At some point, I watched The Breakfast Club... if your not familiar, here is the closing narration...
"Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain... and an athlete... and a basket case... a princess... and a criminal... Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club."
This has always stuck with me ( I even found a poster of it in university and hung it up in my apartment ) and from that moment on I knew I was going to be whoever I wanted to be. Thanks John Hughes.
I also knew that I wanted everyone to experience this sense of freedom of being proud of who they are, to understand that all people have been labelled and that judgement of anyone is a reflection on the one passing judgment more then actually identifying any truth in a person's character.
After finding my own yoga practice, I came to see yoga as a tool to help empower body and mind. A tool to find the true self. In 2013 I completed my 200hrs with Oxygen Yoga and Fitness and shortly after started teaching yoga full time.
My classes are alignment focused and offer sequences that are available to all levels with space for students to find the joy and freedom in creating their own practice on and off the mat.
"Take a moment to thank your body for all it does for you. For its strengths and its weaknesses. All that makes you, you."
My classes whether they are yoga or fitness are about feeling proud of who your are at this moment.
They are about being able to be serious or silly. You need to cry? Cry. You want to dance and laugh? I will be the first to join you. My classes are not about judgment, but about celebrating the good, the bad, and the somewhere in between.
I want to show that "working out" doesn't have to be about the grind to perfection, but should be about self discovery and self love.
What I Offer
Oxygen Yoga and Fitness - Oxygen provides infared heated yoga and fitness classes available to all levels. Whether you want to melt into your mat, flow it out, or are ready to take a fitness class that kicks some ass and makes you laugh, my classes aim to have you leave with a smile and a positive energy.
Xtreme Cheer and Dance - I am lucky enough to operate in this space in multiple ways. I hold yoga classes for all ages giving time and space to all bodies. I also offer youth core strength and flexibility classes to support the needs of cheer and dance.
Girlvana Yoga- Girlvana Yoga is a yoga that gives teen girls a space for meaningful conversation, allows them to connect to their bodies, and advocates for a strong sense of community. School Year Sessions run Saturdays at Oxygen Yoga and Fitness Tsawwassen. Girlvana can also come to your school or can be held for a private group. For more information please visit the Girlvana page.
Privates and Corporate - please contact me directly if you are interested in bringing yoga into your space.