Thursday, November 3, 2011

Special Workshop + Naomi's Classes

>> Anusara Weekend Workshop with Shelley Tomcyzk

Our special friend and mentor Shelley Tomcyzk returns to the Wild Lotus Studio for one last weekend workshop of fun and transformation.
Based in Vancouver, Shelley’s teaching is informed by her ruthless practice of self observation, intentional vulnerability and her own ongoing studentship. Her dynamic teaching style is challenging, uplifting and fun. She playfully uses storytelling to help students uncover their own process of transformation on the path and in everyday life. Beginners are encouraged and welcome!

Nov 18th - All levels 6:00 - 8:30PM
Nov 19th - Fundamentals 11:00-1:30PM
Nov 19th - Intermediate 3:00-5:30PM
Nov 20th - All Levels 10:30-1PM

Cost: $150 Full Series or $40 per workshop

EMAIL or call 250-641-5842 to pre-register. The flight has been booked, arrangements have been made and we need the support of our community!

>> Naomi's Yoga Classes

Mark your calendars as Naomi is back in town and is excited to delve back into a few more classes with you before the studio closes its doors mid-December. Beginning TUESDAY NOVEMBER 8th and running through to TUESDAY DECEMBER 13th.

Tuesday mornings 6:45am - 8:00am: Vinyasa Flow
Tuesday evenings 5:30pm - 7:00pm: Hatha

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Wild Lotus Adventure

Dear Friends of Yoga,

Adventure by definition is an exciting experience; A bold undertaking involving uncertainty and Risk; A challenging journey;
It's Discovery; It's an excursion; It's an expedition; It's Exploration; It's a voyage; It's a crossing;
It's traversing; It's Traveling; It's something out of the ordinary; It's something dangerous;
It's something intense; It's Inspirational; It's Peak Experiences;
It's something surprising and unexpected; It's a change in your life or direction;
It's something that’s new or different that isn’t an everyday occurrence. It's tremendous exhilaration.

This month the gals at Wild Lotus would like to share with you their most recent adventures and news. And it is with the practice of Yoga that helps us to achieve wellness and mindful movement through the adventures of daily life—whether at work, play or on the yoga mat.

On a simple level, the practice of yoga gives us the tools to make whatever we do better. Whether it is outdoor adventure sports or the grind of daily life, a regular yoga practice helps to build resilience, strength, flexibility and a greater sense of peacefulness which ultimately enables us to react more quickly and calmly to change.

>> Wild Lotus is Looking for YOU

Lonna and Naomi would like to announce that the Wild Lotus Studio will be restructuring how classes are offered in the near future and will be closing its doors to the downtown location mid-December. For the past two years the studio has been a wonderful asset to the community and maintains an abundance of value in the work that has been invested in the business to date. The space has not only offered yoga classes but has been used for acupuncture, belly dancing, special workshops and so much more. We are putting it out to the community to see if there is any interest in taking over the Wild Lotus business and downtown location as an owner. The studio would thrive with new energy, fresh ideas and motivated people. Please get in touch with either Lonna or Naomi to discuss this opportunity further.

>> Shelley Tomczyk is COMING BACK NOVEMBER 18-20

Get set for another fun-filled inspiring weekend workshop as Wild Lotus hosts Shelley an Anusara-Inspired teacher in Vancouver. Shelley’s teaching is informed by her ruthless practice of self observation, intentional vulnerability and her own ongoing studentship. Her dynamic teaching style is challenging, uplifting and fun. She playfully uses storytelling to help students uncover their own process of transformation on the path and in everyday life.

Nov 18th - All levels 6:00 - 8:30PM
Nov 19th - Fundamentals 11:00-1:30PM
Nov 19th - Intermediate 3:00-5:30PM
Nov 20th - All Levels 10:30-1PM

Cost: $150 Full Series or $40 each

EMAIL to pre-register with your deposit. Get in touch today to be part of this transformational weekend and tell all your friends and family. This is one special weekend not to be missed.


Morning Yoga is in full effect with Elissa Marcus. Rise, shine and get your yoga glow Monday and Thursday mornings from 6:45am - 8:00am.

Naomi will be returning from her Cowgirl Adventure mid November to offer a limited number of classes and special workshops. The past couple of months at the Outfitters in the Northern Rockies has been a helluva ride full of challenges and life altering moments of beauty and bliss. Stay tuned for stories and tall tales. In the meantime Tuesday evening hatha classes will be canceled until she returns to Terrace mid November.

Lonna's classes are running as usual - be sure to drop in for hatha on Saturday mornings or restorative on Wednesday evenings.

We encourage all passholders to start using up your remaining classes. Passes are good for all of the morning and evening classes noted above. If you have completed your pass and would like to drop-in we are offering a special rate of $12 per class including taxes beginning now and running through to mid December. No more passes will be sold at this point.

We thank each and every one of you for your support, love and energy. As always, we look forward to seeing you on the mat and on the move.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

YeeHaw! Big Action @ Wild Lotus

Dear Friends of Yoga,

Cross one off the Bucket List for our 'Pardner' Naomi cuz guess what y'all she is getting ready to WRANGLE HORSES for an Outfitters called Prophet Muskwa. Nestled in the midst of the Northern Rockies Provincial Park this peaceful natural paradise is often referred to as the 'Serengeti' of North Ameria for its abundance of wildlife. Naomi departs this Friday August 12th and will be returning mid October to continue with her regular classes. Get set for early morning yoga once again in November -- she'll be used to the wee hours after getting up at 4am each day to round up the herd. In the meantime, Naomi's Tuesday evening HATHA classes will continue with the lovely and talented Maureen Haworth from 5:30 - 7:00pm.

>> Women’s Workshop- The Union of Wisdom and Love

Join Gabriella Naama Praport on August 20th-21st, 2011 for a very special “women-only” workshop at Wild Lotus. Gabriella is a guest instructor from Israel who is living and teaching at the Anuttara Ashram in the Nass Valley for the season. She will be leading participants through a celebration of femininity; filling a space in the woman`s heart in order to express the joy of womanhood, something which is often neglected in the modern world; and with tools to help oneself through life’s turmoil. This workshop is sure to be transformational and no yoga experience is necessary.

Click for an in-depth description of this inspiring and beautiful workshop.

Cost is $150.00, with a $50.00 deposit. A scholarship is available for those who require assistance.
Contact Elissa Marcus to pre-register at 250-975-0095 or email

>> Roger Carling-Kelly Introduces TWO NEW CLASSES this September at Wild Lotus

Hatha Yoga for Intermediate Practitioners or those with previous Yoga experience
Wednesday Evenings 7:30 - 9:00pm beginning September 14th and running for 12 weeks

Principles and Techniques of Yogic Breathing (Pranayama) and Meditation
Thursday Evenings 7:00 - 8:15pm beginning September 15th and running for 7 weeks

Learn to harness the power of your breath and reap its benefits with this practical and theoretical set of classes. Lean to use the breath as a vehicle to purify and still the mind for meditation.
"The breath is the gateway to the inner world".

To pre-register contact Roger at 250-635-5018 or 635-9544

>> Fall Yoga Schedule

Restorative Class with Lonna is BACK beginning Wednesday September 7th
Please note there will be NO classes on Wednesday September 14th and 28th

Saturday morning classes with Lonna continue from 9am to 10:30am, as well as, Tuesday evenings with Maureen from 5:30 - 7:00pm.

>> Bellydance with Krystyna at Wild Lotus

Join in on the fun Monday and Friday evenings this fall. Shake, move and groove - Krystyna's next 8 class session begins September 9th to October 7th - 7:30pm. Session #2 begins Monday October 24th and runs through to Christmas. Contact Krystyna at for more details and to pre-register.

>> Community Acupuncture at Wild Lotus

Relax and close your eyes amidst friends in a zero-gravity chair while receiving an acupuncture treatment that is customized especially for you. Beginning Friday August 26th and running through the fall. Pre-register for a session or drop-in.

Tuesday evenings from 7:15pm to 8:30pm and Friday evenings from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Contact Kat at Limber Pine for more information 250-641-7463

>> Anusara Yoga with Shelley at Wild Lotus

Our special friend and teacher from Vancouver Shelley Tomcyzk will be returning to Terrace for an exciting series of Anusara Yoga Workshops the weekend of November 18 - 20. Stay tuned for more details on this upcoming event.

>> Yoga and Art with Maureen Haworth at the Terrace Art Gallery

Unleash your creativity and celebrate the beauty of Terrace and ancient philosophies. Join Maureen at the Terrace Art Gallery Aug.15,17 and 19 (set 1) or Aug. 22,24 and 26th (set 2) from 10:00 am to 12:15 for a rejuvenating Hatha yoga class followed by a step by step folk art collage you will create over 3 days. All art materials included.

$65.00 per set. Preregistration required. Call Maureen @ 250 638-0263

Look forward to seeing you on the mat and on the move.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Plans @ Wild Lotus

Dear Friends of Yoga,

What are you doing this summer?
Going on a family vacation or perhaps a personal retreat?
Cycling backyard trails and swimming Lakelse Lake?

The gals at Wild Lotus Studio are planning summer adventures hence a few of the weekly drop-in classes will be canceled.
For the months of July and August the following classes will be canceled and resume again in September:

* Tuesdays 7-8am - Flow
* Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:45pm - Restorative
* Thursdays 7-8am - Flow
* Fridays 7-8am

>> Summer Drop-in Schedule
The following classes will continue throughout the summer:

* Saturdays 9am - 10:30am
* Tuesdays 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Note: There will be no morning Hatha yoga class Canada Day long weekend Saturday July 2nd

So get your YOGA-ON for the next couple weeks. Our regular schedule remains as is until July. Let's salute the sun together in honor of the Summer Solstice!


>> Anuttara Sun-Day - June 26th, 2011

On June 26th, 2011 from 10:00am to 3:00pm, Thomas from the Anuttara Ashram in the Nass Valley will be leading a friendly community gathering at Wild Lotus Studio. We invite everyone to come out for yoga, meditation and to share lunch together (potluck). After lunch there will be a lecture on: “Yoga in Daily Life,” a very practical and inspiring insight given to Anuttara by one of their root teachers Swami Vivekananda Saraswati, in incorporating methods of yogic practice into everyday life…

Cost: This workshop will be on a donation (dana) basis, in hopes that all can come out to join this event.

Please bring as well a dish of food, to share… and of course enthusiasm!

Click for more details.

>> Women’s Workshop- The Union of Wisdom and Love

On August 20th-21st, 2011 Gabriella Naama Praport one of the teachers at Anuttara Ashram, will be holding a very special “women-only” workshop at Wild Lotus. She will be leading participants through a celebration of femininity; filling a space in the woman`s heart in order to express the joy of womanhood, something which is often neglected in the modern world; and with tools to help oneself through life’s turmoil.

Click for an in-depth description of this inspiring and beautiful workshop.

Cost is $150.00, with a $50.00 deposit.
Contact Naomi Gourlay to pre-register.

>> Salsa Classes with Jon

Here for a good time, not a long time ... Jon is back for a few more sessions of partner salsa. Wednesday evenings 7:30 - 8:30pm with time for practicing afterwards. Beginning June 22nd to July 13. Cost is $5.

>> A Heartfelt Thanks

To all the students who participated in the Cleanse, Purify and Renew Weekend Anusara Workshop with Shelley Tomcyzk on June 3-5, we thank you for taking the time and making the effort to participate. It was so wonderful to learn, practice and laugh together. And to Shelley we thank you for sharing these special teachings and your radiant light with our community. We look forward to more transformative Anusara Workshops with Shelley in the FALL.

See you on the mat and on the move.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Greet the Day with a Yoga Glow!

Join us for our Weekday Morning Spring Special

Our early morning practices have been strong and steady since we introduced the classes last August. With spring upon us and its colours brightly lit by the smile of the sun, we invite you to join this ancient tradition.

Wake up your body + mind with an invigorating + relaxing morning class.
Feel energized and centered to start your day.
Come one. Come all. Bring your mom. Bring a friend. Beginners welcome and encouraged.

Try it out -- $5 + hst Drop-in Rate for the Month of May (regular rates are $10 + hst per class)
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 7am - 8am

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

>> Cleanse, Purify and Renew: A Weekend Anusara Yoga Workshop with Shelley Tomczyk - June 3-5th 2011

Anusara Yoga celebrates Spirit within and without. In this workshop we will celebrate Spring’s cycle of renewal. Each year from the turning in of winter,
Nature emerges and reveals herself again. We will practice the elegant simplicity of aligning with nature to radiate from the inside out.

FRIDAY JUNE 3rd 5:30pm-7:30pm
Cleansing Your Pallet of Experience: Deep Hips, Twists & Forward Bends

SATURDAY JUNE 4th 11am-1:30pm
Renewing Your Radiance: Upper Body Therapeutics

SATURDAY JUNE 4th 3pm-5:30pm
Expressing the Purity of Your Heart: Bright & Beautiful Backbends

SUNDAY JUNE 5th 10am-12:30pm
Making Spring Cleaning Fun: Hips & Hand Balances

Shelley Tomczyk is a fun and loving Anusara-inspired™ teacher from Vancouver BC. Shelley has over ten years of teaching yoga, cultivated skills in therapeutics, breath work, yoga philosophy, and applying the wisdom of yoga to life experiences.

Cost: $150 for all four workshops OR $40 per workshop + HST

>> Core Strength: Stand Your Ground, Stand Your Truth - Sunday April 17th

This 2 hour workshop focuses on bringing awareness and strength to our physical and energetic core. Included will be an invigorating vinyasa flow, strengthening and purifying pranayama, as well as mantra, incorporating elements of the chakra system and ayurvedic principals.

Yeva Glover was born and raised in Northern BC where she spent her young years immersed in dance. Her passion eventually took her to NYC where she performed professionally for five years. While in NYC, Yeva discovered and fell in love with yoga as a deeper, spiritual extension of her passion for movement and expression. Yeva completed her RYT training at New York’s Laughing Lotus Studio and has since been combining her dance career with the sharing of yoga to all levels and ages in her new home, Vancouver, as well as her old home, Smithers. Yeva teaches a dynamic, dancing, creative vinyasa flow allowing room for individual expression and physical discovery.

When: Sunday April 17th - 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Cost: $25 + HST

Contact or call 250.641.5842 TODAY to Pre-Register for these special events.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Introduction to Salsa with Jon MacDonald

Let’s Dance for the Mountain

Intended for those with little or no salsa experience, students will learn the fundamentals of salsa timing, footwork and dancing with a partner. Each class will introduce one or more moves which, as the class progresses, will be combined together to build challenging patterns.

No partner required
Casual Attire and Soft-soled shoes recommended

Proceeds will benefit My Mountain Co-op
$10 + hst per person

Tuesdays and Thursday evenings 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Beginning March 29th through to April 21st
Contact or drop-in
Get set to have fun, laugh and learn something new

Monday, February 14, 2011

My Mountain Co-op Memberships - The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift

Your sweetheart will fall AOT (or head over heals) in love with the new My Mountain Co-op Memberships. After a year of research and planning this lovable gift is hot on the market. Be the first to become a member and buy the gift that keeps on giving … to you, your family, your community.

With a variety of membership options and benefits, the reasons to buy are epic in proportion. Not only will you be making history as part of Canada’s first non-profit ski co-operative but you’ll have a voice in the future direction of the ski area. And perhaps most importantly – you’ll be an owner of a ski area renowned for its record-breaking powder days!

Are you a business, association, service group or corporation? Let us help to customize the perfect Best Friends of My Mountain Co-op package. We’re ready with the tools to meet with your organization.

Individual memberships are only $299
Business memberships are great value at $599
Best Friends of My Mountain Co-op Packages

The first 299 people to become members will qualify for our draw to win a free Season's Pass as well as the honour of riding the first chair for the 2011 - 2012 season.

Get more than a great Valentine’s Day gift with a My Mountain Co-op Membership. Visit our freshly re-designed Web Site to buy your membership today and send an e-card to spread the word.

MMC Insight
Friends of Shames has developed a Feasibility Study and Business plan that shows how My Mountain Co-op will be sustainable, innovative and efficient over the next five years. Should My Mountain Co-op purchase Shames Mountain on April 30th, 2011, these plans will guide MMC operations. Plans provide:

Win-win partnership arrangements, like the one with Northwest Community College.
Innovative ways to expand the revenue base
Great ideas ‘YOU’ contributed at the BUZZ held in February 2010.
Opportunities to reduce costs and move towards “greener” operations
Long-term perspective on the required maintenance and upgrades of lifts and equipment
Terrain expansion opportunities and the associated costs.
Findings related to potential land development.
Ideas on how to best serve Northwest communities as a key recreation/tourism area.

Upcoming Events:
My Mountain Co-op Blasts Off at Shames Mountain – Saturday February 19th

Ready, set ... Launch Party! The new My Mountain Co-op is fuelled up to blast into orbit with a fun-filled and informative afternoon at the hill.

Join Friends of Shames at Galloway's Mountain Bar on Saturday, February 19th, 2011 for Apres-Ski Festivities.

~ Enjoy a Burger and Beer for a great deal
~ Learn all about My Mountain Co-op at a Special Presentation beginning promptly at 4:00pm
~ Ask Questions and Get Answers
~ Participate in the Torch Light Parade at Dusk
~ Celebrate with cake and hot chocolate
~ Be Inspired, Buy a Co-op Membership and Share the Excitement

Ruins and Hawkair Host Shredfest – Friday March 4th - Sunday March 6th

Shames Mountain will morph into Shredville with a slew of contests, prizes and games. Plus there’s a big dance on Saturday evening at the Thornhill Community Centre. Stay tuned.

The MCC Hubs
We are also thrilled to announce MMC’s home base will be opening March 1st at the Kwinitsa Foreman’s Residence right (corner of Hwy 16 and the overpass in Terrace). It’s an amazing space and location. Great for transportation to/from the mountain, highly visible and in the same building as summer ice cream sales.

Be on the lookout for the MMC Ambassadors on location at Shames Mountain. A booth in Galloway’s Lounge will sell memberships, provide information and resources, gather feedback and answer questions.

The Locker Room
Have your say. Complete our short bi-monthly survey. Your feedback matters.

Calling all bloggers, journalists, photography and multimedia buffs
My Mountain Co-op wants your photos, videos, stories and testimonials. Be a part of our communications campaign. Help buy Shames Mountain Contact

Ways to Take Action
1. Learn all about MMC
2. Buy a MMC membership
3. Ask your friends and neighbors to do the same
4. Ask your employer to buy a business membership or corporate sponsorship package
5. Share MMC information on your social media sites
6. Volunteer to help MMC and/or become an ambassador. Contact

Friday, January 28, 2011

Seed Thought

In the secret recesses of the heart
beyond the teachings of this world
calls a still, small voice
singing a song unchanged
from the foundation of the world.
Speak to me in sunsets and in starlight
Speak to me in the eyes of a child
You Who call me from a smile
My cosmic beloved
Tell me who I am
And who I always will be.
Help me to remember.

By Joan Borysenko

Monday, January 24, 2011

Upcoming Events @ Wild Lotus

Dear Friends of Yoga,

Move, shake and meditate! From better fitness to a better outlook, Wild Lotus has a variety of workshops and specialty classes in February and March. With this newsletter, we welcome in the refreshing energy of a New Year and look forward to connecting with you all.

>> Introduction to Yogic Principles with Anuttara's Ronela Vainio

We are pleased to announce February 11th - 13th, 2011, Ronela Vainio will be holding a 3-day intensive workshop: Introduction to Yogic Principles.

This workshop will focus on the fundamental concepts relative to an effective means of practise within the yogic system. From the basic knowledge of the chakra-s, to what yoga is, and from polarity, to the eight stages of yoga, Ronela will lead practitioners into understanding the basis of the traditional yogic system. As Anuttara Yoga is a holistically based style of yoga, with postures held for increasing lengths of time, it is a fully integrated form of yoga.

Friday 6pm - 9pm: Lecture: The Law of Correspondence and Resonance, Information on the Chakras + Hatha Yoga Practice

Saturday 11am - 2pm: Hatha Yoga Practice, Music, Meditation, Lecture: What is Yoga?

Saturday 4:30pm - 8pm: Lecture: Polarity of Energy, Surya Namaskar, Hatha Yoga Practice, Vowel Meditation, Anahata Meditation

Sunday 8:30am - 12pm: Surya Namaskar, Kriya Yoga Exercises, Hatha Yoga Practice, Lecture: How the Asanas Work

Sunday 4:00 - 7:00pm: Hatha Yoga Practice, Yoga Nidra, Lecture: The Eight Stages of Yoga, Music and Meditation

Cost: $150 for the entire weekend, or $30 for individual sessions. Please deposit $50 (or $30 for an individual session) with Naomi, to book your space today.

For more information visit

>> Bellydance with Krystyna

Beginning Monday, January 31st and running every Monday and Friday from 7:30pm - 9:00pm, join Krystyna Moss, Bellydancer Extraordinaire for a hip-shakin' good time.

Cost: $70 for the 10 class session or drop-in for $10

>> Salsa Aerobics with Sandra Abruzzo

All the way from Albuquerque, New Mexico, the lovely and talented Sandra will lead FOUR one hour special dance classes at the studio. Sandra specializes and competes in both Smooth and Rhythm dance forms, as well as, dances Salsa with her partner Julio.

Learn the basic steps of Salsa, Cha Cha, Rhumba and Meringue. Expect to turn up the heat and have lots of fun. Soft soled dance shoes are recommended. Proceeds from this class will go to a local charity.

Dates: Thursday March 10th 5:30 - 6:30pm, Saturday March 12th 1pm - 2pm, Monday March 14th 5:30 - 6:30pm, Thursday March 17th 5:30 - 6:30pm
Cost: $10 per class or $35 for all four

Pre-register today with Naomi.

>> Therapeutic Yoga

Naomi and Denise Gagnon, Natural Health Practitioner of Spa Essentials are teaming up once again to offer a very unique session of Therapeutic Yoga. It will incorporate elements of Hatha Yoga, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Meditation and Massage.

Stay tuned for exact dates and times. If you are interested, please get in touch with Naomi.

>> WL Yoga Schedule & Private Sessions

Check out the WL Web site for a complete listing of our regular classes. With a variety of styles and times there is something for everyBODY to get their 'Yoga-On'. We also offer private sessions with individuals or small groups at the studio or a location of your choice.

We look forward to seeing you on the mat and on the move.

Monday, January 3, 2011

With Gratitude and Warm Hearts

What's your motivation for 2011? Explore sankalpa, a Sanskrit word meaning "will, purpose, or determination," and perhaps set intentions rather than resolutions this year. Infuse positive energy into the New Year and your new endeavors by setting and achieving your goals now. Wild Lotus Studio would like to help shape your future by offering new classes, new techniques and new specials throughout the new year. Join in on the fun.

>> Morning Resolution - Rise and Shine in the Yoga Glow

Each and every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning from 7 - 8 am we flow together as a community in this fun and powerful Vinyasa class for beginner and intermediate practitioners.

Join Naomi Tomorrow Morning - Tuesday January 4th. Here's how to play:

A. Purchase a ONE MONTH pass and receive a 33% discount. That's 12 classes for the price of 8. >> $80 + HST
B. Purchase a 10 Class Pass for morning classes only with a six month expiry >> $90 + HST
C. Drop-in for $10 per class + HST

>> Open Practice - Every Friday morning

Join us in the warmth of the studio Friday mornings from 7 - 8 am to cultivate and deepen your own practice. This studio time will be self-directed and by donation. Let's practice together!

>> Roger Carling-Kelly - Wednesday Evenings 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Roger's 12 week Hatha class begins next Wednesday January 12th. It is now at capacity. If you are interested in participating please let us know and Roger will consider adding an additional class to the schedule.

>> Regular Schedule Resumes

We're back in action after the holidays and look forward to seeing you on the mat.

Tuesday Hatha 5:30 - 7:00 pm with Naomi
Wednesday Restorative 5:30 - 7:00 pm with Lonna
Saturday Hatha 9 - 10:30 am with Lonna

>> Stay Tuned

More news to follow on exciting products for the WL Boutique, as well as, Special Weekend Workshops with Guest Instructors.

All the best wishes for the new year.