We recently attended the Health & Wellness Show held in Vancouver and had the pleasure of chatting with Carolyn Trotter of Mandala Blooms Creative. Carolyn is an East Vancouver artist that makes beautiful meditation mats under the name of Mandala Creative Blooms. She received a Diploma in Art in Merchandising from Langara College and has studied graphic design, printmaking, sacred geometry, technical illustration, interior design and visual marketing in both Canada and Mexico. A series of life experiences and health challenges brought Carolyn to study yoga and meditation. In 2014, Carolyn launched her business designing floral meditation mats with mandala centres. They are designed to provide a sacred centerpiece for a serene space to meditate. Carolyn is committed to the integration of art, personal health and daily mindfulness with the intention of helping people heal. Carolyn herself has faced many challenges in her life and her secrets for getting well were yoga and meditation. These practices enabled Carolyn to stay focused on the things that matter most. We invite you to visit Mandala Blooms Creative online shop open 24/7. Carolyn also makes colourful yoga towels with her designs as well as framed prints of her designs. If you dig a bit deeper, you can also find some paintings at CarolynTrotter.com which we have to say, we’d love to see on any of our walls.
From the hearts of Karma teachers, daily free yoga classes are back at Dude Chilling Park. Classes run 7 days a week at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm in Dude Chilling Park also known as Guelph Park, 2390 Brunswick Street. If you want to participate, simply bring:
Towel or blanket
Everyone is welcome to attend. All levels are encouraged. For more information on yoga in Dude Chilling Park and any changes to the schedule due to weather, visit their Facebook page for more details. Note, for those that didn’t make it out for yoga in the summer months, this is no longer available in 2016, but will be back next year. Namaste.
Photo Credit: Gabriella Fabbri
So crows are an ever present part of life in East Van. So fitting then that we should all be invited to ride with the crows on Saturday, February 13th. This event is organized by the Still Moon Arts Society and the Windermere Bike Society. They invite you to come down with the family, your friends and, of course, your bikes to begin the Crow Roost Twilight Bike Ride at 4:45 pm at the Renfrew Skytrain Station. They will follow the crows on the Central Valley Greenway which is approximately 5 km round trip. This is a rain or shine event, but to ensure safety you are reminded to have lights and/or reflectors for the ride home. This is a free family friendly event and snacks to share are encouraged. Come ride with the crows!
Photo Credit: Pedro Cobo
Yoga instructor Solomon Montijo, along with ten other teachers, hosts free classes daily at 10 am and 6 pm in Dude Chilling Park also known as Guelph Park, 2390 Brunswick Street. If you want to participate, simply bring:
> water bottle
> yoga mat
> towel or blanket
Solomon encourages people to donate if they can afford it, but it’s not required to attend. Everyone is welcome. As it is International Yoga Day this Sunday June 21st, there will be a special yoga class and potluck. The day begins with a regularly scheduled hatha yoga class at 10:00 am to 11:15 am. At 11:30 am there will be a Super Special Yoga Day Class including asana, pranayama, meditation and deep relaxation which runs till 1:00 pm. After that, the potluck begins. The regularly scheduled hatha yoga class happens at 6:00 to 7:15 pm. For more information on yoga in Dude Chilling Park and the upcoming picnic, visit their Facebook page for more details.
Photo Credit: Gabriella Fabbri