Take a Breath came into being from an invitation from a high school counselor. A regular attendee at our weekly Mindful Rest class, she 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 we did with them.
We knew immediately that guided breathing and relaxation techniques needed to be available to these students and educators 24/7.
In the News
We were thrilled to participate in a podcast with Daniel Bauer, of 'Better Leaders Better Schools', broadcast in early December, 2017. Daniel is gifted at bringing our passion forward in the interview, and his mission to support education and students shines through as well. Here is the link to the podcast:
Jeff is an accredited professional yoga teacher, formally, the co-owner and director of Trinity Yoga Center, then Tandava Yoga in Kelowna, since 2003. Jeff began teaching yoga in 1991.
Jeff serves as director of teaching and program development and is also the creator of The FreeBack Program.
Jeff’s training and work experience began a passionate inquiry into mentoring and coaching as an additional tool to support yoga student development. He began creating innovative yoga programs and yoga teacher trainings and currently develops and co-directs the 200, 300, and 500 hour training programs through the Mindful Restoration Teacher Training, 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.
Community Outreach and Senior Facilitator
Karen Rauser has been an educator for over 20 years in a variety of contexts including private and public schools as well as post-secondary institutions. Most recently, she worked supporting the development of mindfulness programming at the University of British Columbia, and is now the owner and founder of Butterfly Communication. A student of Jeff and Sonya since 2003, she finished her 300 HR YTT in 2012, and 200 HR Meditation Facilitator Certificate in 2015. Karen has experienced first-hand the transformative work of these practices, and is delighted to support the unfolding of Take a Breath in the community.
Jackie is a workshop facilitator passionate about teaching and empowering others. She leads workshops on stress and the profound health benefits of the relaxation response in the body to combat that stress. Jackie is a Human Service Worker and Certified Advanced Yoga Teacher. Her experience is working with youth/adults trapped in life altering addictions as well as mental health issues and children with unique challenges. These work experiences has inspired her to lead workshops on awareness and prevention. Jackie’s extensive training and her many years of personal challenges has inspired her to lead and facilitate workshops with compassion, empathy, relatability, along with scientific proof. She is excited to empower others so they too can experience the transformative benefits that the Take a Breath program offers.
In Jackie’s free time she loves to travel, read, cycle, camp, hike, being in nature as well as co-parenting two teenagers with her fiancé.