About

Welcome! My name is Amanda (Manda) and I’m so glad you’re here! I teach yoga, mindfulness and meditation to people of all walks of life and I’d love to help you begin your own journey on this path. Whether you’ve come to yoga and meditation because a friend or health professional suggested it to you, or because you’ve always been curious to try it out, I would love to help you find a practice that fits your needs and particular circumstances.

I have been practicing yoga for over two decades, and began as a way of managing stress and anxiety. Since then I have spent my life learning more about yoga and meditation, and working as an educator in various fields. I’m a mom of four amazing kids (with another on the way!), and I believe that the greatest gift we can give our children is a healthy inner world. As the mom of a child with autism, I’ve also become keenly interested in how we can use yoga and mindfulness as a tool to help children with special needs.

I hold a Childbirth Education Diploma, a Masters degree in cultural anthropology, a 200 hr RYT certification and am currently completing a PhD from York University. I wrote my MA thesis on childbirth stories from women in northern Ontario, and have taught hundreds of women how to use mindfulness, meditation, and yoga during pregnancy and birth. I am a former college professor, and I have taught hundreds of classes and workshops with learners from all backgrounds and walks of life. My passion for yoga and mindfulness, combined with my training as an educator, means that I can uniquely tailor a program to you and your specific needs.

Please send me an email today, or pop over to our current class offerings to find out more. I hope to see you soon!

Why Mandala?

Mandalas are spiritual tools used for meditation, and are a pictorial representation of the entire universe. They are both beautiful works of art, and tools for mindful contemplation. Many cultures have some form of the mandala, but they are most often associated with Hindu and Buddhist traditions.

So why Mandala Yoga? Aside from the fact that my name is Manda, I believe that the most important part of a yoga practice is what goes on inside your mind. Focusing on the mindfulness aspects of yoga are just as important (or more important!) than your asana (poses) practice. The mandala is a tool to help you get deeper into a meditation – something that I hope I can help you achieve during yoga!