Yogamotion is a secular not-for-profit organization that promotes wellbeing and physical fitness through the practice of yoga. We introduce students to the health benefits of yoga, aiming to encourage the development of mindfulness, self-awareness, and stress-relief practices.
We provide professionally trained yoga instruction.
Classes are offered during school hours as part of the Health and Physical Education timeslot.
Mobile Yoga kits, comprised of mats and blocks are used in each class, along with music.
We all need time to rest, relax and rejuvenate and learn to handle the stressors of life. A basic understanding of yoga will allow for a more harmonious life for the student and to the school community and provide students with tools for self care.
Yoga provides the tools for building mindfulness and mental wellbeing.
By teaching as part of the Health and Physical Education curriculum, this allows all students to participate and develop an interest.
Lisa has been practising, studying, and teaching yoga and meditation for over 20 years. She came to yoga with a background of working with children and has degrees in Sociology and Early Childhood Education. She began the practise of yoga in 1987 and used some of the tools of yoga in her career as an Early Childhood Educator. After her first Yoga Teacher Training program in 1996 she shifted from working just with children to working with people of all ages. Since then she has done various trainings and certifications to deepen her understanding of the mind and body and how to create more freedom and ease in both. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT1000) with Yoga Alliance and collaborated to develop and teach a yoga alliance certified 200-hour teacher training at Living Yoga & Health, a studio she co-directed and taught at for 17 years. Her teaching is inspired by her own continued practice and study, from nature, and from conversations with teachers, colleagues and students.
Lisa enjoys sharing her love of yoga and is particularly skilled at making yoga accessible to individuals of all ages and abilities. Her teaching style is intelligent, permissive, playful, and lighthearted, encouraging students to learn from their own felt experience. Lisa’s classes have a strong focus on body and breath awareness and how we can use this awareness and the yogic resources to create more stability, flexibility and balance in our lives.
Carol-Ann has love and passion of physical movement which has kept her interested in yoga for over two decades. Having attended classes, private instruction, retreats, and teacher training it has been her desire is to promote the health benefits of the practice of yoga to those that could use it the most. Through volunteer teaching at the community level, Carol-Ann feels strongly that yoga would be most beneficial to students, specifically to teach students about stress management practises and provide them with tools to foster it throughout their life
Erin studied biomedical science before moving to Guelph to attain an M.Sc. in Human Health and Nutrition. Throughout those years and the many years after working in clinical trials for the natural health products industry, it became clear that her yoga practice gave safe haven and support through life's changes. Close friends encouraged her to finally complete a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified program in 2015, and she has been teaching regular Hatha Yoga classes in the Guelph area ever since. Erin is passionate about the benefits of teaching people of all ages the skills and ways in which a regular yoga practice can provide resiliency and compassion for everyday challenges. She has worked teaching yoga to children of all ages and abilities in the Upper Grand District School Board since 2016 and deeply appreciates every opportunity to help kids slow down and become more self-aware. Erin leads classes that encourage students to cultivate playfulness, respect, courage, and the ability to find inner quiet. She is fully bilingual, deeply empathetic, and endlessly fascinated by how children respond when they are taught to pay attention to their breath and their movement. Erin is well-versed in the flexibility and creativity required to work with kids and tries to practice what she teaches in parenting her own two young boys. She gets great pleasure when she hears: "Mom, just breathe!".