Pramana is home to therapists & teachers from a variety of honourable training backgrounds. Aside from their teachings, they are exceptional people living their personal yoga every day within our community. We strive to hold creative and open space for these skilled guides to grow and explore their own styles and philosophies. Our aim is to provide an educational environment which fosters an enriching, safe and empowering experience for both practitioner & receiver. 


 Alicia Wright, RMT  Alicia runs Pramana and has been working as a registered massage therapist in the Halifax area since 2005. She spent her first decade of practice in the physiotherapy world and has since deepened her intuitive approach through investigating physical tensions caused by emotional holdings. 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 compassionate treatments. Alicia’s wellness philosophy is still strongly rooted in a collaborative belief; educating people about the benefits of regular massage therapy, whilst 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 refined her view of healthy living and is passionate about creating a space for continual self care. Having also been a long standing lover of the community, Alicia is deeply invested in 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. 

Alicia Wright, RMT

Alicia runs Pramana and has been working as a registered massage therapist in the Halifax area since 2005. She spent her first decade of practice in the physiotherapy world and has since deepened her intuitive approach through investigating physical tensions caused by emotional holdings. 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 compassionate treatments. Alicia’s wellness philosophy is still strongly rooted in a collaborative belief; educating people about the benefits of regular massage therapy, whilst 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 refined her view of healthy living and is passionate about creating a space for continual self care. Having also been a long standing lover of the community, Alicia is deeply invested in 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. 

 Alanna McIntyre  Alanna is a multilingual mamma, sommelier, art lover, flamenco dancer, yoga practitioner and teacher.  She fell in love with yoga after her first class in Florence, Italy in 2001; though it wasn’t until 2009 when she was pregnant with her first child, that she began to develop a regular yoga practice. Yoga was a way for her to connect and reconnect daily with life changes and challenges.     Alanna completed a 300 hour teacher training in 2013 with yoga therapist, Nancy Hunter at 108Yoga in Halifax in the tradition of Krishnamacharya.   In 2014 she received her Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification through the Himalayan Institute and 108 Yoga in Halifax.  Alanna combines the traditional teachings of yoga and ayurveda to create space for students to pull out of the momentum of their daily lives in order to cultivate an inward focus.    “The more I practice and learn about this modality for sustaining health and wellness, the more I see the positive results playing out in so many areas of my life. With a desire to deepen my understanding of yoga, its roots and its modern day applications, I continue to study, practice and teach. My goal is that students leave the practice with a feeling of inner vibrancy and a deep sense of calm and steadiness to help carry them through their day.”       

Alanna McIntyre

Alanna is a multilingual mamma, sommelier, art lover, flamenco dancer, yoga practitioner and teacher.  She fell in love with yoga after her first class in Florence, Italy in 2001; though it wasn’t until 2009 when she was pregnant with her first child, that she began to develop a regular yoga practice. Yoga was a way for her to connect and reconnect daily with life changes and challenges.   

Alanna completed a 300 hour teacher training in 2013 with yoga therapist, Nancy Hunter at 108Yoga in Halifax in the tradition of Krishnamacharya.   In 2014 she received her Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification through the Himalayan Institute and 108 Yoga in Halifax.

Alanna combines the traditional teachings of yoga and ayurveda to create space for students to pull out of the momentum of their daily lives in order to cultivate an inward focus.  

“The more I practice and learn about this modality for sustaining health and wellness, the more I see the positive results playing out in so many areas of my life. With a desire to deepen my understanding of yoga, its roots and its modern day applications, I continue to study, practice and teach. My goal is that students leave the practice with a feeling of inner vibrancy and a deep sense of calm and steadiness to help carry them through their day.”       

 Ayla Singer  Ayla is a passionate instructor who believes yoga and breath can change someone's life. She credits her first yoga class as one of the best things that ever happened to her. Yoga has given her the tools to get out of her head and thrive in the present moment. In 2012 she decided to take her 200 hour YTT so she could not only deepen her practice but share it with others. Her classes have a theme of connecting breath and movement, presence and the unfolding of possibilities in every moment. Having deep rooted values in the importance of community, Ayla is so excited to be part of the Pramana team.

Ayla Singer

Ayla is a passionate instructor who believes yoga and breath can change someone's life. She credits her first yoga class as one of the best things that ever happened to her. Yoga has given her the tools to get out of her head and thrive in the present moment. In 2012 she decided to take her 200 hour YTT so she could not only deepen her practice but share it with others. Her classes have a theme of connecting breath and movement, presence and the unfolding of possibilities in every moment. Having deep rooted values in the importance of community, Ayla is so excited to be part of the Pramana team.


 Danielle Hébert  Message from Danielle:  "I have recently moved back to Halifax with my daughter, Fern. This move comes on the heels of a great shift and upheaval, both physical and spiritual. I am doing my best to learn from these recent life events and to let that learning guide me into a deeper compassion and understanding of others as well. I have gradually but, recently, become emphatically tired and impatient with the negativity and judgement that is common in our culture. Although, I am certainly not perfect on this front, I am working to eliminate negative thoughts and speech from my mind and actions and to embrace the best in everyone I meet.  I have been a dedicated yogini for over 5 years and before that practiced casually since the early 2000’s. I practice and teach mainly vinyasa-style, informed by traditional Ashtanga and modern understanding of the way the body works and moves. My practice and teaching (and life) is a continuous evolution. I like to invite students to become inquisitive about their own practice experience and how it is serving and affecting them as a unique body and person. In that spirit I also like to invite students to try out any and all modifications and variations that may better suit their practice at any given time."

Danielle Hébert

Message from Danielle:

"I have recently moved back to Halifax with my daughter, Fern. This move comes on the heels of a great shift and upheaval, both physical and spiritual. I am doing my best to learn from these recent life events and to let that learning guide me into a deeper compassion and understanding of others as well. I have gradually but, recently, become emphatically tired and impatient with the negativity and judgement that is common in our culture. Although, I am certainly not perfect on this front, I am working to eliminate negative thoughts and speech from my mind and actions and to embrace the best in everyone I meet.

I have been a dedicated yogini for over 5 years and before that practiced casually since the early 2000’s. I practice and teach mainly vinyasa-style, informed by traditional Ashtanga and modern understanding of the way the body works and moves. My practice and teaching (and life) is a continuous evolution. I like to invite students to become inquisitive about their own practice experience and how it is serving and affecting them as a unique body and person. In that spirit I also like to invite students to try out any and all modifications and variations that may better suit their practice at any given time."

 Heather Reynolds  Heather has a passion for encouraging people to see just how far they can go. As one client said,  “  Heather sees who you are and who you could be before you do.    Through movement and words she   guides you along the path you know you were meant to travel.    Every lesson is a new journey!     ~ Suzanne S     She blends together her own curiosity to continually gain deeper understanding, her love for reaching new heights and her skill as a teacher to share her understanding, particularly the teachings of ParaYoga,   in an accessible way. “Meet people where they are, then take them for a ride.” is the mantra behind Heather’s approach to teaching.     Heather holds a Masters in Kinesiology and is a licensed kinesiologist and teacher. Heather holds certifications as a certified Four Desires teacher, a certified ParaYoga Level 1 teacher, and is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an eRYT 500 hour teacher. Heather continues to publish a  blog , and is an author of a book and many articles on performance.     Heather’s unique background grounds her in the knowledge of how the body works and, incorporating the tools of Yoga, how to engage the energetics and the mind to create the experience and performance that supports growth. Coupling her knowledge with her intuition and skill to articulate, Heather is a skilled teacher and coach. More about Heather can be found on her website: Heatherreynolds.com

Heather Reynolds

Heather has a passion for encouraging people to see just how far they can go. As one client said,

Heather sees who you are and who you could be before you do.  Through movement and words she guides you along the path you know you were meant to travel.  Every lesson is a new journey!     ~ Suzanne S

 

She blends together her own curiosity to continually gain deeper understanding, her love for reaching new heights and her skill as a teacher to share her understanding, particularly the teachings of ParaYoga, 

in an accessible way. “Meet people where they are, then take them for a ride.” is the mantra behind Heather’s approach to teaching.

 

Heather holds a Masters in Kinesiology and is a licensed kinesiologist and teacher. Heather holds certifications as a certified Four Desires teacher, a certified ParaYoga Level 1 teacher, and is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an eRYT 500 hour teacher. Heather continues to publish a blog, and is an author of a book and many articles on performance.

 

Heather’s unique background grounds her in the knowledge of how the body works and, incorporating the tools of Yoga, how to engage the energetics and the mind to create the experience and performance that supports growth. Coupling her knowledge with her intuition and skill to articulate, Heather is a skilled teacher and coach. More about Heather can be found on her website: Heatherreynolds.com

 Holly Amos  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.

Holly Amos

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.


 Laurel Schut  Laurel has been practicing yoga for 10 years and has been teaching for 5 years. In 2012, she completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training under the unconventional co-guidance of both a ParaYoga and Ashtanga practitioner. Since she started teaching, Laurel has connected with hundreds of yoga students, skillfully weaving themes through her classes in order to create a space for each student to experience both a deep internal experience and a connection to a greater healing presence. Her grounded, well-rounded classes integrate unhurried but strong sequencing, precise anatomical instruction, and mindfulness teachings. Laurel continues to study and is currently completing a 300hr training on the Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga with Simon Borg-Olivier. 

Laurel Schut

Laurel has been practicing yoga for 10 years and has been teaching for 5 years. In 2012, she completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training under the unconventional co-guidance of both a ParaYoga and Ashtanga practitioner. Since she started teaching, Laurel has connected with hundreds of yoga students, skillfully weaving themes through her classes in order to create a space for each student to experience both a deep internal experience and a connection to a greater healing presence. Her grounded, well-rounded classes integrate unhurried but strong sequencing, precise anatomical instruction, and mindfulness teachings. Laurel continues to study and is currently completing a 300hr training on the Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga with Simon Borg-Olivier. 

    Mariah Pelley-Smith  Mariah is a Reiki Master Practitioner who serves Halifax and its surrounding area. Mariah's journey of becoming a Reiki Practitioner started in 2016 and immediately changed her perception of her own body, mind, soul and the world around her. Reiki revealed that all flaws are perfect, everything we ever need is inside us and everyone is a student and teacher. Mariah's gifts & techniques involve bringing ancient symbols, energies and sound into the space. Some include plant energies, ancient African chants and singing, therapeutic touch, La-Ho-Chi energy and higher being energies. Mariah serves as a channel to work with these modalities in a comfortable and professional way, acknowledging that this may seem out of the ordinary for some. Encouraging the release of expectation and judgment, she assures that the energy and effects of the energy can be felt and benefit overall balance of health and wellness.

 

Mariah Pelley-Smith

Mariah is a Reiki Master Practitioner who serves Halifax and its surrounding area. Mariah's journey of becoming a Reiki Practitioner started in 2016 and immediately changed her perception of her own body, mind, soul and the world around her. Reiki revealed that all flaws are perfect, everything we ever need is inside us and everyone is a student and teacher. Mariah's gifts & techniques involve bringing ancient symbols, energies and sound into the space. Some include plant energies, ancient African chants and singing, therapeutic touch, La-Ho-Chi energy and higher being energies. Mariah serves as a channel to work with these modalities in a comfortable and professional way, acknowledging that this may seem out of the ordinary for some. Encouraging the release of expectation and judgment, she assures that the energy and effects of the energy can be felt and benefit overall balance of health and wellness.

 Catie Mason, RHN  Catie stumbled upon a yoga class 12 years ago while in university and started practicing as a means to stay fit and flexible; but it soon became much more than that. First, it was vital way to combat stress and anxiety using breathwork and movement to inhabit the body and quiet the mind. She started with Hot yoga, moved to Ashtanga, and eventually to Kundalini which set her on a the new spiritual path of yoga. Always knowing she wanted to become a yoga teacher she found the perfect training after practicing alone in Cape Breton for a year via online classes. She eventually found the teachings of Kia Miller who blends Kundalini and Vinyasa to make this branch of yoga more accessible to modern yoga practitioners. After completing her 200-hour teacher training with Kia, she then combined it with a complementary passion and completed the prenatal training at Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio.  Catie now works as a Holistic Nutritionist with a focus on Fertility and Pregnancy support and also as a Doula. Her prenatal classes are a blend of flowing Vinyasa, building strength and stamina for birth with Hatha, and Kundalini meditations and practices thrown in to help you connect with yourself and your baby and to release stress. Catie believes in creating community around you wherever you go with no time being more important than during pregnancy. Come as you are, no experience required. She looks forward to accompanying you on this motherhood journey!

Catie Mason, RHN

Catie stumbled upon a yoga class 12 years ago while in university and started practicing as a means to stay fit and flexible; but it soon became much more than that. First, it was vital way to combat stress and anxiety using breathwork and movement to inhabit the body and quiet the mind. She started with Hot yoga, moved to Ashtanga, and eventually to Kundalini which set her on a the new spiritual path of yoga. Always knowing she wanted to become a yoga teacher she found the perfect training after practicing alone in Cape Breton for a year via online classes. She eventually found the teachings of Kia Miller who blends Kundalini and Vinyasa to make this branch of yoga more accessible to modern yoga practitioners. After completing her 200-hour teacher training with Kia, she then combined it with a complementary passion and completed the prenatal training at Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio.

Catie now works as a Holistic Nutritionist with a focus on Fertility and Pregnancy support and also as a Doula. Her prenatal classes are a blend of flowing Vinyasa, building strength and stamina for birth with Hatha, and Kundalini meditations and practices thrown in to help you connect with yourself and your baby and to release stress. Catie believes in creating community around you wherever you go with no time being more important than during pregnancy. Come as you are, no experience required. She looks forward to accompanying you on this motherhood journey!


 Ruthy Shvalbe  Ruthy has been practicing yoga since 2010, and a teacher for the last two in British Columbia and Toronto. Studying Tantra Vinyasa 200hr YTT with Heather Reynolds opened her heart in ways which are still rippling benefits. Ruthy believes that life is a continuous practice; that it's not one day understood and everything is easy from that moment on. She finds the reflection in yoga, because everyday we are different. She teaches that our physical yoga practice is only the beginning and provides us tools to help us connect and understand ourselves. Beyond yoga, goals in these class are, exploration, joy and connection.   Ruthy's relationship with yoga is forever changing, and for that, she is grateful. She loves to bring in new tools and ideas from all areas of life into her classes. Having also recently finished a training on pathophysiology and injury management, she now also allows this to integrate healing and continuous movements into her classes along with an invitation for students to get curious about themselves both physically and spiritually. Creating a safe space to promote personal growth and understanding is a top mission. 

Ruthy Shvalbe

Ruthy has been practicing yoga since 2010, and a teacher for the last two in British Columbia and Toronto. Studying Tantra Vinyasa 200hr YTT with Heather Reynolds opened her heart in ways which are still rippling benefits. Ruthy believes that life is a continuous practice; that it's not one day understood and everything is easy from that moment on. She finds the reflection in yoga, because everyday we are different. She teaches that our physical yoga practice is only the beginning and provides us tools to help us connect and understand ourselves. Beyond yoga, goals in these class are, exploration, joy and connection. 

Ruthy's relationship with yoga is forever changing, and for that, she is grateful. She loves to bring in new tools and ideas from all areas of life into her classes. Having also recently finished a training on pathophysiology and injury management, she now also allows this to integrate healing and continuous movements into her classes along with an invitation for students to get curious about themselves both physically and spiritually. Creating a safe space to promote personal growth and understanding is a top mission. 

 Shabnam Sobhani  Shabnam  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!

Shabnam Sobhani

Shabnam  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!