our teaching philosophy
Whether you are a beginner or a student with years of experience, each class will offer and opportunity to grow. Our teachers are committed to an authentic approach to the fundamentals of yoga (there will be no twerking, jabbing or jumping in our classes). Wherever you are in in your own personal practice - our teachers will facilitate a positive experience for each student.
Our studio has been thoughtfully designed to be a peaceful space and our teachers are the custodians of creating a welcoming calm within our studio. We have sought-out yogis who are committed to creating an open space where each student feels a sense of belonging and safe to explore their movement and breath. The path to yoga is different for everyone and each of our teachers have unique gifts and teachings to share in our studio.
Founder and Director, Brenda Walsh, RMT CLT RYT, took the long, scenic route to find her true calling in Massage and Laser Therapy. Her path began in Retail and Management where she acquired valuable business skills, but it was just a job. Then in 2003, feeling unsatisfied, she began to explore Health and Wellness when she took a position managing a Senior's Recreation Program through the YMCA. Observing how so few seniors had looked after their bodies and made moving a priority inspired her life mantra - "If I am going to be alive, I am going to be living."
The revelation set a course in motion. Brenda attained her Massage Therapy Certification (2,280 hours) and never looked back. Now a life-long learner in the art of Preventative Health and Wellness, she is also certified in a variety of Cold Laser techniques, Myofascial Cupping Therapy, Hot Stone Massage, Myofascial Yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance RYT200 ), Certified Nutritional Therapist, and is currently completing an Advanced Clinical Weightloss Practioner certificate.
Melanie Dawn is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with advanced training in Yoga Nidra and Limiting Beliefs, Reiki Master/Teacher and a certified Yin Yoga Teacher. Outside of the yoga studio, Melanie is passionate about uncovering life patterns dominated by limiting beliefs and reconnecting the stories of our bodies with ourselves through private intuitive healing sessions. Transformation, health & peace - the journey is never ending and she is a continual seeker.
RMT, RYT, Reflexologist, Reiki Master, Access Bars & Beyond!
Laurette hails from Saskatchewan, spending the last 23 years in various parts of Alberta. She started down the Natural healing path in 2001 and completed her Reflexology certification in 2002. Life took her down a different path for a many years and she began her Yogic journey in 2007 finding herself an empty nester. After completing her Yoga certification in 2013, returned to her home town in deep SE Sask for 2 years, operating a Yoga & Wellness centre and coming back to Alberta after the birth of her 2nd grandchild. Laurette is a mother of 2 amazing adult children, grandmother of 3 delightful little people!
After returning and settling in Okotoks and taking a much needed rest and regroup, she decided to expand on her Holistic therapies and enrolled in the massage therapy training, and graduated April of 2018. Over the last 6 years, has completed the Access Bars Practitioner program, Yin & Restorative Yoga trainings, as well as Thrive Yoga certified, and continues to broaden her scope of practice by exploring Myofascial yoga trainings, will be taking the Bioflex Laser training this coming May and also plans to become certified in Thai Yoga Massage in 2019.
Laurette teaches a broad range of classes from Yin to Restorative to a variety of Flow classes, Gentle, Foundation, Vinyasa, and Power, and recently completed Dragon Dance training. She has a purest view towards Yoga, her main focus being, building poses from the ground up and guiding you through a practice with proper alignment, body, mind and spirit <3.
Meagan is known as the Joy coach, teaching world-wide tools that people can use to access greater joy, abundance and success in their lives. She breaks down the science and fundamentals of our mind, holding patterns and vibrational shifts to support people in stepping into a higher potential and live with more fulfilling relationships and work life. Meagan’s teachings come from a deep understanding of Yoga Philosophy and embodying the skills of balancing our lower and higher minds to live a life with ease, balance and abundance.
For over 15 years Meagan has taught and coached others how to live from a heart space and utilize the skills of visualization and manifestation to create the life they desire. She is a highly sought-after teacher with Yoga and Philosophy and continues to share her passion while empowering others to see what is possible for them in their lives.
Meagan is invested in the lives of others and feels incredibly fulfilled to guide and hold space for the growth of people around the world. After years of challenges from drug abuse to financial struggle, she made the decision to change her life through understanding the body, mind and spirit and through the power of implementation and consistency shifted many things in her life.
Currently living in Alberta with her two young boys and husband, Meagan is currently expanding her business as an international best-selling author and creating online and audio programs to offer the skills from The Law of Success and Yoga Philosophy to support the evolution and growth and generate more accessibility to people around the world.
I was first introduced to yoga 7-8 years ago after sustaining an injury at work. What I found was completely unexpected, but very much welcomed. I was able to find relief from my pain and found a deep sense of relaxation which has also aided in the management of my autoimmune disorder. I have found that coming back to my mat time and time again gave me the permission I needed to take time out for myself. Yoga has affected my life in ways I never imagined possible, so much so that I was moved to take my 200hr teacher training. There are so many facets to yoga that I will forever be a student of the practice and will always be willing to share what I have learned with anyone that is interested.
After 25 years in Renewable Resources, Oil and Gas, Information Systems and being a single mom Shanon made some changes in her life that were more suited to her natural tendencies. Being in management her favourite part was assisting people, helping them grow and learn. Coaching was something she realized she was well suited for. However, the corporate structure was confining. Being a Self Empowerment Coach has reignited her passion and she is grateful for everyday.
Shanon is a 200 Hour Registered yoga teacher with advanced training of over 100 hours in Kundalini Yoga (Yoga Alliance RYT200). Kundalini Yoga sets you on your path to Balance, Purpose, Healing, Freedom and Awakening.
A Reiki Master Teacher she is passionate about helping people see the power of this healing modality. It is so natural to lay hands on to heal. We all instinctually put our hands on places that have been injured or cause us and those we love pain. Reiki takes this to another level and Shanon loves sharing it.
Shanon is a Certified Soul Coach. By using Journeying, Past Life Regression, 28 Days to discovering your Authentic Self, Soul Quests, and powerful questioning, she empowers her clients to start looking inward for the answers. Your Soul Knows! You know! Quit looking to others to give you ‘your’ answers to life decisions. The Soul Loves the Truth
Crystal Sound Bowl Therapy, Shanon includes this modality where she can, Yoga, Reiki, and Sound Baths. Sound therapy has been used for centuries. The Crystals in the bowls produce tones that are not just heard by the ear, you feel them in your body, with certain tones affecting your energy centres (chakras) for healing, balancing & meditation.