Joann found yoga six years ago on a whim and never looked back. In her first class, she realized yoga was the perfect fit for her life and found that it brought her great happiness during practice and peace and solitude in all areas of her life. Joann incorporates yoga into her other passions such as hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, kayaking, running, and spending time with loved ones. As yoga improved Joann's mind, body and spirit, her passion for yoga and desire to share her love of yoga with others also grew. Joann believes teaching is the greatest gift of all, and she continually develops her practice and skills to share the importance of yoga with others.
Born and raised in St. John’s, Cathy is just returning from seven years living in the Turks & Caicos Islands. It was in TCI that she realized her love for healthy living that included Yoga, meditation, exercise, and plant based nutrition. Cathy in currently enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training at The Lotus Center. She continues her studies in areas that compliment her yoga lifestyle, including recently completing a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University. Cathy enjoys anything active; hiking, biking, gardening….. and loves to share her passion with those around her.
Tiffany completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Hatha Yoga in 2014 through the Shakti Studio with Bobby and Meaghan. She has been practicing yoga since 2000 and cherishes the benefits of yoga on the mind and body. Tiffany teaches Karma yoga classes to support workplace wellness and teaches her yoga family at home. Tiffany’s classes will provide a space for you to build strength and peacefulness through steadiness in the body and in the mind. Your yoga will stay with you long after you roll up your mat.
Helena continues her RYT 500 Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in Ayurveda, the Energy of Yoga and Yoga Therapeutics with Satori Yoga and Healing and is enrolled in the PYT (Professional Yoga Therapist) program at Kripalu.
Helena also holds certificates in Thai Yoga Massage (Lotus Palm Institute/Sivananda Vedanta center), Core Strength Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, and Neurogenic Yoga T.R.E. ( Tension and Trauma Release). In addition she has completed workshops in Detoxification, and Yoga Therapeutics at Shakti Studios as well as Anusara workshops with Robin Golt and Barrie Riseman of Shri Yoga Center in Montreal.
Lorrie is an avid traveller and adventurer. Originally from BC, she has lived many places but always manages to be home wherever she is at. She is never without her yoga mat. Her favorite yoga moments are spreading out her mat in the Arctic, the Mojave Desert, Costa Rica and even the deck of her sailboat. She has been immersed in the practice of yoga for the past 14 years. Although she has experienced many styles, her passion has always been for Kundalini Yoga. It has allowed her to face life with an open heart and the courage to speak her truth always.
Leslie Bridger had a near-fatal bicycle accident in June 2005 and is alive and well today because of Love, Laughter, Hugs and Miracles!!!
She is so grateful to be alive that her website...www.awellnessoasis.com...is her way of giving back, helping people to deepen their connections with, and love for, themselves, others and Mother Earth.
Megan has been practicing yoga for the past 4 years and is currently completing the Yoga Teacher Training Program with with Bobby Bessey and Meaghan Burridge. She came to yoga after a back injury and then fell in love with the balance it brought to her life. She has practiced many styles of yoga including yin, vinyasa, and restorative. Megan is an avid knitter, cyclist, runner, rock climber and hiker who loves the outdoors! She is excited to share yoga with others to promote a healthy lifestyle and help bring balance to their lives. She looks forward to teaching a gentle yoga class and meeting new yogis. Megan also holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Dalhousie University.
B. Sc., RYT-200
Nicole completed her Yoga Teacher Training through the Living Yoga Program in Austin, TX in September 2013. She began yoga in 2002 as part of her fitness routine and to manage chronic back pain. As her yoga progressed she not only felt better physically, but also experienced an increased sense of peace and contentment. She moved to Houston, TX in 2010 and continued to practice at various styles of yoga and enrolled in the 200-hour Living Yoga Teacher Training Program. Yoga Nicole's ultimate self-care practice and she loves sharing it with. She teaches accessible yoga classes including Gentle, Chair, and Restorative yoga.
Originally from Ireland, Lauren has lived in England, Spain and the USA. She and her family have lived in Canada for nearly two years, most of it in Labrador, and recently moved to St. John's where she had her baby girl.
She received her level 3 Pilates certification from body control Pilates in London, UK.
Lauren loves traveling, cooking, spending time with family.
Kayla is a creative and unique soul with a passion for healthy living. She has been a practicing yoga student for the past 10 years and is currently studying with Bobby Bessey and Meaghan Burridge to complete her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. She is currently teaching gentle yoga and likes to incorporate guided meditation and breath consciousness into her classes. When Kayla is not teaching or practicing yoga she can be found preparing delicious healthy meals, out exploring nature with her family or cuddled up with her kitties and dog, drinking tea and knitting.
Courtney Rowsell is an author, motivational speaker, fitness & lifestyle expert, and busy mom. Founder and creator of Love Yourself Lean Intl. her mission is to motivate and inspire you to fall in love with your body and your life! Currently living in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada she is transforming lives through her fitness classes, lifestyle coaching programs and dynamic keynotes and workshops.
Visit Courtney's website to learn more about her and what she has to offer!
Susan recently returned to NL after 15 years of living in Prince Edward Island. She started yoga 15 years ago and received her 200-hr Teacher Training Certificate in 2013. She has also received training in Yin, Kundalini and therapeutic yoga. Despite being a yoga teacher she loves to take classes in tai chi and chi gong as well as spend time outside hiking and tobogganing. She believes that not only is there health in movement but there’s joy and fun in it too. She invites you to join her yoga classes and find the level of challenge that’s right for you.
Alicia Kathleen Bailey
Alicia completed her Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 in Costa Rica and is certified in Yoga for Round Bodies. Yoga combines her love of teaching and inspiring with an awareness of a healthy body and lifestyle. Having practiced yoga for several years, Alicia brings her passion of the practice and creative spirit to each class. Alicia's Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica provided a balanced approach to yoga by exploring asana, Ayurveda and spiritual and emotional wellbeing. With gradual and gentle guidance, Alicia helps you to experience how the power of yoga works with all aspects of your being - physical, psychological, and spiritual.
Hope Jamieson Baggs
Hope Jamieson Baggs has been a student of yoga for nine years and completed her 200 hour teacher training with Bobby Bessey and Meaghan Burridge in 2014. She fell in love with yoga's power to connect the mind, body and spirit for more joyful living, and is thrilled to be able to share this with the people around her. Hope's practice has spanned many styles of yoga, from the dynamic Vinyasa to the calming Yin, and she strives to infuse her classes with a sense of balance gleaned from these different sources, providing challenge and cultivating peace.
B.Comm (co-op), RYT-200
Meaghan is an experienced yoga teacher known for pairing just the right level of challenge with a light sense of humor. Meaghan began her yoga journey as a teenager looking for relief from chronic back pain. A decade later the practice has become an integral, life-long therapy that continually heals more than just pesky back pain. Since those early days of yoga exploration in Toronto, Meaghan has studied throughout Canada, the United States, and Thailand. Meaghan teaches from the heart, for the heart, weaving body, mind and soul together as they are meant to be.
Donna is a physiotherapist of 25 years whose interest in pain treatment led to her exploration of yoga with her clients. Soma yoga integrates perfectly with her injury and pain treatments as it focuses on breath, gentle movements and body awareness. Donna completed courses with physio and yoga therapist Neil Pearson to further her education in yoga and pain treatment and with Dr. Mary Massery to further her understanding of the integration of breath and movement. Donna works as a physiotherapist at Back on Track, and studied Yoga Teacher Training at The Lotus Centre.
Suzanne has been practicing yoga for the past 15 years but decided to deepen her practice by enrolling in the yoga teacher training program offered through the Lotus Centre instructed by Meranda Squires. After training was completed, she became heavily involved in the creation and ongoing operation of the Yoga Kula Cooperative where she is currently a board member. Although yoga is a passion, she also has a very full and busy day job as the General Manager at Resource Centre for the Arts-LSPU Hall.
Alyssa first experienced yoga in 2010 and quickly fell in love with the movement, linking breath with the body and the nurturing effect practicing yoga has on the body and soul. She draws inspiration from a variety of class styles to lead balanced, mindful sessions that centers the mind while fueling the body’s desire to explore and be creative. Alyssa is currently enrolled in Bobby Bessey and Meaghan Burridge’s teacher training program.
I started my yoga practice over 12 years ago. My first class was Bikram Hot Yoga. I soon started to try other forms of Yoga and Baptiste Vinyasa Flow was another style I fell in love with. I made the leap to become a certified Bikram and Baptiste teacher in the same year. After 3 three months of intensive, all consuming Bikram training, I became certified. Three months later I was in the Baptiste training program and that lead me to many years of continued training programs, bootcamps, and workshops like the Art of Assisting. Yoga is still my life and my first love. I continue to practice and study this amazing form of union.
Darla Pond O'Reilly
Darla’s journey with yoga started in 1993 during her undergraduate studies. She felt she needed an outlet to help cope with the stresses of student life so she signed up for a yoga class and never looked back! After her first practice she felt calmer and less stressed; perhaps best of all, she felt more confident. Darla has found that yoga has been a source of strength and balance.
This past summer Darla has completed her 200-hr YTT with Theurepeutic Approach Yoga Studio (TAYS) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She feels eternally grateful for having the opportunity to study with such talented instructors.
Christa is a RYT 200 and Certified Meditation teacher as well as a mental health advocate and speaker. She is a compassionate and intuitive teacher who helps students discover their own practice by making yoga accessible, in order to support and sustain oneself, no matter age, fitness, size, shape, wellness, or flexibility. For Christa, yoga is about the union of mind, body and spirit. A way of finding space and stillness between the commotion of our thoughts and the restlessness of our body, which keeps us from connecting to our breath and self. It is journey inward, an act of being rather than doing. Christa’s teaching focus is to help people find ease of movement, stillness of mind, and connection to breath and self by meeting them where they are; to bring yoga to people who may feel “yoga is not for me"; and, to share yoga with those who live with trauma and mental health illness. Christa lives her yoga, incorporating teachings in her and her family's everyday life. Christa truly enjoys the little things because they are the big things and is soaking in the journey while living with a chronic mental health illness.
Tina is a mom, wanna-be circus performer, yogi, business owner, and life adventurer. She has been practicing yoga and meditation for almost 20 years, although her committed practice began around five years ago. She is studying for her Mindfulness Meditation Instructor Certification with University of Holistic Theology and 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification with Shakti Yoga. She has received mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training through Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and has completed a variety of mindfulness programs. She teaches Mindful Leadership and Zen@Work programs through her company Pomroy Harmony and Wellness and is a Certified Mastermind Executive Coach.