Jeff Mah, Teacher and co-owner of The Yoga Lounge, Canmore, Alberta

Lisa Baptie

Yoga Teacher

Stirim Sukham Asana, “To resolutely abide in good space.”

Over the years, yoga has been one of the constants in my life and it has brought me to a “good space” time and again.

When I first discovered yoga I was in the midst of a busy and active life. I was a practicing physiotherapist, runner, climber, mountain biker, Nordic & backcountry skier, backpacker etc. The normal Canmore lifestyle!!

Yoga was like a breath of fresh air, a place to rest and rejuvenate, I could let go of the striving to do more, to achieve more. I felt peaceful and grounded with yoga and that brought me back to my mat time and again. When I look back, I can see the changes in my body and mind, but growth occurs at such a quiet, gentle pace in yoga that I am often surprised when I notice the difference from then to now.

Through all the big changes in my life; moving away from the valley/moving “back”, changing jobs, working outdoors with kids, going to school, having children, losing loved ones, getting a puppy, yoga has provided a place of serenity. Yoga is like a handbook to life, guiding me through the ups and downs with some sense of grace, pulling me back up when I falter.

I hope to share this experience with others.

My teaching is informed by my background in physiotherapy, my love of movement, sport & breath, and a connection to the natural world. I hope to help students move through practice with their best breath, their best movement and in their “good space”, finding the peace and grace in yoga that will bring them to their mats over and over again. I look forward sharing the wonder of yoga with this amazing mountain community.