I am a yoga teacher, fertility awareness teacher, a writer, and a mother. I founded Ocean Yoga ( oceanyoganovascotia.com ) in 2013 to fulfil my vision of yoga as a therapy that changes along with the cyclical shifts we flow through throughout our lives. I write fiction and I have a blog on wellness. Some of the topics I write about include: yoga sequences, the vision quest that was giving birth to my daughter freely and wildly in my living room, and healing my own eyes by reducing my near-sightednesses. I love foraging mushrooms in the forest and opening my eyes under water while I swim in the ocean and lakes. Photo by Rena Thomas
A fascinating combination of hippy warrior goddess and tenacious business woman, Mara is a Mother, International Yoga Teacher, Writer, Blogger, Creative Alchemist, Wellness Consultant, and Free Birth Junkie. She will co-create alongside you to navigate any blockages you may have, whether it be how to begin your own artistic business or how to nourish yourself to vitality. She’s also on board to help you break all self imposed rules and constraints so you can radiate in technicolor. Nomadic adventurer and wellness devotee, Mara leads programs and workshops all over the world.
Rena Thomas – Rena is an emerging artist, nanny, doula and yoga teacher living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She grew up in Sackville, New Brunswick with her fellow quadruplet siblings and her two lovely parents and studied Fine Arts at Mount Allison University. Rena thrives by living an active, creative, community driven lifestyle and is fascinated by the human body.
Kate was first drawn to yoga in 2004, like so many others, as an exercise routine that incorporated flexibility and playful movement, but the practice quickly became much more that this: noticing patterns in her body's movement, thought habits that regularly repeated themselves, and even some aches and pains that had been masterfully ignored. This led Kate to seek out a deeper understanding of asana and the tradition of yoga, and the completion of a 200 hour YTT in June 2014 at Pura Vida Yoga in Shad Bay, NS, in a beautiful boathouse on the ocean.
"I believe that we truly have the ability to heal ourselves, and that yoga is one somatic practice that can help us along the journey of unwinding old habits that no longer serve us, opening ourselves to our full potential, and expanding our consciousness to recognize the more subtle aspects of our reality. My training is in hatha yoga and my practice often focuses on fun flows, with an emphasis on accessibility and safe alignment."
Kate has been attending births and working in the service of pregnant women in Nova Scotia since March 2010. She started offering private birth consultation and preparing placenta remedies in 2012, and wrote her first prenatal education curriculum for birth preparation workshops in 2014. She has studied privately with midwives from Canada and the U.S. including Carla Hartley, Sister Morningstar, and Molly Dutton-Kenny. She has led workshops on placenta encapsulation, spoken on various topics at Womyn's Summit, written on feminism, birth, and autonomy for online sources including Huffington Post, and hosts monthly gatherings for women and families in Halifax. Kate is a go-to for truthful, holistic, and woman-centred information on birth in the province of Nova Scotia.
"Birth is a normal physiological process that women are fully capable of experiencing intuitively, safely, and profoundly. Childbirth has the potential to be a transformative event, and I strongly believe in a woman's right to birth in the location of her choice, surrounded by those she has chosen to be present, in a supportive, birth-positive atmosphere." http://katevarsava.weebly.com/
Bianca is a yoga teacher, herbalist, and aspiring midwife with an affinity for the sea. She completed her yoga teacher training at Nosara Yoga Institute (Costa Rica) and trained in herbal therapeutics with David Winston (New Jersey). She believes in our ability to heal ourselves with food and herbs, movement, and positive mentality. To her, anything that puts us in a "flow state" is meditation, not just sitting in lotus with thumb and pointer finger together resting on the knees. For her, meditation is surfing. She really connects to the story of the Selkie, an Irish mythological creature that is a seal whilst in the ocean and emerges on land as a beautiful man or woman. She teaches intuitively, flowing like a river into the ocean, adapting to the bodies and energy she meets in the room.
Photo by Jess Sypher
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Tuesday 5:30 p.m. Restorative Yoga at Moksha Bedford 65 Delridge
Thursday 9:30 a.m. Gentle and Restorative Yoga at Ama La Vida 250 Baker Drive Dartmouth