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 teacher

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.

 

Rob
RobOwner / Manager

Rob can be seen at the Bodhi Tree helping out and answering questions!

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!

Karuna Mayi - Gwen
Karuna Mayi - GwenYoga Teacher

You can catch Karuna Mayi every Thursday morning at 9:30am for Gentle Kripalu!

Maitri Devi - Tricya
Maitri Devi - TricyaYoga Teacher, Thai Yoga Massage

You can catch Maitri Devi every Wednesday morning at 9:30am for Metta Vinyasa! She is also available for Thai Yoga Massage.

Maggie
MaggieYoga Teacher

You can catch Maggie every Saturday morning at 8:30am for Hatha Flow followed by 10 am for Back Care Yoga.

Louise
LouiseYoga Teacher

You can catch Louise every Thursday from 1:45 to 3:15 pm for Chair Yoga

Gill
GillYoga Teacher

Gill is a substitute teacher and can be seen periodically on the schedule!

Sandy
SandyYoga Teacher

Sandy can be found every Monday morning at 9:30am leading the ever so fun “Yoga with Sandy” 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!

Diana
DianaYoga Teacher

Diana can be found every Friday morning at 9:30am for Yin Yang Yoga Flow

Julia
JuliaYoga Teacher

Julia can be found every Wednesday evening at 7pm for Dynamic Hatha

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.

Chair Yoga is the most accessible form of yoga because it can be done in a seat and is easy enough for all levels. It’s great for anyone who has a limited range of motion, or finds certain traditional yoga postures challenging. Warm-up stretches, upper and lower body seated poses, standing balance poses and restorative relaxation poses either seated oy lying on the mat are all part in this chair yoga class.

Kripalu Yoga – the yoga of consciousness, is a form of Hatha Yoga using inner focus, meditation, standard yoga poses, breath work and relaxation. Along with focus on proper body alignment, you will be gently guided to use your breath as a tool that helps bring you into a place of compassionate self-acceptance, while observing the activity of the mind without judgement. Experience and allow yourself to “just be” and receive this amazing self-massage from the inside out. This Gentle Kripalu class allows you to move at your own pace while honoring your body’s needs. Modifications will be provided for injuries or limited mobility as well as assisting those who would like to deepen their current practice. Suitable for all levels – Beginners are welcome

Wrapped in loving kindness (Metta), Metta Vinyasa is a class that links breath with movement in a continuum of fluidity. By blending aspects of traditional, creative and therapeutic poses, variations of pranayama and mindfulness practices, students are invited to explore their many depths of their physical, mental and emotional layers. Props are encouraged to allow the body to fully explore it’s ranges of motion as this aids to dive deeply into old samskaras (patterns) which we tend to hold in our tissues. The level of this class is based on your practice level. The ground-work to take these tools off the mat are implemented by the concluding meditation. Let’s support each other on our healing journeys by coming to our mats. ” We are not meant to be perfect. We are meant to be whole.” ~ Jane Fonda

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.

Yoga with Sandy is a Gentle Hatha based yoga class. This class explores different movements such as stretching and strengthening. Sandy leads this class very much by who is present for class.. at times including wall yoga sequences, laughing yoga, flowing movement or restorative/yin postures.

Hatha Yoga is the classical name for the path of yoga that involves asana (postures), pranayama (breath work), mudras and bandhas (energy seals), as well as mindfulness and meditation. Teachers use sequencing principles to create their own unique classes blending these techniques with mantras (yogic affirmations) and thematic messages about yoga philosophy and lifestyle. Classes should leave you feeling strong, open and uplifted.

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.

Known as Nuad Boran in Thailand, Thai Yoga Massage is a full body treatment helping to balance the energy body (pranamaya kosha), relieve tension in the physical body (anomaya kosha), calm the mental body (manomaya kosha), improve circulation and flexibility, boost the immune system and create greatly needed space for healing.
Thai Yoga Massage encompasses fluid, meditative and rhythmical rocking, palming and acupressure. While being moved through gentle yoga-like postures, the recipient’s energy lines (‘Sen’) and many other layers of the body (Skin, tissue, bone, organs) benefit greatly. It is one of the most profound and effective body works to deeply relax and revitalize the whole mind-body network.
Your Thai Massage practitioner will create a safe and welcoming environment for your experience. Done on a padded area on the floor, the recipient (and practitioner) wears comfortable clothing and focuses solely on the meditative rhythm of their own breath.

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