Hi! I’m Suzie, the founder and creator of Breathe Hot Yoga. I’ve been with my husband for 25 years, I have two basset hounds and I’m surrounded by a close and loving family. I keep active by enjoying the outdoors running, hiking, snowshoeing and walking my dogs, going to the gym and of course, YOGA! I have been blessed to learn from many great yoga teachers throughout Canada and the US and will continue to do so for as long as I’m able.
Breathe has been a labour of love and it still is to this day. I wouldn't change it for the world.
I knew after my first yoga class in 1999 that I would some day try to follow my dream of opening a yoga studio. I didn't know how or when or if it would ever really happen, but fast forward 10 years to 2010 when I thought "Why not? I'll try it and if it works, great! If not, at least I tried." And so the journey began...
For almost a year, I would wake up at 2am to research and study and design and plan. It wasn't easy. I had no idea what I was doing. I was not an entrepreneur and didn't know any entrepreneurs, so I was on my own. In between rising at the crack of dawn and staying up very late, I'd go to my "real job" where I was a senior member of the Internal Audit Department at a major corporation. Prior to that career, I was a paralegal for various law firms. They were both amazing careers - careers that spanned over almost 25 years and gave me many great opportunities, including traveling all over Canada and the US, sometimes even in the private corporate jet and the corporate helicopter. I also met some wonderful lifelong friends along the way.
As much as I loved my corporate jobs, they weren't feeding my soul. I felt a calling to help others enrich their lives, even if it was in some small way. I knew it was worth it to take the risk of following this crazy dream of mine.
Thankfully, 25 years in the corporate world provided me the stamina and resources to be able to create Breathe from the ground up. My “artsy fartsy” side helped too. I love to draw, paint and knit and have a fondness for interior design and architecture. I created Breathe from the name to the logo to the schedules to the floor plans (which were created on a napkin in my kitchen) to the interior design to the décor. Of course, I couldn’t have made my visions realities without the expertise of some great people, people that I’m thankful for to this day.
Those of you who have been coming to Breathe since it was just Avenida probably know me because I was there almost around the clock at reception and in the studio practicing with you, all the while trying to find my way as a business owner to make sure everything was as perfect for you as I could. Sadly, after about a year or so I came to the realization that I could no longer handle working at the studios along with doing all the other “background” tasks that come with owning a business. I had to pass the torch and that’s when I started hiring all the wonderful faces you see behind the desks at each studio. They are my saving graces for sure! I couldn’t do it without any of them.
Even though there's nothing that makes me happier than coming into the studios and meeting your beautiful faces, seeing your smiles and learning your stories, unfortunately that isn’t always possible. I try to practice as much as I can and I still get teary when I’m in the studio surrounded by all of you – all sizes, shapes, ages and skill levels. That is what I created Breathe to be…a place where there is no judgment and where anyone can come to practice yoga in a safe and loving environment.
I want you to know that I work tirelessly in the background collecting your feedback and analyzing our classes and schedules. I always know what's going on so I can ensure your comfort and safety (both emotionally and physically) to give you the best experience possible. I always have your best interests at heart and no decision is taken lightly or without a lot of thought and introspection. Introspection that includes the well-being of you (our students), as well as our teachers and our staff. I created Breathe to be the most loving and non-judgmental community possible and I will continue to do my best to make sure that is always the case.
To those of you who have been practicing at Breathe for years, thank you for your continued support. It means the world to me (more than you will ever know). And to those of you who are new, welcome to our Family!
Remember...breathe life. breathe love. breathe peace. breathe yoga.
Abbie has been practising yoga for 4 years, and has completed her 200 hr yoga teacher training through yoga works in 2012 at Sanguine Yoga, & 300hr yoga therapy course through Harmony Yoga & Pilates studio in 2013.
Abbie started doing yoga out of interest & to help with an ankle injury she had been suffering with for two years. The physical aspect of yoga came quite naturally due to a back ground in figure skating & a life full of sports. The more challenging aspect was the meditation & breathing, & now that is her favourite part of yoga.
Abbie always wants to create a safe, fun atmosphere that’s available for everyone to enjoy. As she truly believes yoga is for everyone, for anything, at any point in your life.
Starting off or unwinding your day, you will feel more flexible and strong after taking one of her classes. Knowing that after each class you can always start fresh, no matter where you are in your day, life, or practise. Yoga, after all is about taking time to focus on you, body, mind & spirit.
In her time outside of yoga, she enjoys spending time outdoors near the mountains or in the water. Playing with essential oils, & most importantly spending time with her loved ones & enjoying a good glass of wine.
Every little thing is gonna be alright- Bob Marley
Since taking my first yoga class in 2004, I knew that it would be a very special part of my life. Over the years, my practice has transformed from my exercise routine to my lifestyle. Through yoga, I am able to find the balance between strength and softness within myself. The physical practice was not enough for me and I wanted to learn more about the history, philosophy and benefits of yoga so that I could share it with others. After the completion of two local teacher trainings (100hr Hot Yoga Intensive and 250hr Ashtanga), I was honored to be given the chance to teach.
My yoga journey has led me to many wonderful places but more importantly, many wonderful people. It's my passion to always be a student, and to pay forward what I have learned to those that are ready to grow with the practice of yoga.
My yogic journey began over 12 years ago and has been the impetus for incredible growth, expansion and deep learning ever since. I have experimented with practicing a wide variety of styles and found the most beautiful and inspiring elements of each that have brought me to the place I am today.
Through yoga I have discovered a sense of peace, calm and serenity; every breath, every posture, every class takes me deeper into this place of moving meditation. Yoga has truly brought me to a place of balance; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and I renew this each and every time I step on my mat. I feel incredibly blessed and honored to be able to share this journey that is yoga with all of you like-minded souls!
"When I am silent, I fall into the place where everything is music" - Rumi
I took my first hot yoga class after my daughter was born. My body felt so foreign to me after child birth and going back to the gym felt discouraging and frustrating. A friend who is also a a yoga teacher encouraged me to try hot yoga. After my very first class I felt compelled to go back immediately. I started practicing at Breathe regularly and felt alive, content and ready to take on life after each practice. I had very mixed feelings about going back to work after my maternity leave and knew I wanted more in my life than the career I was currently in. When I realized this- things feel in to place from there, as I have now realized they always do when you make your desires and intentions clear. I took my 200 hour Real Evolution Yoga teacher training and was transformed. Yoga has showed me how to let go of fear and worry. It was during my training I realized why I fell in love with yoga right away. I thought it was because I was getting an hour of quiet, baby free "me" time when in actuality I loved it so much and connected to it so quickly because I was actually being ME during my practice. My real, authentic self where no fear or worry existed. This is the practice I now take on and off my mat.
After my training I went on to complete my Kids Yoga and Prenatal teacher training. I knew right away what I wanted- becoming a Doula was something I had always wanted to do but was too fearful to pursue. Now I am doing what I love- teaching yoga as well as being a Doula! I am so grateful to everyone who has been a part of my journey and know that yoga will be part of my life forever. I am so lucky to be able to share the joy of yoga with students of all ages at Breathe!
Staying physically active has always been an important part of my life and this is what drew me to yoga. However, as I began to practice, I discovered so much more than a workout! I found an outlet for stress and a method for calming my busy thoughts. Yoga has become a sanctuary for me; it has helped me to become more present in the moment and has provided me with tools for self-reflection and discovery of my true self.
I hope to share my passion for yoga and its numerous benefits with others through my teaching. With a background in gymnastics, my teaching style incorporates aspects of building strength, flexibility and lightness. In addition to my 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, I also carry a 50-Hour Children’s Yoga Teacher Training Certificate. I love working with kids and enjoy bringing elements of playfulness and fun into all of my classes.
CYA-RYTGold 500hr • CS1 • Booty Barre Trained • 12-day Vipassana Completion
I graduated with both trainings from Rishikesh, India. Beginning my teaching in October 2009, I fearlessly opened up a mobile business, bringing health and wellness to individuals in Calgary and local areas. Completing numerous trainings in yoga, I grew interested in the healing arts. Early in the year of 2015 I became a certified CranioSacral Therapist.
I am drawn to yoga because of its unlimited benefits - from rehabilitating the physical body, healing the emotional self, to finding peace of mind - practicing this art form will change your life, and I will guide you through that transformation. I teach with enthusiasm, heart and soul. Having been told that my classes are engaging, energetic and fun - I am sure to help you reach your potential in the amount of time presented. Come join me on the mat, and say hi!
"Everything that you want is on the other side of fear" ~ Jack Canfield
Angelique has been practicing and sharing her love for yoga and the arts since 2000. A born and raised South African, Angelique currently lives and teaches yoga full time in Canada. Her love for the disciplined practice of yoga and its life changing effects continues to grow on a daily basis with every class she attends and teaches. Angelique teaches a dynamic, inspiring and authentic yoga class with a strong emphasis on fluidity, grace and play. As a trained stage actor, Angelique sets out to integrate into her teaching, acting principles such as risk, vulnerability and presence with the hope to encourage students to confidently and vulnerably go in a new direction of growth and to fearlessly take risks and push personal boundaries. Music plays a big part in the construction and choreography of Angelique’s yoga classes as it develops a sense of transcendence through movement and breath. Expect to go upside down, have a lot fun and maybe lough out loud at anyone of Angelique’s classes.
Angie has always been fascinated with the exploration of human kinetics, movement, energies, health and well being. Starting at the age of 5, she has explored a variety of dance styles including, ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop, latin and musical theatre. In her teens, she attended the National Ballet School of Toronto in Canada as well as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. To pursue her growing interest in the human body, she studied kinesiology at the University of Calgary with a minor in dance. Soon after, she had the opportunity to travel the world by performing in the production shows with Princess Cruises, fulfilling that passion to dance and perform. Her travels brought her through North America, Europe, Caribbean, New England, South East Asia and the Middle East. However, her stage experience didn’t stop there. Wherever she made her home, whether it was in Calgary, Las Vegas, Denver, Baltimore or Los Angeles, she has always remained an active member of the dance community and a part of numerous professional dance companies as a dancer and choreographer. Angie currently resides in Calgary instructing yoga full time and remains an active member in the fitness and dance community.
It is during her travels that she was introduced to yoga. Her first yoga class was actually a home practice with an audio CD of a class taught by Bryan Kest. During the next 8 months, her home practice developed into a new found love and appreciation for yoga. Initially, it was quite an effort for her to adjust to the practice of slowing things down in the midst of her busy lifestyle. However, the effects of yoga naturally helped her internalize and search deep within herself. She found that her life gradually took a turn. Yoga gave her a new sense of body/mind awareness, self acceptance and helped her to clear her mind of unnecessary critical thoughts. Just to be in the present moment and to embrace the gift of life, breath and on going love was her new goal. The desire to share this feeling of bliss with others has led Angie to complete her teachers training with Tracy Mann and Lerrita Rubinoff in 2004. She was fortunate to have the chance to travel to Los Angeles in 2005 to train with Pattabhi Jois during his world tour. During that time, she was also able to meet and learn from Bryan Kest, the same voice that had brought her to yoga originally.
Along with her love and passion for yoga, Angie took an interest in the human energy field and universal healing. She then went on a further quest and received certifications in Reiki Levels I and II.
This past few years has spelt out an enormous amount of change and travel for Angie. She was able to experience the personal teachings of Sean Corne, David Life, David Swenson, Shannon Gannon and Ana Forrest at the Yoga Journal Conference in San Francisco. In the summer of 2009, she took a mini sabbatical to further her knowledge and her constant yearning to learn. She took a road trip down to the states and attended various workshops in Santa Monica and also participated in Bikram Choudrys classes in Las Vegas. Her interest in hot yoga surfaced and her journey took her to Denver, Co, where she extended her training and became certified with Core Power Yoga in hot and hot /power fusion. From there, her ventures took her to sunny Los Angeles, Ca and to Germantown, MD, where she was able to share her teachings from state to state.
Currently residing back in Calgary, Angie feels very grateful to have the gift of yoga be a continuous practice in her life. She is genuinely striving for patience, peace and compassion for herself and others. Yoga is an on going journey with endless wonders.
"By your stumbling, the world is perfected."
I truly stumbled unto the path that is yoga. I was invited to a class by a close friend of mine and fell in love with the practice shortly after. It was my first time in a yoga studio and being your somewhat stereotypical young man with a healthy competitive appetite. I pushed myself to keep up with the class. I left that class feeling exhausted yet relaxed, glowing with energy and craving more but with the utmost respect and admiration for the practice of yoga. I had never experienced something so physically and mentally demanding yet so peaceful and relaxing.
As I continued to grow on the path that is yoga, I was inspired by several of the yogic texts that gave me a perspective on life I had never seen before. I continue to grow letting yoga seep into every aspect of my life as I explore new ideas and meet new and amazing people along the way. Let us grow and learn together as we continue our journey down life's many paths. And most of all, love your practice! Namaste!
Dedicated to broadening your practice, April Ulanday claims that the "Why" she does it, is explained through how yoga continues to transforms her life which fuels her desire to share this gift with others.
"I began my yoga journey 10 years ago and am amazed at how much I continue to learn from this ancient practice, how vast the world of yoga is, how it constantly fills my cup, and how it challenges all aspects of my being. Yoga is a science with unlimited techniques I can apply to my everyday life."
Certified with 500 hours through Calgary's own Yoga Passage & Gaia Tri and registered with the Yoga Alliance through her recent 200 Hour Training from Rishikesh, India at Shiva Yoga Peeth. April has been humbly teaching since 2013 and is honored to be guiding others into their own inner teacher. Her passion stems from the experiences and results of her own practice and the magic of practicing in-group.
"Yoga reminds me of what we are capable of as humans, in positive and negative aspects and how we can transcend our patterning’s. It connects the Soul to the energy of Love, Transformation & Awareness, and continues to urge my own self-study and motivation to be a more healthier, balanced individual and better member of humanity."
I started my yogic journey 10 years ago, and was addicted from my first sun salutation. I often say "Yoga is where the lost souls go to be found", and that's exactly what happened...I found myself in this beautiful practice. The freedom of expression and the depth I found in my body was something I never experienced before. The practice has opened my heart, mind and body in ways I never knew existed within me, and every class, workshop and teacher training have been an essential building block in my life. I live, eat, and breathe yoga, and I am so honoured to be able to share this passion with others. So come take a journey with me, find some stillness and peace within, and open your body in ways you never knew possible!
In 2008, amidst starting University, Ashley was pointed in the direction of yoga by a close family friend. As school got busier, Ashley stopped playing competitive sports. She knew sports were her physical outlet for stress and anxiety, but wanted something less competitive and more accessible for a busy lifestyle. Life quickly began to get off balance, and she knew she was missing something. Taking her friends advice, she dove into yoga, and soon realized that the mat was her solace. It was always there, no matter what the day brought. Yoga could work around even the craziest of schedules, and no matter what was going on personally at the time. Soon, the mat became her time to let the outside world go, and provided her with the ability to re-connect and re-ground. The benefits of her practice branched out into her own life in so many ways. She firmly believes that the lessons we learn on our mats are transferred off of our mats. Off the mat, Ashley has always been drawn to the helping professions. With both her degrees in Psychology and Education, Ashley is drawn to help and to teach. When Ashley is not in the studio practicing or teaching yoga, she is teaching grade one in the classroom. Yoga for her is medicine for the body and mind, and wants to make it accessible to children and adults alike.
Hi, I’m Beth Davis and I love sharing yoga with people who need it. I started practicing seriously 9 years ago and certified as a Bikram Method Instructor in the Fall of 2011. It was one of the most challenging, eye opening experiences of my life. I had struggled with depression and anxiety and found the yoga to be my solution. I knew the yoga would be a part of my life forever and becoming a teacher would allow me to exchange the energy with everyone who was interested. I have been teaching full time since I graduated and have been lucky to spend time travelling and teaching in both Thailand and Indonesia. I have taught at a few studios in Calgary, Red Deer and Canmore.
I dedicate most of my time to Private Lessons for clients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, weight issues, injuries, among other concerns. I also work with a psychologist in tandom with many clients. We have seen great results working the body and mind of a client together. I enjoy running Posture Clinics as well. These are small group clinics, where the focus is on learning from each others strengths and challenges through 26 Hatha Yoga Postures.
The 3 most important things I can convey to my students is that they are in a safe, warm room to explore themselves, their "edge" and their current reality so they can see a path to self awareness. I believe with self awareness the gates to change open. I strive to provide a consistent, challenging, informative class, allowing my students to trust me and the process. The process is not always easy, but in my experience, always rewarding. I also want my students to know that its okay to be uncomfortable, that with discomfit comes change, physical, mental and emotional. Im honoured to have the opportunity to lead you in your practice, a practice that can change your life if you allow it. Yoga Chitta Vritti Nirodha
Chris holds an ERYT-200 Hour designation from Yoga Alliance. He has been practicing for over 10 years and has been teaching full-time for 8 years. Chris has been blessed to learn from many accomplished teachers, including Ana Forrest, Rameen Peyrow and Edward Clark from London. Chris’ passion is to guide students on a path to realizing that their greatest teacher lies within themselves.
When I first stepped on my mat I had no idea what to expect but after my first Sun Salutation, I could sense there was more depth to this practice and I was hooked! Slowly Yoga began to open my body, quiet my mind and heal my aliments all while teaching me so much about myself. I felt a shift in my body and entire being and became more open in the body and mind. I began my meditation practice and discovered the inner-peace my yoga teachers had spoken of. After several years in a hectic advertising & marketing career, I listened to my inner calling and completed the 200-hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Intensive and found my Guru – Rameen Peyrow, with whom I have taken additional training and received my second 200-hour certification in Sattva Yoga (asana, pranayama & meditation practice). Yoga has truly changed my life and provided me not only physical benefits, but with the strength and patience required on the path of self-discovery. I believe yoga transforms us from the inside out. As a teacher and forever student, I find peace and balance every time I step on my mat. I am grateful to share this beautiful Union of Mind, Body and Breath and my hope is to teach from my experience, providing guidance to my students as they embark upon their own personal yoga journey. My mantra of "Peace, Patience & Practice" sings in my heart everyday and my wish is to sprinkle it throughout my asana classes. All that matters is this breath and this present moment. Namaste.
"What lies behind us and what lies beyond us are tiny little matters compared to what lives in us" – Thoreau
The physical aspect of yoga was what I was initially drawn to. Having been a fitness instructor, and a runner, I thought yoga would be another great form of exercise. I see now how I underestimated the effect yoga could and would have on me. I had always thrived on being busy. My mind always racing with thoughts, plans, and lists, I was rarely still. Once I settled into yoga I found my true self amongst all the beautiful chaos of my life. Blessed for sure and grateful beyond words, but wishing to move through life with more awareness, I returned day after day to my mat to feel grounded and connected. I had no choice but to listen and pay attention to what my soul was craving. I began to feel a pull, and knew I needed to trust the process, have faith, and allow what is meant to be, to naturally unfold. With that in mind I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training. I have since learned to have patience and compassion for myself as I navigate through the inevitable changes in life. I have learned to let go of expectations, and simply breathe as I continue to grow, explore and enjoy my journey!
My greatest blessings in this life, which I have always recognized, are my husband and children. I love observing how yoga has brought even more connection, patience, and acceptance into our lives. While I will forever be a student, it is also my passion to share, encourage and inspire. If I can play even a small role in empowering you through the guided practice of yoga, my desire is met!
"Trust that your soul has a plan, and even if you can't see it completely know that everything will unfold as it is meant to..." -Deepak Chopra
The first yoga class I attended was about nine years ago. To be honest, as I have always been naturally flexible, I assumed (incorrectly) that yoga would be an "easy" thing for me to get into. Through practice, I've learned that is not exactly the case. Something as easy as sitting can be made difficult by trying to enjoy the moment, and to be present. Something as difficult, and inaccessible, as a handstand, can be made easy by accepting that it doesn't need to be "perfect". There is such an incredible depth to yoga that I have just begun to discover.
I will now say, yoga, has been both the easiest and hardest thing I've done, and I hope to help anyone discover that amazingly imperfect balance for themselves.
With interest initially piqued by my yoga teacher aunt, I have been practicing since my early teens and am so grateful for what yoga has given me -- contentment, acceptance of my body and appreciation for the wonderful ways it can move! I have always found joy in learning and in movement, and have been a fitness instructor for over five years. I love yoga, though, because it nurtures and strengthens the whole self. After a Yoga Fitness certification in 2010, I was hungry for more, and in 2012 completed my 200 Hour teacher training through YogaWorks. I firmly believe that the beautiful combination of music, sweat, and fluid movement with breath can make any day significantly better!
Having always known that I wanted to work with children, I feel privileged to learn with my delightful young students each day as an elementary school teacher. I love teaching yoga to children both in and out of the classroom, and have completed my Kid's Yoga Teacher training. I aspire to help children cultivate awareness, gratitude, sense of self, and their own peace. I look forward to sharing an uplifting practice together!
I started practicing yoga as a means to alleviate back pain from years of working at a desk. Little did I know that I was embarking on a journey of a lifetime. Daily yoga practice gave me better health, and I delved deeper into the science of yoga with books, classes and teacher training – all while working in a hectic corporate job. Yoga gave me the energy to sustain a busy lifestyle that revolved around motherhood and work. But it also brought me to the realization that there was more to life than the pursuit of material wealth.
After more than a decade, my yoga practice is ever present, while my corporate life is past. Stress aggravated a voice dysfunction that I didn’t even know I had. I continue to find solace in yoga with its amazing ability to shine light on diseases or dysfunctions that have no cure. Yoga brings balance to the mind, body, and breath, and as a teacher I have discovered my authentic voice in helping others find balance in their life.
My practice and study of hatha yoga with Indian yoga masters in Hong Kong sparked my interest in yoga therapy. This led to trainings with Dr. Ganesh Mohan, Susi Hately and Gert van Leeuwen. Critical Alignment Therapy & Yoga features prominently in my latest offerings, as a complement to the countless techniques that yoga gives us to connect with our inner self. Having grown personally from teachings passed to me, I am inspired to share them with any who seek healing.
My very first perception of yoga was that it was not an avenue that I would consider taking as a form of my exercise or hobby. Coming from a martial arts background, I thought yoga would be a great supplement in retaining my flexibility and strength. After coming out of my first class I was drenched with sweat, exhausted but surprisingly elated. So the mentality of retaining my flexibility and strength was replaced with the feeling of gratitude and happiness. These feelings allowed me to explore into my practice a little deeper. Yoga was like the rabbit hole that I crawled into each practice. Each practice was always different and this always fascinated me because I thought at first that every practice should be consistently the same and it wasn’t, which I was ok with. So as my yoga practice continued to grow so did my curiosity. So I took a leaped of faith and followed the rabbit hole to my very first teacher training with wonderful teachers; Nora Maskey, Alice Hoang and Dave Boudreau. I am so thankful to have taken this teacher training for it allowed me to act as a channel to share yoga with everyone else.
“Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.” -Lewis Carroll
Love, Light and Peace
With a family that encouraged me to have broad horizons, a sense of discovery, and that learning about my highest self is an important part of my human journey - it is not surprising that my first encounter with Yoga was at the age of 12 years - with grateful thanks to my Grandmother. From then to now, my life has inadvertantly mirrored many of the core foundations of the ancient Yoga tradition, which was a complete lifestyle based on; the physical aspect, one’s essential being, morality and ethics.
Through my passion for the natural world, my desire to work in the healing arts, and my commitment to living healthy, my life-path has again led me to Yoga. With the constant buzz of a technological world entangling one’s daily routine, Yoga allows me to personally practice, and share with others it's healing and meditative powers.
Yoga is a time enduring method that brings the practitioner to a state of "wholeness". As a teacher it is a continuous process; I received my 200 hour teacher certificate in Costa Rica thru Frog Lotus, in Hatha Vinyasa flow. Additionally, I completed my pre and post-natal certification through Giatri Yoga, BC.
"If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself." - Lao Tzu
When I started doing Yoga it was a lot of fun and a great work out. Little did I know it would take me on a journey that would change how I looked at Life. Yoga has given me the ability to deal with every day stress. Yoga has changed my way of life to the positive. Yoga makes me aware of my emotional needs,physical needs and spiritual needs. Because of Yoga, I have met the most wonderful people. Life is wonderful and everyday is a blessing!! Yoga is just who I am and I love every thing it stands for!!
I’ve never been an active or an athletic person. What kept me going back to yoga wasn’t just the physical practice and how great my body felt, it was the newfound ability to quiet my mind while I focused on my breath. It felt like a puzzle piece falling into place. There was a connection made and suddenly all my myriad of interests and passions made sense because they had a home. For me, Yoga Teacher Training was the string that thread its way through all the ideas, questions, and beliefs in my life to solidify into a beautiful web of intention. Yoga is my home and becoming a teacher has been the greatest of gifts.
My 200 hour teacher training focused on vinyasa flow and I went on to pursue training in Yoga Nidra, and pre/post-natal yoga. I am passionate about the positive changes that can happen in body, mind, and spirit when a person practices yoga. Things become clearer, the outside world quiets, and the inner landscape begins to unfold, and I hope that’s something I can share with my students. I approach teaching with an open mind and heart, and hope every student leaves class with a smile!
Yoga has been a true gift in my life. It teaches me so much about what it means to love, be present and experience freedom and peace within and around me. Because of this I love to teach and support others on their journey to themselves.
I began a dedicated practice after growing up dancing which turned to fitness in my early adult years. No matter how hard I worked, there was a part of me that never felt like it was good enough, that left me feeling empty. It was in my second pregnancy that I truly discovered yoga. Something began to shift in me, I started to honour myself and body, I began to connect to myself on so many more and deeper levels. I didn’t want to punish or hurt myself anymore or seek perfection. I began to see I already was perfect and I began to live in that space. I have a deep gratitude to this beautiful practice and unlimited passion for continuing to learn, practice and grow ; both as a student and teacher.
In 2007 I started my first teacher training based in Ashtanga Yoga and continued mentoring until 2009 becoming a registered yoga teacher. I’ve continued to add additional specialty trainings in mind body fitness, hot yoga certifications, Iyengar yoga and Vinyasa Flow yoga which is my primary style. I continue to expand in my studies, bringing light to my teaching. I currently am undergoing my advanced teacher training.
My yoga journey began in 1998 with Cathy Shea & Ashtanga Power Yoga. It was love at first vinyasa! Although, I do recall the process of building strength to find rest in downward dog!
I enjoy the blissful state that yoga cultivates through moving meditation. The marriage of breath and movement help me to enjoy the fundamentals of this earthly experience and the heavens all at once! It’s that feeling that keeps me coming back to this ancient sacred practice. I am grateful for each and every practice. Constantly growing a deeper understanding of love, unity, joy and peace that come from within. I love how the yogic learnings intertwine with all facets of life’s daily routines.
I completed the 200 hr Alberta Yoga College program in December 2013 enjoying the privilege of studying with Rob Walker and Cathy Shea. Completing a dream that began 15 years prior. Over the past 16 years, I have had the wonderful experience to learn from the most talented teachers in the Calgary area. It has been a true blessing.
"I found my way on to my mat about 12 years ago looking for a workout and found much, much more. I fell in love with the safe space I found there and the self-acceptance my practice gave me, and realized fairly quickly I would want to share my love of all things yoga to whomever I possibly could. Nothing makes me happier than guiding others through a challenging and creative sequence and watching my students begin to let go and find peace. I believe yoga gives people the power to become their own healer, to find their own inner voice and to find their own freedom."
'Ring the bells that stilll can ring
forget your perfect offering
There's a crack in everything
that's how the light gets in.'
I am inspired most by nature, God, and those who speak truth and walk a life of compassion. Interestingly enough, I have found that ever since I started yoga all of these have yoked together in such a beautiful way. My very first training was with Trinity Yoga, where thanks to Ally Bogard I realized that yoga was not a competition, but rather a nurturing practice and way of living that truly encouraged creativity. Since then I have taken various trainings around the world to continue learning, growing and exploring yoga as my favourite creative outlet. For the most part it keeps me out of trouble, and I will be the first to admit that I will never be done learning. Every day I learn something new and this makes me a happy camper! So why do I love being a part of Breathe so much? Well it is ultimately the people- both students and teachers. It is indescribable really, but the minute you walk in the door there is this overall sense of ease, kindness, warmth, comfort and creativity that surround you. The teachers are highly knowledgable and diverse, offering students of all backgrounds modifications and adjustments to improve their practice. With this, there is a mutual trust and respect that forms creating a very meaningful student/teacher relationship. To me Breathe is more than a studio, it is a community, a place to feel at home, safe and encouraged to grow.
I started practicing yoga during university to relieve stress; little did I know it would become an integral part of my life. I learned to love my mind and my body, and I finally felt at peace. I started working at the front desk at Breathe in 2014, and I fell in love with the studio, the people, and the atmosphere. Teacher training taught me so much, including that there is so much more to learn. I am looking forward to the next stage of my journey, and to sharing it with you. Namaste.
I spend my time running, practicing yoga and taking care of my dog, Kona. However, growing up I wasn’t always very active. It wasn’t until my teens that I discovered my passion for fitness.
I began running when I was 15, and after training for a few races, I completed my first half marathon in 2005. Long distance running helped me build strength and confidence but left me feeling unbalanced. I had always been curious about yoga so I bought a DVD by Rodney Yee. I was hooked, sometimes practicing in my room for hours. I loved the challenge I felt from holding poses and the calm that came afterwards. I developed a very strong home practice and in 2009, I took a 200 hour Hatha teacher training course in Ontario.
I still enjoy long distance running, but yoga has become a part of who I am. It has transformed my mind and body. It has brought me closer to things that bring me joy and away from self-destructive habits.
I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to teach and I look forward to sharing all I know with you.
I started doing yoga in the fall of 2010 after a life changing event. I actually lied to everyone around me, telling them that I had been doing yoga for years…I thought this would make me appear like I knew what I was doing! After a few classes I realized I knew only a little and I had to humble myself and work to be better. I am not sure if it was the excessive sweat or the mental push that hooked me instantly but I was unable to stop hot yoga! Yoga was a time filler at first, then an exercise method, and right now it is the fastest way to meditation…but the coolest thing about yoga is that my practice is always evolving…and I love that!
I love that in the studio I don’t have to be anyone, I don’t have to worry about anything except for the puddles of sweat pooling under my hands, and I can dump my entire day onto my mat and leave it there.
Teaching is a new kind of love and adoration, for both the practice and my students. Teacher training pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to flourish as a person and become a teacher that will always be teachable.
Yoga has taught me that shift happens, love is ALWAYS the answer, and that I am WAY stronger than I ever knew. Lay aside fear and prejudice and join me in the studio.
"The happiness which comes from long practice, which leads to the end of suffering, which at first is like poison, but at last like nectar - this kind of happiness arises from the serenity of one's own mind." – Gita. Namaste
My love for yoga sprouted during my first hot yoga class in 1999. As the sweat dripped off the end of my nose, I was amazed at how challenging it was, yet so calming at the same time. It was then I knew yoga would be with me for a lifetime. I became a yoga teacher in 2008 with a 250hr certificate from Yoga Passage, practicing in (but not limited to) Ashtanga, Hatha and Restorative Yin. As a yoga student and teacher, and a Licensed Practical Nurse, I believe that yoga is the most effective stress reducing method ever invented! And, it’s fun! I teach a unique alignment focused flow through my eclectic taste in music, spontaneous humor, and lighthearted tone. My mellow and compassionate style classes will strengthen your entire body and you’ll walk away with a smile, feeling stronger, longer, and a little more excited about your magnificent self. It’s my goal to create a fun and nurturing atmosphere, which is sure to leave you thinking, “yeah, that was awesome!”
See you on the mat soon!
I began practicing yoga initially for the physical benefits, but eventually I came to realize that it helps keep my life, health, and relationships balanced. After practicing as a devoted student, I decided to complete my teacher training and share my knowledge with others. As my yoga journey began unfolding, I had the opportunity to train with a number of wonderful and inspiring teachers, including the team at Yoga Passage, David Swenson, Travis Elliott, and Baron Baptiste. I aim to share with my students what yoga has brought to me… balance, strength, serenity, and sense of self.
I come from an athletic background in which I was a competitive figure skater, swimmer, sprinter, and softball player. My athletic past brings elements of strength and endurance to my yoga practice and teaching style, but I always encourage a sense of fun! In addition to athletics, I studied psychology and business in university.
When I’m not on my mat you can usually find me preparing food and studying nutrition, traveling whenever (and wherever) possible, and spending time with my wonderful friends and family who’ve encouraged and supported me throughout this journey.
"Every forest branch moves differently in the breeze, but as they sway, they connect at the roots." - Rumi
Yoga to me is strength. It is Empowerment. It is Growth. It is the ability to connect, to heal & to welcome permanent change in your body, mind & soul. Yoga is that feeling when you are standing in nature and you can be in the experience of the air, the silence & the solitude. Yoga is passion. It continually sets a foundation in all aspects of my life physically, mentally & spiritually.
I took my 200 Hour Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training in Italy in 2008, and then carried on to Calgary to complete a Yoga Therapy Certificate at Mount Royal University. Since 2009 I have actively been working in Calgary as a Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor and Yoga Therapist helping people heal through breath practices and movement. The power of the human body and mind continues to intrigue me. The best part of teaching is learning!
My journey to my mat definitely wasn’t typical and took some time. I have always been passionate about fitness; I had attended a few registered yoga programs over the years but never fell in love with it. As a fitness coach I was always on the go, I felt yoga was too slow and I always felt the constant need to do more. One day, however the universe decided I needed to slow down. After two car accidents within a year of each other left me unable to continue with my normal fitness routine I decided to try yoga one more time.
I can still remember my first hot yoga class at Breathe; it was almost as though I had been carried away to another place for an hour. For the first time ever I completely let go of my guard, my normal internal chatter quieted and I finally was able to slow down for those 60 min. It was surreal to feel so completely ok with not being able to do anything or be anywhere else. I truly allowed myself to be fully present without distraction and it was amazing. I left feeling a deeper connection with my inner self and could not wait to explore more into yoga asana and philosophy.
From that day forward I started a regular daily practice and reading anything I could find about the yogic philosophy. Knowing how amazing I felt when I was on my mat, I wanted to incorporate these practices into my life off my mat. After a few years of my daily practice and a suggestion from a friend I started looking into becoming certified and completed my 200 HR teacher training in 2015 in Calgary with the Amazing Danielle Pechie.
Yoga has forever transformed my life. Not only has it allowed me to heal my physical body, I have become more mindful in my everyday life and much more connected to true self. Finding the balance of effort and ease is what I love about yoga. Every day we arrive on our mat is different, and if we allow it we can grow and change from every practice. It is such an honour to now guide others through their practices; I truly hope that it will positively impact your life the way it has for me.
As a mom to three kids, and I am always blending the benefits and wisdom of yoga into our lifestyle and family. In many ways, teaching yoga has made me a better parent, and parenting has made me a better teacher. I feel so fortunate to be able to teach yoga, and, above all, I wish for those who come to my classes to feel welcomed, safe and free to be themselves. I am always learning from my students, and am grateful to those who allow me to be a part of their journey.
I am a 200 hour certified hatha yoga instructor and was trained by Prana Yoga College in Vancouver. I obtained my prenatal yoga teacher training and certification from Golden Bridge Yoga Studio in Los Angeles under the guidance of Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, founder of The Khalsa Way prenatal yoga. With the same studio, I also trained and received certification as a postnatal/Mommy and Me yoga instructor. I have been trained as a Relax Kids coach, I am a CAPPA trained labour doula, and have also taught childbirth education sessions.
My journey began as a high school math teacher in 2000, teaching in the Bahamas for a year, and then here in Calgary for both the Separate and Public boards. While teaching math, I belonged to a small yoga studio in the SE, and practiced Hatha yoga as well as a yoga/pilates fusion class. This fusion class peaked my interest in pilates, so I joined Calgary Pilates to get on the reformer and learn more about what pilates was all about. After taking classes it didn’t take too long to realize I needed to teach this amazing exercise system. In 2010, I received my Mat and Reformer training in the STOTT method, and continue to work through courses towards my full certification. I missed my yoga practice, and began practicing again, this time in a hot room. Yoga is such a personal practice, I love that there are so many disciplines, something for everyone, all moving towards the same goal of connecting our mind, body and soul through breath or asana. I fell in love with Bikram Yoga, and completed my teacher training in Fall 2011 in Los Angeles. I have been teaching the amazing 26&2 series for 5 years in the hot room. This past year, I decided to complete my first 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training. I wanted to broaden my yoga teaching repertoire, and gain more strength in asanas outside of the traditional 26&2. I did my training in Hawaii, and was fortunate to spend a few months there.
I am no longer in the math classroom, although I still do some tutoring; teaching yoga and pilates is definitely what makes my heart smile. I have met, and continue to meet, so many amazing people through this journey of teaching. And I love how the lessons learned are reciprocated. We all have gifts to share with each other. I am excited and grateful to be a part of the team at Breathe!
Rebecca Breneman is an RYT 200. She has worked in the wellness industry since 2004 as a Personal Trainer, Pre and Post-Natal Trainer and Pilates Teacher both privately and for Patients of Doctors and Chiropractors in Calgary. She has facilitated workshops, corporate workshops and meditation groups. Rebecca’s passion is people and her mission is wellness.
As most yoga journeys begin, the desire for change towards a positive direction is needed. Throughout my youth, I had worked hard to acquire my flexibility and strength through several years of rhythmic gymnast and other physical fitness activities. At first, my yoga practice was explored for it's physical and healing benefits because I needed an activity that would not only maintain and challenge my flexibility further but heal past injuries. Naturally, after a couple years of practicing yoga I took the opportunity to expand my knowledge with the desire to share this new found awareness through teaching. My second weekend of teacher training I was asked "Who am I?". The answer was supposed to be simple, but the more I thought about the question I came to the realization that I was only giving myself anxiety by not having an answer. Up until that point in my life I was not living my life wholeheartedly, by means of being my most authentic self, due to fear of being judged and not accepted. This was the defining moment in my life where I knew major changes in the way I was living were going to happen whether I was ready for it or not.
My life outside of yoga, for the majority of the time is inconsistent; between volunteering as a mentor twice a week with youth of different age groups, to on-going studying and flight training (yes I do have my pilot's license) and squeezing social time to adhere to my extroversion. Yet, yoga helps me balance my busy schedule, mentally and physically, by teaching me to have patience with myself and providing me with tools to practice mindfulness, and maintain peace of mind during the more uncontrollable moments of my life.
The most important lesson yoga has taught me is how valuable having self awareness is. This was the key for me to build stronger relationships and remain true to myself. What I love most about teaching yoga is the ability to activate my creative mind by guiding yogis through their practice with different and challenging sequences, because they too are experiencing positive change for themselves.
"Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly of you, no one would believe it." -unknown
Namaste xoxo <3
When I first stepped onto my yoga mat 4 years ago, I was swept away about how beautiful the movement of a flow class was. Coming from a dancing background, I was passionate about the expression of movement and yoga has shown me a whole different way to move. It was love at first practice.
Yoga is a source of healing and in every single practice, we create a path for the future in which we are able to build on.
To create a warm and welcoming yoga practice, my intention is to become aware of students' needs in order to encourage curiosity, strength, and acceptance. My mission is to guide you to find the fullest potential of your practice - and maybe even find a breakthrough, not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally.
“My journey in yoga started in my early twenties. Not with Asana practice, but with little hints from the universe nudging me closer and closer to begin practicing; like my Salsa Dance Instructor mentioning how Yoga could help with my movements and capabilities or people everywhere talking about the benefits of hot yoga. Initially I spent my time either brushing these signs off, or flat out ignoring them because I did not see them for what they were. It was through the closing of my gym’s steam room during year long renovations in 2009 that made me think about hot yoga; figuring the heat was what I wanted, and the yoga postures couldn’t hurt either. A friend and yoga teacher I knew at the time suggested I buy a monthly pass and try to attend as many classes as I could before it expired. I practiced daily, and I fell in love with it almost instantly.
After seeing the total mind ,body and spirit benefits gained from practicing I had a huge urge to begin sharing it with my friends, family, and acquaintances. I figured the best way to accomplish this would be to complete a yoga teacher training course so that I could better establish an understanding of yoga, its benefits, and how to practice it safely. I completed my first 250 hour Hatha Teacher Training Course at Yoga Passage early in 2011. It was during the last class of the training I realized the infant state of my journey. I set up a yoga by donation class that ran for months at my local community hall until I got hired to teach a regular class at other studios. Then having the fortune to organize a trip to Goa India, the birth place of Yoga, was a true blessing. I graduated a 200 hour Tantra Teacher Training Course held by Kashmir Shaivism School of Yoga in January 2012 cementing my journey on my own path of Raja Yoga. 2017 brought me to a Yin Teacher Training Course held by Yoga and Beyond; continuing to deepen and expand my practice and teaching capabilities is my highest priority.
I hope with my constant search for further knowledge and practice in Yoga I will be able to help all of my fellow yogis and yoginis further their own practice in a safe, warm, and friendly environment where we can all grow together towards total samadhi, natural bliss.
Why did I start yoga?! I began practicing a few years ago for the great workout and the sweat aspect. I then started noticing how it was supplementing my other sport training in reducing risk of injury and increasing flexibility. Now I practice to find balance and to ground myself…the workout is a bonus. Life gets busy, it's easy to get caught up in the constant go go go - I find yoga brings you back to awareness and connectivity. Noticing how present we can become when we focus on taking the time to breathe, we gain a heightened sense of body awareness. It allows me to put everything aside and realize "in this moment nothing else matters". That feeling of serenity in the final savasana brings the simplicity of life back into perspective. I took my teacher training with Ally Bogard through Gaiatri in Calgary, and it was the first step to realizing I wanted to help other people share in this experience as well. I also understand that everyone has a different motivation, goal or level, and I encourage you to bring whatever that is to the mat.
I believe healthy living should be fun, rewarding and habitual. I believe that yoga should be challenging, progressive and gratifying.
I am convinced that life is to be lived to the fullest and we need to have strong, healthy and happy bodies to do so! I am excited helping you achieve yours and encouraging you every step of the way.
So come on down, have some fun, de-stress, count sheep in "frog", join in singing happy birthday to your fellow yogis in "extended side angle", give your "camel" a name and laugh (or don't) at the occasional "I think I'm funny" jokes!!
"Live life fully while you're here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human." –Anthony Robbins
My yoga journey began when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2014. I began a dedicated practice during my treatments. It became my place to find my power, to reclaim my body as well as my place to be at my most vulnerable. Within my practice, I found myself - my healing, my release and my warrior spirit.
Yoga changed my entire life from this moment on. Yoga taught me to be in the moment, to understand that my journey will unfold and all is okay. Having these beliefs has given me peace, strength and focus, and the ability to challenge myself without fear of failure; without fear of facing my insecurities. It has given me a freedom to live fully and completely. I wanted to share this incredible life changing journey so I completed my 200 hour teacher training with Breathe in the fall of 2016 and went on to pursue Yoga Nidra training. My goal is to help others find this same passion.
When I am not practicing as a student or teaching, I am working as a Case Manager providing services to adults with intellectual disabilities and mental health challenges. I love to learn, to travel, and hike and being in the outdoors is where I most feel alive. Life is a gift and it is beautiful. This moment is all we really have and when you learn to live in it, your whole world changes.
“You’ve landed now, with legs full of the earth and hair full of the rain that cleansed and renewed and gave you yourself again. You’re now building your world with wiser hands. Worship the storm that dropped you here. It gave you new language.” - Victoria Erickson
Shelley was a busy single mom, running between daycares, sports, and a demanding job in corporate account management and sales. Rarely, if ever, did she take the time to “stop and smell the roses” or notice a present moment.
She started yoga looking for a great workout and to increase her flexibility. As her practice progressed she noticed the increase in energy and calm that often comes with a regular yoga practice. It was within her yoga practice, she began to feel present and notice the now.
Through multiple trainings and workshops, Shelley became more present in all aspects of life with her daughter, work and play. By digging deeper into the Asana and Yoga philosophies she noticed increased energy and calm, better sleep, and richer relationships.
Originally she entered a teacher-training program in Calgary not to become a teacher, but to learn more for herself. It was through this transformational experience, Shelley realized her love of sharing yoga with others, and working to give others the safe space to practice yoga and experience its endless benefits for themselves.
Through her classes, from foundations to power flow or restorative, you can expect to be allowed the time for yourself; the opportunity to grow your own practice through challenge and the space to soften into your own moment.
My yoga journey began over ten years ago when I was continuously experiencing many injuries as a triathlete. I was encouraged to practice yoga to rehabilitate, but to my surprise, I quickly felt like I had arrived home. Without hesitation, yoga became the essence of my daily life, and planted a seed that would inspire me to really get to know myself and dig deep to understand what I wanted my footprint in this lifetime to be.
I completed my first training in 2006 for Moksha Yoga, and second training in 2010 for Ashtanga Yoga. I have had the great pleasure and honour to participate in subsequent workshops and certifications in Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Barre, Meditation and Mindfulness. Kino Macgregor, Fiona Stang, Ted Grand, Susi Hatley, Jessica Robertson, Rameen Peyrow and Candace Cooke have left such an impression in my heart that I am forever grateful. I am also a Registered Nurse and really appreciate the balance yoga provides within my nursing career as an Emergency and Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse.
Teaching is a privilege for me, and a gift that nurtures more sacred and genuine connectedness on an off my mat for myself, while providing the space to meet like-minded people in this journey of life. It is with greatpleasure I simply hold a space so you may learn more about your essence. Buddha said: “The mind is everything. What you think is what you become.” My wish is that we rise above insecurities, anxiety and limitations and truly see the light within each of us as we navigate transformation and our individual truths.
"To harness one's truth takes a shift in perception from fear to love."
I have always had a passion for health and I believe a well rounded outlook is key to keeping balance in mind, body and spirit. In 2006 I graduated with a Remedial Massage Therapy Diploma. I love doing massage but I started to feel restricted with my practice. In 2012 I received my 200 hr teacher training certification from Yandara yoga in Mexico. I love that i can continue to empower a wider range of people and through asana show how we have the power to heal ourselves. On a personal level, having a consistent practice has made a huge difference in my life. It not only keeps me injury free but also calm and grounded.
My newest adventure is expanding my more playful side with Acro Yoga; the art of play. Acro Yoga teaches a deeper sense of connection and communication with ones self and another. It also helps to bring out community and take what you learn on your mat in yoga and put into action through building safe and nurturing relationships.
I began practicing yoga in 2005. There are a multitude of reasons why I fell in love with yoga. At first, it was the way I felt after a class: light, limber, calm, and how much better I felt doing other activities. Then it was the way I felt during class: at peace, strong, grounded and weightless all at once. And now it is how I feel all the time: more clear, open, loving, accepting, and one hundred percent comfortable in my own skin. My practice is something that has been there for me whenever and wherever I need it. Through the ups and downs of life I have come to my mat and found the love and strength I need to keep moving forward. I took my Level One Teacher Training in the Fall of 2010 and my Level Two in the Fall of 2011. I have been teaching since the Summer of 2013 and have loved every moment of it. There is nothing more rewarding and humbling than a group of yogis showing up to their mat and sharing their practice with me. In my classes I encourage you to connect with why you arrived on your mat today and find patience with your practice. Always love where you are at today and challenge yourself each and every time you come to your mat. I look forward to having you in one of my classes soon!
Tenille’s journey to seek out balance and spirit began long before she ever heard of the name ‘yoga’. At a very young age, under a willow tree, she tapped into something beyond what she was being taught that life was all about. She saw that we are in fact so deeply connected to everything and that our truth is revealed within the simple and still moments of our human existence. She has been exploring the many styles and traditions of yoga, philosophy and meditation since 1997 and has discovered that, together, these practices and this lifestyle create a lasting release from mental and physical restrictions and ailments. They helped her learn how to be more human and less person.
Her passion of yoga and healing lead to a devoted independent study of all aspects of Yoga, followed by many yoga Teacher Trainings, workshops and a dedicated, daily practise of living and breathing Yoga. Through international study in India, USA and locally in Canada Tenille has completed 5 full teacher trainings amounting to over 1200hrs of formal long intensive training in various styles as well as countless shorter intensives with local and world renowned teachers and gurus. She has been teaching full time in Canada and internationally since 2010 and continues to devote her life to constant self study and practice. Tenille is passionate about sharing her love for Yoga and it's healing, restorative and therapeutic benefits, as well as the playful challenging side of the practice. Her favourite saying is, "We weren't born to be numb, we were born to feel and learn and grow and fall down and get back up again. We are humans, flawed and fabulous. We don't need to be loved. We ARE love. When we return to self love, we will see the mirrors of love and light all around us."
I look forward to holding space for you to explore your humanity. Metta All WaYz, always.
Yoga surprised and delighted me from my first class and onward. Having passionately pursued and taught group exercise classes of all sorts for 20 plus, years, I was amazed and humbled at how challenging Ashtanga Yoga was. Of course, I immediately set out with great gusto to master as many postures as humanly possible in my late 40's, only to discover that I was missing the point.
Yoga is so much more than just doing the physical asanas. It is a different journey for each of us. For me, it's been about learning to surrender to and trust the process, the wisdom of yoga masters, past and present. It’s about letting go of ego, breathing, moving and centering. It’s about allowing the practice to challenge you, at the same time, learning to respect your own physical limitations and in teaching, those of your students.
I completed my first 250 hour teacher training at Yoga Dot Calm in 2009. Over the following years, I added a level 4 certification in Critical Alignment Therapy. And following that, a second 200 hour Ashtanga teaching certificate from Calgary Ashtanga Yoga.
I have had the privilege of studying with many wonderful teachers, Amber Kyliuk (Yoga Dot Calm) Harmony and Jeff Lichy (Calgary Ashtanga Yoga) Gert Van Leeuwen (Critical Alignment Amsterdam) just to mention a few!
Yoga is for everyone and it is an ongoing journey. I feel grateful for all of the wonderful students I have met.
I'd love the honor of helping you along your way!
My journey to yoga stared as a dare. My wife dared me to take on a 30 day hot yoga practice. After completing the challenge I felt better than I had ever felt before in my life and I needed more. Unfortunately schooling and sport got in the way and yoga began to take a back seat to everything else. After I received a double degree in Kinesiology and Education from the University of Calgary I was presented with yet another challenge, “can you run a yoga program at our high school?” Needless to say I said yes and have not looked back since. After completing my 200hr teacher training with Breathe I instantly needed more, signing up for an additional 35 hour teaching course. I now currently teach for the Calgary Board of Education and love going to work every day.
My yoga journey has led me to meet some of the most amazing generous people ever as well as allowed me to work with some great students. I hope I get the privilege to meet and see you soon on your mat.
Courtney graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Halifax, Nova Scotia in June 2012. She has since moved to Calgary and has been a Registered Massage Therapist here for the past 3 years. Her passion for holistic health and wellness (and good food) led her to an education in Holistic Nutrition, in which she graduated with from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in June 2014.
Along with specializing in relaxation and therapeutic massage, she has become intrigued by pre/postnatal massage and it’s health benefits during her studies, and has always focused her practice on helping expecting mothers and new parents understand and feel its benefits as well.
Courtney finds the most happiness with her four-legged fur baby, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever named Zucca. Her free time is spent at dog parks, reading about food and nutrition, dining with friends, staying active, spending time in the mountains, and shopping local.
New to Breathe Hot Yoga, Jenny is a bright and bubbly young lady whose greatest desire in life is to be kind and nurturing to others.
She is originally from Vancouver BC, but has spent most of her adult life in and around Calgary. She loves every bit of school and is excited to be graduated from her 3000-hour diploma course at Makami College this October.
Jenny used to work with animals, and was also dedicated to working with children as a lifelong career until she stumbled upon massage therapy. Now she does both! Massage therapy came to her rather spontaneously and she believes it was the best decision she ever made. With her passion for being around children and a new career in massage therapy, she was able to incorporate both into one, massaging even the littlest of people.
Don’t let this fool you though: She loves the older population equally and strives to be as helpful as she can in her work. Jenny specializes in relaxation, deep tissue/therapeutic work, hot stone therapy, and also carries around a set of cupping materials for anyone who is willing.
In her spare time, Jenny loves caring for children and taking in the Earth’s beauty by being outdoors in rain or shine. She also loves bowling, spending time with her boyfriend, friends and family, and hula hooping!
Jillian is a talented Massage Therapist who began her Registered Massage Therapy program in 2012 and continues to provide therapeutic transformation to her clients. She believes that holistic health and alternative medicine is primarily the key to having healthy muscle tissue, and provides a treatment that can enhance the healing process from chronic pain or stress induced muscle tension to noticeable difference and recovery. She specializes in therapeutic, deep tissue, sports massage, and relaxation massage.
Jillian plans on taking her yoga teacher training in Bali and adding multiple worldly traditional massage to her practice. As a new mother, she is even more ambitious about traveling the world with her daughter, raising her to be grounded in her spiritual faith, and knowledgeable of the earth and all it's incredible secrets.
Kayla graduated with 2200+ hours from the Western College of Remedial Massage Therapy in 2010 and has been a practicing massage therapist ever since. She specializes in therapeutic and deep tissue massage, sports massage, and pre/postnatal massage.
She believes that a healthy body begins with a healthy mind, and takes a holistic approach to her treatments. She believes in the complimentary healing powers of yoga and massage, having personally experienced the many benefits of both. She believes that the greatest gift she can give her clients is the power and knowledge to make positive changes towards their own health long after they leave her treatment room and as such always incorporates home care into her treatments.
When she is not massaging she enjoys practicing yoga, and being outside. You can usually find her hiking in the mountains with her dog, or just out enjoying the beauty of nature and her connection to it. She is also currently pursuing a Bachelor of Nursing degree and hopes to complete her yoga instructor training in the future.
Kristy has been an advocate for health and wellness her whole life. Moving from White Rock B.C in 2002, she worked as a Nurse and personal Trainer before becoming a Massage Therapist. Kristy has discovered that she enjoys helping others help themselves feel better and loves being able to provide that helpful touch when needed; whether it is therapeutic, relaxation, Hot Jade Stone, or Craniosacral Therapy. Kristy is happy to work with her clients to provide them with the best treatment possible. She enjoys a challenge and knows the physical body is just one aspect to higher health. Kristy is passionate about health and loves learning new holistic approaches to life. She feels that when the body mind and spirit are all working together, there can be peace within oneself. She plans on furthering her knowledge and skill set as therapist, and loves to attend yoga, spend time with family, and being outdoors.
Matthew is a Registered Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist with 10 years of experience studying and treating the human body. Matthew brings a balance of Western and Eastern medical knowledge to each of his treatments. His training began at the University of Calgary where he completed a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology. He concurrently studied Massage Therapy and went on to study Acupuncture at Vancouver’s International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Matthew was introduced to acupuncture after suffering from a chronic lower back injury. After various treatments failed to provide relief, he was recommended by a friend to try traditional Chinese acupuncture. Skeptical, but open minded, Matthew sought out acupuncture treatment. Within a few visits he noticed not only significant and lasting relief from his back pain, but also an overall sense of well-being. It was these added benefits of well-being that intrigued Matthew and led him to study Chinese Medicine himself.
It is Matthew's goal to create treatments that are both holistic and unique to the needs of each individual. Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches to 'treat the individual, not the disease'. This implies that even two people with the same complaint should be treated according to their own unique make up, and not solely based on their similar pathologies.
Pauline was born and raised in the Philippines. She graduated from Riverside College in the Philippines with a five-year Bachelor Degree in Physical Therapy. Her fifth year of education was spent gaining clinical experience in hospitals, clinics and rehabilitation facilities. Following this she completed an additional five months training in orthopaedics and trauma care.
Pauline has extensive training and experience in many forms of massage. In 2005, she moved to Montreal where she completed her 400-hour Swedish Therapeutic massage therapy training. In 2008, she completed a 250-hour Swedish Relaxation Massage Therapy course at the Calgary College of Holistic Health & Clinics and then went on to complete a 2200-hour Massage Therapy Program at MH Vicars School Calgary Campus. Pauline has been determined to continuously enhance her skills and provide innovative treatment by attending various workshops, seminars and trainings. Her training includes:
Pauline has been an experienced Registered Massage Therapist for over nine years working at a spa and chiropractic clinic. She is passionate about helping her patients maintain and enhance their health. Pauline loves to treat people of all ages (including pre and post-natal women) and enjoys educating patients on proper home care at the end of each visit.
When Pauline is not working she loves to keep active. Some of her favorite activities include yoga, weight lifting, indoor spinning, barre fitness, boxing, and hiking. She loves to travel both for pleasure and study. She has been to Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and India. Pauline believes in living life to the fullest and experiencing the world as much as you can. In July 2015, she completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training in Himalaya, India. It was a life-changing experience for her.
"We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in the future, can be produced by our present actions;so we have to know how to act." SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
Robin Wittner is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Registered Acupuncturist. She completed her studies at the Canadian Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and received her Bachelor of Medicine in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the University of Shandong. Post graduation, Robin went to China for a year where she completed an intensive internship at Shandong Hospital. While in China, Robin had the opportunity to work alongside world-renowned doctors where Traditional Chinese herbology and acupuncture are combined with western medicine. Her areas of focus were autoimmune diseases, gynecological disorders and fertility, digestive disorders, chronic pain and psychological conditions.
Robin always knew she wanted to be a doctor, but after working for a Western doctor she realized she preferred a more holistic approach. She believes that in order to get to the root of a problem, it is extremely important to spend time with her patients getting to know them and the complexities of their condition. Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on treating the individual wholly and completely, which is what drew Robin to the profession in the first place. She uses acupuncture, herbs, cupping, moxibustion, diet and lifestyle therapy to help her patients reach optimal health.
In her free time, Robin enjoys playing ringette, hockey and likes to maintain an active lifestyle. She loves to finish her day off with a yoga class, a good book and some green tea.
Stacy graduated with 2200+hrs from Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapy in 2006, and has worked in various locations around Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Stacy’s training consists of Therapeutic and Deep Tissue massage, Relaxation massage, Pre and Post Natal massage, Thai Massage, as well as Reiki. She is also a 200hr Yoga Instructor and has been teaching for 2 years.
Stacy believes in taking a whole body holistic approach to her client’s care, tailoring each treatment to the individual. She creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere where clients can truly relax and let go of daily stresses. She encourages and supports positive growth and well being for body, mind and spirit. She strives to only use the most natural products on the body which is why she loves to incorporate Young Living essential oils into her practice and daily life. She truly believes nature provides us with all the tools necessary for optimal health.
When Stacy is not massaging she enjoys doing yoga, rock climbing, listening to music, traveling and simply enjoying nature. Stacy is very excited to work with Breathe and the Airdrie community. Her passion is to encourage a deeper sense of knowing of ones self and bring harmony in body, mind and spirit. There is no better time than now to say yes to achieving your full potential. So book in today with Stacy for a massage and take the first step to a healthier, happier and more balanced you!
Hailing all the way from southeastern Manitoba, Sara began her career in massage in 2009. With techniques ranging from deep tissue therapeutic all the way to relaxation, she has finely tuned her skills over the last ten years. Always an avid supporter of the mind and body connection, yoga has quickly become her go-to as well! Sara started her career in massage therapy with a passion for helping others reach their wellness goals.
New to Calgary, she has thoroughly enjoyed exploring her new surroundings, especially the mountain ranges.
When not busy massaging, Sara enjoys spending time with her animals, painting, yoga or reading.
Sarah graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Calgary, Alberta in March-2007 and has been working as a Registered Massage Therapist ever since. She is skilled in Therapeutic, Myofascial Release, pre/post-natal and relaxation massage.
She has a healthy outlook on life and loves to help people better themselves. When she isn’t working you can find her practicing yoga, taking a fitness class or spending time with loved ones.
Over the last three years she also pursued a career as an x-ray technologist, where she works part time at the Peter Lougheed Centre.
With her years of experience she is able to adapt her treatments to suit the person
and customize the treatment plan to help them reach their goals.
Vera James was born and raised in Calgary. She’s been practicing as a therapist since 2003 with training from Mount Royal College and finishing at Calgary College of Holistic Health. Her training was originated by receiving treatments herself due to her personal injuries. Massage therapy was a big contribution to her healing progression.Her practice then evolved when she was inspired by how beautifully the human body was created to heal. She believes that we are created to move (and grow) in every area of our being- mind, body and spirit. If any of these areas are neglected, the body becomes stagnant to heal. Vera is on an intentional journey of developing into the best version of herself. You will find Vera building a legacy with her husband (newly married) by mentoring young entrepreneurs to live a life of significance. She loves to travel and explore the world. Fitness, yoga and nutrition are is an integral part of cultivating her growth. You will find her studying books that inspire her to live a life of holistic success. She surrounds herself with like minded folks that are on a similar journey of reaching optimal health.
Vera’s love for massage therapy is beyond a job but a life style. Whether your need is treatment on localized injury, pre-natal, sports therapy, relaxation, deep tissue or nutritional/ health needs or advice, her desire is to customize her treatments for each individual.
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