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OUR INSTRUCTORS

Kelsey

Yoga Instructor - 400 hr RYT

Having been given the opportunity as a military wife to live in different places all across Canada, Kelsey has had the gift of experiencing diverse teachings and perspectives from many people, instructors and different studios.  Finding herself in new communities, surrounded by strangers, her yoga practice has always felt like a space that she could belong. Completing her 200 hr yoga certification in Bali, through Shanti Yoga Halifax, she was influenced and surrounded by the loving Balinese culture and their dedication to practicing gratitude with open hearts.  She hopes to bring some of these teachings to Cape Breton, working with intention to create both a studio and regular classes that remind people of what it feels like to come home, to belong, to both yourself and to a loving community.  

Kelsey continued her yoga education, completing

  • 75 hr training with Eoin Finn, certified in the Somatics of Yoga

  • 50 hr training with Shanti Yoga Halifax, certified in Vinyasa Krama

  • 75 hr training with Eoin Finn, certified in Yogic by Nature (philosophy training)

Kelsey leads thoughtful and inclusive classes, encouraging students to challenge themselves while practicing honesty, openness, attention and self compassion.  From the bottom of her heart, she thanks all of her teachers, past, present and future. If we maintain an open mind and a curious nature, we will always learn from each other and continue to grow.  Every breath is an opportunity for a new beginning.

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Liv

Yoga Instructor - 200hr RYT

 

Liv became a student of yoga 5 years ago and continues to follow that path with passion. She finished her 200 hour teaching training program with YogYam Yoga here in Cape Breton in June of 2019

 

For Liv, yoga is a practical aid to a way of life, and extends past the physical benefits of asana practice. She believes Yoga is for EVERYONE; regardless of age, gender, physical ability, or any other factors.

 

Outside of her yoga practice, liv comes from a background of materials engineering and research into aerospace and automotive material science. She also has a passion for music and guitar, playing for the past 16+ years. 

 

Liv shares her practice with joy to anyone who is interested/beginning or on their yoga journey. She also loves to share knowledge with likeminded people, always trying to learn and grow:)

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Kat 

Yoga Instructor - 300hr RYT

Kat fell in love with yoga over 10 years ago and completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 in Fort McMurray, Alberta. She teaches full time with Beginnings Yoga Studio, sharing a wide variety of styles, drawing from her high level of teaching experience. Recently becoming certified through MOGA, she has continued her education in both prenatal and postnatal yoga. Kat has also completed an additional 50 hr certification for Vinyasa Krama through Shanti Yoga Halifax.

 

Her classes provide a mixture of strengthening flows and restorative postures suitable for beginners or experienced yogis. In class, you will be encouraged to open the heart, find compassion, and bring the awareness inward to cultivate your own deeply personal practice.

Verna 

Yoga Instructor - 200 hr RYT

 

 

Verna is trained as a 200 hr Hatha Vinyasa yoga teacher through the Therapeutic Approach to Yoga studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of New Brunswick. 

 

She has been practicing yoga since 2009 and started teaching in 2013. Verna is passionate about developing yoga classes that are accessible to everyone while still providing some challenge and flavour. Yoga has taught her how to connect with herself, become more aware of the body and bring calmness to the mind. It has taught her to accept what is and be mindful of judgement. This practice has enriched her life both on and off the mat and she is thrilled to share this with her students.

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Stephanie

Yoga Instructor - 200hr RYT

Stephanie attended her first yoga class in 2008. She quickly fell in love with a practice that nourished the body both physically and mentally. 

Stephanie is a Mom to two sweet kids and a middle school teacher who loves incorporating yoga and mindfulness in her classroom. When Yoga 11 was developed and the opportunity to train with some of her fellow colleagues arose she jumped on the chance. 

 

Stephanie recently completed her 200 hr RYT certification through the Breathing Space in Sydney and her 15 hr Pregnancy and Postpartum yoga certification through the Therapeutic Yoga Approach Studio in Halifax.   She is passionate about expanding her knowledge and deepening her practice. 

 

Stephanie strives to create a balance between physical, mental and spiritual connections in her classes. She believes in an inclusive yoga practice that is accessible to all and pushes students to continuously grow.  Stephanie invites and encourages people from all walks of life onto their mats. 

Molly 

Yoga Instructor - 200hr YTT

 

 

Molly’s journey into Yoga began nearly 15 years ago. Over the years, her practice and connection to Yoga grew deeper, and in 2015 she completed her 200-hour Foundational Teacher Training under the wise instruction of Yogacharya Vineeta Sharma. The quiet peace found in moving meditation is a gift she feels compelled to share with as many willing souls as possible. Her classes combine slow, focused flow of movement and breath, fostering a deep connection to the wisdom of the body, and gently quieting the mind.


Molly has taught at music festivals, corporate conferences, in private sessions, and group workshops. Her classes are very accessible to beginner Yoga practitioners, but also offer enough challenge for the advanced.

Alison 

 

Yoga Instructor - 200hr YTT

 

Originally from Ontario, Alison has been practicing various forms of yoga since she was 15 years old. She obtained her 200hr Hatha Yoga certification in 2013 and a subsequent 80hr Yin Yoga Training shortly after. Since then, Alison has taught at a range of studios, universities, workplaces and more all over the country including Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia.
 
Alison’s teaching style is guided by a belief that yoga is more than a physical practice and can be lived both on and off the mat. Perhaps if we can adopt the principles we discover on the mat into our everyday lives, we can live more mindfully with a greater sense of awareness and presence. The space we hold can have a profound effect on both ourselves and the people around us. When she’s not on the mat, you’ll often see Alison hiking with her dog, drinking lots of coffee with a book, or exploring everything Cape Breton has to offer! 
Valerie 

 

Yoga Instructor - 200hr RYT

Valerie Dolhanty is a certified Yoga Instructor specializing in Hatha Yoga, with a passion for blending her teaching with chakra balancing.

Valerie is also a Reiki Master Practitioner, a Certified Reflexologist and is certified with the Mental Health Commission of Canada as a Working Mind Facilitator.  She also offers webinars specializing in mental health and well being. She is an advocate for the powerful healing potential of the human body through working with our natural life forces and energy.