30 Dec 2014


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Winters in the prairies are tough. The days are short, the air is dry, and our will is tested. My father always said that the hard winters build character, it's why the people in the prairies are so wonderful.

But no matter how much character you posses from the long winters of your life, we could all use a little treat in the midst of the deep freeze. How about nourishment for your body, mind, and soul?

Om Nom Nourish - a prairie yogi workshop with ayurvedic lifestyle counsellor and yoga teacher Adrienne Shum.

75 min restorative yoga practice
Led meditation
Ayrvedic winter self care workshop
Tea + treats will be served

To increase levels of coziness, we ask you to please bring your coziest blanket and favourite mug with you to this event.

To learn more about Adrienne, visit her website: www.adrienneshum.com

*Only 10 partner passes available!

About Ayurveda

Ayurveda is often called the sister science of yoga, as the two practices reinforce and complement each other.  Translated as, “the knowledge of life,” Ayurveda is a healing methodology that addresses the interrelatedness of the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of an individual.  Health is found when harmony is established within one’s self, and between the self and the environment.  When Ayurveda and yoga are practised in cohesion, they contribute to the complete development of an individual in all of their capacities.
Excerpt from AdrienneShum.com

29 Dec 2014


As a deep freeze sets in on the prairies, a new year is on the horizon. We reflect on the last 365 days and take account of all we are grateful for as we evolve on our path . 

2014 was the year of epic experiences + crushing big goals. A year of bittersweet ends + exciting beginnings.

Here are some of the memories that will forever be a part of our story:

In the spring of 2014 Prairie Yogi founders Rachelle Taylor and Monique Pantel were the recipients of the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg Women of Distinction award in the circle of inspiration category. The PY ladies were recognized for their unique and outstanding achievements, making a distinct and describable difference in the community, and acting as positive role models for other women. 

We couldn't have asked for a more perfect summer 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. An experience that made our prairie hearts burst with joy and gratitude.

In February of this year, co-founder Rachelle Taylor crossed a major goal off of her bucket list when she completed the 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Yandara Yoga School. Infinitely deepening her yoga practice, making life-long friends, unearthing personal revelations, and becoming certified to teach yoga straight from the heart. 

Join Rachelle for her Chakra Flow Workshop series in the New Year.

For Prairie Yogi, this fall marked a new beginning that has long been a dream... a little space to call h'om. Nestled in a beautiful studio space in the heart of Winnipeg's Exchange District, on the second floor at 70 Albert Street, Prairie Yogi settled into their new space to create + bring together community.

The PY Housewarming party in October with Amelia K Yoga + DJ Sami SoSo was the perfect way to christen the new digs!

As the weather gets colder, our hearts warm with generosity + gratitude. This year Prairie Yogi held its first karma yoga series at its new studio space in Winnipeg's Exchange District to create two hampers for the Christmas Cheer Board.

Thanks to gracious teachers + musicians for creating a warm and inviting space for participants, who donated $320 as well as two tubs full of food and gifts. As we pulled up in front of one of the families' homes to deliver the abundant hamper, the four children had their noses pressed up against the window, waiting for us. The gifts we brought were the only ones under the tree. Thank you for making this possible with your generous donations, prairie yogis!

#5 - PY Prairie Roadtrippin' / Karma Countdown

On a in Saturday in June we packed our bags, stuffed the Peg-City-Yoga-mobile to embark on began a journey we have been talking about for two years. A road trip to connect with the Prairie Yogi community that expands across our beautiful plains.

It was so exciting to discover (and rediscover) these awesome prairie cities and the people that live there. Internet friends became "I can give you a hug in real life" friends. We hiked through parks, strolled along the rivers that connect our cities, and connected through deep yoga practices. With karma yoga classes across the prairies, we raised over $500 for the SK, AB + MB eco networks.

#4 - Wanderlust Whistler

Yoga festivals are the best. So when the team at lululemon polo park offer you tickets to experience Canada's biggest yoga festival in one of the most beautiful places on earth, you say YES! (And thank you, of course!)

In Whistler, we met up with friends + fave teachers Eion Finn + Alex Mazerolle, witnessed a meteor shower from a floating barge in lake Alta (one of the coolest experiences EVER) and got treated like queens while Embracing the Unexpected with the lulu peeps. It was spectacular.

Surrounded by wheat stalks dancing in the wind and the tranquil sounds of the harp, August's Garden Party was a magical evening that we shared with the community. Darlene Svienson guided a Vinyasa style yoga class. And for those of you who don't know Darlene... She's. The. Best. Instagram vegan girl-crush Rae of Sunshine, Ashley Rae, treated the class to vegan goodies she lovingly prepared. Mexican Avocado Ceviche and Chocolate covered Peanut popsicles were devoured by everyone.

This is definitely an experience that we'll have to repeat in 2015 :)

After two years of working as a partner to build the PY community, in September of 2014 Co-Founder Monique Pantel resigned her position as director with Prairie Yogi Inc to follow her vision and build Pantel Photography. Fret not, prairie yogis, she'll still be sharing her talents with us, capturing the beauty and share the stories of this beautiful community.

To see the world through her lens, follow her on Insta @mpantel 

It's a very special moment to when your vision comes to life, after so much hard work + sleepless night. Watching our vision for a yoga festival in the prairies come to life on that beautiful September day was just... Wow. 

Prairie Love festival's inaugural year came together blissfully, and the whole thing exceeded our expectations. Seeing all the smiling faces + witnessing random acts of happy-dances and hugs across the park was just about the best feeling ever. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! XO 

PS - Prairie Love Festival Snowbird Passes go on sale this Thursday!!

To all the prairie yogis out there... Thank you for supporting the vision of an intentional community in the beautiful land of big skies and big hearts. We look forward to more create more epic experiences with you.

11 Dec 2014


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Last night I saw the Nike commercial where the (super-cool) Chris O’Dowd challenges viewers to “choose their winter." In it, the brand takes a satirical approach to tackling the harsh outdoor elements. Rather than running out to purchase Nike’s outdoor gear, I contemplated on how to choose my winter.

My living room window frames a beautiful picture of snowflakes gently falling on smooth dunes of snow. It’s a gorgeous scene to focus on for yoga today. But I don’t want the chilly temperature to stop me from connecting with nature. So I choose to put on my ski pants, jacket, hats, mittens and boots and get outside.

After 10 minutes of vigorous walking, I’m warm enough to stop and enjoy the stillness and practice a mini yoga routine. Alternating walking and yoga a few more times brings me back to my front door refreshed.

Choosing to be outdoors and getting fresh air is good for overall well-being – while staying indoors can make us feel sluggish and un-motivated.


- Sunlight keeps away SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and triggers vitamin D which is important for keeping bones strong.
- Walking and balancing on different terrains (like snow) burns more calories, strengthens core muscles, stabilizers, and ankle joints.
- Endorphins are released when your blood starts pumping in your body, making you feel better and make your skin glow.
- The hushed beauty of a blanket of fresh snow is enchanting.
- No mosquitoes.
- Coming inside to a warm cup of hot tea or cocoa.

So next time you feel the fear of the freeze, choose to call up a friend for an outdoor activity, bundle up and let nature refresh you.

Gwendolyn Penner is a graphic designer and yogi who loves to be outdoors especially on a hiking or cycling trail. She is founder of Yoga Hikes whose purpose is to encourage people to connect with health, nature and community and to experience the uniqueness of Winnipeg by hiking and practicing yoga in different parks ... year round. Visit Yoga Hikes at: www.idlingporsche.com