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 playing in the kitchen and studying to be a holistic nutritionist. She adores being in nature whether it’s working on her green thumb or walking her fur kids.
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, 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, and Yoga for All with Amber Karnes and Dianne Bondy. She feels truly blessed to do what she loves and hopes to help you find balance on and off your mat!
Maria completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Yoga Maya in Sayulita, Mexico and is excited to offer students of all levels classes that are knowledge filled, yet joyful and lighthearted. She has experience in teaching hatha, vinyasa and yin yoga and she’s eager to connect with students and help them on their yoga journeys. Off the mat, she is a photographer by day, a hiker who loves the East Coast Trail system, a traveler who has been enjoying yearly yoga journeys to Central America, and a mother to two sweet dogs and a cat.
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 is a versatile and spirited teacher. Her goal is to create a playful and safe practice where students can explore and be curious, build strength and confidence on and off the mat, break down boundaries and start living more fully.
Darla’s yoga practice began in her university days back in the mid-1990s. Her love for yoga grew deeper each year and finally, 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.
In June 2017 Darla completed a 120 hr Pilates Teacher Certification from Pony Pilates (Body Harmonics). Darla thrives on empowering others through yoga and pilates. You can’t help but leave her classes feeling totally uplifted and joyous with your practice.
Meaghan Burridge is the co-founder, director and senior teacher of Yoga Teacher Training NL. Since 2012 YTT-NL has trained almost 100 yoga teachers in Newfoundland & Labrador! A teacher of Alignment-Based Hatha Yoga, Meaghan’s style was cultivated in the system of Anusara Yoga under the tutelage of Robin Golt and Barrie Risman of Montreal. In 2009 Meaghan co-founded Shakti Yoga Studio in St. John’s. Today Meaghan enjoys a beautiful and sustainable balance of teaching yoga and raising her three children.
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, Pre-Natal, Chair, and Hatha Yoga students. Currently, she teaches Gentle and Restorative classes.
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.”
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.