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 fourteen years and I am privileged to say that it has been my career for the last nine 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 fourteen years and I am privileged to say that it has been my career for the last nine 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.

  

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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Having been a golfer for many years...  approximately 5 years ago I began taking yoga classes to supplement my other fitness activities (including golf) to improve my flexibility and range of motion.  At the time, improving flexibility was all I thought yoga would do for me.  Subsequently, I realized that yoga offered me other physical benefits such as strength, balance and endurance.  It offered mental benefits such as stress reduction, calming my mind, and improving my focus and concentration.  Yoga also offered me spiritual benefits such as recognizing the need to live a happier, more balanced life, bringing me more inner peace, and reminding me to be a more caring, compassionate and loving human being.  While on vacation in Scottsdale in November 2014, I was took a series of Yoga for Golfers classes at Troon North.  Katherine Robert's Yoga for Golfers is a golf-specific conditioning program that integrates yoga postures and breath control to improve flexibility, core conditioning, balance, strength, endurance, focus and concentration to play better, stronger and longer.    In the spring of 2015, I became a certified Level 2 Yoga for Golfers instructor. Subsequently, as my passion for my yoga practice deepened, I completed an intensive 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and Yin Yoga instructor certification. I am also interested in learning more about Ayurveda, aromatherapy, yoga nidra, mindfulness, mediation and restorative yoga. I look forward to sharing my passion for yoga with you at Navina! Namaste Desiree Hackman

Having been a golfer for many years...  approximately 5 years ago I began taking yoga classes to supplement my other fitness activities (including golf) to improve my flexibility and range of motion.  At the time, improving flexibility was all I thought yoga would do for me.  Subsequently, I realized that yoga offered me other physical benefits such as strength, balance and endurance.  It offered mental benefits such as stress reduction, calming my mind, and improving my focus and concentration.  Yoga also offered me spiritual benefits such as recognizing the need to live a happier, more balanced life, bringing me more inner peace, and reminding me to be a more caring, compassionate and loving human being.

 While on vacation in Scottsdale in November 2014, I was took a series of Yoga for Golfers classes at Troon North.  Katherine Robert's Yoga for Golfers is a golf-specific conditioning program that integrates yoga postures and breath control to improve flexibility, core conditioning, balance, strength, endurance, focus and concentration to play better, stronger and longer.  

 In the spring of 2015, I became a certified Level 2 Yoga for Golfers instructor. Subsequently, as my passion for my yoga practice deepened, I completed an intensive 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and Yin Yoga instructor certification. I am also interested in learning more about Ayurveda, aromatherapy, yoga nidra, mindfulness, mediation and restorative yoga.

I look forward to sharing my passion for yoga with you at Navina!

Namaste

Desiree Hackman