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, passionate Group Fitness and Hatha Yoga instructor who loves to help others along their path to a healthy lifestyle. She is Heart Wise Certified from the Ottawa Health Institute. In her spare time she can be found taking singing lessons, hiking, biking and giving exercise classes at the RA, Glebe Community Centre and Breast Cancer Action Group. Her motto is: “Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally; it comes from what you do consistently”.
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.
Franklin Method® Educator, Level 3
Certified Pilates Teacher PMA®-CPT
Franklin Method has changed my life, and completely changed the way I exercise, teach and move. I became a certified Pilates teacher in 2003, having spent years being active and curious about how my body worked and what I could do to help myself feel better. Although Pilates helped me enormously, I still sensed I needed more…
I had been reading Eric Franklin’s books for years. I loved the way his method pulled together so many of the topics that had been fascinating me – including the power of the mind.
Franklin Method has deepened my understanding of the body and the mind; and provided unique tools to help me create freer and more functional movement for myself and for others. I love to watch my students discover how using simple imagery and gaining more understanding of what is happening inside the body can instantly create change. Experience a new state of being!
Franklin Method Balance and Coordination
Franklin Method uses imagery and other novel tools to help you understand and work with your body, enabling you to produce more flexibility, strength and ease of movement. The objective of this class is to increase sensory awareness, in order to provide better balance and coordination for all activities. In this fun and informative class we will also release tension, and improve posture and mood.
Group Fitness Instructor, Canadian Centre for Active Aging (CCAA) Older Adult Fitness Instructor & Master Trainer, Pilates Mat Instructor, as well as Yoga, Drums Alive, and The GROOVE Method certified fitness instructor.
Anita Findlay is a dynamic Group Fitness instructor and presenter with over 10 years of experience, specializing in older adult fitness, pilates and yoga. She also works in preparation and rehabilitation for knee and hip replacements, as well as heart and stroke patients. She is a University of Ottawa graduate, mother of three and passionate advocate of an active lifestyle for health and longevity. Anita presently works as the Fitness Coordinator for the City of Ottawa.
BarreFit for Older Adults: . BarreFit is a class that focuses on balance, posture and core strength, pulling from the disciplines of dance exercises and pilates. A full body workout done mindfully.