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.
Good morning today. Winter, let’s be clear, we’re still not friends. But this morning I will tolerate you ‘cause you sooo pretty. ❄️☀️ - - - #kelownanow #kelownabc #okanaganvalley #okanaganliving #ylw
Boy did you hit the jackpot @darcynyrose !!! 😘😘To a love that definitely isn’t always picture perfect, but is absolutely perfect for you and me. ❤️ #mylove #whatacatch
💛 My children have been my greatest teachers. I remember the day I brought Jack home from the hospital, and I just looked at him, overcome by a love so overwhelming and so huge and the responsibility of him... so little and vulnerable in his car seat, and I just prayed ‘please God, please don’t let me f^%k him up’. Momming didn’t come with a manual. It’s hard. I had no idea. I’ve had to give up a lot - and I’m not talking about spontaneous trips and 8 hours of sleep a night. I’m talking about things that are waaay harder for me to give up. Like control, perfection, being right, my composure, my pride, my belief that I am the center of the universe. I’ve been an epic fail at times. But also an epic win. Every day is a new challenge. But if love is enough (and I believe it is), then we’ll be good. And at the end of the day, when they’re sleeping like angels, I’m reminded that Darcy and I are so, so blessed to have them.
Umm. Yes. I think would like fireworks every damn day. ✨ Happy Friday friends. ✨ - - - #hOMing #okanaganliving #fireworklights #lightsonbanks
‘Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.’ 💛 ~the Alchemist. Quiet beginning. Beautiful morning. Sending so much love to all those who are navigating a difficult time in their life, feeling overwhelmed, lost or untethered. There are some things that can’t be ‘tidied away’ with a sweet quote or clever meme. May you find a way to be with you own heart even just for a moment today. To hold space for what resides there - even if there is suffering. To just pause, to be with it, without judgment, is an act of love. In that, there is treasure. It’s the light. To turn inward with compassion and to be with what is, even if it’s not pretty, is an act of love. Wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. Even the darkest nights will eventually give way to morning. 💛
Ok so I wrote this huge long post below 👇🏻 this morning, intending to post it here and then Insta glitched out and decided to post it to my @okanaganyogaretreats profile! Which was annoying, but then again maybe it was the universe deciding for me lol. 💛 **Lead with your heart. A cue I often give on the mat (it keeps the spine long) but really hold as a mantra for living. As my yoga and meditation practice has deepened over the years, I find my ability to trust my heart easier. At first it’s really scary. We’re conditioned to lead with what is logical, rational, sensible. Which almost always leads me straight to fear. What could go wrong? What are the risks? What if I FAIL? What choices can I make to decrease the probability of failure? And then I end up making SAFE choices. Which is not necessarily bad. It’s just not leadership in my honest opinion. Leadership is taking a chance, fuelled by passion. Leadership is stepping up for what you feel is right, even when your terrified. Leadership is constantly asking yourself, what would I do if I wasn’t afraid? Leadership is doing the thing despite all the reasons not to. Leadership is failing because not trying would be worse. Leadership is heart-strong, which also means heart-vulnerable. Trusting your own heart is the work. Listening is the practice. Seeing the signs, the road map the universe is constantly laying out in front of us is not possible (for me) without contemplative practice. All the signs are moving me towards the expansion of my work on the mat. Which takes me out into nature and provides the opportunity to lead with my heart AND (so important to me) teach others to lead with theirs. Stepping into the yoga retreat business has been terrifying for me, and man have I been tested every step of the way. But the universe seems to be willing it, and my heart says go! 💛Growing and expanding from a good place. From my heart to yours💛 #okanaganyogaretreats #leadwithyourheart
#bellletstalk 💛 everyone knows someone. it touches us all. you are not alone. 💛 #endthestigma
I want to eat her up the cuteness is just too much. And she totally matches my house. 😉 (and yes, someone is dangling bacon 🥓 above my phone) #thelifeofmacielou #mmmeat
I took this video so that in the summer I can look back at it and remember how fucking awesome winter is. 😬 #stopsnowingdammit
😂 There’s a fine line between cute and little house on the praire (or drapery). One of us actually bought this top. Can you guess which one? #whoworeitbest #sisterwives #biglove @mrsnyrose @lindsayanne77 #itwasme
My momma sent me a beautiful hand crocheted throw to warm our new home. It’s so beautiful, the PERFECT excuse to snuggle up under it with a glass of 🍷 and wait out the winter. It even smells like her - which is why Jaders keeps stealing it from me. 💛 #okanaganliving #hOMelove
Crap. It’s still totally winter.
From snowflakes ❄️ to sunshine! ☀️ Handstands in the sand are my favourite. I really don’t want to come home till it’s summer. 💛
It was so much... #lifing #wifing #momming #loving #okanaganliving #bestnine2017
Happy New Beginnings. ✨
Meanwhile, back in Canada... 🇨🇦 ❄️🇨🇦❄️🇨🇦 ~Yes I did it. I went ice fishing 🎣. And I actually fished, and caught this little guy! And then I put him back. 💙 #catchinandreleasin #okanaganliving #herefishyfishyfishy
All the holidays. ❤️
A very Merry Christmas, from the Nyrose’s. ❄️
It’s Christmas Eve Eve! I’m leading a beautiful, by-donation slow flow at 12:15 at Oranj Fitness Kelowna in support of the The Lit from Within Project, a fundraising platform I co-founded a few years ago to support the integration of yoga and meditation into mental health, trauma and addiction recovery programs. There are still a few spaces open bring a friend or a family member and treat yourself to a perfect start to the holiday festivities. #leadwithyourheart
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.
3rd Annual Holiday fundraiser for the Lit from Within Project. I will be teaching an all levels Slow Flow class by donation at Oranj Fitness. This will be a beautiful, nourishing way to kick of the holiday festivities; a time to take a little time for you; to slow down and to reflect on the true spirit of the season. All the proceeds will be donated to the Lit from Within Project, a grass roots organization that funds yoga and meditation classes for those working through addiction recovery, trauma and mental health challenges. Because you give, Lit's qualified, trauma informed yoga teachers are now up to five classes per week including the new, twice weekly offerings at Foundry Kelowna that will be starting in January. Shanna, Pam, Carol, Caroldean, Bree and I are humbled and grateful for your continued support for a cause that means so much to us personally. Namaste. Shauna Please register in person at Oranj Fitness Kelowna or call 250-448-5759. With gratitude to Tina Joslin and the Oranj Fitness team for their continued support and generosity in hosting this annual event. Suggested donation, $20. This year, we are joined by amazing yoga teachers across the city! Mon. Dec. 11, 7pm Jane Howell - Moksha Yoga Kelowna Warm Yin to LIVE MUSIC Weds. Dec. 13, 6:30pm Carol Domanko - The Women's Place Yin Sat. Dec. 16, 10am and 12pm Pam Rader & Team - Shift Power Yoga The Big One followed by Yin and Meditation Sun. Dec. 17, 2:30pm Bree Bootsman - Tandava Yoga Gentle Yoga Thank you to the studio's and teachers for your support. This would not be possible without you.
💛 Beyond grateful to spend my summers doing what I love. Registration for 2018 retreats at Predator Ridge Resort opens this Friday!!!!!
Subbing Happy Hour (I mean Happy Medium) tomorrow night at 5pm. Who's up for 80's night?
'I wish I hadn't gone to that yoga festival with my besties'... said no one ever!!! Next weekend, Okanagan Yoga Festival. TICKET GIVEAWAY! Wanna come? Like the post, tag a friend and tell me why she/ he is the raddest human ever. Hashtag #loveyou Ticket will be drawn on Monday! 💕 Pictured: Me and two of the RADDEST humans ever!! Elise Dunn I love your sweet, kind heart. You are always like a ray of sunshine when you enter a room. You also can press up handstand like a beast. Dana Skoglund you are a constant inspiration! I love your quiet strength and your wisdom and your way of making a yoga class hard as f#%^ and so fun all at the same time! 💕