When it comes to making change in our lives, there is an old adage – “If you do what you always do, you’ll get what you’ve always got.” It makes sense. Most of us know it. But to change the patterns of what we’ve always done can be the challenge. We slip into grooves. Comfort zones. And while perhaps we may crave a different and improved situation, the mere idea of change may incite panic in many of us. We want to move to a new place within our lives, but we... Read more
Everyone knows that working out helps you look and feel better, but there are many reasons for those of us who aren’t ‘athletes’ to take performance training seriously.
When I first graduated university I struggled to buy into corporate culture. Growing up I was into sports and working out, so when I was assigned to a desk and sitting most of the day I found it challenging to continue my fitness habits. This was until I discovered Jim Loehr and Tony Schartz’s book The Power of Full Engagement. In this book they outline... Read more
Thank you so much to all of you who participated in yoga classes during the months of October and November in support of Lymphoma Canada’s take it to the mat, the Great Yoga and Wellness Revolution. Through your participation, we were able to raise $1500.
This year TQS Transformation was unable to attend the take it to the mat event held on November 13th but decided instead to offer yoga classes within the community to create awareness for Lymphoma Canada as well as promote healthy living through yoga. All ages enjoyed the benefits... Read more
TQS Transformation had the wonderful opportunity to participate with well over 150 people at the annual "Noah's Bowl for 18" event. This was the 3rd Annual Noah's Bowl for 18 held on Sunday November 6, 2016 from 1 to 4 pm at BURLINGTON BOWL. It was a huge success, thanks to the generosity and friendship of all who participated along with family and friends who donated prizes for the raffle and silent auction. Congratulations to the Banton Family, Natalie, Jeff, Nathan and Noah, your tireless commitment to raising awareness towards Chromosome 18... Read more
We all know that negative emotions can lead us to a dark place of sadness, unhappiness and depression. But they can also negatively affect the nervous system by increasing the heart rate, constricting blood flow and increasing the blood pressure. Over time, when we stay in this negative state, keeping our bodies in constant sympathetic state – that fight or flight, we can negatively impact immune system to cause long health issues such as heart disease or even cancer. In contrast, positive emotions can undo the lingering cardiovascular effects of these negative... Read more
While the old adage that a walk in nature is good for the soul, two separate studies have taken the belief a step further to find that it is also good for our mental health. Environmental factors play a critical role in how we think and behave. In today’s society, with more than 50% of the population living in urban areas filled with intense technology, loud sounds, and a multitude of disruptive activities, our surroundings can play havoc with our energy and stress levels. Our lives have strayed far away from the... Read more
For the past two years, my son Cameron and I have participated in Lymphoma Canada’s fundraiser – take it to the mat, The Great Yoga and Wellness Revolution. While we are unable to attend the actual event to be held in November this year, we would like to continue to raise awareness for this very important cause and contribute in another way. As a yoga instructor, I would like to offer to lead a community yoga class at your office for co-workers or in your home for a group of friends. We... Read more
Cameron Mattice recently shared his story at an annual Toronto Fundraiser hosted by Lindsay’s Angels in support of the Canadian Childhood Cancer Foundation - Scholarship Program for children who are in treatment or who have survived cancer. Lindsay’s Angels was created by seven sisters who lost their brother, Lindsay, to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in the prime of his life. His family took the worst time in their lives and changed it to making a difference in children’s lives. As a childhood survivor of cancer, Cameron is past scholarship recipient and has recently graduated... Read more
TQS Transformation is proud to participate in “take it to the mat’s” online fundraising auction contributing Blue Jay tickets. For further information about directions, events and venue please visit Blue Jays website. Check out some of the great items in the catalogue and get ready to bid.
On Sunday, November 15, 2015, Cameron and I participated in Lymphoma Canada’s 2nd annual take it to the mat, the Great Yoga and Wellness event held in Toronto’s CBC building. This year we were
so pleased to welcome Linda Philp and Chantal Elward to our team. Together our team raised over $4,000! A special thank you to all of you who generously donated and participated in our Karma classes, we couldn’t have done it without you.
We enjoyed every moment of the day. During the morning, Master of Ceremonies and one of Canada’s leading... Read more
Thank you so much to all of you who joined us for our series of Karma classes at Yoga Seven in support of Lymphoma Canada’s second annual fundraising event - take to the mat, the Great Yoga and Wellness event. to be held on November 15th. Also, a special thank you to the amazing team at Yoga Seven opening the doors to their studio to support the cause!
While many of you couldn’t make it, you have generously supported us by donating to our fundraising page – we are forever grateful. With your... Read more
On November 15th, my mother Catherine and I will be participating in Lymphoma Canada’s second annual fundraising event - take to the mat, the Great Yoga and Wellness event. Take it to the mat is presented with a host of wellness and yoga gurus, and all participants have the option to join either a 108 minute yoga class or 108 minute meditation workshop. We have decided to team up with Lymphoma Canada for a second year because it connects with many of the principles that our TQS Transformation initiative strives to promote.
It... Read more
TQS Transformation is working in partnership with Yoga 7 to host a series of Sunday Karma Yoga classes during September and October. Proceeds will support Lymphoma Canada’s take it to the mat fundraiser.
It’s only $10 a class. So please join us for one or all six classes. It’s a great way to give back while enjoying a yoga class!
Sundays at 1:30pm on the following dates: September 13, 20, 27 October 4, 18, 25 (no class on Thanksgiving weekend)
Warm Vinyasa Flow Class All levels welcome.
2-170 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga, Ontario L5H 1G1... Read more
TQS Transformation is proud to participate in “take it to the mat’s” online fundraising auction contributing Blue Jay tickets. For further information about directions, events and venue please visit Blue Jays website. Check out some of the great items in the catalogue and get ready to bid on May 1st. Read more
The Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society
Hi Everyone, Many of you know that our 1st annual "Noah's Bowl for 18" was a huge success, thanks to all of you who bought tickets along with your family and friends and donated prizes for our raffle and silent auction. We are having our 2nd Annual Noah's Bowl for 18 on Sunday February 22, 2015 from 1 to 4 pm at BURLINGTON BOWL on Harvester in Burlington, between Walkers and Guleph Line. We hope it is as successful as last year. Many of you donated prizes and/or... Read more
On Sunday, November 2, 2014, we (Cameron and Catherine Mattice) joined over 130 people at the Canadian National Ballet School to participate in take to the mat, the Great Yoga and Wellness event in support of Lymphoma Canada. Thank you to our family and friends who generously donated over $4,000! In total, the event raised close to $150,000. All of the funds raised will enable Lymphoma Canada to further its mission of supporting over 80,000 Canadians living with lymphoma: Hodgkin, non-Hodgkin and CLL.
The entire day was a celebration of wellness. The morning... Read more
On November 2nd, Cameron and I will be participating in take to the mat, the Great Yoga and Wellness event - a fundraiser for Lymphoma Canada. With its emphasis on promoting eating healthier, living mindfully, practicing yoga and giving back, this event embodies many of the principles of our TQS Transformation initiative. We will also be participating in partnership with Zenbar Healing Studio - Oakville.
Many of you were with Cameron through his journey to wellness after being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma nine years ago. In the time since he finished his last... Read more
Take a break!
In today’s deadline-oriented workplace, long hours and overflowing in baskets often mean working through breaks to get the job done. But recent studies indicate that taking regular breaks from mental tasks improves productivity and creativity. And in fact, not taking the time to step away for short breaks throughout the day can actually increase stress and lead to exhaustion.
In a study conducted by the University of Illinois in 2011, researchers found that simply taking two brief breaks enabled participants to stay focused. According to Psychology Professor Alejandro Lleras, lead researcher:... Read more
Trusting our journey through life is not always easy. I invite you to take the time to watch my interview with Deklon Roberts from RogersTV and learn how trust has helped me to overcome cancer, two blood clots, reconstructive surgery of the elbow, and eventually the devastating news of having to give up my lifelong dream to play baseball.
In my person journey, one thing has remained consistent - the presence of fitness in my life. Fitness is the major factor that has carried me through to good health, both mentally and physically.... Read more
Recently, I had the privilege to speak on AM530 - Afro Mosaic Health Guide with host Brian Nugent, to share my battle against cancer. The theme of the show that week was – “Tough times don’t last, tough people do.”
Throughout this ongoing journey in life, challenges present themselves and may cause us to feel overwhelmed and possibly inadequate and make us lose hope. I can’t say that I’ve always felt strong enough to overcome the odds. Throughout my journey, I’ve had moments of immense fear, but fortunately I was able to... Read more
This past fall Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga hosted a full day Participaction/Spirit Day for its students. Students were encouraged to participate in some of the many activities held throughout the day - road hockey, a firetruck pull, Zumba, Chess, and Yoga. TQS Transformation was on site to lead over 50 students and teachers in an hour long yoga class.
In December, TQS Transformation traveled to the experiential school, Bronte Creek Project in Burlington to bring yoga to approximately 14 students and their teachers. The Bronte Creek... Read more
There is a Sanskrit word ‘Sankalpa’ which means will, purpose or resolve. For many, it’s a yogic resolution. Unlike our traditional New Year’s resolutions focusing on things we may be doing wrong or material things we think we need, Sankalpa comes from our hearts rather than our ego. Instead we focus on our intention and a decision to move forward with purpose. For me, Sankalpa is more of spiritual journey rather than a To Do list of resolutions. It is an intention to let go of the past in order to connect... Read more
In May 2013, 3PLQS joined the ranks of Forbes, Nike, Apple, Google and other Fortune 500 companies by offering employees a chance to practice yoga at the office. For almost seven months, employees have signed up for lunchtime classes offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays (choice of two classes each day). While not everyone takes advantage of the opportunity to step away from their desk to stretch and de-stress, employees who do practice regularly are already appreciating the many benefits of yoga.
According to Charlene, a Call Centre Specialist with TQS Logistics division, practicing... Read more
PLEASE SAVE THE DATE
Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 2-5 pm.
Hi Everyone! Noah loves to Bowl so we are planning our first annual NOAH’S BOWL FOR 18 fundraiser to raise money for Chromosome 18 research.(Noah is part of the 18 p- research) The tickets are $20.00 which includes 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and pop. $10 from every ticket sold will go directly to Chromosome 18 Research. Our goal is to sell 300 tickets. Tickets will be ready for purchase by next week. Please let us know if you are interested. We... Read more
TQS Transformation is proud to support The Speed Academy Athletics Club in their efforts to train and showcase young Canadian Track and Field athletes. Among the many talented young athletes within the Speed Academy family, TQS Transformation took a moment to catch up on the accomplishments of sprinter Andre De Grasse from Markham, Ontario.
Andre De Grasse, 18, recently competed at the 2013 Junior Pan-Am games in Columbia where he captured two medals - a silver medal in the 100m and a bronze in the 200m. While he carries himself with the quiet... Read more
Over time, either from working out and exercising or from sitting from long periods of time, tension will start to build in your muscles. This muscle tension is often described as a knot, which can be painful and will prevent your muscles from functioning optimally. Since many of us do not have the money to have a professional massage therapist work at these knots daily, it is in our best interest release the tension in our muscles and soft tissue ourselves. About 10-20 minutes a day should be spent rolling out... Read more
In today’s fast-paced society, stress is a given. People are rushing everywhere. In the digital age of instantaneous access, the workforce has become more demanding. Families with both parents working are commuting and coming home exhausted to make dinner only to rush out for an abundance of extracurricular activities for their children – hockey, soccer, baseball, dance, music lessons, tutoring. It’s no surprise that parental stress is filtering down to children who are often overbooked and dealing with their own day-to-day stresses with school work and social challenges. As the parent of... Read more
One day of eating a fat-laden breakfast sandwich can adversely affect your arteries, according to two recent Canadian studies, one conducted by researchers at the Montreal Heart Institute’s Epic Centre and another by researchers at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta. Findings from both studies were presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in October 2012.In the first study, led by Dr. Anil Nigam, Director of Research at the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre (ÉPIC) and associate professor at the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Medicine, the team studied 28 non-smoking men who... Read more
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a quick, fun cardio workout that can replace your current Aerobics workout. In fact, recent studies show that HIIT is a time-efficient but safe alternative to traditional types of moderate long-term exercise with even greater benefits. Alternating between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity, HIIT improves both Aerobic and Anaerobic fitness to develop a strong heart and prevent cardiovascular diseases, but it is also more effective in fat loss. For instance, if you were to compare sprinters and marathon runners, you would... Read more
In our busy lives, rushing from home to work and then to evening activities, the temptation of picking up fast food on the way is hard to resist. Even without the slick marketing campaigns luring us to the window, we’re an easy catch. It’s quick. It’s simple. And if we’re honest, we sometimes crave the rich juicy burgers, salty fries and sweet carbonated drinks. While most of us know fast food doesn’t rank high on nutritional value, recent studies have found that a fast food diet can actually increase our risk of... Read more
"Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom."Buddha
In this fast-paced world, we are constantly on the go – rushing to and from work and trying to keep up with the busyness of our lives. With so many demands on our time, we’re often exhausted and stressed because we can’t seem to squeeze in a quiet moment to just breathe and relax. Meditation is a popular relaxation technique to calm the chatter of your... Read more
“Your attitude determines your altitude in life.”
While most people believe that a positive attitude contributes to our personal happiness and success, a recent research study by Harvard School of Public Health in Boston found that people with a more positive and optimistic outlook had a reduced risk for heart disease. In fact, the study found that people with a more positive outlook on life exercised more, ate healthier and slept better. Additionally, they were physically healthier, and were less likely to have high cholesterol, high blood pressure or be obese.
But even knowing... Read more
Twenty years ago on September 23, 1992 after a very healthy pregnancy, I gave birth to a beautiful 7lb, 13 oz baby boy. We named him Noah and we were very excited to introduce him to his 2 year old brother Nathan. I was especially excited because we now had two boys only two years apart. My husband, Jeff, and I had created our beautiful family. I began envisioning our boys sharing very similar life experiences as they grew up to achieve their dreams together.
Within the first week or so after bringing... Read more
I’ve always loved the power of physical activity to transform my mood. Like most people of my generation, I grew up playing outdoors. Running around with the neighborhood kids playing soccer, softball, hide and seek, hopscotch, skipping or whatever else was going on that day. During my teen years, I dabbled in competitive swimming, running and lived for the thrill of skiing. I never consciously thought about how the activity benefited my health, I just knew that doing it made me feel alive, happy and confident. In university, there were a few... Read more
With the end of summer, many people look at the fall as a time for new beginnings. It’s the perfect time to break old habits. Many of our bad health habits are formed when we choose to regularly engage in behaviours such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol or unhealthy eating that we know will damage our health. But if we know these behaviours are bad for us, why is it so difficult to stop them? Unfortunately, many of our habits become ingrained in our daily routines and we find them rewarding,... Read more
Since starting to snowboard at age 7, it had always been a dream of mine to one day travel out west and ride the fresh powder on Banff Springs. As my mother had travelled out west to ski the mountains earlier in her life, I heard stories of how beautiful the mountains and wildlife are in this particular part of Alberta. A trip to Banff didn’t seem possible at the time. My parents were paying for me to follow my dream as a baseball player, and it would have been... Read more