Yoga from the heart in the sunny Okanagan
I am blessed to teach yoga in Kelowna and around the Okanagan, the heart of desert wine country in southern British Columbia. We have a vibrant and active yoga community, one that I am very proud to be a part of!
Here's what I've been up to lately.
This is what my yoga practice looks like these day. I have literally made a practice (ahimsa) out of tolerating this giant mother f***er even though I just want to send Jack out there to get rid of him so bad (he’s on the outside of my bedroom window). See all those dots? All the deadness in his web. He’s a killer spider who doesn’t even have the decency to keep his web tidy. Ughhh. PS - he’s been there for a least two months now. 😤 PPS - if it has babies I’m going to lose my shit . . . #ahimsa #bigdirtyspider #iwanttokillyou #butiwont
When you have that one brother in law who just wants to mess with your Virgo-ness... 😤
About tonite... New team, new #. Same big hits. How am I a football 🏈 Mom?!?!?. . . . #kssowlsfootball #kssowls #27 #footballmom #dfence #btough
About last night ...
I’m so grateful to have learned how to be fully present for moments just like this, to know enough to let it soak in. This is how joy feels. Not just for a little girl. But for her momma too❤️💛❤️ . . . #happy @sunny_jaders
Maverick and Goose are loving life in the southwest window these days!!! Look at the bigger guns 💪🏻 on Maverick! And yes, I have named my plants after Top Gun characters... I think that’s why they’re still alive. They like it. Goose is a fern who doesn’t like to take chances and Maverick is a cocky cactus who looks good with his shirt off. 🌵 . . . #topgun #plantlifebalance #okanaganlife #hygge
In between the back-to-schooling... a beautiful kick off to my yoga sister @prettybird2013 ‘s stagette at @kelownamountain . Couldn’t resist a few handstands myself. 😋 ☀️🌾⛰
‘This is me in Grade 9 baby, yeah!’ Lol can’t get that song out if my head this morning. Jack, off to Grade 9, first day at KLO. Jaders off to Grade 6, first day at the new middle school at @aberdeenhallps 💛. Happy first day of school everyone!
‘Work is love made visible.’ ~Khalil Gibran I wrote this a long time ago on one of my teaching journals. It struck a chord in me from the moment I first heard it. It’s served as a reminder to, whenever possible, make choices based on what make my heart expand, to do work that makes me feel fully alive. My wish is that we all have the courage to lead with our hearts. It isn’t always easy, but it’s definitely always worth it. . . . . #okanaganyogaretreats #dharma #leadwithyourheart
Let it Shine. 🔥☀️Full house at our @litfromwithinproject fundraiser last night. 🔥💛Thank you to all who joined ~ we raised enough to support over 80 yoga/ meditation classes for those in our community who truly need it the most. So grateful for the big, bright, generous hearts in this yoga community. 🔥💛 Deep bow to my co-leads @caroldomanko & @pamrader, host studio @shiftpoweryoga and to @shannamather for everything you do to ensure our events are always perfect. . . . #thislittlelight #letitshine #litfromwithin #yogaforrecovery #yogaformentalhealth #yogafortrauma
We selected every little thing in our home with so much care and attention - ha! If you’ve ever built a house, you know that so many decisions are totally made on the fly! You just hope it all comes together in the end. Kinda like raising kids. 😉So much gratitude to the amazing professionals who helped us along the way with our first home build. It all worked out better than we could have imagined. 💛🙏🏼 @nestdesign.ca @impactbuilders @westwoodfinecabinets @simplystunninglighting #shermanatramco ❤️ . . . . 📷 @loralynn.photos 😘 #okanaganliving #modernrusticdesign #hygge #transitionaldesign
Late night convo’s with Monkey. I kinda feel his pain right now... #smokanagan #ijustwanttoplayoutside #monkeythecat
And he makes me delete this in 3... 2... . . . #istillhavemorefollowersthanyou #jackmodean
When you’re eleven (well, almost)... ❤️ #sisterhood #bestfriends . . . . #littlegirlgang #girltalk #loveyou #smokyairdontcare
Meanwhile, at the Nyrose pool, it’s business as usual 💛 (second photo is the BEST! ) . . . #smokanagan #itsstillbeautiful #bciloveyou @kelownanow #kelownanow
Cat person to the max. Me and the Monks. I could squish you furrever. My buddy, fuzzface, Monkers, silly old puss. . . . #allthenames #monkeythecat #internationalcatday #purrtykitty #fuzzface #iloveyou
Can you be obsessed with #hygge? - - - #wannabedanish #hyggely #allthelight
Home 🧡. . . . #okanaganliving #kelownanow #lifewithnofilter #hygge
It’s official. Too hot for red. Switching to guns - I mean Rose 💕. . . . #topgun #stoneboatvineyards
Hi friends. I will be shutting this page down in the next couple of weeks, but that doesn't mean we are breaking up, LOL. Just simplifying, and to be honest, I feel like over the last year or so, the gap between my yoga world and my personal world has closed substantially - this is a good thing. It means we're real friends, not just Facebook friends. To stay in touch, you can 'friend' me personally. Or, LIKE Okanagan Yoga Retreats. For the past two summers, my amazing sister, Kristie (pictured below), has joined me as Retreat Manager and we are doing really beautiful stuff up at Predator Ridge. No gap. My family to yours.
Last year, through my work at the KGH Foundation, I had the extraordinary opportunity to work with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Kelowna as we partnered to raise $2 million to open Foundry Kelowna - an integrated care centre aimed at supporting the needs of youth and families struggling with mental illness. I learned so much, my heart was cracked wide open. There were days that it was too much to hold. We don't live in some big city where social problems only touch 'other people'. Here, everyone knows someone, loves someone, who has struggled with the devastation of mental illness. Which is why it is SO IMPORTANT to continue to support the work of CMHA Kelowna as they build programs and support for the people in our community who need help. I am super proud to be representing Oranj Fitness Kelowna in a community yoga fundraiser for CMHA, a collaboration made possible by GLOBAL FITNESS CENTRE and Tara Pilling Lifestyle Coach. <3 Please join this incredible ensemble of some of the finest teachers in the Okanagan for a beautiful practice. Laurie - Kelowna Yoga House Carol – Shift Power Karla – Moksha Tessa – Hot Box Dawn – Tandava Shauna – Oranj Noushi – Pur Monique – Invati Patti - Soltice Share the Love Saturday, April 14th 10am - 11:30am The Laurel Packing House Minimum $10 donation Register via eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/share-the-love-community-practice-support-mental-health-yoga-class-tickets-44266116145 love.
After Friday’s ‘Say Something’ themed Vinyasa Flow, I couldn’t help but follow up. 💛 So serendipitous that it was the rare occasion that we practiced in the JT studio at Oranj Fitness Kelowna. Behind the beautiful music, the message is really important. It’s hard to be a stand for things these days - there are so many critics and so much noise and social media has become such a punishing medium. But at the same time, we have a greater capacity than ever before to be connected and to come together for the things we believe in through social channels. Last week, I ‘said something’ on a recent KelownaNow article regarding the sexual assault allegations against Hedley. Wow. It was crazy - the response was terrifying actually. In addition to ignorance, people can be really mean. But the risk of not saying something is to consent to the status quo. And for the sake of our children, especially right now, the status quo is really no longer OK. Not for me. I’ll take the hate. Last Thursday was anti bullying day. Jade and I talked about why it would be important to #saysomething if you see someone getting bullied. And she said it was important because maybe that person would then feel like they had a friend. That they were not all alone. Yes. Exactly sweet girl. We are their greatest teachers. If we are too afraid, how can we expect our children to do it? If you believe in something, when an issue or cause makes every single cell in your body tingle, say something. My babies, and yours, are worth it. 🙏🏼 With gratitude to all the brave women and men that came before us, who had the courage to say something so that we may have the freedom we have today. #buticanthelpmyself #saysomething #effthestatusquo
Peace is always beautiful. 💛 ~ Please join me for two by-donation classes at Oranj Fitness Kelowna this week to hold space and love for those in our family who are navigating incredibly difficult times. - - 🙏🏼Thurs Dec 21 // 5:45pm Vinyasa Flow for the Lalonde Family - sweet Val, we love you so much. #prayforseanlalonde - - 🔥Sat Dec 23 // 12:15pm Slow Flow for the #litfromwithinproject to continue to bring yoga and meditation to those in our community who are recovering from addiction, trauma and mental illness. In this season of giving, let us do what we can to give the most important gift of all #love ❤️💚 Register in advance online or call the studio 250-448-5759
So much courage. 💛 Warning - it’s a lot, and the details may be triggering. But this abuse in our sacred practice has to stop. Even though there are no names, it’s staggering that the abusers referenced are so often the teachers that have been elevated to celebrity status. I’m so grateful to Rachel Brathen for using her enormous platform to allow women (and some men) to finally tell their stories - it’s important for all of us to understand the magnitude of the abuse culture in yoga. There’s no way to ‘tidy’ this up with a yoga sutra or a Sanskrit meme. The teachings were never meant to hold space for this. There are so many parts of this that are so ugly, not the least of which is the twisting of wisdom to rationalize sexual abuse.