Stephanie’s path to yoga began with Andrea Chute of Lower Sackville Yoga. It was a practice that introduced calm and peace in the midst of stress and chaos: young kids, family demands and a husband who often travelled for work.
After years in the customer service/administrative field, Stephanie found her calling after she took her yoga teacher training: by opening up her very own studio with her husband, Andre.
She’s excited to create a place where people of all walks of life can come together in community. Her hope is to build a playful, accepting yoga space just like she found in Lower Sackville back in 2014.
Andre thought yoga was only for skinny, fit, flexible people. The thought of walking into a yoga studio was too intimidating-the judgement of not having the same body type he saw in the media or owning the right clothing made him stay away.
Fast forward to 2018 where he found himself taking a workshop called Yoga for Stiff Men (a gift from his wife Stephanie. He felt obliged to go).
It was almost immediate. His physically demanding job in construction drywall often left him with back pain and muscle cramps. The benefits of yoga helped him relieve the aches in addition to the work stress and demands of day to day life. He found himself less angry, with more body awareness and the sense of community that he had been missing.
“This journey has made me understand that yoga is for everyone, not just limber, fit people. I want to break through the misconceptions and introduce yoga to Lower Sackville, especially to local people in the construction industry. If you feel intimidated by yoga, I’ve been there. Let me show you what it can do to change your life.”
Specialization in yoga for construction, beginners
Yoga has been part of Holly's daily life for more than a decade. From her first practice, she was immediately drawn to its mind-body connection, the sense of calm and focus that comes from moving and breathing while grounded in the present moment.
While living in the vibrant city of Shanghai, China, Holly studied the traditions of Hatha and Iyengar yoga and began her journey as a teacher. Always a student first, her additional training includes Restorative and Yin yoga, yoga for cancer, therapeutic applications of yoga, as well as extensive study in mindfulness and meditation.
Holly is passionate about sharing the healing power of yoga and meditation. Her classes will encourage you to practice with the curiosity of a beginner’s mind, to explore your inner landscape while aligning the external body, to move mindfully with a deep connection to the breath, and to find your own true expression of each pose and each moment.
Sara believes in mindful movement as a way to relieve anxiety and strengthen the mind. Linking breath with movement, Sara's classes mix strength and mobility exercises into a creative vinyasa flow that works to reverse postural imbalances and muscular tension related to chronic stress.
You can expect a supportive and adaptable practice where students are encouraged to listen to their bodies, take up space, and explore.
Hannah Brown graduated Breathe Yoga’s 300 hour Teacher Training in 2017. Since then she has collected certifications in yin yoga, trauma informed yoga + vinyasa for all, as well as reiki levels 1 + 2. Hannah shares this practice outside of yoga studios, teaching in Toronto schools + to adults with intellectual disabilities.
Hannah's classes are designed carefully, filled with plenty of options to make the practice feel good in your body, to allow the practice to serve you. Hannah loves yoga, + is grateful every day to be sharing this practice with others.
Craig is a 500hr yoga and meditation teacher and personal trainer. As a former professional wrestler with chronic pain and spinal injuries, Craig has been using the healing technologies of yoga and fitness for over 20 years.
With a second degree Reiki certification and Master’s level attunements, Craig believes adamantly in the accessibility of yoga and fitness and endeavours to create safe, trauma informed spaces.
A yoga class with Craig is about forging an honest and responsive relationship to body. Finding joy in embodied experience in order to better tend the world around us.
Maura has been a practitioner of yoga for half her life and has been a keen mover for longer. Originally having a background in athletics and team sports, she found yoga as a teen to help establish balance during that busy time. Over the next 10 years she returned to yoga over and over again as a support to both body and mind.
In 2016 Maura completed 200 hours Foundational training at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre with Pat Harada Linfoot and Scott Davis. In 2017 she went on and completed their 300 Advanced teacher training, and in 2019 was certified in Mat Pilates at Body Harmonics.
Her teachings are a fluid blend of many practises and are always informed by yoga- through ethics and philosophy. Her emphasis, both on and off the mat, is on presence, playfulness, and inclusivity; and is about building resiliency inside and out.