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 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!
Teena Toba’s Book Club – The Butterfly Effect
When Walter Hendelman contacted me about wanting to support BCAO, of whom his wife had been a member, I had no idea that it was the beginning of a great friendship between Walter and BCAO. He had talked about a book club, and then I thought about a book club. And that gave birth to Teena Toba’s Book Club. Teena left us in 2017 but her spirit lives on in Walter. I love to brand things and I loved the idea of a butterfly-starting out as a non-descript entity in nature, struggling to survive, travelling slowly to wake up one day and be a butterfly. Free to roam the skies! From what I had read about Teena and heard from Walter – it seemed to fit. A career woman, wife and Mom Teena was an avid volunteer, spreading support and happiness within her sphere of influence.
Naming the Book Club in her memory seemed fitting and holding it in my home as its facilitator seemed like a great homage to Teena and Walter. So please join me on Thursdays! The Book Club rules of engagement are easy, throw out the book! We each get to bring a book of our choice, that is uplifting, light-hearted and good for the soul.
I look forward to welcoming you!
Cardio Strength, a class starting with cardio and then moving to a few choreographed songs with light weights. This gets the muscles ready for the strength section which incorporates different equipment thru the year,( Weights, Bands, Gliders and Balls). Next we move to the mat for some work on core and more strength and we end with a nice stretch. This makes for a fun Strength class which is always set to awesome upbeat music. Options are given so you can work at your level and you can use very light weights or none at all, and still get a get work out. Hope to see you! Nadine
Christine Dubue is a certified Zumba™ and Zumba Gold™ instructor with a background in ballroom and Latin dancing. Christine is excited to share her passion for dance and fitness with fellow cancer survivors and those who are currently undergoing treatment. A breast cancer survivor, she understands the challenges and importance of maintaining fitness and activity levels during treatment and after surgery. Her desire is to encourage participants find their “happy place”, express their inner diva, and to simply dance like no one is watching for an hour!
Diane Gibson is a certified ZumbaTM and Zumb GoldTM instructor, as well as, a retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces. Fitness has always played a huge role in Diane’s life through times of strength and times of challenges. Diane’s style of Zumba provides a safe and fun learning environment which is great for individuals who have never taken Zumba before, who have experienced challenges with mobility, and for individuals who want to have fun combining dancing and fitness. Zumba can bring great joy and empowerment to your life.
Zumba – Taught in Tandem
Zumba is a Latin-inspired cardio dance workout. A fun mix of low-intensity and high-intensity moves for a calorie-burning dance fitness party, it’s exercise disguised as fun! This class will incorporate lower impact, easy to follow Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, muscular conditioning, range of motion and coordination
Christine and Diane are working together to offer this Zumba class!