The Team

 

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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!

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Calandra Kandziora - RYT 200

Thrilled to be joining YogaLife in the culturally rich town of Wolfville, I am an RYT (200-hour) graduate of the program in alignment-based yoga at Grow a Lotus. A social worker by profession, my down-to-earth and compassionate nature aims to ensure that as a student, you feel at ease as you move through your yoga class.

I firmly believe a sense of fun is essential to moving through life, and it is my hope that this is conveyed to students in my playful teaching style. The infusion of a heart-based theme in my classes allows students to deepen their connection with themselves and to others both on and off the mat.

I will be offering all-levels and beginner level yoga classes at YogaLife, as well as a once monthly yoga class featuring local musical talent.

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Christy Wilson - RYT 200

A hope for physical improvement is what first brought me to yoga. What I found on and off my mat - self-love, peace, strength to be myself, and happiness - are what kept me coming back. In my twenties I couldn’t touch my toes and I was unaware of my body moving through the day. The asanas within my yoga practice connect me to my body and allow me to be more self-aware.  

My interest in yoga started 13 years ago with Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, and then moved to Baptiste Power Yoga. My style of yoga teaching is mindful, playful, and strengthening. Teaching yoga makes me thankful that people put their trust in me. I feel self-improvement each time I teach, and I really appreciate all the kindness in the room. Remember happiness comes from within. 

My Vinyasa Power Flow class will focus on breath and movement. I hope you will feel challenged and safe as you flow though a dynamic practice. We will build strength and flexibility, while improving muscle tone and boosting self-confidence. My goal is that you will leave class with a feeling of calm energy, setting the tone for the rest of your week. 

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Cynthia Alexander - CYA 200

Yogalates:  Why infuse yoga classes with Pilates?  Hmmm, for me, it helps me:  1) listen to my body…and hear it; 2) inhabit my body in a way that is more self-aware; 3) care for my body more lovingly, respectfully, and effectively.  

What’s Pilates?  It’s a mind-body practice created by Joseph Pilates almost 100 years ago, made famous for helping ballerinas, athletes and celebrities feel taller, look longer and leaner, become stronger and more aligned, self-aware and focused.  

Why am I so passionate about Yogalates?  It’s been key for me to remain physically active and open-hearted; to recover from a compressed body and stressed mind; and to keep deepening the connection with my core, and with Nature.

My Wintertime addiction?  Daily barefoot yoga in the snow/ice on our deck by the ocean…a mind-body practice!  

How I hang out?  Anti-Gravity Yoga at home!  I was taught Anti-Gravity Yoga by its NYC creator, Christopher Harrison (check online!).  I love doing the acrobatics…and adore Savasana suspended/cocooned in the silk. 

My fave retreat?  Yoga/Pilates with Alex Estornel in Santorini, Greece was a terrific opportunity/challenge because…Alex was trained in authentic classical Pilates (!!) as a professional dancer in L.A. (he danced with Cher, Jennifer Lopez, Gloria Estefan…).    

Who Taught Me?  I am ever-grateful to have earned my yoga teacher certification from Gloria Latham, the founder of Semperviva Yoga Studios in Vancouver, and Semperviva International College of Yoga, together with Sarah Cutfield, Semperviva’s Director of Yoga Teacher Training.  I treasure my time immersed in the Essential/Intermediate Matwork Pilates Teacher Training certification course taught by Kim Kraushar, Master STOTT Pilates Instructor Trainer and founder of MindBody Fitness at the Interlude Spa (N.S.).

My heartfelt intention?  Supporting diverse students’ practice in a caring way with a joyful spirit. 

~Namaste

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.