Where did the name Śānti Yoga come from?

The word śānti (sometimes spelled shanti, pronounced shahn-tee) comes from the Sanskrit language and means peace, tranquility, and calmness of mind. I couldn't think of a better name for the type of yoga and atmosphere I wanted to promote and share with others.

A little about me, Jenn!

Years ago I turned to yoga to help with anxiety. Immediately I was amazed at the mental clarity that it gave me. After practicing consistently I noticed changes to my body - I have become stronger and leaner, my lower back problems have disappeared, and my core is stronger than it has ever been. These physical benefits, albeit wonderful, are still secondary to me, as I return to my mat daily first and foremost to clear my mind. Sharing these tools with my family has benefited us all.

 

I am a teacher with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District. Teaching is what I love, and in 2014 I decided to complete the required training and begin the journey of sharing my love of yoga with others. I have completed a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Recognized Program and have received training in the following areas:

* Foundations of safety for personal practice and teaching

* Communication and breathing techniques

* Anatomy and Alignment

* Meditation and Hands on Adjustments

* Sanskrit, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras and Chanting

* Emotional Healing/Unification of Body and Mind

* Seniors/Chair Yoga

* Kids

* Props

* Balance Board

 

I teach adult yoga classes in the morning and evening, ranging from beginner classes for the curious to advanced classes for the experienced yogi. I am in love with my small 6am class - getting out of bed so early can be difficult, but starting your day with yoga has so many benefits! All of my classes are comprised of a series of flows and choreographed transitions, allowing you to naturally flow from one pose to another. My focus is on deliberate and conscious movements, alignment principles, and breath. I don't take myself too seriously, and laughing is encouraged! I am here to guide you on your journey and my goal is to give you the tools and confidence to unroll your mat and practice anywhere and everywhere.

 

In addition to adult classes, I also teach yoga classes for children and teens. Watching them learn new yoga poses, as well as embrace the yoga lifestyle has brought me such joy. Youth are eager to talk about the good things that happen each day, to express kindness to others, and to show appreciation even when things aren't going their way. I am so proud of each and every one of them. I have had the opportunity to watch them become stronger, to improve their flexibility and balance, while also watching their confidence blossom.

 

I can be contacted through this site, social media (@santiyogaNL) or by email at jennifer@santiyoga.net

Meet the new instructors!

 

I was fortunate enough to meet these wonderful yoga instructors through the My Happy Place Studio in Kelligrews. After teaching side by side as independent instructors for months, we decided to join together in order to offer you a wider variety of classes while giving you the flexibility of a single payment/registration option. The studio owner, Susan, has graciously offered us her space, and together we are committed to giving you our best.

 

The five of us have much in common, but most importantly, we all strongly believe that yoga is a personal journey that cannot and should not be measured. We believe that yoga is a powerful tool for the mind, and offers countless benefits for the body.

 

Please take a few minutes and read a little about each instructor below.

~ Jenn

Kayla has always had a passion for helping people and the world around her. Kayla completed her Bachelor of Nursing at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She went on to specialize in neonatal care and perinatal care. She completed studies through British Columbia Institute of Technology and World Health Organization Breastfeeding. She is currently working as a Registered Nurse in labour and delivery.

Kayla discovered yoga years ago as a way to greater physical and mental health. Her love for yoga took her on a beautiful journey. She completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance Recognized Yoga Teacher Training at The Lotus Centre. She then went on to specialize in prenatal yoga and has loved the positive influence on pregnant women and their labour. Kayla has received training in the following:

*Foundations of safety for personal practice and teaching

*Communication and breathing techniques

*Anatomy and alignment

*Sanskrit, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras and chanting

*Emotional healing/unification of body and mind

*Hatha Yoga

*Soma Yoga

*Prenatal Yoga

*Yoga Nidra

 

Kayla is currently teaching strength yoga, a more challenging yoga flow, as well as soma yoga. Kayla will also be running six week prenatal yoga sessions - if you are interested, please tell us using the contact page or by emailing jennifer@santiyoga.net. Kayla has a kind, gentle demeanor and a passion for health and well-being. Live, laugh, and love :)

Kayla

Trudy loves  be physically active and on the move, that’s when she feels her best.  Trudy started her yoga teacher training in 2013 with Yogafit Canada. Her current goal is to reach her 200 hour yoga teacher training certification. Prior to her Yogafit training, Trudy found it challenging to get up in front of a group of people. However, with practice, persistence and experience Trudy is progressing toward her yoga goals and now

teaches three yoga classes per week! Trudy's soft and gentle voice inspires relaxation the minute you walk into her class! Trudy is on a continuing journey of learning and loves to integrate new ideas into her yoga classes.

 

Trudy’s philosophy is if you can breathe, you can do yoga. Trudy understands how yoga may increase one’s flexibility, strength, balance and hopefully guide one to a calm center: a place that is separate from one’s thoughts and the hurricane of life. Here is a beautiful poem Trudy remembers from her childhood, that perfectly sums up her personal philosophy:

 

“I do my thing…..

and you do your thing.

I am not in this world to live up to your expectations…

and you are not in this world to live up to mine.

You are you….

and I am I.

…..and If by chance we find each other

it’s beautiful.”

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Trudy

Susan discovered yoga and it's incredible power to quiet the mind many years ago. She opened My Happy Place to offer a space for yoga teachers to spread the joy of yoga in a laid back, peaceful, and welcoming environment. Susan encourages all body types, all personalities, and all abilities to feel welcome.  She loves to promote the positive impact of yoga on mental health and the added bonus of a healthy body.

Susan (My Happy Place Studio Owner)

Emily is a fresh and enthusiastic yoga teacher. She happily stumbled upon yoga as a life therapy and has never turned back. She is incredibly passionate about yoga and it's positive influence on one's life. Now she wants to share the benefits of yoga with others. Emily has completed her Level One Yoga Teacher Training and her classes follow a vinyasa-styled flow, with many standing warrior poses and

Emily

gentle transitions. Her classes are perfect for beginners as well as experienced yogis, as she encourages her students to listen to their own bodies, providing modifications as well as throwing in challenges!

 

Emily has a strong social media presence, and loves to challenge herself with many intricate pose variations. She truly lives the "practice makes progress" philosophy, and often demonstrates just how far her physical practice has come with her breathtaking back-bends and arm balances. Don't worry, though - Emily will not twist you into a pretzel, as her Warrior Flow class focuses on keeping both feet on the ground!

 

You can find Emily's inspiring blog HERE, which also offers links to her instagram and facebook page.