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.
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!