WELCOME TO BUDDHA BELLY!
To Our Beloved Community,
I found a way back into the Country last night after being away for some time. It was a frazzling experience but we are now safe at home. I have been diligently trying to come up with a plan on how to move forward ever since. I’m not going to lie, it isn’t easy making these decisions from my quarantined home. I do feel rather helpless within the whole situation. We don’t have enough information to know what will happen next. There is so much uncertainty looming in the air right now and I presume there will be for a while longer.
It’s with deep sadness that I announce that Buddha Belly will be closing immediately. My hope is that in a few weeks time we will have more information as to how we proceed. Things are changing rapidly day by day. Our decisions and actions will also need to be made day by day.
Since I am quarantined, Kat is currently freely offering her time, holding down the fort at Buddha Belly and finishing final details with bells on. She is grabbing me some groceries on the way home and bringing some yoga props to my doorstep. That girl is always in service and always the first person to freely offer her heart and her help. I am so grateful to my sister at this time. Thank you to Hope and the other team mates who held strong and supported the studio on standby while I was away and to the students who have offered their time and support to the studio at this point in time. I love you.
Today my father in law dropped off bread on our doorstep as we waved to him out the window. I cry just thinking about the weirdness of it all but I could also cry thinking of how much love there is in our life.
I’ve been sitting at the computer trying to find the right words and trying to keep my eyes open all day long.
It’s all just so overwhelming. SO many different emotions.
We know that Buddha Belly is a central source of health & well being for many of you and understand that this will disrupt your daily routines. We are working on a solution and hope that we can still maintain a connection with you by reaching you in your homes soon. We are currently researching ways to potentially live-stream video classes. There are several options we have in mind & we appreciate your patience while we navigate how this might be implemented to keep us connected. Please keep an eye on your email, our website and social media pages for the most up to date information.
Now is the time where your yoga practice off the mat is vital. The mindfulness techniques, ability to sit with discomfort, and willingness to do hard things are invaluable right now.
On behalf of our entire team at Buddha Belly, our hearts are with you during this difficult time and we send you so much love. We will miss your presence greatly. Know that we are all in this together and we love you! Regardless of what happens, there is a part of me that feels so grateful and so fulfilled for all that Buddha Belly did for our community over the years and for all of the heartfelt connections that were made. What a beautiful loving community of students and team members we have. I couldn’t have picked anyone better to share + serve with. My deepest gratitude goes out to you for all of the support over the years.
There are a lot of details we need to work out and I have very limited support at my fingertips. Please know that I am doing my very best and need some time to figure out all of the logistics of this so I ask for your patience and compassion right now.
All future membership payments will be suspended. All passes and memberships will be put on hold and given extensions when we can re-open. This arrangement may change if we need to be closed for longer than anticipated. I will reach out again closer to April 15 to inform you of any updates or changes.
Small-business owners & their families are directly impacted by the daily ups & downs of ownership, but the enormity of this pandemic will certainly continue to generate a challenging shift for your local entrepreneurs. I have been brought to tears many times today when I think about what this means for you as our students, us as small business owners, and our team who rely on us for income.
As of this month our current goal is to resume the studio, if and when the world goes back to normal again. The sad reality is that there is always the possibility that Buddha Belly may not make it through this difficult time. My husband and I are both self-employed and in times like this it is quite terrifying having no income and the potential of losing all that we have worked so incredibly hard to build over the years. I lost my entire life overnight, as all of you have as well. What a surreal time to be alive.
It is with great sadness that we have to be physically separated from our community in a time like this when we need each other and the studio the most. We will do our best to stay in touch and keep you up to date as we know more and make further decisions.
I know many of us are very close and I already miss you all. Any of you, please feel free to add me on Facebook or send me an email and I can send you my cell # if you want to stay in touch.
Thank you all for patience right now as we navigate these uncharted waters.
I wish you and your families all of the safety, love, support and health in the coming weeks and months.
I am here for you through this all in spirit.
Stay strong, positive and centered deeply in your light.
We are so lucky to have social media and access to information at our fingertips.
All my love,
Melanie Cosens XO
Heres a little link to my own personal blog if you are interested in how I made it home during all this:
SPRING INTO SPRING PASS SALE
Runs March 8th – 22nd
Get great deals on a 3, 5, 15, or 30 class pass!MORE INFO
SPRING YOGA CHALLENGE
Starting March 15th until April 13th
Only $115 for 30 days of unlimited yoga! Complete 25 classes in 30 days and be entered into a draw to win some fabulous prize. Complete 30 classes and be entered into a bonus draw!SIGN UP NOW
KIRTAN AND SOUND BATH
WITH SPARROW, SHAMBHAVI, & IAN
Date: Friday March 20, 2020
from 7:00 to 9:00pm
Investment: $25+gst advance, $30+gst at the door
Join Sparrow Grace, with Shambhavi and Ian, as they weave mantras and chants with relaxed rootsy tunes.
Kirtan is a devotional call-and-response group singing experience. From the tradition of Bhakti yoga, we sound together to create union of body-mind-heart-community and spirit. No experience necessary! Come bask in the sounds and join in the healing song.
Complete the evening, bathed in healing sound while resting in a restorative pose.SIGN UP NOW
MOM & BABY (POSTNATAL) YOGA
with Fern Aarsen
Date: Wednesdays, March 18 – April 22, 2020
from 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Moms will be led with their babies through a 6 week series of classes that build on each other. Experience a gentle flow that focuses each week on a different area of your body.
Put aside sacred time to connect with your body, breathe, and baby.SIGN UP
KARMA CLASS FOR CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY
with Kenzie Costar
Date: Sunday March 22nd
from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Investment: By donation, suggested $5
Karma Classes are an opportunity for newer teachers to gain experience teaching yoga.
Join Kenzie in this fundraising class to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.SIGN UP
with Emily McNicoll
Dates: Starts Wednesday April 1st to May 13th
from 6:00 to 7:15 pm
Prenatal yoga is designed to prepare pregnant mothers for labour. The focus is on increasing flexibility, strength, circulation, and balance to help support both mom and baby during this time. Through the six weeks you will be guided through meditations, pranayama (breath exercises), and yoga postures to help adapt to the changes happening in your body. You will also learn how to modify your yoga practice safely for the changes that happen in your body during pregnancy. It is a wonderful way to connect deeper with yourself and your baby.SIGN UP NOW
FULL MOON SISTERHOOD CIRCLE
with Melanie Cosens
Dates: Sunday April 5th
from 2:30 to 5:00pm
This full moon sisterhood circle offers support for awakening, healing and living your deepest truth. It is a beautiful, calming, sacred, safe, loving, nurturing, supportive sanctuary that encourages women to open up, discuss their fears, personal struggles, and more. This moon circle creates a space for women to share and relate, which feeds our basic need as women. The loving support we receive from each other encourages each of us to stand in our Divine light and live our highest potential. During this full moon ceremony we will have the opportunity to look at what is fully illuminated in our lives, release all that no longer serves us such as: the past / old identities / old emotional pain / behaviors / outdated beliefs / attitudes / relationships / frames of mind / situations. This can often mean that around the Full Moon, it’s great to focus on the role of forgiveness (not only of ourselves but of others), letting go of anger and resentment so we can truly come into alignment with our Higher Self and as such will be incorporating Ho’oponopono practices to assist with this release. In our circle you can also expect other rituals such as grounding, smudging, energy clearing, guided meditations, healing energy and chakra balancing, journalling, workbook questions, reflection activities, gratitude, mantras/affirmations, mudras, herbal tea, relaxation. Through a loving-kindness meditation we will generate an abundance of energy to fully charge ourselves, then shower this energy as love and blessings to all.SIGN UP
REIKI LEVELS 1&2
with Melanie Cosens
Dates: April 11-12th, 2019
from 10:00am – 6:30pm
Activate the healer within and learn to administer healing for yourself and others using the power of Reiki. In the course of a weekend you get certified as a 1st & 2nd Degree Practitioner of the Usui Reiki Healing System. The class combines lecture, discussion, demonstration, attunements, meditations and experiential practice in a well organized, but relaxed program. It is a weekend that is sure to imprint on your soul in such wonderful ways. You will leave feeling empowered with the tools and knowledge to begin your practicing on yourself and others.SIGN UP NOW
200-HR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
with Lori Whitby
Dates: September 2020 – May 2021
*Payment plans are an option
Take Your Love of Yoga to The Next Level
Designed for aspiring yoga teachers and/or yogis who seek to deepen their practice and knowledge through a structured curriculum, this yoga teacher training will support you in awakening your heart and living a more meaningful and empowered life of freedom and joy. Through immersion in the life-affirming teachings, you will transform your body, mind, and heart.MORE INFO
Join our Karma Yoga Program
Karma yoga – selfless service; the act of giving without expectation of a return; service for the sake of service. Are you looking to deepen your connection with your yoga community, your practice, and yourself? Interested in practicing more yoga, but finding cost a barrier? Come join the Buddha Belly karma yoga team and integrate the teachings of yoga on and off the mat by practicing the art of giving. The karma yoga program at Buddha Belly allows our participants to practice mindfulness through their actions, to connect with our growing community, and to deepen their personal practice. By volunteering a few short hours of your time during the week, you can help infuse the studio with your energy and make it a sanctuary for all. Please fill out this application form if you are interested.
New to yoga? No problem!
We welcome beginners with open arms.
We are Edmonton’s premiere yoga and wellness studio near Capilano Mall. We offer a wide variety of yoga classes, workshops, bodywork services, and products to support your wellness and advance your spiritual practice.
Our facility features two large yoga studios, both with heating capabilities for a variety of hot yoga, warm yoga, and non-heated yoga. We have created a soothing and healing environment with our color therapy lighting. We also have a treatment room where we provide massage and Reiki. At Buddha Belly you will also find a client lounge for relaxing before and after class, a metaphysical retail boutique, the Buddha Belly tea bar, and two change rooms with a full set of amenities including lockers and showers.
Our metaphysical boutique features a wide variety of products ranging from jewelry, home decor, spiritual supplies, and our own line of aromatherapy products and essential oils. The Buddha Belly tea bar is open to clients throughout the day and our exclusive line of delicious teas are available for purchase.
We’re open 7 days a week. Our friendly staff are here to guide you and ensure that you have the best experience every time you enter our space. Drop in for a class, a treatment session, to shop, or just to say hi! We’re looking forward to meeting you. Learn more about us.