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When was the last time you played?
No seriously, when was the last time you let your guard down, grabbed a friend by the hand and laughed until your belly hurt?

For Lynn Kerrigan, it was when she was immersed in kids yoga teacher training.

At first she was nervous and shy, but slowly Lynn began to relax and be present.

“It brought me back to having fun.”

Lynn now teaches kids yoga at Breathe.

“It’s this connection to be able to share with the children. They get it. They experience love, joy and it’s empowering for them as well. I teach them about their breath, their body, moving and how that all feels.”

She explains she’s the lucky one: getting a front row seat to transformations in each class.

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“I see confidence, connection to themselves and connection to others,” said Lynn. “Being able to deliver yoga to other little human beings is just the most rewarding thing because they get it. They have no inhibitions. They do it and they love it. It’s so natural.”

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Lynn’s next goal is to become a certified mindfulness educator.

“It was a lightbulb moment especially having three children. Everyone is addicted to their devices and at some point, we need to counterbalance it.”

“The ultimate goal is that mindfulness and yoga will be part of children’s lives just like brushing their teeth. We are turned on all the time and we need to learn how to turn off and balance.”

Lynn Kerrigan is a graduate of Breathe Yoga Teacher Training 300 Hrs (2017) and is a mother to 3 active girls.

Breathe will be hosting Family Day Yoga on February 19th. Click here for more info.

February 13th, 2018

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4:45 a.m.
Getting up at this hour sounds daunting. For Breathe owner Svitlana, the early morning wakeup call was her biggest deterrent to trying Mysore Yoga.

What is Mysore? Learn more here.

“I had heard so many positive things about Mysore but was convinced that I wasn’t an early morning practice person. My body was achy that early and the thought of practising at 5:30 a.m. was crazy to me. But one day I decided to challenge myself and grabbed one of our senior teachers Christine (Felstead) and asked if she would join me in a Mysore challenge for a month.”
Christine agreed.

 


That was roughly 8 years ago.Now Svitlana continues to practice and teach Mysore daily.

“My personal yoga practice has been absolutely transformed since beginning a Mysore Yoga practice. I think it’s because of the discipline of practicing every day, it opens up your body in a way that practicing intermittently just doesn’t give you. The mind becomes disciplined and focused and after a period of time, the practice has become very meditative for me. As opposed to being in a room where I was listening to a teacher, I was listening to my own breath.”

Although Svitlana still loves other forms of Yoga, she says the Ashtanga system works for her. And the days of dreading the alarm are long gone.

“One of the things that kept me in the Ashtanga system was the change that it had on my sense of well being every day. I couldn’t wait until practice the following morning and to get out of bed at 4:45a.m. and practice because of the absolute elation that followed throughout the day for me.”

 

What inspires you to practice Ashtanga yoga? Have you found gratitude on the mat?

February 6th, 2018

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Breathe Spotlight: Owner, Svitlana

We’re so excited to have our owner, Svitlana, as the very first blog feature.

Why the blog?
“I’ve wanted to start a blog for a while because there are so many of our students whose lives have been transformed through yoga. They’re meaningful and motivational stories that I think the whole world needs to know about.”

When and how did yoga become a part of your life?
“I started yoga when I was transitioning from an overseas job and returned back to Canada. I made the decision throughout that year that yoga was going to be my life not just as a practitioner, but I wanted to create a community. Once I decided that, a studio was open within two months.


We opened three days after 9/11 which was quite an auspicious and necessary time for the community to have a yoga studio.

As a business owner, I was concerned about the economic crash and people not being in the mood to do anything after 9/11 but it was the exact opposite.
“People were looking for community, looking for a space to perhaps grieve and that’s how we started. Our studio started out of a tragedy and brought us closer together because of it.”

For the first ten years, Breathe was located in Bloor West Village.


“We quickly outgrew the space but had nowhere to move to. We had a lot of dedicated students who put up with things like having to wait in the stairwell before classes. We didn’t have anything. The reception was in the studio. The change room was about the size of 1/4 of the size of our current change room. It always amazed me.”

Construction before our Junction location opening.

Now, Breathe welcomes 2018 and it’s 6th year in the Junction: a spacious centre that houses a newly expanded treatment room, sauna and two state-of-the-art practice rooms.

My wish has always been for Breathe to be a place where students are introduced to yoga in a meaningful way with the best teachers that I can provide to the students so they can truly experience what yoga is and what it can do on a physical, spiritual and mental health level. Providing yoga as close as possible to what my definition of what yoga is with the teachers we have available has always been my goal.


I’m incredibly grateful for the community we’ve created here. I feel incredibly fortunate to have the staff that helps me run Breathe every day. And of course, I’m grateful for the student body for trusting us with their yoga practice and I hope that yoga brings all the benefits that it has brought to my life to everyone.”

Svitlana assisting in a pose
Bookmark us and get ready for more stories from Svitlana, our staff, teachers, and students.

February 6th, 2018

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