to Souffville Road. In town, Stouffville becomes Main Street. And on Main street just east of the Nineth line is The Moksha Yoga Studio. It is in one of the business Brownstones on the north side of the road, on a corner with parking in the rear, and on the roadside of Main.


This year Moonflower's Magical Touch joined Moksha Yoga Studio and has taken residence in the main area of the building. It is a wonderful place!

Moonflower's Magical Touch has a celtic theme. But of course because of the Yoga there is also a Nameste vibe to some of the products too! From Chakra stones to Candles, Faerie Figurines and fountains, to crystals and incense. Plus two types of yoga mats and some other Yoga related products!

I did a lot of my holiday shopping there this year! I was de-stressed and did not have to hang at the mall at all!

Guys are easy to buy for: They either want clothes, tools, books, videos or cd's.

Women and girls are not so easy to buy for: They collect stuff. Lots of stuff! Jewelry, figurines, scents, themes, images...... Plus books and cd's and clothes. Buying clothes for a girl is impossible! Try to guess her size! One of my daughter-in-laws is tiny wasted and tall, and in the fashion stores today she says she can be a size 6 and be a Large! That is the most incongruous sizing imaginable! So when I shop I have to shop NOT for clothes. So what else does she like? Candles! Scented candles, perfumes, cute nick-knacks, and jewelry! But the scents have to be natural or she breaks out in look for natural scented candles. Essential oils, and really unique cute stuff!

Now-a-days with the video game revolution, Gothic Faeries are really popular with the 20-something crowd. Warrior and Earthly Faeries of voluptuous stature dawn the bookshelves of many-a-university student these days. Sometimes they are their Avatar in a game, sometimes they are their favorite character from a book or RPG. If it is Fae/Fey it is IN!

Moonflower's Magical Touch has an awesome collection of these faeries, and from my research they are the lowest price of all the shops in the GTA for these amazing collectibles! They also have a huge collection of under $20.00 gifts of angels and faeries. There are angel cards, and tarot cards, incense and candles of all shapes and sizes. Books on the spiritual. Crystals, Spiritual Jewelry, and lovely wall hangings under $30.00. Silken banners with Hindu features, earthly painted mirrors, and plaques for indoors and outdoors.

You could also pick up gift certificates for Spiritual Readings, or Reiki work, plus Spa services like Theraputic Massage.

Moksha Yoga has two types of Yoga Mats for sale. The typical spongy one, and a newer kind that is microfibre with a grippy bottom you can use in the sweaty hot yoga studio upstairs in the building! The microfibre is the IT yoga mat as far as I am concerned. Easy to wash, easy to carry, light and practical.
Hot Yoga! awesome! I started Hot Yoga since I injured my shoulder last year. I was desperate to find some form of exercise that could help me. It helped me improve my range of motion while a awaited a cortisone shot in my frozen shoulder. The girls (yoga instructors) helped me attain my goals with special bands that could compensate for my lack of motion range so I could keep my body fit and supple. It was a great prep! And when it came for my injection of cortisone, I only had to wait 8 hours for my full range of motion to return! After 14 months of a frozen shoulder, then using the hot yoga in the month prior to my injection I attained what the specialist said was a tiny chance at motion.....almost immediately!

The Moksha Yoga Studio is offering the sweetest trial deal which would be the most awesome present for someone! One month (the first month) $40.00 unlimited hot yoga! And there are at least 4 different classes and styles of classes you can take per day in the week, and a few classes available on the weekend. $40.00 for an awesome fitness present! You could have them make a membership for the person, or you could have it as a gift certificate they could redeem. The Moksha Studio is a franchise, so ask them about mingling your membership at a studio near your work for some of your classes! I am not sure how it all works, as I am a newbee, but your membership card is a keychain card you swipe in before the classes! So cool!
There is maternity hot yoga, meditation hot yoga and easy basic hot yoga and heavy cardio hot yoga. I don't know the special names, but you get my drift.... So there is something for everyone. It is like yoga in a sauna. So awesome! Folks know I am a round, and diabetic and I can do it, so don't think you have to be in great shape! It is worth the try for $40.00! Moksha is set up to welcome Men and Women. There are two beautiful changing and shower rooms available. One for guys and one for gals.

There is even a 30 day challenge. Which is to try to attend a yoga every day for 30 days! It is really a fun challenge. It also helps you try out all of the styles and see which one you like best.

Hot Yoga is my new best fitness friend. So if you go to Moksha you will see me there regularly at different times in the New Year! The location is about 20 minutes to the door from Newmarket, and about the same from North Toronto, and less from Markham.

There are only a few gift boutiques that carry Spiritual things in the York Region area, so it is really nice to have Moonflower's Magical touch in the area. I also find Charlene is a great soul. She is of Celtic traditions and she has spent a long time working on attaining that spiritual peace we all strive for.

Lisa of Moksha Yoga Studio is vibrant and earthy. She is dedicated to her students 100%. She has hired a great team of instructors. The community of patrons is great! Everyone is very supportive and helps each other out with the moves and compliments each other if they attain something in the studio they have been striving for. A real adult-minded community. It doesn't have that public gym, high school mentality of competition or pick-up joint.

If you want to feel peace instead of frenzy this Holiday shopping season, you need to drive yourself to Stouffville, avoid the crowds and fulfill your Secret Santa gift, and family gift shopping by heading to Moksha Yoga/ Moonflower's Magical Touch. One stop shopping for everything gifty, and a bonus of Yoga class memberships or gift certificates!

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