Teachers

Chelsea Boyd Gibson

Chelsea's love for Yoga began when she attended massage school at the age of 19 and it was integrated into her curriculum. Since then she has travelled extensively, gaining over 650 hours in Yoga teacher trainings worldwide.
While studying in India and SE Asia in her early twenties she discovered how much more there is in Yoga than the physical practice of asana. It became a practice of breath, self-discovery and patience.
Her teaching career began while working in the Heli-skiing industry with skiers and hikers. Starting at the basics with stretch, breath and body movement for athletes.
She then went on to complete her 200 hr YTT at the Yandara Yoga institute in the  Baja of Mexico in 2010.
Chelsea has continued to take courses in Yoga therapy, Prenatal Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Yin, Restorative, Meditation, and recently a 300 hour advanced teacher training.
The path of yoga is endless and Chelsea is always finding inspiration from other teachers, students and nature.
She loves to find playfulness within teaching Vinyasa and power classes, while her deep love in Yoga really falls into the Yin & Restorative category. Meditation is becoming a stronger part of her practice every year and she is slowly integrating this into her classes.

 

Sophia White

Sophia has been passionate about alternate health since the age of 18, when a two week fasting and yoga retreat dramatically changed her perspective on life and overall sense of wellbeing. Sophia has been practicing nutrition, hypnotherapy, massage and teaching yoga for over a decade. She is excited to be offering her skills at Meadowsweet. Sophia teaches a range of classes including Restorative & massage to Vinyasa and everything in between.

She loves to bring thoughtfulness and introspection into each of her classes

 

Janet Borger

Janet first fell in love with yoga when she moved to Calgary, AB in 2008 to start her studies in Massage therapy.  After taking her first class she knew she wanted to teach someday and share this with others.

Her love for nature and the mountains took her to Canmore, AB where she began practicing Asthanga at the Yoga lounge. It was here that her love for the practice deepened and made her realize she wanted to continue her studies in Asthanga yoga.

In 2011 Janet completed her 200 hour YTT in Koh Samui, Thailand. She was very fortunate to be able to study under Paul Dallaghan.

After completing her studies, she stayed in Thailand for eight months to be able to fully focus on, and absorb these teachings; a life changing journey.

Janet believes Yoga is a way of life and so much more than what happens on the mat.

She loves teaching Asthanga, deeply restorative classes, meditation/pranayama.
What yoga has given to her…… she would like to share with others.

Laura Mackinnon

Laura fell for yoga over 10 years ago, and her personal practice has evolved into flowing movement incorporating Ashtanga, Iyengar and Kundalini traditions and a dedicated meditation and mantra practice.

In 2012, she took her love of yoga and helping others to Mexico, where she completed her 200 hour Ashtanga-influenced teacher training. She has led various styles of class, like powerful flow or calm, restorative movement, always with a focus on gratitude, awareness of breath and Self.

She has taken further training with inversions, modifications and most recently she obtained her stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga teacher training. Laura loves leading movement, is an observant and knowledgable teacher, and aims to encourage fun while learning to trust in body, mind and spirit.

Sue Inshaw

Sue is an ERYT500 (Experienced 500hr Registered Yoga Teacher), RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher), A group Fitness Instructor and owner of EK Yoga Academy 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher Training. She first came to yoga for the physical benefits & quickly realized it had so much more to offer! Over the years it has helped her cope with many health obstacles including cancer and just this February of 2019 abdominal surgery. On a personal note, she loves being outdoors, embracing nature & walking with her dogs. Sue has been teaching yoga since 2004 & has a fun playful approach to her classes. She loves to share her passion with her students in classes & on their teaching journey.

Cassia Parent

Cassia has been kinesthetically inclined her whole life. As a trained competitive dancer since the age of 10, her attention on form, fluidity and focus has shaped her relationship to intentional movement. Cassia encountered yoga only a few times as part of stretch classes through her young adult years teaching and training in dance. It was at a time of massive change in her life that she began reading more about the philosophy behind yoga and it inspired her to get on the mat.  The physical practice that busted her wide open was an online Kundalini yoga video – a fierce, fiery and dynamically moving practice that mirrored the freedom of movement and discipline of dance that Cassia so loves to do and to share.
Cassia completed her 200 hour YTT through Semperviva Yoga College in Greece in 2014 with Gloria Latham, then followed her love for Kundalini completing her Kundalini YTT in January 2016.
She loves to see people release fear and inhibitions with free movement and a connection to deep and powerful breathing – moving to evolve their minds, hearts and spirits.

 

 

Breanna Townrow

Breannas journey in yoga began in early twenties, she then moved to Kimberley and began studying alongside Shivani Howe. She gained her 200 hr YTT through Sananda yoga school based out of Toronto, but held here in Kimberley BC at Ishtadev Niwas yoga center.

 For Breanna, yoga has been a way for her to connect with the breath as well as calm and support the nervous system. Using these as tools to bring herself into the present moment and support her everyday life. Understanding that yoga is not about striving to reach a pose, or a destination, but about finding stillness and patience with where you are at that moment. With this in mind she focuses on teaching a slower paced class based on linking breath with movement and finding that connection to your deeper self

Barb Kaufmann

Barb "My introduction to yoga first took place in the Wasa Elementary School’s library when I was 16. Yoga offered flow and body awareness to which instantly got my interest and when we went into our final savasana I knew yoga was something I could learn from.
Since then I have practiced yoga in multiple venues and have shared my experience with many amazing teachers. My focus has shifted various times allowing yoga to serve as a form of exercise, a coping mechanism, a way to find my inner self and always gives me a place to reflect.
I teach flow yoga in order to bring awareness to the body, work within the breath and challenge focus during physical postures.