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.
When all the world seems upside down, just meet it there. . . 🙃 . .Thanks everyone for all the love ❤️ and beautiful words ❤️ this week. And for all the messages and encouragement and ... well, just everything. All of me is smiling, from the inside out. . #lifeisbeautiful #perspectiveiseverything
Tomorrow, I will be 45. My best gift is that of another birthday. I’ve been holding something (with lots of help) for the past 7 months. I finally feel ready to share. This past February, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s been a whirlwind. In March, I had surgery. The official diagnosis would be Invasive Lobular Carcinoma (ILC), Stage 1c, Grade 2, no mets. I chose to proceed with hormone therapy and radiation therapy (RT). In my case, chemo offered only a small potential benefit, so I chose broccoli sprouts instead (probably about the same potential benefit - for real). I finished 20 rounds of RT in mid-July, my family and friends by my side through EVERY SINGLE round. I will be on hormone therapy for at least five years, maybe 10. I’ve tolerated treatment well. Throughout the course of my treatment, my medical doctors were excellent, and so supportive, honouring my choices without judgement - which included seeing several skilled practitioners of alternative healing modalities. Despite everything, physically, I’ve felt pretty good. I’ve been living a very slowed down version of my life - being a Mom; going to football games; teaching yoga - which I did, even on the very day I was diagnosed… and it felt good. . There were times though (and there still are) when I’ve felt angry, confused, sad and scared. Breast cancer isn’t supposed to happen to people my age. I’m too fucking young. And healthy. Cancer happens to old ladies who don’t have to go to work, or drive kids to gymnastics and football tryouts and dentist appointments. I’m the one that didn’t eat the bacon! I’m the one that did go to yoga! How did I, of all people, get cancer???? . But I did. And, maybe surprisingly (or not, if you know me well), I am not the *fuck cancer* girl. Over the past 15 years, I’ve learned that LOVE is ultimate POWER. And it is what’s gotten me through. . I’m grateful to have found this cancer now. Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me telling me that day in the radiology clinic was the worst day of my life. But instead, I know that was the day my life was saved. That was the day cancer began to wake me up in ways I could have never imagined. . Happy Birthday to me.
A visit from the mother ship, @nickidoane at @modoyogakelowna. 🙏🏼 Even in a room full of yogis, I always feel like she’s speaking only to me, with all the things I need to hear (or be reminded of). So deeply grateful for her. 💛 And for yoga. 🙏🏼 . . . #alwaysastudent #dothework #kelownayoga
15 years ago today, his arrival changed my life forever. He was so perfect and I just never knew that a love like that was possible. Happy Birthday, my fearless, determined, sensitive, affectionate and brilliant son @jack.nyrose. 🖤 #mo
And just like that, this little sun beam turns 12. Love you Jaders. You are truly a gift to the world. Goofy, enthusiastic, joyful, generous, smart and loving. Our perfect girl. 💛 @sunny_jaders
Thank you to my wonderful friend @twnbabes for sharing the love and beautiful-ness... ‘I was given a bunch of flowers from a wedding that took place yesterday. They’re from Lavendar & Lace - all locally grown. Rather than keeping them all for myself, I decided to make up some little arrangements and deliver them to some of my favourite people. You were one of them 💗’ Sniff... I have the best friends. 💕
Been spending as much time as possible with my little lady before back to school. Love you so much @sunny_jaders 💛☀️And bravo to the cast, crew and choreographers (!!! amazing) of @levelupkelowna Down the Rabbit Hole. WOW!!! So thrilled Jade will be joining this talented group of dancers this year at @thekoredanceproject 💜
Arrived home last night from a week of camping and living out of our trailer. Feeling fully decompressed and recalibrated. #exhale. Life really is sweeter at the lake. Darcy and I are so grateful to have such wonderful friends to share these experiences with. I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful summer. ☀️💛
No filter . . . #tonimorrison #itisenough
Remembering what’s truly important. 💛 . . . #family #nature #presence #spontaneity #love #beautifulbc #explorebc #osoyoos #watermarkbeachresort #jadeandali #friendshipday
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
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