When I discovered my passion for yoga in 1999 (regularly practicing both heated and non-heated), I knew almost immediately it would become a major part of my life. I started to dream of opening my own studio and now finally, after over 20 years in the corporate world and with the help of my husband and the guidance and advice of a few very special people, my dream has come true and I'm so excited to share my love of yoga with all of you!
Although my fitness routine has taken many forms over the years and even included a stint as a Certified Fitness Instructor, yoga has literally transformed my mind, my body and my spirit. I am extremely blessed to have had (and continue to have) the opportunity to attend many workshops, conferences, teacher trainings and classes all over North America. Some of the amazing teachers I have learned from include David Swenson (my guru), Baron Baptiste, Seane Corn, Rodney Yee, Ana Forrest, Nora Maskey and Shiva Rea. My most profound learnings, however, have come from the amazing team of teachers right here at Breathe!
I truly believe that yoga is for everyone, so when I created Breathe, I tried to create a space where everyone would feel welcome to practice and would immediately become part of the family. To quote one of my amazing teachers, “Yoga is Yoga. It doesn’t matter what kind of yoga you do as long as you continue to love it and can do it for the rest of your life.”
Remember...breathe life. breathe love. breathe peace. breathe yoga.
Katie - Manager, Avenida
I first came to Breathe Hot Yoga in March 2011. It was a friend of mine who suggested we try it. After that first class, I knew this was something I wanted more of. As my schedule allowed, I gradually started attending more and more. The opportunity arose and I began to work Karma for Suzie in May 2011 and I have never looked back. As I continued a regular practice, the benefits of yoga became clear to me. I worked a desk job for only 5 years and was already starting to feel my shoulders droop and my hip flexors tighten, all of which started to disappear the more I continued to show up on my mat. After numerous months of my friends and family watching me practice my yoga anywhere I could (kitchen, living room, the vehicle), they helped me realize that it’s my passion and the direction I want/need my life to take so in 2012, I completed my 200-hour SATTVA Yoga Teacher Training with Rameen Peyrow. There have been countless ups and downs as I dance my way through this beautiful journey of yoga, but in the past 2 years, I have learned so much from all my fabulous teachers and you the students who make the lovely Breathe community! I am forever grateful to continue to share this with you.
Carolina - Manager, McKenzie Towne
Yoga and Breathe - words that make me happy and make me smile every day. Before I discovered my love for yoga, I was confused and worried about the future and lacked confidence and happiness, mostly due to body image. Regularly practicing yoga has made me happy and has given me understanding, patience and acceptance. Breathe’s atmosphere is what drew me in and kept me focused on my practice, taking it seriously in order to find myself. Each instructor is allowed the freedom to be creative and they provide that extra motivation to keep your beautiful practice going. The yoga community is a hug with open arms, a door that never closes! I am so grateful to be part of such a beautiful family and great community here at Breathe!
Allie - Reception
I started practicing yoga in 2011 after my doctor encouraged me to try exercise that wasn’t as rough on my body. Reluctantly, I agreed but was very skeptical about what kind of a “work out” I would get from yoga. It took me a couple of tries before I could get out of my head and really focus on the postures and my own breath.
Yoga has made me stronger in so many ways. I can do exercises men twice my size can’t do because of the muscles I engage when I am twisting my body into strange shapes. But yoga has also strengthened my mind. I am so much more focused than I have ever been before because of the discipline I have learned from regular practice. I can control my stress and anxiety in my personal life using the same tools that help me to stay calm and collect when I am on my mat.
I started working at Breathe in March 2011, and I have never been happier. I love meeting the interesting yogis who walk through the doors and learning about their unique lives. More than anything else, I love the team that works here. Everyone always goes out of their way to help their teammates and make them feel like a part of the family. I am so grateful to have met such inspiring people!
Becky - Reception
I first started practicing hot yoga because I thought it would be a great workout. I had heard that you sweat buckets and I wanted to give it a try. It was definitely a great workout and I was hooked. As I started practicing more frequently I noticed that it did a lot more for me than just a great workout. Yoga has taught me how to relax and find my inner peace. I find that yoga helps balance my whole life. I'll go into the studio feeling stressed and leave feeling like a new person. I can't believe how strong my practice has gotten and I can't wait to grow further and keep learning new poses. When Breathe first opened, my mom and I came to the studio to try it out. We loved it right from the start and became regulars. I mostly came with my mom because I was a broke student and she would be her lovely self and pay for me. I think Suzie picked up on this because she asked if I wanted to be a Karma girl and I graciously accepted. I was with Breathe for quite a few months and had to suddenly leave as I broke my wrist snowboarding. It took awhile to recover but once I did I started practicing at Breathe again and was asked to be Karma once again. I'm so happy that I am a part of the Breathe family. I have met some amazing people that I know will be my friends for a very long time. I already have so many great memories working at Breathe and I can't wait to make many more!
Meghan - Reception
Growing up, I could play every sport imaginable but never in my life would I ever think I would become a yogi. Before my best friend introduced me to yoga 2 and a half years ago, I was definitely not the same person I am today. I was in a bad state - I felt lost and I had no idea what I was doing with my life. I thought there was nothing in this world that could help me. I am so grateful I gave yoga a chance because in a sense it has saved my life.
Since practicing at Breathe, I have this new amazing outlook on life and I realize everyday is a gift that should never take for granted. I have learned to love and let love in and to accept people for who they are. I hope one day I can travel and become a yoga teacher so I can share what I have learned from the teachers here at Breathe. Breathe Hot Yoga is my home away from home and I couldn't imagine life without it!
Chantal - Reception
I started to practice at Breathe in 2012. I was having a lot of stomach issues and my doctor couldn’t find a solution. I did my first 30 day challenge in October and about 7 days into the challenge my stomach pains had vanished. This was when I realized yoga was so much more than a workout, it was my medicine and within the 30 days I became addicted. I then attended Lacey's arm balance workshop and met the beautiful Suzie and couldn’t resist but to send her my resume that night to become a Karma. Not only did the yoga classes draw me to wanting to be become a member of the breathe family but also the atmosphere. I could have one of the worst days and just walking into the studio brought my awareness to a different level. The studio is so peaceful yet full of joy and is my favorite environment to be in.
Yoga taught me to become more patient with my body and to accept myself for where I am today. To me yoga also weighs a huge part on mental thoughts, I have cried, laughed and even fallen asleep in Tanya’s core class. The hot room is the only place I can go where everything else in my life is off my mind and I just think of where I am NOW. I love that yoga has so much meaning and serves as great strength in each individual’s lives who take the time to practice.
I love being a part of a new yogi’s experience at Breathe. To see the smiles on their faces and joy that has been brought to them is such a gift. I am so grateful to be a part of the Breathe family and am looking forward to growing with them. The studio is a home to me and the girls are my sisters.
The other beautiful faces you'll see behind the desk, cleaning behind the scenes or assisting in class are our Karma staff. They're just as important as the rest of the Team. We couldn't do it without them!
My path as a yogi has evolved perfectly for me, over the past 6 years. Looking back to the beginning, I realize that there was a burning awareness of the lack of meaning and harmony that pervaded my existence. I had chosen a path that clearly was not functional, and the results were mirrored every- where I turned.
I began to imitate meditation. I read and studied all the pre-recorded knowledge that I could ingest. Within little time, this magnetic yearning for truth snowballed into my greatest passion, and I soon found myself guided into the beautiful and ancient system of Tantra.
The vast land of Tantra is really a collection of many practices collected throughout time and the world. Through the practice, I have been able to experience and observe news aspects of myself and how I relate to the world. I have learned to to experience work and play as one. I have begun to experience life with a naturally blossoming devotion and reverence. I have nurtured a state of non- atachment that has more enabled me to come to terms with life’s seeming complications, and to use all interaction with the world to continue to wash my mind of the impurities that prevent me from realizing the Self. Truth. Love.
I pull from many influences and teachings to piece together the classes that I lead. There are so many amazing people in our world making a difference. Dedicating their entire being to the healing of others and the spreading of yogic teachings. Past & present. Dead & alive. I offer much love and gratitude to those who have shared light & love with our world...to those who have paved the way for others towards total Self-Realization.
Paramhansa Yogananda, Patanjali, Swami Sri Yukteswar, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Swami Sivana- nda, Ananda Mai Ma, Gandhi, Swami Nirajananda, BKS Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, J. Krishnamurti, Richard Freeman, Sarah Powers, Sean Corne, Shiva Rea, Deepak Chopra, Gary Zukav & so many others....
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.
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!
My journey to teaching began with a decision to heal my body, mind and soul. It all started in the Fall of 2009. I took a risk and flew alone to Rishikesh, India to a path of transformation and self-discovery. I was quiet, shy, afraid, lost and had little confidence in myself and where I stood in life. But after a month of taking in as much as I could within those Ashram walls - from the morning meditation to the invigorating yoga practice every evening - I never looked at life the same again. Awareness is truly the key to change; it was all so easy. My biggest challenge was to trust – to trust where I have been, where I am and where I am headed. Without trust, life seems dark and lonely but once you let go of what you cannot change - that is trust. That is living in the present.
I have been teaching ever since I got back from India, ranging from the gym atmosphere to recreation centres, to putting on my own programs. I continue to strive to be the best I can be and grow as much as I can daily. I want to help guide people to face their fears like I have. From stillness and silence, you will come to realize you have all the power and more to change and be who you are meant to be.
I discovered yoga about 12 years ago, after finding a book titled “yoga.” The lady on the cover posed gracefully in natarajasana. I began reading the book and practicing independently. I knew at the time that yoga was more than a physical exercise, but it didn’t really catch on for me until 2007, when I attended my first class at a hot yoga studio. My first class left me with a sense of peace and stillness never before realized. The practice of yoga has enabled me to become more aware, and to find a greater sense of peace and purpose in my life. I’ve been teaching yoga part time since 2008, and recently decided to pursue teaching yoga full-time. I am passionate about yoga and look forward to guiding you in your practice, and bearing witness to the power of positive transformation that yoga can bring to your life!
I began my yoga experience with little or no expectations. I felt a shift in my first class. I was aware of my heart beating, my mind felt unbelievably clear, in a sense I felt alive, like I was meant to be doing this. With each practice, I knew that this was becoming an integral part of my life. Up until this point I was into competitive sports, believing that the release of adrenaline would soothe my troubled soul. I continue to practice and now teach and allow my heart to become more open. My life has more meaning and my body/mind continues to improve as I follow the yoga disciplines... walk in beauty, wherever you are. Kabir says: "Student, tell me, what is god?" He is the breath inside the breath.
Yoga's been a continuous process for me. I first went in high school, fell off the radar for a while, and then started it back up in university. Since then it's been an addiction, where it's more common for me to practice yoga each day than not. The practice is not limited to the mat, though: I take it with me as I drive, go to the gym, and as I swim.
After coming back home from globetrotting I decided to do my teacher training, not only to teach others but to deepen my own knowledge. Teaching has become a mutual experience: as I teach others, they show me how to alter my own movements. This exchange brings me to mat eager to discover what I can learn.
As a former stock broker and financial advisor as well as a father to 5 children, "stillness" was not something I could even imagine in my life. Life was very full and moving much too fast, it seemed, to be able to find a moments peace. Then yoga entered my life. It took a couple of years for me to realize that yoga was much more than a workout with a focus on flexibility.
After reading several yoga texts, I came to realize that the goal of yoga is to use the asanas (postures) to create stillness in our otherwise very busy minds. I found that most of us spend our lives dreaming of or dreading our future and remembering our past, thus avoiding the only true reality, the present moment. Through yoga and meditation I have now found that there can always be stillness in our lives if we can simply allow stillness in our mind.
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
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
As a lifelong type A personality, running has always been my first passion, so it shouldn't surprise you that my motto use to be, "why walk when you can run?"
I had discovered yoga about a decade before and had used it as a supplementary aid to running, however, in 2010 while in chiropractic school, life got out of control. Running no longer was enough to keep my monkey brain and antsy body steady, calm and centered, I needed something more. When I found the Baptiste-style of yoga something clicked. I found it physically challenging, it silenced my mind, stretched out my tired muscles and shifted my perspective. I personally challenged myself to a 101 day yoga challenge and it began a revolution within me that has changed my life forever. I truly believe that real change happens we face our fears and beliefs head on, breathe through the resistance and smile into the unknown.
Dr. Jenn is also a Calgary-based chiropractor. She is passionate about health and wellness and uses her yoga practice to inspire her chiropractic practice every day.
Steady breath. Steady mind. Steady body.
Kathie offers a traditional approach to yoga while weaving in western techniques to meet the needs of her students. She is a dedicated and compassionate teacher who always offers a healthy dose of humor into her teachings. Kathie has completed her Master’s in Counselling Psychology and has obtained her certification in Yoga Therapy at Mount Royal University and through the Bihar School of Yoga in India. Kathie uses yoga therapy in conjunction with psychotherapy to help her students resolve past trauma and maintain an emotionally balanced life. She is well versed in Yoga Nidra and uses deep relaxation to help students find peace in their body, mind and soul. Kathie has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe, and Central America. In 2007, she spent six months living in an ashram while studying yoga therapy. While traveling in India, Kathie also completed a course in Ayurveda and completed a vipassana meditation retreat, where she was required to meditate and remain silent for 21 days. Her mission is to bring yoga to people from all walks of life and to help everyone achieve a peaceful mind and an open heart.
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 favorite 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 discovered hot yoga when my best friend convinced me to take a class in Oregon in 1999. I was hooked! But I lived in Calgary and there were no hot yoga studios in Alberta…. so I decided to change that. After a year of yoga practice and trainings I opened the first Hot Yoga Studio in Alberta (Calgary Hot Yoga) in 2001. I taught classes and owned and operated the studio for over 11 years. Over the years I’ve taken many trainings…..my favorite being the 2 ½ months I spent with Bikram Choudhury in his Hot Yoga Training Intensive. Last year I decided it was time to undertake a more carefree lifestyle so I sold my yoga studio. Now I continue to teach yoga (which I could never give up!) and focus on my Yoga Teacher Training Courses, which I’ve been conducting for 8 years. I also love spending time in Costa Rica, Nova Scotia and the Oregon Coast!
For me yoga is about opening the heart, challenging and healing the body, and calming the mind. I love teaching a strong sequenced class focusing on breath energy and synergy in the room. I am about accepting everyone for exactly who they are and where they are at in their yoga practice and life. I believe that practicing yoga makes us healthier, calmer, kinder and happier people. I live in beautiful Bragg Creek and have two amazing twin daughters who you may see on occasion in one of my classes!
I began practicing yoga initially for the physical benefits, but after 7 years I came to realize that it helps keep my life and relationships balanced. After practicing as a devoted student, I decided to take the opportunity to complete my teacher training and share my knowledge with others. I aim to show 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 figure skater, swimmer, distance runner, and softball player. I taught figure skating and swimming lessons, and also spent several summers as a whitewater rafting guide. 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, I studied psychology and business in university, and am currently finishing my undergrad degree in commerce.
When I’m not on my mat you can usually find me snowboarding in the mountains, traveling whenever (and wherever) possible, and spending time with my wonderful friends and family who’ve encouraged and supported me throughout this journey.
"Each 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!
With the encouragement of a best friend I attended my first hot yoga class. It wasn't a fun time lol. I was so resistant and closed off I couldn't understand why people willingly did this on a regular basis. I left the studio feeling frustrated and angry and disappointed. But there was this unrelenting feeling in the back of my mind that I couldn't let go of. There was something about this practice that my subconscious fell in love with even if the rest of me didn't seem to be on board. It was telling me that this was it. This is what you need. This is what you've been searching for. Something was telling me not to let this slip through my fingers. I had to give it another chance. I just had to go again.
I returned the very next day. This time coming to Breathe, the place that would change my life. There was no turning back. I loved it! Everything! The heat, the sweat, the way my body moved. Every class brought about illumination within myself. I could feel my inner light becoming brighter as I learned more about myself and my body. Everyday I could move farther in my poses, I could hold them longer and I could breathe deeper. I could push everything aside and focus on myself and my practice. I watched the pounds melt away, the frustration ease and serenity take hold as my true self, inside and out, began to come to the surface.
I am excited for every class, for every pose. I look forward to pushing my body to it's edge and watching that edge move farther. I love the challenge on my mind and body and the experience of testing my resolve while I hold each and every pose. For me, progression is key. You will never know your limits unless you push yourself to them.
Yoga has given me the balance I was missing in my life. It has shown me patience and an ability to breathe through uncomfortable situations. It has changed the course of my future and the way I live my life in the present. I would love nothing more than to introduce yoga to those of you like me who were missing something but just didn't know what that something was.
Believe me when I say it's true, I've waited all my life for you.
Possibly like most people, my journey to yoga is my life story. During my meditation journey, an intuitive informed me that my body held an incredible amount of tension and that in releasing the tension, information, intuition and energy would flow more freely throughout my body. I found this to be true and I’m very grateful for her advice.
So here I am, learning from my practice, to be strong and flexible in all aspects of life, requiring not only tolerance, but an acceptance of what is. It also requires a willingness to see the truth, to feel it, and to breathe through it, all the while remaining grounded and open, allowing the body and mind to come together and create healing through balance.
I look forward to guiding you in your journey.
My Yoga & Pilates journey began in the year 2000. After many years of daily practice, I decided to become a certified hot yoga teacher in 2008. Since then, I have been teaching full-time at various studios around Calgary. As my depth and passion for yoga continues to grow, I'm always looking forward to progressing and developing my practice and teaching styles and sharing them with each and every one of you.
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 journey with yoga began in 2004 when co-workers suggested I join them for a hot class. Having taken dance for most of my life I considered myself to be both fairly strong and flexible. Needless to say I was shocked at how challenging yoga could be. Over the next year or so I branched out and fell in love with the physicality of the Ashtanga practice. Without realizing it, my original desire for a physical workout expanded into a mental and emotional outlet as well. My mat has become a place to find balance and the best lesson I have learned so far is that what we experience on our mat can be applied to all aspects of our lives. "Embrace the challenge, don't brace for it."
I am truly blessed to have studied with Tracy Mann, Lerrita Rubinoff, and Tanis Fishman during my certification at the Yoga Passage in Calgary, Alberta. Their inspirational teachings only further fueled my love of yoga and my desire to absorb as much as I can, knowing that we are never done being students. Lerrita in particular helped me expand my understanding of the unique energies within us and I saw my path turn towards Reiki. My Level 1 and 2 Reiki certification opened me up to a new way of viewing the human body and just how much our everyday attitudes and energy can affect our physical being. I believe that yoga should always be enjoyable and lighthearted and I strive to maintain that truth in all of my classes.
I feel a deep gratitude to the amazing teachers and friends who have shared their knowledge and passions with me and I look to the future with an eager smile.
"It's all happening."
I have practised yoga for many years, but my true love for hot yoga began after a running injury challenged me to find an alternate way to exercise and rehab my injury. It was love at first practise. The breath, the strong pounding of my heart beat, and the sweat..oh the sweat!! I left feeling invigorated, inspired, challenged and ready to do it all over again. The more I practised the more I wanted to share this feeling with other people and for them to feel the same love and passion that I found with yoga.
So I travelled to Nosara, Costa Rica to do my 200hr interdisciplinary yoga training at Nosara Yoga Institute. I was lucky enough to spend 6 weeks there, breathing, stretching, meditating, falling deeper in love with yoga.
I am incredibly grateful for this daily practise called yoga that enlivens and awakens every cell in the body. Now I'm even luckier to share all these experiences with you! I invite you to come breathe, stretch, sweat, love and laugh with me.
Through the light in you, I see the light in me.
My journey with yoga began years ago, when I went to a yoga class to increase my flexibility, and ended up discovering a whole different world! I noticed that, along with physical changes, I began to feel more energized, positive, content, and over all felt healthier and balanced in all aspects of my life. My passion began to grow the more I practiced and studied yoga, which led me to take my first yoga teacher training in Toronto with Maureen Rae. Having completed Kinesiology and Education degrees, this course introduced me to an alternative approach to exploring the body and mind. Inspired by others, I completed Vinyasa training with Frog Lotus International and Pre/Post Natal yoga training with Janice Clarfield, committing to a life long practice and exploration of the ranges within yoga. Yoga enhances all areas of my life from adventure activities, to my strong relationships, to my passion for travel. I love sharing yoga with others, and watching the inspirational transformation it brings. Any style of yoga – from gentle restorative to strengthening power – creates beautiful balance between the body and the mind… leading a path of discovery, wholeness, and power from within.
Through yoga I have learned how to peel away the layers of tension, stress, anxiety, and fear which have masked my true self that was awaiting the day when it could shine pure and bright.
Yoga has taught me to heal myself, turn inward, find pleasure in stillness, and create a bond between my mind and body and my whole self with the beautiful energies that exist in this universe.
Yoga has created space in my heart and in my body for love, for movement, for grace, for strength, and for wisdom to grow and live day in and day out.
Yoga continues to inspire me to trust myself and the innate beliefs and intuitions that have always lived in me.
Throughout my existence I will continue to learn and grow as a yogini, a student of life and when I am honored enough to share with other lovely beings, a teacher.