⤐☾ ☼ ✩ Never ♡ Stop ♡ Exploring
Yay! So happy I am an internationally recognized Yoga teacher and I have so much to be grateful for!!
I feel it was one of the craziest decision to go to a Yoga Teacher Training in Feb 2018 in Bali at age 40! But then I heard the deep calling inside me: do that Yoga Teacher Training in Bali!
So I did. My life was in turmoil, my marriage of over 15 years had just ended, my work environment was not as fulfilling as I had hoped, my young son was having a hard time with the changes and I was feeling hopeless, I had to move from my home of 10 years and being far away from family was taking a tool on my mind and spirit and also on my physical body. I needed to find my light again. To get my life back into track, to heal and find my path.
And it was as if the Universe was at my back! It just went amazingly and it was one of the best experience later in life! Warm weather, delicious and healthy food, spectacular ocean, amazing wild nature, simple and beautiful people, ethereal music and dance… I have found my tribe! I was so happy!
Day 07: Sunday was our Day Off from school and right after breakfast I ventured into the Royal village of Ubud. Ubud comes from the Balinese word 'medicine' due to its healing properties of plants growing inn the Campuhan river. Sara Swati and Banyu Pinaruh celebrations made the visits extra special. Experienced the water ritual of Tirta Empul temple of soul purification. The water temple was founded in 926 A.D. and is dedicated to Vishnu, who is the Hindu god of water. Ubud is a lovely lovely village!
Day 08: Monday starting a new module and moving from the sacred cyclical time of the serpent to the jaguar. Today I am very grateful for all the delicious meals Kadek and all the other amazing ladies have been providing us. Exquisitely tasty food meals, with a healthy dose of raw food prepared here at their own kitchen using the freshest ingredients. I am hoping to make some of these recipes when I get back home: quinoa veggie soups, raw energy green salads, wholegrain toast with homemade jams & cocoa butter, turmeric curried coconut tofu, fresh diced local tropical fruit platters, pink dragon fruit or mango juices,etc. My heart is grateful for this brief moment when I don't have to do grocery shopping, and plan what to cook for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Soooo spoiled 💗
Day 05: Reality is starting to kick in! Life at the Bali Yoga teacher training is hardwork too! But with the struggle, you get to grow. In this wonderful days, I feel struggling with language and physical yoga poses, as well as growing together with my lovely classmates tremendously everyday. It's pushing my boundaries and I haven't felt this way in a very long time! There are some girls who are dancers, gymnasts and younger than me. I feel I may actually be the older in the group! I admire how well many can handle all the challenging poses, and they are giving me so much help and encouragement as well, which helped me make progress even faster, and achieved poses that I never dreamt of doing in no time! 💗
Day 06: Kura Kura is steps away from the sea. Today's break after lunch was a time to enjoy some time cleansing in the ocean. Kura Kura is the Indonesian word for ‘sea turtle’. The sea turtle is an ancient symbol of the spiritual ground of the universe, it implies independence, patient long journeys and the support for all, from all that exists. Kura Kura is a rustic place located on the Southeast shore of Bali, in a traditional fishermen village called Pantai Seseh. Here the waves are wild and the current strong, and seems to be much liked by surfers. Being so close to the sea feels sooooo wonderful. Grateful heart! 💗
Bali Day 03: Today I am officially a SYI Bali student 🕉️ and together with a total of 16 lovely girls embarking on a 21 day long yoga training in this beautiful natural place. As a yogini I would be a vessel and I feel it will be an Art and a Privilege to teach yoga. I am blessed with a beautiful and sunny weather, knowledgeable and thoughtful instructors, kind and happy caregivers, delicious and healthy vegetarian food served daily three times a day. My intention is to step into this with clarity, integrity, and presence. Oh! The hardest part?! I missing my not so little boy soooooo much... 💗
Bali Day 04: Our days have been getting really busy. Our daily schedule starts at 5am wake up to be ready for meditation by 6am. Its lovely to wake up to the sounds of birds and geckos singing in the garden. Then the day is full of studies and activities until about 8pm. Our amazing instructors, Zach and Adriana, are great holding space and creating a healing space for us. The girls in my training are also so warm and full of love. Thank you for those concerned about the recent earthquake. I was asleep and really I didn't feel anything. 💗
Day 01/02: Embarking on a solo trip to Bali to become a Yoga teacher certified - Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!
Bali Day 01: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!!! 🤗😁🍂🍁💞 Arrived late afternoon during rush hour. So many cars and scouters! Main means of transportation in Denpasar are scouters and they were everywhere! After settling at the hostel, I took a deep breath and decided to go for an evening walk. I visited a small local night market with so many interesting exotic fruits, but decided not to bring a camera because as I was b y myself I didn't want to have it stolen, so I sadly I don't have pictures of the amazing night market and its colorful and its vibrant colors and life. Many smells, fruits, interesting food and people. English was rarely spoken and I felt that I seem to be the only foreigner wandering those night streets. I was blessed to have been given a guava and a snakeskin fruit to try. First time trying a snakeskin fruit I was a bit reluctant as I had no idea even what to do with it. But I ate with a huge smile as I was really hungry! The streets can be slightly chaotic with the traffic and hordes of scooters parked on one side of the road. Its 5am local time on Oct 9 and getting ready to travel to my next destination: Kura Kura in the town of Canggu
Bali Day 02: One day before Yoga teacher training begins, and on the 45 min drive to Munggu, I see many many small and big temples (Puras) along the way. Puras are the focus of the spiritual activity of many Balinese Hindu community on the island. I learned that most villages have at least three large temples, and every home has a merajan (shrine) or sanggah (house temple). These temples protect the island and its people. Today I also walked on the beach with three lovely ladies that together with twelve more, will become like family for the next 21 days. 💗
Feeling deeply blessed. So this just happened on Saturday, November 24, 2018. After two years I was finally able to complete the course and become a certified 200hr RYT Yoga teacher.
This journey happened about two years ago. Yoga for me, was a healing to cope with anxiety and separation. I am so grateful for all the spiritual journey I've been given to explore, to learn and meet such warm and amazing people. Thank you Alberta Yoga College.
So grateful for another beautiful day in the mountains! This time we headed to Icefields Parkway to hike/scramble Noseeum Peak. Breathtaking
tarted the day following a lovely creek and met a stunning waterfall at the base of the mountain. There we started to scramble until reaching the blue-greenish waters of the Noseeum lake. Then a lot of scrambling until reaching the summit.
Interesting fact, this mountain takes its name from Noseeum Creek that was named for a small black fly that bites. Returned home with some nasty bites. Was a noseeum?! yikes!
Lots of hand-on scramble, which I enjoyed and many lovely wildflowers and alpine plants that made the day just so much interesting! Thank you again to our amazing organiser and the fun awesome group. Thank you sooooo much!!
Round Trip Distance:
Total Elevation gain: 1145m
We went to beautiful Mount Carnavon this time. Near Field, BC this was a long, demanding but just beautiful hike/scramble.
From Field, BC we went west for about 2.5 km and turned right on Emerald Lake Rd for another 9 km. Parked at Emerald Lake Parking area and looked for the Hamilton Lake trailhead at the entrance of the
parking. I love Field as there is a warmth and cuteness to the town and Emerald Lake is beautiful on all seasons. I have done snowshoeing at the lake before, which I enjoyed a lot.
Lots of hand-on scramble, which I enjoyed and many lovely wildflowers and alpine plants that made the day just so much interesting!
So many lovely wildflowers on the trail and absolutely gorgeous and large mountain with many areas of loose redish/browish scree and exposure. It often had snow / ice on the route to the summit. I didn't summit but two of us did. But happy to hear we were very very close!
Thank you again to our amazing organizer Michael JC and the fun awesome group. Thank you sooooo much for some of the photos. There is a mix of my photos, Michael's photos, Jenny's photos and Lito's photos. Love how we can all contribute!
Round Trip Distance:
Total Elevation gain: 1800m
Ascent Time: About 5hrs (one-way)
I can say this one was probably one of the funnest hikes I have ever done so far! Loved Mt. Cory! It was all perfect, the weather, the company, the challenge, the hike and the mountain views were amazing!
I regret not taking my camera this time... Thankful to our awesome organizer M.JC and friends for some of these amazing shots!
Mount Cory is located just to the northwest of Banff. Two interesting features distinguish Cory Mountain, a 300 meter vertical groove on its southwest face and a cool cave, also on the southwestern flank known as “Hole in the Wall”.
The views from the top through the summit are just amazing. With some hands on scrambling.
This hike made for a pretty fun day out with alpine meadows along the way filled with very pretty colorful wild flowers.
Round Trip Distance:
Total Elevation gain: 1670m
Ascent Time: About 5hrs
Another amazing time in the mountains with my tribe! Spending time in the mountains is my forever happy time! It was an awesome scramble with some fun bushwhacking involved.
This time we headed to Association Peak in Kananaskis. We started to hike at 2pm with the intention to experience the beauty of the sunset and full moon at the peak.
We found lots of beautiful wild flowers, and the mosquitoes/bugs were crazy!! This was a very challenging and long hike in the afternoon and through the night. It took us close to 11 hours including some breaks to the top, but sadly we didn't summit.
One of our friends had an accident (fall) and she had to be lifted by helicopter. It was a scary experience to request for a rescue helicopter to land on a difficult terrain in the mountains. Glad she is recovering well and can't wait to be back in the mountains.
Even though the approach is painful sometimes, this was an awesome moderate scramble. Descend at night with the sight of the full moon. Loving my adventure seeking group!
Association Peak Scramble in Kananaskis. Directions: From Calgary, follow Trans-Canada Hwy/AB-1 West and take exit 114. Keep going on AB-1X North for about 4 km and turn right on Bow Valley Trail/AB-1A. Continue for just over 2 km and you`ll see an indication to the Mt Yamnuska parking lot, turn left and head up to the parking 1 km further.
About 11 hours one way.
Elevation gain about 1051m
This was any doubt an experience of a lifetime! I have never imagined to hike overnight and see the sunrise on top of a mountain... So doing this for the first time felt pretty awesome! So grateful to have found this amazing group and a skillful and friendly organizer Michael JC. Oh! It was sooo cold and windy at the top of the summit, but the view was absolutely marvelous... with a pretty good elevation gain. So peaceful and beautiful...
The route begins on a creekbed, and the start of the trail is just 250 m from the trailhead. To find it, keep left on the gravel flats and look for conspicuous cairns. The trail rises steeply in the trees with few openings to take in the beautiful Kananaskis scenery, and few level spots to catch our breath. We saw many lovely wildflowers along the way. Things get interesting when the path climbs to the top of a rocky ridge where the views really open up. After the ridge, the trail winds up a scree slope to the summit. The steepest part of the entire route is just below it. A brief ridge walk ends at the true summit.
Joining this hike felt like joining a team. Looking out for each other, enjoying the beauty of life outdoors, the mountains, sharing fantastic experiences with amazing people, and taking lots of or posing for awesome pictures. I feel that I may have found my tribe...
Today was my first Meetup hike and we headed to West of the Foothills to Deer Ridge.
It was a gorgeous and sunny Spring morning. A fun 6.6 km loop, and about ~200 m of elevation gain (1 calgary tower). We encountered remains of winter with some patches of snowy and icy trail conditions.
Summer of 2015 in Vancouver Island! Families heading to Vancouver for a summer vacation have their own different itineraries adapted by family size, time spent and budget. But for us, the itinerary was a family on a tight budget and a tight schedule, loving to spend time close to nature and follow locally places to eat.
Day 01/02: Depart Horseshoe Bay on BC Ferries to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island for about 01 hour. We camped at the Living Forest Oceanside Campground on site T22 Riverview Tent. Great private spot surrounded by large mature trees. Enjoyed a bike ride to Nanaimo and a tasty Nanaimo bar at the Perkins Coffee Co.
Day 03/04: Took a ferry to Gabriola Island and tented at the Descanso Bay Regional Park Campground. Located just a short distance from the ferry terminal. Gabriola Island is a small, quiet and secluded island with many little cute shops and cafes. We loved the food at the Mad Ronas so much we had to go back for breakfast and lunch twice!
Day 05/06: A visit to one of Canada's most popular summer destinations, Parksville & Qualicum Beach. We managed to tent at the Rathrevor Beach Provincial Park Campground on Rathrevor Beach. Our family spent countless hours at the wide sandy beach looking for sand dollars and empty shells. Amazing variety of little marine creatures living under the sand. The Lefty's Restaurant had a good family friendly menu with delicious baking options.
Day 07/08: Moved toward the Pacific Rim side of Vancouver Island and because of the rainy and wet days we stayed at the Island Village Properties at North Chesterman's Beach during the first couple days.
On August 16th, 2015, a overcast day I decided to challenge myself to a solo hike to Plain of Six Glaciers in Lake Louise. It was a last minute decision to try the second tea house in Lake Louise. It ended up being a solo hike, because I was suppose to go to the popular Agnes Tea House with some girlfriends, but the prediction for rain unfortunately scared them out. I was OK with it, because I always wanted to try the hike to Plain of Six Glaciers and it became a great opportunity to challenge myself.
The trail to the Plain of Six Glaciers took me pretty close to the heart of Mount Lefroy, Mount Victoria and the Victoria Glacier. it was a good opportunity to safely take amazing pictures of the glaciers covered with fluffy powdered snow. This one became one of my favorite hike spots as it offered incredible views, and plenty of opportunity to see wildlife, and the best of all was to enjoy a warm cup of tea with a delicious bow of soup at the tea house. It was a moderately challenging hike, and the first few kilometers of the route was along an easy and relatively flat shoreline trail.
Today was an unusually sunny and mild end of February winter day. We were looking forward a fun snowshoeing day, but found out that there is really little snow in the mountains this year for snowshoeing at all. So we settle for a short hike around Johnson Lake. The trail is relatively flat and scenic with just a few dips to negotiate around the lake. Johnson Lake can be accessed on the exit from the TransCanada Highway in Banff National Park, via the Lake Minnewanka exit. We are familiar with the area because we camped on the popular Two Jack Lake Campground last year. Another great spot to hike.
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