What people have been saying about Yoga with Kerry:
"Thank you Kerry for such a great yoga class this morning!! I only wish it could have been taped so I could do it again tomorrow! There was so much depth to it - not just the poses but the holistic benefits to our whole being. The effort you consistently put into developing effective, informative and fun classes is so appreciated. We are lucky to have you! Namaste :)" Viola
"I wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed both Yoga Therapy classes. It has really helped me focus awareness through out my day. Still a long way to go, but I am enjoying feeling more in tune with my body and the feeling of more control in preventing some of my chronic pain issues. Thank you for continuing to inspire many people on the journey to better health." Sue
"Congratulations on your 7th year anniversary!!! Wow, can’t believe it!!! Although I am no slimmer, I am surely more healthy thanks to Yoga and your workshops:)I feel blessed to have you in my life:)" Sandy
"Thanks again Kerry for introducing me to yoga and being such a great “Teacher”....your cues,your guidance thru poses.your chosen words..like ‘no judgement’ ...have helped us all immensely!" Ardis Urquhart
"I am not sure how many years I have been coming to your classes now, but every class feels like a new exploration… it is a real gift to be able to keep your classes fresh and your messages consistently supportive and nurturing. I feel quite hard done by if i have to miss a class!" Carolyn Reynolds
"I hope you realize that the reason people have been coming back to your classes for years is because you are a wonderful, knowledgeable, compassionate and caring teacher!" Jodi Ihas
"Just wanted to say THANK YOU for today and for persevering with us here at TMS. We all left the session feeling soooo good." Karen Howard
"Thank you for such a wonderful class last night – It was fabulous. OMG I LUV YOGA!" Kimberley
"Tonight the ski fit class pushed my limits and I missed my Yoga Kula. I also wanted to share that the “Oom” section of the class was amazing and I am sitting at my keyboard practicing my shoulder opening and it feels GREAT! I consistently have great “take aways” from your classes and your supportive messaging helps in the tough spots both during and outside of class. Love your classes :) " Carolyn
"Much thanks for sharing your inspiration, energy, passion and knowledge with me in my home yesterday. It was an enlightening experience to say the least. It seems impossible now to NOT be aware of everything from my breathing down to my grippy toes!" Tony
"I find you to be an excellent teacher and it’s evident that you are very knowledgeable about what you teach. You have an upbeat, positive way of imparting your knowledge. I say keep it up! It’s obviously what you are meant to do." Karen Kinakin
"I started taking your classes this time last year with the primary goal of working on my flexibility and body alignment. I have gotten so much more than I bargained for out of your classes. There is rarely a class that goes by when you don’t feed me a though provoking message to reflect on. The whole concept of embracing weaknesses was foreign to me, but I am finding it is helping me with the compatible messages of acceptance and letting go. Much like the poses themselves, the repetition of these amazing messages is very beneficial for me. I find I can catch myself engaging in unproductive emotional responses and I can let go more easily now. I am grateful for your continued guidance." Carolyn Reynolds
"I want to thank you for being such an inspiration and amazing role model. Your sincere joy and appreciation for life is so refreshing and I am grateful to have opportunities to take part in your wonderful classes. I wish you the best of luck with your continued learning and know that the world is a better place because of wonderful people like you!" Mandy Green
"Thank you for being so upbeat and positive every week kerry" Steven Doyle
"Kerry, I want to say you are so valuable to society as a Yoga Instructor!" Teresa Adair
"Thanks for the beautiful day on Saturday. I really appreciate your knowledge of and commitment to what you do. I'm very excited that we have someone like you here in Trail." RaNae Nicholls
"Just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know how grateful I am to have my foundation of yoga knowledge developed by you. I also checked out a different studio/instructor every week to see where I would like to continue my practice. I found a couple instructor's I could totally relate to and a few not so much :) but every time I left class I felt so grateful for you, so I just wanted to let you know that. You do incredible work. What you taught me will come with me always.Thank-you so much." Nykayla Green
"Thank you so much for the workshop. It was informative, it opened me up to some new ideas and I would definitely like to try some new practices that I hadn’t considered before." Sherry Sheppard
"What a fantastic class on Sunday – i love it! I really embraced your teaching - and my body and heart thank you." Kimberley Pegg
" I am equally grateful to have you as my teacher, you keep me inspired and I am honoured to be able to practice Yoga with you. I know you say non attachment,but I would be untruthful if I didn't say I am attached to your classes, and look so forward to them," Sue Gaskell
"Thanks again for an incredible yoga class. My leg feels great, but so does my neck, back, even my sinuses. Wow. I feel like this gentle flow yoga might be one of the best things a person can do post-operatively for rehab....thank you for all your cues and feedback during class, and for helping me modify poses. You are a yoga instructor and physiotherapist rolled into one." Lynne James
"Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your wonderful classes- I look forward to them all week! your adjustments are a gift as well-your presence is very calming. In gratitude, Carolyn"
"Thank you Kerry, for keeping us so well informed. Although I've only had the pleasure of being to a few of your outdoor classes this year, I have to say I have loved them and look forward to many more. Thank you." Sue Gaskell
"I have made previous attempts to practice yoga through classes and DVDs. There was always a physical benefit, but in Kerry's class I get much more. It is a non-competitive environment where there is encouragement and support for all levels of expertise. I would highly recommend this class to anyone." S.J.
"Just wanted to say what a fantastic yoga teacher you are, and how Wednesday practice brings such a calmness that I can carry with me through out the rest of the week. It's been very helpful." Rachel Thomas
"Great session last night- sorted my grumbling knee and achy back!!!" Peter
RE: Spring Detox workshop: "This was great, i'd take it again in a heartbeat. The session was great, a good length and it got the abs going which was nice. I haven't really started anything big in terms of detox since, but it just made me more aware of what a detox was, how to go about it the right way." Petra Allen
Trail Daily Times feature on Yoga in the schools:
Students learning benefits of yoga sessions
Alternate students at Trail Middle School have been concentrating on their breathing this winter during a regular yoga session that has had a deeper value than just the physical benefits. The Cooperative Learning Centre has brought Kerry Turner in to teach yoga every second Monday morning, holding one last session before Christmas break this week. “The yoga fits right in with some of our core beliefs and philosophies of how we work with our students,” said instructor Karen Howard. “We have a lot of students who struggle with anxiety and other issues and it’s a way for us to learn how to calm ourselves down and learn how to relax.” Under the Kootenay Columbia Learning Centre, the class offers a family-like environment for students that have found the program because they left high school and decided to come back or felt that a traditional campus wasn’t working for them. Though still providing a structured learning environment like J. L. Crowe or Rossland secondary, the co-op program accepts that it may take longer for students to complete their studies. At 9 a.m., teachers also join the teens for the gentle relaxation activity in the gymnasium. After working on slowing and lengthening their breathing, those who wish to partake in the stretching portion of the class are encouraged while others may choose to stay in a quiet place on their mats. Turner moves the group through basic steps like the tree pose, where individuals balance on one foot with the other pressed against their thigh of the “stump.” The ultimate goal of the class is to find inner balance and to let go of worries or anxieties that are often stored for far too long. “That’s yoga in a nutshell, it’s a practice of letting go so we can be more open, more compassionate, trusting and unified as a group,” said Turner. “But we can’t do that if we have blocks, if we’re too much in our own head with insecurities, anxiety, depression.”Seventeen-year-old Taylor Diakew said yoga with Turner gives her a reason to wake up in the morning.Since she’s started to participate in the exercise, she’s noticed she can hold a stronger focus and feels like she has a tighter handle on her emotions.“I think it’s fantastic and I don’t know why someone didn’t think of it earlier,” she said. “I think that it just makes all of the students a little bit more aware and gives them a chance to think about their actions and realize what’s a waste of time and what’s worth doing.” Turner feels that yoga gives people basic skills that sadly sometimes aren’t achieved until later in life. The independent practice teaches individuals how to identify their habits, how to cultivate awareness, how to meet goals and let go. “It’s incredibly individual but we’re still doing it together so there’s that sense of community but everyone’s journey is a really different one,” she said. “There’s no judgment here, every time you come onto the mat is a different experience, it’s a way to go inward and check out what’s going on.” An exercise as simple as deep belly breathing is one that people don’t often stop and do on a hectic day. This can move someone from a stress response to a relaxation response and ultimately has health benefits for those with challenges like digestive issues, anxiety or insomnia, she said. Turner has been teaching yoga for about five years after first being attracted to the relief the physical side of the practice had on her athletic body. Realigning her body soon took back seat to how yoga helped her release repressed emotions. The substitute physical education and science teacher is an advocate that good health isn’t just achieved through physical wellness but mental wellness, too. “For these students to have this opportunity I think is amazing and it’s almost unfortunate they had to hire me in because it’s a budget problem,” she said, noting that yoga is now part of the school PE curriculum but hasn’t quite made its mark. “It would be nice to see this as a regular part of the school program.” Forty-five minutes later, Turner has completed her class and the teens are sent onto their regular studies, perhaps with a lighter step.
Free weekly exercise at garden
When I arrive at the community garden, on the north side of the high school’s playing fields, Kerry Turner is stretching wide and smiling in the golden afternoon light among a patchwork of tomatoes and sunflowers.
An hour later, Turner finishes leading a group of us through deep breathing, long stretches, and some strengthening poses.
We find we have now acquired Turner’s wide grin.
Centered and relaxed, my limbs are limber and I feel as though my lungs can fit twice the air.
Yoga is offered all over town, but there is something special about doing it in the community garden.
Perhaps because the garden has been built by so many caring, volunteering hands, there is a strong positive energy to the place.
Furthermore, Turner is a fantastic yoga instructor, and it’s free.
Drop by at 6:30 p.m., every Tuesday this August, to join in the healthy fun.
Turner also leads by-donation yoga every Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Irwin Park, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Webster Elementary, and Friday at 9 a.m. at Miral Heights Park in Trail.
Part of the proceeds are donated to the SPCA’s Paws for a Cause program.
For details, visit www.kerryyoga.com, or call her at 364-2190.
Local yoga instructor puts alternative health on the mat
In this fast paced day and age it is often easy to be overwhelmed with the influx of activity, information and stress faced on a daily basis.
For those looking to slow down, de-stress, work on their flexibility, recover from injuries and take some time for themselves yoga could be the right alternative.
Kerry Turner has been practicing her Vinyasa Flow Yoga in the Greater Trail Area for the last four years and is finding a successful following in her position.
Based out of Rossland, Turner has been teaching many in the area the health benefits, healing attributes and stress relief from yoga.
Vinyasa flow yoga is a fluid style of yoga that aims to connect the body, breath and mind focusing on flowing through many poses warming up to a peak pose followed by cool down and relaxation techniques.
Some of the benefits of yoga include overall improvement in health and wellbeing including improved balance, co-ordination, core strength, focus, self-awareness, posture, strength and flexibility.
The many forms of yoga can also help you deal with stress, ease communication barriers, reduce anxiety and more.
“I really like Vinyasa because it doesn’t just go through many poses like other forms of yoga. All the poses are linked together and are working your body up for the peak pose,” said Turner.
“I like to let people know that there’s no one way that works for everyone and you really can’t do yoga the ‘wrong way’. I want this to be a really relaxed environment and the Yoga in the Park is perfect with the sun shining and the birds chirping.”
The Yoga in the Park classes run in Rossland, Trail and Warfield and have been attracting strong followings in each community.
With a focus on creating a peaceful, stress-free environment, Turner and her outdoor classes are a breath of fresh air in the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Stretching, breathing and poses that increase your awareness with your surroundings while bringing you into a dreamlike state make many of the previous ‘cares’ of the world disappear.
Turner herself was turned on to the Vinyasa and yoga approaches further while looking into healing alternatives after she was involved with an injury and frustrated with the mainstream medical system.
She was already involved in yoga and after seeing additional benefits mentally, emotionally and physically, her interest drove her deep into the practice.
Carrying an education background in human anatomy, physiology and teaching, she brings a very laid back approach on the mat.
Turner is combining her love for animals during her summer Yoga in the Park classes raising funds for the SPCA Paws for a Cause.
Mondays you can find her in Irwin Park, Rossland from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesdays 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Warfield at Webster Elementary Park and Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m. at Miral Heights Park in Trail.
“I like it to be really open and relaxing. I want people to bring their kids and animals and enjoy the beautiful environment,” said Turner.
“I’m really just the overseer of the sessions I’m not a guru or anything.”
Each class includes focusing on standing and seated poses, centering, sun salutations, and finishing poses including restorative yoga for renewed health and energy.
Turner also offers private workshops, corporate sessions and more throughout the year.
She is also in the midst of planning seniors yoga and other sessions in Rossland’s community garden.
For more information check out kerryyoga.com or by phone at 250-364-2190.