Yin

28 DEGREES | 25% HUMIDITY

Yin Yoga directs the stimulation normally created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues. It targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice. Suitable for all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.

The Class

The Teachers

Pauline Brunnen

Owner, teacher, and practitioner

Pauline is the sixth of seven children in her family and was born and raised in Alberta. Growing up in Bragg Creek before moving to Calgary, Pauline is in love with being outside. Camping and exploring in the forests and mountains of our beautiful province with her big family, and learning to ski at the age of 3, she is adventurous by nature, and is always up for new challenges. Keeping in line with adventure and excitement, Pauline’s post-secondary education began in the Theatre program at Mount Royal College. Never shying away from the limelight, those who know her well are not at all surprised that Pauline wanted to be an actor. After moving to Vancouver, she realized the acting life just wasn’t for her. Her next adventure took her to Ireland for a year, where she worked as a barmaid, while backpacking Europe for stints at a time. Pauline returned to Alberta and received her BFA with Great Distinction from the U of L. Pauline’s desire to help and be of service motivated her to go into pre-veterinary studies, again at the U of L, while also receiving hands-on knowledge volunteering at the Lethbridge Humane Society, and spending her available time with the great team at Coaldale Pet Clinic and doing ride-along herd healths with the wonderful veterinarians out of Livestock Veterinary Services in Picture Butte. It is in this time period Pauline began practicing yoga, realizing very quickly that the idea of becoming a yoga teacher would offer everything she had been searching for – the physical adventure, the ability to be of service, the feeling of belonging to a big family and the support that goes with that, and the constant talking required of a teacher (at which she seemed to be so naturally adept). Once her mind was made up, she headed off to her first training – Bikram Yoga in LA, Spring of 2014. Subsequently, she followed up with her Level One from Baron Baptiste the following spring in Arizona, and her first Yin training in the summer of 2015 in Calgary. In January of 2018, Pauline completed a second Yin training, and became Buti certified in February 2018 in Banff. Although Pauline can’t get most of her family members to practice yoga when they visit, her boyfriend, Cam, can be seen around the studio all the time, and she enjoys doing yoga with their dog at home – when Tank isn’t falling asleep on her mat. Pauline is thrilled to be part-owner of Harvest Yoga Studio with Jess, and is looking forward to future adventures together as business partners and lovers of yoga.

Kendall Bowes

Teacher and practitioner

I was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario, a suburb in eastern Toronto. I grew up playing soccer, basketball, volleyball and competed in track and field and cross country. Movement brings me out of my head - I have a tendency to overthink. I feel like my truest self when I’m moving my body and I crave “in the flow” experiences. This love of movement brought me to the University of Western Ontario to study Kinesiology. While playing soccer at Western, I was looking for a way to loosen up my tight hips and ankles, as well as prevent future injuries - chronic ankle sprainer here! That lead me to Moksha Yoga London back in 2007. It was love at first sweat! My practice continues to reveal my inner workings and has gifted me tools to navigate life’s ebbs and flows. Yoga is definitely the yin to my yang and helps me maintain harmony in my life. Specifically, pulling me away from school teaching into following this path full time. The practice keeps my body in line for playing football, getting my butt kicked at Orange Theory and hiking in the mountains. But, as many yogis do, I came for the physical benefits but have developed a dedicated practice for the mental benefits as well. I am motivated to share the teachings of yoga and completed my first teacher training, 500 hours with Moksha/Modo Yoga, in Kelowna in July 2015. I currently have over 700 hours of yoga teacher training, having most recently trained with Ryan Leier and One Yoga. I am looking forward to learning more and passionately sharing with this amazing community. Namaste.

Claire Cameron

Teacher and practitioner

More about Claire coming soon

Shonna Lamb

Teacher and practitioner

Her yoga mat is a place that reminds her of the Choose Your Own Adventure books from when she was a kid. Sometimes it reveals much, sometimes it offers straight up play and joy, sometimes it humbles her. She has been blessed with teachers who illuminated how to strive living open to grace and gratitude, filled with awe and wonder, on and off the mat.

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