Teacher Feature: Ayesha

We're thrilled to welcome Yoga Instructor Ayesha to the Barreworks team! If you've taken class with Ayesha, you know that her warm, positive and encouraging guidance will have you flowing through your one hour practice in a calm and focused state.  Ayesha believes in functional movement to help keep our bodies strong, healthy and resilient - and we couldn't agree more! Keep reading to learn more about why we love this yogi.


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Top Faves Pop Quiz!

  1. Pre-workout food? Power balls.
  2. Aprés-workout food? Smoothie bowl, topped off with chia, hemp, coconut + fresh fruit!
  3. Dessert? Dark chocolate mousse.
  4. Workout gear? Right now I’ve been trying Fabletics - I love their leggings.
  5. 3 favourite ways to sweat?  Running, yoga + barre!
  6. Restaurant in Toronto? The Ace.
  7. Travel destination? Just recently came back from Sri Lanka and loved it!
  8. Fave way to relax? A book + a glass of wine.
  9. Fave song on your current playlist? For working out: One Day They’ll Know (Odesza Remix) - Pretty Lights.
    For Chilling: Stone Woman - Charlotte Day Wilson
  10. Netflix/TV show? Black Mirror

What made you decide you wanted to become a Yoga Instructor at Barreworks? I like Barreworks’ focus on functional movement. Some workouts can put our bodies into movement which work muscles in isolation, in positions we are rarely ever in - in real life.  Functional movement is created from real-world biomechanics of the human body. These work outs involve multi-planar, multi-joint movements, which require our body to move as a system when we work out - which is much more transferable to how we move in the everyday. I believe functional movement helps keep our bodies strong, healthy and resilient more holistically - both in an exercise room and as we go about our daily activities. So the methodology that Barreworks uses in classes really aligns with my personal belief systems around wellness and fitness. Added bonus - the Barreworks team are lovely people, so it felt great to join such a positive community!

What do you love most about teaching? I really love creating an experience where practitioners can get lost in movement. Yoga for me is really about reconnecting with your body. It’s really easy to live in our minds - it’s our brain’s job to think so we’re constantly producing thoughts and it’s hard to get away from them. When I teach I really enjoy bringing students attention back to the body, to increase body awareness and focus on mind and body connection through breath and movement.

What keeps you motivated/feeling positive on days when your body feels tired and your energy is low? On days my body is feeling tired or my energy is low, I always remind myself how great I’ll feel after. Exercise always makes me feel happier - it is an important time just for me that I set aside for myself everyday!

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How do you want your students to feel when they leave your classes? How do you help them achieve that? I want my students to feel grounded and balanced, and that they've had a great workout post-class. I start every class with a 1 minute meditation, where clients can start to let go of the day and focus on feeling grounded and centered during the next hour in front of them. My practice also focuses on using a lot of biomechanical cues, so that my students can understand what muscles they’re working and why, leading to greater body awareness. My sequences are also created with lots of options to build more heat and fire - so if you’re feeling like turning it up a notch, you have the ability to increase the burn! 

What would you say is your greatest strength as an instructor/how will this positively impact your students? I really like to impart as much knowledge as I can to my students, so that they can walk away from class with a deeper understanding and knowledge of their own bodies. I take time to explain the postures, to help my students understand how to activate and engage certain muscles. They can them carry this knowledge with them both inside and outside of the class room!

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What would you say to people trying Yoga for the first time?  Whether you’re trying yoga for the first time ever, or you’ve been doing it for years elsewhere, come find a space where you can learn new postures, experience creative sequencing all while toning and strengthening your muscles. You’ll walk out feeling like you’ve worked, but also as though you’ve found more space for yourself both mentally and physically -  an hour of self care!

Photos by: Blythe Sheppard