INSTRUCTORS

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David Whitty

Dr. David Whitty has been practising Chiropractic here in downtown Charlottetown for 20 years with a focus on soft tissue therapies to the muscles and fascia along with manually adjusting the spine. He is a graduate of St. F.X.U. with a science degree, the Canadian Chiropractic College in Toronto (Doctor of Chiropractic) and also has Masters of Education and Leadership from UPEI. He is the President of the PEI Chiropractic Association, and one of the Opinion Leaders with the Canadian Chiropractic Guidelines Initiative.David’s yoga journey was as a student in the Iyengar tradition for 10 years, spending time in studios in PEI, Toronto, New York and Boston. After reconstructive knee surgery he used the  movement of Hatha along with the precision of Iyengar as part of his rehab. David became a Certified as Yoga Instructor through the Maritime Yoga College, and has continued with training in Hands on Assists and Yin Yoga.David’s Yoga class offerings include Hatha, Yoga for Back Pain and Beginner Yoga. He brings his knowledge of anatomy as a chiropractor to his teaching on the mat, focusing on joint alignment and activating the musculature to protect the joints while improving range of motion, strength and body awareness.David brought CrossFit to PEI, opening CrossFit PEI in 2008. He has more than 3000 hrs of CrossFit coaching experience, and is one of the only Level 4 CrossFit Coaches in Canada. He coaches competitive Weightlifting to athletes from teen years to adults.

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Erika Killam

Erika's interest in yoga and meditation began at an early age when she used to make her friends sit and meditate while listening to the sounds of Enigma!  

Her formal studies began in 2004 with Alan Finger and the 200hr ISHTA Yoga Teacher Training program in New York.  Upon completion of this program she began teaching regularly for Elements Yoga and Wellness Centre in Darien, CT.  Erika managed the studio during her 5 years with the Elements Yoga family and had the amazing opportunity to deepen her yoga studies. She completed 308hrs with Ross Rayburn and Bernadette Birney in Anusara Yoga.

In 2009 Erika arrived on Prince Edward Island where she assisted Dynamic Fitness in launching their Hot Yoga division.  She was invited on as Lead Trainer with Maritime Yoga College and has been instructing aspiring yoga instructors since 2013. In 2018, for the first time, Erika ventured out on her own to develop 3eYoga: Engage, Enliven, Empower.  Through this independent yoga venture she has been able to share her teachings throughout various studios across the island. 

Her mission as a yoga instructor is to inspire new "a-ha" moments for the seasoned practitioner and crush any misconceptions a new yoga student might have about yoga being "boring"!

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Holly MacLaine

Holly, born and raised on the Island, with the exception of spending 11 years living abroad and travelling. She always finds her way back to PEI especially during the short/incredibly beautiful summer months.

 

Holly’s yoga journey started in Fredericton, NB. In 2007 a friend of hers was going through her YTT and would practice teach with Holly as often as possible. Fast forward to 2014 when Halifax Yoga became her second home.  Holly had been exploring different lineages of this ancient practice which felt like second nature to her. Among noticing great relief from depression and anxiety, this practice helped her develop body awareness and confidence, she dived into YTT herself graduating in 2015. Over the years Holly has had inspiring opportunities such as teaching chair yoga, yin, meditation and special events/private classes and exploring movement with students with limited mobility/visually impaired. Holly is also a reiki practitioner and enjoys infusing her classes with this healing modality.

 

In Holly’s classes she hopes you feel safe/encouraged to explore your body and the connection you have with it, your breath and the power of your mind/thoughts in your own time/space while in a group setting -support from your kula (community).

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Kate Forget

Kate was born and raised in Southern Ontario. During her youth, she figure skated competitively for many years. After moving to Northern Ontario she came back to figure skating as a Coach for 3 years. During this time, yoga was becoming increasingly important to maintain both her physical health and well being.

 

Her and her husband's new life journey brought them to The Gentle Island in 2017. Kate soon started Yoga Teacher Training with the Maritime Yoga College and graduated in May of 2018. Since then, she's worked at Now n Zen Yoga Studio as well as volunteering at the Vernon River Consolidated School. She looks forward to seeing you at the Charlottetown Yoga Space!

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Anne-Marie Rolfe

After Anne-Marie began practicing yoga and meditation, Spirit continued to whisper, ‘there is something more’. So at the age of 47 Anne-Marie enrolled and completed her yoga teacher training with Maritime Yoga College in 2015.  In 2018  she achieved 1000 hours of teaching and has successfully completed over 600 hours of study in Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda, Mantra and Vedic Guidance with Vamadeva Shastri (Dr. David Frawley) and the American Institute for Vedic Studies.  

 

As an avid learner and teacher Anne-Marie has explored, trained and taught in the following forms: Hatha Yoga, Chair Yoga, Laughter Yoga, Yin Yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Shakti Yoga, Shamanism, Reiki,  Reiki Meditation, Mindfulness, Focused Attention Meditation and Vedantic Meditation.  In her personal practice, she is currently exploring Ashtanga Yoga and Awakened Awareness Meditation with Stephan Bodian.

 

She is committed to making ancient Vedic wisdom accessible as it has much to offer to our modern lives.  She does this through meditation, yoga and teaching on the Yoga Sutras.

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Colleen Gallant

Colleen has been practicing mindfulness, meditation and yoga for many years, needing the practices while raising 4 boys!

With guidance from life changing events, Colleen decided to venture more into the world of yoga and graduated in May of 2018 from the Maritime Yoga College 200-hour teaching training program.

Colleen will guide you through asana and meditations that are accessible to everyone. 

Colleen ‘s motto is: Love is what it is all about.

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Ivy Wigmore

Ivy is a life-long Charlottetown resident who recently retired from a tech writing/editing career. Just as the gig was winding down, what should appear but the Maritime Yoga College Yoga Teacher Training program. She decided that was a sign. Ivy has a passion for the vast history and philosophy of yoga and is eternally grateful for the opportunity to offer classes through Charlottetown Yoga Space.

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Ouma Cuniah

Ouma is a RYT 200 Certified yoga teacher with the Maritime Yoga Teacher College. She was brought up under Hindu traditions and has been formally studying Hindu philosophy over the past few years. She obtained training as a Buddhist meditation facilitator under Lama Catherine Rathbun at Friends of the Hearts in Toronto. She is currently focusing her studies on Sanskrit and the Yoga Sutras.

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Lisa Hughes

Lisa began her yoga journey in 2001 upon completing her BBA from UPEI. She had recently moved to Halifax, NS and took some yoga classes at a local studio; little did she know the yogi seed was planted. Fast forward almost twenty years, the journey has returned back to PEI, now with three beautiful daughters, best friend and husband, and family favorite pet – our bernedoodle, Riley.

 

Turning 40 in 2018 Lisa felt the timing was right, to begin plans for her biggest travel adventure yet, India.  Ten days on an Ayurvedic retreat in Southern India plus a few days tacked on to see Delhi and Agra (home of the Taj Mahal). A dream vacation. The retreat included daily sunrise yoga, ayurvedic treatments, cooking lessons, food, cultural experiences, sightseeing and ayurvedic classes. The trip left an unforgettable impression on Lisa.  It emphasized the utter importance and necessity of mindfulness, meditation, self-care and slowing down; attributing practice of these to such positive effects on mental health. Yoga brought a new balance and sense of calm. It demonstrated the benefit of living in the present. All qualities Lisa hopes to share with you during her practice.

 

Lisa graduated with her 200RYT from Maritime Yoga College in 2020. Forever thankful to Erika Killam for guiding her to this school to continue on her yoga journey. Both Erika and Samantha instilled a method for teaching that was engaging, inspiring, and fundamentally passionate. Lisa enjoys hatha, yin, and chair yoga, as well as finding the perfect balance between hot and room temperature space to practice her passion.

ABOUT US

Located in the heart of Charlottetown, this is your yoga space.

Teachers and facilitators can also book the Space for classes and workshops.

ADDRESS

49 Pownal Street

Charlottetown, PEI

C1A 3W2

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