January 24, 2019

We all seem to think that wen we are still we do not maximize efficiency. Our minds our trained to push through moments of stillness so that we can accomplish our tasks successfully. Little so we know that stillness is required for our bodies to be balanced. Without this precious balance our minds slip into a fight or flight reactive state, our nervous system goes into …... READ MORE

September 26, 2017

Most people feel a little lost after taking their first yoga teacher training. They may feel as if they were slighted or did not get what they paid for. Believe it or not I felt that same way so I decided to jot down a few things for you to consider before choosing where to do your teacher training.

1. Find your yoga home. There are so many different styles of yoga out there today just a…... READ MORE

September 3, 2017

Torch started with one girl who could never even envision success. This young girl lacked the self confidence required to excel in life let alone business. Although she always felt as if there was something great in the universe for her it wasn’t until she found Yoga that she realized she had the ability to do anything if she applied her self.Over years of practice her body began to chang…... READ MORE

November 2, 2016


Stepping Out by Jess Proctor

It’s a lot more comfortable to step into the nail salon to have your toes painted, its easy to get your hair done, when your days become a repetitive rat race shopping is a way to bring change and distraction to the monotony. How about trying something new for a change. How about stepping outsid…... READ MORE

October 14, 2016

Why Hot Athletic Yoga?
Lets start with a little background of myself. I am a movement junky. As an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher I’m sure you can imagine I have tried it all. I am also a bit of an endurance junky to boot, if it isn’t a challenge then I’m out the door. I started practicing yoga over ten year…... READ MORE

September 9, 2016

As we age we settle into daily routines and we quickly forget to sit back and observe our reactions which causes us to settle with the thought that we can not change our path. Life is to short to settle. Notice when you avoid or choose to opt out when it comes to self exploration. This avoidance can hinder the present moment in many subtle ways. It can block us from our intuition, it can damage…... READ MORE

August 17, 2016

As humans we tend to look for external factors to find this elusive dream of contentment. We forget that we are animals. If we look at an animal in its most natural state it is content with the food that it eats, it finds comfort in its social circle and will often find stillness amidst the chaos of the buzzing world around it. Are we not blessed with theses same gifts? If we take the time to s…... READ MORE

July 28, 2016

Torch Yoga Studio
“This is a practice of exploration. An open minded exploration of your own tiny universe”. The powerful yet soothing voice of Jess Bycraft, Torch Yoga’s owner and main instructor, flows gracefully through the hot room. Crisp peppermint essential oils drift lazily through the air of Chic’s Beach’s new yoga studio, stimulating each breath. The caramel coloured ro…... READ MORE

July 13, 2016

The heart center is a soft space. It is a place where we harness a calm energy. Within this space we feel love with no boundaries, we live without fear. In the heart there is an unspoken certainty that all is as it should be and that our life’s plan is in action. Our world is ever-changing but as we learn to live from the heart we are able to move and shift with the ebbs and flows with grace …... READ MORE

July 1, 2016

The not so pretty side of teaching hot yoga:

Your car smells like sweaty cloths and there is a pile of them building in your back seat. Must have forgot about them last night. Eeeewww!
If you teach all day you probably are blessed with a callous from mopping the floor so many times. It’s a good thing you spend a lot of time on our hands, you are probably …... READ MORE

June 18, 2016

Why In The World Would Anyone Do Hot Yoga In the Summer?

I know a lot of you are thinking “ its hot out, I’m sweating all day, why would I ever step into a hot yoga room?”. I have heard it many times and I
I too have had those days so I decided to put together a list of the “why tos”. Here’s 9 good reasons to stick to your practice over the summer.

April 11, 2016

Next time you catch a glimpse of a butterfly effortlessly floating through nature take a moment to stop and look. Nature has provided this butterfly with all that it needs to flutter around seemingly joyous and free. Notice if at some point you begin to question why you were not given the tools to freedom and peace. At that moment realize that freedom is a choice. You chose to way yourself down…... READ MORE

February 27, 2016

Smiling at Fear (inspired by Pema Chodron)

There are always going to be times when we are forced to step out of our comfort zone and experience fear. The physical practice of yoga teaches us to embrace these moments despite the uncomfortable feelings that often arise.

Lately, I’ve been practicing taking a different approach to situations when I feel anxious, uncomfortable, embar…... READ MORE