On Wednesday October 4th 2017 Buddha Rider will be getting new bikes. Why is this great news? Well… Let me tell you. Although for the last 10 years our bikes have gotten great use, it’s now time to upgrade. There has been many riders who have sweated, training and worked hard. It’s now time for a new-over. Stagesbikes will offer a whole new riding expereince.

See you on the bike!

The One Day Retreat

The One Day Retreat

Time to get away! Step outside of your busy days and join Shirlee for this amazing day of Yoga, Nature, Georgian Bay and yummy lunch.

Good Bye 2016



2016 thank you for showing me how great life could be. I had such a great year filled with so much love, laughter and growth. There were many tears shed and many lessons learnt. I got to spend more time with myself then ever before and to be honest it took great effort. I really like who I am, I am not sure I could have said that before. I realized that whatever I thought I was searching for is not external, it rests deep in my heart. Speaking of hearts, mine is slowly healing. I can be so hard on myself, but no more. I have some big plans in store for 2017, the seeds are planted and I am tending to them. It’s a little scary but I have a huge amount of trust that I am exactly where I need to be. You see, I know I am great.

2017 I want to continue to work on being vulnerable. I am slowly testing the waters and I gotta say… It’s a little scary. I know you have my back! I have my gaze set ahead and I have stopped looking behind, it’s not the direction I am heading. I want to continue to cultivate great relationships with my husband, children and friends. Spending more quality time with them is a priority. I will continue to be a beacon of light for my tribe. I am  clear that my role is to shine more light. I am grateful for yoga and the community that I have cultivated. I have worked so hard but I know there is more to be done. I promise to stay grounded in my teachings and nurture myself so that I can continue to serve. I am excited to see what is in store.

Thank you,


Buddha Rider Spin Certification


In efforts to grow Buddha Rider’s cycle community we have developed an incredible cycle certification program. This program will transform you as a student and develop skills to facilitate incredible Buddha Rider and Rider classes.
By sharing our knowledge of cycling and our skills we have developed along the way, this program will enable you to teach and inspire others, gain greater confidence in yourself and leave you feeling spectacular.
The fundamentals
~ Alignment on the bike
~ Bike set up
~ Heart rate measuring
~ Sequencing to keep students engaged

Anatomy and Physiology
~ The cardiovascular system
~ Anatomy on the bike
~ The breath
~ Stretching
~ Modifications
~ Contraindications

~ Music
~ Teaching methodology
~ Power of words
~ Great Sequencing

~ You must attend and complete the hours of class time at Buddha Rider
~ Take 3 cycling classes at an indoor studio
~ Complete all written assignments
~ Co teach with Shirlee Williams twice

Date: Wednesday Jan 11 and 18 – 6:30-9:30 and Sunday January 22 – 1:00-5:00

Investment: $250.00 +hst

Pre Req – Love of fitness and cycling

Buddha Rider Celebrates


Come help us celebrate!

On-line sign up preferred. Registration and schedule will be posted December 1st. Please do not sign up before that.

~ Wine and Cheese 6-8 PM

~ Buddha Boutique SALE – buy 1 get 20% off
– buy 2 get 30% off
– buy 3 get 40% off

~ 15% off Lululemon, mats and jewellery

~Birthday Pass Special
10 classes $125.00 +hst (save $15.00)
20 classes $215.00 +hst (save $35.00)
* Sold only on Wednesday, December 7th, either at studio, online at or call us at 705-444-2266.

In the meantime if you have Birthday Passes from last year get on in and finish them up. They expire mid December. No Exceptions.

The Art of Masterful Living – Todd Norian

We are all made of the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and sky. Masterful living is achieved when these elements are balanced within. When out of balance, you may feel “contracted” (too much earth), “under water” emotionally stressed out (too much water), unmotivated (not enough fire) or over working (too much fire), scattered and fearful (too much air), or spacey and ungrounded (too much sky).

The Ashaya Yoga® practice brings about a flowing integration of all five elements that leaves you feeling strong, confident, peaceful, openhearted, and ready to engage with life wholeheartedly from a place of worthiness.

Friday 6:30pm-9:00pm:

Open Sky ~ Bask In the Vastness Enjoy a spacious, heart-opening practice including standing poses, backbends, hip openers, twists, and forward bends. Includes a sky meditation and deep relaxation.

Saturday 10:00am–1:00pm:

Rich Earth ~ Transform Challenges Into Life-Enhancing Change Challenges never come to put you down. They only come when you are ready to rise up and stand strong in your power. Learn how to engage with life’s challenges with an open heart that transforms obstacles into opportunities. Build core strength, flexibility, and balance with standing poses, hip openers, inversions (with modifications and prep poses), and backbends.

Saturday 3:00pm-5:30pm:

Delicious Water ~ Gentle Yoga and Therapeutics For the Lower Back and Hips: Release strain and stress and allow yourself to enjoy a sequence of flowing, soothing, and restorative poses. Gently open the body and practice therapeutic applications to soothe, heal, and strengthen the lower back and hips in order to flow better with the currents of life. Water always finds its way back to the source – the ocean of consciousness.

Sunday 10:00am-1:00pm:

Bright Fire, Soothing Wind ~ Flame Of the Heart: Masterful living is about tapping into the infinite light of the universe deep in your heart in order to source your true passion and vision for your life. Practice an inspiring sequence of postures that reconnects you to your heart where you recognize you are already whole and complete. End with a deep relaxation integrating all five elements.

Fri. 1:30pm-4:00pm:

Teachers Practice ~ Refine Your Alignment Open to all teachers and experienced students.

When do teachers ever get to practice together? Not very often. Don’t miss this opportunity to practice with other like-minded and dedicated teachers and experienced students in an up-tempo, playful practice. Focus on the therapeutic, detailed alignment technique of Ashaya Yoga grounded in a spiritually uplifting theme from the Tantra philosophy. Refine your alignment and take your practice to the next level. Enjoy a variety of standing poses, hip openers, inversions, backbends, and hand balances with modifications and preparatory sequences that build strength, balance, and flexibility.

Todd Norian, E-RYT 500, teaches yoga with the heartfelt intention to awaken others to their inherent potential for unlimited joy, vitality, and fulfillment. Founder of Ashaya Yoga®, Todd’s style is one of precise therapeutic alignment infused with heart. He excels at making deep philosophical teachings accessible and relatable. With warmth and humor, Todd creates a sanctuary of sublime transformation in which students step into the power of their own heart. A student of yoga since 1980, Todd studied many styles of heart-centered and alignment-based yoga. He continues to study extensively with several Tantric scholars, including Paul Muller-Ortega and Professor Douglas Brooks. Todd teaches workshops and trainings internationally and is a talented musician who has created several CDs of music for yoga.

Your Pelvic Health

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Have You Ever Experienced, or Been Curious About:
* low back / hip pain that isn’t improving
* pelvic pain
* postpartum or other urinary incontinence
* leaking with sneezing or coughing
* prolapse or other pelvic conditions
* pain with sexual activity
* a disconnection with your pelvic area
These two sessions with Kristin Honey and Michelle Fraser will cover:
– Get Acquainted with your Pelvic Floor
– Soften and Activate
– Integration into your Life

In this dynamic workshop series, we will build the foundation for the healthy balance of your pelvic floor and explore the gifts and challenges of this area from the physical, emotional and spiritual perspectives.
Familiarize yourself with the function of your pelvic floor and deepen your awareness and understanding through lecture, anatomy, discussion, self reflection and embodied movement. Explore how to access, train, and balance your pelvic floor muscles and to apply the skills and insights developed to your daily life.

Kristin Honey
A yoga teacher for over 15 years, Kristin infuses her teaching with alignment, heart and curiosity. Her fascination and interest in pelvic health, which began with the teachings of Susanne Kemmerer and Ramanand Patel, has been further honed through personal exploration, experience working with private clients, and collaborative work and study with pelvic floor physiotherapists and other health care practitioners. Kristin’s teaching is rooted in her experience in various yoga traditions, meditation practice and exploring the sweet spot between softness and strength.

Michelle Fraser
Michelle is a pelvic health advocate and educator who works with persons of all genders experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction or interested in understanding the complexities of pelvic health. In addition to being an orthopaedic and pelvic health physiotherapist, Michelle is a certified yoga instructor, enriching her finely tuned treatment methods with the benefits of mindful movement. She’s earned her Masters of Education at OISE, specializing in global health education, and is dedicated to empowering people to take charge of their pelvic health.

Dates: Saturday, Apr. 16 & Sunday, Apr. 17, 2016
Times: 1:00pm to 5:30pm
Investment: $175.00 +hst

Body Thrive Workshop


Welcome to your 10 week Body Thrive Workshop. This workshop will incorporate healthy eating, healthy lifestyle and overall wellbeing.
What’s included:
~ body Thrive book by Cate Stillman
~ weekly conversation
~ 1 hour of yoga, meditation and breathing practices to support you
~ workbook sheets on building healthy habits
~ information that incorporates the principles of Ayurvedic health

Day: Thursday’s
Dates: April 14 to June 16, 2016
Time: 11:15pm to 1:15pm
Investment: $265.00 +hst

Go With the Flow


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Life is a series of events, one flows into the next. When things run smoothly, most of us go through them without even considering the possibility that this is exactly the way it’s suppose to be. When we come to a bump in our journey and something throws us off we usually end up reacting in a  stressful way. We cast blame on others, yell and over react. What if for a minute you took a deep breath and thought “Maybe this is exactly the way it is suppose to be.”

This morning I left Collingwood at 6:30 AM. I made it to Pearson Airport with lots of time to catch a 10:30 AM flight to California. Simon and I were meeting in the LAX airport and spending the week together. A long overdue 7 days of unscheduled time. Ok that’s another blog…When I got to the airport I was told to wait at the gate because I did not have a seat. Once everyone was boarded I was told the flight was over sold and they could put me on the next flight this evening at 6:00 PM. There I stood with 3 others who were angry and making a seen. I new in that moment I had a choice of how I was going to react. Sure it sucks, sure I have somewhere to be, however Air Canada was taking full responsibility. I thought to myself what if this is the way my day is suppose to go. I proceeded to customer service where a really nice lady took care of me. We had a great conversation about Collingwood and what a great place it was to live. She thanked me for being so nice. I can only imagine how many times they get yelled at. I started to think about how grateful I was for even getting the chance to be away.

I have 7 hours to sit in a beautiful lounge because I really nice lady heard my story and took me there. I was compensated for the hassle and even given food vouchers for the day to make sure I stay hydrated and fed. And so today, I sit, read, blog, email and take the day to myself. Nowhere to go but to wait for the next flight. Personally I don’t think that is so bad.

I hope that whatever you are doing today you stop, take a deep breath and be grateful for exactly where you are.


Partner Yoga

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Looking for a little play? Want to make time to connect to another? Think a deeper stretch will feel great? Then come try out Buddha Rider’s Partner Yoga class.

Join us as we explore working together through movement, play, breath and touch.
Grab a friend and come play.
No yoga experience necessary. Just a good attitude.

Date: Sunday Feb 14, 2016

Investment: $60 for double or $30 for single

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