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
I have taught Pilates since 2003, but my understanding of the body deepened hugely once I studied Franklin Method. Studying this Method has given me unique tools to help me create freer and more functional movement for myself and for others. I love to watch my students discover how Franklin Method can instantly help to create positive 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 experience your anatomy in a new way.
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, increase flexibility and strength – 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.
Scheherzade Chowdhury holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology from York University, Toronto, Ontario. Her full time work as a Support Worker in the Violence Against Women Community allows her to live her passion for justice and supporting the empowerment of women to live the choices that lead towards a life of health and well being. As a related extension of this passion, is her love of dance that has lead her to embrace the practice of Nia and inspire her students to find the joy and pleasure of living well in one’s body, and therefore in one’s life, through the joy of dance.
Scheherzade took her White Belt training to become a licensed Nia Instructor in 2011 and has been teaching classes and providing Nia workshops since 2012. She teaches classes publicly, has participated in Nia Jams with other Nia teachers, has co-coordinated a performance piece to show case Nia and has done Nia workshops for After the Bell Retreat at Maplesoft, the Women’s Gathering through Minwaashin Lodge, and Self Care Day for students at Fisher Public School.
In her classes, Scheherzade brings the dance to life through her energy and passion, inspiring her participants to find their own sensations of pleasure that supports the Body’s Way. Scheherzade’s gentle way allows the participants to explore the connection between music and movement in a safe space, while her strength and energy inspire an athletic, dynamic dance work out, all while embodying a grounded honoring of the body. Scheherzade invites her students to learn from their body sensations of pleasure in the classes and to apply it in their day to day lives as a guide to living a life of health and well being.
Nia – Class
Nia is a fusion dance fitness and mindful, sensory based movement practice that uses a blend of movements from the martial arts, healing arts and dance arts. The number one principle of Nia is to “find pleasure” through dancing in your own Body’s Way. The intent is to listen to the “voice of the body” as a guide to general health and well being in our lives. While classes are a mixture of choreography and opportunities for free dance, participants are invited to dance the movements in ways that are comfortable and suited to You. This means Nia is suitable for any age, gender, body type and fitness level! Classes are one hour long and done barefoot to soul stirring world music. All you need is comfortable clothing to move/dance/sweat in, and a curious heart to explore the connection between mind, body and spirit through joyful dance!
Scheherzade van Aarle – Founder and CEO, INNERSPACE
Scheherzade is a trained mindfulness meditation teacher, speaker, and activist. She credits mindfulness meditation as the superpower that helped her to navigate and emerge from a debilitating brain injury and a cancer diagnosis to live her best life. She also hosts a ‘Big Sit’ mass mindfulness meditation on Parliament Hill on the International Day of Peace (September 21st).
In this secular mindfulness meditation class you will learn techniques to reduce stress, feel more relaxed and cultivate the self-compassion to help you navigate your life through good times and those more difficult times. This Includes the body scan, loving-kindness/ compassion practise, focussed awareness and open awareness. Neuroscience has shown that practising mindfulness meditation regularly deactivates the parts of your brain associated with ruminating about the past and worrying about the future so that you can be with what is right now with more ease and peace.
Polly Erskine is a retired nurse, who took up painting on a whim when she turned 75. Five years later, she has excelled to the point of being a teacher of art expression. In her free time she volunteers at her local seniors community centre, is a seamstress helping those with physical challenges have clothes that fit them perfectly. She also loves to relax, cook, and of course paint. She is looking forward to having you in her home to get you started on your self expression.
Marie-Louise Doyle, BCA’s Executive Director and the interim lead for its book club, The Butterfly Effect. An avid reader herself, ML is know for getting the job done. She looks forward to getting to know you and of course READING!