Eoin Finn is a yogi, surfer and blissologist from Vancouver. In 1999, Finn founded a yoga system called Blissology, which strikes a balance “between our ego drive and the infinitely kind and wise side of ourselves so that we treat our bodies, our communities and nature more sustainably and with more reverence.” Finn has a gift for making complex concepts easy to grasp, and exudes enthusiasm into his teachings. He is passionate about bringing spirituality down to earth, reclaiming quiet time in Nature as the greatest spiritual portal and our best source of health and happiness. An ocean-activist, he started the “Blissology EcoKarma project” in 2014 to raise aid and awareness through yoga and activism for the world’s precious but imperilled coral reefs. We chatted with Finn about his favourite haunts in Vancouver.
Do you have a favorite place for brunch?
Medina Café feels like a European cafe. My wife describes it as “Paris meets Marrakech.” My favourite dish is their Moroccan Egg Tagine with a spicy tomato stew, merguez sausage and salty sundried black olives.
Where do you go when you want to escape the city but still stay within Vancouver?
For the most part Lighthouse Park remains off the tourist radar, which is a miracle considering it is only 20 minutes from downtown and even accessible by public bus. Be ready to be blown away by trails that wind through mossy forests with towering old growth Douglas Firs. You will end up on beaches, beside seals and sea lions, with breathtaking views of the city and Washington’s Mount Baker glowing orange by sunset.
Where do you pick up yoga wear?
Even though lululemon has long ago transitioned from a Vancouver store to a global retail brand, the lululemon Lab is still a Vancouver-only concept. Local designers are given carte blanche to create new and funky designs not only for yoga clothing but for street wear that is made onsite in Vancouver in small batches and won’t be found at any other lululemon store.
What’s your favourite place to get a drink?
The Alibi Room in Gastown is my style [of bar] with over 50 handcrafted beers available from Vancouver, Washington and Oregon. Try one of their flights so you can sample four flavors with your friends. It’s right around the corner from my favorite yoga studio, One Yoga. I call an after-yoga beer “Detox/Retox.”
Where do you take your wife on a dinner date?
Vij’s. Because its small and intimate setting and combination of modern Indian cuisine and excellent service is no secret, you may have to wait for up to two hours to get a table for dinner. The best way to do it, have a drink and enjoy delicious appies that Vikram (Vij) the owner still serves himself. My favourite item on the menu is the organic Lamb popsicles marinated in fenugreek curry cream. Vij’s has pioneered discovering local BC wines that pair with their menu.
If you’re in the mood for a bit of culture, where do you go?
Museum of Anthropology. On the way to the museum, you will get a good taste of what makes Vancouver special as you pass miles of beaches filled with fit bodies playing every sport imaginable as well as mountains and the ocean in the background. Once you arrive, the museum is filled with artifacts of First Nations peoples. The property itself is stunning with large, weathered totem poles, a traditional longhouse and staircases that lead down to some of Vancouver’s most secluded beaches.