Spring Treasure, Bizarre Weather

Recent news from Trinity Yoga Spring 2015

Spring Treasure – Bizarre Weather
Spring Equinox Newsletter
Happy Spring! I wish this for everyone as I sit in my Vancouver home surrounded by the sweet newborn fragrance of hyacinths blooming on my deck. This is in current contrast to the four feet of snow and blowing blizzards in eastern Canada. (I feel for you!) At a certain point we all crave the promise of spring, no matter where we live. It’s feeling ready to be done with the thaw of too many snowfalls and darker days of winter. And indeed we need it!
Unknowingly and often unwittingly, we must surrender to the eternal life force of cycles and the changes of rebirth and death. Even in parts of the planet where there are less dramatic changes of season, there are noticeable differences in the four quarters of the year. This is particularly true when we take into account the spring and fall equinox and the summer and winter solstice. For the millions of years the planets have been turning, so too have the seasons been cycling and repeating their rhythmic beat to the earth’s constant evolution.

I often ponder how we as a species have adapted to the changing cycles of weather on this planet. We figured out how to go from living in a warm climate in Africa to sorting out what it would take to live in northern climates under many feet of snow. That adaptability is unique to our species.


Since becoming paralyzed, I have witnessed in myself and others in the differently-able world, remarkable adaptabilities of the human being and body. I’m amazed at what spectacular adaptogens we are. I feel like I’m in a living lab of adaptability and I see that in others. Against all odds, a person can find new pathways, utilize other parts of the brain to take over functions that are lost and recapitulate oneself emotionally and physically after losing all familiar functions. In truth, it has nothing to do with the individual (however, it will just happen.) This surrender to the powerful and omnipotent life force is so strong as to be unavoidable.

We may think we have all the control and all of the details of our lives figured out: my career, mate, investments, RRSPs, retirement fund, etc, and we can do a pretty good at that. But at some point life will take us by surprise. Whether the event is personal, social or environmental, we are called to on to discover and uncover that incredible capacity within ourselves to adapt. Like the bulbs and small seeds waiting to push through the earth, the most important piece of becoming is first the surrender of being.

Like all of life, the surrender happens not because we know what will come, but because we learn to trust in the ancient wisdom, constancy and intelligence of the life force. With time or experience (or both), we realize that we are that life force and are ultimately surrendering to that which is the best in ourselves.

There are many ways to learn more about adaptability in this seasons offerings. These include the classes listed below. We also have classes and events listed on our Facebook Events page.

As one of my favourite teachers would say: “We can’t argue with reality but we can learn how to master it.”

I am pleased to say that you have many opportunities to try on something new this spring and summer and stretch into your own adaptability. That is something we at Trinity Yoga have been doing and I am pleased to announce our new program of Advanced Teacher Training. This is an awesome opportunity to hone in your teaching skills if you’ve been teaching or feeling like you need inspiration or you want to stretch and specialize or develop your practice more. We have an awesome roster of Senior Teachers for the Level 2 slated for June 21-26 in Fairmont BC. We are thrilled to be joined by Trinity alumni, Brenda Cartier, Sophie Ann Dufresne, AND Jennifer Steed!! Also, the new Adaptive Yoga Training is being offered in Vancouver, Cranbrook and Kelowna, be sure to check out our website for details. This month Jennifer steed will be featured on our website www.trinityyoga.net with her new CD release Every Day Yoga.

Bountiful Spring Blessings,


“Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Adaptive Yoga Training – VANCOUVER
Come and learn the life-giving techniques and theories of Adaptive Yoga from one who knows. Mary-Jo Fetterly ERYT-500 will conduct a15 hour training for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals, family and friends. All you need to know to safely and creatively use yoga for different physical conditions and challenges. May 2nd and 3rd, Inner Evolution 16th & Heather $250, $200 before April 15th. Clients FREE www.trinityyoga.net, 604 754-4488

Practice, Power, Purpose – Tantra and Healing Power of Yoga – CRANBROOK
The ancient science of Yoga offers volumes of knowledge on how to live your best life possible. Tantra yoga is the system of tools and techniques that guides practitioners progressively toward this exalted state. Understanding and being able to access the potency and limitless-ness of Prana, to have more freedom, more health, a greater sense of knowingness & intuition and spontaneous creativity, with less fear and more joy- is the promise of Tantra yoga. 3 hour Mini-Workshop on Friday May 29, 6 to 9 PM. Exhale Yoga Studio 14A 201 13th Ave So. $45 Contact Brenda at Exhale Yoga or 1-250-489-9210
Adaptive Yoga Training – CRANBROOK
Come and learn the life-giving techniques and theories of Adaptive Yoga from one who knows. Mary-Jo Fetterly ERYT-500 will conduct a 15 hour training for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals, family and friends on all you need to know, to safely and creatively use yoga for different physical conditions abilities or challenges. May 29th 30th, Exhale Yoga Studio 14A 201 13th Ave So. $287or $225 before April 30. Clients FREE Contact Brenda at brendacartier@shaw.ca or 1-250-489-9210
Trinity Yoga Teacher Training – Level 2
Prepare yourself to advance your teaching to the next level. The continuation of Trinity Yoga 3 tier training. June 21st-26th, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in the Columbia Valley of BC. Must book by April 30. Details at www.trinityyoga.net/events or maryjoyogo@gmail.com.
Teachers Advanced Yoga – Trinity Mastery Training at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
A opportunity for current teachers to study in greater depth the advanced techniques and theories with Senior Teachers. Learn techniques from experienced teachers in a broad range of subject areas. You will learn more about the business of yoga and how to make it work for you, about sequencing and the Art of composition, the theory behind the Doshas and the Gunas relating to a student’s practice and physical & mental health. We will delve further into the chakras and the energy systems as well as offer specialized classes and theory on: restorative, adaptive and therapeutic yoga. June 22nd-25th, 9-5 PM, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in the Columbia Valley of BC. $125/day or $300 for all 4. Details at www.trinityyoga.net/events or maryjoyogo@gmail.com
2 Offices for Rent in Beautiful Yoga Studio
HOT SPRINGS YOGA STUDIO is nestled in the Columbia Valley between the magnificent Rocky & Purcell Mountain Ranges, just a few minutes away from the therapeutic natural mineral pools!!! A great location to capture the attention of the annual tourist market located in the Fairmont Village Mall, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC. We currently offer Yoga, Qi Gong, Zumba, Holistic Bodywork, Coaching, Workshops & Retreats! There are 2 offices available to rent within the studio. Contact Pamela 778-525-0022 www.hotspringsstudio.ca


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Spring Equinox – Rebirth, Rekindle, Rejoice

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Spring Equinox 2014

Rebirth, Rekindle, Rejoice

spring equinoxWith the Spring Equinox, it is with great pride and pleasure that I bring my thoughts words and intentions forward into a newsletter address to my former students, friends and associates. This is the 10-year anniversary of the skiing injury that changed my life profoundly.

It is also the year I am midwifing the rebirth of Trinity Yoga School, as a revised and renewed 200-hour YTT, a 40-hour Adaptive Practitioner Program, and an exciting new 300-hour A.R.T. specialized YTT upgrade.

It is taken me a considerable amount of thought and deliberation over how to go about rebirthing myself and Trinity Yoga, or even if I ought too.

At the end of the day and the depth of my meditation, I understand that I must share the gifts and resources that have been offered to me, with others.

It is from that auspicious place –the seed of intention and creation- that I invite and welcome you all to rekindle your acquaintance and association with me and the new form of Trinity Yoga.

From our new website Trinity Yoga & The ART of Living Well with Yoga:

After Mary-Jo’s skiing accident in 2004 it was uncertain where and what would happen with Trinity yoga. Although Mary-Jo taught for two years post injury it was clear that traveling and teaching so much was taking a toll on her traumatically injured body, and she retired in 2006. In 2008 some of the new facilitators went on to form Gayatri yoga and Trinity yoga was put to rest temporarily. From 2006 until 2012 Mary-Jo was on a rehabilitation and healing sabbatical. Still working closely with her teacher Rod Stryker as well as other well-known healers Mary-Jo put Yoga and her constitution to the test.

From similar beginnings and impulses as when Trinity Yoga was first established back in 2001 Mary-Jo felt the need and the importance to share what she had learned and how yoga and the healing science of Ayurveda dissolved ’illness and impossible’ from injury. Now in 2014 Trinity Yoga will rebirth itself into a 500 hour school with a comprehensive new 300 hour program specializing in the A.R.T. of living well with yoga concept.

This concept, born out of Mary-Jo’s 10 years of disability, defines ART as Adaptive, Restorative and Therapeutic. This program is a 300-hour specialized training for yoga teachers who have accomplished their 200-hour certification. There also is a 40-hour continuing Ed course for healthcare professionals, caregivers, family and therapist’s, who work with the physically challenged and special, needs population in some capacity.

Look at our new site www.trinityyoga.net and tell us what you think.

spring equinoxIn this rebirth we hope to rekindle the flames of passion, purpose and presence and share the gifts and benefits of yoga with every-body. On that note, I’m honored to announce the appointment of the following people in this rebirth of Trinity Yoga. In our faculty you will notice some familiar faces such as Mara Branscombe, Brenda Cartier, Keisha Clancy, Sophie Ann Dufrense, me-Mary-Jo Fetterly, Laurie Madison, Danielle Schroeder and Pamela Joy Sunshine, and we welcome Jane Bigmore, Mariah Yudit Moser and Madhuri Phillips.

I rejoice in the blessing the gifts of these very talented people who have come forward to rekindle Trinity Yoga, I welcome you to rejoice and celebrate with us as I am thrilled to announce a 10 year reunion of the Trinity yoga family. This reunion of our alumni and friends and family will take place at the first ever – Kootenay Spirit Festival – coming next fall September 12-14th in Nelson BC. Sharon Thompson who many of you are familiar with as ‘logistics queen’ will be organizing a special reunion celebration, along with festival organizers. You can find out more soon on their site www.kootenayspiritfestival.ca.

spring equinoxWe have also rekindled the popular 200-hour certification and I am delighted to announce that Sophie A. Dufrense will be heading up these trainings. We will be offering our first Level one April 17-21 in Calgary at Leela Eco Spa & Studio. There are a couple spots left if you or someone you know may be interested. Please check out our new website www.trinityyoga.net for other events. The beauty of this is the promise of rebirth and the potency developed each time we surrender to the change that is inevitable. In closing I invite your thoughts and comments and leave you with the same from Sophie:

Thankfully, spring is a time not only of melt & warming in Nature, but also a time of strong energetic shifts within ourselves. It seems to be the best time of year to begin. I feel quite fortunate myself to be in the middle of a new beginning, as a facilitator for Trinity Yoga’s teacher training program with Mary-Jo. I was once a budding young yogi, looking for more and it was around this very time of year that I found Trinity. I had an office job back then and for many reasons, I felt dissatisfied with my situation. I had been practicing yoga for many years and it was becoming more & more present in my daily life. Something deeper than the poses resonated for me and I knew I wanted to know more.

Meeting Mary-Jo was very serendipitous. I was immediately inspired by her wisdom and courage. Within days of that first meeting, I was freed from the corporate world and began my journey as a teacher trainee. It seems like so long ago. My daughter was so little – only 2 – when I started training to teach. I guess I was a lot younger too! Ever since then, I’ve taught and learned and grown into myself with more & more gratitude & joy. I feel so blessed. Spring reminds me every year of the blossoming potential within each of us, what a great gift it is to cultivate & activate this divine energy.

Join me in the pure atmosphere of gratitude for life.

Upcoming Events


Friday, April 11, 2014 at 5pm-7pm

16 Ave & 3263 Heather Street

  • A mini-workshop with Mary-Jo Fetterly (ERT-500).
  • Experience the powerful tools and techniques of TANTRA to unleash your PASSION & PURPOSE.
  • Price: $33


April 17 to April 21, 2014 at 8am-8pm

849 1 Avenue NE

  • A fabulous entry level course for teachers-to-be, yoga students looking to deepen and enhance their practice, and those seeking personal development through yoga.
  • A fabulous 5-day intensive based on the ‘Quantum Learning’ method.

Adaptive Yoga Workshop

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 12-4 pm

16 Ave & 3263 Heather Street

  • A fantastic workshop focused on adaptive yoga techniques.
  • Price: $50

Anusara Workshop with Sianna Sherman

This evening was the first day of a 3 day workshop with Sianna Sherman – a senior certified Anusara instructor.
If I was to sum up this evening in two words: Authentic Compassion.

Lots of people from around Calgary have gathered to attend Sianna’s first Canadian workshop.

She has a wonderful presence, full of vibrant genuine strength, along with immense compassion and direction.

She begun by saying that Yoga is an invitation. Invitation to knowing your authentic self, and as we enter this time of change in seasons she has taken the class on a very inspired path of fall and cyclic changes, allowing the breath to take us into our being.

I have taken the invitation very personally.

It was a delicious first evening and I look foreword with anticipation for the remainder of the weekend. I left feeling remarkable tranquility and inner peace.

Love and Light