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A Community of Inclusion – BLiSS Ann Green Yoga

Having a chat today with Ann Green of BLiSS Yoga– I totally remembered how much I enjoy being in her “space.”

An Olympian...

As an Olympian, Ann is never one to take a back seat at anything!  In fact, BLiSS enjoys a national and international status of excellence – unparallel to any other studio in North America.

When BLiSS is able to re-open their doors, a tour is an experience not to be missed!  Over 10,000 sq. ft. with 6 full studios for a variety of meditation and yoga studies, yoga teacher education, coaching and therapy!  The feeling is total serenity and …’BLiSS.’

A Virtual Community

As COVID has us safely shutdown, Ann has created a virtual community of inclusion where she offers classes and education online.

It’s well worth the $50.00 membership fee!  That gives you 25-30 live classes, 2 workshops each month, consultation moments and access to a 500+ library of Yoga sessions, etc.


Apart from yoga instruction, Ann is a High Performance coach, Life coach and Keynote Speaker.  Ann’s coaching strategy is the same as her life mission, which is to …SHiNE!

To Spread Happiness

In Neighbourhoods  Everywhere!

Visit her ‘Shineology’ website for more information!  Shineology offers education, empowerment and freedom of movement with positive thoughts for those with a deep appreciation of nature.

Many of you may have come across Ann out on the lake teaching yoga on her Stand up Paddle Board either here on the Bay or down at Friday Harbour. She makes it seem sooo easy!!

Downtown "Bliss"

Ann is a wonderful supporter of Downtown Barrie.  She collaborates with local businesses and strongly supports the BIA. 

She encourages “Barrie-ites” to shop local with their BIA Gift Certificates!

Once the world gets back on track and doors re-open – visit Ann at 119 Dunlop St. E, take the tour and enjoy the magnificence that is BliSS!

‘All – levels, all good” and “We’re here for you”  

“From aspiring Olympic athletes to newborns to seniors to youth and for all people who connect in community through staying active and vital, healthy lifelong learners, we create a variety of support and respect within our space for this community.”

-Ann Green

Written by: Jane Laker

Photo Credits: Stephen Elliott

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Therapists tell us – “It’s not cute anymore”

Angel Powers

Mainstream Therapy owner, Angel Powers is seeing a breakdown in family stability becoming more rampant, and if you are feeling that she suggests that you call.   Angel has given us access to staff within her team that specializes in couples and family therapies.

The feeling is that we are all struggling individually with the changes that have taken place worldwide.  At one time people may have been shocked or dismayed, but actually found their footings somewhat, learning to enjoy the decreed “Shutdown”.  That was, in part, the time of year it took place.  At that time children were nearly finished school and summer plans had been made.  Everyone felt this was crazy, but it was just a “blip”!

Reality has now set in.  This new normal isn’t normal at all.  Our children are being home-schooled; people considered essential are allowed to “go” to work while the rest of us work virtually or not at all!

Courtney Burden

Courtney Burden, Therapist, says “In terms of couples being stuck at home together, it’s gotten a lot less “cute” after almost a full year of doing it.”  Courtney continues on to explain that we’ve become reactive to smaller issues.

During sessions with clients, Courtney sometimes uses visualization techniques to help them understand.  Visualize a glass of water.  The glass fills up a little more with each stressor; financial difficulties, cabin fever or boredom.  If it’s close to the brim adding a single drop (maybe dishes not washed) causes the glass to overflow.  When this happens we either become angry, or hold it inside until we explode!

Courtney explains that we need to be upfront about what we really require from our partner.  As people, typically we’re very good at saying what we don’t want or like, but less so about what we actually need.

She recommends using a simple script for being able to communicate clearly.  For instance, “When you _______, I _______.  I need ______.

Courtney also stresses the importance of making sure we use language that is non- blaming.  A complaint discusses a specific behavior, but criticism may be felt as an attack on the ability or integrity of the other person.  Staying away from criticisms allows less defensive response.

Then, when it comes to managing resources or chores – even helping the kids with school – plan ahead to avoid chaos.  Courtney feels that visual schedules are a great tool for families who have to manage multiple people and programs.  “It’s hard enough keeping track of all the “moving parts” in a household without interpersonal conflict.”

Laura Kyrkos

Therapist, Laura Kyrkos speaks to the “Covid fatigue” created by the lockdown for our children.  Many children are experiencing reactive behaviors, boredom, unhealthy attachments and a craving for social interaction.  At the same time some children feel that they accomplish more as they aren’t feeling the social pressures of the classroom.

In terms of the frustration or boredom that children feel, therapists find that they are quite resilient.  Some of them have expressed that they spend more time outdoors, some create scavenger hunts….really they are trying to make the best of the situation.  Certainly the kids are missing their friends and finding it difficult to maintain their social circles.

Laura explains that most families would never share this amount of time with each other. Under “normal” circumstances there would be work, school, sporting or social events that would keep families busy within their own circles.  This is the first time in a long time we are having this much more one on one time!

As for ideas Laura encourages everyone to understand.  Let children know they can think it through like this….First I do _______ then I do ____________.  Otherwise the unknown or the rest of the day can become overwhelming with so many tasks to be completed!

Both therapists agree that visual schedules are a great idea.  It allows everyone to visualize how the day or the week will look and let them have time to plan ahead.  Make them fun with clip art or pictures.  Laura also encourages parents to allow their child to have a quiet space with limited distractions at home.  Children should be encouraged to have a sense of independance at home or “me time.”  Leraning to have their own self care is crucial as they become older.  This could be a Zoom meeting with friends, playing board games online with other family members, meditation or yooga sessions or playing outside with their sibilings.

At least our days are getting longer now and we’re heading into the “last half” of winter.  Not knowing what to expect next can be very difficult.  However, we do know that spring will arrive, flowers will bloom…and somehow, this too shall pass.

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Mind, Body & Soul – 3 Wellness Options in Barrie

3 Weekend Happenings in Barrie


Wellness services provide an integrated approach to addressing whole body ailments.

Through a combination of treatments and practitioners like naturopaths, nutritionists and other holistic and medical approaches to health maintenance, wellness providers can help you feel better.

At a time like this, it’s easy to let your health slide. Additionally, it is all the more important to cope with the challenges of isolation before your body begins to suffer.

Read on for more on 3 Barrie based wellness providers!

Mind, Body & Soul – 3 Wellness Options in Barrie

Pure Vibes by Christina

Think all water is the same? Think again!

Pure Vibes by Christina provides (among other wellness options) water based filtration and treatments that boost your energy and heal your body.

Among their living water options are ionized alkaline, which is an excellent source of healthful hydration. This makes water easier to drink, and you avoid that feeling of being “bloated” which is common with other types of water.

Beyond water, they offer botanical beauty workshops and health and wellness seminars.

Energizing people though these approaches is at the core of Pure Vibe’s wellness philosophy.

Hit up their website to learn more.

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What’s your energy like? Check it!⁠ ⁠ I’ve been described as an energetic person, even at my sickest. All that envelopes my wellness philosophy is tied to energy. Even my personality-type profile is “ENERGIZER.” Talk about being defined by something! ⁠ ⁠ When I started to drink my amazing water back in 2018, my energy shifted so much that clients were approaching me and asking me what I’m doing differently. My chiropractor, integrated medical team, and others couldn’t believe the shift. Energy is a marker you just cannot hide.⁠ ⁠ So, grab some “living water,” learn about how hydrogen is essential to fuel us and heal us, how water can be measured in millivolts, and how you can plug into some additional energy.⁠ ⁠ Change always starts with education and information. Take in the research, learn, then APPLY it to gain wisdom. Until you put into application what you learn, you remain stagnant.⁠ ⁠ What have you learned lately to improve ENERGY? Share your comments below.⁠

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Elements Naturopathic is a 3 member team of wellness providers. Their strategy ensures patients are active participants in the process of healing, with a patient centered philosophy. If you are being treated by conventional practitioners (like chiropractors) the Elements team will collaborate with them to form a team approach to your healthcare.

Deploying a combination of bioidentical hormones, dietary adjustments, supplementation, and lifestyle counselling, Elements provides a curated experience to improve your overall health and well-being.

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Do you suffer from #Cravings ? . . The upside of craving is that it is a conditioned response that you can unlearn . . Here are a few of my top tips to reduce cravings : . . 💫 Start identifying why that craving is coming on- are you ACTUALLY hungry? Are you bored? Are you feeling another emotion ? . . 💫 Use the 5 second rule to stop thinking about a craving (ie. when you are craving sweet or salty, count backwards from 5 , and re evaluate that craving afterwards) . . 💫 #MOVE – march in place, do some squats, or walk up the stairs . . 💫 Get a herbal tea that you love (or have some warm water with lemon) . . 💫 Make sure that your blood sugar levels are balanced (your body often craves sugar when it is crashing ) . . 💫 Work with a naturopathic doctor to ensure your #stress levels are managed, rule out any deficiencies & ensure that you are getting a proper #sleep. . . . #naturopathicdoctor #naturopathicmedicine #ndbarrie #naturopath #wellness #barrienaturopath #wellwomentribe #sugarcravings #womenshealth #healthyhormones #hormonebalance #balanceyourhormones #exercise #moveyourbody #sugar #sugarcravings

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The Barrie Core Wellness Centre is a multi-disciplinary health & wellness community that specializes in whole family health.

They offer a variety of modalities to support you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Among the services provided are physio, chiropractic, Reiki and stress reduction mastery.

What did you think of Mind, Body & Soul – 3 Wellness Options in Barrie? Let us know in the comments!

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At Jeevanaya Wellness Centre there’s excitement in the air!  We all know that Christmas is the Season of Giving – and they have you covered!

Anita Kaur, owner of Jeevanaya Wellness knows just how stressful this year has been!  Opening a new business during 2020, (the COVID year) has been a lot of hard work and hesitation.

It has paid off though.  Anita welcomes everyone to her beautiful centre to experience treatments.  These treatments will not only relax you, but better your health in many ways.

Save 10% on your gift card purchases!

In the spirit of the season, Anita is offering her community a 10% savings on holiday gift cards.  Choose from Yoga, Reiki and Reflexology or gift a variety of Ayurvedic therapies.  Choose from Shirodhara (head flow massage), or maybe Kati Vasti (a warm oil treatment specifically for lower back and leg pain).

Jeevanaya Wellness Centre offers something for everyone.  Some think of it as pampering while others understand it to be an integral part of their health care regime.

Anita is well-trained in Ayurvedic Therapies, understanding the need to heal mind and body equally.  Each therapy is meant to heal your body and relax your mind, giving you the best of both!!

For those hard to buy for on your list Jeevanaya Wellness offers fresh, feel good ideas.  Check out their website for all available options!

If you yourself want to experience the benefits of these ancient practices – gift yourself.  Often relieving some of our own stress makes happier holidays for everyone!

Drop in or Shop On-line!

You can choose to drop in and purchase a gift wrapped certificate or visit this link to shop online.  Either way you’ll receive the savings!

The gift certificates are available with this discount until January 15th…what a perfect gift for your loved ones this year!

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Something that I find truly wonderful is that we are finally de-stigmatizing mental health.  Mainstream Therapy is growing again to fill voids in the healthcare system.  Angel Powers, owner of Mainstream Therapy would like to introduce her team to us.

Angel’s team takes a creative and critical thinking perspective while assisting you in getting the most out of life.  What I really love when speaking to Angel is her ability to think outside the box. Mainstream Therapy is always looking for new ways to integrate healing and growth.  Angel herself would like everyone to know that they welcome partnerships with people who have ideas to help people grow.  Whether you’d like to book a consultation, or are interested in a partnership, call 705 717 2107

The team has been hard at work setting up group platforms for “Family Connectivity Workshops”.  Her team has been trained in modern up to date therapies; however they all use their ability to read people very well.  If you’re not comfortable talking to your therapist remotely (due to COVID) or face to face in an office – strap a pair of snowshoes on – your therapist will join you!

By blending the traditional and spiritual models of therapy, Angel and her team have created a perfect way to meet the needs of anyone seeking healing and change.


Angel Powers is a Registered social service worker/intuitive coach and Reiki master who is known for her use of both traditional and non-traditional methods.  She offers individual counselling, child and youth counselling as well as mindfulness meditation.  In Angel’s words, “Your journey is your journey.  I’m a neutral party and active participant.  Together we will set goals and achieve them…I will help you get the most out of the life you want.”


Courtney Burden has both a Master’s degree and her social service worker designation.  Courtney’s passion shines through when working with couples and families in particular.  Well trained in the “Gottman Method” Courtney will help you to find the most positive relationship possible with your partner.  In Courtney’s words, “I integrate my experiences with substance abuse, family violence and loss into helping my clients find success through troubled times.  I am a strong advocate for normalizing therapy and mental health care.”


Laura Kyrkos graduated as a social service worker with honors.  Her true passion lies with assisting children and youth to navigate through our education system successfully while taking control of their mental well-being.  She has worked extensively supporting and transitioning children and youth who have been placed into community supported homes through the CAS.  In Laura’s words, “It’s time for a person-centered approach to healing; feeling better in a comfortable and flexible atmosphere that is specific to your needs.  We can work on exploring your thoughts, feelings and coping strategies to face life’s challenges with ease.”


And Finally…Our Newest Member – Jenny Wilson-Munn

Jenny is here to welcome you to a fresh start on a healing journey at Mainstream Therapy.  Before joining Mainstream Therapy, Jenny worked as an Educational Assistant with the County of Simcoe.  Those 18 years allowed her to interact with many children and young adults with developmental disabilities.  Her long-term experience in the service industry has taught her to meet and exceed each client’s needs within various settings.  On a personal level, Jenny believes in the power of positivity.  Her career experiences, training qualifications and wisdom gained through life has given her the ability to empower the core of our culture.  Jenny is a strong advocate for mindfulness practice and personal growth.  She looks forward to not only guiding you on your first steps through healing at Mainstream Therapy but to develop a relationship with you.  After all, we are people helping people.


If you have been struggling – with anything – anxiety, depression, guilt, motivation or feeling stuck, book a 30 minute complimentary telephone consultation.  There really is someone to talk to.

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