Who knew that one candlelight restorative class 3 years ago could turn into a such a big piece of this beautiful young teachers life? 3 Years ago Katlin came to her first class, with a friend, and from then on she was hooked. She drank the yoga kool-aid and there was no turning back.
There was something about the relaxation, the stretching and the overall feeling of the studio that led her to become more intrigued about the practice of yoga. She then purchased the one month unlimited Newcomer pass, and came to as many classes as she could (easy AND more challenging) to find out what classes were the best for her. When she finished that pass she got a membership and the rest is history.
“she was constantly telling herself but I could never do that!”, and as we sit here three years later she is popping up into supported head stands like it’s her day job"
Katlin is currently in her first year of a three year masters program in Neuroscience and Education, as well as a third-grade teacher at Big Rock Elementary School here in Okotoks. In addition to teaching and learning she paints, gardens, crafts, is the best Aunty EVER, a Pinterest maven and a yoga superstar. Whoa. We asked Katlin how she keeps it all balanced, and still comes to class with a big smile on her face (without a grey hair in sight!); the secret to her success is maintaining a regular yoga practice, and finding time to give to herself when she is running between work and school. She is truly, genuinely inspirational.
I think we love having Katlin as much as she loves coming to Yogadown, she told us of her love for the sense of community, the effort to always keep students informed and educated, the stellar teachers and the best part… the all-important tea lounge. Katlin is a true testament to the art of balancing, the art of self-care and most importantly setting your goals/dreams and staying true to them. By believing in yourself you open up so many doors, and the whole world can truly be yours. Thank you Katlin for coming in and giving us some serious Monday
(or any day of the week) inspiration. Best of luck finishing your masters and we hope that you continue to dominate your own, best life.
Q: We've seen that you attend almost ALL of our different types of classes.
Is there a style / class that is your favourite?
A: I think I would definitely have to say that Slow Flow is my favourite. Even though the class is slow it's still challenging - and I like to be challenged! I have tried a lot of other classes, but I always seem to come back to Slow Flow.
Q: How has yoga helped your in your life,
off the mat?
A: Physically, yoga has helped my life by significantly improving my neck and back pain. I've also noticed an increase in my arm strength, I can do a "real" push-up now rather than a girl push-up! Mentally, I think I've become a little bit calmer, and a little more patient...
just a little bit haha, enough to notice a difference.
Q: Who inspires you the most, and why?
A: I would have to say my Mom, and my Brother. They are the type of people that you will never hear complain, that work the hardest AND have the biggest hearts of gold. They're very similar and very inspiring to me. My brother is a policeman, he has such a passion for helping people, and like I said, he has an absolute heart of gold.
Q: Have you noticed any change in your mental or physical abilities after practicing yoga consistently for over a year?
Mark: Yeah, quite a lot. I think that the little things such as improving the circulation in my feet which changed the way my toenails grew… its a real thing… Also, my muscles that were injured years ago that used to haunt me are now fading back into healthiness, and overall experiences like savasana teaches me how to sleep. I use savasana as a tool when I go to sleep in order to shut off, relax every muscle and breathe properly.
Brigitte: I've noticed some physical changes in my knee but for me, I’ve noticed an internal change mostly. I have become more patient. I now live in the moment and stop thinking about “where I need to be” because yoga has taught me that what has happened in the past doesn’t matter. Being in the moment more has been helpful in slowing down and checking in with both myself and others.
What is the quality you admire most about your partner?
Mark on Brigitte:
There are many so aspects of her personality, and there aren’t enough adjectives but if there was only one… strong.. maybe two… fast and strong, three? nerve- racking. I am the introvert and she is the extrovert!
Brigitte on Mark:
The qualities you admire in your partner change over time, right now, it is the internal strength and commitment that we have towards one another. He is strong, slow… not in a bad sense but slower-paced, steady and thoughtful.
Q: What originally brought you to our studio?
Brigitte: We love yogadown specifically because of it’s simple acceptance of each person that walks through the door, we mean this genuinely because you’re welcomed… you are accepted in the room for your level and where you are at.
Mark: What brought us here was a Christmas gift from Brigitte with the opening times of the studio. The intention of the gift was to build a connection between the two of us so that we have something to do together. It was evident to me in the early stages that the character of every instructor and the range of people who come through the door (ranges of physical and mental health) is so refreshing; everyone is there… there is no "one kind" of physical or mental health.
It's time to meet the strongest, most hilarious & independent lady we know!
Colleen has been coming to Yogadown since 2013 showing up with her bright colours, bright personality, B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L big blonde hair, and the best smile to top it all off.
We are so glad to have Colleen be part of our Yogi community.
This roper chick is one bad-ass lady with tons of wisdom. Read more below!
Q: Do you have any upcoming travels planned this year?
A: I’m going to be traveling a lot for roping. Three Forks, Montana is definitely my favourite roping competition, its this old town and their roping competition is on Independence Day,
so all day long, they set off beautiful fireworks.
Q: Do you have a pet peeve?
A: Yeah, easy answer. Socks that fall down. And I can never find socks that don’t fall down. It totally annoys me.
Q: Do you have a guilty pleasure.
Yeah, wine. Another easy answer.
Q: If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself?
A: Don’t settle. Don’t give up hope. Persist.
Here's why Colleen came to Yogadown for the first time.
Ahh young love...
Randy and Dorothy are our resident lovebirds.
They always come prepared with hilarious stories, groovy sunglasses, and shining personalities that keep everyone in the studio smiling.
Keep reading to learn more about this dynamic duo.
Q: What brought you to the Yogadown Studio?
I was having problems with sciatica and my massage therapist suggested I try yoga. Yogadown is within walking distance and we had walked past the Studio several times with our dogs and decided to try out a class.
Randy: I was looking for more flexibility as
I found as I was getting older I was tightening up and losing motion; seemed a good idea.
Q: How do you apply yoga outside of the studio?
Dorothy: I have worked out a routine of stretches I do every morning taken from what I have learned in yoga class. Also, if some issue comes up in traffic for e.g. I say
“We must be ‘Good Yogis’”.
Randy: I am more laid back in stressful situations. I also use the “feet up the wall” when I need a break from driving or doing a lot of standing.
Q: Randy, you had quite a fall this year and really felt the injuries throughout your body. What made you consider yoga to help heal yourself?
(Anything else to speak to in this regard?)
Randy: Actually, I had to wait about 2 weeks having massage therapy before I could do yoga again. But then once on the mend yoga helped regain back some strength and flexibility. The Doc said if I hadn’t been doing yoga regularly my injuries would have most likely been worse and the recovery slower.
Q: If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself?
Dorothy: To keep up a consistent yoga practice. Even though I have a love/hate relationship with yoga I know it’s good for me – not easy – but definitely worth it!
Randy: I wished I would have started yoga earlier in my life because even though I was very active, I didn’t stretch enough.
Q: What do you love the most about Okotoks having moved from Vancouver just a few years ago?
A: The thing I love the most about Okotoks is it's friendly nature. It is a warm, inviting place with lots of entrepreneurial spirit.
Q: Do you have any superstitions?
A: I am superstitious about wearing a Buddhist charm or symbol on my body everyday as I believe it provides me with a level of good karma and strength.
Q: What brought you to practice yoga? Here to Yogadown specifically?
A: Pregnancy brought me to yoga. I was a very anxious person but knew it was important to provide a tranquil place in my body to grow a baby, so I took up yoga 18 years ago and have never looked back. I came to Yogadown because I liked the look and feel of the studio. I have since come to love it for so much more.
Q: Is there anything you have discovered about yourself through your yoga practice that you wouldn’t mind sharing?
A: I have discovered through yoga that I have the ability to be at peace in my daily life. Very little bothers me now and I spend my days filled with gratitude.
Q: If you could choose who you sit next to on a 10 hour plane ride, who would you choose?
A: If I could sit beside anybody on a 10 hour plane ride it would be an author. I read a lot and don't really have a favourite but many that I admire. I think it's remarkable to be able to transport people through words to an entirely different place, perspective, and feeling without ever having to leave their home.
Meet the dynamic duo that is Dan and Cheryl.
This couple shares the love of yoga, and always shows up to the studio with smiles and good spirits.
Q: Cheryl, we see that you are signed up for our 200hr YTT in the fall. Tell us a bit about why you’d decided to register, and where you foresee your teaching journey going.
I have been looking for a YTT for the last year. I was thrilled when Yogadown announced that Jamie and Yvonne would be teaching the 200hour YTT course starting this fall. I am primarily taking the course for my own knowledge and improvement of my yoga practice, but if an opportunity should arise to teach I would seriously consider it.
Q: How do you apply yoga outside of the studio?
Dan: As I age have been working on my balance, flexibility and agility. Yoga not only helps these issues, it also helps to maintain my overall wellness.
Cheryl: Yoga has helped me immensely. Flexibility, relaxation, meditation, breathing.
Morgan was one of our fantastic Energy Exchangers here at Yogadown, sadly she is leaving us for the summer but we cannot WAIT for her to come back to the team in the fall.
Morgan embodies everything we look for in an employee; work ethic, positivity and a killer smile. We are thrilled to share Morgan’s personal yoga journey.
"I've had the pleasure of practicing at Yogadown since it's opening in Okotoks in 2007.
The Energy Exchange program has kept me busy for the last 6 months and I love it!
For me personally I want nothing more than to give back to the community I live in and being a part of Yogadown has been a satisfying experience. As of this moment I'm truly grateful for having yoga in my life. It's given me perspective on who I am on the inside and I'm better connected with my mind, body and spirit."
"I find daily I am able to take a step back to
"just breathe" and connect to my breath.
From practising yoga regularly at the studio I've unconsciously created large shifts of energy
in my life leading to greater purpose. Something as simple as going to yoga has bumped up
my motivation in all areas of my life. My relationships with friends and family is more connected. I have artistic urges I want to express. There is a need to just be present, it's unexplainable but I know it's caused from keeping up my yoga practise.
I just have a sense of what makes me happy and yoga has been a great teacher allowing me to feel fully charged with energy and love."
We are so thankful to have a presence like Morgans at Yogadown. Morgan has the biggest, most beautiful personality, the most contagious laugh, and the ability to lift & brighten the mood in any room. Thank you Morgan for all of your contribution to Yogadown but more importantly, thank you for being YOU.
Susan is one of our Therapeutic Yoga lovers. After struggling with chronic pain and decreased mobility, Susan turned to Jamie (our therapeutic yoga powerhouse) and experienced incredible results in a short amount of time.
Here's what Susan had to say:
"When I first started yoga at Yogadown, I had chronic pain and very little mobility. After only 6 weeks of classes, I can walk longer, exercise more frequently AND I have less pain!"
"Yoga has taught me so much about myself and my connection to my body. I look forward to Jamie's fantastic class each week because my individual needs are being met and she is very educational."
Thank you Susan for sharing your experience with Therapeutic Yoga at Yogadown.
We are so glad you have found relief from your ailments and are moving and feeling better!
This article is about food, from the perspective of someone who has had quite a tumultuous relationship with it. In our society, food has become such a mindless activity, it is a filler, an object to help numbest emotions, a reason to post a cool looking picture on Instagram and above all the reasons that so many of us suffer from just “not feeling good enough".
She found herself going jogging two to three times a week, to suddenly not being able to get up the stairs without collapsing."
Take the Natalie challenge if you are interested in an investigation in your own health. For 30 days take a trip to junk food-rehab; remove bread, butter, gravies and sauces. deep-fried foods, fast-food, essentially eat a really clean, whole food based diet for only 30 days. And at the end of the 30 days… go hog-wild. Have that burger you have been dreaming about, eat all of the cheesy sauces and deep-fried goodness. And Natalie can almost guarantee that after you recover from your food-induced coma you will certainly revert back to a whole-foods diet. There is no denying the feeling that whole-food gives you, the rush of invigorating energy is incomparable and one that we can certainly get behind.
We were so grateful for this chance to sit down with Natalie to discuss something that is so important. Our well-being. We learned how important it is to be mindful of everything we are putting into not only our mouths, but on our skin (our largest living organ), our hair, nails, lungs, you name it! Everything that enters our body should be thought-about, and mindfully enjoyed. Because our lives, and our health is worth-it. We thank Natalie for inspiring us to question our perceived “normals” and giving us the nudge to explore the other options and resources available to us.
***We are not doctors, or experts in any way and do not poses the power to heal ailments or pain. However each one of us are the experts of our own bodies, and the feelings we experience on a day-to day basis. We wrote this article as an inspiration to get excited about your own health and well-being, from the perspective of someone who has gone through similar struggles that each of us face on a daily basis. Please take this article at face value, we love and accept the face that every body is different and what works for one person is not available to the next.
Thank you, ~ The Yogadown Team
Yogadown Studios is located in the heart of Olde Towne Okotoks and was established in 2007. Our core value is to have yoga accessible to all walks of life and grow a studio environment that is welcoming, connected and deeply rooted in community.
Classes are taught by a specialized curated team of instructors that have expansive knowledge that fosters health and vitality for your mind, body and spirit.
Enjoy the convenience of drop-in classes, and the richness of specialty programs such as aerial, beginners, therapeutic, kundlaini, kids, youth, yoga nidra and so much more.
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We are located in Olde Towne Okotoks, at 40 "E" Elizabeth Street directly across from the Dit & Dat & Balance Dance studio
PO Box 1409, Okotoks, Alberta, Canada T1S 1B4
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