I have been in the fitness industry for over 15 years; Specializing in Group Fitness, Yoga, and Personal Training.
I have been certified with CanFitPro since 2001 and have been a Registered 200-HR Yoga Instructor since 2010. I am also certified with the Ottawa Heart Institute with their Heart Wise Program and certified in CPR and AED.
I currently work at the RA Centre managing one of their corporate sites at Health Canada which has a membership of over 400 members. Here I manage the weekly class schedule, the membership, as well as teach a variety of classes on a weekly basis.
I am also currently teaching for the “Strong Women” program which is a program for women-only who are new to exercise.
I have been teaching with BCA for over 5 years. This has been an incredible passion for me. I get to see first-hand the love and support these Ladies are given. I have been so happy to be a part of the recovery process as well as making several friendships along the way.
I like to think that my passion is not just fitness but more about being a positive impact in someone’s life!
I have three children and a chocolate Lab who are my heart and soul. Most likely, you will hear a few stories of them during my classes ☺
Diane started her initial yoga practice at 52 years of age. Two years later, she made a life changing decision to retire early and pursue her passion for yoga on a full time basis. Diane took her initial 200 hour Hatha Teacher training in 2006 at 54 years of age, under the tutelage of Vishvketu and she has been teaching yoga for 8 years. Diane follows a program of continuous learning and development so that she is positioned to ensure that her students receive the maximum benefit and knowledge from their yoga practice. Over the past few years Diane has also been certified in Yin (Bernie Clark), Vinyasa Flow (Clara Roberts Oss), Hatha Raja (Vishvketu) and was the first “Yoga for Golf” Instructor in Eastern Ontario, as certified by Katherine Roberts. In 2014 Diane also completed her 500 hour Teacher Training with Loren Crawford in Ottawa and Yoga Nidra training at Semperviva in Vancouver. Diane believes that her yoga practice has challenged her to grow stronger and to be more self-confident. Her classes can be relaxing, challenging and informative. “I just want everyone to know everything that I know and feel, about how wonderful yoga is for the health of your body and your mind. To understand how pranayama (breath control) can transform your practice and how learning to sit in stillness in meditation can change your life.
Tuesday BCA Class at Beyond Yoga (Gentle Hatha)
Gentle Yoga This is a softer, more gently paced class that is meant to cultivate an internal meditative experience while stretching, moving and recharging the body. Gentle yoga is less strenuous and best for beginners, or those looking for a calm class that incorporates breathing, postures and movement. A great place to start if you are new to yoga or recovering from surgery or in treatment.
Friday BCA Class at Beyond Yoga ( Intermediate Hatha)
Hatha Good for everybody, from beginners to seasoned Yogis as options will be given. This class is a perfect balance of strengthening and stretching. It is a blend of standing poses, seated/floor poses, meditation and breathing exercises. This class may also include some active flow or sun salutations.
Mary-Jo been a Respiratory Therapist and have been involved in the fitness industry for thirty years. Her primary interest is special populations including cancer survivors and Cystic Fibrosis patients. She believe that gaining strength and physical capacity are enormously important for everyone but particularly for people who are dealing with illness. The benefits are not only physical but mental and emotional as well. When you are diagnosed with a disease like cancer, you feel your body has betrayed you. Exercise can help you trust it again. And, sharing a good workout with people of shared experience makes it seem less like work and more like play!”
Gina is an experienced and passionate Group Fitness and Hatha Yoga instructor who loves to help others along the path to a healthy life style. In her spare time she can be found giving additional fitness classes at Carleton U, the RA and Glebe Community Centre.
Strength & Stretch:
A whole body muscle conditioning class for all levels that starts with an aerobic warm up and proceeds to muscle strengthening exercises using resistance bands and on occasion free weights. Class will end with a yoga based stretch. Leave class feeling rejuvenated!
Participants are asked to bring a resistance band, mat and water bottle to each class.