Karissa Fraser - Owner/CYA-RYT 200+
A BC native, I have always had a passion for nature and connecting with the softer, slower pace of life - behaviour my husband has termed “the BC hippie”. I moved coasts in 2005 to attend Dalhousie, where I graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, quickly followed by massage therapy training in 2012. It was at that point my husband and I decided to leave Halifax in search of the perfect place to start family, and Wolfville was the winner!
After working for a physiotherapy clinic for two years, I moved my massage practice to our home; four years and two beautiful girls later, I still practice from home and love it.
Yoga has always been a passion for me, but it was after the birth of our first daughter (she was colic for 6 months) that I realized how integral it was in my life. What had started as an escape, soon evolved into a necessity, almost as important as breathing. Soon my husband was making comments like “you aren't going to miss yoga are you?” and “I’ll do whatever I need to, to make sure you get your yoga in.”, so clearly a positive change was happening.
I knew I wanted to bring this experience to more people, and after completing my yoga teacher training in the spring of 2018 with TAYS out of Halifax, the stars aligned and I was able to bring YogaLife to Wolfville. I am currently working towards my 500hr yoga teacher training and have taken additional classes in Yin and Yoga for Seniors. My goal is to provide a very therapeutic experience in all classes you take with me - I hope you love it!
Devon Koeller - RYT 200
I first discovered yoga as a compliment to the physically demanding nature of work in the agricultural sector... yoga proved both restorative & fortifying for my body, mind & spirit!
I recently completed my 200 hour teacher training at the Yandara Yoga Institute in Mexico which focused on Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Slow Flow, Yin & Restorative practices. With over 10 years of personal practice, I am looking forward to sharing my love of yoga with students. At YogaLife, I'll be offering a Slow Flow Vinyasa class which helps one to really internalize and make that mind/body connection while moving through a physical practice.
Off the mat, you’ll find me working as a vineyard manager & fibre artist here in the Annapolis Valley.
Kelsie Clark-MacArthur - RYT 200
My love of Yoga was ignited when I was at my lowest. It was the one consistent practice I had that kept me from completely giving in to my self destructive patterns. Through Yoga I was able to connect to the real me. I was able to slow down, breath and listen to my body. It was my time to listen, reflect, and release thoughts and emotions that were no longer serving me. This new found love inspired me to want to help others overcome their challenges.
I completed my 200hr teacher training in June 2018 with Grow A Lotus, which focused on Alignment based, Hatha Yoga.
At YogaLife, I look forward to sharing space and guiding my students through a playful Align & Flow practice that infuses alignment principles with flow sequences. My classes are meant to encourage self awareness, acceptance and strength while challenging you to slow down & listen to your body.
Cassidy Franklin - RYT 200
Growing up in Wolfville, NS, I always had a love for dance and movement. First taking yoga as a high school gym credit, I quickly got hooked and was amazed at how it made me feel-both physically and mentally. I began practicing regularly while taking nutrition at Memorial University in Newfoundland. Upon moving back to Wolfville to finish my degree at Acadia, I found it harder and harder to find the time to practice. After graduating and starting a permanent position at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market, I decided to reintegrate myself in the world of yoga and enrol in the 200 hr program through TAYS in Halifax. In June of 2019, I completed my teacher training and am now very excited to begin this new step of sharing my passion with others.
Yoga has brought so much peace and joy into my life and it is my hope that I can provide those same warm feelings to the wonderful people in my community!
Sue Kerr - RYT 200+
I started practicing yoga regularly when I turned 50, and it was life-changing. After a year of almost daily practice I felt like I had a whole new body—I was stronger and more flexible, with much better posture and physical coordination and endurance. I also began to experience a calmer mind, a gentler attitude, and a general contentedness that I’d never had before. Yoga improves my life in so many ways, I am motivated to share it.
I believe yoga is for everyone, regardless of age or ability, and I make sure my classes are enjoyable and challenging for all students. I use props—chairs, walls and blocks—to help you experience the full benefits of yoga postures and sequences in a safe and supported way. In every class I cover joint mobility, flexibility, balance, strengthening, all supported with mindful breathing.
My classes are gentle, but they’re not wimpy! I encourage every student to find their own “edge” where they can challenge themselves physically and mentally. If you think you’re not flexible/strong/mobile enough to do yoga, my classes are for you.
I became a certified yoga instructor in 2012, after completing a 200-hour yoga teacher training with MYOGA’s one-year apprenticeship program in Wellington, New Zealand. I have also completed a 35-hour Kundalini Yoga training at Semperviva in Vancouver.
Katie MacDonald- RYT 200
Perseverance. Gratitude. Compassion. As a Calgary-raised competitive cheerleader and avid runner, my life was fast paced and in a state of constant rushing. I was no stranger to the continuous go-go-go mindset. My Bachelor degree of Science in Nutrition and Kinesiology at Acadia is what brought me across the country to the small town of Wolfville, Nova Scotia. The humble and laid-back lifestyle of Wolfville grew my appreciation for taking time to slow down, become mindful and to be present in each beautiful moment life has to offer.
“Beer Yoga with Katie Mac” at Wayfarers Ale Society is what kick-started my yoga teaching career. In my classes, discussion and laughter are not only allowed, but are encouraged. By creating an upbeat environment and fun social experience, I aim to foster a sense of community in practice. Hot power flows are what set my soul on fire and I hope it translates into my classes. Prioritizing physical and mental well-being is infectiously inspiring to me and I believe one sweat can change your entire day, outlook or attitude. If you’re searching for a vibrant flow with some fun tunes and laughs meet me on the mat!
Kaitlyn Sears - RYT 200
I was first introduced to yoga through a summer workshop series with the dance studio I attended growing up. As a ballet and contemporary dancer, I immediately fell in love with the flowing sequences and the way the movement connected to the breath. I also noticed that practicing yoga helped with my flexibility, strength, and balance. Even more so, it helped me to slow down and tune into myself and the present moment.
My love for movement and living a healthy and active lifestyle led me to pursue a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree and a Bachelor of Education degree at Acadia University, along with a Registered Holistic Nutritional Consultant diploma at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Over my time at Acadia I was able to teach a variety of fitness and dance classes and promote health and wellness in my community. I love working with people and helping them to reach their wellness goals.
I started practicing yoga more seriously when I moved to London, England to take a position teaching elementary school. In a fast-paced city where I knew few people, I found myself in need of a place to slow down and connect to a community of like-minded individuals. My time spent learning from Celest Pereira, a London-based international yoga teacher and author of The Yoga Mentor, is what inspired me to become a yoga teacher myself. I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training with Celest Pereira and Nina Vukas (Croatia-based yoga teacher and owner of Spanda Vinyasa Yoga School) in Portugal in October, 2018. I have continued my training in teaching yoga in Ibiza, Spain, working with Celest Pereira and Kelly McHugh, and Bali, Indonesia, working with Adell Bridges.
Since completing my teacher training I’ve had the pleasure of teaching classes at Cobequid Dance Academy in Truro, NS and R-Studios in Halifax, NS, as well as guest teach at Lululemon and pop-up locations such as Jimolly’s Bakery & Cafe in Truro. My classes are fun and energetic with upbeat tunes, and lots of time for relaxation and meditation. You might also spot a few dance and fitness movements in my sequencing. I’m so thrilled to be back in beautiful Wolfville and I can’t wait to continue to share the wonderful benefits of yoga with the YogaLife community!