Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine July 2016 - Page 11

Inner Fire | Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine

Handmade Yoga Apparel in Vancouver

Inner Fire was a solo venture that started a few years
ago. Back in 2011, I was working as a yoga teacher
when I suddenly had to be rushed to the hospital
for the removal of a giant ovarian cyst, which left
me in recovery for 6 weeks. I had a lot of friends who
were yoga teachers so I decided to make some gifts for
them while I was off during the holiday season. The first
items I made were yoga props and meditation cushions.
After giving some out as gifts, I had some people from

my yoga studio ask if I could sell them some there. I
just followed the demand and started to make and
sell yoga props, bit by bit. After selling a fair amount
I decided it was time to call the company something. I
decided to call it Inner Fire because the area of my belly
where I had the cyst was the same area where the 3rd
chakra resides. It is an area with fiery qualities that is
responsible for passion, creativity and drive. I really felt
like this fire got lit during those 6 weeks off.

“I wanted to create pieces that stood alone
as pieces of art . . .”
Leah Emmott