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Lotus Revival Yoga - Our Journey

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*photo credit: Kyla Bouvier​ of 

Back2Nature Wellness and Adventures

Northern Nights

October 2022

I love living in Saskatchewan and when it snows here that is by far my favourite time of year...except for the darkness. However this year has been different because there has been so much to look forward to in the evenings. We've taken the time to try out new restaurants in Saskatoon, meet with friends during the day for long walks so by the time we get home we're ready to snuggle up with a good book and our beagles, share supper and tea with friends, and of course evening yoga classes to look forward to as well. The very last weekend in October I shared an amazing experience with Kyla from Back2Nature Wellness and Adventures when we hosted a twilight yoga and sauna event at Blackstrap Provincial Park. After everyone left, we took the time to catch up in her sauna and when we went back outside we were greeted by beautiful dancing lights. This autumn my nights in the north have definitely been magical! 

Retreat Reflections

September 2022

When you google the word beautiful, Oxford Languages defines it as ‘pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically’ and ‘of a very high standard; excellent’. This is how I would describe my experience at our Revitalizing Retreat in September.

We shared a morning guided meditation on a hilltop, vinyasa yoga in the forest, workshop discussions of the Eight Limbs of Yoga in hammocks, twilight restorative yoga overlooking the river, yin yoga on the beach, a chakra balancing session with Becky from Thee Authentic You, and a closing guided meditation IN the river. Not to mention the food, drinks, walks, and a lot of connection through many heartfelt chats, hugs, and a LOT of laughter!!!

I truly feel that this was something special to the individuals who were there, and really something that words cannot describe. Thank you so much to Miranda, Sandra, Tarra, and Joel for making this such a beautiful experience.

*Photo credits to the participants; thank you for capturing the moments!

A Beagle Blur

August 2022

I've been a bit behind writing our monthly blog because of the blur of August. I decided today in October, to share what happened: I'm not too sure. Our darling puppy Artemis was very unsettled from all of our adventures in July that he kept us awake for most of August with sleepless nights...and days too. I know we still enjoyed the sunshine, nature trails, time at the beach, and a lot of summer naps. The good news is, we now appreciate every single morning that follows puppy Artemis sleeping through the night. 

Living the Lake Life

July 2022

We have been so fortunate that most of our summer holiday has been spent lakeside. Our family had the opportunity to travel to Clear Lake at Riding Mountain National Park MB, Blue Lake at Blue Lake Provincial Park ON, Marie Louise Lake at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park ON, Lake Superior at Lake Superior Provincial Park ON, Lake Huron on Manitoulin Island ON, Georgian Bay ON, and Lake Ontario across the Greater Toronto Area. During this time we felt totally relaxed, adventurous, and revitalized. Being completely immersed in nature on the beach, on the water (and sometimes even in the water), are my favourite experiences to share with family and friends. 

Problems We're Grateful For

June 2022

Earlier this year Krista from Your Creative Life and I crossed paths. This was due to the fact that I signed up for a workshop I unknowingly didn't meet the criteria for and Krista graciously took me on as a client anyway. Krista is a marketing genius and a business guru! Every single strategy Krista has suggested has flourished. She has made owning a business so much fun, really empowering, and we've shared so many laughs I've repeatedly cried during our zoom meetings. The process of starting a business has been more work than I could've ever imagined. What Krista hasn't told me along the way is that if you do succeed, you're going to be working even harder. Lately this has been a wonderful problem to have and I'm so happy Krista is sharing it with us. 

Over the Moon We Own a Business

May 2022

We've had a lot of prospective students ask if we provide equipment for in-person classes outside of the boutique studio so we started investigating options. We discovered that Halfmoon offers special prices to yoga studios of all sizes; it took me awhile to realize that included Lotus Revival Yoga. What a realization this was! Not only were we excited to be able to provide all of the props required for vinyasa to restorative classes, but my goodness we did it, we have our own yoga business!

Sometimes Analog is Best

April 2022

It's been one year since I completed my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. I have learned so much about yoga both on and off the mat theoretically, physically, spiritually, and personally. Although online yoga is my passion, there is something to be said about in person practice, hand written class sequences, and in particular an analog watch. Even though I preface at the beginning of a yoga class that I'll be looking at my watch throughout our practice to make sure I time the poses equally on both sides, when I look at my smartwatch students share afterwards that it looks like I'm reading texts. However when I use an analog watch, students share that I appear much more connected to the class. There is always something new to learn about being in the moment.

A Sign of Success

March 2022

One of our closest friends gifted us a beautiful, handcrafted sign for our boutique yoga studio. Since receiving the sign we've been excitedly overwhelmed with many upcoming opportunities including two Wellness & Wine Series at the Winery, private monthly events with Women Who Explore, a Wellness Series for a staff team from Vancouver Island, morning yoga offerings with Back 2 Nature during their summer retreats, and our Sunshine Series at the beach. 

Travelling Lotus

February 2022

As our family business continues to flourish both in-studio and online, we had the opportunity to travel to some of our students in Edmonton and Whitehorse. After hiking in Kluane National Park we enjoyed the serenity and stillness of our surroundings with balance and stretch yoga. This also inspired Jennifer to write a guided meditation using this beautiful landscape as her inspiration. 

A First Class Gift

January 2022

We recently received a very thoughtful, generous gift from my first yoga student Janine. I chose to hang the lotus dreamcatcher over my mat so that every time I walk into the studio I see it and remember the overwhelming excitement of teaching my first yoga class. I bring this energy to every class thereafter. I'm so grateful to Janine for warming my heart with the gift of sharing my first class and this beautiful reminder.

All the best in 2022, from our family to you!

December 2021

Our exciting, bustling December abruptly slowed down by a cold snap in the Prairies. Although we missed our daily family adventures exploring the local trails, it provided us time to focus on our family, reading, napping, enjoying our home, and broadening our yoga expertise. 

Artemis has Arrived

November 2021

The arrival of Artemis was like a breath of fresh air for our family. Artemis is so filled with love he doesn't know what to do with it all! Beagles are so good at reminding us to enjoy the moment, cuddle with both arms, and take the time to play! 

Surprising Sunsets

October 2021

Joel and I were sure that the beautiful sunsets we experienced in September would be the last of it's kind for the year. Unseasonably warm weather in Outlook for another month proved us wrong. Each family walk along the river at sunset was pure bliss.

Mindfulness

September 2021

One of my favourite moments of the summer was camping together near the shoreline. Watching the sunset with a cozy beach fire was so relaxing all you could do was be completely mindful of the experience soaking up every second. The cool breeze, crackling fire, sound of the water lapping on the sand, colours in the sky, absorbing all that the end of summer had to offer.

We're Actually Doing This!

September 2021

We finished the boutique yoga studio! This was our first renovation together and we had very little idea about what we were doing. We shared lots of laughs throughout and were so happy with the final product. We designed and ordered business cards, a yard sign, promo items, and decided to start a website. Business meetings with our friend who has her own home business as well as the experts at Square One, were a huge support making the process enjoyable.

Revitalized

August 2021

Our first time kayak backcountry camping and we're hooked! We sat together in the silence looking at the mountains and the lake. We swam in glacier water, saw a bald eagle fly over the dock, a moose basking in the water, a loon calling out at sunrise, and so much more. We only used our phones for photos, completely disconnected from the world beyond Maligne Lake. Completely revitalized.

Oasis

July 2021

I've climbed a lot of mountains over the years but nothing came close to the oasis at the top of the Stanley Glacier hike in Kootenay National Park. Hiking the rock face of the mountain to suddenly reach lush green forest, mossy ground, a waterfall just below your footsteps, it was majestic! It was the first time in the past year that I felt I was fully present in the moment. 

Hidden Gem

June 2021

Summer in Saskatchewan is truly a hidden gem. The sand beaches, crystal clear water, and lush greenery surrounding the river are truly breathtaking. Lots of exciting discussions with friends and family about designs, colours, class ideas, vision statements, studio name possibilities, all while at the beach.  

Transparency

May 2021

A change of scenery provided clarity for our vision. Camping at Waskesiu National Park included many long walks along the beach, swimming in very refreshing water, and warm campfires under starry skies. Through this beautiful experience we somehow decided to build a boutique yoga studio in our home. The whole drive home we were super excited sharing our designs for our upcoming renovation. Even more exciting meant a trip or five, to IKEA!

Family Walks

April 2021

I officially completed my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training! Over the course of many family trail walks along the South Saskatchewan River, Joel and I agreed that getting the Canadian Yoga Alliance Certification was the next step. This was a regulatory body that provided yoga students peace of mind that their instructor had in-depth knowledge and understanding of yoga. To obtain this certification I was going to have take a practical, live exam with a Master Yoga Instructor...and I don't exam well! 

Spring into Theory

March 2021

One of my favourite spots to work on the theory component of Yoga Teacher Training was snuggled up in our chair with my favourite gal Arrabella. 

A Wintery Outlook

February 2021

This was only our second winter in Outlook, Saskatchewan but it was by far our family's favourite. There was so much snow and frost it looked like a beautiful winter wonderland! I had started my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Oranj Fitness and decided on this trail walk that by next winter I'd be teaching yoga classes in this beautiful landscape.

Okanagan Inspiration

January 2021

I enjoyed yoga for as long as I could remember but in the autumn of 2015 during a trip to the Okanagan with my mom, I envisioned teaching a yoga class in the vineyards of Quail's Gate Winery. That would be a dream come true! When returning to the Okanagan with two of my best friends in the summer of 2016, I shared this dream as we had a picnic in the gardens of Cedar Creek Winery. In the winter of 2021 as my husband and I were curled up on the couch watching the snow fall through the windows, I shared this dream yet again. At that moment for whatever reason, I finally decided to take the first step and sign-up for Yoga Teacher Training. 

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