11 Jul 2016

A love letter to the prairies

Lynette Suchar, Prairie Love Festival, Yoga Festival Canada, Prairie Love, Love letters to the Prairies
Image + words by Lynette Suchar
I don’t think I’m the first one to feel the magical pull of the prairies. It’s what a City and Colour song is made of. Maybe it is something you only experience if you are originally from here. I’d be curious to know if those who have transplanted themselves here feel this same draw. From a distance, the prairies appear to be a flat, barren, bleak landscape with not the same kind of endless possibilities that the dynamic urban culture of big cities offer.

Saskatoon was always my small hometown that I had to leave. It felt stifling. There wasn’t enough adventure. I’ve moved around and lived in Calgary, Toronto, Mexico, Montreal, and yet, here I am, back in Saskatoon. This move back was because of work opportunities but a few years after returning, I find myself, for the first time in my life, with roots here. I feel a strong sense of community that I’ve never felt before. I have authentic, loving friendships. Professionally, I’m contributing to society in a way I never imagined would happen here. I’ve heard stories from many people who left their own prairie hometown for bigger and better things, only to be drawn back home.

So what is this pull? There is an energy about this part of the world that is very grounding. If one isn’t careful, it is easy to become complacent and feel stuck, which happens in a place of comfort, like any long-term relationship. But if you are the kind of person who is curious and has a desire to learn and grow, this energy that has pulled you to back to the prairies fuels a fire within. There is a magic to the prairies that can’t be denied. The thing is, it’s a subtle magical friend, not an in-your-face attention seeker. The prairies tease you back, offering you a blank canvas, an opportunity with the colours of comfort and possibility. What you choose to see and create is up to you.

But maybe we have to leave this land in order to appreciate the vast beauty. The prairies are made up of a strong and stable foundation that allows us to plant our feet firmly on the ground. And with strong roots we can fly freely. This foundation has allowed me to leave, take chances, learn about myself and other cultures. It has also taught me how to be an authentic person. I hear over and over that people from the prairies are so friendly. I never noticed that before either until I came back and was surprised by how often people nod, say hello, or ask how I’m doing. Little gestures, maybe not meant to be deeper than they are, but connecting gestures, nonetheless.

I spent a lot of my childhood on my grandparent’s farm, playing all day outside, helping my baba in the garden, and making up imaginary stories in the lilac bushes. I was exposed to an aspect of life that otherwise would’ve gone unnoticed: a freedom, an appreciation, a connection with nature. As an adult, I find the most peace and gratitude when I’m back on the country roads, driving to the farm or the family lake, knowing that the expansiveness ahead of me will refuel me.

Every summer, I crave the big blue skies with white and grey clouds hanging overhead, as though they were suspended from space by opaque strings, perfectly placed and gently floating above, lulling me into a deep meditation. I crave the golden yellow and deep violet fields that whiz past as I drive. And if I’m present enough to remember not to rush to get to where I’m going, if I can remember that the ride is the destination, not the last spot on the map, I will pull over to the side of the road, pull out my camera, take a deep breathe of the fresh, grassy, humid smell that can only be found on the road in the prairies, and I will capture the moment. Of course, I can only capture part of the sensory experience but every time I look at those photos, I can smell the air, and hear the singing birds, and feel the rumble of a grain truck rolling out to the field. For me this is peace, it fills my well, and allows me to carry on, travel to new places, and create a legacy. It gives me the confidence to know I always have this place to come home to, like arms wrapped around me, reminding me of what’s important and that everything will be okay.

Lynette Suchar, Prairie Love Festival, Yoga Festival Canada, Prairie Love, Love letters to the PrairiesWhen you’re in a place in your life where you can recognize the magic of the prairies, you don’t see the landscape as bleak and dull. You start to recognize the beauty of the openness that gives you the gift of space. This space allows you to exhale fully, to pause, to reflect on where you’ve come from and where you’d like to go. This space becomes the grandest adventure – spontaneity awaits as you jump in the car and drive on some country gravel road, alone or with your best friend. I know that no matter where I end up, I am so grateful to where I came from. Every time I look up to the living sky full of bright stars I know this place is special, maybe a secret kind of special that only those that are from here know. I love leaving but I love coming home.

Lynette can't wait to share her #prairielove with you at Prairie Love Festival, September 10 + 11 at FortWhyte Alive in Winnipeg. Click here to see Lynette's festival offerings.

30 Jun 2016


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The release of the OMazing lineup of instructors, speakers, and creators for this years' Prairie Love Festival means that ticket holders are now able to pre-register for their festival activity schedule. Creating your path for the weekend should be an exciting experience, where you get to decide what workshops resonate with where you're at in this point of your practice.

Here are answers to the questions we receive most to help make this process as seamless as possible.

1 - How many activities can I sign up for?

Your weekend pass (snowbird/earlybird/regularbird) allows you to pre-register to guarantee your space in a maximum 4 activities on each day (Saturday + Sunday). Passholders can attend as many workshops as you'd like throughout the weekend, pending space/availability in the workshop.

The Sweetest Saturday pass allows you to pre-register for 4 workshops on Saturday September 10th.

A Serene Sunday pass give your the ability to pre-register for 4 workshops on Sunday September 11th.

All pass-holders enjoy unlimited music + community celebrations throughout the weekend.

2 - I can't log in to sched.org

Sched is the scheduling app you will login to to create your activity schedule for Prairie Love Festival. Once you purchase your ticket, you will be sent an email invitation to login to sched.org

Your sched information will be the same as your Eventbrite & PayPal login. If you have forgotten your username/password, reset your password here.

3 - How do I pick my activities?

With over 70 workshops & activities to pick from, it can be overwhelming to craft your weekend of bliss. Create your schedule based on workshop themes, instructors, and where you are currently at in your practice. Remember to create a sustainable schedule, 4 strong vinyasa practices in a day can cause exhaustion and burn out, which contradicts our intention of creating a wellness experience.

Tips for creating a sustainable schedule:
• Treat yourself to at least one yin / restorative workshop per day
• Be inspired by a speakeasy session
• Take in a creative workshop
• Turn your focus inward with a guided mediation 
• Chant and connect with Kirtan
• Give yourself breaks throughout the day to eat, rest, and soak in the benefits of your practice.

4-  How long does it take to get from one venue to the next?

When creating your schedule, bear in mind that venues can be up to a 25 minute walk from each other. While the festival map isn't yet finalized, here are some points of reference to note when creating your schedule:

• Prairie Yogi MainStage, The Balance Point, and OM sweet OM are all within a few steps of each other.
• Lotus Lookout is a 10-15 minute walk south of the Big Sky Stage.
• The Lake and The Cabin venues are 20-25 minute walk north of the Big Sky Stage**
• Bicycles are permitted/encouraged at Fort Whyte Alive and can be used as a speedy way for participants to travel from one venue to the next.

**Shuttle service to The Lake and The Cabin venues will be offered every 10 minutes from the Big Sky Stage

5- How Do I apply for a Vendor Booth / Table?

If you are interested in being a part of the Trading Post at Prairie Love Festival, email laura@prairieyogi.com with the following information:

• Your Company Name
• Type of product/service you offer
• 2-3 photos of your product
• Facebook / etsy page link

6 - How do I find out about partnership opportunities with Prairie Love Festival?

Without our partners, this celebration wouldn't be possible.  We partner with businesses whose values and community align with our own to make the partnership a success for both parties while elevating the experience of festival participants.

If your business wants to connect with the prairie yogi community through festival partnership opportunities, please email Laura@prairieyogi.com.

7 - When will volunteer opportunities be released?

Opportunities with our amazing team of volunteers will be released in July. This exchange of energies will ask for 8 hours of volunteer service (2 x 4 hr shifts) to receive a complimentary pass for the weekend. Stay tuned to Prairie Love Festival Facebook + Instagram accounts  for more details.

8 - Can we camp at FortWhyte Alive?

Unfortunately, There is no camping at FortWhyte Alive.

9 - I'm from outside of Winnipeg, where should I stay?

The Paris of the Prairies has plenty of accommodations while you're here enjoying the festivities.

- The festival site is located in the South West Corner of the city (near Kenaston Commons)
- Festival sponsor The Fort Garry Hotel is offering a sweet corporate rate to festival attendees of $139/night. To book, call (204) 942-8251 and say you're a part of the Prairie Love Festival corporate rate. (We are also offering a complimentary shuttle that runs from the hotel to the park!)

10 - I purchased tickets for me and someone else. How do we pick our individual schedules?

When purchasing more than 1 ticket on Eventbrite, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you enter each attendees email address under each separate ticket in the registration process. One email address per attendee is required. This way each attendee will be sent their own login link to the scheduling app and be able to create their own schedule.

If you have already purchased more than one ticket and registered your email address under both passes, please login to eventbrite and transfer over all tickets to the each attendees email address.  If you continue to have technical difficulty email prairielovefestival@gmail.com.

11 - Something has happened, and I am no longer able to attend Prairie Love. Can I refund my ticket?

Prairie Love Festival passes are not refundable. You can however, transfer your ticket free of charge to someone else.

If you are unable to attend the festival, you can sell your ticket and transfer it to another through the Eventbrite transfer ticket option.  The Prairie Love Festival Facebook event could be a great place to connect with people who are looking to purchase tickets.

Thank you for being a part of this years' celebration of yoga, music and art in the land of big skies and big hearts. Please stay in touch - Prairie Love Festival is on Facebook, Twitter + Instagram. For any other inquiries, email prairieyogi@gmail.com.

29 Jun 2016

Sweet Summer Sundays @ Thermëa Winnipeg

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I believe in the healing power of nature. Deep breaths under tall trees, cleansing dips in fresh water, and bare feet on on the earth have the power to draw us away from our chaotic lives and into the moment. Bringing yoga out into nature is a magical experience, creating a connection that goes beyond mind, body, and spirit, to include the elements. The sun warming our bodies, the wind calming the mind, the water cools the body fluidity, and the air that guides our spirits.

When the luxurious nature spa, Thermëa Winnipeg, reached out to collaborate on a series of Yoga & Spa events this summer, I couldn't refuse. Their epic space is the ultimate healing escape in nature, with aromatherapy steam baths, mineral pools, salt scrubs, and so much more. Adding outdoor yoga, a guided nature meditation, and a nourishing smoothie is (of course!) the perfect addition to this amazing ritual.

You have four opportunities to indulge in this experience over the summer with yoga classes lead by instructors from Prairie Love Festival. All classes run from 9:30am - 11am.

Sunday July 10th - Sam Squire
Sunday July 17th - Rachelle Taylor
Sunday July 24th - Rachelle Taylor
Sunday July 31st - Serena Postel
Sunday August 7th - Nikki Trosky
Sunday August 14th - Amanda Burkowsky
Sunday August 21st - Marisa Cline
Sunday August 28th - Liane Cherrett
Sunday September 4th - Mackenzie Dancho

The Spa & Yoga package is $75 and includes Thermëa's signature Thermal Experience, bathrobe Rental, 90 minute yoga class, and nutritious smoothie. Limited space is available. Book your space by calling Thermëa at 204-284-6868.

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21 Jun 2016

#PRAIRIELOVETRANSFORMS - Win a Weekend Pass to Prairie Love Festival

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"I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul." ~ Rumi

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Images by Pantel Photo
Anyone who has committed to a yoga practice can attest to its healing and transformative powers. Through breath, movement, and mindful practices, shift happens. As we continue showing up to the mat we become clearer, more able to see the bigger picture, and find & follow our  purpose.

Personally, through yoga I have been able to grieve loss, tragedy, heartbreak, and keep an even keel during life's major transitions. The practice has helped me soften, sweeten, and open up in ways I never dreamed possible for myself. It was with this inspiration that the Prairie Love Festival was created, with the intention that an immersion into yoga, self-inquiry, creative workshops, nature, and community, that true healing and transformation can occur.

Could you benefit from a healing transformative shift in your body and mind?
We’re gifting a A Very Prairie Weekend pass to a deserving Prairie Yogi through the #PrairieLoveTransforms initiative.

To enter:

  • Share why you (or someone you know) deserves to experience a weekend of yoga, creativity and connection, and how the experience could transform a part of your life on Facebook or Instagram.
  • Tag @prairieyogi & @prairielovefestival in your post
  • Include #prairielovetransforms so we can find you
  • Submissions close Tuesday, June 29th at midnight
  • Winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 30 at 9 a.m.
Looking forward to reading your submissions!

30 Mar 2016

Is it time for a groundbreaking shift in your world?

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Content sponsored by our friends at Sky Yoga Teacher Training 

For many yogis, completing a 200 hour teacher training is high up on their bucket list. Weather or not you’re interested in pursuing yoga as a full time job, delving deep into your practice through an immersive teacher training is a bounty of benefits for your body, mind, and spirit. Prairie yogi Siobhán Keely wants to be the one to inspire you to take that leap and cross that big goal on your bucket list, empowering you to lead a more inspired life.

Lost and unsure of her path in life, Siobhán took her first Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) on a whim over six years ago. The experience changed her life, and her career path. Following that YTT Keely worked as an instructor for years before she began to assist in the studio’s teacher training programs. It was here, in inspiring others to find their authentic voice through sharing the practice of yoga, she knew she had found her calling.

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“I want people to know that they CAN do anything they want in life and be happier than they can possibly imagine if they just learn to shed the restrictions that have been placed upon them by their childhood, by society, by their own misleading beliefs - yoga was a huge part of that journey for me,” says Siobhán.

Wanting more freedom to inspire from her heart centre, Siobhán developed her 200 YTT immersion training, Sky Yoga Teacher Training in 2015. “My approach to yoga is authentic to myself and very applicable to real life - there is nothing flakey about my teaching. Having co-led seven 200 hour trainings with 4 very different teachers, I bring a lot of experience and have learned a lot about what works and what doesn't.”

Originally from Winnipeg, Siobhán has spent the last decade living and working in Vancouver and is excited to come home to share teachings with the prairie yoga community with her Sky Yoga Teacher Training, June 1 - 28th at Fort Garry United Church.

This Intensive Hatha and Vinyasa based training is Yoga Alliance Certified. The teacher training immersion program is for anyone who is ready for change, who feels they have been searching for "something" and feels pulled toward yoga as being part of the answer, anyone who wants to understand themselves better and in turn understand those around them more deeply.

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“Teaching yoga is my "life calling" that I had been looking for for so long. I am THRILLED when it is someone else's and they have trusted me to help them get there.”

Is 2016 the year you take the leap to find your life’s calling?? Register for Sky Yoga Teacher Training in Winnipeg -- save $250 if you register by April 1st!

Sky Yoga Teacher Training runs Wednesday June 1st to Tuesday June 28th

Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm

Held at the Fort Garry United Church on Point Road
Tuition is $2650 plus GST 
Maximum 10 students in the training

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To learn more about
Siobhán and Sky Yoga Teacher Training, go to her website:.siobhankeely.com/

For YTT enquiries, contact
Siobhán directly siobhan@siobhankeely.com

30 Jan 2016


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photos by Monique Pantel

01.24.2016 - the day prairie yogis turned a cold day in the midst of winter into something magical.

Winter, and January specifically, tends to be a really hard time of year. With blue Mondays, broken resolutions, and Seasonal Affected Depression... It can be a rough month. But it doesn't have to be. Over 250 people decided to create space in their January for light, positivity, and self-care at the stunning Fort Garry Hotel.

The inaugural SNOWFLAKE winter wellness festival was a massive success. The offerings were delightful, the spaces breath-taking, and the community blew me away once again.

When I dream up these celebrations, I hope people show up, sure. But my truest desire is for people to show up and and dive in. To themselves. To the things they have been running from and need to face before they can let go. To their practice, to soak in the benefits and find inspiration to keep coming back to the mat for the days, week, and years to follow. I witnessed many of the things happen before my very eyes on Sunday, and I am so grateful to those who showed up, dove in, and took care.

Thanks to Pantel Photography and Rachwal Photography for capturing these beautiful moments.

Oh - and Prairie Love Festival tickets went on sale. Get your SNOWBIRD weekend pass today: you'll get the sweetest deal around & be among the crew who help us bring yet another OMazing prairie experience to life.



20 Jan 2016

10 Things to Pack for SNOWFLAKE winter wellness festival

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Your kickoff to an incredible 2016 is in just a few short days. Everything for the festival is coming together beautifully and we're just as excited as you are to watch the first ever SNOWFLAKE manifest!

In the midst of your excitement, don't forget to prepare wisely for your day of yoga, self-care and community. Here's a list of a few things we wouldn't want you to leave home without on the morning of Sunday, January 24th on your way to the Fort Garry Hotel.

1 - Yoga Mat

It is a yoga festival after all! If you love props in your practice, bring those along with you too!

2 - Blanket / Scarf

We want you to be warm and cozy all day. Bring a blanket or scarf as a pre & post practice layer that doubles as a savasana blanket!

3 - Indoor shoes

While furry boots are a prairie winter essential, they can be quite bulky to wear inside all day. Bring along a pair of comfy, indoor shoes (think slip-in, flats, or runners.) You can store your boots with your jackets in the coat check.

4 - Warm Socks

Because they make savasana sooooooo much cozier.

5 - Water bottle

Bring your water bottle with you and refill often. Hydration is key in taking tare of your sweet self.

6 - Snacks

Yes, your full day pass includes lunch & an afternoon snack, but in case you feel like munching between workshops, pack a granola bar and stop hanger before it occurs.

7 - Wallet

Don't forget your change purse! We've got stellar local vendors featured at this years' Vendor Village, located on the Mezzanine level of the hotel. Most vendors accept credit cards as well as cash.

8 - Journal / Notebook

This experience is created for you as a transformational tool. To discover, to learn, to dig deep within. Bring your notebook and try to find a quiet moment throughout the day to write your favourite passages, to reflect on your experience, to set a goal or intention, or simply to doodle and play with words.

9 - Stones / Mala

Bring along something that feels sacred in your practice, like stones or your favourite mala. (And if you want to learn more how to tap into their powers, be sure to check out RogueWood's Spirited Stones workshop!)

10 - Confirmation of registration + completed liability waiver 

Help us make registration a breeze for all. Come prepared with your ticket (from Picatic) either in printed or online form (taking a screenshot of your ticket is a great way not to lose it in your inbox). Please also take a moment to fill out the online Liability Waiver before you arrive on Sunday: you'll save yourself a few precious minutes in the morning and help us make the registration process seamless.

See you on Sunday, Prairie Yogis (don't have your ticket yet? Don't miss out! Get it here)
♥ Namaste 

29 Dec 2015


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Winnipeg winters are legendary. My hometown, affectionately dubbed Winterpeg, boasts one of the harshest climates in the world. Not only do we confront temperatures as cold as Mars in the winter months, but we also live with only a small window of daylight to help us through it. With extremely dry air, freezing cold temperatures and a sun that sets at 4:27 pm, it can be hard to find bliss within a Winnipeg winter.

Here are five Love Life tips to keep you sane through the deep freeze:

The Conservatory

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People always say a great cure for the winter blues is to ’get outside’ or ’get into nature’, but what happens when nature feels like it’s punching you in the face? Go to the Conservatory! In the midst of our white ice cold desert Winnipeg has a lush green humid jungle! Why isn’t there a line up to get in this place?! Are you kidding me? It’s FREE and it’s like walking into an instant tropical island. You can sit with your favorite book or simple settle into stillness and breathe. The colour therapy alone is enough to re­set you into balance. Vote green, vote conservatory!

Get Steamy

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I have two words that will change your winter: Steam Room. This is a super fast way to defrost your frozen body into a blissful blob. The instant the steam hits your skin you will remember what it’s like to be fully relaxed and open. Not only does it defrost your core but it softens your skin and will give you a nice pink healthy glow. It is an instant trick to make you look and feel younger. For those on a budget hit up the YMCA for an $9 drop in fee. I also recommend you treat yourself to a day at Thermëa. For $55 you can spend an entire day drifting in and out of steam rooms and outdoor pools. It’s pretty much magic.


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When it’s cold outside we change the way we walk. We tend to hunch our shoulders and look down. We scurry instead of saunter. Hot Yoga ­ or any type of yoga for that matter is a great way to open our bodies back up. Even while you read this you can straighten your spine, take a deep breath in, lift your shoulders up back and down and raise your chin. This simple movement helps keep us happy in the coldest months.

Where your body goes, the mind will follow...


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Never under estimate the power of our senses. Aromatherapy is fun way to beat the winter blues. Try infusing a hot bath with some lavender or putting some on your pillow case for a great night sleep. This wonder scent is useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. This means lavender can help you relax, unwind and sink into your warm beautiful self. You can get fabulous essential oils at Hollow Reed Holistic on Corydon ave.


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Another way to beat the winter is to hit the eject button! If you feel like the core of your soul needs a break then gift yourself one! There are some fabulous Winnipeggers hosting retreats in warm climates this winter. Travel Roots is a great resource for this. Or you can join myself and my yoga posse Bliss & Beatz for a luxury retreat at La Vita Bella Soul Spa in Mexico. Imagine hot thermal waters, warm sunsets and king size beds with fluffy comforters. If you can’t afford to fly away then indulge in a retreat experience here at home - the Snowflake Winter Wellness Festival, it will be a one day oasis for your soul in the middle of our vast prairie winter.

Step into Niki's Lavender Lounge workshop at Prairie Yogi's SNOWFLAKE For to enliven your senses and spirit this winter. Single workshop tickets now available!

Niki Trosky is a pleasure seeker who believes the path of self-exploration can be paved with decadence. She is hosting luxurious healing retreats in Mexico this winter titled "As You Wish."  She believes there is great healing power in giving yourself permission to be happy. Niki recently self-published her first book called "Love Life"  which is about her doing exactly that.

5 Dec 2015

5 Simply Blissful Winter Wellness Rituals

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Well it's finally December and winter has gracefully arrived in this beautiful Prairie wonderland. 

A time of family, celebration and seemingly endless to-do lists!

And you're a wise, gracious and conscious woman. You know that there is so much to be grateful for in your life. So many amazing experiences to be had. Love to be shared. Friends and family to enjoy. 

But sometimes it doesn't feel that way. 

Just like most women, you get busy. Stressed. Tired out and disconnected from the things that bring you joy. The holiday season and winter months start to take a toll when there is so much to do and even less time in the day to get it all done. 

And I know exactly how it feels to get distracted with the holiday cooking/shopping/doing list that the well intentioned self-care list flies straight out the window. 

In fact, sometimes it gets so bad that I can't even focus or even imagine what could go "right" in my life. Gratitude what?!

Then there are those days when everything seems to fall apart. I've skipped my yoga practice,  lost touch with my like-minded soul sisters and traded my green smoothie for a morning dose of cookies and self destructive guilt. 

The reality? It's on those days that I've ditched the most precious and sacred things on my to-do list in exchange for being "productive, busy & high acheiving". 

It's the mornings I hop out of bed and skip my blissful me-time. I miss out on eating my favourite breakfast (A huge green smoothie, avocado on toast and Yerba Mate tea + travel magazine in hand).

I pass on my yoga pracitice and forget to meditate. And by dinner time I am so exhausted that I can't even remember what day it is. 

All of which leaves me feeling moody, drained and totally unable to bring my best self into the world.  

In those moments, I become less like who I want to be, and more like someone I would rather not know at all.   

The truth is that lack of meaningful self care + not enough time to breath = inner and outer chaos. 

And this is NOT how I enjoy living my life. In fact, it's the exact opposite to what I want for myself and for you. 

I want you to take time out for yourself. To listen to your body. To honour your heart. To be connected to your truth. 

So today I invite you to set out a plan. Yes. Another plan. But this time a plan for simple bliss & freedom...all winter long. 

Here are 5 Blissful Winter Wellness Rituals to calm the chaos and keep yourself lit brightly all season long. 

1. Wake up with your (inner) Light! 

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This means sooo much more then just getting up early. Because I am NOT an early riser. It really means waking up early enough to cultivate your INNER light. To meditate. To draw. To write in your journal. To lay and simple just be. The way you would on an endless holiday with your love. 

2. Give yourself a (loving) massage. 
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I discovered this from my incredible Mentor, Dr. Deb Kern. You see, our body craves touch. Not just food and exercise. So take some time each morning before your shower to massage your body with a delicate oil. Or before bed with some luxurious organic lotion. Your feet. Your legs. Your belly. Soothe, surrender and settle into your being, exactly as you are.  

3. Enjoy your (delicious) breakfast. 

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The easiest of all to skip. But oh-so-powerful. My greatest advice for making this ritual a habit? Choose at least one go-to meal that you can easily make every morning. It's not that you can't change it over time. But if oatmeal with all the fixings will get you up in the morning 15 minutes early, then make it happen every day. Instead of wasting time in the morning wondering what to make and missing out. 

4. Move your body (blissfully).

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This is one of my favourites! I love to dance. I love to practice yoga. But most of all, I like to move in my own way. Seriously. So give the exercise obsession a break and take a daily walk or stretch before bed. Do what feels good and enjoyable. Without guilt or force. Your body will thank you all day long!

5. Surround yourself with (loving) inspiration!

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People. Places. Things. You are not meant to be isolated from the world my friend. So even if you can't get away from the snow cave you call home - then make sure everything you are doing/reading/watching/following is filled with love. Skip the violence. Ditch the negativity. Find friends that lift you up. And let go of the need to please. Go to places and events that inspire and uplift you and skip the situations that stress you out! 

Every single day. Without question. Without doubt.


Because there will be days that you need that extra nudge to move forward and be your best self. To smile when you feel like crying. To run when you feel like slowing down. 

And this isn't about changing who you are into somebody else.

This is all about honouring who you are so that your real, true, LOVING self can shine through. 

Without the distraction of low blood sugar, a tired body and a heavy heart. 
 So go right ahead. Take some time out for you, and notice the shift. The change. The evolution of your day. 
Want some more inspiration me and other Prairie lovers? I invite you to join me on January 24th, 2016 at SNOWFLAKE Winter Wellness Festival at the Fort Garry Hotel & Spa in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I’ll be leading a self honouring yoga class and workshop on creating your very own liberated lifestyle.   

So if you live nearby (or are up for a little travel!) then I can't wait to see you in person. There will be lots of yoga, incredible music, community and workshops that will teach you everything you need to know about self care in the winter months. 

Until then...take care of your body as though it was precious, powerful and beautiful. Not just as an after thought. 

Even when it craves the quiet. Even when it slows down. Even when it doesn't look exactly the way you want it too.

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Amber Chalus, founder and creator of The Liberated Woman™ is a Free-Spirited Explorer, Holistic Health Coach, Yoga Teacher and Podcast Host. Her mission is to help and inspire women to nurture their physical and spiritual health through yoga, mindfulness and radical self love. She believes that every woman deserves to feel connected to her body, radiate with confidence and live the life of her dreams - naturally and with love.

She currently lives in Nipawin, Saskatchewan with her charming British husband and adorable rescue dog, Indiana Jones. Exploring even more ways to empower women to Escape The Ordinary, Embody Their Bliss & Find Freedom Within.

Join her community at // follow her adventures on instagram at instagram.com/amberchalus // Take in one of her workshops at SNOWFLAKE winter wellness festival in Winnipeg.