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.
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"!
Since her first yoga certification in 2009 with YogaLife in India, Samantha has not stopped training and learning. In her hometown of Vancouver, she continued to study with many teachers including Paul Grilley, Gurmukh, Max Strom, Mark Whitwell, Bernie Clark and Gloria Latham. After working with the Semperviva Teacher Training program in Vancouver, she moved to PEI and started her own Yoga Training College.
Samantha is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), a graduate of Yoga North International Soma Yoga Institute, an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT at the 500-hour level) and a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN). She has also completed an 800-hour Yoga history and Philosophy program, Yoga-Njdra Levels 1 and 2 as well as Yoga-Nidra for Children through Traditional Yoga Studies as well as a year-long Mastery of Mantra training with Russill Paul.
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!
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.
Alanna’s passion for yoga started in 2011 when she convinced her Grade 11 class to attend early morning hot yoga at Dynamic Fitness. Over the years she continued to learn and practice yoga, as well as mindfulness and relaxation techniques. Her university studies began at UPEI, and were completed at Mount Allison University with a B.Sc. in psychology and biology. Alanna’s studies of the human mind and body provide her with a deeper understanding of yoga and its benefits.
Upon returning to the Island, Alanna began working in the human service field with adults living with intellectual and physical disabilities. She is a Community Support Worker at Queen’s Country Residential Services and facilitates recreation, support, and meaningful activities at day programs and in group homes.
In September 2019, Alanna’s yoga journey accelerated to the next level as she enrolled in the 200hr YTT with the Maritime Yoga College. By June 2020, she graduated as a 200RYT then began teaching and making yoga accessible to individuals with disabilities. In December 2020, Alanna completed further studies in SomaYin with Samantha Sambrooke. She is drawn to this slow, conscious type of yoga that reduces tension in the body and brings peace to the mind. She now teaches SomaYin online through Yoga With Lanna and in studio at the Charlottetown Yoga Space. Alanna is excited to share this gentle, relaxing, and accessible style of yoga with all!!
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.
Michaela practiced yoga in British Columbia and Ontario before coming to PEI and completing her Yoga Teacher Training with the Maritime Yoga College in 2020. She started practicing yoga after a back injury in 2012 to regain movement and flexibility. Over the next five years she explored Hatha, Ashtanga, and Bikram yoga, and greatly increased her range of motion. More recently, she has studied Yin yoga and explored the behavioural benefits of long-term breathing practices. Now, yoga has become a daily practice and Michaela uses mindfulness, meditation, breathing techniques and asanas to balance both her physical and mental health.
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).