Inner Focus Yoga Instructors
Bonnie began competitive martial arts 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: email@example.com
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, practicing daily both on and off the mat became a way of life that brought Melody to her love of teaching. Teaching from the heart, which she believes is our highest teacher, with an emphasis on cultivating spaciousness within both the mind and body. After discovering the profound effect of yin yoga, Melody refined her skills through an intensive teacher training with internationally renowned Bernie Clark.
Melody believes that if we move away from focusing on the physical discomforts, a pose can bring a deeper awareness and meditation within each hold. It is through this awareness we can bring a sense of calm and balance, into all that we do. Melody teaches with a belief that we all have everything we need inside and everything we have we need. Each time we come back to our mat, each time we find our breath, the opportunity is there to find our beauty within. Always a student, Melody gains knowledge through the coming together of people, and values each experience they share.
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’ve stumbled on to my first yoga class by accident in 2010. I was first introduced to it by a friend that has me to a flow class thinking it was a foundation class. I found yoga becoming a part of my daily repertoire. Classes did not just become an exercise class but it became second nature to the point where a day was not complete without a practice.
As my excitement and curiosity grew about yoga so I decided to take a leap of faith and sign up for my first teacher training with Nora Maskey and Alice Hong in 2013. I had no intention in teaching at first but my first class lead me to wanting to share his practice with everyone I meet whether it be an asana practice or a simple breathing exercise. My classes are pulled by many styles of yoga such as Hatha, Ashtanga and Anusara. My classes are also inspired by my martial arts background. So get ready to work whether it be a fast pace vinyasa class or a slow alignment base class.
“I always saw yoga as a form of a dance. The breath is the music that energizes us and the asana'a are acting as the dance choreography to the music. When the music and choreography acts in unison we find a deeper connection with not just breath and asana but a sense of understanding of the practice. This form of understanding acts as our inner teacher or guru.”
See you at your mats!
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.
My deep love and reverence for the practice of yoga began over 8 years ago as a desire for greater awareness and a more nurturing relationship with all aspects of myself. Since that time, the practice has become the ground on which to explore deepening expansion, surrender, acceptance and playfulness. Yoga, through its myriad expressions and facets, has inspired greater curiosity, creativity and authenticity. For me, one of the most captivating aspects of this practice is its ability to integrate into all areas of our lives, setting the foundation for growth to unfold naturally.
Teaching yoga has blessed me with the opportunity to create a lighthearted and dynamic environment for students to discover their own journey with the practice, both on and off the mat.
My introduction to yoga began in 2009 while exploring alternative methods for healing a back injury. I quickly became deeply rooted in my practice and fell in love with the happiness, confidence, stability, comfort and balance that I found in yoga. That began a passion that has only grown deeper through the years. Yoga continues to inspire me to live a life full of awareness, intention, compassion and serenity.
I am a 200 hour Registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance of Canada. I completed my training with the Alberta Yoga College in 2014 to not only learn more about the practice but to help others benefit from yoga as I had. Becoming a teacher has been such a fulfilling experience, it has encouraged me to follow my passion as a student of yoga. I am always exploring as a student, and look forward to studying with amazing teachers and engaging with new people.
See My main focus as a teacher is to provide a safe foundation of healthy movement. You will find a strong emphasis on alignment, breath and mindful movement in my classes where students are encouraged to listen to their bodies, modifying poses if necessary. I am thrilled to be sharing my love of yoga and assisting students on their own yoga journey. My hope is that my students leave my classes feeling a connection between body and mind while noticing the benefits of their yoga practice on and off their mats.
I am currently teaching kids, private and community based classes in my home town of Langdon, AB.
Aside from practicing and teaching yoga you will find me exploring the outdoors and always finding new ways of connecting with nature. Hiking, camping, gardening, paddle boarding, reading and spending time with family and friends are just a few of my favorite things.
See you when our yoga paths connect. Namaste.
My yoga jouney began 13 years ago while pregnant with my son, it was an instant love.
I always would day dream about being a yoga teacher and would watch and listen to my teachers and just be in complete awe of their knowledge and guidance and how much better I felt just being surrounded by these amazing energies. Not until 2013 did I get that final push to quit my job and finally begin on my own path of following my dreams. What a journey it has been and to say it has only just begun is and understatement!
Trained in power yoga and having practiced it for most of my time on the mat my heart is being drawn into the gentler styles of yin and restorative. I have also completed my levels 1 and 2 in Usui Reiki and belive it is a beautiful compliment to any yoga practice.
I am so thankful for this gift and can not wait to grow and learn with all the beautiful yogis that surround me!
To us all, may we have light and love in our journey everyday.
For Jennifer's first Mother's Day after the birth of her son Ivan in 2005, her husband bought her a spot at an Ashtanga yoga workshop hosted by Jeff and Harmony Lichty. This was different than any practice she had attended before: they practiced the familiar asanas, but they were placed in a greater spiritual context that included breathing techniques, some philosophical discourse, and even Sanskrit chanting! This workshop changed her life.
These new experiences galvanized her commitment to her own practice, to help others to have that same coming-home feeling, and has provided a deep fulfillment she wouldn’t expect to experience from any other career. Jennifer is always on the lookout for more opportunities to learn—while she became certified to teach yoga in the summer of 2009, she is also a pre-natal yoga teacher, certified to guide Yoga Nidra and has completed all four levels of the Critical Alignment Therapy instructor’s course. Jennifer has participated in workshops by Mark Darby, David Swenson and Kino MacGregor, among others, in the pursuit of knowledge, experience, and happiness, and looks forward to sharing all these things with you.
Jennifer would like students to walk away from her classes with a smile on their faces and a new awareness in their bodies. She hopes that they feel a strong connection to the Light in their heart and have created stillness of the mind.
Yoga gave me the gift of balance, harmony and trust. I feel alive during my practice, I feel calm, strong and inspired by my teachers. I thought what an incredible gift to share and so with an impulsive yet intuitive adventure I started my journey as a yoga teacher in Costa Rica with Real Evolution Yoga. I step onto my mat each day with a sense of possibility and determination. I strive for challenge to change, for openness to love, and to be honest to be real.
My teaching platform is to empower, lead and generate a challenging and rewarding yoga sequence that will not only allow my students to break through physical and mental boundaries but allow space for connection, support and possibility. I commit to change through action and can’t wait to share a space together to expand and grow into the best versions of ourselves.
See you on the mat!
Nadine stepped on her yoga mat for the first time over a decade ago to assist with bringing her much needed flexibility to 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, Nadine was awakened to realize yoga is much more than a physical practice but one that connects both the emotional and spiritual self.
It was during her completion of her 200 hour Gaiatri Yoga Teacher Training in June 2012, that yoga taught her to quiet her mind and listen to her heart. It was through this process, she found true happiness and discovered the ability to not take life so seriously and be playful in everything she does. Yoga has helped bring Nadine back to her roots to be able to speak and live her truth through positive thoughts, love, compassion and forgiveness for anyone that crosses her path. Nadine feels tremendously grateful she gets to be a part of the yoga community at Inner Focus, and can’t wait to see you on the mat.
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), Beyond Addictions and on the Mind and Meditation (part of her 500hr certification program).
Various training and her own experience with trauma, chronic pain, chronic stress and eating and food 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.
I began practicing hot yoga because of the challenge, that intense workout in the heat and humidity. I thought it was all about the sweat, the strength and the flexibility. I was hooked after my first class and began to see physical changes immediately, taking a little longer to see the spiritual and emotional changes my yoga practice was making in my life.
Soon, I started to see how my practice was helping me find balance, inner peace and a new perspective both on and off the mat. With this new-found confidence, and a strong desire to grow, I found myself dreaming big, believing in myself and making positive changes in my life. In 2010 I completed my 200hr teacher training with Kim McMullen, and since then, I have taken additional trainings in Pre/Post Natal and Kids Yoga.
I feel so blessed to be able to share my passion of yoga with others. As a teacher I want to help others experience all of the possibilities, both on the mat and in life. I encourage finding awareness in each asana, in each breath, and in each moment both on the mat and off.
I hope to practice with you soon.
Fortune had always practiced yoga, she just didn’t know it. From being raised in a Catholic family, to becoming a vegetarian from a young age, to the study of deconstructionism in college, and leaving a stable career in favor of things unknown. She has always been fearless, knowing that things work out the way they should. Today, Fortune is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Therapist, receiving her 200 hour training with Yoga Works in 2010 and completing her 500 hour training in Yoga Therapy with Harmony Yoga in 2013. Just in time for the arrival of her daughter, Fortune also completed her pre- and post-natal training through the Swelli Community.
Yoga is truly a way of life for Fortune and until recently nothing gave her more joy than to share the practice of yoga with others. Her heart belongs to her husband and daughter now, to whom her own path has ultimately led her. Regardless of where you are on your path, Fortune hopes to continually inspire you to live your best life.
Amber has been practicing yoga since 2003 and received her Yoga Teacher Training Certification from the Yoga Studio College of Canada in 2006 and has trained with many Senior Iyengar Yoga teachers such as Margot Kitchen, Ty Chandler, and Judith Hanson Lasater.
Amber has also received a Psychology Degree with Honours from the University of Calgary and has worked in Mental Health for many years. Amber is very passionate about bringing a healthy balance of humour, love, and compassion to all that cross her path.
After the sudden loss of her mother and best friend in January 2013, Yoga has become an extremely personal journey. Amber strives to teach from a place of love, kindness, and compassion to meet students where they are in their life journey and to bring stillness and peace to both the mental and physical bodies.
Yoga surprised and delighted me from my first class and onward. Having passionately pursued and taught group exercise classes of all sorts for 20 plus, years, I was amazed and humbled at how challenging Ashtanga Yoga was. Of course, I immediately set out with great gusto to master as many postures as humanly possible in my late 40's, only to discover that I was missing the point.
Yoga is so much more than just doing the physical asanas. It is a different journey for each of us. For me, it's been about learning to surrender to and trust the process, the wisdom of yoga masters, past and present. It’s about letting go of ego, breathing, moving and centering yourself. It’s about allowing the practice to challenge you, at the same time, learning to respect your own physical limitations and in teaching, those of your students.
I completed my first 250 hour teacher training at Yoga Dot Calm in 2009. Over the following years, I added a level 4 certification in Critical Alignment Therapy. And following that, a second 200 hour Ashtanga teaching certificate from Ashtanga Yoga Victoria.
I have had the privilege of studying with many wonderful teachers, Amber Kyliuk (Yoga Dot Calm) Harmony and Jeff Lichy (Ashtanga Yoga Victoria) Ger Van Leeuwen (Critical Alignment Amsterdam) just to mention a few!
Yoga is for everyone and it is an ongoing journey. I feel grateful for all of the wonderful students I have met.
I'd love the honor of helping you along your way!
Namaste - Trish