Beams of Light
At Beams of Light we are well prepared to handle the many types of individuals who come thru our doors. Our main concern is that everyone is treated equally and with full respect to individual needs. We want our students to know that they are in safe hands with our experienced and certified instructors who have the utmost compassion for them. Our goal is to lead you into a safe, relaxing and at times invigorating practice so that you will be transported into a world of peace and tranquility with no harm to the body. We don't just aim to stretch and strengthen your body, but to make sure you feel mentally lighter when you return to the outer world to face life's many challenges.
Sharon Kovacs Certified Yoga Instructor/Therapist - Sharon started on her spiritual journey over 30 years ago when she first was introduced to the Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Meditation. She feels this practice has been instrumental in helping her reconnect and stay connected to her true spiritual essence while leading her towards a life of commitment and purpose. Her genuine concern for people's suffering ignites her desire to assist others along their spiritual path in order for them to discover the peace, joy, and potential that lives within them.
Sharon brings years of experience to her students as she has travelled roads that have lead her to both study and live at retreat centers and ashrams in Canada and the U.S.
She overcame her 8 year journey with cancer in the mid-nineties when she combined both complimentary and alternative approaches thru studying diet and nutrition notably the raw and vegan diet at that time. She continues to grow an indoor garden of nutritious sprouts, micro greens and wheatgrass year round to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Her cancer journey deepened her understanding of the healing process by recognizing how critical mental, emotional and spiritual wellness must also equally be addressed if true and lasting healing is to occur.
During her recuperation while spending time a various ashrams, she studied the yogic lifestyle and spent contemplative time while practicing karma yoga - the yoga of selfless service in action. It is with this awareness she founded Beams of Light Studio in 2005.
Sharon has also received professional training from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health studying Stress Management, body movement, Yoga, Meditation, Spiritual Attunement, Conscious Eating and professional practice.She holds a second degree Reiki certificate, and has aquired a 300 hour yoga therapy certification along with her previous yoga certificates in hatha and prenatal yoga. Her journey to India in 2009 further enriched and deepened her commitment to her meditation practice and the spiritual lifestyle. She trained and taught the NIA technique for 7 years but most recently her love of dance and yoga had lead her to an intensive training in Yoga Nitrya with Amrita Choudry in Montreal Canada in August of 2015. She considers this part of her journey a preparation for her next life as a dancer.
Sharon welcomes you to Beams of Light Studio where she warmly will support you in discovering a much deeper and richer connection to your divine self.
Adrian Firth - A compassionate, patient, and encouraging instructor, Adrian has been practicing and living yoga for the past 15 years. She is a dedicated yogini beginning each day with her daily sadana practice of meditation and spiritual readings along with her fellow yogi husband Charlie.
Adrian shared her love of yoga every Monday evening at Beams of Light and was a regular participant for 5 years with our meditation group. She was always insightful, great listener and contributor to the group discussions . Her dynamic energy, presence and sincere generosity to give back what she has learned over the years is reflected in her approach to teaching. She is a certified instructor trained in the Sivananda style of yoga but loves to play with various styles including vinyasa flows.
Adrian has been a professional nurse for the past 24 years and currently works as a community care supervisor for CBI home health providing home care services in the Hamilton and surrounding areas.
Karen Widmer - Karen Widmer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music+Health Psychology, York University, and has an E.C.E Music + Movement Specialist diploma, Ryerson University. She began the practice of Yoga in 1977, and has been doing Sun Salutations ever since! Studies in health and well being continued in Austin,Texas where she became a Wellness Coach and a Nia Instructor. Karen earned a Yoga Teacher certification in Toronto, as well as a Yoga for Children certification in Burlington. She practices Tai Chi and Qigong, learned while taking her Yoga certification in an extra year long segment.
Karen knows the age old benefits of meditation to reconnect with our beautiful Earth. She looks forward to meeting you at the studio to share new insights and research learned and experienced about osteoporosis and aging this year.
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Natalie Pelligrini - From yoga, to reiki to angel messenger, Natalie has embraced her calling and dedicated herself to assisting others along a healing path with her deep compassion and warmth.
She came to Beams of Light many moons ago as a student and became very eager to learn more which lead her to her yoga certification at Burlington Yoga Center. She also holds certificates in prenatal and restorative yoga.
natalie taught prenatal at Beams of Light during her pregnancy as well as moms and babes. She now teaches restorative yoga with her special gifts along with her angel's guidance. To have a reading with her check out her website at www.connecttoangels.com
Joanne Charbonneau - Joanne's personal journey with yoga began over 17 years ago seeking to maintain a healthier lifestyle. She was drawn to the practice recognizing its holistic ability to unite body, mind, and spirit. She quickly discovered "a beautiful feeling of coming home, connecting within". The more she practiced, the better and stronger she felt. She also noticed that her digestion was improving along with an improvement of her hormone balancing which helped reduce symptoms of menopause.
Joanne earned her Yoga Alliance certification in 2014, and now thrives on daily pranayama and yin style yoga practice in the mornings, and a slow hatha vinyasa flow afternoons or evenings.
In semi-retirement from a teaching career, she wants to dedicate her time to honour each individual's journey towards well being.
"The time on my mat is precious. My yoga withing".
INSTRUCTOR BIO: Anna Taneburgo's BSW/M.ED. (formerly Rizzotto) training embraces both Western and Eastern modalities. She has a Bachelor of Social Work (McMaster University) and Master of Adult Education (University of Toronto). She is also a trained Reiki Master, Kripalu Yoga Teacher and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher.
Anna has over 30 years in health care, which includes counselling and education work in area hospitals, and establishing a nationally acclaimed hospital-based holistic staff wellness program.
Anna’s work has been featured in national publications and she has been a popular speaker at national conferences.
If you'd like more information about Anna's background, read on...
At the Omega Institute in New York, Anna studied Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, who is internationally recognized for bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. She then went on to complete the Professional Practicum at the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre. She has also been trained in Mindful Communication through the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Anna has attended numerous meditation retreats with the American Buddhist teacher Shinzen Young. She has also attended retreats with the American Advaita Vedanta teacher, Adyashanti, and Canadian Vipassana teachers Norman Feldman and Molly Swan, Philip Starkman and Ajahn Viradhammo. Anna has also studied with Dr. Stephane Treyvaud.
Anna received her certification as a yoga teacher at the Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health, in Lenox, Massachusetts.
At Hamilton Health Sciences Centre, Anna provided individual, couple and family counselling. She coordinated and delivered staff wellness and development programs at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital. At Halton Healthcare, comprising the Oakville, Milton and Georgetown hospitals, Anna launched Kailo, a nationally recognized holistic staff wellness program. Anna also facilitated Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programs (MBSR) for staff at both Joseph Brant and Halton Healthcare.
Anna is a certified trainer in both True Colours and Personality Dimensions, which are tools for understanding personality types and differences. She has facilitated dozens of workshops in healthcare and the community.
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OUR PAST AND FAVORITE GUEST and KARMA YOGA INSTRUCTORS
Joyce Camara - Joyce is a certified yoga instructor with over 400 hours of training in yoga, meditation, yoga and recovery which focuses on assisting others to overcome destruction behavior.
Joyce has had a passion for yoga for many years and has found her favorite approaches to yoga come from the traditions of Iyengar which emphasizes structural alignment and technique. She also favors heart based anusura yoga.She took her first yoga class for the physical benefits over 20 years ago but discovered an even deeper dimension and understanding which left her with the strong desire to learn more and share what she learned.
Joyce weaves her classes with storytelling, yoga philosophy, and humor while leading participants through postures to mindfully connect, body, mind and breath.
Attentive to the needs of both beginner and advanced students, Joyce's daily practice allows her to guide and support her students gently into realms of deeper self awareness and satori ie. the experience of "seeing into one's true nature".
Diana DiPaolo BsC. M.S.Ed Registered Yoga Instructor, Doula, Personal Trainer
Diana is a spirited and passionate instructor who is currently teaching the prenatal classes at Beams of Light. Her educational background reflects her strong belief in living life fully with health and wellness as a priority. She volunteered with the Niagara Region Public Health Department and School Boards for five years offering her services.
As a registered Yoga Instructor combined with her Doula experience, Diana assists expecting mothers with their journey through pregnancy, labour and delivery. One of her goals is to create the best possible birthing experience for mothers and their partners providing continuous support throughout the process. Click for further information on our prenatal classes.