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Upcoming Workshops & Courses

"Suzanne is AWESOME! She's mad and she's magic - there is no lie in her fire." - Kim Chakra Chat & Mat student

Brain Spa -
A Yogic Approach to
Anxiety, Worry, Distraction
Wed 5:30-6:30 pm - Jan 15-Mar 4, 2020
Finding your expending way too much precious thought energy with an overly busy or anxious brain? Soothe your mind & body with easy to learn breathing & meditation practices to bath your brain in serotonin. Also, learn some simple Ayurvedic principles to re-examine and align your thought patterns, eating habits, and daily routines to improve your everyday "calm factor". Each class ends in deep relaxation. Aaaahhhh.

Info/Register/Location: The Breathing Room Yoga Studio & Cafe

Phone: 403-358-3542

Brain Spa Poster Jan - Mar 2020 - Yoga f
Holidays Jun4-25 - Cycle Tour Gulf Islan
Deep Sleep 1 & 2 at BR, Image.jpg

Deep Sleep 1.0 - Part 1 (Feb 2)

Start with a little bit of self-inquiry about your own sleep habits and learn some surprising facts about the importance of a good night's rest. Then we’ll go through “Top Ten” list of tricks to improve your sleep set-up along with tips about how to put them into practice. Finally, you’ll learn an easy “goodbye-restlessness, hello-sleep” meditation/breathing practice and finish with a short guided full body relaxation that you can try in bed at home.  

Register in advance to receive pre-workshop information to bring with you. Wear loose comfortable clothing & bring a yoga mat for seated breathing practice & reclined relaxation. (Cushion for sitting and other personal props optional.)


Deep Sleep 2.0 – Part 2 (Mar 16)

Now that you’ve had a chance to adjust your sleep set-up and test-drive some practices at home, you can revisit those and ask further questions. Suzanne will then lead you through gentle physical postures appropriate for winding down / bed-time. Finally, tuck yourself in for a soothing Yoga Nidra / guided long deep relaxation to “catch up” on some much needed rest and calm the nervous system.  P.S. Did you know that 1 hour of Yoga Nidra is said to give you the equivalency of 3-5 hours of sleep?


NOTE: You can come to this workshop individually but a prerequisite of Sleep 1.0 will be helpful. Wear loose comfortable clothing for gentle yoga postures. Bring your own yoga mat, blanket, pillow, cozy cover-up clothes, & eye-mask (if you have one) for Nidra. 

Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners 1.0:

Wed 5:30-6:30 pm, Next Session TBA (8 weeks)


M & M (Mindfulness & Meditation) is like candy for the soul! Join Suzanne for a series of strategies to bring mindfulness into your everyday life (movement, eating, breathing, communication, thoughts, etc.). Learn to use meditation as a tool for "being present" in the here and now! You'll delve into some of the yogic philosophy, modern science, and anatomy behind the practice. Also, each week you will "test drive" various easy-to-access approaches to M & M and find out what works for YOU! Suitable for beginners AND for the more experienced.

People have been meditating for thousands of years, but while the practice is not new, science is just catching up to its benefits. Studies show meditation and mindfulness can have a positive impact on stress, anxiety, focus, creativity and even relationships. Sitting still and exploring our inner world can be a bit intimidating, so take an introductory 8 week course so you can learn some simple tips and tricks to help you get into a mindful and meditative head space.

Location / Register at The Breathing Room
130, 2840 Bremner Avenue Red Deer, Alberta. T4R 1M9
Phone: 403-358-3542

Mindfulness Meditation 2.0:

Wed 5:30-7 pm,
Mar 14- Apr 25, 2018 (6 weeks) (no class Mar 28)

If you're an experienced yogi / meditator or have attended my previous 8-wk session, I invite you to explore mindfulness & meditation further. We will expand on mantra, explore some interesting breathwork, and delve more deeply into the realm of sound & energy with crystal bowls and other energy-sensing tools. There will be some self-exploration regarding your own Chakras (energy centres) and your unique Ayurvedic tendencies & needs (personality, natural skills, body type).  NOTE: Ayurveda is an ancient art of Natural Medicine, often considered to be the "sister science" that complements yoga practices.

Location / Register at The Breathing Room
130, 2840 Bremner Avenue Red Deer, Alberta. T4R 1M9
Phone: 403-358-3542
Deep Sleep 1.0 & 2.0 Workshop
Sat Feb 2 & Mar 13, 2019 1:00-3:30 pm

Recent (Past) Workshops & Courses


Discover Your Dosha Workshop

Saturday Apr 7, 2018 - 11 am - 3 pm (includes lunch)

Discover your Dosha -Vata? Pitta? Kapha?. Learn to keep it balanced so you can maximize the positive potential of YOUR natural "lens on life" (skills, abilities, interests, body type, etc.) You will explore the qualities of each of the 3 Ayurvedic Doshas through fun activities, movement (gentle yoga), & food selection. Delicious buffet provided!


What's a Dosha you ask? According to Ayurveda, the sister science of Yoga, we are all born with a specific mind-body type. This is referred to as your Dosha. Your Dosha is said to be determined at birth and is your "natural state". This state is permanent and makes you who you are (personality, body type, natural outlook, skills and interests). In this workshop you'll learn how making subtle (and not so subtle) shifts in your daily life can have a big impact on how balanced and connected you feel.


Food plays a huge role in keeping our Doshas balanced, so with the help of T's Bakery Cafe, the workshop will include with a light dosha-specific buffet.


PLEASE NOTE: Early registration is highly encouraged so we can provide you with an advance questionnaire and ensure your brunch will align with your dosha.

Stay & Play in Red Deer

Mindful Living Immersion

July 23-27, 2018 
Mon-Fri - 8:30 am - 3 pm  

Wild horses of life tugging you in all directions? Take the reins! There are so many strategies for choosing conscientiously how you want to live your life ... but what about putting them into practice?


This "home school" will allow you to immerse in mindfulness completely for 5 days - daily movement (yoga & even mindful martial arts movement) & body alignment, breathing practices, eating & nutrition choices, meditation, communication, self-awareness & self-care, conscious living "philosophies" and more. The amazing T’s Café is on-site to enhance your mindful eating experience!


Your instructor, Suzanne Blackwell, is a Yoga Teacher, Therapist & Trainer as well as a Fitness & Lifestyle Leader and 3rd Degree Black Belt in Martial Arts. She integrates her own varied experiences to give you practical tips & tricks for mindfulness in daily life.

Location: The Breathing Room Yoga Studio & Cafe, Red Deer

130, 2840 Bremner Avenue Red Deer, Alberta. T4R 1M9

Early Bird Discount: Register before June 30

Phone: 403-358-3542, Email:

Budokon Boxing Week Blitz

(Shape up with this demanding martial arts inspired yoga workout)

Monday-Friday 9:00-10:30 am
Dec 26-30, 2016

Register/Location: YARD (Yoga Alliance Red Deer) 

4706 - 49 Avenue, Red Deer, AB, Phone: (403)550-9240 

 $60 for all 5 classes - Pre-register before Dec 26 (or $70 after) 
or $15 per class in advance ($18 drop-in on day if space permits)
See Budokon yoga demo with Cameron Shayne.
Also BDK Calisthenics Demo.


The Budokon Primary Series is a peaceful warrior's workout and will challenge your core, lats, legs, shoulder girdle and spine in a brand new way! Your inner patience and physical endurance for steady strong smooth movement will be tested. It will also inspire you to work towards (or improve your existing) jump throughs, handstands, and balance postures ... PLUS you get to be playful and access your "inner animal" with small doses of serious anaerobic fitness work (think cross-fit intensity)! Gorillas, chimpanzees, leaping leopards, spinning monkeys, coiling dragons and more! Woo hoo! What could be better?

Chakras: A Beginner's Guide Workshop
Saturday Oct 22, 2016 1:00-4:00 pm 

Join Suzanne for an afternoon that will introduce you to your 7 sacred energy centers, the chakras.  Combining yoga, guided meditation, breath work and dynamic discussions of chakra principles, you’ll gain valuable tools to navigate emotions as well as understand common energetic blocks that exist within most of us.


Explore the positive & negative thought patterns associated with each chakra, key questions to ask yourself, helpful yoga postures, healing affirmations to help your bring your life back into the flow and more!


The Breathing Room Yoga Studio & Cafe
Phone: 403-358-3542


Yoga for Runners/Hikers (Beginner-Friendly)
Thursday Apr 21, 2016 - 7:30 - 9:00 pm ($15)

This beginner-friendly whole body yoga workout will also hone in on some specific stretches & postures to address those "always-on-your-feet" issues common to hikers and runners. Tight hips & hammies, sore back, ankle/knee problems/injuries sound familiar? Need to learn a little bit more about accessing full lung capacity, oxygenating diaphragmatic breath, and deep core strength/stability? Come on out to see how cross-training with yoga can help you find your form!


Register/Location: Yoga Alliance Red Deer (YARD)



Mala Making & Meditation Practice

One-day workshops
Sat Mar 18, 2016 - 9 am - 1 pm
Kerry Wood Nature Centre (in Red Deer)
Mala yoga meditation practice to be led by Suzanne. 
Cost: $100 pp or bring a friend (2 for $150)
Includes all mala supplies & instruction, tea & local snack.
Registration: Contact Michelle at 
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