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

Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri 8:00am - 8:00pm


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 

Summer Schedule 2019

  • Weekly Classes at Tusket House:
  • Wednesdays at 10-11:15am  and
  • Thursdays at 6:00-7:15pm running until Sept 26
  • Cost: $60.00 for all or $10.00 drop in
    Location: 8007 Hwy 3, Tusket, Nova Scotia (near Yarmouth)  902-648-7828,, or Facebook under Tusket House for directions, questions or to register 

       *Friday mornings at the Yarmouth YMCA. 10-11am gentle and 11:10-12:00 noon chair Yoga. Cost is YMCA regular pricing, check in at front desk.   

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.

Yoga Teacher Training Jan 12-Feb 5, 2020

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification

*Learn how to work with students 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 Yoga Alliance certified basic 200hr fundamental certification. 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.

*Note  October28-November 18, 2019 you will find Kerry and Kabir teaching YTT200hr in Tofino B.C. Please see for details

Cost & Specifics for the Jan 2020 Tusket House YTT

Module 1: Jan 12-Jan 22, 2020 - Module 2: Jan 26- Feb 5, 2020            *3 days off in between modules. Those dates off are Jan 23,24,25

Jan 12 and Jan 26 arrival day times 3:00pm, Jan 22 and Feb 5 departure day times 12:00 noon

Total price: $2,400 includes manual, not including food, accommodation and required books. $3,000 including food, accommodations* and manual.  Accommodation may be shared. 2 people per room.  

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

$950 (+ $300 for food and accommodation, if staying at venue) due by Dec 15, 2019  

$950 (+ $300 for food and accommodation, if staying at venue) due by Jan 25, 2020 

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

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.  

                   March 15-25, 2020

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 




*nidra with sankalpa

*chakra                              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 (June 2020) 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 non refundable deposit to hold your spot once you have registered. $450 due Feb 1, 2020, the balance due March 1,2020.

To register, please contact Kerry for an application. 

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