Angela discovered yoga in 2005, during her first year of university. What began as a quest for flexibility and physical fitness turned into a 10-year mind/body love affair with the practice. Angela credits yoga for fine-tuning her daily consciousness – a reminder to be grateful of both the people and world around her. “I always leave class feeling 100% better than when I came in. It’s a symbiotic relationship.”
At the Saint John Yoga Co-op, Angela helps students build energy through asana postures with the Vinyasa class.
Jackie began practicing yoga 13 years ago and fell in love with it. Looking to try something new, she stumbled upon a beginners yoga class. She continues to practice today because it brings her to a place of “home”.
In 2013, Jackie graduated from the 200-hour teacher training program at Amana Institute with a certificate in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. She enjoys teaching and loves sharing what she has learned with the hope that it helps others find their feeling of “home” on the mat.
Laura started practicing yoga in 2013 as a form of exercise, and it gave her so much more. She continued her practice because she loved the way yoga made her feel. She felt strong, both physically and mentally, and it gave her a sense of wellbeing and peace.
Laura loves seeing her students grow and evolve in their practice, whether they are new to yoga or have been practicing for years. Since yoga is truly an individual practice, she offers variations in her classes to accommodate all yogis. Her Hatha and Vinyasa classes provide a safe space for everyone to learn, and she’ll take you on a meditative journey that will leave you feeling relaxed yet powerful.
Melissa’s love for yoga began in University while studying health sciences. She originally began practicing for the physical benefits but later discovered the positive impact a regular yoga practice had on her mental health.
She strives to create a positive and inclusive environment for students so they can incorporate yoga into their daily life regardless of their individual and unique needs. The greatest reward from teaching is when students give feedback on how their yoga practice has translated to positive changes in their physical and emotional well-being.
Melissa obtained her 200-hour YTT from Amana Institute in Hatha and Vinyasa.
Roger’s first experience with yoga was in the 1970’s growing up in Kitchener, ON with a Yogini Mom that would take him along to classes and festivals. With a martial arts background and later rediscovering yoga and tai chi he began to embrace mindfulness and awareness as keys to living a balanced life.
In 2011 after some health issues Roger became interested in the movement of healing energy through Reiki and subsequently went about the steps over the next 3 years of practice to becoming a Reiki Master/Teacher. His intention is to channel the life force energy that is all around us into his style of teaching and sharing.
In 2016 Roger graduated a 4 month, 200hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program at the Indian Yoga and Meditation Centre under Guru Sarbjeet Kalia.
Roger is trained to teach different styles of Hatha yoga but his style and his Love of Yin shows when you settle in for one of his mindful, meditative, melting Yin classes.
Sarah began practicing Yoga while attending dance school in Toronto. Her body was so over worked and prone to injuries from dancing, she thought Yoga could help. Since then, doing Yoga has become a ritual. Sarah practices for maintenance on her body, but the ritual of getting on her mat, breathing, focusing and being still is what draws her.
As a dancer and one who works with injuries, she enjoys focusing on the anatomical approach to a practice. Intro to Yoga is her passion–meeting new students and seeing their joy after their first Yoga class!
Teri started practicing yoga five years ago after she injured her knee. It was the only exercise she was allowed to do, and once she started she was hooked. She felt stronger and more balanced, using yoga as a tool to let go of any negative feelings and stress.
Working as a paramedic, a regular practice has helped Teri avoid injuries on the job. And hitting the mat is a great way to decompress after a shift.
Teri hopes to help her students develop and grow within their own practice. She did her 200hr YTT in Saint John in Hatha and Vinyasa and is looking forward to expanding her practice through teaching and further education.
After receiving her yoga teaching certification in 2004 through Ruth Richman at Yoga Ink, Vanessa furthered her training in Arizona at Yahweh Yoga. She continues to deepen her knowledge of yoga through teaching, workshops and programs.
Her hope is to be able to guide her students to their own place of inner peace and empowerment. Yoga has benefited her life on many levels and she wishes to share the experience with others like it has been shared with her.