Owner / Director / Certified & Registered Yoga Teacher
I walked into my first yoga class in 2005 in attempt to find peace and balance in my life. I was working in a high stress job as a women’s caseworker at a shelter for abused women & children, and outside of working, being a mom and a wife, I felt distracted and disconnected; I was lacking a sense of purpose and peace in many aspects of my life. I was having difficulties making decisions and did not feel confident in the decisions I was making. I knew I needed to bring something into my life that reconnected me to who I was. I remembered hearing that yoga was supposed to be relaxing, so although a little resistant, I decided to sign up for a session.
I began a Hatha Yoga practice 1x/week and continued on for 5 years. I slowly started to notice little changes happening. I started to regain my confidence in who I was. I had less difficulty in making decisions and I was reconnected with feelings of gratitude, happiness, compassion and passion. With more clarity, I felt a positive transformation and started to crave a deeper understanding of yoga philosophy.
Although initially I simply wanted to learn more about yoga for my own personal interest, after only 2 weekends of training, I knew I wanted to share what I was learning, through teaching. I began my training with Sheree Nicholson, of “Live With Spirit” yoga studio in Brooklin, Ontario and graduated in September 2011 with my RYT 200-Hour. Due to a series of fortunate events, and the support and love of my husband, two children, and some amazing friends, I purchased the studio and reopened it’s doors in January 2012.
I will always consider myself a lifelong student of yoga. Thus far, I have had the privilege of participating in numerous intensive workshops and trainings with many inspiring yogis including; Seane Corn, Blake Martin, Sadie Nardini, Danny Paradise, Rodney and Colleen Yee, Ashley Turner, Bram Levinson, Andrea Peloso, Jennifer Reis and many more. In February of 2012, I became a certified Rainbow Kids Yoga Instructor and in November of 2012, a Certified Yoga Nidra - Divine Sleep Teacher with Jennifer Reis.
Finding balance continues to challenge me from day to day on this roller coaster of life, but yoga helps me find my center on and off my mat. It reminds me that among all the chaos, I have the ability to find peace, stillness and clarity. My intention is to continue to offer others in our community, a friendly, calm, welcoming and warm atmosphere to practice and experience yoga, and to discover their own path of balance, stillness and inner peace.
I am a true believer that every body can benefit from a consistent yoga practice. From personal experience, I have come to naturally develop a deeper passion for life itself through gratitude, mindfulness, compassion, acceptance and so much more. With you, I look forward to continue on my own path; to continue to learn, grow and share and deepen my own understanding, experience, and knowledge with LOVE, every step of the way.
RKY (Certified in Rainbow Kids Yoga)
Certified Prenatal Teacher
Yoga Nidra Certified
Certified Yoga Teacher
Upon returning from Costa Rica I was fortunate enough to be able to start teaching here at the Yoga Loft. I teach a Vinyasa flow style of yoga focused on breath, movement, strength and balance. I am blessed to have found my passion and be able to express it. I want to share this passion with students and help them gain an enthusiasm for learning and expressing themselves. I look forward to the opportunity to teach and share my practice with all of you!
“Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do” – Rumi
Certified Yoga Teacher
I started my yoga practice in 1999, at Rama Lotus Yoga Studio in Ottawa. I was working in the medical sales field at a fairly high stress level. I had heard that yoga was supposed to be relaxing so I decided to give it at try. I tried several styles before I was introduced to Bikram (hot) yoga. I was hooked from the first class. The heat and vigorous flow of class was just what I needed. After moving to Toronto in 2000, I began practicing Ashtanga and Moksha yoga. I was not only thriving on the physical benefits, but I was beginning to learn and appreciate the other paths that yoga was taking me. I started to experience balance and strength in other aspects of my life. After moving back to Lindsay (I grew up in Bobcaygeon) and after the birth of my daughter in 2004, I began a Hatha practice. To deepen my practice, I quit my sales career, stayed at home with my daughter, and was accepted into a Yoga Alliance teacher training program. I graduated in 2007 at the 200hr level, lived my dream and opened my first small studio, Yoga on York in Jan 2008.
Over the past seven years I have also had the joy and privilege to attend intensive training and workshops with some of the world’s most knowledgeable teachers including, Baron Baptiste, Sean Corne, Marsha Wenig (Yoga4Kids) and Rodney Yee. Along with my work as a Rehabilitation Assistant with Therapacc Physiotherapy, I am grateful to be able to bring yoga and it’s limitless opportunities to others in a beautiful, safe and most of all fun environment. I am honored to be living and teaching in my hometown, with my husband Dorian (without his support I couldn’t do this!!) and “teenie yogini” daughter, Sinclair.
Certified Moksha Yoga Teacher
I was first introduced to my practice in 2008, while studying abroad, in a classroom amongst the rolling mountains in Switzerland, to be exact. The classic and vivid memory of bell adorned cattle outside the window still has a way of taking me back to the peace, relaxation and heavenly sleeps that came from my intro to yoga. My draw to my mat started with the intention of adding to my regular exercise routine and I was committed to the physical benefits that I imagined would be similar to those of my past, as a competitive dancer.
When I returned home, my very busy-prone lifestyle did not leave me the space to continue a regular practice until late 2009, while working on the road. While living out of a suitcase and in a quest to keep myself busy in my off times I decided to reconnect with my mat. Very quickly, I noticed that my ‘physical’ practice (although very familiar) turned inward and I was experiencing the value of slowing down and taking time that was 100% for me.
Yoga classes have taught me the value of imperfection (which I had been very fearful of) and granted me the time to reflect on parts of my life that I had been running from, allowing me to learn (and continue to learn) to let go of things that are beyond my control rather than hiding from or avoiding them. After settling back home in Lindsay and continuing a very routine practice at a number of local studios I decided to make a life change and pursue my passion for Yoga as a career. In 2013, I graduated from the Moksha Yoga 500hr Teacher Training and haven’t looked back. I have since studied under other inspirational Leaders, Teachers and Yogis, such as Marla Ericksen (Yin), Mark Stephens (Yoga Adjustments) and Susi Hately to name a few. I look forward to continuing to grow with this beautiful community and look forward to joining you on whatever journey has drawn you to your mat.
PYC Certified Yoga Teacher
My love for yoga began in 2011. A neighbor up the street came by asking if I wanted to join her for yoga a few nights a week at the arena up the street. I thought sure, why not….. And I have been practicing ever since!
I would step onto my mat to practice and it was as if something magical happened. I felt this amazing sense of peace, joy, balance and freedom. The stretch my body undertook was always rejuvenating. These wonderful experiences kept me practicing.
In 2012 I took my teacher training through Power Yoga Canada, at Wolfe Island in Kingston. At that time, there were many transitions taking place in my life, all out of my control. I looked to yoga as my guiding light, as it always held the power to shine the thought of “possibility”.
Four years later, I am still practicing, still loving the sensations and experiences yoga provides. I am always learning something new and enjoy the many people yoga has brought to my life. I am richer for this knowledge and these interactions.
While practicing I am present, giving me the affordance to focus on what is coming up, usually what comes up for me on my mat is coming up for me in my life. I have been grateful for this awareness. I am able to focus my energy on what needs to be modified in my life.
I invite you to come and join me on your mat, to feel the magic, the awareness and the rejuvenation. Let the light of possibility shine, it is nothing short of a miracle!
“You are a powerful, creative and compassionate spirit.” ~Gary Zukav
RMT, YES 2012, Certified Yoga Teacher
I walked into my first yoga class here at the Yoga Loft in 2009 and loved it! As a recently graduated Registered Massage Therapist I knew that I wanted to someday incorporate this into my practice.
J.P. Baldwin – J.P. is off singing, acting and dancing and will return in February 2018!
Certified Moksha Yoga Teacher
As a singer, actor, dancer, director, choreographer and most recently, yoga teacher, I am always on the go! That sometimes means hours spent in trains, planes and automobiles, letting my mind race with the usual “to-do lists”. I can sometimes spiral myself into a frenzy of anxiety. Before I found yoga, I just accepted that anxiety would always be a part of my life. But along came Baron (Baptiste that is!). I bought his audio classes on CD and started practicing yoga at home. I thought it would be good exercise and a great way to stay supple. But as my practice deepened, I started taking a more meditative path. I found that I wasn’t holding on to anxiety like I normally did. I was relaxed, happy, grounded. More productive even! Then I was introduced to Moksha Yoga in 2005 and it all fell into place for me. I found that my body responded quite positively to the heat, and after seeing incredible changes in my body, both internally and externally I couldn’t deny this amazing discovery! After my first 30 day challenge I was hooked! I continued to practice everywhere I went. Life has since brought me outside of the city, and I decided to blend my 2 passions into one beautiful career! In February of 2012 I completed my Moksha Yoga Teacher Training in the beautiful coastal forests of Bahia, Brazil.
I continue to look forward to life’s unpredictable twists and turns, knowing that whatever happens in our busy world, I can always return to a place of love, compassion, peace and serenity on my mat.
Meet you there!
Certified Yoga Teacher, Children’s Yoga Teacher and Medical Qi Gong Instructor
Amanda Scouller began her yoga journey at 28 years of age after she decided her life needed a change. At a time of difficulty two years ago Amanda found comfort in yoga after hearing from family that yoga could help. She joined a local yoga class and immediately loved how slow and methodical it was, and the fact that teachers discussed mindful and positive thinking. Born and raised just outside Peterborough, Ontario she wanted to reconnect with herself and give back to her local community. As a young Mum of two and struggling with body and self esteem issues she challenged herself to get back to the mat, begin a consistent practice and to switch to a healthier lifestyle. Amanda says “The transformation was slow, so slow I didn’t even realize I was transforming! I didn’t realize how much I needed it and wanted it. As the months went by I lost over 60 lbs and most importantly, gained my heart and soul back.” Amanda decided to not let anything hold her back anymore, and realized she was a better mom and partner when she made time for herself and the things she loved. Amanda went through a 200 hour yoga teacher training course learning many new layers of Yoga and Qi Gong . She recently completed her Children’s Yoga Teaching Educational hours and says “yoga practice is beneficial for ALL ages.” Amanda looks forward to helping others achieve their goals by sharing the practice of yoga and most importantly, by taking the time to love themselves by appreciating the ebb and flow of change.
Certified Yoga Teacher
My name is Karyn Dowdall, and I love to teach yoga. Please let me share some of my yoga thoughts with you…
Our life crises are predictable for the most part, as are our triumphs. We know that death is a part of life. We know that disaster, sickness and pain will be intertwined with miracles, recovery and redemption. We as humans are a part of a bigger thing going on in the Universe, along for the ride with every other proton, neutron and electron in existence. The same energy that fills the space between particles in our bodies exists outside of our bodies … throughout the universe. Too much? Don’t worry, I have a point.
We are part of a changing and evolving universe, but within our lifetime the majority of our experiences are predictable, based on history. Yoga – the practice, is designed to help you through the stages of your life, based on a long history of healing experience.
Yoga is whatever you need it to be, whenever you need it. It is available to you in every way you need it to heal yourself, because it is an extension of yourself. Not just of yourself alone, but yourself in connection to all the energy the universe has to offer. Through the practice of yoga, you are calling on yourself, your community and the universe for collective healing from the predictable crises of our lives.
A few months ago my yoga practice was this: Breath in, count to 5, breath out, count to five. That was it – one breath. I practiced it several times a day. One conscious breath helped me through a large number of stressful experiences and also helped to me to sleep and recover and prepare for the predictable stresses of the next day. Sometimes I would take a breath in a beautiful moment in order to slow down time and imprint the memory in my brain as it happened. Watching my kids laugh together makes me want to breathe deeply with joy.
My yoga practice has also been more formal, more physical, more theoretical at times. It has even included chanting (this didn’t last long, turns out I like to listen to chants, but being in the middle of a chant session makes me run for the hills). Again, yoga is full of learning, healing and support and will always provide a match for what it is you are looking for in life – because it is life. Yoga is the union of the body, mind and spirit. Prana is life force energy. You are practicing tapping into this energy, paying attention to your life and getting right into the moments of your life. Being there and breathing. It’s amazing.
Certified Fitness Instructor
A friend encouraged me to run with her when I was in my early 20′s and since then I haven’t looked back. At that time in my life I made many positive lifestyle change’s and now teach my children about healthy choices and setting a good example.
I began teaching fitness in 2005, initially as an aqua instructor and 6 months later as a group fitness instructor. I am currently certified with the Ontario Fitness Certification, gold level as a Group Instructor, I also have certification in Resistance Training, Pre/Post Natal Certification, Aqua Instructor, Older Adult courses and have attended many fitness conferences.
I love sharing my passion and enthusiasm for fitness with others. It is very rewarding to watch others grow stronger and feel and see the benefits of their hard work. I have worked with a large demographic of individuals, prenatal Mom’s, new Mom’s, seniors, experienced athletes and the beginner. I adapt my classes to those around me and encourage everyone to work within their own abilities. I believe in good form and building a strong foundation within yourself. I enjoying working with others and trying to make a difference in their lives.
R. Kin, Pilates Mat & Reformer Instructor