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I hope you experienced moments of beauty, stillness and joy today. Summer blesses us with many opportunities to experience such moments. From the quiet sunrise to the stillness before a rainstorm, to the grace of flowers bobbin in the breeze. Summer’s long days can be filled with leisurely pursuits or packed with vigorous activities!

Now we experience the shift: as the breezes become cooler, the nights arrive earlier each day and even a few yellow aspen leaves twirl to the ground.

Our calenders become filled with activities again. Yoga mats are retrieved from closets and awkwardly unroll. Bodies long for a stretch and  our minds and souls seek the stillness of the meditation cushion.

Find your yoga class. Try a Restorative to ease you through September’s hurly burly. Take that ease and calm off he mat and into our world. Today and everyday.

Schedule posted under Classes and Workshops.


“Welcome to Spring” sing the birds that have migrated home. The Maydays wave their fragrant blooms overhead while the ducks and geese on the neighbourhood ponds bicker or brag about their nest’s location.

Spring time gets us outside and we enjoy our favourite pursuits again. Keep up the Yoga to enhance your walks, jogs, bike rides, paddles and gardening. Limber joints and strong muscles help us in our daily activities.  Take your meditation outside and find your stillness.

Yoga’s Body/Mind/Breath focus brings our awareness and our gratitude to this moment. So take your Yoga Off The Mat and savour this beautiful day, this moment.

Please note Class Schedule Changes as posted.



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.



Today I ran through the woods with my dog. Where I live, Spring has arrived with tiny leaves unfurling and green shoots pushing up through the soil. The trail yields softly under my feet, damp from the recent melt and first rains.I love the sound of spring as frog sing and duck converse on hidden ponds. Beautiful moments. Gratitude fills me. I feel profoundly blessed to be alive, to be able to move, to appreciate this space and time. I feel my breath, my body moving and my spirit is content.  My dog smells the water and darts deep into the trees. She thrashes and splashes around in the water. I can hear it but can’t quite see her. She bursts through the bushes, rushes to me and shakes stinky slough smell onto me. Ah yes. This too is yoga. My dog’s goofy grin and her “ain’t life grand” expression confirm it. The sun shines down on us and we run. A steady pace moves me into meditation. Ah yes. This too is yoga. This moment.  Namaste.

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

Many people have enjoyed the Multi level Hatha Yoga classes held at Southminster Steinhauer United Church. ( 10740 – 19 ave ) Why not join us? You may find enhanced strength, flexibility, concentration, balance and relaxation after your yoga practice. Many people find a yoga practice improves their mood and their sleep. Give it a try!

The Wednesday evening classes for March will be: March 18 and 25.

April will be April 15 and 22.

May will be 6, 13, 20 and 27.

These classes are “drop in” and cost $5 each night.  7 – 8 pm.

Bring your yoga mat, strap, block, a blanket to cover your body and your eye cover for relaxation. Bring a pal and share the joy.


Yoga is like music:

The rhythm of the body

The melody of the mind

The harmony of the soul

Create the symphony of life.

BKS Iyengar

This morning I awoke to a transformed world. It had nothing to do with world news, conflicts or scandals. It snowed. Sweetly, softly and silently pristine white snow sifted down through gentle grey bellied clouds to change the world.

I paused and savoured the pristine whiteness, the purity and the stillness and the snow coloured light. I felt a satisfaction fill me, similar to how I feel after meditation and after prayer. Then I smiled and went outside to enjoy the freshness and to play.

I walked on a grey paved trail which ribboned through the white field. The north west sides of tree trunks and bare branches were sugar coated white. A few yellow aspen leaves lay curled on the trail. White flakes mounded on top of their bellies. They looked like little yellow canoes holding meringue. From black branches, cherries dangled and wore little white toques. A blue jay sang Namaste as it flew by.

I ran across the snow covered sports field and discovered the many rabbit highways my dog always senses. Their tracks would pause now and then. Perhaps they were struck by the beauty?

Meditation through movement blessed me today. Back at home, my yoga mat welcomed me as I settled my smile for practice.

Snowy blessings,

Days pass, the season shift and for many people moods change. Where I live, the snows are receding. A nearby soccer field holds an ice rink throughout the winter. Now the strong sunshine of spring melts the ice leaving a puddle patchwork. Here and there the skin of ice permits last autumn’s grass to bravely face sky. Alongside a fence, the tenderest green shoots of crocus thrust up from the crumpled wet soil.

Spring sleeps inside winter. Patient and quiet.

Inside all of us Hope lives. As we come to our Yoga mat, and settle into stillness of body and mind at the beginning of class, I notice many students softly, subtly smile. They  have found the inner glow of their Light and it radiates from them.

Beneath the surface, the answer lies and it is Love.

It is always Love.



I live in a place blessed with Winter. Winter is an excellent teacher. Subtle changes arrive in the Autumn heralding the pending weather change and we begin our preparations.

Winter’s lessons are many. When we are outdoors, our exhalations turn to elegant white feather plumes of steam. Notice! Observe! Be aware, winter teaches. Practice mindfulness.

Breath and winter. We can see our rate of breath. We can see our length of breath. We can feel the coolness of the air entering our body. We can feel the warm moist breath as it leaves.

I recall one day in late autumn/early winter. It was the end of a long day of classes and I was waiting for the bus on Winnipeg’s Portage Avenue. During the day, winter arrived with a plummet in temperature. A group of students from a tropical country were standing with us. We were chatting and one man became alarmed.  We struggled to understand his sudden distress. What was wrong?

He noticed our breath. The steams of breath left our bodies and were whisked away on the frosty wind. And so did his breath. This was new and it frightened him. His upbringing connected breath to soul. He feared he was losing his spirit. We soothed him as best we could.

He noticed something we had grown up knowing. He was aware.

We are blessed with endless opportunities for Mindfulness. “Take your yoga off the mat,” I urge my students at the end of yoga class. Breathing in, breathing out. Notice. Be aware. Be mindful.