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
Born and raised in South Africa, with a passion for health, happiness and success. Angelique Panther has been practicing yoga for over 9 years and has a passion for culture and people. Presence, mindfulness and connection are the pillars of Angelique's teachings, infused with authenticity and laughter as medicine for the soul, heart and mind. Angelique completed her Level 1 and 2 with world-renowned Baron Baptiste and continuously ventures out to train and practice with global influencers including Noah Maze, Kathryn Budig, Chelsea Chorus only to name a few. She is a proud wayfarer for Wanderlust Whistler and Wanderlust 108 in Calgary. And she invites you to come play on your mat with good vibes and beats to get you connected with your greatest self.
"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!
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.
My deep love and reverence for the practice of yoga began over 10 years ago as a desire for greater awareness and a more nurturing relationship with all aspects of myself. Since that time, the practice has become the ground on which to explore deepening expansion, surrender, acceptance and playfulness. Yoga, through its myriad expressions & facets, has inspired greater curiosity, creativity and authenticity. For me, one of the most captivating aspects of this practice is its ability to integrate into all areas of our lives, setting the steady foundation for growth to unfold naturally.
Teaching yoga has blessed me with the opportunity to create a lighthearted,
sweet and dynamic environment for students to discover their own journey with the practice, both on and off the mat.
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.
My yoga journey began in 2002, when I signed up for an introductory Hatha Yoga series. I quickly fell in love with yoga and discovered it was exactly what I needed.
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 entire being and became more dedicated to my practice; opening up to meditation, I began to discover the inner-peace my yoga teachers spoke of.
After years in a very hectic advertising & marketing career, I listened to my inner calling and in 2009 completed my Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training and haven't looked back since. By 2010, I was teaching yoga full time and in 2011 I completed an additional 200hr Sattva Yoga Teacher Training.
My philosophy is to slow down, be kind to oneself and most of all feel good - breathe and relax. My mantra of Shanti (Peace), Kshama (Patience), Abhyasa (Practice) is a reminder of some of the gifts yoga has brought into my life. I believe yoga transforms us from the inside out. As a teacher and forever student, my mat is my sacred space and where I can show up exactly as I am, and it's perfect.
Yoga has truly changed my life; it has taught me to be patient, appreciate every moment, to listen to the wisdom of my body and to trust. Yoga has provided me with tools to steady my mind, feel grounded and peaceful, as I navigate through life.
For many of us, yoga begins with the physical practice then shifts into something much more profound - I believe this shift is what keeps us coming back to our mats. I am so grateful to share this beautiful union of body, breath and mind; my hope is to teach from my personal experience and provide guidance to my students as they embark upon their own yoga journey.
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!!
In the summer of 2011, I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, severe osteoarthritis in my lower lumbar, and a bulging disc. I was no longer able to have a desk job. Doctors prescribed me with narcotic pain killers that made me ill. I tried various therapies such as massage, chiropractic, physiotherapy, prolotherapy, acupuncture, and others. My pain persisted after these treatments and I decided to try Yoga as a supplemental therapy. After 9 months of practice, Yoga is my only therapy and my pain is gone. My whole body felt stronger and more flexible. I then realized that I was interested in pursing Yoga as a career. I am a believer in the body and mind therapeutic value that Yoga provides. Yoga is my medication. I am looking forward to spending time with you in the yoga room.
"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 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.
My love for yoga sprouted during my first hot yoga practice in 1999. As the sweat dripped off the edge of my nose there was no question that I had found something special, and the magic of yoga made my heart swell. Sharing yoga is a beautiful thing, and I am honored and grateful for every moment I have to practice with others. I became a yoga teacher in 2008 with a 250-hour certificate from Yoga Passage under the guidance of Tracy Mann and Tanis Fishman. I have also had the pleasure of studying with other skilled trainers such as Janice Clarfield, Bizzie Gold, and Noah Maze.
For the last 18 years, I have been in the healthcare industry working with clients to improve their health and quality of life. I continuously try my best to motivate others to achieve their fitness goals. In nursing school I became fascinated with the human body especially enjoying Anatomy and Physiology, as well as nutrition. Other certificates I hold are Prenatal Yoga, BUTI Yoga, and Personal Training.
My musically driven classes emphasize building strength, increasing flexibility and balanced elements of yin and yang. Whether I am guiding a gentle restorative practice or a powerful core practice I always teach with compassion and a light heart.
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
My exploration into yoga began nearly 10 years ago when I was looking to supplement my personal training background. I was originally hooked on the physically humbling aspect of yoga, and fell completely in love after feeling and seeing shifts in my overall well being.
I enrolled in my first teacher training in 2009 in San Diego and have been passionately instructing and sharing my overflowing admiration for yoga since 2010. I am blessed and honoured that I am able to guide others on their yoga journey on a daily basis. Playfulness, exploring, and adventure are all qualities that I adore both on and off my mat. With challenge, beautiful shifts happen..as long as you don’t take yourself too seriously along the way. ;)
If you don’t catch me in a class, you’ll probably find me hitting the stairs, at the gym, with my dear family or friends, or somewhere in the tropics.
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!
I have been an active member in the fitness industry for a number of years, after losing forty five pounds I discovered that if you do not work on the mind you will never be satisfied with the results. It took many years to realize that being skinny is not the end game, and it wasn't until I became a mother that this truly came into fruition - we need to be conscious of who is watching us and the example we are demonstrating.
I started this journey with a divine pull towards bettering my mental health, going after what fueled my soul in order to make me a better wife, friend and mother. Becoming a yoga and fitness instructor has been an emotionally charged journey. Slowly transforming into a new person, learning to trust yourself and believing in yourself which can be tough, but having met so many amazing people on the way it has been an unforgettable experience, one I hope many people get to have. I adore my teachers Lacey Smith and Chris Rurka and have discovered that I have much to learn as a life long student. Coming out of my training I see the world with different colours, it is my hope to help others fall in love with life, experience a deeper practice and connect the body with the mind.
Breakdowns lead to breakthroughs. Thats how my yoga/health journey began. In 2012, I was living in Australia and strangely enough, I had hit rock bottom on the other side of the world. I needed a shift and that's when I found yoga. It was love after my first class at Power Living Yoga Australia. It grounded me, cleared my mind and got me back into my heart space. Everything started shifting. I enrolled in a '40 days to personal revolution' at the studio and my journey of self study has exploded from there. I am now a certified health and life coach, workshop facilitator and yoga teacher. This journey has created a life I now love.
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.
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!
My journey to yoga started at a young age, playing competitive ringette and soccer. Growing up, yoga always seemed to make its way into my life as another form of physical activity to compliment my already active lifestyle. However despite being on and off my mat for many years, I believe the journey to my own true practice really started when I walked into those doors at Breathe Hot Yoga. Like many people who first come to yoga I was looking for some environment to help heal my injured body while still being able to receive a workout, and like everyone who starts a regular practice I began to discover sooooo many more benefits. My physical body felt stronger and capable, my mind felt more intuitive, conscious and creative, and I learned how to control my emotions with just a couple deep breaths which was something completely new to me. My whole being felt lighter but more whole at the same time. Needless to say I became obsessed and completely captivated by this practice. As I started to practice more, I started to feel more aligned with my true self, and each time I walked into Breathe I felt like I was coming home.
During fall 2016 I went on to take my 200hr teacher training at Breathe; fast forward a year, and teaching has now become a huge part of my life, something that keeps me grounded. I find such joy seeing others commit to their bodies and fully invest the time into themselves, whether that be a 75 minute hot Vinyasa practice or 5 minutes of breath work. Yoga can be whatever you want it to be and whatever you need in that moment; that is what I love about it.
During my classes, I strongly encourage students to explore their own creative practice, moving from a place of authenticity. I believe in creating a space filled with comfort and compassion, setting up the foundation for students from all different backgrounds and life stories to feel welcomed and comfortable to fully explore mindfulness and movement within their own bodies. Of course there will be great music as well and some fun added challenges. :)
Aside from yoga, you can find me taking my dogs to the park, making macrame, eating lots of yummy food, rock climbing and going on plenty of adventures!
I truly am looking forward to seeing you on your mat and I am beyond grateful I am able to share my passion with you all!
Yoga is a relationship between the mind, body and breath. With an extensive background in both strength, fitness and dance, I found yoga to be the missing link in my life. Not only was I able to move my physical body in yoga, I was able to ground myself with breath and gain more self awareness both in class and in my personal life. I am passionate about teaching yoga patterns in fun, creative ways that combine little pieces of all my learning experiences. What will you expect out of my classes? Be prepared to challenge your mind and your body. Hard work helps us to push past out "I can't" and move us forward into the new possibilities of "I can"!
Sara is a 200 hour Canadian Yoga Alliance recognized RYT, with over 150 additional hours of studies and trainings. She received her certification from Yoga Therapy and Bodyworks and continues to train and practice weekly with her teachers. She is trained primarily in Ashtanga, Critical Alignment Therapy (holding her Level 4 certification from Gert van Leeuwen), as well as Yoga Nidra, Meditation and Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She has always been drawn to the therapeutic aspects of yoga, both physical and mental, and continues to explore both through her own practice, teachings and studies. Sara excels in holding space for her students to be completely present within their body, while advancing their asana practice to new heights. Sara is a mother of two (ages 5 and 3) and when not on her mat, she enjoys camping, hiking, biking and the simple joys of everyday adventures with her family.
“I love yoga…I love what it does for my body, what it does for mind. I find balance and peace there.”
My yoga journey began when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2014. I started a dedicated practise during my treatments. It became my place to find my power, to reclaim my body as well as my place to cry and be at my most vulnerable in savasana. Within this practise, I found myself - my healing, my release and my warrior spirit. Yoga changed my entire life from this moment on.
Yoga helped 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 gave me a freedom to live fully and completely.
I wanted to share this incredible life changing journey and completed my 200 hour teacher training with Breathe in the fall of 2016 and went on to pursue 15 hour Yoga Nidra teacher training, and 36 hour Yoga Thrive teacher training. In addition to this training I studied psychology in university.
When I am not practising as a student or teaching, I am working as a Case Manager providing services to adults with intellectual disabilities and mental health challenges. I offer a weekly adapted trauma informed yoga class to these individuals, and this has become an important passion in my life. I love 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.
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!
I have been practicing yoga for over ten years, since taking my first Hot 26 class in South Calgary. I was instantly drawn to the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga in both a heated and non heated environment. On my mat, I could be the dreamer who lazily melted into a restorative posture, as well as the fierce warrior who opened her heart to the sky. Yoga matched my internal intensity and pushed me further personally than I thought possible. After I left that initial class, I promised myself that I would not only commit to a practice, but would perhaps one day share it with others who were as curious as I had been.
I strive to teach each class with integrity, spirit, kindness, and a sense of humour. I believe we all come in different packages with our own set of instructions and I do my best to honour this with each group that I have the fortitude to guide. I love working with people of all ages, but do have a soft spot for working with kids and teens. I am inspired by music, themes, and the people who have taken the time out of their day to join me. I’m looking forward to connecting with each and every yogi who walks into Breathe, as I still vividly remember the breathless sense of purpose I experienced after my very first class.
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.
Angela is a recent graduate of Makami College, where she studied the Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy 3000 hour program. She has been working in the health and wellness industry for the last couple of years and believes to have found her niche. She is a 3000hr registered massage therapist with the association CRMTA and can be claimable through most benefit packages. Services: Relaxation, Therapeutic, Deep tissue massage, Sports massage, Cupping, Lymphatic drainage, Prenatal massage, TMJD, and hot stone. When she is not working, you can find Angela in the mountains, out of for a run, bike ride or in the yoga studio! She is an active member of the community; volunteering for different organizations that are near and dear to her heart. She also enjoys quite time indoors with her two fur babies, snuggled up watching Netflix or reading a good book.
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 5 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 boyfriend Derek, and their four-legged fur babies - a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever named Zucca and a German Shepherd named Odin. Her free time is spent at dog parks, reading about food and nutrition, dining with friends, staying active, doing yoga, spending time in the mountains, and shopping local.
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.
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.
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.
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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