Our team is made up of unique instructors who have a passion for yoga. We have attracted in a group of individuals who believe that life is an amazing place to grow and learn. Our intention is to provide you with a space where you can feel safe to practice. All our teachers have learned to teach, but more importantly they teach to learn.
I love yoga, I love meditation, and I love Yoga Central. I am proud to have opened a studio where everyone is welcome. I am happy to offer you a space you can call home. Please join me and all the other amazing teachers in an environment dedicated to peace and love!!
I fell in love with yoga the first class, there is an energy in the classroom that feels like it is an old friend you’ve known for ages even though it is your first time meeting each other. I walked out of the classroom feeling so alive. I felt like I just discovered a whole new self. Sometimes yoga can be very challenging, physically and mentally, but from those challenges I discovered a new space within myself that I can go a little bit further or a new way I can change. Let your body flow with the breath and bring a smile to your face, this is yoga.
Meera teaches Yoga for awakening using an array of ancient and modern approaches from a vast array of styles and backgrounds including Kundalini and Kriya Yoga. Her teachings always stem from the heart, fierce love and total devotion.
Carleen teaches yoga, meditation and contemplative writing. She enjoys classes that slow life down, shed stress and unwind the body/mind, sometimes using mantra, poetry, affirmations or intuitive wisdom. Carleen is passionate about learning and living from the heart, challenging conditioned beliefs and living with vitality. Yoga Central has become her sanctuary for Stress Less!
Monica loves practicing circus aerials, it’s so much fun to climb and be upside down. She also loves animals, especially her dog Rider.
Melissa started her teaching different style of yoga in 2008. Along the path, she was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga and uses a lot of the elements from her practice of passion . Her daily mysore practice and love of ashtanga yoga brings her joy and she really lets that shine in her teaching style
Natasha lives yoga, not just in the postures but how she lives her life of kindness and empathy. She teaches all sorts of styles and focuses on kids’ yoga.
Family friends food and yoga living a healthy lifestyle and compassion for helping others.
Listening to the sounds of nature, hearing a great story being present in the moment and loving every minute of it!
My yoga journey started around 10 years ago. After taking my first class I knew I needed and wanted to experience this new found feeling again. I have always been someone who thrived off of competitive natured sports and activities. I needed a rush of endorphins in order to feel like I had accomplished something strenuous. It wasn’t until I experienced and allowed the true meaning of yoga – (union of body mind and spirit) to encompass my whole being where my new found love began. I love the strength it takes to hold a posture but more so the stillness of the body and mind to be able to be in that posture and breath. I was able to be still and listen and when I got quiet noticing what was getting loud, not only in my body but in my life. Yoga allowed me to make a massive shift into being an observer and listening to my body and its needs and allowing myself to just ‘Be’ rather then always in the constant state of ‘doing’. From the teachers seat I am able to support all students and allow them this same opportunity to dive deeper and discover themselves on a different level. Honoured to hold the space for them to do just that! Namaste
Gillian has been teaching yoga since 2010, her favourite style to teach is Hatha Yoga. She loves helping guide others and loves Yoga Central!
It brings joy to my heart to teach yoga. I would like others to experience the many benefits of yoga.
13 years ago I was working for a major oil and gas company and I was looking for a life change, which better supported my need for a work/life balance. I quit my corporate 9-5 job, and made the decision to enter the world of fitness, and I have not looked back. I have always been passionate about fitness and healthy living. I believe in growing and developing the spirit, mind, and body through the daily practice of healthy living. I am so blessed that I get to share my passion every day, with people of all ages, walks of life, and demographics.
I am certified to teach all forms of fitness – water, choreography, strength base, cycle and core. I also hold a variety of certificates such as Zumba, Zumba Kids, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Step and Strong by Zumba, TRX, BOSU, MOC Barre and Keiser. I am also Fitness Educator (Trainer – FIC) for the YMCA’s of Edmonton, and a canfitpro PROtrainer – FIS and PTS. In January 2018 I completed my 200-hour Yoga certification, and I am currently half way through my 300 Advanced Yoga certification, in the Akhanda style.
My philosophy that I live by is to “Turn intensions into Action ….. One step at a time.”
Rebecca McKinley YT500
Yoga was first introduced to Rebecca by her father while he practiced in their family home when she was just 6 or 7 years old. The seed was planted early on though not really watered until her late twenties after opening a Wellness Center in Edmonton.
Rebecca is a long-time practitioner of many wholistic wellbeing modalities including meditation, mind body therapies, varying yoga practices and the integration of whole person discovery.
One commonly heard statement by Rebecca is,” If you have issues in your tissues then motion is the lotion” and she means it!
Although how each one finds health and balance is different and so her approach to each person is specific. Wellbeing is designed through and by each individual on their own timeline. However, in the yoga room Rebecca is always listening and watching, hoping to be an honest guide to all.
While growth and light within shines forth
Rebecca is thorough, playful and is a bright light ready to jump in and shine into the dark places that need to be spoken to.
Rebecca is excited and honoured to be a guide in the yoga room while you dive into your Self exploration.
~Rebecca McKinley RMT, YT500