Jenelle Kitto, is my name. Modern, yogic living is my game.
Born and raised in Calgary, AB, I am a Canadian girl, inspired by art, music and the great outdoors. My story is familiar. I grew up in the 90’s, a wanderlust seeking teenager who always felt like the black sheep in her family. I discovered yoga and meditation just after high school, caught the travel bug early and escaped, so I could find myself. The first branch of this path lead to holistic nutrition and herbal medicine studies. Vidasana Living was born, just after giving birth to my son in 2004.
Life is cyclical and so is my journey. By 2010, I was at a low point in the valley. At the risk of sounding “cliche”...I found myself again. This time at yoga teacher training, in a Sivananda Ashram, near Madurai City, India. These cycles continue to wax and wane. The science of mind and body fascinate me. Yoga Nidra studies with Tanis Fishman opened up new ways of thinking and exploration of the subconscious mind. Yin Yoga studies with Bernie Clark sparked my interest in fascia, functional movement recognition that “Never is never right and always is always wrong.” Each human body is unique. Studying to teach the Iyengar inspired Great Yoga Wall with Rob Walker has expanded my view on alignment and form. Myofascial Yoga studies with Christine Wushke has given way to a new paradigm of body work and yoga instruction, from a mindful and restorative intention.
Calgary sits in a sweet spot...prairies to the east, mountains to the west and a few lakes and rivers in between. In 2017 the “yogipreneur” in me swelled and my need to escape winter peaked again. I followed that internal compass to Hawaii, where I anchored myself on a boat and attended a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Yoga Training with www.paddleintofitness.com. From May-October, my floating yoga studio sets sail at the most amazing lake community called www.liveinharmony.ca. It’s just 20 minutes west of the city and offers and nature inspired setting to float our yoga practice and expand that mind body awareness.
On or off the water, my classes begin with mindfulness and include alignment inspired cues and functional movement exploration. This style of instruction is ideal for beginners, while offering technical refinement for more experienced yogis. Vinyasa classes flow like water, offering a smooth rhythm and dynamic challenges. Hatha, Yin and Nidra classes offer a more thematic and introspective perspective on life. Myofascial and Yoga Wall classes offer deeper understanding and body awareness with alignment exploration using various props. All styles can be modified for SUP Yoga. I offer weekly classes, regularly scheduled workshops, retreats and recently just added a NEW Blog to the website to keep us inspired.
STRONG & SLOW
Slowing down builds strength and flexibility, allowing you to connect with the subtleties of the postures. A combination of movement and long holds releases tension and creates a sense of ease in your body and mind.
Join me for a mindfulness and functional movement based practice, LIVE from Yoga Santosha in Kensington on Monday evenings.
BOOK A PRIVATE CLASS
Perfect for beginners or those who wish to deepen and refine their practice.
GROUP OR CORPORATE
Prenatal classes, birthday parties, bridal parties.
Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.
Fascia is the biological page in which our life story is written.
In the round.
Tensioned like an instrument.
“Myo” refers to muscle and “fascia” to the band or sheets. This network of connective tissue is what gives our body it’s shape. It not only surrounds each muscle, organ and bone in the body, it weaves through them. FASCIA YOGA is a "non-violent” and gentle approach to releasing tension in the body and balancing the fascial system.
Topics we will discuss:
• the anatomy of fascia and its role in the body
• how fascia is affected by various types of trauma
• the theory, pros cons behind different fascial release practices (foam rolling, yin yoga, ball work and massage)
FASCIA YOGA requires a combined effort of
• releasing constricted areas using yoga postures and soft balls
• rebounding the fluids to facilitate neuromuscular re-education
• unwinding and re-organizing new pathways
• bringing unconscious movement patterns into conscious awareness
A typical FASCIA YOGA class may include:
• Lying on Myofascial Yoga balls or other soft props
• Passive Yin or Restorative poses with or without the balls
• Gentle rhythmic or rebounding movements
• Intuitive movement to unwind the body
• Movement re-education and bio-mechanical exploration
• Various types of movement, strengthening and stretching exercises
This class will increase body awareness and give each participant the tools they need to help release tension. The practice compliments many styles of yoga, including Yin Restorative practices. It is very different than Foam Rolling or using hard props like tennis and lacrosse balls. If you have tried those practices but found them too painful, the “Ahimsa” approach to Myofascial Yoga may be just the thing you’re looking for.
RELEASE | REBOUND | UNWIND
FASCIA YOGA | UPPER BODY
The Matrix Movement Method
June 1, 2019
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
THIS WORKSHOP BRINGS
This 75 minute practice will explore functional movement, fascia yoga and ball placement for the back and shoulders.
FASCIA YOGA | LOWER BODY
The Matrix Movement Method
June 1, 2019
1:00 - 2:15 pm