Testimonials

Our appreciation goes out to all of our students who take the time and the energy to share feedback about our work.  We can only grow when we communicate our needs to each other and we are happy to share these lovely words.

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What people are saying about Creating Space Yoga Studio

“Thanks for all you’ve done putting your studio and classes together – it’s a beautiful, welcoming, warm space, and the classes and instructors likewise! I always look forward to coming, in mind and body!”
-Kathy

“Recently my husband asked why I drove to Oakville when there is so many studios closer to my home.  The answer was so simple!  I couldn’t imagine practicing anywhere else.  Everything “Creating Space Studio” offers is exceptional – from the teachers, to the space where we practice.  I always leave feeling calmer, stronger and a better version of me.  I feel so fortunate to have found such a wonderful place.”
~ Cheryl

“Creating Space Yoga has given me just that; an opportunity to create space in a hectic schedule of work, kids’ activities and family.  The instructors are knowledgeable and through their guidance I have learned  techniques that have helped me manage stress and anxiety.”
~France

“I would like to share what my experience has been with the Creating Space Yoga studio.

I have been a student of Yoga for 22-years. I took up Yoga as I had discovered that, for myself, Yoga is an effective alternative form of mental and physical therapy for someone with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

I have attended a number of Yoga studios through the years I’ve been a student, initially searching to obtain a better understanding of Yoga and how it could help my body and then seeking to find a studio that more suited my ideology and provided the classes that complimented me.

So, when I recently moved to Oakville a couple of years ago, I was dreading having to resume my search once again for a Yoga studio that met my expectations. At the time, not knowing anyone from the community in which I could “ask around”, I simply relied on my own intuition as to where I should begin my search. The first studio that really grabbed my attention was Creating Space Yoga.

I remember the first time I entered Creating Space Yoga. A woman named Robyn, greeted and welcomed me to the studio. From the first class on, I was impressed with her passion for Yoga and felt very at ease within the environment in which the studio was presented; from the peaceful setting and the wonderfully sunlit studio, right down to the beautiful original artwork that decorated the entrance hallway. I quickly realized that Robyn was not only an instructor, but that Creating Space Yoga was her studio.

However, experience has taught me that one individual does not make a great studio. I soon though had opportunity to attend classes taught by other Creating Space Yoga instructors. It was then that I knew I had found where I needed to be. I am now a regular attendee to multiple sessions a week.

Since first attending classes at Creating Space Yoga, I have studied with Cheryl, Helen, Natalie, Nicole and Robyn. Each instructor brings a level of passion and understanding of Yoga that I truly find amazing. As an individual that lives with MS, even though I have been a student of Yoga for many years, there are some limitations that I have to deal with. I am continually impressed with the manner in which each instructor is able to modify the lessons to allow for me to fully participate.

Another element of Creating Space Yoga that I thoroughly enjoy is the opportunity to attend the specialized workshops that are presented throughout the year. These specific workshops provide an opportunity to experience and further my study of Yoga. The diversity of the workshops offered represents to me the awareness, the understanding and certainly the passion that the Creating Space Yoga instructors bring to the studio and share with everyone.

I am so very grateful that Creating space Yoga was “born”. Like us all,it continues to grow and develop with the needs of its clients, and the Creating Space Yoga community. I look forward to having Creating Space Yoga be an integral part of my own journey.”
~Pam

 

What people are saying about our teachers.

“I have known Robyn since we both studied under the tutelage of Helen Duquette to complete our Yoga Teacher Certification. During that time I was always impressed with Robyn’s openness, insight and creativity. So when she opened Creating Space Yoga Studio I came along as a student of Helen’s and taught for a brief time. I have remained Helen’s student and Robyn’s as well. Over the years I have come to deeply appreciate the respect for students, the quality of teachers and the opportunities that Robyn has provided for everyone involved. All this is a testament to her commitment to provide a safe, restful and challenging experience for all ages and level of student.  Over the years I have participated in many classes, and workshops including the Mindfulness Lectures. I have come away each time with renewed energy, insight and a desire to make positive changes in my life. To me, Creating Space Yoga Studio actually does “create space” to breathe, to grow, to release, and to allow openness, insights and learning to happen. Congratulations Robyn on five years of providing the best for your students and your community. I am so looking forward to the next five!”
~ June

“After having explored several other approaches to the body, discovering Helen Duquette and her approach to Yoga was for me a revelation. Rather than focusing on the ideal posture and on achieving, I learned two fundamental principles: Be exactly where you are and undo years of bad habits. Helen is exquisitely intuitive. She is always exactly there where the student is, not caught up in some preconceived ideas of her own.

Continuing Vanda Scaravelli’s tradition, she works with gravity, space and breath. She teaches how to surrender to gravity and use it to one’s advantage, opening the spine and the whole body into the new spaces that this letting go creates. Her instructions are precise, yet never just focused on the body, but including the mind as well. Sometimes, her instructions seem maddeningly paradoxical, until suddenly the light comes on and a whole subtle world emerges that was hidden from view. Helen is provocative, an original in the best sense of the term, and even though her approach may not be for everybody, in working with her you cannot avoid being deeply transformed.”
~ Stéphane

“I have practiced Yoga since I was eight years old (my Mom was a Hatha Yoga teacher) so I feel I can comment from a well-informed perspective.

As an adult I have continued my practice to maintain flexibility, compliment my running and for peace of mind.  I have found all these at Creating Space.

The studio itself is welcoming and serene.  The large windows that let in natural light, the light coloured bamboo floors, soft blue blankets and soothing music as you enter all set the stage for a fulfilling practice.

I have regularly attended Cheryl Smith’s Saturday morning class and there is no better way to begin the weekend.  The class follows a pattern but is never the same.  Each week presents a different part of the body for focus and attention.  Each student is given individual attention and care so that the practice is safe and challenging for that individual.  I always leave the class feeling energized and calm; ready to enjoy the rest of the weekend.

I have also attended Robyn Bowman’s classes.  Her approach is athletic and challenges me to try new poses in a safe and supported setting.  Robyn’s restorative Yoga classes are the answer to a stressful week at work.  Leaving these classes you feel centered and relaxed.  You have taken the time for yourself and are rewarded with positive energy.

My husband has also attended the Yoga for Men as well as the lecture series offered and has thoroughly enjoyed both experiences.”
~Helen

“Dear Robyn,

I wanted to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed the yoga sessions that I attended.  I think that you are a fantastic teacher.  I’m always looking for someone who not only educates about the body but really explains it.  That is how I teach my pilates students and I think clients get tremendous benefit from that.  I wish that I could continue with you.  It’s so nice having someone teach me as I don’t get that often.

There are many great yoga studios in Vancouver so I hope to continue with my yoga.  Finding a good teacher is always a challenge.  So hopefully I will find a lovely studio like yours with small groups, and a very well educated teacher.  I wish you all the very best and thank you for everything.”
~Sue

“The moment I step into the studio and unroll my mat a peaceful, yet anticipatory calm spreads through me.  I love the physical side of the studio.  It emanates strength, a solid foundation and too, a calmness, that radiates through the beautiful, giving, cork flooring.  My personal favourite are the flow classes.  This small Wednesday evening group of yoga loving students is willingly led through a wide variety of yoga moves.  Nicole instructs and guides us in a way that unfolds our bodies to new heights. Her sense of humour and gentle nudges works magic.  By the time I roll up my mat again I am rejuvenated and thankful.  Thankful that this studio, the instructors and students, are close by and part of my busy life. “
~ Julia

“Dear Robyn, this past year that I have attended your studio has meant a great deal to me. I truly believe that it helped develop a mind body connection for me. I became more fit, lost weight and by being more fit, it opened my world to all the activity I had been away from. Suffice to say, it has been life changing! Your observant, fun and gentle instruction has been perfect for me. Thank you. “
~Kathy

What people are saying about our yoga workshops.

“Dear Robyn,
Thank you very much for facilitating a great workshop…I wanted to share some feedback:
1. I really enjoyed the fact that it was a true ‘workshop’…you provided some background, some education, a plan and we got to work. I loved that.
2. You are very good at setting the stage and laying out expectations: you clearly described what the workshop was not, what we could expect, and, the ‘rules’. This is so important and I really appreciated how you accomplished this. Keep in mind, I’m technically a ‘newbie’ so I was not coming into this workshop with deep experience. You really did this well.
3. I really liked how you acknowledged the group setting while also managing the individuality of each participant.
4. You spoke alot about ‘ease’ and you need to know that you sincerely have an ‘ease’ about you — it is authentic, natural and beautiful.
5. I left the workshop feeling really good, motivated, changed and thoughtful. Thank you for this.
Thank you again for a superior experience”
— Carolyn

What people are saying about our Restorative Yoga.

“Just before class, I was on the verge of yet another migraine. However, the anticipation of doing the Restorative Yoga got me to the studio. The practice got me through and past the migraine. This morning, migraine free and re-energized! Thank you!!!
~Dave

“I wanted to give you some feed back about the Friday Restorative Yoga class from last week.  It was certainly very relaxing and what a wonderful way to end the week.  Nicole was great – she definitely gave a great sense of support & nurturing and it was such a treat to have a blanket wrapped around you for warmth & comfort.  A few of us were laughing as we arrived with our mats and our blankets (we felt like we were coming to a PJ party) – so there was a sense of fun too.

Initially I wasn’t sure what to expect so thought I’ll just be open to the experience.  I found the concentration of staying in a pose for a longer period of time to be quite beneficial, as it helped to appreciate the value of that particular pose (for instance, I’m thinking of child’s pose) and how it stretches out your lower back and elongates the spine. Even though we do this pose quite regularly in a normal class it’s not for as long a period of time – with the restorative you had the time to really experience the value at a deeper level.  Also, I found staying in the postures gave a more heightened sense of personal body awareness.  I was more aware of where I was holding tension and how to let it go.  And, I found my breathing really slowed down and went much deeper into my body.  No wonder I felt so relaxed and I noticed I still felt relaxed when I came to class the next morning .  Overall it is amazing what we do to our bodies with all our reactions and emotions and it is even more amazing how yoga can un-do all of that and “restore” us back to our more natural state.

So – thank you for having this as part of your offering at the Studio – it is wonderful and I’m so very glad the universe guided me to Creating Space.”
~Louise

What people are saying about the Mindfulness Lectures.

“Saturday’s mindfulness lecture was excellent.  The experience is so amazing because you created that wonderful receptive space for us.  Thank you”
~Mirinda

“People in Oakville do not realize what an incredible treasure they have right in their backyard. That treasure is you Dr. Treyvaud. I commend you for your wisdom, your dedication and your commitment to helping others like me use this incredible approach to everyday health and wellness.”
~Walter

“Oh Robyn, what a wonderful wonderful talk.  He (Dr. Treyvaud) has such a very gentle way about him.  Thank you so very much for thinking to ask him to speak and thereby facilitating our community’s awareness (Lighthouse Program) – you are doing a fine job.  I also would like to thank you so much for linking our organization with this talk and for helping to raise awareness and funds for us.  It was perfect.  Stephane was speaking of what we are doing for the families who come through our program.  You have a great heart my dear.”
~Jo

“I thoroughly enjoyed and deeply appreciated the thought and planning of these lectures.  Their intelligence and wisdom was really profound and helped explain a scope of our human development.”
~Lecture Participant

“I feel a deeper appreciation for the complexity of the brain and have a greater desire to understand my behavior, to rewire my brain and to increase my self awareness to foster my health and well-being.”
~Lecture Participant

“An excellent series and addition to Creating Space Yoga Studio’s offerings!  I am really looking forward to the winter lecture series!  Thank you!”
~Janet

“I found them to be (as you said) thought provoking, inspiring and informative.  To me they were very much like the style of yoga you teach –  “undoing” to create space (to be open to new thinking and possibilities).  Dr. Treyvaud has a very warm intelligence and a wonderful sense of humour when he presents, so I felt immediately quite comfortable and this then seemed to set the space for openness and learning.  I found the set-up to be perfect and 2 hours just enough time.  I think it’s great to have the series close together as I find for me personally, I became more entrenched in the learning and it becomes more quickly a part of new thinking & being.

I personally have had some amazing insights that I can see have begun to change (& will continue) to impact my life in a very positive way.  I’m delighted that you will run the series again and that you are planning another series.”
~Louise

“I am going to try to articulate my thoughts about the wonderful experience of attending this series of lectures. First off, I am eager for more.

I went, not really knowing what to expect, and searching for a group to meditate with, I went with an open mind and kind of excited to see what I might learn.

Well it did not take long to think to myself that this was beyond my understanding. So I just listened. No notes. Then when question time came I was even more perplexed. Not only was I unsure about having grasped the gist of the lecture the questions were just as challenging. Then when Dr. Trayvaud began to answer the questions the lights came on. Everything fell into place and I understood.

Somehow it began to make sense and as I told you last week I realized many moments of insights, realizations “ahas”  reminders, and releases.  I am particularly fascinated with the brain/body/mind connection.

Thank you for arranging these sessions and to Dr Trayvaud for presenting his work in such a thoughtful,thought provoking ,gentle and humorous way. To me this is something everyone can benefit from.”
~June

594 Chartwell Road
Oakville, Ontario
905.337.3598
www.creatingspaceyoga.ca