Maureen Tonge (Dhanraj Kaur), E-RYT500 is an Internationally Certified Kundalini Yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) and Hatha Yoga instructor certified with the Canadian Yoga Alliance, and has been offering Kundalini Yoga and Meditation & hatha yoga (with a focus on restorative yoga) classes in and around Yellowknife, NWT since 2007. She is one of the founding members of Collective Soul Space.
When you attend one of Maureen’s classes, you will be encouraged to listen to your body’s needs but simultaneously be asked to challenge yourself to always do your best – whatever that might look like that day! Maureen takes to heart Yogi Bhajan’s expression: “Keep Up and You will be Kept Up!”
Known for her genuine passion for “all things yoga”; her enthusiasm, positive energy and good-natured humour, Maureen considers it an honour to make her classes fully accessible to all levels of experience and ability. Whether you’re looking for stress relief, to strengthen your body’s systems, to increase your flexibility, for an opportunity to make a spiritual connection, or to take time for self-care in your busy life, Maureen offers a class for you!
Johanna has always had a passion for movement and the energy that is created from movement. A dancer as a young girl, she practiced ballet and jazz for many years. University opened the door for yoga practice, including valuable time for calm meditation and self-reflection. She often wondered if there was a way to connect the two concepts.
Just before moving to Yellowknife in 2000, Johanna discovered Nia. With only time to attend a few classes, she held her experience dear to her heart and shortly after, traveled to Gibson, BC to complete her white-belt training. During this blissful week, the spirit of Nia manifested itself in her soul and upon returning home, she began her journey as a teacher, sharing this spirit with others in her community. In 2011, Johanna completed her blue-belt training in Portland, Oregon at Nia Headquarters, with one of the co-creators of Nia, Debbie Rosas. This experience further deepened Johanna’s appreciation for this technique and how vital it is for us to be aware and connected to ourselves, and in essence each other.
Johanna’s classes are a journey in themselves. As the teacher, she guides the class but encourages her students to remain aware of what the movement feels like to them – physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. Each class starts with setting a focus – be it a body part, an emotion, breath, or a special event – which helps bring a common awareness among the students and guide the energy of the class. The movements of Nia are simple and natural, a beautiful and forceful energy evolves throughout the class. In the end, students leave feeling alive, happy, energized, balanced and blissful. For over 15 years, Johanna has taught every week to an ever-evolving group of women and men, all who come to seek the joy of movement.
In 2014, Johanna became certified as a Dancing for Birth™ teacher. Founded in 2001, classes focus on birth preparation and include a mixture of feel-good prenatal fitness, essential birth wisdom, and celebration of pregnancy, birth and mothering. As Johanna is also a certified birth doula, these classes are fun, empowering and educational.
Dawna started her journey with yoga more than a decade ago and, over the years, she discovered that it is about so much more than the just the physical practice. While it is definitely good for the body, yoga also provides many mental, emotional and spiritual benefits and rewards. What originally started as a twice a week practice in a search for stress relief, quickly transitioned to a daily practice, both on and off the mat.
In a quest to gain a deeper understanding of this rich practice, Dawna received her Yoga Teacher Certification in 2016, through Midnight Sun Yoga Teacher Training with Do Something! Yoga’s Sylvie Boisclair, and is certified through the Canadian Yoga Alliance. She also obtained her Restorative Certification in 2016 through 40-hour training with Andrea Peloso, and has taken Yin training with Melissa Christensen and Carly Forest, both internationally certified Yin teacher trainers.
Dawna is drawn to different things from the many different styles of yoga. Her Yin classes remain true to its specific discipline, but her Flow classes tend to draw elements from a variety of practices. While mainly Vinyasa based, she likes each Flow class to be a little different so that students are able to experience a variety of sequences and poses from the large selection out there. This also allows her to share a taste of all the things she loves with her students, and her classes encourage students to be open, curious and challenge themselves, both physically and mentally.
Most who know Dawna, know she is passionate about yoga – and about sharing this passion with others. One’s own time on their mat is about inner focus, reflection and growth, but sharing this wonderful practice with others is like offering them a piece of magic.
Taiko Drummer (Personal Practice)
Taiko, the Japanese word for “drum”, is a musical tradition that combines percussion and martial arts for a physically challenging and visually impressive performance. This style of drumming is a whole body endeavour.
Nancy first experienced taiko drumming at Folk on the Rocks in 2008. Profoundly moved by those performances, in June 2009 she relocated to Vancouver for an intensive month of taiko lessons and has been drumming ever since. Her mentors are the members of Booming Tree Taiko from Edmonton. She has also studied with Uzume Taiko from Vancouver and had the opportunity to play with community taiko groups in Winnipeg and in Thunder Bay who are mentored by Fubuki Daiko from Winnipeg.
Her involvement with the Collective Soul Co-operative makes it possible for her to access a beautiful space to practice regularly. Nancy’s private practice gives her an incredible creative outlet to explore sound and movement, silence and breath, power and finesse.
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Yoga has been an essential part of Jahliele’s life for over fifteen years. In February 2015, she became a certified yoga instructor through the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas. Immediately after her training she embarked upon a two-year journey through Central and South America. During her travels she taught various classes by donation and many impromptu classes for free. Through this journey, Jahliele had the opportunity to teach students of many different cultures and skill-levels. It was both an honouring and humbling experience.
For the last year, Jahliele has been involved in the Yellowknife yoga community by teaching various workshops and being a consistent substitute teacher at Collective Soul Space.
Although her practice is rooted in tradition, she feels her style focuses on adapting to the wellness and needs of her students. She aims to incorporate ancient yoga philosophy with an attitude to have fun and explore.
Christa has always been drawn to benefits of alternate therapies in maintaining and improving health. She has practiced yoga for over twelve years, and found complete refuge in the depth of Sivananda Yoga practice after becoming a mother in 2005.
The physical and mental benefits she gained from the practice of yoga at this time in her life guided her to become a teacher of classical Hatha yoga in the Sivananda tradition in 2007. She taught classes at the former Yoga Centre in Yellowknife, and as co-owner of Sundog Yoga, has been offering custom workshops in yoga for both kids and adults since 2008.
Christa also became a certified Thai Yoga Massage practitioner in Jan 2010, and spent a month in Thailand in 2012 to gain further training. She greatly enjoys offering this healing bodywork to the community of Yellowknife.
Following completion of a twelve-day residential Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Certification Course taught by Dr. Marc Halpern at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat Centre, Paradise Island in the Bahamas in 2011, Christa completed her practicum and began offering Ayurvedic services in Yellowknife.
In 2012, Christa co-founded Collective Soul Space to provide a sacred space for the healing arts in Yellowknife.
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