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Affordable Student Massage: Vancouver Based

Langara College Vancouver  RMT Program

Did you know that the Langara College RMT programs hold student clinics most days of the week? The location is convenient, near Whole Foods on Cambie & 8th Ave in Vancouver.

You can book in with a ‘student massage therapist’ for a super reasonable price. The main thing to be aware of is that the instructor might pop in to check on the student’s technique.

The number to call for more information is


Enjoy your relaxing!

When Your Knees Hit The Floor: For Real

I posted the following quote on FB the other day, never thinking I would literally go through it.

Yup, it happened.

“Something very beautiful happens to people when their world has fallen apart: 

a humility, a nobility, a higher intelligence emerges at just the point when our knees hit the floor.”

~ Marianne Williamson

So, I’m out for my walk yesterday, still processing all the recent health diagnosis that are too frightfully boring and ‘chronic’  and ‘rare” and ‘serious’ feeling to go in to and walking daily is what I love but also part of my ‘healthy living plan” (Oh God, Ive become one of those older people) and thinking about which car was in the driveway while looking ahead at said driveway and not on the ground and I turned an ankle on a stone perfectly round like a squash ball and down I went, on my knees and arm and wrist and shoulder and holy  F*%K, it hurt like the be jeesus. Luckily I carry my iPhone with me, so I can measure my peak heart rate so I called middle daughter to help and of course she did (daughter number one got in a comment about a walker before I told her where to put her that nonsense) and one of them had a comment about me not wearing my glasses.

This quote now makes so much more sense, Marianne was out for a walk without her glasses and tripped and fell!

All joking aside, it is true; as I lay there in considerable physical and emotional pain, of being ill, of getting older, of being in a failing marriage, of being one of those people I said I would never become (how did I think I could avoid health issues?), something in me let go, released, shook free and I don’t know that I feel noble, however, my knees certainly hit the floor, in this case pavement, I do feel humble and like my world has fallen apart and I guess I can see a glimmer of beauty and a little bubble of a giggle as I listen to my daughter with the dry sardonic wit describe the event to her sisters (‘yeh, I had to help her up, she was a mess, she was wailing like a newborn baby’, which we will have soon in the family) and in all of this perhaps the beauty is that of authentic raw vulnerability. I’m just like everybody else, I feel, I hurt, I need help and in that I feel compassion, I feel universal pain, I feel universal hurt, I feel universal compassion. We are all the same and there’s the beauty.




Women | Health | Life: A Powerful Quote from a Wise Woman

As a life, executive and organizational coach in the helping professions, I often encounter folks who are trying to ‘fix’ others.

Deborah Adele, author of “The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice” has a beatiful and wise way of speaking about this.

‘When we are unwilling to look deeply and courageously into our own lives, we can easily violate others in many subtle ways that we may not even be aware of, thinking that we are actually helping them.

Thinking we know what is better for others becomes a subtle way we do violence. When we take it upon ourselves to ‘help’ the other we whittle away at their sense of autonomy. Nonviolence asks us to trust the other’s ability to find the answer they are seeking. It asks us to have faith in the other, not feel sorry for them. Nonviolence asks us to trust the other’s journey and love and support others to their highest image of themselves, not our highest image of them. It asks that we stop managing ourselves, our experience, others, and others’ experiences of us. Leave the other person free of our needs, free to be themselves and free to see us as they choose.’

Powerful words and indeed, the foundational philosophy of the ‘coaching relationship’.



Yoga on the Beach: Los Cabos Vacation

Yoga on the Beach on our Recent Los Cabos Vacation

Wayne and I spent a busy week in Los Cabos recently, getting the condo ready for the rental season. It was a vacation from work at home but were we ever busy!

During the busyness of life yoga and coming back to my breath is my sanity.

I have been blessed with a friendship with Ivonne Lopez, who teaches the beach yoga classes at our Casa del Mar development.

Here is us with some honeymooners who attended class. It was a fabulous class!



The Beauty of the Desert: Los Cabos Love

Los Cabos Love

I never would have imagined that a desert could be breathtakingly beautiful!

When my husband Wayne and I met in 1984, my idea if a dream vacation included lots of palm trees and tropical foliage and an ocean, like in Hawaii.

Wayne had been traveling to the Palm Springs area for many years as his grandparents would spend the winter there.

I fell in love with the beauty of the desert on my first trip! I had been worried about liking it as thought it would be dry, barren and ugly.

Deserts are unique bio systems filled with life! The sunlight in a desert area seems brighter and more luminous.

I love traveling back to the Baja and feel so blessed to have a little home/condo in the Los Cabos Corridor that is our sanctuary! I have named it Casita Topaz due to the gorgeous peachy topaz colour of the sand and surrounding rocks.

We hope you fall in love with the Baja too and we would love to share our casita with you as a Los Cabo Corridor beachfront vacation rental if you are ever interested.

Have a wonderful day my friends.



casita topaz ~ a tranquil desert jewel


Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: A Beautiful Quote for Your Day!

Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: A Beautiful Quote


My heartbeat is the holy carpet I sit upon to meditate and pray.

Breath is the universal religion.

Humility is the key to unlocking all doors.”


~ From the 13 Moon Natural Time Calendar




zoey ryan BSc., PCC, RYT

integrative health coach for wise women

yoga & healthy life coaching to set your heart on fire and soothe your soul!v

Topaz Lotus Living: Evening Prayers

Topaz Lotus Living: Evening Prayers

‘Good night moon

Goodnight cows jumping over the moon …

Goodnight stars

Goodnight air

Goodnight noises everywhere’


Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: A Beautiful Quote for Your Day

Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: A Beautiful Quote for Your Day

“As if you were on fire from within.

The moon lies in the lining of your skin.”

~ Pablo Neruda

Enjoy your day


yoga, health & life coaching to light your fire & soothe your soul


Topaz Lotus Living: Evening Prayers

Topaz Lotus Living: Evening Prayers

May all be filled with lovingkindness

May all be well

May all be peaceful and at ease

May all be happy


Women ~ Health ~ Life: 3 Simple Health Tips

Topaz Lotus Living: 3 Simple Health Tips


1. Eat unprocessed foods most (ie 80%) of the time.

2. Do some type of flowing body movement each day like gentle yoga or Tai Chi

3. Laugh!


Enjoy your day!

in peace and mindfulness,



zoey ryan BSc., PCC, RYT

health coach for wise women

yoga & healthy life coaching to set your heart on fire and soothe your soul!

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