Instructors

 

cyndieCyndie Found RYT 200®

Cyndie was drawn to teaching as a way to share her love of yoga with her community and as a way to share yoga’s amazing ability to positively impact health and well-being. She first undertook a dedicated yoga practice in response to being diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic and quickly found yoga had a strong positive impact on her ability to keep her diabetes well controlled. This motivated her to learn more about yoga and deepen her personal practice, which in turn led to even more benefits: stress reduction, better sleep and much lower blood pressure. Wanting to share yoga with others so they too could find and enjoy similar benefits to their health and quality of life, Cyndie undertook training to become a teacher.

Cyndie’s passion is Vinyasa (Flow) classes but she loves all styles of yoga and takes great care when teaching to use a style and intensity that best suits the occasion and the group. The best yoga teacher is a person’s own personal experiences and experimentation with yoga. With this in mind, Cyndie strives to create enjoyable classes that will give participants not only the framework within which to experiment and experience, but also a safe space to play with the movement and make discoveries that will grow and enrich their personal practices. Cyndie enjoys spending time furthering her own study of yoga; learning from her students, from her own teachers, from workshops and courses and from her own experiments done during home practice. She integrates any newly gained knowledge into her classes to make sure the classes continually improve and evolve.

To learn more about Cyndie’s experience and training, please see her teacher profile at Yoga Alliance: http://www.yogaalliance.org/TeacherPublicProfile?tid=8937

 

anaAna Skarakis B.A., E-RYT 20

Ana attended her first yoga class in her final year of university and immediately knew that it would become an integral part of her daily life. After graduating from the University of Ottawa with an Honours B.A. in Psychology and Linguistics, Ana continued along her teaching path where she lived in Spain teaching English to adult professionals, Masters students, and high-school students. It was in Spain where she taught her first yoga classes and knew that she would share its benefits with others. In 2011, Ana’s curiosity to learn more led her to India where she immersed herself in studying the eastern subcontinent’s ancient wisdom.

Since 2010, Ana has been teaching yoga to promote health and overall well-being, and inspire positive change in public, private, corporate, hospital, and community settings. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) and Yoga Alliance certified in Hatha Yoga and Meditation, Yin Yoga, and Yoga for Self-Regulation & Trauma.

In 2013, Ana combined two of her passions to create Mudra Flamenco Flow (workshop) and Flamenco Flow (class series) – yoga-based experiences that draw influence from Spanish flamenco and classical Indian dance. She created this exciting fusion of cultures, traditions, and movement with the aim to inspire and empower young ladies and women as they connect to their inner strength and femininity.
When Ana is not teaching yoga in Ottawa, she is facilitating transformational programs educating youth with Me to We in Free The Children communities in Ecuador.
In her classes you will be guided in a way that allows you to grow and discover your strength while experiencing mindful breath awareness to bring peace to your body, mind, and spirit. She strives to provide a welcoming, safe, and empowering environment for her students.

 

kimKim Mansfield RYT 20

Kim has a B.Sc. in Nursing and worked as an RN in neurology. When she began consulting in the rehabilitation industry, she recognized client gains were maximized when they maintained a proactive approach to health post rehab. Consequently, Kim obtained a M.Sc. in Kinesiology, so she could apply her skills as a kinesiologist, fitness instructor and health educator in community and educational settings.  As an avid yogini, Kim decided to obtain teaching certifications in Hatha and Children’s Yoga to provide clients with a more comprehensive approach to health, one that addressed body, mind and spirit.

Kim’s desire to bring mindfulness to youth has encouraged her to complete the Mindful Life-Mindful School Faculty Training Program with Dr. Kristin Race (Colorado), The Still Quiet Place Mindfulness Training Program with Dr. Amy Saltzman (California) and the .b (“Dot Be” or Stop Breathe and Be) Teacher Certification, a mindfulness curriculum for teenagers developed by the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP).
Kim‘s Girl Empowered program, a summer camp to teach mindfulness and yoga to preteen girls, has run successfully for two years at the Empower ME Yoga Studio in Westboro. Kim is committed to developing strength and resilience in children and has taught mindfulness and yoga to students and adults in school settings, as well as summer campers and gymnasts at the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre.

When teaching, Kim strives to meet participants where they are, accommodating   physical uniqueness and personal objectives. Kim encourages individuals to have fun and feel safe while exploring physical and mental edges and mindful awareness of self.

Kim has personal interests in the area of food sensitivities, nutrition and homeopathy.

 

erinErin Watt B.Sc., B.Ed, RMT

Erin’s background is in science and she was skeptical about yoga until she started regular yoga classes in 2010. Under advisement from a doctor, the goal was to gain more flexibility. Early on in her practice, it became evident that there were many physical benefits to yoga, but it was the spiritual side, the integration of mind, body, and breath, that made the experience magical. Erin trained under Laurie Howe at Pranashanti and completed her HYT-200 in June 2014.
As a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), Erin naturally gravitates to gentle hands-on adjustments in her classes. She is passionate about continued education and completed the Yoga Tune Up® certification in 2015.
Erin’s teaches Hatha Yoga, Yoga Tune Up®, and Yoga Tune Up® Ball Therapy. She often collaborates with other yoga instructors to offer workshops such as Thai Yoga Bliss, Yoga For Your Soles, and Somatic Tune Up.
The greatest gift yoga has given Erin is the ability to ground herself when life is a whirlwind; yoga gives her the tools to balance her massage therapy clinic with her growing family.

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bccy1Tomoko Honda RMT

Tomoko was a national-level soft-tennis athlete in Japan for 15 years. Although this experience was very rewarding, the level of performance was physically demanding and as a result caused her many different types of injuries, often requiring treatment.

During this time it occurred to Tomoko that she would like to use her knowledge and experience to help others who are experiencing injuries and pain. This led her down the path of Registered Massage Therapy. After an extensive education, she was registered in 2007, and is currently working at a cancer rehabilitation clinic as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Tomoko also began practicing yoga 10 years ago. Practicing yoga can connect the mind and body, improve focus, and relieve both physical and mental stresses. And one of the things that attracted her to yoga is that it can be focused on prevention as a key method for maintaining individual health.

In 2013 she began the Yoga Tune Up teacher training course in order to teach others. The Yoga Tune Up program can prevent issues by focusing on the 4 Ps: Pain, Posture, Performance and Proprioception. Combining her Registered Massage Therapist knowledge with the tenets of Yoga Tune Up has resulted in a program that is effective and enjoyable.

Tomoko is passionate about teaching others. She provides a caring environment for others to learn, regardless of whether they are brand-new to experienced levels. She looks forward to seeing you in her class!

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