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.
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 🍷😉 - - -
One. For mental health. ~ 💛 I had such a beautiful morning at the Share the Love 💕 community class fundraiser to benefit @cmhakelowna. It was an honour to be part of such an awesome ensemble of local yoga teachers on behalf of @oranjkelowna. When we work together, we can accomplish big things. Thank you to everyone who came out and donated to support the mental well-being and future health of this beautiful community we are blessed to call home. 🙏🏼 - - - 📷 @middleagedyogi #kelownanow #yogakelowna #cmhakelowna #okanaganlove
Sassy-face!!!! My girl and her team finally brought home the 🥇from Sea to Sky International All-Star Cheer competition in Vancouver this weekend. It was a moment they will never forget. Not me either. 💙💜 Youth 2 Spitfire, first-ever first place finish for @okfirestormcheer at Sea to Sky. Yes, I’m totally proud. - - #allstarcheerleading #allstarcheerleader #okanaganfirestormcheer #okfspitfire #jadecarlie #sassafrass
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.
‘But I can’t help myself, no, no. Caught up in the rhythm of it...’ 💛💙 This day. Feels so great. - (Name that tune? Too easy? 😉) - - - - #buticanthelpmyself #okanaganyoga #kelownayoga #okanaganyogaretreats #kelownanow
Happy. Today the weather person was finally wrong in the right way. 🌼☀️ The little things. 💛💙 - - - - #springing #hOMing #kelownanow #okanaganliving #okanaganlove #yellowtulips #yellowismyfavorite
What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? I pushed that question out of my head and as I walked in on stage, I literally whispered aloud, ‘What’s worth doing even if I fail?’ What’s worth doing even if I fail!!!?!?! THIS is the question. It’s everything. Thank you @brenebrown for the words and for my fierce little Jaders for making them real for me this weekend. #daringgreatly #truenorth #brenebrown #goforit - - - #truenorth2018 #allstarcheer
After Friday’s ‘Say Something’ themed Vinyasa Flow class, I couldn’t help but follow up. 💛 So serendipitous that it was the rare occasion that we practiced in the JT studio at @oranjkelowna. 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. I wondered, should I just delete my comment? 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. PS - if you haven’t heard the new @justintimberlake / @chrisstapleton track, find the vid on YouTube, it’s exquisite. #buticanthelpmyself #saysomething #effthestatusquo
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
So now you know. 💛 🐱 #totalcatperson #notsorry #conversationswithmycat #monkeythecat
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
💛 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
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.
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.
💛 Beyond grateful to spend my summers doing what I love. Registration for 2018 retreats at Predator Ridge Resort opens this Friday!!!!!