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Gentle Yoga for Curious Beginners & Their Friends!

Topaz Lotus Yoga, Wellness & Inspired Living

Coming soon to Tsawwassen in South Delta BC …

Gentle hatha yoga & meditation (wisdom yoga) for curious beginners and their friends with Zoey Ryan

Why ‘do’ yoga with Zoey

Benefits:

– improve your health
– deepen your mind body connection
– bring inner peace to a busy life
– increase your strength & flexibility
– nourish your heart & soul

Your first class is my gift to you! Contact me for more information and start dates!

peace & namaste,

zoey

Women ~ Life ~ Travel: Vacationing to Los Cabos

Topaz Lotus Living: Los Cabos Vacation

 

I’m quite excited about an upcoming vacation back to one of our favorite places on earth, Casa Del Mar in the Los Cabos area! Baja California Sur, both delights my senses and nourishes my heart and soul! As many folks say, there is just something about the Baja!

We first heard about Casa Del Mar in 1990, when we made our first trip to the Los Cabos area. At that time, the ‘Corridor’, the stretch of beach between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo was virtually undeveloped and the Casa Del Mar development consisted of one condo building. We could see the vision and the potential and actually put on offer in on a condo unit. Our condo purchase idea fizzled, fortuitously as it turns out, however, we have returned to the resort many times over the years and always have a wonderful vacation.

On this trip, we will be joined by our best couple friends (who we met in pre-natal class many years ago), and with whom we have shared a multitude of milestones, celebrations and vacations! We have sailed together, laughed together, parented kids together and lost loved ones together.

There is something very, very special about having such long standing and great friends. Our families lives have been intertwined for 25 years.

On this trip, we will enjoy sunrises, dancing, relaxing, wonderful food, swimming, yoga on the beach (with the wonderful Ivonne of Shanti Yoga Los Cabos), reading, great chats and maybe some paddleboarding!

I can’t wait!

peace & hippie love for generations,

zoey

Here’s us doing yoga last year!

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Topaz Lotus Living: Women Artists

I saw this painting in a small quaint used book store in Loreto, Mexico, on the Baja and it spoke to me!

I think it represents my walking purposefully into my wisdom years.

The artist, Jeanine is a wise woman who I really had a connection with.

It’s hanging in a place of honor in my home, where I see it every day!

Enjoy …

zoey

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Topaz Lotus Living: Loreto Bay Vacation

Loreto Bay Vacation

There’s nothing like a vacation for long stretches of un-interrupted reading!

So far, Kaitlin and I have both finished ‘The Hypnotist’ by Lars Kepler (dark psychological thriller); Kaitlin is now reading ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn, which coincidently is my pick for our women’s book club this month. I finished ‘Gone Girl’ in the fall and found it to be a surprising read. I like that, when a book surprises me!

Delaney finished ‘The Hobbit’ and is almost through ‘Lord of the Rings’ by Tolkien.

I’ve recently started ‘The Nightmare’, also by Lars Kepler. Interesting that Lars Kepler is a ‘writing couple’, not an individual.

Wayne reads the news and his Spanish books, he’s not a fiction lover.

Next up for me is ‘Sea of Cortez’ by John Steinbeck.

namaste,

zoey

Women ~ Life ~ Health: Inspirational Quote from a Wise Woman

Inspirational Quote by a Very Wise Woman

 

“I love to see a young girl ((  ‘or woman’ Zoey’s words )) go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”

– Maya Angelou

 

Let’s grab those lapels lovely friends!

 

In peace and mindfulness,

Zoey

Zoey Ryan BSc., PCC
executive ~ leadership ~ life coach for wise women

mindfulness life coaching to set your heart on fire and soothe your soul!

Enjoy this special calming visual … with ‘blissings’ from Zoey

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
~ Mary Oliver from the poem A Summers Day

Women ~ Life ~ Health: Yoga & Music Festival in Whistler – Synchronicity!

I’ve mentioned before how my family is my foundation and that I just totally adore my three hippie like daughters.

I guess a life coach should be prepared for this and it was with only a glimmer of a catch of breath that I accepted my daughter’s invitation to share a few days in Whistler with her. She really enjoys her self care, I say with a smile.

There were only 2 days that worked for both of us and after scouting the web for deals we were very excited to book into the Westin for 2 nights.

It was after the fact that I found out that Whistler is hosting “Wanderlust: a Yoga and Music Festival”!

I’ve been a yoga practitioner for over 15 years and I recently took a prental yoga teacher training course through Semperviva Yoga Vancouver.  My plan is to offer prenatal yoga classes as and add on to my life coaching for women in Vancouver.

You’ve gotta’ love the synchronicity as without my conscious intention, we will be up at Whistler during a weekend that combines three of my loves; my family, music and yoga! Thank you Universe.

 

In peace and mindfulness,

Zoey

Zoey Ryan BSc., PCC
executive ~ leadership ~ life coach for wise women

mindfulness life coaching to set your heart on fire and soothe your soul!

Enjoy this special calming visual … with ‘blissings’ from Zoey

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
~ Mary Oliver from the poem A Summers Day

Women ~ Life ~ Health: Monday Mornings Back To Work

I needed a little help getting going this Monday morning when my alarm went off at 5:15 am and then I thought of all the parents and athletes from the Olympics who have all likely had many, many early mornings!

I thought too of folks single parenting and those who do runs and bike rides and paddles all for cancer research.

So, here I am, with runners on, heading out for a run and then a wonderful full week of work!

I am motivated by others dedication and the great work we are currently doing in our prenatal health coaching and yoga with vulnerable pregnant moms!

Have a fabulous day beautiful wise women!

In peace and mindfulness,

Zoey

Zoey Ryan BSc., PCC
executive ~ leadership ~ life coach for wise women

mindfulness life coaching to set your heart on fire and soothe your soul!

Enjoy this special calming visual … with ‘blissings’ from Zoey

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
~ Mary Oliver from the poem A Summers Day

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Women ~ Life ~ Health: Self-Care is not Selfish aka a Living a Life in Balance

In my last blog post, I listed 7 key life coaching tips or words of wisdom,  for help in obtaining and living a ‘life in balance’ for women.

 

Tip # 1 is – Put yourself at the top of the list of priorities!

 

Many women I work with say, “Hey, I couldn’t do this, that would be selfish.  What about my kids?  What about my work? My family?”.

 

The intention with this ‘life coaching tip’ isn’t that you forget about your caring and your relationships.  Rather, it is taking a slightly different look at life and life beliefs.

 

In our current culture, we are still feeling the influence of ‘agricultural society values’ from yesteryear, where physical strength and pregnancy/birthing were two key factors in identifying roles.  Add in old time Christian teaching that ‘the man is the head of the household’ and the end result is that without personal reflection and inquiry, many women fall into a ‘victim’ role in the family and community, without even knowing it.

 

Self care is really about knowing yourself well.  Knowing what your emotional and physical needs are, what your values are, when you feel taken advantage of, when you feel overwhelmed, when you feel fully nourished, balanced and fulfilled.

 

Here’s an example…. Jane is a working mom, trying to balance making lunches, driving to school and soccer practice, work, groceries, spending time with her guy, seeing her parents … you get the picture!  She’s in survival mode, always on the brink of overwhelm.  Every 6 to 8 weeks though, she  gets sick with a cold type illness and needs to ‘crash’ for a few days.  Though she feels guilty for missing work, she kind of relishes the ‘sick days’ as she gets cared for with things like ‘hot tea in bed’ and can stay home in bed and read all day, while her hubby drives kids to school and makes meals.

 

What’s the pattern here?  It’s push push push …. crash; push, push, push …crash!  It’s speaks to her relationship with her husband and role allocation.  It speaks to her family of origin (I’ll bet this is how her mom did life), it speaks to what she is modeling for her kids (you only get to read in bed all day if you are sick).

 

With good self care, how could Jane’s pattern be different?  If she understood her socio-cultural conditioning, her deep emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual needs; she would have a solid foundation to clearly ask for what she needs from those in relationship with her.  For example, she could re-negotiate role responsibility with her husband, she could set up a car pool for driving to soccer etc.  Also, Jane realized that she had completed stopped her yoga, which she had previously really enjoyed.  Jane joined a yoga studio and also booked in a series of therapeutic massages.  Although the massage therapy was totally covered through Jane’s extended medical plan, she had been too busy to even explore her benefits!

 

By being clear on her own needs and ensuring these needs are met, Jane is giving her self great self care and therefore feels happier and more in balance.  Jane realized that she had been only doing things for herself once all the other ‘to dos’ were completed. Now she is at the top of the list and can care for others from a solid inner balanced core of emotional and spiritual strength!

 

Give it a try my beautiful friends!

 

In peace and mindfulness,

Zoey

Zoey Ryan BSc., PCC
executive ~ leadership ~ life coach for wise women

mindfulness life coaching to set your heart on fire and soothe your soul!

Enjoy this special calming visual … with ‘blissings’ from Zoey 

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Mary Oliver from the poem A Summers Day

 

 

 

Women ~ Health ~ Life: Yoga in the Earthwise Garden with Shanti Yoga

Yoga in The Garden aka Life Coaching Tip: Do Yoga Friday Afternoons to Release The Tensions of the Week!

 

My local yoga studio, Shanti Yoga offered a wonderful yoga class last evening as a fundraiser for the Earthwise Garden and Organic Farm in Tsawwassen. I decided to do it as part of my giving back to the community and as part of my self -care to keep my work life in balance.

 

We all brought our own mats and were kind of spontaneously spaced around Chantal, our instructor.

 

Earthwise is a very interesting and special place. The following is taken from the Earthwise Website (www.earthwise.ca)

“Earthwise Society is a catalyst for the creation of a sustainable community through empowering individuals to take responsibility for social, economic and environmental well-being.”

The Earthwise Garden is a community program that teaches about sustainability, horticulture, and community development through gardening, farming and recycling. It is based in Boundary Bay, near Centennial Beach, in the community of Tsawwassen.


Not often does one have the opportunity to do yoga and meditation and just melt into the grass and release all of the week’s worries, energy and cares into the ground, surrounded by like minded people, bunnies, birds and beautiful flowers. It was truly magical!

 

Thanks Shanti Yoga, Chantal and Earthwise!

 

Shanti Yoga is also doing two groovy yoga retreats: in November on Galiano Island and in April in Bali! You can get more info by checking out their website at www.shantiyogabc.com

 

In peace & mindfulness,

 

Zoey

Zoey Ryan BSc., PCC
executive ~ leadership ~ life coach for wise women

mindfulness life coaching to set your heart on fire & soothe your soul

Enjoy a special calming visual for you … Namaste from Zoey

 

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
~ Mary Oliver from the poem A Summers Day

 


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Women ~ Life ~ Health: Inspiring Quote

Words of Wisdom from Women For Women

Inspiring Quote of the Day

Freedom is a bigger game than power. Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash.”

~ Harriet Rubin

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