Zen Gems was founded in 2015 as an online shop for jewelry infused with with love, intention + healing crystals. It has since grown with several retailers in Saskatchewan + Alberta, + expanded through workshops + yoga offerings.
B I O G R A P H Y
Jewelry to be a beautiful reminder of ones intentions. With the unique energy of crystals, Zen Gems creates gemstone bracelets and mala beads; honoring their roots in Buddhism and Hinduism, the traditional hand-knotting technique, number of beads used, blended with a bit of modern inspiration. Embracing her roles as a mother and also a yoga teacher, Nichole draws energetic inspiration from nature (with new collections launching quarterly, following the energies of the seasons), the lunar cycle, the chakras, the yoga sutras and mindfulness when crafting a piece that blends the multiple energies of different stones.
Zen Gems puts on various events and workshops geared towards self love, womens circles/day retreats, solstice ceremonies, meditation and mala making. Since completing her yoga teacher training in 2019, many events and class series’ started to incorporate yoga (especially through her passion for yin yoga!). You’ll even see many jewelry items inspired by yoga + mindfulness.
See "yoga" for more information on virtual and in person classes and special events.
Thursday Yin Yoga
Join us every Thursday evening for an hour of yin yoga from the comfort of your own home via Zoom. Classes take place from 7 to 8pm CST, and recordings are available should you be unable to join live.
Classes are geared towards all levels. You can expect an opening discussion/theme, followed by meditation/breathwork, and yin postures with modifications to meet your body where it is.
Yin classes are a beautiful way to nurture your physical body, to bring deep relaxation. The yin practice involves holding yoga asana (postures) for a longer length of time, it serves to stress and release the connective tissues, while improving joint health. As we slow the body, we slow down the breath, and slow down the mind.
The Zoom link and details will be sent out within 24-48 hours.
December Gather + Flow: Winter Solstice Women's Circle + Yoga
December's Gather + Flow Details
Join Zen Gems Saturday, December 17th from 6-8:30pm for a special Gather + Flow. This monthly event is offered with the intention of women connecting -- to themselves, + with others. December’s theme will center around the winter solstice, honouring this energetically powerful time of the longest + darkest night of the year that encourages deeper rest, reflection + restoration. Let’s come together for an evening of connection + rituals to celebrate our inner light, release what’s fallen away, and nourish new intentions.
Is Gather + Flow for me?
Have you been craving deeper connection + community with like minded women?
A safe space to be heard, held, + empowered (+ reciprocate the same)?
To be guided through + engage in spiritual rituals to deepen your connection to your self-growth, self-care + self-love journey?
Are you looking to reconnect with your body through conscious movement, stretching + rest?
What happens at Gather + Flow?
During these soul nourishing evenings, we will come together for a series of calming practices + discussions that draw wisdom from nervous system healing, breathwork + meditation, + yoga philosophy. We will have the opportunity to reflect, hold space + engage in meaningful sharing in a supportive, non-judgmental environment; followed by an embodiment yoga practice; therapeutic movements + longer yin holds to encourage you to move mindfully, listen in, let go, + breathe deep into all that you feel, so that you may feel more calm, empowered + connected as you re-enter the flow of your life.
Saturday, December 17th from 6-8:30pm
This is an in-person event, held at The Hub in YXE, 614 Duchess Street.
Investment — $35
To register, please message us with your email address or email the Hub in YXE at email@example.com
Full details on our Facebook event here.
Please note/bring for our evening together:
Dress comfortably - warm socks and layers are welcome if you like to be cozy!
Bring with you a yoga mat (please respond back to this e-mail if you do not have one as I have a few extras), a bolster or pillow (we will be seated on the floor!), blanket/towel and any other props you wish to utilize for our physical yoga practice. Props are not required but are a great way to invite in more comfort for your practice.
Bring water, and a mug as tea will be provided.
A journal and a pen.
Any sacred objects (crystals, jewelry, cards, anything with meaning to you) you wish to display in the altar space + infuse with the energy of the evening.
Create + Gift: Bracelet Workshop
THIS EVENT IS FULL
Join Zen Gems Saturday, December 3rd at 10am at The Hub in YXE for this creative workshop where you’ll have the opportunity to create 2 or 3 unique + intentionally designed crystal bracelets — perfect for gifting this season!
Gemstone jewelry is a wonderful way to gift with both intention and meaning! During this workshop, we will discuss crystal energy healing and the metaphysical properties of the gems for this months workshop (focused around protection, balance, reflection, + nurturing — essentials during the darker days this season brings). You will have the opportunity to utilize a dozen different gemstones with unique healing properties, spacers and charms to create your bracelets. Gemstone meaning tags and gift bags are included for easy gifting.
Put some love and intention into your loved ones gifts this season. Raising vibrations, one bracelet at a time.
$45 (create two bracelets)
$60 (create three bracelets)
To register: please email The Hub in YXE at firstname.lastname@example.org
Space is limited!
In Person Classes
Join us Sunday's from 10 to 11:15am for a 75 minute all levels flow class at Motion Fitness at Brighton. Free with your Motion Fitness membership, or drop in at the front desk! First come first serve (it is suggested you show up 15 minutes in advance). Check out Motion Fitness' schedule here. Quick tip: filter your search by "Brighton" location, and instructor "Nichole B". (You may also catch me subbing other yoga classes, too!).
Flow classes are geared to all levels (beginners, advanced yogis alike). This class takes foundational inspiration from vinyasa yoga with repetitive + therapeutic movements for mobility, strengthening asanas + some longer held stretches to release lingering tension. Throughout the class, there will be a strong emphasis on connecting with the breath (merging pranayama as our focus point making this a beautiful “moving meditation”) — the ultimate gateway to regulate + soothe our nervous system.