What is your morning ritual to cultivate clarity and grace (self care must do’s)?
Upon rising I always drink a glass of warm organic lemon water while watching the sunrise out my window on the 3 Sister’s Mountains. This is followed by morning meditation on my mat by the fire for 10-20mins. I may do a smudge, light candles, select essential oil blends for my diffuser based on my needs, and/or draw tarot cards for inspiration and intention in my day ahead. Then it is double americano misto time sweetened with local honey and sprinkled with cinnamon - I love strong coffee! When I can carve out time I will hit my mat for an asana practice to ground, open and move my body, though some days this works better later in my afternoon. I also love my morning beauty ritual and am currently blissing out with the Pura Botanicals skincare line. It feels so indulgent to treat my skin to these luminous, gorgeous smelling products. A neti pot rinse is also a part of my self-care practices, especially through the fall, winter and spring months.
Who do you believe is your spirit animal and why? (optional)
White Horse - I have felt the presence of a White Horse with me (and great desire to ride one!) for quite some time I feel a great deal of connection to the symbolism of the White Horse in Strength, Freedom, Intuition, Spirituality, Wild Heart, Vitality, and Unbridled Spirit.
Raven - my Spirit messenger; there is always one close by
White Wolf - The wolf has always held power and a sense of connection for me, intimately tied to my instincts as a woman. I feel wolf freedom, power and grace and have had deeply moving and spiritual experiences with wolf medicine over the years. Plus the book 'Women Who Run with the Wolves’ by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes is one of my favourites.
What is the true essence of “The Yogini Path”?
The true essence of the Yogini Path is remembrance and recalibration. It is a guided journey and rich path of self-study supported by the practices of yoga, meditation, Kundalini kriya, yoga nidra, and time in nature, designed to connect women back to their true nature as wild, free, luminous and divine. The Yogini Path is about remembering your harmony, strength, wisdom and grace. It is an opportunity for women to remember the woman they came here to be. I want women to come out of this immersion program, look at themselves in the mirror and say I AM ENOUGH.
We study and work with the elements, goddess archetypes, chakras and koshas, laugh, dance, sing, cry, wear gold tattoos, eat chocolate, write, create, design, and come together in circle, in sisterhood and in our hearts. It is a powerful way to expand your studies in yoga and more importantly of yourself. My Yogini Path tribes usually consists of a rich mix of yoga teachers of all ages and women ready to dive into the journey home to self.
Name one muse that continues to inspire you?
Mama Earth/Pachamama sprinkled with a dash of Pocahontas, Incan Priestess, Artemis, Athena, Durga, Lakshmi, a little Kali and a sprinkle of Ariel the Mermaid. Was that more than one? ;)
What is your daily ritual to stay connected and in the creative flow?
I Love to walk/hike in nature with the sun on my face. I am blessed to call Canmore home, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. I can walk out my door into stunning mountain scenery, walk through the forest and witness the beauty of nature in all of her forms (waterfalls, creeks, rivers, wildflowers, etc.) These offer such rich inspiration and teachings for me. I also love to visit our natural spring to pray, meditate, rinse my skin and fill up my water jars with pure prana vibing water straight from source.
What makes you feel Graceful and Victorious?
When I am moving in the mountains - rock climbing, hiking, trail running, skiing, biking and/or SUP’ing.
How do you wish women to feel during and after your offerings?
hOMe - in their hearts, connected in tribe and ready to rise.
What are your rituals in regards to the New Moon and Full Moon phases?
I will always spend time in meditation either in the mountains or in my home. I like to do a smudge with palo santo to clear any residue before moving into a new cycle and I often work with different tarot decks to pull a card reading. I also line up some of crystals, Chalice Grove malas and gemstones on the balcony for a moonbath and then I will take my own candlelit bath filled with himalayan salts and my favourite essential oils.
What is your current Mantra, Prayer or Affirmation that you pull up for support? (when you feel lack, depleted or low)
I AM VALUED.
What are you really excited about for 2017 and what were you grateful for in 2016?
2016 was a big year of growth in my business and my personal self + sense of worth for which I am very grateful. It involved a lot of movement in heart, spirit and soul, rich experiences with family and friends, and connections with amazing and inspiring lightworkers doing great work on our planet. I had the opportunity for extensive international travel and adventures in Peru, New Zealand, Mexico and other magical places which brings me so much joy and satisfies my wanderlustin’ boho vibin heart. I was also blessed to spend the most powerful time with my 98yr old Grandmother as she transitioned. This woman has been the richest source of inspiration in my life and to be there with her, with my hand on her heart as she took her last breaths was a gift I will never forget.
2017 is looking wildly beautiful with some new exciting projects birthing (stay tuned ;). I am expanding my Yogini Path program into new cities, completing my Kundalini Level 1 Training, growing my doTERRA essential oils business, raising the bar and the awareness of my Unity Project fundraiser across Canada for the Ninos del Sol Orphanage in Peru, a cause near and dear to my heart. I will be starting up Moon Shakti Circles and gatherings for women again after a 3yr break and I am honoured to bring La Luna Social to the mountains. Most importantly I am committed to saying No to more, and Yes to myself and family for more travel, mountain play and retreat time together.
This radiant, luminous soul, Kristen, will be sharing a beautiful experience in Edmonton, AB this October for Its Time To Bloom Fest. Be sure to register for her offerings and come with an open heart.