Dear Great Oneness Divine,
We are at the cusp of a New Year. I am so grateful for the blessings of 2016 and in particular, the health and happiness of our son Koji Rio. Thank you for the wellbeing of my family and friends and the abundance we have to share with others.
Thank you for a healthy pregnancy. I was so fortunate that I could travel and spend most of the winter in Panama with Arturo. Also, thank you for my Arbonne business for allowing me to work from anywhere in the world and thank you to my loyal clients and fantastic team of coworkers. What a blessing to earn a living while working outdoors by a pool or in a cafe or from the comfort of home!
How wonderful that I was able to continue exercising, travelling and working throughout the time I was carrying Koji! While I didn’t practice much yoga during this time, I learned to appreciate other forms of practice and discovered that I enjoy swimming and weight training. In Spring 2016, I was also able to attend conferences in Las Vegas and Toronto.
I am grateful that Arturo, my parents and beloved mentor Gigi were present at the birth of my son. Although his birth was quite different than I anticipated, in the end, we are all healthy. I am grateful for the care we received at the birthing centre with our midwives as well as the dedication of the hospital staff at St Mary’s. Nurses are incredible beings.
Thank you for Koji and the blessing of parenthood. Thank you for a loving husband, who is a great dad. Thank you for the loving support from our family. We are blessed to be surrounded by people who love our son as much as we do. If only all babies received as much love as Koji, the world would be a better place.
Since Koji was born, we were fortunate to travel to a wedding in New York state, to Maine (first family vacation), to Niagara Falls, to Quebec City and all over Panama! Thank you for two successful yoga retreats and several great yoga workshops. I am grateful to share my passion for yoga, ayurveda, nature and wellbeing with others.
This fall, we also said goodbye to my Grandma. It was blessing that she lived such a long and healthy life and passed away peacefully.
On Dec. 21st, we hosted our fourth annual Into the Light Solstice Yoga community practice and fundraiser for Dans la Rue, an organization that supports homeless youth in Montreal. We may have been few in numbers (it was, after all, the Wednesday before Christmas), but we raised more than any other year. See photos
Thank you to all participants for helping us raise $781 along with a bunch of material donations. Big gratitude to our sponsors for their donations to our Silent Auction:
- Victoria Park Spa
- Lululemon Ste Catherine’s Street
- McGill Redpath Museum
- Mon Yoga Virtuel
- Leah Vineberg
- Samastah Malas
- Green City Courier
And lastly, thank you for the beautiful Christmas we shared with our family in Montreal. It was a perfect way to close 2016. We are so blessed to have amazing families both in Canada and in Panama.