Instructor Profile

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Telephone: (613) 728-4638
Styles: Ashtanga Yoga, Hatha Yoga (All Levels), Hatha Yoga (Beginner), Hatha Yoga (Intermediate), Hot Yoga, Kundalini (Classical), Meditation, Mysore, Power Vinyasa, Power Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Vinyasa Flow
Centres: Elevate Yoga (previously Santosha Yoga Elgin), PranaShanti Yoga Centre, Santosha Yoga

About BJ

In September of 2011 BJ became the manager of Santosha Yoga's Westboro studio and has concentrated on teaching there, but you will still be able to find her guiding workshops and teacher training modules for her friends elsewhere.

BJ has been a full time teacher of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Power and hatha yoga in Ottawa for ten years. She studied Iyengar yoga for twelve years, with senior teachers in both Canada and Australia, before beginning her study of Ashtanga yoga at Santosha Yoga Centre, Ottawa, in 1998. She has taken innumerable teacher training and intensive workshops over the years, including with such luminaries as B.K.S. Iyengar, Ramanand Patel, and Richard Freeman. BJ also enjoys Sivananda, Bikram, Moksha and classical Kundalini yoga. United Yoga Montreal's Hart Lazer is a current major influence.

Also a meditation teacher, BJ was a travelling student of the late Namgyal Rinpoche for ten years, and has studied meditation extensively in the Tibetan Buddhist and vipassana traditions and undertaken a number of group and solitary retreats in Asia and North and South America.

BJ's classes are an opportunity to practice energetically, while simultaneously stilling the mind. Attention is paid to the movement of body, breath, and energy, and bodily experience is recognized as a metaphor of our emotional and spiritual circumstances. BJ aspires to help her students to live more fully through their experience ‘on the mat' and to cultivate in them a keen awareness of the inner and transcendent aspects of yoga as well as its physical benefits.

My Quotations

"When breathing empty your lungs, when learning empty your mind; when loving empty your heart; when worshiping empty your soul."

"Yoga is the opportunity to undo the effects of years of worshipping what we are not."
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Private Sessions

BJ appreciates the opportunity to teach private sessions to prepare students for public classes, to create customized therapeutic programs, or to assists athletes with cross training. One-on-one transmission of yoga knowledge is a time-honoured tradition.