Well, it all started when I developed a very strong case of Meniere's disease ( an inner ear disease that is much like vertigo but worse). After months and months of seeing the specialist and trying some of the exercises that he provided me to try to get my balance back I was finding nothing was helping....
I dabbled in yoga in high school and for several years after trying to interpret the poses from various books. Then in 1999 I began taking yoga classes on a dare, with friends I thought as inflexible as myself. I have since learned that flexibility isn't everything and the body has a language of its own with a potential for great openness and freedom.
I started practicing yoga years ago, after making a change from tai chi, and originally received training and certification in Iyengar yoga, while benefitting from the guidance of local teachers. I taught yoga in the Iyengar tradition for many years.
I took my first yoga class in 2006 when I was a thirty-something. I had been searching for a way to increase my flexibility and strength while at the same time seeking an outlet to nurture my spirit, as I was a busy mom with two young children. I had no idea what an asana was or the sequencing of sun salutations…I chuckle about it now, but back then ‘inadequate’ is the word that comes to mind when I think of my humble yogi beginnings.
Tracy Stephensen (CYA-E-RYT200) is an Iyengar trained instructor (JNS Yoga Studio) and has been teaching yoga since 2009. She is a certified Critical Alignment Therapist and had completed a 30-hour Yin yoga training with Joe Barnett. Tracy teaches Yoga4Backs and Yin yoga at Inner Peace Yoga, Saskatoon. In addition, Tracy is a certified Yoga Thrive instructor trained in Therapeutic Yoga for Cancer Survivors Program and a MELT method hand/foot instructor.
I've always been a physical person, starting at the age of three when I took my first ballet class. Dancing for over 20 years taught me comfort and confidence in moving my body - something I never wanted to lose. During university, I tried all sorts of new classes, from ballroom to hiphop to self-defense and pilates.
I was born and raised in Saskatoon. I am in my final year of studies in Civil Engineering at the UofS. I earned a BSc. in biochemistry from the UofS where I was particularly interested in human health issues. I enjoy travel and have traveled extensively throughout South America where I studied Spanish. I love to be active and list biking, skiing and soccer as some of my leisure-time activities.
Lisa has been practicing yoga since 1994 and sharing inner body alignment based teaching since 2007. Some of Lisa's influences include: Sarah Powers, Mary-Lou Weprin, Father Joe Perira, and Patricia Dewar.
Lisa holds a certification in MELT method as well as having a Yoga Alliance certification as a 200 HR RYT, and Critical Alignment Therapy Level 3. Lisa enjoys sharing benefits from an anatomy based practice, using inner body exploration and combining the wisdom of MELT into her classes to create freedom and harmony within the body and mind.
I started my yoga journey during a difficult time. I was physically and emotionally depleted from a lifestyle of desk work, stress, inactivity, smoking and bad eating habits. I felt like Joe Cross from the movie "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead."
My first “yoga class” experience was with Rodney Yee (in youtube) in 2003. Since then, I practised yoga sporadically with youtube videos (Sadie Nardini is my favorite) but never made it to a yoga studio. I am not an active person. I suffer from neck, shoulder, and lower back pain, which gives me more excuses to not be active.
I moved to Saskatoon 6 years ago to attend university, and the city has since become home. Now, I am a structural engineer with an exceptional fiance, an independent dog, and a seemingly bright future. I attribute much of my success in life to yoga: improving myself, accepting what comes my way, and doing it all with a grateful heart.
My yoga journey began at Inner Peace, and it continued to flourish here. I began as a shy student, rooted in the back corner of the room, but the more classes that I attended and the more fascinating people that I met, the more I began to embrace yoga as a part of my life. I have participated in a 40-day sadhana at Inner Peace, and completed my 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training here as well.
To me, yoga is relaxing, centering, and above all, fun. It is physically challenging, yet mentally calming. It makes me feel and act like a more positive, open-minded person.
I'm looking forward to becoming a part of your yoga journey here at Inner Peace!
My name is Florence, my first experience with yoga was in university as a way to get in shape. The physical aspect of yoga drew me in but I did not connect to its holistic nature and I was not consistent in attending classes. I regularly went to aerobic classes and became passionate enough to become an instructor and I now teach and train all over the city. A few years later a started to crave relaxation and needed something to restore my body so I could continue fresh and energetic for every class. I restarted my yoga practice and fell in love.