Meet Brea Johnson
As someone who has been practicing and teaching yoga for just about 20 years, around 10 years ago, I started to noticed an interesting trend in my classes and trainings. After working with a countless variety of people of all shapes and sizes, I couldn't help but see that not all yoga postures were truly beneficial for everyone. I tried to find a yoga style that could work for every body but never found it.
I soon realized that it wasn't about a particular style of yoga, rather it was the way in which we approached the yoga poses. With the emphasis on repetitive movements, extreme ranges of motion without stability, people were creating wear and tear in their joints and muscular imbalances that were resulting in yoga-related injuries.
To solve this issue, I had to continue my education outside of the yoga world so that I could better understand the body, and human movement. This brought me to learning more about anatomy, biomechanics and when I integrated that knowledge back into my yoga practice and teaching is when everything changed for the better.
Feeling the difference in my own body and seeing the difference in the people I worked with, was the turning point. There had been a gap in yoga between what we are traditionally taught and what movement research informs us about what we need for healthy movement.
Observing this missing link was when I made the choice to be a leader in this new movement and dedicate myself to moving the practice forward both in education for yoga teachers and safe, sustainable practices for everyday people.
It is so beautiful to be able to train forward-thinking teachers and work with so many people around the world, who are keeping yoga a living tradition by asking more questions, and helping to redefine yoga for themselves.
Thank-you for joining me... Read more about my approach to yoga here.
Heart + Bones Yoga respectfully acknowledges that we reside on the unceded traditional territory of the K'òmoks First Nation.
Meet our Heart + Bones Online Studio Teachers
Kat Boehm: Mindfulness Talks + Practice
You won't find Kat Boehm anywhere on social media, she's too smart for that! Which makes it even better that we have her wisdom to grace us in the online studio.
Kat is an esteemed mindfulness teacher (and amazing movement and yoga educator) who's approachable and relatable ways of sharing mindfulness has a special way of making people feel seen and heard while offering loving insight into the mind and heart.
She's no stranger to exploring the nature of the mind from years of attending silent retreats around the world (for months at a time!) and that time spent in silence has given her unique insight and a playful way of normalizing the struggles we all go through in life.
If you are in our Modern Yoga Certification, along with Brea, Kat is one of the main teachers, not just sharing mindfulness insight but sharing her 20 years of practice and teaching as a yoga and Pilates instructor. Head over to Kat's website here.
"Kat, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love your teachings, but this one especially spoke to my soul and brought so much new love and curiosity into practicing mindfulness. What a precious insight and gift." - Sara, Cambodia
Deepika Mittra: Therapist + Self Care Expert
As our resident therapist and self-care expert, Deepika Mittra brings a wealth of practical tools and compassionate insights for your mental health and wellbeing.
Deepika's lessons inside the online studio are the perfect complement to the movement and yoga classes. From her years in private practice as a therapist (and as a mother of two young boys!), she has a knack for saying just what you need to hear, in the most simple and loving ways.
Our online studio members love the combination of talks and practices that they can immediately apply to their life.
"This was powerful. Feeling things in our bodies can really make a huge difference. I was amazed at how my body was reacting during the yes/no exercise. This is eye and heart-opening. Thank you for sharing with us, Deepika" - Kristine, USA
Amanda Ford: Strength + Fitness
Amanda Ford isn't your average strength coach and that's why we love her at Heart + Bones. Amanda has a special way of teaching movement and strength work that's fun, smart and extremely accessible.
As wonderful as yoga and mobility are, we also know that strength-work and fitness supports our mental health and physical wellbeing.
Amanda's classes in the online studio bring the same sustainable approach that we have in our yoga classes.
With smart and effective cues (not to mention amazingly colourful outfits that match her playful personality), Amanda easily guides both the person who has never picked up a weight in their life to the longtime fitness expert.
Best of all, you don't even need weights to do her classes. Amanda has a list of common objects that you have lying around the house to use instead.
Our Heart + Bones members LOVE Amanda's classes and most of the feedback we get is from people who haven't done strength or cardio before or have an old injury and they are surprised just how safe and effective her classes are for them.
But be warned! Amanda guides you so easily that the next thing you know, your heart is beating, sweat is dripping and you have a huge smile on your face.
"YES to sustainable strength training. I struggle so much to get this into my life but I loved this. I'm travelling for work and I just filled up two water bottles to use as weights. It was perfect." - Jessica, USA
Heart + Bones Guest Teachers
Every 8-weeks we start a new cycle of classes with different "heart" and "bones" themes. With each new cycle of classes, we invite a guest teacher to share their wisdom and expertise. Our guest teachers are listed below and all of their classes live permanently inside the online studio, so you can enjoy them whenever you like.