31 Mar 2014

EOIN FINN TO HEADLINE PRAIRIE LOVE YOGA FESTIVAL



SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!! 

Prairie Yogi is bringing a new and blissful experience to the land of the big skies and big hearts on Sunday, September 6th at Fort Whyte Alive. Prairie Love, a celebration of yoga, music, and community.


We are so excited to announce our headliner for Prairie Love will be none other than Mr. Blissology himself, Eoin Finn. This world renowned yogi will offer two of his signature classes that bring together an invigorating yoga class, nature, and happiness to festival participants.

Stay tuned for more information on the Prairie Love yoga festival, including ticket sales and promotional events throughout the summer, by joining our social communities on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
About Eoin Finn (from blissology.com):
Yogi, Surfer, Blissologist and Ocean Worshipper
Bio: Eoin Finn is a yogi, surfer and blissologist residing between Vancouver, BC, Venice, CA and Bali.  He teaches his unique and transformative Blissology Yoga classes and workshops across the globe.  Blissology is the art of tuning into the force that makes us feel connected to each other and the planet and using it to guide us so that we achieve our personal goals while minimizing our impact on the web of life.
His visionary writings about health, happiness and interconnection have appeared alongside noted authors Deepak Chopra, Prince Charles, and Eckhart Tolle, and include features in Vogue, InStyle, Yoga Journal and Oprah Magazine.
Fusing his passion for athletics and yoga, Eoin has prepared over 100 Olympians as well as pro-athletes from around the world for high-level competition.  Eoin’s teaching offers a heart-opening, invigorating and experiential practice, grounded with humour, dynamism and a focus on both physical and energetic alignment, not to mention some great yoga grooves inspired by his love for surfing and the ocean. Yoga, when practiced with this holistic awareness becomes fluid therapy, movement guided by the innate knowledge of our anatomy and evolution


Eoin has studied Eastern and Western philosophy in Canada and France and been a student of yoga, meditation since 1988. He counts among his teachers Ravi Ravindra, Nadia Toraman, David Swenson, David Williams, Pattabhi Jois, Nancy Gilgoff, Donna Holleman, Orit Sen Gupta and Gioia Irwin, Myofascial Alignment teacher Tom Myers and Body Mind Psychotherapist Susan Aposhyan.  He also studied Karate in Osaka, Japan for many years; disciplines that are infused into the holistic mind body heart experience of Blissology Yoga. “love is the ultimate renewable resource” ™ eoin finn


My Life Mission: “To stay in touch with the deep vibration of Love so that I can be a conduit for it in all I do in life. I want to inspire people to be continuously lit up by this mysterious but powerful force.  One of the best ways is to get out in nature and let its beauty fuel you.” Read the Blissology Happy Map for more about Eoin's core philosophy


27 Mar 2014

SURRENDER + THE GURU

Article by Sivananda Ashram photos by Jenn Crebas
Guru Bicycles. Guru Sportswear. Guru Energy Drinks. 

The term Guru is casually rebranded by the West, another Indian fusion byproduct common as chai lattes. But what does Guru mean, in it’s most essential form? It is the Sanskrit word for Teacher, and it is that which awakens the light that is within you, lying dormant. Everything is within you. It is the Guru that makes its presence known.

In asanas, we are learning to have mastery over our bodies. Learning to feel each muscle, each limb, each movement, and to be aware of and have control over what is occurring. In the same way, the Guru teaches us to have mastery over our senses. To master the volatile emotions that creep up on us, basic enemies like anger, hatred, jealousy, envy, fear, and greed. A Guru is one who teaches us to find peace within ourselves, loosening our engagement in these emotions. We practice becoming unaffected by the impermanent passing of a thousand thought waves.

They arise, but the Guru shows us how to quickly releases these tiny vrittis. He detaches himself from thoughts again and again and again, and remains in his own internal equilibrium. In doing so he inspires us to do the same. The work is our own to do; it is simply the Guru that gives us a glimpse into the peace achievable.

With this practice, the Guru becomes a source of inspiration, accountability, humility, and energy. Swami Vishnu wrote, “Let him pull you up and behind you all people will be tied. You’ll pull them up also.” A Guru constantly reminds us of the essential nature of our magnetism to yoga. We are in a search for supreme peace, and the Guru both guides us and makes guides of us as we progress. Through the Guru, we are able to share the balance that we’ve found and made. Our practice retains its purity by being removed from the ego, used toward a cause bigger than our own skin. The Guru shows us the permeating effects of the positive mind in the world we draw in.


Swami Vishnu writes “The highest state is surrender. It is the ego that is preventing you from surrendering completely. So surrender to your teachers, whoever they are. Surrender to them. The teacher is guru.” In accepting a Guru, we also must accept surrender. So much of our culture is focused on being independent, indestructible, untouchable. But what happens when we surrender, when we make ourselves vulnerable? It’s then that we open ourselves up to become truly affected by the teachers in our lives, in all their forms. When we are able to lose that state of ego, the state of “I”-ness, we broaden our view. The limited perception by which we see all things only as they relate to “me” fades, and we no longer see things only to suit our own nature and temperament. As the Guru, we begin to see the same essence in all of creation. He lives from a state of oneness, viewing all things as a manifest of the Divine, puzzle pieces in the great big Universe. And slowly, sparked by the Guru, we begin to do the same.

A prayer to the Universe, by Swami Sivananda.


Universal Prayer

Oh Adorable Lord of mercy and love
Salutations and prostrations unto thee

Though art omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient
Though art Sat Chit Ananda
Though art existence, knowledge, and bliss absolute
Though art the indweller of all beings.

Grant us an understanding heart, equal vision, balanced mind, faith, devotion, and wisdom.
Grant us inner spiritual strength to resist temptation and to control the mind.

Free us from egoism, lust, anger, greed, hatred, and jealousy.
Fill our hearts with divine virtues.

Let us behold thee in all these names and forms
Let us serve thee in all these names and forms
Let us ever remember thee,
Let us ever sing thy glories
Let thy name be ever on our lips,

Let us abide in thee forever and ever.

25 Mar 2014

THE GIFTS OF YOGA

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words by Teresa Byer - images by Jenn Crebas photography

We often hear the phrase “take your yoga off of the mat” but what does that really mean? 

To me, it means to acknowledge the gifts that our yoga practice offers us to live richer, more fulfilling lives. Our yoga practice is just that; practice. Practice for life. Here are just a few of the gifts that begin to show up in the everyday life of a yogi.

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Yoga teaches us to pay attention. It begins with us tuning into the sensations in our physical body. We begin to feel what’s happening in our bodies as we move, becoming aware of the smallest fibres, tissues, and cells we’ve never even thought to attend to. We begin to feel our breath and how it moves through us. We get sensitive. In life, we begin to notice things previously ignored. We become increasingly conscious. The more we open up to and are able to see, the more beauty we begin to experience. 

What a gift in itself, to wake up to the small moments of splendor and joy that once passed by us, unnoticed.  

Grace
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We learn to find the rhythm of our breath in challenging asanas. We learn to embrace wherever we may be in a particular posture, and breathe softness into our bodies. We learn to get up when we fall. In life, we begin to meet challenges and trying times with grace. We are able to see the bigger picture, this beautiful existence, and see the relative insignificance of everyday struggles. We move through these times with both strength and softness. We view them not as obstacles, but as opportunities to learn and grow. We begin to act from a centred place of love and compassion, always, regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in. 

Mindfulness 

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We learn to set an intention at the beginning of our practice. We give purpose to our movement. Instead of simply going through the motions, we make them mean something. In life, we begin to ask ourselves why we do what we do. We reflect on our actions. Yoga teaches us to contemplate what we previously did carelessly. We act thoughtfully and attentively, always from a deep centre of kindness and love.    

Observe how your yoga practice is showing up in the relationships you share; with people, nature and the whole world around you. The next time you pause to enjoy a beautiful sunset, act calmly and gracefully in a tough situation, or consider the deeper impact of your actions, find a moment of gratitude for yoga. Be open to the idea that, just maybe, this experience was an offering from your practice. 

Remember that the body, mind, and soul are one. They cannot be separated. As you unite your body and mind through asana, your soul begins to evolve. It then makes perfect sense that this ancient, sacred practice you’ve been blessed to share in is moving into your life, providing you with tools to live with awareness, grace and purpose, that is, to fully experience the magnificence of this life. 


Teresa Byer is a free spirited yoga teacher, lululemon ambassador, and prairie yogi hailing from Edmonton, Alberta. 


19 Mar 2014

IF IT DOESN'T CHALLENGE YOU, IT DOESN'T CHANGE YOU. -EMPOWERED YOGA + TEACHER TRAININGS


“The human body houses infinite potential, and it is through movement 
of body and stillness of mind that you unleash this potential.” -Empowered Yoga


At the core of Empowered Yoga in Edmonton, Alberta is Michele Theoret, a power yoga instructor, mom, life coach, and self proclaimed anatomy nerd. Theoret is passionate about connecting her background in sports medicine with her love for yoga to empower her community to connect with themselves and their bodies.

“It’s about getting people back into their body. Because the body talks, we just need to listen,” Theoret explains.

Empowered Yoga offers programs that combine the ancient tradition of yoga and eastern philosophies with modern Kinesiology, Psychology and coaching to create relevant, effective teacher trainings, workshops, retreats, and corporate wellness programs.
“I wanted to create something that was non-dogmatic and non-religious that empowers people to take responsibility for their own health and happiness, to live and love fully and to be not only comfortable but radiant in their own skin.” says Theoret.

Empowered Yoga teacher trainings are created for those looking for a tool to not just master yoga poses, to be able to take that experience out into their lives, to manage their realities that they find themselves in.

“Flexibility has little to do with wrapping your legs around your head and everything to do with wrapping your mind around whatever the moment throws at you,” says Thoeret, who believes that her flexible teacher trainings allow people to live empowered lives.

EMPOWERED TEACHER TRAININGS

“To empower people you need to be authentic and let them chart their core path.”



Empowered Yoga offers flexible 500 hour teacher trainings* with a “choose-your own adventure” approach to learning. You can choose to complete the training in as long or as little as your schedule and budget allow, and truly tailor your training get out of the program what you seek.

“We treat it like university. It’s more explorative. You can chart your own path to create your own education based on your vision,” says Theoret.

Empowered 500 hour teacher training curriculum:
100 hours - Core training modules (offered once a year)
200 hours - Chart your own path (workshops with renowned instructors, yoga medicine, yin, pre natal, kundalini, spinal alignment, kirtan, etc.)

*The 500 hour teacher training is a 300 hour add-on of advanced study for those who have already completed their 200 hour teacher training program.

And for those who aren’t sure that the 500 hour teacher training is for them, feel free to begin with some of Empowered's workshops, as you are able apply those hours towards your 500 hour teacher training later.


To learn more about Empowered yoga upcoming modules, workshops, and teacher trainings, visit www.empoweredyoga.ca

SHOW UP. STEP TO THE EDGE. RADIATE LOVE. LET GO AND FLOW.

18 Mar 2014

BIRDS OF PRAIRIE-DISE INSTAGRAM CONTEST



We are excited to launch our first Instagram photo contest Birds of Prairiedise. Beginning March 18th, we will be giving away a PY gift card every day for five days to one lucky poser.

How to enter:
-Follow @prairieyogi on Instagram
-Watch for our daily bird inspired asana
-Strike a pose in the asana of the day
-Post on your Instagram (make sure to include #birdsofPRAIRIEdise & tag @prairieyogi in the post)
-Stay tuned to your feed to see if you've won!




Happy posing prairie yogis... It's time to take flight!

12 Mar 2014

NAVINA - EAST MEETS WEST - THAI YOGA THERAPY

A fresh injection into the ancient art of Thai Massage. Navina Thai Yoga Therapy is blending ancient wisdom with applied anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. 
We're making Eastern medicine relevant to our Western lifestyles.” says Drew Hume, founder of Navina.

Each treatment is fully customized for the client in a way that encourages them to surrender and unwind. Navina’s approach is all about reconnecting people with their ability to relax. Their philosophy is to find the perfect depth of pressure (based on each clients' preference) and couple it with the idea of surrender. If someone can fully surrender into each touch, then they are receiving the full benefits of the treatment. In contrast, if someone is unable to relax into a session, the practitioner knows that their focus must centre around re-training the tissues of the body to completely release.

It’s all about slowing it down. That’s the most crucial non-verbal form of communication. Slowing it down builds trust and allows a client to surrender to Navina Thai Yoga Therapy. It’s a deep treatment, but without any discomfort or pain.” says Hume.


Hume explains that Navina is also bridging the gaps in understanding between physical bodywork and the taboo topic of energy work. In one of the trainings in particular, they delve into some novel ideas on the myofascia and energy work.

As a school, Navina aims to increase the standards of practice and develop the highest quality practitioners. In order to do this, Navina has established a system of quality control and continued education. Their process ensures that while practitioners can begin their business relatively quickly, they also must undergo continued learning to hone their skills and expand their knowledge base.
“We have a lot of yogis, RMTs and Kinesiologists that study our program. We also have people who simply want to help a family member out with the healing benefits of Navina, to take home with them and use as therapy.” says Hume.
Navina is offering training on May 23-25, June 20-22 and July 25-27, 2014 at Xcompany Physical Arts & Fitness in Winnipeg MB. Special early bird pricing is being offered until May 1st. To apply, click here.
Various Navina courses are also being offered in Honolulu, Hawaii. Click here for more info.
For more information about Navina Thai Yoga Therapy click here.


Navina offers a gentle, deep treatment of Thai Yoga Massage that blends eastern and western philosophies. The result- healing and peaceful surrender.

10 Mar 2014

WOMEN OF DISTINCTION - Rachelle + Monique

Prairie Yogi founders Rachelle Taylor and Monique Pantel are in the running for a Women of Distinction award presented by the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg. The pair have been nominated in the Circle of Inspiration category for their unique and outstanding achievements, making a distinct and describable difference in the community, and acting as positive role models for other women.

The pair, who have known each other since 1998, are honoured to be recognized and held in the company of all the inspiring women who are nominated this year.



Tickets are available for purchase if you are interested in joining us on May 7th at the RBC Convention centre for the awards gala.

6 Mar 2014

A PLACE I HAVE COME TO CALL H'om'E


Words by Katie Mahon. Photos by Jenn Crebas.
At first glance, there seems to be nothing particularly extraordinary about Edmonton; a cold city in Northern Canada with long winters and short, unpredictable summers. When my family and I first moved to Edmonton, Alberta, more than ten years ago, I anticipated that for me, it was a brief stopover en route to my next great adventure.

Over the years I have become much better acquainted with Edmonton; the city loved by its citizens and embraced by visitors who take the time to get to know it. My evolving appreciation for this city has lead me sincerely believe that never has a metaphor been more poignantly used to describe a town than diamond in the rough is to this city. Though it takes a little bit of warming up to (both literally and figuratively), there is no denying Edmonton’s charm, this city of secrets, this town of hidden gems.

There is an illustrious vibrancy to the yoga community in Edmonton. Many incredible yoga teachers call this city home, and as such many amazing teachers from around the world are magnetized to this city. There are more yoga centers in Edmonton and the surrounding communities than I possibly have space to name here. Astoundingly, these centers all continue to thrive, which speaks to the devotion the people of Edmonton have made to their practice.
Aesthetically, Edmonton might, at first glance, be painted with the broad brush of a typical prairie town, littered with gravel and snow for most of the year. Certainly there are moments, such as the morning after the first snowfall when it seems that the whole world has been covered in glittering white that will take your breath away. The beauty of our winter is unparalleled, and unequivocally Canadian. Beyond the beauty of our winters is the spectacular river valley that winds its way through the length of the city. There are points on the trails of this valley, only a few minutes away from major roads, where you feel that you are deep in a dense forest, surrounded by nothing but magnificent, elder trees, the sounds of birds and sweet, fresh air. The architecture continues to evolve as Edmonton innovates new spaces such as the Art Gallery of Alberta and the restoration of quintessential downtown 104 Street, which holds great promise for our downtown.

Ultimately though, it is not aesthetic that this city is known for. At this heart of this town are the people. Perhaps Margaret Mead said it best, and the people of Edmonton took it to heart, Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has”.

But for all the Edmonton accolades (the greatest outdoor farmers market in the world, for one!), the power of this community is best understood when it is felt. You can feel the connectedness in local cafes and coffee shops, where you are greeted with such genuineness that you feel like you belong. You can feel this connectedness in local businesses, where you can relate intimately with those who throw their heart and souls into an endeavour they so deeply believe in. It is felt in restaurants, where this community connects over food, sharing stories over decadent masterpieces created by those who believe that food unites people. It is felt at community gathering spaces, parks, festivals, events and parties, at Oilers, Eskimos and Rush games, in amateur sport, at live music and theatre. There is an undercurrent, and energy that permeates this city.

This community connectedness is embodied in the practice of yoga, which takes place every day of the week in all corners of the city by an amazing cross section of people. In Edmonton, what was once revered in the West as an athletic activity only for women of a certain socio-economic status, wearing certain clothing, and hailing from a certain culture, has been taken up as a practice by a diverse community of peoples. Today old and young, men and women, advanced and beginner practitioners take to their mats and practice the yoga. Yoga has become a medium for all who seek a practice that supports personal health and well being, and a deeper connection to the Self.

Our city is not without its challenges, and there are many people in this community who endure incredible hardship, pain and discrimination. Yet, this is a city of doers and believers, who are doing their best to create change. I have long said that Edmonton is a small town, masquerading as a big city. This small-town feel creates a sense of connectedness, of accountability to the faces of real people behind the problems that challenge this city. This small town-big city juxtaposition provides an important venue for the practice of yoga to find space as a medium for change.

Something is happening… here in this city, and in its effervescent yoga community. An inner revolution: a different way of thinking, of being.

The yoga community is broader than just the yoga centers. Yoga is flooding out the doors of yoga centers and into the heart of communities, reaching people who have a yearning for the practice, and I myself am charged with a passion for this. In Edmonton, I have had opportunities to teach hockey teams and football players. I have been blessed to teach at centers like YOUCAN and YESS, to youth at-risk, and the practice resonates. I had an amazing opportunity to teach at Camp firefly, a national leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, questioning, and allied youth. Most recently, I taught a group of Deaf students, teaching not with my words but with my body and my hands, the tradition of yoga transcending even language. Additionally, I continue to be humbled by my on-going, daily experiences with people from all walks of life at the SATTVA School of Yoga.
The pervasive sentiment amongst all of these diverse groups is an appreciation for, and connection to the practice. People continue to come back to their mats to do their practice of yoga. This truth signifies the emergence of yoga as important for all peoples being recognized here in Edmonton. It’s a call to action, to inner revolution, to come to your mat and to do your practice. It is a groundswell movement in coming to know thy Self, for in knowing and in loving oneself then we can truly be great for our community, for our world.

Something is happening… here in this city, a bit of ordinary, everyday magic and I am so excited to be part of it.

#YEG: I love this city, a place I have come to call hOMe. 

5 Mar 2014

PRAIRIE YOGI OF THE MONTH - SHAWN FLAMAN - MARCH 2014


Shawn Flaman is an active member of the prairie yoga scene, always there to show her face and lend a hand in support of causes that make our community better. She's a mama of three who she speaks with deep love and admiration for her family. Shawn is a yoga teacher, owner of Your Yoga Winnipeg and a member of The Happy Monkey Club! Her passion lies in inspiring girls- young and not-so-young to embrace yoga, a positive mindset and healthy living in general!

We looooove Shawn, so it just made sense to share her beautiful light with the Prairie Yogi community. 

Shawn will be guiding our next Prairie Yogi event: