- Published on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 14:50 27 May 2015
- Written by Kate Holowaty Kate Holowaty
Calgary Hot Yoga studio ownder comes to terms with identity through yoga
When you first meet Craig Esau you can't help but smile. With his constant wit, lighthearted laugh and genuine nature it's hard to imagine Esau ever struggling. The newly married 35-year-old became the owner of Calgary Hot Yoga three-and-a-half years ago. He is also a teacher at the studio and loves coming into work everyday. But it hasn't always been an easy journey for Esau who has had to persevere through many of life's ups and downs.
Esau grew up in Linden, a small rural town an hour northeast of Calgary. The town features rolling hills and farms that seem to stretch out in every direction. Esau's family owned a chicken farm, which he says taught him the value of working hard.
His family was also active in the Mennonite Brethren Church where Esau remembers singing hymns and worshipping in a conservative environment.
"My dad kind of helped with bringing the church out of the olden days and making the church more modern. The church was my life growing up," Esau said.
The church would be Esau's life throughout high school and afterwards as he made the decision to attend bible school in Europe for a year. Through this period, Esau was coming to terms with being gay — a struggle that was always in the forefront of his mind.
- Published on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 11:00 27 May 2015
- Written by CHERYL RUSSELL CHERYL RUSSELL
An in-depth look at the world of therapeutic riding
Victoria Ross has struggled with Cerebral palsy (CP) her whole life, but she hasn't let this disability get the best of her.While there is no cure for CP, Ross has found a unique way of fighting back: therapeutic horseback riding.
Therapeutic riding uses horses and other equine-based activities to enhance physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and educational skills for people with disabilities. These include a range of disabilities from Down syndrome to Cerebral palsy.
Opening Gaits Therapeutic Riding Society Calgary is a charity comprised of dedicated volunteers who want to help those with physical and mental disabilities. Founded in 1998, Opening Gaits has been catering to those with disabilities with horses that are donated by various owners.
- Published on Friday, 22 May 2015 12:38 22 May 2015
- Written by ATO BAAKO ATO BAAKO
Vancouver based band continue to shine with unique sound and upbeat stage presence
Lovecoast has been captivating audiences since their conception in 2013.
With their debut EP Chasing Tides, produced by Juno-nominated Tom Dobrzanski of The Zolas, the April 8 release of the music video for the current single 'Help You' and a Western Canada tour wrapping up June 5, Lovecoast is bringing passion and energy to the stage.
The four bandmates — Danielle Sweeny on vocals, Andrew Fraser on bass, drummer Jesse McNeill, and guitarist Mike Clement — studied music together at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, B.C., but it wasn't until post-graduation that the band decided to make music together.
- Published on Monday, 25 May 2015 15:27 25 May 2015
- Written by ATO BAAKO, ALI HARDSTAFF & MELANIE WALSH ATO BAAKO, ALI HARDSTAFF & MELANIE WALSH
Anticipation for the future of Alberta with new NDP government
NDP Leader Rachel Notley was sworn in Sunday in an early afternoon ceremony at the legislature, becoming Alberta's 17th premier and marking the first time the NDP has led the province. Here is a collection of information that happened during the swearing-in ceremony, as well as reactions.
- Published on Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:28 21 May 2015
- Written by TARA RATHGEBER & KELSEY SOLWAY TARA RATHGEBER & KELSEY SOLWAY
24-month regimen of antibiotic looking hopeful
Calgary neuroscientists are paving the way for innovation in slowing down the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS). Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world, and therefore also has leading researchers in the world for the disease according to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.
‘Changemaker in Residence’ works with Mount Royal University business school to challenge new ways of thinking
- Published on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 16:36 26 May 2015
- Written by JOCELYN DOLL JOCELYN DOLL
Jill Andres works toward bridging businesses and social ventures
Mount Royal University's Bissett School of Business recently hired Jill Andres to fulfill the role of "changemaker in residence."
Andres, a mother and founder of Creating Value Inc., says a changemaker is someone who identifies a system that isn't working well, comes up with a plan to make it better, and sees themselves as capable of implementing the plan and following through. The most important part, she says, is that anyone can be a changemaker.
"I think when we think that the people who do extraordinary things are somehow extraordinary, it can be limiting," Andres says.