25 May 2015

SUMMER BLISS: SOUL SHINE // YOGA + SUP




Epic experiences make the most meaningful memories. 

Three years ago, we decided to extend the PY brand through experiences that inspire, educate, and take yogis out of their comfort zone (ie. the yoga studio). Freestylin', yoga + sup at Patricia Beach back in 2012 was PY's ever event, and was a great success. This was also the beginning of the wonderful series of experiences and workshops we create for the PY community, a culmination of what we believe in as a brand.

It is with great excitement that we present PY's third annual yoga + SUP experience at Patricia Beach: SOUL SHINE on Saturday, June 20th, 2015. Ashley Bourgeois of Shakti SUP will be offering three yoga + SUP workshops, workshop space is extremely limited, so be sure to purchase your ticket today.

From 10am - 5pm, DJ Fillion will be spinning up sweet beats, while we offer up treats to those enjoying the summer sun. This community beach party is complimentary for all to attend.

We can't think of a greater way to kick off your summer and hope you'll join us as we celebrated our third year of creating epic experiences. 


Eventbrite - SOUL SHINE

Sneak a peek at some highlights from last years' awesome event:

21 May 2015

MEET PRAIRIE LOVE FESTIVAL HEADLINER ALEX MAZEROLLE



PRAIRIE LOVE FESTIVAL, alex mazzerolle,, girlvana yoga
We can't wait to welcome the prairie-born beauty, Alex Mazerolle, 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. 

PRAIRIE LOVE FESTIVAL, alex mazzerolle,, girlvana yoga




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

The Dark Side of Yoga, Path to being enlightened, 30 day challenge, yoga girl, bliss yoga cayman, prairie yogi, Rachelle Taylor, Pantel Photography,
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.

The Dark Side of Yoga, Path to being enlightened, 30 day challenge, yoga girl, bliss yoga cayman, prairie yogi, Rachelle Taylor, Pantel Photography,
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.