21 May 2015

MEET PRAIRIE LOVE FESTIVAL HEADLINER ALEX MAZZEROLLE



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We can't wait to welcome the prairie-born beauty, Alex Mazzerolle, to Winnipeg for Prairie Love Festival. This radiant west coast babe is an inspirational Vancouver based entrepreneur: founder of Girlvana Yoga and Ladyvana retreats, and is the co-owner of Distrikt Movement in North Vancouver. Alex is a lululemon Ambassador, the yoga teacher for EA SPORTS app YOGIFY, a past Pecha Kucha Speaker, has worked with the Vancouver Canucks, has lent her yoga expertise to Marie Claire Uk and Flare Magazine, is a Wanderlust Festival teacher, and more importantly super into naps and rap music. She is known for her sense of humour, warmth and no bullshit approach.

This lady is on a mission to help women and girls come together and rise. Alex is collaborating with ivivva polo park, bringing her signature brand of yoga and real talk to prairie girls at Prairie Love's girlvana dreamin: yoga dreams & goals' workshop. 

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Alex is passionate about real talk, the transformative power of movement and all things nature. 
Ladies, you won't want to miss her workshop Ladyvana: yoga for the modern woman

Into something a little more up tempo? Sign up for this former dancer's signature Hustle + Flow workshop.



Alex is one of the many inspiring instructors who is coming to the prairies to share at the celebration of yoga, music, and art in the land of big skies and big hearts. Explore the festival schedule, meet the teachers, and purchase your pass online at prairielovefestival.com.

11 May 2015

THE DARK SIDE OF YOGA

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words by Rachelle Taylor // image by Monique Pantel
Many of us were lured to the practice of yoga enticed by the promise that this ancient tradition builds strength, flexibility, and peace of mind. Committing to your practice, you believe it will help you become graceful, toned, and enlightenedAnd while the intention may be harmless, the path of yogic enlightenment isn't that simple... To find the light, you're going to have to delve into the dark.

I completed my first thirty day challenge six years ago in Grand Cayman. The first half of the challenge went just as I had anticipated: I felt more power, strength, and flexibility in my body during class, followed by that wonderful post-practice 'yoga high' of positive energy and grace flowing through every cell of my body. 

Around day twenty, things started to change. On my mat, I started to discover resistance, stiffness, and vulnerability.  In pigeon, my hips refused to soften and my jaw would clench up tight. After three rounds of full wheel pose, I came onto my back with tears pouring out from my eyes. What was happening? There were no circumstances in my life or body that had changed... And that post-practice bliss was replaced with anger, agitation, and feeling crusty in body and mind.

I asked my teacher why I was feeling this way, as these sensations were unfamiliar to me through my years of practice. She explained that, as we begin to open deeper into the muscles, as you do when committing to a daily practice, we start to encounter repressed emotions of the past. Negative thoughts, feelings, and situations that weren't acknowledged or dealt with get absorbed into the muscles. And as the days, months, or years pass, those feeling harden into tension and stiffness of the body.

Below the skin's surface, there are layers of this emotional resistance, some fresh and some deeply rooted. At the start of your practice, that "yoga high" you feel comes from the releasing of emotions, the most recently repressed, creating space for positive energy to flow. But as your practice deepens, you travel deeper into the muscles and further below the surface, where resistance has developed from years of hanging onto hate, anger, or sadness that was never fully expressed or acknowledged. This is where we encounter the crusty, the tense, and the downright ugly emotional baggage that you've been holding onto for longer than you know. And in your practice you're going to have to face the dark, head on, before you can release and move on towards the light. 

That's the beauty of this practice: it acknowledges both the dark and the light within. The word namaste, that your teacher says to close the practice is about just that, seeing the dark + light within us all and honouring them both. 


Namaste.

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Rachelle Taylor is a love warrior born and raised in the heart of Canada. This gypsy searched far and wide for inspiration, beauty, and bliss only to return home to Winnipeg where she co-founded Prairie Yogi Inc + Prairie Love Festival as expressions of her love for creativity, yoga, and community. 

6 May 2015

PRAIRIE LOVE FESTIVAL FAQ's

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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 Sept. 12th

A Serene Sunday pass give your the ability to pre-register for 4 workshops on Sunday Sept. 13th

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

There are also plenty of free activities that you can enjoy (and invite your non-pass holder friends to enjoy too!) 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 with a speakeasy session
• Sit back and take in some music
• Enjoy a crystal sound bath
•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 by Yoga Public is a 10-15 minute walk south of the PY Mainstage.
• LakeLife and The Cabin venues are 20-25 minute walk north of the PY Mainstage.**
• 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 LakeLife and The Cabin venues will be offered every 10 minutes from OM sweet OM


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

Applications will be accepted until July 1, 2015. Limited space available.


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?

No, there is no camping at FortWhyte Alive.

For groups wanting to stay onsite overnight, there are 3 rustic cabins available for rent Friday + Saturday nights at FortWhyte Alive with rates starting at $35 per person/night. Please email prairielovefestival@gmail.com if you'd like more information on the cabin rentals.

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
-The Fort Garry Hotel in Downtown Winnipeg is offering a Prairie Love Festival corporate rate  (with complementary morning + evening shuttle service to the festival grounds) for more information on cabin rentals or Fort Garry corporate rates, email prairielovefestival@gmail.com.
-Travelling with a group? The cabins at FortWhyte will be the most economical option for accommodations (see question 7).

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 prairielovefestival@gmail.com.

12 Apr 2015

4 Reasons you Must Experience a Teacher's Training Course


Perhaps you’ve been involved with yoga for a while, and you’re ready to take the next step, or maybe you’re new to yoga, but something draws you to the practice and compels you to explore deeper.

Whatever your reason to be curious, here are 4 reasons why doing a Teacher’s Training Course (TTC) this summer is right for you!


1. There’s something for everyone

Yoga is truly an all-inclusive practice. Whether your interest is primarily physical, mental, or spiritual, a TTC explores it all. The daily schedule includes time devoted to Satsang (mediation and chanting), asana classes, Bhagavad Gita study, philosophy, and anatomy classes. Sivanada training courses touch on every aspect of yoga, all while set in the midst of the Laurentian mountains. Classes are filled with like-minded people from every corner of the world and every walk of life. There is sure to be an aspect of the TTC that resonates within you, and impacts your perspective on everyday life. The strong cultural experiences are influenced by Eastern tradition, leading to some of the most beautiful, joyful, one-of-a-kind ceremonies to be participated in over the month. Looking to spend your summer eating chickpea curry at picnic tables overlooking the Laurentian mountains while you chat with an Argentinian about headstand?  Sivananda is the place for you.

2. Establish your at-home practice

One of the most beneficial side effects of yoga is the improvement in the relationship you keep with yourself. To develop a practice that you can implement in your personal space allows you to explore and strengthen that relationship. The exercises taught at Sivananda are deeply established so that when you make time for yourself at home, you know exactly what to do. You are able to count your exhalation lengths in pranayama, measure your time in kakasana, sit quietly meditating with guided focus. You gain clarity and purpose for and within your own life, whether that involves becoming a teacher externally or not. Though of course, with intensive instruction, by graduation you will be well equipped to teach a 1-½ hour, twelve posture class, including pranayama - breathing techniques - and guided relaxation. Sivananda training is highly regarded and recognized worldwide by the Yoga Alliance. The organization has centres and ashrams spanning Europe, Asia, South America, and nearly all corners of the globe, giving you a home away from home wherever you go.


3. Theory-curious?

Often in asana class we hear Sanskrit words such as “Shanti,” or “Om” and have questioned their meaning. Or we’ve heard references to Krishna and Ganesha in pop culture, and wondered the stories behind. A TTC delves into the origins of Yoga, eternally maintaining the Unitarian stance that God is one, in all forms. Sanskrit chanting and prayers are taught, thanking the Divine for its presence in your life. The philosophy of yoga is explored both theoretically and experientially, with many references to Vedanta and the four paths of yoga. Discover the significance in Karma, Jnana, Bhakti, and Raja Yoga by practicing them throughout the daily schedule, and seeing which path suits you best. An expanded understanding allows the student to be educated in their own personal relationship with what it is they consider “God.”

4. It’s a once in a lifetime experience

A TTC is one of the most challenging and rewarding ways you could spend your summer. The schedule is vigorous, but deeply satisfying. Imagine waking up with the sun each morning, maybe even in a tent among 200 acres of pure forest, and walking through the mist to the Yoga Hall to start your day with a half hour of meditation. You spend the day learning, practicing, and living yoga. The bliss that is felt at the end of the day is pure, a mix of happiness, fatigue, and contemplation. Nature walks, bonfires accompanied by guitar, and swims at nearby lakes are all added benefits of a TTC. Your classmates become lifelong friends, and a support group through the soul-stimulating month. People come from all over the globe to learn yoga from Sivananda, enriching the course with diversity and openness. The course instructors themselves represent the international demographic, yogis with years of experience accompanying their distinct backgrounds. A TTC gives you possibly the most meaningful summer of your life, which you can take forward with you onto whatever path you choose.

Want to find out more about a Sivananda yoga teacher training course? Check out Sivananda Yoga Camp online to discover more about the Canadian Ashram.

31 Mar 2015

MEET PRAIRIE LOVE FESTIVAL 2015 HEADLINER : ERICA BLITZ

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This California girl has prairie roots, hailing from Edmonton, AB. A yogini, writer, and international adventuress, Blitz travels the world offering inspiration and yoga teacher trainings. She is the architect of seasons 3 + 4 of Namaste TV.


Yoga is something we experience deep within our being. It does not require strength or flexibility; it only requires a willingness to learn how to feel authentically and respond honestly to whatever it is you notice. Moving from point to point, breath by breath, and completely absorbed in the present moment, yoga teaches balance: structure and fluidity, strength and flexibility, support and surrender, stillness and motion, limits and liberty, feat and trust, holding on and letting go, stability and freedom.

In asana, we learn more than just the physical form of the pose; we also learn to stay steady, calm and alert whether we are in a simple pose or in a challenging pose. When we are able to maintain a sense of presence and equilibrium in any asana, we can translate this off the mat to maintaining a healthy mental and emotional balance in life.

In spirit of greater success, happiness and fulfillment in life, I am committed to the practice of yoga and believe that health and well being are wonderful results of practicing yoga - but the actual purpose of yoga is to awaken our highest potential as human beings. 

My classes are based on the creative play of Vinyasa, the verve of Ashtanga, and the life-affirming essence of Anusara. Grounded in a supportive and inviting space for everybody to experience the benefits of yoga, my classes weave a balance of intensity and grace into rhythmic, mindful movements that build physical strength and flexibility, reduce stress and quiet the mind. Together with a focus on breathing, physical alignment, and dynamic movement, I create an inspiring moving meditation that is simultaneously fun, challenging (yet accessible) and calming leaving you energized and centered long after you've left your yoga mat.

"I believe in the power to live simple + love big. To move + be moved. Join me."

Practice with Erica on seasons 3 + 4 of Namaste TV


Grow your practice with Erica this September at Prairie Love Festival 2015
Spark creativity, increase your connection to your greatest potential, and quiet the mind. 
Like the snow, discounted snowbird passes are almost gone! Invest in yourself and get a Prairie Love weekend pass today. 


17 Mar 2015

From Body Battlefield to Body Beautiful Through Ahimsa



I remember the moment my body became a battlefield. I was sitting on the couch watching a documentary on ballet.  I remember we had just moved to a new town (we moved a lot when I was growing up) and I was nervous about starting school and making new friends.  I remember them talking about the physical requirements they looked for when recruiting students to their school:  long neck, short torso, long legs - turned out at the hip, and not an ounce of fat to be seen.

I remember thinking that if I looked the way they did, then I would be accepted in the new school I was about to walk into. I watched that documentary on ballet and then headed to the bathroom, assessing my own body in the mirror.  Long neck - nope; short torso - kinda; long legs - definitely not; turned out at the hip - yup, people always said I walked like a duck; and fat - well…

In that moment, I transformed.  I went from a girl who didn’t really notice how my leotard fit in my dance classes to one that wore layer upon layer to avoid the reflection in the mirror.  I began to reject food and accept hunger.

As I moved through high school, throwing up my food became a more effective method for expelling the hatred I carried for my body and emotions.  In college, I was bingeing and purging five times a day and dancing eight hours a day.

After college, I swam between the spaces of anorexia and bulimia, willing my body to lose weight, still under the illusion that the number on the scale was a number by which I could be valued in this world.

I moved to Chicago and sought therapy, went to support groups, and worked with a nutritionist. Then, I found a yoga class with a beautiful teacher, Erin Cowan at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago. She helped me tune into my breath and the true strength and power that resided inside.  I began to learn that I am perfect, just as I am.

As my yoga practice evolved, I learned about Ahimsa.  The very first Yama in Patanjali’s Eight-Limbed Path of Yoga.  Ahimsa.  Non-violence toward others, but even more importantly, toward oneself.  This concept was only presented to me by the Universe when I was ready to hear it fully and completely. When this moment arrived, it helped me on my path to full recovery from eating disorders.  I learned my negative thoughts and the abusive behaviour I directed toward myself prevented me from moving forward, from truly living a more nourished life.

When I fully put Ahimsa into practice, my asana and meditation practices are filled with freedom. I give myself permission to be right where I need to be.  To practice and meditate in a way that shows me just how beautiful I really am.

Because I am beautiful, and perfect, just as I am!

Heather Evans, MS, RYT-200 is the Founder of and Motivation Maven at Journeys on the Mat. She is a passionate teacher who is inspired by everyday moments of bravery and is fiercely dedicated to social justice and equality.  In her classes, there is a deep emphasis on breath, playfulness, and personal empowerment. Her mission is to break boundaries and connect people to the moment and their deeper selves in shared spaces of inspiration and support.   

Heather completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with the School of Sacred Arts in Bali and was immensely inspired by the teachers, culture, and nature. In addition, she holds a Master of Science in Public Service Management and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies.  Heather has traveled to and lived in many places around this world and currently calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, home.  Heather’s personal mantra:  Every moment, every breath is a new opportunity to seek joy, connection, and inspiration.

Connect with Heather at www.journeysonthemat.com

10 Mar 2015

THE MOST AMAZING PHOTO YOU'LL NEVER SEE

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Expectation is the root of disappointment. This is a mantra we all know well. But knowing this doesn't seem to keep us from creating high expectations for future events.

I myself am guilty of envisioning the perfect moment, daydreaming (when I should be working) of a perfect experience. And within that experience, a perfect photo opportunity - because what's an epic experience without the ability to share with all your friends - that I'll capture beautifully. Add a sweet filter and a clever caption or quote and it'll be sure to garner a ton of likes and comments on how amazing my #vacay looks like from the frozen prairie. At least that's how my fantasy goes.

But what effect does this motivation for a great photo have on the moment when it finally comes? Truthfully, it means I'm not really in it. Because instead of fully experiencing the moment, I'm wondering: how can I take a photo of this experience that will both be flattering yet appear effortless; whats my best angle; what pose should I do; what filter will I use, etc.

A few weeks ago I had this one specific photo I kept fantasizing about wanting over my upcoming holiday: me in asana while floating effortlessly on a stand up paddle board with an epic Cayman sunset in the background.

So before I took off for the Caribbean island, I bought a GoPro, set up a private yoga + sup session with the amazing girls at Bliss Yoga Cayman, and I fantasized about the shots I would get. I envisioned all the different angles I could shoot from my SUP: I'd get some of me, my teachers, and my friends, of course. I couldn't decide which asanas would look best, but I suppose I could leave those up to the teacher. Maybe I could even put together a little video montage. OMG, I can't wait - this is going to be so great! In this midst of busy-ness in my mind while preparing for my migration south, I forgot to pack the battery charger for my fancy new camera. Doh! This discovery - five minutes before my session - meant that I wouldn't be able to capture this experience to share on social.

Is an experience less amazing if you can't share it? What if the moment is epic in every way, but you don't capture a pic... how will your friends know how amazing it is be to be you in that moment?

With my current intention of trying to see the positive in all experiences,  I decided to see this forgetfulness as a gift. Without the ability to capture my experience, I was given the opportunity to be fully in the moment. I met the girls trying not to show my distain about my camera, and as I hopped on the board and paddled out on the water, I left my worries at the shore. After a short paddle on smooth turquoise waters, we anchored facing the sunset and the horizon. Seated straddling the board, legs dangling in the warm water, we began by connecting with the breath and settling into our floating yoga mats. The teacher, Rachel, offered the intention of tuning in to the flow of the water, as to go with the flow is easier than to fight it (isn't that the truth). She lead us through a sequence of poses on the board that were both challenging and grounding, and offered the cue to look out to the horizon for stability - which was a treat in itself, as the horizon was filled with sail boards, birds, and beautiful colours of sea and sky. Colours that lit up magnificently as the sun began to set.

The epic sunset that I had fantasized about for weeks was a hundred times better in real life, and without being fixated on a photo I had to get, I was able to fully enjoy and soak it in. To be in my breath - big inhale, sweet exhale - to gaze out at the fiery sky without any agenda or need to accomplish. I took a mental picture. You'll never see this photo, but it was beautiful. And it will forever be imprinted in my heart.

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Rachelle Taylor is a love warrior born and raised in the heart of Canada. This gypsy spirit searched far and wide for inspiration, beauty and bliss around the globe only to return home to Winnipeg where she created Prairie Yogi Inc. +  Prairie Love Festival as expressions of her love for yoga, epic experiences, and community. A vinyasa yoga instructor (200 RYT), eternal student, rookie meditator, and inspirational speaker on the topic of living your passion, Rachelle brings her enthusiasm, light and authenticity to her vinyasa yoga teachings.

21 Feb 2015

AHH-SANA // THAI YOGA MASSAGE PARTNER WORKSHOP

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Words by Monica Angelatos // Images by Veronica Angelatos

We are all born with an innate ability to offer healing touch. Most of us have experienced the nurturing, caring, companionate healing touch of our mothers. Societal norms have led us to become a touch-deprived society, yet our bodies scream out: touch me, hold me, squeeze me, heal me. But no one seems to be listening…

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Thai Massage is a therapeutic, soothing and deep practice.  You will learn techniques such as palming, thumbing, pressing and stretching.  We’ll move through a series of applied yoga poses that open the joints, lengthen the muscles and stretch connective tissues. Stimulating the tissues causes stagnated energy to become unblocked and flow through the Sen energy lines, restoring balance in the body and leaving you and your partner with a deep sense of well being.

No experience is required. Monica will provide clear, easy-to-follow directions to create a safe environment for your exploration. Bring a partner with whom you feel comfortable being in close contact. You will leave the workshop feeling the bliss of having had a great yoga practice as well as a great massage.


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Things to bring:
Yoga Mat 
Blanket
Pillow
eye-pillow (if you have)
Water bottle

Limited tickets available in this intimate workshop on Saturday March 14th at Prairie Yogi's studio space at 210-70 Albert.


ONLY 10 PARTNER PASSES AVAILABLE



18 Feb 2015

5 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL HOME PRACTICE

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Words by urban Priestess + prairie yogi Tahnee Fournier 

Having a home yoga practice is a wonderful way to deeper your own understanding of yoga, however it comes with its own set of challenges. Getting to the mat is often the hardest part about yoga and even more difficult is attempting the home practice. It is one sure way to learn what obstacles block you in your practice while learning to overcome them. Plus no one gets to see you in your manky sweats, unwashed hair, or drinking a coke, or fall out of a pose. My attempts at getting into handstand with a dog underfoot are laughable. Home is a perfect place to practice when leaving the house just isn’t an option. 

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The key is to create structure around your home practice, much like the foundations of a house. We start with the basics and build from there. Eventually the cheerios from the kids or dust bunnies or laundry will become less intrusive to the mind as the practice and benefits increase. 

1 - Organize the space around your mat

If you are using the kitchen like myself (only non-carpeted spot in the house) this requires sweeping otherwise the cheerios from breakfast stare at me relentlessly in down dog. Take five minutes before the practice to make it tidy and think how proud your Mother will be.  If you don’t, those damn cheerios give a good stink eye, trust me I know. If it floats your boat, use aromatherapy. Light incense, whatever you need to set the mood for your practice. A few minutes of cleaning and setting the mood makes a world of difference. 

2 - Create a little alter (puja) where you can place meaningful objects on it.

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My alters align with the current season and always have a deity (God or Goddess) with qualities I want to work on within myself. Nataraja, the dancing Shiva and Lakshmi have two permanent positions while the rest of the Hindu pantheon such Ganesha, Kali, Hanuman and Saraswati and others are on rotation. Other Goddess such as Brigit and people like Mary Magdalene also make appearances. And of course, crystals. Who can resist? They sparkle, are pretty, and make me feel good. I’m found of black moonstone, clear quartz and amethyst. It’s another excuse to go shopping and see what crystal is calling your name. And they do, call your name. I dare you to walk into a crystal shop and walk out empty handed. It. Does. Not. Happen. Included on my alter is a  plant to represent growth, a candle to represent light and pictures of loved ones. Whatever you love, get it on the alter and let it feed your yoga practice space.





3 - Set a date + time for your practice

Whether it’s 5 mins or an hour, set your timer and get to that mat. Create the discipline in your body by doing it. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is your home practice. If you get to the mat 1x a week, that’s brilliant. Start there and build it up. Can only do 5 minutes? At least that’s something. We need to  honour the small steps we make and 5mins of a home practice is better then zero minutes of a home practice.

4 - Make it fun, play music

You aren’t any less spiritual because you want to rock out on that mat. I’m a big fan of Marques Wyatt from Deep-La and Tasha Blank from New York and Smalltown DJ’s from Calgary. All available on Soundcloud. When I’m not feeling inspired, I have a little movement dance party and before I know it, I’m yoga-ing my way through the practice. 

5 - Intention. Ah yes, the intention

Make it real, make it honest. For example, this week it’s about the breath (when isn’t it?) Allowing the breath to guide my body while I navigate the warrior series including the dreaded virabhadrasana 3 (airplane pose), one of my least favourites. One I definitely prefer to practice at home when no one can see me swear under my breath (while breathing) as I shake like a sewing needle. Keep the yoga simple and don’t overwhelm yourself. Remember this is about building a home practice up, not berating yourself for noting knowing how to get into Scorpion.

home practice, yoga at home, Tahnee Fournier, prairie yogi,
 
If I can leave you with anything, it’s to make your home practice approachable and inviting, whatever it takes you to get to the mat. I love music, having a Lila Mala on the mat (for decoration) and a BKR bottle.  I also reward myself with a delicious coffee after. We often quit before we have even started so I hope these five tips can inspire you to make some time for yourself, get to that mat! and keep you trucking along happily in life. 

12 Feb 2015

From our Hearts to Yours this Valentine's Day // Manitoba Harvest

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Sponsored content by Manitoba Harvest // Image by Monique Pantel
'Tis the season of love and sweet treats from the heart. At Manitoba Harvest, their hearts (and sweet treats) are made of hemp. 

A company built on educating on the health and environmental benefits of hemp, that strive for sustainability in all that they do as manufacturers and marketers of the highest quality hemp food products right here in the prairies.

Their mantra, Hemp + Happiness, isn’t just some catchy phrase... It's their belief. A belief that all of us are better people when in a state of happiness. Our outlook changes, our energy increases, we are inspired, kinder people. Oh the power of positivity!

We hope you enjoy this recipe, from our hemp hearts to yours, and have a wonderful long weekend full of love and positive vibes.

Guilt-Free Treats for your Sweetie


No Bake Hemp Truffles

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cocoa or raw cacao or carob powder
  • 1/3 cup Hemp Pro70 Chocolate flavour
  • 1 cup nut or seed butter (stirred well) 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup raw honey (substitute brown rice syrup for a kinder option) 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2 tbsp Hemp Hearts



Directions

1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl to create a uniform texture.
2. Fold in wet ingredients by hand.
3. Form into 1-inch balls and roll in Hemp Hearts. 

Chef's Notes

Recipe courtesy of Julie Daniluk. Visit her website at: https://juliedaniluk.com.

Yield: 18 balls


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9 Feb 2015

Mindful Leadership: Transform Yourself to Inspire Others

Words: Lindy Norris // Photo: LKB Photography

It started in The Valley - now it's here.

Mindfulness is paving its way into the modern workplace. Several years ago, after securing its influence in corner offices amongst Google, Apple, eBay, Goldman Sachs, and McKinsey, the traditional Buddhist practice shifted Eastward.


What is "Mindfulness" Anyway?

Simply put, mindfulness is moment-to-moment awareness and enlightenment. At work, this translates to brief instances of mediation to re-focus and re-centre, thereby increasing self-awareness, clarity, sense of judgment, and productivity. As TIME explained, it "finds peace in a stressed-out, digitally-dependent culture."

Mindfulness is not something we should be sold on: it's inherent, but we need to learn to tap into it under pressure. It increases productivity and allows decision making based on reality, rather than wishful thinking or fear.

Before erasing yourself from the movement, consider the days you spent hours in meetings, only to later agonize in recounting details you didn't write down. Or, the days you arrive home from work, only to realize you recall nothing of the commute. Your body is present, but is your mind? 

Might be time to test drive mindfulness.




Quickly named by Harvard, Forbes, Fortune, The Economist, Entrepreneur, Wired, Inc.com, and HuffPost as the secret to leadership, mindfulness is proven to reduce stress, foster emotional intelligence, improve C-Suite capacity, increase complex thinking, and support self-regulation and effective decision-making – to name a few. Benefits are limitless, and transition seamlessly between professional and personal wellness.

Mindfulness has eclipsed yoga studios to become ubiquitous in boardrooms. Why? Our omni-connected, hyper-communicative, over-scheduled and multi-tasking culture has eroded ability to focus. "New nature" sees us operating multiple screens, simultaneous conversations, over longer hours per day: a digitally intellectual marathon without reprieve. We skip breaks, work through lunch, and hunker down with laptops late into the evening - innocent when done sporadically, but toxic when habitual. Thoughts scatter, judgment clouds, self awareness wanes, and leadership capacity suffers.

Our brains demand calmness, space, expansion, and reflection to function at optimal levels. For leaders and employees alike, peak performance demands intellectual sharpness and agility in making tough calls. Through mindfulness, we can trigger internal reset to gain clarity and perspective on big picture decisions.


Still Not Convinced?

The belief "Mindfulness = Profitability" is widely maintained amongst North America's most notable entrepreneurs. Howard Schultz, Warren Buffett, Chip and Shannon Wilson, and Mark Zuckerberg are just a few of those whom adopted mindfulness early and continue its practice today. They recognized impact of clarity on business decisions; from business decisions to operation; and operation to profit. Consider the proven benefits of mindfulness:

 It reduces the tendency to overthink, allowing you to focus more on the moment instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future

 It reduces chronic stress by providing tools to diffuse daily stressors and the clarity to navigate challenges

 It generates wisdom and ability to leave the "me-centered" point of view, instead really listening to perspective from others

 It allows you to find stillness, thereby improving judgment through better ability to assess current situations and enhance sense of self

• It improves soft skill development such as attitude, confidence, work ethic, and communication (as mentioned in my recent article on growth, soft skills has become vital to development and maintaining a competitive edge) 

 It increases positive emotions, while reducing negative emotions and stress (...everyone loves a positive leader!)

• It changes our brains, increasing density [capacity] of gray matter linked to learning, memory, emotion regulation, and empathy (also known as Emotional Intelligence)

 It allows concentrating completely on one thing at a time, by helping tune out distraction and improve memory and attention skills

 It facilitates response versus reaction (we become rigid when we think we know what to do - seeing situations clearly opens better paths to embracing new ideas)

 It increases self-regulation (thereby avoiding knee jerk reactions) and the ability to make decisions objectively

With nothing to lose, it's no surprise the most visionary leaders subscribe to a lifestyle rich in mindfulness.

**Article originally published in Golden Girl Finance

4 Feb 2015

ROCK YOUR BLISS AT PRAIRIE LOVE 2015

Are you ready to make shift happen, Prairie Yogis? Get ready, because bliss crafters Mary Beth La Rue + Jacki Carr of Rock Your Bliss are coming to rock the prairies at Prairie Love Festival 2015 
The duo, from Venice Beach, California, being yoga + goals come together blissfully to create seriously inspiring workshops. They are goal coaches, yoga teachers, lululemon + tiny devotions ambassadors, and members of the Wanderlust Festival circuit. You won't want to miss the workshops these babes are offering at Prairie Love: Yoga. Goals. GratitudePlot Twist, Add Bliss;  and The Power of Play.

 "Through years of friendship, many sweaty yoga classes and life changing conversations over green juice or red wine, we’ve found a combination that is truly transformational."


Our Bliss Beliefs
We believe that balance and good conversation is key.
We believe in community. In collaboration.
We believe in positive vibrations and the Light at the center of every being.
We are yogis who like our practice sweaty and we like our margaritas on the rocks.
We are the adventure seekers, the lovers, the ones on the dance floor.
We believe in sleeping under the stars and playing in the ocean, forever and ever.
We believe in fire pit story telling, s’mores, and wine glasses half full.
We believe in feeding curiosity and starting every single day with a grateful heart.
We believe in shedding worn-out ways of living.

We believe in packing our backpacks and running off to Mexico.
We believe in coming home.
We believe in transformation, and loving the process.
We believe that Love wins. Always and forever.
We didn’t just choose this, we are this.
Rock Your Bliss.


Snowbird discount weekend passes for Prairie Love Festival are available for sale on prairielovefestival.com - only a limited number available (and they're selling fast!)
Scoop yours up before prices rise!