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 certainly brings aspects of her training as a clinical Hypnotherapist into all that she does. Sophia loves to bring thoughtfulness and introspection into each of her classes.
Leanne's love for yoga happened at the age of 22 when she began to explore beyond the asana practice and started to immerse herself in the history, philosophy, breath work and meditation.
It was then that she started to gain a deep appreciation for yoga and experience how magical the practice really is. Today, Leanne has completed over 500hrs of training with a number of teachers around the world in various styles such as; vinyasa, yin yoga, SUP yoga and Thai fusion massage.
Leanne's intention behind teaching is to empower you to cultivate a greater presence and connection with yourself on the mat. Providing you with the tools and encouragement to move past just the physicality of the practice and begin to live a life of yoga both on and off the mat.
Her teaching style emphasizes on mindful alignment and connection to breath, while moving you through a loving mix of strength and fluidity on the mat. With her natural tendency to nurture, she is dedicated to holding a safe and comforting space for her students to evolve physically, emotionally and spiritually as you begin to delve deeper into your practice.
Sharon started teaching yoga in 2010 after completing her 200h YTT in Whistler.
Coming from a competitive figure skating background she was introduced to yoga in the form of "stretch class".
Since then she has been fortunate enough to study with many wonderful teachers in many different disciplines and broadened the scope of her practice and teaching to include daily pranayama and meditation.
(Some teachers and styles include; Ashtanga with Manju Jois, Jivamukti with Tina James and Sanskrit and Mantra studies with Manorama.)
She has taught in a variety of locations from MMA gyms to hot and not-heated small and large scale studios from Nova Scotia to Ontario and British Columbia.
Sharon loves to teach Hatha/Vinyasa classes that are playful, challenging for all levels, and safe. She draws from her training as a Registered Massage Therapist to have an eye for alignment and to modify postures and classes for all shapes, sizes and abilities. She is passionate about getting people back in touch with their body's and their breath.
When not massaging Sharon spends time with her young son and husband on their small-scale farm in Meadowbrook. They find time to hike and camp whenever possible and love to spend time outside in nature.
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.