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 asana and pranayama combined with imagery and intention, to strengthen the bodies while increasing flexibility and alignment. The overall focus is on
Edi has been influenced by movement her whole life. Growing up in a family of movement educators and coaches (sports), she began her formal movement training early in gymnastics, figure skating and dance. A natural transition into teaching fitness classes (BCRPA Certified) in her twenties began Edi’s shift from sport to personal movement based practices. Edi discovered yoga in her thirties but it wasn’t until transitioning through a significant life change that yoga embraced her ~ “Yoga is the
journey of the self, through the self, to the self” The Bhagavad Gita
Edi is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT500 hour certified yoga teacher, aYACEP (yoga alliance continuing education provider) and holds
certifications in Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra (guided meditation), Somatic Yoga and Mat Pilates. She is also a Reiki Master and a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (life coach).
Edi’s personal practice and teaching style is exploratory and somatic in nature. As no two bodies are alike, no two postures or movements are alike. Finding balance in the body is essential. Edi believes we need both gentle and strong practices to invite the body to remember what it is to rest and also what it is to grow. Whether a gentle or strong practice, Edi teaches through somatic inquiry; What are you aware of as you rest in stillness or as you move? How does sensation inform you? We are each our own best teacher if we are willing to listen from within and let go of preconceived ideas of perfection. When we listen deeply, allowing the body to inform us, it will learn to trust us again.
Kevin Diakiw began meditation in 1974 with hopes of eradicating his childhood epilepsy. While it didn’t do much for his condition at the time, he fell in love with the peace and ease that came with the practice of meditation. He made it a life mission to bring that level of emotional comfort and heightened awareness from the cushion into his day-to-day life. In the 1990s, he began following the zen teachings that showed him how, using a practice known as mindfulness. He took classes through the University of Massachusetts in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
In 2004, Kevin began teaching mindful meditation groups.
He has since become a Qualified MBSR Teacher through UMass Medical School in Amherst and is also Certified CISM (trauma work) through the Justice Institute of B.C.
Now with a team by his side, he is bringing mindfulness to students, government teams and corporate customers, who seem equally eager to implement the teachings.
Why did you start teaching?
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 yoga 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 stronger sense of how we hold stress (emotional & 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 through the physical body (asanas) we can peel away the layers of armouring and hardening that not only shows up in the posture, joints & 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 storey, good & 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!
HI!. My name is Bronwyn.
Over 25 years ago I had a map of the world on my desk I closed my eyes & said to myself anywhere my finger lands I will travel.BAM! Lands on Vancouver,Canada. Fast forward, I am still here, with life’s processes unfolding in between.
In Australia I competed as an elite tennis player & studied to become a Massage Therapist.
As life kicked into gear, I noticed limitations within my physical body after the years of compounding and grueling tennis training & competition. My body was sending me signals loud & clear it was breaking down. I was introduced to my yoga mentor & be friend over 8 years ago. Where & when I started a daily personal practice to maintain my body physically. As I deepened my practice along came the self awareness refining.
Life threw me many beautiful moments to be honored, many challenging moments to be honored & and moments that really knock you off your feet. The most significant for me was the sudden loss of my mother & recently the loss of my father. Shaking my personal foundations, sometimes good, sometimes not so good. Yoga has given me the tools for my personal tool kit to ride the waves of life.
In 2016 I travelled to Puerto Vallarta to take the time to invest in my teacher training. Since then I have had the honor to teach in various studios & places worldwide. Using different styles of yoga.
In 2018 I completed my Kundalini Teacher Training. Which gave me a whole new set of tools for my life's tool kit.
Yoga is for everyBODY. It IS NOT gymnastics, it's yoga. You arrive just how you are in the moment,
We ( you & I ), are overly stimulated by our daily lives, yoga offers you time to decompress & come back to your natural state.
What I enjoy most about teaching is the smile on the face of yogi's at the end of class.
I am looking forward to practicing with you