Founder of Yogarunner (June 2012)
Certified HathaYoga Teacher 200hr
Ashtanga Yoga 100hr Immersion Course/Certificate
Bachelors Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies, specialized in Recreation Therapy (1996)
Managed the Markham Running Room, its Running Clinics, and local fundraisers from 2008-2012
Mother of 1 special 4 year old daughter, and wife to an incredible hubby and Ultra running partner
Recreational long distance runner for almost 20yrs.
Ultra distance trail runner for 3 years
2015 ultra running events:
April-Zion100M, Utah, USA (paced Francesco Riccadonna for 65km)
May- Sulpher Springs 100M, Ancaster, ON CAN (placed 3rd overall female)
July- Vermont 100M, Vermont, USA (paced Iris Cooper Imhof for 50km of her successful finish)
Aug- Eastern States 100M PA, USA (placed 7th female overall)
Oct- Oil Creek 100M, PA, USA(placed 13th female overall)
A note from Aaryn
I originally opened Yogarunner because I wanted to share the positive effects of forming a weekly yoga practice with those within the local Distance Running Community in Markham and surrounding GTA. These are the minds, bodies, and goal oriented individuals I have learned to understand best, especially when relating yoga to running. I strive to continue to help people gain mental and physical strength, stability, focus, and inner peace through forming their own yoga practice and guide them through various asana's using sequences specifically benefitial to their running goals (when practiced regularily).
I have also returned to working with the senior population, this time as a yoga instructor. My personal passion in working with these individuals has always been to help them continue to achieve their weekly physical goals while gaining/maintaining extra strength and stability. I enjoy helping them form a weekly yoga practice while witnessing how it adds strength, confidence, and peace of mind to their daily lives.
A third group of individuals I have had the priveledge to become familiar with over the last year are those who love to golf and curl. When practiced regularily, yoga has many benifits, including the improvment of muscular strength and stability. Those who have been practicing regularily with me have often stated their overall "game" seems to become more powerful with the added strength and flexibility gained from their weekly yoga practice. Original area's of the body which previously ached seem to now be less achy. Range of motion or movement has often been restored or improved.
The majority of the people I currently instruct are those who enjoy physical and mental challenges yet usually tend to bore easy, are goal driven, and find it hard to be still enough or de-stress enough to calm the mind and body. Its amazing what Yoga and the asana's can offer when practised throughout the week, as well as what happens if left on the side burner. Keep practicing! Balance is such a beautiful gift. Mental and physical strength, stamina, focus, are likely to increase. An inner sense of calm can be nurtured both on and off the mat. Savasana is always sequenced into the practice at the end to ensure we calm and rest the body while focusing the mind.
Practising yoga and distance running together have became such two important factors within my own weekly life. I hope to pass the flame over to more people or at least spark an interest amongst those I instruct to try to continue to practice at home or in other studio's.
Deepen your sense of overall balance, with an accumulated increase in strength, happiness, mental clarity, and well being. These are all wonderful additions to anyone's life, runner or not. The journey ahead, one day at a time, is shaped within your weekly practice.
One breath at a time, one step at a time. A new journey, a new beginning.