Ariel Clara Pavic founded My Dream Yoga in 2002. Yoga had revolutionized her life and she was inspired to share this. Her dream was to offer the tools so that others could achieve their own dreams:- a life of health, happiness,
My Dream Yoga has now grown to a small and highly skilled staff of fabulous yoga teachers, specializing in on-site Corporate, private and group instruction at surprisingly affordable cost.
About Ariel Pavic:
Ariel teaches hatha yoga (the physical practice of yoga) to all levels, from beginners to advanced. Her style is influenced by flow,vinyasa, and power yoga while incorporating alignment focused therapuetic Ideology. This makes the teachings very accessible to every body. She also teaches pre and post natal yoga, Kid's Yoga and Family Yoga. As an experienced teacher, Ariel has taught thousands of class hours to thousands of students since 2002. Ariel continually upgrades her teaching skills by taking workshops, training and classes with some of the finest yoga teachers the world has to offer. Ariel has a no nonsense, down to earth approach, sharp humor (be prepared to laugh during class...) and is known for her creative, invigorating yoga flows.
Ariel teaches all around the lower mainland of British Columbia, both in public, corporate and private environments. She is the director of the Teacher Development Program at Heart Centre Yoga studio in Burnaby Heights, where she continues to share her passion of learning with other teachers on this path of yoga. Her teaching draws on her background of contemporary movement training, jazz and ballet, personal yoga practice and intuition. A daughter of an architect and an artist, there was much encouragement of eclectic exploration in the world's religions, art, drama, reading, a belief in gnomes and magic....her's was not the average childhood! Also, largely, on 17 years spent riding, showing and training horses in the art of Dressage, which she later realized was a meditative yogic dance with a large silent partner. Her natural capacity for teaching was evident at a young age, teaching riding lessons from the age of 15.
A riding injury in high school which fractured 2 vertebrae left her with severe back problems for years, some yoga postures were suggested to her by a physiotherapist in the early 90's as an alternative to living life in pain, or dependency on pain killers. It wasn't until she fully embraced the practice as a life, (not just a set of exercises) that a true transformation of mind body and spirit could take place. It is this personal experience with injury and recovery through yoga that she continues to share with her students, and as a result she places a huge emphasis on safety and correct alignment in her classes. She makes an effort to combine anatomy and bio-mechanical principles within her yoga classes to help others who have suffered injury and hope to recover stronger and better though the practice of yoga.
One of her principle beliefs is that yoga is, and should be treated as, a therapy for the body. This driving belief aids her students to practice their own truth, from their own place of wisdom and make the yoga practice truly their own personal and sacred experience.
She lives in North Burnaby, British Columbia with her husband, young daughter and one west highland white terrier, Scamper. When not teaching yoga, Ariel volunteers, gardens, hikes, sews, and reads as much as possible while not chasing her little kid around!
with her colorful life experience, she brings with her the
Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification 2002
Prenatal Yoga Teacher Certification 2003
Labor and birth support Doula 2003
Birth support/Doula training (Seattle Midwifery School) 2004
RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) with the International registry
of yoga teachers, Yoga Alliance, since 2003.
Canadian Red Cross CPR and Emergency First Aid certified (Level B)
Ambassador, Lululemon Athletica Metrotown 2005
Practiced with internationally aclaimed yoga masters such as Erich
Schiffman, David Life, Sharon Garron, Martin Kirk, Rodney Yee, Sadie Nardini, Maria Garre, Sean Corne, Sarah Powers, Leslie Kaminoff, Susi Hatley.
Undertaken self-directed study in the area of pregnancy and
Undertaken self-directed study in the area of anatomy and physiology.
continues to further her knowledge with additional
training, classes & workshops on an ongoing basis.
Director of Yoga Teacher Development program @ Heart Centre Yoga
Guest specialty Pre-Natal Yoga teacher and contributor on My Yoga Online
My Yoga Online
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Ariel teaches in Burnaby,Vancouver (all parts, including: downtown, West and North Vancouver), Coquitlam, New West. If your area is not listed, it may also be served, just ask.
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last updated January 2012