Warrior Wellness

Warrior Yoga is NOT a fitness studio!  

However be prepared to shed weight, trauma & drama.

Yoga’s roots are from the eastern world.  A practice of creating balance in both strength and flexibility in all three bodies; physical, mental and spiritual (emotional).  Here in the west, a melting pot of culture, we have stripped away where we came from and forget who we are as we attempt to find “sameness” with our fellow neighbours.  Evolving to a point it is nearly criminal to recognize our differences.  As a white biologically female, I receive constant reminders that I am privileged as well as repressed.  This is what my neighbours in society reminds me.  I do not accept their labels, I am a warrior!

Here in the western world we adopted the practice of yoga like we do everything else.  We have stripped it down and forgot about what we can not see and focus almost completely on the  physical accomplishments obtainable.  We practice yoga in studios designed to sweat, shed fat, increase flexibility with the help of outside forces and not what is natural growth.  Bigger, stronger and faster in as little time as possible.  I am guilty of this too, and will openly admit I started yoga over a decade ago with a lot of post pregnancy weight to shed.   I found the studio and teachers I needed at the time, and over the years my practice has evolve as my life changed.  One of my Ayurveda teachers, Katie Silcox, thought using a beautiful metaphor which helped me understand the magic that would happen if Eastern and Western knowledge worked together.

Let a farmers field represent the human body.  Over time the soil changes from use, as well as environmental factors.  The soils ability to grow what is needed decreases, and becomes more ideal for less desirable plants.  Thistles, and dandelions for example start to appear at an alarming rate if conditions don’t change.  Western medicine is amazing at diagnosing what these unwanted “plants” are, and treating the “plants” as they surface.  However the plants never stop, and the longer the treatment for the “plants” take place the soil absorbs yet more elemental substances.  Which could over time result in additional “plants” appearing.   I praise the west for buying the field time through the diagnoses, as well as helping to control the unwanted “plants”.   Western treatment is just a bandaid.  It is not designed to treat the underlying reason for the unwanted  “plants”.  Eastern approach is to look at the soil and what makes the soil desirable for these unwanted “plants”.  What makes the dandelions, and thistles grow, then through addition or subtraction bring the soil back to what is needed to grow what is desired.

Western medicine recognizes the same three pillars that are the foundation of Eastern medicine; physical body, mental body and emotional body.  Most treatment plans you receive from a family doctor will include changes to diet and exercise (physical), or fall under mental health (mental & emotional).    Religious groups also bring awareness to these pillars (Father, Son, Holy Spirit).  Instead of creating division by the different use of words imagine how powerful people would be as a collective if focused on how we could learn from and help each other.

This is exactly what Warrior Yoga hopes to share with the world.  Instead of focusing on creating sameness through removal of difference.  It is our differences that show how much we are the same.  Understand?  See how words can play with the goal?

Everyone has their own unique DNA( physical make up).  They also have their own unique energetic make up (spiritual make up).  We get these from our ancestors and pass many of these traits down to our children.  That special thing that makes you, you, is your mental make up.  There is no sameness, therefor no manual can be written by a doctor on how to fix “you”. The sooner my clients and the world, as a whole, accept this the sooner we can all heal.  Warrior Yoga’s primary goal is to help those who are ready to discover, not be told, what is their best (unique) lifestyle.  Their way of life that will bring them back into balance physically, mentally and emotionally (spiritually).  Too bring forward and live the life of the warrior they have hidden within.

My Journey (Bio)

“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything.  Maybe its about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place. – author unknown”

I wasn’t the girl who dreamed of her wedding day, or even what I would be when I grew up.  I have always wanted to follow my heart and its taken me almost forty years, and some great losses to finally listen.

I was born the oldest of five girls in Medicine Hat Alberta, Alberta.  Here is where the journey began.  My mother was a stay at home, who supplemented her income running a daycare, and took in extra children.  My father worked away a lot on the pipeline.  When he was home most of my memories of him involved him drinking or being sick.  Yet I am a self proclaimed daddy’s girl.  In grade five my parents decided to move when my dad got a DUI.

The frackers lifestyle had caught up with our family and a fresh start was what my parents needed.  They purchased from my grandfather, a family run general store in Robsart, a small hamlet in southern Saskatchewan.  Long gone where the Christmas’s and birthdays with high tech toys, which is what a frackers salary could buy.  I looked forward to my older cousin, Rachel’s growth spurts, because that meant another black garbage bag full of hand me downs that I could grow into.  I only notice the severity of my parents loss in income, when the day came that they realized the store couldn’t support a family of seven.  We moved back to a bigger centre just as I entered grade 8.  The days in Robsart brought on adventure.  My sister Amanda and I, had our favourite places to explore.  But it was those two and a half years that most of my fondest memories where made.  I left Robsart, and didn’t look back.   Over twenty years later I returned and rediscovered who I was meant to be in the first place.

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How to find Warrior Wellness

Located within Nirvana 101
101- 616 Kingsway Ave SE
Medicine Hat, Alberta
T1A 2W9