• Meet the hamsa yoga team:

  • Andrea, co-owner

    Classes taught: hot flow, STRETCH + UNWIND, Hamsa G!RLS (kids/tweens), Beginner Yogi Series

    Andrea first came to yoga as a very un-flexible cross country runner whose knees were crying out for a change. Over time and a committed yoga practice she experienced physical and spiritual transformation both on and off the mat. Andrea is a certified RYT and will encourage you to find that peaceful warrior within yourself. Growing her yoga knowledge, in addition to her RYT-200hrs, Andrea has completed over 80-Hrs of Yin Yoga certification and has attended workshops and trainings from internationally known yogis such as: Dharma Mittra, Sean Corne, Koya Webb, Kathryn Flynn, Amy Wren, and more. 

  • Tiffany, Co-owner

    Classes taught: Yoga Wall, stretch + unwind, gentle yoga, Beginner Yogi Series

    Tiffany began her yoga journey in 2012. She then decided to escape the corporate world after 16 years and completed her 200HR certification in 2014 (she is now an eRYT). She had so much love for practicing and teaching yoga that she decided to take her passion to the next level and offer a beautiful community for like minded yogis and yoginis to practice at. 

    Tiffany loves to work with those who are just beginning their yoga journey and students with injuries or health conditions. Her extensive teaching experience and happy joie de vivre offer students mental clarity, physical wellness and an enhanced, joyful practice. Her classes are fun, naturally flowing and offer clear instructions. Students who experience an hour of self-care with Tiffany are ensured to leave AWAKENED with a smile on their face. 

     

  • Monica

    classes taught: Aroma Flow

    When Monica took her first Ashtanga Vinyasa class, she was instantly connected with the practice. She remembers her very first yoga instructor fondly as a person who left a lasting impression on her, and takes her own role as a teacher with not only great responsibility, but also with a warm and inviting approach. She continues to be inspired by her teachers, fellow yogis and yoginis and is always attending workshops to further her training. Monica is R.Y.T.T. certified and currently teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa and hot yoga at Hamsa, and has also taught restorative, gentle, yin, and power yoga. Come and experience a blissful, welcoming practice with Monica.

  • Ruth

    Classes: Breathe & Restore

    For many years I was an equestrian coach and trainer. Yoga was the perfect complement to instill connection to the mind and body. My life took a slight change of direction when my husband and I moved to the Middle East for two years. It was there that I was introduced to yoga with a deep focus on breathing techniques for stress release. Upon my return to Canada I completed my 200 YTT and received training in Restorative, Yin & Therapeutic Yoga (in Canada and India).  I’m also a certified  Hypopressive Breathing Level 1 coach. I have been involved in the wellness field as a chiropractic health assistant for over 20 years & have a deep understanding of the importance of holistic health. Yoga and breathwork are an integral part of this equation and I am passionate about sharing this knowledge. I maintain a sense of lightness and humour in my classes  – “laughter being the best medicine.”

  • Erin

    Classes taught: Gentle Yoga, Stretch + Unwind

    As an established equestrian rider, Erin came to yoga to overcome anxiousness, stiffness and feelings of being out of shape.  As she's moved forward in her yoga journey she now uses the same principles of yoga to train herself and and her equestrian students to have flexibility,  calmness, focus, and harmony with their equine partners.  Along with being a certified yoga instructor, Erin is also a reiki master and has a fashion design diploma.  Its no surprise Erin's favorite pose is Equestrian pose or Lunge pose. You're certain to enjoy the harmony of Erin's hot yoga hatha classes.

  • Perry

    Classes Taught: Gentle Yoga

    Perry began practicing yoga in early 2004 and experienced an instant connection. After 10 years of practice, teacher training was a natural step on his journey. Practicing yoga safely is a priority for Perry. He is passionate about helping his students preserve their mobility and guiding his students' practice from the mat to their daily life: good posture, breath work, relaxation and overall quality of life. Come join Rolling Yoga with Perry on Wednesday mornings. 

     

  • Cara

    classes taught: Warm Flow

    I started practicing yoga 14 years ago, just after my fifth child was born. Overwhelmed and exhausted, I was looking to take some time for myself, reduce my stress and start getting back in shape. I spent a couple of years exploring different class styles and teachers before I found my tribe right here at Hamsa Yoga in Carleton Place! My practice has grown and deepened over the intervening years (and through the births of two more children!) – it has kept me grounded and centered and continues to keep me connected to who I am, beneath all of the roles that life has assigned me. I am inspired by how yoga connects us to our bodies – through the flow of breath and prana (energy). Flowing with grace and fluidity on my yoga mat helps me to bring that same sense of ease and calm to my day-to-day life. Cara is a 200-hr RYT and teaches Hatha, Flow, Vinyasa, Power, Ashtanga yoga and is in love with arm balances – any and all!

  • Robyn

    classes taught: Hamsa Yoga super sub

    Robyn began practicing yoga just over ten years ago to balance out high-tech job life in Kanata. Yoga has brought so many things to her life like physical flexibility, core strength, but also a general sense of calm and wellness that has drawn her deeper into the practice. Robyn isn’t new to teaching.  She was an aerobics instructor throughout the 90s and early 2000s but turned to yoga more deeply and completed her 200Hr YTT with Kathryn Flynn in 2017. Robyn has been known to incorporate some Pilates elements into her yoga classes and will leave you feeling calm and strong. 

  • Stephanie

    Classes Taught: Hot Flow, warm flow

    Stephanie grew up dancing competitively and was initially drawn to the physical aspects of yoga. It wasn't until she started a home practice that she discovered yoga is so much more than just a physical practice. Stephanie's home practice keeps her inspired and curious as to what else yoga can teach us. Stephanie completed her 200hrs with Frog Lotus Yoga International, studying Vinyasa flow under the teachings of Vidya Jacqueline Heisel. Stephanie's favourite asana is extended side angle because of the balance in strength and softness - the asana makes you feel grounded yet open at the same time. Stephanie is passionate about sharing her commitment to living a happy & healthy lifestyle - one full of compassion, light and possibilities.

  • Meghan

    Classes Taught: Warm Flow, Hot Flow

    Meghan grew up in Ottawa and graduated from Ryerson University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.   After taking some time to travel and making a go of it in the dance world (which of course, involved a number of injuries), Meghan felt that it was time to find a new path.  Yoga was the answer!  It provided the same strong physicality of dance, but cultivated health and sustainability in a way that worked with the body instead of against it.  After falling in love with the practice itself, Meghan wanted to dive deeper. This was now a passion, a calling, that she felt she needed to share with others.  This led her to her teacher training, which she completed in Brazil in 2012 through Moksha Yoga.  This 500 hour certification provided a strong foundation for her teaching, but Meghan is eager to continue to learn and grow and explore all aspects of yoga.  She has since studied with Seane Corn, Tiffany Cruikshank, Maria Garre, The Baron Baptiste Institute, as well as Yogirishi Vishvketu (Vishva-ji).  

  • Carey

    Classes Taught: Stretch + Unwind, Rise + melt, kIDS yOGA, Meditation Series

    Carey has been studying yoga since she was a child. After many years of practice she completed 200 hours of formal teacher training in 2009 at Herizen Yoga for Women. She has since completed prenatal yoga and Yin yoga teacher training. Carey is a mother of two boys and is passionate about helping mamas feel vibrant and restored through the practice of yoga.

  • Gillian

    Classes taught: slow flow

    Gillian first started practicing yoga over ten years ago to help with ongoing back pain, but as the back pain lessened she discovered other benefits as well - everything from dealing with small injuries, all the way to working through the challenges like anxiety and depression. Like so many of us, Gillian balances a busy home life and career, and yoga helps her find the calm inside the storm. She designs her yoga classes to help her students do the same.

  • Charlene

    Classes Taught: baby + me

    Charlene began her love of yoga when she was in university. The values and peace of mind that Charlene found have stayed with her to this day. After eighteen years in the Navy, she needed more fulfillment, and once again found herself on the mat. Charlene deepened her practice by completing 200hr YTT at Hamsa in 2018 and has continued her education by completing Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training; Charlene firmly believes that yoga is a fundamental key to overcoming a great many challenges in life, but in particular personal trauma.  Charlene is grateful for the opportunity to share this journey of life with each person she may connect with.