is a Certified Yoga Teacher. She has been practicing for 20 years and teaching for more than 15. She was initially taught by an Iyengar trained teacher (alignment and detail-oriented) and then certified by a Kripalu inspired teacher (focusing on the right alignment for your body), Christie:
- trained at Mohawk College in the ACE Personal Fitness Trainers program in 1999
- in 2002 took Yoga Teacher Training with Denise Davis Gains at Atlas Yoga Studio (200 hrs)
- has completed her first level of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy
- has completed her training in Thai Yoga Massage with Drew Hume of Navina Thai Yoga Therapy
- completed Vinyasa Teacher Training with Seane Corn in October 2014 at 889 Yoga
Having worked with wonderful teachers as well as hundreds of clients – Christie is adept at making yoga accessible for just about any population. From individuals in need of therapeutic applications, to athletes in training, or larger groups in schools and the workplace, Christie fluently incorporates her well-rounded knowledge of the physical, psychological, and spiritual practice of yoga into her teaching and life.
Christie seeks to live with intention and teach in truth. Facilitating a community space for yoga and creativity has been a dream come true.
Jill Finbow, CYT
Jill’s love affair with yoga began in England where she first learned the art of surrender and the beauty of being present in the moment. Awestruck by her experience of the powers of the breath and its potency during childbirth, Jill began to envisage herself passing on the secrets of a sweet pre-natal practice.
Her aim is to support and guide other women as they prepare for their own passage into parenthood, helping them to feel more comfortable in their ever-changing bodies and to move through their labour using breath and postures to remain relaxed and in control.
Jill tunes in to her creative power and brings joy and light into the lives of others. Her contagious smile and dancing eyes bring comfort to her students. Her calming character radiates throughout every class. ~ With each breath, you will see ~
Laura Hitchon, CYT
Laura fell in love with yoga in her early twenties. Her first experience was a hot yoga class, and after 75 minutes of breathing, moving, and sweating, she was hooked. Since then, Laura has committed to a daily yoga practice which includes intention setting, breath awareness, dynamic movement, and meditation. Yoga helps Laura stay grounded as she continues to explore, accept, and love her mind and body. Eight years after her first class, Laura attended a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training course with Denise Davis-Gains through Atlas Yoga Studio. She became a Certified Yoga Teacher with the Canadian Alliance of Yoga Teachers in 2013. It is her intention to share the many benefits of yoga practice with her students.
Lover of yoga, sunshine, and really good coffee, Jenny has been practicing yoga for 14 years and is always humbled by the power of practice, whether coming to her mat to find peace of mind, a connection to something bigger, or a sweaty, smile-with-your-whole-face salute to the morning.
Jenny teaches with the intention of finding breath in movement and seeking that sweet connection with body, mind, and spirit.
has been enjoying a global exploration into the world of yoga, spending many wonderful years in and out of ashrams and spiritual communities in Australia, New Zealand, Bali, India, Guatemala, Toronto, Quebec and Newfoundland.
She is trained in Laughter Yoga, Level II SYA Yoga and Meditation ( Mangrove Yoga), 200 hour Yoga Alliance ( Awakened Spirit Yoga), 72 hour Permaculture Design (PDC Guatemala) and in the process of a Holistic Health and Life Coaching course (Raw Fusion Living).
Currently Emy is working on a yoga children’s book series and a meditation manual for those prone to panic and anxiety. During the summer months she runs a meditation hiking tour company in Twillingate, Newfoundland called Namaste Notre Dame and also assists year round with the ethical fair trade My Yoga Shop project.
She is passionate about creative expression and sharing the teachings that help to bring more ease, grace and joy into life that she has learned along the way.
“I am woman. Phenomenally, phenomenal woman, that’s me.”-Maya Angelou
Ann Robillard CYT
“I must be a mermaid, for I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” ~ Anais Nin
Since her discovery of yoga 13 years ago, Ann has healed herself of what doctors termed fibromyalgia, through yoga , meditation, and sound therapy with Tibetan singing bowls. Beyond the physical, it is the emotional and energetic gifts yoga brings into her everyday life that she is most grateful for, whether living in the corporate world of Toronto, a remote jungle in Peru, or an ashram in Bali. Now with a boundless sense of awareness, compassion, and truth, she is filled with gratitude for every present moment, and living her purpose with peace and joy. “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Certified as a yoga & ayurveda holistic instructor, meditation facilitator, and clinical sound therapist, Ann wants nothing more than to help her family, her community, and as much of the world as possible to realize the boundless gifts within themselves. “ Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman
Ann weaves the ancient healing magic of Tibetan singing bowls into every yoga and meditation class, bringing an energy of supreme relaxation and surrender to savasana. Outside of yoga and healing, her passions are surfing, exploring the world, and organic creations.
Sarah Lawrence CYT
Yoga has always trickled in and out of Sarah’s life, playing various roles throughout the years. She started practicing seriously in 2011 while finishing post-secondary studies in classical flute. Having played instruments for 19 years of her life, she was in much need of movement, stretching and stress relief.
When she immersed her self in the practice, Sarah found that yoga was so much more than exercise. She began falling in love with the philosophy and spirituality of the practice and wanted to share the gift of yoga with the world.
Sarah completed her 200hr certification as well as her YOGA ROCKS for kids at De La Sol in Hamilton. She has always worked with children, so linking her love of yoga and her devotion to youth has been a natural step in her journey.
Sarah continues to learn as much as she can to pass on to her students. She loves to incorporate her talents for music by singing or playing flute in her classes. There is nothing in the world Sarah could picture herself doing than sharing the magic of music and yoga.
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Holly Coles is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, a Registered Natural Health Practitioner, and holds certification in Sports Nutrition Consultation. Holly has been studying Holistic Health for ten years. In the last four, she has developed a thriving private practice, providing consultation, support, and therapy for many satisfied clients. Holly is a gifted presenter who delivers workshops regularly on numerous aspects of nutrition and healing, from oral health to detox and recovery. Her belief is that healing begins within and she advises accordingly. She can be found at The Wellness Post in downtown Port Dover.