The deep inner peace and union experienced during her yoga practices is what inspires Melanie to share her passion for yoga with others.
A practitioner for over 20 years, Melanie chose to nurture her love of yoga by completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training certification at Passage Studios in Calgary. She is also a certified Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra instructor and has developed a passion for energy healing, being a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner. She will often incorporate Reiki into her yoga classes, as she believes the two practices complement each other extremely well.
In her classes, Melanie strives to create an environment of inclusivity, peace and non-judgement, doing her best to ensure that each of her students' needs are met with the utmost kindness and respect.
Amarin's life practice is to strive to make her sharings as Nature therapy guide, Yoga & Meditation teacher, Mother, Lover and friend be her beautiful continuance.
Amarin has studied Yoga/Mindfulness Meditation and related life practices in Canada and around the world. She has taught yoga and meditation for over 23 years and with her daughter Cailen, co-created The Heart of Bragg Creek and Experience Journeys, an environmental not-for-profit. She works, lives and plays within the immense beauty of the Rocky Mountain foothills in Bragg Creek, Alberta Canada.
Amarin is a graduate of Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach’s two year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training, is a certified Forest and Nature Therapy Guide with the ANFT and is presently enrolled in Mark Coleman’s ‘Awake in the Wild’ Teacher training.
Emma's enthusiasm for sharing yoga comes from a place of deep gratitude for the gifts yoga has brought into her life.
Emma is a lifelong learner and finds inspiration for yoga wherever she is. She is blessed to be continually inspired by her yoga mentors, Don & Amba Stapleton of the Nosara Yoga Institute and Amarin Dawn of Yoga Within the Heart.
Emma treasures time spent in nature. Sharing the beauty of Gaia with family and community stokes her inner fire. She takes the time to thank our Earth Mother and sing a little song of gratitude to Her!
Susan is a certified Hatha, Kundalini and Restorative Yoga Teacher and a Registered Massage Therapist. Susan has operated the Hilltop Wellness Center for 27 years in Bragg Creek which offers various forms of Bodywork, Body focused counselling, yoga classes, sessions for animals and Healing ceremonies for individuals, groups and Mother Earth (website: hilltopwellness.ca).
The desire to connect, understand and grow has fuelled Katherine's passion for yoga, drawing her back day after day and week after week for many years. Now as a new guide she is excited to share movement, philosophy and a spiritual journey with others.
Katherine's practice began with George McFaul and participating in many workshops exploring movement and breath. Through The Heart of Bragg Creek she has been very fortunate to expand her practice to meditation and an introduction to Ayurveda, as well as many, many beautiful practices with the guides there.
She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with the Mandorla Yoga Institute in early 2020.
Katherine grew up in Banff and has lived in Bragg Creek for over twenty years. The peace and beauty that surrounds her is a constant reminder that we are all connected.
René is a free spirit and a seeker of joy and human connection. Initially turning to Yoga for the physical aspects, she soon realized her expectations would be greatly exceeded. Feeling inspired by the community, she took a leap of faith and completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with the Mynah School of Yoga in 2019. René welcomes all practitioners willing to move and grow both on and off their mats.
Tracy has studied yoga for over 20 years, but the training that most influenced her was her Chakra Yoga Teacher Training. It has inspired so much growth in her life, including successfully healing chronic health issues with yoga as her guiding force. As with all things difficult, it was a period of tremendous growth and has strengthened her belief in yoga as a powerful tool to bring wellness back into our lives. It is Tracy's belief that wellness is fostered by being fully present to the moment, with an open heart, and yoga helps to foster these states of being. She hopes to guide others to find the magic in yoga.
DevJeet offers a Kundalini Yoga experience inspired by his own personal healing journey. He was drawn to a career as an EMT and Firefighter in order to help others, but after 10 years of high stress, trauma, and addiction to cope, he chose a new path and awakened with his deep devotion to the practice of KY, and connection with plants and nature. He has expanded his studies and deepened his understanding to help others to de-stress, lessen the grip of addictive behaviour’s, quiet the the mind, and master the art of discipline. “…a seeker is simply a student of consciousness, brave enough to see all as a reflection, and compassionate enough to love all that they see…”
Colin Hillstrom has been passionate about sound and music all of his life. A certified sound healer since 1995, Colin considers himself an Instrument for Love, Peace & Light when he curates cosmic sound waves with his 16 Crystal Tones alchemy singing bowls. Colin has recorded a meditation CD with bowls and cello and has written several books on healing relationships. He certifies yoga teachers and holistic healers in his method of facilitating consciousness and healing with quartz crystal singing bowls. He resides in the hamlet of Bragg Creek, AB.
To Matthew, the combination of movement, breath and mind within the practice of yoga is like a graceful dance with the inner self. He believes that there is something for everybody in yoga, no matter how they get introduced to it. We are all here to inspire each other, so we can all grow strong together, and that is a beautiful thing.
Matthew loves to be in and around nature, whether that is hiking, biking, camping or cold dipping. He is also a big believer in breathwork. Matthew has been practicing the Wim Hof Method, and other pranayama techniques for even longer than his yoga practice, which has been beneficial in his life. He likes to challenge himself on a regular basis by getting out of his comfort zone... trying to find comfort in the discomfort. He likes to encourage students to challenge themselves, to find those edges and play with them. We are all a lot more capable than we think we are. Matthew has also found a love for guitar, which he sometimes incorporates at the end of his classes as he believes that singing nourishes the soul.
Amber's mindfully guided classes bring to our studio sunshine, smiles and strength. In her caring and heartfelt instruction she challenges us, calms us, bring us to our edge and encourages us to find our strengths.
When she is not practicing at the studio you will find her making connections within the studio. Outside of the studio you will find her in her out exploring and experiencing nature, spending time with her husband, 5 beautiful children, and her granddaughter- doing the many activities they enjoy together.
Keep an eye on the schedule for her as she will be subbing at Yoga Spirit occasionally!
-A giver of hugs and sharer of smiles-
'Be where your feet are' - Yoga gives us the ability to arrive, to land in our bodies and attune to the present moment. Over many years as both a facilitator and student of yoga, I have witnessed the unfolding of profound transformation that comes when individuals surrender into the practice. Moving through the many layers of being, starting from the physical, working into the mental, and energetic layers, and towards a heightened state of consciousness.
Yoga is an embodied experience. In my teachings I invite students to show up as they are, to release what keeps them tethered. I know that yoga is not just a source of health, balance, and serenity, but of freedom. Freedom to breathe. Freedom to be in the moment, to live the life you dream of.
Prior to moving to Cochrane in 2022, Maryna ran a boutique style Kids and Adult yoga studio and Yoga Childcare business in Winnipeg for 6 years. She is also a mom of an amazing 7 year old boy who has practiced yoga with her since he was 10 days new.
Specializing in health and wellness, Maryna is an energetic advocate for thriving health and abundant living. She holds over 500 hours of yoga training in various disciplines of adult and kids yoga & meditation and is certified in Art Therapy and Education (Math Teacher, Ukraine). Maryna also incorporates her additional training in Cognitive Behaviour Techniques and Neurobiology when teaching her classes.
In her teaching and in her life, Maryna is grateful for the powerful influence of two teachers who have taught her a great deal about spirituality, deep inner-listening, and conscious communication - Jonathan Austin (her yoga teacher who follows the way of a great Indian spiritual master) and her husband. Maryna lives a Yogis lifestyle and enjoys sharing yoga and meditation with adults and children of all ages.