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Calgary

AUGUST 19, 2017

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Riverfront Lane

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Yogathon is for everyone.  Find your inner warrior and your power on your yoga mat.  Conquer your inner voice that says you can’t. 

Pause for a cause.  Clear your mind, find your zen and share your positivity with everyone around you.

Give a child in need the gift of education.  Rise to the occasion, and earn some good karma!

Why Calgary Rises

Calgary is the “heart of the new West” and there is so much to love about our city. Home of the Rocky Mountains and the Calgary Stampede, our vibrant city has much to offer. Calgarians are proud to participate in the annual Yogathon and we invite everyone from all ranges of experience, from beginners to advanced to participate, have fun and help make the world a better place for some of the neediest children in the world.

JOIN THE YOGATHON MOVEMENT

JOIN AN OH-SO-AWESOME COMMUNITY OF YOGIS IN TAKING THE 108 CHALLENGE.
WE PROMISE YOU’LL LEAVE ENERGIZED AND INSPIRED. READY TO GET YOUR ZEN ON?

JOIN US!

Our Trainers

Bhavesh Tolani

Art of Living Foundation

Bhavesh Tolani, a software engineer by profession, gave up his job in 1999 after he attended the Art of Living course in 1998.  Hugely inspired by the course he trained to become an Art of Living and Yoga instructor. He has been a full time teacher with this global Art of Living Foundation for the last 16 years and has since then been an ardent Yoga practitioner and a teacher’s trainer inspiring many to bring this ancient knowledge to the world. Through the Art of Living Foundation Bhavesh has travelled extensively in India, Africa, Europe and North America, taking the teachings of the founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to thousands of people in an effort to create a One World Family. He is best known for his ease, naturalness and humor and depth, both in and out of his classes.

Alexa Oconnor
My Yoga Calgary

Alexa approaches both life and asana with an open mind and an open heart. She believes yoga is not all about touching your toes but digging through the layers to discover a truer, happier, more peaceful version of yourself. Alexa aims to teach from the heart, staying grounded in reality and drawing inspiration from daily life. While she may have a soft voice, you can expect to be challenged by Alexa’s dynamic classes. With a background in dance, she places emphasis on smooth transitions and strong, intentional postures. When she’s not sweating it out in the hot room, you can find her hiking in the mountains, painting, or enjoying a good glass of red wine.

Diana Afonso
Soul Studio

When I first discovered Yoga,I was in it for the physical practice. Once I learned that it was so much more then that, I was hooked. Mind, body and spirit. Linking movement to breath, finding stillness, and letting go.

I enjoy watching students grow, become comfortable on their mats and within their own skin. Alllowing them to have space, to honor their practice, whatever that may be. I am constantly evolving and learning as a teacher, as the students can teach me so much. Im am endlessly grateful for each opportunity that i have to lead a class.

I love the sense of community, whether it be within my city, or all around the world via social media and other outlets. I am inspired daily by other yogis and their dedication to the practice. I love to explore with fellow yogis, as well asattend classes and work shops. I just generally enjoy being around like minded individuals!

This is a practice, a journey. Yoga is not about mastering a pose. It is what you learn about yourself, along the way.

Kristen Mason
Breathe Hot Yoga

I started doing yoga in the fall of 2010 after a life changing event. I actually lied to everyone around me, telling them that I had been doing yoga for years…I thought this would make me appear like I knew what I was doing! After a few classes I realized I knew only a little and I had to humble myself and work to be better. I am not sure if it was the excessive sweat or the mental push that hooked me instantly but I was unable to stop hot yoga! Yoga was a time filler at first, then an exercise method, and right now it is the fastest way to meditation…but the coolest thing about yoga is that my practice is always evolving…and I love that!

I love that in the studio I don’t have to be anyone, I don’t have to worry about anything except for the puddles of sweat pooling under my hands, and I can dump my entire day onto my mat and leave it there.

Teaching is a new kind of love and adoration, for both the practice and my students. Teacher training pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to flourish as a person and become a teacher that will always be teachable.

Yoga has taught me that shift happens, love is ALWAYS the answer, and that I am WAY stronger than I ever knew. Lay aside fear and prejudice and join me in the studio.

“The happiness which comes from long practice, which leads to the end of suffering, which at first is like poison, but at last like nectar – this kind of happiness arises from the serenity of one’s own mind.” – Gita. Namaste

When I first discovered Yoga,I was in it for the physical practice. Once I learned that it was so much more then that, I was hooked. Mind, body and spirit. Linking movement to breath, finding stillness, and letting go.

I enjoy watching students grow, become comfortable on their mats and within their own skin. Alllowing them to have space, to honor their practice, whatever that may be. I am constantly evolving and learning as a teacher, as the students can teach me so much. Im am endlessly grateful for each opportunity that i have to lead a class.

I love the sense of community, whether it be within my city, or all around the world via social media and other outlets. I am inspired daily by other yogis and their dedication to the practice. I love to explore with fellow yogis, as well asattend classes and work shops. I just generally enjoy being around like minded individuals!

This is a practice, a journey. Yoga is not about mastering a pose. It is what you learn about yourself, along the way.

My yoga journey began in 2007 when I finally made my way into a yoga class. It was hot yoga and I was hooked right from the start. I returned for a second class later that week and never looked back. Teaching yoga was never on my radar, but as opportunities presented themselves I found myself leading my first class in 2009. From there yoga doors continued to open until today where I find myself owner of Calgary Hot Yoga. What I love about yoga is that there is so much more going on than just a physical practice. The mental strength and focus it requires, the ability to know when to ease up and when to push further. The ability to truly get to know yourself and love the person you are.

Leanna maintains that her students are her greatest teachers.  To be of service to them as they
embark on their own unique journeys toward discovering the benefits of yoga brings her incredible
joy.  She is committed to ensuring that everyone leaves their yoga mat feeling better than when they
arrived so that in turn they can step back into their lives in an elevated way – empowered to impact
the way in which they show up for themselves and others, ultimately making this world a better
place.

Crystal McGrath brings a positive vibe to every room she walks into, whether teaching an intense flow class or a relaxing yin class you will leave the room feeling recharged, energized and ready to take on the world. When Crystal isn’t coaching yoga, spin, surfset, barre and meditation she spends her time as a professional musician and songwriter, fronting the passion pop duo Boy and Gurl, and her country project under Crystal McGrath. She has a passion for sharing love in the world evident through her foundation Write2Dream providing subsidized music/confidence workshops and artist development scholarships to youth. As well as founded Live With Love where she practices spiritual coaching and wellness through Reiki, Yoga, Meditation and VIsion Board workshops. Her goal is to inspire, educate and connect in her classes and in life!

The loss of a loved one brought me to yoga, and inspired in me a renewed search for meaning, for spirit, and for myself. I started practicing at Bodhi Tree and fell in love with not only my practice, but also the people and the energy that surrounded it. In the fall of 2005 I left to India with no plans, except to abandon myself to the whims of the universe. During my three months there I studied and practiced meditation, Buddhism, and yoga, spending my final month in an ashram. When I returned home I shifted my life to become more in harmony with my spirit, and continued to cultivate a better understanding of who I am. I feel blessed to have found yoga not just as a practice but also as a way of life, and a way of being. I believe strongly in finding those things that bring one closer to their spirit. Yoga is a way for me to live; music and art my way to express; and school, study, and the day-to-day are my current paths to learn and grow. Thank you so much, to all of those who share in their own journey and who allow growth to manifest from within. I love you all and feel blessed for your presence.

More Trainers Coming Soon

UPCOMING EVENTS

WHY CALGARY RISES

Yoga helps bring the balance between the body and the mind. There are numerous physical, mental and emotional health benefits of yoga. I personally recommend it as a way and means to manage stress in our day to day lives. Yoga brings the mind back to its natural state: calm, focused, and sharp.  And as a practitioner of yoga, I take great privilege in supporting a cause like Care for Children!

Dr. Aisha Hernandez Vargas, Naturopathic Doctor

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