My yoga practice truly took flight when I started training with my teacher Rameen Peyrow in 2012. To me SATTVA Yoga is about aligning body, breath and mind in a harmonious and balanced state. Once in this balanced state we can truly begin to live from an authentic and inspired place. Its through the practice of yoga that we can unite… begin a personal revolution or for some a complete rebellion. It is my dedication to my teacher as well as to my own practice that I hope to inspire, assist, guide and empower others through the practice of SATTVA Yoga.
My yoga journey began over 20 years ago but it wasn’t until I went to my first Yin/Yang class 5 years ago that I fell in love with Yoga. The class coincided during a period of personal growth and transformation I had embarked on, where I was seeking something deeper and more meaningful in my life. I became a dedicated practitioner; initially drawn to the practice for the physical benefits the love affair deepened to embrace the spiritual and meditative aspects. I felt peaceful and complete while practicing and wanted to share the richness of yoga with others. I took my YTT training at the Kripalu Centre for Health and Wellness in Stockbridge, MA and Trinity Yoga in Kelowna, BC.
I remain a student and life long learner attending numerous yoga classes weekly, meditation classes and Buddhist studies. Currently I am half way through a 2 year Yoga Therapy Certificate Program at Mt. Royal University.
I love sharing yoga and feel blessed each time I have the opportunity to teach a class. My style is deeply influenced by the Kripalu three-part practice. Know, Accept and Learn from your body. My intention is to enable the student to connect breath, movement and self-awareness. The primary focus is never about how deeply we move into a posture or how we look, it’s about being present and connected with our whole being and gracing ourselves with acceptance of who we truly are.
I fell in love with yoga in 2006, during a year spent sailing aboard a tallship. In an ever-changing environment, yoga helped to keep me grounded and offered an opportunity for profound personal growth.
I have always been fascinated with health and wellness, and the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Eager to explore more of what yoga had to offer; in 2008 I made the leap, and enrolled in yoga teacher training, with Calgary’s Yoga Passage. Following my training I moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia to pursue a degree in Health Promotion at Dalhousie University. Most recently, I completed a yoga therapy teacher-training program, based on the teachings and wisdom of Sri. T. Krishnamacharya. This yoga therapy program deepened my understanding and exploration of yoga in a very meaningful way. I am passionate about combining my background in Health Promotion with Yoga Therapy, with the intention of focusing on specific health issues, to meet the needs of the individual in the yoga practice.
I currently teach Yoga Thrive a research-based therapeutic yoga program for cancer survivors focused on rehabilitation post treatment and into survivorship.
My hope is to guide yoga practitioners to a place where they leave class feeling inspired and motivated about all that life has to offer. When you allow the breath to lead, your journey can lead you to a place of freedom and liberation. In the words of Desikachar, “If you can breathe you can practice yoga.”
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My passion is to help individuals to ‘live more in the present moment’. As the owner of www.balancequest.net, over the last decade I have been teaching mindfulness meditation to Olympic athletes, corporations and individuals. In my mindfulness classes my focus is to teach individuals how they can easily incorporate mindfulness into their daily lives.
My mindfulness journey began in 1999 after reading World-renowned Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s book “Peace is Every Step” I knew that I had found my teacher and that mindfulness would be my path. Within a month I was on a plane to study mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) at Plum Village Monastery in France. I have been blessed to go back to Europe many times to study with Thay and bring these teachings into my mindfulness meditation classes.
Practicing mindfulness has had a profound in my life, helping me to slow down and enjoy the present moment. As well as bringing much more inner peace, calmness and contentment into my daily life. It is with much joy that I pass on these mindfulness teachings and techniques to anyone whom chooses to participate in my classes.
“Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Introduced to meditation as a child and to the discipline of yoga as a young teenager, Marie-Ève went on to pursue a Degree in Philosophy of Religion and Dance Studies with a focus on mysticism (one’s innate connection to the divine), ritual, sacred dance and ancient wisdom traditions. A Certified Yoga Teacher currently pursuing her Masters in Counseling Psychology, Marie-Ève draws upon her varied background in the performing and expressive arts, spirituality and personal growth to craft her classes.
Marie-Ève teaches as a labor of love and aims to provide a safe space in class, allowing the practice to work its magic, meeting us wherever we’re at, so that we can re-member who we are through the shedding and gathering that is yoga. Through presence-based yoga practice and attending to ourselves deeply, Marie-Ève feels that we begin to integrate and metabolize our life experience, becoming more whole and in turn, we create lives that reflect who we truly are. A lover of wisdom, Marie-Ève is a gentle soul whose teaching style is described as magical and full of grace.
Yoga has had a presence in my life since 1998. As an active person, with a love for running, yoga was simply a way to prevent injury and to promote flexibility. However, in 2008, I was forced to stop running due to numerous injuries and severe anemia. It was at this time that yoga found me when I needed it most.
Yoga was the only activity that my tired body could tolerate. I committed to a regular practice and I quickly realized that yoga was something much deeper than stretching tired, achy muscles. I had initiated a process of “letting go” of everything that no longer served me, by connecting to my breath. My yogic journey into self- discovery had begun and the seeds of yoga had taken root in my heart. What has started as purely and asana (posture) practice, had blossomed into the desire to share my love and knowledge of yoga and its benefits with others.
I am very fortunate to have found my teacher, Rameen Peyrow, and his Sattva Yoga. I completed a 200 hour Teacher Training through The Sattva School of Yoga in March 2011. I am inspired daily my Rameen’s teachings and for this I am truly grateful. The more I let go of the past and expectations for the future, the more I soften into the present moment. Furthermore, I strive to show myself compassion on my mat so that it may resonate off of my mat and into the lives of my family, friends and so on. Through asana, pranayama (breathing) and meditation, I have been able to cultivate awareness for my body, breath and mind, and to find stillness. This is what I hope to share with my students.
I am on a path to embracing all that is good and wonderful in my life, especially my dharma (role) as a wife to David, and mother to Isabella and Simon. It is only because of the unwavering support of my husband and children that I am fortunate enough to be on this life –long journey. They are my true teachers and I am eternally grateful to them.
“Rest deeper into the inspired moments and act from this place.” Rameen Peyrow
I have discovered that yoga has given me the freedom that comes with a healthy body, mind and spirit. My practice has led me to explore a new spiritual path. Yoga has taught me that we never stop being students, I gain new insights every day through those I teach. My deep connection to this ancient tradition began in 1998 while I was living in California. It only took a few classes for me to realize the profound effect it was having in my life and that I needed to make it a priority. As I watched my transformation and was able to work through old injuries, I knew I wanted to share this with others and so I did my first teacher training with Bikram Choudray in ‘2000. Bikram and Hot yoga were a great platform for me to begin my studies. Today I strive to bring variety to my practice and teaching, I love it all! Hot yoga, Vinyasa, Yin and any opportunity to be in the moment breathing fully.
My main influences are in writings of traditional Hatha Yoga, as passed down through the Nath and Saraswati lineages in Northern India. These traditions place a lot of emphasis on understanding the Pranic (energy) or internal subtle body as the main point of focus in asana alignment and structure. I am also influenced heavily by writings in classical Raja Yoga, which approaches body experience through the workings of the mind. So I try and build mindful, strong, but slower flows that allow the practitioner an opportunity to work hard but also experience the deeper energetic and mental work of each posture.
Like many others, I left a life I had laid out ahead of me to further explore the practice of yoga and the world which is right now front of me. I approach the practice, in all of its manifestations, as a method for investigating the complex question of consciousness that seems to be at the root of all other questions.
In my short time with the practice, I have been especially captivated by its transformative capacity for rendering even the boldest complexities of life into subtle truisms of being. I understand teaching not as the passing on of practical knowledge; but rather, as the coming together of people to learn and share in the value of spiritual experience.
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My dance with Yoga began 7 years ago when my yogi sister suggested we try an Ashtanga class. I loved how physical it was. At the time all I cared about was a fitter body and being the best. The best meant being flexible and strong in my physical body. Oh sweet unknowing ego. It didn’t take long before I injured myself. So, I stopped practicing, cursed a few times, went to physio, and rolled up my mat.
A few years later with a different intention I rolled out a new mat. This time I wanted something deeper. I was watching my father leave this world and I needed some grounding. There must have been a whisper of more from before. This time I came to the mat humble and hopeful. This time I came to learn to let go. I came to stop, to be in the moment, and to breathe. I came to find peace and a deeper understanding of myself. Mind, body and soul.
Sweet gift. Slow Bloom.
In the Spring of 2009 I began my teacher training with my Guru Rameen Peyrow. In November of 2009 I became a certified Ashtanga Instructor.
Now, I come to my mat and I surrender my beliefs about myself. I surrender my thoughts. I attempt to be in the moment. I attempt to breathe deeply and move mindfully. I accept where I am at. Today. I accept what my body tells me. Impermanence. I observe. It is from this place I find my pose. I breathe in and look for expansion. I breathe out and find depth. Yoga is my guide. Each time I show up on my mat I learn. The depth is from the inside out. The poses have become my gateway to limitless growth and understanding.
So much gentler this time around.
I want to share this expansion, this gift of getting to know oneself. Not too many years ago I would never have believed that breath, poses, and awareness could do so much.
Until you really experience it for yourself how do you ever really know? Truly, I want everyone to know.
May we grow together.
What draws me most to yoga is the silence. Within that silence there is space to listen, observe, grow and move freely all within oneself.
My challenge and love is the slowing of thoughts to a place where you can begin to appreciate all things. To observe the beauty of breath is the most extraordinary experience.
The high of life is breath, breath …… ahhhhhhhh
The teachers that have influenced my teaching and passion for life are Rockne White, Nancy Gilgoff, Fiona Stang, Danielle Pechie, Julian Deck, Susi Hately-Aldous, Suzette O’Brien, Anne Cox, Gert van Leeuwen and my entire family, circle of friends and each and every one of my students.
My name is Kate and I am a Calgary based yoga teacher, Lululemon ambassador and a member of the Yoga Santosha Management team. I am a self-proclaimed fun enthusiast who seeks to learn, teach, travel and eat.
My practice started in a time of uncertainty in 2007 and yoga enriched my life so much that I decided to pursue it as a career. I started teaching in 2009 and it is absolutely one of the most amazing, fulfilling and fun jobs I have had the privilege of having. There is so much to learn, to share and to love in this world of ours extending beyond the confines of the mat.
I am lucky to have the opportunities I have had to travel around the world. The warmth and kindness from complete strangers even with language barriers certainly brightens my life. The world is a vibrant place and experiencing it firsthand is one of the deepest privileges I am honoured to have.
In the continual quest for knowledge, I have completed the 500 hour Moksha Yoga training, 200 hour New York Society of Yoga teacher training and have attended workshops with Madhuri Martin, Kate Potter, Ted Grand and Jessica Robertson, Noah Maze, Desiree Rumbaugh, Sianna Sherman/Ross Raymond, Dr. Edwin Bryant, Nicki Doane, Patrick Creelman in addition to having the honour of sitting with Srivasta Ramaswami at his workshop (the longest standing student of Krishnamacharaya, the father of modern yoga). Not to be discounted is the wealth of knowledge gained from self-practice in addition to the hundreds of students that grace me with their presence and teach me so much… and I’m not just saying that. ♥
I would love to see you on the mat to share a laugh together.
My yoga journey first began in the year 2000, when I discovered Ashtanga yoga. While I immediately loved the physical practice, it was the mental discipline that left me intrigued. Initially I wondered how everyone could just “lie there” at the end of the class. Didn’t they have things to do? I was there for my body. Little did I know the practice would transform my life! Yoga has softened my heart, opened my mind, and given me an abundance of gratitude. I hadn’t planned on it; it snuck up on me slowly, over many years. I had no expectation, and one day I realized WOW! I finally understood Savasana; there really is nothing else “to do”.
I embarked on my first teacher training in 2010 with Kim Wiebe. I am forever grateful to her for helping me find the discipline to stay connected to the practice. Without her I am sure I would not be teaching today. In 2012 I completed a second teacher training at the SATTVA School of yoga with Rameen Peyrow. Like many of life’s blessings I did not look for it, but there it was! SATTVA felt like coming home — deeply familiar yet subtly different. The connection deepened in the simplest yet most profound way. I continue to study with Rameen, and am grateful for his guidance and the gift of SATTVA.
Practice and all is comingSri K. Pattabhi Jois
The practice of yoga is vast and never ending; there is no bottom to how deep you can go. It penetrates all aspects of life. I am constantly finding new places, and it is my honor to guide other practitioners as we journey together.
Like many of us Yoga found me – in 2002, I had signed up for hip-hop dance lessons only to discover it wasn’t for me, so I switched to an introductory yoga class. From the moment I stepped onto my yoga mat I knew there was more depth to this practice.
Yoga although at times a struggle, was teaching me so much about myself. As I practiced regularly, slowly the benefits appeared. I felt a shift in my being and dove deeper into my yoga practice; opening up to meditation I began to discover the inner-peace my yoga teachers had spoke of.
Yoga called to me for several years & I knew in my heart I wanted to devote more time deepening my practice. After years in a somewhat hectic advertising & marketing career, I listened to my inner calling and completed the Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Intensive and found my Guru – Rameen Peyrow.
Yoga has truly changed my life and provided me with the strength and patience required on the path of self-discovery. I believe yoga transforms us from the inside out. As a student and teacher of yoga, I find peace when I come to my mat everyday – even while in a posture that may be more challenging I feel gratitude to be present in that moment, experiencing the true essence and beauty of yoga.
What lies behind us and what lies beyond us are tiny little matters compared to what lives in usThoreau
For many of us, yoga begins with the Asana practice then shifts into something much more profound – I believe this shift is what keeps us coming back to our mats. I am grateful for the opportunity to share this beautiful Union of Mind, Body and Soul with others and my hope is to provide guidance to my students as they embark upon their own personal yoga journey.
Yoga continues to teach me and bring me to the present moment creating a feeling of peace. My mantra of “Peace, Patience & Practice” sings in my heart everyday and my wish is to sprinkle it throughout my asana classes.
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
I was introduced to yoga on my first trip to India in 1996 and I have never looked back! It has been the only constant in a life full of change. It has provided the roots and grounding that I have needed during the ups and downs of this journey called life….
Ashtanga Yoga was my passion for many years, the beauty and intensity of this practice was what my body and mind seemed to crave. Four babies later, my body and mind both crave something different…. Today my passion is SATTVA yoga! It is also a strong and dynamic practice and is balanced with pranyama and meditation. You might also find me doing Yin Yang or whatever else it is that my body craves now!
I really love the stillness that comes during practice, the connectedness that is only possible through that stillness, the peace and serenity that you can reach when you aren’t living in the mind….
Connecting to the present moment through my practice is one of my most treasured and greatest gifts. It has helped me through bigger challenges than I had ever hoped to know or experience. This is a place that I teach from, as, in a sense, it saved me… Letting go of the past, not worrying about the future, but being right here, right now, in this moment.
I’ve had the honour and privilege of studying with many amazing people along the way, including Sri K Patthabi Jois, Tim Miller, Ron Reid, David Williams, Nancy Gilgoff, Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane, David Swenson, Fiona Stang and Julian Deck, Darby, and my ongoing teacher & friend, Rameen Peyrow.
I am eternally grateful for my three amazing children (and the one that has already passed on), they inspire me every single day and keep me real. They help me to be more patient and grounded, or at least give me good reason to work more on it! I also must mention my husband Alastair here as well…. Without his love and devotion, we would not have our beautiful studio, as he has put everything into building it from the ground up since 2007! I am especially grateful to him for all of his dedication and belief in what we are doing!!
I am incredibly appreciative for the beautiful yoga community that has blossomed around us at Santosha….. This wonderful community is a constant source of inspiration to all of us! Together we have seen many changes, and together, I am sure, we will see many more!
Every day is a new day and every practice a new practice, for that I am thankful. The present moment is the greatest gift that we all have and that is where I am always trying to be.
“He who binds to himself a Joy,
Does the winged life destroy,
He who kisses the Joy as it flies,
Lives in Eternity’s sunrise.”
~The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Keli has been in Alternative Medicine for over 10 years. She spent 10 years as a Medic, in Emergency Medicine, when a momentous event occurred. In 1997, she treated a patient who was mauled by a black bear. This event changed her life and led her down a very different path. She has been studying and mentoring with several teachers over the years…looking for keys for trauma. In 1998, she met a man who impacted her life quite profoundly, namely Manfred Lucas. Keli went on to study with him, becoming his shamanic apprentice for many years. (Shamanic healing).
In 1999, she went on to study Huna (Hawaiian healing), and chakra balancing. Graduating from Foothills College in 1998,
Keli began her career as a therapist at an Integrative Health Clinic. She went on to train in different healing modalities/styles of healing: Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Swedish Massage, Energy Medicine (Chakra Balancing), Advanced Theta healing, Huna, and Shamanic Healing. Keli is available for private sessions and teaches Energy Medicine and Shamanic healing.Book with Keli Now!
Certified in Massage Therapy in 2005, Lavanya has over 6 years experience in Holistic Wellness. She obtained a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary and is also a certified Yoga teacher. Lavanya’s training and focus on healing in deep tissue massage, therapeutic and thai yoga massage allows clients to feel restored and renewed. She has created a peaceful and compassionate environment to provide each individual with a deeply nourishing mind, body and soul experience.
As a yoga instructor and avid pilates practitioner, Lavanya is passionate about the understanding of anatomy, biomechanics and energy systems that create tensions and discomfort in the body. She is gifted at listening and moving the body to release and open up to ones potential.
“Lavanya finds the places in my body I didn’t even realize needed some life and deep energy put into. I leave feeling like I have had a week long retreat at the spa. I am amazed that such a radiant soft spoken woman has such a deep effortful touch to get into the really blocked spots. The uniqueness of Lavanya’s sessions is what goes unsaid, the space she holds in the room makes me feel like she is aware of and feels so much of what I am feeling without having to have words about it”. Christine Cox
“When I displaced my tailbone, the only person I wanted to see was Lavanya Kalathil.” Colleen PoundBook with Lavanya Now!
My passion for massage came gradually starting with my interest in aromatherapy when my children were young. I use essential oils for both medicinal and therapeutic purposes and I am amazed at how powerful and effective they are. That is what inspired me to take a 250 hour aromatherapy course and followed soon after by a course on reflexology.
Massage therapy was the natural progression in my practice and I found myself instantly in love and fascinated with this modality. Upon completion of my course I worked at a spa for one year and then transitioned to a chiropractic clinic along with corporate massage.
My most recent training has been in therapeutic hot and cold stone massage and I have just started Sattva yoga training with Rameen. Although the yoga training is not completely massage related there are a number of parallels in both practices of which I can see how the yoga training is benefitting my massage practice.
I sincerely love what I do and I feel blessed by the clients Iʼve been privileged to work with. There is nothing more rewarding than to send your client home feeling renewed, healed and relaxed.Book with Melissa Now!
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