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.
Let’s go boys. 💙🖤 @abcborderbowls * . . . #abcteambc #abcborderbowl2019 #abcborderbowls #letitwhip #fivemoreminutes
Long weekends are the best kind. 💛☀️ #bounce
Last night. No filter. Something this beautiful can not be by accident. . . . #okanagansunset #kelownanow #loveourplanet #mothernature
All you need is love. And sunlight. And a solid head tilt. 🤨 . (and an @okanaganyogalifestyle sweater🖤) . . #howtoinsta #howtoloveyourselfie #okanaganlove #okanaganlifestyle
Sweet Sam. With so much love and gratitude for the gift that was your being, . Namaste. 🙏🏼
Because we really are cat people... 🖤 (‘fur’ther to my last post, he does have some redeeming qualities 😽) . . . #monkeythecat #catsofinstagram #catkisses
Umm... Really? Not sure if he’s inspired by my headstand and is trying his own version or, more likely, just delights in sticking his butt right in my face. 🤨 🖤 . . . #monkeythecat #assana #yogacat #kelownayoga
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. ~Thoreau . . . #allheart 📷 @dnyrose 💕
The one that’s always there. My #sisterkristie 💕 #loveyou #yeahwearepurple
My favourite family photo of all. 💕 #mypeople #teamnyrose
Bustling around getting my chores done ✅, walked into my bedroom and was reminded to pause. When we built this house I really didn’t have much of a clue what I was doing, but I knew how I wanted my home to feel. In this room, no TV, no art, no clutter. Light. Silence. And the perfection that is nature’s creation. Everyday, it might feel a little different, depending on what’s going on... out there. But, ultimately our internal spaces are ours. There are other rooms in my ‘home’ that are necessarily busy, loud, a little messy 😉. But today, for the second time now, I’m reminded once again we must make a space to allow peace. Build that treasured room in our home (and heart) that is sacred. And in doing so, open to grace, welcome joy. 🙏🏼 @kylie_sutton_ 💛 #omshanti #peaceisalwaysbeautiful @modoyogakelowna
Love you 😍 Darcy Nyrose. #myperson #swak
But, (all cold weather bitching aside)... how beautiful is this place!?!? A few moments that could have easily been overlooked but Instead... 💛💛💛 . . . #warminside #reallycoldhands #okanagansunset
Over the years, I’ve learned the light is in always our favour, especially if we turn towards it. 💛 #literallytrue #metaphoricallytrue #spirituallytrue #optimist
‘The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but they seize us.’ ~Ashley Montagu Indeed. 💛. . . . #oneyearwiser #illustratedmeditations #allheartnofilter
It’s the PERFECT day to come to hot yoga!!!! It’s my first class at @modoyogakelowna tonite at 5:30. Ashtanga-inspired Power Flow. I’m SOOO ready to get back to teaching, you can count on it being a frisky one! 💥 Please come and join ... I would be so grateful to see some familiar faces (and new ones!!!) 😘💛 . . . #kelownayoga #modoyogakelowna #friskyflow #shaunanyroseyoga
Only two days into 2019 and already sweet new beginnings to share. It’s been two months since I taught my last yoga class. It’s kinda felt like a little piece of my heart has been missing. I’m so happy to let my yoga friends/ family know that I’ve been generously welcomed in to a new home studio and will begin teaching there next week. Please join me at @modoyogakelowna starting next Weds. Jan 9 for all the flows. 🙏🏼 Love, . . . #kelownayoga #yogakelowna #modoyogakelowna #allheartnofilter #alltheflows
Cruisin’ the blues, no skis required.❄️💙❄️💙. . . #hOMing #chillvibes #blues
Peace is always beautiful. . . @rusticchalkdecor #artbyme #hOMdecor #waltwhitman
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.