Our family lives at Big White Ski Resort year round. We are all fully Canadian and BC bred. I was actually born and raised in Kelowna and grew up skiing Big White. I started skiing here at such a young age that I can distinctly remember peeing my snow pants…. True story. Our son Carter is almost 5 and he goes to the Big White Community School down in Happy Valley and our daughter Taylor turned 1 in June. For the record my husband who I have not yet officially married but will soon, is named Ragnar and his sweet amazing supportive open willing down for the cause lets do it attitude is a major part of what goes down at the studio even though he isn’t around as much as he would like to be. Mainly because life with 2 little ones and 2 businesses (he is a framing and concrete contractor) is pretty full! He calls it a 3 ring circus. Me? I call it full. Clearly he needs to do more yoga….. We will work on it along with the many other things that we are working on. ANYWAYS. Onward with the post.
I started working in the health and fitness industry almost 13 years ago and have been softening ever since. I found a yoga mat for real 11 years ago while living in Whistler and it has been a slow and steady unravelling over time that led me to here and now. Prior to Mountain Yoga I owned New Wave Fitness in Kelowna which I sold just after we opened the studio on the hill. I had a good 10 year run with that business baby but the passion for hardcore fitness (and 6am classes!) had fizzled and I was burnt out. For me in whatever I am doing passion is my main driver. Sports and athletics (along with burpees) when I was a personal trainer were big for me and now I’m more drawn to yoga of all kinds, dance and nature, spiritual practices, energy medicine and stuff like that. I am big into the woo-woo… More so that I tend to admit. Though if we’re being honest I do still love a good session of burpees.
The Mountain Yoga studio definitely runs on passion, connections, being in community and another one of my true loves - sharing the gift of movement with people. I think that there is so much freedom, joy and self expression that can come from physical movement of any form really and I am also a believer that physical movement is a great entry point to unlocking mental, emotional and spiritual movement in people. AKA growth. Through the practice of yoga, which is really a lot alike the practice of life, I find myself continually learning, evolving and often times after a little (or more often a big fall down) picking myself back up, dusting myself off and being able to take my life up to the next level. I am currently in a good place where my reality is actually better than I previously could have imagined possible. This is all many thanks to the magic of yoga, a commitment to growth and doing the work in my life. I know it won’t always be like this but while things are good I am allowing myself to fully revel in it. More about all of this life and that yoga another time. To move towards wrapping this up, here is the Winter 2018/2019 forecast for the studio.
We are currently looking for your feedback on our schedule, class times and types that you would like to see cause right now I just stare at my computer with my mouth open when I think about what to offer. I am planning to move towards a full schedule somewhere in and around December 11th. It looks as though the schedule this year will be posted every Sunday for the next week or two and the schedule may change slightly week to week. Something like an evening class or 2 each day of the week and both and AM and a PM class on weekends.
Apart from our regularly scheduled yoga classes, of which there will be a mix of all types from power to yin and the flow in between, I am SUPER excited to share with you some amazing practitioners and guest teachers that are coming up to visit for workshops and one off classes. While we are still confirming a lot of them you can see what we already have set in stone and ready for sign ups on our events page.
I have an entire post for later dedicated to one of my greatest teachers Pam Rader who is coming up on January 5th which is also serendipitously my 35th birthday! She is a masterful Baptiste Yoga instructor, the owner of Shift Power Yoga in West Kelowna, a huge inspiration to many and just an extraordinary leader at cause for more leaders in the world. That she is coming up is a huge win for anyone who chooses to attend her workshop. I have yet to see an accurate description of one of her classes, workshops or trainings cause what she does, the impact she has on people, you really can’t put into words. If I was talking to a friend about anything I have ever done with Pam I would say she first opens and then BLOWS my mind without fail. If you like to have your mind expanded and blown, you do not want to miss this one!!!!
The most adorable and sweetest human Dawn Petrin is coming up before that on December 15th to treat Mountain Yoga to a Restorative Hot Stone Yoga class - she owns Tandava Yoga in Kelowna which has become one of my fave places to practice when I’m in town as of late.
So that there really isn’t a plan for this season is kind of the plan. I’m going to teach a good majority of the regularly scheduled classes. Have guest teachers come up from town once in a while as well as these one off workshops and special events that you will see popping up.
We have the kids and adult hip hop classes that will be on-going throughout the winter season and are hella fun for humans of all ages. YES I am going to keep the fitness classes running once or twice a week cause ya’ll people seem to love it. And there is also the Alpine Kids Pop Up Play School every Wednesday designed to let kids be kids and parents be free of said kids for a few hours…. OH we have also added a massage therapist to our team, Alana will start taking bookings as of December 1st outside of our regularly scheduled classes.
I’m going to not take any of it too seriously. I’m going to teach what I know, which is what I’ve learned from what I’ve experienced in life so far. Stay curious and open to learning more…. Have some fun. Do some down dogs. Say some prayers. Meet some cool new people. And hopefully touch, move and inspire a few of them…. I’m going to try to blog more both here and personally and that’s pretty much it for now as I am really taking it day by day. I do plan to dive a little deeper into some or all of this and more next time.
Until then and for now, I must get my beauty rest before opening day tomorrow!!!
Peace out and much love.