We’re so excited to introduce you to our first Sunday Spotlight of the year, Vancouverite Nadine Schiavone. Kay and Nadine first crossed paths well over 5 years ago serving at a restaurant together in downtown Vancouver. Nadine has a special warm energy and vibrant smile that made her wonderful to work with. In the past 3+ years it’s been amazing to watch her journey and transformation as she pursued her passion for yoga. Over the years, she’s been inspiring us and others with her consistency and growth as a yoga teacher. She inspires us to follow our passions and pursue that which we love. Its been truely beautiful to watch someone progress into their purpose. You can follow Nadine on Instagram @yogi_nadine or attend one of her yoga & fitness classes at Oxygen Yoga, http://www.oxygentraining.com
Name: Nadine Schiavone
Occupation: Yoga & Fitness Instructor
Hometown: Yellowknife, NT
Lives in: Maple Ridge, BC
Tell us a bit about yourself & how you came to be a yoga instructor?
I was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario and around the age of 3 my family moved to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. I lived there until I was about 17. I ended up in Vancouver summer of 2007.
In my years leading up to becoming a Yoga Instructor, I attendend multiple colleges testing out hotel & restaurant management, Early Childhood Education & Hair School. At the same time I tried SO many different jobs; restaurants, flower shops, clothing stores, airlines, and nanny work (never again). Before I found my career I was working a mining job making great money but I wasn’t at all happy. Leaving was necessary as I refused to be unhappy and settle for the money. I ended up quitting and about a month later my best friend brought me to a Yoga class and the rest is history!
Walking into the yoga studio for the first time, I felt a sense of calmness and relaxation that I’ve never felt before. My favourite Mariah song was on (bonus) and I remember laying down thinking ” is this real life?”. The non judgmentmental and energetic environment allowed me to open up to the desire to tune into the feelings that run through my body, I wanted to experience this everyday. That day, I signed up for the 200 hour yoga teacher. Ten years prior, I was asked to try yoga and I laughed and said “only hippies do that”. I was a completely different person.
Yoga has brought so much more awareness to my life internally and externally. It has humbled me. Yoga has made me see life much clearer. I no longer live in the shadows of lifes expectations and realize I have a choice. I can choose to do whatever I like and feel whatever I like. My life goals have less to do with money and more to do with being present, loving life, and learning how to do a handstand!
The Yoga Teacher Training has made me really tap into my body, mind, and spirit. For the first time in my life, I can be in the moment. This journey encourages me to be mindfull. At random parts of the day I take the time to stop and reflect on where I am at, and how I feel. I have became a much more emotional, peaceful and energy loving human; who is continuously learning and growing more into this role. This is a journey that never stops, I always want to keep learning.
What keeps you motivated to stay fit!?
The amount that my body changed once I started my yoga practice. Inclusive to incorporating a healthier lifestyle. I love the feel good endorphins you get after any type of sweat session.
What forms of workout do you preform a week and how often?
I TRY to be active everyday. If I’m not in the studio teaching, I’m usually there fitting in my own practice. The studio I work at isn’t just a yoga studio, its a sacred space. Its like therapy and a spa altogether, plus a workout. I love being there!
What do you take for daily supplements?
I teach in an infrared hot yoga studio so staying hydrated is my main focus. Lots of water! I drink at least 3.5-4 litres a day.
When I remember Vitiam B12. I live off of lemon water.
How do you stay fit when traveling?
My boyfriend and I travel a lot! We usually spend a few nights scooping out the best hikes and walking adventures. We just got back from Hawaii and we hiked everyday, it was amazing. Because fitness is such huge part of my life, I have to be sure to keep active everyday.
I always make sure my water intake is the same as home. I try to be mindful, and don’t over eat: the hardest part because I LOVE food.
What do you always pack in your carry on luggage?
A HUGE water bottle . Water can be so pricy at the airport! I’m water obsessed, if you couldn’t tell by now.
Gravol, for motion sickness: I get the worst motion sickness.
I also take my makeup and hair straightener. Replacing this if it was in my checked bag would be so costly!
A Pen: the last thing that I want is to land and not have any of paperwork filled out!
Truthfully, I never eat healthy on the airplane, I haven’t since I was a kid. Its my time to allow for treats!
What is your favorite city to travel to and why?
There are two places I absolute love and as of now I can’t quite pick one.
Honolulu , Hawaii. My love for Hawaii started when I first stepped out of the aircraft at the Honolulu International Airport and smelled a burst of fresh flowers. I find myself daydreaming about waking up before the sun comes up to catch the sunrise from Diamond Head Mountain, followed by the perfect kona coffee and matching it with a fresh pineapple. Then rejuvenating the body to take on the days next adventure. I love how everyone is always so friendly. Also how life moves slower than everywhere else. Aloha!
Australias sunshine coast! It’s where my mom and stepdad live. It has beautiful beaches, great weather and a totally relaxed feel. You can’t beat the world class scenery and being able to go to your mothers for a home cooked meal! I’m so lucky to be able to travel there so often to visit such a beautiful country. I love dragging my mom to all the funky cafes that I find on instagram. They offer some of the coolest desserts, raw food, and vegan options that I’ve ever seen! Australians love to be up early. You can stroll to the beach at 4:30 am (on those jet legged mornings) and see all of the surfers out in the water and the joggers starting their day. It’s a very fitness based community. Local restaurants start to open up at a about 5:30 am to accommodate all the early risers caffeine needs. I.love.the.early.morning.vibes.
What is your favorite brand of yoga gear?
I wear a lot of lululemon. The materials are quick drying and breath well. This comes in handy while teaching in +38 degree infrared studios!
If you could give any advice to woman that are struggling to follow their passion what would you say?
A few weeks ago my mom told me she was thinking about quitting her job, unhappy there for a significantly LONG time. She said that I inspire her so much, through watching me love what I do. Due to this, she made the choice to move on, and quuit her job to pursue something that she actually loves to do. My mom, quit her job? Because I inspired her? It took a while for that to sink in. I love having an impact on other peoples lives, another reason why I know that I’m in the right career. To date, this has been the best compliment ever received! Follow the heart!
I am such an advocat for doing things that make you happy. I was unhappy for so long: following my passion saved my life. Be patient and breath! If its meant to be it will be. Nothing is easy, everything takes work.
If you could give any advice on how to add a bit of yogi zen to our daily lives, what should we do?
Take a yoga class.
Keep live plants! They’re a growing reminder of life that needs to be taken care of ❤
I love this lululemon quote : “Breath Deeply & appreciate the moment.
Living in the moment could be the meaning of life”.