All of our 18 Yoga teachers (and almost 40 classes) at Mountaingoat Yoga Centre have completed Yoga Alliance recognized teacher training.
All of our 18 Yoga teachers (and almost 40 classes) at Mountaingoat Yoga Centre have completed Yoga Alliance recognized teacher training.
|JULIE: “I am blessed with a beautiful family; a loving and supportive husband and three wonderful children. I am also thrilled to be part of the Mountaingoat Yoga family. A centre that is filled with laughter, love and inspiration.
My intention is to share the beauty of yoga with my students; to help students discover their physical potential and go beyond their perceived limitations. Come and rediscover that beautiful, powerful individual that you are and walk away with a truly authentic happy smiling face.”
|HEATHER: Cultivating community spirit and getting to know my students is essential to my teaching approach. Knowing my students enables me to recognize their strengths and obstacles so that I may challenge each person individually and invite them to their “edge.” While I value the traditional approach to teaching yoga I choose to follow my inner knowing, to develop classes that combine tradition with innovation creating a powerful blend of postures to enliven every cell of your body. In my class be prepared to step to your edge and remember – ”Doubt is the lock on the door of potentiality”!|
|DEBBIE: Debbie began practicing yoga over 20 years ago. After years of self-study and participating in width=”150px” workshops she enrolled in yoga teacher training. She completed the 200 hour teacher training under the guidance of Yogi Vishvketu and is a Registered Yoga Teacher certified with Yoga Alliance. She continues to explore many aspects of yoga through workshops, lectures and classes led by such teachers as Wade Imre Morissette, Monica Voss, Sharon Gannon and Michael Stone. Debbie’s power yoga classes are balanced with her genuine nature and compassion for those in the class. She continues to learn from all those she teaches.|
|BRONWYN: Bronwyn is a graduate of our first Power Yoga teacher training. Power Yoga has become her passion. She enjoys teaching a strong class with an emphasis on the balance of movement and stillness. Bronwyn has her students hold the postures just a little longer knowing the endurance itself creates potent benefits that will take her students to their next level. Her dynamic flows encourage a personal evolution in “effortless effort” essential to the practice of yoga.|
|MARY-HEATHER: Stretching, strength and fun are all a part of a class with Mary-Heather. She brings a compassionate and creative energy that transports her students into an empowered, blissful state of mind and body. Mary-Heather is also a Shamanic Reiki Master Practitioner, a Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner and organizes a weekly globalHealing Circle. Warning: In her presence, spontaneous laughter may occur.|
|BARBARA: loves teaching and sharing yoga experiences with her students. She became a certified yoga instructor in 2009 and continues to broaden her knowledge and enhance her abilities through additional training and workshops. She weaves insights gained from her Yin, Restorative, Yoga therapy and Meditation training into her classes. She believes that yoga is for everyone no matter what age and ability. Her classes emphasize presence, inner focus, concentration, safe alignment, building strength and flexibility in body and mind expanding beyond perceived or actual limitations. She encourages her students to explore and appreciate their uniqueness with an open heart through individual exploration of yoga postures and pranayama (breath). So smile, take a deep breath and join Barbara in exploring your own yoga journey!|
|JUDY: Judy began practicing yoga over 13 years ago and became a RYT with the Yoga Alliance in 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. She has continued to enhance her tools for teaching by undergoing further training from persons such as Jill Miller (The Roll Model and Core Integration, etc.), Hart Lazer, Rodney Yee, Cindy Lee, Sadie Nardini, Seane Corn and numerous others.The intent of her classes is to help others to feel more alive, radiant and revived, from head to toe and from inside-out. She encourages students to approach yoga with an open mind, an open heart, patience, and a sense of humour. Her classes incorporates a flow with breath and movement, helping to build strength, flexibility and concentration. She focuses on anatomical considerations, often including the work on fascia through ball therapy.
Judy is also a certified Yoga Warriors teacher – a practice uniquely designed for persons suffering or having suffered from trauma and/or PTSD.
| OLGA: Experienced Yoga teacher in multiple discipline: Power Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Breath and Meditation delivers classes and special events in a safe and enjoyable environment. Expect to learn new poses and practices from various traditions as you move with the breath and energy flow toward deeper self-awareness, ease and joy.
Olga will prepare you physically and mentally for inversions and turning your world upside down! Join her in the Headstand Journey and leave her class with a rising feeling of power, clarity, and happiness in your heart. Developing body awareness and finding balance on the mat will help you find a joyful state of being at work and home.
Olga is overjoyed to share yoga with all students at Mountaingoat Yoga.
|PENNY: What could be more fun than blending my experience as a teacher of Early Childhood Education with my enthusiasm for the practice of Yoga? After a career that has included teaching Early Childhood Education at the College level and maintaining a part-time social work practice I completed my 250 hours of Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, plus Level I to II Radiant Child Yoga Training and Level I Yoga For the Special Child. My combined education, experience and skill set has opened endless, exciting opportunities to support Whole Child Development (physical, social, emotional and creative selves).|
|TESSA JOY: is a yoga instructor certified by The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. Tessa Joy brings a combination of 10 years of personal practice across different styles and different continents. Tessa Joy loves adventure, is passionate about life, people, cultures, all the lessons she learns daily and of course, yoga! Her own personal journey of yoga has been full of discovery and delight. She brings joy and energy to all those around her. She is grateful for the opportunities she’s had to practice meditation and yoga in the UK, Canada, India and Turkey. She has been inspired by all her wonderful teachers and continues to grow and learn through the practice of Yoga. Tessa Joy wishes to share these teachings and experiences and hopes to help others find their own inner bliss..|
|SAMANTHA: Sam’s yoga journey began 7 years ago when she searched for a way to balance the stresses of being a working university student. She ended up finding self-love and self-acceptance through her love for the yoga practice. Her mission is to help others find these qualities within themselves and create a stronger community.
Samantha is a very fun and engaging yoga instructor. She teaches from a place of passion and holds space for her students to connect their breath with movement and allow the body to unfold naturally. She enjoys pushing the limits safely and leaving plenty of room for playtime!Smile, breathe, and let’s have fun!
|Cindi: Cindi started practising and teaching yoga almost 45 years ago and, although a lengthy hiatus ensued during which time education, children and career took over her life, she always knew she would return to yoga. Fifteen years ago, Cindi resumed a regular practice and, in that time has studied with teachers of Power, Bikram, Hatha (including Hot), Moksha and Yin styles. Currently teaching Restorative Yin, Cindi feels blessed to instruct and practice at Mountaingoat where the teachers are knowledgeable, energetic and committed and the students are engaged and enthusiastic. Cindi believes that the practice of yoga should be joyful. In her classes, she encourages students to take what works for them and let go of what doesn’t. Connecting breath to posture, focusing on the present moment and going to your personal “edge” are all components of a satisfying yoga practice. Finally, and most important, practising loving-kindness and compassion toward yourself and all living beings will invite santosha (contentment) into your life. Remember, when you show up to class, you’ve already done the hardest part! Namaste.|
|Carley: I took my first yoga class in 2010 to improve my fitness routine. I realized the restoring effects it had on my body. As my practice deepened, I was able to manage stress with pranayama and cultivate a sense of inner peace through meditation.
The more yoga taught me, the more I wanted to share with others, so I embarked on a journey to become a Yoga Instructor. My 200-hour training was based on Hatha and Yin yoga practices. During my training I noticed that many women were using yoga as a means of exercise during pregnancy. To further explore prenatal yoga I took an 85-hour prenatal teacher training. I learned just how beneficial prenatal yoga can be in maintaining functional movement, managing energy and reducing or coping with pain during pregnancy and labor. I’ve continued to develop my expertise through training with Bellies Inc. on preparing, recovering and restoring pelvic health and core function.I sequence all of my classes with a focus on managing physical energy and intensity while creating themes that inspire and deepen the experience. The most fulfilling aspect of my yoga teaching is being able to connect and grow with my students as we reach our goals, find balance and become more mindful each and every day.
|Ellen: My yoga journey began in fits and starts over 15 years ago, when I was exploring ways to integrate exercise and a busy family-work life. Since then, yoga has become more than just another form of physical activity — it is a precious gift of time to nourish mind and body. I have been teaching since 2007 and it has become a way to give back to my community. My teaching mission is to help students feel better than when they arrived to class. My classes offer variety and challenges suited to each student, and a space to be more present and in the moment. In yoga I have found gratitude for every day lived in health, and for everything I learn on my mat and from my students. I completed my 200-hour Power Yoga teacher training with Mountaingoat and am also a certified fitness instructor.|
|Tanya: Tanya has always had a passion for sharing her enthusiasm & experience with others. As Yoga became a guiding presence in her life, training to share this love was a natural next step. Bringing spirit & creativity to infuse your practice with positivity & gratitude is her goal every time to she steps on the mat. She believes that yoga is for every body and provides alignment based instruction with options and supports to allow each student to move and explore, challenge themselves, feel good in their skin & leave their mat smiling & energized.|
|Dawn-Marie Dawn-Marie practiced Hatha Yoga off and on for many years before her passion reignited her Yoga journey in 2010 while taking a Yin Yoga class. She fell in love with how great it made her feel and how relaxed she felt at the end of a class. She was curious about the history and philosophy, so much so that she became a certified Hatha Yoga instructor in 2011 from Empower Me in Ottawa, with additional training in Yin Yoga, Yapana Restorative Yoga, and Restorative Yoga Tune Up Practitioner Training. She aims to make her Yoga classes accessible to everyone. She is also a certified CanFitPro Personal Trainer Specialist, CanFitPro Older Adult Specialist, CanFitPro Cancer Exercise Specialist, and Keiser Indoor Cycling Instructor.|
|Angela: My personal yoga practice began in 2010 as a way to deal with the aches and pains of running. While it was the physical aspect that first attracted me, I soon learned that the real gift of yoga was how it calmed my mind and balanced my emotions. After struggling with body-image and disordered eating for years, yoga helped me more than anything else, to be at peace with what I saw in the mirror. Yoga also helped me deal with the stress of being in the military and life as a mom.
In 2014, I obtained my 200-hour Hatha Yoga certification. I began teaching yoga through the Youth Services Bureau and CHEO, to at-risk youth and teenagers affected by anxiety and depression.
I am also certified through Yoga Warriors International™, which is designed to help those affected by post-traumatic stress and other service-related traumas. After serving 25 years in the military, this is a class very close to my heart.
My goal as a teacher is to provide a safe and welcoming space where together we can breathe, move, heal, be present, challenge ourselves…and have some fun! I believe that yoga has something for each of us – all we have to do is show up and be open to receiving it!
|Sarah: For me, Yoga has been a path to living a life filled with greater freedom and joy and learning to release and let go. I encourage students to be open to new possibilities each time they step to their mat, to connect intimately with their breath and to listen to their inner wisdom. I focus on allowing the breath to guide practice, grounding and building postures from a strong foundation. I strive to motivate students to explore their potential with presence and a sense of self-acceptance and lightheartedness. I am truly blessed to join the Mountaingoat Yoga team.|
|Su: Yoga has been part of Su’s life since the day she took her first yoga class in 2000.
In the beginning, she did yoga for the physical benefits, but she soon discovered that yoga brought mental and emotional clarity to her life. Yoga became a constant presence in Su’s life, regardless of whatever else is happening. Yoga helped Su find peace in the chaos of her life. Finally, thirsting to learn more about yoga, she completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2009.
In her classes, Su tries to create safe, friendly and accepting settings for her students to challenge themselves, explore and experiment with poses, and have fun.
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