Inner Focus Yoga Instructors
Bonnie began competitive martial art training with the International Chang Hon Taekwon-Do Federation in 2002, achieving 19 consecutive double gold international wins. She also had the honor of being selected as a Team Canada Representative 3 times where she claimed the title of World Cup Champion in both patterns and sparring. Upon being selected to represent Canada in Puerto Rico, she began attending yoga classes to improve strength, flexibility, and hand eye coordination. Little did she know at that time, yoga would actually save her life one day.
After being struck with a series of tragic events, Bonnie’s heath and wellness deteriorated drastically. She was preparing to have surgery when she heard a whisper from within to deepen her practice of yoga, and to learn an alternative healing method called Reiki. Bonnie did not come from a background of alternative healing but had already tried everything so it was nothing more that utter desperation that urged her to listen to her intuitive messages and give Reiki a try.
Bonnie trained under Rev. Isabelle Faith, founder of the Reiki Center, who taught her about Reiki Healing, and how to hear the whispers of your Guardian Angles, ultimately healing not only the physical pain which had been crippling her, but also healing from illness which almost claimed her life. Bonnie is now a Reiki Master who has helped many people find their journey back to optimal wellness, as well as teach students the art of Reiki healing, meditation, and intuitive healing.
Guided again by the “whispers from within”, Bonnie enrolled in the Yoga Works Teacher training as a way to deepen her own practice and shortly after completion began teaching; and eventually opening her own Yoga Studio in Chestermere Alberta. It is Bonnie’s deepest desire to share the precious gift of natural healing through yoga and self nurturing to awaken our powerful gift; the innate capacity to self heal from virtually everything.
Bonnie recently began offering Angel Card Readings and life transformation courses to those who are facing challenges, or wishing to create change in their lives. Email chestermerereikihealing.com for a free consultation.
Yoga is universal, you just have to find what speaks to you.
My yoga journey began in 1998 with Cathy Shea & Asthanga Power Yoga. It was love at first vinyasa! Although, I do recall the process of building strength to find rest in downward dog!
I enjoy the blissful state that yoga cultivates through moving meditation. The marriage of breath and movement help me to enjoy the fundamentals of this earthly experience and the heavens all at once! It’s that feeling that keeps me coming back to this ancient sacred practice. I am grateful for each and every practice. Constantly growing a deeper understanding of love, unity, joy and peace that come from within. I love how the yogic learnings intertwine with all facets of life’s daily routines.
I completed the 200 hr Alberta Yoga College program in December 2013 enjoying the privilege of studying with Rob Walker and Cathy Shea. Completing a dream that began 15 years prior. Over the past 15 years, I have had the wonderful experience to learn from the most talented teachers in the Calgary area. It has been a true blessing.
My love for yoga is balanced with a deep passion for family, health, personal growth and all kinds of fun adventurous life experiences! I also enjoy teaching private yoga lessons, doing angel card readings and reiki healing sessions. Please contact me for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Angel Card Readings:
Angels are powerful and loving Divine messengers who are unrestricted by space & time. They are continuously around us and can help with all things. An angel reading gives direct communication with your angels and spirit guides.
Melody’s Yoga Journey began as a way to stay in shape, but she found so much more. Then a 30 Day Yoga Challenge connected her to something incredible…....herself! Practicing daily both on and off the mat has become a way of life that has brought her to her love of teaching, Melody teaches from the heart, which she believes is our highest teacher. Teaching with a belief that we all have everything we need inside and everything we have we need.
Melody believes that as we draw inwards, we begin to hear…….we begin to feel…….we come back to our centre, to our authentic self. Each time we come back to our mat, each time we find our breath, the opportunity is there to find our beauty within ....Yoga for Melody is a way to find ourselves and evolve our inner beings.
I started practicing yoga for the physical benefits, I thought it was a good way to exercise and maintain my flexibility. The more I practiced, the more I realized there was much more to yoga than the physical forms. Yes, I was exercising, but I found I was becoming more in tune with what my body was doing and how it worked. I was calmer and less stressed; perhaps best of all, I was more confident. For me, yoga has been a source of strength and balance. Yoga is a practice that is accessible to anyone and is something that holds great benefits to anyone. It's my goal as an instructor to help other people find the same connection with yoga that I have found.
I've been practicing yoga for about 5 years and received my training certificate in Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in 2011. Through yoga, not only have I been fortunate to learn from incredible instructors and I've also met some of the most interesting people. There is a really strong sense of community in yoga and I'm really glad to be a part of that.
When I'm not practicing yoga, I enjoy drawing, reading comic books, watching science fiction and other nerd friendly activities.
I came to Yoga seven years ago as a supplement to the dancing that I had been doing for 15 years. During this overlap period I found that Yoga was helping to both strengthen my body and make me more flexible. I also discovered that it helped to make me a more centered person, teaching me that breath could get me through anything. Five years ago I injured myself dancing and had to quit, however, this only strengthened my yoga practice, which I used to help heal my body.
These are the things that are important to me as an instructor. To keep people safe, help them heal their bodies if need be or to simply strengthen what they already have, as well as to find a stillness or a relaxing quality to the practice as well.
Five years ago, I attended my first yoga class out of curiosity and the insistence of my mother. The moment I stepped onto that rental mat, I knew there was something more to the practice than I had been told. What I didn't know, was how instrumental yoga would be in my pursuit of a life of richness, and contentment.
Guided by excited longing, I continued to explore and read as much I could in the hope of understanding this auspicious practice we call yoga. My thirst for knowledge eventually inspired my enrollment in a local 200 hour teacher training lead by Nora Maskey, and Alice Hong.
As a teacher, I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to practice and teach what I love every day. As a
student, I hope to never stop asking questions or exploring what it means to be in caring
relationship with self, and others.
See you on the mat.
Abbie has been practising yoga for 3 years, and has completed her 200 hr yoga teacher training through yoga works in 2012 at sanguine yoga. Since then she has volunteered teaching community classes and is currently teaching at a couple different yoga studios around Calgary.
Abbie’s classes are a great combination of flow, core work and a little bit of yin postures. She always wants to create safe, fun atmosphere that’s available for everyone to enjoy.
Starting off or unwinding your day, you will feel more flexible and strong after taking one of her classes. Knowing that after each class you can always start fresh, no matter where you are in your day, life, or practise. Yoga, after all is about taking time to focus on you, body, mind & spirit. In her time outside of yoga, she enjoys snowboarding, surfing, hiking & most importantly spending time with her family & friends, enjoying a good glass of wine.