Owner of Yoga in Bowness, Rise & Shine, and Kundalini Yoga teacher
I believe yoga is a way of life. A practice that can be integrated into everything you do, to create better balance and greater contentment on, and more importantly off your mat. For me, yoga has brought a great sense of contentment, confidence, and ease to my life that was beyond what I could have ever comprehended. I hope to instill this in my students and help them to find a practice with yoga that betters their lives in a subtle but powerful way.
My introduction to yoga was a very informal one, with no ideas of what it was or would be. I went to my first class when I was 12 years old, and though I laughed through much of the short practice in the carpeted living-room of a small home, something stuck with me. Following high-school and throughout university (where I earned my Bachelors of Management), I continued to seek out classes and practice yoga in gyms, community centers, church halls, office board-rooms, and at home. It became clear this practice would continue to have a presence and impact in my life, and I hoped to eventually use my business degree towards a path in yoga and wellness.
Following this passion, I’ve continued to build my practice and knowledge of yoga for many years, exploring a variety of approaches and teachers. In 2012, I completed my first 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Ashtanga yoga with Jeff and Harmony Litchy. My interest in neurology and biology drew me to take a 25-hour Yoga Nidra training with Tanis Fishman in 2013, and a 50-hour Anatomy and Critical Alignment Therapy training with Danielle Pechie in 2014.
After many years of owning a business, and being a sole owner-manager-everything person, I felt myself drawn to a practice that was more effective at supporting the physical systems, and mental faculties in managing stress – which for me was Kundalini yoga. In 2016, I began my 250-hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training with Devinder Kaur, Dev Saroop & Guru Raj Kaur, and completed the course in 2017.
I continue to practice and teach many styles of yoga, and can appreciate all that each approach brings to the student. No matter what style or class I'm teaching, there is the same underlying philosophy and beliefs thread through them all. I truly believe that yoga is for everyone, and that everyone can find an approach to yoga that is suitable to & supportive for their current circumstances, to create more peace and harmony in their whole lives.
From teaching informal classes to friends, to running classes at a community center, and then opening my own studio in 2014, and continuing through to today, one of the most important aspects of yoga for me, has always been about creating connection and community. I was lucky to move into the community of Bowness in 2011, and immediately fell in love with all that this diverse community has to offer. You can often find me biking down mainstreet, walking along the river with my dogs, or shopping and meeting friends at one of our great local businesses. I continue to live in Bowness, and LOVE being Bownesian, and supporting this great community through the teachings and practice of yoga.
Nellie Big Bull
My yoga journey began in 2009. I was a new mom, and experiencing all the joys and lows of life in a new reality. My closest friend reached out to me and suggested we take a beginner’s yoga class together. From there, my yoga practice became something that I could count on to ground me in myself, teach me about myself, and help me grow within myself. I practiced pretty much daily for a year or so, and then a series of events took me away for a while. I was in the full stream of life and having a real (messy) human experience. The lows became lower and I experienced challenges that were unexpected, uncomfortable, and to be honest, totally unwelcome. I didn’t know at the time that I was being shaped; that my rough edges were being softened out, so that I could venture into a new era in my life’s path. I lost my practice of yoga for a while and at the same time I was losing little bits of myself. I also didn’t know at the time that those little bits would return to me in great waves of healing and transformation in the years to come. And they have. I have been so blessed with an amazing child, an amazing group of people around me who teach me everyday HOW to be the woman I know the Universe knows I can be, and I say ecstatically, the BEST job in the world. The Universe clearly knew that yoga was a great Truth for me because it has placed me in this role in the heart of the best community in Calgary, getting to work and serve the coolest, kindest, realest people in the world. As a Bownesian at heart and a yogi for life (but mostly just for today), it is the greatest gift and opportunity to be entrusted with the responsibility of caring for this studio and for all of you.
Strength & Balance, Yoga for Backs, and Yoga for Kids teacher
I can honestly say that I am the happiest and most fulfilled I have ever been and it feels great! I credit my practice for this. I found yoga ten years ago and have been captivated by the practice ever since. Teaching is an honour for me, it is more than a career, it is a lifestyle, something to practice every moment of the day on and off the mat especially when no one is watching. My teachings are simple offering a perspective of where I am at that point in my life. I feel most connected and grounded when I teach. It brings me great joy to be in like-minded spaces with inspired people who radiate with light.
Bridgette's yoga journey began back in 1998 while at theatre conservatory in Chicago. She began her studies in the Iyengar style and found herself in an apprenticeship which led her to teaching. In 2005 she took her first teacher training in the Anusara style in Chicago. In 2008 she was living in NY and discovered ISHTA Yoga which is where she found her yoga home. She got her 500hr RYT with Yogiraj Alan Finger and his senior teaching staff and has been studying with them for the past 6years. She has been blessed to have studied and taken master classes with Kofi Busia, Seane Corn, Martin and Jordan Kirk, Noah Maze, Sharon Salzberg, Krishna Das, Judith Hanson Lasater, and many others. She also worked with world renowned Ayurvedic Dr.'s Pratima Raishur and Dr. Pankaj Naram. ISHTA Yogais the integrated science of hatha, tantra, and ayurveda. ISHTA also means that which resonates with the individual spirit. Her classes are taught in a way that allows you to bring yourself into balance within a group setting. We are all unique in our bodies and our breath and it is so with our practice as well. Our breath is our greatest teacher, if we listen to it and are mindful of it, transformation is possible. When the mind is quiet we can tap into the universal consciousness, see the truth, and find peace. There will always be modifications, props, lessons in alignment, pranayama, meditation and some chanting in her classes. Bridgette has been trained in restorative, pre-natal yoga, and teaches mom and baby yoga. She believes that yoga is and should be accessible to every body.
Follow Bridgette's journey on her website: http://bridgette-shawbane.squarespace.com/
Restorative-Nidra teacher, and Artist in Residence.
I am in love with the art and science of yoga. Though I originally sought out yoga to support my physical body in performing activities (as an avid snowboarder and mountain biker), what I found was so much more. My fascination with the science behind yoga comes from my work experience as a Primary Care Paramedic. I love understanding and learning how yoga can be used as a way of preventing illness and injury, for mental and physical healing. As an artist, I find the benefits of yoga spread into my work on canvases as well. The art of yoga, and my connection to yoga, are much like painting. I get to explore all of my emotions, to become comfortable with the uncomfortable, and allow myself to connect to and express my true authentic self. I am also the “ Artist in Residence” at Yoga in Bowness and feel connected and inspired by this community.
I’ve expanded my knowledge of this connection through continued trainings: taking my formal 200 hr teacher training in 2015 in Costa Rica; a 50 hr Yoga Nidra certificate with Bridgette (Shaw-Bane); essentials of Trauma-Informed Yoga therapy; Trauma Sensitivity training; Advanced Psychological First Aid; and am also a Trainer for the Mental Health Commission of Canada as a Road to Mental Readiness Facilitator.
I have a strong passion for self-study and the use of yoga on and off the mat. How we can implement these ancient teachings into work and home life to create balanced, is a big part of what I share in my classes. I’m honored to share these lessons with you. My intention for teaching is to create a safe space for you to explore all that yoga offers.
Stay connected to Teresa and all of her endeavors on her website: http://www.teresacoulter.com/
Hips'n Hammies, and Yoga Flow teacher
My deep love and reverence for the practice of yoga began back in 2006 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 continually inspired an ever-growing relationship with my own 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 and dynamic environment for students to discover their own journey with the practice, both on and off the mat. Learn more about Breanna, and all of her wonderful offerings on her website: http://www.breannamorandi.com/
Prenatal, and Baby & Me teacher
Sara is a 200 hour Canadian Yoga Alliance recognized RYT, with over 200 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 Pre and Post-Natal, Ashtanga, Critical Alignment Therapy (holding her Level 4 certification from Gert van Leeuwen), as well as Yin and Myofascial Yoga, 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 6 and 4) 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.”
Christine carr (Cox)
Integrated Vinyasa Yoga, Breath & Restore, and Liberated Practice teacher
Christine Carr has been teaching yoga since 2001. Teaching classes, workshops and teacher trainings in Canada and the US. Before teaching yoga Christine was a Contemporary dancer and choreographer. Christine holds a BA in Dance from the University of Calgary as well as a Diploma in Natural Nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Christine is dedicated to the study of mindfulness and varying facets of Hatha Yoga. Christine has crossed the globe studying yoga with many amazing teachers including Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamy, Michael Stone, Donna Farhi and David Swenson. It has been Christine's passion through teaching and practice to fuse the layers of creativity and discipline to explore the fullest potential of physical and mental strength and wellness.
Learn more about Christine and her unique approach to yoga on her website: www.integratedmovementyyc.com
Just Yin, and Boomers Yoga teacher
I left behind the corporate world and fully embraced yoga at the age of 50 making the journey to the Kripalu Centre for Yoga & Health in 2011 for my YYT. I began teaching yoga in 2012 and expanded upon my initial training by taking the 500 hr. Certified Yoga Therapist course at Mt. Royal University.
My initial lure to the mat remains the same; to improve the lives of others by sharing the magic of yoga. My teaching style is deeply influenced by the Kripalu three-part practice of know, accept and learn from your body. My personal objective in every class is to have everyone leave feeling even just a little bit better than before they came.
To learn more about Leanne's background and approach to yoga, visit her website: www.mindfreedom.ca
Rise & Shine, and PowerAlign teacher
Rachel is a lively individual who lives life to the fullest. Her smile will inspire you to try something new and awaken a sense of self you never knew existed. She is a happy and light hearted individual which comes through in all her classes. Her enthusiasm and energy for life shines through with each smile she delivers. Her respectful attitude spreads to all sentient beings and her professional manner is noticed through her endeavors.
She recently spent 6 months in India studying at several ashrams across the county to expand her knowledge of yoga and meditation. Rachel is recognized with Yoga Alliance as a RYT-500 as she recently completed her next level of certification while travelling. She has a passion to share her love for yoga through dynamic sequencing and by creating an experience which allows the client to take the teachings presented in class off the mat and incorporate them into their daily life.
She lives with an open heart to the beat of her own drum. She has the ability to inspire and change the lives of her students, friends and family. According to Rachel “Yoga no longer is just a physical practice, yoga is life. Yoga is the relationships we have with our loved ones and it is the relationship we carry with ourselves. Yoga is not only practiced on the mat, it is practiced in our day to day life."
Check out Rachel's website at www.rachelannyoga.com
Meagan’s exploration of yoga began with a prenatal class she attended over 14 years ago. She went based on a doctor’s recommendation thinking it might be nice to do a ‘little stretching’ and was captivated by it’s many benefits, especially those beyond the physical. Certified through Yoga Passage in 2009 (200 hours), she has studied various styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Anusara, and Kundalini. In 2010, Meagan’s passion for the health of moms and babies compelled her to pursue training in pre- and post-natal yoga and a career as a Doula. In 2014, Meagan completed 300 additional hours of teacher training, “Attune to Remember” under the tutelage of senior teachers Ally Bogard, Tanis Fishman and Celeste Needham. This training radically altered her perception of what this practice really is and has infused her teaching with both meaning and simplicity. Influenced by her background in Psychology, and Calgary’s community of brilliant yogis, Meagan is a knowledgeable guide. A student first, she believes the key to effective teaching is humility. Drawing on ancient wisdom from many different schools of yoga, she favours an individualized approach to asana, recognizing that we arrive on our mats with a diversity of life experiences, anatomies and physiologies. Her approach emphasizes the connection between movement and breath, body and mind. To her, the beauty of yoga practice can be distilled to present moment awareness, and unity consciousness, or, put more simply, love.
Follow Meagan's journey on her website: http://www.ombabycalgary.com/
Gentle Flow & Restore and Yoga Thrive Teacher
I first discovered yoga after attending an intro class at a local studio here in Calgary and had never felt so at ease connecting with my breath for the first time. In 2012, I went on to complete my 200 hour teacher training and since then have received my Yoga Nidra Certificate with Tanis Fishman and level one certification of the Critical Alignment Therapy training with Gert Van Leeuwan. Amidst it all, I was also fortunate enough to live in New Zealand for a year where I experienced life in a Satyananda Ashram for 2 months. As a teacher, it is amazing to witness how the practitioners start to trust the beat of their hearts and move to the sound of their on breath as they transform and let go. We truly learn some of our deepest life lessons right on our mats by the energy that is created and released. I am forever grateful for the many teachers I have had along the way who have taught me to soften into the hard spots and to recognize my own light. Yoga has changed my life and I am so blessed to have the opportunity to pay this beautiful gift forward.
Yin & Restore teacher
When I first became a student of yoga over 12 years ago, I initially wanted a different workout, a way to build muscle that didn’t involve the gym. I quickly came to see the magic of yoga, and how it works on your body and your mind. Two years ago I finally took the plunge and became a yoga teacher because I wanted to share that magic with others. I believe that if you’re moving and breathing with intention, then you’re practicing yoga. I enjoy offering classes that allow students to listen to their own bodies and use movement, stillness, and breath to reconnect to themselves on the mat.
Rise & Shine teacher
Tahl Ghitter-Kalsi first began yoga during a trip abroad. She had been living and teaching in South Korea and ventured to Thailand to embark on a journey to healthy living to embrace all things holistic, including yoga. What she experienced was nothing short of a love affair and for the first time, a new way to live. So inspired she began teaching and practicing with anyone who wanted to, and just two short years later became certified in a traditional lineage of hatha yoga in India. She continued to teach, train and study various styles of yoga across Asia, India, and the middle east before finally repatriating to Canada. Now, with over 5 certifications, 1250 hours of yoga alliance teacher training, 13 years of experience and 1000+ hours of teaching, she continues to learn and evolve with the practice. As we grow, and life changes, so does the practice and we can constantly learn new things. Just as we think we have life pegged, something new changes it up, and it is with the lessons of yoga, that Tahl has been able to meet life's ever growing challenges. A mother of a toddler and an avid crafter, she feels blessed to make her living with yoga and art. She is truly grateful to be able to hold space for a growing community of yoga practitioners to create that time and space in their day for their well-being.
Darshan Jot Kaur - wendy modeland
Kundalini Yoga teacher
Darshan Jot Kaur is a KRI Certified Level One Kundalini Yoga Instructor and a graduate of the Beyond Addictions program, and the Radiant Child Yoga program. She is presently continuing her studies in Level Two Kundalini Yoga, completing Authentic Relationships, Conscious Communication and Mind and Meditation. Darshan Jot has opened her heart and mind to the completion of Level Three, The 21 Stages of Meditation.
Darhan Jot began her Kundalini Yoga adventure by having a desire to embark on a journey to a sacred spiritual place guided by a higher source. Her desire is to have peace and happiness with a knowing she was finally home through the discovery of Kundalini Yoga and self love, has been a gift and has been a continuum of self discovery.
Darshan Jot invites you to open your heart and surrender yourself to the possibility of being inspired. Allow the teachings of Kundalini Yoga to take you on a journey of your own experience and awareness of the “Self”, bringing peace, love and light to your body, mind and spirit.
Kundalini Yoga teacher
The age old question, “What do you DO?”. I often struggle with this question, as though the thing that provides us our livelihood is all that makes is who we are. I also have rarely had a “real job”, and the titles always seem to fall flat to describe myself. I do many things to occupy my time and generate income. I create artwork in various form, I cook, I raise my son, I practice and share Tea as Meditation, and am a student and teacher of yoga. A good friend of mine once said Iʼm a “multi-talented-Creatrix”! I do my best to live yoga. I try to hold space and have compassion for all. The two legged, the four legged, the swimming, the flying, the creeping and the crawling. I do my best to recognize the other as myself.
Kundalini yoga came into my field a little under 3 years ago when I took my 1st class with Ashley Reed. It was in a dark period of my life, but despite my circumstances, this practice elevated me and I felt better than ever. It was a feeling of coming home to Myself.
After practicing nearly every day for several months, I knew I wanted to take a teacher training. As circumstances had it, I took two kundalini yoga teacher trainings in the same year, followed by a year of acting as a mentor for another teacher training. These two years where incredibly transformative for me! I have been sharing these teachings and technologies ever since. This practice is a huge part of my and my family’s life, and I witness the powerful effects from it on a daily basis.
I am always honoured to share these sacred tools that have been so pivotal in my journey and direction of my life.
Rise & Shine teacher
Joanna has been teaching Yoga for 6 years in Calgary. Her foundation is in the Iyengar Style of Yoga and she has also trained in Anusara-Inspired, Yin Yoga, Critical Alignment Therapy Level 2, and Yoga Nidra. Yoga has played a major role in her personal journey of healing and transformation. She inspires her classes with the wisdoms, experience and knowledge she has gained from her teachers and personal experience of soul growth. Joanna also has a passion for sound healing, and often incorporates Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls into her classes. She brings aspects from all of her training to create a space of self-exploration and awareness unique to each individual in the practice of Yoga.