Hey! Erin Here, 

For as long as I can remember I’ve seen yoga as more than just a practice. Yoga is, and always will be, an expression of my soul. The way that I practice, teach and speak about yoga is integrated in almost every aspect of my life.

My desire to live a yogic lifestyle emerged as a reflection of my parents influence, and here my passion to teach was born. As yogis themselves, my parents taught me the art of living with intention. As a promise to myself, and a promise to my community – i intend to live fully, to teach deeply, to practice generously and to love without exception.

  

Yoga to me is self love in the fullest form – it is coming home to yourself over and over again no matter how many times you leave or forget who you are.

Hi I’m Kurt,

My journey to yoga came about through the avenue of philosophy and spiritual experience. I was raised in a family that encouraged the study of spirituality, and my first exposure to yoga was reading the Bhagavad Gita at the age of 13.

 

At the time, I didn’t quite grasp the concept and message but I knew it would come back into my life when I was ready.

Today, I am a yogi first, and a teacher second. I teach just like I practice, with mindful attention and the intention of deepening self-awareness. Our body, breath, and mind can be our greatest teachers if we learn to listen.

My name is Makenzie.

To me, yoga is the essence of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well being. Honed over a decade of personal yoga practice, I have discovered that the root of both contentment and happiness lay within the realm of the ever evolving yoga practice. 

My classes explore the balance between proper postural alignment, prana and meditation. I have an anatomical yet spiritual approach to guiding yoga, I encourage practitioners to go deeper than what is on the surface, and explore the true connection to their being.

Having struggled with depression, anxiety and addiction in my past, Yoga and mindful contemplation have helped me overcome self-doubt and shame, I am able to transcend these negative perceptions that serve no purpose into genuine acceptance and self love.

I am honoured to guide you through your journey of self discovery.

 

Shanti

Hey! I’m Rob!

I was first introduced to Yoga by my sister as a way to get into meditation to help deal with everyday stress. It didn’t take long for me to feel the benefits the practice has to offer. Opposite to many, I took my first teacher training program …

only having taken a handful of classes, knowing almost nothing about yoga asides to that it made me feel good. As the training progressed, something that was once so weird & foreign became the entire focus of my life. Shortly after the program I quit my full time job as an auto mechanic and jumped at any teaching opportunity I could get. Now you can find me sharing my practice around the city.

My classes consist of complex, creative & fluid movement that help you develop a strong sense of body awareness while keeping you connected to the present moment. Expect a challenging class, guided by a calm energy where you will move your body safely in all different kinds of ways.

Hello! I’m Cassie.

I’m passionate about connection – to myself, my body, the people I meet and the greater world.

 

I love to lead people through a meaningful flow, connecting breath with movement and incorporating inner personal work that we can take with us off the mats and into the rest of our lives. Personally, I have and continue to heal immensely through the yoga practice, and I think everyone deserves that opportunity. That’s why I started up my nonprofit, Warrior Yoga, which provides community-funded yoga targeted at those who are typically left out of the yoga community.

 

Hope to meet you soon!

Hi I’m Danni,

I was originally attracted to yoga because I was amazed by all the beautiful shapes people could make with their bodies.
After practicing for a few months, I found it wasn’t the physical benefits that kept me coming back; practicing yoga had a very positive effect on my overall mental health.

Yoga has given me the tools that I needed to become a better version of myself and to live a much more peaceful life.
I have five years experience teaching gymnastics and I incorporate some of these skills and drills into my yoga classes. I like to teach very slow, powerful, and intentional classes; allowing my students to get know their bodies.

I challenge them to step outside of their comfort zone and strive to leave them feeling empowered. I constantly remind students to let go of self-judgment and encourage them to practice with an open mind and heart.

Meet Ro,

Ro Nwosu brings together a unique combination of high energy athleticism and focused mindfulness to offer you a well rounded, balanced and healthy lifestyle, no matter your body type, fitness level or mobility.  Dynamic and experienced as a registered Yoga teacher, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, and fitness instructor she is familiar with the challenges that come with injuries and is a firm believer, that even with limited mobility or experience, everyone can live actively.

Engaging and energetic, Ro is all about making movement a fun experience and she believes in body diversity, meaning it doesn’t matter the size or the shape, everyBODY is meant to move. She is real about her moments with yoga, family life and more.

Hey, I’m Nora! 

Yoga is the gift that keeps on giving. It has taught me to trust the process in times of challenge and in times of ease.

The best lessons are the ones you uncover in your practice, so that you can carry that awareness off the mat into every day life. I teach yoga to create this space for discovery and bliss, to allow people to flow in their clarity and mystery through motion and breath.

Yoga is an opportunity to be reminded of your brightest being – it has been my strength and release all at once, and I hope to guide you to that sensation in your practice. See you on the mat. 

Hey y’all, I’m Jess!

I have been teaching yoga in Ottawa since 2012 and am devoted to a mindful and meditative approach to the practice. My aim is to provide an active and fluid practice in which the busyness of the mind can be met with movement.

 

A few years back, I was fortunate to spend a summer in Boulder studying with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor – their light-hearted approach is a daily inspiration for me both in life and in mat practice.

 

In my class you will receive frequent cues to return to a quiet mind and pick up tidbits from my favourite teachers and teachings. As a Life Coach and a forever spiritual student, I am thrilled to be teaching in a time of so much receptivity and spiritual growth.

 

Can’t wait to see you on the mat!

Hey I’m Lauren!

 

I’ve moved around the world a lot and my yoga practice has always been my constant to keep me grounded. I have been teaching yoga in Ottawa since 2016.

As a high school phys-ed teacher, I not only incorporate yoga into my lessons, I am also currently writing my M.Ed thesis on the benefits of yoga for school teachers. At the end of a stressful day-it’s exactly what I need. Flow is my passion – using my background in Human Kinetics I create safe, creative and functional movement sequences for all levels.

 

I’m Ayesha, 

Hi there, I’m Laura!

My teaching style has been described by students as having a lot of heart and very little ego. I encourage observation of the body without judgement, and fully embracing where one is in their practice. I focus on designing creative and dynamic flows led by the breath.

I incorporate structurally safe drill-style movements that help to limber up the fascia and that promote fluidity and ease through the joints. Cultivating fundamental strength safely and mindfully is very important, so expect some challenging but accessible power in my classes. My adjustments are always gentle, and I love giving savasana massages!

A little about my history: Yoga found me in my mid-twenties, and I fell in love immediately. I practiced primarily Hatha at home for nearly four years before mustering the courage to go to a studio. That first studio class changed my life’s course completely. No joke, it was the single worst class I’ve ever attended, and I am grateful! I released my fear and realized that I could teach, and that I desired to be of the best service I can as a yoga teacher. Several months later I did a 200hr Hatha TT at Rama Lotus under the exceptional teachings of Diana Buxban and Abe Cartland. A year later, I completed a 40hr Yin TT at Pure Yoga, learning under the fantastic Genevieve Munro and Tiffani Harris. My personal practice and understanding of the functional objectives of the asanas also greatly strengthened when I started a Mysore practice at Astanga Yoga Ottawa. Credit goes primarily to my main Guruji Janice DeFilippi, though the entire teaching crew have been so kind, knowledgeable, and helpful.

Hello, I’m Beth.

I am a keen yoga student, a proud mother of 3 (including Erin), a grandmother and a retired high school teacher. I’ve been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation in Kingston, Ontario for over two decades and am now joyfully devoting myself to teaching yoga full time.

My first Vipassana (Insight) meditation retreat was in 1991, while my initial yoga teacher training was in Shivananda in 1998. Subsequently I’ve completed teacher trainings in Vipassana Meditation (Shinzen Young), The Enlightenment Intensive (Lawrence Noyes), The Work (Byron Katie), Yin Yoga, Moksha/Modo Yoga, Moksha/Modo Flow; and most recently at the Ghosh Yoga College in Kolkuta, India where I became a certified Yoga Therapist.

I love the sense of warm hearted community created in a yoga class when everyone focusses and moves together with the breath. This group energy leads to a synchronization through the cycles of (sometimes unforeseen) challenge and deep relaxation. To me, it feels like the rejuvenating rhythms of nature and reminds me that yoga is as much about about “undoing” as it is doing. This undoing ultimately reveals the wise intelligence inherent in our own bodies, an intelligence we can learn to depend on and trust. 🙏. I hope to yoga with you soon.

Hi! I’m Jaclyn

I started my daily yoga practice “alone”, following videos in my apartment. Putting aside 45 minutes(ish) a day to illuminate my body.  As well as body awakening, this short time expressing asana granted me space to practice grace, integrity, loving kindness, and compassion. Outside of those 45 minutes, my mind had space, to explore and experience what practice means, and what re-framing ourselves and our energy can do.

It took me almost a year of daily practice before I brought myself to a studio space, where unexpected developments in my life waited for me. For my 25th birthday I flew to Chamonix, France to do my 200hr teacher training with world renowned teacher, Talia Sutra, and continue to be blessed with opportunities in this beautiful life.

My practice is honest and authentic. It’s fun, well intended, and it works. I am eternally grateful to have space to share, and look forward to shining brighter with all of you.

love and all is coming

Hey, I’m Mel,

I found yoga 15 years ago. It gave me relief from various pains in my body from overuse, and then, by neglect during the intensity of motherhood. I loved how my body felt after the physicality of the asanas but I was most captivated by how I felt calmer, lighter, and more grounded after a class; I was more present and patient when I returned home to my children.

As a highschool teacher, I felt drawn to sharing yoga’s positive benefits on mental health and wellness with my students, in a safe and compassionate setting. My teaching style is most often gentle and accommodating, incorporating functional movements, enhancing mobility, with a long warm- up and a long savasana.

I am constantly learning and growing alongside my students on and off the mat, finding the breath, living in the present moment, feeling empowered by movement and stillness. I am passionate about welcoming all people to yoga; I am committed to make it a safe, positive, and accessible space.

 

Hi, I’m Linnea

Hey, I’m Selina.

 

As a yoga teacher and holistic health practitioner, I’m fascinated by the connection between the nervous system, digestion and mental health. I began practicing yoga in 2009 to heal and connect with my body. I immediately fell in love and knew that this practice would be part of my life forever.

 

Today, I teach yoga to help others reset their over-stimulated nervous systems. I see yoga as a philosophy, a lifestyle and a tool to help us connect with ourselves and manage our energy so we can show up purposefully. Yoga allows us to go inward and listen to our greatest source of wisdom – our bodies.

 

My yoga classes are slow and challenging with a focus on deep breath. You’ll leave feeling refreshed, reconnected and accomplished. As a teacher, my mission is to guide you to be more self-aware and self-compassionate so you can have a deeper relationship with your body, your intuition, and yourself.

Hi, I’m Lauren

Yoga found me in university when I was struggling with stress and my mental health was suffering. It became the peaceful place I needed when I was feeling overwhelmed and helped me feel at home with myself instead of scared of myself. Now, as a yoga teacher, I strive to offer that same sense of home and belonging to my students.

I’ve recently trained in the Feelosophy Yoga method, which focuses on safe and supportive touch and discussion. The goal of my teachings and this method is to foster a connection to oneself and build community. It’s a journey but I welcome you to join me on it!

Hi I’m Shauna 

I love to both practise and teach a variety of styles, but fun and fluid vinyasa sequences are by far my favourite. I strive to include a good balance of strength, flexibility and mobility work in every class. I completed my 200h teacher training in Indonesia, learning from two very knowledgable and skilled teachers; Aleysha Derksen and Jenna Switzer. Aleysha’s thoughtful and creative sequencing combined with Jenna’s passion for anatomy inspired me to create unique, challenging classes while always considering safe movement and accessibility for students of all levels.

The practices of yoga and meditation have impacted my life in many positive ways, and I truly cherish every opportunity to share these benefits with others. As I guide through movements, I often remind students to release expectations, tune into their mind and body, acknowledge and accept however they have shown up, and simply allow the practice to become whatever they need in this moment. I hope to show students that the mat is a safe space, encouraging curiosity and exploration that is free of judgement.

Hi I’m Josh,

For me yoga is a fusion of my lifestyle and practice. The energy you cultivate on the mat often transcribes into your personal experience on all other plains.
I put a great emphasis on heart openers and breath as I guide you to moments of greater vulnerability, laying the groundwork for unadulterated connection within. Sometime’s the practice is playful and sometimes introspective but I can promise one thing when you leave my class you’ll feel something.

My style is eclectic and takes inspiration from all forms of yoga. I tend to use music not as a distraction but as a powerful force that helps surpass inhibitions on the mat. Looking forward to moving and grooving with all of you! Peace & Love.

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