Navina Yoga is so grateful to have been able to recruit some of most talented teachers from this YEG community who will provide you with high quality classes so you are properly equipped to come back into alignment both physically and mentally. Yoga is so much more than learning to just touch your toes and our intention is to offer a supportive environment in which you can grow in ways you would never have considered. Our team will not only teach you to safely stretch and strengthen your body but also learn to deal with stress, set goals, crush them, and so much more.
Nikki is a dedicated yogi with specialization in Vinyasa flow, a national athlete and student of sports science. She looks to share her passion for holistic wellbeing with the world.
Nikki comes from a strong sporting background playing volleyball, basketball and touch football for high school and university in the Philippines. She also completed her diploma in Sports Science from the University of the Philippines in 2007. In 2010, she started playing rugby union and was selected to represent the Philippine Women's Rugby Team (The Lady Volcanoes) from 2010 to 2015. She then transitioned to playing for the Philippine Women's Touch Football National Team as a less impact sport and represented her country in the Touch Football World Cup in Australia in 2015. She discovered yoga in 2010 to compliment all of her rigorous sporting activities and initially thought of the practice as a nice stretching session to help in the rehabilitation of her evermore frequent injuries. In 2014 she began working for the New Zealand Embassy, meeting deadlines and quota's and with injuries hampering her sporting progress she began yearning her next challenge. As her practice became a more extensive part of her life, she started to develop a sense of connection and wholeness with yoga and its fundamental teachings.
In 2017 Nikki and her husband moved to Edmonton for his work and it was then that her practice became a consistent daily activity and she has not looked back since. She completed my 200 hour yoga certification in Ubud Bali earlier this year. You could say that she tried hard to find yoga but in the end yoga found her. She now relishes the opportunity to impart this passion and knowledge acquired to everyone, as well as learning more as a forever student of yoga "
Sarah's journey into yoga began several years ago, and like most new students – purely focused on putting her body into different shapes. The physical practice came naturally as she grew up primarily a dancer; the movements seemed organic. It was not until she enrolled in an Ashtanga yoga course at the university she attended where yoga became much more to her than just asana. Throughout the semester as the stressors surrounding school built, yoga was the one part of her day where she could let go of everything going on around her and cultivate awareness within not only her physical body – but also her mental, emotional & spiritual body. Connecting the body with the breath allowed her to shift her perception from an ever-changing, sometimes uncontrollable external world to connect internally – allowing her to consciously create space as well as make mindful, intelligent movements & decisions. From that moment on, her practice was forever changed.
Sarah graduated from the University of Alberta in 2013 with a degree in kinesiology and after completing her yoga teacher training soon after with Empowered Yoga, her practice is now all encompassing and dedicated to aligning her actions through intention – both on and off the mat. To Sarah, yoga is more than just contorting our bodies into various shapes. It’s the relationship that is built between the mind, the body, & the breath during the process of finding ourselves in the posture. Yoga is creating a space which is free from obstacles in your own body to live. By cultivating this awareness & creating consciousness we become present within our bodies and within ourselves. When we become aware of this state within, our whole life is transformed. When we transform ourselves and experience serenity, peace, and freedom, we also begin to transform our societies and all of human civilization. This awareness of the infinite consciousness is the practical and real goal of yoga.