About

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

Designer and owner, Nichole is prairie born and raised; married and has two children, who continue to be her biggest inspiration. When she's not taking the kids to and from school and activities, you may find her curled up with coffee and a book, going on many walks a day with the family's ambitious mini aussie, gardening or tending to many indoor houseplants, or prioritizing her self care through yoga, pilates, strength training, and meditation, and of course, planning and designing jewelry!

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.

 

Virtual 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.

Summer Solstice Workshop

Come join us outside + in person,

Saturday, June 25th from 6-8pm

to honor summer solstice, welcome the suns life-giving light + fullness of this season

.Together, we will gather + reset with an evening of ritual + yoga to allow those energizing solar properties of summer solstice nurture + inspire you.

The word solstice comes from the Latin roots sol, meaning sun, to stop or be still. Being still + reflecting are powerful ways to ritualize this season.

In this two hour evening, we will:Explore the meaning + wisdom that summer solstice brings.

Dive into self inquiry + reflection with oracle cards (provided) to get clear about what we are releasing + inviting in this season.

Experience rejuvenating pranayama (breath work) + grounding meditation

Be lead through a nourishing all levels yang + yin style class (dynamic movement to enliven, connect + cleanse; + nourishing yin postures to make space + soothe the body + mind).


Spaces are limited so register early!


All registrants will receive a little gift bag of goodies including a set of solstice inspired crystals to infuse with the energy of our practice.

This private event will take place in the backyard of my home in Willowgrove. Address will be provided a couple days before the event.

Please bring a journal, pen, your yoga mat + any props you wish to use, a blanket if it’s cooler, + a mug (tea + kombucha provided).

**Note** As this is an outdoor event, lets all put forth the vibrations for a beautiful, warm evening! Should it rain, we will aim to reschedule within a few days of the original event.

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.