Book an Ayurvedic healing session!

Adrienne is currently booking her fall 2019 schedule of private Ayurvedic healing sessions. Each 75 minute one-on-one session is tailored to a client’s needs and draws upon Adrienne’s intimate knowledge of various therapeutic techniques from breathwork, body mapping, to food/cooking practices.

More details about what an Ayurvedic healing session with Adrienne is like can be found here.

True healing comes when we are ready: find a free worksheet here to gain CLARITY on your healing journey.

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Jonathan Austman

Jonathan Austman

As some of you may have heard, our dear friend and teacher Jonathan Austman has passed away.

The processing and digestion of this moment will unravel for many days to come, but one of my initial impulses is to try to understand who he was and to remember him in his entirety.

But how can one sum up a person in a few sentences? The Jonathan that I knew for 10 years was serious but goofy, compassionate and yet judgemental, sincere yet mischievous, aloof and also incredibly gentle and thoughtful.

He certainly was a huge influence on my life, my yoga practice and teaching. I will sorely miss his wisdom, example, and camaraderie.

Jonathan took his own life. The word suicide is incredibly loaded. We all have our own relationship with what that means. For me, the act of taking one’s own life contains deep suffering, but also deep freedom. To choose one’s time of death can offer dignity and grace. My final prayer for him is that he felt like he was choosing death, as opposed to feeling like he was out of choices besides death.

Endings beget beginnings. Let me share with you how we met: I had first heard of Jonathan through my Ashtanga yoga instructor in Toronto, who had met Jonathan in India that year. When I told him I was moving to Winnipeg, he said I should look Jonathan up because he had a Mysore program. In September 2009, on the third or fourth day of being in Winnipeg, I went to the Winnipeg Yoga Shala at 440 Don Ave to practise. It was a beautiful, calm space, completely imbued with his energy. In the disorganization of moving, I didn’t have enough cash, so I had paid a drop in fee with a cheque (remember those days?!). After practice, he said, “There’s a new student special right now. Two months for the price of one.” I said, “Oh, but I only brought the one cheque.” “It’s ok, you can cross it out and initial the new amount.” “Oh, ok.” I came back the next day, and the next, and for many days after.

I’m quite sure now there was no new student special. He was just making it up. I’ll always be so glad that he did.

May I leave you with the Zen night chant, which I learned from the late Michael Stone:

Life and death are of supreme importance.
Time passes swiftly and opportunity is lost.
Let us awaken – awaken!
Do not squander your life.

Blessings and health to you and yours,

Relax & Renew Yoga Retreat in Hecla, MB – Oct 25-27, 2019

UPDATE: Registration for this retreat is now closed. Thank you!

Join Natasha Lenon and I for our FIFTH annual Relax & Renew Yoga Retreat at Manitoba’s beautiful Hecla Island!  Enjoy a weekend of yoga, meditation, kirtan, nature walks, mineral pools, and self-care. Fall is a wonderful time for introspection and reflecting on the past year’s events and experiences.  We hope you can join us for this nurturing and rejuvenating weekend retreat.

We have been lucky enough to sell out this retreat for the past four years, so if you have been thinking of coming, sign up soon!

Hecla Island lakefront

About the retreat

Dates: October 25-27, 2019
The retreat includes Friday dinner and officially starts after dinner, and will end around lunchtime on Sunday (lunch is included).  An itinerary is not released prior to the retreat to encourage participants to take things one step at a time.  Please be assured that the pace of the retreat will be steady and relaxed, with plenty of time between activities.  All yoga classes will be accessible to both a beginner and long-time practitioner.

How to get there:
Hecla Island Resort is about a two hour drive north of Winnipeg.

Google map WPG to Hecla

Double room: $525 / person
Single room: $625 / person

All prices include GST, meals, accommodations, and use of the Salka mineral pools.  Payment is made directly to Natasha or Adrienne Shum.  Please make cheques payable to Adrienne Shum.  E-transfers can also be sent (to Adrienne only).  Please read the payment and cancellation policy below.  Upon payment, please fill out this online registration form.

If you would like to book a spa treatment, there will be time available during the retreat or on the Sunday afternoon after the retreat ends.  Please visit the Hecla Resort website for more information.

Questions?  Feel free to contact Natasha [njlenon(at)gmail(dot)com] or Adrienne!

Hecla Island walking path

Payment and cancellation policy:
Payment in full is required to secure your spot.  If you are interested in a double room, it is your responsibility to find a roommate.
If you need to cancel:
before July 1st, 2019, you will receive a full refund less an $100 administrative fee.
On July 1st and after, there is no refund.

Payment plans are available upon request and considered on a case-by-case basis.
All plans considered will consist of a maximum of 3 payment instalments.  All plans considered must submit complete payment within 6 weeks of start date.  Natasha and Adrienne take great care to organise and plan this retreat in the hopes of providing benefit to all; please be considerate of their energy and time if you choose to make this request.

Ayurvedic Spring Reset 2019

Join me on Sunday, April 28th (3-5 pm, $55+GST) at Yoga Public, 280 Fort St for this year’s Ayurvedic Spring Reset!

According to Ayurveda, the change of seasons is the natural time to reset ourselves, boost Agni (metabolism), and remove Ama (toxins). Learn about the complementary healing practices of Ayurveda and yoga to engage in a transformative process to restore balance, wellness and clarity.

During the 2-hour workshop, you will:

  • Lay the groundwork for understanding the principles of Ayurveda
  • Deepen your understanding of the body-mind connection
  • Uncover the methodology of a 5-day cleanse to integrate all your new knowledge!

You will gain access to exclusive online content I have created to guide you through your cleanse. This supporting material will present simple daily practices to incorporate into each day of the cleanse, including recipes, guided audio meditations, journaling prompts, and more. The online content will be made available for 31 days after the workshop for you to have the flexibility to conduct your cleanse according to your schedule.

A cleanse is an excellent yearly practice that offers lasting benefits, such as:

  • Improving digestion by learning to deeply listen to your body
  • Trusting in the inherent wisdom of yourself
  • Feeling lighter, brighter, and more clear
  • Realigning with what nourishes and serves you.

If you have participated in a reset/cleanse with me before, please note that its format continues to evolve. I’m continually evolving in my understanding of Ayurveda and incorporating the latest scientific research; this updated program reflects deeper insights.

This practice is excellent for both beginners and seasoned pros; find support and community in embarking on this journey together.

To register, please visit

If you have questions, feel free to contact me here.