Environmentally Friendly Tips by Meagan Santa

We celebrated Earth Day on Monday and this inspired me to reflect on what habits I have in place that are environmentally friendly.

At the same time, I unfortunately noticed that I have a few bad habits causing a negative impact. Don’t we all? Let’s decide as a community to make the small changes that we can on a regular basis that will allow for a ripple effect. It starts with one person- that’s you!

In studio, about a year ago we eliminated paper cups and switched over to beautiful blue cups for students to fill with water before class. We encourage students to take good care of their mats so they have a long life, bring their own reusable travel mug for coffee at Cannon Coffee Co. down the street and we use reusable bags whenever we shop for the studio necessities.

I’ve put a list of 10 tips together that you can implement now. How many are you already in the habit of doing?

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  1. Reusable Water Bottle

  2. Reusable Grocery/Produce Bags

  3. Reusable Travel Mug

  4. Reusable K-cup or Metal Tea Strainer

  5. Hang Dry Clothes

  6. Dryer Balls

  7. Glass/Metal Food Containers

  8. Bamboo Toothbrushes & Hairbrushes

  9. Beeswax/Plant-Based Wax Food Wraps

  10. Metal/Paper Straws

Find a few more helpful resources from other friends below. And click the IFF image above and save it on your phone or send to a friend as a reminder to make eco-friendly changes in your day-to-day routine.

Have you heard about our May Photo Contest- Yogis in the City?

It’s our 7th year running and we are looking forward to the photos from our community members. Click here to learn more!

Cultivating an at Home Practice with Michelle Smith

It’s hard to replicate the magic of the right in-studio class, however it’s not always possible to make it to the studio for an hour-long class. I feel you, I get it.


Enter, the elusive home practice. At home sessions give you the opportunity to explore your personal practice at your own pace, in your own time. If you stay open to it, it can be an empowering experience. Here are some tips to make the most of your time on your mat.

Schedule it:

Make a date with yourself - and don’t cancel! Find a time that works with your schedule and stick to it. If you don’t have an hour, or even 15 minutes to carve out, work to meditate for 5 minutes in the morning, or do some stretches before you get out of bed. It doesn’t have to be grand - but showing up can start your day in a big way!

Create an atmosphere - or don’t:

Find the atmosphere that works for you and your lifestyle. The ideal is to find a quiet, tidy space where you can find focus. It helps to de-clutter the mind when your space is de-cluttered. Set up a Spotify playlist or move in silence. Your space, your rules. Maybe you have 4 kids running around, the TV blaring and your mother-in-law visiting. That’s okay too. Accept that your practice will be different than in-studio. Maybe today it looks like pausing before reacting, maybe it’s taking 5 minutes to focus on your breath in the morning before you get out of bed. Maybe it is throwing down your mat amidst the chaos and finding 10 minutes of movement. Heck, invite them to join you! Own your practice, however it happens.

Warm up:

Once your space is set up, take a few moments to connect with your breath and check in with the physical body. As you begin to quiet your mind, turn your attention inward to the emotional body and pay attention to your inner voice. Choose to set an intention for yourself if it feels right. This is a skill that pays dividends off of your mat. Take a few moments to warm up the body. Think about the movements your instructors guide you through at the beginning of class. Start with gentle postures and gradually increase the movements.

Make this practise your own:

In your home practice you can focus on your specific movement and mindfulness goals. Not sure where to start? Start with your favourite poses. Go through the poses you know, try different transitions. You’ll likely find you know more than you think! Get creative and enjoy the process. As always, listen to your body and stick with what feels good. There are plenty of online classes you can access at home. Our In Fine Feather instructors are always happy to chat, and you can also draw inspiration from our Flow Progressions on In Fine Feather’s Instagram & IGTV.

Stick with it:

Last, but not least - don’t get discouraged. Practise does not make perfect, because there is no perfect. Use your home practice to get curious, find some moments of connection, and move your body. If in the end you find in-studio sessions are what works best for you, we’ll see you on your mat in class.

Practice at Home with IFF’s Online Yoga Classes

Beginner Yoga Series

Finding your home practice with Helena. For the first time ever In Fine Feather Yoga is offering online classes. These videos are 20 minute practices that you can take from the comfort of your home. These online classes will also offer proper alignment and important cues to safety support you while you practice at home, as if you were practicing inside the studio. Helena will be guiding you through five different classes; each session is suitable for yoga practitioners of all levels and is beginner friendly. These five videos will explore different elements of the practice:

-Finding Mobility
-Finding Balance
-Finding Strength
-Finding Heart Centre
-Finding Your Flow


More About Michelle

Michelle found yoga after a lifetime of organized sports gave way to post-secondary student life. Struggling to keep a steady gym routine, she enrolled in a yoga class. She quickly found herself continuing to return to her mat after noticing a sense of focus, steadiness and ease in her chaotic schedule. The four corners have remained the space where she can slow down and reconnect with herself.

Looking to strengthen her personal practice, Michelle enrolled in 200-hour teacher training at Anjeli Teacher Training Academy with Diana Lockett and Daniel Horgan in 2017. She quickly felt the call to share her passion for the healing properties of yoga and thoughtful movement with others. Michelle’s teaching and practice take a light-hearted approach to an alignment based and heart centered class that encourages exploration of the body and spirit. It is her goal to guide herself and her students to be present and connected with one’s self, surroundings and Universe.

Find Michelle on Saturday afternoons at 12:00-1:00pm for an Intermediate Flow class. Register here!

Yoga Teacher Training | The Start of a New Journey by Lisa Kiss

Last year in July I got together with Helena to grab a coffee at Planted in Hamilton and interview her for my blog. I was featuring ‘Fempreneurs’ in Hamilton and obviously Helena came to mind because she’s been running a business successfully for the last five years!


Never would I have thought six months later I would be on route to becoming a yoga teacher. I danced my whole life for about 15 years and loved the community feel. After I turned 18 you have to stop and start adult level dance classes to continue dancing. I was craving a community to be a part of again and in 2016 I tried my first yoga class. Coming from a dance background I was able to do most of the classes and I loved it. It felt just like stretching! I took a little break from yoga because of school but, started doing some classes at a different yoga studio. It didn’t have the small community feel I was looking for.

Stepping into the IFF Community

Now circling back to that meeting with Helena, I mentioned wanting to start practicing yoga consistently again so, she suggested doing an Energy Exchange. The next week I was being trained and the week after I started on the desk. Helena moves fast with things, #bosswomen! But I’m glad because I was able to start my yoga journey that much sooner. I was on the desk Sunday evenings for six months and Sunday mornings and Monday mornings for three months. Working on the desk was great because I got to meet and talk to so many great IFF community members.

Yoga Teacher Training Progress

After practicing weekly for a few months, I decided to learn more about IFF’s Teacher Training Program. After talking to Helena for about 10 minutes I said, “Yes! This is something I really want to do.” I patiently waited three months to start the training and now we’re already done Module 1! It’s going by so fast!


Out of the four modules I was the most excited for Module One Anatomy and Asana’s. I didn’t study science in University, so it has been amazing thus far to learn about something different. It’s crazy how everything in the body is connected and works together without you having to do anything. It has most definitely helped me with my own practice and now I notice things about people randomly when I’m just walking down the street. It is great preparation for observing bodies while teaching a yoga class. Natalie J is great source of knowledge and I’m so glad Helena has her teach the first Module! It’s been great to take this knowledge with me into Module Two which has officially began!

I’m very excited for this whole year of learning more about yoga, deepening my practice and being involved with such a great community! I’m extremely happy that I chose to start this journey with In Fine Feather; they are a community that you want to be a part of!

Peace & Love,

Lisa Kiss

More About IFF’s Yoga Teacher Training

Click here to learn more or contact Helena McKinney here.

More About Lisa Kiss

Find out more about Lisa Kiss, read her blog and explore her services here.

Yoga Now! Feast Later! At Sew Hungry with Helena McKinney

Join us Saturday May 4th!

Life is all about finding the middle path and aiming for balance right? We are excited to share an afternoon of yoga, live music, sensational food, street vendors and entertainment at this years Sew Hungry Food Truck Rally. Bring your mat and join Helena McKinney, owner of In Fine Feather Yoga, for a complimentary outdoor yoga class. Class will be located on Ottawa Street North, right in front of the main stage close to Barton Street North. This practice will be energizing and invigorating -work up a sweat now to feast later on some of the most loved food trucks Ontario has to offer.

Event Details

Date: Saturday May 4th 2019

Time: 2:00pm- 3:00pm 

Location: Class is being hosted at the main stage on Ottawa Street North near the Barton Street intersection!

Cost: FREE! 

RSVP in the Facebook Event Page here to stay up to date!

About Sew Hungry

Sew Hungry, Ottawa Street’s annual award-winning Restaurant and Food Truck Rally is back! On Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 11am-8pm, over 25 of the most loved food trucks in Ontario will be lining the streets to serve up a mouthwatering variety of food alongside 15+ local Ottawa Street restaurants. You asked and we listened! Not only did we move Sew Hungry to a Saturday, we’ve added a full street closure, live music throughout the day, a kid zone and more! Join us on Saturday, May 5th for a day of food, entertainment, and fun for the whole family!

My Story As A Yoga Student and How You Can Begin The Practice By Helena McKinney

There is No Time Like the Present. 


My name is Helena McKinney and I took my first yoga class at a studio in 2008; with no idea of what to expect. All I knew is that something was missing from my life whether it was movement, fitness, focus, mindfulness or more, I truly feel I went to my first class out of curiosity, a drive for change in my life and honestly because someone invited me. I have to admit, I was pretty sore after my first class. It introduced movement I was not used to, but I felt very intrigued to go back because of how I felt the days following. Muscles I did not even know I had were awakened and I quickly realized that yoga was something I wanted to do again. I appreciated the combination of the challenge, the strength, the balance of stretching and relaxing. The first class created a shift and each class since has continued to everyday of my life. 

I am writing this piece to share my yoga story with you, but also to dismantle some of the misconceptions of this practice. I’d like to encourage everybody, of every body type to find a practice that works for them! Over the course of 11 years, I established a daily yoga practice with the guidance of my teachers, I completed my yoga teacher training in 2011 and opened my own yoga studio in 2012, In Fine Feather Yoga on Ottawa Street in my home town of Hamilton. At one point, I too was a total beginner, but I want this practice to be more inviting to those perhaps uncertain of how to get started. We all have different reasons for starting yoga, often it is to find better work/life balance, to help work through an injury after physiotherapy, for more peace and ease in our mental health, to get in better shape and build more strength. Whatever your reasons are for wanting to make change, I assure you the practice will improve all areas of your life. These are some of my tips and tricks and ins and outs for finding the right yoga studio practice. 

Why do you want to start yoga and what do you hope to achieve through practicing? Let’s find the right yoga for YOU!

This is am important question because different classes and styles of yoga can achieve different things for the body and mind set. Some classes are meant for stretching, de-stressing and relaxing the body, other classes invigorate the body and are more of a physical workout. You want to ensure that the first class you are attending meets some of your expectations and that you are prepared for the pace of the class. Most studios in the area will have a variety of classes, with different levels for total beginners, to more advanced students. Gentle and Intro classes tend to be slower paced where stretching, breathing and a guided relaxation will be integrated. These classes will also teach you the basics for alignment and teach you the foundations of each pose. This is a great place for beginners to start to feel more comfortable in a guided yoga class. Flow or Vinyasa classes will take you through yoga postures at a quicker, more fluid pace. These classes will integrate yoga poses that encourage more strength, mobility and balance which would be more suited to students who have some experience with fitness or yoga. These are things you might want to consider before taking a class at a new studio. Perhaps call in/email first and consult with a studio manager about their class schedule and your interest in beginning classes. They will be able to direct you to the right class based on your specific needs and expectations. For the first year of my practice, I consistently stuck with beginners classes and established a strong understanding for the postures. So it excited me when I moved into the more advanced classes with confidence and felt prepared to try more difficult poses safely. You can check out IFF’s class schedule here.

How to continue a regular practice and fit it into your lifestyle?

Reminder yourself that healthy growth in life is gained over time, patience, persistence and practice. Most studios will have some type of introductory special for new students that offer you one month unlimited. Take advantage of this offer over the 30 days, its a great personal investment. This gives you the opportunity to try all the classes on the schedule and the different styles of classes. You will get more flexible. You will be stronger throughout your whole body. You will notice other differences in all aspects of your life. After a few months of my regular practice, I noticed myself more relaxed in the day to day, patient at work, my sleeping patterns were more consistent, I slept well and actually rested at night. My eating patterns became healthier, my body naturally wanted to eat foods that fuelled and energized me. My mind felt clearer to prioritize my day. Some of my closest friends even noticed a difference in how I held myself. I stood taller and walked a little lighter. I had to keep up with this practice. 

The Common Misconceptions

But…Yoga at a studio is expensive! This is something I have often heard. The variety of class passes offered at studios are an investment because of the unique technical instruction that each teacher provides the class with. Saying that, it is very common that the local studios in Hamilton offer Karma Classes or Community Classes available daily or at least a few times a week. These sessions are accessible at a pay what you can rate or donation based. Find our community classes on the schedule here. These community classes were the foundation of my practice when I started. I feel blessed that they were offered at De La Sol in Hamilton and this allowed me to really develop my practice in my early years. My personal practice was so important that making it to those classes became apart of my weekly routine.

You don't need to be flexible, yoga helps you with this, you don't need to be in shape, movement helps with this, you don't have to be a certain age, classes are always mixed ages, you don't need to find the perfect time to start practicing yoga. The time is now, the present moment. It is yoga practice, not yoga perfect. If you feel the calling to make some type of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual change in your life, reach out to your local studio. Ask yourself this important question, what do you hope to achieve through practicing yoga? Know, that the answer does not need to become present to you right away, but trust that through the guidance of a knowledgeable yoga instructor and your own ambition- anything is possible. I am overwhelmed with how far I have come through practicing yoga and on a daily basis I get to share this everyday with my students. Yoga truly encourages us to live healthy, more self aware and whole.

I invite you to reach out if you have any further question about starting and maintaining a yoga practice. Please email helena@infinefeatheryoga.com.

Be Well Always and with Gratitude,



More About Helena

In 2008 Helena attended her first yoga class, unaware of the incredible journey the practice would lead her on. Helena comes from a professional dance background, trained in ballet, contemporary and acrobatics. Her teaching career began over 12 years ago instructing students in dance at the competitive level. Helena has always had a passion and knowledge for movement, but through yoga she has discovered how to move more mindfully and live more consciously. Dedication to her practice has led her down a path of greater health, strength and peace. Feeling compelled to share this passion, Helena completed her 200 hour Teacher Training at De La Sol in 2012 and has continued her studies in Yin-Yang Yoga.

Helena established In Fine Feather in 2012 just after receiving her Teacher Training certificate. Recognizing the unbelievable benefits of the practice, Helena immediately began to reach out to her community, offering pay what you can classes at a community centre in downtown Hamilton. As her passion for teaching continued to grow, she branched out into other areas of the city doing corporate wellness in the workplace. Teaching in all these different and unique settings of the city has directly contributed to Helena creative teaching style as well as her desire to open this space in central Hamilton.  She is very excited to share this journey with her students.

Teaching brings Helena the most joy because it encourages people in her community to live with greater stability, mobility and happiness on and off the mat. Her classes look to inspire a deep connection with self awareness while integrating breath with movement, to leave feeling strong and restored.

More Blogs By Helena….

2018 Yoga Gratitude Flashback with In Fine Feather and Helena McKinney: In Fine Feather Yoga has done some incredible things in Hamilton this year and we wanted to share our rendition of a 2018 Gratitude Flashback!

The 8 Limbs of Yoga by Helena McKinney: I am inspired to share more behind the philosophy of the yoga practice. Yoga has purpose beyond the physical asana/movement to transform our overall life perspectives and increase our capacity to have contentment. Let’s explore the 8 Limbs of Yoga, which have greatly deepened my understanding of the practice.

Helpful Tools to Beat the Winter Blues by Meagan Santa

Spring hasn’t quite arrived yet, there’s still snow on the ground and I’m not the only one who is beginning to feel cooped up inside. Many of us experience “the winter blues” in various forms, some worse than others. For myself I’ve found that putting extra effort in taking care of my health, sticking to a routine and spending time in community helps me get past the winter blues and keep my spirits up.


With the winter months calling us to stay in bed and not leave our warm homes, I’ve found sticking to my routine especially in the morning and evening a big help. The average adult makes 35 000 conscious decisions each day, according to multiple sources on the Internet so with  regular routines and healthy habits we can sustain our energy longer.

I’ve found consuming warm foods and beverages like soups and teas to be a great way to warm the body from the inside out. But in anticipation for spring, I’ve been sneaking in a few cold salads and entrees into my week because it acts as a pick-me-up and reminder that the warmer days will arrive soon! Ensure you’re fuelling your body well with whole foods and getting in all your vitamins to further support the body. This is a helpful article to reference here!


Get in the habit of practicing meditation if you may be, “feeling in your head” or “stuck in a rut.” Specifically a gratitude meditation is said to help ease symptoms of overwhelm and stress, not to mention, recognising what we have to be grateful for (big or small) is a good feeling that allows for a little peace and lifts my spirit.

Simply find a comfortable position seated or on your back. Tune into your physical body, relaxing from head to toe. Then deepen your breathe, following each inhale and exhale. When ready think of 5 things you are grateful for. Your morning cup of coffee can count or the short walk around the block with your dog. Observe what warm feelings arise within you. Keep focused on those feelings for 10-15 breathes.


In Fine Feather Yoga has lots of workshops and events happening inside the studio. Specifically our March 30 Day Challenge is a perfect opportunity to get out of the house, connect with like-minded people and feel like you have conquered a productive day. We have planned a closing party for challengers as well as weekly inspiration and resources arriving to you via email! Getting a sweat on daily will allow for the stagnant energy to shake off, plus it’s good for you! Yoga for winter blues is my go-to form of movement when it comes to heating the body from the cool temps outside. I’m looking forward to pressing play on the weekly home practice videos lead by Nicole & Helena! You can sign up for the challenge here and learn more here.

Hamilton has lots of opportunities to connect with others year-round. It can be as simple as asking a friend for coffee, checking out a new store or going for a walk. Ottawa Street is filled with friendly shop owners, art, vintage antiques and places to eat. This photo is in front of the mural at Antique Detective on 137 Ottawa St N. I always feel better after going for a walk even if it’s a quick 15 minutes around my block. Grab an extra layer, listen to a podcast, take your dog, and enjoy!

One Last Suggestion

My last & favourite suggestion to beating the winter blues is watching funny movies/shows or reading comedic books. Laughing is said to be the best medicine, corny or not!

PS: It’s important you don’t ignore the symptoms of winter blues especially if you find yourself suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) aka winter depression. The article here is a great resource to learn more.

More About Meagan

Meagan is a graduate of the In Fine Feather Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training Program, the assistant manager at the studio, a lifestyle coach and yoga instructor. Check out her blog post where she shares her IFF Yoga Journey. Come meet Meagan on the mat at In Fine Feather Yoga by checking the class schedule HERE and find her bio HERE.

Connection & Community by Amy Gowling

One of my favourite things about practicing and teaching yoga at In Fine Feather is the community. Through movement and stillness we create and share space to grow stronger, to heal, to relax, and to reconnect with ourselves and others. There are times when I’m in class and I become overwhelmed with gratitude that we’ve all showed up, that we’re all working towards our best selves and sharing that with each other.

It’s About Connection

Yoga is about union, connecting within ourselves: mind, body, and breath. It’s also about connecting with each other. Before coming to this studio my yoga practice was mainly about shutting the world out and connecting with myself, finding my own light. What I’m learning here is the power of sharing our light with each other and how it can lift and strengthen you when you do. There’s an incredible healing power in connecting with others; of having a sense of community and belonging. We’re stronger together.

It’s About Community

In the month of January, Thursday’s meditation was about creating an anchor. A simple tool that’s available anytime to help you regain control of emotions. This is a powerful meditation practice and anytime is great time to start. The winter months can be emotionally challenging. There’s a greater stillness that can be found when meditating with a group. We connect through the simple act of holding space and stillness for each other. I’m so glad I attended last Thursday’s meditation, and am looking forward to more sits together! You can check out the schedule here.




More About Amy

Amy’s interest in yoga began in 2009 while working in Mental Health as a Recreation Therapist. After reviewing the research on the benefits of yoga for depression and anxiety, Amy decided to learn more by taking some classes. It didn’t take long for her to see the transformative power of yoga in herself and want to share this with others. She became certified to teach yoga in 2012 through Octopus Garden Yoga Center, and is also a Certified Senior Fitness Instructor through the Canadian Center for Activity and Aging. She believes yoga gives us the power to focus our attention on what we want to manifest in our lives and that in turn makes us limitless. With a mindful approach to both stillness and movement, she encourages students to cultivate the deep contentment that is available by being present, curious, and accepting.

Amy currently teaches Chair Yoga Mondays at 12:00-1:00pm and Gentle Yoga Sundays at 8:00-9:00pm.

2019 30 Day Yoga Challenge

Join us this March for our 30 Day Yoga Challenge!


Dates: Friday March 8th - Saturday April 6th
Investment: $160+HST

Join us this March for our 30 Day Yoga Challenge! Everyday feel inspired to roll out your mat and share this yoga journey with the IFF community! This is an opportunity for anyone to strengthen their yoga practice, discover something new on and off their mat while tuning into the motivating energy.

As a challenger, prepare for an extra layer of inspiration via weekly emails with inspiring content as well as weekly challenger-only meetings lead by Nicole Catenazzi. For the FIRST time ever, the weekly emails will include EXCLUSIVE home yoga & meditation videos to provide you resources to use at home when you can't make it into the yoga studio. At the end of the challenge, we'll celebrate your hard work with a closing party potluck, giveaways and prizes!!

We know a 30-day commitment can seem a bit intimidating which is why we've created a private challenger community. And if 30 days isn't attainable with your schedule, change it so you are working towards a measurable goal! Do this for yourself—see what you can do on your mat in 30 days with all these additional tools to encourage you.

You’ll Receive:

  • unlimited yoga for the duration of the challenge

  • invitation to the Opening Party on Friday March 1st to kick it off!

  • invitation to the Closing Party on Friday April 5th with a potluck, giveaways and prizes!

  • weekly emails with inspiration & resources

  • weekly challenger-only meetings led by Nicole Catenazzi

  • private challenge community on Facebook for accountability & check-in’s!

  • PLUS for the FIRST time ever, the weekly emails will include EXCLUSIVE home yoga & meditation videos to provide you resources to use at home when you can't make it into the yoga studio!

Do this for yourself—see what you can do on your mat in 30 days with all these additional tools to encourage you.

If you’re ready to dive in, sign up now before Friday March 8th!

More About Nicole

Check out her latest blog post, 3 Reasons You Should Do the 30 Day Challenge. She shares from her personal experience and where this year’s themes and inspiration come from!

Check Out Our Class Schedule

Explore what classes you can attend to reach your 30 day goal here. Don’t forget about your exclusive home video practices you’ll receive in a weekly email!

3 Reasons Why You Should Do the 30 Day Challenge by Nicole Catenazzi


When Helena asked if I would like to help run the 30-day challenge this year I instantly jumped on board. For me, joining a 30-day challenge several years ago led me to cultivate a deep love and passion for yoga. I was a novice—having only practiced a handful of times before I committed to discovering what I could achieve in 30 days. I was eager and enthusiastic but I made sure to pace myself with slower and restorative classes. By the end of the 30 days, I was hooked and started to explore flow classes. Now that I’ll be leading a group of soon-to-be challengers, it feels like I’ve come full circle!

Whether you’re new to the practice or would describe yourself as an experienced yogi, the 30-day challenge is a fun and inspiring way to bring fresh energy, strength and peacefulness into your life.

So if you want to practice for 30-days or you want to give yourself 30 days to discover what’s possible for you, here are a few reasons why this challenge might be right for you!

You want to try something new

The 30-day challenges is a great way to try out lots of different classes and find out why so many students describe the yoga studio as their second home. You’ll also get a taste of the spiritual and philosophical side of the practice when we gather for weekly in-person meet-ups to round out your practice. In these workshop-style sessions, we’ll cover other aspects of yoga like meditation, pranayama and the chakras.

All challengers will receive a weekly newsletter from me which will include some tips and tools to inspire you that week. You’ll also get access to online video classes, so you can practice in the comfort of your home if you’re unable to get to the studio. Plus, a new 10-minute meditation will be sent out each week that you can do whenever, wherever!

You want to connect with other like-minded people in your community

Even if your reason for joining a challenge is personal, it’s wonderful to know that you’re sharing the space and practice with other people who are invested in their own growth and self-development. When you participate in the challenge, you’ll start to see more familiar faces around the studio and get to build strong relationships with your teachers.

You’ll also be part of a private online community where you can share what you’re up to, and the weekly meetups give you a chance to learn from other challengers and share your questions or struggles.

Plus, the challenge kicks off with a fun welcome party and we’ll celebrate the end of the challenge with a rewarding closing party with prizes and giveaways!

You want to discover what’s possible

If the thought of doing 30 days of yoga in a row overwhelms you, shift your perspective and ask yourself “What’s possible in 30 days?” This line of questioning gives you lots of room to discover what’s possible for you. In 30 days you might:

  • try classes you’ve never tried before

  • get started with a home practice using the online videos

  • create empowering rituals for your mental and physical health

  • develop a meditation practice using the audio recordings.

  • meet new friends in the community.

See?! The possibilities are endless!

Really with a 30-day challenge, you’re committing to yourself. The 30-day challenge is not about mindlessly showing up to practice every day just for the sake of it. It’s about giving yourself 30 days to discover what’s possible. To discover strength, softness, resiliency, and acceptance of yourself both on and off the mat.

IFF Yoga Challenge Details


Dates: Friday March 8th - Saturday April 6th
Investment: $160 +HST

You’ll receive:

  • unlimited yoga for the duration of the challenge

  • invitation to the Opening Party on Friday March 1st to kick it off!

  • invitation to the Closing Party on Friday April 5th with a potluck, giveaways and prizes!

  • weekly emails with inspiration & resources

  • weekly challenger-only meetings led by Nicole Catenazzi

  • private challenge community on Facebook for accountability & check-in’s!

  • PLUS for the FIRST time ever, the weekly emails will include EXCLUSIVE home yoga & meditation videos to provide you resources to use at home when you can't make it into the yoga studio!

Do this for yourself—see what you can do on your mat in 30 days with all these additional tools to encourage you.

If you’re ready to dive in, sign up now before Friday March 8th!

More About Nicole

Nicole first experienced the transformative potential of yoga while on a retreat in Costa Rica. At the time, the retreat provided an escape from the stresses of working in a corporate law firm. Within a year of a dedicated daily practice, Nicole had enrolled in a 200-hour hatha/vinyasa teacher training program with Yogaspace in Toronto. In 2016, she completed an additional 300-hour advanced training program with Zuna Yoga in Bali, which included a focus in meditation, restorative yoga and yoga nidra.   

Nicole credits yoga for bringing immense clarity and calm to her life, and for leading her towards her life’s purpose. She is continuously inspired by the "post-savasana high": that feeling of inner peace after a well-rounded yoga practice. Nicole's goal as a teacher is to help students discover their potential, their power and their peace through yoga: to honour where they are in any given moment. Nicole's approach to teaching invites a sense of compassionate curiosity and present-moment awareness of body and mind.

Nicole currently teaches Rest & Restore Yoga on Tuesdays at 7:00-8:00pm as well as Prenatal Yoga on Wednesday evenings at 5:30-6:30pm. You can check out the class schedule here.