Our Happy Teachers

Meet our cast of talanted teachers, to give you the right class for you!

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
Om ShantiOwner / Yoga teacher / YTT

Om Shanti (E-RYT 500)grew up in a a spiritual houselhold, being taught intention and mindfulness from birth, however did not turn to yoga asana until after the birth of her second child in 2008, and in what she thought would be an outlet for peace in a chaotic world, she instantly found a purpose. Finding balance within, she also created balance in life and in motherhood, propelling her to hone her love for yoga through Hatha and Yin Yoga under the mentorship of teacher Gayatri at Bodhi Tree Yoga in Kemptville. Since then, she has continued to invoke the practice, studying post-prenatal yoga as well as Functional Anatomy with Judith Lasater, driving her on her first spiritual journey to India in 2012.

During her most recent trip to India in 2014, where she graduated from the 300hr Akhanda program with teachers Gayatri, Kamalika and Prem, she was also granted the name Om Shanti by Yogrishi Vishvketu, meaning “vibration of peace and calm” and all those who have practised in her presence attest this as truth. Om Shanti transcends yoga as a physical practice, exuding joy and serenity in each breath, and imbuing each class with a feeling of self love. Her passion for yoga, and her ongoing journey are reflected in her teachings, providing a nurturing experience free from doubt or limitation.

Now a mother of 3, Om Shanti brings her teachings of motherhood into each class, and her teachings of yoga into her everyday. “Yoga has taught me to breathe in everyday situatuions and be present. I bring these qualities off my mat and into my role as a mother. Being a mother has taught me to be grounded and humble, I take these qualities back to my mat”. With this spirit, she permits herself to guide students with a playful heart through all levels including Gentle Hatha, Restorative, Yin, Akhanda, Hot yoga, pre-postnatal yoga and has even bestowed her light and love for yoga within her own family tree.

Om Shanti is now the owner of Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre in Kemptville, Ontario and can be found there leading Akhanda Yoga, Yin Yoga, Back care Yoga, and Hatha Flow. She also leads the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training and Yin Yoga Teacher Training.

 

Anita
AnitaYoga Teacher

Anita has been with us at Bodhi Tree Yoga since the beginning nearly 13 years ago! She offers Kundalini every Tuesday evening at 6:30pm! Come on by and enjoy movement, breath work… and the healing sounds of the gong.

Diana
DianaYoga Teacher

Diana offers so much love and energy into each class she leads! Find her leading class every Wednesday night at 7pm for a Dynamic Hatha class and Friday mornings at 9:30am for Yin Yang Yoga Flow.

Margaret
MargaretTeacher

After a long and successful career in health research, running a Bed & Breakfast and a beautiful Equestrian facility, Margaret overcame the challenges of body and head injuries from accidents with horses and a car accident in 2015. Rehab, yoga, personal training and weight training brought her to a newfound level of strength and determination to live life to the fullest.

Margaret continued her healing journey by enrolling in the Bodhi Tree 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2017-18. As a newly minted yoga teacher she is excited to share the wonders of this amazing discipline in a caring, soothing and compassionate style.

For her, being on the mat is a way to slow down and recharge from the fast pace of modern life, to re-connect with yourself and be more balanced in body, mind and spirit. Yoga helps you to relax and re-energize for life’s challenges and opportunities. It helps you to be grounded, find your joy in the everyday, accept yourself and be connected.

Margaret believes in the Japanese concept of kaizen – continuous improvement, and will always be grateful for her teachers, past, present and future.

You can catch Margaret every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 6:30am for Sunrise Hatha Yoga!

Ram Anand
Ram AnandSubstitue 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
GayatriYoga Teacher / Yoga therapy / YTT

Gayatri is the previous owner of Bodhi Tree Yoga, an RN, E-RYT 500, Yoga Therapist…

She is available for private Yoga Therapy and can sometimes be found substituting yoga classes!

What are the different types of classes?

This class revisits basic Hatha asanas (postures) with the use of props.
The intention is for students, whether they be beginner or experienced, to achieve the critical alignment so crucial to a deep, safe and harmonious practice. 
Great alignment is the key stone to a practitioners true potential in each asana. This class will create a wonderful opportunity for finding ones comfortable edge and yet challenging enough to achieve limitless potential.
For practitioners of all levels to enjoy.

Akhanda Yoga sequences work on all of the directional movements of the spine in each class and offer a balance of effort and allowing, solar and lunar practices, yin and yang. During challenging postures, students are encouraged to smile or find the inner smile, thus making non-competition and contentment true aspects of the practice. Akhanda classes also balance a commitment to alignment with guidelines for inner inquiry, cueing and silence. As yoga is an experiential journey, once established in posture and breathing techniques, students are guided to cultivate deeper levels of awareness.

Back care yoga is a therapeutic yoga practice designed to alleviate pain and promote health in the low back, sacrum and hips. Eight out of ten adults will experience a low back “event” at some point in their life. Strengthen your core and learn safe ways to lift, and stretch with these powerful therapeutic exercises.

As taught by Yogi Bhajan, this ancient and holistic yoga practice blends sequenced yoga exercises, breath techniques and meditation, including mantras with a sprinkling of yogic philosophy and lifestyle options. Builds inner and outer strength and creates self-awareness so you can know and achieve your highest potential.

A powerful and athletic yoga practice where flowing asana sequences are woven through sun salutations and blended with held postures. This class focuses on integrating breath and movement, similar to a dynamic dance.

The Yin aspect of Yoga uses long-held relaxed floor postures to stretch and stimulate the “Yin” or deep connective tissues of the body. Yin postures are done with the muscles relaxed and are held a long time increasing your flexibility, opening your hips, lower back and shoulders and enhancing your overall sense of well-being. Yin yoga targets fascia rather than muscles and works on energetic pathways (meridians) in the body to increase the presence and flow of chi or life force energy. It is also a contemplative, mindfulness based practice promoting emotional and mental health. Yin yoga is great for athletes who develop tightness in their bodies as a result of intense training. In particular, hockey players, equestrians and runners benefit from the hip opening of yin yoga.

Yin and Yang are two different, but very complimentary styles of yoga.

Yin being slower, cooler, feminine/moon energy, invites us to find stillness within the movements. The first half of the practice embraces this Yin style, allowing for a meditative practice that grounds us. Holding postures for 3-5 minutes each while the muscles remain relaxed helps the connective tissues of the body lengthen over time.

Yang is the other side of the mountain – faster, warmer, male/sun energy, it invites us to move with the flow of the day. The second half of the practice embraces this Yang style, allowing for an energizing start to the day. Flowing through movements and threading them to the breath allows us to remain in this contemplative internal practice while stretching, strengthening and energizing the mind and body!

A private yoga class is done one-on-one with a teacher. This class is designed specifically for the student’s needs.

One-on-one therapeutic yoga class done with a yoga therapist.

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