Whatever your reason may be, I’m so glad you’re willing to try yoga. You may have heard yoga is great for increasing flexibility, helping with depression, injuries, and calming your mind. But you may be thinking: “Yikes, I don’t know anything about this yoga thing. I can’t even touch my toes.”
When I first tried yoga, I was stiff. I couldn’t follow what the teacher was doing, and I couldn’t keep up with everyone. I found out that the yoga instructor (at the gym) had only completed a one-weekend fitness course on how to teach yoga.
I went to a yoga studio, and I fell in love. I felt calmer as soon as I walked into the studio. The highly trained instructor focused on alignment and safety and gave me modifications for my body. I started to notice an improvement in my life - my outlook on life and how I handled stress.
✓ A booklet with 4 weeks’ worth of content – instructions on yoga poses and reflection questions.
✓ High-quality, weekly 40-45 minute videos to do your yoga practice at home. These videos are downloadable so that you can keep them forever.
✓ A basic knowledge of yoga – learn new yoga poses every week, the names of common poses and alignment cues.
✓ An overview on how to use props to make poses accessible for your body
✓ Breath-work to calm stress and improve the quality of your life.
✓ Skills to modify poses for your body and/or physical restriction. In-person will provide more; if purely doing it online, the videos will cover the basics. (Please consult with a physician before doing the practices and avoid certain poses if you have an injury).
✓ An improvement in your strength, flexibility, balance, and stress reduction with consistent work and practice.
✓ If doing the in-person version - you'll receive personal attention in the class (class size is limited to 15 students) with a professional, senior teacher and an assistant.
There are two ways to use this program:
1) The videos and program materials act as a supplement for our in-person Foundations of Yoga program. If you wish to learn yoga from a qualified, professional Chrysalis Yoga teacher in a slow-paced, supportive environment, please sign up HERE. They will help you modify the poses specifically for your body and/or injuries. You will receive this program for free.
2) Studying in-person with a teacher is ideal; however, there may be various reasons why you're not able to. This program will give you an overview, and the basics to then move into a regular class. (Please note the videos and materials are designed mainly for the in-person instruction and refer to this throughout).
“I wanted to learn proper alignment. I was tired of looking around the class trying to copy people when everyone I looked at was doing the pose a little differently. I am so glad I joined the program, because - WOW! Every pose has little secrets, and when done properly, you feel amazing. I now have the confidence to attend other classes. The Foundations of Yoga is a lifetime gift I have given to my body!”Linda D.
“I came to Yoga in my fifties. Like most people of a certain age I have some injuries, so learning the correct way to keep myself well aligned and therefore safe was very important to me. I loved the videos and handouts after each week’s class. Also, for me, learning the basics of a “flow” has really helped me to take advantage of classes in the bigger classes.”Ann N.
“I came to the Foundations of Yoga program to learn new tools to help me manage stress, deal with anxiety, and reduce the pain I was experiencing in my body. Not only did I find amazing and effective tools and solutions, but I also made many new friends in this supportive, warm, and nurturing environment. Learning to breathe again was a major revelation!”Samantha T.
“I acquired a new attitude towards my body, mind, spirit, and goals. I am grateful to have been introduced to Yoga through the Foundations program, and I think it is the one pre-requisite that everyone should take. I find myself mindful throughout my classes of what I learned from Foundations including my Teachers’ philosophies and the enthusiasm they imparted.”Roseanne R.
“After a recent serious health scare, I realized that I had to take a more proactive approach to my health. The knowledgeable and caring teachers showed me how to adapt each of the poses to my body, so I experience the essence of the pose while staying out of pain. Since taking the Foundations of Yoga Program, I am stronger, I’ve lost weight, my balance has improved, and my blood pressure is so low that my doctor is talking about taking me off medication!”Ann C.
Shanine was introduced to yoga in 1999 while living in South Africa (her birthplace). It wasn’t until she came to Canada in 2001 that she fell deeply in love with yoga. Yoga and meditation became a sanctuary for her during difficult times (especially in times of grief). It's an incredible tool she shares with others to help in their life – for self-care, to alter habits, and to learn the deeper meanings of life.
Shanine has been teaching yoga for over a decade and has completed 2 yoga teacher trainings, 1 meditation facilitator program, several smaller trainings, and workshops, and is currently completing her third yoga teaching training. Every teacher training program has offered her a unique learning experience (alignment, energetics, the stillness of mind, and spirituality). She is also a certified Health Coach.
She opened her yoga studio, Chrysalis Yoga, in 2011, a sanctuary for people to deepen their yoga practice and delve into the deeper aspects of life and yoga. She created her first yoga teacher training program in 2012. Teaching other teachers to teach is her greatest joy - to help raise the consciousness of this planet. Many of her teacher training graduates have gone on to teach yoga across the Greater Toronto Area in her studio, other studios, gyms, events, and privately.
In her free time, she loves to spend hours in nature, hiking with her dog companion, Rihanna.