Meet our teachers
Yoga Therapist, Thai Massage Therapist, Transformative Coach, Mindfulness Based Stress Therapist & Yoga Teacher Trainer e-RYT200 RYT800
Join us in this loving core class with a focus on the mind and body connection led from the breath with Yoga Therapist Melanie Taylor. Yin & Restorative Yoga with Thai Massage assists and CranioSacral Therapy.
Mindful living with Melanie
My professional background is in 25+ years of corporate leadership, non-profit and people development. Throughout my career, I have been focused on training, development and executive coaching to a diverse demographic of individuals. I was able to support both the career development and personal growth of my peers and my team.
What I found more & more was that stress and wellness were holding people back from their potential. I then found personally that issues with stress caused similar issues with unhappiness and depression. This turned to physical illnesses and a long journey to recovery and health. The trend and my journey inspired me to make a change both for myself and ultimately to help others live the life they choose. This was the driving force in going back to school to add to my training as an executive coach, trainer, and leader.
My sole goal is for you to achieve a balanced life of mind, body and spirit wellness and Awakening your Inner Strength!
So often in today’s society, we are go, go, go. We don’t take the time needed to recharge our body or mind. Over time this lifestyle tends to lead to poor self-care habits, chronic stress, deteriorating sleep patterns, and pain in the body. Restorative yoga triggers the parasympathetic nervous system, which will work to bring your body back into balance; as well as stimulate your immune system, and keep all of your body’s operating systems working smoothly. This slow-paced floor centered class is perfect for all levels of yogis; with no ups, downs or upside downs. You can expect to use a wide variety of props; while spending time supported in longer, mindful poses. While resting in these poses your body will have the opportunity to heal, and you’ll begin to cultivate a beautiful self-care practice. A perfect way to end the day, and begin the week.
With the arrival of Spring, it’s time to rekindle a solid self-care practice. This yoga class will gently cultivate some heat, and help you work through areas of tension in your body. We’ll begin with a slower flow designed to bring attention to your breath, and how it connects you to poses. Once your body is warmed, we’ll shift our focus to longer, static holds. This non-heated class is for all levels of experience, and no yogi will be left behind.
With the arrival of Summer, it’s a perfect time to dive deeper into your practice. This yoga class will gently cultivate some heat, and help you work through areas of tension in your body. We’ll begin with a slower flow designed to bring attention to your breath, and how it connects you to poses. Once your body is warmed, we’ll shift our focus to longer, static holds. This non-heated class is for all levels of experience, and no yogi will be left behind.
Sonja began her yoga journey in a high school gym class, which makes her laugh now. Everyone starts somewhere, right? She went on to enjoy many different styles of yoga, over the next 20 years. She is uniquely well versed in the amazing things a human body is capable of; having worked as a Birth and Postpartum Doula for the past 10 years. In 2018 she jumped on the opportunity to begin her registered yoga teacher training, with Mandorla Yoga Institute. Through the Mandorla Yoga Institute, she has learned the fundamentals of embodiment restorative, yin and flow yoga practices. Embodiment yoga has roots that descend from India via Krishnamacharya in 1888 and is closely associated with Viny Yoga. In embodiment yoga, students learn to listen closely to what their bodies really need; in addition to encouraging each individual to not push past their own bodies physical limitations. Sonja is excited to bring this style of yoga to the residents in, and around, Airdrie. She recognizes the need for this particular style of yoga in Alberta’s fast-paced, often stressful culture. She is also excited to bring yoga, and mindfulness practices, into the lives of children and thoroughly enjoys being on her mat with little ones.
When on her own mat Sonja thoroughly enjoys an invigorating, non-heated, flow practice most. You’ll often find her testing her limits doing inversions, and willing to try just about anything.
Today Sonja finds herself living in Airdrie with the love of her life, Jay; and their three children. In her free time, you’ll find her hiking in the backcountry, camping with her kids, in friend’s yoga studio, tending her garden or volunteering as a Scout leader. She also owns a Doula agency where she enjoys mentoring her Doulas and witnessing the magic of families being born. Her personal mantra is “you were made to do hard things.”