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Namaste. Hello. Greetings.

Have you spied the shift from Summer to September.  Have you noticed the later sunrises and how the sun goes to bed a little earlier each night? Have you grasped a chilly steering wheel yet or heard the geese sing their Farewell songs?

We shift from Summer play time back to routine. The beach toys are packed and now the school lunch boxes are packed. Calendars fill with activities.  I hope your schedule includes yoga. Mine does!

Let’s meet on the mat. Here is a list :

**  Sept 3 – Restorative Drop In Yoga at Yoga Within.  Thursday  5:45 – 6:45 pm. (780-450-9642)

** Sept 9 – Hatha Yoga Drop in at Southminster Steinhauer United Church. Wednesday 7-8 pm.  (780-435-2058)

** Sept 14 – Yoga Wellness ( suitable for people with chronic health concerns: Cancer, RA, heart issues) at Yoga Within.    Monday 1- 2 pm. (780-450-9642)

** October 21- Yoga Wellness ( as noted above) at Above Average Yoga. Wednesday 1:30 – 2:30 (780-488-1121)

Contact these excellent studios for further details and then mark your calendars with YOGA! I hope to see you soon.



Last night I was honoured to be one of the women featured at a celebration of Inspiration and Story.  I shared my cancer experience and how I did my best with the kindness and care of many throughout the treatment journey and beyond. I have shifted back into the role of Teacher and this time it is Yoga.

The other two women shared their experiences with the healing aspect of the expressive arts and of meditation. One woman brought her original jewelry to support others undergoing cancer treatments. It was a beautiful and powerful evening with much Hope and Laughter.

Kudos to Janelle Schmidt of Mother Haven for her passion as she spearheaded this second annual event.When Janelle asked me if I had any words of wisdom to share, I concluded my remarks with the following:

Keep your heart open,

your head high

and your spirit free.

Embrace your darkness

along with your light.

Never mislead anyone

especially yourself.

Have the courage to admit

when you are wrong.

Awaken to the brilliance

of ordinary miracles.

See the goodness

in the world.

Strive to be your best.

Be bold.

Be grateful.

Be wild.

Be gloriously free.


Sandra Vancey

Hello friends,

How goes September? I have always felt September to be the New Year. This is the time for new learnings, new friends, new experiences. And the new shoes, and clothes. Remember the excitement of the brand new school supplies? How they felt and how they smelt? New activities fill the calendar. Music lessons, dance classes and sport practices send children and parents in many directions. New routines need new energies. Be sure to include your yoga onto your own schedule! It is a wonderful way to release stresses that build during this time of year.

The weather changes tug us from summer sun to cool autumn winds which carry frost onto our gardens and windshields. Your yoga practice may help strengthen your immune system and avoid some of the seasonal sniffles. In my home that is known as “The Back to School Cold”!

This week was “Back to Yoga Class” time for me – as all the programmes I teach have resumed. I am honoured to work with cancer patients and provide a yoga experience which addresses the challenges of the disease and from the treatments. My Yoga for MS had several new faces join our class and their enthusiasm sparkled within our group. I could sense the excitement as my Wednesday Drop in Hatha class filled the hall with smiling faces, happy chatter. Everyone seemed glad to be back on their mats. I hope you are, too.

If you are in the Edmonton, Alberta region and wish to attend my class, please refer to the Page: Classes and Workshops.

Here is some timely advice as we watch the trees change from their summer green dresses into autumn splendour.


* Stand tall and proud.
* Sink your roots deep into the earth.
* Be content with your natural beauty.
* Go out on a limb.
* Drink plenty of water.
* Remember your roots.
* Enjoy the view.

And enjoy your yoga, everyday.

Gratitude. We hear about everywhere. Many of us have experienced something which clangs the Gratitude Bell and changes us – profoundly. It was one sentence I heard, 8 years ago today. My doctor said ” You have cancer, you will beat it.” One breath, one message. In that one heart beat, my world changed, for ever.

I was grateful for the way she presented the message. She gave me the fact and she  gave me hope in one breath. It was dark at 5 pm that Friday in January. The windows were dark with nightfall, yet I recall a sense of light shining around me as the details of the treatment plan unfolded. Darkness and light are linked as they give shape to each other.

See the sunshine and the shadows. Be grateful for both – they each have lessons to share.

For me, my yoga experiences began in month # 9 of my 24 months of treatment. Yoga helped bring balance back t my body, mind and spirit. It was transformative and motivated me to become a yoga teacher and to focus my work in the area of cancer patients, survivors and the caregivers. Of all the many groups I have taught ( MS patients, avid runners, disadvantaged youth, aboriginals ) I find my inspiration within the cancer community.

Yoga helped me thrive once again. And reminds me to breathe and live gratefully. I hope you do too. Today and everyday.