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.
My wish is that we can be just as inspired, or more, by imperfect people doing imperfect things, saying words that are real as we seem to be by pretty people, taking pretty pictures of themselves quoting other people’s words. To all of you who take risks and post real pics and say real, raw shit (and NOT that bullshit fake Instagram vulnerability), I love you and I will ‘like’ you always. To those of you who post pics of your joy, your family, your fur babies, your loves, I love you and I will ‘like’ you always. Big ups to all y’all who whose filter is #nofilter. . All heart, no filter. . . #allheartnofilter
New hair cut and bathing suit for Jadey! Thank you @ivivva @lululemon for designing swim suits for GIRLS that are cute + sporty + cover all the bits. 💕🧡💛💕. . . . #jadecarlie #ivviva #ivvivagirl #okanaganliving
Oh Mo. You are the best. I never in a million years thought I would be a football Mom. Never. But here we are. 🖤🧡 . - - #teambcfootball #jackmodean #footballmom
Done. 💛🥃 #sippintequila #lookmanokids #hOMing
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.
Happy Anniversary (yesterday), favourite human!!! So grateful for the husband, father and man that you are. I congratulate myself often for landing such a hottie. You still got it babe!!! 😍 - - - #anniversaryselfie #16yearsstrong #hotrealtorsofkelowna
It read, ‘What has been you best moment this year (so far)?’ These are the hardest questions for me because immediately I feel like I’m supposed to go to the BIG moments... my kids accomplishments, boxes ticked on my own personal ‘bucket list’ (like being on-air with Phil Johnson last week)... they were good moments, don’t get me wrong. But how do I explain that THIS moment is just as awesome?!? Looking up from my book and seeing the sun setting behind the mountains, then stepping outside to take this picture and being surprised at how warm it is, and the smell of fresh rain... and then hearing the sweet sound of my baby girls voice, squeaky clean from her shower ...’Mommy, can you brush my hair?’ I mean, does it get any better? - I think we spend too much time clinging to, or grasping for, the big moments when really, there is sweetness and joy to be found in the most mundane everyday stuff. Recently, I had the blessing of sharing a late night plane ride from Calgary to Kelowna with a woman and her five beautiful children, and her husband who happens to be in a battle for his life. She’s been a dedicated student in my yoga classes for years, and fate decided that we needed to be seated beside each other on that full flight. A remarkable coincidence? We dropped into a conversation about parenting and spirituality and love. Even with all she is holding, she can see love and beauty everywhere. I will never forget that hour of my life. Darkness can never overwhelm the light. You don’t have to have a big, perfect moment to find joy. It’s there. If we’re looking. 💕
As far as work days go, this one will go down in the books as one I’ll never forget (except for 4:45am wake up call, ugh!). So much gratitude for my KGH Foundation family for pulling off this landmark day. Over $355K raised. #joblove is a colossal understatement. 💛💛💛 - - #joeannashouse #kghdayofgiving #bettertogether #joblove
After over a year patiently searching (with no success) for the perfect coffee table for our living room, I finally broke down and took a big risk to have one custom made. It was such a fun project, co-creating with the amazingly talented Lisa Marie and her team at @imboardrusticcreations. Well our new addition was delivered today and indeed, she is special; made from locally sourced reclaimed barn wood, hand crafted with so much care. 💛 I was not blessed with the artistic gene in my family (they all went to my sister) so I have so much admiration for people that can do this. If you look close in pic #2, you will also see a black custom made chevron styled, solid maple barn door, also from Lisa Marie. When we moved into this home, my step mom suggested I break up with HomeSense and invest in some fine art. So, this is it. 💕 - - - #okanaganliving #modernrustic #hOMing #okanaganartisans
Grateful for good friends, and joyful little girls, and sweet moments, and all the things that are worth coming home for. 💕
Pincha. Beach. Tacos. Tequila. Totally not in that order. A little upside down and a lot sideways on our last day. Salut Cabo!!! ☀️🌶😵 - - - 📷 @hkphotography #hkphotography #cabosanlucas #caboyoga #pinchamayurasana #pinchatwinning
My baby beauty. Not a day goes by that I’m not grateful for all that she is. Nutty, joyous, expressive Jaders. 💕 - - - #jadecarlie #caboselfie #loveher
And we’re off. A much-needed girls trip to Cabo. ☀️🌶👯♀️ - - - #jadecarlie #yogayyc
Oh haeeey nations capital. 😍 In awe, in Ottawa. 🇨🇦 We are so blessed to live in this country. Being here, I feel really proud to be a born and raised Canadian girl. - - - #parliamentselfie #ohcanada
Yoga Retreat problems. 😉 How’s that for a tan line? - - - - #freetobewildbra #okanaganlove #okanagansummer #okanaganyogaretreats
One Okanagan. 💛 I have the best job. @ryanleier @okanaganyogaretreats - - - #okanaganyogaretreats #oneyoga #kelownayoga #uptogoodshit
Who says the perfect moment isn’t happening right now? It is. Just look up and meet it. 💕 - - - - #thismagicmoment #kelownanow #kelownasunset #girlswhoplayfootball
Ready, set... - - - #go #okanagansummer #okanagansunset #iloveyoucanada
Okanagan sunshine. 💛☀️
He will not let me take pictures of him so I have to be sneaky ... (oh, yeah... you’re seeing that correctly. He IS pumping gas for me. That is what’s happening. F*%# yeah). - - - - #momlife #sneakymomma
This IS my going out shirt. #momlife #saturdaynight 🍷😉 - - -
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.