29 Jul 2014

SOUL SHINE SUP - RECAP



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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of the Divine. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of the devine that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” 

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Wow.

We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. Twenty-four Prairie Yogis travelled to Patricia Beach to experience SOUL SHINE: bliss on boards with a yoga + paddleboard workshop lead by Shakti SUP + Snow

Mother Nature offered lots of sunshine and a sweet summer breeze. Fears were conquered, new friends were made, and our om-azing community shone bright as ever. These experiences make our hearts burst with joy and gratitude.

The light in me sees, and honours, and LOVES the light in you 

Namaste.

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Be a part of the community and let your light SHINE - join us this summer at one of our epic events.

23 Jul 2014

PY GARDEN PARTY



Savour the flavours of summer at the Prairie Yogi Garden Party: outdoor yoga, live music, sunset savasana, flower crowns, iced tea, and tasty treats.

Join us in the evening Wednesday, August 20th from 7 - 9 as we bloom together as a community.
♥ Yoga by Darlene Sveinson
Treats by Ashley Rae (aka. Rae of Sunshine Life)
Flower crown photobooth
♥ Live music by a special guest!
images via pinterest, instagram and Prairie Yogi Inc.

Limited tickets available for this intimate event.
Only 15 partner passes available - treat your bestie to the sweetness of summer!

16 Jul 2014

MOKSHA YOGA WPG PRESENTS - YOGA @ THE FORKS


Every summer Moksha Yoga Winnipeg brings together community to raise money for charity with their Yoga in the Park event, and this year they are taking it to the next level. On Saturday, August 16th join us for an all-day event at the Forks' Scotia Bank Theatre, offering five yoga classes and two concerts with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the Mondetta Charity Foundation.

Moksha Yoga Winnipeg, Yoga at the Forks, Scotiabank Stage, Prairie Yogi, Prairie Yogi Apparel, Keith and Renee, The lytics"We want to create an awesome day that is accessible to all, that celebrates community, local music, and is super fun," says Shauna Jessiman, manager of Moksha Yoga Waverly.

Participants will have access to
- Good healthy food vendors (Myers' Deli + Green Carrot)
- Wonderful yoga (Moksha, Moksha Flow, Family Yoga + Barre Express classes)
- Sweet shopping + vendors (including your fave PY merch!)
- Stellar local music (performances by the Lytics + Keith & Renee)

Advance tickets are only $20 for a day pass or $10 for one class.
Tickets will be available at the door as well - $50 for a day pass or $20 for one class.
Purchase your advance tickets here.



All ages and skill levels welcome to this family friendly (+ pet friendly) event.
Event will take place rain or shine.
Please bring your online receipt + yoga mat.
We encourage you to be green, do your part - bring a reusable coffee mug, water bottle, and shopping tote with you, and leave nothing behind :)



9 Jul 2014

METTA MEDITATION- SPREADING LOVING KINDNESS

May all beings be happy, healthy, and free of suffering.

An ancient practice used primarily by Buddhists throughout history, Metta is a Pali word meaning love, friendliness, or kindness... Concisely put, loving-kindness. You don't have to be a Buddhist to benefit from this practice.

Loving-kindess is described as the heart fully awake in friendliness, compassion, and empathic joy. And while living in a state of loving kindness is a wonderful intention, it seems that judgment of others (and ourselves) too often creeps into our thoughts. So loving-kindness in itself (like yoga) is a practice, one that begins intentionally and with time can express outwardly into your life.

Coming back to your meditation cushion for a few minutes to offer yourself this ancient practice will not only bring you closer to a constant state of Metta, but also have positive ripple effects in the world around you.

I have found this meditation to be a wonderful place to start for beginners curious about meditation and wanting to try it for the first time.

Practice Metta meditation at home:


There are 5 stages to this practice, start with 1-2 minutes in each stage, and add on an extra minute to each stage as you progress.

-Begin in a comfortable seated position in a space that is free of clutter/distractions.
- Close your eyes, relax your jaw, and just breathe.

Stage 1 - Feel Metta for yourself
Bring your awareness to your self, the energy you feel within your self and say quietly:

May I be happy
May I be healthy
May I be free of suffering
May I be at peace

In between each of these mantras, take a slow, smooth breath. Visualize yourself happy, healthy, free of suffering, at peace with each breath.

Stage 2 - Feel Metta for a loved one
Picture someone close you to, visualize them, think of your connection, their great qualities, and feel love for them in your heart. Keeping their vision within you, quietly say:

May he/she be happy
May he/she be healthy
May he/she be free of suffering
May he/she be at peace

Again, take each of these phases slowly with your inhales, and as you exhale picture sending your energy of loving kindness to them.

Stage 3 - Feel Metta for someone neutral
Now think of someone you don't particularly like or dislike, this may be someone you don't know very well or an acquaintance. Picture them in your mind and repeat the phrases from stage 2.

Stage 4 - Feel Metta for someone you dislike
Next think of someone you actually dislike, an enemy or a foe, and picture them in your minds eye. Do not get caught up in negative feelings. Picture them in your mind and visualize them being surrounded by light, love, and happiness while repeating the phrases from stage 2.

Stage 5 - Feel universal Metta
Finally, picture the entire world, everyone and everything in it, and wish loving kindness for all.
Keeping this vision in your mind and heart, quietly say:

May all beings be happy
May all beings be healthy
May all beings be free of suffering
May all being be at peace

Do not underestimate your power to spread loving-kindness to all living things. Metta has a beautiful ripple effect: begin inwards, and it watch it spread outwards.


Rachelle Taylor is a love warrior, yoga teacher, and rookie meditator. 

A tranquil spirit trapped in a busy body, Taylor is co-owner of Prairie Yogi Inc + Prairie Love Festival, a contributor for the POWERHOUSE newsletter, an inspired speaker, and winner of the YMCA Women of Distinction Award.

7 Jul 2014

CREATE YOUR OWN EPIC EXPERIENCE - PRAIRIE LOVE FESTIVAL



You've got your day pass and cannot wait to experience Prairie Love Festival, our very own celebration of yoga, community, music, and creativity. The wait is over - the stellar schedule, with Prairie Love workshops and activities, has been released. Earlybird ticket holders are now able to sign up for three activities and create their own unique experience.

With such an incredible lineup, it seems like an overwhelming task to pick and plan your day. Here are a few things to keep in mind when registering for your activities.


Mix it up

Don't let the temptation to pick three of your favourite style of yoga class get the best of you. Be mindful. Are 3 back to back powerful vinyasa-style classes a balanced approach to getting the most out of your day?

When picking your schedule, we recommend choosing a variety of workshops. Think about your mind, as well as your body, and be sure to sign up for at least one of prairie love's inspired talks, lead meditations or creative workshops.


Try something new

Prairie Love Festival is the perfect opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and try something you've always wanted to, like AcroYoga, Kirtan, or meditation.

We've brought together the regions most inspired teachers to guide you through incredible experiences, don't pass up on the opportunity to experience something new and amazing.


Three is just the beginning

If three activities doesn't seem like enough to fill your day, don't stress. You'll be able to join additional workshops on the day of the festival, pending available space. So for now, pick the three workshops that you absolutely cannot miss, and if you want to fill your day with additional classes, you're free to show up to any scheduled activity, and if there's space, we're happy to let you in with your full day pass.

That brings us to our next point...


Give yourself time to relax, reflect, and reconnect

Don't overload your schedule with back to back classes and activities. Give yourself time in between workshops to rest, to eat, write in your journal, take photos, and participate in heaps of free activities and music offered throughout Fort Whyte all day long.

Just like savasana at the end of our yoga practice helps our body and mind absorb the benefits of the asanas, breaks between classes will allow you to reap the benefits of your Prairie Love experience.



Don't have your ticket yet? Get yours here before prices rise and get first access to your choice of workshops + activities. Don't delay - earlybird tickets are selling fast!

2 Jul 2014

PRAIRIE YOGI OF THE MONTH - JULY 2014 - MEI-LING CHOW-MINTENKO



"It's very important to me, as a teacher, to guide my students through an experience." 
- Mei-Ling Chow-Mintenko

Meet Mei-Ling Chow-Mintenko, your Prairie Yogi of the Month for July 2014. Mei- Ling lives and teaches in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and is excited to share her passion for arm balancing and inversions at Prairie Yogi's Prairie Love Festival on September 7th, 2014 in Winnipeg, Canada.

1 Jul 2014

WIN 2 TICKETS TO PRAIRIE LOVE FESTIVAL!


Everything is coming together beautifully for Prairie Love Festival - we are so incredibly blessed to be bringing together the region's most inspiring yoga instructors, artists, musicians, and speakers for our very own yoga festival at Fort Whyte Alive on Sunday, September 7th. 

Sounds amazing - doesn't it?

You can WIN two day passes to the Prairie Love (valued at $166) in our month long Instagram contest: 


• Share a photo that expresses your love for the prairies
• Tag @prairieyogi + @prairielovefestival (and maybe the person you'd bring with you if you win) 
• Include #prairielovefestival in the caption

The winner will be announced August 1st - so show your prairie love often throughout July for more chances to WIN!