Jamie Mathiasen first met yoga in 1997 during one of a thousand conversations about 'the meaning of life' and a good friend suggested she go to a yoga class. Skeptical that the answers to life could be found while balancing on her head, she went to her first class and like many students, realized yoga was much more than exercise. She fell in love with the space that her yoga practice created for her to feel her body and find stillness in her otherwise hectic life.
Jamie's passion and focus shifted to Therapeutic Yoga where she has earned a 1000 hour Internationally recognized Yoga Therapy Certification (IAYT). She has completed Level I & II of Rhythmic Movement Therapy (RMTi) a movement based, primitive (infant or neo-natal) reflex integration programme that uses developmental movements, gentle isometric pressure and self-awareness to rebuild the foundations necessary to help overcome learning, sensory, emotional and behavioural challenges. She has recently began studying Trauma-Sensitive Yoga with David Emerson. Jamie was the co-creator of the 200 hour Hatha Method Teacher Training at Calgary's leading studio, Breathe Hot Yoga.
Lindsay Knazan's relationship with yoga was born in 2000, as she was recovering from a lower back injury. Through a consistent yoga practice, her back began to feel better, but more potent for her was how much connection she felt in her body and breathing. Through an immersive study of yoga philosophy, she began to look at many areas of her life, and recognized how powerful it was to take yoga off the mat and into daily living. It was here that her yoga practice really became a ‘life practice’, and living consciously became her mission. Through daily self-reflection, journaling, meditation, studying and truth seeking, she felt an internal awareness emerge that brought wisdom. She believes this intuition is a gift, illuminated through practice and devotion, and she felt compelled to help others discover it too.
In 2006, Lindsay completed a 250 hour, Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training program through the Ashtanga Yoga Shala in Victoria, BC, and began teaching throughout the city of Victoria, including the University and the Victoria Police Department.
In 2015, Lindsay completed her IAYT accredited Yoga Therapy Certification Program with Susi Hately’s Functional Synergy, an internationally recognized school for Yoga Therapeutics. She is certified in Rhythmic Movement Levels 1 and 2 and in 2017, she completed a two-year immersive study program with Deborah Adele in Samkhya Yoga Philosophy and Mind study.
Lindsay has been drawn to the healing modalities her whole life, pursuing anatomy and psychology since childhood. With a biology and health psychology focus in university, Lindsay taught anatomy as a way to deepen her skills and her understanding of the human body. Post-graduate work kept Lindsay at the University of Victoria, where she worked in Recreation and Health as a Program Coordinator alongside teaching yoga, functional fitness, and TRX classes.
Lindsay is the co-owner of Fierce Martial Arts Studio & FierceHeart Yoga Therapeutic, a member of faculty with the Canadian Institute of Therapeutic Yoga, and a volunteer with The Arthritis Society (TAS). In working with the TAS, she supports the provision of education and resources for those learning to manage their diagnosis, and provides yoga support. As someone who lives with Ankylosing Spondylitis herself, she personally knows the challenges of living with chronic pain.
Lindsay believes that the body holds deep wisdom, and that a profound ability to heal arises when we align appropriately with our own needs. She believes it is awakened awareness that opens the doorway towards healing. Her classes engage students from the inside out - considering not just the physical, but all of the aspects that affect how we are in our bodies and minds. So much of how we move comes from what we think about ourselves and how we approach life.
Her teaching style is gentle but firm, inquisitive, and always encourages self-responsibility, self-advocacy and inquiry. Lindsay’s mission is to get people more connected, helping them to feel seen, safe, and supported, while waking up curiosity and awareness. It is one that prioritizes compassion and love as fundamental to truly healing. She provides students with a sacred space, a foundation to grow and feel, and a powerful platform from which you can build towards any physical, spiritual or wellness aspirations you may have.
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We are located in Olde Towne Okotoks, at 40 "E" Elizabeth Street directly across from the Dit & Dat & Balance Dance studio