After knee surgery, and one year of diligent physiotherapy, Lynn could not sit cross-legged comfortably and her mobility was compromised. Her physiotherapist said she was just going to have to get used to it!
A dear friend suggested she try Bikram yoga. Lynn remembers her first class vividly! After about 30 minutes, she just happened to look in the direction of the door and her teacher exclaimed “don’t even think about leaving the room!” There were many students in the room, how did she KNOW? So Lynn stayed in the room. Several weeks later, she noticed she could sit cross-legged comfortably! Over time other improvements were noted too: improved posture, better sleep, less stress. She soon realized this Bikram yoga was a REALLY good thing!
After 2 ½ years of practice, she decided to go to the teacher training in Spring 2012 so she could help others obtain the amazing benefits too. She enjoys seeing new students get excited about this yoga and gets inspired by the determination of the regular students. Her most important tip to new students would be: BREATHE! Don’t forget to breathe…..it’s your best “friend” in that room!
Favorite postures include the Spine Strengthening series; these postures have been instrumental in healing and strengthening her back. She remembers not being able to lift both legs up in Locust. Now she can! She still has a long way to go with several postures eg. Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee. But with determination, she hopes to slowly improve.
Outside of yoga, Lynn enjoys cycling, gardening, and is slowly getting back to her original exercise….running, thanks to yoga!
Candice loves interacting with all students and is very grateful for the opportunity to share yoga in all communities. She enjoys getting to know everyone so make sure to say hi and introduce yourself!
Candice’s classes are all about balance. She has a strong focus on alignment and discipline. She pushes her students to do their best but is also very encouraging. Her discipline will keep you working hard in class and seeing the benefits afterwards. Candice’s yoga tips are: breathe and have fun everything else is optional, everyday is different so let go of your expectations and judgements, experiment and get to know yourself physically, mentally and spiritually.
My love affair with Yoga started in 2005 with Bikram yoga which eventually led me down the path to complete BY Teacher Training in Fall of 2006. Since then I have taught and continue to teach at various studios in Western Canada and the US and owned & operated studio. I have had the honor of being on Staff & Faculty at the Teacher Trainings Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 sessions and served on the First Aid / CPR certification team from 2008-2010; this was an invaluable experience that deepened my knowledge and appreciation for the practice and the art of teaching yoga. My love of yoga has expanded into practicing & teaching a mosaic of various different styles of yoga including yin & Tony Sanchez's Master Core 40 sequences.
I hold a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work & in my "former life" I had the privilege of counselling children, youth, adults & family systems in the addictions and mental health care sector. It never ceases to amaze me how the two paths of healing parallel and compliment each other. I am a qualified trauma informed yoga instructor and endeavour to deepen my knowledge in this area.
Either as a clinician or as a yoga instructor, I believe in practice over preaching; building capacity & removing obstacles to self empowerment. I practice everyday; it’s physical and mental hygiene – it’s that simple and that powerful.
I thank you for the honour of teaching you and thank you for being my teachers in my journey.