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The People Who Move Us

By Suzy Kenny

The People Who Move Us

Girls compete, women empower.

Girls Club DJs would be nothing without our community. We have been lucky enough to connect with many amazing people and today, in honor of International Women’s Day, we launch the first blog in a series to show tribute to the incredible humans who inspire us.

Over the years we’ve shared laughter and tears, as we’ve grown and transformed into the woman we are today. We’ve witnessed friends make dramatic changes in their lives and come out on top… friends who had the courage to listen to their inner desires, let go of their fear and step into their true purpose.

Today we honor three amazing women whose journey in well-being and fitness have inspired us to take action, stop ignoring our intuition and focus on designing and living the life we desire.

Yeg Yogi

Angie Clark: yoga instructor, marketing maven, entrepreneur, and spiritual gangsta 

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It all started in a tiny car with a giant can on the back. Back then we were fueled on Red Bull and funneled our creativity through burnt CDs and dance floor marathons. And now we collaborate on uplifting events and sweat it out at hot buti yoga. Watching Angie revamp her life from promo girl to one of Edmonton’s finest yoga instructors has inspired us to get moving and join forces to make magic through community focused events/spread the positive vibes/light. 

 

“I decided to become a yoga teacher when I was at a really low point in my life. It seemed as if everything was falling apart and I had no direction. I felt so lost, spinning out of control. Something in my gut kept telling me to get certified. I doubted myself and was scared of public speaking. That gut feeling wouldn’t go away and it felt like I was becoming more depressed each day. I took a chance and scraped up all of the money I had, quit my job, booked a plane ticket to Ecuador (I wanted to get as far away as possible) and took a 200 hour training. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. I now see that things were “falling apart” because i was on the wrong path. The universe and my intuition kept nudging me in a different direction and I’ve never been so aligned in my life.”

 

the ritual edmonton yeg yogi and tiffancy jackson

 

Angie has guided many hours of yoga practice for us, she is known in Edmonton for her own powerful style of yoga, the goal being to flow and sweat it out. YEG Yogi has partnered with Shaman Tiffany Jackson (17 Degrees) to create The Ritual, a class that combines yoga inspired movement accompanied with shamanic drumming and visualizations to explore and challenge the limiting belief systems that reside in your body. Up next, for Angie is a very special project that we’re helping her build. It’s inspired by our shared love for yoga and music and movement and we can’t wait to share more. Sign up to get the details about our upcoming project!

Journey One Eleven

Jessica Cortes: mother, wife, nurse, and cancer survivor

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Jess went through the unimaginable. In January 2017, she was diagnosed with Lymphona just after her second daughter was born. It was heartbreaking to say the least. But, Jessica is a superwoman. When she got her diagnosis, she sent out this message to her closest:

 

“I have an update. I had a doctors appointment today and my scans show I have two tumours on my right breast, one baseball sized tumour on my lungs and three smaller ones on my kidneys. I start chemo tomorrow. I have an MRI on Thursday to see if it has spread to my brain. I just wanted to say that this cancer does not own me. I am living a conscious life and will be focusing on my spiritual, physical, and emotional well being and not focusing on this foreign body. I will fight this cancer.  I really appreciate and I love you all!”

 

She, “began to forgive people from (her) past and clear negative feelings. (She) also reached out to alternative therapies including acupuncture for the numbness and tingling in (her) fingers, reiki & cranial sacral massage to move energy around in (her) body, yoga & meditation to visualize the cancer cells leaving (her) body. (She) took music and art therapy at Wellspring, workshops on ayurvedic medicine, toxic free diy products and vegan cooking classes.”

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Jess followed her intuition and did everything she could to detox her mind and body, and it worked, she began to heal! Funnily enough, research has since been released that states the nine commonalities in people who had gone through radical remission (and that’s exactly what her intuition led her to do):

 

  1. Radically changing your diet
  2. Taking control of your health
  3. Following your intuition
  4. Using herbs and supplements
  5. Releasing suppressed emotions
  6. Embracing social support
  7. Deepening your spiritual connection
  8. Have a strong reason for living
  9. Increase positive emotions

 

We learned from Jess the direct connection between the mind and the body. We’ve observed first-hand the power of positive thoughts and the need to detox your mind and body in order to truly heal. Her fight for her life inspired us to change the way we eat, sleep, detox, cleanse, and care for our spiritual and mental health. Her strength has given so many people in her life the courage to do things they never thought they could. You can read more about her story on her blog, Journey One Eleven.

Modern Yogi

Meg Stevenson: yoga instructor, lululemon ambassador, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

navina yoga founder Meg Stevenson Edmonton

 

Meg owns and operates Navina Yoga Studio in Windermere and is founder of the 40 Days to Personal Transformation yoga program and an annual outdoor yoga class-fundraiser called Peace in the Park (which we have been lucky enough to DJ many times). Last year, with just one outdoor yoga class, Peace in the Park raised $10,000 for the CASA Foundation. Both the attendance and sponsor support have grown every year, the next event is on July 7, 2019 at Victoria Park, subscribe and we’ll let you know when tickets go on sale!

 

edmonton peace in the park 2018 yoga fundraiser for CASA

 

Meg has been practicing yoga for 15 years and has travelled the world to learn first hand how different cultures integrate yoga into their lives. Her travels lead to a huge a realization upon returning home. The problems many people suffer here in North America aren’t as obvious as the depravity she saw in third world countries, she witnessed...

“Through this constant drive to propel ourselves we have lost ourselves in all the busy actions we create. We are so fast paced and I quickly realized how much stress we create and it leads to sickness. Whether it manifests in a physical ailment or a mental one, we are driving ourselves crazy and have lost touch with the importance of self-care. My mission became clear, creating a space that is so much more than touching your toes. Navina is a safe space that gives us the freedom to drop any concern for looking good and starts to move you in a direction that feels good.

As we embark on a full-fledged entrepreneurial journey we feel #blessed to have such amazing friends at our sides. Friends who are now partners in passion. We’d like to introduce, the Girls Club Foundation, a non-profit society, the mission is to raise funds to give back to the community and help to empower young people to follow their passion and find wellbeing through creativity, mindfulness and movement. Our vehicle? A series of pop-up workshops centered around music and movement. Want to get involved? Drop us a line :)


The first pop-up workshop will be on May 4, 2019 at Navina Yoga. Sign up to be notified when tickets go on sale.



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