Yoga in the Park
Ayla is the founder of tridoshaYogaYYC. She holds classes in the summer in the park where you can commune with nature. Check out the link to the right for schedules and more information.
A note from Ayla:
Our bodies are composed of billions of cells, trillions even. Those cells are comprised of water, and between those atoms of hydrogen and oxygen, we find space. We find something that makes you no different than me and a bizarre yet beautiful connection that we share with all living things. Tantra connects you to every cell and from there, you connect with yourself on a whole new level.
When yoga found me, I was sitting at the bottom of life’s ocean. I had no idea what I was doing or what yoga even was for that matter. All I knew was that it was supposedly going to make things better and with little hope left I didn’t have much to lose.
I joined a class called Restorative. The title seemed fitting and it was beginner friendly. I guess at first I thought there was supposed to be some kind of miracle; that I would find this supernatural bliss after one class. I do remember, however, how peaceful it was. How when I walked out the door and watched the dancing fall leaves that something felt good. There was a silence that felt foreign but welcome.
So the journey began. I tried every class possible, and before long my nose was sitting on my knees and my palms resting by my toes. I was feeling amazing, I was looking amazing and then something changed. Years later, I got swept up in the ‘hot’ yoga phenomenon and start going to classes pushing myself deeper into postures and further away from meditation. I eventually became a yogi-junkie and then it all slowed down, quite literally.
In 2014, I broke my arm snowboarding at Lake Louise. Ice always wins… Hmmm, I guess unless you’re melting it. Okay scratch that. The mountain always wins! And with that victory it took away my yoga and granted me with meditation. Thank you, Mountain.
I came back to the basics and rediscovered the love I had with the peaceful silence I had experienced years ago. As I got stronger I started to attend more yoga classes but with intention and love. I realized how special yoga and meditation were to me and like most great things in life, tantra then fell into my lap.
I attended Shri Kali in South Goa, India. I studied for four weeks at the ashram learning about tantra yoga, meditation, philosophy and psychology. Those became the most emotional weeks of my life. The ashram became my cocoon where I transformed. I was stripped down to the core (not literally, it’s not that kind of tantra). I shed every bit of conditioning and once they were finished, I was set free into the world: a blissed out butterfly.
I only realized that I wanted to become a teacher when I discovered tantra. The whole philosophy behind it was truly remarkable and I felt like keeping it to myself would be selfish. So following my dharma I started teaching as soon as I could on the beaches of Southwest India and then inland in Hampi. Once I returned to Canadian soil I started the community yoga venture, tridoshaYogaYYC.
The first ever class was taught in Riley Park and it had one student, Heather! As the summer went on, the classes got larger. Now, the season is coming to a close as the sun makes it rounds closer to the southern hemisphere. I am going to miss teaching all the yogis in the park. However, I am studying ashtanga yoga for the winter months so there can be a variety of classes offered to the community.
I am so grateful everyday for finding this passion and I hope that everyone can one day find their true bliss. Yoga culture and philosophy really changed my life and my only way to say thank-you is to share everything I have experienced. When I ask myself why I teach I always come to the same conclusion. Expressing is the reward for living and if I can show someone just for a moment what it can feel like to experience their true self… then that is tantra because once we are able to experience ourselves we become connected with the simplicity that we are but one single cell.