Our Yoga Teachers

Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre’s amazing group of teachers are all versed in teaching to the individuals who come to classes. Whether this is your first time trying yoga, or just your first time coming to our studio, feel free to say hello and introduce yourself to your teacher! Let him/her know if you have any questions or concerns before or after your practice.

Om Shanti

Owner / Yoga Teacher / YTT / E-RYT 500

A life long practitioner of yoga, OmShanti’s goal is to bring authentic and holistic yoga to the North Grenville community and beyond. She is committed to ongoing education and continues to study Ayurveda, Pranayama, meditation, and yoga daily. 

Read more from Om Shanti below!

Diana

Yoga Teacher

Diana offers so much love and energy into each class she leads! Diana guides students to follow the yogic principle of ahimsa, meaning non-harming, by listening to their body and breath. Find her leading class every Wednesday night at 7pm for a Dynamic Hatha class and on Friday mornings at 9am for Yin Yang Yoga Flow.

Ram Anand

Substitue Yoga Teacher

Stephen has been a student with Bodhi Tree Yoga for the last few years completing both a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and now nearing completion of a 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training. Stephen can be found subbing various classes including Yin Yoga, Akhanda Yoga and Hatha class!

Gayatri

Yoga Teacher / Yoga therapy / YTT

Gayatri is the previous owner of Bodhi Tree Yoga, opening our doors in 2007. Sharing yoga with our local community.
Gayatri is an RN, E-RYT 500, Yoga Therapist. 
She is available for private Yoga Therapy and can sometimes be found substituting yoga classes!

About the Owner

Om Shanti
 Owner / Yoga teacher / YTT

OmShanti Charlebois (E-RYT 500) has been living the teachings of yoga for her entire life. Growing up in a spiritual household, she was taught intention and mindfulness from birth and started to share these teachings with others when she was just a teenager. OmShanti found the physical practice of yoga (asana) after the birth of her second child in 2008 at the Bodhi Tree Yoga studio in Kemptville, then owned by her teacher and mentor Gayatri.

Drawn to the yogic lifestyle, OmShanti spent as much time at the Bodhi Tree as possible and dove deep into the teachings of yoga, learning anatomy and studying the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. In 2010 she completed her yin yoga teacher training and in 2011 she became a fully certified yoga teacher through the Bodhi Tree’s 200-hour yoga teacher training. Her studies took her to India in 2012 where she discovered the magic of Vedic ceremony at the Anand Prakash Ashram in Rishikesh. She returned to the ashram in 2014 to complete her 300-hour yoga teacher training under the guidance of Gayatri and Yogrishi Vishveketu (Vishva Ji). It was there that Vishva Ji officially gave her the name OmShanti, meaning vibration of peace and calm.

OmShanti continued to teach yoga in Kemptville and the surrounding area while also pursuing a career in healthcare, becoming a Personal Support Worker (PSW) and a healthcare coach specializing in mental health and addictions. In 2017 she found herself in a transition period and was unsure of where her career was going to go next. When the Bodhi Tree went up for sale it seemed like the perfect fit. An opportunity to continue to help people while fully immersing herself in her love of yoga and spreading its teachings out into the world.

As a teacher OmShanti is a nurturing and caring guide into the teachings of yoga. Her goal is to offer authentic yoga, focusing on the physical practice but also mantra, breath work, Sanskrit and spiritual teachings. She loves to teach various styles of yoga and has a particular love for Akhanda Yoga, pranayama, Yin and flow. OmShanti also finds great joy holding space for others to figure out how to live yoga through the Bodhi Tree’s yin, 200-hour and 300-hour yoga teacher trainings which are all Yoga Alliance certified.

As a busy mom of three, OmShanti has seen the benefits of the yogic lifestyle in her own life and is dedicated to sharing it with all her students. She is adamant that our true nature as humans is to be joyful, playful, fearless and blissful and she hopes to help everyone that steps into the studio find those qualities within themselves. Through ongoing education OmShanti continues to learn about all aspects of yoga and hopes to continue to share these teachings with students and community for years to come.