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Life Balance 3 Tips to Improve Your Holistic Health

Building on the theme from recent posts about summer energy, poetry and living in alignment with nature and her cycles, let’s weave in some of the teachings of the Tao Te Ching as a foundational theme in creating life balance.

Being brought up in a Western family spiritually grounded in Christianity, I wasn’t exposed to the Tao until my 30’s while on a spiritual quest following a family crisis. Do you find that crises often lead to spiritual growth? It was after reading The Life of Pi by Yann Martel that I decided to go deeper with the learning about the Tao. This may be a funny way to deepen learning, ie from a very enjoyable novel, however it worked for me! Since that time, the books that have helped my western mind understand the Tao have been ‘The Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu’ translated by Brian Browne Walker, ‘Change Your Thoughts-Change Your Life: Living The Wisdom of the Tao’ by Wayne Dyer and ‘A Thousand Names For Joy: Living in Harmony With The Way Things Are’ by Byron Katie.

Byron Katie’s book I found to be particularly powerful.

As a life coach and executive/leadership coach, the women I work with are often challenged to find a balance or equilibrium between making conscious and strategic changes on the one hand and allowing the gentle flow of life on the other hand. Another way to describe this dynamic is seeing the balance between striving towards change and being drawn towards your future. The Tao seems to be very helpful for the second part of this equation. The Tao reminds us that life is like water, it resides in the low places, over time it carves out deep valleys and can move mountains, and it is hard to grasp. I have found that the more I try to figure the Tao out, the more complex it becomes and if I allow my entire self to be open to it, I ‘grasp’ it more easily. So, the life balance learning is about honouring the Tao of life and the Tao of you.

Life Balance Tips Using the Tao, remember the second part of the equation above, :

1. Read something about the Tao Te Ching, you can pick one of the books above or simply do a quick search on the internet.

2. Ask yourself how your life is or isn’t like the Tao?

3. One of the dominant themes of the Tao is about water and flow, spend lots of time in the water (for fun) and ask yourself what you feel drawn towards? Interesting imagery is to imagine that ‘life’ is a gently flowing river and you are floating down in a beautiful kayak, can it truly be this effortless? Might you run up into a log jam or two? Might the current of the river move you beyond it? Play with this image and sink into the energy of the Tao to bring more balance to your life.

Being Mindful About Your ‘Just Enough’ Place?

Inspired Living: Where Is Your ‘Just Enough Place’?

Are you one of those people who is always striving to do better, who would feel dissatisfied by ‘just enough’?  Are you striving to be better, get better; achieve five year plans, learn the next new thing and so on? There is nothing wrong with a healthy dose of ambition, in fact, it helps you get things done, however, it needs to be balanced with an equally dynamic and seemingly mutually exclusive energy of ‘I am enough, I know enough, I have enough’ or what I, as a life coach call, your ‘just enough place’.

If the balance isn’t there, if you move beyond your ‘just enough place’ frequently enough, people can become highly wound perfectionists, never satisfied with their life. On the other hand if one totally misses the ‘ambition or life long learning gene’, life is devoid of forward growth and learning. The concept of ‘just enough’ then, is integral to life balance and fulfillment.

The concept of ‘just enough’ is also woven into many spiritual traditions, where ‘living lightly on the earth’ is valued and the notions of discernment and generosity are also highly valued.

Again, it’s calling for the use of higher thought, for the ability to hold two seemingly mutually exclusive ideas and ways of being in mind and action … just for today, I am enough, I will take just what I need, I will eat just enough to satisfy my hunger, I will share any extra I have … while working with heartfelt and heart centered intention towards your goals, anchored in clear and strongly held values and guiding principles.

Be mindful and play with these ideas in your own life and see what unfolds. Here is another article on the topic you may enjoy.



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Women ~ Health ~ Life: An Evening Prayer

Topaz Lotus Living: An Evening Prayer


“Give us a thankful sense of the Blessings in which we live, of the many comforts of our lot; that we may not deserve to lose them by Discontent or Indifference.”

– Jane Austen (excerpted from her letters)


Have a wonderful evening my friends.


in peace & mindfulness,


zoey ryan BSc., PCC, RYT

health coach for wise women

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Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: Happy Canada Day

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Happy Canada Day and enjoy all the celebrations and fireworks!

A big congratulations as well to Open Door Yoga in Vancouver on the opening of their new Kerrisdale Location!

in peace,


yoga & life coach for wise women

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Women ~ Health ~ Life: Words of Wisdom About Letting Go

‘Words of Wisdom’ to start your day:

‘A bird cannot hold its perch and fly. Neither can we grasp anything and be free.’

~ Deborah Adele

Deborah, in this chapter of her book ‘The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice’ is writing about
‘Aparigrapha’ or ‘non-attachment’ and also says ‘Nonattachment does not mean that we don’t care. In fact, no attachment freeze us up to be immersed in appreciation of life and one another.’

I find the practice of ‘aparigrapha’ to be an interesting dance of observing and separating cultural and familial conditioning and expectations from the present moment.

Enjoy this moment in time.


zoey ryan BSc., PCC

personal certified healthy life coach for wise women

hatha yoga instructor

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Monday Mornings: Work Life Balance

Monday Morning Words of Wisdom

I entered my office this morning with a sigh of relief!

Even though our daughters are adults who live with us, not young children, life at home is busy. I don’t have any control over which dishes are casually left on the coffee table, how much milk is in the fridge in the morning or if there is enough coffee.  It is somewhat surprising that I still need to be concerned about life work balance!

My office is quiet, it’s serene, the jumble on my desk is my own doing and I’m happy it’s Monday morning!

Have a great day.


zoey ryan BSc., PCC
professional certified coach for wise women


Women ~ Life ~ Health: Life Balance Quote

Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: Life Balance Quote

I really like this quote from Deborah Adele, a very wise woman, in her book “The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice”

‘Balance is like this.  Spreading ourselves then looks impressive, but in the end, we are the first to lose.  The health and well-being of our body, mind and spirit is a powerful resource and by keeping ourselves in balance, we can stride through life with greater competence and ease.  We are primed to “win” as we meet life from an inner place of harmony.  When we are in balance, we automatically live in non-violence.’

Have a fabulous day!

in mindfulness,


zoey ryan ~ yoga & life coach for wise women

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Yoga Teacher Training Vancouver: A Personal Journey

yoga mosaic from Sky Temple Yoga in Yelapa

yoga mosaic from Sky Temple Yoga in Yelapa

Topaz Lotus Living: Yoga Teacher Training at Open Door Yoga

I used to think that one decided on a career, received some training and ‘did’ that career for the rest of their working years.  I now know that not to be true!  We now talk about third and fourth careers!

I feel so fortunate to have three professional ‘loves’ that all blend seamlessly; holistic health, personal and professional development coaching and yoga.  I came to yoga teacher training later in life and it feels like exactly what I am meant to do right now.

Teaching yoga classes allows me to integrate my knowledge and experience in all these areas in a way that ‘brings us all to the mat’.  I highly recommend Open Door Yoga Teacher Training in Vancouver for an excellent 200 hour hatha training!

Being on the mat together truly ‘levels’ everyone and the experience of sharing wonderful quotes, tidbits of health information and yoga is awesome.

It’s exciting to know that teaching hatha and prenatal yoga is my new career.  I hope to be announcing more prenatal yoga classes to be held in Surrey BC in the future.

Enjoy your day my friends!


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Women ~ Life ~ Wellness: Yoga on the Beach in Los Cabos

Part of my excitement about returning to Casa del Mar was being able to do yoga on the beach with Ivonne Lopez of Shanti Yoga Los Cabos again! Zoetry Casa del Mar is becoming well known as a boutique hotel with a health and wellness focus.

Being quite excited, I arrived early and my friend Bonnie and I had time to relax into our bodies and settle. As more folks arrived and the class grew, we saw a gorgeous grey whale making it’s way south. Then Ivonne arrived, and the class again and we fell under the spell of her beautiful words and the soothing background of waves washing ashore.

I just can’t say enough about how great Ivonne is. Before my first class with her last year, I had low expectations as had experienced mediocre yoga at resorts previously. I was literally blown away as through her teaching, I felt I was transported into a higher plane of living. I know this sounds airy fairy, however, it truly felt amazing.

Today, it felt like coming home and Ivonne’s class again was magical and mystical. Her wonderful voice and clear instructions allowed a mixed level class to sink into the poses throughbreath awareness and mindfulness. She led us through alovely Hatha class with s few beautiful vinyasa flows. The variety in yoga pants was very cool (lol), as was the age range and mix of students from all over North America. I was wearing my lululemon yoga pants, the short version, and hopefully they weren’t see through, yikes!

My heart feels full of love and blessing, enjoy your day!




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Women ~ Life ~ Balance: We Love Los Cabos

Loving my Los Cabos vacation when this is the start to the day!

We love staying in the Los Cabos Corridor at  Casa Del Mar and have been in love with this development since it was chalk lines on the ground. We love the serenity and peacefulness as well as the natural beauty of the ocean. i fell asleep last night to the sound of the waves!

We have many fond memories of fun family times, when are girls were little including, sunrises, sunsets, whales, dolphins and making sand castles.

Now, we love tennis, yoga on the beach, waking up to a cup of great coffee and fabulous views. Every trip gets better and better and as is said ‘there are no bad days in Cabo’!


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