Dear Prairie Community. . The magic we’ve created through movement, conversation and breath together over the years has made me into the teacher that I am. . Your willingness to open, release and receive has inspired me to go deeper and seek more. . The kindness, compassion and intention you bring to the mat always leaves me speechless. . What do you say we do it again tonight? Tickets are still available through @theprairiecollective_ for my class this evening, 730-9pm at @cloakroomwellness. Really hope to see you there. . 📷 @kezianphotography shot in Panama @sansararesort
WINNIPEG! I’m coming for you this week! @theprairiecollective_ and I have added a bonus class before I leave for the retreat THIS Thursday 730pm at @cloakroomwellness. . I say it a lot and I’ll say it again- Winnipeg is one of my favourite places in the world to teach because of your receptive and open community. I cannot wait to bring a year’s worth of study, writing and hiatus with a sprinkle of New York edge to this workshop this week. . Don’t miss your chance to flow with me! I can’t wait to reunite! Link in my stories! Let me know if you’re coming!. . 📷 @kebdoak
When @billthequinn and I left New York to come to Vancouver last week I felt a strange pang of not wanting to leave. After a year of being stuck and wanting nothing more than to be back, I all of a sudden felt sad to go. . I realized that amongst all the chaos and uncertainty this year has brought us - we had created a life. A life of our own. A life we’ve fought hard for. A life that brings us joy, love and a community of friends. . Seems simple but it’s kinda cool to miss something you’ve created together from scratch. He’s off to Colorado for work now and I’m hiding under the covers in Yaletown recouping from a wild and wonderful week. . #fullmoonfeelings#vancouver#fall#nyc#internationaljunglehusband
Greetings from British Columbia. I’ve been a bit quiet on here as it’s been such a busy time with a wedding, tons of family engagements and catching up on appointments- doctor, dentist etc. . Truthfully I have felt extremely overwhelmed trying to respond to messages and catch up with everyone. Some of my greatest work is setting boundaries and keeping them. I am trying to stay as true to my original intention of coming here which is family first and taking care of myself. If I haven’t responded to your message yet, please be patient and if we can’t hang this time around, I will be back sooner than you think, ie) next month. . It’s fascinating to watch the guilt that ensues within me when I say no or how quickly I clamour when I can sense disappointment in another. The pull to please is so strong. Can anyone else relate to that?. . However when I check in with myself, the answer is to not give myself away so much. It’s to stay grounded, take it slow, be with family and be in nature. I’ve got a marathon of travel work upon me and I am committed to breaking these old patterns of doing and being it all. . One breath at a time- listening and responding to what is needed. Boundaries, boundaries, boundaries - whew!
Today my brother gets to marry the love of his life. Yesterday, he told me it was the easiest decision of his life and I absolutely know that is true. . You see my brother is beautifully intentional. He says and does exactly what he means. He possesses the ability to annoyingly be good at whatever he does be it physical, intellectual or creative. He has talent, wit, charm and compassion oozing out of his pores. . What I admire most about him is the way he cares- specifically how he cares about his almost wife @jennperutka. He seeks to show her each day just how loved, valued and important she is and I know that she gives him the same energy back. . It feels impossible to fully express to you how deeply I love my brother. It dawned on me yesterday as I opened my mouth and immediately stated crying that I haven’t processed the ways in which I love him or the ways in which he has always protected, loved and wanted the best for me. . Last night I told this story that I know he hates about me trailing behind him and his friends on a walk to school. To me it signifies just how badly I wanted to be around my big brother, because if you’re around Zack you’re in very, very good company. To laugh, to learn and to be loved by you as my brother and friend in this lifetime is a remarkable gift I have not yet fully realized but this weekend it is all really setting in. . You are the kind of man the world needs Zack. Full stop. We are all truly better off because of your big heart and incredible brain. . Jenn- your grace, resilience, beauty and smarts make you the perfect match. Your kindness, realness and commitment to love have always been deeply inspiring to me. Having you as my sister has been one of life’s greatest gifts. I am so in awe of the love you two have created. . So to you both - 🥂- on your wedding day - I love you more than I could ever say.
On the last night of every @girlvanayoga retreat, we come together for a closing ceremony. It’s where we get to acknowledge one another and the powerful time we spent together. . As a teacher, I live for this moment every year. It fully encapsulates why I do what I do - to sit in a circle of young womxn and affirm their worth, remind them of their gifts and encourage them to continue to reclaim their wholeness is everything to me. . I always bawl my eyes out at end, I always make severe eye contact when I tell them- the world NEEDS you to be YOU -( if u know, u know) and I will stop at nothing to keep bringing this work into the world. . Beautifully captured by the talented @brakethrough_media.
Two more sleeps until I fly home to witness my brother marry the love of his life. I’m over the moon excited to be going back to Vancouver after being away for almost a full year. . There was a moment this summer where I didn’t think my work/ travel permit would come in time to allow me to leave the US. . Now I can barely contain my enthusiasm to be home with my family in sweet, sweet CANADA 🇨🇦. . See you soon ❤️ // 📷 @jennifersee.studios
I shared my #boobtruth with @lululemon and the world and now it's your turn! Here's how. . 1. Post your #boobtruth in your IG feed before September 12. (Get creative. Post a pic with a caption, a boob drawing, a video—whatever best expresses your boob truth). . 2. Make sure to @lululemon and use the hashtag #boobtruth. You may just end up being featured in episode 8 of #boobtruth Tuesdays. . Let’s keep the expectation-changing, stigma-breaking, community-building convo alive.
My first #campnomansland did not disappoint ~ thank you @the.wing, cabin 6 and my camp girlfriends @hiimangela x @sinikiwe.dhliwayo for making this weekend one of empowerment, laughter and pure joy. What a beautiful thing to witness 500 womxn celebrate who they are by letting loose in nature. . Swipe ➡️ to witness the magic ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨
Ash and I have been getting so many questions about a 2020 YTT and beyond. The answer is this is our last one for a good while... . Ash is taking over the world with @the.feelosophy and in the coming years I’m focusing deeper on my family, my book and shorter bursts of travel with retreats. . So if you’re on the fence about our October YTT this is your last chance. We only have 5️⃣ spots left. . Deep down in my bones I know and feel how powerful this 17 day training is. It’s packed to the brim with potent teachings, deep seated knowledge, and most of all a place for us all to belong. We have found the balance of practice, play and self inquiry that makes this time a huge life affirming overhaul. It’s major- for us all. . With @skillinaction leading her much, much needed social justice work ➖ with @ashernoelle bringing her hands on approach and me doing my thing, I can’t express how special this is going to be. . Made even more robust by knowing it’s the last one ( for now ). So if you feel the call don’t wait. We have made it accessible through scholarships and payment plans. . Link in bio // shoot us any questions you may have. We would love to see you there at @sansararesort with us 💙. . 📷 @lululemon#sansararesort#panama#ytt#200hr#yoga#lululemon
I’m coming home 😭 it still doesn’t feel real yet. . My priority is spending time with my family, making up for lost time with friends and being with my beloved Pacific Ocean. . I’m working hard on creating boundaries that will keep me from having a coffee date with every single person I have ever met in my life, bc you know the old me would. . I have 13 days in Van before I embark on major travel- Winnipeg, Japan, Panama, Columbia & California so I don’t want to over do it- bc you know, the old me would. . However you know I wanna see you! I’d absolutely love to see you- this class is a beautiful opportunity for that ~To spend time and allow me to serve our community with teachings and love. THURS, SEPT 12th at @werklab // 40 people, $40 // yoga and discussion. . Link in the bio to sign up ❤️❤️❤️🤗🤗
It’s official 💃 After almost 10 months unable to work or leave America, my work and travel visas have arrived!. . Flights are booked home to Vancouver for my brother’s wedding first week of September! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t stressed or anxious regarding the timing of this paperwork. Truthfully I’ve been a wreck waiting for it to arrive. . I cannot wait to come home! Vancouver- should we do a big ally maz reunion yoga class? LMK ⬇️. . 📷 @brakethrough_media
T-5 days until we embark on another @girlvanayoga retreat. I feel so fortunate to have spent each summer for the last 9 years with incredible teens from all over the world. . This year, in partnership with @lululemon and many generous donations we are able to make it happen again and for the first time here in New York. . I can’t wait to meet you all! 📷 @brit_gill
5️⃣ spots left! That’s all. Is it you? Is it you who will... . -fly into panama to meet 21 strangers that will become your family. . -open your heart up wide and grow from daily yoga and meditation. . -become a yoga teacher who offers real, relatable and deep practices stemmed from rich and diverse wisdom. . -learn to dismantle your privilege and work to create inclusive spaces that are for everyBOODY. . -swim, surf, sleep, stargaze and thrive in the magnificent jungles of Cambutal, Panama. . -let us know if it’s you🙏 www.feelvana.com. . scholarships available // as are payment plans 📷 @kezianphotography of @sansararesort
I have been counting my blessings lately with so many incredible opportunities to teach and connect around the US. . I wouldn’t call myself a runner but I’m inspired by those who are. If you’re in or able to travel to San Diego, my friends over at @lululemon are hosting their first ever 10K in the United States and I’ll be there to teach some yoga! Get ready for a (run) party you won’t forget. . Registration is open now. See you in San Diego 🌞. . #lululemon#sandiego#10K. . 📷 @milesclarkphoto // MUA: the best ever @crystallize ❤️
HI!!! 💥💎💥. . So many of you have been asking how to donate to @girlvanayoga and I feel SO grateful. Straight up we accept e-transfers and paypals to email@example.com and ANY amount helps, truly. . We are providing teens from around the globe to participate in a week long experience in upstate New York where we focus on yoga, mental health, nature and full blown empowerment for the next generation of womxn. . Think summer camp meets yoga retreat that is fully designed to bring healing, big shifts, self discovery and personal development for self identifying teen girls ages 15+. . It’s been a big week of exposure for @girlvanayoga and I feel so lucky to shine the light on the thing I am most passionate about. Thank you for your interest, it means the world to me. . #girlvana 📷 @damarisriedinger
Hi everyone! I wanted to introduce myself to my new followers 👋🏼. . My name is Alex Mazerolle but everyone calls me Ally Maz. I am a Canadian living in Brooklyn, New York with my husband @billthequinn and pupper @butcherthevegan. . I am the founder of @girlvanayoga a platform that elevates self identified teen girls through yoga, meditation and real conversation. I also teach a grown up version called @ladyvanaretreats. . I am a global yoga ambassador for @lululemon which means I teach and travel all over the world. Next up- Japan 🇯🇵. . I lead 200 hour yoga teacher trainings in the jungles of Panama with @ashernoelle. Wanna learn how to teach yoga with me this October? You can check out www.feelvana.com. . I am finishing up a book I wrote all about empowering young womxn through the lens of yoga and mindfulness that deals with body image, social media, periods, consent, depression, anxiety and so much more. I cannot wait to share it with you. . Thank you for being here ❤️ I really appreciate you. Drop a line below to say hi or you know, maybe a 😉?. . 📷 @kebdoak
So, if you thought I was real, open and honest before, your just wait... . Head over to lululemon IGTV NOW. #boobtruth Tuesdays Episode 3 is now live, featuring...me! Hear me get into a much-needed and very honest conversation about boobs. . Period boobs? I’m going there. . Remember to keep tuning into lululemon IGTV every Tuesday at 4pm PST to catch the rest of the episodes. Why is no one talking about this stuff??. . Thank you @lululemon for giving me the platform to share 😉
*pages from my notebook tonight...perhaps you needed it too*. . I know you feel the relentless burning of the fire inside your chest. I know sometimes you forget how to extinguish those flames regardless of what you tell everyone else. I know the unknown has never felt so damn daunting. . Some nights the fire licks it’s way up to your eyeballs and they burn in their sockets making it impossible to sleep. I know you’re scared and doing your best to hide it. . What if it were ok to feel this way? For now. Because when the tides of your tears rise up and that fire momentarily singes, you will refind you. When the movement quells the anxiety in your Center and just maybe you can take a deep enough breath, you will refind you. . Don’t jump for everyone. Stay seated right now to reclaim you. Or better yet, lay on the cold, hard floor and let yourself sink back into you. Stay there until you remember. You’re there. You didn’t go anywhere. . The illusion took you out but the presence will bring you back in. It happens like this. Call off the search. Here you are. You are home. . *thanks for reading*
I am deep in the planning of our first American @girlvanayoga retreat this August. . We have so much support from @lululemon this year which is getting girls fed, accommodated and all yoga and personal developmented up! However we are still in search of some funds to help with associated costs like travel to and from as we get girls from all over the world attending. . What I thought would be a win:win here is making my absolute favourite pants in the world here - the align tight- made available through my affiliate link so that sales made will be donated to the retreat. . If you are in the market for some yoga pants AND want to help teen girls, head to the link in my bio! All sales this summer go to the retreat. . Head to the link in my bio to shop. Or if you were looking to provide an individual donation, shoot me a DM! #girlvana#lululemon#thesweatlife#teengirlyoga
The cure for summer in the city = just add water 💦. . Thank you Rockaway for frozen sangria, your refreshing ocean temps and the cherry on top- multiple dolphin sightings. Till next time 🐬. . you can shop this👙 in the link in my bio // @lululemon. . #rockawaybeach#summerinthecity#nyc#dolphins
🌻Uncle Billy from Brooklyn 🌻. . Shout out to my husband for being the most patient, humble, kind and funny human. You may not have guessed it, but I’m not always a ball of 🌞 & 🌈(!) This man is a saint and I love him so damn much. Thanks for putting up with me 😬. You’re gonna be a really cool dad one day. . #brooklyn#longisland#newyork#internationaljungleboyfriend
Last winter after a whirlwind year, I was ready to take a break from teaching for the first time in 12 years. . Sure it was a forced break being unable to legally work in the 🇺🇸 or leave the country to teach but I was ready to recover from my years of burnout, travel and being ON. . I think it’s important to step away from the things define us to check in to see if the passion is still there, if we are still lit up by it or if we’re doing it because we feel we have no other options. This break was so necessary and challenging for me. Do I know who I am without the thing I do? To ask who am I without [you fill in the blank] is important work. . Through this time and finally teaching in LA last week, I realized I do really miss teaching!!! Like so so much! Bringing people together to have real and raw conversation about what it is to be alive and in this body is fully my passion + purpose. . I was beyond nervous to show up again after so much time but I feel like I’m still floating because of it. Thank you @lululemon for letting me do what I do, exactly as I do it. Can’t wait to be back up and running this fall. . You can catch me in Panama, Canada, Japan and beyond. Link in bio for details. #lululemonimmersion#thesweatlife#yoga#nyc. . 📷 @kebdoak
Feeling the call to deepen your yoga practice and learn how to teach? Our unique 200 hour yoga teacher training program in Panama is a powerful blend of philosophy, anatomy, personal development and social justice work. . Learn from myself along with @ashernoelle of @the.feelosophy and Michelle C. Johnson of @skillinaction for a 17 day in-depth dive into oneself amidst the ocean and jungle of Central America this October. . We are starting to fill ( 4 spots were taken just last week!) so don’t wait! Apply now via link in my bio. If you feel like this is for you... that is because it is. . 📷 by @kezianphotography shot last year in Panama.
Dear @lululemon immersion family. . I remembered parts of myself this week that I haven’t been able to access for a while. I needed that and I needed all of you. To laugh, to cry and to dance in the safety of your love and acceptance is the real kind of healing. . To be met, heard, called in and wrung out by your grace and growth has changed me. . On days where I forget me, I will remember you and this knowledge fortifies me. What a gift to be humbled and held by you. . Till the next time. #lululemonimmersion#lululemon#malibu 📷: my heart @kebdoak
One year after closing @thedistrikt, we are reunited to do the work we were born to do—together. . @lululemon’s Immersion is a week of yoga, personal development and connection. The guest list is packed with the most creative, inspiring, purposeful humans from around the globe. . I cried, laughed and learned HARD this week. I am humbled, moved and changed forever. To every single person that was a part of this experience, thank you. . Thank you for seeing me. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for cracking my heart wide open and walking me back home to myself. . #lululemonimmersion#lululemon#malibu#thedistrikt#crushhush. . 📷 @kebdoak