Oakville : Lakeshore

Heather Coates


"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go." ~Dr. Suess

Years ago, when I graduated high school, I packed my bags and decided to travel; to see what was out there in the world for me to discover. From teaching in Jamaica, to managing a kitchen in a French Chateau, all the way to Thailand to catch some sun on the beach, I found so much. I found amazing cultures, incredible and inspiring people but I never found myself. After a few years of being on the road I came home feeling a bit lost and confused about why I found myself back where I started, at ‘the beginning.’

It was about this time when I found the love of my life, Steve, and flash forward a few years….went back to school, moved into the city & then back out to Oakville, got married, bought our first house and got me a ‘grown up’ job!

It was during these few years that my yogic journey began. It was a physical practice to begin and I just felt like I needed to ‘blow off steam’. I quickly enrolled in my first 40 Days to Personal Revolution, guided by Kinndli, and my eyes and my heart were opened up for the first time in ages but due to some back problems, and playing it safe….again, I rolled up my mat and stopped practicing. A few months later I discovered PYC and it felt like I had come home. The energy was palpable and the community was so warm and welcoming. That was it; I was back on my mat and ready to go!

Yoga has changed my life; literally shook it up and turned it upside down. It has made me realize that I have been playing it safe since I had arrived back from travelling years earlier, that I began going through the motions of what I was supposed to do rather than what I wanted to do with my life. With the support of my community I was able to acknowledge this and make the changes necessary to shine bigger and brighter!! I know now that Dr. Suess really was right – that I always have a choice and that I am the master of my own fate! I feel lighter now and so happy that sometimes I need a pinch to remind myself that I am not dreaming, that this really is my life!