Take a Breath begins...
Take a Breath for Schools and Communities began from an invitation from a high school counselor in the Fall of 2013. She was a regular attendee at our weekly relaxation class, and invited us into her school to work with the multitude of students struggling with high levels of anxiety and stress. Through student surveys we discovered the majority of students were feeling overwhelmed daily and found relief within the one hour experiential presentations, or online content we offered. We knew guided breathing and relaxation techniques needed to be available to these students and educators 24/7.
"I feel like I could see myself using this strategy when I'm feeling really stressed out, or even when I'm just sad." High School Student
Jeff Thomlinson HHC, ERYT-500, C-IAYT is an accredited professional yoga and meditation teacher, formally the co-owner and director of Trinity/Tandava Yoga studios in Kelowna, BC Canada.
He now leads Yoga Teacher Training, and works as a Yoga Therapist for Mindful Restoration, and his current therapeutic offering; FreeBack. Jeff began teaching yoga and meditation in 1991.
Jeff serves as executive director and heads up the teaching and development programs. As well, he creates much of the recording content and methodology delivery process.
Jeff’s training and work experience began a passionate inquiry into mentoring and coaching as an additional tool to support yoga student development and has trained over 750 teachers in these various programs.
He brings humor to his practice and teaching, as well as a depth of philosophy inspired by authentic contemporary teachers.
Sonya Thomlinson (Uchita) HHC, ERYT-500, C-IAYT brings over 20 years of experience in meditation, breath practices, yoga therapy and education.
Sonya was co-director and co-founder of Tandava Yoga and Trinity Yoga Centers in Kelowna and Vernon, British Columbia from 2003-2016. An avid student of yoga and meditation since 1994, and teaching since 1998, Sonya leads trainings, retreats, workshops and classes throughout Western Canada and the US and works individually with those interested in dynamic health and healing.