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Eastern Wisdom in Western Canada


I had always thought that my hometown, Fort St. John, was a desolate, yoga-less abyss. How wrong I was! Upon checking out a locally published brochure on health and wellness I discovered yoga practitioners and teachers at almost all the local gyms as well as several independent yoga studios. I was flabbergasted!

I was also determined to take advantage of this wealth of yogis so I set out to The Sacred Space Yoga Studio one grey morning. The studio was small but soothing, decked with dark wood, mirrors, candles and crystals. The instructor sat at one corner of the room on a sheepskin layered over a yoga mat. She was framed by candles, a gong, and a large willow tree making its home behind her.

After an hour and a half of yoga, meditation, chakra opening, singing, and, most importantly, learning about my breathing I was fairly sold on this musical-meditative-yoga mash-up. I emerged refreshed, relaxed, and largely at peace with the world. The next day I was more than a little stiff, but I guess even with yoga, no pain means no gain.

If you happen to be needing a little realignment, a touch of serenity, or even just a nice dose of stretching, next time you wander through Fort St. John, don’t hesitate to stop by one of the local yoga studios. If The Sacred Space is anything to go by, the local studios know exactly what they are doing!

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Taken on July 19, 2009