Alicia Wright, RMT
THE HANDS & BOSS LADY
Alicia has been practicing as a registered massage therapist in the Halifax area since 2005. Her foundation primarily lies in clinical & collaborative physical therapy. In 2015, she kissed the corporate-run physiotherapy world good-bye and opened an independent practice. She is thriving in the health and wellness community and loves having more freedom to infuse an ever evolving energetic approach to her already deep and intuitive treatments. Alicia’s wellness philosophy is still deeply rooted in a collaborative belief; educating people about the benefits of regular massage therapy, while also encouraging the use of all other forms of bodywork and self care to create a healthy and optimal physical/energetic/emotional balance. Since finding the crossover of her preferred approach to massage therapy with an alignment based yoga practice, Alicia has deepened her view of self care and is passionate about creating a space just for that. Having also been a long standing lover of the community, Alicia is also passionate about its growth and promotion, which is why she’s so happy to now be a part of the rejuvenation of the Gottingen Street business sector.
Over the last 15 years, Michelle has had the opportunity to live at various ashrams (a sort of yoga university) and immerse herself in the four paths of yoga (Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Jyana Yoga). Aside from these immersions, she's been very fortunate to study various yoga styles and philosophy with world renowned teachers Anodea Judith, Manju Jois, Nancy Gilgoff, Shiva Rae, and Sean Corne.
Through these teachers, she's learned the importance of consistent daily practice, on and off the mat. Michelle firmly believes that because of her practice, she's learned to truly appreciate the miracle that life is. But it hasn't all been rosy. Her practice has also helped her navigate some of the toughest challenges ever faced. (You can read more about Michelle's story by searching the featured posts in her blog).
"It is my belief that yoga is for every body. That by including yoga in your life, you can achieve your highest potential and be your best self. Together, we can create a practice that supports you in many ways - the practice of yoga beyond the body."
Tricia first found yoga in 2001, after her Step-Mum suggested it as a means to heal from sexualized violence. A former figure skater and always drawn to the grace and beauty of balanced strength and flexibility, she was eager to begin her yoga journey. In the comfort of her living room, Tricia was largely self taught, through the use of many books and Rodney Yee on VHS. It wasn't until 2006, when yoga studios became more popular, that Tricia finally experienced her first led studio practice. Instantly, she knew that practicing would one day be combined with teaching. In 2012, after 3 kids and a second university degree, Tricia finally decided to complete her 200hr YTT. Since then, her passion for practicing and teaching yoga has grown immensely. She has expanded upon her 200hr YTT with numerous respected international and local teachers.
Tricia believes wholeheartedly that the practice of yoga is first and foremost a means of therapy, as it reconnects us to our physical bodies and personal power. She believes that through releasing the stress we place on our body every day – be it social pressure, past trauma, or day-to-day struggles – yoga has the ability to change our relationship with ourselves and, consequently, the world around us. This understanding of yoga as a healing modality inspires Tricia to create playful practices that challenge your body and mind, both on and off the mat. She loves to bring life lessons into the studio, sharing them with her students as a means to work through the common struggles we all experience from day-to-day. She enjoys moving through fun and creative flows, ultimately bringing her students to an apex posture in which the physical and emotional elements of the practice intersect. Her classes intend to physically challenge you in a way that inspires you to discover your edge, while reflecting within so to release yourself from attachment to ego.
Nikki came to yoga in 2012, craving an activity to get her out of the house and drawn by both the strength, grace and challenge of arm balances and inversions, and a desire to finally forge a path to peace and happiness in her own life. She quickly fell in love with the practice of yoga as a whole and how it enriched all facets of her life, and though she still loves the physical challenges it presents she has come to appreciate the mental, spiritual and philosophical aspects of the practice as well.
As a writer and storyteller she loves the idea that a yoga class can lead you somewhere, that you can tell a story with body and breath. As a teacher and student she is passionate about yoga not as a practice of doing, but rather as one of trying, experiencing and feeling. And whether it's a couple people or a crowded room, as a teacher she tries to pass along the greatest gift this practice has given her, "Ultimately this is a practice of connectivity. It connects us with the world. It connects us with ourselves. And it connects us with each other."
RMT & TEACHER
Liseanne, believes in the value of unrestricted possibility within movement, as well as life. A registered massage therapist by trade, an opportunity arose in 2015 for Liseanne to broaden her knowledge of the mind-body connection through training the practice of Tantra Vinyasa Yoga , of which she readily accepted. Through yoga Liseanne works to release those she teaches from the monotony and hustle of daily routine, awakening their soul and helping to bring them back to their true self. She believes with breath and movement we can best connect to our intentions, while helping to dispel the control anxiety has in directing our lives. With yoga Liseanne works to set her pupils free from their limitations, allowing them the space within her class to move in ways they may have never envisioned for themselves. She encourages compassion with one’s self, recognizing the value of progress without the confines of judgement. Liseanne’s approach to yoga resonates through her meditative classes, inspiring mantras and kind and energetic personality.
Teacher & BSW, MSW
Shabnam Sobhani RYT 200 has been practicing yoga since 2008. From that first class she knew that becoming a yoga teacher would be in her path at some point. Shabnam continues to study yoga and is in the process of obtaining her 500 hour training. Shabnam is a student first and teacher second, always learning from her students and encouraging them to also listen and be aware of their body and mind connection. Her classes are often to music, bringing a fun and calming spirit to a moderate paced practice. Shabnam incorporates mindfulness in each class to allow students to find space within themselves to stay present and just be. Shabnam implements a trauma informed perspective into her classes and approach to teaching to increase awareness that trauma is embodied within and that yoga can be a tool to explore experiences of pain and find ways to heal.
Shabnam welcomes everyone who comes to her classes to be open and nurture an attitude of love and kindness towards their bodies by modifying postures, using props to be more comfortable or to do whatever else you need to do to enjoy the flow!
Teacher, B. Ed.
A knee injury brought Ashton to yoga after almost 15 years of competing in competitive athletics. Her yoga mat has provided an outlet for self exploration and growth, both physically and mentally. She believes yoga is never static, and is ever evolving. Ashton completed her 200 hr YTT with Shanti Hot Yoga in 2014. Her goal as a yoga teacher is to help guide others onto a path of learning, exploring new space on their own mat. Ashton has made education her career, and has been a teacher in HRSB school board since 2011. In the yoga studio her classes are playful, uplifting, and filled with movement. "Yoga to me means a consistent practice of patience, mindfulness, growth, love, and self respect. It's not about how it looks it's about how it feels.”
RD & Teacher
Holly began practicing yoga for the strength and flexibility benefits, but soon found that her practice would become much deeper. As a Nutritionist, Holly is familiar with fostering health through providing our bodies with the nourishment that we need to thrive. When she finished her dietetic training she felt drawn to explore the connection between the body and mind. Her curiosity led her to the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre Ashram. Through completing an immersive 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Holly deepened her yoga and mediation practice and philosophical understandings. Her traditional training provides a solid foundation for the practices of pranayama, mediation and the Sivananda sequence. The principles of mindfulness and meditation are key to Holly’s practice as a Nutritionist, Yoga Instructor and in her life.
The Pramana logo is a representation of a Hindu Tilaka, which is a mark traditionally worn on the forehead. Although there are different variations, the Tripundra, the chosen version here, is an ancient representation worn by the followers of Shiva. The three lines are made with sacred ash from fire sacrifices and a red mark, made from clay, sandalwood paste or tumeric, is added in the centre. When applied in this way, it symbolizes the unity of energy and matter that creates the entire seen and unseen universe. The three lines are a reminder of various trinities, such as: the three syllables of Aum, the three Gunas (qualities of nature) and the Hindu Gods (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva). The tripundra is also a reminder of the spiritual aims of life, the truth that the body and material things shall someday become ash, and that mukti (freedom or liberation) is a worthy goal.
The literal meaning of Pramāṇa is "proof". It refers to the means by which a person obtains accurate and true knowledge. How correct knowledge can be acquired, how one knows or doesn't know, and to what extent knowledge that is relevant about someone or something can be acquired, is the essence of Pramana.
The three principal means of knowledge are perception, evidence, and testimony. There are two additional means of knowledge (1)analogy, which enables one to grasp the meaning of a word by the knowing of a similar word, and (2)circumstantial implication, which appeals to common sense, for example, one does not see the sun move from minute to minute, but as it is in a different place at different times of day, one must conclude that it has moved.
The name Pramāṇa was chosen to encompass our convictions in the importance of one having the opportunity to learn and flourish, seeking out the strength, of mind, body and spirit. By creating a place which supports this process of growth and discovery, space can be made to find one's true self. We know that when you are the best you can be, we are the best we can be.