Sophie Trudeau to lead yoga sessions in yoga and meditation retreat

Sophie Trudeau to lead yoga sessions in yoga and meditation retreat

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A total solar eclipse passing by Canada on April 8 is the focal point of a planned wellness retreat featuring Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.

The event promises to bring guests “closer together as Mother Nature will show us the beauty of darkness,” according to the event listing.

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From April 8-10, guests are to take part in healing exercises, nature walks, and multiple yoga sessions with Trudeau. The retreat is organized by Bloom Holistic Retreat, which bills itself as a place to “cultivate curiosity, unearth authenticity (and) grow tendrils of connection.”

The retreat is located on Loughborough Lake in South Frontenac, 20 minutes north of Kingston, Ont., according to their social media.

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Guests will begin their day at 6 a.m. at the three-day two-night retreat, which also includes meditation and mantra chants with spiritual practitioner David Choy, who describes himself as a student of “the sacred connection between mind-body-heart.”

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Choy also teaches rehabilitative calisthenics following “a serious knee injury,” his personal website states.

“Facing complete darkness in our lives and within us can be intimidating but it is the shadow parts of ourselves that we must better understand in order to embody our true potential,” the event listing states.

“In front of the unknown and the uncertain, we must be as tender as we are fierce.”

Tickets have sold out for a women-only room with two bunk beds and shared bath that goes for $750. An all-gender version of the same package is currently still available at the same price.

Other rooms are still available, as of Jan. 17, with prices ranging from $1,000 for a room with two twin-sized beds, to a private room with a lake view selling for $1,500.

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The retreat begins at noon on the day of the eclipse, according to the schedule posted on Bloom’s website. Guests have until 2 p.m. to settle in, after which they will be observing the eclipse at 2:08 p.m., followed by a nature walk.

At 4 p.m. on the first day, Trudeau will lead the first of four planned sessions, a “Vinyasa Practice,” a form of yoga that prioritizes a flow between different poses.

The schedule goes on to list two Trudeau-led classes the next day, Vinyasa in the morning and a Yoga Nidra class at 8 p.m. Nidra yoga, a form of guided meditation, aims to release stress by inducing a sleep-like state while still maintaining conscious awareness.

Trudeau has an “intrinsic curiosity and her willingness to explore spirituality,” according to her bio on the Canadian Mental Health Association website. It also states she is a certified hatha yoga teacher and completed “Radiant Child” kundalini yoga training, which is focused on instruction for children.

Trudeau has made no secret of her passion for yoga over the years, sharing photos of unwinding with various yoga positions on social media and even balancing on her arms in a Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner in 2016.

In 2021, Trudeau even offered a virtual yoga class to staffers. Speaking anonymously to the National Post, Liberal staffers called the free session “silly” and “a hard pass.”

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