Stretch Heal Grow

We hosted another wonderful retreat this year for young women living with breast cancer. I have such an incredible team and such generous sponsors that all work together to make the magic happen.

Here is a  little recap via Rethink Breast Cancer and some beautiful pictures taken by Melanie Gordon who really captured the feel of the retreat.

And of course thank you to everyone who donated this year. Take a look to see where your money went and how appreciated it was.

We are doing out best to inspire and support young women living with breast cancer as they navigate through life during, after and in ongoing treatment.

Click on the link below for the recap, post and pics:

Stretch Heal Grow 2016

Thanks,

Jasmin

Stretch Heal Grow 2016

 

I am thrilled to announce the 4th annual Stretch Heal Grow yoga retreat for young women with breast cancer.

As a survivor I want to be able to give back, to offer some way to help women on their healing journey. So in 2013 I started the Stretch Heal Grow yoga and wellness retreat for young women with breast cancer.

 I have brought together a top notch team of practitioners who will be our guides through a weekend of yoga, healthy eating, meditation, relaxation, exercise, community and healing. I’m also hoping there will be lots of laughter and few new friendships by the time  Sunday rolls around.

Breast cancer diagnosis and treatment changes a young woman’s life in every way. It not only affects her physically but emotionally and mentally as well.

This retreat is a chance to spend time healing their bodies and minds. They will be surrounded by people who understand what they have been through and can share experiences. It will be a safe place to process what it means to live with post cancer treatment or with ongoing treatment.

Going through a year or more of cancer treatment is a huge financial burden and I didn’t want any of the women attending to miss out because it was not  within their budget.  Sometimes getting away from it all for a few days is a perfect prescription for healing.

That is why the cost to attend for the weekend  ( other than transportation) will be covered for the women attending. I am partnering with Rethink Breast Cancer again this year. With their support as well as some fundraising we will make it happen for another group of women!

 If you are interested in finding out more or applying to attend please visit  www.stretchhealgrow.org     

This year’s retreat runs from Wednesday August 17 – Friday 19, 2016

Location: Trillium Resort and Spa 

If you know of a young woman (in Canada who is under 45) living with breast cancer that might benefit from attending please pass this post along to her.

Stretch Heal Grow 2013 rocked!

I don’t even know where to start or how to explain how incredible our first annual Stretch Heal Grow yoga and wellness retreat was. It was everything I had hoped it would be and even more.

I must admit I was a little nervous while we were setting up on Friday. I wanted everything to be perfect for the women attending. This was the first year so it really was a test to see if my vision for this weekend was as powerful put into practice as it was in my head.

As the women started to arrive and I met all these fantastic ladies that I had exchanged so many emails with I began to get very excited for the weekend. Each and every person who walked through that door was ready to be there in body, mind and spirit.

Breast cancer was the reason they came together  but it went much deeper than that and I think they each got something personal out of the experience. I know I did.

I loved learning everyone’s stories and chatting with such a dynamic group. So many different backgrounds, experiences and personalities that all added their own special piece to the weekend.

Leo, our yoga teacher for the weekend, led 4 wonderful therapeutic yoga sessions. She was the perfect person for the job. Our massage therapist Bev worked her butt off making sure she could squeeze in as many appointments as she could in 3 days. Darin’s Thai Yoga massage was also a great addition. There were many relaxed faces coming out of the treatment rooms. Jen the Naturopath and Lacey the Nutritionist gave informative talks and I was trying to take as many notes as I could! I will be adding many more veggies to my diet this week!

Our volunteer Corinne was a huge help. She was an extension of me and helped keep the weekend moving along smoothly. She was also our in house paprazzi for the weekend following us around with her camera and ipad!

The staff at Shanti were great and the meals they prepared for us were divine. Everyone was raving about the food. Can’t wait for the Shanti cookbook to come out.

I couldn’t have done it without my team; I am a very lucky girl. A heartfelt thank you to all of you!

To all the women who attended (aka my 25 new good friends) you are so special to me and seeing you bond over the weekend meant the world to me. Each one of you was supposed to be there to make our group complete.  It was definitely a healing weekend, not to mention fun! There was lots of chatting, laughing, listening and even some tears over the three days. When it came time to go we were joking about refusing to leave and hiding out on Shanti’s property until they forced us to go.

To my breast cancer ladies – you created a compassionate, fun and safe environment where we could all just BE. I thank you for that.

And lastly this weekend would not have happened without the donations from so many individuals and companies. I still pinch myself sometimes when I think about how wonderfully my dream to help other women going through breast cancer came together.

I promised my family and friends that I would now take a little break, take some time to recharge, finish up my own surgeries and heal…. so I can start working on NEXT YEAR!

Love and Light,

Jasmin

(check out www.stretchhealgrow.org for more info on the retreat)

Yoga 101: Basic Tree Pose

TREE POSE – VRKSASANA

Sometimes we just need to stop the ‘busy’ of daily life and find a few moments of balance. Tree pose is a fantastic and simple pose to pause in, grow taller and reconnect with your breath. This pose helps improve your balance and flexibility.

Here’s how to do it:

  • stand tall on both feet, close your eyes and take one slow deep breath to centre yourself
  • open your eyes and look down to your toes, spread them wide so you are using the entire bottom of your foot for balance and grounding
  • find a point a few feet in front of you to fix your gaze upon, this will help with balance
  • feel your weight shift into your left leg and foot. Place the right foot either at your ankle, mid calf or upper thigh. (Please listen to your body and choose the placement that feels best for you. Do not place the weight on your knee as it can cause stress to the joint.)
  • root down through your standing leg and grow tall through the crown of your head
  • bring palms together at the heart centre
  • let your breath flow down into your belly and allow yourself to lengthen with every breath.
  • if you feel steady here you can take your hands up overhead or just leave them at your heart centre
  • take 5 slow deep breaths in this pose visualize the strength and silent power of a tall, ancient tree

Create a mini stress relief break in the middle of your day by combining tree pose with a few rounds of the  simple deep breathing we talked about back in April. Need a refresher? Click here

To hear audio for this pose please click audio bar at the top of the post.