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.
Love this. Practice. Being strong doesn't have to mean lacking in the capacity to deeply love and be sensitive to the world. Inner strength creates a safe place to hold a soft and open heart. On the flip side, vulnerability in itself can leave one open to hurt, if not balanced with resilience. Love. Feel the suffering. And do shit about it. These are the ones that change everything, inspire, move the world.
These days. hOMe is feeling like ... 💕 #butinstead #goodnight - - - #okanaganlove #loveyou
SUNday. Ridin around and bustin out #handstands at #myracanyontrestles. #playdate with the fam jam. #okanaganlove ☀️💕 - - - 📸@jack.nyrose
Heart, stay open. Please don't close. The need to support mental health initiatives continues to reveal itself. We have a long way to go in how we understand and support people living with mental illnesses. Yoga and Meditation are invaluable tools to help cope with the suffering and pain on the the path to healing. In Kelowna, the The Lit from Within Project has been funding twice weekly yoga and meditation classes at the Canadian Mental Health Association, Kelowna. This offering would not have been possible without the support of our yoga community. Know that your gifts have a huge impact. Yoga and meditation alone do not 'cure' mental illness. But I know for sure they can keep a person connected to the light just enough to keep going, to stay alive, even in the darkest days. There are times when we feel helpless in holding space for the people in our lives touched by mental health struggles. I do. So Chels, Pam and I created something. And it's part of a solution. If you would like to help Lit to continue to fund these these programs, please join us on Thurs. Aug 17 on the rooftop of the Eldorado Hotel. It will be an evening of yoga, live music, hope and inspiration. $55/ person. $99 Bring a friend. ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to cause. Thank you for your continued support and love. Heart stay open. ❤️ Tickets are available on my website at shaunanyroseyoga.ca -- -- If you have a gift that you can contribute to the silent auction, please contact email@example.com 💕
Heart, stay open. Please don't close. The need to support mental health initiatives continues to reveal itself. We have a long way to go in how we understand and support people living with mental illnesses. Yoga and Meditation are invaluable tools to help cope with the suffering and pain along the path to healing. In Kelowna, the Lit From Within Project has been funding twice weekly yoga and meditation classes at the Canadian Mental Health Association. This offering would not have been possible without the support of our yoga community. Know that your gifts have a huge impact. Yoga and meditation alone do not 'cure' mental illness. But I know for sure they can keep a person connected to the light just enough to keep going, to stay alive, even in the darkest days. There are times when we feel helpless in holding space for the people in our lives touched by mental health struggles. I do. So Chels, Pam and I created something. And it's part of a solution. If you would like to help Lit to continue to fund these these programs, please join us on Thurs. Aug 17 on the rooftop of the Eldorado Hotel. It will be an evening of yoga, live music, hope and inspiration. $55/ person. $99 Bring a friend. ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to cause. Thank you for your continued support and love. Heart stay open. ❤️ Tickets are available on my website at shaunanyroseyoga.ca -- -- If you have a gift that you can contribute to the silent auction, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 💕
Deep bow. You have been an extraordinary teacher to me, showing up at the precise moments I needed you most. You will live forever in my heart, in my work. You teach me so much. About things that matter. Things that I love. Tonite we honoured you life's work. Bittersweet. We are the same age. Why did you die? What are you teaching in your death? 'Life and death are of supreme importance. Time passes swiftly and opportunity is lost. Let us awaken.' 💕 Love in your transition @michaelstoneteaching
And tonight... one of those no-filter kinda sunsets. 😍 #okanaganlove #leadwithyourheart
That is all. #thesedays #loveyou #leadwithyourheart - - 📸@markkuluopa
Private yoga this morning in Myra Canyon. Reconnecting. Celebrating milestones. Sweet moments. Life is so beautiful... and fragile. Sending love to all of my teachers, and tonite especially to the one that first touched my heart with his teachings on the exquisite perfection of the breath. Life and Death on the cycle of the breath. You will be in my heart always @michaelstoneteaching
The sweetest gift. Lit From Within has been funding yoga and meditation classes in Kelowna for people living with addiction, trauma and/ or mental health challenges three years now. The sweetest gift we can give another human who is suffering is hope. We have heard this many times over the years - the practice gently guides the student back to the essence of who they truly are. This gift has been made possible entirely by the generosity of the yoga community in this town. We are sooo grateful. The need to fund this work continues. We Light Up the Night on Thurs. August 17 from 6:30 - 8:30pm on the rooftop of the @eldoradokelowna hotel. A limited amount of tickets are on sale now. Please join us for an extraordinary evening of all-levels yoga and meditation, dedicated to those in our community who are working so hard to reconnect to their own light. ☀️🙏🏼 Link to purchase tickets in profile. $55 Single, $99 Bring a. friend. 💕
There is something sacred, extraordinarily special about this Place. It's more than words can describe: a feeling, energy. Heat, simmering with abundance uncompromising in its touch. A sexy, summer vibe that makes you want to dance till midnight in your bikini. Or slowly sip a glass of wine while the sun slips behind the mountains in all is splendour. #loveyou #okanaganvalley #thisplace #home
So much irony. I actually have plantar fasciitis. Seriously?!?!?! Apparently I need to stretch. 🙄 #vajrasana every damn day. Much as we all love to hate it, it's still hands (well, toes hehe) down the most requested pose I get as a yoga teacher! Nods to the guru of 'broken toe' pose @nickidoane 😫😤😫 #ohthepaintho #lovehaterelationship
Practicing patience. New hOMe. 💕💦☀️
OMG I love you Jack. I'm so proud of him i think my heart is going to burst in my chest. We just returned home from a super fun weekend in Washington St. where Jack and his team played in a flag football 🏈 tourney. They won. It was not easy. Americans are good at football. But they played their best. They played as a team. It was awesome. #footballmom #loveyou
I remember the first time I taught at the Okanagan's Largest Outdoor Yoga class five years ago. I was soooooo nervous. Over five hundred people, my right-left dyslexia, what if I forgot a pose? What if the mic made my hair look funny? What if I couldn't connect to such a large group? What if they liked the other teachers better? Terrifying. I never dreamed after 14 years working in media that I could be so humbled by my work again. I literally had to will myself to keep teaching every class that first year. I was so nervous and so scared of failing. It would have been so much easier to retreat to the safer roles I had already established in my life. But then I taught at OLOYC. As soon as the music played and we began to flow, it's like I found 'my' flow - to someone way deeper inside me that I never knew was as huge and as powerful as she is. She shows up in those exact moments when I do the things I think I cannot do. I realize now, in hindsight, I hadn't had those moments for a very long time. Facing the chasm of fear and self limiting beliefs from a deep knowing or faith that there is something really f^*%ing awesome on the other side. A deeper understanding of the capacity within ones own self. This is yoga. - - Next Sunday, we do it again for the 9th year!!!! Join. 9am, Stuart Park. - #dothething #thisisyoga
Whaaaaat!?!?!? So this happened this week. Yep that's me (sitting with very poor posture) and that's my buddy Tim @limelightstudios.ca and that 'other' guy is Phil, host of Open Line with Phil Johnson. !!! So ... I got to interview Phil!!! Phil Johnson!!! The guy who interviews everyone else!!!! What an honor. Such a kind and generous, soft hearted man. Serious moments of #joblove at the #kghfoundation this week. I'm still overwhelmed sometimes by the goodness of people's hearts, so often found in those who humbly never speak of it... until they are asked. 💕❤️💕 #givingchangeseverything #kghvolunteers
Mmmm.... Sexy and Soulful in the Vineyard ❤️. I can't stop listening to this playlist I made for last nights Sunset Yoga & Wine reception at CedarCreek Estate Winery... so perfect for the summer that's finally arrived ... and of course, a perfectly chilled glass of cab merlot. 🍷 I'm back up at Cedar Creek again on JULY 18 and AUGUST 15. Book now, I don't think they are sold out yet but they will go fast!!!!
My eyes are gritty, I'm pretty sure I'm tired as f*^%. But this, and a glass of Cedar Creek Cab Merlot... #butinstead
There really are so many other things I should be doing right now... #butinstead #headstand
💕 The view from the office this weekend was alright. 😉 #joblove #okanaganyogaretreats #sisterhood
Heart is full. Expanding our capacity to connect to one another, to be in community. To hold space for a new definition of what it means to be a sisterhood. @okanaganyogaretreats #loveyou #okanaganyogaretreats #namaste
Retreating with so many beautiful sisters this weekend... 💕 I'm always a little nervous, despite my ongoing practice of letting go what others think over the years, I still actually really care what others think. Or how I influence the way they feel. Especially these ones… My beautiful friends, coworkers and sweet souls I haven't yet met. But despite the flutters of nerves, I am so super excited! We have much to celebrate. See you soon! 💕☀️🙏🏼🍷 #okanaganyogaretreats #sunshineandsavasana #sisterhood @okanaganyogaretreats @prairieyogi @zendenkelowna
Sometimes the pause comes by will and sometimes there's just no other option. 🙏🏼🇨🇦 #beautifulbc #okanaganvalley
To say that I'm anything other than totally thrilled about this would be completely inauthentic. How could I not be???? Thank you so much to everyone out there that took the time to vote for me for Best Yoga Instructor in Kelowna. I always thought that I didn't care about this contest. And after years of being an 'also ran', I actually had no expectations and would have been totally OK had it been the same result this year. But it wasn't. And I raced down to Kelowna Now this morning to pick up my certificate and get my picture taken so that I could properly show you my gratitude. It's a really good feeling. I just wish there was a Kelowna Now award for Best Yoga Students in Kelowna. Because you are all SOLID GOLD to me. I love you. Thank you.
In the last year, I have felt as though I wasn't sure where I was going with my teaching. I have felt unsure of my intention. I fell in love with yoga nearly 13 years ago as a student, my desire to become a yoga teacher was fueled by a passion that I had not found in any other area of my life. I am struggling to write this post. There have been so many things about being a yoga teacher right now that have not been great. Much of the stuff that goes on off the mat is incredibly 'non-yogi'. It makes me both sad and angry. Not yogic of me either. Some days I just want to walk away from it all. Since becoming a teacher, the greatest gift has been the relationships built with a core group of students at Oranj - you know who you are. You might not come every week but we've been together for years. Thank goodness for you... you remind me why I teach. There have been times when I really needed that more than you know. A few weeks ago, I gave up teaching YTT's for Oranj. The Kelowna training will be my last one. It was an offering that I loved, my love for the students, highest respect for Sheila and passion for leadership kept me in. But it was out of alignment for me from the start. And though giving it up was hard, it was right. This past weekend, I hosted the first of four Okanagan Yoga Retreats I will be leading at Predator Ridge Resort this summer. I was really nervous (yep, believe it or not, I still get nervous nearly every time I teach), I was scared that it wouldn't be as good without my sidekick. That I wouldn't be good enough to carry it on my own. But it was good. Actually, it was great. And I finally feel a sense of clarity and purpose around teaching that I haven't felt in a really long time. Thank you universe for giving me patience to see this through. Sometimes there are shadows on the path that make it really difficult to move forward with certainty. Thank you to my Oranj friends for being the light that I needed to stay on the path when it would have been really easy to get off. Gratitude to my sister Kristie for standing by my side as we expand Okanagan Yoga Retreats into the offering it was always meant to become. xo Shauna PS - yes, that might be a sneak peak of the newest yoga platform up at Predator Ridge ... 😍😍