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Caroline Owen, E-RYT 500

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After ten years of teaching Yoga, Caroline began Wavelengths in 2000 as a traveling school that balanced the steadiness and clarity of Yoga with the exciting challenge of whitewater canoeing, and more recently, horseback riding. Wavelengths offered outdoor adventure trips and courses with Yoga and healthy living. She has since left the considerable organizing outdoor adventure trips to others much better suited to the job (see www.wildwomenexp.com and www.blackfeather.com) and has dedicated her efforts to sharing the many benefits of Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage, whether at her studio in Norwood, or on the side of a remote river in the Northwest Territories.

Caroline Owen has traveled to India, Thailand, and all over North America over the past 20 years to study with some of the world's most renowned masters of the ancient healing arts of Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage and Yoga Therapy. During that time, she has worked with her teachers and students to adapt the practices to meet the needs of each unique individual. Going far beyond asana (the physical postures of yoga) into the philosophy of yoga, and the ancient Vedic chants that carried wisdom from teacher to student for millenia.

Caroline completed yoga teacher training at Sheridan College in 1991 and went on to study with Esther Myers in Toronto until Esther passed away in 2003. She studied Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamy in Mysore, India, and at Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto, Canada. She continues to study Sanskrit and Vedic chant through the Vedic Chant Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico with Nicolai Bachman and Sonia Nelson.

After being introduced to Thai Yoga Massage through a weekend workshop, Caroline travelled to Thailand to study in the Northern "Old Medicine Hospital" style of Thai massage in Chiang Mai, completing 5 levels of training, including Teacher Training. Returning to Canada, she completed another 4 levels of training, including Teacher Training and Herbal Therapy at Thai Massage Toronto where she worked for two years. Caroline's workshops, courses and massages have inspired others to learn this healing art, including Sue Prentice of Sumana Thai Yoga Massage.

In 2007, she produced a full length professional recording, "Open Heart - Yoga to Awaken Loving Kindness" which includes an asana practice and two guided meditations, all set to beautiful music. Click here for more information.

Caroline's joyful nature and devoted presence promote an atmosphere of calm and nurturing, which allows powerful healing to occur naturally.

Lori Burtt

Lori Burtt

Lori’s love of the outdoors, physical activity and sport has always been a part of her life. When the diagnosis of cancer and a back injury temporarily sidelined her very active lifestyle, she sought out yoga as a healing tool.  While yoga helped her on the road to a physical recovery, she discovered the powerful healing aspects of the mental and emotional health that comes with a regular yoga practice.  Lori completed the Wavelengths 225 hour Teacher Training in the tradition of Krishnamacharya, and is continuing the 500 hour training in with Caroline and Wavelengths Yoga in 2014. She is looking forward to helping others begin their yoga journey as part of a healthy lifestyle. Lori resides on her family’s mixed farm with her husband and three teenage sons, where they are the sixth generation to produce and market pure maple syrup every spring.

Vicki Barkla

Vicki Barkla

Vicki has been studying yoga for the past 26 years and began teaching yoga 9 years ago. Vicki did a 500 hour yoga teacher training with Irene Beer in Peterborough, and completed a further 200 hours of training with Caroline at Wavelengths. She also teaches yoga at the Activity Haven Seniors Centre in Peterborough. Inspired by the vitality and well-being in her own life from the practices of yoga, Vicki delights in encouraging and supporting others in their own experiences with yoga.  

Kim Henzie

Kim Henzie

Kim has been interested in and been practicing yoga for 15 years. She completed the Wavelengths Yoga 225 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training course in the lineage of Krishnamacharya. Kim is involved with energetic work and is a Reiki Master. She has also studied Therapeutic Touch. Kim lives and works on a sheep farm, bringing the energies and knowledge of what she has learned into her daily practice.

Teri Phripp

Teri Phripp

Teri has practiced yoga since 1990, primarily with Irene Beer and Esther Myers. She recently retired from a 30 year career as an Occupational therapist and is now enjoying teaching yoga at Activity Haven Senior's Centre in Peterborough and Wavelengths Yoga in Norwood.

pam

Pam Diggins

Pam Diggins loves to play yoga with young yogis and yoginis. Bringing inspiration from two founders in children’s yoga, Marsha Wenig of Yoga Kids and Shakta Khalsa, Radiant Child Yoga, classes often incorporate Musical Musings, Reading Comes Alive and a craft to reach children on the multiple intelligences. For our youth classes, a more traditional class format is followed with inspiration from Erich Schiffmann’s Freedom Style Yoga being incorporated.

Pam is a certified Ayurvedic Health Counsellor through the Himalayan Institute and holds a 1000 hour Registered Yoga Teacher designation through the Canadian Yoga Alliance.

Emmanuelle Festas-Keogh

Emmanuelle Festas-Keogh

Emmanuelle has been interested in mindfulness as an approach to life for many years, and is a yoga and meditation practitioner. She has completed professional training in MBSR under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zin and Saki Santorelli, past and present directors of the Centre for Mindfulness (where the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program was developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School); as well as with some of the Centre for Mindfulness’ senior teachers. She also recently completed a Teacher Development Intensive with the CFM. She is a social worker (MSW, RSW) and worked as a counsellor at Trent University (Peterborough) for a number of years, providing psychological counselling to students. She has recently opened a private practice in Norwood, Ontario, at the Norwood Holistic Health Centre.Emmanuelle completed the Wavelengths Yoga 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program.

Tony Tavares

Tony Tavares

Tony Tavares is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has two decades of experience as a leader in the Toronto holistic, wellness and spiritual communities. His experiences are quite varied, as he has worked not only as a registered yoga teacher, but also as a fitness consultant and a Reiki Master. He has also received training in Tuina, Shiatsu and Ayurveda bodywork modalities. Tony periodically offers meditation classes at Wavelengths. He recently moved to Norwood and opened the Norwood Holistic Health Centre.

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