Sam LeBlanc was diagnosed with incurable and fatal stage 4 lung cancer in September of 2017. She was an inspiration as she traversed the many paths of healing and wellness after her diagnosis. In a Facebook post on September 11, 2011 Sam’s one word was “perma-smile” and seven year’s later she shared a Facebook memory saying “this is real cute because I know this is the time when I first found yoga and I felt like I was on cloud 9”. In a 2018 interview Sam said “yoga is the best medicine, it keeps my mind strong”. Unable to attend VYC2019, Sam got her angel wings in March 2019, at the age of 28.
The Victoria Yoga Conference’s values are connection, inclusiveness and service and we knew we wanted to do something to remember Sam, who meant so much to so many in the yoga community. We have created a scholarship “The Moonbeam Scholarship” and each year will help one or more individual come to the conference (including an all access pass, travel, meals and accommodation).
This scholarship will be awarded, but the name may not be made public, except without express permission of the recipient, to an individual who themselves is experiencing a life threatening illness and can benefit from the community and practice available to them at the Victoria Yoga Conference. Nominations may be made by individuals themselves, or by someone on their behalf (with their permission)
Applications for 2020
open until January 30, 2020
Sam believed in the power of the moon and the stars, shared so much love and support for others (including our four-legged friends) and advocated for health and self-care.
“the path I’ve chosen is unknown however I go with what feels right in every moment. I say yes when yes is the automatic answer and I say no when something feels off. My intuition is smart so I listen closely. I don’t ignore the clear signs and when I see good omens I know that I’m being reminded I am right where I need to be. I pay close attention to synchronicities and I am aware that everything is connected. There is no such things as a coincidence. I believe that people cross paths for a reason and there is a lesson in everything. The universe gives you what you can handle. Look at things from a “lucky or unlucky, who knows?” perspective, there is always a hidden blessing int he hard times. Trust in the unknown, there’s a lot of magic there. If you open your eyes you will see that there’s a lot more going on than you think. Be courageous and trust yourself the most because in your heart you always know” Sam LeBlanc