Nicole Blackwood, Owner/Operator
RYT 200, B. Eng.
Nicole completed her 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training through the Living Yoga Program in Austin, TX in September 2013. She has also trained in Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Kid’s Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Chair Yoga. Recognizing that everyone is unique, Nicole takes an individualized and nurturing approach in her teaching. Her mission is to make it easier for people to invite yoga into their lives. Read more about Nicole’s yoga journey here.
When she is not teaching or practicing yoga, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and studying to be a holistic nutritionist. She adores being in nature whether it’s working on her green thumb or walking her doggy Mylo.
Megan Morgan, Studio Manager
Megan is a yoga teacher, fur kid Mom, wife, knitter, engineer and a lover of the outdoors! Her journey into yoga started in 2010 when she injured her back and realized that she needed to start taking better care of herself. She took in a few private classes with her husband and then ventured into a Hatha yoga class. It was scary those first few times, feeling very uncoordinated, and inflexible, but she loved the way it made her feel and she was hooked! Later in 2010, she moved to Texas where she was able to devote more time to her practice, feeling steady and strong through a vinyasa class, calm in a gentle or restorative class and focused in a yin class.
After moving back to St. John’s in 2013, she didn’t think she could go back to engineering and decided to apply to the 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training with Meaghan Burridge and Bobby Bessey. She completed the program in 2014. She is also trained in Chair Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga for All with Amber Karnes and Dianne Bondy, Yoga 4 Cancer with Tari Prinster. She teaches in an accessible way that works for the student regardless of injury, condition(s), size, fitness level, age, or perceived ability. She feels truly blessed to do what she loves and hopes to help you find balance on and off your mat!
Maria is a certified Yoga teacher with training in Hatha & Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, and Chair Yoga. She is most at home on her Yoga mat leading classes that help her students enjoy everyday movement (from playing with children and grandchildren to hiking and berry picking along the way). She aims to teach mindful, healthy movement, infusing her classes with knowledge about our body’s anatomy and unique variations, offering Yoga teachings that welcome everyone to the practice. She hopes that students discover more about their bodies, breath, heart, and mind each time they practice and that with each practice, they welcome themselves with kindness and gentleness to the mat and/or chair.
She surrounds herself with a furry family of two dogs (Benson and Molly) and a cat (Starbuck), loves to travel and explore our local hiking trails, enjoys cooking and baking, and the occasional paddle board session during our warmer summer season.
Training: Hatha & Vinyasa (Yoga Maya 200hr), Yin (50hr with Bernie Clark, Yin Yoga Level Two 100hr and Upper Body Yin 24hr with Stephanie Calhoun), Restorative (40hr with Andrea Peloso), Yoga Nidra (16hr with Bobby Bessey), Chair Yoga (2 days with Connie Abbass) and Unified Body Yoga (Fascia Anatomy; 34hr with Michelle Dalbec and Christopher Holmes).
Tracey has been a student of yoga for close to twenty years. Over that time she has tried many styles ranging from Sivananda, Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative and Yin. In 2016, she became a Certified Yoga Teacher in Hatha Yoga (200-hour), studying with Bobby Bessey and Meaghan Burridge, and a Certified Yoga Teacher in Yin Yoga (100-hour), studying with Stephanie Calhoun of Satori Yoga. Tracey most enjoys the slow moving practices and the quiet meditative quality of Yin Yoga. She truly believes in honouring yourself with kindness in your yoga practice; when you make the time to breathe and fully inhabit the body, a truly wonderful transformation can take place – this is when you can really start living your yoga.
Darla’s yoga practice began in her university days back in the mid 1990s. Her love for yoga grew deeper each year and in 2014 she completed a 200 hr teacher training at Therapeutic Yoga Studio, Halifax and in 2015/16 she completed a 150hr Advanced Teacher Training with Hart Lazer of United Yoga, Montreal. Darla continues to explore other areas of movement and has completed a 120 hr Pilates Teacher Training with Pony Locale, St. John’s, NL. Currently, Darla is pursuing an Iyengar Yoga Teacher Certification. Training to become an Iyengar Yoga teacher takes between 3-5 years and attracts dedicated practitioners. She loves the structure, challenge and the deep rich practice of the Iyengar style.
As a dedicated yoga student and teacher, with a true desire to learn how movement of the body can help create space in our bodies and minds, you will find Darla’s classes can help you explore your own body and mind.
Darla is curious about mobility and stability of the body. This curiosity had inspired Darla to offer diverse Yoga classes and Yoga Workshops on ways we can attain mobility and stability in the body and the mind. She is an innovative and creative teacher using props extensively to help her students connect with their bodies and minds to bring a sense of stillness and peace within.
Val has been a regular practitioner of yoga for about 20 years. She completed her teacher training through Multi Style Yoga International based in Costa Rica and has been influenced by numerous specialized trainings in many styles over the years. Her yoga practice began as a coping response to the mayhem of life, and proved to bring so many benefits, it became a way of life.
Christie offers a welcoming safe space within an all-inclusive environment for all bodies to feel accepted and loved.
Christie had invested 30 years of attempting to conform her body to fit in with the ideal diet and fitness
cultures thin-able body realizing there is no magical panacea for all. Through teaching various yoga and fitness classes she has witnessed clients
initially participating but not returning due to inaccessibility and alienation. During the past three years she has divested herself from the oppressive
and exclusive mindset of the diet and fitness culture.
This new mindset has been challenging and at times isolating but she has been ever so grateful for the teachings of yoga to strengthen her psyche. Christie is committed to creating a community offering support for people learning to love their bodies without shame or pressure to change.
Continuing on her journey in a bigger body she has learned ways to adapt and make movement accessible and enjoyable again.
In 2018, Christie completed Yoga Teacher Training with Meaghan Burridge and Bobby Bessey. She has 200 hours of Yin training with Stephanie Calhoun; Level 1 Meditation teacher training with Miranda Squires; Yoga for All with Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes. Christie also has training in Yoga Nidra, Karma Kids Yoga and Restorative Yoga.
Christie is a mother of two beautiful boys and she is a self-described nature enthusiast enjoying our beautiful and rugged environment.
Christie’s invitation and expectations are simply “come as you are, be yourself and leave with an enabling strength.”
Mary Jo Marsden
Mary Jo has been practicing yoga for about 11 years. Since completing the Shakti Yoga Teacher Training (200-hour) program in 2012 and attending various workshops and teacher training sessions, she has been sharing her passion for yoga with Beginners, Prenatal, Chair, and Hatha Yoga students. Currently, she is a go-to sub for many of our classes and we are so grateful to have her as part of our teacher family.
Mary Jo strives to encourage students to be themselves, to come to the mat, breathe deeply, move carefully and be present in the moment. She believes, “Much can be learned when we take time for ourselves, breathe and quiet our minds.”