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What is happening this month? 
  • Vangool Wellness Team - Brett Donlevy 
  • Blog Post: The Magic of Reiki
  • Weekly Events
  • Virtual Physiotherapy Appointments
  • What's new at Vangool Wellness?
  • Holiday closure
Get to know the Vangool Wellness Team!
Brett Donlevy (she/her) - Reiki 

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Brett graduated from Aden Bowman in 2004 and the University of Saskatchewan in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in psychology.

During her academic time, a deep interest and relationship with yoga was formed. Brett certified as a yoga teacher in 2009 (Sivananda-200HR), 2012 (Maya Yoga-500HR) and most recently in spring 2020 (Yoga On The Inside-200HR). She currently teaches restorative yoga classes online, works with community associations and supports and teaches Chair Yoga classes at Vangool Wellness to help make yoga accessible to everybody. 

A persistent curiosity in 'the unseen energy that animates us all' was emerging for Brett and in 2014 she was offered her first real reiki session. It sparked something inside that was familiar and comforting, and she followed that thread. Brett met her reiki teacher in 2015 and began to study and learn this healing technique the very next day. Her studies began with Illuminara Wellness in 2015 and 2016. She then went on to study and train with Berni Heimbecker in 2017-present. Brett has successfully completed Levels 1, 2, 3 in the Usui System of Natural Healing. She enjoys receiving reiki on a regular basis for stress and anxiety reduction. Reiki allows her to connect on a deeper level to herself and her energy all while finding greater ease and alignment with the universal energy or higher power. Giving reiki is a joy and a privilege for Brett because it's an opportunity to hold space for people so they can heal on all levels (body, mind, and spirit).

Brett lives in Caswell Hill with her partner Derek and their two kitties (brothers) Brave Heart and Pretty Boy. She enjoys the simple pleasures and finds delight in flowers and beautiful produce. Brett is the youngest in her family and has 2 sisters and 1 brother. She is also a very proud auntie to 5 littles.

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Blog Post: The Magic of Reiki 
Is Reiki magic? No, not really. But it sure feels good! Reiki is the conscious flow of Universal Energy. When Universal Energy is directed to one's personal energy field there is a natural recalibration that happens. Our system is always looking to balance and heal but sometimes a little assistance is needed. I've been on the receiving end of reiki treatments for years and it's done wonders for me. Let me elaborate. 

Six years ago I thought I was functioning pretty well. I had good coping skills which included healthy positive outlets like yoga. I was learning about emotional intelligence. I was actively practicing expressing my feelings and learning to undo codependent tendencies. I felt like I was on track to have a happy life. Then I experienced the loss of three family members (Dad, Grandma and Uncle) within five months and I was knocked down a few pegs. I rested under the wet blanket of grief, letting the waves of emotions crash down and overpower me too many times to count. In between the waves there were breaks and breaths and I always found myself searching for what to do next: how to keep growing, evolving and moving forward. Then another wave would come and another break and on and on it went. I rode the waves for over a year and over time the breaks got longer and the waves were less intense. I took care of myself as best as I could, but when it was time to get out of the water and back on my path I needed help getting back to myself. So I looked to reiki women for their care, healing and guidance. 

I received reiki every couple months in the initial grief period and realized that it helped me find clarity and insights in the deaths. It allowed me to accept the circumstances with love. It gave me the calm presence to carry on with the heavy work and trust the process. It felt like emotional first aid for my tender heart.  After each reiki treatment I received I felt better and more myself. I became really interested in what was going on, so I decided to learn it, hoping to keep healing myself and eventually hoping to heal others. 

I kept on receiving reiki treatments as I integrated back into my working life and readjusted to my recently re-structured family. I found myself ungrounded a lot of the time and unsure of which way to go. I didn't know how to approach certain situations and didn't have the confidence to make decisions because I was afraid to make the wrong choice. This inertia gave me a high level of anxiety and I felt really stressed out about my direction in life: I wanted to be somewhere that I was not. The dissonance between my expectations of myself and the reality of what I was able to do at that time became a source of struggle in my life. This friction in my inner world had the potential to make me sick and let dis-ease settle in my body. But I worked with my anxiety in many sessions and learned to accept myself where I was at. I practiced my grounding and slowly regained my ability to be decisive and have confidence that even if I did make a mistake I could learn from it and recover. Every reiki treatment I received allowed my energy to move back into balance and harmony. Checking in on my energy set an amazing tone for self-care and gave me an opportunity to put words to some of the deeper feelings I had. Even though the energy of reiki is gentle, it is very effective. It became obvious to me what was divisive and out of sync with the direction my life was intended to move. Things and people who were not meant for me began to fall away. And it's like my path opened up right under my feet as I was walking.

These days, when I get a reiki treatment it's like an energetic tune up. It's a time to clean house and get rid of the old cobwebs that make things dingy. I take every opportunity to dust myself off so that I can stay connected to that sparkle feeling I get when life is going right. When I feel off or down, I book in for a treatment. I use these times to practice letting go of old energies, emotions, patterns and people that I carry around with me. When I receive reiki I come back to myself and my true inner radiance. And I just keep coming back, over and over again.


Weekly Events/Classes:

Our yoga classes have moved back online. 
For the safety of our clients we have decided to pause all In-person classes until the New Year. We will continue to offer the same classes online via Zoom. 


Chair Yoga 

Mondays @ 1:00pm with Brett
Wednesdays @ 1:00pm with Adrianne

Small Group Physio Yoga 

Wednesdays @ 2:30pm with Adrianne

Sign up here to register or contact us at
     Classes will be done via Zoom (a link to the video of the class is sent after, if you are not able to attend live)



Meditation & Restoration
Online Yoga Class

Stress and anxiety wreak havoc on the mind and body, which can leave us feeling depleted, exhausted and unable to cope with the challenges we face. When we take time to experience stillness we allow the nervous system to reset and bring ourselves back to our true nature and our innate ability to heal.

Join Brett as she guides a class that will feature a guided meditation to calm and quiet the mind, followed by deeply relaxing restorative yoga postures. 

Click here to book or contact us at Drop in option available. Each session is available for one week (via recording) after the class.

Telehealth Physiotherapy and Physioyoga Options

Assessment and Treatments Available

Wanting to stay home but still wanting to get advice on a new, current or lingering injury?

We provide Telehealth (online) Physiotherapy appointments where we can assess, provide options for self treatment, educate and prescribe/progress exercises. If you would like to book a Telehealth appointment, or switch a current appointment to Telehealth, let us know! Claimable through most private insurance and direct billing is available. 

What's new at Vangool Wellness?

One-on-One Yoga Sessions

Not able to attend your regular yoga class or wanting to work on a specific part of your practice?
Brett Donlvey and Kelly Swan are now offering one-on-one yoga sessions. From a Vinyasa flow to Restorative Nidra, take the time to enhance your practice.   

Contact us at 306.242.9355 or for more information.
*Please Note: Brett and Kelly are not unicorns, but they are magical and beautiful


Have you Heard?

Adrianne has a new podcast where she explores how we can live a life on purpose, with purpose by listening to our body's cues. Join her as she talks to a variety of guests as they awaken to the wisdom that lies within.

Check out the first few episodes of Awaken to your Body's Wisdom, available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.


Our Gear is HERE!
Pick up your Vangool Wellness gear! Watch out for a special giveaway coming soon to our social media pages.
Unisex toques - $35
Unisex T-shirts - $35

    Contactless pickup available at 1111 - 8th Street East office.

 We will be closed December 24th, 25th, 30th and 31st. 
From the Vangool Wellness Team, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season and we look forward to seeing you in 2021!
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