- leala enfield (director)
Leala attended her first yoga class in New York City when she was nineteen. It was a gentle, meditative class that opened a tiny doorway into her heart, and catalyzed great changes in her life. Within a year, she had moved to the remote side of Maui where she met David Williams and began a three month intensive study of Ashtanga Yoga. She went on to develop a steady home practice. Living in community on Maui and traveling, she taught whoever wanted to learn, including the Secoya indigenous people in the Amazon tributaries of Ecuador.
Her exploration of yoga led naturally into an interest in meditation, and in 1994, she attended her first silent ten day Vipassana meditation retreat, which deeply rekindled her sense of connection to the source. She continued to travel, attending meditation courses and at times living and working at retreat centers, practicing yoga all the while.
In 1997 she met her husband at a meditation center, and a few months later they had the grace of meeting their spiritual teacher, John DeRuiter of the College of Integrated Philosophy in Edmonton (www.johnderuiter.com).
In 2000, Leala attended an Ashtanga Yoga teachers training course with renowned instructor David Swenson and in 2003 completed her level three training through Trinity Yoga. In 2006 Leala founded Prana Yoga Studio, and the following year she hosted and attended an additional 200 hour teacher training course with her beloved yoga teacher Yogi Vishvketu of Northern India, founder of World Conscious Yoga Family (www.akhandayoga.com), further exploring the diverse and traditional aspects of yoga, including pranayama (breathwork), chanting, mantra and yoga philosophy. Leala is now the Director of Training for the World Conscious Yoga Family Yoga Teacher Training program at Prana.
Leala’s passions include practicing yoga outdoors, hiking in the Rockies, ocean swimming and quality time with her husband and their two vivacious daughters.
The benefits of yoga are precious and far-reaching. The invitation is to be profoundly open inside while holding vibrant presence for boundriless, limitless growth and evolution.
- isabelle (sakshi) addison
What can I possibly say about yoga?
Three words: Worthwhile. Transformative. Necessary.
Although I discovered asana practice in the mid-nineties, it was not until a few years ago that I dedicated myself to my practice. In the meantime I plunged heart (and head) first into an exploration of yogic philosophy – though non-dual teachings and satsangs as well as studying Kundalini Yoga and traditional Vedanta with some excellent teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area and Australia.
At age 40, through the kindness of life and Leala Enfield, I completed the 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training at Prana Yoga Studio. That month of intense sadhana catapulted me into total yet gentle change on all levels. I watched, from the sidelines, mystified, as my body, diet, lifestyle, priorities and relationships shifted. I used to roll my eyes when I would hear people quote Patabhi Jois saying “Practice yoga, all is coming!” Dude was right. That is how it works.
I completed my 500 hr Yoga Teacher Training in the fall of 2011 through Yogi Vishvketu and the World Conscious Yoga Family. I am so grateful for Vishvaji’s guidance and example, humor, softness and integrity. If you get a chance to meet and practice with him – take it.
I also sing regularly at kiirtans and offer the Work of Byron Katie (inquiry-based stress reduction) through my company KindMind – www.kindmind.ca Come and join me on the mat! Let’s breathe, move, sit in silence, and transform side by side.
- yogi vishvketu (vishvaji)
Yogi Vishvketu has studied and practiced Hatha and Raja yoga and the Vedic healing arts in northern India since childhood. From the age of 8, he studied Vedic wisdom at Kanvashram in the foothills of the Himalayas. With its historic temple and Ayurvedic clinic, Kanvashram attracts many yogic saints and Ayurvedic masters and was an ideal place to absorb these ancient healing and consciousness-raising traditions.
Vishva went on to attain a Bachelor’s degree in Sports and Humanities with a specialization in yoga, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in Yoga Philosophy. While at the University of Haridwar, he also pursued courses in Naturopathy, Reike, Pranic Healing, and Yoga Therapy. In 1992 and 1995, he won the All India Inter-University Yoga Championships. He moved to Ottawa in 2001, where he continues to dedicate himself to teaching the arts of yoga and Ayurveda. Internationally, he offers holistic yoga workshops including asana, pranayama, cleansing kriyas, Ayurveda and Vedic chanting. He also offers yoga teacher training programs, and retreats for dedicated practitioners in Canada and in the foothills of the Himalayas. The teacher training programs are recognized by the Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level. Vishvaji visits Prana Yoga Studio twice yearly for workshops, retreats and to teach our final week of yoga teacher training in Sylvan Lake.
- denise currie
Denise Currie (Sukranti) has a passion for the wholeness, health, and awakening of the human spirit. Her spiritual longings and her study of the healing arts came together when she discovered the practice of yoga. She recognized that yoga has the potential to help us discover our hidden depths through inquiry and personal investigation, literally breathing life into unexplored and disavowed parts of ourselves. This recognition inspired her to complete her 200 and 500hr trainings with Yogi Vishvketu of Rishikesh, India. She has over 30 years experience teaching group fitness, and has had 10 years experience as a personal trainer. In addition to teaching yoga and anatomy to yoga teacher trainees, she is a registered massage therapist and has been training other massage therapists for the past 6 years.
- emily schutz
Emily discovered yoga at the age of eleven. She quickly realized yoga offered more than physical benefits— it helped relieve teenage stress, boost confidence, and gave her a sense of well-being no previous sports could provide.
Emily found Prana Yoga Studio when she was fifteen, and instantly recognized it as her new home. At her first class, she decided, “I want to be here everyday, all the time, forever.”
Emily completed her teacher training in 2010 and began working at Prana right away. Now, as the studio manager, she’s passionate about helping students find classes and teachers they can connect with, helping them deal with injury and anxiety, and supporting their exploration of the deeper aspects of yoga.
Emily embodies that unique sense of community both students and staff have come to love about Prana. In her free time she enjoys photography, time with her fiancé, and her much loved pets.
- mallorie buoy
I was first drawn to yoga in 2006 as a way to complement more fast-paced fitness activities, and to experience relaxation while attending university. I realized my unwavering passion for yoga asana and philosophy while sharing what I had been learning with friends and family. I have been incredibly blessed to have had my journey lead to Prana Yoga Studio, where the holistic practice of mantra, pranayama, meditation, and asana continually bring me closer to my true, blissful, and fearless Self.
In August, 2010, I completed my Akhanda Yoga 200 hour YTT, during which the beautiful teachings of Yogi Vishvketu shone light on so many aspects of my life. The teachings of yoga are continually integrated into my life, as I am guided to live fully and with an open heart. In 2012, I completed my Yin Yoga Teacher Training (60 hours) with Bernie Clark, as well as became certified in Kundalini yoga, restorative yoga and Yoga Lifestyle Counseling during my 500 YTT in Rishikesh, India. It is has been so exciting that through sharing this path with others, I am continually learning in the presence of compassion, uniqueness, and devotion.
During the past five years of my university education, during which I received my Bachelor of Arts (majoring in psychology; 2010), and my Bachelor of Education (2012), I have been working with diverse groups of children and youth. I have worked extensively with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, in the capacities of a specialized services aide, a classroom teacher, and a yoga teacher for groups and families. I have also been trained with the organization Om-4-Youth (60 hours), which enables me to facilitate yoga groups with marginalized children and youth. I am continually striving to connect my passions for education and yoga; thus, I have created Awaken Education, with the intention of teaching children yoga, and teaching teachers how to bring yoga into their classrooms. Through Awaken Education, I hope to share tools in which to alleviate subconscious emotional reactions, develop awareness of individual and collective wellbeing in the classroom, develop a deeper sense of purpose in each student, and foster healthy bodies, minds and spirits.
- ganga ram (sean) forchuk
Yoga has taught me a lot about myself; most importantly about strengthening my body, mind and spirit. It has made me realize how important being in the present is, and not letting myself get weighed down with the past and future. The more I accept and let go, the more I have. It’s as simple as just remembering to breathe fully into the body.
I found yoga, or should I say, yoga found me in 2007. For me it was a way to lose some body weight that had been added over the past years. With yoga and heathier eating habits, I achieved my goals. After beginning to deepen my practice, I discovered that the seed of yoga was planted and has grown ever since.
I decided to expand my love of yoga and engage in teacher training in 2010. There I learned so much more, not only about myself, but fellow students. With that love and knowledge came encouragement to share with others from my heart and to help plant their yoga seed, bringing light and awareness to themselves.
- jaya amy
A lover of the Moon moved by bringing philosophy out of the books and into our foosteps, Jaya is a householder yogi; the modern western seeker who walks a pathless path. Meditation
and Yoga along with inquiry crashed into her life in the teen years and became fixtures in the ever changing scene of her reality. Privileged to have taught innumerable minds in all walks of life including recovering addicts with AADAC, professional athletes and bodybuilders, teens at risk, as well as developing an ongoing initiative with the Dystonia Foundation of Canada. Through practice and teaching she has come to an intimate understanding of the nature of the impersonal mind and the ways in which we create suffering. Jaya is a dharma poet, graduated Holistic Health Practitioner, Reiki Master, dedicated meditator and a teacher under Yogrishi Vishvketu’s smiling guidance. By Grace she is also the mother of two goddesses while currently brewing her third baby buddha due this summer. Parenting and partnering are her fundamental practices as she follows the Bhava Marga (Path of Spontaneous Devotion) and offers strong practices to the public rooted in Ghandi’s thought “we are none liberated until we are All liberated” Om Tat Sat
- kate (satori) case
The humming in the air was a palpable pulse felt deep inside and while it spiraled up my legs, quickened my heart, and caught my breath I knew it was an invitation to stay in the moment, instead of running from something I didn’t understand. To being in my own Presence. I was here in the Land of the Pharaohs at the base of the Great Pyramid and a part of me recognized a greater Truth. I’ll get to that, but first…
My name is Kate and ever since I was little, I’ve been entranced by myths, mystery, magic, and the allure of the unknown.
Born with a rare illness that my parents were told would claim me at a young age, I found solace in books. In my fantasy world I was safe from reality. This illusion shattered in my teens when I spiralled into destructive self-numbing behaviour. And yet a part of me knew there had to be another way.
For almost two decades I have been an intrepid explorer of the ancient healing arts of yoga and yoga therapy (900hrs+), Thai massage, Taoist/Chinese Medicine, the Sacred Feminine, Ayurveda, Eastern energy anatomy, drumming, women’s well-being, ritual, and the powerful medicine of aligning with Nature. I am a voracious reader, word weaver, symbolism Sherlock, creatrix of connection, Soul Siren, Urban Priestess, and Modern Mystic. All of these interests weave together in helping me support others in midwifing themselves through the process of healing, self-awareness, and integration in living a full spectrum life.
I enjoy playing with seemingly paradoxical inner and outer realms. I enjoy an old school punk rock ditty as much as I groove with a soulful folk tune. I love rainy thunderstorm days and I shine in the sun. I revel in the smell of an Autumn forest and melt over fresh baked anything. I enjoy a smooth whiskey, spicy chai, skulls, and savasana. I love heartfelt hugs, the kind that jump out of a person and envelop your whole being. My soul dances a jig when my husband and I submerge ourselves in mountain air. A hush comes over me when I glimpse the Full Moon in a starlit sky.
What Truth did I recognize? That my discovery of sacred places (from the Great Pyramid to the ancient temples in Malta) was really the portal into sacred places within myself. That the sacred isn’t reserved for a select few, pristine conditions, or geographical location. It was a place that wasn’t particularly austere, serene, or monastic, but rich, full, and alive. And it was within me.
With all of this exploration, I am most drawn to embracing every aspect of myself; the mystical and the ordinary parts of me including those I’ve tried to separate from. Foregoing fragmentation and welcoming wholeness.
I’ve found that healing occurs when I embrace the natural ebb and flow of Life. No matter how much I may forget my innermost Self, the Mystery of Life always invites me to celebrate it with open arms.www.shecollective.ca
- jeanette ward
Jeanette’s passion and enthusiasm for teaching yoga is a delight to be a part of. She began to experience the numerous positive benefits of practicing yoga in 1996 and started teaching in 2002. With a background in Group Fitness (since 1988), Jeanette has discovered that bringing unity and balance to the mind, body and spirit, is just as important as keeping the physical body in shape.
During her extended yoga teacher training in India (2009), Jeanette’s knowledge and understanding of yoga was deepened and enriched by her teacher, Yogi Vishvketu. She considers it one of the most transformational experiences of her life, and is most grateful for the profound healing that she received.
Other teachers that Jeanette feels most fortunate to have studied with are: Donna Farhi, TKV Desikachar, Mark Whitwell, Rodney Yee and Shiva Rea.
Jeanette’s awareness of the energetic aspect of the human body has been enhanced through the practice of yoga. She has taken numerous courses in energetic anatomy, is a Reiki Practitioner and has experienced first hand, the power of hands on healing. Jeanette is thrilled to be sharing the many gifts of yoga and energy healings on a full-time basis.
- Megan Paprotka
I was first introduced to yoga when I was sixteen years old and was immediately hooked. I loved the intensity of the physical practice and this was what initially drew me back to my mat.
Physical activity has always been very important to me and I initially sought yoga for these reasons once I finished my dancing career. However as I continued to practice my intentions dramatically shifted and I became more aware of the mental benefits yoga had to offer. Instead of practicing for physical reasons I began to practice to alleviate stress and to give my body the time and space to naturally move with breath. After I made these mental adjustments I noticed that my mind and body became stronger and healthier.
I completed the 200hr Akhanda Teacher Training through Prana Yoga Studio in 2012 and have been teaching ever since. In my classes I strive to create a space that is welcoming and healing for practitioners of all levels that encourages organic, breath-focused movement. I am very grateful that yoga has entered my life and look forward to passing this love on to others.
- amanda whiting
Amanda had been practicing yoga off and on since her early 20s, but after back surgery in 2009 restricted her range of motion, she found her way back to yoga full time. When she first started back, touching her toes seemed like an impossibility, but, like many discoveries through yoga, there is no such thing as an impossibility.
Yoga is a daily part of Amanda’s life both on and off the mat. Amanda has come to realize that the asana (postures) of the practice only skim the surface of what is available to be learned. Forever a student, Amanda has a thirst to continue learning and is on a lifelong learning journey that encompasses body, mind and soul.
Amanda obtained her 200 hour training at Prana Yoga Studio under the delightful Yogi Vishvketu, and has certifications for both Prenatal (RPYT 85 hour) and Yin Yoga (70 hours). Amanda now has the pleasure of assisting the Prenatal Teacher Training through Om Mama Yoga. Teaching yoga has truly rejuvenated her and she loves being able to share all she has learned with the world.
- tina wong
If I had to describe my yoga journey in a single word, I think ‘impulsive’ would sum it up nicely. My first foray into yoga began when I made the snap decision to sign up for Prana’s Spring 30-Day Sunrise Challenge without even a clue as to what yoga was. Little did I know how revolutionary that seemingly small decision would become – I finished the challenge head-over-heels in love with asana practice & how mutually complementary it was with my involvement in team sports. I went on to complete another Sunrise Challenge the following fall & on the thirtieth sleepy morning, I decided then & there that I wanted to become a yoga teacher. Seven months later, I was graduating from Prana’s 200-hour YTT program with my heart & mind blown dizzyingly open.
It’s been a rapid & transformative path of self-exploration & I still find myself falling more deeply in love with yoga every day due to the way that it teaches patience, perseverance, & a shwack-load of humility. I am now extraordinarily honoured to be a yoga teacher at the very studio in which I discovered yoga.In my classes, my aim is to hold a space for my students to reflect inward while simultaneously exploring outward via breath, movement, & a bit of light-heartedness. I feel unbelievably fortunate to be able to spread the yoga love at my home studio & I look forward to continuing on this absurdly impulsive yet incredibly beautiful journey with you.
- dawn southey hills
Dawn began her life long love of dance when she was 2 years old. She has studied various forms of dance including Jazz, Tap, Hawaiian, Tahitian, Bellydance, Bollywood, African, Flamenco, Ballroom, Ballet, and Modern. In University, she received her degree in Education with a Major in English and a Minor in Physical Education. After receiving her degree she got a job as a teacher for the Japanese Government. She spent 2 years living and working in Japan, travelling to Bali,Thailand, and Italy on her holidays. Dawn discovered Bellyfit after she became a mother. Bellyfit is a perfect combination of Bellydance, Bollywood, African, Cardio, Yoga, Pilates, and Meditation in a one hour workout. It was created by the amazing Canadian Alice Bracegirdle (visit www.bellyfit.ca for more details). Also, combining her love and experience of dance, Dawn created a class called “Dance Around the World”. It allows children and adults to experience various forms of dance from all over the world. Dawn is very passionate about inspiring and helping others to heal their lives. She studies health and wellness, and spirituality.
- sandy brown
As a student of yoga I am energized by a physical and spiritual practice, where the wonderful benefits spill out into my everyday life as a woman, mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend.
Teaching yoga to expectant mothers is an absolute thrill for me, and to be sharing in this life changing occasion, an honour. Providing the skills she needs to birth and mother this child is the reason I became a yoga teacher. From that seed, my enthusiasm blossomed into something so much greater than I could have ever expected or dreamed.
I am blessed with the ability to share my passion for yoga with others through teaching. I hope to inspire in my students the bliss of living ones yoga, on and off the mat, all while smiling!
Yoga is relaxing, challenging and fun and so I say “Let US have fun”!
Namaste friends; old, new and soon-to-be.
- april (divya kali) cantafio
I am ever amazed as to how I jumped into my first yoga class more than a decade ago (2000). At that time I was overly shy, cautious and would rarely stray into the unknown. To be honest I knew nothing about yoga. But there seemed to be some kind of energetic pull that brought me to class that day and continued to draw me back time and time again.
I fell in love with the sense of peace, clarity and overall awareness that appeared during and after class. I began to understand and value the unification of the body, breath and mind. Within a short while I became utterly fascinated by the physical and subtle bodies and began to immerse myself into any style of yoga or healing discipline that my teachers (Deb and Lacie Cosgrove) were offering, from Kundalini Yoga to Ashtanga and Reiki/Energy Healing to Thai Yoga Massage.
Over the years my practice naturally led to teaching, as I taught my first class in 2004. Although I was nervous I experienced an overwhelming sense of gratitude to share the wonderful gift of yoga and the breath. I knew then and there that teaching would be a path I would explore more deeply in the future. From that point on I subbed and assisted classes under the guidance of my teachers, Deb and Lacie. However, it wasn’t until finishing my Bachelor of Design that I was able to furthur my training. First completing the 200YTT Ashtanga training and later the Sattva training with Rameen Peyrow, then traveling to India to study with the ever blissful Yogi Vishvketu at his ashram for the 200YTT in 2010 and 500YTT in 2012 . I feel blessed to have had such wonderful opportunities to immerse myself in the practice of yoga. I truly believe that yoga has guided me in ways that I may not even realize yet and thus have chosen to dedicate this life to the discovery of the self and ultimately union.
- lauren dodds
I was first introduced to yoga at sixteen and although I didn’t stick with it at first, it planted the seed for the start of an incredible journey a few years later. I returned to the practice in university as a way to keep active, but really dived in after my return from a solo backpacking trip to Australia in 2012, when I began practicing Yin regularly. Slowing my body and breath in this way transformed my being and gave deeper clarity to my path; I knew that 2014 would be the year for yoga teacher training. I was blessed to find Prana Yoga Studio and complete the extended 200hr Akhanda YTT in June 2014.
This journey has taught me to trust and appreciate the beauty within, and of the world that surrounds us. It continues to lead me to discover new passions, from elemental nutrition to devotion through music. My goal is to inspire others to find a lifestyle that incorporates the aspects of yoga that resonate with them and cultivates a sense of community, connection and empowerment.
- jane marshall
I’ve been practicing yoga since 2003 (it all began with a pre-natal DVD and a mat in my family room). I grew up in West Edmonton and when Prana opened in 2006, it filled a gap in our community. Leala Enfield’s authentic teachings still strike a chord and I’m so pleased to be teaching meditation at her urban sanctuary.
My meditation practice began in 2008 when I met Tibetan Buddhist monk Kushok Lobsang Dhamchöe. Meeting him shook up my world—he was exactly the teacher I was looking for. He inspired trips to Nepal, India, and Tibet, and my first book project (Back Over the Mountains), and he taught me how to harness my thoughts, stabilize them, and transform them for the benefit of others. Rather than searching for enlightenment outside myself, I’ve learned that the work must be done on the inside.
I graduated from the University of Alberta (English major) in 2004, then began my writing career. Travel inspires my articles for Travel Alberta, Vue Weekly, BEdition Magazine (The U of A’s Faculty of Education Magazine), the Edmonton Journal, and Mandala Magazine.
You can read my articles at www.seejanewrite.ca.
I’m an explorer at heart. Whether it’s the outer, physical landscape, the landscape of our bodies upon our yoga mats, or our inner mental landscapes, I hope we can investigate together as I guide you in meditation.
- erik hanzen
The journey to greater self awareness began for Erik at 15 years old, when he began to question the purpose of his existence. Questions like “what am I?” and “why am I here?” started to guide the choices he was making in life inspiring him to begin the practice of meditation. His questioning lead him to his studies and diploma in acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and massage in Boulder, Colorado in 1993. He has also studied reiki, alchemical hypnotherapy, harmonic resonance balancing, and ayurveda which are influences in his classes and private practice.
When Erik and his family moved to Edmonton in 2003 he delved deeper into the practice of yoga. Yoga became a powerful tool in understanding the meaning of his life and in 2006 he completed his first Yoga teacher training. One year later he met Yogi Vishvketu and completed his training in Akhanda Yoga with a 200 hour training in Edmonton and in 2009 the 500 hour training in India. Since that time Erik has been one of the facilitators for the World Conscious Yoga Family’s Teacher Training program that trains yoga teachers in Canada and India.
In 2013 he created Healing Breath Therapy a breathing technique combining shamanic breathing and yogic breathing to allow his clients/students a greater experience and understanding of the depth and power of human consciousness. When not teaching classes Erik enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, snowboarding, camping, biking, rock climbing, reading and living a simple life.
- soledad agosto
Dancing and movement are a part of life on the island of Puerto Rico, where I grew up. As a child I knew the innocence of relaxed breathing. But I really discovered the power of breath when I was 19. After a yoga practice, during Savasana (corpse pose) as I was lying still on the floor, letting the gentle flow of the breath move my body, I felt the edges of my body open up and melt away. I realized my body started to open and surrender. My mind followed and I experienced a new openness that set the pattern to further investigate the real meaning of what was happening.
Soon after that experience a series of painful events changed my life and my world as I had known it came to an end. I had a choice to open or close to the pain. Somewhere in my heart I chose to open.
I spend the next few years learning all I could about different types of yoga and massage. After finishing a BA in Anthropology I started a long trip to South America and was introduced to Vipassana Meditation. These silent 10 day meditation retreats were an amazing tool that showed me to be still, see and discover the world inside. In the years that followed I continued my studies in massage therapy, I study two years of Anatomy and Physiology in the Medical School of the University of Buenos Aires, I worked assisting classes in a renowned Massage Therapy School and had my private massage therapy practice in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
My first Yoga Teacher Training was in the Iyengar tradition, then I started teaching in 2007. I had the opportunity of attending the Yoga Teachers Training with the whole hearted Yogi Vishyketu in 2010 while I was pregnant with my first child. Being pregnant open up a whole new world and I became a passionate student of women, birth, female bodies, babies… Since then I’ve been learning and teaching yoga to pregnant women and moms and babies.
My husband and I own an alternative health clinic: Integrated Therapies (integratedtherapies.ca)
We helped in the creation of two children: Orel and Pina.
- brandon jacobs
I have a very eclectic educational and experiential background, which I am extremely excited to bring to Prana. I have my Bachelor of Education (Physical Education/Health Education) as well as a Bachelor of Physical Education and taught in the education system for four years. After that, I chose to pursue holistic health and healing. Presently I am working as a 200-Hour E-RYT and work full time as a 2200 Hour Registered Massage Therapist. I have also obtained my Yin Yoga certification, my Rocket Yoga certification and hold my AFLCA certification as a personal trainer.
I have practiced many streams of yoga over the years and my relationship with yoga has helped me to unmask myself and pull out the best in me. Yoga can strip you to your very core, which can help you build a truly incredible relationship with yourself, where you are then able to be the best for others. I am eternally grateful that yoga has done exactly that for me and am thankful to be able to share my education and experience to give back to the yoga community.
Deep down in all of us, there is pure potential, beauty, grace, integrity, wholeness, and love. It is a vision of mine to be a guide in people’s journey in finding and appreciating their highest selves and purposes. I am also published with Elephant Journal, where I wrote an article entitled “I Am” (http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/04/i-am-brandon-jacobs/). While this article no longer defines me, it is still a part of my journey and may be of service to anyone needing it.
“There is nothing noble about being superior to someone else. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.”
- angela dechaine
Angela Dechaine Before yoga, beloved animal mentors supported me to discover conscious breathing, present moment awareness, universal consciousness, unconditional love and connection to who I am at my core. I found that yoga was sharing the same messages and it became a weekly practice for me in 2004 as I attended classes in my community. Through the years yoga became an increasingly large part of my life as I felt it was supporting my cultivation of a deeper sensitivity to energy and communion with nature and animals, as well as a deeper understanding and acceptance of myself.
In 2009 I was feeling a call to explore a new career that would align with my passion for conscious communion with Life and inspiring others to do the same. Soon friends and family, even people I did not know very well, were encouraging me to explore the yoga teacher training. At that time I felt that I was more a student then a teacher, but the message was coming in loud and clear to explore teaching, so I trusted it and gave myself a year to explore different styles of yoga. Two blessings came from this exploration, I found Akhanda Yoga and Kundalini Dance. As I attended these classes I found that the practices powerfully complimented each other and my journey to reconnection, self realization and evolution was accelerating! In both practices I was feeling expansion in every cell of my being and a deep connection with all Life. These practices also supported a deeper awareness of the samskaras (deep impressions in the mind or belief patterns) that were holding me back from complete union with my True Self. Yoga and Kundalini Dance gave me the tools to be who I am meant be and the insight that I desire to share this information with others to support them on their own journey.
In August 2010 I completed the intensive YTT program with Prana and Yogi Vishvaketu and in October 2011 completed the Kundalini Dance Facilitator training with Leyolah Antaraʼs blessing. I am thrilled to be able to share Akhanda Yoga and Kundalini Dance with others as it is my deepest desire to inspire others to connect deeply with the Truth of who they are, be who they are meant to be and honor the Divine spark of Life in all beings.
I feel my time with animals has taught me much about what it means to be a teacher. A teacher builds a relationship with her students and she learns about them through observation and interaction. She learns what motivates and encourages the student so that they may succeed and she sets the student up for success by creating achievable steps. She understands the importance of play and joy in teaching and has patience and the ability to listen to what the student has to share. She understands that teaching is a co-creative process and that the student is also sharing information that is valuable. Although I teach, I know I am also forever the student… Letʼs learn together and cocreate new ways of being that are in alignment with the Truth of who we are!
Although I teach, I know I am also forever the student… Letʼs learn together and cocreate new ways of being that are in alignment with the Truth of who we are!
“If you want to master something, teach it” – Yogi Bhajan
- donna nygren
Donna first discovered yoga in 1998, taking classes twice weekly from a beautiful yoga teacher in a small church in south Edmonton. She continued this gentle Hatha practice till the birth of her first child in 2002.
At 39 years of age, Donna found herself waking up each morning barely able to move. She was experiencing stiffness and pain in her lower back after three years of a dedicated Pilates practice and found her way back to yoga in the fall of 2008.
The healing aspects of yoga can not be denied. Donna was deeply drawn to, and fell in love with, the holistic practice of yoga – learning mantra, pranayama and meditation, as well as asana. This style fed her soul, healed her spirit and helped make all aspects of Donna’s life healthier and happier.
In June 2011, Donna took her practice to the next level and completed her yoga teacher training through World Conscious Yoga Family at Prana Yoga Studio and began teaching shortly afterwards. Donna loves teaching yoga, and through it learns so much about herself as well as feeling an immense sense of service.