Inner Focus Yoga Instructors
Bonnie has been a competitive martial artist with the International Chang Hon Taekwon-Do Federation for the past nine years; achieving the title of City, Provincial, Canadian, and World Cup Champion in both patterns and sparring. Upon being selected as a Team Canada member for the Intercontinental Mixed Martial Arts Tournament in Puerto Rico, Bonnie began looking for new fitness programs that would improve balance, strength, and flexibility; that is when she discovered yoga. She describes her first yoga experience as a life changing moment. What started out as a quest to improve her physical abilities, ended up being an “extreme makeover” not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually too; completely changing her life path.
Bonnie enrolled in the Yoga Works Teacher Training as a way to deepen her own practice, and shortly after completion, began teaching. It is Bonnie’s deepest desire to share the precious gift of yoga and teach the world that by quieting the mind you can hear your soul, by listening to our soul, we can acquire absolute serenity from within.
Bonnie is also a certified Reiki Master and currently continuing her studies in intuitive healing.
When Bonnie is not on her yoga mat, you can find her teaching Taekwon-Do at the Chestermere Recreation Center and she would like to extend an invitation to everyone to come and try a free class! Please visit www.focustkd.info for more information.
Yoga is universal, you just have to find what speaks to you.
Sarah tried yoga out of curiosity and got something completely different. It opened her eyes to a whole new way of living.
She loves the physical and spiritual practices of yoga. She thinks it is a fantastic combination with other sports or activities. Sarah's style goes from fun and flowy to relaxed and calming. One of her favorite things about yoga is the feeling you get the second you step on your mat.
Yoga provides a safe space to explore your flexibility, spirituality and strength. She likes to promote uniqueness; it’s your practice so do what feels good for you! One of her favorite quotes is The Guest House "This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. They may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought the shame the malice. Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whatever comes because each has been sent as a guide..."
If you’re down for some laughs and some serious stress relief give yoga a try :)
YOGA: UNION, to UNITE,
The literal meaning being “YOKE,” or “The act of yoking or harnessing.”
Uniting the physical, mental and spiritual in one beautiful human body, in one beautiful moment, on this one beautiful Earth, that is a part of the amazing abundant Universe!
Shortly after graduating from high school in 2006, I came across a book that opened me up to the connection between our body and mind. The book helped bring more understanding to my Mother always telling me “mind over matter” when sudden a cold or flu was starting to arise. Being immediately intrigued by the idea I continued to do my own research on the mind body connection and other topics, such as alternative energy sources and alternative/preventive medicines.
I am currently working on a Master Herbalist Diploma and since studying at The Wild Rose College of Natural Healing, I have been certified to the Master level as a Reiki practitioner under the teachings of Salina Braganza. I have completed courses such as Aromatherapy, Hot Stone Massage therapy, Herbology and Botany and Plant identification under the wonderful teachings of Blaine Andrusek and Terry Willard. These studies really helped me open up to exploring, understanding and feeling the direct connection humans have with our earth and the people around us, and ultimately lead me to my mat and the amazing study of the Science of Yoga.
In January 2011 I attended a 3 month 400 hour Yoga Teacher Training, based around the science of the Chakra system, under the teachings on David Goulet and Marina Helleran at The Pyramid Yoga School in Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand. The practice and study of Yoga connects the body, mind and spirit together in a beautiful comprehensive system of study and development of all 3. Through the practice of yoga we work to cease the modifications of our individual “EGO” mind, such as thoughts of fear, anger and guilt and begin the pursuit to the sacred union of “the individual self” with “the universal cosmic consciousness,” that is Eternally and infinitely present, abundant, loving and joyful. Beginning to take care of the physical body is the beginning of the amazing journey of YOGA and becoming fully loving, awake and present in every beautiful moment.
I am extremely excited to be able to explore and experience this amazing life long ancient practice with all of you.
Namaste to all
In order to catch a train, you have to miss the train before it" ~Anon
Yoga is my rock. I used to think that my journey began when I started taking classes, but now I see that I have been practicing my whole life. It's more then just an hour of my daily routine, it's in everywhere I go and in everything I do.
Yoga is my rabbit-hole. I can't help but fall further into the lifestyle, for everywhere I look there is a new, unimaginable surprise. It goes on forever; I am always a student and I am always a teacher.
Yoga is my Saturday morning cartoon. It never fails to bring joy to my life. I encourage my students to experience that joy by laughing, asking questions and delving deep into themselves.
Jessica's classes emphasize finding practical life philosophy in breath and postures. She is a nondenominational teacher who pulls from many styles and the many countries she's had the pleasure to practice in. You can expect Jessica's classes to evolve various flow sequences, some longer holds, and meditation. And by the way, she is always open to requests and questions!
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.
Chantalle Stott (Sat Kirin Kaur) is a 200hr Yoga Alliance certified Kundalini yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) instructor. She’s a registered member of the Kundalini Yoga International Teachers Association and the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Her specialized trainings include postural alignment (Guru Prem Sign), children’s yoga (Radiant Child Yoga), youth yoga (Y.O.G.A for Youth) and most recently a 6 day intensive on the Mind and Meditation (part of her 500hr certification program. She’s attended and continues to attend trainings to further both her personal and professional growth so that she can continue to serve her clients and students with the best yogic technologies available.
Various training and her own experience with trauma, chronic pain, chronic stress and weight issues has led to her ability to work closely and successfully with clients using Kundalini Yoga and meditation therapeutically to help them work through their physical, mental and spiritual blocks. She’s developed several programs addressing these issues and is very excited to be joining the Inner Focus Yoga team so she can share these programs with the clients and staff.
What is Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan® is designed to give you “hands on” experience of your highest consciousness. It teaches a method by which you can achieve the sacred purpose of your life. It is universal and nondenominational.
The practice of Kundalini Yoga balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, and enables us to harness the energy of the mind and the emotions, so we can be in control of ourselves, rather than being controlled by our thoughts and feelings. This technology combines breath, mudra (hand positions), eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures in a precise, conscious manner to affect body, mind, and soul. It prepares us and helps us to cope with the daily challenges and stresses of everyday life.
Chantalle Stott (Sat Kirin Kaur) is happily married to her husband of 12 years and has a beautiful pre-teen daughter. Their family is complimented by their three companion dogs, Max, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys reading, researching, writing, outdoor activities, traveling, spending quality time with friends and family and all things Yoga! She wears her heart on her sleeve and believes in the power of truth and gratitude. She’s an advocate for self empowerment, body appreciation and yoga for all body types.
At a young age Desiree has been involved with dancing, martial arts and sports and has always been fascinated by the body and its capabilities. She recently completed her Personal Fitness Trainer Certification from Mount Royal University and works as a Wellness Coach with the YMCA. She started practicing yoga in 2010, and like many others, thought yoga would only help her gain flexibility. She came to discover that there was more to yoga than just gaining flexibility but rather a practice of strength and discipline of the mind and body. Her passion for yoga grew and she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training from YogaWorks in Calgary. Desiree believes there is great power in a focused mind and that there isn’t anything impossible for those who believe. She also believes that yoga is an amazing tool that can help bring those things, once was thought impossible, into reality. As an aspiring teacher Desiree hopes to share her knowledge, passion about health and wellness, and to empower others to live life optimally.
Desiree is actively involved within the community and has been for many years. When she is not training or practicing on the mat you can find her riding her bike, sitting at a coffee shop, helping within different yoga studios, setting up for church or leading youth groups.
"live fully, laugh often, love much and through it all breathe"
Nadine stepped on a yoga mat for the first time over a decade ago to assist with bringing her much needed flexibility and balance into her long distance running body. Yoga became a regular ‘practice’ in her training regime to remain strong, healthy, and injury free. About three years ago, yoga changed from being just a beautiful physical practice for her body’s well-being, to one that truly opened her heart.
Nadine was awakened to realize yoga is much more than a physical practice but one that connects both the emotional and spiritual self. When Nadine needed yoga most, yoga was there to teach her to look inward and listen. Nadine learned to quiet her mind and truly listen to her heart to find the answers that lie within. The yoga community has helped bring Nadine back to her roots and live her truth through positive energy, goodness and endless possibilities. Nadine recently completed the 200 hour Gaiatri Yoga Teacher Training and aspires to continue in her learning each time she steps on her mat.
Nadine feels tremendously grateful she gets to be a part of the new yoga community opening in Chestermere. Nadine is ecstatic to meet each and every one of you that come through the door of Inner Focus Yoga.
Crystal came to yoga many years ago looking for a low-impact physical work-out and it didn't take long for her to fall in love with the practice. It quickly became something greater, a source of strength, clarity, a simple way to manage stress and enhance overall health.
After being liberated from a life in the corporate world, aka laid-off, Crystal answered the proverbial knock at the door and attended a 200hr Yoga Works teacher training intensive in Calgary Alberta. This unexpected opportunity shifted her practice into high gear and inspired her to follow her heart and live her truth by sharing the journey of yoga with others as a teacher.
“We all come to yoga for different reasons but we benefit in similar ways. When we show up on our mat we enter a sacred space where we are free to peel back the armour and experience healing in its most purest of forms. Yoga is always here for us. It's a practice, offering something different every day. There is no perfect, there is only right now. Yoga helps us let go of yesterday and explore who we are right now and what we need today. This is why I love teaching – I get to play in a world where people come to support each other and to experience joy and healing. What a beautiful community – who wouldn't want to be a part of that!”
When Crystal is not practicing or teaching yoga she is exploring her other interests, healing through food and aromatherapy. She divides her time between either writing or publishing for her food blog Wild Herbivore www.wildherbivore.ca, or completing her studies as a student of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, working towards certification in 2013 as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Orthomolecular Therapist. Also studying aromatherapy, she is working towards certification in 2013/2014, and recently launched her own brand of completely natural handmade products lovingly named DewDrop Aromatherapy www.dewdroparomatherapy.ca.
By integrating all of these modalities and her experience as a Reiki practitioner, Crystal endeavours to help others harness their own innate ability to self heal and thrive .
We are all uniquely perfect. Honour where you are right now and know that it is great.
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.
My journey with yoga began when I stepped onto my mat at 16. At the time I did not fully understand what the subtle feelings were that my physical practice brought me. My mat became a place of refuge; grounding and centering me. I continued practicing yoga amidst a competitive athletic schedule and the stress of working to live up to my own high expectations.
A few years later I began to awaken to my spirituality which brought with it a yearning to be fulfilled outside of the university setting that I was in. I left school to live in Europe for 6 months where I found myself applying to teacher’s training at Yoga Passage the summer that I returned home.
My training was the key to the fulfillment I had been seeking and my journey has since gifted me with passion and aliveness. It is beautiful to witness the flow and transformation of people’s energy on their mats and I am grateful to have the incredible privilege to share something so beautiful and powerful with others!
"Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” " Howard Thurman