Delivered by our talented team of Beyond Yoga Studio experts, our Staff Development Workshops are presented virtually and can accommodate up to 100 participants.

Current Workshops Include:

For more details and pricing please contact Glenda Rodriguez, Program Manager at or reach us at in-studio at (613) 591-9642.

Breathe Easy: Breathing Better with Sylvie Gouin

This workshop is for anyone who wants to improve the quality of their breath. As one of the greatest sources of energy, diaphragmatic breathing helps reduce stress and tension while increasing energy and calm.

This interactive workshop includes:

  • A short presentation on the anatomy of the breath;
  • How to remove obstructions on the breath; and
  • How to gradually improve the quality of the breath.

Sitting techniques are done in a chair or on a meditation cushion.
Standing techniques are done barefoot or with flat comfortable shoes.

About your Instructor:
Sylvie Gouin:
As a Holistic Lifestyle Specialist, her expertise are expressed in her skills as a Yoga Teacher and Therapist, a Reiki Master, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Specialist, and Astrologer. With these being interrelated practices, the more we understand and integrate one, the better we understand and can integrate another. This is why her lifestyle, teachings, and consulting services bring all of them to life.  She loves working with people of all ages and all walks of life in both private and group settings. Her 20+ years of experience have allowed her to teach and consult with people who want to benefit from these holistic practices for personal well-being, as well as for healing or managing a particular issue. She also offers certification programs for aspiring teachers and provides training for current teachers who want to delve into the deeper dimensions of yoga and Ayurveda for personal growth or to better share their knowledge with their students or clients. She is a regular contributor to magazines and online publications and the author of Inspired Living a Guided Yoga Journal. Her website is:

Level Up Your Life with Boundaries with Julia Rose

Do you want to live a more fulfilling life, focusing on what you love to do and letting go of the things that are weighing you down? Boundaries are the answer. Learning what boundaries are and how to define and manage them are a vital way to take care of yourself and experience more happiness and freedom in your life.

Boundaries affect both our personal and professional lives. Establishing healthy boundaries creates honesty, trust, and better communication in all of our relationships, both at home and in the workplace. In this workshop, you will learn how to set healthy boundaries in all areas of your life: career, family, friendships, relationships, and with children.

In this interactive workshop, you will learn:

  • What healthy boundaries look like
  • Signs you are losing or have lost your boundary
  • The difference between a boundary and a barrier
  • How to shift from people-pleasing to being true to yourself
  • How to give yourself space to make the right decisions for you
  • Vocabulary for setting boundaries

About your Instructor:
Julia Rose: As a professional coach, Julia is passionate about helping others live their best lives, and supporting them with their healing, growth, and transformation. Over the past 15 years, Julia has worked as a leader, mentor, and coach in the corporate world; inspiring others to realize their full potential, get unstuck from limiting beliefs, and achieve their goals. Julia is a certified coach with Integral Coaching Canada, a yoga/meditation instructor, and Reiki therapist. Visit her website at

Introduction to Meditation with Cathy Nolan

This workshop offers an engaging and experiential introduction to meditation including:

  • the benefits of meditation,
  • an exploration of various forms of meditation with guided mini-practices,
  • a framework to successfully begin to integrate meditation into your employees’ lives.


Looking for a follow-up series to our intro to meditation session?

4-Week Meditation Series: 30 minute Meditation Break with Cathy Nolan

Developing a regular meditation practice has a cumulative positive impact on physical, mental and emotional health.

Practice and experience a 30-minute guided meditation break which will increase your mental strength and clarity, improve your self awareness, enhance your focus and concentration and improve overall health and wellness.

Each week a different meditation and hand mudra will be offered.

Week 1:           Prana / Mantra Meditation   

Week 2:           Body Scan Meditation

Week 3:           Visualization Meditation        

Week 4:           Chakra Meditation 

About Your Instructor:
Cathy Nolan:
Cathy has been a fitness enthusiast her entire life and teaches a variety of fitness, Pilates and yoga classes. Cathy starting practicing yoga in 2005 to compliment her fitness regime and quickly discovered the wonderful benefits of being on a yoga mat. It brought a sense of peace and calmness to her mind, body and soul which led her wanting to know more. In 2017 Cathy completed her 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Bahamas under the direction of Swami Brahmanada and continues on the path of learning, evolving and growing.
Other certifications include: Yoga Nidra through the California College of Ayurveda, Yin Yoga and Gentle Yoga for Active Aging at Beyond School of Yoga, Pilates Mat Instructor through East to West and Group Fitness Specialist through CanFit.
She encourages curiosity and exploration of body and mind and looks forward to sharing her love and knowledge of yoga with you.

Holistic Nutrition: Lunch & Learn, Nutrition Presentations, Group Wellness Coaching with Leyette Ross

Lunch & Learn, Nutrition Presentations:
30 to 60 minute customized group sessions are available on a variety of nutrition, health and wellness topics delivered in a practical and engaging way.

Topic may include:

  • Mindful Eating for Better Health
  • Meal Planning Made Simple
  • The Importance of Taking Lunch Breaks
  • Nutrition for Better Energy
  • Balanced Nutrition, Working Remotely
  • & More!

Group Holistic Nutrition Coaching:
Group coaching offers an opportunity for shared experience to increase knowledge and celebrating success.

  • 6 or 12 week Wellness Programs
  • Weekly presentations and coaching sessions
  • Action plans and info sheets
  • Unlimited support

“Thank you for the wonderful, informative presentation today. I appreciate you answering all of my questions and the recipes you shared. I am looking forward to using the tools you provided to help rethink my meal planning and food choices to increase my energy and better overall health.”

About Your Instructor:
Leyette Ross:
As a registered holistic nutritionist, Leyette incorporates a mind-body-spirit connection into every personalized, well-rounded wellness plan. From a focus on natural, whole foods, individualized meal plans and recipes, to  lifestyle assessments and recommendations, all plans are tailored to your group’s unique needs in pursuit of optimal health.


De-Stress with Simple Self-Massage Techniques with Suzanne McCafferty

Do you ever experience stress at work? Chances are that the answer is yes and maybe even very recently so. That stress can manifest itself physically, perhaps in the form of a headaches, tight and stiff shoulder or neck, tightness in the hips and even pain in the lower or upper back.

Learn how to release tension using some easy and simple self-massage techniques. You will learn how to do these mainly seated. All you require is your hands and if available bring along a YogaTune Up ® ball or tennis ball (a lacrosse ball can be substituted).

About Your Instructor:
Suzanne McCafferty: Suzanne began her Yoga journey in 2006, when she fell in love with how much Yoga can harmoniously unite the mind, body and soul. Yoga practices quickly became the perfect counterbalance to the busy day to day challenges and schedule that had influenced her life and career. After months of daily classes and with a profound peace of mind she made the decision to change her métier from corporate financial management to teaching Yoga. She receives high praise from her students from her in person or online classes and her teaching style helps her students focus on developing their desired mind, body and soul harmony. Her classes range from beginner and restorative relaxation Yoga to more vigorous Yoga and Pilates practices designed to build muscle strength and tone. Her audience has ranged from expectant mothers, moms and babies, children, adults of all ages and flexibility as well as healthcare professionals, athletes and military personnel. Suzanne’s social media presence under the BendnstretchwithSue handle can help you get even better acquainted.

Yoga at Your Desk: an Introduction to Chair Yoga with Alison Tait

This 45 to 60 minute virtual workshop provides employees with a fun and functional approach to simple postures and movements designed to release tension and boost energy at their desk – at home or at the office!

  • Learn and experience the benefits of a chair yoga practice including improving your balance, building strength, boosting energy, and increasing flexibility.
  • Seated and standing postures integrating the use of a chair.
  • Grounding and simple breathwork exercises to move from feelings of stress to an enhanced state of well-being and mental focus.
  • Guided relaxation and short meditation.

About Your Instructor:

Alison’s passion for yoga began over 15 years ago. She is a certified RYT 500 hour teacher and has been teaching Hatha Yoga for several years in the workplace, community centres, corporate lessons and studios in Ottawa. She believes that a regular yoga practice contributes not only to strength and flexibility, but also to an overall sense of well-being and inner peace both on and off the mat. Alison’s goal is to make the practice of yoga accessible and enjoyable to people of all ages. She is a trained practitioner and teacher of Chair Yoga and Balance for those who, despite limited mobility or injury, or sit at a desk all day, wish to receive the many benefits of yoga.

Understanding the Stress Reflex & How to Release Chronic Tension with Glenda Rodriguez

In this workshop you will gain an understanding of the relationship between stress and muscular tension and how to begin to unwind patterns of long-held tension in the body through the use of Somatic Movement.

  • Learn about the three main reflexes of stress and how they present in your body;
  • Bring a pencil and large piece of paper for an interactive exercise where you will be invited to draw your own personal body map to become aware of the possible reasons for how you experience your body today through a lens of self-acceptance, self-love and understanding.
  • Move through a short Gentle Somatic Yoga sequence (done in seated or standing) designed to repattern the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and back, to release pain and increase your range of motion.

About Your Instructor:

Glenda Rodriguez is a certified yoga instructor and speaker with over 10 years of experience leading movement classes in corporate and in-studio settings.  Prior to taking on her role as Program Manager at Beyond Yoga Studio & Wellness Centre, Glenda operated Ottawa Corporate Yoga, a local business specializing in health and wellness programs in the Ottawa area.  As a certified Gentle Somatic Yoga practitioner, Glenda enjoys sharing the benefits of Somatic Education with her clients and witnessing the deep peace, ease, and freedom of movement they find through this art of movement practice.

For more information and pricing, please contact:
Glenda Rodriguez – Program Manager
(613) 591-YOGA (9642) x507