To say Tara Kinden went on a road trip to research her debut novel is something of an understatement.
To compile Soul Flow, the owner of Muskoka Yoga Studio in Gravenhurst traveled from Vancouver to Newfoundland, and back to Muskoka, interviewing 15 remarkable women along the way. And she did it all in just 24 days.
The result is a book that celebrates Canadian women living exceptional lives who embody courage, creativity and inspire others to embrace their uniqueness, says Kinden.
“I noticed my clients were looking for transformation and inspiration,” says Kinden, who has been operating Muskoka Yoga Studio for the past four and a half years. “I also wanted to read about other women who were able to overcome challenges in order to live more aligned lives. I couldn’t find anything at Chapters and felt a pull to create something to help inspire people, women specifically, to feel courageous and to believe in their own possibility.”
The book, which features 21 women in total, was released last month and is currently available on the Soul Flow website or at https://the-soul-flow.myshopify.com. There will be a soft launch of the book at Gypsy Market Mews in Gravenhurst on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 6 – 9 p.m.
Kinden grew up in Bracebridge, but left the Muskoka area before returning five years ago.
“I needed a career change from real estate and needed to get back into fitness in a more community-based way with less impact on the body and a deeper connection to mind, body and spirit,” she says. “Yoga was an easy way to connect all those elements.”
The idea for the book was sparked by a challenge from Lululemon in October 2015 for people to pursue their BHAG – or Big Hairy Audacious Goal.
“I wrote down, ‘Soul Flow Stories book by spring 2016,’” she says. “From there I started interviewing women. My plan was to interview six then seek help and funding. By January of 2016 I had interviewed six ladies and I flew to LA to interview Sarah Blackwood.”
In February Kinden bought a van from Cavalcade Ford in advance of the road trip. In March she began fundraising with a goal to raise $10,000 by April so that the tour across Canada could start by April 27.
She hit all of her targets – surpassing her funding goals – and hit the road in April. By May long weekend she was back in Muskoka, and when they busy summer season slowed they began putting together the images and data.
By Christmas she had the results of all her hard work in her hands, and now she’s hoping to spread the inspirational message as far as it will go.