On a beach on Cortes Island ,sometime early September an idea was born to create a place of pampering and healing. A special place where my friend Anita and I could combine our skills and knowledge in an offering that would be nurturing and supportive for everyone invovled. Inspired by the warm beach, the radiant sunlight and the clear cold water at our feet , this idea sprang to life and flowed like water between us. The idea still carries the magic of that place and moment in time. The energy was so clear and true we both knew we were onto something important. It was more than an intention devised logically, it clearly was an inspired 4 days that led us all over the island, picking up rocks and shells, designing the interior of our little wellness spa in all its details.
So, we are calling this Ayurvedic Massage Treatment room the ‘Cortes Room’ and it will officially open on February 12th. Like most renovations there have been months of hard work, many dolloars spent, and a few surprises that we simply could not have anticipated, but still, from idea to opening we are at almost exactly 6 months. I anticipate the next few weeks before that date will be filled with finishing details and the excitement of beginning the next stage of our Cortes beach dream.
The next stage of this dream involves you. This is the first invitation to the public to come and see our little oasis of healing that looks out over the ocean, just below the yoga studio. The OPEN HOUSE is from 1-4 on Saturday Feb 12th and we will have the doors to the ‘Cortes Room’ open as well as ongoing demonstrations in the studio, including Tai Chi & Chi Kung. as well as Shiatsu Anita will be leading a heart centred meditation using a fragrant blend of natural essences.
Please join us for the opening of the Cortes Room, meet the new staff and celebrate Island Yoga Vista’s 14 years in business this February. Island Yoga Vista was the first Yoga Studio in Nanaimo and has continued to grow and expand in a very gentle and solid way. This is a ’boutique’ style holistic center that offers Yoga, Ayurvedic Treatments, Art and Music . We think of it as an urban ashram for yoga and the arts, a community within a community. Personal attention and loving service is at the heart of the studio and treatment room, as your wellbeing is the center of our work. Please join us, bring your friends and family and allow us to share our creation with you and invite you to pamper and heal yourself.
Namaste Sandra Sagarmurti Shotton