Brenda Thomas, CNP, PTS
Brenda has been working at Tina’s Fitness Studio since 2011 and is the head personal trainer and fitness instructor. She studied at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Mississauga, Ontario. She has a true appreciation for food and a joy of cooking. Her vision is to provide clients with practical means to achieve a balanced life through proper nutrition and positive lifestyle choices. Brenda has a passion for fitness and teaching fitness classes. She believes there is no better feeling in the world than a good hard sweat!
Wendy has been practicing yoga for 6 years, and a regular at Tina’s Studio. She’s a Level I YogaFit Instructor, and enjoys the sense of well being that a yoga workout brings. Wendy is also a keen athlete, competing at the world master’s level in cross country skiing. She is an avid outdoorsperson and canoeist. Wendy owns and operates Black Feather – the Wilderness Adventure Company, Canada’s premiere outfitting business offering canoeing, sea kayaking and hiking trips in Canada’s wilderness.
I first became interested in Yoga around 1989 after meeting a 70 year old woman who moved around on the beach like she was a teenager. She said she was a yoga instructor, so I said, “That’s for me” and started to join yoga classes. I began to practise yoga more seriously after completing Yoga Teacher Training in 2003 (YTT200hr, Classical Ashtanga and Hatha at Saltspring Centre of Yoga, BC). I continued teaching about 1 class per week at Vinyasa Studio or the YMCA in North Bay, on and off from 2004 to 2010. I completed my YTT500 training through East to West Yoga, Toronto, and Mount Madonna Yoga Centre in California in 2010. Since then I’ve continued my own practise, attended yoga classes in Parry Sound with some excellent teachers, and participated in workshops and retreats. I look forward to being involved with instructing on a small scale, here in Parry Sound, to help Tina out while she’s away. You’ll never guess how old I am… J (guess young ok?)
I started practicing yoga in February of 2007 when Tina first started teaching in Parry Sound. I immediately fell in love with the link of breath with flow of poses, and the metal and physical benefits that yoga provided. I have followed Tina as she has developed and grown her business, taking classes at the studio for years. I am teacher by day and am passionate about teaching and getting my students excited about learning. It was only a natural progression for me to move from client to an instructor at the studio and get other studio clients excited about yoga and healthy practice. I am continuously working on developing my practice and growing as an instructor. I have CPTIN yoga specialist, prenatal yoga certification and Mad Dog spin instruction.