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.
Every night I feel like I fall in love with you all over again. . . . #okanaganlife #kelownanow #beautifulbc #sunsetrepeat #homesweethome
The perfect shot, to close a perfect day. ☀️ . . #okanaganlife #kelownanow #123jump #thebestdays
Pitter patter boys. 🖤🧡 . Go time. . . #teambcfootball #footballcanadacup #kssowlsfootball #footballmom #letterkenny
Hi friends. Have you heard? @moga_moms are a top 100 finalist in the Telus Pitch small business contest. If they can get to #1 in the voting round (currently #9) they have the opportunity to win $100k! They are a kelowna bred, women run business whose sole purpose is to support moms. If they win the money they will launch a program called @birthyourpower that will be a much needed online resource for moms experiencing postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. Voting closes July 10! Only 4 days left to vote to help these local mamas help mamas across Canada! https://www.mogamoms.com/moga-telus-pitch/
Dancing into Canada Day long.... 🇨🇦 Oh Canada. ❤️ So grateful to have been born and raised in the most beautiful country in the world. And absolutely, UNAPOLOGETICALLY proud to be Canadian. 😉 . . #ohcanada #canadaday #truenorth #kelownanow #okanaganyogi #sorrynotsorry
When you’re too busy having all the fun to post on Instagram. Yoga retreat season, kids are (mostly) finished school, Solstice celebrations and starting to exhale after a long winter and spring. Welcome summer. ☀️💕 . . . . @okanaganyogaretreats #okanaganyogaretreats #okanaganyogi #kelownayoga #aberdeenhallps
For several years, my soul brother Dagan and I co-lead a weekly guitar flow and it was my most favourite class. I’m sooo grateful he will be joining me at my new home studio @modoyogakelowna next Thursday for a special, 90 minute journey of awesomeness, Summer Solstice Rhythm Flow. ☀️ Space is limited so sign up early - online (link in profile) or call the studio. 💕 *Yes, this class is appropriate for all levels, including beginners. *Yes, this offering will be in the Moon Room, non-heated. . . . #kelownayoga #modoyogakelowna #kelownanow #okanaganyogaretreats #okanaganyoga
Oh hey, handsome. 17 years 💍 down, forever to go. 💛 You have been the most incredible husband. I’m more grateful for you with every day that passes. . . . #happyanniversary
This: Body like the mountain Heart like the ocean Mind like the sky. * . 🙏🏼 @williammemoeager * . . #meditation #intention #practice
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
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.