by Noa Glow
Ever tried Vega? We sell the Sport Pre-Workout Energizer – a healthy energy drink alternative that can increase your endurance and aerobic/anaerobic capacity and enhance your mental focus and physical recovery – in our studios. But there’s so much more to this amazing company, which makes tons of products that can improve your yoga – and your overall well-being!
Vega Company Profile
Brendan Brazier wanted to complete an Ironman circuit on a plant-based diet. After years of research, his whole-food shake helped make him one of Canada’s top Ironman triathletes. But his blended drink wasn’t travel friendly and, when he couldn’t find an all-in-one protein and nutritional supplement to suit his vegan diet, he decided to try to market his own.
Manufacturers told him it wouldn’t work; a whole-food protein shake or meal replacement would have “too short a shelf-life … poor taste and texture and too high a cost.” Brendan put his idea on hold – until he injured his leg in a car accident. After being told to take six months off from training and competing, he underwent intense physiotherapy and started taking ChlorEssence to help heal his injury and MacaSure for physical/emotional stress. He made a full recovery in eight weeks.
Brendan shared his story with Charles Chang of Sequel Naturals, which makes ChlorEssence and MacaSure, and pitched his idea for a whole-food-derived nutritional shake. They decided to work together to create a product made with plant-based ingredients (whole foods in the freshest, least-processed form possible) that would provide a balance of protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals when mixed with water.
Today the Vega One nutritional shake nourishes the body and reduces nutritional stress. And Brendan doesn’t have to lug his blender around with him anymore.
Vega Product Information
From energizing smoothies to antioxidant oil blends to whole-food energy bars, Vega products are:
- rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fibre and phytonutrients for tons of health benefits;
- nutrient dense and relatively low in calories for a stronger, leaner body;
- enzyme-rich to help with digestion, so you can use the energy in the hot room instead);
- energy boosting while being mindful of post-workout recovery and long-term wellness; and
- dairy, gluten and soy free and contain no artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners;
Vega for Bikram Yoga
Wondering how Vega can help enhance/improve your practice? Try the Sport Pre-Workout Energizer 20 minutes before class to provide you with immediate and sustained energy throughout the 90 minutes. BYV student Ali L. loves the stuff: “I was having a horrible day, fighting myself internally, which generally means I won’t be able to focus in class. But I tried the Vega and I really impressed myself!” Teacher Katie K. calls Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator Lemon Lime her “drink of choice.”
You can buy Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer in all three BYV studios. Other Vega products can be found at Body Energy Club.