INSTRUCTORS

Dr. 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.

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"!

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!

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.

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.

Andrea St. Jules

After 16 years living in Vancouver and abroad, Andrea is delighted to be back home in the Maritimes, and sharing her love of Yoga with the Charlottetown community!

Andrea has explored several styles of yoga over the years, including certifications in Hatha (Akhanda) Yoga with prenatal (Yogi Vishvketu, India), Kundalini Yoga (Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, LA) and Yin Yoga (Jolene Bayda, Vancouver). She also holds a BA in Psychology, a certificate in Thai Yoga massage, is a certified birth doula, and founder of Graceful Warriors - a unique platform for women’s empowerment and sisterhood connection.

 

Since first stepping on the mat in 2005, yoga has served as an anchor in her life, helping her to heal and find balance amidst the challenges of life. Within her classes she cultivates a supportive and calming environment, authentically sharing from the Heart her experience of this beautiful practice that has impacted her life so deeply.

Monica Lacey

Monica has been practicing Yoga since 1994. After studying Hatha and Iyengar Yoga for many years to compliment her training in dance, she received her certification in Kundalini and Ten Body Yoga and from Amara Yoga School in Toronto in 2006. Monica is enthusiastic and passionate about sharing the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and the power of this practice to transform and uplift. In addition to teaching Yoga, Monica works as a Visual Artist and the Executive Director of this town is small inc., PEI's Artist-run Centre. She has maintained a daily personal practice since 2005.

Anja Nied

Anja is a certified 300h Yoga Teacher BYV, Yoga Vidya Germany.  
Since 2014,  she is teaching a more holistic approach to classical Yoga in Charlottetown. Its benefits include good health, happiness, and peace of mind.

"Starting with Yoga enhanced my life. I went to my first classes and did the fish pose, where you lay down on the floor, and you lift your chest up. I felt I had found a good balance for my daily office life. Instead of sitting all day, leaning forward, head down, I was now bending back, opening the chest, expanding shoulders. Doing precisely the opposite!  Yoga shows you all these little imbalances in your body, you are not even aware of until you start practicing. It's a journey." 

A typical class with Anja presents classical yoga teachings supported by chanting, breath awareness, flowing sequences, hands-on assistance, and relaxation. Music plays an integral role: you might practise to a shifting soundtrack of ragas, global trance, indie pop or spoken word and time flies by quickly.

Heather Gunn McQuillan

Heather is the owner of Nature Space Yoga. She is a certified RYT 200hr Yoga Alliance Teacher. Under the tutelage of Jenny Kierstead, Blair Abass, and several other amazing instructors she participated in the Breathing Space Yoga Teacher Training Program and graduated in 2018.

Heather has actively practiced yoga since 2009, is trained in Mindfulness Meditation (MBSR graduate), and has practiced meditation since 2013. She is also undergoing certification to become a meditation instructor. While she is relatively new to yoga instruction, she is a seasoned teacher.
 

Heather is a veterinarian and has been teaching vet students at the Atlantic Veterinary College since 2010. Heather was drawn to becoming a yoga teacher to further her own practice and to share the gifts of yoga and mindfulness.

Spurred to action by the crisis in veterinary wellness (veterinarians have suicide rates nearly 4 times higher than the general population and twice as high as other healthcare professions, including doctors and dentists) she wanted to improve and promote wellness both within and outside of the veterinary college.

She is deeply committed to life-long learning and has advanced training and certifications in leadership, communication, and wellness (including mental health first aid, meditation, and mindfulness). Nature Space was inspired by Heather’s deep love of nature and the interconnectedness that she feels to all living things.

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.

Jody Newell

Jody is a certified RYT 200 instructor through Maritime Yoga College.  Jody's yoga journey has come full circle since 2010 when she was introduced to yoga during an inpatient treatment program for eating disorders in Guelph, ON.  Yoga was used as a means to connect the mind and the body.  Feeling drawn to the peacefulness of practice, Jody returned to PEI and found solace under the guidance of Erika Killam.  Her practice has ebbed and flowed throughout as her journey took her to Ontario for a number of years.  

Upon returning to PEI in 2018, Jody signed up for teacher training to learn under Samantha Sambrooke and Erika Killam.  Her Favourite yoga moment to date took place during a karma class when Jody shared a mat with Erika and guided her first practice alongside her mentor  --> insert pie eyes here.  

On her days off, you can find Jody enjoying local coffee, adventuring with her dog Frannie, biking the trails and of course, catching local yoga classes.  Jody attributes her practice for helping maintain a healthy mindset as she continues to work as a paramedic here on the island.

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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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