Open Hearts, and this studio space was created with a vision of Love. To offer a safe place to empower others to embrace and love themselves.
Yoga and meditation has been an invaluable tool helping me navigate through life. Through good times, and challenging times, and transitional times, and through times of dealing with depression and anxiety. I am so grateful to be sharing yoga with others, and to continue my learning journey along this path.
I am a Mama to 3 amazing and energetic boys, and a proud wife to Ryan. I am a daughter, a sister, a friend.
I have a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy, and practiced as a physiotherapist for many years before transitioning into my next phase of life as a stay-at-home parent. And once those little guys were off to school I joined my husband in our Real Estate business, Shields Group with Royal LePage Martin-Liberty.
Eventually the call from my heart became so strong, it was clear it was time to share my love of yoga with others. Open Hearts Wellness was born. I look forward to sharing space and energy with you in our wide variety of yoga classes, mindfulness practices and workshops.
I was born and raised in small town Newfoundland, an experience that I cherish deeply. After University, I spent nine years in British Columbia where I worked as a teacher. Just over a year ago I made a move to the prairies with my husband, two children and dogs – I think we may just stay here.
My journey with BodyTalk began in 2013; My dad had recently been diagnosed with cancer and my life felt like it had turned upside down. A few weeks later, I heard about BodyTalk and thought, what do I have to lose? After my first session I knew that this was what I had been searching for my entire life; I needed more, so I continued to have regular sessions. I took my first BodyTalk course in 2014 and became certified in April of 2018. BodyTalk has helped me (and continues to help me) work through the grief and loss of my dad. It’s helped me through moments of depression, specifically after having my children; Physically, BodyTalk has helped me resolve my IBS and Asthma; Daily, it helps me navigate my emotions, stress and relationships. I literally cannot imagine living my life without BodyTalk.
More recently I have been diving into Conscious Living Investigation work, under my mentor and the founder of CLI, Kelley Burry. CLI has taken this journey of mine to an entirely new level; It has allowed me to get myself out of the pity party that I hadn’t even realized I was living in. It has opened up the door for me to live a more aware life and given me to the tools to break down belief systems that are no longer serving me. I want to incorporate this work into my practice and also teach my clients how to live with more awareness.
My goal as a practitioner is to share these incredible gifts with whoever is ready and open to receiving them, so that they can begin, continue or enhance their self-healing journey.
Hey there fellow yogis ! My name is Holly Anderson, and I am so delighted for this opportunity to share with you the practice of Yoga. For many of us Yoga has changed our lives and I am no exception. Yoga came to me at a time when I was desperate for a path, to find myself and love myself. I have been teaching yoga now for over 3 years and it has shown me that strength , balance and mindfulness can be practiced both on your mat and off of it. There is a lot to learn about our own personal and unique journey and I believe Yoga is where it all starts! My classes will be offered for all levels with the opportunity to challenge yourself and try new poses. Sharing yoga is a true gift and I strive to have my students leave each class with a special glow , feeling refreshed and empowered.
Hello Beautiful Souls! My name is Melissa and I have been teaching and passionate about yoga since obtaining my Yoga Leader certification with Manitoba Fitness Council in 2011. I recently completed my 200hr teacher training with Sivatantra training. I work full time as a Fitness Instructor and am a certified Athletic Therapist, Personal Trainer and Exercise Physiologist.
I started practicing Yoga as a way of recovery while training for a full marathon and triathlon. But along the way gained so much more. It has allowed me to stay balanced, grounded and disciplined both on and off the mat. The benefits of yoga are endless and I am excited to guide, educate, and inspire you through your journey.
I am honoured and grateful to join such an amazing and experienced team. I look forward to meeting you on your mat and sharing space.
Like many people I started doing yoga for the physical benefits and to complement my gym routine. As the years have gone by I have gravitated to deeper practices that allow me to be present, focused, and take me to a meditative state. Dropping expectations of what yoga should look like and really feeling my way through poses in a loving way. To me yoga is all about unconditional love of your body, shedding ego, learning forgiveness and making real connections to yourself and to the world around you. I did my training in Goa, India this last winter, and have 10 years experience in massage therapy as well as training in acupuncture. I have a passion to keep learning, taking continued education classes frequently and opening my mind to all the wonderful things out there to help me along my journey, and to help others around me on theirs. I love to travel in my spare time to see the beauty in other countries, explore new cultures, meet new souls and eat all the delicious foods of course! Here at home I spend a lot of time outside hiking, backcountry camping and enjoying time around a fire. Lastly I love live music, so catching a show and seeing all the amazing Manitoban artists do what they do best is a perfect way to spend my time :)
SARAH ANNE GUSDAL
Sarah Anne Gusdal grew up in Rural MB in a family of athletes. She was into everything from figure skating to basketball to soccer. Her passion for sports drew her to the field of sports focused massage therapy, beginning her career with Sport Manitoba, working with young athletes. After getting married her and her husband moved to Victoria BC, where she spent her spare time surfing, doing yoga, and hiking the many beautiful trails on Vancouver Island. Currently Sarah Anne is a co-manager, along-side her husband, for the non-profit Wannakumbac, a summer camp and conference centre in Clear Lake where she currently resides. She also owns her own business, Candid Wellness, that focuses on massage and movement as tools to overcome physical, emotional and mental pain. When she's not busy running Wannakumbac or Candid Wellness, and teaching yoga, she enjoys travel and tries to fit in as many adventures as possible.
Maria began yoga in 2014 for the physical benefits but quickly fell in love with all parts mind, body and spirit. In May 2015 Maria travelled to Costa Rica to study under Sufey Chen and Allowah Lani and gain her 200hr yoga teacher training. Maria has been teaching yoga all over southwest Manitoba since then.
Maria is also a registered nurse and loves to incorporate knowledge of the western medicine into her yoga. Maria specializes in vinyasa flow and loves to show people that they are capable of so much more than they imagined. Maria is of the belief that yoga is for any body and no prior experience is needed to attend her classes.