If you can’t forgive and forget, pick oneRobert Brault
Yin & Flow
Alan grew up leading an athletic lifestyle, playing a wide variety of sports all throughout his school and university years.
In 1987 Alan became a Certified Fitness Instructor in Calgary, teaching a wide range of group exercise classes, including hi and low impact classes, step, and spin classes. Alan attended his first Yoga Class in the late 1990's while he was a guest fitness instructor at Rancho La Puerto, from that point on he was hooked on Yoga.
Alan has been teaching Yoga since 2001. He is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, (E-RYT 500 Hours & RYT 500 Hours). He teaches a flowing style of Yoga with influences of Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Yogafit. His teacher trainings include Yogafit 1,2,3 & 4, Ashtanga Teacher Practioner Level 1, and Ashtanga Teacher Instructor Level 2, in Calgary at Yoga In Motion, now Yoga Passage. Anusara Inspired 200 Hours. Certified Yoga For Golfers, Level 1 and Level 2. Yoga Alliance with Hart Lazer/United Yoga Montreal 200 Hours. Yoga Alliance YYOGA 80 Hour Hot Yoga Teacher Training in Vancouver. Yoga Alliance 500 Hours Certified Moksha Yoga Instructor Level 1 in Toronto 2010, Yoga Alliance 150 Hours Moksha Yoga Certified Yoga and Yin Instructor, Level 2 in Costa Rica 2012. Susi Hately's Yoga Therapy Intensive in Calgary, March 2012. Certified Yin Yoga Instructor, with Bernie Clark, in Whistler, BC. May 2013. Alan has taken further Yin teacher trainings with Paul Grilley, Carly Forest, and Joe Barnett.
Alan continually attends many local and international yoga workshops. He has studied extensively with many senior yoga instructors, including Rockne White, David Williams, David Swenson, Mark Darby, Martin Kirk, Michael Stone, Desiree Rumbaugh, Ted Grand, Susi Hately, Ramanand Patel, and his current teacher Hart Lazer. Alan's teaching philosophy is to flow with an awareness of alignment of the body, and that all styles of yoga are beneficial, just find the one that radiates with you. Alan is known for his detailed level of instruction, sense of humour, and non intimidating teaching style.
When he's not working, teaching or practicing yoga, he's an avid golfer and member of Redwood Meadows Golf and Country Club.
In addition to teaching regular classes at Yoga Passage, Alan also offers Yoga For Golfers, Yoga Therapy Programs and Private sessions.
Full bio coming soon.
My yoga journey began over a decade ago, when I wandered into a class at my local, small-town gym. The instructor was visiting from Brazil, and I had absolutely no yoga experience—I even wore my runners into the studio.
Like many of us, I began my yoga journey with intentions of physical gain. Although my first taste of yoga was delicious, it took some time before I understood and appreciated the deeper benefits of practicing that inspire us to live a more mindful and present existence.
At the time I walked into my first class, I was raising two beautiful daughters, and competing as a figure and fitness athlete. My time was focused on family, running and weight training—a schedule that kept my yoga practice sporadic for years.
As my daughters and the yoga community grew, so did the consistency of my practice.
I developed a craving not only for the shapes and contortions of the physical body, but for the peace of mind, and sense of presence it brought me. By practicing yoga, I was creating space in my life to slow down without distraction. I became more aware of my thought patterns, and was able to start shifting these patterns with deliberate intention.
The most incredible gift yoga has given me is not the physical gain, but the opportunity to grow and heal from past experiences with depression, perfectionism, OCD and BDD. I encourage anyone negotiating these challenges to consider stepping into the healing world of yoga, and to explore how mindfulness, movement, and attention to the present moment can restore the body, mind and spirit.
Years after my initial class from the above mentioned Brazilian instructor, I noticed she was teaching a workshop and so I registered. During the workshop, she suggested I go to India to take my yoga teacher training. Once the seed was planted, everything aligned rapidly, and off I went to immerse myself in yoga studies—directly from the source. Upon my return, I began sharing and teaching right away.
I teach from an intention to simply hold space: Space for awareness. Space to heal. Space for uniqueness. Space to awaken.
I love incorporating poetic language when guiding practitioners through asana, offering a consistent focus on accuracy and alignment. I draw attention to the power of silence, as well as the power of music to heal and inspire. I always look forward to seeing new and familiar faces in the studio. I welcome yogis of all levels, with or without injury, to move, explore, breathe, co-create, and be in the moment.
Carol is dedicated to teaching musculoskeletal health to students and patients. She has been fortunate to have studied with many great teachers and practiced orthopaedic surgery in Canada, England and California. During her studies in Kinesiology, Medicine, and Orthopaedic Surgery, Carol was exposed to a wide variety of educational methods. This led her to pursue a Master’s degree in Education. She currently works as an Associate Professor and Course Director for musculoskeletal health at the University of Calgary Medical School. Her studies have been greatly enhanced recently through Yoga Teacher Training at the Yoga Passage with Tracy Mann, Lerrita Rubinoff, Tanis Fishman and all of the students studying with her.
“No matter what kind of energy the students bring to each day, Tracy, Lerrita, and Tanis have the capability of creating a beautiful positive environment for us to experience the wisdom of the teachings. I have been inspired to unite the Practice of Yoga with my surgical practice. The mind, body and soul need to heal together for a person to experience wholeness and reach their full potential”.
Carol’s surgical practice, at the Foothills Hospital, has become highly focused on lower extremity reconstruction, including hip and knee replacement, biologic solutions and transplants. She greets each patient with a beginner’s mind. “I try to see the whole person and address their greatest needs. I have learned so much by listening carefully to my patients”. Carol benefits from the amazing support of her calm and humble husband, Jeremy Tillim. Simply by example, he has encouraged her on her journey.
It’s not the sharpness of the blade, it’s how much light it throws
My journey into yoga began quite by accident. Like a lot of people, I started practicing with the sole intention of physical growth and development. It was, more than anything, an activity and a way to stretch my body as to compliment my other athletic pursuits. At the time I started practicing yoga, life had become very chaotic and stressful. My daily yoga practice had become a grounding point through a turbulent period of life, and it very quickly transformed into something much more than a 'stretch'.
My background as a martial arts instructor has played an enormous part in my yoga practice and teachings. In Taekwon-Do, my focus and area of interest was always on Tul (choreographed sequences). This has spilled over into my yoga world, and I find that I am drawn to a practice heavy in sequencing and fluidity. Taekwon-Do Tul can be thought of as a sort of 'dance'; a prearranged sequence heavily focused on precise movement, alignment, and breathe control. These are the same principles that I hope to bring to each yoga class- practice or teaching.
It is such an honor to teach at Yoga Passage. I completed my initial teacher training in the summer of 2015 with Tracy, Tanis, and Carol. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to teach at some of Calgary's other incredible yoga studios. However, being able to stand amongst the teaching who inspired me most during my yogic adolescence is a true honor.
Full bio coming soon.
The inward journey began in the early 1990s with training in the martial art of Kung Fu, and later in teaching the hard and soft styles of the art. Interestingly enough, a preference for the soft side developed, which encompasses soft, flowing movements linked to the breath.
In approximately 2000, I followed through on a desire to explore the world of yoga which at the time was to complement the martial art training, in terms of increasing flexibility. In a very short while I came to realize that I was gaining more benefit than bargained for from a regular practice of yoga.
I began with Bikram and Moksha, along with some Iyangar and, more recently, Hatha and Ashtanga styles of yoga. I was fortunate to participate in the teacher training program, focusing on the Ashtanga style (Traditional, Vinyasa and Flow variations) and will be forever grateful to Tracy Mann, Tanis Fishman and Florin Voinescu for their dedication and insight throughout the program.
My inspiration for wishing to participate as a teacher was to deepen my own practice and, to the extent I can, assist other practitioners along their journeys. I am firmly of the belief, as evidenced in the writings, that everything we need is within us and the journey inward is to peel away the layers of stress, tension, anxiety and fear that mask our true nature. It is a beautiful journey inward and am always inspired by travelling along this path with others.
He following saying by Krishnamurti reflects that view:
The winds of grace are always blowing, all we have to do is set our sails.
I am a lover of being human which was something that took me many years to truly understand.
In the metaphysical world it’s easy to forget that we did indeed come here to have the magical and unforgettable experience of being human.
In the beginning of my yoga career I kept reaching for the intangible believing that if I could find my way into something that I believed was so far from being human and here on this physical plane that I would somehow arrive, that I would have somehow made it.
This of course only led to more insecurity and confusion at the time but it was none the less still so beautifully a growing part of where I am today.
The difference now however is that instead of me resisting where I am by means of a projected future expectation, I instead experience the moment thats unfolding because I understand my part of the creation. I understand that nothing happens without my directing it to happen and therefore I am a deliberate conscious creator.
Having said all that I still find myself at times to be where some may call ‘stumbling’ along the way and it’s there that I understand contrast and how when I am in the midst of something so called ‘negative’ and or uncomfortable this can then catapult me further in the direction to where I am wanting to be. Does this mean I always get there? I’d be lying if I said I did.
The regenerating quality of today however is that I don’t get lost in the stories I tell myself for long periods of time cutting myself off, self sabotaging and blaming others for my own guilt and shame. I understand that contrast is in fact my guidance system and without it there wouldn’t be an inspiration to evolve.
I know what unworthiness feels like, I know what unlovable feels like, I understand the kind of emotional pain that feels bottomless and hopeless and thank God that I do because without it I may not be where I am now.
I have prepared myself vibrationally along the way to enjoy magnificent opportunities that have allowed me to study and travel the world exploring the seen an unseen and today I help others to do the same outside of the yoga classroom through a unique coaching system that plays out into altering ones everyday perceptions so that they too can find love, happiness, financial security and anything else they are so desiring and have yet to receive in their life thus far.
I was once bound to believing that my credentials determined my worth which I later realized distracted me further from my truth to the point where I found myself terrified of everything and everyone.
What I've come to understand is that I know nothing and in the recognition of that I am free.
If I allow my life to happen there’s and internal and external projected flow for me to see, feel and experience.
I appreciate where I’ve been and thats helped me feel lighter and less cluttered in the old desire to be a people pleaser. My learning and growth is in the listening of people and nature, it's in the stillness, it's in walking my dogs, it's in the busyness of traffic downtown, it's even in the materialistic things we humans sought after and it's also in the intangibility of vibration, it is in everything that I am choosing to focus my attention toward as life is happening.
I have studied many styles of yoga and what I've found is that I love them all. Does this mean I teach a particular style? Heck no! It means that I love the fluidity of the asana, I love how I actually feel like I am growing stronger and more alive on every level of being.
I love that I can get out of my head and into my body so that I can experience my true nature.
When I'm facilitating a class that's exactly what I'm doing, I'm connecting with the larger part of myself and its there that I am vibrationally lining up with others that have the desire to do the same. This inspires me beyond words to express the emotion within it.
It is brilliant to discover that the spiritual connection allot of people are seeking is for the human things like sports, being a parent, walking the dogs, going on trips, spending time with family and friends and so on...the physical world is the arena where all of this energy is focused now and manifesting. Theres a tendency to think that we're all material, we're physical, we're human and over there is something greater thats more spiritual but it's so important to remember that the spiritual stuff is flowing to you and through you and as you allow it to manifest that's exactly what intension is. That's what this time space reality is- its source embodiment, it's source in physical form...
My path to yoga first began with an interest in the human mind as I took up the study of psychology. I soon learned that my passion was rooted more deeply in a spiritual practice and an interest in working with the mind in an alternative way.
In an attempt to bring some peace to a chaotic time in my life, I began studying Buddhism and meditation. I studied the concepts of this mind work diligently and soon began to see positive changes in my life. The chaos of my life did not subside, but my perspective of it and it's control of me had. I was able to view my life and the world around me through a clearer lens. Surely I had experienced a shift in my consciousness.
As my love for meditation grew, naturally I was drawn to an asana practice. I instantly found serenity in this moving meditation. Asana practice soon became a daily ritual and it was only a few months later that I had decided to extend my studies to Rishikesh, India, the birthplace of yoga, where I further studied my passions and complete my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at the School Association for Yoga and Meditation.
My study of yoga and meditation expanded in June of 2016 when I completed my Advanced Yoga Nidra training with Tanis Fishman. This practice of pratyahara was like a blossoming of an inner understanding that has shifted my perspective once again.
I am passionate about sharing the practice of mindfullness, creating community connections, and meeting likeminded people. I am so grateful to be a part of the Yoga Passage community. May all find joy, peace, enlightenment, and connection.
There is a force inside which gives you life, seek that. In your body lies a precious gem, seek that.
O wondering soul, if you want to find the greatest treasure don't look outside, look inside and seek that.
Yin & Restorative
At a time when I was frustrated with my lack of motivation and direction in life, I sought professional counsel. “Go to yoga,” she told me, and I thought “well that was a waste of time”… yet the seed had been planted. Over a year later, after receiving the same advice from a second professional, I finally decided to take a drop in yoga class… and I never looked back. The grace and flow of the asana came natural to me as a dancer, but it was the escape from my over-active mind that continuously drew me back to the mat.
My desire to learn more led me to Yoga Passage; the teacher training aligned perfectly with my schedule, which turned out to be fate disguised as a convenient coincidence. Since then, this building has become my second home, and this community has become an extension of my family. I am so privileged to have the opportunity to learn, grow, and now teach amongst some of my very own mentors.
Outside of the studio, I have my own practice as a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, through which I am able share my passion for health and food with people of all ages. I am also a cheerleader for the Calgary Stampeders Outriders, and have become a pretty avid football fan over my 4 years cheering on the red and white! You’ll often see me running from class to a game or community event, so don’t be alarmed when I show up to teach in curls and full make up! I’ve become accustomed to a busy schedule in order to do all of the things I love, so both practicing, and teaching yoga give me a chance to slow down, breathe, and remind me to savour each and every moment.
I hope that in teaching, I can create a space for my students to do just this; to escape from the chatter of their minds and find a peaceful home in their bodies and on their mats. <3
Vinyasa | Core | Hot
Kristin Jostad, a yoga teacher and student of over 12 years is the owner of this beautiful home, Yoga Passage. She is continuously expanding her education to offer her students a wide variety of yoga. She found the depth of her practice starting at Yoga Passage in 2005 when she took her second training at Yoga Passage with Tracy Mann and Tanis Fishman. Having studied with globally known teachers such as Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Dana Flynn, Mark Stephens, Janet Stone and Ryan Leier, her teaching technique is rooted in the vinyasa tradition. Her love for yoga began as an interest in body movement. What has kept her attention is the revealing of personal truth from within. Her dedication in the practice has manifested a beautiful trusting of the unknown. Her classes speak to connection to yourself and what that truth speaks of. Aiming to strengthen our self love game, in turn elevating our own healing capacity to become clear vessels of possibility.
Yoga started out to be something new to try in 2007. As I attended more classes, I soon realized that this will be a part of my life rather than a fleeting fancy. Yoga became a source of rejuvenation and a path to find myself.
I found the physical benefits were undeniable. Having had issues with my back before my introduction to yoga, I’ve found through diligent practice that it has subsided. Also, it mentally strengthened me. My focus within and without had been greatly improved. It allowed me to be more aware of my body, my thinking and my emotions. The practice of meditation and finding those quiet moments have brought peace within me. People who have known me before yoga have said that they can see this change. At the beginning, yoga was just another form of exercise that I wanted to tackle but it has meant far more to me than I could have envisioned – it has become part of who I am.
Outside of Yoga Passage I’m a Junior High Math and Science Teacher. I enjoy being active – playing volleyball and any sports that uses a racquet.
My sincere thanks to my gurus – Tracy, Tanis and Lerrita.
the story is common. there was a draw to yoga for the physical benefits, which came, as they do; the magnetic community and emotional uprisings took their place shortly after, as they do. The practice of yoga allows me to explore my state of mind, body and heart while collecting me into my creative self. I am grateful in every moment for the path and process that has unfolded from the first day i rolled out my mat. With every set of shapes, each sweet OM, and each cup of tea and square of chocolate shared with fellow yogis after practice, I am home. In each moment, there is a teaching that presents itself. No two moments are the same, each one is creative, spontaneous, and intelligent and these factors are what i work to extract and then infuse into our time together. I am heartfully grateful for my teachers along the way: Meghan Currie, Tracy Mann, Tanis Fishman, and, of course, my sweet community of Yoga Passage in Calgary Alberta.
Caryn began her meditation journey over ten years ago while living in Japan where she
was first introduced to the Japanese style of zen meditation known as Sesshin — a
meditation practice that was unique to a temple she studied at called Shinnyo-En.
Inspired to learn more upon her return home to Canada, she started volunteering at a
local book store helping with monthly talks on Buddhism, mindfulness, and meditation.
After experiencing profound shifts in her life, Caryn continued to deepen her practical
experience in other traditions such as: Shambala, Insight, Self-inquiry, Mindfulness, and
both Kriya and Tantric lineages of Yoga Meditation, noting the impact meditation was
having on her anxiety, behaviour, and psyche. After a serious road biking accident in late
2012 combined with the built up stress and trauma from years of competitive figure
skating, recreational and competitive snowboarding, and multiple MVAs, Caryn’s life was
suddenly challenged with a breaking point. During this pivotal period in her life, Caryn
went through the necessary growth of re-discovering what it meant to do things
normally, including something as simple as sitting still. Upon the recommendation from
one of her teachers, Caryn started exploring Vedic Meditation. After experiencing,
almost immediately, the profound physical and mental benefits this technique provided
for her overall wellbeing, she found the missing link to her practice that allowed her to
uncover what’s true. Since then, Caryn has recently undergone 1800 hours of training in
meditation with master teacher, Charlie Knoles, in the Vedic tradition of Meditation. In
addition, she has studied with other master teachers including; Rod Stryker, Thom
Knoles, Emily Fletcher, Elena Brower, Ally Bogard and Tanis Fishman. Caryn has a
deep desire to share the wisdom of meditation, Ayurveda, and the ancient Vedic culture,
making it relevant for living in today’s world. She is one of the co-founders of Instill
Meditation specializing in Vedic Meditation, is an Ayurvedic practitioner, and a yoga
instructor. She is also the creator of Dhára, a self-care home and beauty line providing
ancient Ayurvedic rituals to support modern living.
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Yoga Nidra | Teacher Training
When I look back on my life’s journey thus far, I see how my path has clearly reflected the questions I have been asking and the answers I am seeking. I have traveled many vast distances in search for the ancient teachings that explore the most basic existential questions of ‘who are we’ and ‘why are we here’. I feel incredibly grateful for all the masters, seers, and mystics that have enlightened my understanding of our fascinating nature.
Traveling around our incredible earth, visiting sacred sites, and sitting in the presence of elevated beings has been most fulfilling and important. However, in the wise words of Rumi “that which you are seeking Is seeking you”, I have come to trust that my sincere exploration of the inner world and a radical surrender into the unknown, is the key to my own Freedom.
My work is based on studying perception and what clouds our own light. Sometimes we need to look at who we are not, in order to know who we are. If we truly, and deeply, understood this fundamental core truth, every decision, choice point, behavior and action would shift.
I feel incredibly blessed to have many bright soul’s in my life. Friends, family and guides (on both sides of the veil) who support my work and who I am. But it has been my son Ramone, who is my biggest mirror of self reflection and the reason I yearn to live on purpose. He continues to teach me where my growing edge is, and what beliefs I have that are of service or harm, and the depth and capacity of my love.
I teach yoga nidra, meditation, chi gong, hatha yoga, belief re-patterning, theta healing, and every and any path to connect with soul. All is One.
Yoga Flow | Core
As a founder of Yoga Passage in 2003 along with good friend Tom Sperandio, Tracy is grateful to all the members of the community, to all the teachers who have taught at the studio over the years and to the staff who contributed so much to nurture Yoga Passage into such a warm and welcoming community.
A Judo practitioner for many years earlier in life, Tracy resonated with the art. The Japanese term Judo translates to “the gentle path/way”. “My love of and interest in Judo had much to do with the philosophy of the martial arts practice as well as the wisdom, support and kindness of the amazing teachers that mentored me. I will be forever grateful to who they are as people and well as teachers.”
“There is a spirit and energy in the martial arts that I re-discovered in yoga years later and I feel so blessed to have that energy again in my life. I have found myself interested in all styles of yoga and that different people will find a unique style that works for them at different times of their lives. For me, a deep practice is one that takes the yogi into a state mindful stillness and observation and out of the shallows of attachment.”
Tracy started Ashtanga practice originally under Rockne White in 1997 and then later had the opportunity to study and practice with teachers David Williams, David Swenson, Bryan Kest, Travis Eliot among others. “I was very fortunate to attend a week long practice session with the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois on one of his final visits to North America in Encinitas California. I also pay sincere respect to Guruji Pattabhiram who used to visit our space over the years on his travels to promote the principles of yoga. Guruji said “if one practices yoga authentically one will find oneself smiling inside for nor particular apparent reason.” Guruji Pattabhiram left his body March 16, 2016.
Things have changed, as they always do. After 13 years, Tracy and Tom have now passed the complete ownership of Yoga Passage to their friend and fellow teacher Kristin Jostad as of December 2015. Tracy and Tom felt comfort in Kristin taking over as she loves the community and has passion to support and grow it. "Everything changes and out of change good things can happen. This is the natural progression The studio is in great hands now and I couldn't be happier to see where Kristin takes it. I am excited to see it continue to grow and support a beautiful community, our extended family."
Tracy will stay involved with Yoga Passage by teaching classes ongoing and leads the Yoga Passage Teacher Training Program twice yearly until 2020. “I absolutely love supporting new teachers on the path to inspire others and I feel very fortunate to lead the trainings with my friends Dr. Carol Hutchison and Tanis Fishman. I feel like I have won the yoga lottery!”
Best wishes to everyone on their on unique passage through this life.
I love what I do and feel very blessed to have the support of wonderful little family. I cherish “my girls” Jen, Olivia and Talia.