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My journey in yoga started in my early twenties. Not with Asana practice, but with constant little hints from the universe nudging me closer and closer to beginning practicing; like people from all corners of my life suggesting it would be good for me in one way or another. Initially I spent my time either brushing these signs off, or flat out ignoring them because I did not see them for what they were. Serendipitously, it was through the closing of my gym’s steam room due to renovations for a year that I thought I would finally try hot yoga; figuring the heat was what I wanted, and the yoga postures couldn’t hurt either. A friend and yoga teacher I knew at the time suggested I buy a monthly pass and try to attend as many classes as I could before it expired. I practiced daily, and I fell in love with it almost instantly.

After seeing the total mind and body benefits I was gaining from my practice I had a huge urge to begin sharing it with my friends, family, and acquaintances. I figured that the best way to accomplish this would be to complete a yoga teacher training course so that I could establish a better understanding of yoga, its benefits, and how to practice it safely. Since the completion of my Yoga Teacher Training course I realized my journey is still only in its infancy. After teaching for almost a year after my graduation I recently traveled to the birthplace of yoga, India, to obtain my second 200 hour teacher training certification. and Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga master Ana Forrest in 2017.

I hope with my constant search for further knowledge and practice in Yoga I will be able to help all of my fellow yogis and yoginis further their own practice in a safe, warm, and friendly environment where we can all grow together towards total samadhi, natural bliss.

 

Ning
Ning

Former Lawyer,Forrest Yoga Teacher,Yoga and Beyond founder.

I arrived in Vancouver in 1996. I saw blue sky, breathed clean air, and immediately sensed freedom and opportunity. I fell in love with Canada instantly. Challenges were routine. I could not find work. I could not communicate. I failed an interview for a dish washing position. I feared public situations because of my language barrier. I overcame it, and studied for eight months to learn English. I next attended massage training, began a business, and soon after, yoga found me, but this time re-united with my old friend: joy of music, rhythm and body movement. In 1997 A very dear friend who I will never forget offered me free basement commercial space. I used it to begin my first yoga studio. The newfound outlet for the expression and flow which came from my heart grew rapidly. As the yoga grew, so did many beautiful friendships. As I look back on that little basement studio which continued 13 years, those years forged the skills and foundation of my yoga practice, and showed me how to maintain and grow a yoga business. In our life experience we touch many lives and find many friends. Few people in my life have provided a more meaningful place for change and growth as did that dear friend who gave me that free practice space. He selflessly gave a gift which I feel a duty to ‘pay it forward’. Yes, it may be said we need to survive and earn a living. But to me, I am honoured with my struggles and life experiences, and am also honoured to create opportunities and places for change in others now. I believe in the miracle of Yoga.

The inward journey began in the early 1990s with training in the martial art of Kung Fu, and later in teaching the hard and soft styles of the art. Interestingly enough, a preference for the soft side developed, which encompasses soft, flowing movements linked to the breath.

In approximately 2000, I followed through on a desire to explore the world of yoga which at the time was to complement the martial art training, in terms of increasing flexibility. In a very short while I came to realize that I was gaining more benefit than bargained for from a regular practice of yoga.

I began with Bikram and Moksha, along with some Iyangar and, more recently, Hatha and Ashtanga styles of yoga. I was fortunate to participate in the teacher training program, focusing on the Ashtanga style (Traditional, Vinyasa and Flow variations) and will be forever grateful to Tracy Mann, Tanis Fishman and Florin Voinescu for their dedication and insight throughout the program.

My inspiration for wishing to participate as a teacher was to deepen my own practice and, to the extent I can, assist other practitioners along their journeys. I am firmly of the belief, as evidenced in the writings, that everything we need is within us and the journey inward is to peel away the layers of stress, tension, anxiety and fear that mask our true nature. It is a beautiful journey inward and am always inspired by travelling along this path with others.

he following saying by Krishnamurti reflects that view: “The winds of grace are always blowing, all we have to do is set our sails.”

NamasteGord (Narayana)

Yoga Teacher Certified YOGA SIROMANI Jennifer began practicing Yoga because it was a source of serenity in a chaotic world. Jennifer has been a devoted practitioner of Yoga for over six years and continues her journey of learning and is proud to share her knowledge as an instuctor. The practice of Yoga has helped Jennifer on all levels—mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. The discipline has brought her a growing freedom from obsession with people, places and things and a greater focus on looking in the mirror for the source of all that is. Jennifer’s favourite saying is “Be where your feet are.” If I have regrets over yesterday or am worrying about tomorrow I am not here right now, in the moment, which is really all there is. Yoga will always be part of Jennifer’s life as it helps her to accomplish this on a daily basis.

Yoga started out to be something new to try in 2007. As I attended more classes, I soon realized that this will be a part of my life rather than a fleeting fancy. Yoga became a source of rejuvenation and a path to find myself.

I found the physical benefits were undeniable. Having had issues with my back before my introduction to yoga, I’ve found through diligent practice that it has subsided. Also, it mentally strengthened me. My focus within and without had been greatly improved. It allowed me to be more aware of my body, my thinking and my emotions. The practice of meditation and finding those quiet moments have brought peace within me. People who have known me before yoga have said that they can see this change. At the beginning, yoga was just another form of exercise that I wanted to tackle but it has meant far more to me than I could have envisioned – it has become part of who I am.

Outside of Yoga Passage I’m a Junior High Math and Science Teacher. I enjoy being active – playing volleyball and any sports that uses a racquet.

My sincere thanks to my gurus – Tracy, Tanis and Lerrita.

Meno

I have been seeking joy through movement and breath from a very young age. I had 14 years of dance experience before discovering yoga.

  To my unknown fortune…  I went through a stage where I had no direction, I was addicted to the party life and influenced by drugs and alcohol. In the end I believe that this path brought me to where I am. I am grateful for my past “mistakes”
 Yoga has built up my self esteem by gently guiding me along the path of my own purpose. Which is to be happy, and enjoy life, while inspiring joy in others.
  Although I have been teaching for 2 years, and believe I am meant for this, I am forever a student. Every time I get used to something, oddly enough, change comes!!!
 If you think about how children learn, they learn through play! That is how I “learned” how to be childlike again. I am passionate mostly for the road of self discovery. The journey is continuous, ever changing. The more you learn and understand yourself, the more you can relate and have compassion with other people. If I can create deeper connections with myself,  I will have authentic connections with you. That is what is important to me. Enough about me…I would like to meet YOU!
   Please join me for yoga, barre fitness, and aerial flow/aerial therapy classes. Let us learn from each other, as it was intended to be.

I have always been drawn to eastern mysticism and exercise. While in High School I dabbled with yoga and kung Fu. When I left to go to university I engaged in more traditional physical pursuits. I was able to come back to Kung Fu and Tai Chi over 20 some years ago, and in the last 5 years reacquaint myself with the beauty of yoga. In 2009 I registered in the month long intensive training course offered by Yoga passage and I am deeply in debt to the fine instructors there. To me yoga, kung fu and tai chi offer many of the same health benefits but from slightly different perspectives. Tai Chi is a soft style art, uses no force, requires slow even movements, and all movements contain circles. Tai Chi helps rebuild spirit and body, it is closely related to mediation, and tai chi helps bring peace of mind, also calm breathing. Tai Chi reinforces relaxation and being in the present moment Tai Chi helps adjust weigh, clear the mind and strengthens the brain. In short it is my experience that regular practice of tai chi has many related physical, mental and spiritual health benefits. The most difficult journey, but the most important one, is the inner journey Tai Chi is one of a number of wonderful vehicles for this most amazing of all journeys. I hope to see you soon, to travel this path together. Namaste David Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

She began her journey into yoga in 2008 when she took her first class in Japan. At the time, she couldn’t actually understand what the teacher was saying, but followed along based on visual and energetic cues. Since then the practice of yoga has been an integral part of Rosabel’s life. It has helped her through her darkest moments and continues to be an anchor physically, mentally, and spiritually. Rosabel took her 200 YTT at Prana Yoga College, at the time which was in Vancouver, and has also completed a Yin/Restorative training with Ning. With a blackbelt in HapKiDo, Rosabel grew up with a martial arts background, she enjoys the dynamism of learning new movements and is constantly looking for new ways to challenge her body and mind. As a certified NESTA personal trainer, Rosabel also instructs MMA bootcamps as well as surfset. She believes in constant learning, and through her practices she is as much a student as she is an teacher. Off the mat Rosabel works for a local tech start-up based out of Calgary, she has a degree in Biotechnology.

Recently moved to Calgary, Lauren studied Akhanda Yoga (RYT 500) and offers a wide variety of class styles, all with a blissful and holistic approach to the yoga practice. In honour of her spiritual name “Yog Jyoti” – meaning “holding the light of unity – bestowed on her by guru Yogi Vishvketu, she is committed to creating space where students may explore and recognize their own brilliance and light within.

As I reflect on the path that has brought me to this exact moment, I must say that it feels as though yoga was there from the start.

An insatiably curious guy, the formal practice of yoga drew me in like a moth to the flame. So much history! So many stories!! Such a beautiful vibration about it!!!

At the ripe age of 22 years, with a cynical mentality and just a touch of the “tough-guy” syndrome, I wandered onto a yoga mat for the first time and gripped and grunted my way through an intense asana practice. It was this moment that catalyzed the softening of my mind, the expression of my heart, and the teachings of universal humor.

As I sit now, silently within the very peace that I once feared I would never find, words simply cannot suffice to explain the process of living yoga. Surrender meets with courage. Passion meets with gentle authority. Stillness meets with breath…and everything becomes the dance. It is a deeply rich way to experience!

To live your yoga is both to accept the gift and to give it to others. Join me, and let us ride the breath, participate in the dance, and empower our world to recognize the ever elusive truth that rests so beautifully for us to find.

Namaste

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My yoga journey started when she moved to Canada from Japan in 2008 with one suitcase. I still remember the first day when I arrived in Canada. All I had were summer dresses since I was from an island where we did not see snow that often. I was extremely cold. I ran into a store to buy a rain jacket but I got an extra large jacket instead of extra small. I could barely speak English! I still enjoy the big pink jacket. How I got into yoga?  When I lived in Japan, I had severe neck pain and headaches for over 10 years. The pain started when I was 20 years old. I tried massage, chiropractic treatment, and other therapies to no avail. They only had temporary effect. I met one of the yoga teacher at Yoga Santosha when I went to lilac festival in 2009. I decided to try one free yoga class.  During the first few years, I did not even see very much change. I did however, start to utilize yoga as a means to relieve stress from work and personal relationships. Indeed, my body always felt lighter and refreshed after yoga. A couple years later, I discovered the energy work that I do now, called the Bio energetic synchronization technique. This practice is an energy balancing hands-on procedure. It strikes a natural balance of nerve function and communication between the conscious and subconscious divisions of the central nervous system. I also learned the six essences of life style through energy work study. These are:As I study more about these six essences, combined with my experience with yoga, I can continue to examine my physical, emotional, and spiritual needs more and more thoroughly. All the pain was gone after 6 years of physical and emotional yoga practice. I completed my 200 hour YTB with Danielle Pechie and meditation, nidra and chakras immersion program with Bridgette Shaw in 2016. Yoga has been part of my life and my life would have been completely different without it. I appreciate every practice I had in the class with amazing teachers always believed in me. I seek to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind and soul with yoga and you find your own beautiful yoga journey.


Spin

Daniel Larsen is an insurance and injury lawyer/Harvard trained mediator. He has kept his soul invigorated over the past 30 years through downhill/cross country mountain biking and mountaineering endeavours. He had a passion and a vision for creation of this Spin Studio which led him to design and build it in October 2014. He has completed a AFLCA Alberta Spin Training Course and is in in the process of acquiring the Official Spinning Facility Trainer designation by the manufacturer of our bicycles, Star Trac Corporation and Mad Dogg Athletics Inc of Venice California. He brings a gentler approach to Spin. But do NOT let the absence of disco balls and club music deceive you. You won’t leave his class dryer. However he WILL take you on a journey of the mind by inviting music and visualization to invoke obedience of muscle and coordination. He will gently persuade you to “commit, own, and complete” YOUR workout, not his. His visualization and staged progressive active recovery technique will elevate you to a surprising workout level, and leave you glowing with an endorphin high, and send you on your way to your next yoga class, work, or leisure activity mentally and physically invigorated. (If you have any questions  at all he welcomes your queries at larsenlaw@shaw.ca )

Movement is my magic!!

Kyra thrives off of moving and helping others discover wellness through movement. She believes true fitness is harnessed through the genuine support of others. As a trainer, and fitness instructor she make it her priority to improve your quality of life, and she will be your biggest fan!!

Kyra grew up in Scotland practicing Kung Fu, Ballet, and Highland dance. She moved to Canada with her daughter 17 years ago, and practiced Clinical Mental Health for 12 years in both Canada and Seattle. As both a Personal Trainer, and Clinician, Kyra has had the privilege of working with inspiring individuals living with multiple diseases, and/or disorders.

Kyra’s diverse background lends itself to intertwining the spiritual, emotional, and physical connection to true fitness. In addition Kyra lives with 5 chronic diseases, and continues to take control of each one through healthier living. If your looking for meaningful change, Kyra is your kickass girl:)

Areas of interest:

Back health,
Healthy weight loss,
Healthy eating,
Improved Strength and Cardiovascular conditioning,
Calisthenics,
Strength and endurance training,
Body Sculpting,
Burpees,
Chronic Pain fibromyalgia and arthritis,
Pre-and Post-natal care,
Parkinson’s fitness treatment,
Cancer survivor fitness treatment,
Anxiety and Depression,
Prehab and Rehab (shoulders, hips, and knees),
Overuse injuries,
Marathon Training,
And Cycling training.

Certifications:
Can-Fit-Pro Personal Trainer Specialist,
TRX Group Fitness,
TRX Rip Trainer,
MadDogg Indoor Group Cycling,
Sports Strength and Conditioning A.C.E.
Group High Intensity Interval Training A.C.E.
Bender Ball Above the Barre,
Zumba, and
Boxing Conditioning.

 


Barre

I have been seeking joy through movement and breath from a very young age. I had 14 years of dance experience before discovering yoga.

  To my unknown fortune…  I went through a stage where I had no direction, I was addicted to the party life and influenced by drugs and alcohol. In the end I believe that this path brought me to where I am. I am grateful for my past “mistakes”
 Yoga has built up my self esteem by gently guiding me along the path of my own purpose. Which is to be happy, and enjoy life, while inspiring joy in others.
  Although I have been teaching for 2 years, and believe I am meant for this, I am forever a student. Every time I get used to something, oddly enough, change comes!!!
 If you think about how children learn, they learn through play! That is how I “learned” how to be childlike again. I am passionate mostly for the road of self discovery. The journey is continuous, ever changing. The more you learn and understand yourself, the more you can relate and have compassion with other people. If I can create deeper connections with myself,  I will have authentic connections with you. That is what is important to me. Enough about me…I would like to meet YOU!
   Please join me for yoga, barre fitness, and aerial flow/aerial therapy classes. Let us learn from each other, as it was intended to be.

Movement is my magic!!

Kyra thrives off of moving and helping others discover wellness through movement. She believes true fitness is harnessed through the genuine support of others. As a trainer, and fitness instructor she make it her priority to improve your quality of life, and she will be your biggest fan!!

Kyra grew up in Scotland practicing Kung Fu, Ballet, and Highland dance. She moved to Canada with her daughter 17 years ago, and practiced Clinical Mental Health for 12 years in both Canada and Seattle. As both a Personal Trainer, and Clinician, Kyra has had the privilege of working with inspiring individuals living with multiple diseases, and/or disorders.

Kyra’s diverse background lends itself to intertwining the spiritual, emotional, and physical connection to true fitness. In addition Kyra lives with 5 chronic diseases, and continues to take control of each one through healthier living. If your looking for meaningful change, Kyra is your kickass girl:)

Areas of interest:

Back health,
Healthy weight loss,
Healthy eating,
Improved Strength and Cardiovascular conditioning,
Calisthenics,
Strength and endurance training,
Body Sculpting,
Burpees,
Chronic Pain fibromyalgia and arthritis,
Pre-and Post-natal care,
Parkinson’s fitness treatment,
Cancer survivor fitness treatment,
Anxiety and Depression,
Prehab and Rehab (shoulders, hips, and knees),
Overuse injuries,
Marathon Training,
And Cycling training.

Certifications:
Can-Fit-Pro Personal Trainer Specialist,
TRX Group Fitness,
TRX Rip Trainer,
MadDogg Indoor Group Cycling,
Sports Strength and Conditioning A.C.E.
Group High Intensity Interval Training A.C.E.
Bender Ball Above the Barre,
Zumba, and
Boxing Conditioning.

 


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