Theresa Parsons

Owner

Hello everyone! I would like to tell you a bit about myself and about my yoga journey.

My 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training was obtained right here in Moose Jaw at The Yoga Loft.

My husband, Riley and I have two beautiful daughters; Macy and Farrah. As well, some 4 legged children; our two dogs and a cat. They are all my world! In the fall of 2011 I moved to Moose Jaw. I didn’t know anyone and still commuting for my job in Regina 5 days a week, it was hard finding that sense of community. That was until I walked up those steps of the Yoga Loft one fall evening not too long after moving here. It’s crazy, but I instantly felt that community love when I entered inside. I instantly fell in love with yoga and realized it was exactly what I needed. I have met so many people that share the love of the practice and many of these people I can now call my friends. For so long I have wanted to try yoga and after my first class I was hooked. Originally, I started yoga for the fitness aspect, as I have always been a sports enthusiast and always enjoyed staying active. Slowly, yoga began to open my body and quiet my mind – all while teaching me so much about myself. I felt a shift in my entire being and became more dedicated to my practice; opening up to meditation, I began to discover the inner peace. For myself and I believe for many of us, yoga begins with the physical practice then shifts into something much more profound – I believe this shift is what keeps us coming back to our mats. I am so grateful that I can bring yoga to our community and offer a beautiful sanctuary where we can all practice. For that, I want to say, "thank-you." I cannot wait to meet anyone I have not met yet and greet those familiar faces I do know. Namaste.

"Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor." ~Thich Nhat Hanh





Charlene Wilson

Yoga has been a large part of my life for a few years.It has helped me build my strength, flexibility and confidence, both on and off the matt. Yoga became such a positive influence in how my mind and body felt; and “discovering my true self”, that I was intrigued to learn more.I was a sponge - soaking in technique and spiritual awareness. I hold a 500HR Certification through Yoga Mala (E-RTY500) and currently completed my 50HR of Mala Method Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training. My heart lives in gratitude and gifting others with this wonderful experience of peace and balance. I will continue to be a student of the practice and I am deeply grateful for all of the loving wisdom my teachers have shared and bestowed upon me. I am passionate to teach Flow and Yin. Flow helps our body to feel purified with deep breathing – helping to build strength, calm, and peacefulness, while increasing energy, both in the mind and body.Yin is much needed today in terms of a hectic lifestyle – helping to reduce stress and anxiety, promoting calm and balance while improving flexibility, and releasing negative energy to provide space for positive energy. My goal is that you step off your mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.

Sian Milne

I have always been a mover….Rock climbing, snowboarding and martial arts have played a huge part in my life. My enthusiasm for these sports lead to a rather nomadic existence traveling here there and everywhere to compete, train and search out new adventures. Eventually I found myself a career I loved as a professional stunt performer in the film industry where I spent the next 10 years getting beaten up and broken down physically on an almost daily basis.Dragged to my first yoga class by a well meaning friend as I tried to to heal from yet another injury, I was initially resistant to any form of exercise that didn’t involve body armour and huge amounts of adrenaline..… To begin with I felt nothing but frustration that my burned out body could not ‘perform’ like everyone else in the room!! Ever so slowly, slowly the light began to dawn and I saw that for once, maybe I didn't need to ….maybe it was OK just to be me, as I was right at that moment - The relief was amazing, both mentally and physically, negative thought patterns and old injuries began to melt away.Before yoga I was disconnected and frustrated with many issues in my life, yoga gave me the touch stone that I needed to ground myself, reconnect and start allowing myself to simply ‘be’. As a teacher I love to share my passion for movement and playful physicality in my classes.I hold 200HR YTT BRYCE Vinyasa Flow certification. Hot Yoga (Bikrahm style) 85 Hr YTT and Sally Parkes Parental Yoga YTT 85 Hr YTT

Cindy Devine

I've been focused on natural health and healing for over 20 years - at first just to improve my own health, and then turning it into a career. I managed Old Fashion Foods for 2 years, then in 2000 I opened Alternate Root Organics. (Back then it was called The Natural Path) I became a herbalist in 2002 to learn more about nutrition and the body, and in 2003 began my personal journey into yoga as a healthy way to deal with stress. We sold Alternate Root in 2009, and in 2010 a group of therapists and I opened Turtle Island. In 2011 I decided to take the next step and become a yoga instructor. Maureen Rae of Toronto, one of the top yoga instructors in Canada, was teaching in Regina at the time. She had been trained by Eric Schiffman, among others, and brought a unique teaching style - bringing the experience of yoga back to its roots. I trained in what was then called Vini Yoga, meaning "to start from where you are and move forward", and emphasizing feeling over form. I also learned yin, chair, and seniors yoga. In 2012 I began training in Qigong, beginning with traditional Korean Qigong, then on to women's Qigong and Medical Qigong. I've been teaching a combination of yoga and qigong since that time. In 2014 I moved to Nutter's to manage the vitamin section, and in 2018 came back to my passion for therapy. Both yoga and tai chi have their roots in qigong. "Qi" means energy, and "gong" means practice - so, energy practice. Although qigong is considered to be a martial art,, it is also a very gentle practice which blends well with relaxing restorative yoga.Each of my classes is a blend of the two, balancing the yin/yang of ease and strength with flexibility. In our modern world, the stresses we have created keep us in "fight or flight", like we're driving a car but the brake pedal isn't working. Our bodies can't heal while in this state, causing all sorts of health issues - digestive upsets, aches and pains, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. By blending our predominantly yang lifestyles with the yin of Vini yoga and qigong, we are creating a perfect balance. I began teaching at the Yoga Loft in November of 2018 and I'm really excited to be sharing this peaceful practice with you.

Rita Beth

Rita’s journey with Yoga has woven throughout the seasons of her life and she “knows for sure” the value of this healing practice! As a “mature” student and Teacher of Yoga, Rita brings to her classes an eclectic style of Yoga, which is derived from her rich background of various Yoga Teacher Trainings.Rita enjoys teaching Gentle Yoga and Restorative Yoga. In addition to the asanas of Yoga, it is the many other “timeless teachings” of Yoga that sustain her lifelong practice. Being a gentle introvert, she maintains a regular meditation practice, times of silence, and a practice of prayer & gratitude.What Rita brings to her students is purpose, presence, & passion. She declares herself to be ‘a lifelong student’ and she loves to learn and to teach. Every year, Rita continues to attend Yoga Teacher trainings. She also takes time away each year to go on a (silent) Meditation Retreat.Rita is motivated & dedicated to sharing Yoga with others, especially those ‘new to Yoga’. Rita teaches with heartfelt compassion and connection to Source.

Lindsey Konecsni

Like many I was first introduced to yoga at a gym, when I was 17 and more interested in fitness than spirituality. Slowly I found myself turning to yoga to help me heal. Back then, I had no clue that I was about to reconnect with my inner self and begin a lifelong journey. It has become a pathway of discovery that involves far more than just the physical practice. Studying Ashtanga yoga in the Himalayas of Northern India provided me with such profound emotional and spiritual healing. I hold 200HR YTT in Ashtanga Vinyasa and Vinyasa Flow. Yoga is the journey that brings us to the present moment. I know from my own experience and fellow students that regular, daily practice leads to real lasting peace. It is a path through your own consciousness, gifted to humanity by a lineage of teachers that starts with the sages of India, and culminates in the millions of people who practice yoga today in the modern world. The real magic of yoga lies in its universal ability to transform the lives of its practitioners. I look forward to sharing this practice with you in the most authentic way that I can. Namaste..

Victoria Sharp

Like many I was first introduced to yoga at a gym, when I was 17 and more interested in fitness than spirituality. Slowly I found myself turning to yoga to help me heal. Back then, I had no clue that I was about to reconnect with my inner self and begin a lifelong journey. It has become a pathway of discovery that involves far more than just the physical practice. Studying Ashtanga yoga in the Himalayas of Northern India provided me with such profound emotional and spiritual healing. I hold 200HR YTT in Ashtanga Vinyasa and Vinyasa Flow. My entire life has been full of movement. At a young age I was always singing, dancing and acting. I fell in love with performing and sharing the knowledge that I had with others around me. After many years of competitive dancing I turned my passion into a career. I was blessed with many opportunities in the dance world and I have been teaching/choreographing for twenty years. Just like so many others, even though I loved my job, my life felt chaotic. The stress was becoming unbearable, although I was unaware of it at the time. Something was missing. Then, in walked yoga. I had taken Yin yoga classes for many years, however, I never really felt a connection with the movement. Then one Saturday I took my first Vinyasa Flow. I had no idea that yoga poses could be so beautiful and strong. This was the missing puzzle piece! I have learned so much about my mind and body over the past five years, all because of yoga. In June 2019 I traveled to Thailand to immerse myself in the Bryce YTT and received my 200hr RYT. I am honoured to have the opportunity to guide others through their yoga journey. I want to create a community where I can share my experiences and learn from others. I aim to create a judgement free learning space where others can find their own path through yoga. I want to encourage all of my students to explore what's possible in their bodies and minds. Once I fell in love with yoga, I learned how to fall in love with myself. Yoga is the journey that brings us to the present moment. I know from my own experience and fellow students that regular, daily practice leads to real lasting peace. It is a path through your own consciousness, gifted to humanity by a lineage of teachers that starts with the sages of India, and culminates in the millions of people who practice yoga today in the modern world. The real magic of yoga lies in its universal ability to transform the lives of its practitioners. I look forward to sharing this practice with you in the most authentic way that I can. Namaste..

Iden Tolley

Moose Jaw has always been home to me. I grew up in an active family, hustling and bustling from one activity to the next. Hockey, baseball, basketball, football, to name a few have always been a driving force in my life. I continued to play and officiate sports into my adult life, however, slowly lost touch with many of them as life got in the way. I was pushing through the corporate world, trying to climb the ladder as fast as I could. I was finding myself exhausted and irritable all because of the stress I was cultivating at work. My wife was dealing with similar issue in life, and she tried to convince me to go to yoga with her. "It's really helped me" she said, but I had no more energy to give out at the end of the day, and if I did, it wasn't going to be at "yoga". After many failed attempts, she finally convinced me to take a class. I wouldn't say it was love at first sight, but I was pleasantly surprised. I found myself tagging along to more and more classes, and within a year, I was going to class on my own 2-3 times a week. Yoga started to teach me how to create more balance in my life, how to handle my stress, and get a great workout. My wife then came up with the idea that we do a yoga teacher training. I wasn't convinced that being a yoga teacher was for me, but I decided to tag along again. After experiencing the gift of guiding someone through yoga, I soon realized that I love sharing yoga! I now hold my 200hr RYT with the Bryce Yoga Teacher Training and I'm excited to connect with all of my students.

Jaime Ackerman

BEd, YTT 200

Jaime began the discovery of yoga while living abroad. Returning to Canada, she continued her studies and took a 200hr teacher training with Gaiatri yoga along with 150hrs of workshop training. Her love for learning encouraged her to study with many fantastic teachers teaching a variety of styles. Mostly Vinyasa flow, anusara, Iyengar and yin. She enjoys getting into the body with steady conscious movement, breath and awareness. She is inspired by wisdom and grace, honoring the unique practice of each student and guiding them towards their own intentions and discoveries.

Shelby Luffman

Before completing her Yoga Teacher Training, Shelby fell in love with yoga from the source, India. She spent 3 months travelling from end to end before she landed in the Himalaya where she began attending class in an ashram behind her home. Although she left India shortly after, that was just the beginning of her yogic journey. Later, as she sunk into a one month intensive training in 2017, she felt her connection to the Divine and the nudge to keep exploring yogic pathways. She has gone back to India to study at the Sivananda Ashram, and later studied in Vancouver with Mr. Yin Yoga himself, Bernie Clark. She currently has 475 Hrs through Yoga Alliance, but as a day-day yogi, she has clocked many more. Trained in Hatha, Yin and Restorative Yoga, Shelby brings a safeness and softness to both her strong Hatha and lengthening Yin classes.

Jessie Reid

Jessie began her study of yoga over a decade ago on Vancouver Island. She realized that she had found the perfect way to balance the stress of post secondary education. With the addition of two children and a full time career in the financial industry over the next 5 years, Jessie found her practice of yoga an invaluable resource that she returned to again and again. In 2007, Jessie and her family moved to Northern Sask. This small and welcoming community inspired Jessie to begin teaching yoga. Wanting to bring the amazing benefits of this practice to others, Jessie started a yoga group that practiced weekly. Jessie discovered the Yoga Loft in Moose Jaw while visiting family here. Practicing at this studio allowed her to fall even more deeply in love with yoga – finding more peace, enjoyment and balance to the busy pace of life. She has a special place in her heart for Pregnancy Yoga, having personally experienced the undeniable benefit of practicing yoga during all four of her pregnancies.

Dana Palmer

Yoga has been a part of my life since I was a teenager. My practice has evolved over the years and it has changed the way I think about life, on and off the mat. I have just completed a 200hr training at The Yoga Loft here in Moose Jaw. I'm excited to be a new teacher!! I am so grateful for the experience of yoga and very honoured to be able to share my experiences and guide others in their own yoga practice. Namaste 🙏

Karrie Jameson

My journey to yoga began when I decided to return to self. After years of seeking I began to slowly and softly heal on my mat. I soon learned that yoga truly is a practice. One that must be done both on and off the mat. I learned that everything we need is inside of us. Everything is energy and yoga enables me to flow and move through life. The cadence of it is profoundly beautiful to me. When our own internal rhythm and knowing is nurtured, nourished, and fully expressed it can sustain and guide you through life - this is yoga! Yoga is “the cure”. Yoga is life. I recently completed my 200 hour Teacher Training Fundamentals through the Yoga Loft in Moose Jaw. And continue to curiously explore and build my practice through self study, movement and mindfulness. I am a mother of 3 beautiful children and to my dog, Lewis. I share them with my partner and life rock, Shea. I am a health and wellness enthusiast, a self help junkie and passionate runner. I am a lover of humanness, vulnerability and deep connections. I graciously invite you to join me for a party on our mats! The party is yours - the practice is yours. Let’s breathe, let’s move and let’s flow. Freely, softly and magically - together - my beautiful friends.