My Heart Belongs at Eastside Yoga

It’s the end of an era.

My yoga had its beginnings at Eastside Yoga Studio.  Dianne Bondy introduced me to a practice that connected mind and body, something that had eluded me until then.  I grew my practice through yoga teacher training, workshops with many great teachers, Yin And Restorative teacher training and personal study.  I’m officially an E-RYT 200.  It’s been quite the journey and I wouldn’t have done it any other way.

Jayne navigated Eastside Yoga through the last few years and I am thankful for her courage to keep this unique community together.  She took up the torch when ESY needed it.  But economic challenges made it unviable and the announcement of the studio’s closure came out last week.

Sharing the practice with my veterinary colleagues has been an unexpected bonus.   The need became evident when The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) and Dr.  Michele Gaspar were introducing Mindfulness Meditation.  It has grown into workshops on VIN, the Ontario Veterinary College, the Veterinary Wellness and Social Work Summit 2015 and the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association 2016 Conference.  There will be more so stay tuned!

My heart remains with Eastside Yoga. ❤ Two more Monday’s left so if you want to get in on the goodness, I’ll see you on the mat at 7 pm on December 14th and 21st.  The very last class at Eastside Yoga Studio is on December 26th and I’m aiming to get a spot in what I anticipate to be an emotional farewell.  All good things must come to an end…

For those of you looking to do a little Yin and Restorative yoga with me in 2016, I’m joining Dianne at Integrative Healing Arts Studio. Starts on Mon Jan 18th, 8-9 pm and space will be limited. Pre-registration is required for a 6 week session. Sign up by contacting

After that, I’m not sure what’s going to happen.  I’ve told the story to my Monday night class that “your yoga practice only grows when you are forced to change”.  I embrace change, albeit with a slightly sad heart.

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Just a small animal vet trying to live her yoga.
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