Life of Wellness Institute - Our vision

Our Vision: Why we exist

At the heart of everything we do is a diverse and welcoming community of humans who have been touched by the experience of being human.

Our vision of “Compassionately Embracing Our True Selves as We Navigate All of Life’s Experiences” has an underlying goal to be a place where human beings find peace. This may sound much bigger than us—that is the point. We know that we can not make this difference alone, and we know that it is worth fighting for. This work begins with acknowledging where we are starting from.

As human beings, we are designed to respond to the experiences we take in. Whether internal or external, whether positive or negative, these experiences move through us (through our Koshas, the layers of self). This cycle plays out hundreds of times a day. (Check out our BE K.I.N.D. Embodiment Methodology to find out more about this cycle)

So, what do we mean by our vision? We mean bringing compassion to and embracing our humanity. To put down the judgments, and stories about who we are, and embrace ourselves fully as we are, and as we are not. To honor our true nature with compassionate self-care and leaning into the difficulties we face with a loving-kindness.

Ultimately to develop our capacity to embody the full potential of human life; physically, emotionally, cognitively, socially, and creatively.

Yoga teaches us that we are to work with our experience and not against it, that to achieve liberation from our suffering that “the way out is through”. In our society, there is a lot of “be this” language. Be positive, be grateful, be better. The problem is that it doesn’t stick until we address the source of our suffering.

Our programs are designed to move past the awareness and into actions that build your skills over time. As Dan Siegel of the Mindsight Institute says, “Change the architecture of your own brain”.

Why Yoga

The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, meaning ‘to join’ or “to yoke” or ‘to unite’. So what does that mean, and what are we uniting?

Patanjali described yoga as “the cessation of the modification of the mind”. To understand what he means by “modification of the mind” we look to Kleshas, which teaches us that it is the cloudy mental states of the mind that impact our ability to be with our experiences as they are and as they are not. There are five Kleshas; Avidya (ignorance), Asmita (egoism), Raga (attachment), Dvesa (aversion or hatred), and Abinivesah (clinging to life or fear of death). These illusions create our Avidya, which translates to ignorance, misconceptions, misunderstandings, and incorrect knowledge.

Common places to discover our Avidya is in our fears, who we believe ourselves to be, what we believe we are and are not capable of. It is these illusions, the lens we see ourselves, and the world around us that create our suffering, preventing us from experiencing Turiya, the transcendental state of an enlightened self.

As Patanjali said, yoga is a lifestyle to end the illusions in our minds that prevent us from being in union with our true selves.

And this is where our mission begins. “Compassionately Embracing Our True Selves as We Navigate All of Life’s Experiences”

Our Mission: What we do

We share Yoga to empower everybody, in every body, to live fully fulfilled

Our mission is to provide skills and resources for embodying our lives fully, through a yogic lifestyle, with emotional resilience, and a trauma-informed and body neutral lens.

How do we do what we do

 

  • We guide and empower you in your journey through our programs to see your true self clearly and learn to share this gift with others.
  • We mentor and support your development in sharing and teaching embodied living any way and anywhere you choose in the world.
  • Provide you the tools, resources, and community to be with everything and anything in life with peace of mind and freedom.
  • We embody our own lives fully and stay true to who we are! 

Our vision is our north star that leads our actions from the drawing board to the classroom.

 

What if religion was each other?

If our practice was our life?

What if the temple was the earth?

If forests were our church?

If holy water-the rivers, lakes, and oceans?

What if meditation was our relationships?

If the teacher was life?

If wisdom was self-knowledge?

If love was the center of our being?

 

What If – by Ganga White

Our Beliefs

The Life of Wellness Institute was created and founded on the following beliefs:

  • Professional ethics and standards are crucial to our vision and values. Therefore, are an integral part of our school and classes.
  • In addition to our values, we follow the International Coaching Federations Ethics and Standards, and the Yoga Alliance Ethical Commitments.
  • Our students are perfect as they are. Our role is supporting them in reaching their goals and creating their vision in the world.
  • Partnership exists between students and the teacher. Above all, our role is to support the learning, self-discovery, and healing process.
  • The teacher is only a guide that creates a space for self-discovery, that the true guru lives within the individual
  • We honor the choice for our students, teachers, followers, and everyone in the world to choose for themselves.
  • In offering the teachings of Yoga for all to discover, with the benefits of cohort learning, while supporting each individual’s personalized learning, and unique journey of personal well-being.

Our Methodology

The programs at the Life of Wellness Institute are founded in the following practices:

  • That each individual has their own inner sanctuary – “Gharba” – where our most pristine self is in complete intactness. The place where our true Self resides. Where freedom from imbalance, expectations, and judgment of our current society, and koshas is possible.
  • In an honoring approach to Yoga that holds space for all 5 layers of self (Koshas) to be in supportive balance.
  • In the self’s innate ability to heal, experience, and honor each person’s own unique path.
  • We honor the choice for each individual to discover and honor their own balance between Pravritti and Nivritti.
  • By being with our true self, in all our ways of being, we begin the process of finding liberation.
  • We honor the history of Yoga, with its many branches, its wisdom, and our lineage, as an exploratory opportunity for the liberation of suffering. While also inviting curiosity and the ability to consistently discover newly.

In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstis, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations – Indigenous and non – who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.

This sacred gathering place provides us with an opportunity to engage in and demonstrate leadership on reconciliation. Thank you for your enthusiasm and commitment to join our community on the lands of Treaty 7 territory.