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.
‘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
An emotional day yesterday as I closed an epic, beautiful chapter in my life. And in her extraordinary way, yesterday afternoon, Mother Nature gifted me with this epic, beautiful sign that indeed, I’d made the right choice. I will treasure the memories made, and my @oranjkelowna family forever. It was a glorious adventure. But it is time to start a new chapter. I don’t presume to know what will be written in this one. Right now, the page is blank. If you’ve learned anything from me, I hope it is this: *Never settle *Don’t put up with bullshit *Be kind *Kick ass in all you do *And ... EVERY morning, may we Rise & Shine baby!!! . 🍊🧡🍊🧡 . . . PS - I’m not retiring from teaching yoga - some chapters are still very much in progress: leading @okanaganyogaretreats, my work with the mental health community & @litfromwithinproject. AND I’m open to a new home studio in the future 💛
Well we may have gotten a little ripped off of summer but this fall is making up for it. #spectacular #okanagan
No filter. No words. 💛 . . . #okanaganunfiltered #homelove #okanaganlove #kelownanow
‘One should absorb the colour of life.’ ~Oscar Wilde Today’s adventures brought to you by my favourite colour of all. Sunshine ☀️ Turning 🍁 leaves And 🍌 banana loaf. 💛💛💛 @sunny_jaders - - - #yellow #kelownanow #okanagan #bethelight
Gratitude every damn day. 💛 - - - - 📷 @dnyrose
Making space... for pumpkin 🥧 pie!!! 😉 Sweaty flows with @klanouette are always a good way to start the Thanksgiving weekend. Much to be grateful for, including the friendships that continue to bring us joy and laughter. 💛
Peace out NYC. Love ❤️
When the unimaginable happened - 9/11
❤️ love. You are my top of the rock.
I ❤️ NY . . . . #newyork #nyroselfie #babysharkchallenge
44 is great. Stop freaking out about getting older. Eat good, nourishing, non GM food. Drink lots of water. Drink a ‘moderate’ amount of wine. Nap. Exercise. Headstand. Be in nature. Hug people. Cry if you feel like it. Cut toxic people out of your life (kindly). Buy the shoes. Eat the cheesecake. Keep smiling (fuck the wrinkles). And be grateful that you have the blessing of getting older. The first 14 of the #44mantras I will live by this year.
When you have that one brother in law who just wants to mess with your Virgo-ness... 😤
About tonite... New team, new #. Same big hits. How am I a football 🏈 Mom?!?!?. . . . #kssowlsfootball #kssowls #27 #footballmom #dfence #btough
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.