About Us / Teachers / Guides Bios
Meet our community of amazing Yoga Teachers/Guides. Inspired and gifted, together we are able to offer a variety of classes, each unique, yet all shared in a highly supportive and safe environment. Though we take our Yoga seriously, we recognize the need to play and have fun, life is short... infuse it with something that makes you smile!
Amarin (presently updating my bio)
Though the practice of yoga, I believe we can all find health love and peace within ourselves, and that we can extend this energy as a vibrant wave of health around the Planet.
-Your actions will be fearless & free when they arise from the Heart-
My yogic path began as a child in Bragg Creek where my mother taught yoga in our community. My love and passion for movement lead me to dance. I then took up yoga as part of my flexibility and strength training when I moved to Vancouver to pursue dance professionally. I found my yoga offered a peaceful place in the competitive world of professional dance, and helped me find presence and compassion.
In the spring of 2009 I attended the Kripalu Institute Yoga Teacher training in Lennox, Massachusetts. Kripalu is world renown for “transformational yoga”: teaching body-awareness and self-awareness as essential elements of yoga movement, meditation and pranayama or “life breath”. Earlier this year, I also completed my level 1 Yin/Yang and mindfulness meditation teacher training with Sarah Powers. Since my time at Kripalu I have been teaching at several studios and corporations in Calgary and look forward to bringing this experience to the Bragg Creek community.
My objective as a Yoga teacher is to guide others towards finding self-awareness, self-acceptance and ease through yogic movement and breath. When we are present with ourselves, we are able to be present for others and truly enjoy the connections life brings. As both a student of life and as a teacher of yoga my hope is to share the gifts of compassion, wisdom, freedom and health that yoga has given me.
Susan has been operating the Hilltop Wellness Centre in Bragg Creek for 24 years. Susan offers Therapeutic Bodywork and Yoga classes. The options for bodywork are Therapeutic massage, CranioSacral sessions, Reflexology, Jinshin Jyutsu (acupressure meridian flows), Hurley Osborn Technique (gentle spinal realignment) and Body focused counselling. Susan is certified in all her modalities and is registered with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) .
The yoga classes available are Hatha, Restorative, Kundalini and Yoga Dance. Susan trained at the Nosara Institute in Costa Rica where she received her Teaching certification in Hatha , Restorative and Yoga Dance. Susan did her Kundalini certification , Beyond Addictions ( the Yogic Path to Recovery) course and Mind and Meditation course with Sat Dharam Kaur of Ontario. Susan is a Registrated Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance which allows one the privilege of teaching anywhere in the world.
Susan also extends her healing work with animals and mother earth. May we walk in Loving Kindness and Yoga Balance.I feel blessed to be apart of the Yoga Within the Heart team and this incredible community.Namaste
oga has been a defining influence in Henri Ferguson's life for 27 years. That led to teacher training with Sandra Sammartino from Kairos Yoga Centre in White Rock, BC as well as Sapta Yoga teacher training with Sushil Bhattacharya in Nepal. Most recently, Henri completed his Yoga for Seniors teacher training at Duke University Integrative Medicine.
Henri personifies his values and beliefs; taking his life experience and understanding of yogic and Zen philosophy into each class to facilitate student's efforts toward self realization and empowerment. His eclectic and holistic style of yoga is energetic and healing, with an emphasis on core strength, flexibility and mindfulness.
Henri is a registered teacher (RYT 500) with the Yoga Alliance and Program Director (ERYT-200) of the Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training course. Henri currently resides in Canmore, AB where he teaches weekly classes at Gaia and Sacred Roots. Make plans. Do yoga. Do life. www.henriferguson.com
Jude joins Yoga Within the Heart to guide the Kids Yoga Program. She will be telling lots of stories, singing songs, and playing many games while guiding the Kids in Yoga.
Jude is a graduate of the Child and Family Studies and Psychology Program at the University of Guelph, and has enjoyed many years of experience working with all ages and stages of kids and families. Before completing her Yoga Teacher Training, she had been a student of Amarin's for 11 years and loves yoga and learning. Her favourite pose is Vrksasana or tree pose, and she can be found outside as much as possible amongst them. Her favourite quotes: "Start each day wherever you are at", "Have the courage to act from the heart", "Your self expression is
your gift to the world", "Love is loves reward", "Scatter Joy"...
Living close to nature for a lifetime has inspired my yoga practice for the past 12 years.
I vividly remember finding "that certain something" I'd been searching for upon attending my first yoga class. It was an instant feeling of being comfortably at home. The awarenessyoga brought to my breath was revolutionary giving me a simple, profound and personal tool
for navigating the challenges of life. I have lived in Bragg Creek since 1998 and with patientguidance from Amarin I've deepened my yoga practice, and continued to experience many"A-ha" moments along the way.
When my daughter was born five years ago I gave up a demanding career as a film editor and devoted my time to her. What a blessing it was to have that choice. Time has flown by. She teaches me about who I am and what my intention is on this planet Earth. Most profoundly, being a mother has opened my heart to experience unconditional love. Now she is entering school and more time has become available to me. It felt natural to enroll in yoga teacher training. In February 2012, I completed the intensive "Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training" at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. I studied with Amba and Don Stapleton, the inspiring founders and directors of the institute, who have over 40 years of combined yoga teacher training experience at NYI and Kripalu Institute.
On a personal level I have received so many benefits to my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self through yoga. It is my intention as a teacher to guide others to awaken to the joy and peace within themselves through the practice of yoga, strengthening connections to our highest selves, our families, our communities, and Mother Earth. Namaste Emma
My path to yoga started as a young child taking walks though the forest with my grandfather
and what I encountered on our silent trips. Myimagination is a wild place, and the seeds that
were planted on those walks together set me on my life’s path. It was my first classroom
where I learnt of connection, love of our earth, and to my true self. I fiercely began looking for
understanding, meaning, love, purpose, “something” even as a young child; I remember feeling
like a nomad, observer and a hunter for something that I could never quite see. Now rather
than hunting for “something”, I have found that what I need within my own being because
of yoga. “It” is within myself; therefore everyone,and everything else.
The beautiful part about my experience with Yoga is that it has woven itself gently into my life for almost 20 years. While I trained for hockey, made dark choices, while I was heart broken, vulnerable, then joyful, when I travelled, for the birth of my first baby, and it has been waiting with patience. I am currently living in Bragg Creek, (where I grew up) with my husband Vince and my baby Juniper Evelynn.