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. 

   Yoga has now been an integral part of my life for fifteen years and I am privileged to say that it has been my career for the last ten years of my life. Initially I was drawn to the physical aspects of the practice and soon realized how much more this practice really has to offer. In 2014 I took the trip of a life time to travel the world with the intentions of discovering how other cultures integrate yoga and hoped to learn other techniques of making this practice accessible. I was fortunate to meet many inspirational people and I was also introduced to an immense amount of suffering that literally broke my heart. I felt helpless when I finally embarked on my journey back home and was not quite ready to land. How could I leave such suffering and devastation and then go home to an abundance of resources? I had no idea and I experienced a lot of breakthroughs during my travels but the biggest was upon my return home. As I integrated myself back into the North American ways I quickly realized how much we are suffering on this side of the planet, but in a completely different way. Through this constant drive to propel ourselves through our daily routines we have lost ourselves in all the busy actions we create. We are so fast paced and I quickly realized how much stress we create and it leads to sickness. Whether it manifest in a physical ailment or a mental one, we are driving ourselves crazy and have lost touch with the importance of self-care. My mission became so clear, creating a space that is so much more than touching your toes. Navina is a safe space that gives us the freedom to drop any concern for looking good and starts to move you in a direction that feels good. Yoga is an incredibly transformative tool and can be the catalyst to create anything you want in this life. My goal is to spread as much health, happiness, and success through yoga as possible. Although I am not in a position to help the other side of the planet just yet I am determined to making this practice of yoga accessible to everyone who is willing to dive in. This is why I started our Karma Program in a completely different way, instead of raising money with karma classes we actually provide yoga to non-profit organizations on a weekly basis. We are honoured to work with the Sorrentino’s Compassion House, CASA which supports children’s mental health and we are very excited to be working with Wellspring, who is opening their doors very soon. Yoga is extremely healing and can empower people in so many ways, whether they take charge of their life, start to shed addictions, or just learn the importance of slowing down. I believe stress is the number one cause of illness and yoga and meditation are the perfect antidote that can be done anywhere, anytime, so why not provide the tools to those who need it most? I am so excited to be in this incredible community here in Edmonton and look forward to many more years of sharing my passion for health, happiness and personal development.

Yoga has now been an integral part of my life for fifteen years and I am privileged to say that it has been my career for the last ten years of my life. Initially I was drawn to the physical aspects of the practice and soon realized how much more this practice really has to offer. In 2014 I took the trip of a life time to travel the world with the intentions of discovering how other cultures integrate yoga and hoped to learn other techniques of making this practice accessible. I was fortunate to meet many inspirational people and I was also introduced to an immense amount of suffering that literally broke my heart. I felt helpless when I finally embarked on my journey back home and was not quite ready to land. How could I leave such suffering and devastation and then go home to an abundance of resources? I had no idea and I experienced a lot of breakthroughs during my travels but the biggest was upon my return home. As I integrated myself back into the North American ways I quickly realized how much we are suffering on this side of the planet, but in a completely different way. Through this constant drive to propel ourselves through our daily routines we have lost ourselves in all the busy actions we create. We are so fast paced and I quickly realized how much stress we create and it leads to sickness. Whether it manifest in a physical ailment or a mental one, we are driving ourselves crazy and have lost touch with the importance of self-care. My mission became so clear, creating a space that is so much more than touching your toes. Navina is a safe space that gives us the freedom to drop any concern for looking good and starts to move you in a direction that feels good. Yoga is an incredibly transformative tool and can be the catalyst to create anything you want in this life. My goal is to spread as much health, happiness, and success through yoga as possible. Although I am not in a position to help the other side of the planet just yet I am determined to making this practice of yoga accessible to everyone who is willing to dive in. This is why I started our Karma Program in a completely different way, instead of raising money with karma classes we actually provide yoga to non-profit organizations on a weekly basis. We are honoured to work with the Sorrentino’s Compassion House, CASA which supports children’s mental health and we are very excited to be working with Wellspring, who is opening their doors very soon. Yoga is extremely healing and can empower people in so many ways, whether they take charge of their life, start to shed addictions, or just learn the importance of slowing down. I believe stress is the number one cause of illness and yoga and meditation are the perfect antidote that can be done anywhere, anytime, so why not provide the tools to those who need it most? I am so excited to be in this incredible community here in Edmonton and look forward to many more years of sharing my passion for health, happiness and personal development.

   Over 10 years ago Laura took her first yoga class. She was looking for a new way to be active after years of playing competitive soccer. She was intrigued by this strange practice and kept going back day after day, week after week. She had never felt so relaxed and was surprised that she could do some of the postures. Most of all, she was fascinated by her self-talk and began to notice the things she was telling herself about the present moment. After a few years of practice, she took her first 200 hour teacher training in 2008 and continued to train in many different areas including restorative yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. She eventually gained over 1000 hours of formal yoga training and spent many hours in meditation.  Practicing yoga and meditation has offered her the ability to quiet her mind long enough to access her own inner wisdom, not only about her practice, but also about larger issues in her daily life.  Over the years, yoga has added so much to Laura’s life. She is excited to be apart of the Navina team and looks forward to working in this wonderful community.

Over 10 years ago Laura took her first yoga class. She was looking for a new way to be active after years of playing competitive soccer. She was intrigued by this strange practice and kept going back day after day, week after week. She had never felt so relaxed and was surprised that she could do some of the postures. Most of all, she was fascinated by her self-talk and began to notice the things she was telling herself about the present moment. After a few years of practice, she took her first 200 hour teacher training in 2008 and continued to train in many different areas including restorative yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. She eventually gained over 1000 hours of formal yoga training and spent many hours in meditation.

Practicing yoga and meditation has offered her the ability to quiet her mind long enough to access her own inner wisdom, not only about her practice, but also about larger issues in her daily life.

Over the years, yoga has added so much to Laura’s life. She is excited to be apart of the Navina team and looks forward to working in this wonderful community.

   Jen was first introduced to yoga years ago through a DVD. She discovered that it was more than just a work-out and was exactly what she needed. A few years later she wanted to deepen her yoga practice with a teacher training. At first, her intention was only to deepen her practice, but the training revealed a love for teaching she hadn't known was there. Yoga to her is not just limited to a practice on the mat, but a foundation for life. Jen's classes have been described as gentle yet strong, the intensity of the practice builds up in you. She loves creative sequencing and long holds. Her intention is for you to embrace and honor your own body, and work at the level that suits you. Her hope is that you leave your practice feeling nourished and balanced.    Jen has over 500 hours of training. She loves to teach yin, and strong, yet playful, hatha flow classes.

Jen was first introduced to yoga years ago through a DVD. She discovered that it was more than just a work-out and was exactly what she needed. A few years later she wanted to deepen her yoga practice with a teacher training. At first, her intention was only to deepen her practice, but the training revealed a love for teaching she hadn't known was there. Yoga to her is not just limited to a practice on the mat, but a foundation for life. Jen's classes have been described as gentle yet strong, the intensity of the practice builds up in you. She loves creative sequencing and long holds. Her intention is for you to embrace and honor your own body, and work at the level that suits you. Her hope is that you leave your practice feeling nourished and balanced.

Jen has over 500 hours of training. She loves to teach yin, and strong, yet playful, hatha flow classes.

   Tara has been practicing yoga for over fifteen years. She holds a deep love for the transformative and therapeutic aspects of yoga and the relevance yoga has to practitioners of all skill levels.  Tara’s teaching draws from her varied studies in yoga, anatomy, women’s health, and pilates. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree from U of A, RYT-200, Pfilates (pelvic floor specialist), and is fully certified in Pilates mat and equipment. Tara offers alignment based yoga that emphasizes a practical application to everyday life, body awareness, mental focus and personal growth. Her classes are taught with the goals of improving posture, enhancing strength, promoting concentration, and increasing energy levels.  Tara’s dedication and passion for yoga allow her to continually grow while sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with her students. In her personal time she can be found spending time with her husband and two children that she feels very blessed to have.

Tara has been practicing yoga for over fifteen years. She holds a deep love for the transformative and therapeutic aspects of yoga and the relevance yoga has to practitioners of all skill levels.

Tara’s teaching draws from her varied studies in yoga, anatomy, women’s health, and pilates. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree from U of A, RYT-200, Pfilates (pelvic floor specialist), and is fully certified in Pilates mat and equipment. Tara offers alignment based yoga that emphasizes a practical application to everyday life, body awareness, mental focus and personal growth. Her classes are taught with the goals of improving posture, enhancing strength, promoting concentration, and increasing energy levels.

Tara’s dedication and passion for yoga allow her to continually grow while sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with her students. In her personal time she can be found spending time with her husband and two children that she feels very blessed to have.

 Sara's bio coming soon!

Sara's bio coming soon!

  Denise first stepped onto the yoga mat back in 2009, extremely intimidated and not fully knowing what to expect. At that time, she was merely looking for an exercise outlet. Yoga is auspicious like this. You show up for yoga, and before you know it, yoga starts showing up for you.    Yoga then started to slowly permeate all areas of her life, showing her better and healthier paths and became her dear beloved home. Denise believe's, and have come to find, through yoga we can find pure, unconditional love with ourselves and others, structure, strength, grace, self-inquiry, compassion, the power of choice, healing and a sense of unprecedented inner-peace.    To teach and share this practice is a complete honour and she hope's to see you on the mat for a class. This practice is life long – and if you give it a chance, it will guide you through an endearing journey.

Denise first stepped onto the yoga mat back in 2009, extremely intimidated and not fully knowing what to expect. At that time, she was merely looking for an exercise outlet. Yoga is auspicious like this. You show up for yoga, and before you know it, yoga starts showing up for you.

Yoga then started to slowly permeate all areas of her life, showing her better and healthier paths and became her dear beloved home. Denise believe's, and have come to find, through yoga we can find pure, unconditional love with ourselves and others, structure, strength, grace, self-inquiry, compassion, the power of choice, healing and a sense of unprecedented inner-peace.

To teach and share this practice is a complete honour and she hope's to see you on the mat for a class. This practice is life long – and if you give it a chance, it will guide you through an endearing journey.

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 "

 

 Jessica Starrie first approached the world of Yoga in 2007, nearly 5 months pregnant with her first of two children. Like most beginners, she came into her first class with very little knowledge, but soon found herself discovering the sacred connection between mind and body, which she had never known to exist, but knew that she needed to explore.    Over the next few years, yoga began to play a much larger part in Jess’ life, both on and off her mat. She began to approach life with a newfound playfulness, and strived to exemplify a sense of love throughout each and every day, noticing that, as she did, her competitive streak began to soften. All this while an empowering sense of self began to take its rightful place in her life.    Jess took her 200 hr Akhanda Teacher Training in 2013. She loves her home community and students in Edmonton and has become known for her nurturing classes both at home and while guiding retreats through Europe and Central America. Every retreat brings her a new love and perspective on life and those around her. Being able to guide people through their journeys to their happiest self has become her passion.

Jessica Starrie first approached the world of Yoga in 2007, nearly 5 months pregnant with her first of two children. Like most beginners, she came into her first class with very little knowledge, but soon found herself discovering the sacred connection between mind and body, which she had never known to exist, but knew that she needed to explore.

Over the next few years, yoga began to play a much larger part in Jess’ life, both on and off her mat. She began to approach life with a newfound playfulness, and strived to exemplify a sense of love throughout each and every day, noticing that, as she did, her competitive streak began to soften. All this while an empowering sense of self began to take its rightful place in her life.

Jess took her 200 hr Akhanda Teacher Training in 2013. She loves her home community and students in Edmonton and has become known for her nurturing classes both at home and while guiding retreats through Europe and Central America. Every retreat brings her a new love and perspective on life and those around her. Being able to guide people through their journeys to their happiest self has become her passion.

   Starting from a very young age health and wellness seemed to take priority in my life. I constantly was intrigued with the anatomy of the body and how with training and nutrition you could sculpt and strengthen it. Very early on I started feeling that there was something more inside of me that was longing for change. I could always push my body and was very disciplined but I still wasn’t feeling at peace. I was always on the go completing this and doing that. I constantly was taking this course and taking that and checking off the boxes. Still there was something more I was chasing.  It was when I took my first yoga class and after leaving, I felt different. I had never felt this way. I felt at peace even a little emotional. Emotional in the sense that I felt like I could cry, but yet at the same time motivated to take on any challenge that was placed before me. This feeling was what made me want to keep on coming back. It was after each yoga class that I had a new desire to chase anything and everything. My mind was at peace yet very clear and concise of exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I experienced the true essence of gratitude for myself. A more positive outlook on the past challenges I had been faced with and for there need and purpose in my life.  This desire is what was the driving force to take yoga teacher training. I wanted others to experience this feeling as well. My 200 hour was taken with Prana Yoga Studio in 2015. It was there where I began to feel a major shift in my being. I was still motivated and competitive but in a much more softer way. I appreciated the thoughts whether they were negative or positive, but rather then really trying to dissect them and get down to the root cause I was instead appreciative for them. To be able to feel at ease with feelings that aren’t so comfortable and being ok with that.  This is where my authentic teaching style is krafted from. I am so grateful to see students rushing into the classroom after a long day at work or during that small window when the children are at school or just when they feel the pull to come and be present on their mats. I am so grateful to be able to share my knowledge and hold space for anyone and everyone. To have a safe place to experience the mind and the breath. The acknowledge the sensations of the body and allow grace and acceptance to dwell there. To allow the body to move and adjust into alignment but still be safe and playful. The journey is always there it’s more of how you approach it and allow there to be room and space to receive whatever may come up.  Hari Om  Stephanie

Starting from a very young age health and wellness seemed to take priority in my life. I constantly was intrigued with the anatomy of the body and how with training and nutrition you could sculpt and strengthen it. Very early on I started feeling that there was something more inside of me that was longing for change. I could always push my body and was very disciplined but I still wasn’t feeling at peace. I was always on the go completing this and doing that. I constantly was taking this course and taking that and checking off the boxes. Still there was something more I was chasing.

It was when I took my first yoga class and after leaving, I felt different. I had never felt this way. I felt at peace even a little emotional. Emotional in the sense that I felt like I could cry, but yet at the same time motivated to take on any challenge that was placed before me. This feeling was what made me want to keep on coming back. It was after each yoga class that I had a new desire to chase anything and everything. My mind was at peace yet very clear and concise of exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I experienced the true essence of gratitude for myself. A more positive outlook on the past challenges I had been faced with and for there need and purpose in my life.

This desire is what was the driving force to take yoga teacher training. I wanted others to experience this feeling as well. My 200 hour was taken with Prana Yoga Studio in 2015. It was there where I began to feel a major shift in my being. I was still motivated and competitive but in a much more softer way. I appreciated the thoughts whether they were negative or positive, but rather then really trying to dissect them and get down to the root cause I was instead appreciative for them. To be able to feel at ease with feelings that aren’t so comfortable and being ok with that.

This is where my authentic teaching style is krafted from. I am so grateful to see students rushing into the classroom after a long day at work or during that small window when the children are at school or just when they feel the pull to come and be present on their mats. I am so grateful to be able to share my knowledge and hold space for anyone and everyone. To have a safe place to experience the mind and the breath. The acknowledge the sensations of the body and allow grace and acceptance to dwell there. To allow the body to move and adjust into alignment but still be safe and playful. The journey is always there it’s more of how you approach it and allow there to be room and space to receive whatever may come up.

Hari Om

Stephanie

 My yoga journey began in 2010 when I found myself having a love hate relationship with Yoga. I was showing up to class fighting my way through stillness and trying to find the patience for holding poses....to be very honest, the only thing I was enjoying was the warmth and humidity of the hot classes during our cold Alberta Winters!  After a short time I really started feeling and seeing the benefits of my practice. I found myself putting in more effort trying to calm my mind from the business of "life"! I was learning to honor my body, let go of things that no longer were serving me, and just to be present. In 2013 I joined a 30 day challenge not knowing that this challenge would become my obsession. I was led and inspired by many amazing teachers, Meg being one of them.  The benefits I was receiving – mind, body and soul – were life changing. This led to my 200 Hour Teacher Training in summer of 2015. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully and has taught me that self-love is so vital to happiness, if you don't feel good about yourself as you are it's hard to feel good about anything else!  I will always be a student of this beautiful practice and my mission is to be able inspire as much as I have been inspired.  My yoga is gentle with a passion for Yin and I'd love to share this with you!  Namaste ~

My yoga journey began in 2010 when I found myself having a love hate relationship with Yoga. I was showing up to class fighting my way through stillness and trying to find the patience for holding poses....to be very honest, the only thing I was enjoying was the warmth and humidity of the hot classes during our cold Alberta Winters!

After a short time I really started feeling and seeing the benefits of my practice. I found myself putting in more effort trying to calm my mind from the business of "life"! I was learning to honor my body, let go of things that no longer were serving me, and just to be present. In 2013 I joined a 30 day challenge not knowing that this challenge would become my obsession. I was led and inspired by many amazing teachers, Meg being one of them.

The benefits I was receiving – mind, body and soul – were life changing. This led to my 200 Hour Teacher Training in summer of 2015. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully and has taught me that self-love is so vital to happiness, if you don't feel good about yourself as you are it's hard to feel good about anything else!

I will always be a student of this beautiful practice and my mission is to be able inspire as much as I have been inspired.

My yoga is gentle with a passion for Yin and I'd love to share this with you!

Namaste ~

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Sue-Ann's bio coming soon!

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 Danielle is passionate about guiding other to trust their inner teacher and connect with the self through yoga. Over her many years of teaching, practice, and constant study with many different teachers her style has evolved, and will continue to tranform. She enjoy's teaching Power Yoga, Evolved Ashtanga, Gentle Hatha, Pranayama, Mantra and Meditation. Her teacher Michele Theoret of Empowered Yoga has been a great influence on my path. She has been blessed to study with phenomenal teachers including; Rockne White, Ida Manly, Norman Sim, Steve Pyka and Rene Henley, Christine Sell, and many more. She believe's that many different perspectives and opinions offer us the opportunity to discover our own truth and path, with that in mind she will always seek out new methods, teachers and modalities.

Danielle is passionate about guiding other to trust their inner teacher and connect with the self through yoga. Over her many years of teaching, practice, and constant study with many different teachers her style has evolved, and will continue to tranform. She enjoy's teaching Power Yoga, Evolved Ashtanga, Gentle Hatha, Pranayama, Mantra and Meditation. Her teacher Michele Theoret of Empowered Yoga has been a great influence on my path. She has been blessed to study with phenomenal teachers including; Rockne White, Ida Manly, Norman Sim, Steve Pyka and Rene Henley, Christine Sell, and many more. She believe's that many different perspectives and opinions offer us the opportunity to discover our own truth and path, with that in mind she will always seek out new methods, teachers and modalities.

 Michelle's bio coming soon!

Michelle's bio coming soon!

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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.