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Meet The Instructors

Stephanie Reynolds
Stephanie Reynolds
Stephanie Reynolds is a yoga instructor, Core Exercise Specialist, and the founder of The Willow Studio. She is passionate about empowering women to prevent or reverse pelvic floor issues so that they can feel strong and confident in their bodies.

Stephanie has certifications and training in yoga, fitness (including pre and postnatal), Pelvic Floor Pilates and Chi Gong. She has been teaching her signature Pelvic Floor Fitness Workshop to women across Ontario since 2015.

Before becoming a certified yoga instructor in 2014, she earned an Honours Bachelor of Science in Geology and a Masters in Geographic Information Systems, and worked in environmental consulting and government policy in Calgary, Ottawa and Peterborough.

Heather Clarke
Heather Clarke
Heather is one of only a handful of Certified Yoga Therapists in Peterborough, with 1000+ hours of training and additional certifications as a Recreation Therapist and Senior Fitness Specialist under her belt. She has worked for over 35 years designing, implementing and evaluating therapeutic programs within both clinical and community settings.

Heather’s life, when not teaching yoga, embraces her husband and family of 3 sons and 1 daughter, her grandchildren and grand-dogs. A life full of seasonal, wholesome food, golfing, walking all those dogs and Netflix date-nights are also important.

Carly Eagles
Carly Eagles
Carly is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher with experience teaching various styles of yoga and movement. Carly has also taken her passion abroad, teaching at international yoga retreats. Her teaching style is thoughtful, encouraging and lighthearted.

She recently completed her studies to become a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and is currently working on launching her nutrition business. When she’s not at the yoga studio you can often find her in the kitchen, a coffee shop, spending time outdoors, or singing.

Monika Holland
Monika Holland
Monika Holland began her yoga journey in 2011, which became a routine that helped develop the strength and determination to make positive upgrades in her life.

She is a highly sought-after Peterborough yoga instructor, and is known for her calming voice and ability to relax a roomful of yogis. She has additional certifications in Yoga Nidra and Hot Stone placement and massage.

Lia Gomez Lowe
Lia Gomez Lowe
Lia is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher with a specialty in prenatal yoga. She also has a background in corporate interior design and web design.

Her personal yoga practice has taken her to distant countries, studying under world-class instructors. While pregnant with her daughter in 2015, her practice evolved into a totally new experience where she was forced to slow down and look inward. This variety of influences has broadened her view of yoga and inspires her to create engaging and well-rounded classes.

Shayna McLauchlan
Shayna McLauchlan
Although a nurse by trade, Shayna is a born fitness junkie and CrossFit enthusiast.

Through two pregnancies and postpartum recoveries, she noticed that the fitness industry lacked knowledge and awareness around how exercise should be modified during the perinatal period. This motivated Shayna to become certified as a Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism coach, and she now enjoys helping women use functional movement through exercise to support every day life.

Emily Norris
Emily Norris
Emily is a certified personal trainer with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education. She also works as a physiotherapy assistant helping with clients with physical disabilities. Emily’s mission as an instructor is educate while teaching to give women an understanding of how to move, breathe and feel confident in their own body.

Outside of health and fitness Emily loves spending time outdoors, and with her friends and family. In the summer months she spends her free time in her garden and on the water.

Stephanie Thornton
Stephanie Thornton
Stephanie Thornton has always felt pulled to mindful movement, which began with earning her Black Belt in Karate by 18 years old. She is a 500-hour certified yoga instructor, with additional trainings in Prenatal and Yin yoga.

Stephanie has recently welcomed her second baby into the world, and is passionate about supporting other women on their pre and postnatal journeys. Follow her on Instagram @modernvillageyoga.

Cara Trotter
Cara Trotter
Cara is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher, and has specializations in Yoga for Round Bodies, prenatal yoga, medical chi gong, and Reiki. Prior to teaching yoga she studied neuroscience for three years and has two children that keep her very busy.

Cara strives to create an environment that supports and empowers students to trust their own intuition, and to find their own internal gauge for healing and happiness.

Matt Vidler
Matt Vidler
After years of suffering from bipolar disorder, obesity, and using alcohol to cope, Matt discovered the practices of yoga and qigong. Through consistent and dedicated practice, he began to connect with something deeper than his “self” and made radical lifestyle changes including switching to a primarily vegan diet and losing over 100 lb. Matt is a passionate and knowledgeable instructor who creates an environment of self-compassion and reflection.
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