Insiya Rasiwala

Insiya Rasiwala-Finn is a writer and yoga instructor who has called Vancouver home since the last six years. She grew up in Bombay, India and has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and North America.

She left the world of corporate advertising in the US to work in the wellness industry and helped define the marketing and PR for lululemon athletica during its years of high growth. She is currently focused on growing the Vancouver yoga community via the website vancouveryoga.com, organizing the annual Yogathon and Blissfest for Camp Moomba (one of the largest yoga fundraisers in the world) teaching yoga and freelance writing.

She has written for the Georgia Straight, Vancouver Magazine, the Westender, Shared Vision and Asia Spa Magazine, primarily on health, sustainability and travel. She is currently enrolled in The Writer's Studio, a creative writing programme offered at Simon Fraser University where she is learning to write poetry. She also writes a blog on sustainable yoga related products and services: yoguestyle.blogspot.com

Why do we care about the Royal Wedding?

When are we "commoners" going to learn to shower ourselves with love, respect and admiration?

Assessing the Olympics

On the last day of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, the sun came out, casting a glow on the dramatic, story book finish to the 21st Winter Olympic Games. What a nail-biting climax: a gold medal...

Vancouver 2010 Games Bring a Mix of Musicians to an Eclectic and Vibrant Neil Young Homage at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Canadian music icon Neil Young did not show up on the second night of a tribute concert in his honour, but the sold out crowds at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre didn’t seem to mind.  The...

The Digital Wall of China

As I sit here, writing from what seems to be the very edge of the world, my writing place, a dining table by the stormy, winter Pacific Ocean, the tragedies of the past week in our tenuous world seem...

Yoga-ing in the City

Brrr…  Yes, it’s been cold lately, a perfect time to explore some indoor fitness options and join the throngs of Vancouverites who flock to our city’s overwhelming number of yoga studios...

Yoga for Gratitude Event

On Friday, October 16th, join in a Yoga Jam in support of Gratitude Week. We invite you to express your gratitude and join local Yoga Teachers Eoin Finn, Insiya Rasiwala and Suzanne Slocum-Gori for...

Yoga and Happiness: An Inquiry

Upon learning that I teach yoga, people often  tell me that they first tried yoga because Madonna does it, or Sting and Trudie do it, and that their motivation was to shape their bodies into...

Yogathan raises funds for kids with aids

Can the practice of yoga impact the consciousness of a city and the world? Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson (pictured above centre) thinks so. The youthful looking mayor who stays fit from...

How Could This Have Happened? Again.

In March 1993, a series of coordinated bomb blasts hit the Bombay Stock Exchange and the Air India Building. I heard the news after writing my final examination paper for the tenth grade. Our class...