Yoga for Beginner to Intermediate, Yarmouth, N.S.


Yoga with Kerry RYT1000, E-RYT500

Traditional, classical, yoga since 1990.  

 Yoga citta vrttinirodhah” which means Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind. When we master that, we are more able to find peace and contentment. ~ Patanjali 

Yoga Classes 

*please note, we are currently following covid protocols for class attendance. You are required to show your proof of both vaccines, Thank you

 Wed  6-7:15pm  or Thursday mornings at 10-11:15am. at Tusket House

Fall/Winter Special package: Sept 22 - Dec 23 (13 weeks)

cost: $80.00

drop in: $10.00

*classes will be on hold after Christmas until April

Please feel free to partake in the free gentle yoga video offerings on U-TUBE. Simply google Kerry Lawson Calm Yoga. 

Due to the permanent closing of the Yarmouth YMCA, the classes that were at the Y are no longer. Announcement will be made if I can find another space. Thank you for your years of attendance and support....The Y will be missed...

*Yoga is Educational and must be practiced with intelligence. If you are following a video, be sure to always be aware of how you are feeling and if something is uncomfortable, feel free to ease back. While the videos are extremely gentle, one must always use caution. If you are pregnant, please have your doctors permission to be practicing Yoga via video, and breath should never be held, if pregnant.


Living Yoga - Yoga Practices for calming during challenging times

Retreats at Tusket House based on Yogic and Ayurveda principles and practices of how to navigate with equanimity through each day ...retreats usually start first day at 3:00pm and end last day at 12noon .. 

*NEW - Private Retreats* 

We are now scheduling retreats customized for private groups (min 2 people, max 8)

please email here to register or inquire. Thank you.


Classes are traditional in that all aspects of Yoga are experienced in a gentle, deep mindful way. Each participant is encouraged to observe themselves and connect to sensation rather than an idea of what they “should” be doing or look like. Vedic philosophy, sutra knowledge, pranayama, mantra, meditation, as well as asana (body stretches and shapes building towards a pose to find peace and stillness within) are all touched on. There is an emphasis on educating participants through experience how to quiet the mind, which may result in a healthier more balanced self. These classes are appropriate for all levels, including beginners, but more so for folks looking to understand this ancient practice as a means towards a more preferable lifestyle.


Yoga is my passion, my dharma, my life, on all levels.


Yoga became a part of my life in the 1960s when I was a child with my Mother studying and practicing Yoga. She became a Yoga teacher. Her training was of the Krishnamacharya lineage as she was a student of a disciple of Krishnamacharya. This means my first experience of Yoga was very traditional in that it encompassed all aspects of Yoga – mantra, philosophy, Ayurveda, meditation, pranayama, as well as basic asana. Mom learned it as a means to mend mental and physical health through balance and stillness. Yoga was engaged by folks back then who were seeking a path to a healthier and happier life. I assisted my Mother when she taught physically compromised youth at the YMCA in my hometown, and I accompanied her when she taught the “addictions” crowd at the local facility.


In the last 30 years I have obtained my own RYT1000 hours of certification as well as many additional certifications from courses with teachers such as Doctor Timothy McCall (Yoga as Medicine) and David Emmerson (Trauma Sensitive Yoga). My original 500 hour certification is with Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio in Halifax NS. My RYT1000 was granted by The Yoga Studio College of Canada in recognition of the work and study I have done during several extended trips to India, working with masters, Gurus and Swamis of the Krishnamacharya (at KYM  in Chennai, India) and Sivananda (in Rishikesh) lineages. I have also spent time at many ashrams and Yoga Schools in India such as Kavailyadhama Yoga and Research Institite in Lonavala , taking the programs there and experiencing the place where both Krishnamacharya and BKS Iyengar worked and lectured. In Canada I have lived at the Sivananda ashram in Val Morin, Quebec.


I have been working in the Canadian Arctic since 2003 teaching Yoga in schools, addiction facilities, prisons and Elder centers. I developed and implemented a program for the North entitled “Building Resiliency for Youth through Yoga”. It was delivered to staff and school teachers throughout communities in the Arctic regions of Nunavut and Northwest Territories.
I am the lead teacher and facilitator of the Saimavik Yoga Teacher Training School that offers a traditional Trauma Sensitive approach for the RYT200 certification course. Currently it is being offered in Tusket Nova Scotia Canada. I am available to travel and deliver this certification course anywhere a group is ready. I also have assisted in teaching many RYT200 courses throughout Canada.
Through my experiences of offering community classes and workshops, facilitating several intensive Yoga retreats in Canada, travelling through India with groups, and leading RYT 200hr courses I have seen many folks (young and old) go through a personal transformation enabling them to move into a more helpful balanced and peaceful life.

Also, I was selected as one of the 7 Yoga Teachers profiled for the international documentary movie Planet Yoga. It was released in 2010.

Retreats *must have proof of both covid vaccines, or be willing to take a rapid test upon arrival, thank you

"Retreat" from your everyday life by living in a Yoga community of like minded folks. Experience what it means to actually "Live Yoga" 24/7. Not by changing who you are, or your life, but by connecting to your own true Self, through practices enabling you to discover your inherent natural and authentic being.  Truly LIVE YOGA.   


Retreats usually begin at 3:00pm on first day, and end at noon on departure day. (these times may differ for smaller retreats)They are based on Traditional Yoga and Ayurveda principles and practices. The practices are gentle, allowing the participant to "retreat" from the difficulties and challenges of the extreme circumstance of today.  There is a residential option meaning participants can choose to stay in a private room, or shared space at Tusket House, or use own tent or camper on the property. There is often a theme for retreats and the schedule and programming will reflect that. A schedule and outline is given to participants upon arrival. Each day usually begins at 8am and ends at 8pm with 2 hrs off for lunch. There is a 1/2 hr - 45min morning and afternoon break and 1 hr off at suppertime. Prices include healthy vegetarian meals, some prepared by Ayurveda chef, Kabir Raj Rana, some prepared as a group, as part of learning healthy meal practices and menus. *please note - for longer retreats with larger groups, each participant may be assigned a prepared dish or a few specific grocery or garden items to bring to help ensure delicious meals while keeping costs down.

Dates of upcoming 2022 Retreats:

Feb 4-6  - Theme "Healthy Digestion" ( this retreat is Full)

April 1-3 Theme "Spring Rejuvenate"

start time 3:pm April 1, end time 12 noon April 3 cost: $225 private queen room incl healthy whole food plan, $200 each shared, or single room incl meals, program only $175

April 29- May 1 Theme "Coming Back to YourSelf" start time 3:pm April 29, end time 12 noon May 1 cost: $225 private queen room incl healthy whole food plan, $200 each shared, or single room incl meals, program only $175

May 20-23 (Chair Yoga Certification Course in Retreat Format-15 hrs of Chair Yoga instruction, 10 hrs "Retreat" program)

start time 3:00pm May 20, end time 12noon May 23 cost: $399 private queen room incl healthy whole food plan, Chair Yoga Certification $375 each shared or single room incl meals and certification *please note: $25 cost extra for manual

June 5-28 Yoga Teacher Training 200hr certification (see details below)

July 27-31 Annual Retreat with Maryz and Pierre!

Cost: $550 private queen room, $525 double, $500 each shared room or dorm space, $475 tenting. All include healthy, wholistic meals. $450 program only staying offsite Add $25 if staying offsite but wish meal plan

*each person will be assigned a grocery item, to help keep meals high quality, but price down

Yoga Teacher Training   June 5-28, 2022

*you may need to show proof of vaccines or be willing to take a rapid test upon arrival, depending on covid protocols in June, Thank you

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification

*Learn how to work with folks wishing to find balance and equanimity within their own lives holistically; Yoga as part of Ayurveda.
*Emphasizing how to teach in a way sensitive for students dealing with challenges as a result of trauma and/or high stress.
*Focus on deep inner body work in a gentle, authentic (non-coercive) way. The asana component of this training will be centered on how to work with it as a pathway for one to travel deeper within to your Self. Although asana is an excellent form of fitness in any way it is practiced, this training will not have an emphasis on learning or teaching it as a form of fitness workout.
*Traditional approach including history and roots of Yoga as outlined in Veda. Philosophy component will be based mostly on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, as well as some Veda and Upanishad
*Beneficial for those who wish a certification in many aspects of Traditional Yoga, not only asana.. Ideal for certified instructors seeking to enrich their teaching scope. Appropriate for those who may not wish to teach, but do wish to connect more deeply with their own Self through a traditional Yoga approach.

This training will be given in a 2 part (11 days each, with 3 days off in between) immersion/retreat formula, in the true traditional way.

*Certification is given through Yoga Studio College of Canada

Cost & Specifics for the Tusket House YTT

Module 1: June 5-15 - Module 2: June 19-28          *3days off in between modules (June 16,17 & 18 are days off for rest and integration)

 arrival day times 3:00pm  (June 5 and 19 are arrival days) ,  departure day  times 12:30 noon  (June 15 & 28 are departure days)

Total price: $2,400 includes manual, not including food, accommodation and required books. $3,000 including food, accommodations* and manual.June 

see Required books section below. These books are not provided in cost of course. It is the students responsibility to obtain these books at own expense.

$500 deposit to commit to the program and reserve your spot. 

$950 (+ $300 for food and accommodation, if staying at venue) due upon arrival Module 1

$950 (+ $300 for food and accommodation, if staying at venue) due upon arrival Module 2

*if one is staying offsite, but wishes to take part in meals, a "meal plan" cost can be worked out

  Required books:  

"Instructing Hatha Yoga" a guide for Teachers and students second edition by Diane M Ambrosini

 "Yoga Anatomy" second edition by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Mathews

  "Overcoming Trauma through Yoga" by David Emmerson and Elizabeth Hopper, PhD

please note-personal, altered payment plans may be discussed with Kerry if above payment plan is a challenge

*this course is for adults only, incl residential stays.

Associate Teachers

All our teachers are certified Yoga instructors themselves with their own unique specialties. The anatomy portions are taught by massage therapists. The Ayurveda portions are taught by folks who have studied Ayurveda and live the lifestyle.


Kabir Raj Rana was born and raised in a remote, isolated village in the Himalayan region of northern India. The closest medical attention was by foot or oxcart (there was no road) to a bus that would take 10 hours before reaching a doctor. As a result, Kabir learned Ayurveda and Yoga as a means to survive and heal. It is part of him. As an adult he graduated Kavailyadhama Yoga and Ayurveda Research Institute certification course and then went on to the Vivekananda University in Bangalore. May 1 2011 Kabir Immigrated to Canada and is now a Canadian citizen sharing his expertise with us.  

Sept 24-Oct 4, 2022 

100 hour certification Advanced Yoga Intensive Level 1     

come live the full Yoga experience 24/7 with the teachers in the traditional way

for those with a 200hr certification or those who wish deeper study of Yoga

course includes:

*use of props and assists


*Yoga Sutras, Veda and Upanishad




*trauma awareness *incl the new trauma of world covid fallout




*nidra with sankalpa


*sacred sound and movement

*nature practices

and much more....                            and much more

This course may be used towards a 500hr Yoga Studio College of Canada certification designation. Add it to your existing 200hr (obtained by any school), take the 100hr Intensive Level 2 (date to be announced) and show proof of a total of 100 additional study and/or teaching hours. Each case will be reviewed individually, please discuss details with Kerry.

Total price: $1,200 including manual, not including food, accommodations and books. $1,500 including food, *accommodations and manual. *accommodation may be shared, 2 people per room

Payment is as follows: $300  deposit to hold your spot once you have registered (will be refunded if has to be cancelled due to covid), balance paid upon start of course, when you have arrived

To register, please contact Kerry for an application. 

*this course is for adults only, including residential stays

Books to be ordered and paid for by student. (manual is included) Please be sure to have the required books by start of course.

Required books:  "Instructing Hatha Yoga" a guide for Teachers and students second edition by Diane M Ambrosini

"Yoga Anatomy" second edition by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Mathews

not required but suggested "Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice" by T.K.V. Desikachar

"Overcoming Trauma through Yoga" by David Emmerson and Elizabeth Hopper, PhD

"Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" by B.K.S. Iyengar

"The Secret of the Yoga Sutras" by Rajmani Tigunait

"The Practice of the Yoga Sutras" by Rajmani Tigunail


Yoga with Youth

Yoga in Daycare

Little ones love to explore what they can do with their bodies. They have no fear and Yoga helps them to move and navigate the world discovering things they didnt even know they could do. This is very empowering and teaches them to be "comfortable in their own skin" at a very early age. This serves them well during difficult and challenging times throughout their life.

Yoga in Schools

My daughter entered kindergarten in the public school system in 1992, after being raised in a very quiet, calm atmosphere, She was traumatized and refused to speak at school. I volunteered Yoga in her classroom twice a week. It helped her, as well as the other little ones adapting, immensely. I realized then Yoga must become a part of the school system. It was then I dedicated my life to doing whatever it took for Yoga to be part of the public school system. Long story short....(I could write a book just on that process) Yoga is part of the public school system in most of Canada. Of course, the practice becoming mainstream, and many, many of us wanting the same thing during that time certainly helped! 

Yoga for tired Mamas

The benefits of Yoga for Mamas and their babies and children is profound. 


No equipment needed. Anyone can do it. Especially beneficial for the Youth who are not sports or competitive minded. By the way, children LOVE to be taught (and given permission) to quiet the mind and find stillness.


Kerry Lawson

Phone:  (902) 648-7828