Born and raised in Saskatoon, Leia feels most at home on the prairies. A love of learning and travel has sparked many adventures and opportunities, but family and friends keep calling her back home. Leia is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, where she studied French, Spanish and Linguistics, but she currently studies the movement of the body, big sweaty smiles and the life-changing effects of the Moksha Yoga series at her studio Moksha Hot Yoga, which she co-owns with friend Ashleigh Ireland, right here in Saskatoon. Leia is passionate about building community and creating a welcoming space for her yoga students; but when she's not in the hot room, Leia can be found jogging through the river valley, taking in the sights and sounds of Downtown and Broadway, or enjoying home life with her fiancé and her little black cat, named Pootie Tat.
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1. What does being healthy mean to you?
Being healthy means waking up in the morning and feeling really good inside my body and ready to tackle the day with a positive attitude.
2. Do you feel that you lead a healthy life? How? (or what would you change?)
I lead a fairly healthy lifestyle. I do Moksha Yoga, I run, I enjoy Crossfit, and I try my best to eat healthy meals and drink in moderation. I am a lover of wine, and I enjoy a small glass of wine almost every night with my supper. A girl has to have some indulgences in life, but if I had to change something, I would try to not eat supper so late some nights!
3. What is a healthy meal that you often eat?
My current favorite quick-fix is a tomato and avocado sandwich on 12 grain bread. Sometimes I add spinach if I'm feeling fancy. The creamy texture of the avocado means no mayo or other condiments are required. A little salt and pepper, and voila! - quick lunch!
4. How do you stay healthy when life gets hectic?
I tend to gravitate towards a diet of granola bars, fruit and whatever else I can get my hands on quickly when I am busy. This is not the most balanced diet! I've been making an effort lately to prepare my meals the night before and pack a lunch and/or supper when I am not at home so I will have better choices on hand. It takes some pre-planning, but leftovers from supper or a quick salad with protein are my most common meals.
5. What is one of your challenges or struggles when it comes to leading a healthy life?
It's definitely having food with me when I am busy. I often leave the house early in the morning and don't come home till after midnight. Those pre-packed lunches and dinners are my saving grace. And If I don't have them, that's when I struggle.
6. Are you currently working towards a goal or starting/stopping a habit? What?
I am trying to get more fibre into my diet and also increase my vegetables. I think the increase in vegetables will help with the fibre :)
7. What motivates you to be healthy?
The way I feel in the morning motivates me to be healthy. I dislike waking up feeling groggy, or with a tummy ache and I know from experience that eating healthy keeps me from feeling that way.
8. What is a treat or indulgence that you enjoy?
Red wine, cheese, coffee hahah!!
9. Any inspiring words or comments that you'd like to share with our readers?
Life is your life, your one and only life. chose wisely, but don't let fear of the unknown hold you back. It's the things that you were too scared to try that you will likely regret more than the mistakes that you've made along the way.....