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.
The one that’s always there. My #sisterkristie 💕 #loveyou #yeahwearepurple
Sometimes we might not understand why we are chosen for the challenges or the suffering we must face in this life. But there is ALWAYS love. Sending to my girl @lalondey 💛 >> YOU are the embodiment of love and light. . (This is actually my bedside pendant light 💡 Choose to see love and you will find it’s been right there in front of you all along).
Sisters. 💙💜 Competition season is on. . . . #teamsynery #gymbrats #missjaders
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
Today I found myself having to spend some time at KGH as a patient. This is a place that not so long ago seemed so big and overwhelming, and kinda scary to me, like it does for so many I’m sure. Over the past three years though, it’s become like home. Not scary, but familiar. Wonderful, compassionate, funny, caring people work here. I know this. I’m so fortunate that my job allows me to bear witness to the humanity of our healthcare system. But today, I was just another patient. I was met in Emergency by a triage nurse, who looked at my care card and said ‘oh hey, I follow you on Instagram’ (hello friend 💛). Then off to streaming where I waited... and just watched them, the medical staff. I was fascinated by their system of keeping track of all of us, getting samples of this and that, moving us through various stages of diagnostics. All of this while playfully bantering with one another and greeting each patient with positivity and a smile. It made me proud. The doctor on duty is a physician known to me - his care for one of his past patients inspired a generous gift to the KGH Foundation, and I had the privilege of writing their story. Even though I already knew he was a good doctor, I left with a deeper appreciation for why he had inspired our donor. He was kind. He didn’t rush. He listened. In yoga, we call it holding space - allowing another to be in their suffering and feel totally safe. . I guess I just feel humbled. I know beautiful things happen in hospitals. But this was not a miracle or a big save, a dying moment. Just little me, with an upset tummy. In what was once a scary place, now not at all. . Family. . To all of those people who, instead of doing all the things on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, will be holding space for those who are injured or sick, thank you. You are our angels. . #gratefulpatient PS - I’m ok.
You know, it’s the little things... ❤️ . . . . #merryandbright #hOMing
Broke away from my wolf pack for some beach time here in Cancun. We come home tomorrow and it’s been such a good time with friends and family. It’s good to know you’re not alone on this journey. Although the paths we walk may look different, we all encounter that gnarly branch or giant boulder along the way. Sometimes we need help, or just a warm hand to hold. Stay warm friends. May we be there for each other in all the times. 💛
‘Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness ~~~ and just be happy.’ Quality time with Monkey the Cat and @sandhillwines and the little blue paper mache ball (can you see it?). I finally gave up and decided to decorate the tree to match. 💙🦋💙 . . . #monkeythecat #littleblueballbyjade #holidayhome #okanaganliving #hyggenorth #happy
Seriously. No filter. I’m still in awe. After a long day at work, I walked out of KGH (after grumping with my colleagues about how dark it was already), up to the parkade’s top floor where my car was parked. I stepped out the door and looked up and... THIS. I just stopped. Everything stopped. How can something be this beautiful? It just takes your breath away. Dear Okanagan, you have my heart forever. . . #grateful #okanagansunset #allheartnofilter #skyonfire #kelownanow #home
Sisters. 💛 Together we pour our whole hearts into our @okanaganyogaretreats And now we have hundreds of ‘sisters’ all across Canada! Join us in 2019. Registration opened last Saturday, it was a great first weekend. Our retreats sell out fast. We only have 5 spots left in our June retreat at @predatorridge . Sign up early 😘. Link in profile. . . . #okanaganyogaretreats #allheartnofilter
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.