is a lifelong yoga practitioner who owns, teaches yoga and leads weekly Zen Meditation at Endless Shore Yoga and Meditation Centre.
Nadine is a certified, knowledgeable and intuitive yoga teacher who brings love and humour, her compassionate heart and over 20 years experience to her sessions.
Nadine discovered yoga through curiosity, her need for self-reliance, for self empowerment and the deep intrinsic need to connect with her sacred self. The practice of yoga guided her to the natural ways of healing one's self; to explore and experience and express her authentic self. Practicing yoga and meditation has taught her how to skilfully adapt to challenging situations off the mat, to ease through times of transition and uncertainty and to remain grounded.
Nadine's teaching embodies an eclectic blend of styles she has studied such as Integral, Iyengar, Restorative, Tantra, Taoist Yoga (Yin), Tibetan Healing Yoga (Lu Jong). She also incorporates the healing movement modalities of Qi Gong, Kum Nye (Tibetan Relaxation), body/ball rolling and a range of meditative techniques including Mudra Space Awareness. She weaves ancient yoga and Buddhist philosophy into her teaching, inspiring students to experience these ancient practices which remain relevant today in our lives.
Nadine extends her profound gratitude to her primary root teacher, Dr. Binaji Nelson who inspired and encouraged her to be a yoga teacher and to her other root teacher, Sandra Sammartino for teaching Yoga beyond form, of teaching from inspiration and from the heart.
Tara Crofton has been a student of personal development and practicing yoga and meditation for 40 years. In 1989 she met her most influential teacher, Sandra Sammartino and received her Yoga Teacher's Training Certificate in 1996. Tara has been teaching yoga in the White Rock area for the last 26 years.
Yoga with Tara is suitable for both beginner and experienced students. Her teaching approach is unique as she blends practices and styles that have been most meaningful and useful to her over the years. Her classes include asanas and pranayama combined with imagery and intention, to strengthen the bodies while increasing flexibility and alignment. The overall focus is on releasing stress and restrictive patterns from all levels of the body/mind resulting in increased well being, awareness and balance.
I was a stay-at-home mom of three young children and had started going to yoga and loved how it made me feel - especially how it supported my emotional and spiritual self. My teacher at the time had always said to be open to signs no matter the size of them... sometimes they come to us very quietly and other times it can be a loud are-you-paying attention kind of way! One week I felt this deep sense that I was meant to be a yoga teacher and in a matter of days I had numerous people tell me I should teach or thought I already was teaching. I took that as a "are you listening" kind of sign that I should think seriously about becoming a yoga teacher. Shortly after that I enrolled the Teacher Training with Sandra Sammartino. This was an experiential training, going deep into all the limbs of yoga and I have never looked back.
Since becoming a teacher, I have a stronger sense of how we hold stress (emotional and physical) in our bodies and how that can lead to dis-ease. The more we can allow ourselves to let go and open up first though the physical body (asanas) we can peel away the layers of armouring and hardening that not only shows up in the posture, joints and muscles but more so in our state of well-being - our emotional bodies and personalities. We become softer, more accepting, and non-judgemental of others and ourselves the more our body opens through yoga. We all have a story, good and bad, but not all of us have learned how to let go and move forward in our lives in a positive direction and be Kind and Humble during the process.