Andrea’s passion for yoga began in 1997 when she found herself living a stone’s throw from Barry & Marcia’s bedroom Sivananda Yoga studio on Rosebery Avenue. The drastic difference between days beginning with yoga and those that did not quickly led to addiction: signing up for several Hatha yoga classes each week, lassoing unsuspecting friends and family into joining her and, eventually, hosting weekly group classes on the rooftop of her new home. In the 20+ years since, she’s enjoyed pre-natal yoga, mom-and-baby yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Kundalini yoga, Bikram yoga, wall yoga, Vinyasa yoga, restorative yoga, Yin yoga, Yoga Nidra, and (notoriously unsuccessfully) acro yoga.
Yoga practice took centre stage in Andrea’s life following a year of breast cancer treatment, in 2010. Patient daily practice slowly restored her lost mobility, flexibility and clarity. It opened emotional space. It consistently course-corrected her inward and outward perspectives. Back on her feet, and full of gratitude, her passion expanded into a desire to share. In 2012, Andrea spent three (gruelling) weeks studying and practicing (200 hour Hatha teacher training) under Frog Lotus Yoga at the beautiful Shanti Yoga Centre on Wolfe Island. She has been leading gentle participant-focused classes ever since.
Andrea is especially interested in making the pleasures of yoga accessible, tailoring classes to the abilities of regular participants and drawing emphasis toward the inner habits that extend beyond the mat. In addition to calling on learnings from workshops in LifeForce Yoga, Kundalini, meditation, mindfulness, Reiki, Yoga Assists and Thai Yoga Massage, Andrea studies and implements the wisdom of physical gurus such as Jill Miller, Amy Weintraub, Eric Franklin, Eric Goodman, Donna Eden as well as mindfulness gurus and poets such as Rick Hansen, Tara Brach, Danna Faulds and Kaveri Patel.
Yoga is taking time to soften into life. No experience or stretchiness required.