My introduction to yoga was in 2002, in the form of a Prenatal Yoga VHS tape. Three years later I found my way into a group class and I was hooked. I felt taller, calmer, and more capable. I eventually began teacher training with the intention of deepening my own practice, and the rest, as they say, is history.
My Yoga philosophy has been assembled from ideas gleaned from trainings, readings and personal practice over the years. Firstly, Yoga is for Everyone, and the important thing is to consider mind, body and spirit and figure out just what your own “yoga” is. Secondly, Less is More. Embrace the idea of balance in breath and movement, of “effortless effort” to ensure that each practice is right for you. Finally, be Open to Grace – recognize the benefits of your practice in whatever form they might appear.
My current interest and ongoing focus is on Sustainable practice – using the four pillars of Frequency, Variety/Diversity, Boundaries, and Restore/Support to create a unique yoga practice that will nourish me and my students for many years to come.
I was first introduced to yoga after having found myself lost, confused, and ungrounded upon returning home from a semester abroad in 2012. I was warned that this travel would be a life changing experience, but I wasn’t prepared for the rocky reality of that experience. Through the practice of yoga I was able to grow through my pain, appreciate my experiences, and find a home in myself. 5 years later I was heading out into the world again, this time for an extended 9-month backpacking trip through Southeast Asia. Again, navigating through the difficulties of life and travel I found refuge in my yoga practice. A few months into the trip I decided that my next step needed to be to complete my 200-hour teaching training - I wanted to be able to share the beautifully healing practice that yoga is. I spent my last 3 months in India, obtaining my certification and interning with Trimurti Yoga. This has been the best decision I've ever made. Yoga is first and foremost a spiritual experience for me - a place to come back to myself, to explore depth and connection, to find understanding and compassion. I love anatomy, and specifically focuses on bio-individuality in my teaching and help students find the yoga that works for them. I am continuously working to weave the spiritual and physical aspects of yoga together to share with my students
Growing up a competitive dancer and basketball player, I always had a drive for intense physicality. Humbled by a severe knee injury in 2012, unable to resume my usual activities, I began going to the yoga classes at the gym where I had physiotherapy. Long story short, I eased myself into a daily yoga practice, where my curiosity into the subtle practices, philosophy, and science of yoga intensified. In 2016, I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Santosha. My interest in meditation piqued, and in 2017 I went on to complete a 50 hour Meditation Teacher Training at Define Yoga. In 2018, I completed the Adjuster’s Training at Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre, focusing on hands on, verbal, and energetic adjustments, working to help others deepen their practice. Yoga continues to transform my perspective on life, and is the practice that keeps me centered, creative, and playful. It’s my goal to hold space for students to cultivate awareness and be curious about their bodies, minds, and true selves, all while not taking it all too seriously!
Other than yoga, you can usually find me rock climbing, painting, writing, enjoying a strong cup of coffee, dancing, at live music shows, puzzling, relaxing in nature , gardening, and just hanging out with my friends and fur-babies!
As a student of Yoga I do my best at this point in time to refine my understanding of the philosophy and practical application of physical and mental techniques in a way that is relatable and understandable.
The sheer fact that Yoga is still being practiced, understood and utilized in our modern age shows the potency and significance of the information and techniques that are offered through this system of Self Understanding.
The process of Yoga to me and aligned with the tradition of this contemplative practice, is a method by which I am practicing quite consistently. With physical postures and breathing practices to feel healthy and comfortable in my body and contemplation and Meditation practices of consistently observing and focusing on my body breath and senses to unravel and open a state of mind that is clear, stable and content within my direct environment. In doing so comes a more constant accessible state of discernment to support clear decision making, creative potential and expression as well as a grounded state of internal acceptance, fulfillment and freedom that is available and accessible to embody more consistently in the midst of life’s natural highs and lows.
My yoga journey began in 1998 with Cathy Shea & Asthanga Power Yoga. I enjoy the blissful state that yoga cultivates through moving meditation. The marriage of breath and movement help me to enjoy the fundamentals of this earthly experience and the heavens all at once! It’s that feeling that keeps me coming back to this ancient sacred practice. Constantly growing a deeper understanding of love, unity, joy and peace that come from within. I love how the yogic learnings intertwine with all facets of life’s daily routines. I completed the 200 hr Alberta Yoga College program in December 2013 enjoying the privilege of studying with Rob Walker and Cathy Shea. Completing a dream that began 15 years prior. Over the past 16 years, I have had the wonderful experience to learn from the most talented teachers in the Calgary area. It has been a true blessing.
My name is Jen Kaminsky and I have been teaching yoga for almost four years now. My favourite style to teach and practice is a foundational flow and restorative class and I am excited to be offering this class again at Transcend! Lately, I have become somewhat of a “fitness obsessed” junkie lately and got my group fitness and personal training certification in 2018. I have fallen in love with teaching bootcamp style classes where I am able to motivate and encourage people to step outside their comfort zones with their fitness! My fitness classes at Transcend will push you to work at your MAX, regardless of where you are in your journey…my motto is “You get out of your workout what you put into it!” When I am not teaching classes, I can be found spending time with my family, baking and catching up on any missed episodes of “The Young & the Restless”…my guilty pleasure that has lasted over 30 years now!
I have been teaching Yoga for 5 years now and still fall in love with the practice every time I step on to my mat. Yoga to me is about grounding your roots, finding balance and building strength to be the best version of yourself. I took my 200 hr RYT threw the South Okanogan Yoga academy back in 2015 – 4 days later I was on a plane to Mexico to live for the better half of a year where I did voluntary instructing on the beach in Bucerias. I have a passion for travel and recently got back from Surfers Paradise Australia where I spend 6 months on a work visa. Yoga has changed my life for the better and I plan to always hold my practice close to my heart.
Yoga has been a constant in my life for the last 5 years. After my youngest was born and I was a mom to two little kids I found classes that I connected with and began my life shaping journey. Over the years I have developed and grown physically and mentally in my practice and my life. Through yoga I have found strength, connection, acceptance and community.
Yoga is a practice of creating space, finding stillness, and challenging my body, breath and mind to find fluidity together. It has helped me to see my truest self and let that shine to lift and give others permission to rise and grow in their lives.
I will always encourage you to honor what your body and mind need, while still getting curious and discovering what you are truly capable of. It is one of the greatest honors to hold space and share in the practice of so many who choose to take time out each week, each day to strengthen themselves.
In 2017 I was inspired by a friend first to return to practicing yoga and secondly to take a Yoga Teacher Training course. I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Calgary in June of 2018. I began teaching flow classes that summer and have since broadened my teaching scope to include restorative and yin classes. My favorite activities include running, yoga (of course!), coaching basketball, water skiing, being outside in summer and spending as much time as possible with my family.
Growing up I started dancing when I was 3 years old and danced far into my late teens, at dance we had a teacher that would sometimes take time away from whatever we might be doing in dance and practice Yoga. When I finally quit dance and moved out to Alberta with my partner, I started seeking for community and connection and remembered the wonder of those few Yoga classes I had practiced as a child. Once I started a journey with a steady Yoga practice I found myself running full speed ahead and wanting to learn more and understand what this all was, so I took my Yoga teacher training with Yoga Santosha this last year and now all I want to do is share the beauty and change I’ve found with my Yoga practice!
Yoga, for me, is a practise that strengthens and heals our bodies and minds, all of which is integral to happy, healthy lives. I started yoga when I was 20 years old and then took a Teacher Training in 2011. I honed my own practise and deepened my study before I started teaching (and had three children in that time as well!). Fitness and strength play huge roles in my life, therefore I focus not only on opening throughout the body in my classes, but also on strengthening the deeper, more local, stabilizing muscles that are often neglected in strength-training and modern-day life. This allows us to become stronger from the inside out, building off a solid foundation. And with a solid foundation we can grow in profound physical, mental, and spiritual ways.